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BRIEFLY
6 killed in Canada
mosque shooting
Panel headed by Vinod Rai SC refuses govt. plea to stop
hearing on judicial vacancies
QUEBEC CITY: A shooting at a
Quebec City mosque during
evening prayers on Sunday left
six people dead and eight others
wounded. Canadas Prime
to oversee BCCIs afairs We cannot run away
from our own cause,
the Chief Justice told
Minister Justin Trudeau called it give the BCCI CEO a check-
an act of terrorism. It will administer list of 16 timelines the panel the Attorney General
The police have arrested two the cricket body had prepared for the BCCI
persons. and State associations. LEGAL CORRESPONDENT
WORLD | PAGE 14
till Lodha reforms The CEO would consider
are fully enforced this to prepare his compli- NEW DELHI: The Supreme
Opposition questions ance report. Court on Monday refused to
KRISHNADAS RAJAGOPAL heed the Centre's plea to
timing of Union Budget To be paid for services stop hearing a batch of writ
NEW DELHI: At an all-party NEW DELHI:The Supreme At one point, BCCI coun- petitions on the yawning
meeting, the Opposition parties Court on Monday appointed sel and senior advocate number of judicial vacancies
put on record their differences a four-member Committee Arvind Datar said the CoA in High Courts across the
with the government over the of Administrators (CoA) should work pro bono (for country and the delay in
tabling of the Union Budget on headed by former Comp- free without remuneration) filling them, noting that we entertain the petitions, and the government to the Col-
February 1, not just because of troller and Auditor General in the tradition of the former cannot run away from our having decided to do so, it legium in August 2016 for
the Assembly polls but also of India Vinod Rai to oversee oice-bearers of the cash- own cause. would not now back out. finalisation.
because the economic data for the Board of Control for rich cricket body. They are projecting the "Once the petitions have It [the MoP] has been
the third quarter would not be Cricket in India (BCCI). Why do you want them to cause of the judiciary. What been entertained, whether to pending for the last six
factored into the document. The others are former wo- work pro bono? Justice will happen if we run away grant them or not... This months. Once work on MoP
man Test cricketer Diana Misra, on the Bench with from our own cause, Chief question will be answered by is finished, a large number of
NEWS | PAGE 12 Edulji, historian Justices A.M. Khanwilkar Justice of India J.S. Khehar us in a formal order. We will problems would be over,
Ramachandra Guha and and D.Y. Chandrachud, asked Attorney-General give the order. We cannot Mr. Rohatgi submitted.
IDFC Ltd MD and CEO in charge since the Supreme achieved and report to the asked. Why not? All oice- Mukul Rohatgi, representing treat petitions like this at this He said the Central gov-
Vikram Limaye. The four Court ousted former BCCI Supreme Court. The next bearers work for the love of the Centre, on the petition stage in a slipshod manner, ernment would work to-
will function as the interim president Anurag Thakur date of hearing is March 27. cricket, senior advocate filed by citizens. Chief Justice Khehar clari- gether with the Supreme
bosses of the BCCI and run and secretary Ajay Shirke in Let the Committee of Ad- Kapil Sibal, representing fied to the government. Court and the Chief Justice
the day-to-day administra- a January 2 order for stalling ministrators find out how some member State associ- Avoid parallel process Mr. Rohatgi said all prob- towards this end and resolve
tion of the cricket body till the Lodha reforms, was many directions of the ations, retorted. Mr. Rohatgi said the Su- lems on the delay would end all issues."I have been in-
the Lodha reforms are fully ordered to submit a report to Lodha Committee have Mr. Sibal, we want a pro- preme Court should deal if the draft Memorandum of structed to say that any in-
implemented and elections the CoA detailing the level of already been complied with, fessional set of administrat- with the delay in judicial ap- Procedure (MoP) was final- formation, any detail, any of-
held. compliance achieved by the what were the impediments ors, Justice Chandrachud pointments in High Courts ised. The government and ficer will be promptly
A three-judge Bench BCCI and its members in ad- and report to us. Then we said. The Bench advised the on its administrative side the Supreme Court Col- brought here..." Mr. Rohatgi
Five soldiers rescued headed by Justice Dipak opting the Lodha recom- will see, Justice Misra BCCI to come up with a pro- and not lend its judicial legium, then led by Chief assured the Bench.
from snow die Misra did not heed pleas for mendations upheld by the observed. position of a respectable weight to public interest pe- Justice Khehar's prede- But petitioner and advoc-
fresh hearings by the BCCI, court on July 18, 2016. The Bench said the scru- amount for the Supreme titions filed by individuals in cessor, Justice T.S. Thakur, ate Ashwini Upadhyay inter-
SRINAGAR: Five soldiers, who
its State members and non- The BCCI CEO has to sub- tiny would help in the Court to consider as pay- a parallel proceeding like had serious diferences on vened, saying the delay in ju-
were rescued after a snow
State members and took the mit the report to the new smooth implementation of ment to the CoA. this. several issues regarding the dicial appointments was not
sheath caved in on them in the
step forward in the direction committee within a week. the Lodha reforms. The But Chief Justice Khehar, MoP draft, including that the the only demand in his
Macchil sector of Kupwara, died CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
laid out by the Justice R.M. After this, the committee has Lodha panel secretary and flanked by Justice N.V. AG should be consulted on petition.
of wounds on Monday.
Lodha Committee. been given four weeks to advocate Gopal Sank- PANEL HAS ITS TASK Ramana, said the Supreme judicial appointments. The
NEWS | PAGE 12 The BCCI CEO, who was scrutinise the compliance aranarayanan was asked to CUT OUT | PAGE 17 Court had already decided to last draft was handed over by CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

Economy not in good Reserve Bank


eases curbs on
Blot on the beach
shape, says Manmohan cash withdrawals
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

NEW DELHI: A report released MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of


by the Congress here on India (RBI) on Monday lifted
Monday on the state of the curbs on cash withdrawals
economy over the last two for holders of current ac-
years said job creation was counts, cash credit accounts,
low, exports stagnant and and overdrafts with immedi-
credit growth lowest over ate efect.
decades under the Modi The limits had been im-
government. posed in November follow-
The report, Real State of ing the withdrawal of high-
the Economy 2017, which REALITY CHECK: Manmohan Singh and P. Chidambaram address value banknotes.
comes a day ahead of the the media in New Delhi. PHOTO: SHANKER CHAKRAVARTY The central bank also al-
governments Economic lowed savings bank account
Survey, was released by ous. Even the International about 5%, he added, was the holders to withdraw the en-
former Prime Minister Man- Monetary Fund has projec- lowest in decades. tire weekly limit of 24,000
mohan Singh and former ted that growth rate of India Optimism must stem in a single transaction from
Finance Minister P. Chidam- in this current fiscal year will from realistic assessment. ATMs with efect from Feb-
abaram. A day before the not be 7.6% but less than 6.6 The NDA government tends ruary 1.
Economic Survey, we %. Several other rating agen- to believe in an exaggerated Cash withdrawals from
thought we should bring out cies have also made similar version, in an exaggerated ATMs had been capped at
a document that sets out projections. picture, of the economy, Mr. 10,000 per day.
what we consider as a dose of Chidambaram said. The limits on savings
realism so that the country as Few jobs, low credit Later, Congress leader Ra- bank accounts will continue
a whole has ways and means Mr. Chidambaram said jeev Gowda summarised the for the present and are under
of finding or assessing where just 77,000 jobs were created key points of the report pre- consideration for with-
the economy is..., Dr. Singh between July and September, pared by the Congress re- drawal in the near future,
said. 2016, of which 50,000 had search cell. the central bank said. HAVOC SPREADS: Oil from the spill off the Chennai coast stained the Marina beach on Monday. The spillage was caused
That the Indian economy been created in the govern- by the collision of two ships near the Kamarajar port on Saturday. Marine life was affected over a large stretch, with
is not in a good shape is obvi- ment. Credit growth, now at CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 many fish and turtles being found dead. PHOTO: R. RAVINDRAN

Guard detained in Pune Patnaik to be next Delhi Police chief Hafiz Saeed placed
Infosys techie murder STAFF REPORTER other assistance to victims of
traumatic crimes, an initiat-
under house arrest
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI: Superseding two ive that is working success- MUBASHIR ZAIDI
seniors in the running for the fully till date.
PUNE: A 25-year-old software job, Amulya Kumar Patnaik, KARACHI: Police in Lahore
engineer working for IT ma- a 1985-batch IPS oicer, was Security of PM raided the oice of the
jor Infosys was found dead appointed the next Delhi Po- During his stint as the IG Jamaat-ud-Dawa on Monday
on the companys premises lice Commissioner on of the Special Protection and put its leader Hafiz
at Hinjewadi IT Park on Monday. Group, he is credited with Saeed and four other associ-
Sunday night. This is the Having become the police the planning and managing ates under preventive deten-
second murder of a woman chief at a relatively younger the security of the then tion at their residence for an
software professional in the age of 57, Mr. Patnaik will Prime Minister Atal Bihari indefinite period.
city in the span of a month. have one of the longest ten- Vajpayee in 2003, who had The outfit and its charity Hafiz Saeed. FILE PHOTO: AP
The deceased, Rasila Raju Rasila Raju O.P. ures till January 2020 when undertaken the lone train arm Falah-i-Insaaniyat have
O.P. from Kozhikode, Kerala, PHOTO: DATTATRAYA ADHALGE he is scheduled to retire. He journey ever undertaken by a been put on the terrorist lamabad. We have been de-
had been working with the replaces Alok Kumar Verma, Prime Minister. watch list, though an expec- liberating on the fate of the
company since 2015. She was between Rasila and the ac- who was appointed as the ted ban was not announced. JuD for quite sometime now.
strangled with a computer cused over the latters al- CBI Director. Najafgarh stabbing case A notification was issued It will be decided in the next
cable. Her face, especially leged misbehaviour is sus- Sources said the decision One of the earliest cases by the Interior Ministry on 24 hours, he had told the
the lower part, was mangled, pected to have led to the to appoint Mr Patnaik was reported this year was the the action against Hafiz media.
indicating a brutal assault, murder. Rasila reportedly taken on January 23 itself. He lice, the key among which sters in Sarita Vihar in a re- brutal Najafgarh stabbing in- Saeed. Meanwhile, the JuD had
the police said. warned him that she would edged out Deepak Mishra was heading the Crime cord 12 hours. cident where a girl was replaced its flags with
The police have detained complain to his superiors. and Dharmendra Kumar, Branch and the Southern He also led the police ac- stabbed a dozen times by her U.S. threatened sanctions Pakistani ones at its centres
Bhaben Saikiya, a 26-year- Saikiya worked with a both of whom are 1984 batch Range as Joint tion during the anti-Dunkel stalker bringing the focus The crackdown came after in Punjab province. Tehrik-i-
old from Assam who worked private security firm and was oicers. Commissioner. protest in 1994 in which he back on crime against reports in Pakistani newspa- Azadi-i Kashmir replaced
as a security guard. He is deputed at Infosys six Known to be adept in received serious injuries. women. pers claimed that the U.S. JuD on the signboards.
now the prime suspect be- months ago. A background Handled critical cases handling both law and order Mr. Patnaik, who is cred- had threatened sanctions if The U.N. and the U.S. have
cause he is the only one who check at the time had shown Currently Special Com- and investigation, one of the Launched Pratidhi ited with steps like launching Pakistan did not ban the JuD. already declared JuD a ter-
would have had access to the no previous record of crime. missioner of Police (Admin- highlights of Mr. Patnaiks In 1995, Patnaik took the the Anti-Obscene Call Cell Hours before the action, In- rorist organisation but
room where Rasila was istration), Mr. Patnaik has career so far was the solving initiative to launch Pratidhi, and the Anti-Stalking Cell, terior Minister Chaudhry Pakistan had stalled action
working. BENGALURU STAFF ALERTED handled several critical as- of the kidnapping of a a Delhi Police programme to will have to look into this as- Nisar confirmed the reports after the JuD got a reprieve
A previous altercation PUNE CAMPUS | PAGE 9 signments in the Delhi Po- schoolboy by armed gang- extend counselling and pect. at a press conference in Is- from the Punjab High Court.
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Stop gender-based violence DU to recruit


378 permanent
Out for justice
Actor Ashley Judd speaks out against objectification of women, wage gap teachers
STAFF REPORTER STAFF REPORTER

NEW DELHI: From wage gap to NEW DELHI: Acting on a direct-


online abuse, Hollywood ive by the Ministry of Human
actor Ashley Judd spoke here Resource Development for
on Monday about her own filling up 378 vacant posts,
experiences with gender- Delhi University has issued a
based violence and discrim- notice for recruiting per-
ination, and reiterated the manent teachers after a gap
need for womens bodies to of seven years.
not be treated as objects. The Registrar of the uni-
Speaking on day two of the versity informed that the ap-
second World Congress plication form will be avail-
against Sexual Exploitation able on the Delhi University
of Women and Girls, Ms. website www.du.ac.in and
Judd said: We [women] are the last date for the receipt of
not commodities. We are hu- applications is February 16.
man beings and we are en- The registrar informed that
titled to bodily integrity, the call is for the post of As-
sexual liberty and the right to sistant Professor in the Pay
be free from all forms of body Band of 15,600-39,100, (as
invasion. per sixth Pay Commission),
The programme, organ- in various departments of UNYIELDING: Missing student Najeeb Ahmeds mother Fatima Nafees joins the JNUSU
ised by Apne Aap Women the university. members protesting outside Delhi police headquarters on Monday. PHOTO: SANDEEP SAXENA
Worldwide, an NGO that NO MINCING WORDS: American actor Ashley Judd with founder of NGO Apne Aap, Ruchira Gupta,
works towards ending traf- Ad-hoc hiring
at a press conference during the World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Women and
ficking; and the Coalition for Girls on Monday. PHOTO: V. SUDERSHAN Since 2009, Delhi Univer-

JNUSU goes on hunger strike


Abolition of Prostitution sty has been employing
(CAP International), focused The actor added that her teachers on ad-hoc basis to
on the theme Last Girl First. lifetime earnings would be ensure that classes and
40% less compared to her learning are not hampered, a
First-hand accounts male counterparts. move that the DU teachers STAFF REPORTER Lalit Pandey, president, JNU admission policy.
Ms. Judd, who is a survivor Ms. Judd said that when it have been protesting against ABVP-JNU and Saurabh They were intimated that
of sexual abuse herself, came to violence against wo- for a long time. They have NEW DELHI: The Jawaharlal Sharma, former joint the Standing Committee
shared her experiences with men, too, there was a difer- submitted memorandums to Nehru University sectretary, JNUSU have on Admissions would
violence as well as income ent kind of inequality. Rap- the HRD ministry and have Students' Union on been sitting on an meet and discuss all their
inequality. Recounting a con- ists had paternity rights over even conducted strikes and Monday carried out a Indefinite hunger strike concerns, including marks
versation with her mother, any children born as a con- protested on the streets march from Ganga Dhaba against the anti-student for written test and viva-
the singer Naomi Judd, Ms. sequence of the attacks in 22 against the terms of employ- on the campus that notification of the UGC voce, deprivation points
Judd said: There was some of the 50 American States, ment of the ad-hoc staf. culminated in a hunger for the past week. and intake of students, etc
sort of chatter about what my said Ms. Judd. She added that strike at the within the framework of
antique pearls would cost in Kentucky, a Bill was re- Javadekars promise Administration Block More programmes UGC regulations related
and I said: You know, mom, cently introduced giving the A university oicial in- against the imposition of The union has to M.Phil/Ph.D
if I experienced pay equality, rapist an option to press formed that the university the University Grants announced a string of admissions, the
my pearls would be even charges against the medical has invited online applica- Commission's May 2016 programmes over the next university said in a
more expensive and I would practitioner who performed tions for 378 posts of assist- notification. few days that includes a statement.
be dripping in diamonds. a termination of the preg- ant professors across 41 de- The union said that the protest in front of the
nancy caused by the crime. on Monday, Ms. Judd said: highlight the vulnerability of partments and centres, notification not only Standing Committee Call of strike
There has been an appropri- the last girl, who is the most which include 187 general changes the admission meeting on January 31, a The JNU
Vulnerable sections ate emphasis at this world vulnerable of all human be- category posts, 100 OBC, 55 criteria for MPhil and Phd march to the Ministry of administration added that
If I experienced pay Earlier, Ms. Judd gave the congress about putting the ings to prostitution because SC, 29 ST and seven posts for courses by increasing the Humar Resource the university stands by
keynote address on the first onus on the perpetrator, she is poor, female, teenager, persons with disabilities. dependence on the Development on February social justice and
equality, my pearls day of the congress on where it belongs, and the per- low-caste in India, black in When he took over last interview but will also 2, a public hearing on the reservation policy, and
would be even more Sunday. She spoke about her son who thinks that girls and USA, indigenous in Australia year, HRD Minister Prakash ensure that there are no issue on February 3 and a has been seeking to bring
experience with online ab- women's bodies are and Canada, of a minority re- Javadekar had said that his admissions into these student-referendum on more transparency in the
expensive and I use, as well as how it re- purchasable. ligion or ethnicity, perhaps a Ministry would ensure that programmes at the February 7. admission procedure. The
would be dripping minded her of being assaul- The founder of Apne Aap, refugee in Africa and Europe, all vacant positions in cent- university for the next The university in a administration also
in diamonds ted as a child. Ruchira Gupta, said that the and is therefore preyed upon ral universities would be few years. statement said that the assured to look into their
Speaking about the event aim of the programme was to by traickers. filled by 2018. They said that path- Vice-Chancellor and concerns about the new
breaking research does other senior oicials have M.Phil/Ph.D Admission
not happen in a 'one fit for held a detailed meeting Policy by bringing the
all' system. with the students who are matter to the notice of the
The union will join the on the hunger strike and UGC. The students have
hunger strike being assured them that the been asked by the
organised by the United administration would administration to
OBC Forum and the look into all their immediately call of their
ABVP at the same venue. concerns regarding the strike.

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Teacher succumbs to stab wounds


Gang wars: high security in Najafgarh
Police anticipate retaliatory attacks after murder of gangster Manjeet Mahals father
STAFF REPORTER

NEW DELHI: After battling for


ence and allegedly stabbed
her in front of her three-year-
old niece.
Not even once did we have
an inkling of his evil plans,
said the victims sister.
life for two weeks, the 21- The victims family mem-
STAFF REPORTER year-old teacher who was bers had claimed that Amit Family protests
stabbed by her alleged had been pressuring her to Meanwhile, as the news of
NEW DELHI: Following the stalker and his cousin over a marry him despite he being the womans death broke out,
murder of gangster Manjeet dozen times in outer Delhis married to someone else. her family members and
Mahals father outside their Najafgarh died on Monday. Before the attack, she neighbours launched a
residence in Najafgarh, the The incident was reported would mostly cry and not tell protest in the area. The mob
police have carried out a on January 18. us much. Once when she dispersed only after police-
threat assessment exercise The main accused, Amit, broke down, I could not help men reached the spot and as-
and might take measures to and his cousin, Basant, had her enough. Amit stayed at sured them that accused was
avert a repeat of such incid- gone to the womans resid- our place most of the time. behind bars.
ents in the area.
We have combed the in-
famous Mitraon and Dichao
Kalan villages and have iden- Thieves decamp with watches worth 1.3 cr.
tified the families of jailed
gangsters there who are at NEW DELHI: Thieves allegedly were stolen. They also took trying to scan the CCTV
risk. We have also deployed decamped with watches away 1.5-2 lakh in cash. footage of nearby shops and
additional policemen in the worth 1.3 crore from a Mr. Barodia further said ATMs. The police are also
area, said Joint Commis- showroom in Connaught that the guard was not on questioning the employees
sioner of Police (South- Place on January 28. duty that night since he was of the showroom.
West) Dependra Pathak. According to the police, not feeling well. The accused havent been
The police also claimed to the showroom is located in identified yet, but we are in-
have identified one of the Regal Building. No CCTV inputs vestigating the matter, said a
four assailants and detained Complainant Mayank Bar- The CCTV cameras in senior police oicer.
six suspects in the case. odia said, Around 680 our shop are not kept The role of a gang that had
The motive, they said, was watches of brands like Seiko, switched on at night since struck at an electronics
to avenge the killing of one HEADWAY: The police have identified one of the assailants who allegedly gunned down Shri Kishan outside his residence on Casio, Guess, Fossil, Titan, the wiring is weak, he said. showroom recently is sus-
Sunil alias Doctor, an associ- Sunday. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT Omega, Longines, Rado, etc. Meanwhile, the police are pected.PTI
ate of Manjeets rival Balraj,
in December 2015. Doctor, brother-in-law of no- kill Balraj. at Mantris house. stable, died, the women are
Twist in the tale
torious gangsters Jyoti and
Nandu, in south-west Delhis Shower of bullets
They fired at Mantris
father, wife and mother but
reported to be critical. After
this incident, they were look- Missing teeth allow
Manjeet, one Nafe Singh Chhawla. The same day, brothers of spared the children. While ing to harm Mahal and his
alias Mantri and their associ- According to the police, Jyoti and Nandu, along with Mantris father, Hari Kishan, family members, but he was accused to walk free
ates had allegedly murdered the gang had gone there to their associates, had attacked a retired Delhi Police con- arrested, said Mr. Pathak.
NEW DELHI: A wo- of false implication
mans plea, challen- by her to grab their
DELHI TODAY BSF jawan dies
ging the acquittal of properties cannot

Talk: India and the Western Liberal


Gang of wedding thieves busted of heart attack
seven persons ac-
cused of allegedly
beating her and
be ruled out.

No witnesses
Democratic Order by Ambassador
STAFF REPORTER said the DCP. breaking her teeth, It also said the
Hardeep Singh Puri, former Perman- The gang had On how the gang was NEW DELHI: A 35-year-old BSF has been dismissed police did not ex-
ent Representative of India to UN, at
Seminar Room, Library Building, NEW DELHI: A gang of allegedly targeted busted, the oicer said constable allegedly died of a by a court here on amine any neigh-
Nehru Memorial Museum & Library the grounds that bour or witness,
(NMML), Teen Murti House, Teen
thieves that struck at around 100 they had scanned CCTV heart attack at the Netaji
weddings in the National camera footage at the Subhash Place metro station not even a single despite the woman
Murti Marg, 3 p.m.
Talk: Reimagining New Demo- Capital Region and
weddings in Delhi, weddings where thefts here on Sunday. tooth was produced claiming that sev-
cracy, Rethinking Radical Politics neighbouring States was nearby States had been reported. The victim, identified as as evidence before eral people had
by Bernard DMello; Chair: Uma busted by the Delhi Police Finally, on the basis of a Vinay Kumar, fell uncon- it. gathered when she
Chakravarty, at Seminar Rooms - II &
III, Kamaladevi Complex, IIC, 6:30 on Monday. farmhouses on their tip-of, the police scious at the metro station Additional Ses- was being beaten
p.m. The accused have been payroll to collect managed to apprehend around 11 a.m.. Subsequently, sions Judge Lokesh up.
Talk: North East and Act East by identified as Gokul information about the the accused near the the police were informed. Kumar Sharma also The court said
Ambassador Gautam Mukho- Prasad, Sawant Sisodiya, events lined up. Chhatarpur metro station. Kumar was rushed to BSA noted that there that despite living
padhaya, at Conference Room I, IIC,
6:30 p.m. Lakhan Sisodiya, The juvenile and At the time of their arrest, Hospital where he was de- were pending litig- in a crowded neigh-
Music & Dance: Basant Nazrana-e- Abhishek Sisodiya and another accused would the accused were clared brought dead. The ations between the bourhood,the wo-
khusrau, a musical weaved with po- Vikas Sisodiya. A juvenile gatecrash a wedding and travelling in a stolen car, post-mortem examination woman and the ac- mans cries were
etry on Amir Khusraus Rene Singh, is also a part of the gang. identify the bag where said the police. indicated the cause of death cused persons, and not heard by any
Syeda Hameed, Begum Zakia Zaheer,
Shivani Verma and Lokesh Jain parti- All six hail from Rajgarh cash and other gifts would as heart attack. PTI hence, probability neighbour.PTI
cipating, at The Stein Auditorium, in Madhya Pradesh. be kept. They would then Firearms seized
IHC, 7 p.m. They are suspected to escape with the goods. The police also seized a
Exhibition: Down the Ages, a have targeted around 100 The thieves would stolen Czech-made pistol
painting exhibition, at Delhi o Delhi
Foyer, IHC, 11 a.m. 7 p.m. upscale weddings in never be in a hurry to with seven live cartridges,
Exhibition: Cryptic Thoughts by Delhi-NCR, Rajasthan and leave the venues. They two illegal Indian-made
Rangoli Garg: A journey of the Indian Uttar Pradesh. would mingle with the firearms with four live
woman into the world of her dreams, crowd and gain proximity cartridges, two stolen cars
at IHC, 10 a.m. 8 p.m.
Paintings: A painting exhibition by
Modus operandi to the families. The (Santro and Maruti Swift),
Joyanto Deb at Open Palm Court Gal- Deputy Commissioner juvenile, who eventually a contract that was
lery, IHC, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. of Police (South) Ishwar did the bag-lifting, executed by the gang and
Art: Recent works of artist Ram Ku- Singh said the accused remained inconspicuous the mother of the juvenile,
mar, at Vadehra Art Gallery, D-40 De-
fence Colony, 11 a.m. 7 p.m. were able to keep staf at even while seated next to and seven mobile phones
(Mail your listings for this column banquet halls and the bride or the groom, from the accused.
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Makes sense for IndiGo to shift to T2


SpiceJet head says shifting to revamped terminal will be tough for his airline, which has just recovered from bad situation
Take action against
Parrikar, Amarinder
DEVESH K. PANDEY
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT from Terminal-3.
DIAL had received the go- NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party
NEW DELHI: SpiceJet chairman ahead from the Civil Avi- (AAP) national convenor
and managing director Ajay ation Ministry to expand Arvind Kejriwal on Monday
Singh said on Monday that it T-1D, following which it de- asked the Election Commis-
would make some sense cided to use T2 as a tempor- sion of India to seek permis-
for low-cost airline IndiGo ary facility for IndiGo, Spice- sion from the Prime Minis-
to shift its domestic opera- Jet and Go Air. ters Oice to take legal
tions to Terminal-2 (T2) of action against Defence Min-
the Delhi airport. Wont split service: IndiGo ister Manohar Parrikar and
There are news report However, low-cost airline Congress chief ministerial Chief Minister Arvind
that IndiGo wants to shift [to IndiGo has rejected DIALs candidate in Punjab Captain Kejriwal. FILE PHOTO
T2]. They have the size and proposal to split operations. Amarinder Singh for al-
scale to be able to do it. If We will support all eforts legedly abetting the ofence but vote for the AAP.
they operate large number of that make things better of bribery. Mr. Kejriwal quoted media
flights, it makes some sense without splitting our do- The Election Commis- reports to allege that both
for them. For us, it doesnt fit. mestic operations out of sion of India should, at the the political leaders had also
We have just recovered from , Delhi and thereby creating earliest, get an approval from asked voters to accept
a pretty bad situation and to inconvenience to our cus- the PMO and FIRs [should] money from other parties.
undergo this shift would tomers, said IndiGo spokes- be registered against the BJP On January 29, at a rally in
make it diicult for us, Mr. man Ajay Jasra. and Congress leaders, said Punjabs Lambi, Congress
Singh said at the sidelines of The airline, however, has Mr. Kejriwal in a letter to leader Captain Amarinder
the Confederation of Indian operations, serving Mumbai, Mr. Singh, said that the air- out of the way. So we told than forcibly asking only one conveyed to the airport oper- Chief Election Commis- Singh asked voters to accept
Industry (CII) Budget Aaj- Bengaluru and Kolkata, from line is ready to share the bur- them that its not fair that airline to shift, the SpiceJet ator that it is ready to shift its sioner (CEC), Nasim Zaidi. money from any leader, but
Tak event here. Terminal-1D to T2. den of shifting to another ter- only one airline be asked to chief said. entire domestic operations He appealed to the EC that vote for Congress, said Mr.
The GMR-led Delhi Inter- DIAL wants the airlines to minal with all the other shift its operations. Now, they While low-cost domestic to T2, a senior IndiGo exec- it should display the same Kejriwals letter.
national Airport Limited split their operations begin- airlines, but will not go it have asked all airlines to shift airlines IndiGo, SpiceJet and utive said. level of urgency and prompt- On the same day, accord-
(DIAL) recently asked low- ning February 15 so that ex- alone. some part of its operations to GoAir operate from T1D; Jet DIAL is set to meet the ness in getting FIRs re- ing to Mr. Kejriwal, Defence
cost airlines IndiGo, SpiceJet pansion work of Terminal-1D DIAL had asked SpiceJet T2. Its not the most eicient Airways, Vistara, AirAsia In- three airlines to break the gistered against Mr. Mano- Minister and former Goa
and GoAir to shift their flight can begin. to shift to T2, which is a bit way, but is certainly better dia and Air India operate stalemate on February 3. har Parrikar and Mr. Singh as Chief Minister had said at a
it had shown his case. public meeting that some
parties were ofering Rs. 500
ECI ignored verdict
Dense fog afects 150 flights, 60 trains He said that while issuing
the orders for an FIR against
for people to attend their ral-
lies, and he [Mr. Parrikar]
had no problems with their
STAFF REPORTER had to be rescheduled and The minimum temperat- him, the ECI had ignored a accepting the money, al-
one was cancelled. ure was recorded at 9.5 de- Delhi courts verdict in Janu- though they should vote for
NEW DELHI: Dense fog severely Visibility started dropping grees Celsius, a notch above ary 2016, which rejected the the BJP.
disrupted air and rail traic at the Delhi airport from the normal, while the maximum same charges against him In its order to the Goa
in the Capital on Monday early hours of Monday with temperature was recorded at and also denied the request Chief Election Oicer, the
with the airport witnessing visibility dipping below 50 22.5 degrees Celsius, normal for the registration of a case ECI had said: Being the
near zero visibility early in metres by 4 a.m. for this time of the year. against him. Chief Minister of Delhi and a
the morning. Humidity oscillated Poll authorities had filed star campaigner of the AAP
Nearly 150 flights and Relief by noon between 100 and 52 per cent. an FIR in Mapusa, north Goa, in Goa, he is expected to con-
more than 60 trains were af- Visibility started improv- against Mr.Kejriwal for his duct himself in an exemplary
fected due to dense fog. ing only after 9.30 a.m, and by Forecast remarks at a speech at a rally, manner in election cam-
While 139 flights got noon low visibility proced- The MeT department has where he reportedly asked paigns, in a law-abiding man-
delayed due to poor visibility ures were lifted at the IGI forecast clear skies for Tues- voters to accept money from ner, so as to be a role model
conditions at Indira Gandhi airport. day with the likelihood of rival parties but vote for the for others to emulate, but he
International Airport here, The visibility was recor- moderate to dense fog in the AAP. has on several occasions vi-
eight flights were cancelled ded at 300 metres at 5.30 a.m. morning. Citing repeated violations, olated provisions of the
and two arrivals had to be di- at Safdarjung, which after The maximum and min- the ECI had last week direc- Model Code of Conduct by
verted to nearby airports. three hours dropped to imum temperatures are ted registration of an FIR breaking his assurance to the
Rail traic was also af- around 50 metres before sig- likely to hover around 23 and against Mr. Kejriwal for ask- ECI given during the Delhi
fected with 35 Delhi-bound nificantly improving to 1,500 10 degrees Celsius, ing voters in Goa to accept Assembly elections in 2015,
trains running late, 28 trains metres at 11.30 a.m. respectively. WHITE BLANKET: Heavy fog engulfed the Capital on Monday. PHOTO: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA money from other parties said the order.

Railways green track to Capital Land allotted to


police to park AAP may drop plan to cut DTC fare
STAFF REPORTER STAFF REPORTER reconsideration.
impounded cars, Additionally, pollution has
NEW DELHI: Very soon, people NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi so far not reached severe
arriving in Delhi via train
We have planted DDA tells NGT Party (AAP) government level in the Capital, there
will be greeted by lush green patches at is understood to be is no need to reduce bus
greenery and colourful approaches to Delhi NEW DELHI: The National thinking of dropping its fares aimed at bringing it
flowers. Taking a leaf out of Green Tribunal (NGT) was ambitious plan to reduce [the pollution level]
the South Beijing railway sta- Main and New Delhi informed by the Delhi Devel- fares of Delhi Transport down, said a senior
tion in China, the Delhi Divi- railway stations opment Authority (DDA) on Corporation (DTC) and government oicial.
sion of Indian Railways is de- wherever it was Monday that it has allotted cluster buses by 75% after The decision to
veloping green patches on land on temporary basis to Lieutenant-Governor Anil been suggested by Mr. introduce a flat rate of 5
approaches to the Capital feasible, both along the Delhi Police for parking Baijal returned the file and Baijals predecessor for non-AC buses and 10
and at Delhi Main and New the tracks and impounded vehicles. asked the government to Najeeb Jung. for AC buses had been
Delhi railway stations. between tracks The DDA told a five-judge rethink the proposal. The government announced by Transport
This will ensure that pas- Bench, headed by NGT The proposal was aimed wanted to implement the Minister Satyendar Jain in
sengers do not see filth or chairperson Swatanter Ku- at encouraging people to proposal to slash bus fares December. The file was
open defecation while ap- CHANGING COLOURS: A green patch along the tracks near Pragati cant land near the tracks and mar, that as per orders land use public transport to by 75%, but the L-G had returned by the L-G in
proaching Delhi, apart from Maidan. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT the area was protected with has been allotted at two sites: combat air pollution in the returned the proposal to view of its financial
curbing encroachment of fences and shrubs. Narela and Rohini, for two Capital and had, in fact, the government for implications.
public land where we are gone only for small plants. The plan has been de- years or till the area is de-
growing the shrubs, said veloped in two phases, be- JJ clusters signed as per policy.
Arun Arora, Divisional Rail- Like South Beijing station ginning with special drives However, in the areas Appearing for the DDA,
way Manager of Delhi. The planting exercise to clean up the garbage close to big JJ clusters, the advocate Kush Sharma said
We have planted green
patches at approaches to
Delhi Main and New Delhi
began in late 2016 and will be
finished by April this year.
Our aim is to move in the
spread along the tracks.
Mixed success was seen
in these eforts. In areas
scheme couldnt succeed as
there was continuous human
defecation and disturbance
that no permanent structure
will be constructed at these
sites and environmental
HC stays JJB order declaring
railway stations wherever it
was feasible, both along the
tracks and between tracks,
direction of Beijing and
Shanghai, Mr. Arora said.
The entry into Delhi, be it
where there were no big JJ
cluster, the cleaning was
maintained on a sustainable
of the planted area, he said.
The yards, however, will
be developed on the lines of
compensation has already
been identified as 5,000 for
each violation. The DDA
rape accused a minor
Mr. Arora said, adding: We to the New Delhi station, basis. However, in areas the South Beijing station in will be entitled to 50% of the AKANKSHA JAIN Victim has alleged claiming that he was about
had to ensure that the Delhi station or Nizammud- close to big JJ clusters, the China. The vacant land in the parking share from the Delhi 20 years old.
patches would not afect din station, is not a pleasing garbage re-accumulated just yards of Delhi and New Police, Mr. Sharma said. NEW DELHI: A 14-year-old that the accused
train operations and we also sight. To mitigate this prob- a few days after the drive, Delhi railway station will be rape victim has knocked was at least Birth certificate mystery
didnt plant trees as these lem, we developed green the spokesperson said. planted with shrubs and Registration on the doors of the Delhi The IO produced some
could fall during storms and pathches along the tracks, a In the next phase, good grass and maintained as a Meanwhile, the NGT al- High Court challenging
20 years old at the photocopied documents
disrupt operations. We have railway spokesperson said. earth was spread on the va- green patch, he said. lowed the Delhi Jal Boards the order of the Juvenile time of the crime from a private school in
plea seeking direction to the Justice Board which has Haryana once attended by
Delhi governments Trans- declared the accused, a beaten up while she was the accused. The JJB and
port Department to allow re- boy she had befriended on being raped, she alleged. the Principal Magistrate,
Budget must
focus on farmers:
EDMC budget aimed at polls gistration of its new diesel
vehicle, a truck required for
maintenance of the sewage
Facebook, a minor without
any cogent evidence.
The Investigating
She was then dumped by
the accused and somehow
she managed to reach her
Juvenile Board, without
giving any intimation
notice or any opportunity
STAFF REPORTER system. PTI Oicer of Delhi Police and home. whatsoever to the
Swaraj Abhiyan the JJB declared the Though a complaint was prosecutrix or her family
NEW DELHI: Exemption from accused a minor, but the lodged at the Bawana members, treated the
STAFF REPORTER property tax for small proper- girl and her mother police station, the cryptic and designedly
ties, reduction in conversion Meeting held to claimed he was at least 20 Investigating Oicer kept superficial report of the IO
NEW DELHI: The Jai Kisan An- charges and other sops will years old at the time of the changing her stand on the on the respondent No.2
dolan of Swaraj Abhiyan and be featured in the cash- review air quality crime. age of the accused. (accused) age as the gospel
other farmers organisations strapped East Delhi Muni- On their petition, the truth without calling on or
on Monday came together to cipal Corporations (EDMC) STAFF REPORTER High Court has stayed the Major-minor flip-flop making any inquiry, he
discuss the concerns and is- budget for the upcoming fin- JJBs order declaring the On November 10, the said.
sues of farmers in India. ancial year. NEW DELHI: Delhi Environment accused a minor. Let accused was produced in With no faith in the
Demanding that the Budget With civic polls slated for Minister Imran Hussain on notice be issued to JJB and the IO claimed that police, the girl moved a
should focus on farmers, Swa- April, the EDMC is in the pro- Monday called a meeting to respondent no. 2 the principal of the school lower court for monitoring
raj Abhiyan has decided to cess of finalising its budget review the present air qual- (accused). The operation he had attended said he of investigation.
hold a Kisan Sansad (Farm- for 2017-18. On Monday, the ity status and implementa- of the impugned order was a major. In subsequent It was before the lower
ers Parliament), parallel to chairperson of the Standing tion of the recent directions dated December 8, 2016, hearings, however, she did court that the IO
the presentation of the Union Committee of the EDMC, issued by the courts. shall remain stayed till the a complete "volte-face" confessed to have made no
Budget, at Jantar Mantar. Jitender Chaudhary, presen- The concentration of dif- next date of hearing, said and told the Board that the move to collect the
The leaders said that the ted his budget to the House. ferent pollutants, especially Justice I.S. Mehta, who accused was a minor on certificate from the school
government had forgotten hary proposed waiving of ment under the Masterplan particulates, and their trend also asked the State to the basis of photocopied first attended by the
about the farmers and despite Best services property tax for residential of Delhi-2021, the EDMC may along with the fog was dis- verify the age of the documents from another accused.
two back-to-back droughts, Since the Delhi govern- properties that are up to 41.81 have to get the proposal cussed. The concentration of accused. school attended by him. What is shocking is that
the Centre chose not to cor- ment has refused to cooper- square metres in area. While cleared by the Urban Devel- particulate matter is lower Prashant Manchanda, the IO says the certificate
rectly assess the accumulated ate, we have been facing a fin- this may sound like a big re- opment Ministry. than the values observed in Friendship on FB the girls advocate, shared was not available with the
impact on rural lives, liveli- ancial crisis. The government lief, most of these small Mr. Chaudhary also pro- 2016 during the period In her petition the girl how the IO did not bother school. She does not get a
hoods and livestock. owes us thousands of crores houses dont pay property tax posed making the process of between January 1 to January said she and the accused to procure age proof from birth certificate from the
The GDP growth in agri- of rupees. Despite this, the anyway as many of them are property mutation online 29 this year, the government became friends on the first school attended municipal corporation, but
culture is in free-fall for the EDMC has tried to provide in illegal colonies. from next year. said in a statement. Facebook and decided to by the accused or his birth the mother of the victim
last three years of the NDA the best possible civic ser- Another proposal is to re- The budget also reiterated Mr. Hussain stressed on meet on November 8, 2016. certificate from the procures the same and
government. Going by the last vices, said Mr. Chaudhary. duce the conversion charges many old promises, from in- the need for surveillance and When she went to meet municipal corporation produces it in the court.
two Budgets and the string of The speech comprised of paid by commercial proper- stalling CCTV cameras in vigil by agencies in order to him, he kidnapped her, even though the same is The lower court supplies
anti-farmer legislations, many old promises that were ties from 192 per square schools to setting up teaching control Ambient Air Quality. forcibly intoxicated her mandatory under the its copy to the IO asking
farmers movements have repeated, as well as some metre to per square metre centres for parents of EDMC The Minister also observed and then raped her in a car. Juvenile Justice Act. her to verify the age of the
held that this is the most sops that could be seen as and to decrease the penalty school students. The budget that since the night temper- The incident happened in The JJB on December 8 accused, states the
farmer unfriendly govern- crowd-pleasers in the elec- from 10 times to three times. will be finalised and passed ature is going down, garbage Bawana in northwest declared him a minor petition before the High
ment of independent India, tion campaign. However, since the conver- by the House later this and biomass burning must Delhi. The girl was also despite the victim Court.
read the oicial statement. For instance, Mr. Chaud- sion charges are a require- month. be curbed.
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Low turnout worries Jat leaders Justice Sen appointed Man kills wife,
calls up cops
Protesters cautioned against fake leaders, asked to stay loyal to Yashpal Malik
ASHOK KUMAR
DDCA administrator STAFF REPORTER

NEW DELHI: A 30-year-old woman


AKANKSHA JAIN such an arrangement is matches at the Ferozshah was allegedly bludgeoned to
ROHTAK: The (Haryana) gov- made only for sick Kotla Stadium. death by her husband in outer
ernment has deployed 55 NEW DELHI: The Delhi High companies. In his report, Justice Delhis Mangolpuri on Monday.
para-military companies in Court on Monday The Bench has now Mudgal had pointed out According to the police, the man
the State, but we are equal to a announced Justice (Retd.) fixed April 21 as the next lack of proper account- himself called up the PCR and
division. We are all for peace, Vikramajit Sen as date. keeping, prior told them of his crime. How-
but we are also prepared to administrator of the permissions and ever, he is yet to be arrested.
make the supreme sacrifice. It controversy-ridden Delhi Proxy system abolished clearances for matches Police said the deceased,
is a do-or-die battle for us, and Districts Cricket Advocate Nitin Mishra leading to last-minute Aarti, knew Rahul for over an
declared one speaker from a Association (DDCA), said the verdict took care provisional certificates, year. They got married a month
makeshift stage at the Jat besides passed a string of of one of Justice Mudgals and no proper tendering ago. The police said they re-
Naya Dharna in Jassia village other directions in this basic recommendations, of various works. He had ceived a call around 7.30 p.m., al-
here on Monday. regard. which called the proxy added that several oice- legedly from Rahul, who told
The audience, which in- A Bench of Justices S. system a bane for Delhi bearers and executive them that he had killed Aarti
cluded a handful of women in Ravindra Bhat and Deepa cricket. members of the DDCA with stones. He even said that
the front, raised their hands in Sharma appointed Justice The court had acted in acted for their personal he was coming to the police
airmation. HOT SPOT: Members of the Jat Sen, who will relieve the matter after the South gains at the expense of the station.
But even as the speaker community during a dharna Justice (Retd.) Mukul Delhi Municipal cricket body. Justice
raised his pitch and tried to in Rohtaks Jassia village on Mugdal. The Bench also Corporation refused to Mudgal had also advised
evoke the community pride, Monday; security personnel announced amendments grant an occupancy that the DDCA have a
members of the audience at at the spot. PHOTOS: ASHOK KUMAR to the Articles of certificate to allow full-time CEO.
the back, which included both Association of the DDCA
young and old, remained pre- gramme, distribute prizes to to ensure reconstitution of
occupied with playing cards
and hookahs.
winners and our leader Yash-
pal Malik will also be
the Sports Working
Committee (SWC),
Summons to Kejriwal, Azad
A round-the-clock com- present. besides abolishing the NIRNIMESH KUMAR SMS that you come to my
munity kitchen has been set- However, the ABJASS proxy system. oice (oicials house) at
up at the site on National leader also sounded a word of The court also ordered NEW DELHI: A Delhi court night and your sons
Highway 71-A and beddings caution against fake leaders audits of accounts of the has summoned Chief name will be there, Mr.
made available for those stay- playing into the hands of the years 2012-13, 2013-14 and Minister Arvind Kejriwal Kejriwal allegedly said.
ing overnight, but the small government. Urging protest- 2014-15, besides deciding and suspended BJP MP
number of protesters has left ers to remain loyal to Yashpal that Justice Sen would Kirti Azad in a Defamatory remark
the organisers worried. Malik, who is national presid- convene a meeting of defamation case filed by Summoning Mr.
As several speakers con- ent of the ABJASS, Mr. Bal- DDCA members to the Delhi & Districts Kejriwal, Metropolitan
ceded that the turnout was hara said, The real Khap ceived a loud applause from of Rahul Dangi who died of a reconstitute the SWC, Cricket Association Magistrate Abhilash
less compared to last year, leaders are with us. Those en- the crowd. He added that after bullet injury. which was severely (DDCA) and its vice- Malhotra said: It is clear
Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan joying the hospitality of the the agitation for reservation, criticised in a report president Chetan that Mr. Kejriwal made a
Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS) Khattar government in the community would teach Will take battle to an end presented by Justice Chauhan. defamatory remark on
general secretary Ashok Bal- Chandigarh are fake. This Ministers in the Khattar gov- My son was among the Mudgal before the high The complainants the basis of hearsay
hara made a passionate ap- was in reference to a faction of ernment a lesson. We will first to be killed. He was not court last year. alleged that they were information, the
peal to the crowd. the Jat leaders who are not not allow them to enter vil- even part of the agitation. But On Monday, the court aggrieved by Mr. Magistrate said.
supporting the agitation. lages, said Mr. Balhara. the government labelled him said Justice Sen would Kejriwals statement Against Mr. Azad, the
Turn up on February 1 The BJP will fail to even The dharna at Jassia village as a rioter and refused any meet the Registrar of during an interview with Magistrate said
Asking them to turn up in open its account in the Saha- in Rohtak, which was the epi- help. Out of the 18 killed, only Companies before the a TV channel in 2015. ...a Mr. Azad has levelled
large numbers on the occa- ranpur-Agra belt, which will centre of the protest last year, 10 families have got the ex- new DDCA oice-bearers very senior journalist disparaging allegations
sion of Basant Panchami on be dominated by Jats in the and another at Mayyar in gratia, but no jobs. The gov- are elected. told me over phone that against the DDCA and its
February 1, Mr. Balhara said, upcoming Uttar Pradesh elec- Hisar are the two major ernment has failed to keep its The appointment of an he got a call saying his oicials. Both the
Raise your hands and prom- tions. The Samajwadi Party protest sites and co-ordina- promises. I have lost my son administrator, meanwhile, son was selected (for accused are summoned
ise me that each one will bring and the Bahujan Samaj Party tion points for the ongoing and am ready to sacrifice the has come as contrary to playing cricket), but for the ofence of
along at least 10 people on can win with support of the agitation in Haryana. other two as well, but I will the DDCA pleas, when the list came out defamation under
February 1. Finish your chores Muslims, Yadavs and Dalits, Sitting next to a board dis- take this battle to a logical end according to which no his name was not there. sections 499, 500 of the
early on Wednesday, and but the BJP cannot win playing pictures of those this time, sighed Ram Kumar, administrator should Next day, his wife got an IPC, the Magistrate said.
bring your children too. We without support from Jats, killed during the agitation last betraying the prevailing govern its functioning as
will hold a cultural pro- said Mr. Balhara as he re- year is Ram Kumar, the father mood of the crowd at the site.

Five killed in
road accidents
PURUSHARTH ARADHAK

GREATER NOIDA: Five persons


were killed in four diferent
accidents in Dankaur and Je-
war areas due to dense fog on
Monday. A 25-year old youth
was killed when a pick-up
truck hit his motorbike in
Kanarsi village. In the second
incident, two youths were
killed on the Jewar-Jhajjar
Road when their motorcycle
crashed into a tractor. In the
other two accidents, a 35-
year-old biker was killed near
the Jewar interchange while a
truck driver died after his
loaded truck fell of the
Yamuna Expressway.

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Medical audits will check stent prices, say activists


NPPA data suggests that the price of a stent increases nearly 2000% by the time a patient gets the implant
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT develop standard treatment Drug Action Network court, the Government has under the Constitution for
HOMAGE guidelines for cardiovascular (AIDAN). The pricing data
Doctors and hospitals been directed to report to the the government to fulfil the
MRS R .GANGABAI , AGED 99 YEARS, w/
NEW DELHI: Demanding that the interventions with the help of which was submitted by the are taking cuts Court after the ceiling prices fundamental right to health
o (Late) S.Rangaswami Iyer passed government introduce med- expert doctors, free from industry to the NPPA has for unnecessarily have been notified. Even as and ensure the afordability
away at Salem on 280117 at 3 ical audits, where doctors conflict of interest, and im- made it clear beyond doubt, the NPPA is examining difer- of devices such as stents.
AM.Dasasthu on 60217 Dr. R. will have to account for drugs plement medical audits of she said. recommending ent formulas to fix an aford- Reports indicate that
Subramanian Cell 9443219474,
Dr.R.Natarajan Cell 9443203440. and devices used, health act- procedures. The recommendations coronary stents able price for stents, industry companies and industry as-
ivists on Monday said they come after data published by lobbying to thwart these ef- sociations are lobbying in-
were alarmed that doctors Pushing people into debt the National Pharmaceutical purchases the stents from the forts appears to have in- tensely for a ceiling price
and hospitals were taking We have consistently Pricing Authority (NPPA) distributor. creased in recent weeks. based on a simple average of
cuts for recommending use highlighted the unconscion- showed that the price of a Coronary stents were in- hospital prices which will en-
of coronary stents, which able prices that patients stent increases nearly 2000% cluded in the National List of Govt. must act now sure that the profiteering
may not be necessary, in across the country are paying by the time the patient gets Essential Medicines (NLEM) With the evidence of continues and hospitals can
heart patients. for stents that are pushing pa- the implant. after a petition was filed be- over-pricing now crystal take huge cuts on the stents.
After seeing that massive tients and their families into The NPPA data also shows fore the Delhi High Court by clear, the government must There is an urgent need to fix
margins charged at each step increasing indebtedness or that the largest cut goes to the advocate Birender Sangwan. act immediately to control the price at an afordable
in the distribution and supply leaving them without life- hospitals, which can be as In a second petition, also the prices of these life saving price that does not expose
of stents, activists have de- saving treatment, said Dr. high as 650% more than the filed by Mr. Sangwan, which devices said Mr. Sangwan. people to exploitation, said
manded that the government Mira Shiva of the All India price at which the hospital is pending before the same There is a clear obligation Malini Aisola of AIDAN.

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Principal booked under SC/ST Act Krishna heads home; BJP,


Kerala law college says there is no merit in the case; students ask Lekshmi Nair to step down
JD(S) follow him with invite
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT public humiliation was Ms.
Nairs thinking that he was BENGALURU: While top leaders
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Ker- responsible for some adverse of the Congress tried in vain
ala police have registered a reports that appeared in the to convince former
case against P. Lekshmi Nair, media against the college. Karnataka Chief Minister
Kerala Law Academy Law Media reports, repudiated S.M. Krishna to withdraw his
College principal, on the sus- by Ms. Nair, had strongly hin- resignation, the Opposition
picion that she intentionally ted at the managements sus- BJP made overtures to draw
insulted a Dalit student in pected prejudice against him to its fold. Some Janata
public view. Dalit students as evidenced Dal (Secular) leaders too
The principal has been by the denial of SC/ST made their pitch.
booked under The Sched- grants. Vivek cited three stu- However, Mr. Krishna left
uled Castes and The Sched- dents as eyewitnesses in the for his hometown Maddur
uled Tribes (Prevention of case. saying his association with
Atrocities Act), 1989. the Congress was a closed WARM WELCOME: Janata Dal (S) MP C.S. Puttaraju, left, and MLA
The college management Conciliatory talks fail chapter. D.C. Thammanna, centre, with S.M. Krishna in Mandya on
said the case had no factual Two rounds of conciliatory He was yet to firm up his Monday. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
or legal basis. However, agit- discussions the college man- future plans.
ating students interpreted agement held with the stu- Sources said Ahmed Patel, soon meet Mr. Krishna and MLA, even said he was ready
the development as one dents on Monday failed to political secretary to Con- invite him to join the party. to give up his seat for Mr.
which made Ms. Nairs con- break the deadlock. gress president Sonia Krishna.
tinuation as principal RESTIVE CAMPUS: Police stand guard at the Kerala Law Academy Law College premises in All students organisa- Gandhi, called up Mr. Ofer of seat Chief Minister Siddara-
untenable. Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. PHOTO: S. MAHINSHA tions, barring the Students Krishna inviting him for Interestingly, while JD(S) maiah, who maintained a si-
Severe criticism by the Federation of India, termed talks with Ms. Gandhi. Dis- president H.D. Deve Gowda lence so far, requested Mr.
State Human Rights Com- the case exposed the State law-enforcers and the after the student agitation the talks a failure. missing this, Mr. Krishna said he would not go to Mr. Krishna on Monday to with-
mission prompted the police police to harsh public criti- private college in which seeking Ms. Nairs removal However, leaders of the told reporters in Maddur Krishnas doorstep to invite draw his resignation. My
to act on Dalit student V.G. cism that it was biased some of them were enrolled gathered momentum. CPI(M)-feeder organisation that he could speak to her him, some party leaders in Cabinet colleagues are talk-
Viveks complaint on against Dalit petitioners. It as management quota stu- Viveks grievance was that claimed that an understand- any time without Mandya launched an exer- ing to him. I will also speak to
Monday, though a year has had also raised questions dents. Public attention was Ms. Nair openly berated his ing had been reached on most intermediaries. cise to get the former Chief him, he said.
elapsed since he filed it. about a possible conflict of focussed on police negli- caste status in January last. issues, except the resignation BJP State president B.S. Minister to join the party. (With inputs from Mysuru
The delay in registering interest between the local gence of Viveks complaint He felt the cause for his of the principal. Yeddyurappa said he would D.C. Thammanna, Maddur and Mandya)

Ola, Uber to stop ride-share Karnatakas roaring tiger story threatened by snares
Hearing on
kambala plea only
in Bengaluru from Friday MOHIT M. RAO

BENGALURU: The death of six


Nagarahole and adjoining
Bandipur forests, among
the highest densities of
This follows an increase
in cattle kills and presence
of older tigers ejected from
after decision on
STAFF REPORTER ply, we will recommend to
the Karnataka government
tigers in the new year on
the fringes of Karnatakas
tiger populations
anywhere.
their territories by
younger males.
jallikattu: HC
BENGALURU: Starting this Fri- that ride-sharing be al- Nagarahole and Bandipur The conservation A total of 21 tigers have SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
day, commuters will not be lowed, Mr. Aiyappa added. Tiger Reserves, both strategies now include died since January 2016
able to share a ride to work conservation success placing camera traps on around Nagarahole and BENGALURU: The Karnataka
through taxi aggregators Ola No legal framework stories, has thrown up forest fringes and Bandipur, many of them in High Court on Monday said
and Uber in Bengaluru. The service was ofered tough questions for deploying elephants for territorial fights. With the it would hear a plea to lift the
After a two-hour-long without a legal framework. conservators. combing operations. Our big cats population in the ban imposed by the court on
meeting with the Transport Transport Department oi- On Sunday, when a priority is to track tiger core areas reaching kambala (bufalo race) in the
Commissioner on Monday, cials said cabs could be de- six-year-old tigress was A tigress that was found movements, map the areas saturation point, oicials coastal districts only after
both app-based aggregators The app-based aggregators tained for permit violations found dead with its spine dead at Kummatur. and prevent any harm to and activists think there is the Supreme Court decided
agreed to halt ride-sharing agreed to halt services of the contract carriage con- snapped, near Srimangala them, said Conservator of bound to be higher on the pleas related to
services ofered under the offered under the brands ditions, which only allow for in Kodagu, on the unsuccessful attempts to Forests Manoj Kumar. mortality and man-tiger jallikattu.
brands UberPOOL and UberPOOL and OlaShare multiple passengers to be periphery of Nagarahole tranquillise and capture. National Tiger conflict. A Division Bench com-
OlaShare, as they have been picked up from one point Tiger Reserve, it The Forest Department Conservation Authority Conservation scientist prising Chief Justice Subro
termed illegal. work as it is afordable. But it and dropped at a specific highlighted the growing went into a huddle and oicials inspected the K. Ullas Karanth from the Kamal Mukherjee and
The companies have is unlikely for the ban to re- point. challenge. drew up a plan to comb the spots of deaths. Centre for Wildlife Studies Justice Budihal R.B. declined
asked for three days to main permanent, as the But, under the Karnataka The animal had got bufer zones of the Since core forest areas says camera traps recorded to hear petitions related to
modify their software. If they Transport Department is in Motor Vehicles Rules, the trapped in a snare set for reserves for snares as well have benefited from over 100 tigers in the area kambala for now.
do not comply, we will have favour of the service. permit conditions can be wild boar in a cofee estate, as tigers that have protection, oicials are aged over one year. This The court in November
to take action against them, Ride-sharing is beneficial modified in the public in- the second such incident ventured out. While now trying to reduce the indicates a strong upswing last year passed an interim
said Transport Commis- to the environment and re- terest. This is most likely the in a fortnight. The rest of Karnataka has an spillover impact of the in the population, and with order restraining kambala
sioner M.K. Aiyappa. duces the number of cars on method by which ride-share the tiger casualties arose estimated 406 tigers, 221 tiger population on bufer this, tiger deaths naturally citing the Supreme Court
Thousands of commuters the road. If they submit a re- services will be made legal in from natural causes or were recorded in zones. rise. verdict which banned
rely on ride-sharing to get to quest seeking permission to the coming weeks. jallikattu.

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THE HINDU TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017

Clamour to rename Padmavati Bengaluru Infosys staf


Rajput groups now demand preview of the historical film Welcome to alerted Pune campus
MOHAMMED IQBAL Bihar, Tejashwi SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Asaram Bapu
JAIPUR: Even as filmmaker
Sanjay Leela Bhansali and
tells Bhansali PUNE: Police say Rasila Raju
(25), the Infosys software en-
the Karni Sena reached an AMARNATH TEWARY gineer, murdered allegedly
Supreme Court agreement that there would
be no romantic dream se- PATNA: Rashtriya Janata Dal
by a security guard, was
found dead on the companys
quence in the historical film premises at Hinjewadi IT
denies bail to Padmavati, Rajput groups
chief Lalu Prasad and his
son and Bihars Deputy Park on Sunday night.
here on Monday demanded Chief Minister Tejashwi She was probably
Asaram Bapu that the movies title be Yadav on Monday slammed murdered between 5 p.m.
changed to something more the pro-Bharatiya Janata and 6.30 p.m. Though
LEGAL CORRESPONDENT appropriate and a preview Party (BJP) media for Sunday is normally her day
arranged before its release. remaining silent over the of, she was working on a
NEW DELHI: Self-styled godman Mr. Bhansali has cancelled VOCIFEROUS PROTESTS: Karni Sena activists disrupting the attack on Bollywood film- project in the 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
and rape accused Asaram shooting for the movie at Ja- shooting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati at maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali shift. When her supervisor
Bapu found no relief in the igarh Fort here following last the Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur last week. PHOTO: PTI while shooting for his film and her team in Bengaluru
Supreme Court, which dis- weeks attack on the films Padmavati in Rajasthan last stopped receiving her calls,
missed both his plea for in- crew and vandalisation of leging that the Padmavati which is yet to respond to the week. they sensed something was Police escort Bhaben Saikiya, the security guard at the Infosys
terim bail on medical sets. However, his produc- filmmaker was distorting new demands, has requested Mr. Tejashwi Yadav also amiss and alerted the secur- campus in Hinjewadi, Pune, held for allegedly murdering
grounds and a second applic- tion houses attempts to historical facts by incorpor- Rajput Sabha president Giri- invited Mr. Bhansali to ity staf on the Pune campus. software engineer Rasila Raju. PHOTO: DATTATRAYA ADHALGE
ation for regular bail on the soothe the frayed tempers ating a dream sequence of raj Singh in a formal commu- shoot his film in the It was late in the evening
basis of his advanced age and
prolonged incarceration as
an undertrial for about 3.5
succeeded with its ofer to
remove any objectionable
scenes.
love scenes between Delhi
ruler Alauddin Khilji and
Queen Padmini of Chittor-
nication to ensure that there
is no untoward action
against the production unit,
historical, glorified,
culturally rich and
developing Bihar.
when the police reached the
Infosys premises. The secur-
ity guard, Bhaben Saikiya
Village mourns victim
years. garh in the movie. crew and cast if the shooting Bihar hota to Bha-Ja-Pa- (26) of Assam, prime suspect STAFF REPORTER Rasilas father O. Raju hails
Hearing the applications Producers assurance After reaching an under- resumes in Rajasthan. yi mediawale jatiwad aur in the murder, was then try- from Kuruvattur, a village in
on the top of the list of Bhansali Productions standing, Rajputa Sabha and Padmavati features jungle raj ka aphvaah faila ing to make his way to his KOZHIKODE: The death of 25-year- Kozhikode. He works as a Home
Mondays cases, a Bench of CEO Shobha Sant said the other groups of the com- Deepika Padukone in the kar Bihar ko badnaam kar home State via Mumbai. He old Rasila Raju in Pune has left Guard at the Kunnamangalam
Chief Justice of India J.S. film was being produced munity said at a press confer- queens role along with Ran- rahe hote...BJP-shashit was nabbed at Mumbais Ch- her family members shell- police station. Her mother died of
Khehar and Justice N.V. after a careful research and ence here that a screening veer Singh, who is essaying pradesh hai to ye sab chup hatrapati Shivaji Terminus shocked. They said Rasila was an cancer a few years ago. Manoj, a
Ramana found no justifica- sought the support of all so- committee should be formed the role of the second ruler of hain. (Had it been Bihar, the early on Monday. He was enterprising student. She relative, said Rasila had been in
tion in his plea for modifica- cial organisations while af- by Bhansali Productions be- the 14th century Khilji dyn- pro-BJP media would have later produced before a local graduated from a prominent touch with her family online just
tion of an earlier order to en- firming that nobodys senti- fore its release. The Karni asty. Mr. Bhansali was spread rumours of casteism court, which sent him to five- engineering college in a few hours before the tragedy.
large him on interim bail to ments would be hurt and no Sena, accused of leading the roughed up in an attack on and jungle raj to defame day police custody. Coimbatore and was recruited by We were not aware of the
access superior medical romantic scenes would be attack on Mr. Bhansali and the movie sets on Friday, Bihar...they are keeping A statement issued by the Infosys two years ago through a seriousness of the situation when
care. filmed. his crew, said the films title drawing sharp reactions quiet as it happened in a company said it was campus interview. She then Infosys authorities requested us
The Bench concluded that Activists of Rajput groups should be changed. from the film industry in his BJP-ruled State), tweeted saddened and shocked by the moved to Bengaluru and from to rush to Pune. In fact, they
the 78-year-old Asaram was had resorted to violence al- Bhansali Productions, support. Mr. Lalu Prasad. incident. there to Pune. asked us to fly down, he said.
getting expert care for an al-
leged prostate problem and

We were not raped, tribal girls tell HC


he was treated at a Jodhpur
hospital where even per-
sons holding the highest pos-
ED secures first-ever conviction
itions obtain treatment.

Bid to delay proceedings


PAVAN DAHAT forests of Gadchiroli after an
encounter between Maoists
under tremendous pres-
sure from the police and
The High Court permitted
both the girls to go home
under money laundering law
Additional Solicitor-Gen- NAGPUR: Refuting claims by and the C-60 team. would not speak the truth. with their relatives. DEVESH K. PANDEY Former Jharkhand Sanjay Rai were convicted
eral Tushar Mehta, for the some activists that two tribal However, some activists Mrs. Gota and her hus- for abetment.
State of Rajasthan, submitted girls of Chhattisgarh were from Gadchiroli had Testify in judges chamber band were arrested by the NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Minister Hari Narayan The State Vigilance De-
that the defence was doing gang raped by C-60 com- launched a campaign against The Bench of Justices B.R. police on Saturday from the Directorate (ED) on Monday Rai gets seven-year partment had initially re-
its best to prolong the trial mandos in the Gadchiroli the police alleging that the Gavai and Indira Jain, how- oice of advocate Nihal secured the first-ever con- gistered a case against Mr.
proceedings. Similarly, two district of Maharashtra, the girls were gang raped by ever, asked both the girls to Singh Rathod in Nagpur. viction under the Prevention
imprisonment in a Rai and filed a charge-sheet
star prosecution witnesses girls appeared before the C-60 commandos that night. come to the judges chamber Some more activists, who of Money Laundering Act corruption case in 2008. He was later arres-
had been killed, he said. Nagpur bench of the Bombay The girls, who were to testify. Both emphatically were part of the campaign (PMLA), which came into ted. The ED also launched a
The Bench also ordered an High Court on Monday and lodged in a correction home denied any such act by the against the police, were also force in 2005, with a Ranchi ment of his assets, currently money laundering probe
FIR to be registered against denied any such incident. on Sunday after a special sit- police. arrested in the last two days. special court sentencing worth about 3 crore. into the allegations of cor-
all those behind the filing of The girls, who belonged to ting of the High Court, were The court also held that They were granted bail by a former Jharkhand Minister Last year, a Central Bureau ruption and disproportion-
fictitious documents in the the Kanker district of Chhat- brought to the court on the girls were compelled Gadchiroli court on Monday. Hari Narayan Rai to seven of Investigation (CBI) court ate assets. The CBI took over
Supreme Court seeking As- tisgarh bordering Gadchir- Monday. by the sarpanch of Jambia The police have called the years imprisonment in a cor- in Ranchi had sentenced Mr. the probe in 2009 and filed
arams bail. oli, were detained for a Advocate Gayatri Singh, Gatta village, Sheela Gota, to allegations of rape against ruption case. Rai for owning assets dispro- another charge-sheet in 2012.
Asaram was arrested by night by a team of C-60 com- who appeared for the inform the petitioner, Gillu the C-60 commandos the The court also levied a portionate to his known He has been accused of
the Jodhpur police on Au- mandos on January 20 in brother of one of the girls, al- Ram Gota, about the incid- handiwork of some Maoist fine of 5 lakh on him, be- sources of income. His wife misappropriating public
gust 31, 2013. Hiddur and Murewada leged that the two girls were ent which never took place. sympathisers. sides confirming the attach- Sushila Devi and brother funds for personal benefit.

Students skip mid-day Trinamool to boycott


meal cooked by Dalit budget presentation
TIKAMGARH (M.P.): Over 60 stu- have refused to take meal are SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Valley chit fund scam.
dents of a government 16 belonging to a community The party described the
primary school in Madhya under the SC category. They KOLKATA: The Trinamool Con- arrest as a clear case of
Pradesh, 16 of them from the have been refusing food say- gress MPs will not be present political vendetta by the
Scheduled Caste category, ing the cook belonged to a in Parliament on the first two ruling party at the Centre by
have been skipping their diferent Dalit community. days of the Budget session on misusing the CBI and abus-
mid-day meal cooked by a The headmasters letter January 31 and February 1, a ing its power. From Febru-
Dalit woman for the last few mentioned that a student statement issued by the ary 2, the party will protest
months. who is not taking the meal party said here on Monday. against the Centre both in-
The shocking issue came said his parents had asked The decision was taken side and outside Parlia-
to light after the schools him to not eat the food pre- after a meeting of the Trin- ment, Mr. Banerjee said.
headmaster Ramgopal pared by the Dalit woman. amool Congress Parliament- A few days ago, the Trin-
Gupta wrote to the CEO of Others too echoed the ary Party at the residence of amool chairperson had given
the local body at Jatara (teh- same reason, the letter said. West Bengal Chief Minister clear hints of her party MPs
sil place) in Tikamgargh Sixty-seven students, in- and party chairperson abstaining from the budget
district. cluding 16 students of the SC Mamata Banerjee. presentation. Why dont we
Mr Gupta said he had writ- category, are not eating the TMCs chief whip in Lok celebrate Saraswati Pujo in a
ten to his superiors about the mid-day meal. They arent Sabha Kalyan Banerjee told big way instead of presenting
issue in the past as well but taking the food as it is cooked journalists that the decision Union Budget on Feb. 1, Ms.
there had been no follow-up by a Dalit woman, Mr Gupta had been taken on two Banerjee asked on January
action. said. counts in protest against 21.
The primary school is situ- The contract for providing demonetisation and the il- Earlier in the day, TMC na-
ated at Madkheda village, 19 the meal was bagged by a legal arrest of its Lok Sabha tional spokesperson and MP
km of the district self-help group of the Dalit leader Sudip Banerjee and Derek OBrien also cited
headquarters. woman (of which she is the another MP Tapas Paul in Saraswati Puja as one of the
Among the children who president). - PTI connection with the Rose reasons for the decision.

Defreeze accounts of SC junks petition against


Indira Jaisings NGO: HC President, calls it malicious
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT LEGAL CORRESPONDENT The petition was filed, the Su-
preme Court learnt, after the litig-
MUMBAI: In what may come as a huge relief to NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on ants appeals filed earlier in the Su-
former Additional Solicitor-General of India, Monday dismissed a public in- preme Court.
Indira Jaising, the Bombay High Court on terest litigation petition filed by a
Monday ordered the domestic accounts of her disgruntled litigant against Pres- 2006 verdict
NGO, The Lawyers Collective, be de-freezed. ident Pranab Mukherjee, calling it Citing its 2006 judgment in
While giving the order, the single bench of an assault on the Constitution. Rameshwar Prasad and Others
Justice M.S. Sonak said the Centres allega- Noting that PIL petition is not a versus Union of India, the Bench
tions are quite vague. free-for-all to file whatever one observed that it has been clearly
Justice Sonak was hearing the appeal filed by pleases against who ever one held that the President cannot be
the NGO against the Charity Commissioners pleases, a Bench of Justices Dipak arrayed as a party to a litigation.
order passed on November 27, 2016, which said Misra and R. Banumathi said a lit- The court said individual griev-
that the money in bank accounts be frozen igant cannot assume that he is the ances of a litigant could not be a
with immediate efect and shall be in custody monarch of all he surveys. ground for launching a malicious
of the bank in accordance with Foreign Contri- The order came on a petition attack on the system, especially
bution Regulation Act Rules. filed by one Ms. Aninidita against when high constitutional authorit-
three persons, the first of whom is ies like the President were in-
Vague allegations the President of India. volved.
The court said on Monday that the Central
Government cannot stifle the very functioning
and the activities of individuals or associations,
provided, such activities and such functioning
is not otherwise in breach of any legal provi-
sions. There is no allegation of siphoning of
amounts from the FCRA Accounts. The allega-
tions of mixing or flow from out of foreign con-
tributions, are quite vague and bereft of details
or reasoning.
The Bench said, As noted earlier, at least
prima facie, the allegations are quite vague,
when it comes to the charge of mixing of for-
eign contribution with local/domestic funds.
The parameters of sections of the FCRA are not
attracted to the facts and circumstances of the
present case, read the order.
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The hidden agenda of benevolence


The growing chorus for a universal basic income is a ruse to eliminate or roll back significantly the public
distribution system and signature welfare programmes
touted Finnish experiment is restricted to In contrast, all the governments subsidies
T U E S D AY , J A N U A RY 3 1 , 2 0 1 7 the unemployed. It does not cover all work- put together account for only 4-4.5% of the
G. SAMPATH ing individuals. And it only replaces the GDP. This presents three options: one, the
already existing basic unemployment allow- government makes up the deficit through
ance and labour market subsidy it is not additional tax revenue; two, it limits the
The enemy The idea of a universal basic income (UBI)
an add-on benefit.
In India, too, the UBI is not an add-on. On
fiscal burden by shrinking the UBI coverage
from universal to those below the poverty

within has been gaining ground globally. While


Switzerland held a referendum on it last
year (it was voted down), Finland intro-
the contrary, it is about giving in a diferent
form (cash), and under one umbrella, what
is already being given (in-kind and cash be-
line; and three, it further shrinks the amount
being doled out.
Given Indias narrow tax base, and a

N
ot ideological ainity, but prospects of duced it earlier this month. Media reports nefits) via diferent channels. policy mindset hostile to the idea of extract-
power and pelf determine the making suggest that the government of Indias flag- Back in 2008, in an influential paper in the ing more tax revenue from the wealthy, we
ship Economic Survey this year is likely to Economic and Political Weekly titled The can rule out option one. So the UBI we get, if
and unmaking of political alliances. The
endorse the UBI, setting the stage for its case for direct cash transfers to the poor, we get one, would be derived from a com-
Shiv Sena is the closest to the Bharatiya introduction. Arvind Subramanian, the present Chief Eco- bination of the second and third options,
Janata Party in terms of ideology and policies, but a On the face of it, an unconditional basic nomic Adviser of the government, along which means both U and B are out of UBI,
parting of ways of the two parties was always just income for everyone seems a great idea. In with economists Devesh Kapur and Partha leaving us efectively with what we already
around the corner. Diferences over seat-sharing the West, the UBI is being discussed as a Mukhopadhyay, argued that the 1,80,000 have: cash transfers.
for the polls to the urban local bodies in Maha- solution to two problems: unemployment crore spent annually on centrally sponsored Most critically, one aspect is taken for
rashtra were inevitable as each party was seeking to due to automation; and growing social un- schemes and assorted subsidies should in- granted by all the three options: the UBI will
expand its influence at the expense of the other. rest caused by extreme inequality and pre- ILLUSTRATION: DEEPAK HARICHANDAN stead be distributed as cash directly to 70 be funded primarily by the money allocated
Quite understandably, the Sena is yet to reconcile carity. It is expected to solve the unemploy- million households below the poverty line. for CSS and subsidies. In other words, a ba-
itself to its situation as a junior partner of the BJP ment problem by decoupling subsistence If the UBI is about reducing Put simply, the UBI in India is nothing but sic income, however paltry, would help
from jobs, freeing human beings to realise inequality and poverty, then the old wine of direct cash transfer in a fancy strengthen the case for the elimination or a
after the 2014 Assembly election, when it won their true potential, preferably through en- new bottle. significant roll-back of programmes such as
fewer seats than the BJP did after contesting alone trepreneurship. It would address the second there are many things the state Its objective remains the same: to elimin- the PDS, midday meal schemes, and the Ma-
following a similar breakdown in seat-sharing ne- by supplying monetary resources to access could do at a fraction of what it ate the public distribution system (PDS) and hatma Gandhi National Rural Employment
gotiations. Having headed the government in 1995, the necessities of life. This, in a nutshell, is with it, the food, fuel, and fertiliser sub- Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
the first time the alliance tasted power in the State, the popular understanding of the UBI. The would cost sidies. The same old arguments for repla-
the Sena greatly resents the role of a minor partner reality, however, is not so rosy. cing the PDS with cash transfers are now be- Why a UBI now?
of the BJP in the government. If the party does not The UBI debate in India has been a nar- ducted so far ofer a clue. Invariably, they all ing trotted out in favour of the UBI. The There is no point reprising here the case
win back its support base, ceded mostly to the BJP, row one restricted, for the most part, to present the same conclusion: giving cash to addition of the word universal signals against direct cash transfers, which eco-
it will not be able to reverse the power equation financial viability. Its advocates argue that it the poor is better than traditional welfare. greater ambition but alters neither the sub- nomists such as Jean Dreze have made con-
is a more eicient way of delivering welfare, Of course, it would be wonderful if the stance nor the motive. vincingly. It is nonetheless fascinating to see
within the alliance. The results of the local body
while its opponents hold that the fiscal bur- problem of inequality and poverty were But let us take the arguments in favour at the emerging contours of a distinctive polit-
elections are significant in determining this equa- den would be too much. What hasnt re- solved for us by a sudden moral awakening face value. What constitutes a basic income? ical project.
tion. They will in all probability lay the basis for ceived adequate attention is the politics be- of the rich. Unfortunately, the current en- Common sense dictates that it should be The Jan-Dhan Yojana set out to make
seat negotiations for battles with higher stakes: the hind the UBI: who is pushing the idea? To thusiasm for the UBI is not the product of whatever is required to take care of basic life every Indian accessible to global finance.
Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in 2019. what end? And why? such a momentous development. needs. A logical equivalent for this figure The Aadhaar card set out to make every In-
But embarrassingly for the two parties, the cam- would be the minimum wage. The central dian identifiable and enumerable as data
paign is at a pitch that cannot be brought down. The UBI evangelists Not an add-on benefit governments move last year to raise the the currency of global tech. The high mobile
Both have indulged in name-calling and traded cor- The most eloquent advocates of UBI The biggest myth about the UBI, partly re- minimum wage for non-skilled, non-agri- penetration has connected every Indian to
ruption charges, even while remaining partners in today are free-market enthusiasts the sponsible for sections of the Left endorsing cultural workers to 9,100 per month was set the global digital network. An element that
government. It is therefore diicult to imagine same lot branded as neo-liberals for their it, is that it is a redistributive policy that aside following opposition from industry. was missing was consumer behaviour,
advocacy of deregulation, privatisation, and would reduce inequality. It is indeed pos- Perhaps 9,100 per month is too luxurious an which the recent demonetisation sought to
there will be no long-term consequences for the al- cuts in welfare spending. Their guru, Milton sible to have a redistributive UBI. But it income to qualify as basic. The actual min- address, by force-feeding cashless to a
liance in the run-up to the 2019 general election. Friedman, was an early advocate of basic in- would need to fulfil two conditions: it must imum wage in India is around 4,800 per cash-dependent population. The UBI fits
The Sena, which played down the strident Marathi come. Outside the academic realm, the be funded by taxing the wealthy; and the ex- month. Could we then expect at least this perfectly in this scheme of things, as it seeks
chauvinism of its early years in favour of Hindutva biggest champion of UBI is the global tech isting entitlements to the poor must not be amount from our UBI? to compress the whole gamut of welfare be-
nationalism, knows its support base is vulnerable sector. Silicon Valley billionaires such as taken away. Such a UBI would actually be a While diferent numbers have been ban- nefits into one, and mount it on a singular
to poaching by the BJP. In alliance or out of it, the Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, and socialist measure that would increase the died about, there seems to be a broad con- JAM (Jan-Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile) platform.
Sena is always under the threat of being subsumed Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes have bargaining power of the working classes by sensus around the Tendulkar committee But why a UBI now? One explanation
within the BJPs own political stream. Its eforts to publicly backed the idea. giving them an income cushion. poverty line of 33 a day. This works out to a could be the immense pressure on India in
expand beyond the cities and major towns of the Could it be possible that the global finan- But neither of these conditions is met by basic income of 1,000-1,250 a month or secretive free trade negotiations. The de-
cial elite have finally sprouted a conscience? any of the UBI designs being promoted 12,000-15,000 a year. But even this modest veloped nations have for long wanted India
State had put the Sena more in direct competition
The reports of the UBI pilot projects con- today, either globally or in India. The much- figure is estimated to cost 11-12% of the GDP. to wind up its food security-related provi-
with the BJP than in conflict with the Congress and sions both state procurement of food-
the Nationalist Congress Party. Unsurprisingly, the grains, and their subsidised distribution via
Sena campaign for the civic bodies has grown to in- CARTOONSCAPE PDS. A UBI would pave the way for the elim-
clude attacks on not only the failings of the De- ination of these measures, dealing a death
vendra Fadnavis government but also the record of blow to food security and deepening farm
the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and distress.
its flip-flops on demonetisation. However, the real Another is that the Indian state is stuck
test for the Sena and the BJP will emerge after the with welfare commitments it cannot renege
dust settles, when they will have to resume work as on without political and legal con-
sequences. The eiciency/ineiciency ar-
partners in government following weeks of this gument for scraping PDS and MGNREGS
hostile campaign. And also possibly, deal with a never acknowledges that these are rights-
changed power equation within the alliance. based social entitlements with specified
outcomes and that is not accidental. Shift-
ing the welfare paradigm to UBI would
loosen the bonds of legal and social account-
As bigotry ability. Under the PDS, for instance, the state
must provide a specified quantity of food-
grains to the poor no matter what. With UBI,
becomes policy it has the option letting the payout slide be-
hind inflation, as has already happened with

A
merican President Donald Trump imple- the old age and widow pensions.
In the final analysis, we need to answer a
mented his campaign promise of ex- simple question: is the UBI about reducing
treme vetting on Friday when he an- inequality and poverty? If the answer is yes,
nounced that his administration had then there are many things the state could
banned, for 90 days via executive order, travellers do at a fraction of what the UBI would cost
from seven Muslim-majority nations: Iran, Iraq, from enforcing the minimum wage law, to
Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Saudi Ara- releasing funds on time for MGNREGS. But
bia, Egypt and Pakistan were not on the list, per- if a dispensation hostile to these tried and
haps owing to the close economic and strategic ties tested anti-poverty measures develops a
that Washington, and indeed the Trump Organiza- sudden zeal to eliminate poverty through
tion, have with some of these nations although UBI, a measure of scepticism is in order.
White House Chief of Staf Reince Priebus indic- sampath.g@thehindu.co.in
ated that Pakistan may be put on the list, going for-
ward. Mr. Trump has placed on hold indefinitely
the U.S.s asylum programme for refugees from LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Syria, and suspended entry of all refugees to the
Letters emailed to letters@thehindu.co.in must carry the full postal address and the full name or the name with initials.
U.S. for 120 days. While he may have enthused his
core constituency of predominantly white, blue-
collar workers, beset with economic and racial in- Trumps pause button red carpet to talented immigrants. producing GCC emirates, law to protect participants from continues to find favour with the
securities, his order sent shock waves at home and Mr. Trumps unbridled enthusiasm sheikhdoms and kingdoms are still danger given that it has been argued public including the younger
abroad, and sparked fears that it could create a re- Though Donald Trump may have to go ahead with his protective being propped up by the U.S. The that jallikattu is a sport? Can we generation. Study after study has
won the U.S. presidency, his knee- trade measures and restrictive U.S. came into being only after the allow the injuries sufered and the confirmed the shallow nature of
cruitment bonanza for terrorists. Leading the lib- jerk actions betray a lack of trust in immigration policies will only do persecuted from Europe gathered loss of lives to be a part of sport? digital reading. In fact, the
eral counterattack, the American Civil Liberties humanity as a whole as he wants to harm to the U.S. there and vowed to ofer liberty Who will compensate the families technological controllers of the
Union argued that Mr. Trumps order represented tar everyone with the same brush social, political, economic to for injuries sustained or death? Internet thrive on dispersing our
M. Jeyaram,
constitutional and legal overreach. In response, a (Court stops Trumps travel ban Sholavandan, Tamil Nadu immigrants. It is galling that Mr. Given the series of incidents, what attention as they would lose heavily
federal judge in New York ruled that sending back order, Jan.30). There is no Trump refuses to recognise have those who vigorously if viewers spent too much time on a
the travellers detained in airports may cause them explicable reason why the U.S. It is understandable that Trump Americas founding principles. canvassed for the sport got to say page or site.
irreparable harm, and that the government was needs to be overreacting to terror wants to ban illegal immigrants M.A. Siraj, now? There is a litany of questions V.N. Mukundarajan,
enjoined and restrained from, in any manner and threats. Americans, their leaders from entering the U.S. But the Bengaluru that need to be immediately Thiruvananthapuram
by any means, removing individuals with valid pa- and the foreign policy draftsmen selective ban on people from seven addressed.
need to concede that much of the Muslim-majority countries is The obsession this daily has V. Lakshmanan, The older generation is for the
pers. Similar rulings came in Virginia, Massachu-
worlds terror has its genesis in the unacceptable. The U.S. has always towards America and its afairs Tirupur, Tamil Nadu survival of the print media at any
setts and Washington State. U.S.s extra-interventionist role been the proverbial land of rather than our national interests/ cost, though we do admit that news
Mr. Trumps shock therapy for controlling im- across the world. Playing big opportunities and flourished only news is strange. I am afraid most reports reach much earlier
migration begs the question whether the order is brother and assuming the role of because of immigrant labour. readers like me are not interested in Print still rules nowadays with the help of better
constitutional. In 1965, Congress had deliberately the worlds self-appointed Rather than have a blanket ban, the Mr. Trumps team or what is going It appears that nearly two decades communication and technology.
circumscribed presidential power in this regard by policeman will come with its own U.S. should focus on a stronger on at the White House. Our Prime of screen-based reading have But nothing can replace the
stating that no one could be discriminated against costs. vetting process for U.S. visa Minister has taken over this job as convinced readers that there is a pleasure of reading a newspaper.
in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the Pushpa Dorai, applicants. he literally functions as the U.S. world of diference between P.U. Krishnan,
persons race, sex, nationality, place of birth... The Nurani, Kerala Viplav Jain, Ambassador to India. I wish the consuming news and reading Udhagamandalam, The Nilgiris
order will probably have a wider fallout in the eco- Islamabad, Pakistan daily concentrated more on news (Is past the key to future,
Donald Trump has sent out a clear national news. Jan.30). The experience of
nomic sphere already Silicon Valley firms have and unequivocal message to the American jingoism has been television news should have A stirring duel
scrambled to bring back their staf deployed in af- Tilak Subramanian V.,
international community that his responsible for civil disorder, Bailakere, Udupi, Karnataka forewarned media managers about There might have been many
fected countries, and CEOs including Googles controversial election promises are terrorism and an exodus from the dangers of jumping onto the thrilling and pulsating Major tennis
Sundar Pichai, Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg and not empty rhetoric and that he is several Muslim countries. Iraq was digital news bandwagon solely on finals, but the mens singles of the
Microsofts Satya Nadella, have expressed concern determined to walk the extra mile a prosperous nation till 1991. Two Worth the risk? the basis of the alluring narratives Australian Open final, between
that the ban will afect their talent pools. More to translate all his draconian visions wars foisted on it by the U.S. Taking on an irate and agitated propagated by technology czars. A Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal,
broadly, Mr. Trumps order has done irreparable into reality. He cannot be faulted for devastated it and impoverished its animal endowed with sharp horns consumer of news mainly looks at was Simply the best (Editorial,
damage to Americas reputation as a melting pot of his intention to make America great people, eventually leading to the and brute strength is extremely the headlines. He is least interested Jan.30). It was a final devoid of any
immigrants, a beacon for bright minds and a hu- and safe from terror but the weapon emergence of the Islamic State and risky (Jallikattu in Tiruchi leaves 35 in pausing and reflecting on the tantrums and aggressive gestures
he seeks to deploy now militates ethnic tensions. Peace, harmony injured, Mishap lands bull- stories to understand their by the two veterans. Nadals
mane force against authoritarian excess abroad. No
against the liberal, secular and and prosperity are a far cry in handler in hospital and 32 hurt in significance. fighting spirit and Federers classic
major attack has taken place on U.S. soil in the past democratic ethos and values that democratic Iraq today which a Sivaganga, all Jan.30). It was only A reader, on the other hand, wants display were of a high quality. The
eight years. Ultimately, Mr. Trumps insistence on define the very character of despotic Saddam ensured during recently that two persons were to delve into the news to try to mutual respect and admiration by
preferential treatment for Christian refugees American society. The U.S.s rise as his years. Not to be forgotten is the killed in a jallikattu event. When grasp its wider meaning and both was something to be cherished
makes a bogeyman of Muslims, a retrograde action a global superpower can be U.S.s role in helping the wearing protective gear has become ramifications for which they need for a long time.
that will exacerbate anti-Americanism worldwide. attributed to its liberal, democratic germination of Taliban fanatics. a legal norm wherever there is to rely on the print. It is no wonder, V. Mahalingam,
framework and for rolling out the Oppressive regimes in the oil- anticipated danger, how is there no therefore, that print media Chennai
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THE HINDU TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017

ECOLOGY
How land use affects
Dont speak, dont tell
The RBIs continuance of the cash withdrawal limits, along with the thrust on digital banking, is
climate change aimed at averting the possibility of a bank run
The interaction between people and land is as old as human working capital limits. The tests show
evolution. When early hunter-gatherers started to settle that only 49 out of the 60 banks in the
down in the Neolithic transition and practise agriculture, MEERA NANGIA sample will remain resilient (by using
they began to change their relationship with land in a major their SLR and High Quality Liquid As-
way. Starting with the Holocene, approximately 11,500 years sets) in such a scenario. In case of incre-
SUJATHA ago, many plants were domesticated for agriculture. These mental shocks in an extreme crises,
BYRAVAN and the associated social and technological changes led to Do you fear a run on the banks? This banks will be able to withstand with-
dense human settlements that then paved the way for the was the question posed by some MPs in drawals of 15% of deposits using their re-
formation of early cities. As is evident, even now human interventions the Parliamentary Standing Committee maining SLR investments. In other
transform land, water and local ecologies, and in doing so deeply afect the on Finance to Urjit Patel, Governor, Re- words, 11 out of the 60 banks will fail the
availability of resources. Over the past half-century or so, it has become serve Bank of India (RBI). Before he liquidity test! The report does not dis-
clear that these changes have so profoundly modified the earth that a geolo- could respond, former Prime Minister close the names of these 11 banks.
gical transformation to the Anthropocene is now firmly in place. Manmohan Singh intervened by saying,
No, you dont have to answer this ques- Banks on the precipice
Land use change lock-in tion. Had the Governor answered the Incidentally, Viral Acharya, the new
Land-use change takes place through human activity in several ways. For question, he would probably have listed RBI Deputy Governor, in a study titled
example, in Indonesia, about 500 sq km of forest area are cleared each year, out scenarios that could result in a bank State intervention in banking: the relat-
much of which is replaced with oil palm plantations. Another pattern of run. Since the 2008 global financial ive health of Indian public sector and
changing land use is seen in expanding cities. In many countries, including crises, central bankers are actively en- private sector banks, concludes that the
India, cities are expanding well beyond their formal limits, either along gaged in the issue of financial stability Indian banking system needs radical re-
inter-city corridors or in other directions. Various forces shape these pat- and pre-emption of bank runs. The RBI form and recommends repealing the SBI
terns of urbanisation, transforming land use from agriculture and forests too has been bringing out half-yearly RISKY BUSINESS: There is liquidity risk if a bank is unable to repay on demand the Act, SBI (Subsidiary Banks) Act, and Na-
into industry, residential and commercial buildings and associated infra- Financial Stability Reports (FSR) since money it has accepted from the depositors. SBI unveiling its digital banking tionalisation Acts 1970, 1980. One of the
structure, and horticulture. Often the contested spaces of peri-urban areas 2010, in which one section is devoted ex- initiative sbiINTOUCH' in Chennai. PHOTO: R. RAGU scenarios studied assumes the absence
(outside city limits but not quite clusively to the commercial banking of regulatory forbearance on restruc-
part of the rural hinterland) be- Interventions like converting sector. The reports contain sophistic- mittee on Bank Supervision and the Fin- Quantitative tests indicate tured assets (as directed by the RBI with
come sites from which groundwa- agricultural land for housing ated stress tests that gauge the risk to the ancial Stability Board. It has directed efect from April 1, 2015). The results
ter is pumped and transported to banking system based on liquidity-cum- banks to give up forbearance in the clas-
that the banking system is show that in such a scenario the tier I
the city, where new industrial or industry and filling up insolvency contagion scenarios. These sification and reporting of non-per- apparently not even prepared capital of all public sector banks slips
zones are developed, where urban ponds impact reports are reviewed by a subcommittee forming assets (NPA) from April 1, 2015. for the withdrawal of 10% of below the mandatory 6.5% level and
waste is dumped, and where veget- of the Financial Stability Development In simple terms, this means that as four public sector banks become
ables and other high-value crops
ecosystem services Council that functions under the Fin- banks stop playing pretend, the loans depositors funds insolvent.
are grown for nearby urban centres. ance Ministry. that were earlier classified as standard As anyone familiar with quantitative
These land-use changes are alarming for climate change because they Any professional banker would never assets will now be downgraded, leading to the same big borrower groups. How- tests would know that the stress tests
tell us how deeply locked into semi-permanence they can be, just by prolif- deny the possibility of a bank run. Bank- to an increase in the loan defaults. Ex- ever, a bank with adequate CRAR would are based on certain assumptions and
erating at a rapid pace. Cars are replaced on average every decade or so and ing is a risky business. A bank lends out cess provisioning will lead to a decline be able to withstand this credit shock. not foolproof in their replication of real-
new breakthrough vehicle technology may spread and change the fleet in money received from its depositors. in profits; in some cases even chipping The December 2016 FSR reveals in- ity. However, these tests do indicate that
one to two decades. Coal power plants may be replaced every four to five The presumption is that all depositors away bank capital. This declining trend teresting results of stress tests conduc- the banking system is apparently not
decades. However, cities and urban tissue last over 500 years. Urbanising will not demand all their money back at is discernible in the bank performance ted using 10 diferent scenarios based on even prepared for the withdrawal of 10%
areas grow and expand in diferent ways, parts of them planned, with other the same time. There is liquidity risk if during 2015-16. The ratio of gross NPAs the information of group borrowers. of depositors funds. Perhaps, a more ap-
portions of informality containing infrastructure, homes, slums and indus- the bank is unable to repay on demand to gross advances increased sharply The tests show that CRAR would fall be- propriate question for the RBI Governor
tries, waterbodies and marshlands. the money it has accepted from the de- from 5.26% to 10.69% for nationalised low 9% for two banks if there is default would have been, How are you plan-
In India, there are multiple patterns of urban and peri-urban growth res- positors. There is credit risk if the bank banks and marginally from 2.10% to of the top 1 borrower group; five banks if ning to prevent a bank run?
ulting in diferent consequences for each region. For example, whether in- is unable to recover its loans. 2.83% for private banks from March 2015 the top two borrower groups default; 12 It is therefore not surprising that the
frastructure is able to guarantee some degree of equity of access to services The central bank, as a regulator, en- to March 2016. According to the Decem- banks if the top five borrower groups RBI is continuing with its cash with-
in cities varies depending on both history and geography. The suburban sures that a bank is prepared to meet li- ber 2016 FSR, as of September 30, 2016, default and as many as 22 banks if the 10 drawal limit of 24,000 and managing
trains and excellent network of BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and quidity and credit risks. The capital to the return on assets for public sector top borrower groups default. perceptions by allowing minor conces-
Transport Undertaking) buses, for instance, defined Mumbai early on in its risk (weighted) assets ratio (CRAR) is a banks was -0.1%, and 1.5% for private A typical liquidity risk scenario cov- sions to current account holders (while
growth. But in some cities such as Hyderabad and Bengaluru, expansion safeguard that the capital base of a bank sector banks. Similarly, the return on ers unexpected deposit withdrawals ATMs continue to run dry). This, along
and infrastructure development took place primarily outside the core areas is not eroded. The statutory liquidity ra- equity for public sector banks was -1.5%, (10% withdrawal in 10 days or a 15% with the thrust on digital banking, is en-
with the view to establishing and supporting public sector companies such tio (SLR) is a safeguard that a bank is and 13.4% for private sector banks. withdrawal in 5 days) in banks on ac- suring that a large portion of the unin-
as HMT, Bharat Electronics Limited, and the Defence Research and Devel- able to return deposits of customers on Credit risk covers possibilities of de- count of loss of depositor confidence. sured deposits remains within the bank-
opment Organisation, and later Information Technology companies. They demand. faults by individual borrowers and bor- The December 2016 FSR analyses the li- ing system, thus precluding the
also serviced an auto-led transport network and associated land-use rower groups. For example, if because of quidity risk to the banking system on the possibility of a bank run.
change. In fact, Chennai, quite intentionally, set up industrial hubs for auto- Credit and liquidity risks borrower default, one bank fails, it is assumption of increased withdrawals of
motive and parts suppliers. Gurugram, south of Delhi, is a privatised Mecca In order to further mitigate these likely to trigger a domino efect across the uninsured 10% deposits (presently Meera Nangia is an Associate Professor in commerce
for several kinds of industries and has developed into a financial and indus- risks, the RBI is adopting international banks since banks have financial link- these are 69% of total deposits) and un- at the University of Delhi. Her doctorate was on the
trial hub. Similarly, the peri-urban areas of many other cities New Town standards prescribed by the Basel Com- ages with each other besides exposure utilised portions of 75% sanctioned Indian banking system.
in Kolkata, Navi Mumbai, and so on have each had their own version of
sprawl, or vast planned or unplanned spaces, that have together extended a

Can Trump reset ties with Russia?


large footprint across India.

Implications
The specific patterns of urban growth of a city and its periphery have im-
plications for poverty, food, water, health, jobs and access to services. A city
can, therefore, based on its pattern of growth and expansion, lead to partic- With Russias bargaining capacity much higher now, it will demand greater compromises from
ular lifestyles and circumscribe a quality of life for its many residents.
Interventions like converting agricultural land for housing or industry, the U.S. for a potential dtente
filling up ponds and building housing complexes on lake beds, etc. impact
ecosystem services and climate adaptation. These especially afect the Russias immediate interests and capab-
poor who are largely reliant on ecosystems for their livelihoods. Keeping STANLY JOHNY ilities, it actually drove a wedge between
water in the ground, in tanks and waterbodies is regarded as a precaution Berlin and Moscow. Till the Ukraine
for dry spells or irregularity in precipitation. These measures can improve crisis, German-Russian relations were
resilience towards the possible efects of climate change. on a high trajectory which Mr. Putin
According to some scientists, unlike carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas wanted to convert into a strategic alli-
whose efects last for hundreds of years, land cover and land management When I am President, Russia will re- ance. A German-Russian-Eurasian alli-
generate drivers in climate systems that influence local and regional spect us far more than they do now and ance could potentially have threatened
weather patterns. This is largely due to changes in aerosols, carbon, nitro- both countries will, perhaps, work to- the foundations of the unipolar world.
gen and other gases along with the moisture in the air, heat and light. The gether to solve some of the many great Mr. Trump would like to do to the
urban heat island efect is understood readily, but this also afects peri- and pressing problems and issues of the China-Russia partnership exactly what
urban regions of expansion. WORLD! Donald Trump tweeted on Mr. Obama did to the Russian-German
This subject clearly requires more research to provide guidance to poli- January 7, weeks before he took over as partnership.
cymakers. But we already know that protecting waterbodies, conserving the 45th President of the United States.
groundwater, reducing our ecological footprint and living in more compact Throughout his campaign, Mr. Trump Three hurdles
communities are good ways to address both climate change mitigation and praised Russian President Vladimir But there are three key problems:
adaptation, which are about reducing greenhouse gases and preparing to Putin for his leadership. Mr. Putin was political, geopolitical and strategic. One,
live in a warmer world. one of the first leaders he reached out to Mr. Obama has created enough hurdles
after taking oice. In a telephone con- for Mr. Trump in dealing with the Russi-
Sujatha Byravan is Principal Research Scientist at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and versation on January 28, both leaders ans. Mr. Trump already sufers from a
Policy, Bengaluru.
promised cooperation in fighting terror- credibility problem after all the allega-
ism. Interestingly, Mr. Trumps ofer to tions of his campaigns links with Russia.
rescript ties with the former Cold War True, he could lift the sanctions through
rival comes at a time when bilateral rela- executive orders, but that will further
tions are at the lowest level since the col- alienate the powerful Russophobic ele-
FROM THE ARCHIVES lapse of the Soviet Union. The Obama
administration imposed sanctions on U.S.-RUSSIA BONHOMIE: Donald Trump believes Russia is no longer the U.S.s principal
ments in the Washington establishment
from his administration.
Russia for its military intervention in global rival. A billboard in Danilovgrad, Montenegro, showing U.S. President Donald Two, Russian foreign policy is histor-
Crimea and alleged interference in the Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. PHOTO: REUTERS ically shaped by its deep insecurity. Its
U.S. election. The U.S. intelligence com- long border with European and
dated January 31, 1967 munity has repeatedly slammed Mo- how interlinked. Donald Trump would Caucasian sides has no physical protec-
scow over a number of issues, from Mr. Trump has never shied away from tion and is exposed to potential aggres-
India wants total ban treaty allows members to suggest
spreading instability in the world to asserting his own, or his countrys, reli- like to use his overtures sions. NATO keeps expanding to these
amendments. India will in due
on nuclear weapons course consider whether suitable
killing civilians in Syria. So Mr. Trumps gious identity. During the campaign, he to Russia to drive a areas, which explains Russias adven-
outreach stands in sharp contrast with had said he would fight to bring Americ- wedge between tures in Georgia and Ukraine. Mr.
The Government of India will amendments can be suggested to
the policies pursued by his predecessor ans together as one people under one Trump cannot win a sustainable deal
sign the treaty banning nuclear the treaty. At the same time India is Moscow and Beijing
(s). Why should he promise a reset in god saluting one American flag. In the with Moscow unless he assures the Rus-
weapons in outer space. From watching the outcome of the
the first place? words of Steve Bannon, Mr. Trumps sians over NATO. This means, Mr.
Indias view point, the treaty is not disarmament talks in Geneva with
chief strategist and one of the most huge influence in its backyard, its Trump will have to either give up on or
of any great significance. What interest. Here what is important is Why reach out? powerful voices in the administration, doubtful whether it alone could pose a rein in NATO. Both will have con-
India would like is a ban on the use for the nuclear powers to indicate
One explanation, which gained cur- the Judeo-Christian West is in an out- long-term strategic threat to the U.S. On sequences from Europe.
of nuclear weapons and steps in some form or other that they
rency in the weeks after the presidential right war against jihadist Islamic fas- the other side, China is an economic Third, todays Russia is not the Russia
which would lead to the would go to the assistance of
election, is that the Russians have some cism. The early decisions of President powerhouse that wields enormous in- of 2009 when Mr. Obama became the
destruction of the stockpile of non-nuclear powers if they were
leverage over the new U.S. President. Trump, including a complete ban on vis- fluence around the world. But Chinas President and promised a reset. Russia
nuclear weapons. The present attacked by a nuclear power.
According to American media reports, itors from seven Muslim-majority coun- force-projection capabilities are limited then was largely confined to its back-
the Central Intelligence Agency has tries, indicate that the administrations as its seafront remains vulnerable. The yard Eastern Europe, Caucuses and
concluded that Russia interfered in the world view and Mr. Bannons are not en- U.S. has massive military presence in Central Asia. But now Russia has
U.S. election to help Mr. Trump win. An- tirely diferent. On the other side, in Mr. the Chinese sphere of influence. But if already spread its influence to other re-
other allegation is that Russia possesses Putins Russia, the Orthodox Church, Russia and China come together gions. Its the dominant player in Syria, a
CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS some compromising personal informa- sidelined by the godless communists for which has actually been taking place in strong ally of Iran (one of the countries
tion about Mr. Trump which it could use decades, has made a big comeback. So recent years, be it in trade and economic targeted by Mr. Trumps Muslim ban or-
The fifth paragraph of India holds its nerve in a thriller (Sport, Jan. 30, 2017) to blackmail him. Irrespective of the when Mr. Trump promises to win over ties or the collaboration at the United der), and a shadow force in Afghanistan
erroneously said that Eoin Morgan won the toss and had no hesitation to bat merit of these allegations, its hard to be- the Russian leadership in the fight Nations on global conflicts that where the Americans are fighting an un-
first. It should have been field first. lieve that the President of the worlds against the Islamic State, hes actually would pose a potential threat to long- winnable war for over 15 years. Mo-
most powerful country would be loyal to referring to a possible ideological alli- term American interests. Mr. Trump scows bargaining capacity is much
a foreign government just because it ance between two predominantly would like to use his overtures to Russia higher now. It will demand greater com-
It is the policy of The Hindu to correct significant errors as soon as leaked information about his rival, or he Christian countries against a common to drive a wedge between Moscow and promises from the U.S. for a potential
possible. could be blackmailed over some secret enemy. By doing so, Mr. Trump may be Beijing. dtente. And how is Mr. Trump, who has
Please specify the edition (place of publication), date and page. information. hoping to make advances in another dir- This is a strategy his predecessors promised to put America first a eu-
The Readers Editors oice can be contacted by For a logical explanation, one has to ection tackling China. used several times in the history of phemism to restore the U.S.s slipped
Telephone: +91-44-28418297/28576300 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to set aside these theories of loyalty and Mr. Trump believes Russia is no American foreign policy. In the 1970s, glory as the worlds pre-eminent super-
Friday); blackmail and look into the broader longer the U.S.s principal global rival. In President Richard Nixon wanted to ex- power going to address this? Both
Fax: +91-44-28552963; ideological and strategic contexts. Mr. his world view, China is rising to that ploit the diferences in the Communist sides may be testing the waters for now,
E-mail:readerseditor@thehindu.co.in Trumps foreign policy-related state- stature. To be sure, Russia, with its world and overhauled Americas policy but ideological intentions, as history
Mail: Readers Editor, The Hindu, Kasturi Buildings, ments from his early campaign days can enormous land and natural resources towards China. In recent years, Presid- shows, are unlikely to trump geopolit-
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4-member panel to Centre to hold talks to end Manipur crisis
oversee BCCIs afairs Tripartite dialogue mooted with United Naga Council and State government over the ongoing highway blockade
At another instance during submitted. Attorney-Gen-
VIJAITA SINGH The Centre has been ac- our bit. The State govern- tough message to Manipur
the hearing, Mr. Sibal poin- eral Mukul Rohatgi, ap- cused of turning a blind eye ment has not been forthcom- Chief Minister Okram Ibobi
NEW DELHI: The Centre has de- to the activities of the UNC, ing to end the deadlock as Singh that if the State gov-
ted out that Mr. Rai was the pearing for three BCCI
Chairman of the Banking members (railways, armed cided to hold tripartite talks with which the Union gov- the current situation would ernment failed in dischar-
Board and a government forces and Indian Associ- with the United Naga Coun- ernment had signed a frame- help them in the upcoming ging its constitutional duties,
appointee. ation of Varsities), submit- cil (UNC) and the Manipur work agreement in 2015 to elections, said the oicial. the Centre may have to ex-
Under the Lodha rules, ted that appointment of a government to end the ongo- resolve the decades-old Manipur is going to the plore other measures under
government servants can- CoA would disturb the ing blockade of two national Naga issue. polls on March 4 and 8 and the provisions of the Consti-
not be oice-bearers, is it electoral college of the highways in Manipur, which We will soon send a no- due to the ongoing economic tution of India to ensure that
not? Mr. Sibal asked. BCCI and change the fabric has disrupted normal life tice for holding talks with blockade, it has been kept in the diiculties of the people
But the court cut him of the organisation. and led to a shortage of es- the UNC and the Manipur the most sensitive category, of Manipur are alleviated.
short after amicus curiae We have a fundamental sential commodities in the government. Lets see, if they an oicial said, adding that
State. respond to the notice. Last elections were being held in Home Ministrys worry
and senior advocate Gopal right to be heard first, Mr.
Subramanium said the pos- Sibal submitted. The economic blockade time, on 15 November, 2016, two phases for the first time The Home Ministry had
ition occupied by Mr. Rai My three votes have imposed by the UNC, an um- when such meeting was in the State. earlier written a letter to the
was not a government job gone and been given to brella body of Naga groups held, no representative of the NAGA CRISIS: Normal life in the State has been disrupted after Around 17,500 Central Election Commission of In-
and he had once held a high Nagaland, Mizoram and under the patronage of Na- Manipur government an economic blockade was imposed by Naga groups. A forces are deployed in Ma- dia (ECI) regarding the on-
constitutional oice. Tripura, where there is no tional Socialist Council of showed up, said a senior policeman is seen near a charred bus in Manipur. FILE PHOTO: nipur currently and another going tension and grave law
Mr. Rais name had been cricket. On the other hand, Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), government oicial. The of- 50,000 would reach in March and order situation and re-
proposed by the amicus I have been propagating against the Manipur govern- ficial added that the meeting 96 kilolitres of petrol was air- to end the economic block- after elections in the other quested it to defer the elec-
and senior advocate Anil cricket for 70 years, Mr. ments decision to carve out has been proposed to be held lifted to ease oil shortage in ade. After consultation, it four States are over. tions in the State in the wake
Divan. Rohatgi said. seven new districts, has con- in Delhi on February 5. the State. was concluded that no law The Centre has even kept of shortage of security
During the hearing, Mr. All this has been argued tinued for over four months Last week, the Centre permitted the Centre to in- choppers and aircraft on forces. The EC overruled the
now. The UNC sees the pressed into service two C-17 State subject terfere in the matter, as law standby, in case forces need Ministrys apprehensions
Sankaranarayanan said before... All this is old wine
zero per cent of the Lodha in a new bottle, Mr. Sub- move as an attempt to trun- Globemaster cargo aircrafts The Union government and order was a State sub- to be airlifted. and announced that polls
reforms have been com- ramanium said. cate the concept of a greater to airlift six fuel tankers to even sought Attorney Gen- ject. We have been sending Home Minister Rajnath will be held in the State in
plied with by the BCCI and Let the report come and Nagalim. Imphal. An oicial said that eral Mukul Rohatgis opinion Central forces and are doing Singh had earlier sent a two phases on March 4 and 8.
its members so far. we will see, Justice Misra
He objected to the State said.
associations and the cur-
rent BCCI oice-bearers
insistence that they should
be heard before the CoA is
Meanwhile, the Bench
appointed Amitabh Choud-
hary and Anirudh Choud-
hary both BCCI nomin-
5 rescued soldiers succumb to injuries BJP, Congress
fight it out over
appointed. The Supreme
Court order said present of-
ees and Mr. Limaye to
represent the BCCI at the SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT loans to Mallya
fice-bearers are to cease crucial ICC meet due in the SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
and desist from function- first week of February. SRINAGAR: Five soldiers, who
ing. That meant they had no When contacted by The were rescued after a snow
sheath caved in on them in NEW DELHI: The BJP on
authority, Mr. Sank- Hindu, Mr. Ramachandra Monday took the Congress
aranarayanan said. Guha said he was hon- Kupwaras Macchil sector,
died of their wounds on to task on the issue of loans
The minute Your Lord- oured to be part of this extended to industrialist Vi-
ships appoint the Commit- panel, and refrained from Monday.
A Srinagar-based Army jay Mallya during the UPAs
tee of Administrators, they making any further tenure, allegedly at the be-
will become the BCCI, he comments. spokesman said they were
shifted from Kupwara to an hest of former Prime Minis-
Army hospital in Srinagar ter Manmohan Singh and
despite persistent poor former Finance Minister P.

Economy not in good weather conditions for spe-


cialist medical care, but this
Chidambaram, even as the
Congress denied there was
any such irregularity and
did not help save their lives.
shape: Manmohan It was on January 28 that
the five were trapped under
rescue team to pull them out
of the snow sheath.
weather. Meanwhile, the
bodies of 14 soldiers killed in
places on Tuesday for last
rites, said the spokesman.
ley due to fresh snowfall.
A total of 26 people, in-
questioned why Mr. Mallya
was allowed to escape by the
snow for several hours after Since then they were be- twin avalanches in Bandi- The soldiers died between cluding 20 soldiers, have present government.
Mr. Gowda said job cre- to question that. The BJP
the pathway leading to their ing treated locally as they poras Gurez sector, were January 25 and 26 in Bandi- died in avalanches in the At a press conference at
ation had shrunk 90% from is hiding behind a GDP
picket caved in. could not be airlifted by flown in here. The bodies poras Gurez valley. The bod- Kashmir Valley since Janu- the BJP headquarters in New
11 lakh new jobs in 2010 to number which is being
It took one hour for the copters due to the inclement will be taken to their native ies remained stuck in the val- ary 25. Delhi, party spokesperson
less than 1.5 lakh new jobs challenged. People are not
Sambit Patra quoted from
in 2016 as against a promise dazzled by it, but are asking
letters purportedly written
of two crore jobs per year; where are the jobs? The
by Mr. Mallya to Dr. Singh
the real road construc-
tion was just about six kilo-
metres a day; while there
NDA government tends to
believe in an exaggerated
version of the economy;
Opposition questions Ex-CBI chiefs plea on seeking his intervention,
after which the now-defunct
was talk of bullet trains, this research document is
probe order rejected Kingfisher Airline had re-
many railway accidents
were taking place; private
investment was going
closer to truth than what
government will say to-
morrow, he said.
timing of Union Budget KRISHNADAS RAJAGOPAL Ranjit Sinha has
ceived loans.
The hands which pulled
the strings to ensure that
Mallya received loans are
down; 800 start-ups, foun- Urging the govermnent
ded after 2011, had shut to focus on fiscal consolida- SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Parliament is a Mahapan- The presentation of the NEW DELHI: Invoking the Su- referred to the SCs visible now. It belonged to
chayat and I would request Budget on February 1 is not preme Courts recent dis- dismissal of Sahara- [former Finance Minister]
shop; and exports were tion, the former Finance
NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Opposition all parties to allow the House just unseemly in view of the missal of documentary ma- Chidambaram and [former
stagnating. Minister said, There are Birla pay-offs case
parties put on record their to run, Mr. Modi is reported polls in five States but also terial produced in the Prime Minister] Singh, Mr.
He added that demonet- serious question marks on
isation came on top of these this governments ability to diferences with the govern- to have said, according to that the economic data from Sahara-Birla pay-ofs case, to stress his point Patra said.
ment on tabling the Union Parliamentary Afairs Minis- the third quarter will not be former CBI chief Ranjit Mr. Patra cited another let-
and tractor and two- follow fiscal prudence.
Budget on February 1, not ter Ananth Kumar. factored in. The Budget exer- Sinha on Monday sought the refused to even direct the re- ter the absconding liquor
wheeler sales had shrunk He dismissed sugges-
just because of the coming Trinamool Congress and cise is therefore not sci- court to modify its order dir- gistration of an FIR into the baron allegedly wrote to Mr.
after it. tions that the 2008 farm
Assembly polls in five States NDA ally Shiv Sena kept entific, said CPI(M) general ecting a probe against him Sahara-Birla pay-ofs case in Chidambaram in March 2013
Mr. Gowda said some as- loan waiver was a populist
but also because economic away from the meet. secretary Sitaram Yechury. for allegedly attempting to which top politicians, in- for a No Objection Certific-
sessments maintained that measure, saying,
data for the third quarter will Some parties could not scuttle investigation into the cluding Prime Minister Nar- ate (NOC) from the SBI.
the slowdown would last a It was based on the re-
not be factored into the doc- attend not just due to the As- TMC to skip budget multi-crore coal scam cases. endra Modi, were accused of
few years. sponse to a demand from Leaders deny charge
Stating that while every the farming community ument. sembly polls, but also local The TMC released a state- A Bench of Justices receiving kickbacks from
body polls in some States, ment saying that it would be Madan B. Lokur, Kurian Sahara and Birla companies Dr. Singh, addressing an-
government must be op- and was a very wise de-
Rise above party lines: PM said Mr. Kumar explaining absent from the presentation Joseph and A.K. Sikri had for favours. other press conference in
timistic, Mr. Chidambaram cision...This was especially
At an all-party meet called the absence of these parties. of the Budget as part of its last week constituted a Spe- The court had declined to Delhi, refuted the allega-
said optimism must stem so as the international fin-
by the government, Opposi- Mr. Kumar added that protest against demonetisa- cial Investigation Team order probe into the pay-ofs tions. Its an ordinary piece
from a realistic assessment ancial crisis hit in Septem-
tion leaders were united in three ordinances re-promul- tion. (SIT) headed by the present case after concluding that of letter which any govern-
of situation. ber 2008, which crippled
questioning the timing of the gated recently, including the The decision was taken CBI Director to look into the the documentary evidence, ment in my place would have
Yet, if the government even major economies but
Union Budget, even as Prime Enemy Property Ordinance after a meeting of the Trin- allegations against Mr. Sinha including diary entries, dealt with, he said.
presents tomorrow a rosy did not afect India much,
Minister Narendra Modi will be tabled in Parliament amool Congress Parliament- whom the court found prima found in raids conducted at Mr. Chidambaram too re-
picture of the economy, he said.
asked for Parliament to rise and Business Advisory Com- ary Party at the residence of facie liable. Senior advocate the oice premises of the two futed allegations that the
people of India are entitled (With inputs from PTI)
above party lines and come mittees of both Houses will West Bengal Chief Minister Vikas Singh, appearing for companies were not credible then UPA government ex-
forward for discussion on schedule discussions on and party chairperson Mr. Sinha, made a reference and too flimsy to kick-start a tended any favour to Mr.
various issues. them. Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. to how the Supreme Court court-ordered investigation. Mallya.
SC refuses govt. plea
on judicial vacancies
He read out from his agreed to consider the peti-
I-T notices to 87
under Benami
Uddhav shuts the door on alliance with MNS
petiton seeking even to tions in detail, ordering ALOK DESHPANDE adding that the Sena will be proposal was that we wanted of the Sena leaders had re-
double the number of
judges in the courts to
them to be posted for hear-
ing after a month.
Transactions Act MUMBAI: A day after Maha-
contesting all 10 municipal
corporations and 25 zilla par-
our seats and that was it. We
did not want anything else. If
sponded to those statements,
the MNS seems to be de-
combat pendency. The petitions were taken NEW DELHI: Initiating stringent rashtra Navnirman Sena ishads on its own. The en- he wants to prove me wrong, termined on continuing with
But here, Chief Justice up by the Justice Thakur action against black money (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray tire State will be painted in I have nothing to say. But its eforts.
Khehar favoured the gov- Court last year and have holders, the Income-Tax de- sent his key man, Bala safron. even now I feel that we have
Nandgaonkar, to the Shiv Mr. Thackeray said the time for announcement of an Hits out at Amit Shah
ernment's line that existing been at the centre of vari- partment on Monday said it
vacancies for judges should ous stinging remarks aimed had issued 87 notices and at- Sena with a proposal for an preparation of the Senas alliance. Three weeks ago, Earlier, the Sena chief took
be first filled up rather at the the government for tached bank deposits worth alliance in the Mumbai civic candidate list is in the final the MNS chief had said that a dig at BJP national presid-
doubling their numbers. deating judges' appoint- crores in 42 cases nation- polls, Sena chief Uddhav stage and meetings are on. his party will consider an al- ent Amit Shahs remarks
Chief Justice Khehar, ments. In one unpreceden- wide under the newly en- Thackeray on Monday clari- How is it possible to discuss liance with any party if he about friendly fights with his
however, sought to dis- ted moment, then Chief forced Benami Transactions fied that his party will go it an alliance at this stage? Uddhav Thackeray gets a proposal. party in Maharashtra. Was
tance the Supreme Court Justice Thakur had accused Act, which attracts a heavy alone. Mr. Nandgaonkar on After Mr. Thackerays an- the issue of friendly fights
from the causes for the the government of trying to penalty and rigorous jail We have not received any Sunday evening held a meet- ceive any proposal whatso- nouncement on January 26 raised during the State as-
delay in filling up vacan- "grind the judiciary to a term of a maximum 7 years. alliance proposal from any ing with Sena leaders at the ever, Mr. Nandgaonkar on to snap electoral ties with the sembly polls? Why is it being
cies, saying "In a federal halt" by stymyeing judicial After the demonetisation party. We do not have any in- residence of the party chief. Monday evening said the BJP, MNS leaders had indic- raised now? Are they (BJP)
structure, the high court is appointments process. order of the government last tention to join hands with Reacting to the Sena chiefs proposal was of an alliance ated that both parties could behaving in a manner to have
the highest court in a State Chief Justice Khehar, the year, the department had anyone, said Mr. Thackeray, statement that he did not re- without conditions. Our come together. While none friendly fights?
and is not either in the con- author of the NJAC judg- carried out public advertise-
trol of the government or ment in October 2016, is ments and had warned
the Supreme Court."
But Chief Justice Khehar
hearing these petitions for
the first time.
people against depositing
their unaccounted old notes
in someone elses bank ac-
count saying such an act
Sushmas help sought for businessmans release
would attract criminal
RBI eases curbs on charges under the Benami
Property Transactions Act,
SUHASINI HAIDAR
MAHESH LANGA
and take steps for his early
release, Mr. Patel, political
secretary to Congress pres-
been arrested in Grand
Forks. He is just a simple
honest resident of
trip to the U.S., and prepar-
ing to return home when he
was arrested. He had

cash withdrawals 1988, applicable on both


movable and immovable
property, that has been en-
NEW DELHI/AHMEDABAD: Con-
gress leader Ahmed Patel
and independent Rajya
ident Sonia Gandhi, told re-
porters in Vadodara.
Mr. Nathwani also sought
Vadodara, she tweeted. She
said her husband was pas-
sionate about energy conser-
checked in for a flight from
Grand Forks to Minneapolis,
Minnesota, early on Sat-
Limits placed on cash before November 8. Banks forced from November 1, Sabha member Parimal the Union Ministers inter- vation and had even won a urday. He then allegedly
withdrawals from current typically cap ATM cash 2016. Nathwani have sought the in- vention. I have raised the is- national award. entered into an altercation
accounts, cash credit ac- withdrawals at 20,000 After in-depth investiga- tervention of External Af- sue in the U.S. and requested with the airlines staf and
counts, overdraft accounts 25,000 per transaction, tions, the I-T department has fairs Minister Sushma Swa- the authorities to take it up, In the dark was accused of threatening
stand withdrawn with im- though some banks ofer issued 87 notices under sec- raj for the release of he told The Hindu, which However, even on them. He said there was a
mediate efect, the RBI higher limits for high net tion 24 of the said Act (notice Baroda-based businessman had on Monday reported the Sushma Swaraj Monday, the Gujarat govern- bomb in his bag, local news-
said in a circular. worth individuals. and attachment of property Paraman Radhakrishnan, arrest of the 53-year-old ment appeared to be un- papers reported.
The move is expected to Banks are urged to en- involved in benami transac- who has been held in the U.S. businessmen from Gujarat position to comment. On aware of the issue. We are Police say the suspect
ease fund availability for courage their constituents tion). A total of 42 proper- for terrorising. for alleged bomb threat. Sunday, Ms. Renu had yet to get any details from may have said that because
small businesses and to sustain the movement ties, largely monies worth Ms. Swaraj tweeted on tweeted to Prime Minister anyone, Pradipsinh Jadeja, he was upset with the airport
traders. towards digitisation of pay- crores in bank accounts and Monday that she had asked Wifes plea Narendra Modi and Ms. Swa- Minister of State for Home staf. But threats of this
The central bank said ments and switching over an immovable property, of for a report from the Indian When contacted, Mr. raj urging them to help get and Non-Resident Gujarati nature at an airport is taken
banks could set their own of payments from cash benamidars have been at- Ambassador in the U.S. Radhakrishnans wife Renu Mr. Radhakrishnan back Afairs, told The Hindu. seriously, Grand Forks po-
limits on cash withdrawals mode to non-cash mode, tached, oicials said citing Swaraj should look into Radhakrishnan told The from the U.S. Paraman Radhakrishnan lice spokesperson Jay
from ATMs, as was the case the RBI said. an analysis report. PTI. the matter of Radhakrishnan Hindu that she was not in a Modiji, my husband has was on a week-long business Middleton said.
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UTTAR PRADESH, UTTARAKHAND, PUNJAB, MANIPUR, GOA
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SP rift continues, rivals smell blood


POLLDIARY
Mayawati trains guns on Akalis, BJP
CHANDIGARH: Ahead of the Punjab Assembly polls, the
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on
BJP and BSP attempt to take advantage of disquiet between Akhilesh and Mulayam, who has refused to campaign for the alliance Monday launched an offensive against the
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) combine and the Congress in Punjab. Due to
OMAR RASHID for the alliance. He [Mu- played it safe. We have full SP minister Rajendra the anti-poor and anti-
layam] will be most happy respect in our hearts for Net- Chaudhary, who is close to reservation agenda of
LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief and most honoured if SP and aji. We understand his ideo- Akhilesh Yadav, however said successive governments of the
Minister Akhilesh Yadav may Congress come to power in logy and views. But the alli- that defections of a few MLAs BJP and the Congress at the
have snatched the leadership the State, the CM said. Mr. ance is done and the alliance would not harm the party, as Centre, and in many States
of the Samajwadi Party and Mulayam Singh is already lis- will fight the elections, she the party was overall on top. where they have ruled, the
firmed up an alliance with the ted among the SPs star cam- said. The BJP, meanwhile, at- problem of unemployment and
Congress, but the primary paigners while his brother, This came at a time when tempted to take advantage of poverty is on the rise, said Ms.
obstacle to his campaign con- and Akhileshs bte noire, the defections from the SP the apparent disquiet Mayawati at a rally at
tinues to be his father, Mu- Shivpal is not. continued. Sharda between Mulayam Phagwara. She said that Punjab
layam Singh. Mr. Yadav also said the bi- Pratap Shukla, a and Akhilesh. has been marred by large-scale
And this was clear in his cycle (the SPs symbol) had minister from Luc- Union Minister corruption under the current regime but once the
cautious responses to the Ya- been strengthened by the co- know, rebelled Mahesh Sharma, BSP assumed power, employment opportunities
dav patriarchs threat that he operation of the hand (the against Mr. Yadav while terming the would be created for the States youth and the
would not campaign for the Congresss symbol). Later, and filed his nom- alliance unbal- drug menace would be eliminated. We will create
alliance as he was opposed to Mr. Yadav told a television ination from the anced, backed Mu- means of livelihood by generating jobs in public
channel that though he was Akhilesh Yadav says the bicycle has been strengthened by RLD. This came a layams remarks and private sectors, she said, adding that
confident that his party day after another saying the Yadav
INFOCUS would win the elections on its
the cooperation of the hand. PHOTO: AFP
senior Mulayam patriarch had
corruption, coupled with wrong policies of SAD-
BJP combine and the Congress, were responsible
own, the alliance with the an alliance. I am against this try lagged behind, Mr. Singh aide and former spoken the truth. for unemployment in Punjab. Ms. Mayawati
aligning with the Congress in Congress would ensure a big- electoral alliance. I will not said. minister Narad Rai, who was Akhilesh Yadav should be asserted that elimination of drugs would be a
principle. ger margin of victory. campaign for this alliance. Significantly, he also said shunted out by the U.P. Chief asked the reason behind the priority for the BSP. Special Correspondent
A day after Congress vice- Hours after Mr. Gandhi and He also tried to press hard he would appeal his support- Minister, shifted to the BSP alliance with a party that has
president Rahul Gandhi and Mr. Yadav on Sunday held a his past eforts for Muslims ers to campaign against the and will now fight on its ticket lost its ground not only in the
he took out a collective road joint press conference as a and his long-held struggle Congress on the 105 seats it from Ballia. He joins Ambika State but also the country,
show in Lucknow, Akhilesh show of unity, Mr. Mulayam against the Congress. There was fighting on as part of the Chaudhary, another member Mr. Sharma told a news Open current accounts, says EC
Yadav on Monday stressed on Singh went on air to declare were many issues on which alliance with the SP. of the old guard who recently agency. NEW DELHI: Hours after the Reserve Bank of India
the winning prospects of the that he was against the alli- we had to struggle against SP leaders were left to ex- defected to the BSP alleging BSP chief Mayawati had on (RBI) lifted restrictions on cash withdrawal from
tie-up. ance, putting the SP in a spot them [Congress]. Be it the plain the worth of Mr. Mu- that Mr. Yadav had disrespec- Sunday termed the SP-Con- current accounts on Monday, the Election
Speaking at a rally in Etah, of bother. The SP is com- [Babri] Masjid issue or issues layam Singhs comments as ted his father. Mr. Rai, who is gress alliance a conspiracy Commission (EC) issued fresh orders directing
not too far from the Yadav pletely capable of fighting like fake encounters there any defiance by the senior Ya- close to Shivpal Singh too, hatched under the instruc- candidates for the elections in five States to open
bastion of Etawah-Mainpuri, elections on its own. When were many such deaths at one dav could play a spoiler in also said that he took the de- tions of the BJP to stop the current accounts for receipt of funds and poll-
Mr. Yadav said he was sure we fought alone, we got a ma- time. Congress ruled for so Akhilesh Yadavs game. SP cision in view of the insult BSP from coming to power at related expenditures. The RBIs order comes a day
his father would campaign jority. There was no need for long and thats why our coun- spokesperson Juhi Singh meted out to his father. any cost. after the EC took a serious note of its refusal to
increase the weekly savings account withdrawal
limit of 24,000 to 2 lakh for the candidates and
asked the regulatory body to reconsider its

SP-Congress alliance decision. A majority of the candidates used to


open savings accounts. The RBI would have been
accused of bias, had it enhanced the cash
frontrunner in U.P.: Poll withdrawal limit only for election candidates. The
removal of restrictions on withdrawals from
current accounts now resolves the issue and will
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Delhi, where the BJP leads. help the candidates meet poll-related expenses.
The poll also suggests that Accordingly, a fresh order is being issued asking
NEW DELHI: The Samajwadi the internal feud in the them to open current accounts, said an official.
Party-Congress alliance has Samajwadi Party has not af- Special Correspondent
emerged as the frontrunner fected Mr. Yadav's chances
in the Uttar Pradesh As- and in fact, shows that
sembly polls with 35% of the Shivpal Yadav is being
votes, says an opinion poll blamed most for it. BJP leader booked for hate speech
conducted in January by THANA BHAWAN (U.P.): Controversial BJP leader Suresh
CSDS-Lokniti for ABP News. Modi still popular Rana was booked for hate speech on Monday after
The survey finds the BJP at Prime Minister Narendra he said that curfew would be imposed in Kairana,
the second position with Modi, however, remains Moradabad and Deoband if he won in the
29% of the vote share and the popular in the State with a Assembly elections. Mr. Rana, a riot-accused, is a
BSP in third place with 23% 70% approval rating. When sitting candidate from the Thana Bhawan seat.
of the votes. respondents were asked to The Uttar Pradesh police registered a case against
The survey also says that him under Sections 505
Akhilesh Yadav is the most The CSDS-Lokniti (making a statement with
popular Chief Ministerial intent to incite) and 125
candidate in the State, with survey puts the BJP (promoting enmity between
26% of the respondents second with 29% classes in connection with
wanting him in the top post, election) of the IPC for his
followed by BSP chief May- votes and the BSP alleged hate speech. It was
awati, who got the support of third with 23% found that Ranas statement
21% of those polled. Based on violated the model code of
the CSDS-Lokniti figures, choose between the Chief conduct for elections. We have
ABP News has estimated a Minister and the Prime Min- filed a case against him under
tally of 187 to 197 seats for the ister, the Chief Minister was relevant sections, said Sunil Kumar Tyagi, circle
SP-Congress alliance, 118 to four percentage points be- officer of Thana Bhawan. Addressing a public
128 for the BJP and 76-86 for hind at 33%. gathering in Thana Bhawan on Sunday, Mr. Rana
the BSP. Recently, a The Week- had said, If I lose, they will celebrate my defeat in
In 2012, the SP had swept Hansa poll had predicted a Deoband. But if I win, then the next thing to
the polls with 29% of the hung assembly, with the BJP happen would be imposition of curfew in Deoband
votes, leaving the BSP far be- just ahead of the SP-Con- and Moradabad, amid loud cheers and chants of
hind though the party gress alliance and BSP a poor Bharat Mata ki jai from the crowd. Mr. Ranas
garnered 26% votes. third. The survey put the BJP remarks were criticised by Dr. Sudhir Panwar and
Significantly, the poll tally at 192-196 seats and the Abdul Rao Waris, the Samajwadi Party and BSP
shows the SP-Congress lead- SP-Congress at 178-182 seats. candidates contesting from Thana Bhawan.
ing in all regions of the state, The BSP was shown getting Staff Reporter
except the areas close to just 20-24 seats.

Those who switched sides were greedy


SAHASPUR (UTTARAKHAND): With over a dozen prominent

No bridge, no vote, say BJP remote-controlling Goa faces of the Congress in Uttarakhand switching
sides to the BJP since last year, State Congress
chief Kishore Upadhyay said those who have
joined the saffron party ahead of polls were
Rahul Gandhi greedy. He described them as Bhasmasur who

Kedarnath villagers accuses Modi of


lying to the people
would burn themselves as well as the BJP. On
reports of differences with Chief Minister Harish
Rawat over some of the seat allotments and the
KAVITA UPADHYAY on jobs, corruption formation of the alliance with the Progressive
Democratic Front (PDF), Mr. Upadhyay said he and
CHANDRAPURI (UTTARAKHAND): PRAKASH KAMAT Rawat are like a pair of bulls working together to
We have decided to boy- plough the field for the Congress.
cott the upcoming elec- PANAJI: Congress vice-presid- He claimed the party will form the government
tions This is the last thing ent Rahul Gandhi on Tues- with two-thirds majority.
we can do to get ourselves day accused the BJP of giving Those people who were
heard, said Virendra Lal as Goa a government which is greedy went to BJP. As
the villagers of remote-controlled from many as 13 people
Chandrapuri gathered for a Delhi, and promised that his have switched sides,
poll boycott meeting. party would provide a cor- it will not affect the
Three-and-a-half years ruption-free government, Congress but will
after the Mandakini river which will focus on employ- have a negative
gushed through the Ke- ment for youth. impact on the
darnath Valley, devastating In his 20-minute speech at BJP which has
all in its path, the residents Bodgesdhwar grounds in Congress leaders welcome party vice-president Rahul Gandhi no [chief
of Chandrapuri, which falls JUST GETTING BY: After the makeshift bridge was washed Mapusa Mr. Gandhi said at a rally in Mapusa, Goa, on Monday. PHOTO: ATISH POMBURFEKAR ministerial]
in the Kedarnath Assembly away in 2014, the PWD got a cable car for the villagers, Prime Minister Narendra face. PTI
constituency, wait for a who say it is managed badly. PHOTO: KAVITA UPADHYAY Modi had lied to Goans on focus. Arriving in Goa after They believe they know ILLUSTRATION: SATHEESH P. VELLINEZHI

bridge to replace the one employment and corruption appearing before a magis- everything. And when the
that was washed away in Shaila Rani Rawat [the too got washed away in the during his public meeting trate in Bhiwandi in Thane in truth emerges to be some-
the June 2013 deluge.
The rampaging river
then Congress MLA] vis-
ited the village two months
2014 monsoon. The PWD
got a cable car for us, but it
last week.
The BJP government in
connection with the defama-
tion case filed against him by
thing else, they get angry,
Mr. Gandhi said and went on
TONGUE IN CHEEK
shifted its course, sweep- after the disaster, Ashish is managed so badly that a Goa is run from Delhi. It is the Rashtriya Swayamsevak to accuse Prime Minister Surendra
ing away houses and shops, Joshi from the village few children have cut their remote controlled from Sangh (RSS), Mr Gandhi said Modi of sufering from the
inundated fields and complained. fingers while operating it Delhi. We will not give such Congress leaders in the same problem.
claimed about 4,000 lives. Ms. Rawat is among the and a 24-year-old from the a dictatorial government but courtroom were all smiles,
In Chandrapuri alone, 57 nine Congress rebel village died [in August, a government which will while members of the RSS He does not listen
houses were damaged. The MLAs, who supported the 2016] in an accident near take collective decisions by group who had filed the de- Modi asks people to
village is home to around BJP, leading to the imposi- the river, Ms. Sulochana listening to people, famation case listen to his Mann ki baat.
300 families. The residents tion of Presidents Rule in said. said Mr. Gandhi. against him were Has Modi told anyone to
of Chandrapuri are not Uttarakhand. She is now The present makeshift glum and grumpy. speak about their Mann ki
alone in their protest. Six the BJPs candidate from bridge, which ofers a life- Failed to deliver Mr. Gandhi also Baat and ofered to listen?
gram sabhas that have been the Kedarnath seat. line to the village, will have BJP had prom- said the problem he asked.
afected due to the delay in Given the inaction of the to be dismantled ahead of ised 50,000 jobs in with those who Modi came to Goa, made
reconstructing another authorities, the villagers the monsoons. The can- five years but it subscribe to the claims of changing Goa, of
bridge, have also decided constructed a makeshift didates have been ap- failed to deliver. So BJP and RSS ideo- having wiped out corruption
to boycott the upcoming bridge themselves. But that proaching us for votes, but is the case with cor- logy, including in Goa. Did Modiji ask any-
polls, according to Su- we have no faith in anyone. ruption. Goan Prime Minister one in Goa: Tell me what is in
lochna Devi, Chandrapuri We will visit the concerned beaches have re- Modi, was that your heart. This is not Modiji
village head.
Villagers cut off authorities with our de- mained dirty because of cor- they believe they know or RSS or BJP style, but this
When the bridge was after 2013 deluge cision to boycott the polls. ruption in (beach cleaning) everything and never ask is the Congress style, Mr.
washed away, the villagers are still waiting This is our last resort to get contracts, he said and ad- others about their ideas and Gandhi said and promised to
expected the Public Works a bridge constructed be- ded, We will give Goa a gov- thoughts or listen to others. give a government in Goa,
Department (PWD) would for a bridge across fore the monsoon season ernment with new faces and In Parliament, when which will listen to people
build another bridge soon. the Mandakini arrives, Ms. Sulochna said. corruption free and employ- there is discussion they say and take collective I will vote for you. Just tell me exactly what promises
ment generation will be our you do not understand this. decisions. you made last time!
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Adviser Bannon expands


influence in White House
VARGHESE K. GEORGE in November 2015. Well. I
got to be tougher when two
WASHINGTON: U.S. President thirds or more of the CEOS
Donald Trumps chief in Silicon Valley are from
strategist Stephen Bannon South Asia or Asia A coun-
has emerged as the key force try is more than an economy.
behind White House de- We are a civic society, Mr,
cision-making in the last few Bannon told Mr. Trump.
days. We have to keep them leg-
He, along with another ad- ally, responded Mr. Trump.
viser Stephen Miller, over- When people come in, they
ruled career oicials at the have to come in legally. I
Department of Homeland Stephen Bannon, chief want people to come in,
Security to include U.S. strategist for U.S. President Steve. And I have said many
green card holders in the am- Donald Trump. times. I am building a wall.
bit of the travel ban for Like Israel did. When these
people from seven Muslim- discussed. Both were per- characters say the wall does
majority countries, accord- manent attendees during the not work... The wall in Israel
ing to the CNN. The White Obama years. works. I still want people to
House has since excluded Former Defence Secretary come in. Those people who
green card holders from the Robert Gates, who recom- are waiting in queue for
ban, but Mr. Bannon who mended Rex Tillerson to Mr. years to get in are being by-
ran the right-wing news Trump as Secretary of State, passed by illegal people, he
portal Breitbart and calls said in a TV interview that said.
himself an economic na- pushing them out of the Na-
tionalist is only expand- tional Security Council Political revolt
ing his influence. meetings, except when their Mr. Bannon believed the
specific issues are at stake, is victory of Narendra Modi in
Seat in NSC a big mistake. 2014 was the start of a global
Mr. Trump has given him a Mr. Bannon is the ideo- revolt against the capitalist
permanent seat at the prin- logue of the Trump move- order that had turned against
cipals committee meeting of ment. He, in fact, shaped the the interest of the common
the National Security Coun- thinking of the President as people. Capitalism has lost

My priority is to protect U.S.: Trump


President says his travel ban is not about religion but about terror and keeping our country safe
cil (NSC), the highest inter-
agency forum on security
and defence. While the Chief
of Staf has sat on this com-
mittee always, Mr. Bannon is
they moved along together,
arguing with Mr. Trump that
the country is more than an
economy, during an inter-
view in 2015. The topic of
its moral moorings as it got
detached from the Judeo-
Christian values, Mr. Bannon
believes.
And that centre-right re-
a political adviser without a that discussion was H-1B volt is really a global revolt. I
VARGHESE K. GEORGE one-week notice, the bad We will keep it free and clearly defined role. visas. think youre going to see it in
would rush into our country keep it safe, as the media A ban will help Moreover, the new struc- The H-1B visa programme Latin America, I think youre
WASHINGTON: As legal chal- during that week. A lot of bad knows, but refuses to say. My ture of the NSC meetings re- allows companies to tempor- going to see it in Asia, I think
lenge and political resistance dudes out there! Mr. policy is similar to what Pakistan: Imran legates the role of the Dir-
ector of National
arily employ foreign workers
in the U.S. in skilled jobs.
youve already seen it in In-
dia. Modis great victory was
grow against the curbs he Trump said in response to President Obama did in 2011
put on travel from seven the specific point. when he banned visas for LAHORE: Cricketer-turned- Intelligence(DNI), and the Mr. Bannon argued for very much based on these
Muslim-majority countries The President singled out refugees from Iraq for six politician Imran Khan on Monday Chairman of the Joint Chiefs tougher measures against Reagan-esque principles, so
to the U.S., President Donald Senate Democratic leader months. The seven countries said he hopes U.S. President of Staf, who will be attend- the H-1B visa programme I think this is a global revolt,
Trump ofered conciliatory Chuck Schumer who has named in the Executive Or- Donald Trump imposes visa ing only when matters dir- when Mr. Trump was a Re- he said a month after the 2014
and confrontational re- vowed to introduce legisla- der are the same countries restrictions on Pakistan as it ectly pertaining to them are publican primary candidate Indian election.
sponses within the span of a tion to overturn his order. previously identified by the would help Pakistanis develop
day. Only 109 people out of Obama administration as their own country.
Democrats are planning to 325,000 were detained and sources of terror. To be clear, I believe that it will help us
Six killed in shooting Sufi mystic
move legislation to overturn held for questioning. Big this is not a Muslim ban, as develop our own country.
the presidential order while problems at airports were the media is falsely Besides, we will also give him found dead
civil rights groups are pre-
paring to challenge its con-
caused by Delta computer
outage, protesters and the
A rally against President
Donald Trumps order
reporting [Trump] Iran-like response... [not
allowing Americans here in
at Canada mosque DHAKA: An elderly woman be-
stitutionality in courts. The tears of Senator Schumer on Sunday. PHOTO: AP Review process Pakistan], he said while
American Civil Liberties MAKE AMERICA SAFE This is not about religion addressing a party rally in QUEBEC CITY (CANADA): A shoot- One suspect was arrested lieved by followers to be a
Union has raked in more AGAIN! he tweeted, in ref- from Democrats and the op- this is about terror and Sahiwal. ing at a Quebec City mosque at the scene and another Sufi mystic has been found
than $24 million over the erence to Mr. Schumers re- position party (the media) keeping our country safe. Taunting Pakistani Prime during evening prayers left nearby in dOrleans, and po- with her throat slit in
weekend in contributions. marks that tears were run- when our jobs were fleeing There are over 40 diferent Minister Nawaz Sharif , Mr. Imran six people dead and eight lice said they did not believe Bangladesh, police said on
On Sunday evening, Mr. ning down the cheeks of the our country? countries worldwide that are Khan said, Nawaz Sharif goes others wounded in an attack there were other suspects. Monday, amid a wave of reli-
Trump issued a statement Statue of Liberty. On Sunday evening majority Muslim that are not abroad even for the treatment of that Canadas Prime Minis- Quebec City court clerk giously motivated attacks.
that said his policy was sim- This executive order was only hours after he took on afected by this order. We headache. If the U.S. imposes ban ter called an act of terror- Isabelle Ferland identified The body of 72-year-old
ilar to that of his predecessor mean-spirited and un-Amer- senior members of his own will again be issuing visas to [on Pakistanis] he too will focus ism. Police initially arrested Alexandre Bissonnette and Nurjahan Begum was found
Barack Obama who had ican, Mr. Schumer said in party, Senators Lindsay Gra- all countries once we are Pakistan and develop it. two men but later said just Mohamed el Khadir as the in her shanty home in the
stalled the entry of Iraqi New York on Sunday, his ham and John McCain Mr. sure we have reviewed and one remains a suspect. suspects. Police later said capital Dhaka late on Sunday,
refugees to the U.S. for six voice choking and flanked by Trump had issued a state- implemented the most se- Message to Modi More than 50 people were one of them was just a wit- said local police chief
months and that visas and a Muslim family that had ment that sounded conciliat- cure policies over the next Talking about India-Pakistan at the Quebec Islamic Cul- ness, though they did not say Faruqul Alam.
travel would be open to cit- members stranded abroad. ory. America is a proud na- 90 days... ties, he said, I want to remind tural Centre when the which one. The woman was con-
izens of all countries as soon tion of immigrants and we I have tremendous feel- [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi shooting erupted on Sunday Prime Minister Justin sidered a pir, or Sufi leader,
as the review was over. Campaign promise will continue to show com- ing for the people involved in that every Pakistani is not coward night. Some of the wounded Trudeau and Quebec by her followers, the English-
On Monday morning, the There is nothing nice passion to those fleeing op- this horrific humanitarian like Nawaz Sharif. We are were gravely injured, Que- Premier Philippe Couillard language Daily Star newspa-
President sent out a series of about searching for terror- pression, but we will do so crisis in Syria. My first prior- peaceful nation and even in India bec provincial police both characterised the at- per reported.
tweets in which questioned ists before they can enter our while protecting our own cit- ity will always be to protect majority does not want war with spokeswoman Christine tack as a terrorist act, which However, police said she
the critics of his policy and country. This was a big part izens and border. America and serve our country, but as Pakistan. He also criticised Mr. Coulombe said early on came amid heightened ten- was a mentally unstable wo-
responded to some of the of my campaign. Study the has always been the land of President I will find ways to Sharif for hiding behind his Monday. The dead ranged in sions worldwide over U.S. man, attracting followers
specific criticisms. If the world! Mr. Trump said. the free and home of the help all those who are sufer- children to cover up his own age from age 35 to 70, she President Donald Trumps who believed she had super-
ban were announced with a Where was all the outrage brave, Mr. Trump said. ing, he said. corrupt dealings. PTI said. travel ban. AP natural powers. AFP

A million people sign U.K.


petition opposing Trumps visit
VIDYA RAM A number of protests the time, the outcry moun-
ted after Mr. Trump signed
LONDON: A parliamentary pe- are due to take place the executive order that
tition opposing the planned in the U.K. in the banned the citizens of seven
state visit of U.S. President Muslim-majority countries
Donald Trump to the U.K.
coming days and from travelling to the U.S.
later this year hit over 1 mil- weeks against Trump and suspended its refugee
lion signatures on Monday, programme for four months.
highlighting the strength of signatures, the petition will Ms. May was slow to criti-
feeling in the country about require not only a response cise his actions, sparking
the British governments from the government but a concern that the govern-
plans to ally itself with the parliamentary debate. ments eagerness to main-
U.S. as it extricates itself Support for the petition tain close ties with the U.S.
from the EU. gathered pace after Mr. would prevent it from even
The petition, which was Trumps inauguration, and protecting its citizens.
set up last year following Mr. the visit of Prime Minister
Trumps election, had Theresa May to Washington, Lets stand in solidarity
gained over 1.1 million signa- and Philadelphia, where she A number of protests are
tures from U.K. citizens and promised to work with Mr. due to take place in the com-
residents by Monday morn- Trump to stand strong to- ing days and weeks against
ing. It calls on the govern- gether to defend our values, Mr. Trump, and the planned
ment to prevent Mr. Trump interests and ideas. visit. Over 30,000 people
from making an oicial state During the visit, Ms. May had signed up to take part in
visit because it would cause said that Queen Elizabeth a demonstration outside
embarrassment to the had extended an invitation Downing Street on Monday
Queen. for a state visit to Mr. Trump. evening, with politicians
The invitation has been across the political spec-
Will require response extended and accepted, trum due to attend.
Donald Trumps well said a spokesperson for Lets stand in solidarity
documented misogyny and Downing Street on Monday, with those targeted by Don-
vulgarity disqualifies him who declined to comment ald Trumps hateful govern-
from being received by Her further on the petition itself. ment, including the people
Majesty the Queen or the of this country, outside
Prince of Wales, the peti- Travel ban Downing Street, and all over
tion reads. While Ms. Mays visit at- Britain, wrote organiser
Having hit over 100,000 tracted criticism at home at Owen Jones.

Turkey opens trial against Gulen


ANKARA: Turkey on Monday duh Hakbilen, the state news Islam. Those on trial in the
opened the biggest trial yet agency Anadolu reported. western city of Izmir face
over the failed July coup The number one suspect multiple charges including
aimed at ousting President is the U.S.-based Islamic being a member of the
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, try- preacher Gulen who is armed terror group. Tur-
ing 270 suspects including, charged with ordering the key has repeatedly asked the
in absentia, the alleged mas- failed July 15 coup, an accusa- U.S. to extradite Mr. Gulen,
termind Fethullah Gulen. tion he strongly denies. who has been living in exile
The suspects, 152 of whom Ankara also accuses the there since 1999.
are in pre-trial detention, in- movement Mr. Gulen leads The suspects face life im-
clude ex high-ranking milit- of being a terror organisa- prisonment if convicted, in a
ary oicials like former Ae- tion although the group in- trial expected to take two
gean Army Command Chief sists it is a peaceful organisa- months, the Hurriyet news-
of Staf Major General Mem- tion promoting moderate paper reported. AFP
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Demonetisation will bring about SENSEX GOLD RUPEE BRENT OIL


desired changes in the economy 30-01-2017 29,850 30-01-2017 29,400 30-01-2017 67.95 30-01-2017 55.06
Chaudhary Birender Singh, Steel Minister 32 20 0.08 0.34
27-01-2017 29,882 points 28-01-2017 29,380 /10gms 27-01-2017 68.03 /$ 27-01-2017 55.40 $/bbl

SBI Life may opt for IPO


BRIEFLY
Grasim Industries posts
Vodafone in merger HDFC net rises
12% to 1,701 cr. in first quarter next fiscal
Excise oicials
protest GST
talks with Idea Cellular
14% jump in Q3 net SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT 70% and according to re- Councils
MUMBAI: Grasim Industries Ltd. MUMBAI: Mortgage lender ports, the countrys leading
of the Aditya Birla Group has
reported 13.75% growth in net
Housing Finance Develop- HYDERABAD: SBI Life Insurance bank had also ofered to sell decisions
ment Corporation (HDFC) will decide on going for Ini- 10% to its French partner in
profit at 728 crore in the third Combined entity would be Indias largest telecom player reported a 12% increase in its tial Public Ofering (IPO) in the insurance company. SPECIAL
quarter ended December 31, standalone net profit to the first quarter of next A decision on the possibil- CORRESPONDENT
2016 as against 640 crore in SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT 1,701 crore for the quarter fiscal, according to its man- ity of raising the paid-up cap-
the same period last year ended December 31 which aging director and chief ex- ital of the private life insurer NEW DELHI: Days after
backed on better performance of MUMBAI: Vodafone Group Plc., is in line with street expecta- ecutive oicer Arijit Basu. had not been taken, Mr.Basu Finance Minister Arun
its VSF and cement businesses, the British telecommunica- tions despite an increase in Mr. Basu said there was a said adding the company had Jaitley sought to allay
the company said. The firms tions giant, on Monday con- provisions. strong possibility of the not raised capital since 2008. the concerns of tax
total revenue for the quarter firmed that it is in talks with Provisions went up to 117 State Bank of India and BNP Mr.Basu was speaking to the oicers over the
was 8,601 crore as compared Aditya Birla Group for an all- crore from 68 crore in the Paribas Cardif joint venture media after inauguration of decisions of the Goods
to 8,520 crore in the same share merger of its Indian same period last yearand coming out with an IPO in SBI Lifes new regional oice and Services Tax
period last year. VSF reported unit Vodafone India with from 95 crore in the second 2017-18, he said. The details, premises here. (GST) Council, about
revenue growth of 10% at 1,762 Idea Cellular, ending months quarter. however, were yet to be To queries on IPO and 70,000 oicials of the
crore and EBITDA increased by of speculation about the pro- Gross non-performing worked out. valuation, he said the firm Central Board of Excise
31% at 402 crore led by posed alliance. loans stood at 2,341 crore as While it can purely be di- would be appointing a lead- and Customs
operating efficiencies and better If the talks end in a merger, on December 31, which was vestment, there is a possib- ing agency for the purpose in registered their protest
realisation. the combined entity would 0.81% of the loan portfolio. ility of SBI alone shedding a the coming financial year. against the decisions
Special Correspondent become Indias largest tele- The non-performing loans of part of its stake or BNP Pari- He said SBI Life was ex- by wearing black bands
com player, ahead of current the individual portfolio bas Cardif doing the same. periencing a high growth on January 30, which is
market leader Bharti Airtel. stood at 0.65% while that of Last month, when SBI sold phase and of the targeted Martyrs Day.
Demonetisation dents As a reaction to the an- the non-individual portfolio 3.9% in the joint venture to 9,500 crore, total new busi- This came after the
Emamis turnover nouncement, the shares of stood at 1.16%, the mortgage Singapore sovereign fund ness premium in current Indian Revenue
Idea rose 26% to 97.96 in a JOINING FORCES: The talks signal the difficulty that Jios entry lender said. Temasek and PE major KKR fiscal crossed the 8,000 Service Association,
KOLKATA: FMCG company Emami flat Mumbai market on has caused in the telecom market, says an analyst. FILE PHOTO HDFC also said it pro- for 1,794 crore, the company crore-mark.Individual new along with the service
Ltd. reported a growth of 6.8 % Monday valuing the com- posed to raise 35,000 crore was valued at 46,000 crore. business premium rose 39% associations of
in its standalone net profit which pany at 35,279 crore. premise of the preliminary it may not be an easy one. through NCDs to fund busi- The stake sale brought down till December as against an Customs, Central
rose to 140 crore during the discussion was based upon Allan C. Nichols, Equity ness expansion. SBIs holding to a little over industry average of 20-22%. Excise and Service Tax
third quarter ended December Indus stake excluded equal rights between Aditya Analyst at Morningstar said called for a boycott of
2016, against 131 crore a year Any merger would be ef- Birla Group and Vodafone in he liked the idea of the mer- the International
ago. Demonetisation impacted
the companys standalone
turnover during the quarter
fected through the issue of
new shares in Idea to Voda-
fone and would result in
the combined entity.
Amresh Nandan, research
director at Gartner is not sur-
ger, as there were far too
many operators in the coun-
try and that this trend had
Postmen to deliver banking services Customs Day
celebrations to be held
on Friday.
under review which remained at Vodafone deconsolidating prised by the merger talks prevented good returns. SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT According to them,
682 crore against 674.6 crore Vodafone India, according and expects consolidation to We think this merger also the GST Councils
a year ago. Emami manufactures to a statement from the Brit- continue in the telecom sec- demonstrates the diiculty NEW DELHI: The USP of India decision to give
and markets over 300 diverse ish major adding that there is tor in 2017. that [Reliance] Jios entrance Post Payments Bank (IPPB) jurisdictional control
personal care and healthcare no certainty that any transac- Both Vodafone India and has caused for the Indian will be its ability to ofer of 90% of the tax
products including Zandu, tion will be agreed on, nor as Idea have to figure out their wireless telecom market, door-to-door banking ser- assessees having an
Navrtana and Kesh King. Its to the terms or timing of any long-term business strategy Mr. Nichols said. vice through postmen and annual turnover below
consolidated sales too remained transaction. If the talks end and a merger could well be Reliance Jio has been giv- Grameen Dak sevaks, said 1.5 crore to the States
flat during the quarter with a in a merger, it would exclude the path, given current in- ing its voice service away for Finance Minister Arun would lead to depletion
turnover of 725.9 crore. Vodafones 42% stake in In- dustry competitiveness and free, as well as some free Jaitley. of the taxpayer base
Special Correspondent dus Towers. dynamics. If they decide to data, which has attracted Once all branches are op- with the Centre.
Kumar Mangalam Birla- do so, one can hope for a millions of subscribers. erational by September this COVERING INDIA: The USP of India Posts Payments Bank will be In its statement, the
led Idea Cellular, in a clarific- long-term strategy behind it The analyst from Morn- yearthat will have a multi- its doorstep banking service, says Arun Jaitley. PHOTO: PTI revenue service
Tech Mahindras reports ation to the stock exchanges, (beyond) just gaining market ingstar added that the firms plier impact as far as banking association pointed out
said, As part of the exercise, share and subscriber share. It promotions had extended in India is concerned. Bank- tional by September 2017. The main objective of IPPB several operational
14% increase in profit ing at the doorstep will no Each branch will be connec- will be public service rather
the company has been in pre- would be very important for beyond the time allowed by problems with the way
NEW DELHI: IT major Tech liminary discussions with the merging entities to real- regulations and that it had longer remain a mere slogan ted to the post oices in the than promoting commercial the GST had been
Mahindra on Monday posted Vodafone. In view of the fact ise the transformation re- complained that other oper- but will become a reality due district. interests, Communications structured across the
about 14% jump in consolidated that the discussions are at quired in their operations, ators had intentionally to huge postal network in the IPPB will ofer 4.5% in- Minister Manoj Sinha said. Centre and the States,
net profit to 856 crore for the preliminary stage, the com- said Mr. Nandan. He added dropped voice call connec- country, Mr. Jaitley said terest on deposits up to Stating that their role is to and also took issue
third quarter ended December. pany is not in a position to that firms in the telecommu- tions. Reliance Jios net- after inaugurating the banks 25,000, 5% on 25,000- broaden the market not with the administrative
Its income from operations (net) share any further details. nications industry would work is built for data and the pilot operations in Raipur 50,000 and 5.5% on 50,000- skim it, IPPB CEO A.P. appointments made to
increased by 12.7% to 7,557.5 The statement added that it need to transform them- voice problems may very and Ranchi.The bank aims to 1,00,000, much lower than Singh said the bank will ofer the GST support
crore in the reported quarter, was important to mention selves even as they consider well be coming from its own have 650 branches one in 7.25% announced by compet- services with no conditions structure.
from 6,701.1 crore in the that the fundamental consolidation even though network, said Mr. Nichols. each district to be opera- itor Airtel Payment Banks. apply tag.
year-ago period, according to
the companys BSE filing. The
strong deal wins and business
momentum during the quarter
reaffirm that we are on the right
Piramal to buy pain drugs Banks Gyan Sangam to discuss Suryoday ofers 9% on
track, capitalising on
opportunities from the global from U.K.s Mallinckrodt digitisation, consolidation at PSBs 1-2 year fixed deposits
digital transformation and see
measurable benefits from that, SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Tech Mahindra Vice Chairman ARUN S cial sources told The Hindu. tions as well as assist banks
Vineet Nayyar said. PTI MUMBAI: The U.K.-based, The third edition of the re- with strategies and capital- MUMBAI: Suryoday, a small fin-
wholly-owned critical care NEW DELHI: The push for digit- treat which will be atten- raising plans. ance bank that started bank-
subsidiary of Piramal Enter- isation in the wake of demon- ded by senior finance min- ing operations last week, will
Reliance Defence bags prises Ltd. has entered into etisation and the proposal istry oicials as well as heads Bad loans ofer 9% on fixed deposits
order for patrol vessels an agreement to acquire a for public sector bank (PSB) of PSBs, state-run FIs and in- On bad loans, the discus- with a maturity of 1 to 2 years,
portfolio of intrathecal spas- consolidation are likely to surance firms is likely to be sions are likely to be centred said a top oicial.
NEW DELHI: Reliance Defence and ticity and pain management top the agenda for Gyan held in Hyderabad or on the pros and cons of the Senior citizens will get 75
Engineering Ltd (RDEL) has drugs from Mallinckrodt Sangam which is the retreat Bengaluru, they added. proposed National Asset basis points (bps) more on
signed 916 crore contract with LLC for $171 million in an all- for PSBs, government- Referring to the man- Management Company (or a such deposits, R.Baskar
the Defence Ministry for design cash deal. owned Financial Institutions power shortage, especially in bad bank) - a special cat- Babu, managing director and
and construction of 14 fast Ajay Piramal (FI) and insurance compan- middle management in PSBs, egory asset reconstruction chief executive oicer of
patrol vessels for Indian Coast Additional payment ies, slated for March. the sources said the retreat company with stakeholders Suryoday, informed the me-
Guard. RDEL is a wholly-owned The deal, announced by prises Ltd. The sessions on digitisa- would have discussions on including the government dia. R. Baskar Babu
arm of Reliance Infrastructure Piramal Enterprises on This transaction is a step tion will include presenta- automating many of these and the private sector for The announcement comes
Ltd (RInfra). RDEL emerged Monday, also involves an ad- further in our strategy to tions on increasing the use of functions to ensure pro- takeover and turnaround of at a time when interest rates MFI, it did not have access to
winner through a competitive ditional payment of $32 mil- make investments, in both Artificial Intelligence (AI) ductivity improvement. bad loans, stressed assets are falling with large univer- public deposits.
bidding process undertaken by lion depending on the finan- internal developments and systems and big data analyt- Strategies for strengthen- and restructured assets. sal banks ofering no more The lender also said it will
Ministry of Defence with cial performance of the acquisitions, to expand our ics in the banking & financial ing the banking correspond- On the issue of low credit than 7% on deposits of sim- ofer 6.25% on savings bank
participation from almost all the acquired assets over the next presence in the global gen- services industry in India. ent-network and increasing growth, Soumya Kanti ilar tenure. deposits of up to 1 lakh.
private sector and public sector three years. eric hospital drug market, the usage of micro ATMs and Ghosh, Chief Economic Ad- These banks typically of-
shipyards namely, Larsen and We will continue to in- which is greater than $20 bil- Credit growth slowdown Point of Sale machines will visor, State Bank of India, fer 50 bps more to senior Deposit target
Toubro, Cochin Shipyard Ltd, vest in the growth of our lion in size. The major slowdown in also be discussed. said the 5.1% growth for the citizens. We plan to mobilise 500
Goa Shipyard Ltd, Garden Reach pharmaceutical businesses. Through this strategy, our credit growth to a more The high-profile meeting fortnight ended December Our objective is to re- crore of deposits in the first
Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd All these acquisitions are ex- focus continues to be on the than six-decade low of 5.1% will also deliberate upon the 23, 2016, was the lowest since place the existing borrowing year of operations and 1000
(GRSE), the company said in a pected to be value accretive creation of long-term value for the fortnight ended need for the autonomous 1.7% in 1954-55, adding that for which the weighted aver- crore by the end of March
statement. PTI and will improve our phar- for shareholders, he said. December 23 and ways to Banks Board Bureau (BBB) the recovery will be gradual age cost is 12.5%, Mr.Babu 2019, he said.
maceutical segments Mr. Ajay Piramal said the revitalise it, as well as meas- to expedite banking reforms and will be more pro- said. As an MFI, it had a net in-
growth and EBITDA in per- company would pursue both ures to efectively tackle bad including PSB consolidation. nounced only in the second Suryoday, which was a mi- terest margin of 11% which
centage and in absolute organic and inorganic loans will also be among the The BBB was set up to help half of 2017-18 provided the cro finance institution will reduce to and stabilise at
Exchange Rates terms, said Ajay Piramal, growth in overseas and do- main discussion topics dur- select heads of public sector forthcoming Budget has (MFI), has converted into a about 89% in one year, Mr.
Indicative direct rates in rupees a unit Chairman, Piramal Enter- mestic markets. ing the Gyan Sangam, oi- banks and financial institu- measures to boost demand. small finance bank. As an Babu said.
except yen at 4 p.m on January 30
TT TT
Currencies Buying Selling
U.S. Dollar
Euro
Pound Sterling
67.75 68.07
72.22
84.80
72.57
85.21
Clues from the previous post-demonetisation Union Budget of 1978
Jap Yen (100 Units) 59.07 59.35
Chinese Yuan 9.85 9.90 Sluggish private ing towards a less cash ory Deposit Scheme (In- ting curbs on how much they a deduction in the computa-
Swiss Franc 67.62 67.95 investment was an economy. come Tax Payers) Act which can withdraw. While in- tion of taxable income of
Singapore Dollar 47.49 47.72 The demonetisation of mandated that all those earn- creasing financial savings is 50% of the amount invested
Australian Dollar 51.06 51.30
issue that Finance high denomination bank ing more than 15,000 a year desirable, the sudden influx in equity shares of new in-
Canadian Dollar 51.47 51.71 Minister Patel too had notes was a step primarily would compulsorily have to of funds is causing problems dustrial companies, Mr. Pa-
Swedish Kroner 7.64 7.68 to grapple with aimed at controlling illegal deposit a certain percentage for banks, according to eco- tel had said in his speech.
Danish Kroner 9.71 9.76 transactions, the then Fin- of that amount in banks. nomists and bankers. The maximum investment
New Zealand Dollar 49.08 49.32 ance Minister H.M. Patel Mr. Patel, in his 1978 in a year qualifying for this
Hongkong Dollar 8.73 8.77 TCA SHARAD RAGHAVAN said in his Budget speech a Budget speech, increased Swelling bank deposits deduction will be limited to
Malaysian Ringgit 15.29 15.38 month after the demonetisa- these limits significantly in a Already bank deposits 10,000.
Kuwaiti Dinar 220.96 223.46 NEW DELHI: With just a day left tion exercise. It is a part of a drive to force people to save. post-demonetisation have While this would entail a
UAE Dirham 18.44 18.53 for the presentation of the series of measures which So, those earning between swelled and banks are find- loss to the exchequer, the
Bahraini Dinar 179.65 180.59 Union Budget, a look at the Government has taken and is 15,000 and 25,000 would ing it diicult to deploy these then Finance Minister can-
Qatari Riyal 18.66 18.66 one presented in 1978, imme- determined to take against have to deposit 41% of their resources as there is no de- didly said that he would
Saudi Riyal 18.12 18.12
diately after the demonetisa- anti-social elements. income, up from the previ- mand, said D.K. Srivastava, cheerfully accept a much
Omani Riyal 175.96 176.88
tion exercise undertaken While the difering scales ous 4%. Those earning Chief Policy Advisor at EY larger loss if it results in stim-
Source:Indian Bank
that year, yields some insight of the economy and relative between 25,001 and 35,000 India. Unless there is a ulating larger investments.
into a few of the problems prevalence of high-value DIFFERENT STROKES: Finance Minister H.M. Patel had in his would have to deposit 11%, policy initiative to boost de- The current government too
that the Indian economy cur- currency notes ensure that budget speech, in 1978, stressed the urgent need to increase between 35,001 and 70,000 mand, it would actually be- could maybe consider taking
Bullion Rates rently faces. there can be no comparison individual and corporate savings. PHOTO: THE HINDU ARCHIVES 12% and those earning more come a burden. a similar view, accepting
January 30 rates in rupees with
between the demonetisation than 70,000 would have to The lack of demand was a losses to itself in an efort to
previous rates in brackets
Similar objectives efort undertaken in Novem- that there is also an urgent duction in inessential ex- deposit 15%. problem even Mr. Patel had stimulate private
Chennai
The stated objectives of ber 2016 and the similar exer- need to increase individual penditure on the part of This, Mr. Patel had said at recognised at the time. One investment.
Bar Silver (1 kg) 41,780 (41,075) the demonetisation efort in cise conducted in 1978, some and corporate savings if in- corporations. the time, would earn the gov- method he had employed to This could work in the
Retail (1 g) 44.70 (44.00) 1978 were more or less the of the economic conditions creased investment ex- This sounds quite similar ernment 25 crore in that increase private investment current scenario, where
24 ct gold (10 g) 29,310 (29,340) same as what Prime Minister prevalent at that time were penditure is to take place to the current situation, year itself. was to encourage people to there is a need to encourage
22 ct gold (1 g) 2,784 (2,787) Narendra Modi announced indeed quite similar to what without any adverse pres- where private investment is The demonetisation exer- buy equity stake in new com- equity investments, Mr.
Delhi on November 8, 2016 not exist now. sures on prices. This would languishing and the govern- cise of 2016 has basically panies so as to provide them Srivastava added. But this
Silver 41,750 (41,800) counting the subsequent Take for example, the poor require greater simplicity in ment is encouraging people been a compulsory deposit with the funds to invest must also be accompanied
Standard Gold 29,400 (29,380) steady change in the govern- state of private investment in the lifestyle of those indi- to put their money in banks. scheme, with the govern- further. by suitable policy measures
Sovereign 24,300 (24,300) ments message from elim- the economy at the moment. viduals who can save, and a The government had in ment forcing people to place In order to stimulate such to reduce the cost of borrow-
inating black money to mov- Back in 1978, Mr. Patel said greater eiciency and a re- 1974 enacted the Compuls- their cash in banks and set- investment, I propose to give ing for companies.
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Celebrate woman power, and feminity Break the mould


PREETHIKA SEBASTIAN

How to make sure wishes every once in a while. Times

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n a hot morning, my friends and I were waiting
are a-changing, and many Indian for a taxi outside Ernakulam Junction railway
that gender justice mothers who believe their sons are station in Kerala when we witnessed that.
veritable gods need to realise that
always prevails they are only human. And they
A woman resplendent in colours a violet
ankle-length kurta with shades of colours in their
should be raised in such a manner darker versions forming varied patterns adorned her
VIDULA CHOPRA RASTOGI that they grow up into good human body and carrying a bag the colour of sunlight
beings. with patterns of triangles in orange, red and mustard

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n January 21, 2017, tens of yellow, with a scarf in brown covering her hair, was
thousands of women got to- Housewives are not second- hurling insults in Hindi at a few street-side vendors.
gether in Washington D.C. to class: Hard-working home-makers The first thing that crossed my mind was, Now heres
march in support of womens are often looked down upon by wo- a woman migrant worker, the first Ive seen since the
rights. It was the day after Donald men with successful careers. As a beginning of the migrant wave in Kerala.
Trumps inauguration as President woman, support other women no We couldnt take our eyes off her: she had an aura
of the United States, to send a mes- matter what they do or whether or of colours splashed upon each other, each trying to
sage to the new administration that not they earn. Every woman is de- dominante, succeeding for a few seconds until the
women were not going to tolerate serving of respect, irrespective of next one came along. She abruptly turned her head
their rights being trampled on. Wo- how much money she makes. towards us it was our staring that did it and as
men in other parts of the world came I was the one who was closest to her, she looked at
out on the streets in other marches, Save up for her education, not me in the eye and started speaking in fluent English.
Sister Marches, to show solidarity marriage: Why do so many women I was dumbfounded, and the gasps by my friends
with American women. choose to stay on in abusive mar- would have woken up the drivers in the nearby taxi
But the future of womens status riages? The reason is largely finan- bay. At first glance I had assumed her age to be
doesnt just rest on the shoulders of a cial. If her parents dont want her around 40 but as I looked into her eyes brimming with
few people or a few million in this back, or if they cannot provide her indignation, I could see
case. All of us have a role to play, so with the lifestyle her husband can,
our daughters can grow up in a safer she will be very hesitant to leave. Women insulted that the whiteness
around the iris that
world, with more rights, freedom The best gift you can give your for standing out, comes with age had
and safety than we as women have daughter is a good education, so save but stand up to caught up with her too.
had. up for her education, not for her mar-
So heres a quick list of dos and ILLUSTRATION: DEEPAK HARICHANDAN riage. Because her marriage may fail it bravely: India Her story, as much as I
could gather with the
donts: wife make. She is less able to adjust have failed at parenting. accept and put up with, and teach her, but her education seldom will. needs them now few disjointed
code for put up with abuse. I their sons that it is okay to ill-treat Feminism is not about whether or sentences she threw at
Men and women are equals: know friends who tolerate abusive Teach sons to be respectful: wives. Instead of teaching our not you keep your last name. Its not me, went like this: Shes a designer-cum-writer who is
Never doubt this. Never say anything husbands because neither were their WeIndians sometimes believe daughters to be more tolerant, how about whether you fast for your hus- mildly famous. Hindi magazines and newspapers have
that contradicts this premise. The parents willing to support them if ourselves to be morally superior to about teaching sons to be more re- band on karva chauth. Its not about featured articles about her applauding her originality.
only inequality lies in the diferent they walked out, nor did their par- westerners when we compare di- spectful of their wives? How about how you dress or wear your hair. She never asked them to write her story, she says, but
ways we treat men and women. ents provide them with the tools vorce rates. A reality check lets us teaching them to treat wives as part- You can celebrate your femininity from that point, wherever she goes people seem to
they require to be independent. know the only reason divorce rates ners, where both look out for each and still be a feminist. You are a fem- assume that she is a streetwalker.
Dont encourage dependence: When parents teach their girls how are not that high here is because wo- other? This is what makes a far hap- inist if you believe you deserve the Bhaiyya, mujhe ek glass doodh deejiye, was what
Women are largely raised to be de- to be tolerant, submissive, sacrificial men are conditioned to stay in a mar- pier, healthier family. Its not rocket same respect, the same opportunit- she said, extending a 10-rupee note to the 20-
pendent on their parents, or on wives and daughters-in-law, instead riage even if they are miserable. science! ies, as a man, because of who you are something shopkeeper. He called her a ho, and his
their husbands. There is even a of teaching them how to stand up for They tolerate abuse, verbal and In our country it almost seems as a person irrespective of your friends, along with him, had tried their best to touch
widely held belief that a woman who themselves, to give and demand re- physical, and in doing so teach their scandalous to suggest that a mother gender. her body.
is too independent does not a good spect, to succeed professionally, they daughters that this is what they must teach her son to bow to his wifes vidulachopra@yahoo.co.uk Dont they have shame? she asks me. After all,
Im 61. I dont know what my eyes tell, maybe a little
of the disgust I feel for them and a lot more sympathy

Cashless after tea and snacks


How demonetisation played out during a three-week trip in India
Beyond those emoticons for the woman. Youre an educated woman. Will you
stand still if they misbehave with you? A question for
me, and I promptly shake my head to say no.
My head says, Beware, you want no part in this,
Its tough to depend on while my heart goes, Raze them to the ground. Let
there be no more of them. I can hear my friends
SABITH KHAN much less a smartphone? technology to build whispers. Come on. Lets get out of here.
Isnt this bourgeois middle- trust. Bring the human Maam, may I know your name? I ask her, and

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e are now back class thinking, to assume
that the whole country in you to the table promptly a name both long and unheard of comes out
in Washington of her mouth which no part of me could catch even
after a three- will leap-frog to online RATHINDRA NATH DAS for the length of a heartbeat. It suits her: a name as
week trip to India. I was and digital banking, unique as her.

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visiting after two years; without even having ba- ankinds advancement The moment she turns her head away to glare at
my wife was there for the sic banking infrastruc- in life by claiming the them again with the newfound strength offered by
first time. As an non-res- ture, such as bank coveted top spot in the our numbers, we turn and walk away quickly. As the
ident Indian with strong accounts? animal pyramid can be linked coward in me gloats with victory, my heart grows
roots in India, I followed Nothing illustrates the to how far it has stretched the heavy with the thought that I couldnt even catch her
the demonetisation de- situation better than our fabric of science and techno- name.
velopments closely, but experience at a popular logy. The times we live in today I wonder, arent there women like her in every
what we faced during our caf in Bangalore, my ho- demand that we take the hand locality in India, women insulted for standing out, as
travels shows the discon- metown. One evening after of technology and walk with it they are breaking the mould, set upon since the
nect between government cofee and snacks, when I everywhere. Its almost omni- beginning of civilisation? India needs them right now,
rhetoric and reality. paid the Rs.650 bill with a present; you can deny this but and to stand up for what they wish to be, for in them
Leaving the U.S., we were Rs.2,000 note, the cashier sure as hell cant avoid. that we are changing so much lies the salvation of the future generations.
tion, beating all odds. But one
nervous about not having In- replied he didnt have Okay, cool, we live in the 21st in the way we interact. preethiseb@gmail.com
thing that remained a constant
dian currency notes. It was change. I need change, sir century, whats the big deal, Yes, social networking is
ectives to banks starting was that we were not just anim-
perhaps the first time that I he said. you may say. Truly, no big deal awesome, you can connect
November 8, I was informed. als but social animals. Highly
felt that the mighty dollar I opened my wallet before actually. But Im not here to just with someone who is on the
In Agra we heard sad stor- social, and intelligent species
may not be worth much, in him and told him that I didnt say something that is already other corner of the world.
ies from tour operators, who with almost no match.
reality. Even though the ex- have any change and that it known widely. What I really Were always connected, so
claimed that tourism had Our mutual exchange of
change rate was close to a was his duty, or responsibil- wanted to say here is for people near, yet so far. But it doesnt
been decimated. We read of thoughts and ideas culminate
historic high of Rs.68 to a ity, to make sure they had and especially children of our have a remedy to one thing, in
tourists doing menial jobs in our code for survival. But
dollar, there were warning change, given it was a busi- generation, like you, to take an building trust, yes my friend,
and dancing and singing in this is slowly changing, for bet-
signs that it wouldnt trans- ness establishment. This insight into it from a diferent trust. You can easily talk to one
certain parts of India, just to ter or for worse. We have star-
late into real conversion didnt fly well, and we went angle, a diferent perspective. person, hear and see, etc., using
pay their bills. While we ted shifting from a joint big
rates anywhere close to this. back and forth for a while. While I was writing this in a this medium, but you cant
didnt have to do any of this, family to small nuclear groups.
We tried to change money in Ultimately we agreed amic- cofee shop, I noticed some- build the basics of the things in
we could sense the tension in We are spending more time be-
the U.S. and were promptly ably that I would come pick thing incredible. No, its not the any relationship through this.
the air. The stash of rupee hind closed walls in front of an
told it wasnt possible. up the change the following price of my already cold, bor- Trust is the brick and mortar
notes in my wallet reassured electronic screen than meeting
During our short stay in day after he wrote the bal- ing cofee. Instead, its the to any interaction. And theres
me much more than the with people. We are depending
Doha we tried the same. ance amount on my bill. people around. no quick fix to this. It takes time
smaller stash of dollars I had more on artificial intelligence
Trips to money exchanges As with most things in In- I observed that most of them to earn ones trust. And for that
alongside it. The country (AI) than our very own intelli-
were fruitless, and one of the dia, it boiled down to having were not really interested in we shouldnt completely de-
seemed to be on edge, with gence. As when we want to
cashiers actually laughed me a well-connected friend, the menu at the swank eatery. pend on technology. You
front-page reports of people know the answer to a question,
of, saying I should read the who sent us enough money Much worse, they werent should get out of your room,
in queues, and someone hav- its become a tradition to do it
newspapers. to manage. This experience totally interested in the people have a face-to-face and express
ing a heart attack. the Google way rather than just
On landing in the New demonstrated to me once they came to hang out with yourself without the help of
burning some grey matter.
Delhi airport we were told Jugaad at work again that even though a either. Most of them were busy mere emoticons. Bring the hu-
we could both get Rs.4,000 I was witnessing the democracy, India operates texting, status-updating, and so The way we interact man in you, to the table.
each. The sign that had this jugaad mentality at play all by rules that are often un- on. If not for the ceremonial I am not anti-AI, I am against Theres no edit button in real
amount written on was over again, with autorick- written. The ones who selfies, and the parliamentary anti-human. What I mean is, life, so dont worry if you make
badly deformed, with three shaw drivers and even veget- sufered the most were those debates on who pays the bill, I when something completely mistakes. In fact, take pride in
or four scratch marks with able vendors resorting to who were outside the system would have reported them as deletes the very essence of who learning from them.
Rs.5,000 written over it; with cashless means of payment. and had no way of getting in. entities living in the sixth di- we are and what we do, it Fred Flintstone too had
a final 4 replacing the 5, But what about those who The real pain was felt by mension, completely unaware should automatically raise an problems, and so did George
showing just how many cant aford a phone, I often those who earn their living in of our regular three-dimen- alarm. I am not going to dwell Jetson and his family. They all
times the rules had changed, kept asking myself. How can cash, have no bank accounts sional surroundings. This is a on the rise of the Terminators had to face tough times. But
over a short period of time. Prime Minister Narendra and are in fact invisible in major problem. or Skynet. That would be an- they learnt to embrace them
The Reserve Bank of India Modi assume that everyone Indias economy. We humans have been other story altogether. All I and endure them.
gave a record number of dir- will have a bank account, khanpgg@vt.edu filtered through eons of evolu- want is to shed light on the fact rndas107@gmail.com

The jallikattu ban and the day forbearance and patience died
For a people who showed decades of tolerance, did it have to come to this? and synonyms are anything but be exhibited or trained. These been? Could it have been the cul-
humane. Experiments on animals are: bears, monkeys, tigers, pan- mination of decades of tested tol-
G.S. SIMHANJANA also other heretofore traditional The discipline of legislative draft- are allowed and ordinarily des- thers, lions and bulls. Look at the erance of a beguiled people?
sports using bulls and horses. ing wields the magic wand, pup- troyed if injured during such ex- odd one out. How and why are Whatever is said of this move-

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atience can be used to de- From then on, an ancient and an- peteering and nourishing the vo- periments. Performing animals bulls included , while even ele- ment, call it an agitation, cam-
feat a person who by his ar- nual rural event became an issue racious gluttony of the field of is a term that is not defined in the phants are not? paign, struggle or a crusade, it has
rogance indulges in ex- before the court. interpretation of legislation. The Act, but Chapter V deals with Starting from drinking water, achieved what no other cause has
cesses and causes harm. So There is now so much talk of PCA is well-heeled for interpret- performing animals on an as- each basic necessity is an issue, done to Chennai in particular.
advised the grandmaster of Tamil the PCA Act. The Prevention of ation. sumption, and training or exhibi- juggled, shuled, thrown around That is a sense of camaraderie, a
literature, Thiruvalluvar, in Cruelty to Animals Act and the While cruelty is not defined tion for military, police and edu- and pending for decades before sense of responsibility, a sense of
Thirukkural. The people of Tamil Rules framed thereunder, as with under the definitions clause, cational purpose are exempted one forum or the other with no orderly behaviour among a large
Nadu live by the advice of the all legislation, have the standard Chapter III Section 11 describes 15 from the PCA Act. The definition glimpse of a practicable conclu- section. It has also taught the
Kural and have taken in their format. It consists of a Title, Pre- instances of Treating animals of performing animal is an after- sion, the game of passing the people how the government and
stride the conduct of successive amble, Definitions, constitution, cruelly, and proceeds to state the thought under the Performing buck, played to the gallery with its machinery can be, whenever
governments and administra- ofences, penal provisions and on punishment to anyone commit- Animals Rules, 1973 and amended decades of practised ease. Any people demand their rights.
tions and their apathy to even the its part, adding yet another Au- ting such acts. Of these, the mis- in Performing Animals (Registra- and all forms of protest or ques- Shouts of Vande Mataram may
basic requirements of life. thority empowering it with con- chief lies in the usage of the tion) Rules, 2001. tioning are quelled and buried have worked against the British,
A seemingly sparse sport of an- stituents, appointment of mem- phrase and words, or otherwise Killing an animal by the mem- under the democratic bait of but not an elected government of
cient origin was first banned a bers and their powers of creating treats any animal so as to subject tion. Dehorning, castration, bers of a religion or community is talks. Persistent questions are independent India. There was
decade back by a court before Rules, Notifications and Enforce- it to unnecessary pain or sufer- branding and destruction of stray exempted, but Section 30 pre- softened by other democratic Michael ODwyer and a General
which permission to conduct a ment procedures. The Objects ing, and unreasonably cause, dogs are justified by the Act. The sumes cruel killing if a person has peace processes individually. Dyer then, but we have had many
bullock cart race was sought. The and Reasons are also standard. respectively. PCA Act advocates what is called an animal skin with the head at- So, what happened now? By since who do not even have to
applicant for judicial permission The PCA Act, the Rules, etc., is What would amount to unne- destruction of stray dogs and tached to it. now it would seem that people face a Hunter Commission.
must have had the shock of his also another statute of interesting cessary pain or sufering and sufering animals. Destruction The standof over jallikattu were immune to the apathy of it Are there amicable solutions
life, faced with the order banning academic value, especially on the unreasonably cause is left to is not defined or described in the arose due to a Notification in 2011 all. But something stirred a hor- for peoples issues?
not only what was prayed for but rationale of legislative drafting. academic and judicial interpreta- Act, and the dictionary meanings listing six animals that should not nets nest. What could it have simhanjana@gmail.com

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Telecast schedule Earnest wish Marseille signs Payet


I-League: TEN 2, 4.30 p.m.; HIL: STAR Sports 2, 3 & HD I have always been a huge fan of Roger Federer. Dimitri Payet made a record-breaking return to Olympique
2, 3, 7 p.m.; EPL: STAR Sports HD1, & HD2, SS Select Unfortunately, I had some prior commitments, so as and Marseille on Monday leaving a bitter taste at West Ham United

HD 1 & 2, 1 a.m. (Wednesday); NBA: Sony Six & Sony when I got time, I was watching. I was one of those guys after going on strike to force a transfer. The acrimonious divorce
Six HD, 6 a.m. (Wednesday) who did not want the match to get over ended on Sunday when the French international signed a five
Sachin Tendulkar on the Australian Open final season contract in a deal worth 30 million

Federer drops
hints that the
end may be near
MELBOURNE: Roger Federer I told myself to
dropped hints that his great
career may be drawing to a play free. Be
close after his age-defying win free in your head, be
over his Grand Slam nemesis
Rafael Nadal at the Australian free in your shots,
Open. go for it. The brave
The 35-year-old Swiss ad-
mitted his return to Mel- will be rewarded
bourne wasnt guaranteed here. I could have
after he ended a five-year wait
for his 18th major title by beat- left disappointed.
ing Nadal in a thrilling [But] I kept on
five-setter.
He told the Rod Laver fighting. I kept on
Arena crowd: I hope to see believing
you next year, but if not, then it
was a wonderful year here and Federer
I couldnt be happier tonight.
Federer has been rebutting
suggestions of retirement for
several years, but he said he Back in top ten
was now aware injuries could PARIS: Roger Federer has climbed
force him of the scene. back into the ATP top 10 on the
The Australian Open strength of his epic 18th Grand
marked his comeback from a Slam title at the Australian Open.
six-month injury break, the The 35-year-old Swiss great
longest of his career, after he defied old rival Rafael Nadal on
underwent surgery for the Sunday in a thrilling five-setter in
first time last February. Melbourne to move up seven spots
This is all about, you know, to 10th in the latest rankings
knowing that I have only so released on Monday.
much tennis left in me, he told Nadal, beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6,
reporters, when asked about 6-3, moved up three places to sixth
the comment in his acceptance in the list still dominated by early
speech. Australian Open victims Andy
If I do get injured, you Murray and Novak Djokovic.
know, maybe if I miss next Stan Wawrinka, defeated in the
year, who knows what hap- semis last week by Federer, is up
pens... You never know when one in third.
your next Grand Slam is going Germanys Mischa Zverev, who
to be, if ever. upset Murray in the fourth round in
You never know if youre Melbourne, soared 15 places to
going to have an opportunity 35th, his best ever ranking.
at this stage. Meanwhile Serena Williams
Federer added: Look, Ive replaced Angelique Kerber as the
had a tough year last year. World No. 1 in the latest WTA
Three five-setters are not go- rankings released on Monday.
ing to help. I just meant it the The rankings:
way I meant it. There wasnt Men :1. Andy Murray (GBR)
something planned behind it, 11,540 pts.; 2. Novak Djokovic (Srb)
that this is my last Australian 9,825; 3. Stan Wawrinka (Sui) 5,695
Open. (+1); 4. Milos Raonic (Can) 4,930
I hope I can come back, of (-1); 5. Kei Nishikori (Jpn) 4,830; 6.
course. Thats my hope right Rafael Nadal (Esp) 4,385 (+3); 7.
now. Marin Cilic (Cro) 3,560; 8. Dominic
Federer, now four titles Thiem (Aut) 3,505; 9. Gael Monfils
clear of Nadal and Pete (Fra) 3,445 (-3); 10. Roger Federer
Sampras on the all-time major- (Sui) 3,260 (+7).
winners list, was troubled by Women : 1. Serena Williams
injury during the tournament (USA) 7,780 pts. (+1); 2. Angelique
and he said he had been carry- Kerber (Ger) 7,115 (-1); 3. Karolina
ing an upper leg problem since Pliskova (Cze) 5,270 (+2); 4. Simona
the second round. Halep (Rom) 5,073; 5. Dominika
I think this one will take Cibulkova (Svk) 4,985 (+1); 6.
more time to sink in. When I Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 4,915
go back to Switzerland, Ill (-3); 7. Garbine Muguruza (Esp)
think, 4,720; 8. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus)
Wow. The magnitude of 3,915 (+2); 9. Madison Keys (USA)
this match is going to feel dif- 3,897; 10. Johanna Konta (GBR)
ferent, he said. AFP 3,705 (-1). AFP

Batting-friendly
surface expected Panel to supervise BCCI has its task cut out
G. VISWANATH in Annexure-A of the Lodha have long held that they replacing the working
BENGALURU: After two games of
panels report. The State and function as per the direction committee with an apex
not very big totals, India and
PUNE: The first task of the member associations will given by clubs and council, reconstituting the
England are likely to en-
four-member Committee of need to amend their individual members around selection committee and
counter a pitch full of runs
Administrators (COA) Constitutions/By-laws which their associations empowering the CEO.
when they meet at the M.
comprising former CAG suitably. foundation is based. To BCCI CEO Rahul Johri
Chinnaswamy Stadium on
Vinod Rai, writer and The BCCI is a registered amend the by-laws, will soon submit a list of
Wednesday.
historian Ramachandra body under the Tamil Nadu therefore, a two-third or recommendations the BCCI
It will be a good batting Guha , IDFC MD Vikram Societies Registration Act, three-fourth majority is has complied with; it will be
track. My expectation is that Limaye and former India and its members other required. just a handful and thats the
the scores will be around 160- womens captain Diana than the Railways, Services, reason the Supreme Court
170, the KSCA curator K. Sri- The full members feel
Edulji will be to get the All India Universities (all bitter about a number of removed Anurag Thakur and
ram said. BCCI to fall in line with the recommended to be Ajay Shirke from their posts
aspects of the
I have rolled and prepared terms of the Justice Lodha relegated as associate recommendations, as president and secretary.
it in the way that I prepare the Committee report and the members) are registered particularly those related to The COA is likely to find
IPL pitches. I have not done Supreme Court judgement. under the Companies Act or term and tenure of elected impediments in its path as it
anything diferent. I have not The Board will have to its State Registrar of oice bearers, restrictions attempts to enforce the
got phone calls from any- adopt the MoA and Rules Societies. on eligibility, the formation Lodha Committee
body. Special and Regulations as specified The BCCIs full members of player associations, recommendations.
Correspondent

HOCKEY INDIA LEAGUE CUESPORTS

Yousuf stars for Dabang Mumbai Amee clinches billiards title


G. VISWANATH vani (PSPB) bt Sourav Kothari (PSPB)
NANDAKUMAR MARAR 84(68)-1, 58-55, 86(77)-0, 79-30;
PUNE: Madhya Pradeshs Amee Dhvaj Haria (PSPB) bt Nitesh Madaan
MUMBAI: Man-marking or Kamani defeated Karnatakas (Rlys) 89-44, 75-47, 73-37, 74-28;
zonal-marking matters little Varsha Sanjeev 75-46, 75-45, 28- Manan Chandra (PSPB) bt Dhruv
when Afan Yousuf is on the 76, 21-75, 76(48)-58 to win the Verma 34-73, 69-25, 89(89)-17, 46-
prowl. Two clever goals from womens billiards competition 37, 22-80, 58-6; Panduranga (Rlys) bt
the small-made forward had a at the 84th National billiards Himanshu Jain (TS) 69-24, 69-50, 28-
telling efect in Dabang Mum- and snooker championship on 67, 58-77, 74-26, 60-29; Anurag Giri
bais success. Monday. (MP) bt Anmoldeep Singh (PNB) 18-
Leading 3-1 after three quar- Keerath Bhandaal of Delhi 53, 70-33, 42-81, 59-0, 69-21, 53-43;
ters, the home team survived a beat Telanganas I. Lahari to Laxman Rawat (Rlys) bt Rafath Habib
Delhi Waveriderss fightback clinch the juniors girls snooker (Rlys) 75-35, 74-38, 17-71, 43-81, 63-
in the fourth quarter, to win final 28-50, 52-36, 48-45. In the 60, 98-11.
3-2 and retain top place in Coal semifinals, Keerath had ac- Lucky Vatnani (TS) bt Shabaaz Adil
India-Hockey India League counted for Tamil Nadus Khan (PSPB) 17-62, 17-91, 63-27, 70-1,
2017. Anupama Ramachandran and 12-75, 82-55, 62-44; Anuj Uppal (Del)
Creating room for strikes at CRUCIAL STRIKE: Dabang Mumbais Affan Yousuf came up with a Lahari got past Varsha. Tamil bt Pushpinder Singh (Rlys) 20-67,
target and finding his own field goal which proved decisive in the end, against Delhi Nadu junior S. Shrikrishna, 59-8, 76-1, 50-21, 31-67, 23-61, 73-34;
angles to outwit the goal- Waveriders. PHOTO: VIVEK BENDRE after leading 3-2 in the first Sundeep Gulati (Del) bt Benay Agar-
keeper, Afan built on his repu- elimination contest set to seven wal (WB) 81-28, 58-62, 73-19, 71-1,
tation, first, with a spectacular via Justin Reid and Rupinder- into the goalmouth. Afan frames, lost 4-3 to Maha- 42-74, 62-37; Dharminder Lilly (PNB)
field goal. He moved away pal Singh, both clinical eforts. trapped and tapped in. Then, rashtras Hasan Badami. bt Alok Kumar (PSPB) 74-27, 73-36,
from defender Pardeep cover- Dabang Mumbai remained Waveriders defenders He had registered a win 112-2, 53-52; Akshay Kumar (UP) bt
ing the first angle and flicked unbeaten in four games on the sufered his second blow via a against Rafath Habib on Brijesh Damani (PSPB) 35-74, 79-18,
across and alotted inside the trot, with one draw and three penalty corner. The drag came Sunday to qualify for the 66-19, 75-26, 73-34; Yasin Merchant
left post. The second strike wins, and firmly entrenched at of the post, the opportunist knock-outs. (Mah) bt Johnson Narsidani (Guj) 62-
was a backhander, twisting the top of the six-team table. was at hand to reverse hit. 17, 72-69, 33-58, 70-10, 69-22; Arvind
Other important results: Wo-
body into position and react- Harmanpreet Singh had a The result: men: Billiards (semifinals): Amee Rlys) bt Faisal Khan (Rlys) 25-69, 64-
ing instinctively. hand in the host going three Dabang Mumbai HC 3 (Affan Kamani bt Uma Devi (Kar) 76-44, 75- 18, 59-27, 67-24, 72-41; Siddharth
Waveriders punched in two goals up by half-time. He Yousuf 28 FG, 30) bt Delhi 10; Varsha Sanjeev bt Meenal Thakur Parikh (Rlys) by Kamal Chawla (Rlys)
direct penalty corner goals, moved up in support of a move Waveriders 2 (Austin Reid 43 PC, (Mah) 76-73, 68-76, 77-58. Men: 58-67, 25-75, 41-87, 59-32, 56-47,
two from five corners forced, on the right and swept the ball Rupinderpal Singh 53 PC). Snooker (round-of-32): Pankaj Ad- 67-44, 64-9.
CM ND-ND
YK
18 | SPORT
NOIDA/DELHI

THE HINDU TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017

NRAI makes
minor changes
in team for WC
NZ scrapes home in first one-dayer Rahuls Pet triumphs
HYDERABAD: Rahuls Pet (Imran
Chisty up) won the Don Micheletto
Plate, the main event of the races
held here on Monday. The winner is
1/2. 1m 26.31s. Rs. 46 (w), 14, 7, 7 (p),
SHP: Rs. 22, FP: Rs. 186, Q: Rs. 85,
Tanala: Rs. 384. Favourite: Samba.
Owner: Mr. Md. Junaid Ali Khan.

NEW DELHI: Skeet coach Ennio


CRICKET / Marcus Stoiniss valiant century goes in vain trained by D. Netto and owned by
M/s. Rahul Rachupalli, G. Krish-
Trainer: N. Ravinder Singh.
6. HUSSAIN SAGAR CUP
Falco had his say as Sheeraz AUCKLAND: New Zealand Eden Park. namohan Rao and T.N. Mehta. (1,200m), Cat. III, 5-y-o & over rated
1. CAPACHINO PLATE (D. 26 to 50: Rapidest (Praveen Gad-
Sheikh was drafted into the In- scraped home in the first one- He came to the crease with II), (1,200m), Cat. II, maiden 3-y-o dam) 1, Act in Time (B.R. Kumar) 2,
dian team for the shooting dayer against Australia on Australia reeling at 54 for five only (Terms): Moondancer Military Cross (Imran Chisty) 3,
World Cup to be staged at the Monday, but only after rookie and calmly set about rebuild- (Mukesh Kumar) 1, Arc Of History Western Express (P. Trevor) 4. 1m
Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tugh- all-rounder Marcus Stoinis fell ing after his more experienced (Akshay Kumar) 2, Destined Dy- 12.29 s. Rs. 18 (w), 7, 6, 19 (p), SHP: Rs.
namite (Neeraj Rawal) 3, New State 20, FP: Rs. 39, Q: Rs. 15, Tanala: Rs.
lakabad, from February 24 to agonisingly short of dragging teammates had squandered (Imran Chisty) 4. 9, 1/2, 2- 3/4. 1m 272. Favourite: Act In Time. Owners:
March 3. his team to victory with an un- their wickets. 11.75s. Rs. 7 (w), 6, 7, 12 (p), SHP: Rs. M/s. Pratap Racecitement Private
The change was made from beaten 146. His 146 was a record ODI 15, FP: Rs. 19, Q: Rs. 15, Tanala: Rs. 82. Limited represented by the estate of
Favourite: Moondancer. Owners: late Mr. D. Pratap Chander Reddy &
the original list of entries for In just his second ODI, score for an Australian No. 7 M/s. Thimmaraja Yelamarthi & Mr. Ashish Bajaj & M/s. Vijay Ra-
the World Cup which has been Stoinis took three wickets and batsman and included 11 sixes Chitturi Krishna Kannaiah. Trainer: cing & Farms Private Limited rep-
published by the International then flayed the New Zealand and nine fours. M. Satyanarayana. resented by M/s. Vijay Kumar
Shooting Sports Federation attack as the Australians The second ODI will be in 2. CAPACHINO PLATE (D. I), Gupta & Susheel Kumar Gupta.
(1,200m), Cat. II, maiden 3-y-o only Trainer: L.V.R. Deshmukh
(ISSF). chased a target of 287 runs at Napier on Thursday. AFP (Terms): Celtic Queen (P. Sai Ku- 7. RAJA SITHARAM
Sheeraz Sheikh comes in mar) 1, Thundering (Suraj Narredu) BHUPAL OF DOMAKONDA
place of Amrinder Singh SCOREBOARD 2, Takisha (Neeraj Rawal) 3, Jasmine
Garden (P. Trevor) 4. Not run:
SAMSTHAN MEMORIAL
CUP (D. I), (1,200m), Cat. II, 5-y-o &
Cheema, who would now be over, rated 46 to 70: Aakash Vani
Desert Moon. Nk, shd, 6. 1m 13.01s.
shooting in the MQS section in New Zealand: M. Guptill b Stoinis Boult 4, T. Head c Munro b Boult 5, S. Rs. 37 (w), 6, 5, 11 (p), SHP: Rs. 15, FP: (B.R. Kumar) 1, Legend (P. Sai Ku-
the first World Cup of the 61, T. Latham c Handscomb b Starc 7, Marsh st. Latham b Santner 16, P. Rs. 98, Q: Rs. 27, Tanala: Rs. 651. mar) 2, Picture Perfect (Imran
season. K. Williamson c Maxwell b Stoinis 24, Handscomb c Latham b Southee 7, G. Favourite: Thundering. Owners: Chisty) 3, Kohinoor (G. Naresh) 4.
R. Taylor b Head 16, N. Broom c Starc Maxwell c Latham b Ferguson 20, S. M/s. K.S.N. Murthy, B.S. Reddy, Gu- 3/4, hd., 3. 1m 12.04s. Rs. 23 (w), 10, 7,
It was on the request of dur Narayan Reddy & C.V. Krishna 13 (p), SHP: Rs. 17, FP: Rs. 71, Q: Rs. 25,
Falco, who had guided Mairaj b Faulkner 73, C. Munro c Finch b Heazlett c Latham b Ferguson 4, M. Rao. Trainer: K.S.V. Prasad Raju. Tanala: Rs. 259. Favourite: Legend.
Ahmad Khan to impressive Stoinis 2, J. Neesham c Head b Hazle- Stoinis (not out) 146, J. Faulkner b 3. RAJA SITHARAM Owners: M/s. K.T. Raidu, Preman-
performances in the last sea- wood 48, M. Santner c Maxwell b Munro 25, P. Cummins st. Latham b BHUPAL OF DOMAKONDA and Sugandhi & Rammohan Belde-
SAMSTHAN MEMORIAL .Trainer: Anupam Sharma.
son among others that the Cummins 7, T. Southee c Faulkner b Santner 36, M. Starc c Neesham b CUP (D. II), (1,200m), Cat. II, 5-y-o 8. DON MICHELETTO
NRAI had agreed to keep a slot Cummins 0, L. Ferguson (not out) 3, Santner 3, J. Hazlewood (run out) 0, & over, rated 46 to 70: Fair and PLATE (1,400m), Cat. II, 4-y-o &
in the national team at the dis- T. Boult (not out) 16, Extras (b-8, Extras (lb-2, w-12): 14; Total (in 47 Squre (Koushik) 1, Aston Doulton over, rated 66 to 90: Rahuls Pet
lb-5, w-16): 29; Total (for nine wkts. overs) 280. (Md. Sameeruddin) 2, Catherine (Imran Chisty) 1, Preciosa (Beuzelin
cretion of the national coach. (B.R. Kumar) 3, Perfection (Akshay Louis) 2, Ashwa Raftar (Suraj
In womens sports pistol in 50 overs) 286. Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-10, 3-18, 4- Kumar) 4. 3/4, hd, hd. 1m 12.96s. Rs. Narredu) 3, Movie Moghual
team, World Cup gold medal- Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-87, 3-128, 48, 5-54, 6-67, 7-148, 8-196, 9-226. 31 (w), 10, 29, 31 (p), SHP: Rs. 102, FP: (Praveen Gaddam) 4. 3, 3/4, 1-3/4. 1m
list Rahi Sarnobat has come in 4-130, 5-134, 6-210, 7-246, 8-251, New Zealand bowling: Southee Rs. 939, Q: Rs. 459, Tanala: Rs. 3103. 24.56s. Rs. 28 (w), 9, 9, 6 (p), SHP: Rs.
Favourite: Perfection. Owner: 21, FP: Rs. 167, Q: Rs. 92, Tanala: Rs.
place of Shreya Gawande who 9-269. 10-0-63-1, Boult 9-0-58-2, Ferguson M.A.M. Ramaswamy Chettiar of 402. Favourite: Aragonda Princess.
has been moved to the MQS Australia bowling: Starc 10-0- 10-0-44-2, Santner 10-1-44-3, Nee- Chettinad Charitable Trust rep by Owners: M/s. Rahul Rachupalli, G.
section. 59-1, Hazlewood 10-0-48-1, Cum- sham 5-0-49-0, Munro 3-0-20-1. Dr.A.C.Muthiah. Trainer: K. Krishnamohan Rao & T.N. Mehta.
Satheesh. Trainer: D. Netto.
In mens air rifle, there will mins 9-0-67-2, Faulkner 6-0-29-1, Result: New Zealand won by six 9. CHILLI GIRL PLATE (1100
4. ILLUSTRIOUS REIGN
be three shooters for India as Stoinis 10-0-49-3, Head 5-0-21-1. runs. SWASHBUCKLING KNOCK: Marcus Stoiniss unbeaten 146 was a record ODI score for an Australian PLATE (1,400m), Cat. II, maiden m), Cat. III, 4-y-o & over, rated upto
against the two mentioned by Australia: A. Finch c Neesham b Man-of-the-Match: Stoinis. No. 7 batsman and included 11 sixes and nine fours. PHOTO: AFP 3-y-o only (Terms): Creator (Suraj 30: Supurinto (Akshay Kumar) 1,
the ISSF list for the World Narredu) 1, Somerset (P. Trevor) 2, Yes Baby (Deepak Singh) 2, Divine
Exclusive Symbol (Mukesh Kumar) Heights (N. Rawal) 3, War Lady (G.
Cup. It will be Deepak Kumar 3, You Can I Can (S. Sreekant) 4. Naresh) 4. Not run: Proud Princess.
along with Ravi Kumar and
Satyendra Singh.
The Indian team will have a
preparatory camp at the same
Punjab ekes out a win I-LEAGUE

Artificial turf and cool


5-1/4, 2-1/4, 1-1/2. 1m 26.31s. Rs. 9 (w),
6, 12, 8 (p), SHP: Rs. 35, FP: Rs. 50, Q:
Rs. 50, Tanala: Rs. 255. Favourite:
Creator. Owner: Mr. Mukund
Kakani. Trainer: K.S.V. Prasad Raju.
2-3/4, 1/4, hd.. 1m 07.32 s. Rs. 19 (w),
7, 12, 32 (p), SHP: Rs. 30, FP: Rs. 105,
Q: Rs. 67, Tanala: Rs. 8174. Favourite:
Pentheselia. Owner:
Chandrasekhar Reddy Challuri.
Mr.

venue from February 7. Spe- UTHRA GANESAN gers even though wicket- Punjab pace trio of Sandeep 5. TWIN CITIES CUP Trainer: M. Srinivas Reddy.
cial Correspondent
DHARAMSHALA: It was a game
both teams seemed determ-
keeper Unmukt Chand was in
position.
In the next over by Ishant
Sharma, Grewal and Siddharth
Kaul, who took full advantage
of the seaming conditions
weather welcome CCFC (1,400m), Cat. III, 4-y-o & over rated
26 to 50: Raja Hindustani (P. Tre-
vor) 1, Darakhshan Setarah (Akshay
Kumar) 2, Samba (Neeraj Rawal) 3,
Treble (i): Rs. 326 (145 tkts.), (ii):
Rs. 349 (172 tkts.), (iii): Rs. 385
(342tkts.)
Consolation: Rs. 1563 (163 tkts.)
Dushyant Chautala ined to lose before Punjab
managed to eke out a two-
Sharma, Manan Sharma
dropped Lumba on the bound-
after deciding to bowl first.
In the other match here, Hi-
AMITABHA DAS SHARMA who have found their feet des-
pite joining the team just two
Magnum (G. Naresh) 4. 1-1/2, 1-3/4, Jackpot: Rs. 13,510 (44 tkts.)

is new TTFI chief wicket win against Delhi in a


low-scoring match of the
ary and Lumba ensured Delhi
pay the price for the reprieves,
machal rode on an unbeaten SHILLONG: Debutant Chennai
City FC will have to overcome
days before the season. Both
scored in the teams 2-0 win
half-century by Sumeet GENERAL
North Zone T20 league here with sixes all around. Verma the first of the tour- a host of issues ranging from over Aizawl FC last week.
VIJAYAWADA: Dushyant
Chautala was elected as pres-
ident of the Table Tennis Fed-
eration of India (TTFI) at the
on Monday.
Chasing a meagre 104, Pun-
jab reached 106 for eight in 19.2
Opener Pargat Singh was
out in the first over and
Navdeep Saini struck of con-
nament here to to win by
five wickets, scoring two runs
of the last ball of the innings
artificial turf and chill weather
to stop home favourite Shil-
long Lajong, which has been
On the other hand, Shillong
Lajong will seek another win
to climb up the table.
Task force to prepare
annual general body meeting
held at Gurugram on Monday.
overs, kept alive only by some
heavy hitting by the middle-
order and sloppy fielding by
secutive deliveries to reduce
Punjab to three for three in the
second over before Vohra and
even as Haryana failed to ef-
fect a run out from close range.
The scores:
on a high after winning its two
previous matches.
But the visitors head coach
The team needed some
time to gel and I think it has fi-
nally started to show on the
action plan for
M.P. Singh and Arun Kumar
Banerjee will be the new sec-
retary general and treasurer
Delhi.
Three of the top-four Pun-
jab batsmen failed to open
Anmolpreet Singh rebuilt the
innings.
However, it was the long
Delhi 103 for nine in 20 overs
(Milind Kumar 26, Manpreet Grewal
three for 26, Sandeep Sharma two
Robin Charles Raja put up a
brave face.
We have not played on arti-
field, was how head coach
Thangboi Singto assessed La-
jongs latest success.
three Olympics
respectively, according to a re-
lease from TTFI. their accounts, along with cap- handle from Lumba that took for 16, Nikhil Chaudhary two for 28) ficial turf. But once we get to We have to now continue
tain Harbhajan Singh, who Punjab close to the target. lost to Punjab 106 for eight in 19.2 the field it is going to be just with this style of play. We star-
The office-bearers: didn't score for the second overs (Sharad Lumba 36, Anmol- another match, Robin said. ted with the first home game
President: Dushyant Chautala; time in as many games. Using the long handle preet Singh 28, Navdeep Saini three
Secretary General: M.P. Singh; Except goalkeeper Karanjit against Minerva and we have
His consecutive sixes of for 28, Ishant Sharma two for 12). Singh, Robin has a fully fit progressed from there. We
Treasurer: Arun Kumar Banerjee; Lumba shines
Vice-Presidents: Milind Torwane, Pawan Negi in the 17th over Points: Punjab 4, Delhi 0 . squad. His replacement, played much better against
M.S. Sirsa, Chiranjib Choudhary, P. It took a mix of caution and over long-on and deep mid- Haryana 133 in 20 overs (Rajat Abhra Mondal, is well accus- Mumbai in terms of creating
Karunakaran, Vero Nunes, Sharad aggression from Sharad wicket and then another Paliwal 27, Akshay Chauhan three for tomed to the conditions and is chances and we need to carry
Shukla, R.K. Parida and Haresh Lumba (36) to turn around the over square of Saini in the 20, Mayank Dagar three for 28, Rishi expected to make up for the the momentum forward, he
Sangtani; Joint Secretaries: Mantu teams fortunes. It could have next brought Punjab within Dhawan two for 23) lost to Himachal Karanjits absence under the added.
Ghosh, Jayesh Acharya, Tridip been all over in the next five runs of victory before he 134 for five in 20 overs (Sumeet bar. Singto said the tournament
Duvarah, Prakash Raju; Executive couple of overs, but Shikhar was run out going for a second Verma 54 not out, Paras Dogra 32). Defender and captain D. scheduling could have been
Members: Yatin K. Tipnis, Manjit Dhawan picked that brief run. Himachal 4, Haryana 0 . Ravanan, who missed the last better. I think I-League
Singh Dua, S. Halder, T.K. Vijay period to turn into Mr. But- It became 99 for eight when Services 145 in 19.4 overs (Amit match with injury, attended should be longer. If they con-
Rangam and Ajay Sharma. Spe- terfingers, adding to his bat- Harbhajan was caught and Pachhara 42, Hardik Sethi 34, Umar the training but is yet to regain duct a match a week for each
cial Correspondent ting woes that continued. bowled by Saini before Nikhil Nazir three for 26, Ram Dayal two for full fitness. side, it will give players more Gopi Chand, Abhinav Bindra.
He dropped a sitter from Chaudhary struck Negi for a 16, Abid Nabi two for 35) bt J&K 140 Robin has built his team rest. If they rest better, defin-
Manpreet Grewal at first slip six over mid-wicket to seal the in 19.5 overs (Shubham Khajuria 46, around two Brazilians, Marcos itely their performance on the SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Pradhan, will be the other
Nadal pulls out of of Pradeep Sangwan, then
two balls later let an edge from
issue.
Earlier, the Delhi batsmen
Manzoor Dar 27, Nishan Singh four
for 24, Diwesh Pathania two for 23).
Tank and Charles de Souza, pitch will go up, Singo added.
NEW DELHI: P. Gopi Chand and
members of the committee.
The committee is expected
Davis Cup clash Lumba sneak through his fin- struggled to score against the Services 4, J&K 0 .
TENNIS
Abhinav Bindra will spear-
head a Task Force that has
to suggest various measures
for the identification of core
with Croatia been entrusted the responsib- group of athletes and efect-

MADRID: Rafael Nadal on Bengal to clash with Tripura Good day for Indians ility to prepare an action plan
for the next three Olympics
by the Union Sports Ministry.
ive preparation for the
Olympics in 2020, 2024 and
2028.
Monday pulled out of Spains NEW DELHI: All the three Indian (Kaz) 6-2, 6-2; V.M. Sandeep bt The Sports Minister Vijay It will address all areas of

in opening contest
Davis Cup clash with Croatia boys V.M. Sandeep, Nishant Amangeldi Zhumabaev (Kgz) 6-0,
this weekend as he recovers Goel stated that Prime Minis- sports excellence and suggest
Dabas and Divesh Gahlot 6-0; Nauvaldo Jati Agatara (Ina) bt ter Narendra Modi had ap- mechanisms within the coun-
from his Australian Open sailed into the second round of Nelaka Dissanayake (Sri) 6-2, 6-1;
exertions. proved the constitution of the try to form a world class
the Asian under-14 tennis Samandar Abdumalikov (Uzb) bt committee which would be in sports system and also recom-
Nadal will be replaced in the SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Even though Bengal captain Ojha will be available with all tournament at the DLTA Chak Lam Coleman Wong (Hkg) 6-4, operation for three months or mend the method of prepara-
World Group first-round tie Manoj Tiwary skipped his experience to contribute Complex here on Monday. 6-3; Tanapatt Nirundorn (Tha) bt Mo- till it prepares its report. tion in terms of international
by Feliciano Lopez. KOLKATA: A well-prepared Mondays nets session at the for the team. The results (first round): Boys: hammad Alkotop (Jor) 6-2, 6-1; Former hockey captain competition and foreign
The Spanish tennis federa- Bengal will look forward to Jadavpur University ground Tripura, which sufered a Azmi Januarsyah (Ina) bt Artur Azizbek NIyazov (Uzb) bt Sidorov Viren Rasquinha, hockey training wherever required.
tion said its medical staf pre- start its campaign on a win- here due to minor health is- 10-run defeat against Odisha in Khairutdinov (Kaz) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3; Cha- Nikita (Kaz) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Tamir coach Bladev Singh, the Dean Meanwhile, the Union
ferred that Nadal sat out of the ning note when it takes on sues, he is likely to lead the its first match, would like to thurya Nilaweera (Sri) bt Mohd. Noor Ankhbayar (Mgl) bt Rodion Ny- of the Faculty of Applied Sci- Sports Ministry had also re-
trip to Osijek given the little Tripura in the East Zone inter- side against Tripura. make amends to its faults in Ariffin (Mas); Divesh Gahlot bt Shis- shchuk (Kgz) 6-0, 6-0; Hon Chun Lee ences of Manav Rachna Inter- cently reinforced its Target
recovery time available to the state T20 league at the Eden batting and put up a decent anupong Pokinsagethasiri (Tha) 6-2, (Hkg) bt Christian Andre Sheng Liew national University, Prof. G.L. Olympic Podium Scheme
world No. 6. Gardens here on Tuesday. Relying on pacers total against a top team like 6-2; Nishant Dabas bt M. Gunawan (Mas) 6-0, 6-4; Taym Alazmeh (Syr) Khanna, Chief Editor of (TOPS) with Abhinav Bindra
The federation noted that Bengal had a meaningful Taking into account the 9.30 Bengal. Trismuantara (Ina) 6-0, 6-0; bt Sebastien Lhuillier (Phi) 6-1, 6-1. Times Group online, Rajesh as the Chairman.
Nadal had played in a lot of camp under the watchful eyes a.m. start, Bengal will rely on The visiting side has got Guntinun Sootinun-Opart bt Timofei Girls: Makhira Alimova (Uzb) bt V. Kalra, Om Pathak of the Renowned sports stars
matches after four months out of V.V.S. Laxman and T.A. its pacers, including Ashoke some nippy seamers in Manis- Goloshchapov (Kgz) 6-0, 6-0; Tim Andreevskaya (Kgz) 6-3, 6-2; J. Wira- School Sports Promotion Prakash Padukone, Karnam
of action in January, which at Sekar at the same venue, Dinda and Veer Pratap Singh, ankar Murasingh and Sanjay Thomas Gauntlett (Hkg) bt Pierre hadipoernomo (Ina) bt Ma Car- Foundation, the Director Malleswari, P.T. Usha and
30 years of age was hard to re- where they had practice ses- to restrict Tripura. Majumder who can trouble Djaroueh (Syr) 6-0, 6-2; Imran Daniel menata Isabela Carlos (Phi) 7-5, 6-4. General of the Sports Author- Anjali Bhagwat will be part of
cover from. AFP sions in match situations. Besides, spinner Pragyan any opposition on their day. Hazli (Mas) bt Timur Chsherbakov Special Correspondent ity of Gujarat and Sandeep the committee.

VARIETY
THE HINDU CROSSWORD 11918 (set by Arden) FAITH TODAY'S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Reynard Butcher's free to take head splitting (7) 22 Stiff drink in the Middle East?
Qualified non-dualism SOLUTIONS
responsibility (5,3,6) 14 Move slowly, after hundred (4,3) E D D I N G H O T G U NW S
9
10 Try out clothes, we are out of count will be rejected (5) 25 Music on the run? Wrong C E O Y M N E E
10 11 practice (5) 16 Magnus Larsen, perhaps dressed answer (7) King Janaka performed a sacrifice. He assembled thousand N P A I N T R A D I T I O T

cows, with gold tied to their horns. He said that the best
E O T N L H L A
11 Host will compete with coach in own gear (9) 27 Time and energy no L AMB A D A E A D S E A D
right away (9) 19 Timber cut around metal ring American convention (9) Vedic scholar could take all the cows. Yajnavalkya asked O R C I E
12 13 12 Sick and without a permit, work over (9) 28 Portray smart shirt (5) his disciple to drive away the cows, said M.K. Srinivasan in D T R E S S A T I NWO O S

a discourse. Asvala, a hotr priest in Janakas kingdom,


E S T N U D
receives help (4,3) 20 Supports model to come out on 29 Feudal lord takes time, joining RWE G I A N R E E P N O C
13 Board will allow top sporting hairdo (5) an event held perforce (7,7) asked Yajnavalkya if he were indeed the best Vedic scholar. I E N O I
14 15 16 17 18 Yajnavalkya taunted him, saying: We salute you, the most P A L E T T E A I D L OW L

learned of the Vedic scholars. I took the cows because I


U U F K T A K O
T E R T A I N U S T Y E N R
need them. An angry Asvala then began to question
SU | DO | KU
A N R A B O A F
19 20 21 Yajnavalkya. He asked how a sacrificer would be freed E B U R D E N C A R R Y T H

F ACROSS from death. What Asvalas question meant was this:


Everything in the universe is pervaded by death. How
22 23 24 25 26 then can a person who performs sacrifices with a view to
attaining Brahma Vidya be liberated? Yajnavalkya replied:
The hotr priest should be seen as Agni; speech as fire
27 28 itself. When Karma is performed with this view, then when
the sacrificer dies, he attains liberation. Asvala then
asked, Everything is overtaken by day and night. So how
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DOWN
29 can the sacrificer get beyond this?
Yajnavalkya replied: The adhvaryu priest should be
seen as the eye, and as presided over by Aditya. Asvala
had many more questions for Yajnavalkya, all of which the
2 Not here to grab money on the reading the text (5) 19 Put up notices, taking a small sage answered convincingly. Svetaketu then asked
wagon (9) 8 Material named one's amount of drugs (7) Yajnavalkya two questions: By what are the three worlds
3 Two boys meet a Prince (5) interested (7) 21 Refuse to stay in Sicily after strung together and who is the internal ruler, if any, of the Sudoku is a mind game and a
4 Take down order old Koreans 9 Play play for fifty and one vacation there's hardly
Universe? Yajnavalkya replied: Vaayu brings together the puzzle that you solve with
perfected it (3,4,2) hundred (6) anything (6) reasoning and logic.
three worlds. Yajnavalkya listed as many as 21 items
5 Attack, sacrifice bishop and 15 Metal parts thrusting hard (9) 23 The total amount involved in a Fill in the grid with digits in such a
siege here (5) sun, moon, the five elements, indriyas, mind and soul in
polish it off (3,2) 17 Wine and beer in the past not manner that every row, every
a whiff (9) 24 Strange to see one covering a each of which Brahman resides, and controls each of them
6 Sure, until they turn out to be column and every 3x3 box
extremely boisterous (9) 18 Sex two times, one on repeat story (5) without their knowledge. This passage is known as accommodates the digits 1 to 9,
7 Foolish to keep performance (9) 26 Worried about transport (5) Antaryami Brahmana. It is the basis for Visishtadvaita, without repeating any.
which propagates qualified non-dualism.

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India U-19 goes


Bumrah can improve
EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
down despite
Ranas century Madrid blanks Sociedad, extends lead
MUMBAI: Opener Himanshu
Ranas impressive 101 went in
vain as England U-19 defeated
India U-19 by 23 runs in the
with the new ball too MADRID: Real Madrid extended
its La Liga lead to four points
and still has a game in hand
over its title rivals as Cristiano
Ronaldo was on target in a 3-0
defence after last Saturdays
scrappy 2-1 win at Werder Bre-
men and it again looked un-
stable at the back.
This was Dortmunds fourth
first game of the five-match
series here on Monday.
CRICKET / Nehra all praise for partners wiles with old ball win over Real Sociedad at the draw in its last five league
games.
Santiago Bernabeu.
Batting first, Delray Rawlins AMOL KARHADKAR Madrid had won only one of If you dont want to defend
(107) and Harry Brook (51) its previous five games and was consistently, then something
helped England to 256 for NAGPUR: Ashish Nehra and Jas- dumped out of the Copa del like that can happen, said
seven in 50 overs. In reply, In- prit Bumrah hardly have any- Rey by Celta Vigo in midweek. Dortmunds frustrated captain
dia U-19 was dismissed for 233 thing in common. Nehra, 37, is However, even without six Marcel Schmelzer.
in 42.5 overs. Apart from Rana, the oldest member of Indias first-team regulars through in- The results:
Kamlesh Nagarkoti contrib- T20 squad, while 23-year-old jury, Real took a huge step to- On Sunday: La Liga: Real Madrid
uted 37 while Matthew Fisher Bumrah is one of the youngest. wards a first La Liga title for 3 (Kovacic 38, Ronaldo 51, Morata 83)
took four for 41 for the visitor. Nehra bowls left-arm pace five years against an in-form STAR STRIKE: Ronaldo scores Reals second goal as goalkeeper bt Real Sociedad 0; Athletic Bilbao 2
The scores: England U-19 256 for with one of the most conven- Sociedad, which remains just Geronimo Rulli makes a valiant attempt to stop him. PHOTO: AFP (Muniain 50, Aduriz 71-pen) bt Sport-
seven in 50 overs (Delray Rawlins tional actions, while Bumrahs one point of the top four in ing Gijon 1 (Cop 27-pen).
107, Harry Brook 51) bt India U-19 right-arm style is uncanny, fifth. the Sociedad defence and Ron- home Lucas Vazquezs cross Serie A: Napoli 1 (Mertens 66)
233 in 42.5 overs (Himanshu Rana which Nehra describes as Mateo Kovacic opened the aldo coolly chipped the on- for the third seven minutes drew with Palermo 1 (Nestorovski 6).
101, Kamlesh Nagarkoti 37, Matthew awkward. scoring with the only real rushing Rulli for his 20th goal from time. Bundesliga: Mainz 1 (Latza 83)
Fisher four for 41). PTI But when it comes to making chance of the first-half as he of the season. Meanwhile, Borussia drew with Borussia Dortmund 1 (Reus
the white ball talk, the duo has timed his late run from mid- Sociedads uphill task was Dortmund conceded a late 3).
been combining really well in field perfectly for Ronaldos made impossible 15 minutes goal in Pierre-Emerick Au- FA Cup: Fourth round: Sutton 1
Holder India Indias Blues in the shortest
format. This was vividly on LIKE CHALK AND CHEESE: Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra...
through ball and slotted low
beyond Geronimo Rulli.
from time when Inigo Mar-
tinez was sent of for a second
bameyangs low-key Bundes-
liga return in a 1-1 draw at
(Collins 53-pen) bt Leeds 0; Millwall 1
(Morison 85) bt Watford 0.
starts with a win display during Indias hum-
dinger of a match against Eng-
diverse styles and skillsets. PHOTOS: K.R. DEEPAK The roles were reversed six
minutes into the second-half as
bookable ofence.
And Alvaro Morata made
Mainz.
Dortmund coach Thomas
Fulham 4 (Aluko 17, Martin 54, Ses-
segnon 66, Johansen 78) bt Hull 1
NEW DELHI: Defending cham- land in Nagpur on Sunday. ODI and T20 caps in Australia really succeed, said Nehra. this time Kovacics pass split the 10 men pay as he bulleted Tuchel had lamented its shaky (Goebel 49). AFP
pion India thrashed The starkest diference in at the start of 2016, Bumrah has I am not saying Bumrah
Bangladesh by 129 runs in the their bowling abilities was at been a reliable bowler at the cant bowl with the new ball,
opening match of the T20 the fore in the second T20I death. But Nehra was confid- he will improve over time, but
cricket World Cup for the which has kept the series in the ent Bumrah can improve even his strength is bowling with
blind here on Monday. balance, going into the decider at the start of the innings. the old ball. In 50-over games,
Electing to bat, India scored in Bengaluru. I have always seen in In- he bowls at least four overs at
a mammoth 279 for five with Nehra got rid of both the dian cricket a bowler being the death. Even today he
openers J. Prakash (96) and openers to keep India in the tagged as a new-ball bowler or bowled three overs after the
Ketan Patel (98) scoring half- game while defending a sub- only a death bowler. Everyone 15th, which is a big task. Its
centuries. In reply, par total of 144 for eight. Bum- is diferent. If you ask an never easy, especially in such
Bangladesh made only 150 for rah then showed his prowess opener to bat at No. 6, he wont games.
seven with Deepak Malik tak- at the death by conceding just
ing two wickets.
In the second match,
Pakistan defeated New Zeal-
14 runs of the 16th, 18th and the
20th overs he bowled.
It is not the first time that
England to raise umpiring
and by 10 wickets.
Put in, New Zealand scored
112 in its 20 overs and in reply,
Jasprit and me are bowling to-
gether at the death. Its always
diicult for a bowler to bowl
concerns with match referee
Pakistan reached 117 in just 7.2 four overs at that stage with a NAGPUR: As much as the second T20I Morgan said, referring to the umpiring
overs. PTI wet ball. When I came, they will be remembered for K.L. Rahuls mistake. It shifted momentum, first ball
needed 32 of four overs, and I stunning knock and bowlers from both of the 20th over, losing a batsman whos
knew this has to be the over sides showing their prowess, it will also faced (almost) 40 balls on a wicket
AP and WB where we have to pull it of.
Luckily, as it happened that
go down in the records for umpire C.
Shamshuddins mistake which had a
thats not that easy to time, it is quite a
hammer blow. Its proved very costly, all
are champions over went for five or six and
Ben Stokes got out, said
severe impact on the outcome of the
game.
things considered. A couple of decisions
didnt go our way.
PUDUCHERRY: Andhra Pradesh Nehra. At the start of the last over, England That wasnt the only error by
and West Bengal won the required eight runs to win. Joe Root had Shamshuddin, considered to be one of
boys and girls titles in the Mental toughness is the key anchored the England innings till then. the better umpires in domestic cricket.
39th sub-junior National vol- Nehra termed Bumrah as a The first ball of the over came in sharply In the third over of Indias batting essay,
leyball championship on bowler whose strength is after pitching just short of good length. Chris Jordan had found Virat Kohli plumb
Sunday. bowling with the old ball and Root got a thick inside edge before the in front, but Shamshuddin inexplicably
In the boys final Andhra said, As a bowler, you have to ball rapped the pads. To the batsmans didnt raise his finger.
Pradesh defeated Gujarat 3-0 keep backing yourself men- bemusement, Shamshuddin upheld the He also turned down a close lbw
(25-16, 25-19, 25-21) while in the tally at the death. You practise lbw appeal. shout against Morgan off Suresh Raina
girls final West Bengal got the the skills in the nets, but I per- Stunned by the decision, England wil- in Englands chase.
better of Gujarat 3-0 (25-21, 25- sonally feel as a bowler, it is ted under Jasprit Bumrahs onslaught Morgan stressed that England will
18, 25-9). mental toughness that with the ball, scoring just two runs off absolutely raise the issue of umpiring
counts. the last over. There is extreme frustra- standards with the match referee.
Ever since he earned Indias tion, absolutely, England captain Eoin Special Correspondent
Jamess
distinction
LOS ANGELES: Cleveland super-
star LeBron James became the
first player to score 20,000
points in a Cavaliers jersey on
Sunday, pouring in 25 in the
NBA champions 107-91 vic-
tory over Oklahoma City
Thunder.
James has nearly twice as
many points as anyone else in
a Cleveland uniform. Zy-
drunas Ilgauskas is second on
the teams scoring list with
10,616 points.
The results:
Cavaliers 107 bt Thunder 91,
Hawks 142 bt Knicks 139 (4OT), Mav-
ericks 105 bt Spurs 101, Warriors 113
bt Trail Blazers 111, Magic 114 bt Rap-
tors 113, Pacers 120 bt Rockets 101,
Wizards 107 bt Pelicans 94, Bulls 121
bt 76ers 108. Agencies

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Nazi propaganda chiefs secretary dies at 106 NASA space radio system can track flights Father of Pac-Man no more
Brunhilde Pomsel, the former secretary of Nazi NASAs new space-based radio system can track Masaya Nakamura, the Father of Pac-Man who
Germanys propaganda boss Joseph Goebbels, died aircraft in real time across the globe, an advance founded the Japanese video game firm behind the
aged 106 on Friday, her documentary maker said. that is believed to make air travel safer. hit creature-gobbling game, has died. He was 91.

Spiderman thief on
trial over Paris art haul
Fences , The Crown win big at STAR TREK
You mobs dont scare me: Kashyap on trolls
PARIS: A burglar known as
Spiderman, notorious for
daring acrobatic heists, went
on trial on Monday for the
told them he had initially
broken into the museum for
Legers Still Life with Can-
dlestick from 1922, not think-
Screen Actors Guild Awards F
ilmmaker Anurag Kashyap has attacked online bullies in an
emotional Facebook post, saying he has zero political
affiliation but does not see anything wrong in posing questions
to the government. Kashyap is one of the most vocal celebrities and
he recently came out in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali after the
2010 theft of a $100-million ing he would also be able to Many celebrities Iranian director Bollywood director was attacked by a fringe Rajput group on the set of
haul that included works by steal another four.
Picasso and Matisse from a Besides the Leger canvas, register protest pulls out of Oscars Padmavati in Jaipur. In the Facebook post, the 44-year-old director
wrote that he had always taken a stand for issues he strongly believed
Paris gallery.
Vjeran Tomic (49), who is
the other works stolen were
Picassos cubist Dove with
against Trump LOS ANGELES: Iranian director
in and that he would continue to raise his voice for
what he felt was right. It does not matter what
facing 14 charges, stood trial Green Peas from 1912 LOS ANGELES: Fences, Hidden Asghar Farhadi, whose film The you say or do, attack me physically or verbally, I
along with two accomplices worth an estimated 25 mil- Figures, and TV drama The Salesman is nominated for the will voice what I feel. You mobs dont scare me,
charged with handling stolen lion euros ($26.8 million) Crown emerged as big win- foreign language film Oscar, has my voice will always rise over your screaming and
goods. alone French contempor- ners at the Screen Actors said he will not attend the Oscars shouting, I embrace my truth and I do not fear
The three were charged ary Matisses Pastoral from Guild Awards, which saw even if exceptions are made to accusations, Kashyap wrote. The Raman
over the May 2010 robbery at 1905, Braques Olive Tree many celebrities taking on to allow him entry to the U.S. Raghav 2.0 director said factions that
the Modern Art Museum of near Estaque from 1906, and the stage to register their This comes after President employ violence in order to express their
five paintings by Henri Ma- Modiglianis Woman with a protest against U.S. Presid- Donald Trump signed the disapproval had no entitlement to the
tisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Fan from 1919. ent Donald Trumps contro- CLASS ACT: Actors Denzel Washington, left, and Viola Davis executive order on Friday to work he did. PTI
Braque, Ferdinand Leger and All but the Modigliani versial immigration ban. pose during the SAG awards in Los Angeles. PHOTOS: AFP suspend entry of refugees to the
Amedeo Modigliani. were hung in the same room Fences and The Crown U.S. for 120 days, and imposed an
On May 19, 2010, a thief cut in the museum. which is run picked up two acting hon- Foy topped the female tunity to play Juan was play- indefinite ban on refugees from Greys Anatomy actor to make directorial debut
through a padlocked gate by the city and is home to ours, while the stars of Hid- category. ing a gentlemen who saw a Syria. A 90-day ban was also

A
fter starring in Greys Anatomy for 13 years, actor Ellen
and broke a window to get more than 8,000 works of den Figures claimed the young man folding into him- placed on citizens of seven Pompeo is finally following in the footsteps of several of her
into the gallery, one of the 20th-century art. prize for outstanding per- Lone win of La La Land self as a result of the persecu- predominantly Muslim countries: co-stars by directing an episode of the ABC medical drama.
most-visited museums in The authorities put the formance by a cast in a mo- The outstanding perform- tion of his community, and Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Pompeo, who has toplined the Shonda Rhimes soap as Dr. Meredith
Paris. total value of the haul at 100 tion picture. ance by a female actor in a taking the opportunity to up- Syria and Yemen. Grey for more than 280 episodes, will step behind the camera for the
million euros ($107 million), Denzel Washington was leading role went to Emma lift him and tell him that he I regret to announce via this first time in February. The episode will air later this year as part of
Stolen works but some experts said they named outstanding perform- Stone for La La Land, which mattered, that he was okay, statement that I have decided to Greys Anatomy 13th season. An air date has yet to be determined,
The museums alarms had were worth twice that, while ance by a male actor in a was the films lone win at the and accept him. I hope that not attend the Academy Awards according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Greys episode not only
been awaiting repair for sev- admitting it would be totally leading role for his role in ceremony. we do a better job of that, he Ceremony alongside my fellow marks Pompeo helming the series in which she stars for the first time
eral weeks and the thief impossible to sell them in the Fences, while his co-star Vi- Moonlight star Maher- said. members of the cinematic but also marks her first-ever direction.
somehow managed to knock open market. ola Davis took home the out- shala Ali was named out- Mel Gibson-directed community, Farhadi said in a Pompeo joins fellow Greys co-stars
out a security camera. Tomic, an athletic 1.90 standing performance by a standing performance by a Hacksaw Ridge starring An- statement, according to Variety. Kevin McKidd (Owen) and Chandra
Three guards were on metre rock climbing enthusi- female actor in a supporting male actor in a supporting drew Garfield, Sam Wor- While he had considered Wilson (Bailey), who each directed
duty that night, but the paint- ast, earned his nickname for role. role. Mr. Ali indirectly ad- thington, Luke Bracey and attending, the director said the multiple episodes of the drama from
ings were only found to be clambering into posh Outstanding performance dressed the immigration ban Teresa Palmer was named uncertainty around him getting a Rhimes and Shondaland partner Betsy
missing the next day. Parisian apartments and mu- by a male actor in a drama as he said. outstanding action perform- visa was in no way acceptable to Beers. Greys executive producer and
When police arrested the seums alike, to steal valu- series went to The Crown And what I was so grateful ance by a stunt ensemble in a him even if exceptions were recurring star Debbie Allen (Catherine)
Serb in May 2011, Mr. Tomic ables. AFP star John Lithgow and Claire about in having the oppor- motion picture. PTI made for his trip. AFP also has been a frequent director as well,
as has Tom Verica, who has frequently
pulled double duty helming Scandal

Meet Tao, 98-year-old poster child for yoga and wellness while recurring on How to Get Away
With Murder. PTI

HARTSDALE (UNITED STATES): She is still has a delicate, slender students to show of others. Students of all ages Banderas rushed to hospital with chest pain
the Worlds Oldest Yoga physique. But more than yoga, she quickly become devotees. I

A
ctor Antonio Banderas was taken to a hospital near his home
Teacher who, at age 98, still Tao, as everyone calls her, imparts a zest for life that has am doing things that I never in Surrey, London, after he suffered chest pain. The 56-year-old
teaches five classes a week. grew up in India and lives in sustained her through nearly thought possible, says Julie star was working out when he suddenly
But above all, Tao Porchon- the New York suburbs, trav- a century of existence, Ann Ulbrich (52), who has experienced chest pain, reported Mirror. According
Lynch is a poster child for elling the world attending marked by encounters with been coming to Taos classes to reports, the doctors kept the actor under
health and positivity in a yoga retreats. Stylish and the likes of Mahatma Gandhi for eight years. observation but decided to release him after being
world obsessed by wellness fashionable, she zips from and Marlene Dietrich. In a Western society in- satisfied that he was safe to go home. Banderas,
and longevity. her Hartsdale home in Dont be afraid, she tells creasingly determined to who is now recovering, later confirmed that he had
Westchester County to the her class. Dont let others ward of the onset of aging, an episode. He also praised the medics
Grew up in India studio in a Smart car. tell you what you cant do. Taos bracing cocktail of who helped him during his health crisis.
The former model and Once in the studio, she She cautions her pupils longevity and practical spir- The veteran actor moved to Britain two
Hollywood contract actor, happily demonstrates yoga against giving in to fatigue. ituality has made her a years ago and lives in a 2.4 million
STRETCHING THE LIMITS: Tao Porchon-Lynch gives instructions who earned her title from poses, even if she sometimes Breathe, feel this life force celebrity with an avid online mansion in Cobham. PTI
during a yoga class in Hartsdale, New York. PHOTO: AFP Guinness World Records, calls on one of her dedicated within you. following. AFP

Boron may Dance of well-being French beauty crowned


be the next
wonder material Miss Universe, first since 1953
WASHINGTON: Move over MANILA: France won its first
graphene! Boron may be- Miss Universe crown in 64
come the nanomaterial of years on Monday in a made-
the century as scientists have for-television spectacle
found that two-atom-wide where finalists spoke out on
ribbons and single-atom the refugee crisis and other
chains of the element pos- hot-button global issues.
sess unique properties. Iris Mittenaere, a dental
For example, if metallic surgery student from Lille in
ribbons of boron are the north of France, beat 85 of
stretched, they morph into the worlds most beautiful
antiferromagnetic semicon- women at the event in the
ducting chains, and when re- Philippines scheduled for
leased they fold back into primetime viewing in the
ribbons. United States.
Experimental labs are Ms. Mittenaere (24) edged
making progress in synthes- out Miss Haiti, the first run-
ising atom-thin and ner-up, and Miss Colombia,
fullerene-type boron, which the second runner-up, to win
led Boris Yakobson, re- Frances first Miss Universe
searcher at Rice University title since 1953.
in the U.S. to think 1-D boron I was very surprised. I am
may eventually become real always touching the crown
as well. and saying Oh my God. I BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL: Miss France Iris Mittenaere is crowned the
Mr. Yakobsons lab creates have the crown on my head. I Miss Universe 2016 by last years winner Pia Wurtzbach of the
atom-level computer simula- dont believe it, Ms. Mitten- Philippines, in Manila on Monday. PHOTO: AP
tions of materials that do not aere said in a post-pageant
necessarily exist yet. Simu- news conference. In the final question about the refugee crisis, Ms.
lating and testing their ener- French people love round, the six remaining Mittenaere said France had
getic properties helps guide IN STEP: A dancer, known as Kukeri, performs during the International Festival of the Masquerade Games in Pernik, beauty pageants but they contestants were each asked the right to close its borders
experimentalists working to Bulgaria, on Sunday. The three-day gala, which started on Friday, saw participants sporting multi-coloured masks with dont really know Miss Uni- questions relating to various to refugees if it wanted but
create real-world materials. beads, ribbons and woolen tassels. The main dancer uses bells to drive away sickness and evil spirits. PHOTO: REUTERS verse because never [did] political issues in their own she also spoke about the be-
Carbon-atom chains our country win, she said. countries or abroad. Asked nefits of migration. AFP
known as carbyne, boron
fullerenes and two-dimen-
sional films called
borophene, all predicted by
the Rice group, have since
Mumbai fashion week set for first transgender model Rare lion-tiger hybrid
been created by labs.

Changing forms
MUMBAI: A Nepali, who will
become the first transgender
people still arent that ac-
cepting, they treat it like an
following year when she was
pictured on the front cover of
a magazine featuring an art-
country, which allows cit-
izens to choose their sex, born in Russian zoo
Our work on carbyne and model to walk the runway at illness. The public looks at started issuing third gender
with planar boron got us a fashion show in the coun- you diferently and treats icle about transgender category passports for those ROSTOV-ON-DON (RUSSIA): An
thinking that a one-dimen- try, hopes to inspire other you in a diferent manner people. who identify themselves as extremely rare cross
sional chain of boron atoms victims of gender identity she said. One has to stay It spurred her to pursue a transgender. between a tiger and a lion
is also a possible and in- discrimination across con- strong and reach out for their career in modelling full- With the changing times, has been born in a
triguing structure, said Mr. servative South Asia. dreams, she added. time. She enrolled in classes people have become more travelling zoo in southern
Yakobson. One-dimensional Anjali Lama, who was Ms. Lama was born Nabin but initially found work hard accepting, explained Mr. Russia, one of only a few
boron forms two well- born a man in rural Nepal, Waiba to a family of poor to come by. Lama. dozen of the animals
defined phases chains and was ostracised by members farmers in remote Nuwakot Manisha Dhakal, one of believed to exist.
ribbons which are linked of her own family after in mountainous Nepal. But Extremely disheartening the founders of the Blue Dia- Named Tsar, the two-
by a reversible phase trans- telling them 12years ago that she always knew that she had I was getting rejected be- mond Society, said Nepals month-old liger cub, is the
ition, meaning they can turn she wanted to live as a been born in the wrong body cause of my identity and that government needed to do ofspring of a tigress
from one form to the other woman. and in 2005 took the decision was extremely dishearten- more to provide equal op- Princess and lion Caesar, The two-month-old liger
and back. She overcame abuse and to dress as a woman for the ing, said Ms. Lama, who has portunities in education and zoo director Erik cub Tsar. PHOTO: AFP
To demonstrate these in- prejudice to become the Hi- first time. established herself as a suc- employment for transgender Airapetyan said.
teresting chemomechanics, malayan countrys first I knew I couldnt feel like cessful model in Nepal over people. Ligers can grow to be
the researchers used a com- transgender model and is another person living in Anjali Lama the past couple of years. To get the acceptance in Fed on goat milk the biggest cat in the
puter to pull the ends of a now preparing to strut the someone elses body. Hence, In 2014, she featured in a society, we need to be eco- They have lived animal kingdom,
simulated boron ribbon with catwalk at Lakme Fashion I was ready to face the cruel Ms. Lama found some ac- documentary titled Anjali: nomically empowered, she together for a long time weighing more than 400
64 atoms. Week in Mumbai next words that people threw at ceptance in Kathmandu, Living Inside Someone Elses said. and know each other well. kilograms.
This forced the atoms to month. me, said the model. where she moved to study, Skin in which she said she Ms. Lama, who said it When the tigress was on A liger called Hercules
rearrange into a single Growing up in Nepal as a Most of the people, in- and later became an activist hoped to become completely would be a dream come heat, she didnt have any in the U.S. is currently
carbyne-like chain. In the transgender was extremely cluding my own brothers, for an LGBT rights group female one day an opera- true to follow other trans- other choice, he said. The listed in the Guiness Book
simulation, researchers left a diicult, Ms. Lama (32) said werent ready to accept me called Blue Diamond tion that is financially out of gender models onto major cub has the beige fur of a of World Records as the
fragment of the ribbon to in an email interview ahead for who I was. I had to stay Society. reach for most Nepalis. catwalks such as New York, lion and the stripes of a biggest feline in the world,
serve as a seed, and when the of the fashion extravaganza, strong and believe in myself. She underwent partial sex Her recent success has Milan and Paris, hopes her tiger and is currently at a weight of 418
tension was released, the which runs from February 1 My mother and sisters were reassignment surgery in come as Nepal has increased turn at Lakme Fashion Week being fed on milk from kilograms and length of
atoms neatly returned to rib- to February 5. the only ones who supported 2009 and her interest in its recognition of trans- will make a diference in the one of the zoos goats. 3.33 metres. AFP
bon form. PTI In South Asian countries, me throughout. modelling was piqued the gender people. In 2015 the battle for acceptance. AFP
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