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SC questions Assam govt. over Voters will punish Congress
untraced foreign immigrants for ‘Hindu terror’ slur: Modi
‘Samjhauta verdict exposed conspiracy to defame crores’
Hardik moves SC for stay
‘Where are those who have not been deported and are not in detention centres?’
Alok Deshpande
on conviction Krishnadas Rajagopal Wardha
NEW DELHI
Congress leader Hardik Patel
NEW DELHI In his first campaign rally in
on Monday moved the The Supreme Court on Mon­ Maharashtra for the 2019
Supreme Court for an ex day questioned the Assam general election, Prime Mi­
parte stay on his conviction in government’s efforts to trace nister Narendra Modi on
the 2015 Vispur rioting case. over 70,000 illegal immi­ Monday criticised the Con­
On March 29, the Gujarat grants, who have already gress for coining the term
High Court declined his plea mixed with the local popula­ ‘Hindu terror’. He added
to suspend his conviction. On tion in the State. that the community would
July 25, 2018, the Sessions A Ministry of Home Affairs teach the Congress a fitting
Court at Visnagar in Mehsana affidavit shows that 91,609 lesson for the slur.
district sentenced Mr. Patel persons were declared ‘ille­ “The Congress and the
to two years in jail. gal foreigners’ by the Fo­ NCP can stoop to the lowest
NEWS A PAGE 10 reigners Tribunals in Assam level for the sake of vote­
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till March 2018. Of these, bank politics. The Congress Pointed attack: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a
We are not waiting for 72,486 are absconding. attempted to defame crores rally in Wardha, Maharashtra, on Monday. S. SUDARSHAN
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alliance, says Gopal Rai “This is quite a large num­ of Indians by using the term
NEW DELHI
ber,” a worried Home Minis­ ‘Hindu terror’,” he said at a linked with terrorism? In the nority is majority,” he said,
With speculation of an
try told the court. rally in Wardha in the Vi­ thousand years of history, alluding to the decision of
alliance between the Aam
A Bench of Chief Justice of darbha region. The BJP’s not a single incident shows Congress president Rahul
Aadmi Party and the
Congress refusing to die
India Ranjan Gogoi said Ramdas Tadas is seeking re­ an act of Hindu terrorism. Gandhi — without naming
down, AAP moved its there might even be “unde­ “But where are those ille­ This was in the backdrop 2013, and now diplomatic election from the consti­ Even the British historians him — to contest Kerala’s
campaign for the Lok Sabha clared foreigners” who had gals who have neither been of the Home Ministry spell­ channels were employed to tuency, taking on Charulata could never find it,” the Wayanad, in addition to
election in Delhi up a gear on succeeded in “merging with deported nor are lodged in ing out obstacles in the na­ determine the nationality of Tokas of the Congress. Prime Minister said. Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
Monday, holding nine public the local population” in the the detention centres? tionality verification process an illegal foreigner and de­ Claiming that it was Sushil Repeating his tirade
meetings in a day. Having State. “What is the number Where are they? How will for illegal foreigners. port the person. Aseemanand verdict Kumar Shinde, who as Un­ against the Congress for
announced candidates for all of these undeclared foreign­ you track them? What have The Ministry’s affidavit Alluding to the Samjhauta ion Home Minister used the seeking evidence of the IAF’s
seven LS seats of Delhi last ers?” The CJI’s question you done in the past five Wrong information said the Assistant High Com­ Express blast case verdict, term, Mr. Modi said the Con­ strikes in Balakot, Pakistan,
month, AAP has been drew a blank from the Assam years?” Chief Justice Gogoi “They provide wrong infor­ missioner of Bangladesh vi­ which acquitted Swami gress­NCP government in Mr. Modi urged the crowd,
campaigning across the city government. asked Solicitor General mation. Details of the coun­ sits detention centres to talk Aseemanand, without ho­ Maharashtra had given a free “Do you want heroes of Hin­
for weeks now. The Home Ministry ex­ Tushar Mehta, representing try of origin depend com­ to detainees. If their infor­ wever specifically referring hand to the crowd in Azad dustan or of Pakistan? You
DELHI METRO A PAGE 1 plained that persons de­ Assam. Mr. Mehta initially re­ pletely upon information mation is proved correct, to the case, Mr. Modi said it Maidan, which went on the want saboot [evidence] or
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clared ‘illegal foreigners’ by quested the Bench to defer provided by the persons,” they are expeditiously issued had exposed the conspiracy rampage destroying the me­ sapoot [great son]? Teach
the tribunals either abscond the case. the affidavit said. Though as travel documents. “You have hatched by the Congress. morial of martyrs. those who ask for evidence a
immediately or are already a sovereign nation, India has been pushing them back “How can the Congress be lesson.”
untraceable. Now, 829 per­ Many obstacles the absolute right to deport without knowing their coun­ forgiven for insulting the Balakot card
sons declared ‘foreigners’ by The hearing saw the court illegal immigrants, it cannot try of origin. Now, suddenly Hindus in front of the world? Issuing a stern warning to CONTINUED ON A PAGE 10
the tribunals and 115 foreign­ criticise the policy of “push­ do so randomly, the affidavit you have grown wise and are Weren’t you hurt when you the Congress, Mr. Modi said OVER 200 WRITERS ISSUE
ers, who have completed ing back” illegal foreigners to said, agreeing with the resorting to diplomatic chan­ heard the word ‘Hindu ter­ the Hindu community was JOINT APPEAL A PAGE 10
their jail term, are lodged in Bangladesh without enquir­ court’s point of view. nels,” the CJI said. ror’? How can a community aware now. “It is evident OPPOSITION GETS A WEEK FOR
the six jail­cum­detention ing about their country of Mr. Mehta said the “push­ known for peace, brother­ from the fact that one has to VVPAT REPLY A PAGE 10
DELHI METRO A 6 PAGES centres in the State. origin. back” policy was dropped in #398299
CONTINUED ON A PAGE 10 hood and harmony be contest a seat where the mi­ FOGGY IN WAYANAD A EDITORIAL

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Former vice­chairman Poll official seeks report on GST revenue
Why manifestos of TDP hits a record
of IL&FS arrested Yogi’s ‘Modi’s sena’ remarks high in March
and YSRCP are a ‘secret’ Special Correspondent which were not creditwor­
Mumbai thy or have been declared Special Correspondent He said Congress leaders Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI
The former vice­chairman non­performing assets, and used “Ji” for terrorists like
Fearing a copycat response, each is and managing director of caused wrongful loss to the
NEW DELHI
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Jaish­e­Mohammad chief The Goods and Services
waiting for the other to go first the beleaguered financial company and its creditors.” Electoral Officer (CEO) has Masood Azhar, but under Tax (GST) collections
services firm Infrastructure SFIO counsel Hiten Vene­ sought a report from the the Prime Minister’s leader­ clocked ₹1.06 lakh crore in
G.V.R. Subba Rao YSRCP, all other parties in Leasing and Financial Ser­ gavkar sought his custody Ghaziabad District Magis­ ship, the BJP­led govern­ March 2019. This is the
VIJAYAWADA Andhra Pradesh, including vices (IL&FS), Hari Sanka­ for five days. trate on Chief Minister Yogi ment was destroying their highest in the history of the
Typically, political parties the Jana Sena Party, the ran, was arrested here by The spokesperson said Adityanath’s remarks, de­ Yogi Adityanath camps. tax in India, and the fourth
scramble to complete their BJP, the Congress, the the Serious Fraud Investiga­ that in “granting loans to en­ scribing the armed forces as Reacting sharply to Mr. time monthly collections
manifestos on time so they Communist Party of India, tion Office on Monday. He tities which were not credit­ “Modiji ki sena” at a rally in District Magistrate] by Tues­ Adityanath’s comments, have crossed ₹1 lakh crore
can use them to woo the Communist Party of was sent to police custody worthy or have been de­ Ghaziabad on Sunday. day noon,” the Election West Bengal Chief Minister this year, according to offi­
voters. But it would appear India (Marxist) and the till April 4. clared non­performing The remarks drew con­ Commission said. Mamata Banerjee expressed cial data released on Mon­
that nothing is typical Praja Shanti Party have An official spokesperson assets (NPAs)”, Sankaran demnation from the Opposi­ In his speech, Mr. Aditya­ shock on Twitter, saying it day. Average monthly col­
about the Telugu Desam released their manifestos. said he was arrested “on the had caused wrongful loss to tion parties. nath said the Congress was an insult to the armed lections for the year stand
Party (TDP) and the YSR grounds that he abused his the company and its credi­ “Taking cognisance of the served “biryani” to terro­ forces. at ₹98,114 crore, 9.2% high­
Congress Party (YSRCP), Raining sops powers in IL&FS through his tors. issue, the State CEO has rists, while Mr. Modi’s forces (With agency inputs) er than the average for
both of whom are holding Instead of releasing their fraudulent conduct and in asked for a report from the treated them with bullets 2017­18.
to their manifestos for dear manifestos, YSR Congress granting loans to entities CONTINUED ON A PAGE 10 District Election Officer [the and bombs. CONTINUED ON A PAGE 10 DETAILED REPORT ON A PAGE 14
life even as the elections president Y. S. Jagan
are barely 10 days away. Mohan Reddy and Chief
Both the TDP and the Minister N. Chandrababu
YSRCP have their Naidu have both been busy
manifestos ready, but announcing sops at their
each is waiting public meetings
for the other across the State.
to release While
their ensuring
document that no
first. section is
This left out,
‘wait­ they have
and­ been
respond’ specifically
approach targeting
seems to pensioners,
have been the Backward
prompted by Classes, women
the fear that and farmers.
their rival Illustration by Deepak Mr. Naidu,
might ‘copy’ Harichandan during his
their ideas. campaign, made 10 major
Even before the election promises, including a
schedule was announced, special bank for the
the TDP government had Backward Classes with a
hiked pensions to ₹2,000. capital of ₹10,000 crore.
The YSR Congress Party On the other hand, Mr.
then claimed that the TDP Reddy sought to win the
had stolen the idea of a hearts of the unemployed
pension hike from its by promising to fill 2.3 lakh
‘Navaratnalu’, a document job vacancies.
released at the party’s
annual meeting. Houses, more houses
When the Opposition
Telangana suspense leader promised that 25
In neighbouring lakh houses would be
Telangana, too, there was a constructed for the poor,
suspense for days, and Mr. Naidu promised that 20
finally, when they released lakh new houses would be
their respective constructed in addition to
manifestos, the Telangana the 30 lakh houses that are
Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and under construction.
the Congress accused each And the battle of
other of copying their promises goes on.
“offers.” Meanwhile, the manifestos
But for the TDP and the remain hidden.
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‘Won’t budge on citizenship Bill’


Only the NPP can unite the voice of the Northeast, says Meghalaya CM
Press Trust of India candidate for the Tura Lok education policy and we
Tura
Sabha seat. brought out the policy well
National People’s Party su­ Former CM Mukul Sang­ before the completion of one
premo and Meghalaya Chief ma is the Congress candidate year. For over four decades,
Minister Conrad K. Sangma for the seat while the BJP has the education department
on Monday said the party fielded Rikman G. Momin. had to work without any pol­
will continue to oppose the icy or direction, we have
Citizenship (Amendment) ‘Wrong notion ’ scripted a direction to move
Bill. The NPP chief alleged that forward to ensure better
“Meghalaya was the first the Congress is propagating educational facilities in
State to oppose the Bill and a wrong notion that his party Meghalaya,” he said.
raise objection. We took the will partner with the BJP and The NPP chief said that
initiative to unite different Conrad Sangma at a rally in ensure that the Bill is passed based on the education poli­
political parties of the North­ Tura. FILE PHOTO
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in the Lok Sabha. cy, the Meghalaya govern­
east and made our voice He added, “We will re­ ment approached the Union
heard in Delhi and ensured ople to vote for his party as main true to our commit­ Ministry of Tribal Affairs and
that the Bill was not intro­ “NPP is the party of the ment to the people of the was accorded 11 Eklavya Re­
duced in Rajya Sabha,” Mr. Northeast.” Northeast and will never al­ sidential Model Schools, out
Sangma said while cam­ low any Bill that would ham­ of 50 such schools across
paigning for the party candi­ Three rallies per the interest of our peo­ India.
date in the Lok Sabha poll in The NPP chief on Monday ple.” He said that if Ms. Agatha
Tura constituency. flew to three different loca­ Mr. Sangma also claimed was elected as an MP, she
He claimed that the NPP is tions in the North Garo Hills that the NPP has “fulfilled” will add to the initiative start­
the only party that can unite and the East Garo Hills (Ron­ its promise made in the 2018 ed by the Meghalaya Demo­
the voice of the region and grong Abema, Mangsang and election with education as its cratic Alliance government
make it heard in Delhi. Chibonga) to campaign for top priority. and will voice its concerns in
Mr. Sangma asked the pe­ his sister Agatha, the NPP “We had promised an the Parliament.

BJP will not repeat Tripura Kuki militants


to cast vote by
feat in Odisha, asserts Naveen postal ballots
Press Trust of India
Rejects the PM’s claim made in New Delhi on Sunday Imphal

The Election Commission


from a fisherman of Mahaka­ scheduled to address anoth­ on Monday notified that
lapada area of Odisha’s Ken­ er rally in Sundargarh dis­ the cadres of the Kuki mili­
drapara district, Mr. Modi trict on April 6. tant groups, who signed
had said that Odisha will On the other hand, Mr. the Suspension of Opera­
Special Correspondent spring a surprise this time. Patnaik is scheduled to start tions agreement with both
BHUBANESWAR “Odisha will surprise the campaigning for his party the Centre and the Manipur
Odisha Chief Minister and Bi­ country. Odisha will become nominees for the first phase government, will cast their
ju Janata Dal president Na­ a second Tripura this time,” of poll from April 3. votes in postal ballots.
veen Patnaik on Monday re­ he had said. The elections for the 21 To exercise their fran­
jected Prime Minister Observing that people did Lok Sabha seats and 147 As­ chise, the cadres also must
Narendra Modi’s claim that not consider the BJP strong sembly constituencies are reside in their designated
the BJP will repeat Tripura­ enough in Odisha in the past, being held in Odisha simulta­ camps and their names fea­
like result in Odisha in the Mr. Modi had said that he neously in four phases — ture in the voters’ list, the
upcoming elections. was quite impressed by the April 11, 18, 23 and 29. office of the State Chief
“We will do very well, as I enthusiasm during his recent While BJP national presi­ Electoral Officer said in a
have said before,” said Mr. visit to the State to campaign dent Amit Shah had earlier statement here. They
Patnaik, while responding to for his party. claimed that his party will would have to collect the
a query about Mr. Modi’s re­ win 120 of the 147 Assembly postal ballots from assis­
marks during his interaction PM’s rallies seats in the State, Mr. Patnaik tant nodal officers or nodal
as part of his Main Bhi Chow- Mr. Modi, who addressed an had recently claimed that the officers.
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kidar programme via video­ election rally at Jeypore in BJD will win all the 21 Lok The agreement was first
conferencing from Talkatora the Koraput district on Sabha seats in the upcoming signed by the State and the
Stadium in New Delhi on March 29, is scheduled to ad­ polls. The BJD had won 117 Centre with two militant
Sunday. dress a rally in Kalahandi dis­ Assembly seats and 20 LS groups of the community
Responding to a question trict on Tuesday. He is also seats in 2014 elections. in 2008.

BJP blames SKM for backing out Call for poll


boycott in
of pre-poll alliance in Sikkim Mizoram
‘Were ready to accommodate most of their demands’ Press Trust of India
Aizawl

Front government from An umbrella organisation


<
> The SKM will be
Press Trust of India
Gangtok
squarely power, he said that the SKM of major civil societies and
The Bharatiya Janata Party responsible if the will be held “squarely res­ students’ associations in
on Monday hit out at the Sik­ ponsible” if Pawan Kumar Mizoram on Monday decid­
P.K. Chamling
kim Krantikari Morcha for Chamling returns to power ed to boycott the April 11
government
backing out of the alliance for a sixth term in the State. election to the lone Mizo­
between the two parties for returns to power The BJP leader said that ram Lok Sabha seat and or­
inexplicable reasons a few for a sixth term in his party was undaunted by ganise a State­wide indefi­
days after making a firm Sikkim the setback. nite bandh from April 8,
commitment on the issue. A BJP leader He said that the BJP has sources said.
“We were ready to accom­ put candidates on 12 As­ The NGO Coordination
modate most of the de­ drawal has embarrassed the sembly seats and the lone Committee said that a deci­
mands by the SKM leader­ BJP as it had gone public Lok Sabha seat with an aim sion was taken earlier to
ship to sew up an alliance for about it on a commitment gi­ to open its account at the boycott the parliamentary
the Sikkim Assembly and ven by Mr. Golay himself fol­ hustings. poll if special polling
Lok Sabha polls, but the P.S. lowing a meeting with BJP’s Elections to the 32­As­ booths were established at
Golay­led party chickened Northeast and Sikkim in­ sembly seat as well as the the Mizoram­Tripura bor­
out at the last minute with­ charge Ram Madhav in Delhi Lok Sabha constituency in der Kanhmun village.
out giving any reasons,” a se­ in the first week of March Sikkim will be held simulta­ “The NGOCC opposed
nior BJP leader, who was in­ this year. neously on April 11. the special polling stations
volved in talks with the SKM Ruing at the missed op­ The SKM and the SDF are for Bru refugees at Kanh­
leadership, said. portunity to oust the 25­ contesting on all the 32 As­ mun,” an NGOCC state­
He added that the with­ year­old Sikkim Democratic sembly seats. ment said.

Forest fires threatening Odisha’s flora and fauna


March has alone registered 4495 fire spots
STAFF REPORTER to be gutted. Given the vast­
BHUBANESWAR ness of forest areas and gi­
Odisha had registered a sud­ gantic task, number of fire
den jump in forest fires watchers engaged in fire­
across the State resulting in fighting appears to be too
massive damage to flora and little.
fauna. “Apart from causing a
As many as 5332 fire spots huge loss to the timber and
had been noticed since No­ other fruit and leaf bearing
vember 1 last, the beginning trees and creepers of the for­
of forest fire season, in the est, fires also destroy wildlife
State. The month of March and their habitat. Nests and
had alone registered 4495 eggs of ground dwelling
fire spots. Flames are seen at Kasma Hills near Amapalli village in the birds are lost. Reptiles also
As per statistics generated Kalahandi district of Odisha. BISWARANJAN ROUT
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lose their young ones due to
by SNPP (Suomi National Po­ forest fires,” said Biswajit
lar­orbiting Partnership) sa­ ber. It was followed by Bha­ diometer (MODIS) with a re­ Mohanty, former member of
tellite, only 385 fire spots wanipatna with 622 fire inci­ solution of 1 kmX1 km National Board for Wildlife.
were recorded February dences and Berhampur resolution. Fire could only be tamed
while in January, only 55 fire (601). Rourkela and Sambal­ at the initial stage before it
incidences were detected. pur division had relatively Forest divisions mapped became a conflagration pre­
Southern Odisha looked lower incidences with 416 Though forest department venting anybody from even
red in the map provided by and 355 fire spots detected claimed to have mapped the approaching it due to the in­
Forest Fire Geo Portal of For­ during the same period. forest divisions prone to fire tense heat generated, Mr.
est Survey . In Koraput, the The month of April start­ and maintained more than Mohanty said demanding it
southernmost forest circle in ed with 11 fires on Monday as 6,000­km long fire line in should be monitored from
Odisha, 2809 fire spots had detected by Moderate reso­ different forests ahead of the the office of Principal Chief
been detected since Novem­ lution Imaging spectro­ra­ fire season, forests continue Conservator of Forest.
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Tuesday, April 02
RISE 06:11 SET 18:39 Rajnath pitches PM’s ‘graft-free’ SAD announces three more
RISE 04:30 SET 16:04
candidates for Lok Sabha poll
Wednesday, April 03
RISE 06:10 SET 18:40
RISE 05:14 SET 16:57
Thursday, April 04
record at Uttarakhand rallies Senior leader Chandumajra fielded from Anandpur Sahib
RISE 06:08 SET 18:40
RISE 05:46 SET 17:50
Congress should learn how to run a government from BJP, says Home Minister
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA charge of corruption against “abusive” towards the Prime Probe sought
Pithoragarh/Gopeshwar/
Kotdwar
any Minister in the Modi Ca­
binet in the last five years,”
Minister, saying it was not
just a post but an institution. into ‘hawala
The BJP has given a corrup­
tion­free government under
he said.
In the Almora (reserved)
The Union Home Minister
praised Trivendra Singh Ra­
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
CHANDIGARH money’
Prime Minister Narendra Lok Sabha constituency, wat, saying the Uttarakhand The Shiromani Akali Dal on
Modi’s leadership, besides BJP’s Ajay Tamta is pitted Chief Minister was the only Monday announced the Press trust of india
setting the country on the against arch rival Congress’ one to envision a universal names of three more candi­ Chandigarh

path of becoming one of the Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep health scheme much before dates for the single phase The Shiromani Akali Dal on
largest economies of the Tamta. the Centre launched Ayush­ Lok Sabha election in Pun­ SAD chief Sukhbir Badal. * Monday urged the Punjab
world, Union Minister Raj­ Home Minister Rajnath Referring to Congress pre­ man Bharat. jab on May 19. chief electoral officer to or­
nath Singh said at a series of Singh. FILE PHOTO
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sident Rahul Gandhi’s pro­ SAD president Sukhbir and Jalandhar seats der a probe into the allega­
rallies in Uttarakhand. posed minimum income ‘Courtroom pledge’ Badal said Prem Singh Chan­ respectively. tions of a church priest
Addressing poll rallies in development. guarantee scheme aiming to At a rally in Gopeshwar, Mr. dumajra has been fielded Addressing a rally in who had accused the pol­
Pithoragarh, Gopeshwar, “India, which ranked 11th lift five crore families out of Singh began his speech in from Anandpur Sahib, Surjit Khanna, Mr. Badal hit out at ice of misappropriation of
Kotdwar and Jhabrera, he in the list of world econo­ poverty, Mr. Singh said, “The the manner of a courtroom Singh Rakhra from Patiala the ruling Congress govern­ seized hawala money.
said Mr. Modi has piloted the mies in 2013, has jumped to poverty alleviation slogan pledge to state only the and former bureaucrat Dar­ ment and said: “Capt. Ama­ “The SAD asked Pun­
country steadily on the path the sixth position and will was first given by Jawaharlal truth. “I will state only the bara Singh Guru from the Fa­ rinder Singh had taken oath jab’s CEO to order an inde­
of development. stand 5th in the list over the Nehru and carried forward truth and nothing but the tehgarh Sahib parliamentary in the name of sacred icons pendent probe into the
In Pithoragarh, canvass­ next six months. If the pace by Indira Gandhi and Rajiv truth,” he said. seat. of Sikh religion while pro­ misappropriation of ₹6.6
0 ing for BJP MP Ajay Tamta,
who has been renominated
of development continues,
India will be the third largest
Gandhi. It is being repeated
by Rahul Gandhi who is pro­
“Those who came before
us (Congress governments)
The party has so far an­
nounced the names of five
mising farm loan waiver,
jobs for youth, drug eradica­
crore from a priest. This
seemed to have happened
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politics over the issue of There has not been a single gress president for being by 2028,” Mr. Singh said. Atwal from Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha polls. Raju here.

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IN BRIEF
Azad to hit the campaign Heavyweight in the ring
trail in Jammu from today
Will address a series of rallies in the LS constituency
Congress in shock, says Press trust of india “More than five crore fa­
Himachal Chief Minister Jammu milies will be benefited by
NAHAN (H.P.)
Leader of Opposition in the this. This announcement
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur
Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi will be implemented with
has said that the Congress
Azad will hit the campaign full commitment as we did
was in shock after the BJP
announced candidates for the
trail in Jammu parliamen­ earlier in the case of farm
four Lok Sabha seats in tary constituency from loan waiver in Rajasthan,
Himachal. Speaking at a poll Tuesday by addressing a se­ Chhattisgarh and Madhya
rally on Sunday he said ries of rallies in Jammu, Ra­ Pradesh,” he said.
Congress leaders who were jouri and Poonch districts, a
earlier seeking tickets were senior Congress leader said. ‘Serving the poor’
now shying away from The Congress has nomi­ Claiming that during the 10
contest. PTI nated its State unit senior Senior Congress leader years of UPA rule 140 million
vice­president and former Ghulam Nabi Azad. *
people were pulled out of
Woman killed as truck Minister Raman Bhalla for poverty, Mr. Sharma said the
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MUZAFFARNAGAR (U.P.)
where he is supported by Jammu and Kashmir Con­ dia’s strength lies in its unity
A 35­year­old woman was
the National Conference gress chief spokesperson Ra­ in diversity and wants peo­
killed and her nephew
while the PDP has not field­ vinder Sharma said. ple from all parts of the
critically injured after the
motorcycle on which they
ed any candidate for the Mr. Sharma said Congress country to live happily.
were travelling was hit by a seat. president Rahul Gandhi’s “While the BJP serves the
speeding truck here, police “Ghulam Nabi Azad will proposed minimum income interests of the rich, the
said on Monday. The accident tour Rajouri and Poonch dis­ guarantee scheme aimed at Congress serves the interests
occurred on Meerut­Karnal tricts tomorrow, to take lifting five crore families out of the farmers, poor and
stock of situation on the bor­ of poverty will bring a revo­ downtrodden sections of the Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh on his way to file nomination for the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat on Monday. His son and
highway near Loyi village,
der. He will also campaign lution in the country. society,” he added. party chief Akhilesh Yadav is also seen. PTI *

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JD(U) frowns upon HC issues notices to SIT to probe


Neha Shorie
Inmates, deputy jailor hurt in
Dadri rally incident Amarinder, son in I­T case murder case brawl at Jaipur Central Jail
‘Not a good signal for the masses’ Accused of giving false statements SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
CHANDIGARH
Prisoners include four accused in 2008 Jaipur blasts case
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA high offices should not be Press trust of india
New Delhi Chandigarh The Punjab police on Mon­ Judge seeking a direction to has been registered under
seen in the vicinity of those Special Correspondent
BJP ally Janata Dal (United) facing serious criminal The Punjab and Haryana day set up a Special Investi­ JAIPUR the jail administration to in­ Sections 332 and 353 of IPC,
on Monday said politicians charges,” he said. High Court on Monday is­ gation Team to probe the After an alleged brawl in the stall a complaint box and en­ dealing with the assault on
sitting in high offices should Mohammad Akhlaq was sued notices to Punjab Chief murder of the 36­year­old Jaipur Central Jail, the police sure the visit of a judicial of­ public servants, at the Lal
not be seen in the vicinity of lynched in 2015 for allegedly Minister Amarinder Singh woman officer who was have registered a first infor­ ficer to their ward as per the Kothi police station.
those facing serious crimi­ keeping cow meat at his and his son Raninder Singh shot dead at her office last mation report against seven guidelines of the jail manual. While Director General
nal charges and that the rul­ home in Bishahra. in an Income Tax case. week in Kharar. inmates on charges of at­ After the court issued notice (Prisons) N.R.K. Reddy said
ing NDA must seek votes for Reports said some of the The court of Justice Rajbir Neha Shorie, posted as tacking the jail guards and a to the jail authorities, the jail strict security measures had
the work of the Modi go­ accused facing murder Sehrawat issued notices to zonal licensing authority deputy jailor when they guards allegedly gave life been taken to prevent the re­
vernment in last five years. charge in the case were in both of them for April 25, with the Drug and Food were inspecting a cell in a threats to the accused. currence of violence on the
Reacting to reports about the front row of Mr. Aditya­ said senior advocate Chetan Chemical Laboratory in high­security ward of the jail premises, civil rights
the presence of some of the nath’s election meeting. Mittal, the counsel for In­ Punjab Chief Minister Kharar, was shot dead by a prison on Saturday. The jail FIR registered groups have demanded an
Dadri lynching case accused come Tax Department. Amarinder Singh. *
man who later killed him­ inmates include four ac­ In a brawl that followed, sev­ inquiry into the incident and
in the front row of a public Plank of development The Income Tax Depart­ self as well. cused in the 2008 Jaipur se­ eral prisoners were injured its background by a commit­
meeting addressed by Chief Mr. Tyagi said Mr. Modi had ment had moved the High issued summons to both of The five­member SIT, rial blasts case. and deputy jailor Raj Mahen­ tee of independent obser­
Minister Yogi Adityanath at led the NDA to victory on Court against the November them to appear personally which will be headed by In­ The incident occurred af­ dra reportedly fractured his vers as well as suspension of
Bishahra village on Sunday, the plank of development 2018 order of the court of for the hearing. spector General of Police ter the accused, facing trial finger. The inmates were ta­ the jail officials who had al­
JD(U) spokesperson K.C. and that no attempt was Additional Sessions Judge Both were facing accusa­ (Rupnagar Range) V. Nee­ in the blasts case, wrote an ken to the jail dispensary for legedly threatened and bea­
Tyagi said it was not a good made to sharpen social con­ Ludhiana, quashing the tions of making false state­ raja, will probe into all the application to the Special first aid. FIR against them ten the inmates.
signal to the masses. flicts.“The NDA should seek summoning order passed ments, and willful omission facts and circumstances
“People watch the asso­ votes for its development against Amarinder Singh in providing required infor­ leading to the incident,
ciation of those in public works in the last five years,” and his son in this case. mation to the Income Tax said an official statement
life. Politicians sitting in the JD(U) leader said. The trial court had earlier Department. here.

Now, Tej Pratap floats ‘Lalu Rabri Morcha’ in Bihar


Urges mother Rabri Devi to contest from Saran Lok Sabha seat in place of his father­in­law
Press trust of india was not separate from the nominee on the seat. the party take against me?
Patna RJD and pointed towards Mr. Rai’s daughter Aish­ The RJD leadership has to
In fresh trouble for Lalu Pra­ photographs of his parents warya had tied the knot with realise that there is wides­
sad’s RJD, his mercurial elder besides younger brother Te­ Mr. Yadav in May last year pread resentment against
son Tej Pratap Yadav on jashwi, who has in the recent though the latter moved a di­ the NDA government in Bi­
Monday urged his mother past emerged as the party’s vorce petition within less har which we have to har­
Rabri Devi to contest from de facto leader. than six months of the ness. We must not end up an­
Saran Lok Sabha seat in “Saran is the seat of my marriage. gering the people.”
place of the father of his es­ father Lalu ji and mother Ra­ Mr. Yadav, who has been
tranged wife and threatened bri ji. I urge my mother, with Tej Pratap Yadav. *
pressing the candidature of ‘Bid to divide us’
to contest as an Independent folded hands, that she her­ two of his loyalists Chandra “Many elements have en­
if his request was not self enter the fray from Chandrika Rai, the party’s Prakash from Jehanabad and tered the RJD who are trying
heeded. there. If this does not hap­ MLA from Parsa seat falling Angesh from Sheohar, an­ to drive a wedge between my
The maverick MLA and pen I will contest as an Inde­ under Saran, was an­ nounced that the duo would brother and me. I would
former Minister spoke while pendent and make my best nounced as the candidate be fielded by his Morcha urge Tejashwi, whom I al­
announcing the formation of efforts to win it,” a furious from the Lok Sabha seat last from the respective seats. ways call my Arjuna, to be­
a parallel outfit Lalu Rabri Mr. Yadav told reporters week. BJP has named sitting Replying to a query, he ware of such elements,” Mr.
Morcha which he insisted here. MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy as its shot back, “What action can Yadav said.
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Modi targets Sharad Pawar;


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Campaign heat

NCP hits back with Advani jibe


PM says Pawar knows situation not in his favour, decided to not contest polls
Press Trust of India Responding to Modi’s re­
Wardha marks, NCP spokesperson
Prime Minister Narendra Nawab Malik said the party
Modi on Monday targeted knew how to respect elders
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, in its fold unlike the BJP
saying there was infighting which unceremoniously
in his party, which was dropped someone as senior
slipping from his control. as party patriarch L.K.
Launching the BJP­Shiv Advani.
Sena alliance’s poll cam­ Mr. Modi’s attack on Mr.
paign in Maharashtra, Mr. Pawar was out of frustration
Modi said Pawar decided on seeing what he claimed
not to contest the upcom­ was an empty rally ground at
ing Lok Sabha polls after Wardha, he said.
realising that the situation Mr. Pawar’s daughter Su­
was not in his favour. priya Sule termed the criti­
“There was a time when cism as “unfortunate”. Ms.
he (Pawar) would think he Rally scene: A BJP supporter wears a Modi mask at the Sule, who is seeking re­elec­
too can be the prime minis­ Prime Minister’s rally in Wardha on Monday. S SUDARSHAN *
tion from Baramati said, “It
ter. He had also declared was unexpected of the prime
he would contest the poll. aware which way the wind is been bowled by people. His minister to have said so...It is
But suddenly, one day, he blowing. This time, the peo­ false promises have been ex­ unfortunate for one whose
said he was happy in the ple of the country have posed and he has been hit­ party doesn’t respect the el­
Rajya Sabha, and that he forced big guns to run, leav­ wicket by his nephew,” he derly to have said so...He Congress party workers, street children rushing to collect water bottles at a rally by Congress candidate Suresh Zambad (not in
would not contest,” Mr. ing the (election) ground,” said. Mr. Modi also accused was expected to speak on pic) in Aurangabad on Monday. The severe heatwave in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions has resulted in average temperatures
Modi said. Modi said. Pawar of encouraging dynas­ the core issues and develop­ crossing 40 degrees Celsius. YOGESH LONDHE *

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Bhide ‘Guruji’ supporter meets Ambedkar BJP targets Ajit Pawar on irrigation HC extends
protection to
Triggers speculation on VBA’s choice for Sangli Lok Sabha seat
scam, says HC verdict imminent Navlakha
Shoumojit Banerjee ter for Revenue, Relief and too, went to jail for two
Shoumojit Banerjee va leader Sambhaji Bhide Dhangar leader who alleged­ Pune Rehabilitation said in Sola­ years in connection with the Sonam Saigal
Pune ‘Guruji’, prime accused in ly is not too keen on Nationalist Congress Party pur district. various corruption cases Mumbai

Influential Dhangar (sheph­ orchestrating the Bhima­Ko­ contesting. (NCP) leader and former De­ While this is not the first lodged against him,” said The Bombay High Court on
erd) community leader Gop­ regaon clashes last year. Mr. Padalkar’s entry into puty Chief Minister Ajit Pa­ time the BJP has attempted Mr. Patil. Monday extended protec­
ichand Padalkar, who re­ Given that Bhide ‘Guruji — the electoral battle is likely war would soon face a reck­ to exert pressure on Mr. Pa­ In November last year, tion from arrest of activist
cently announced his who heads the Sangli­based spoil the pitch for Sanjay Pa­ oning for his ‘role’ in the war by bringing up his name the BJP’s Maharashtra unit Gautam Navlakha till April
decision to contest as an In­ fringe right wing outfit ‘Shiv til, the sitting BJP MP, and alleged multi­crore irriga­ in connection with the al­ president Raosaheb Danve 15, 2019 in the Bhima Kore­
dependent candidate from Pratishthan Hindustan’ — is the Swabhimani Paksha can­ tion scam, senior Bharatiya leged irrigation scam, Mr. had made a statement about gaon violence case.
Sangli, met with Vanchit Ba­ Mr. Amdedkar’s bitterest ad­ didate Vishal Patil, a grand­ Janata Party (BJP) leader Patil’s remarks against the Mr. Pawar’s imminent “ar­ A division bench of Jus­
hujan Aghadi (VBA) leader versary, Mr. Padalkar’s prob­ son of former Chief Minister Chandrakant Patil said on NCP leader in the face of the rest” in connection with the tices Ranjit More and Bha­
Prakash Ambedkar on able induction into the VBA Vasantdada Patil. Monday. approaching general elec­ case. rati Dangre was hearing a
Monday. is expected to court Mr. Padalkar, who cam­ “The case against Ajit Pa­ tions assume significance. A little more than three plea filed by Mr. Navlakha
According to sources, Mr. Gopichand Padalkar controversy. paigned zealously for the BJP war is currently on at Bom­ “Our country runs on the weeks after Mr. Danve’s urging the court to quash
Ambedkar, who is eyeing the The VBA, which is con­ in 2014, fell out with the saf­ bay High Court. We [the BJP basis of the Constitution. statement, a 26­page affida­ the FIR registered against
sizeable Dhangar vote bank, ripples as Mr. Padalkar, who testing the polls in alliance fron party after being alleg­ government] have submit­ The BJP has faith in it. And vit filed by the Anti­Corrup­ him by Pune police.
is thinking of fielding Mr. Pa­ campaigned energetically with Asaduddin Owaisi’s All edly disillusioned with the ted all documents pertain­ our government has taken tion Bureau (ACB) in the Mr. Navlakha has been
dalkar from Sangli which is for the BJP in the last Lok India Majlis­e­Ittehad­ul­ Devendra Fadnavis govern­ ing to the case. The court is action against all offenders Nagpur bench of the Bom­ charged under various sec­
in the sugar heartland of Sabha elections, is reported Muslimeen (AIMIM), had ment for not fulfilling its pre­ expected to announce its within the legal and consti­ bay High Court spelled out tions of IPC and UAPA. The
western Maharashtra. to have congenial ties with earlier said it would field poll promises made to the verdict any moment now,” tutional framework. [NCP Mr. Pawar’s alleged role in matter will now be heard
The meeting has caused octogenarian radical Hindut­ Jaisingh Shendge, another Dhangar community. Mr. Patil, the cabinet Minis­ leader] Chhagan Bhujbal, the scam. on April 15.
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IN BRIEF As campaign hots up in Telugu­speaking States, BJP and Cong. spar with each other
SNC Lavalin case to be
Modi taunts Opposition Rahul promises 6% of
on ‘Kashmir PM’ plea GDP for education heard only after polls
Karnataka Speaker accepts ‘Congress is quiet on such demands’ ‘NYAY will be surgical strike on poverty’ SC judge N.V. Ramana says the hearing will take time
Jadhav’s resignation
BENGALURU
V. Geetanath R. Avadhani Legal Correspondent in the Kerala State Electrici­
HYDERABAD R. Ravikanth Reddy NEW DELHI ty Board’s contract with La­
Putting an end to uncertainty B. Pradeep
that lasted nearly a month, Prime Minister Narendra ZAHEERABAD/ HUZURNAGAR
A month ago, the Supreme valin for the renovation and
Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Modi on Monday asked the Court accused the CBI of modernisation of the Palliva­
Kumar on Monday accepted Congress and other Opposi­ The Congress will spend 6% “dragging on” the appeals sal, Sengulam and Panniar
the resignation of Umesh tion parties of the Grand Al­ of the GDP on education if against the discharge of Ker­ hydroelectric projects in
Jadhav (in photo) from the liance to respond to Nation­ voted to power, party presi­ ala Chief Minister in the SNC Idukki district. The CBI said
Legislative Assembly. Mr. al Conference (NC) leader dent Rahul Gandhi said at Lavalin corruption case. On the Kerala High Court’s deci­
Jadhav had quit the MLA seat Omar Abdullah’s assertion an election rally on Monday. Monday, the court itself de­ sion to discharge the Chief
from Chincholi, won on that Kashmir needed to “The poor of this country cided to adjourn the case un­ Minister was “not correct.”
Congress ticket, to join the have a separate Prime Minis­ need to dream big and their til after the summer vacation On August 23 last year, the
BJP, which has now declared ter and the State should rev­ Narendra Modi children will get the best of Rahul Gandhi and the Lok Sabha election High Court discharged Mr.
him its candidate for the Lok ert back to the pre­1950 education as the govern­ during April­May. Vijayan and former KSEB of­
Sabha election from position. and even when an NC MP ment will be committed to would be interested in surgi­ This time, the CBI said it Pinarayi Vijayan ficers K. Mohanachandran
Kalaburagi. He will take on “The Congress has to had raised pro­Pakistan slo­ increasing the national cal strikes on poverty. That was “ready” to argue its case and A. Francis.
veteran Congress leader M. answer to this demand by its gans. “This kind of mindset, share for education,” Mr. thought had given birth to but a Bench, led by Justice continuous adjournments in Mr. Mohanachandran is a
Mallikarjun Kharge.
alliance partner. I demand because of vote bank polit­ Gandhi said, addressing a the Nyuntam Aay Yojana N.V. Ramana, decided to def­ the past several months. In former Principal Secretary,
Report sought on forced former PM Deve Gowda, ics, has made the country series of campaign meetings (NYAY), he said, adding that er the case, saying hearing it its appeal, the CBI has con­ Department of Power, and
starvation of woman former Defence Minister weak,” he said. for Congress candidates in every family that earns less would take time. tended that Pinarayi Vijayan Mr. Francis was the Joint Se­
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Sharad Pawar, Mamata didi, There are two family Zaheerabad, Nagarkurnool than ₹12,000 will get At the previous hearing should face trial. The investi­ cretary. However, three oth­
The State Women’s ‘U Turn’ Chief Minister “political shops” in the form and Nalgonda parliamen­ ₹72,000 per year in their on February 22, the Bench gation agency said Mr. Vi­ er accused — M. Kasthuriran­
Commission (SWC) has taken Chandrababu Naidu to tell of the NC and the PDP in tary constituencies in bank accounts. expressed its displeasure jayan had travelled to Cana­ ga Iyer, G. Rajasekharan Nair
suo motu case in the the people of the nation Kashmir and these parties Telangana. “I am not here to cheat when Solicitor­General da as a “guest” of Lavalin in and R. Sivadasan — were
suspected dowry killing of a whether they support it,” he have been holding “Delhi to Mr. Gandhi faulted Prime you with slogans of transfer­ Tushar Mehta, for the CBI, 1997, when he was the asked to stand trial. Mr. Nair
young mother by enforced asked at a public meeting at ransom” but “as long as Mo­ Minister Narendra Modi for ring ₹15 lakh into your ac­ sought an adjournment. State’s Power Minister. was then Member (Ac­
starvation, at her husband’s L.B. Stadium, his second in di is there, he will not allow his alleged backing of big counts like Mr. Modi did, but He had asked the court to counts) of the KSEB, and Mr.
house at Oyur in Kollam Telangana in four days. it to happen. This Modi will businessmen. I assure you that ₹3.6 lakh list the case on a non­miscel­ ‘Crucial decision’ Iyer was Chief Engineer
district last week. The SWC The Prime Minister ac­ be a wall of protection bet­ Targeting the Prime Mi­ per annum will be in the ac­ laneous day when fresh cas­ It was there that he had (Generation). The accused
has sought a report on the cused the Congress of ween the enemies of the na­ nister, he said Mr. Modi was counts of 5 crore families in es would not be heard. The made the “crucial” decision who were ordered to stand
woman’s death from the “keeping quiet” whenever tion and the citizens of the busy with surgical strikes on the country,” Mr. Gandhi case was finally posted for to promote Lavalin, a con­ trial have also appealed to
Kollam Rural district police such statements were made country,” he said. the poor, but the Congress said. the first week of April, days sultancy firm retained on a the Supreme Court for pari­
chief. The panel viewed
before the first phase of the fixed­rate basis, from consul­ ty of treatment. Their ap­
seriously the reports that
general election beginning tants to suppliers. peals were also listed on Fri­
superstition and the practice
of occult could have been the
reasons behind the death.
The SWC would take action
Thushar to contest against Rahul Cong. chief
may file papers
on April 11.
The appeals have run into
The corruption case con­
cerns the loss of ₹86.25 crore
day along with the CBI’s
appeal.

after receiving the report


The BDJS leader was shifted from Thrissur to Wayanad on Thursday
from the police.
T.N. man held in Kerala N.J. Nair nata Party (BJP )national alliance. The decision to
20 held in Kerala anti­child porn op
for peddling ganja THIRUVANANTHAPURAM leadership had offered him field Mr. Thushar in Waya­ Staff Reporter G. Anand ploitation Unit, told The dome facility at the Techno­
KOTTAYAM KALPETTA Thiruvananthapuram Hindu that the police had park here to identify per­
The dramatic entry of Con­ Thrissur, listed as one of the nad was also aimed at per­
The district police here have Congress president Rahul
gress president Rahul probable segments where plexing the Sree Narayana A covert cyber surveillance registered 25 cases in con­ sons who obsessively
nabbed a Tamil Nadu native
Gandhi into the Wayanad the party could register an Dharma Paripalana Yogam Gandhi is likely to file his and infiltration operation nection with the arrests that uploaded, swapped and
who used to traffic huge
Lok Sabha segment and the impressive performance, leadership that had lent nomination for the Waya­ initiated by the Kerala pol­ unfolded across Kerala ear­ traded child sexual abuse
quantities of ganja to Kerala
National Democratic Al­ Mr. Thushar initially shied support to the Left Demo­ nad Lok Sabha constituen­ ice with the help of the In­ ly on Sunday. content on instant messag­
from Andhra Pradesh via the
Cumbum­Kumily route. The liance’s decision to field away from joining the race, cratic Front’s initiatives for cy on Thursday, according terpol in January to crack The investigators used a ing platforms, restricted
arrested has been identified Bharath Dharma Jana Sena citing various reasons. conserving renaissance va­ to the latest official infor­ down on child pornography special software provided chat rooms and Internet
as Rasanga, 45, of Cumbum. (BDJS) president Thushar lues post the Sabarimala ag­ mation. Wayanad District culminated on Monday with by the Interpol, Argos, to websites.
He used to purchase the Vellappally against him BDJS’ grouse itation led by the Sangh Pa­ Collector A.R. Ajayakumar the arrest of 20 persons launch the secret operation Argos helped the police
contraband from Andhra have propelled the fledgling The main reason was re­ rivar. says Mr. Gandhi will land in from different parts of the code­named P­Hunt. scour encrypted messaging
Pradesh and Odisha and sell it party into national politics ported to be the grouse the Mr. Thushar is reported Kozhikode on Wednesday State. Police investigators and groups created to furtively
in the southern States, and enhanced its scope for BDJS nursed against the BJP to have wrested some con­ evening en route to Waya­ Additional Director Gen­ resource persons drawn swap child porn, comb
including Kerala. Rasanga was bargaining within the leadership for failing to ho­ crete assurances from the nad. His helicopter will eral of Police, South­Zone, from Kerala’s vast pool of IT through the hidden matrix
produced before a magistrate alliance. nour the commitments BJP leadership before tak­ land at the SKMJ high Manoj Abraham, who heads experts hunched for nearly of the Darknet, and eaves­
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Officer moved Bountiful grain
out of Mandya
electioneering picks up steam constituency
Darshan campaigns for Sumalatha, Nikhil for himself special correspondent
Mandya
M.T. Shiva Kumar Close on the heels of Has­
Mandya
san Deputy Commissioner
Electioneering in Mandya, Akram Pasha being trans­
which has seen the most ferred out, the Election
heat among all the Lok Sab­ Commission on Monday
ha segments in Karnataka, moved out the Chief Execu­
got a celebrity touch on tive Officer of Mandya zilla
Monday with film personali­ panchayat in the hotly­con­
ties campaigning all over the tested Mandya Lok Sabha
constituency. constituency.
Kannada actor Darshan Sources said that K. Ya­
began campaigning for the lakkigowda was in charge
Bharatiya Janata Party­sup­ of all the Systematic Voters’
ported Independent candi­ Celebrity appeal: Actor Darshan campaigning for Sumalatha Education and Electoral
date Sumalatha, wife of the in Mandya district on Monday. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
*
Participation activities of
late actor­politician M.H. the EC in the district, and
Ambareesh and a film perso­ across the constituency for cles on the Mandya­Maddur more importantly, was the
nality herself. Hundreds of the next 13 days. main road. head of the model code of
his fans followed his vehicle, Actor­director Upendra, Actor Nikhil K., the Janata conduct committee, which
fitted with loudspeakers who floated his Uttama Pra­ Dal (Secular) candidate from monitors the violations of
blaring film songs, mainly jakeeya Party last year, cam­ Mandya and son of Chief Mi­ the model code.
from films of Ambareesh paigned for party candidate nister H.D. Kumaraswamy, Incidentally, BJP­backed
and those of Mr. Darshan Diwakar C.P. Gowda in Mad­ sought the support of voters Independent candidate Su­
himself. dur and Mandya on Monday. in different parts of K.R. Pet malatha had alleged that
According to sources Hundreds of youngsters taluk and Mandya town. His her opponent and JD(S)
close to Ms. Sumalatha, Mr. took selfies with him, raised party blared songs from his A worker is gathering corn at Itavaram in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The introduction of new high yield hybrid
candidate Nikhil Kumaras­ seeds that can survive winter conditions and off­season diseases has made it a profitable alternative for small farmers in Uttar
Darshan and Yash, another slogans for his party, and fol­ films Jaguar and Seethara- wamy’s camp had been Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. V_RAJU. *

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4 from Telangana on ‘Mission Everest’ A cafe that will serve science hot Vice­chairman
of AgriGold
They are among 22 mountaineers who will attempt to scale the highest mountain ‘Café Scientifique’ is the first such initiative in Kerala Group dies
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> Itnon-scientists
will empower
Staff Reporter are at 7,500 meters and re­ E.M. MANOJ The project is also aimed
HYDERABAD turn to the base camp. The­ KALPETTA to at making science relevant, Staff Reporter
Twenty­two mountaineers, reafter, depending on the Science is often seen as bor­ comfortably assess powerful and important to VIJAYAWADA
including four from Telanga­ weather and our physical ing, difficult and mathemati­ science and the public, especially youn­ AgriGold Group of Compa­
na, will attempt to scale Mt. condition, we will head di­ cal for many, but a group of technology issues, ger generations. Various top­ nies vice­chairman Immadi
Everest in two groups over rectly to the summit. Oxy­ science experts of the Hume ics such as universe, climate Sadasiva Varaprasad, 70,
an estimated two­month du­ gen cylinders will be used to Centre for Ecology and Wil­ itiative based on the French change, evolution, genetics reportedly died of cardiac
ration. support breathing,” Mr. dlife Biology here are gear­ Café Philosophique model. and human­animal relations arrest in Secunderabad on
Their expedition will start Shekhar Babu said. ing up to launch ‘Café Scien­ Originating in England, the would be discussed in every Monday. He was a resident
on April 3 and 7 respective­ tifique’ to promote science concept quickly gained pop­ monthly gathering. of Vijayawada.
ly, said Shekhar Babu Bachi­ Route hazards among public in an interest­ ularity and was taken to oth­ The first session will be in­ Varaprasad, who was ar­
nepally, founder and direc­ Explaining the difference ing way. er countries. Similar but in­ augurated by C. Balagopal , a rested in AgriGold fraud
tor of Transcend between North Col and Café Scientifique, the first dependent events have also starter mentor and a writer, along with others in the
Adventures, on the sidelines South Col routes, he said, such initiative in Kerala, en­ sprung up in many cities us­ with a special talk on case, was out on bail.
of a press conference here Tall task: The climbers who are part of the team which will “The North side is technical­ visages to bring science back ing variations of the ‘Café “Science and Society” at the He went to Secundera­
on Monday. attempt to scale Mt. Everest. NAGARA GOPAL *
ly difficult as compared to into culture by demystifying Scientifique’ or ‘Science Ca­ Cosmopolitan club auditori­ bad in a train and collapsed
The 22 climbers and the South Col, but chances of scientific research for the fé’ monikers, Mr. Vishnudas um here at 4.30 p.m. on near the railway station,
‘International Mt. Everest camp. Thereafter, depend­ from high temperatures in natural hazards are fewer. public and empower non­ says. Wednesday. C. Sasikumar, the Gopalapuram police
Expedition­2019’ project by ing on the weather condi­ the plain lands to freezing But one has to be technically scientists to comfortably as­ “We are planning to or­ an ornithologist and writer, said.
the company will be led by tions, they will have to cross temperatures that drop to as and physically in peak form. sess science and technology ganise meetings of science will deliver the keynote ad­ “We registered a case
Mr. Shekhar Babu. four more camps, located at low as minus 30 degrees C at Malavath Poorna, the youn­ issues, particularly those enthusiasts in the district ev­ dress. Karthika Chandran, a under Section.174 Cr.P.C.
One team will climb the different heights, en route to Everest summit. gest girl to reach the sum­ that impact social policy ery month at a café or a con­ research scholar, will handle (suspicious death). The bo­
mountain from the South­ the summit. “To acclimatise them to mit, took that route in 2014, making, says C.K. Vishnu­ venient place, where one or a session on ‘Multispecies as­ dy would be handed over
east Col route and another To establish four camps the high altitude, cold tem­ he added. das, an ornithologist and di­ more scientists are invited to sociation in birds,’ a compa­ to the family members af­
will take the North Col and climb, it takes approxi­ peratures and to the routes, The cost for the expedi­ rector of the centre. talk to the public about new rative study between natural ter post­mortem on Tues­
route. It takes around 10 to mately 45 to 50 days. the climbers will reach the tion works out to around ₹29 Café Scientifique is a developments in science,” forest and shaded coffee day,” said Circle Inspector
12 days to reach the base Most of them will travel camp 1 and camp 2 which lakh per person. grassroots public science in­ he said. plantations. M. Niranjan Reddy.
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THE HINDU

Weather Watch
IN BRIEF
Bihar Class XII topper a champion of challenges Rainfall, temperature & air quality in select metros yesterday

Son of a driver and an Anganwadi worker, 17-year-old Pawan Kumar has scored 94.6% in science stream
Amarnath Tewary wan took a room on rent in grandparents at home. His hard work,” he said.
Patna the neighbouring district of sisters, too, are good in stu­
There was a time when Pa­ Jehanabad to focus on his dies and preparing for com­ Army goal
wan Kumar, a resident of Kin­ studies. “I used to study 10 petitive examinations. Pawan's mother Madhuri Sin­
‘Create an ecosystem for
jar­Ujjainpatti village in Ar­ hours daily, apart from at­ “Toppers in all three ha said her son would be­
rural entrepreneurship’
BHUBANESWAR
wal district, was not sure if tending coaching classes,” he streams — arts, science and come an officer. His father
Vice­President M. Venkaiah he would be able to pursue told The Hindu over phone. commerce — will receive a wants Pawan join the Indian
Naidu on Monday advocated his studies any more. His un­ Mathematics is his favou­ cash prize of ₹1 lakh each, Administrative Service or In­
for creating an ecosystem for employed father was not well rite subject. “I got 98 out of while students on the second dian Police Service. When
entrepreneurship to thrive in and his mother’s income as 100 in it,” he said. and third positions will be gi­ asked what he wants, Pawan
rural India. “The possible way an Anganwadi worker was “I thought I could be ven ₹75,000 and ₹50,000 said: “Since childhood, a sol­
to address unemployment is not enough to even feed a fa­ among the top 10 students respectively, apart from a dier’s life has been my pas­
to create the right ecosystem mily of nine members. but when the results were an­ laptop and a Kindle E­read­ sion. I want to become an Ar­
for youngsters to become But his fortune turned for nounced, it was a real sur­ er,” Bihar School Examina­ my officer. I would soon start
entrepreneurs and set up the better and his father got a prise for me. I owe my suc­ tion Board chairman Anand preparation for the entrance
their own businesses,” Mr. job as a driver with the police cess to my parents and the Kishore said. examination of National De­
Pawan Kumar outside his
Naidu said addressing a department in Jharkhand. teachers in my school and Pawan’s father Sunil Ku­ fence Academy.”
home in Kinjar­Ujjainpatti
summit here on “Empowering Two years later, Pawan has the coaching institute,” said mar said he is proud of his A total of 13.15 lakh stu­ Temperature Data: IMD, Pollution Data: CPCB, Map: INSAT/IMD (Taken at 18.00 Hrs)
village. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
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Young Grampreneurs to topped the Bihar Interme­ the student of the Govern­ son’s achievement. “We dents appeared in the Inter­ Forecast for Tuesday: Heat wave likely at some/isolated places
Create Jobs”. PTI diate examination (Class XII) ment High School in Kinjar. tion in the science stream come from a small village mediate exam this year, of over Marathwada, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chhat­
2 brothers on motorbike in science stream with 94.6% Another student, Rohini Pra­ with Pawan. and have meagre income. whom 10.19 lakh passed. The tisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Rayalaseema and Tamil Nadu. Thunder­
mowed down in U.P. marks. kash from Nalanda district, Pawan, who is 17 years Despite all odds, Pawan has pass percentage this year has storm accompanied with gusty winds & lightning likely at
When his father was able has also scored 473 out of old, has three elder sisters, a done topped the exam. It is improved significantly from isolated places over West Bengal, Sikkim, Bihar, Assam,
PRATAPGARH (U.P.)
to earn a steady income, Pa­ 500 and shares the top posi­ younger brother, and ageing all because of his sustained 52.71 of last year to 79.76. Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Kerala
Two brothers were killed
city rain max min city rain max min
when their motorbike was hit Agartala.............72.2.... 30.2.... 17.4 Kozhikode . ............. —.... 35.5.... 26.8
by an unidentified vehicle in Ahmedabad............ —.... 41.3.... 23.2 Kurnool . ................. —.... 41.2.... 28.8
Five-time MLA
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Hathigawan area of the Aizawl . —.... 29.2.... 17.6
district, the police said on Testing times Lucknow.................. —.... 35.6.... 16.6

Monday. The incident


happened on Friday. The men
Dilip Sarkar Allahabad .............. —.... 38.7.... 20.7
Bengaluru .............. —.... 36.0.... 22.9
Bhopal.
Madurai. ................. —.... 40.0.... 24.4
Mangaluru . ............. —.... 35.2.... 25.6
—.... 38.4.... 22.0
who died on the spot were
identified as Amit Yadav (21)
passes away Bhubaneswar ......... —.... 36.2.... 23.2
Mumbai................... —.... 32.0.... 21.8
Mysuru. .................. —.... 36.5.... 21.6
Chandigarh ............ —.... 31.5.... 17.4 New Delhi . ............. —.... 33.7.... 17.6
and Ankit Yadav (23). PTI SYED SAJJAD ALI Chennai ................. —.... 37.0.... 26.7 Patna . .................... —.... 33.4.... 21.2
AGARTALA Coimbatore............ —.... 39.0.... 24.6 Port Blair . .............. —.... 32.4.... 23.4
Renowned dramatist Dehradun. —.... 32.1.... 15.1
Dilip Sarkar (62), former Puducherry.............. —.... 35.8.... 26.2
Kartik Rath dies at 70
Tripura Minister and five­ Gangtok...............6.8.... 16.8...... 9.9 Pune . ..................... —.... 39.3.... 19.0
CUTTACK Goa . —.... 33.5.... 25.0
Eminent theatre organiser,
time MLA from Badharghat Raipur ..................... —.... 39.4.... 25.2
playwright and economics in Agartala, died early on Guwahati ...........32.4.... 27.2.... 17.6 Ranchi. ................... —.... 36.7.... 22.0
Monday after a prolonged Hubballi................. —.... 35.0.... 23.0 Shillong. ................. —.... 21.4.... 14.2
teacher Kartik Chandra Rath Hyderabad ...........0.3.... 40.2.... 26.7 Shimla. ................... —.... 22.0.... 11.6
passed away at his residence illness. Imphal. —.... 28.8.... 14.7
in Cuttack on Monday. He was He was undergoing Srinagar .................. —.... 23.1...... 5.3
treatment at a private hos­ Jaipur . —.... 37.3.... 20.7
70. Rath is survived by his TrivandrumYesterday
............. —.... 36.0.... 26.6
wife and three children. pital in New Delhi and was CITIES
Kochi. SO 2 NO 2 CO PM2.5 PM10 CODE
—.... 34.4.... 28.0
Family sources said Rath was put on ventilation a few Ahmedabad. 20 .99 34 .................... —.... 41.0.... 24.8
Tiruchi
unwell for the past few days. days ago. He was declared Kohima. ..201 .....— ....* —.... 20.0....In11.3
observation made at
4.00 p.m., Varanasi, Uttar
Bengaluru . ..2 .25 60
Vijayawada ..............
Pradesh —.... 37.8....
recorded 26.2
an overall
A recipient of Kendra Sangeet dead at around 3 a.m., said Kolkata. ..178 .....— ....* —.... 32.1....air24.1
quality index (AQI) score
Natak Akademi award, Rath his family members. Chennai . 12 .22 57
Visakhapatnam of 230 indicating
......... an 27.8
—.... 33.4....
..208 .....— ....* unhealthy level of pollution.
had penned over 100 plays Sarkar was a briefly a Mi­ (Rainfall data in mm; temperature in Celsius) In contrast, Guwahati
Delhi . 25 .44 26
and directed over 500 plays. nister during the Congress­ Pollutants in the ..200air you
.277are....breathing
*
recorded a healthy AQI
score of 51
Tripura Upajati Juba Samiti Hyderabad . ..9 .26 27
Couple, daughter-in-law ....93 .138 ....*
coalition government in
run over by train in Bihar Kolkata . ..2 .26 14
1988. He joined the BJP be­ ....59 ...73 ....*
GAYA
An elderly couple and their
fore the February 2018 As­ Lucknow . 13 224 68
..141 .....— ....*
21­year­old daughter­in­law sembly elections which Mumbai . 37 ...3 69
were run over by a train here ended the 20­year rule of ....32 ...88 ....*
the CPI(M)­led Left Front in Pune. 29 .14 32
following which angry locals ....84 ...93 ....*
squatted on the tracks and the State. Visakhapatnam 16 .47 39 . —
disrupted rail traffic for a Tripura Governor Kap­ .124 ....*
couple of hours on Monday tan Singh Solanki, Chief Mi­ Air Quality Code: * Poor * Moderate * Good (Readings indicate average AQI)
morning, the police said. The Thumb rules: Election officials demonstrating the functioning of an electronic voting machine and a VVPAT for workers of nister Biplab Kumar Deb SO2: Sulphur Dioxide. Short-term exposure can harm the respiratory system,
mishap happened at Ismailpur and many others expressed making breathing difficult. It can affect visibility by reacting with other air
a tea garden in Jorhat district of Assam on Monday. RITU RAJ KONWAR *
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particles to form haze and stain culturally important objects such as statues
railway station. PTI CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC condolences on his demise. and monuments.
NO2: Nitrogen Dioxide. Aggravates respiratory illness, causes haze to form by
reacting with other air particles, causes acid rain, pollutes coastal waters.
CO: Carbon monoxide. High concentration in air reduces oxygen supply to
critical organs like the heart and brain. At very high levels, it can cause
dizziness, confusion, unconsciousness and even death.
PM2.5 & PM10: Particulate matter pollution can cause irritation of the eyes,
nose and throat, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath, reduced
lung function, irregular heartbeat, asthma attacks, heart attacks and
premature death in people with heart or lung disease

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INTERVIEW |H.D. DEVE GOWDA

‘It is important to convince people that we can give a stable government’


BJP has no moral right to criticise parties coming together under a common umbrella, says former Prime Minister, citing its ties with Shiv Sena and AIADMK
Bageshree S. for the post he is holding. institutions, misuse of offices together of parties under a forces in the country during Do you think people will
Muralidhara Khajane of the Central Bureau of In­ common umbrella. Have the oath­taking ceremony of trust the alliance as a
Exuding confidence that the Opposition alliance will come to­ But has it succeeded in vestigation and the like. they not aligned with region­ Chief Minister H.D. Kumaras­ possible national
gether after victory in the Lok Sabha election, Janata Dal (S) stemming what some Search and seizure operation al parties like All India Anna wamy. Andhra Pradesh Chief alternative, despite
patriarch and one of the architects of the Mahagathbandhan, thought was building up to by I­T [officials] on those said Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Minister and Telugu Desam disappointments in the
H.D. Deve Gowda says the BJP’s references to ‘mahamilavat’ an ‘anti-Modi’ wave? to be linked to JD(S) and Con­ (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu or Party (TDP) leader Chandra­ past?
reveal its desperation. gress, when polls to the Lok Shiv Sena in Maharashtra? As babu Naidu tried his best to
■ It is precisely because he is Sabha are round the corner, Prime Minister, Mr. Modi stitch an alliance between ■ Parties opposed to Mr. Mo­
Do you think air strikes in the past. During the Indo­ seeing this kind of a wave is testimony to Mr. Modi’s should maintain a certain de­ the Congress and other anti­ di in each State will naturally
post-Pulwama and the ASAT Pak. conflict, Prime Minister himself that Mr. Modi is try­ vendetta politics. No Prime corum while speaking. This BJP parties. But some anti­ have their own plans. After
test have shifted the poll Indira Gandhi conducted ing to push a nationalist Minister in independent In­ language comes out of BJP parties are preparing a the polls, they would decide
narrative to security and
nationalism and therefore,
herself with remarkable dig­
nity. Atal Bihari Vajpayee car­
agenda. But people will not
be carried away by theatrics.
<
> Mr. Modi is trying to
push a nationalist
dia had stooped this low. desperation. solo fight in their own States.
This cannot be construed as
on the leadership. I have ap­
pealed to them in the past
in favour of the BJP? ried out India’s second nu­ Mr. Modi refuses to reply on agenda but people BJP leaders are terming the But there are strains and tukde­tukde (bits and piec­ and will appeal to them again
clear test at Pokhran and the Rafale deal in the Parlia­ will not be carried Mahagathbandhan the opposing pulls within the es). This is nothing but an at­ that the most important
■ Exploiting the achieve­ brought Pakistan to its knees ment. Does it not show peo­ away by theatrics. ‘Tukde-Tukde gang’, formation. tempt by the BJP to humiliate thing is to convince people
ments of the Indian Army or in the decisive Kargil war. ple that Mr. Modi has so­ ‘Mahamilawat’ etc, pointing regional parties for which that we can give a stable go­
Indian scientists is a heinous But never did they claim cre­ mething to hide? ■ Congress and JD(S) in Kar­ to a lack of cohesion. ■ It was JD(S) which initiated they will pay a price. As far as vernment for five years. I am
crime. No Prime Minister of dit the way Mr. Modi is doing nataka will raise issues of un­ the process of mahagath­ I am concerned I will sup­ optimistic.
independent India has now. The tone and tenor of What is your counter- employment, rural distress, ■ BJP primarily has no moral bandhan by bringing togeth­ port any regional party Full interview at http://
claimed credit for such feats Mr. Modi does not augur well narrative? destabilising constitutional right to criticise the coming er all anti­Modi and anti­BJP which opposes BJP. bit.ly/DeveGowdaInterview

IN BRIEF
April, May to be warmer
than normal, says IMD
Central and northwest India may bear the brunt
Geelani’s Delhi property
Jacob Koshy & east Madhya Pradesh, would be “warmer” than
attached for tax default
NEW DELHI
NEW DELHI Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, normal. ‘Normal’ tempera­
The Income Tax Department Citizens heading out to vote Odisha, Gujarat, Madhya tures refer to the mean tem­
has attached a property of during the Lok Sabha elec­ Maharashtra, Vidarbha, Ma­ peratures during these
Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah tion will have to brace for rathwada, coastal Karnata­ months between 1981 and
Geelani located in New Delhi, hotter weather. The India ka, north interior Karnata­ 2010.
against dues of ₹3.62 crore. Meteorological Department ka, Rayalaseema and
The department, on Friday, (IMD) has said that the aver­ Telangana. Himachal Pra­ El Nino impact
sent Mr. Geelani an order for age maximum temperatures desh, Uttarakhand, Sub Hi­ The El Niño, an anomalous

India gets surveillance satellite


the attachment of immovable from April to June are likely malayan West Bengal and heating of the Central Pacific
property, saying that he was to be warmer by half a de­ Sikkim, Assam and Megha­ that occurs once in three­
prohibited from transferring gree in several places in cen­ laya, Arunachal Pradesh and five years and linked to
the property in Khirki tral and northwest India. Nagaland, Manipur, Mizo­ droughts in India, may be
Extension, Malviya Nagar. “The season averaged ram & Tripura are likely to playing a role. “Current ob­
EMISAT will add teeth to the armed forces by providing info on hostile radars maximum temperatures are be warmer than normal by servations suggest weak El
U.P. police bust gang likely to be warmer than more than 1C,” the IMD said Niño conditions. The latest
that duped online buyers
NOIDA
The Uttar Pradesh police’s
Madhumathi D.S.
Bengaluru

The Indian Space Research


‘3 more satellites needed’ “Today PSLV­C45 has suc­
cessfully injected the ISRO­
made EMISAT in a 748­km
normal by 0.5C­1C over Ha­
ryana, Chandigarh & Delhi,
in a statement on Tuesday.
The forecast is in line with
forecast indicates that these
conditions are likely to per­
west & east Uttar Pradesh, the IMD’s position in March, sist during April­June,” the
Special Task Force (STF) has
Organisation (ISRO) Special correspondent as the leader is said to be orbit as well as 28 customer west & east Rajasthan, west when it said March­May statement added.
arrested the kingpin of a gang
launched the country’s first BENGALURU having fifth­generation satellites in a 504­km orbit as
that procured data of 14 lakh
customers illegally and
electronic surveillance satel­ Nobody who has it talks ELINT satellites; Russia is sought by the customers.”
allegedly duped people to
the tune of ₹200 crore
lite, EMISAT, from Srihariko­
ta in coastal Andhra Pradesh
about it and no one else is
sure about its actual
not far behind. Then comes
China. Around 150 military
An ISRO release said that
as EMISAT came out, “[Its] Fugitive Offenders Act U.S. modifies
through online fraud. Nandan on Monday morning. numbers. But space­based satellites may be hovering two solar arrays were de­
Zika advisory
Rao Patel, arrested here on
Saturday, procured the data
As many as 28 small satel­
lites of international custom­
electronic intelligence, the
realm that India just forayed
over Earth right now.
According to a few
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ployed automatically. The IS­
RO Telemetry Tracking and won’t help banks: Mallya
of clients of major online ers were also put in space as into with EMISAT, is said to present and former defence Command Network at Ben­ special correspondent
shopping companies and sold secondary riders. have been around since the scientists, one satellite for galuru assumed control of special correspondent Amit Desai told a division New Delhi
them to fake call centres, Space­based electronic in­ early 1960s, pioneered by ELINT will not suffice and the satellite. In the coming Mumbai bench of Justices I. Mahanty The U.S. has ‘softened’ and
police officials said. PTI telligence or ELINT from the the U.S. At least three other the country may need to days, the satellite will be Liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s and A.M. Badar that confis­ modified its Zika virus alert
436­kg spacecraft will add space powers are said to be have at least three more brought to its final opera­ lawyer on Monday reiterat­ cation of properties was for travellers to India,
ED seizes ₹89 cr. assets teeth to situational aware­ past masters at it — the U.S. working in tandem. tional configuration.” ed before the Bombay High “draconian.” “The need of changing the status from
in investment scam ness of the armed forces as it DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD A new PSLV team execut­ Court that the Fugitive Eco­ the hour is to deal with the “ongoing outbreak” to
NEW DELHI will provide location and in­ ed the mission as the pre­ nomic Offenders Act (FEOA) banks and creditors. He [Mr. “current or past transmis­
The Enforcement Directorate formation of hostile radars defence experts who did not the spacecraft would mea­ vious programme head R. was a draconian law that Mallya] does not want the sion but no current out­
attached assets worth about placed at the borders; this wish to be named. ISRO, sure the electromagnetic Hutton has moved to the wouldn’t help the creditors. properties to be returned to break” after the Health Mi­
₹89 crore in connection with will be another dimension to which is said to have built spectrum. Once the last cu­ headquarters in Bengaluru Pressing an appeal by Mr. him but confiscation is not nistry intervened. “As of
a case allegedly involving the the current land or aircraft­ the satellite body for the besat came out, ISRO Chair­ as the director of the Human Mallya against being de­ going to solve the banks’ now, no cases are preva­
Micro Finance group of
based ELINT, according to DRDO payload, merely said man K. Sivan announced: Space Flight Centre. clared a FEO, senior counsel problems,” Mr. Desai said. lent,” an ICMR official said.
companies and others. It is
alleged that Micro Finance
Ltd and others earned huge
money by making false
promises of high returns on ‘Nirav tried to get Coronary Despite objections, SSC
investment in various stents to
schemes. Its MD Durga Prasad
Mishra and others allegedly Vanuatu citizenship’ cost more chief given extension
laundered the funds.
RTI finds retrospective change in rules
Bottle hurled at His request was rejected: ED sources Special Correspondent
BJP candidate New Delhi Special Correspondent ruption in the nation’s lar­
RAMANATHAPURAM special correspondent The National Pharmaceuti­ NEW DELHI gest recruitment agency.”
A man hurled an empty glass NEW DELHI cal Pricing Authority Staff Selection Commission
bottle at the campaign van Nirav Modi, the Punjab Na­ (NPPA) has approved a hike chairman Ashim Khurana, ‘Thousands jobless’
of Nainar Nagendran, the BJP
tional Bank fraud case ac­ in the price of coronary whose resignation was de­ Mr. Khurana did not res­
candidate for the Ramanatha­
cused, had applied for citi­ stents, with the bare metal manded by students due to pond to The Hindu’s ques­
puram Lok Sabha seat in Tamil
zenship of Vanuatu, a South stents now priced at ₹8,261 alleged paper leaks last tions regarding these allega­
Nadu. This led to tension in
the Muslim­dominated
Pacific Ocean nation located (exclusive of GST) as year, was given an extension tions, despite attempts to
Periyapattinam. While Mr. close to Australia. against the existing ₹7,660. of tenure through a retros­ reach him via phone and
Nagendran escaped unhurt, However, the Vanuatuan Drug eluting/biodegrada­ pective amendment of email. “The CBI investiga­
an AIADMK functionary was authorities turned down his ble stents cost ₹30,080 (ex­ rules. The extension was ap­ tion into the paper leaks is
injured. The miscreant could request submitted in De­ Nirav Modi clusive of GST) as against proved by Prime Minister still not complete, and thou­
not be identified. Anticipating cember 2017, said the Enfor­ ₹27,890. Narendra Modi despite mul­ sands of students are job­
trouble in the area, the police cement Directorate (ED) the official said. They were The revised prices have tiple written objections less, but the PM is only keen
stepped up bandobust. sources. “A week ago, we kept in confinement in two come into effect from April from the Law Ministry and to protect the job of Mr.
were informed about it,” bungalows in the suburbs of 1. The new prices have the Union Public Service Khurana,” said Kanhaiya Ku­
Jet fuel price up by 1%, said a senior official on con­ Cairo for about four­five been fixed after taking into Commission, recent replies mar, a 23­year old from Bi­
LPG cost goes up by ₹5 dition of anonymity. months. On the pretext of account the wholesale to RTI queries show. har’s Vaishali district who
NEW DELHI
Indian agencies have also arranging jobs for them, price index at 4.2%, ac­ The PM’s noting on the filed the RTI requests.
Jet fuel price was on Monday
found out that after the Cen­ their passports were taken cording to the notification. file was withheld from the He was among the almost
hiked by over 1 %, the second
tral Bureau of Investigation away by Mr. Modi’s close as­ Last year, the Central go­ RTI applicant on the 1.9 lakh young people who
straight monthly increase
and the ED registered cases sociate Subhash Parab. Mr. vernment slashed rates of grounds that it is attempted the second round
coming on the back of firming
global prices. The price of
against Mr. Modi and others, Modi had allegedly got the coronary stents by up to confidential. of the Combined Graduate
aviation turbine fuel was he made 12 employees oper­ mobile phones of these em­ 85%. Sharing the RTI docu­ Level examination conduct­
hiked by ₹677.1 per kilolitre, ating from Dubai and Hong ployees destroyed. Sources in the medical ments at a press briefing on ed by the SSC last February
or 1.07%, to ₹63,472.22 per Kong shift to Cairo, in the Over a period of time, 11 device industry said, “The Monday, Yuva Halla Bol to fill just over 9,000 vacan­
kl. The price of non­ name of lucrative prospects. employees managed to fly increase in prices indicates leader Anupam alleged that cies. Alleged paper leak and
subsidised cooking gas was “The employees had out of Cairo. The ED has re­ that the NPPA is mindful of “by extending Mr. Khura­ mass cheating resulted in
increased by ₹5 per 14.2 kg been made dummy direc­ corded the statements of the operational pressures na’s tenure illegally and un­ the exam being suspended
cylinder. It now costs tors in the shell companies nine, while two are now said in the medical device in­ constitutionally, the PM is and aspirants protesting on
₹706.50 in capital. PTI controlled by him abroad,” to be in Dubai. dustry.” granting patronage to cor­ the streets.

Leopard cub rescued from Mumbai suburb


Ajeet Mahale ing a photo of a car, when I which it jumped into Woo­
Ankur Biplav saw a creature, which I as­ dland Crest.
Mumbai sumed was a stray dog. A team from the Forest
A leopard cub which had en­ When I tried to shoo it away, Department and Sanjay
tered a residential building the creature came out, and Gandhi National Park ar­
called Woodland Crest in then I realised that it was a rived around 11.30 a.m. and
Marol, a Mumbai suburb on leopard,” Suresh Shinde, a after hours of effort, the leo­
Monday morning, was res­ resident of the building, pard was tranquillised
cued by forest officials after said. around 2 p.m.
four hours of struggle. Mr. Shinde raised an The operation was com­
The big cat was first spot­ alarm. The building’s watch­ pleted by 2.15 p.m. “The cub
ted in the adjoining build­ man, Mohit Lal, said he should be released into the
Morning scare: Forest officials shifting the leopard cub from a ing, Woodland Avenue, tried to hit the leopard with wild by Tuesday,” a forest of­
building in the Mumbai suburbs on Monday. VIJAY BATE *
around 9.30 a.m. “I was tak­ a stick to shoo it away, after ficial said later.
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Ensuring access to justice


The Supreme Court must set up more Benches, and disciplinary jurisdiction over lawyers must go back to the judiciary
preme Court sitting only in Delhi made by any Legal Services Auth­ specifically to the Justices’ atten­
has resulted in excellent lawyers ority (LSA), a statutory body to tion. Unfortunately the disciplin­

Foggy in Wayanad from other High Courts not ap­


pearing before the Supreme
render free legal services to the
impoverished all over India, the la­
ary powers available to Bar Coun­
cils both in Delhi and in States are
Court, possibly because it casts wyer gets in touch with the victim more often than not ineffective.
Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Kerala too large a monetary burden on and somehow convinces him/her Some are politically motivated and
Ruma Pal
opens up fault­lines in the anti­BJP front their clients, many of whom are to file a writ petition before the some States do not have disciplin­
impoverished. Second, all la­ High Court to show that without ary committees at all. The disci­

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ahul Gandhi’s decision to choose Wayanad in

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he justice system in any de­ wyers, whatever their calibre or such writ petition the compensa­ plinary jurisdiction over lawyers
Kerala, in addition to Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, to
mocracy is set up, under the competence, who happen to be in tion will not be disbursed by the was originally with the courts. As
contest, could well be a defining moment in this Constitution to serve the pu­ Delhi now appear in the Supreme State LSA (SLSA). Ultimately when far as the older High Courts are
election. Though Wayanad was under consideration for blic without “fear or favour, affec­ Court. Some of the good lawyers the amount of compensation is fi­ concerned, this is clear from the
at least two weeks, the decision was nonetheless sur­ tion or ill­will” as far as judges are who were able to leave lucrative nally disbursed by the SLSA, the respective Letters Patents under
prising as his principal opponent would be, not his na­ concerned. Yet the protagonists, practices in the High Courts have lawyer takes credit and shows that which the courts were set up. This
tional­level ideological rival the BJP, but a party of the as far as India is concerned, in op­ settled down in Delhi, but they it was because of his noble initia­ continued till the power was taken
Left, which is in the forefront of the fight for a secular al­ erating the system have stopped have established a monopoly, and, tive that the victim got the relief, away by the Advocates Act, 1961.
ternative to the ruling formation. This paradox could that very access — judges through as a result, charge unconscionable vices and render services free of and in exchange claims a hefty Significantly, the Law Minister at
lack of prescience, and many la­ fees even from charitable con­ cost. They generally obtain a blank share in the compensation. Such that time was Ashoke Sen, a well­
turn out to be a central challenge in the emergence of a
wyers through their dishonesty in cerns — sometimes even when cheque from the victim which is lawyers effectively create a per­ known lawyer. The solution to the
national coalition against the BJP because many parties many forms. they do not appear at the hearing. filled in after credit of the compen­ ception of rendering a benevolent present situation is to give the dis­
that are opposed to the BJP are also opposed to one This is also true of litigating la­ sation to the bank account of the service by not charging any fees so ciplinary jurisdiction back to the
another. Mr. Gandhi’s gambit amplifies that contradic­ Revisiting judges’ advice wyers at all levels of the judicial victim. Victims who open bank ac­ the victim could never suspect courts and to repeal the Advocates
tion and marks a rupture between the Congress and the At an informal meeting, all of the system. The third fallout of the fai­ counts for the purpose of victim him/her of any malpractice. Inci­ Act, 1961.
Left Front — fierce opponents in Kerala, but natural then sitting judges of the Supreme lure to act under Article 130 is that compensation are being duped by dentally, according to a study car­
partners at the Centre. The national leadership of the Court (including myself ) advised the Supreme Court in Delhi has some of the lawyers who link their ried out by a research organisa­ The way forward
the then Chief Justice of India to been flooded with work and been or their assistant’s mobile number tion, Vidhi, in the Delhi High Therefore, to hound out the cor­
Congress had kept an arm’s length from the highly com­
decide against the request of the reduced to a District Court instead to the account so that they can Court, more than 70% of the de­ rupt lawyers from the system at all
petitive politics in Kerala, where its State unit and the then Central government to sit in of a Court of Final Appeal and Con­ have access to all the information lays in the disposal of cases are at­ levels so that justice may be truly
Left are face to face. The exigencies of national politics other places in the country under stitutional Court as envisaged un­ of the transactions in the bank ac­ tributable to lawyers, a major rea­ rendered to the public, I have a
shape their cooperation elsewhere. Only recently, on Article 130 of the Constitution. der the Constitution. count. Some of the lawyers specia­ son being sometimes unjust pleas few suggestions. First, the Su­
Mr. Gandhi’s watch, the Congress was in seat­sharing The reason we ( judges) decided lising in victim compensation cas­ for adjournments. preme Court should reconsider
talks with the Left in West Bengal. Though the Congress against it was because we felt that Unethical lawyers es thus take huge money as a The litigating public and la­ setting up Benches in different
has said Mr. Gandhi’s candidature is not against the the authority of the Supreme But the fault in actually denying percentage of compensation wyers (including women and stu­ States in keeping with the recom­
Court would get diluted. The rea­ access to justice to citizens is the amount awarded towards victim dents) — either because they do mendations of the Law Commis­
Left, the latter has been brutal in its reaction. The Con­
soning, in retrospect, was falla­ fault of unethical lawyers alone. compensation. Such a practice is not trust the judicial system or sions (125th Report and 229th Re­
gress claimed the foray signalled Mr. Gandhi’s commit­ cious. Many High Courts in this That lawyers are generally dishon­ frustrating the whole purpose of they distrust lawyers in particular, port). Second, the Bar Council of
ment to all regions. But the choice of Kerala, rather than country have different Benches for est is a well­known fact. Lawyers victim compensation. The proce­ or for whatever reason — write India should exercise its powers
Karnataka, where the Congress is locked in a direct bat­ meting out justice without ‘justice’ are (frequently) humorously dure is similar to that adopted by hundreds of letters to the Chief under the Advocates Act, 1961
tle with the BJP, is difficult to explain. If the Left frontal­ being ‘diluted’. For example, the called liars, and because they are some advocates dealing with Mo­ Justice of India and the Chief Jus­ more effectively. If not, the disci­
ly attacked the Congress, the BJP was disparaging. Amit Bombay High Court has four the middle­men between judges tor Accident Claim Cases under tices and Justices of each High plinary jurisdiction must be re­
Shah remarked Mr. Gandhi feared he would be held ac­ Benches — in Mumbai, Auranga­ and the litigating public, they act Section 166 (application for com­ Court for relief. Some issues raised turned to the judiciary as was the
bad, Nagpur and Panaji (Goa) — like dishonest brokers. That is why pensation) of the Motor Vehicles in these letters are administrative position prior to the Advocates
countable by Amethi’s voters; and Narendra Modi, in a
and the quality of its decisions or William Shakespeare said, “The Act, 1988. They agree to conduct or statutory in nature. Apart from Act, 1961 by repealing the 1961 Act.
statement with communal overtones, said Mr. Gandhi status have certainly not been di­ first thing we do, let’s kill all the la­ the cases without a fee, but in the these letters, hundreds of letters Third, lawyers should be made ir­
chose the seat because Hindus were in a minority there. luted thereby. wyers” (Henry VI). This is a some­ event of compensation being are written to Chief Justices for re­ relevant by referring more cases to
By fielding Mr. Gandhi from Wayanad, the Congress The number of Benches de­ what unfair condemnation of granted by the court, the advo­ lief on the judicial side. Given the trained mediators, as the Supreme
has taken a view that considerations of alliances are pends on the size of the State, the those lawyers who are persons of cates get a certain percentage. huge workload before all judges, it Court has done in the Ayodhya
now secondary to its push to maximise its individual idea being to facilitate easier ac­ high principles. This is illegal, being a champer­ is not possible to deal with all let­ dispute.
tally. The Congress has strong alliances in Maharashtra, cess to justice. The direct conse­ Some of the lawyers specialising tous agreement. ter­appeals simultaneously on the
Tamil Nadu and Bihar but a shaky one in Karnataka. Its quence of the wrong decision has in victim compensation cases do In some cases, as soon as an statutory, administrative or judi­ Ruma Pal is a former Judge, Supreme
been three­fold. First, the Su­ not charge any fees for their ser­ award of victim compensation is cial side, unless they are drawn Court of India (2000-2006)
U.P. ambitions were rejected by the SP­BSP axis; and
differences persist within the party on aligning with the
AAP in Delhi. After the 2004 elections, the Congress be­
came the fulcrum of a national coalition, which was
bound by a broad commitment to a pluralist India, as
Deepening insecurity
opposed to Hindutva’s exclusivist and majoritarian pol­ The buzz around ‘Mission Shakti’ should be an opportunity to review India’s defence strategy
itics. The Left had a significant role in its formation but
is the basis of this belief? And does been three times higher in more modernising its nuclear arsenal.
ended the experiment in 2008 over differences with
it actually work? peaceful countries. This is partly The tragic irony of this trend is
the Congress on the nuclear deal. State­level compul­
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For more than 100 years now, why, compared to 10 years ago, that nuclear defence, particularly
sions have led regional parties to cross from the BJP to
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scientists and writers of science 102 nations are spending less on with warheads riding on rockets of
the Congress and vice versa, but the primary fault­line fiction alike have fostered the illu­ military as a percentage of their supersonic speed, actually dee­
is political mobilisation along religious lines. Without sion that some day humankind GDP. pens insecurity in both countries
clarity of concept on addressing this fault­line, there Rajni Bakshi will have a weapon so terrible that But that is a thin silver lining to by causing millions of lives to per­
can be no effective cooperation among non­BJP parties. the fear of its impact will end war a grim reality. Ban Ki­moon, while petually be at the risk of instanta­
for all times. he was UN Secretary General, neous annihilation.
Though it is unfair to put the entire onus of aggregating

A
fter ‘Mission Shakti’ — In­ said, in 2009, “The world is over­ All through the Cold War and
non­BJP politics on Mr. Gandhi, his candidacy in Waya­ dia’s anti­satellite test — Deterrence and violence maintain about 1,800 nuclear wea­ armed and peace is under­funded even now, the MAD doctrine has
nad can do nothing for the larger secular cause. there is a feeling that India Having invented dynamite and un­ pons in a state of high alert, ready …. The end of the Cold War has led been opposed on both moral and
needs this form of deterrence for leashed it upon the world in 1867, for launch within minutes. the world to expect a massive practical grounds by a variety of
Space for campaign its security. To be visibly strong in
order to deter any enemy from at­
Alfred Nobel believed that “the
day when two army corps can an­
According to the Global Peace
Index, in 2017, the economic im­
peace dividend. Yet, there are over
20,000 nuclear weapons around
disarmament and peace groups.
The most prominent of these, War
EC went by rule book on ASAT issue, but PM tacking is a concern that goes back nihilate each other in one second, pact of violence globally was esti­ the world. Many of them are still Resisters’ International (WRI),
to pre­historic times. But when all civilized nations, it is to be mated at about $14.76 trillion, on hair­trigger alert, threatening which will turn 100 in 2021, has 90
should have upheld the spirit of Model Code this ancient urge is exerted by na­ hoped, will recoil from war and which was 12.4% of global GDP. our own survival.” affiliated groups in 40 countries.
tions with nuclear weapons, it discharge their troops”. Since 2012, there has been a 16% According to the website of the Such groups ceaselessly serve as a

I
n ruling that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not
violate the Model Code of Conduct by announcing must be an occasion to revisit the Since then incalculably more increase in the economic impact International Campaign to Abolish counter to all those who glamorise
arms race, the Mutually Assured destructive weapons, including of violence largely due to the con­ Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the fai­ or justify war or an arms race.
through a nationally televised address the demon­
Destruction (MAD) doctrine and nuclear bombs and chemical wea­ flicts in Syria, Afghanistan and lure of the nuclear powers to dis­ Above all, they constantly draw at­
stration of India’s capability to bring down an opera­ their long­term implications. pons, have been deployed but this Iraq. arm has heightened the risk that tention to the fact that the only
tional satellite, the Election Commission has taken a The doctrine emerged during has not ended war. On the con­ It is vital to note that having other countries will acquire nu­ true security lies in dissolving en­
possibly correct view of the Code’s provisions. Howev­ the Cold War in the mid­20th cen­ trary, the invention of increasingly competing weapons, in terms of clear weapons. In 2017, the ICAN mity by going to the roots of any
er, it remains a narrow technical view as it is a thin line tury when the U.S. and the erst­ deadly weapons has fuelled a glo­ quality and quantity, has not acted was awarded the Nobel Peace conflict.
that divides the idea of making a high­level declaration while U.S.S.R. had stockpiled so bal arms race. as a deterrent either in the Israeli­ Prize. Once the joy about India’s
of a defence capability from using it for electoral advan­ many nuclear weapons that if Globally, the annual spend on Palestinian conflict or in the Syr­ technological achievements, in
launched, the weapons could des­ armaments is now estimated to ian war or the prolonged conflict Double-edged sword the realm of missiles, has settled
tage. Opposition parties had accused the Prime Minis­
troy both nations many times over. stand at about $1.7 trillion. Esti­ in Colombia. What did finally end Theoretically, MAD is supposed to down, perhaps attention can shift
ter of violating the Model Code by touting the demon­ Since there was eventually a mates of the total number of nu­ the conflict in Colombia, after al­ eliminate the incentive for starting to the much bigger challenge of
stration of the anti­satellite (ASAT) missile test as a ‘détente’, or a relaxation of hostil­ clear weapons in the world range most 50 years, was a protracted a conflict but it also makes disarm­ seeking answers to a key question:
significant achievement of the ruling BJP. CPI(M) gener­ ities between the two, it is tempt­ from 15,000 to 20,000, with each process of negotiation between all ing almost impossible. This is part­ what really makes us, the world a
al secretary Sitaram Yechury had formally complained ing to think that MAD is a valid one of these weapons being far parties of the conflict. ly why, long after the Cold War whole, more secure?
to the EC. There were questions about the timing of the doctrine that should continue to more powerful than the bombs The Global Peace Index also ended, the U.S. is poised to spend
test as well as the manner of announcement as the be applied by all countries with dropped by the U.S. on Japan in shows that over the last 70 years enormous amounts of money over Rajni Bakshi is the author of ‘Bapu Kuti:
nuclear weapons capability. What 1945. The U.S. and Russia still the per capita GDP growth has the next 10 years in updating and Journeys in Rediscovery of Gandhi’
country is in election mode. A five­member committee
formed by the EC concluded that the relevant provision
was not attracted in this case. Part VII of the Code co­ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters emailed to letters@thehindu.co.in must carry the full postal address and the full name or the name with initials.
vering the “party in power” says that “…the misuse of
official mass media during the election period for parti­ Rahul from Wayanad surprise that Mr. Gandhi is is a supporter of a secular keeping out of Kerala and State. There are examples we are faced with such a
san coverage of political news and publicity regarding That the complexity of looking at another seat. dispensation at the Centre. exhibiting the same grace from the past of political miserable situation. Studies
achievements with a view to furthering the prospects of political alliances varies However, one is surprised by The Kerala PCC’s enthusiasm and maturity shown by the leaders who have contested have shown that buildings,
from State to State has the indignation being after the announcement is to Bahujan Samaj Party and the from two parliamentary roads and other hard
the party in power shall be scrupulously avoided.” The
always been an acceptable expressed by rival hide or end the groupism Samajwadi Party (by not seats and emerging surfaces absorb and store
committee’s finding that there was no “misuse of offi­ norm but the candidature politicians. When the Prime with the State Congress unit. fielding candidates in Rae victorious in both. Elections heat whereas vegetation
cial mass media” as Doordarshan and AIR took the feed of Congress president Minister chose to contest B. Prabha, Bareli and Amethi in U.P.). are to be fought on bread reflects heat. China has
from a news agency, and more than 60 channels did the Rahul Gandhi for the from Vadodara and Varanasi Varkala, Kerala Perhaps the Congress might and butter issues instead of realised rather late in the
same, is rooted in the letter of the code, not its spirit. Wayanad constituency in in 2014, it was hailed as a have anticipated a similar personality politics and day. Its vertical forests —
It is possible to come to an equally valid conclusion Kerala has kicked up a masterstroke. But when Mr. ■ The decision is a clear gesture from the Left in sectarian issues. buildings that are designed
that Mr. Modi’s action in making the announcement controversy and given the Gandhi does it now, it is indication of the fear of Kerala. The electorate will B. Suresh Kumar, to incorporate lush greenery
himself, rather than letting the DRDO, the agency in­ ammunition­starved BJP called desperation. Finally, defeat in the Congress party. wonder whether it is worth Coimbatore along their facades, with
something to deride the the Election Commission There can be no comparison exercising their franchise in trees and hedging sprouting
volved, do so violates the bar on “furthering the pros­
Opposition about. While must explore the possibility with the Prime Minister favour of a hotchpotch of Water distress from external gardens — are
pects” of the ruling party by the nature of the publicity the barbed criticism of the of recovering the cost of the Narendra Modi’s move to parties that do not want to As water sources in south now being seen as solutions
given to the achievement. The practice of using a priv­ Left is justifiable, the second election in either one contest from two seats in see eye to eye with each India begin to show signs of to tackle its deadly smog and
ate agency to record the announcement and asking it to Congress should not allow of the constituencies in the 2014. He was a first­timer other. Despite being severe distress and pollution. The key issue is
share the feed , obliquely serves the purpose of generat­ things to go out of control event of the candidate with no traditional Lok perceived to be on a sticky exploitation, the focus the availability of water; the
ing publicity through the official media. As the legal as the BJP is always on the winning in both. It does Sabha seat. Only time will tell wicket due to its mediocre should move to best time to prepare and
maxim goes, what cannot be done directly cannot be lookout for a fallout impose a wasteful whether the Left in Kerala performance, the NDA environmentalists who have plan for water conservation
amongst the Opposition expenditure of public funds. will play a friendly match. suddenly finds itself at an been struggling to point out is before the monsoon.
done indirectly either. Given that Mr. Modi gave ad­
parties (Page 1, “Left Anand Aravamudhan, The move does also raise advantage due to egoistic that dwindling green cover Rainwater harvesting has
vance publicity to the announcement, there is really no unhappy as Congress says Chennai interest about the electoral and unrelenting Opposition and shrinking water bodies been partly successful.
virtue in claiming that DD and AIR were not used for the Rahul will contest Wayanad fortunes of the dynasty. leaders. are issues within our control. Nagarajamani M.V.,
purpose. As a landmark achievement in defence re­ too”, April 1). It is ■ The move is a blunder as it Dr. Jai Prakash Gupta. V. Subramanian, Rampant real estate Hyderabad

imperative that the sends the message that the Ambala Cantt., Haryana Chennai development and
search, it deserved a public pronouncement at a high more letters online:
level. Even then, letting the DRDO explain the achieve­ Congress and the Left sort Congress is not secular. The concretisation are also why www.hindu.com/opinion/letters/

ment first would have served the purpose. That the mo­ out their differences and point is that in north India, ■ The Congress party, which ■ The stringent opposition, corrections & clarifications:
concentrate on the task at the Congress follows the failed in its attempt to form a especially from the Left,
tive was to proclaim the ASAT demonstration as an The headline of a story (April 1, 2019, some editions) regarding
hand — to stop the BJP’s same Hindutva agenda that Mahagathbandhan before primarily stems from that the PSLV mission read: “PSLV to launch military’s eye in the sky.” It
achievement of the regime in the field of national secur­ from getting another term. the BJP does. The way the the elections, has made sure desperate realisation of the should have said military’s monitor.
ity became obvious when it was propagated by the rul­ G.B. Sivanandam, Congress is campaigning in that political disunity and rich electoral dividends that In “Dramatic win for Hamilton” (Sport, April 1, 2019), the refer­
ing party that its predecessor did not have the political Coimbatore Uttar Pradesh is an acrimony will continue even the Congress would stand to ence to Sergio Perez of Racing Line should be corrected to read as
will to approve such a test. The BJP must demonstrate it indication of this. Contesting after the elections. The party reap/gain, which could have Sergio Perez of Racing Point.
will not use such achievements for partisan advantage. ■Opportunism and politics from Wayanad will result in a should have shown some far­reaching ramifications in The Readers’ Editor’s office can be contacted by Telephone: +91-44-28418297/28576300;
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The politics of enmity Chowkidars are those


We must reject the idea that membership in a group comes with an enemy to be fought who protect the rich
and despite deep differences on ma­
ny matters, everyone also shares so­ Why the BJP campaign is on the mark
mething in common. This ‘common’
can be our humanity, national ethos, When the Indian economy was feudal,
Constitution, or shared civilisational these activists mobilised support for the feu­
values, nurtured through history. For dal lords. After it became mainly capitalist
Rajeev Bhargava example, in India, the value of plu­ following the globalisation and liberalisation
ralism, acceptance and accommoda­ phase, they stood by the growing crony cap­
Indian elections have become less tion, of refusing to view the world in italists. Their only concern was that these
violent over the last three decades. terms of simple binaries has faced Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd crony capitalists should back the Hindutva
The credit for this must go not only challenges from time to time by nar­ ideology.
to institutions such as the Election row­minded, rigid, hierarchy­ridden, This is not to say that the Congress has not
Commission but also to the political upper caste practices (often termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls himself a supported monopoly capital. But during the
class. Yet there is another disturbing Brahminism because it was legitimat­ chowkidar. What he has done is tell the na­ freedom struggle and till the 1970s, the Con­
tendency, potentially replete with ed by scholarly Brahmins), by close­ tion and the world the truth. Chowkidars ex­ gress had some serious ideological relation­
violence, that has been growing dur­ minded religious orders which ac­ ist mostly in Asian countries where poor ship with the socialist welfare agenda. It
ing the same period: to view political companied Afghan and Turk invad­ men work as protectors of the rich. In India, wanted to build state capital. From Nehru­
opponents as enemies to be annihi­ ers and marauders, and by ruthlessly only about 0.5% of the population have vian democratic socialism to Indira Gandhi’s
lated. One gets a flavour of this in slo­ exploitative colonialists. More re­ watchmen, who are called chowkidars. Only abolition of Privy Purses and bank nationali­
gans such as ‘Congress­mukt Bharat’, cently, heartless multinational cor­ poor, lower caste people — Dalits, Other sation, the Congress engaged with the idea
but more than in statements, it is “The strain of exclusionary nationalism has permeated South Asian cultures, an porations have also damaged this Backward Classes and Adivasis — take up this of some sort of social and economic equality.
present in the tone of some speakers, example being the expulsion of the Rohingya from Myanmar.” A Rohingya ethos by mindlessly turning everyth­ job, and that too when no However, after Emergency,
in their body language and in the fe­ refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. GETTY IMAGES *
ing into a commodity to be bought other work for survival is its credibility began to
rocity in their eyes. and sold in the capitalist market. But available. That the job is erode. When Rajiv Gandhi

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ing to crusades, the inquisition, the with the friend­enemy syndrome is exclusionary ultra­nationalists (as tied to caste was evident became Prime Minister, a
Friends and enemies expulsions of Jews, and to the final fundamentally undemocratic. Know­ distinct from inclusive, moderate na­ in Rajya Sabha MP Subra­ slow pace of privatisation
The pro­Nazi, but important legal solution of the concentration camps; ing the difference between an enemy tionalists) must not be left out of this manian Swamy’s state­ started. Once the P.V. Nara­
and political theorist, Carl Schmitt, and outside Europe, in the liquida­ and an adversary is absolutely criti­ nefarious list. They too are hell bent ment. Mr. Swamy recently simha Rao government was
made the friend­enemy distinction tion, for example, of native Ameri­ cal in a functioning democracy. An on throttling our civilisational values said that he cannot join ushered in, the privatisa­
as constitutive of politics itself. To be cans. Some detect the same ideologi­ adversary is someone one wishes to and democratic ethos. the BJP’s ‘Main Bhi Chow­ tion process picked up,
political was necessarily to work with cal underpinning even in the defeat in a temporary contest such as kidar (I am also a watch­ without giving up the idea
a distinction between an extreme neoconservative war on Iraq. Per­ a legal combat or a game of cricket. Protecting our civilisation man)’ campaign as he is a of a mixed economy.
version of us and them, friends and haps, its most recent expression is in To wish to trounce an opponent in an As groups grow in size, they invent Brahmin. Being a chowkidar is a low­paying Through all these phases, the RSS and Jan
enemies. Not only was this distinc­ the violence exhibited by Islamist or­ election is entirely legitimate. On the rules to regulate behaviour, formu­ job with little job satisfaction — after all, a Sangh opposed state capital; they opposed a
tion the decisive criterion of the pol­ ganisations such as the Islamic State. other hand, an enemy is someone to late authoritative norms, install a chowkidar has to stand at the gate of a rich mixed economy. It was only after Indira
itical but even within this relation­ However, this mindset is no longer be destroyed permanently. Adversar­ structure of authority and, above all, man or woman’s house all day and protect it. Gandhi imposed Emergency that they
ship, enmity had priority over confined to strands of Abrahamic ies can be won over, turned into al­ evolve some criteria of who is in and No chowkidar serves the poor. The poor do gained some credibility among the poor, and
friendship: Those not on our side, or theology; it has crept into other reli­ lies, but enemies cannot. A compro­ who is out, of insiders and outsiders. not have anything that needs protection. this was because they joined hands with the
disloyal to us, are automatically, irre­ gions and even been secularised. It is mise with an adversary is acceptable, Let us even agree that there is no socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan. Other­
deemably, enemies. In doing so, found in the 20th century in both fas­ even praiseworthy. On the other ‘self ’ without an ‘other’. But rules Protecting the rich wise they never moved away from the rich.
Schmitt reduced all politics to war. At cism and Stalinism and more perva­ hand, with an enemy, a compromise can be rigid or flexible, a challenge to When I say Mr. Modi is speaking the truth, I They never moved away from serving capi­
least war is an ever­present possibili­ sively in a host of ultra­nationalisms spells defeat, an unacceptable con­ norms can be tolerated or punished refer to the people he has been protecting as talist and feudal interests.
ty in politics, he claimed, and there­ that have led to ethnic cleansing and cession, a betrayal. The world of ad­ severely, and the ‘other’ can be Prime Minister — the rich, the top industrial­
fore a political person must conduct genocide in several parts of the versaries in a democracy does not in­ viewed as a temporary adversary in a ists. Those who are trying to establish a Hin­ Disintegration of feudalism
himself as if surrounded by enemies. world, including Indonesia, Cambo­ volve a zero­sum game; no one loses healthy contest, someone with who dutva state and economy are doing so for the Luckily for them, by the 2014 Lok Sabha
Schmitt was exploiting a distinction dia and Rwanda. This strain of exclu­ everything or forever. There are no one can also have a fruitful dialogue, rich. The BJP/RSS Ministers and cadres have election, feudalism got disintegrated. The
perfected by some strands within sionary nationalism has permeated permanent losers or victors; each or one with who conversation is im­ no hesitation in joining the ‘Main Bhi Chow­ crony capitalists were impatient with the
Abrahamic religions that invented China where undercurrents of Han competitor wins some and loses possible, a permanent enemy. This kidar’ campaign. The BJP and the RSS have Congress culture of slow privatisation. They
the idea of an ‘extra­systemic other’, nationalism have virtually turned Ti­ some in a fair contest. But all rules of idea that membership in a group never believed in socio­economic equality. found in the BJP those who could protect
a radical other with whom no con­ betan Buddhists and Uighur Muslims fairness can be abandoned in a fight comes with an enemy to be fought While it is true that BJP­RSS activists have al­ them.
versation is possible, one who is out­ into extra­systemic others or ene­ with an enemy. In this hostile scena­ was a powerful resource in the doc­ ways worked to help people during natural Of course, some pro­poor policies are ta­
side one’s semantic universe. Those mies. It has infected South Asian cul­ rio, all politics is nothing but war. trines of some religions has slowly ta­ calamities, they have never worked for the ken by the government too — for poor farm­
who do not adhere to the doctrine tures too, causing the partition of the It is often heard that in politics ken root in Asian religions, including upliftment of the poor. They have never or­ ers and labourers. This is only because if this
defining the system are enemies to ‘subcontinent’, ethnic cleaning of Ta­ there are no permanent friends or modern Hinduism. It has now en­ ganised the agrarian poor or the urban poor is not done, a revolution could break out.
be fought. Internal dissent too is mils in Sri Lanka and the expulsion enemies. This may well appear to be tered our democratic politics. If it in order to increase their daily wages. Whe­ And if a revolution does occur, leave alone
anathema, akin to betrayal, of join­ of the Rohingya from Myanmar. In opportunistic in some contexts but it stays there, it will utterly destroy the never there have been strikes by workers, the chowkidars, even the police cannot pro­
ing the camp of the enemy, signifying India, the frequent use of the term is the very stuff of democratic politics atman of our civilisation and the as- they have sided with the management, never tect their economy.
treachery. Felt as existential threats, ‘anti­national’ for those critical of the where everyone hopes that today’s titva of democracy. Everyone across with the workers. Their student wing, the The 2019 elections will decide what the
both outsiders and deviant insiders current dispensation smells of the losers can be tomorrow’s victors and religious differences must strive to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, has nev­ masters do. If the chowkidars come to power
must be ‘converted’, brought in line same fatal disease. How to deal ideo­ vice versa. Everyone, not only active fight it. All democrats, if they wish to
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or altogether expunged. logically with this seems to me one of political agents but also ordinary citi­ save their cherished system, must how to improve the living conditions of the be taken to increase the gap between the
This horrendous resource within the great challenges of our times. zens, is assured that no matter which defang it before it is too late. marginalised. Nor has it organised meetings masses and the rich.
these traditions, when deployed un­ party wins, the fundamental inter­ for social and economic justice. It has, in
der certain conditions, has played Enemies and adversaries ests and liberties of all, the majority Rajeev Bhargava is Professor, Centre for the fact, opposed progressive meets on Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd is a political theorist, social
havoc in large parts of Europe lead­ Obviously, a mentality inebriated as well as the minority, are secure, Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi campuses. activist and author

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Taking a cue from Japan FIFTY YEARS AGO APRIL 2, 1969

Wrong Air-India folder to be withdrawn


How India can bridge the Belt and The Union Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr. Karan
Road divide with China Singh, expressed regret in the Lok Sabha to­day [April 1, New
Delhi] that a folder produced by Air India in collaboration with
Atul Aneja the BOAC and Thomas Cooks to attract foreign tourists had in­
dicated that India, Kashmir and Nepal were separate coun­
As the countdown begins for the se­ tries. The Minister was earlier taken by surprise when Mr. In­
cond edition of the Belt and Road drajit Gupta flourished the pamphlet and asked whether there
Forum (BRF) later this month, Beij­ was any kind of check to stop this kind of giving wrong infor­
ing is jubilant. Last month, China mation that India, Kashmir and Nepal were three separate
demonstrated that President Xi countries whereas Kashmir was an integral part of India. Mr.
Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative Gupta demanded to know who authorised this production,
(BRI) had steamed into the heart of whether anybody in Government had seen the text and what
Europe. Late last month, during
AP

action would Government take to see that such a piece was not
President Xi’s Europe visit, Italy be­ put out. Dr. Karan Singh said that he was distressed to learn
came the first G7 country to formally subscribe to the China­ that Air India had produced such a pamphlet. It had not come
led BRI. The Chinese have interpreted Rome’s decision as a to his notice so far.
historic event that revives ties between the European and
Chinese civilisations. During his visit, President Xi also
spoke about joint venture prospects in other countries, in­ A HUNDRED YEARS AGO APRIL 2, 1919.
cluding in Africa. That apparently tickled a nostalgic nerve
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A Farewell in Madras
the guilt of colonisation from a whiff of romance. The geo­ DATA POINT
political subtext of the visit is also fairly obvious. With its ties Two gentlemen long connected with the Madras Christian Col­
with the U.S. souring, China is making a bold move to chip lege are leaving Madras for good in the persons of Mr. J.R. Hen­
away at the real or contrived fault­lines of the Trans­Atlantic derson, C.I.E., and the Rev. the Hon’ble Mr. G. Pittendrigh.
Alliance. As in 2017, when there were plenty of red faces in Whether as Professor in the Christian College for a quarter of a
China when India did not grace the BRF, there is once again century, or as Superintendent of the Madras Government Mu­
a fear in Beijing that New Delhi may repeat the embarrass­ seum, Mr. Henderson has done valuable and enduring work.
ment. India had stayed out because of sovereignty concerns An active member of the University Senate, as Hony. Secretary
as the China­Pakistan Economic Corridor, the flagship of the of the Victoria Technical Institute, both those institutions have
BRI, passes through Pakistan­occupied Kashmir. The ques­ profited by his zeal and experience... In Mr. Pittendrigh the
tion then arises whether there is third way out of the pro­ student world loses a ripe and able educationalist. He is a
blem that would allow India to hold on to its position against warm friend of the Young Men’s Christian Association. Mr. Pit­
official participation, but yet convey to the Chinese that New tendrigh was given a cordial send­off at a farewell meeting yes­
Delhi has no ingrained ill­will towards the BRI. terday.
Perhaps, New Delhi can pull a leaf out of Japan’s play
book. In 2017, after Tokyo had decided that it needed to re­ CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC
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build bridges that had collapsed following a maritime dis­
pute over a few East China Sea islands, Japanese Prime Mi­
POLL CALL
nister Shinzo Abe decided to send his trusted party ally, Electronic voting machine (EVM)
Toshihiro Nikai, to China. Mr. Nikai, the secretary general of
the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, though an established EVMs replaced the paper ballot system in the Kerala State
heavyweight, was technically not a part of government. His elections in 1982 and are now used during Lok Sabha and As­
presence signalled that Tokyo continued to have reserva­ sembly elections. EVMs are easy to operate, reliable, elimi­
tions about the BRI, but was nevertheless open to an en­ nate the possibility of invalid votes, make the process of
gagement with the enterprise, provided a course correction counting faster, and are easier to transport compared to ballot
was carried out in the future. Significantly, Mr. Nikai’s dele­ boxes. Only two Indian public sector units manufacture
gation included the head of Keidanren, Japan’s Business EVMs: Bharat Electronic Limited and the Electronics Corpora­
Federation lobby — a pointer that its current misgivings tion of Indian Ltd. EVMs contain a control unit, which is with
apart, Japan could be open to business within the ambit of the polling officer, and a balloting unit, which the voter enters
the BRI. in order to cast her vote. Names and symbols of parties are
Taking the cue from Japan, Prime Minister Narendra Mo­ shown on the machine and the voter presses the button next
di can also tap an influential party heavyweight to lead an to the party of her choice.
Indian non­official delegation to the BRF, along with busi­
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Indian response, which keeps the door open for a future
partnership with the BRI, may help keep afloat the reset MORE ON THE WEB
achieved last year following the informal summit between
Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi in Wuhan. Quiz que c’est?

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Opposition gets a week for VVPAT reply AAP moves
EC against
SC questions Assam over SC gives time till April 8 for 21 Opposition parties to file response to Election Commission’s affidavit Namo TV
untraced immigrants Legal Correspondent
NEW DELHI
favour of an increase in the wever, wrote that the EC’s SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
NEW DELHI
sample VVPAT slip counting sample verification for the
The hearing saw the court “We are doing our best,” The Supreme Court on Mon­ for the Lok Sabha election. Lok Sabha polls would cover The Election Commission
ask questions on a series of Mr. Mehta responded. day asked 21 Opposition par­ The 21 Opposition parties 4,125 EVMs and VVPATs. is examining Aam Aadmi
connected issues. “What “If this is your best, then ties to respond by April 8 to jointly moved the court chal­ “This is 8.6 times the sample Party’s (AAP) plea for its in­
percentage of illegal mi­ you permit us to pass our or­ an Election Commission affi­ lenging the EC guideline that size recommended in the In­ tervention on the issue of
grants have you proceeded ders in full exercise of our davit that states that increas­ VVPAT slip counting would dian Statistical Institute “Namo TV” that has been
against? What are you doing constitutional powers,” ing random physical verifica­ take place only in one polling report.” launched for real­time cov­
to improve the conditions of Chief Justice Gogoi retorted. tion using VVPAT to 50% station in an Assembly con­ The poll panel, represent­ erage of Prime Minister Na­
those detained in the deten­ Finally, the court drew a would delay the Lok Sabha stituency or each Assembly ed by senior advocate Arya­ rendra Modi’s political
tion centres? How long will personal undertaking from poll results of 2019 by six segment in case of the Lok ma Sundaram and advocate campaigns.
they remain,” the Chief Jus­ Mr. Mehta that the Assam whole days. Sabha election. Amit Sharma, submitted that In a letter to the EC, the
tice asked. Chief Secretary would be A Bench led by Chief Jus­ no mismatch had been de­ AAP said the Supreme
The absence of the Assam present in court on April 8, tice of India Ranjan Gogoi, in ISI report tected during mock polls, or Court had held that there
Chief Secretary in court to the next date of hearing, a short hearing, agreed to a The EC is banking on a in the verification of VVPAT must be a level playing field
personally answer these and only return to Assam af­ request made by senior ad­ March 22 report of the In­ slips carried out at 1,500 for all political parties. The
questions irked the Bench. ter getting permission from vocate A.M. Singhvi for time Officials demonstrating functioning of EVM and VVPAT in the dian Statistical Institute (ISI) polling stations till date. Commission was entrusted
“Where is the Chief Se­ the court. to submit, in writing, the Op­ Adilabad Lok Sabha constituency. S. HARPAL SINGH *
to buttress its case against in­ The EC said increased with the duty to maintain
cretary,” the CJI asked Mr. The court is hearing a pe­ position’s response to the creasing the sample size for VVPAT slip counting would this. “But, defying this very
Mehta. “He was here the last tition filed by activist Harsh EC’s affidavit. in a 50­page affidavit filed The ECI said the adoption counting VVPAT slips. require extensive training cardinal principle, BJP has
time. Who exempted him Mander about the dismal liv­ “The 50% Voter Verified last week. Observing that the of a particular percentage as The ISI report recom­ and capacity building of launched the 24­hour ‘Na­
from personal appearance ing conditions within the Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) current confidence level in a sample for VVPAT verifica­ mends that a sample verifica­ election officials in the field. mo TV’ channel.”
this time? Does he get to de­ four walls of the detention slip verification in each As­ EVM­VVPAT accuracy was tion was devoid of scientific tion of 479 EVMs and VVPAT slip counting takes In a separate memoran­
cide that he need not centres in the State. sembly segment of a parlia­ 99.9936%, the ECI said any logic or statistical basis. In VVPATs out of a total 10.35 place in specially erected dum, the Congress sought
come?” The Chief Justice It noticed that many de­ mentary constituency or As­ increase in the sample size of fact, it was “otiose” (would lakh machines would lift VVPAT counting booths un­ directions to the Informa­
said the “Government of As­ tainees continue to be sembly constituency on an verification of VVPAT slips serve no practical purpose). confidence to 99.9936%. der the close monitoring of tion and Broadcasting Mi­
sam is playing around with lodged inside these centres average shall enlarge the would only lead to a “very The Commission stood its Deputy Election Commis­ the returning officer and nistry and DTH service
the court.” “Your affidavits even after the expiry of their time required for counting to negligible gain in the confi­ ground despite the court’s sioner Sudeep Jain, who with direct oversight by the providers to take action
are an exercise in futility,” term of imprisonment for il­ about six days,” the EC said dence level”. recent strong observations in authored the affidavit, ho­ observer. against the channel, be­
the CJI remarked. legally entering the country. sides strictures against the
Prime Minister and the BJP

Voters will punish Cong. Rahul a habitual liar, Congress accuses Shah
for using the channel as a
political campaign tool.

for ‘Hindu terror’ slur: PM says Shivraj Chouhan of falsifying poll affidavit EC will deal
Turning his guns on the Na­ tality of Congress leaders Accuses Cong. of cheating M.P. farmers with PM’s
tionalist Congress Party
(NCP) Mr Modi said party
and disrespect towards peo­
ple who have spent their en­ Special Correspondent Wants EC to take ‘appropriate’ action against BJP president biopic: HC
NEW DELHI
chief Sharad Pawar had fo­ tire life cleaning toilets.
reseen his defeat and decid­ Former Madhya Pradesh Special Correspondent ordinary candidate, this is SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
New Delhi Mumbai
ed not to contest the Lok Cong. counters attack Chief Minister Shivraj Singh the president of the BJP and
Sabha election. The Congress party on Mon­ Chouhan has accused Con­ The Congress on Monday ac­ an alleged false declaration The Bombay High Court on
“The NCP is facing a fami­ day said the Election Com­ gress president Rahul Gand­ cused BJP president Amit on an affidavit is a serious is­ Monday said the Election
ly feud. The party is slipping mission should act against hi of being a “habitual liar”, Shah of ‘undervaluing’ one sue,” he added. Commission of India (ECI)
out of Pawar’s hand and his Mr. Modi for violating the referring to the farm loan of the properties mentioned will deal with the issue
nephew is taking over. Pa­ provisions of the Represen­ waiver promised by the in his affidavit and demand­ ‘Achhe din for some’ seeking stay on the biopic
war was hit­wicket at the tation of the People’s Act, Congress during the recent ed that the Election Com­ The Congress leader said of PM Narendra Modi and
hands of his nephew,” he following the Prime Minis­ Assembly election in Mad­ mission direct the Returning that despite a laid­down pro­ disposed of the matter.
said. ter’s remarks that Congress hya Pradesh. Shivraj Singh Chouhan Officer of Gandhinagar to Manish Tewari cess, the BJP president had A Division Bench of
The Prime Minister leaders were now looking Mr. Chouhan said Mr. take ‘appropriate’ action. decided to declare the pro­ Chief Justice Naresh Patil
blamed the drought in Vi­ for seats where Hindus are Gandhi had claimed during of messages purportedly Former Union Minister He said that Section 125­A perty at less than half its and Justice NM Jamdar was
darbha on the 70­year rule in a minority. the Assembly election cam­ from the State government Manish Tewari told press­ of the RPA clearly states that market value. hearing a public interest li­
of the Congress and its cor­ Congress leader Randeep paign that the Congress and received by farmers persons that a plot in Gand­ “a candidate who fails to Mr. Tewari also ques­ tigation (PIL) plea filed by
ruption. “Pawar despite be­ Surjewala said if the EC did would waive farmers’ loans stating that the loan waiver hinagar, which has a market provide full information or tioned the threefold jump in social activist Satish Gaik­
ing a farmer himself, forgot not take suo motu notice, within 10 days of coming to exercise was put on hold value of ₹66.5 lakh based on provides false information Mr. Shah’s assets between wad, stating that the poll
about the plight of farmers, the party would approach power in the State. due to the Model Code of government guidelines, had or conceals any information, 2012 and 2019 — the assets code of conduct came into
the suicides committed. He the poll panel. Even after 104 days of Ka­ Conduct (MCC) that came been declared by the BJP will be punishable with fine had grown from ₹11.79 crore effect on March 10, while
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never cared,” said Mr. Modi. “Prime Minister Modi has mal Nath taking over as into effect after the general chief at a value of ₹25 lakh. and/or imprisonment”. to ₹38.81 crore.
Stating that comments la­ committed a corrupt prac­ Chief Minister, this was not election announcement. Observing that ‘underval­ “We would like the Elec­ “At least, for some, achhe released on March 20.
belling him as the ‘chowki­ tice under Section 123 sub fulfilled, he said. He added that the MCC uation’ of one’s assets in an tion Commission to take cog­ din [good days] have come The court rapped the
dar of toilets’ were in fact clause 3 of the Representa­ “Rahul Gandhi speaks was not applicable to ongo­ election affidavit was a se­ nisance of this matter and di­ even if they have not come petitioner for not attaching
compliments, Mr. Modi tion of the People Act be­ lies with confidence and ing schemes and as such the rious matter, Mr. Tewari said rect the Returning Officer of for 125 crore Indians,” he any objectionable material
said, “that means I am the sides violating the dignity of shamelessly. He is a habitual government could have such an act violated the pro­ Gandhinagar to take appro­ quipped, mocking the BJP’s to the petition. It said the
chowkidar of the pride of the office that he holds and liar,” Mr. Chouhan said. gone ahead with it if it visions of the Representa­ priate action under the law,” campaign slogan for the ECI can address the issue,
women who never had ac­ every other yardstick that is He showed photocopies wanted. tion of the People Act (RPA). Mr. Tewari said. “This is no 2014 election. and disposed of the matter.
cess to a toilet and had to go necessary in public life. He
for open defecation,” he must apologise to the na­

Writers appeal against hate politics Hardik moves SC for


said. tion,” said the Congress
He added that ridiculing leader.
him as ‘chowkidar of toilets’ (With inputs from
revealed the casteist men­ Sandeep Phukan)

Joint statement says the vote should be for an equal and diverse India
stay on conviction
U.P. poll official seeks Prakash Kamat
PANAJI
by K. Satchidanandan and
Githa Hariharan on behalf of
“All of us want this to
change. We don’t want ra­
Still hopes to contest in Jamnagar
report on CM’s remarks Over 200 writers across the
country have issued a signed
the Indian Writers’ Forum.
The statement said: “The
tionalists, writers, and acti­
vists to be hounded or assas­
Legal Correspondent
NEW DELHI
appeal, saying, “Let us vote upcoming election finds our sinated. We want stern Congress leader Hardik Pa­
“We are proud of our Army. ensured the safe return of against hate politics. Let us country at the crossroads. measures against violence in tel on Monday moved the
They belong to all. They are the terrorist to terroristan,” vote for an equal and diverse Our Constitution guarantees word or deed against wo­ Supreme Court for an ex
a great asset of our nation, she tweeted. India.” all its citizens equal rights, men, Dalits, Adivasis and mi­ parte stay on his conviction
and not a cassette of the BJP. Among the signatories are the freedom to eat, pray and nority communities. We in the 2015 Vispur rioting
The people of this country ‘Highly condemnable’ Amitav Ghosh, Romila Tha­ live as they choose, freedom want resources and mea­ case.
must stand up and reject The Communist Party of In­ par, Arundhati Roy, Jerry of expression and the right sures for jobs, education, re­ On March 29, the Gujarat Hardik Patel
this statement,” she said. dia (CPI) demanded that the Pinto, Keki Daruwalla, Harsh to dissent. But in the last few Romila Thapar is one of the search, healthcare and equal High Court declined his plea
Election Commission take Mander, Ranjit Hoskote, R. years, we have seen citizens signatories to the petition. opportunities for all... Vote to suspend his conviction. or more in jail is disqualified
Seeks apology action against Mr. Aditya­ Unni, Anand Teltumbde, being lynched or assaulted out the division of our peo­ On July 25, 2018, the Ses­ unless the conviction is
Slamming Mr. Adityanath’s nath. “The comments are Zoya Hasan and Girish Kar­ or discriminated against be­ Writers, artists, filmmakers, ple; vote out inequality; vote sions Court at Visnagar in stayed. The High Court sus­
remarks, Congress leader highly condemnable. This is nad. They include those cause of their community, musicians and other cultural against violence, intimida­ Mehsana district sentenced pended the sentence in Au­
Priyanka Chaturvedi said a clear way of intimidating writing in Hindi, English, caste, gender, or the region practitioners have been tion, and censorship. This is Mr. Patel to two years in jail. gust 2018, but not the con­
the armed forces are not the the voters and creating a Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, they come from. hounded, intimidated, and the only way we can vote for It found him guilty of rioting viction. Mr. Patel, 25, is
“private army of Prachaar fear psychosis in their Bangla, Malayalam, Kanna­ “Hate politics has been censored. Anyone who ques­ an India that renews the pro­ and arson in the town dur­ preparing to contest Jamna­
Mantri. Adityanath must minds. How can the defence da, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu, used to divide the country; tions the powers­that­be is in mises made by our Constitu­ ing the Patidar quota agita­ gar after joining the Con­
apologise.” forces belong to one politi­ Kashmiri and Konkani. create fear; and exclude danger of being harassed or tion. This is why we appeal tion of 2015. gress on March 12. The last
“If we talk about Masood cal party…it is the Indian de­ The statement was re­ more and more people from arrested on false and ridicu­ to all citizens to vote for a di­ Under the election law, a date for filing of nomina­
Azhar, then how can one fence forces. How is it Mo­ leased by email on Monday living as full­fledged citizens. lous charges. verse and equal India.” candidate facing two years tions is April 4.
forget the stellar role of NSA di’s Army?” said CPI leader
[Ajit] Doval who personally D. Raja.
BSF officer, India, Pak. scramble jets Facebook purges pages for
Former vice­chairman girl killed in
after UAV sighting
of IL&FS arrested Pak. shelling
Situation resolved after drone retreats
‘coordinated’ fake behaviour
Press Trust of India
Trouble surfaced at IL&FS in ship of banker Uday Kotak Jammu/Srinagar Special Correspondent claimed that the air strikes Congress says ‘no official pages’ run by it were removed
the July­September quarter was constituted as the ear­ A BSF officer and a five­ NEW DELHI on Indian military installa­
of 2018, when two of its sub­ lier board was deemed to year­old girl were killed on In an indication of the conti­ tions on February 27 were Yuthika Bhargava that the people behind these
sidiaries started defaulting have failed to discharge its Monday as Pakistani troops nuing state of high alert, In­ carried out by JF­17s of Pa­ NEW DELHI pages and accounts coordi­
on repayment of loans and duties. resorted to heavy shelling dia and Pakistan scrambled kistan Air Force and also With less than two weeks be­ nated with one another and
inter­corporate deposits to The SFIO was then asked on forward areas along the fighter jets after a Pakistani claimed to have shot down fore India goes to the polls, used fake accounts to misre­
lenders. to probe the procedural Line of Control in Jammu Unmanned Aerial Vehicle two IAF fighter jets in the ae­ Facebook said it had re­ present themselves, while
A subsequent series of lapses at the firm and its and Kashmir’s Poonch dis­ (UAV) was detected close to rial engagement that moved more than 700 pages stressing that they were re­
defaults caused a systemic subsidiaries as the top man­ trict, officials said. the border early on Monday. followed. and accounts in India for moved on the basis of their
problem with many non agement was believed to be Sobia (5) was killed and “Around 3 a.m. in the Whether it was F­16 or “coordinated inauthentic behaviour, not the content
banking finance companies involved in diverting money. two persons suffered inju­ morning, Indian Army re­ JF­17 which shot down “two behaviour” including 687 pages run by INC have been they posted.
running into financial is­ ries when a shell exploded ported a Pakistani UAV near Indian aircrafts is immate­ linked to an IT cell of the taken down,” the Congress Interestingly, the 687 pag­
sues. Custody sought near their house in a village Khem Karan sector in Pun­ rial,” the ISPR statement Congress party. The other 15 tweeted on its official han­ es and accounts linked to in­
The SFIO counsel Hiten Ve­ in Shahpur sub­sector, the jab based on which we said, adding they were shot pages, groups and accounts dle. “Additionally, all pages dividuals connected an an IT
NCLT directive negavkar sought Sankaran’s officials said. scrambled two Su­30MKI in self­defence. It also said that were taken down were run by our verified volun­ cell of the Congress spent
On October 1, 2018, the Cen­ custody for five days “for as­ jets. In response, Pakistan all their fighters, including associated with an Indian IT teers are also unaffected. In the rupee equivalent of
tral government took steps certaining all the fraudulent Four militants killed scrambled two F­16s,” a De­ F­16s, were airborne at that firm Silver Touch, which the mean time, we are await­ about $39,000 for ads on Fa­
to take control of the com­ activities carried out by Four militants were killed fence official said. The situa­ time and “India can assume does a bulk of its work for ing a response from Face­ cebook between August
pany through a directive by him, to prevent him from in­ while three Army jawans tion was resolved as both any type of their choice the NDA government. book to provide us a list of all 2014 and March 2019, while
the National Company Law fluencing any witnesses and and a police personnel sides backed off. even F­16.” The Congress, however, pages/accounts that they the 15 accounts and pages as­
Tribunal (NCLT) and arrest destroy the evidence, to ex­ were injured in an encoun­ Separately, in an unusual “Pakistan retains the said that none of the party’s have taken down.” sociated with Silver Touch
the spread of the contagion amine him about the loan ter in Pulwama district of statement, the Inter­Servic­ right to use anything and verified Facebook accounts In a blogpost, Facebook’s spent about $70,000 on ads
to the financial markets. A and advances approved Jammu and Kashmir on es Public Relations (ISPR) of everything in self­defence,” had been removed by the so­ head of cybersecurity policy between June 2014 and Fe­
new board under the leader­ without proper collaterals.” Monday, police said. Pakistan armed forces the statement said. cial media giant. “No official Nathaniel Gleicher wrote bruary 2019.
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INTERVIEW | KANHAIYA KUMAR


In battle for Begusarai, the
‘My fight is against the politics of polarisation’ charge of the young gun
Student leader says Begusarai’s voters will back him for their voice to be heard in Delhi
But BJP firebrand Giriraj Singh is not sparing any corner
Amarnath Tewary be feeling threatened. Peo­ Do you think coming from ■ I will keep raising my voice
ple of Begusarai would vote the Bhumihar community against politics of hatred and Amarnath Tewary
Former JNU Students’ Union president and CPI candidate for me, for their voice to be will help you in the election? intimidation; to take politics Begusarai
Kanhaiya Kumar is pitted against BJP leader and Union Mi- heard in Delhi against all the out of the pockets of the rich “This time, we will vote for
nister Giriraj Singh in Begusarai, known as the ‘Leningrad of hate politics, politics of inti­ ■ Not really, why to single and powerful and give it to local boy Kanhaiya Kumar,”
Bihar’ for the sizeable number of communist party suppor- midation, oppression; for out the Bhumihar caste only. those common people who Dilip Sharma, 45, says.
ters across caste lines. Both Mr. Kumar and Mr. Singh are participatory democracy I’m getting support from eve­ pay taxes so that the govern­ Mr. Sharma lives in Bihat­
from the dominant upper caste Bhumihar community but and social cohesion, ryone, every caste and com­ ments run. People should be Maslanpur village of Begusa­
their politics represent two poles. Talking over several cups of inclusiveness. munity. It’s my constituency, the master. We’ll speak for rai, the Lok Sabha consti­
tea outside his concrete-and-thatched single-storey house at they all are my people, the state of public equality, tuency where the CPI has
Bihat-Maslanpur village, Mr. Kumar portrayed the contest as Why did the whether Muslims or Hindus. education, healthcare and fielded the former JNU Stu­
one between truth and falsehood and a battle to protect the mahagathbandhan refuse But, how can I discard this infrastructure. We’ll vouch dents’ Union president
Constitution and democratic institutions. Excerpts: to field you as candidate, social fact, that I was born in for alternative politics to be against firebrand BJP leader
despite a grand welcome a Bhumihar family? accountable and and Union Minister Giriraj In new territory: BJP candidate Giriraj Singh during his
Whom do you consider as bravery should not come in­ accorded to you, by both transparent. Singh. election campaign in Begusarai on Monday. PTI *

your contender? BJP to politics. It is always there RJD chief Lalu Prasad and How different is it from Mr. Singh was reluctant to
candidate Giriraj Singh or for every Indian to salute but Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, contesting the JNU Students’ How much money have you contest after the BJP The Congress, the RJD After being denied ticket
grand alliance (RJD) politicising it, I think, must earlier? Union election? collected through swapped his Nawada seat and the JD(U) have been bag­ for Nawada, Mr. Singh had
candidate Tanveer Hassan? be condemned. The BJP’s crowdfunding? with the Lok Janshakti Party. ging the seat, but the Left been sulking in Delhi, say­
slander campaign of “anti­ ■ I’ve no idea at all. But, I’ve ■ JNU is beyond an academic Mr. Kumar and Mr. Singh vote bank has been intact ing, “I fail to understand
■ I do not consider either of national” and “fake news” no grudges against anyone. institution. It gives you space ■ In three days, the initiative come from the upper caste with its candidates coming why among all Union Minis­
them as my contender. My cannot be approved by any I’m here to contest the elec­ to learn freely from social had collected over ₹30 lakh Bhumihar community at second or third position. ters from Bihar only my con­
fight is not against any indivi­ tion with an open mind and movements, consciousness but suddenly a cyberattack which, with a 4.5 lakh popu­ “Left supporters and sym­ stituency was changed.”
dual but an ideology: against clear agenda. The people of and even from your own life. took place and the website lation, is a dominant caste in pathisers across the country However, after party chief
that ideology which talks <
> between
It’s a contest
haq aur loot;
Begusarai are politically so It was there that my activism stopped opening… The tar­ the constituency. There is a have been keenly watching Amit Shah assuaged his
about politics of polarisa­ mature that they know and flourished and it changed my get is to collect ₹70 lakh as sizeable number of Muslim the electoral battle of Begus­ “hurt feelings”, Mr. Singh
saach aur jhoot
tion, divisiveness, attacking understand everything. life’s ambition. When I was per EC guidelines. (2.5 lakh), Yadav (80,000) arai,” political analyst Ajay landed in Patna and rushed
the Constitution and slam­ (rights and loot; truth They’re ready to break all contesting for students’ un­ and Extremely Backward Kumar told The Hindu. All to meet Chief Minister Nitish
ming democratic institu­ and lies) myths in this election: about ion president, I had no idea Caste (about 1 lakh) voters. Left parties in the State have Kumar. The next day he was
tions. It’s a contest between caste, chemistry, calcula­ that I would get such an over­ In 2014, BJP candidate extended their support to in Begusarai and kicked off
haq aur loot; saach aur right thinking Indian. By tions and propaganda. Be­ whelming response and win Bhola Prasad Singh won Mr. Kumar. his campaign in his inimita­
jhoot (rights and loot; truth raising Pulwama terror gusarai has never been a BJP the poll. Contesting Lok Sab­ here, defeating RJD candi­ “Like in Nawada, the BJP ble style.
and lies). strike and Balakot air strike stronghold… only in 2014, ha poll also is not very diffe­ date Tanveer Hassan by over tried to incite communal “My fight is against anti­
they have hatched a conspi­ the BJP candidate had won rent from it... I’m meeting 60,000 votes. Mr. Hassan, tension in Muslim areas such nationals… those leaders
How do you see BJP’s racy to hide their failures… the seat. But, it’s been a tra­ people here every day and again in the poll ring on RJD as Ballia, Rosera, Pokharia, who are asking the Centre
development, patriotism, the promises they made dur­ ditional stronghold of com­ hope to get that “overwhelm­ ticket, hopes to win the seat Patel Chowk and Bathauli of for proof of India’s air strike
Pulwama and Balakot air ing the last election to the munists, Left ideologies... ing” response from them to with the possible split of the Begusarai too, but we against Pakistan are not con­
strike issues in the people of the country. there has never been a caste win this poll as well. Bhumihar votes between his reached these places in time nected with ground reali­
campaign? massacre here as was earlier two rivals. and foiled their plot. We un­ ties… I am sure the people of
But why should the people happening in districts of cen­ Were you to win, Begusarai is known as the derlined that Hindus, Mus­ Begusarai will give them a
■ We all know about BJP’s of Begusarai vote for you? tral Bihar. what would be ‘Leningrad of Bihar’ as it has lims, Sikhs and Christians all befitting reply,” he said.
propaganda politics. Divisive Why? Because, people your a sizeable number of CPI are brothers,” Mr. Kumar A group of JNU alumni
politics. If they were so sure ■ Because I’m the son of the here are well aware and pol­ priorities? supporters across caste told The Hindu on Saturday. and Independent MLA from
about all these things to reap soil and, unlike the BJP can­ itically educated… it’s not lines. In 2014, the BJP got “We’ll not allow Singh to Vadgam (Gujarat) Jignesh
electoral dividend, then why didate, I’m not being import­ that only the lower caste pe­ 39.73% of the votes, RJD make Begusarai another Na­ Mevani, along with popular
did they go for alliances with ed. You can well understand ople are Left supporters in 34.32% and CPI candidate wada where politics has YouTuber Wali Rahmani,
the Shiv Sena and the JD(U) why Giriraj Singh was reluc­ Begusarai, but most of them Rajendra Prasad 17.87%. Yo­ been completely polarised,” are camping in Begusarai
on these parties’ terms? Pa­ tant to contest from Begusa­ come from upper caste Bhu­ gendra Sharma of the CPI Surendra Sharma, a farmer and canvassing for Mr. Ku­
triotism and our soldiers’ rai for over a week… he must mihar community. had won the seat in 1967. at Teghra, said. mar.

POLL POURRI
Bastar police plan to outdo
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tactical campaign of Maoists #398299

Security forces on area­domination, confidence­building steps


Sidharth Yadav
Jagdalpur
The April 11 election in the
Bastar Lok Sabha constituen­ A gola for a goli: Shah
cy comes at a challenging PARALAKHEMUNDI
time for security forces as The BJP believes in the policy of answering a
Maoists are on the tactical goli (bullet) of terrorists with a gola (bomb),
counter­offensive campaign party national president Amit Shah said on
they take up from February to Monday, speaking at an election rally on the
June every year, Vivekanand outskirts of Paralakhemundi in Gajapati
Sinha, Inspector­General of district under the Berhampur Lok Sabha
Police, Bastar range, says. constituency. Reiterating his campaign theme
“Maoist activity picks up Road less taken: Adivasi residents of Pedwada village in Bastar that the country was safe in the hands of
around April when the collec­ district of Chhattisgarh, in this file photo. SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA
*
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr. Shah said
tion of tendu leaves begins. the martyrs of the Pulwama terror attack had
been avenged. Referring to the retaliatory air
Extorting money from tribal phasis under community companies of 75­80 personnel
strikes on terror bases in Pakistan, Mr. Shah in
leaf collectors is a major policing. Each district has a each will be deployed during
a pejorative reference said Mr. Modi was
source of revenue for them programme with a particular the election. “Those who unlike ‘mauni baba’ Manmohan Singh.
[the Maoists],” he says. name. For instance, the one have been called from other
This time, Maoists report­ in Bastar is called Amcho Pol- parts are given a week’s spe­
edly organised meetings with ice, Amcho Bastar,” he says. cial training before being de­ BSP releases second list
villagers on the periphery of At every checkpost on the ployed on the field,” he said. LUCKNOW
Sukma, Bijapur and Dantewa­ highways passing through the The troops are being ac­ The Bahujan Samaj Party
da districts to urge them to region, security personnel are commodated in existing on Monday released its
abstain from voting. “Wherev­ filming vehicle checks. “This camps, and hence schools are second list of six
er such meetings have been is to ensure transparency and not being closed. Security candidates for the Lok
reportedly held, we have sent avoid complaints of harass­ cover has been provided to Sabha poll for Uttar
in teams for area domination ment,” Mr. Sinha says. the candidates based on the Pradesh, including three
reserved constituencies.
and confidence­building While some polling officials threat level and place of cam­
Those fielded are fresh
among villagers,” Mr. Sinha will walk to remote booths, paigning.
names. In Shahjahanpur, the BSP has fielded
says. many others in districts other On the Congress claim that Amar Chand Jauhar, who is associated with
The police have roped in than Dantewada will be airlift­ Maoist violence was declining education business, in place of Umed Singh
300 volunteers from the six ed. As the possibility of inter­ under its rule in Chhattisgarh, Kashyap, who stood second in 2014 with 2.89
districts of the range to en­ State Maoist movement looms Mr. Sinha said it was too early lakh votes. Neelu Satyarthi, who stood
courage people to vote. large, the police have de­ to say that since the new go­ second in the Balamau Assembly seat in
In demand: Folk artistes performing the Dhimsa dance at a rally taken out by the Telugu Desam “Based on the results of such ployed troops along the State vernment was formed only in Hardoi in the 2017 election, will be the party’s
Party at Araku in Visakhapatnam district. The artistes, who struggle for a livelihood, are much efforts during the recent As­ boundaries. Troops from va­ December and the period of a candidate in Misrikh. In Farukhhabad, known
sought­after during election season, especially in rural areas. K.R. DEEPAK *
sembly election, we have gi­ rious regions are arriving in possible increase in Maoist ac­ as a potato hub, the BSP has fielded former
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comprises rural Kanpur, the party has fielded
a Kurmi (OBC), Nisha Sachan. In Jalaun, also

In abode of the clouds, coal sparks livelihood versus ecology debate reserved for Dalits, it has fielded former MLA
Ajay Singh Pankaj, who won from Konch in
2007. In Hamirpur, the BSP’s candidate is
Dilip Kumar Singh.
Election in Meghalaya’s two Lok Sabha seats is taking place in the backdrop of the worst mining tragedies
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SHILLONG ga­Saipung, one of the 36 As­ source of livelihood. Someth­ solution.“I want the ban to be
Jostina Dkhar, 40, fears the sembly segment of the miner­ ing needs to be done but at the lifted, but the system has to
day the interim relief she re­ al­rich Shillong Lok Sabha same time, we need a mechan­ change to ensure safety of
ceived for her dead son Di­ constituency, from where ism that ensures protection of miners and protect the envi­
monme gets exhausted. Her Congress MP Vincent Pala is the environment,” he added. ronment,” he said.
elder son Melambok lies bu­ seeking a victory for the third The Bharatiya Janata Party “It is not only about coal,”
ried deep inside a flooded rat­ straight term. (BJP) candidate for Shillong, said green activist Brian Khar­
hole coal mine at Ksan, about The ailing Ms. Dkhar, Sanbor Shullai, too has sought pran Daly. “Indiscriminate
21 km from her village Lum­ whose husband abandoned a “fine balance” between live­ limestone mining too is killing
thari in Meghalaya’s East Jain­ her 10 years ago, wishes she lihood and ecology. The BJP the land and rivers of Megha­
tia Hills district. knew a trade to sustain and had in the manifesto for the laya...The hills have suffered a
The 20­year­old Dimonme’s educate her two minor Jostina Dkhar lost her sons in the mine mishap. * SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT Assembly poll in February lot, and there is no political
decomposed body was one of daughters. Her family has 2018 promised to find a solu­ will to stem the rot, let alone
the two retrieved from the been too dependent on coal — become an issue for debate of the Congress. tion to the issue within 180 undo the damage,” he added.
Ksan mine, where at least 15 almost an illicit commodity in ahead of the election to Megh­ “This election is happening days. A case in point is the Megh­
miners have been trapped the region since April 2014 alaya’s two Lok Sabha seats. in the backdrop of one of the Mr. Pala, who owns 24 sq alaya Environment Protection
since December 31. Multiple when the National Green Tri­ The other seat is Tura, worst mining tragedies,” said km of coal mines and has bat­ and Restoration Fund set up,
agencies have since been ex­ bunal (NGT) banned rat­hole which is witnessing the battle Jemino Mawthoh, a former ted for regulated mining, finds as per the NGT’s direction,
tracting water from a network mining — while effluents from of the Sangmas — National Pe­ MLA and the United Demo­ the NGT ban unfair to Megha­ with contributions from coal
of coal pits in a bid to retrieve the mines poisoned the farm­ ople’s Party (NPP) candidate cratic Party (UDP) candidate laya. “The type of mining here miners, traders and transpor­
the bodies, but the water level lands around. and former Union Minister for Shillong. “People in Megh­ is dictated by the terrain.” ters. The State government
has hardly changed. She is unaware that the Agatha Sangma versus former alaya have been mining coal Chief Minister and NPP pre­ has collected ₹433 crore so far,
Ksan, or Khloo Ryngksan, plight of families like hers has Chief Minister Mukul Sangma for ages but thousands of sident Conrad K. Sangma be­ but is yet to put it to use.
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a private plane on which she doğan a symbolic blow by Republican People’s Party, on listing Masood Azhar as a U.S. was failing in its bid to
was travelling crashed near gaining ground in key cities or CHP, declared that he won global terrorist, and rejected muster majority support in
an airport in Germany. Natalia in the country’s local Istanbul but his rival, former Washington’s alternative the UNSC, and urged Wash­
Fileva, 55, a co­owner of a elections. Prime Minister Binali Yıldı­ move to ban the head of the ington to return to the 1267
conglomerate behind the The Opposition won the rım of the ruling party, said it Jaish­e­Mohammed ( JeM) committee to resolve the
Russian company S7 Airlines, capital, Ankara, a ruling par­ was still too early to call. through a resolution at the issue.
was among three people ty stronghold for decades, Mr. Yıldırım accepted that UN Security Council. Chinese Foreign Ministry “We hope various parties
killed when the six­seater and was leading a tight race his rival was leading by some The diplomatic tussle bet­ spokesperson Geng Shuang will meet each other halfway
plane crashed into an for Mayor in Istanbul, ac­ 25,000 votes but said his ween Beijing and Washing­ and continue to properly
asparagus field south of cording to unofficial figures party would file an objec­ ton has intensified after Chi­ along with France and the solve the issues under the
Frankfurt, German agency on Monday. The leader, who AKP defeated: Supporters of Opposition Republican People’s tion, suggesting a recount of nese Foreign Ministry U.K., piloted a resolution in 1267 UN committee frame­
DPA reported. NY Times has dominated Turkish polit­ Party celebrating in Ankara on Monday. AFP *
the 3,19,500 votes declared spokesperson Geng Shuang the 1267 committee for list­ work. Last Friday, the UN Se­
Pak. clerics condemn ics for 16 years, declared vic­ void in Istanbul. asserted on Monday that the ing Azhar, following the Fe­ curity Council members ex­
forced conversion tory despite the Opposition University, said Mr. Erdo­ More than 57 million peo­ “Whoever receives the UN 1267 committee should bruary attack in Pulwama in changed views on the
ISLAMABAD gains. ğan’s loss of ground in Anka­ ple were eligible to vote for mandate from the electoral be the sole forum where Az­ which more than 40 CRPF U.S.­proposed draft resolu­
Pakistan’s senior Muslim Sunday’s local elections ra and Istanbul indicated the Mayors of 30 major ci­ board will be Mayor,” said har’s listing should be personnel were killed. tion and the majority be­
clerics and representatives were widely seen as a gauge that his socially conservative ties, 51 provincial capitals Mr. Yıldırım. discussed. lieves that efforts should be
from different religions on of support for Mr. Erdoğan and construction­driven pol­ and 922 districts in Turkey. Both Ankara and Istanbul “After the application of Technical hold made under the framework
Sunday condemned forceful as the nation of 81 million icies no longer resonated in The election was marred by have been held by Mr. Erdo­ designation was proposed at China placed a “technical of 1267 committee and solve
conversion of people from faces a daunting economic the cosmopolitan cities. sporadic violence, with five ğan’s Justice and Develop­ the (1267) committee, China hold” on the listing despite the issue through dialogue
minority communities. The recession with double­digit dead and scores injured ment Party and its Islamic­ has been in close communi­ Pakistan based JeM, which and consultations,” Mr.
remarks were made during a inflation, rising food prices ‘Hegemony over’ across Turkey. oriented predecessor for 25 cation and coordination Azhar heads, taking respon­ Geng said. The spokesper­
joint meeting of two religious and high unemployment. It “Political Islam’s quarter­ Even with 99% of the years. Mr. Erdoğan’s own as­ with various parties,” Mr. sibility for the attack. Fol­ son stressed that the majori­
bodies amid the nationwide was also a first test for Mr. Er­ century old hegemony in votes counted, ballot counts cent to power began as Istan­ Geng said. lowing China’s move in the ty of the UNSC “are not in fa­
outrage over the alleged doğan, who has been ac­ Turkey’s two largest cities is were still under way on Mon­ bul Mayor in 1994. “As I said, we have been 1267 committee, the U.S. vour of forcing a draft
forced conversions of Hindu cused of increasingly author­ over,” he said. “The basic day in the tight race for Istan­ Unofficial results showed working with various parties sponsored a resolution in resolution”.
girls in Sindh province. PTI itarian tendencies since problem is that Mr. Erdoğan bul, Turkey’s largest city and Mansur Yavaş, the candidate and (our efforts) have made the Security Council seeking China has emphasised
Ethiopian Airlines crash stepping last year into a new is not able to get votes from commercial hub. of the CHP­led alliance, win­ some positive progress. The Azhar’s ban. that the purpose of its “tech­
preliminary report ready presidential role with widely middle­income earners who Unofficial results reported ning the top post in Ankara U.S. knows that very well.” “We believe that in the nical hold” is to allow more
ADDIS ABABA expanded powers. believe that the economy, by the state­run Anadolu with 50.9% support. The The friction between Chi­ current circumstances, forc­ discussion on the issue in or­
A preliminary report into the Behlul Ozkan, an asso­ education and urban admi­ news agency showed the Op­ AKP still holds a majority of na and the U.S. has shar­ ing a resolution at the Secur­ der to achieve a consensus
crash of a Boeing 737 Max in ciate professor at Marmara nistration are not run well.” position at 48.8% support to Ankara’s 25 districts. pened after Washington, ity Council is not a construc­ based settlement.
which 157 people died will be
ready on Monday and issued
this week, the Ethiopian
Foreign Ministry said. Foreign
Ministry spokesman Nebiat
Getachew said the Transport
Sri Lanka police destroy
nearly 800 kg of cocaine
Never acted inappropriately: Biden Military courts
in Pakistan
Ministry would release the An ex­lawmaker had said he made inappropriate contact with her in 2014 close down
preliminary report. AFP Agence France-Presse promised to import high­
Colombo tech equipment to detect Sriram Lakshman Ms. Flores’s discomfort, ack­ teraction with Stephanie
China to crack down on Sri Lankan police on Mon­ narcotics at ports and air­ Washington nowledged her right to share Carter, wife of former De­ Press Trust of India
fentanyl-like substances day destroyed nearly 800 kg ports, his office said. Mr. Sir­ Former U.S. Vice­President her recollections. fense Secretary Ash Carter, Islamabad
BEIJING
of cocaine in the presence of isena “reiterated his desire Joseph R. Biden directly res­ However, Ms. Flores ad­ at Mr. Carter’s swearing in Pakistan’s special military
China announced on Monday President Maithripala Sirise­ to carry out capital punish­
that it will launch a ponded on Sunday to Fri­ ded: “Frankly, my point was ceremony in 2015, which re­ courts, which were set up
na, who has called for the ment for repeat drug offen­ day’s accusations from form­ never about his intentions, sembled Mr. Biden’s alleged in 2015 to try civilians on
crackdown on all fentanyl­
death penalty for traffick­ ders”, the statement added. er Nevada lawmaker Lucy and they shouldn’t be about interaction with Ms. Flores, terrorism charges, have
like substances from May 1
ers. The drugs were seized In February, police seized Flores that he had made in­ his intentions. It should be from Ms. Flores’s descrip­ ceased to exist after the go­
following U.S. pleas for
Beijing to control a drug
in four raids between June nearly 300 kg of heroin appropriate physical contact about the women on the re­ tion of the interaction. vernment failed to get the
fuelling a deadly opioid crisis. 2016 and June 2018. worth $17 million, the is­ with her in 2014, making her ceiving end of that support of the Opposition
The issue has figured in Mr. Sirisena vowed to land’s biggest haul, while in feel “uneasy, gross, and con­ behaviour.” ‘Not my story’ to extend their tenure, ac­
bilateral trade talks . AFP step up his drug war and transit at a Colombo mall. fused”. “I may not recall these Ms. Carter wrote a blog post cording to a media report.
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“In my many years on the moments the same way, and on Medium.com, saying the The courts were set up
campaign trail and in public I may be surprised at what I photo had been misinter­ weeks after the Peshawar

Charge against Kim 27 killed as life, I have offered countless


handshakes, hugs, expres­
sions of affection, support
hear. But we have arrived at
an important time when wo­
men feel they can and
U.S. former Vice­President
Joe Biden. AP *
preted. She also said she was
for Ms. Flores’s “right to
spear her truth” and that Ms.
school attack on December
16, 2014, for speedy trial of
hardcore militants.
storm hits
killing suspect dropped south Nepal
and comfort,” Mr. Biden said
via a statement.
should relate their expe­
riences, and men should pay
her accusation, Ms. Flores,
who had endorsed Mr. San­
Flores and “all women”
should be believed but that
The Express Tribune re­
ported that the courts
“And not once — never — attention. And I will,” Mr. Bi­ ders in 2016 and was a Board “her [Ms. Flores’s] story is ceased to exist on Sunday
But she pleads guilty to ‘causing injury’ did I believe I acted inappro­ den’s statement read. member at a Sanders­affiliat­ not mine...” as the government failed to
Agence France-Presse priately. If it is suggested I ed advocacy group, told CNN Vermont Senator Bernie get the support of the Op­
Agence France-Presse Kathmandu did so, I will listen respect­ Advocate for women Mr. Biden’s conduct was “so­ Sanders, who is making a bid position to extend their te­
Shah Alam A freak storm tore down fully. But it was never my in­ The former Vice­President, mething that we should con­ for the White House next nure. The government
A Vietnamese woman ac­ houses and overturned tention.” who is expected to an­ sider when we are talking year, said he had no reason wanted to give another
cused of assassinating the cars and trucks as it swept Ms. Flores told CNN that nounce a 2020 bid for the about the background of a to not believe Ms. Flores, but two­year extension.
North Korean leader’s half­ across southern Nepal, kill­ Mr. Biden’s personal state­ White House in a few weeks, person who is considering did not say the allegations Defence Minister Pervez
brother is to walk free after ing at least 27 people and ment was “certainly better” said he would continue to running for President.” disqualified Mr. Biden from Khattak had told the Na­
Malaysia dropped murder leaving more than 600 in­ than his spokesperson’s “remain the strongest advo­ A number of memes and running for office. tional Assembly last year
charges against her on Mon­ jured, officials said on prior statement on Mr. Bi­ cate” for women and will montages of Mr. Biden’s inte­ “I think that’s a decision that a total of 478 cases had
day, weeks after her Indone­ Monday as a major rescue den’s behalf, which, while work with women who chal­ ractions and physical ap­ for the Vice­President to been decided by these
sian co­accused was also operation gathered pace. denying that he or his staff­ lenge him to see perspec­ proach with women had make. I’m not sure that one courts. He said a total of
released. The rare spring storm ers had any recollection of tives different from his own. emerged online. One such incident alone disqualifies 284 convicts had been
The 2017 killing of Kim battered the rural district the event or knowledge of Asked about the timing of image was of Mr. Biden’s in­ anybody.” awarded death sentences.
Jong­nam with a toxic nerve Doan Thi Huong. * AP of Bara and adjoining areas
agent at Kuala Lumpur’s in­ late on Sunday with high
ternational airport shocked dropped and on Monday, winds.
the world, but Doan Thi Hu­ prosecutors withdrew the Five children were
ong’s guilty plea to the less­ charge against the second among the dead, the Home
er charge of “causing inju­ accused, Doan Thi Huong Ministry said, as rescuers
ry” makes her the only from Vietnam, and replaced battled to get relief sup­
person convicted in the it with a lesser one. plies to the region and
case. The pair, who claimed She pleaded guilty to evacuate the injured.
they were tricked into carry­ “causing injury” and was Injured victims flocked
ing out the killing, were put handed a three year and to local hospitals, who
on trial facing a murder four month jail term, with were unable to cope and at
charge. But last month the her lawyers saying she least seven people were
charge against Indonesian would be freed next month airlifted to Kathmandu for
suspect Siti Aisyah was due to sentence reductions. treatment.

Algerian President Bouteflika to


resign before mandate ends
Protests seeking his ouster have rocked the country
Reuters ruption, nepotism, misman­
Algiers
agement and the prolonged
Algerian President Abdela­ grip on power of elderly vet­
ziz Bouteflika will resign be­ erans of the 1954­62 war of
fore his mandate ends on independence against
April 28, state news agency France.
APS said on Monday, after Mr. Bouteflika’s hesitation
more than a month of mass further enraged protesters,
protests and Army pressure spurring the powerful Army
seeking an end to his 20­ Chief of Staff to step in by
year rule. A supporter of President proposing last week to im­
APS said Mr. Bouteflika, Abdelaziz Bouteflika in plement a provision of Alge­
who is 82 and in poor health, Algiers in 2009. AFP * ria’s Constitution that calls
would take important deci­ for a constitutional council
sions to ensure “continuity take over as caretaker Presi­ to determine whether Mr.
of the state’s institutions” dent for 90 days until elec­ Bouteflika was still fit to gov­
before stepping down. It did tions are held. ern or allow him to resign.
not spell out a date for Mr. In a move to defuse the An estimated million prot­
Bouteflika’s departure. unrest, Mr. Bouteflika said esters had filled the capital
on March 11 he was dropping Algiers on Friday demand­
Caretaker leader plans to run for a fifth term. ing the ruling elite and age­
Under the Constitution of But he had stopped short of ing leaders of the struggle
the oil producing North Afri­ leaving immediately in fa­ against French colonialism
can state, Abdelkader Ben­ vour of waiting for a national step aside as a movement
salah, chairman of the upper conference on reforms to ad­ that is reminiscent of the
house of Parliament, would dress discontent over cor­ Arab Spring grows.
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Maruti, Hyundai car OYO raises funding from Airbnb, to collaborate on multiple projects
sales fall in March Airbnb’s access to local communities expected to open up ‘new opportunities’ for OYO Hotels & Homes
Special Correspondent While the financial de­ investment’, both parties “As the sixth­largest hotel happy to have Airbnb as our Airbnb’s strong global foot­
‘Consumer spending lower ahead of polls’ NEW DELHI
OYO Hotels & Homes said
tails of the deal were not dis­
closed, a source pegged the
are exploring opportunities
to collaborate on a range of
chain operator in the world,
we, at OYO Hotels & Homes,
partner in this vision,” Ma­
ninder Gulati, global chief
print and access to local
communities were expect­
Special Correspondent on Monday it had raised investment by Airbnb to be projects, including making are committed to offering strategy officer at OYO Ho­ ed to open up new oppor­
NEW DELHI/Chennai funding from U.S.­based ac­ between $100 and $200 OYO’s accommodations our guests and travellers tels & Homes, said in a tunities for OYO Hotels &
Carmakers continued to wit­ commodation platform million. available on Airbnb’s plat­ around the world, great statement. Homes to strengthen and
ness subdued demand with Airbnb. As part of this ‘strategic form, the source added. quality living spaces. We are Mr. Gulati added that grow.
most manufacturers posting a
decline or low single­digit
growth in domestic sales dur­
ing March. However, for the
2018­19 financial year, Maruti
Suzuki and Hyundai posted
their best­ever sales numbers.
Market leader Maruti Suzuki
saw a marginal decline of 0.7%
in sales to over 1.47 lakh units
as against sales of more than Sales of Maruti’s Ciaz declined
1.48 lakh passenger vehicles in 15% to 3,672 units in the
March 2018. month of March.
The company said sales of
mini and compact segment it sold 2% more vehicles in In­
cars (Alto, WagonR. Ignis, Cele­ dia in March at 12,818 units. N.
rio, Swift, Baleno and Dzire) Raja, deputy managing direc­
fell 6.6% to 99,358 units, while tor, said: “We are happy to
sales of Ciaz were down 15% to have clocked a growth of 7% in
3,672 units. However, sales of domestic sales in FY19 as com­
utility vehicles — Gypsy, Ertiga, pared to FY18…However, con­
Vitara Brezza, S­Cross — were sumer spending has weakened
up 12.3% to 25,563 units and in the pre­election phase and
those of vans (Omni, Echo) the business sentiment has
were up 20% to 16,438 units. dampened temporarily.”
The sales of its LCV Super Car­ Mahindra & Mahindra re­
ry stood at 2,582 units, up ported 1% increase in domestic
82.9%. sales at 59,012 units in March.
However, for the full year However, the growth stood at
2018­19, the company posted 9% for the entire year with ov­
the highest annual domestic er 5.7 lakh units sold. In March
sales of over 17.53 lakh units, a 2019, the company sold 27,646
growth of 6.1% over the pre­ passenger vehicles, a growth of
vious year. 4% as opposed to a decline of
Likewise, for Hyundai Motor 4% in sales of commercial veh­
India, March domestic sales icles to 24,423 units.
declined 7.6% to 44,350 units.
However, for the full year, it Amaze drives sales
posted its highest ever domes­ Honda Cars India said it sold
tic volume of over 5.45 lakh un­ 17,202 units in March 2019 as
its, a growth of 1.7%. compared to 13,574 units in the
Tata Motors’ domestic sales same month last year, a growth
dropped by 1% to 68,709 units of 27%. In 2018­19, sales were
in March 2019 “as weak con­ up 8% to over 1.83 lakh units
sumer sentiment continued,” against over 1.7 lakh units in
while for the full year, sales FY18. Rajesh Goel, senior vice­
were up 16% at 6.7 lakh units. president and director, sales
Domestic passenger vehicle and marketing, Honda Cars In­
sales fell 12% in March to 17,810 dia, said: “Strong sales efforts
units, while full­year sales were from the dealers and company
highest in the last six years at during the prevailing tough
over 2.1 lakh, a growth of 12% market scenario resulted in
over the previous year. this growth rate, which is
In the commercial vehicles ahead of the industry. One of
segment, the firm witnessed a our growth drivers was the All
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March, and full year sales Truck major Ashok Leyland
growing 17% to more than 4.68 Ltd. reported a decline of 7% in
lakh units. its March sales figures in the
“The market however, conti­ domestic market for trucks
nues to exhibit subdued de­ and buses.
mand on the back of lingering The firm sold 15,235 units
effects of the liquidity crisis, against 16,315 units in the year­
lag­effect of the implementa­ earlier period. The sales of me­
tion of revised axle load dium and heavy commercial
norms, slowing economy and vehicle trucks were down by
weak IIP growth ,” the compa­ 8% to 13,134, buses grew by 5%
ny said. to 2,101. Light commercial veh­
Toyota Kirloskar Motor said icles grew by 1% to 5,286 units.

Hyundai unveils BlueLink


connectivity in India
SUV Venue to feature voice recognition
Yuthika Bhargava
NEW DELHI
South Korean carmaker Hyun­
dai will soon roll out the ‘Blue­
Link’ connectivity feature in
India that will allow users to in­
teract with their cars using
voice, while enabling them to
remotely switch on/off the car
or its AC.
This feature will be first in­
troduced in its upcoming com­
pact SUV Venue.
“BlueLink is Hyundai’s glo­ have experience in connected
bal technology which will be cars of over 10 years, mainly in
introduced in the Indian mar­ developed markets. So it was a
ket with 33 features, of which little difficult. But now we have
10 would be India­specific fea­ made our systems better.”
tures such as a panic button, He added the company
for most practical and holistic started working on bringing
connectivity. This will herald a the technology to India about
new era of smart connected two years back, pointing out
cars in India,” Ji Hong Baek, that high number of regional
managing director, Hyundai languages in India and diffe­
Motor India Engineering, told rent accents also difficult.
The Hindu. He, however, stressed that
The feature is powered by all features have been tested
an “inbuilt and tamper­proof several times to fine­tune
device” with a Vodafone­Idea them.
eSim and a cloud­based voice For example, in case Blue­
recognition platform. “The ‘in­ Link is unable to find a 4G net­
teractive voice recognition’ has work, it will automatically look
been developed specifically for for 3G or 2G networks, whi­
customers from different re­ chever is available.
gions in India. It currently sup­ Mr. Baek added that the data
ports ‘Indian English’ lan­ of Indian users would be
guage,” Mr. Baek said. stored in India. While the com­
Hyundai is also planning to pany would at present use pu­
introduce these connectivity blic cloud services providers it
features in future models in might also look at setting up
the country. their own server in India.
Stating that the feature was
Challenges available only in developed
Asked about challenges faced, markets till now, the “good ex­
Mr. Baek said: “We faced some posure” in India would help
strong challenges because of the company to take BlueLink
network conditions. Connect­ to other developing markets
ed cars work on networks. We such as Indonesia and Brazil.
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market watch
01-04-2019
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Gold ddddddddddddddddddddddddddd 32,820 ddddddddddddddd0.25
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NIFTY 50
in March, clock the highest­ever breaches 39,000 intraday
PRICE CHANGE Gains led by stocks in auto, metal and energy sectors
Adani Ports . . ................... . . . . . 383.05. . . . . . . . . 4.90
Asian Paints. . ................. . . . 1492.75. . . . . . . . . 0.05 Centre says revenue growth picking up despite rate rationalisation measures
Axis Bank . . ...................... . . . . . . 765.60. . . . . . -11.65 SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT as against 913 declines.
Bajaj Auto . . ...................... . . . 2915.65. . . . . . . . . 4.55 Special Correspondent reconciliations by business­ MUMBAI “Markets are almost on the
Bajaj Finserv. . ............... . . . 7158.80. . . . . 121.75
Bajaj Finance . . .............. . . . 3001.45. . . . . . -23.55
NEW DELHI es of outward and inward Amid strong flows from fo­ verge of making a new re­
Bharti Airtel . . ............... . . . . . 340.80. . . . . . . . . 7.70 Goods and Services Tax col­ supplies, intelligent data reign investors and a posi­ cord high so any consolida­
BPCL. . .................................... . . . . . . 391.90. . . . . . . . -5.65 lections in March 2019 hit analytics­related tax leakage tive trend in the global mar­ tion or profit taking should
Britannia Ind . . .............. . . . 3049.85. . . . . . -35.65
Cipla . . .................................... . . . . . . 525.65. . . . . . . . -3.25 ₹1.06 lakh crore, the highest detections and consequent kets, the benchmark Sensex be considered as buying op­
Coal India . . ...................... . . . . . 236.40. . . . . . . . -0.80 in the history of the tax in In­ GST payment by breached the 39,000­mark portunity,” said Jayant Man­
Dr Reddys Lab . . .......... . . . 2794.80. . . . . . . 14.55
dia, and the fourth time businesses.” for the first time ever on glik, president, retail distri­
Eicher Motors. . ............ 20048.40. . . -499.30
GAIL (India). . ................. . . . . . 354.70. . . . . . . . . 7.05 monthly collections have The government said the Monday, before profit book­ bution, Religare Broking.
Grasim Ind . . .................... . . . . . 857.35. . . . . . . . -0.60 crossed ₹1 lakh crore this March 2019 revenue was ing pared most of the intra­ The Sensex is now less
HCL Tech. . ........................ . . . . 1110.75. . . . . . . 23.30
HDFC . . .................................. . . . . 1959.65. . . . . . . . -8.60
year, according to an official 15.6% higher than a year ear­ day gains. than 25 points away from its
HDFC Bank. . .................... . . . 2311.80. . . . . . . . -7.10 data release on Monday. lier. “The revenue for the last The 30­share Sensex all­time closing high of
Hero MotoCorp . . . . . .. . . . 2558.50. . ........... 5.35 Average collections in the quarter in 2018­19 is 14.3% touched a high of 39,115.57 dia and Reliance Industries 38,896.63 of August 28,
Hindalco . . ........................ . . . . . . 215.90. . . . . . . 10.40
Hind Unilever . . ............ . . . 1690.00. . . . . . -16.80
year stand at ₹98,114 crore, higher than a year earlier,” it during the day, gaining near­ among the top gainers. The 2018. Further, record flows
Indiabulls HFL . . .......... . . . . . 847.20. . . . . . -11.05 up 9.2% from the average in Plugging the leaks: One reason for the rise in collections added. “The monthly aver­ ly 443 points compared to broader Nifty of the NSE set­ have been seen from foreign
ICICI Bank . . ...................... . . . . . 398.25. . . . . . . . -2.25 2017­18. GST collections had could be tax leakage detections. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCK
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age of GST revenue during the previous day’s close of tled the day at 11,669.15, up investors who have invested
IndusInd Bank . . .......... . . . 1743.05. . . . . . -36.95
Bharti Infratel . . .......... . . . . . 314.25. . . . . . . . . 0.85
previously crossed the ₹1 2018­19 is ₹98,114 crore 38,672.91. However, the in­ 45.25 points, or 0.39%. nearly ₹34,000 crore in
Infosys . . ............................. . . . . . . 755.10. . . . . . . 11.25 lakh crore mark in April, Oc­ ₹50,418 crore (including 2019 is 75.95 lakh.” which is 9.2% higher than dex finally closed at Elsewhere, benchmark March — the highest ever.
Indian OilCorp . . .......... . . . . . 158.70. . . . . . . . -4.15 tober, and January this fiscal. ₹23,521 crore collected on “The steep increase in [the average for] FY 2017­18. 38,871.87, up 198.96 points. indices like Hang Seng, Nik­ The only other instance of
ITC . . ......................................... . . . . . . 297.25. . . . . . . . . 0.00
JSW Steel. . ........................ . . . . . 292.30. . . . . . . . -0.75
“Total gross GST revenue imports) and cess is ₹8,286 GST collections is quite wel­ These figures indicate that The gains in the index kei and Kospi all ended the foreign investments crossing
Kotak Bank . . ................... . . . 1339.40. . . . . . . . . 4.90 collected in March 2019 is crore,” the government said come for the economy,” the revenue growth has been were primarily led by auto, day with gains. Back in In­ ₹30,000 crore in one month
L&T . . ....................................... . . . . 1412.20. . . . . . . 26.90 ₹1,06,577 crore, of which in a release. “The total num­ Abhishek Jain, tax partner, picking up in recent months, metal and energy stocks dia, the broader market was in March 2017 when the
M&M . . .................................. . . . . . . 660.90. . . . . . -13.00
Maruti Suzuki . . ............ . . . 6840.70. . . . . 168.15 CGST is ₹20,353 crore, SGST ber of GSTR 3B Returns filed EY India, said. “Major rea­ despite various rate rational­ with Tata Motors, Vedanta, breadth was also strong with net investment was pegged
NTPC . . .................................. . . . . . . 135.10. . . . . . . . . 0.40 is ₹27,520 crore, IGST is for February up to March 31, sons for the growth could be isation measures.” Tata Steel, Maruti Suzuki In­ nearly 1,700 gainers on BSE, at ₹30,906 crore.
ONGC . . ................................. . . . . . . 157.25. . . . . . . . -2.50
PowerGrid Corp . . . . .. . . . . . 195.55. . ......... -2.35
Reliance Ind . . ............... . . . 1391.85. . . . . . . 28.60
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J&J baby shampoo
State Bank . . .................... . . . . . 322.75. . . . . . . . . 2.00
Sun Pharma . . ................. . . . . . 478.85. . . . . . . . . 0.00

‘Depth, breadth combination to spur revenue growth’


Tata Motors . . ................. . . . . . 187.35. . . . . . . 13.10
Tata Steel . . ...................... . . . . . 535.15. . . . . . . 14.15
TCS . . ....................................... . . . . 2031.65. . . . . . . 30.00
Tech Mahindra . . . . . . .. . . . . . 785.50. . ........... 9.60
Titan . . .................................. . . . . 1120.35. . . . . . -21.50
samples fail quality test
UltraTech Cement . .. . . . 4053.50. . ....... 55.15
UPL. . ....................................... . . . . . . 934.30. . . . . . -24.55
Vedanta . . .......................... . . . . . . 188.90. . . . . . . . . 4.45
Firm rejects drug watchdog’s findings BoB to shift some branches in medium­term as 10% of total number are close to each other: CEO & MD
Wipro . . ................................. . . . . . . 261.65. . . . . . . . . 6.85
YES Bank. . ........................ . . . . . . 275.90. . . . . . . . . 0.80 Reuters MANOJIT SAHA What issues do you want to So the whole objective is growing 15­20% in domestic
Zee Entertainment . . ...... 431.70. . . . . . -13.80 NEW DELHI
Effective April 1, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank have merged address in Vijaya Bank and leverage from Vijaya Bank’s credit. Our guidance conti­
Johnson & Johnson’s baby with Bank of Baroda. The MD and CEO of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank? strength in terms of its rela­ nues to remain pretty much
BULLION RATES CHENNAI
shampoo samples failed tionship with, particularly there itself.
P.B. Jayakumar, shares the medium­term roadmap of the
April 01 rates in rupees with previous
rates in parentheses
quality tests conducted by merged entity in an interview. ■ With Vijaya Bank, I do not markets in the South. They
the State of Rajasthan, ac­ see any overwhelming is­ have depth in many areas; Will there be any branch
Retail Silver (1g) . . ................. 40.5. . . . . . . (40.3)
22 ct gold (1 g) . .. . ................ 3034. . . . . . (3025) cording to a public notice What are the medium-term fore. Combination of depth sues. It is a well­run bank; they have more school ac­ rationalisation?
from the State’s drugs vision and targets for the and breadth will give us the has shown strong growth; it counts, hospital accounts,
watchdog, findings that merged entity? revenue growth we want to has been a profitable and a temple accounts. So far as ■ For the first 6­9 months,
were rejected by the U.S. accomplish. The position re­ dividend­de­ Dena is concerned, the posi­ we are not looking at any
drugmaker. Photo for representational At a broader level, this mains the same that we set claring tive thing is the NPA issues branch rationalisation, as we
IN BRIEF The Rajasthan Drugs Con­ purpose. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCK
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amalgamation is giving us for ourselves in BoB, which bank. are well identified, now it is a need to get a certain degree
trol Organisation’s notice both depth and breadth. is continuous CAGR of 15%, question of resolution. And of technology integration
dated March 5 said that the in the samples. Formalde­ Breadth from the extended return on equity of 15%, a the second thing is because completed. In the medium
samples of J&J’s baby sham­ hyde, used in making build­ distribution network we got book value of greater than 2 they were in PCA we need to term, we do plan to shift
poo taken from two batches ing materials, is a known — the 9,500 branches. and very high employee and revive their credit growth. some branches because 10%
had failed the quality test as carcinogen. “We do not ac­ The second thing is that customer satisfaction levels. of the branches are close to
they contained “harmful in­ cept the interim results gi­ we now have a deeper team We will also have What is the loan each other. We do not see re­
gredients.” A J&J spokeswo­ ven to us, which mentioned — the number of general more products for growth target for the duction in the number of
man said that the results it samples to ‘contain harmful managers and so on… So, it customers. Also, current financial year? branches; it will be relocat­
received from the watchdog ingredients­identification is now possible for us to fo­ our employees ing to new locations — micro
indicated that formalde­ positive for formaldehyde’,” cus on the segments much will emerge as ■ In the last five quar­ markets — where we do not
hyde had been discovered she told Reuters. better than we have done be­ better managers. ters we have been have any presence.
Kotak Bank promoters
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MUMBAI
The Bombay High Court has
sought an affidavit from the
‘Debt killing Jet, balance sheet RBI tweaks Core sector growth Vinod Dasari
NPA divergence named Royal
promoters of Kotak Mahindra
Bank that they had complied
with the RBI’s direction on
clean­up crucial for survival’ disclosure rules
quickens to 2.1% in Feb. Enfield CEO
promoter­holding norms.
The private sector lender had
Snaps three­month slowing trend
filed a writ petition in the Airline authorities not in favour of a ‘quick­fix’ solution Press Trust of India Special Correspondent
Mumbai Special Correspondent dustrial growth,” Sunil Ku­ Chennai
Bombay High Court on the
Lalatendu Mishra solution that may not last The RBI on Monday asked NEW DELHI mar Sinha, Director ­ Public Eicher Motors Ltd. has ap­
issue of shareholding norms.
According to RBI’s direction,
MUMBAI long,” another senior official banks to disclose bad loan Core sector growth acceler­ Finance & Principal Econo­ pointed Vinod K. Dasari as
the bank was supposed to With the cleaning up of Jet said. Realising this, lenders divergences in their finan­ ated in February to 2.11% mist, India Ratings and Re­ the chief executive officer
reduce promoter’s stake to Airways’ balance sheet seen are believed to be working cial statements if the addi­ from the 1.5% in January, search, said. of Royal Enfield.
30% by December 31, 2019 crucial for its long­term via­ on an alternative plan. tional provisioning exceeds snapping a three­month The cement sector saw He will also join the
and to 15% by March 31, bility and survival, banks are Lenders led by the State 10% of profit before provi­ slowing trend, according to growth at 8.04% in Febru­ board of Eicher Motors as
2020. believed to be working on Bank of India (SBI) have re­ sion and contingencies. official data released on ary, lower than the 11% executive director with im­
another plan for recapitali­ portedly come up with a Earlier, banks were to Monday. Growth had come growth in January. The coal mediate effect. He stepped
Coal India output rises sation of the airline. new plan to mobilise ₹9,535 make suitable disclosures if in at 4.74% for October 2018, sector witnessed growth ac­ down as MD and CEO of
7% to 607 MT in FY19 With more than $2 billion crore funding for the airline. the additional provisioning 3.38% for November and celerating in February to Ashok Leyland on March
KOLKATA debt, including bank bor­ This includes ₹3,800 crore requirements assessed by 2.64% for December. 7.26% from 1.74% in January. 31. He takes over from
Coal India Ltd.(CIL) breached rowings and dues to ven­ as equity infusion by two RBI exceeded 15% of the pu­ Within the Index of Eight The refinery products Siddhartha Lal, who will
the 600­million tonne dors, Jet Airways cannot be new investors. blished net profits after tax Core Industries, the crude sector saw a contraction of continue as the MD of Eich­
output mark by closing the turned around without a As per the plans, a rights for the reference period. oil sector contracted sharp­ 0.74% in February, as com­ er Motors.
current fiscal with producing large­scale capital infusion ing to be named. issue will mobilise addition­ Separately, the Reserve ly in February, by 6.16%, pared with a contraction of The bikemaker also said
607 million tonnes (MT), 7% and debt reduction, compa­ “Most of our money was al capital and there will be Bank of India said it will in­ compared with a contrac­ 2.58% in January. The fertil­ it plans to invest ₹700
higher than the last fiscal. ny executives said. going towards debt repay­ complete exit of promoter ject long­term liquidity tion of 4.37% in January. The izer sector also saw growth crore in capital expendi­
Coal supplies stood at 608 “What is killing Jet Air­ ment and finance costs. Oth­ Naresh Goyal and strategic worth $5 billion into the natural gas sector saw slowing drastically in Febru­ ture for 2019­20. The
million tonnes, an increase of banking system through a growth slowing to 3.7% from ary to 2.54% from 10.5% in
ways is the debt. The ba­ erwise, on an operational investor Etihad Airways, planned expenditure will
4.8% in a year against the 6.21% over the same period. January. The steel sector’s
lance sheet has to be cleared stand point, we are not terri­ whose shares will be trans­ dollar­rupee buy­sell swap include completion of con­
targeted 610 MT, the figures
up. See the contrast, IndiGo bly bad,” the official said. ferred to a trust to be man­ for a 3­year tenure on April “After recording a high growth slowed in February struction work of the Tech­
show. Power sector supplies,
is sitting over $2 billion cash “After cleaning up of the aged by the lenders. 23. On March 26, the central single­digit growth of 7.3% to 4.87% from 5.52% in Janu­ nology Centre, Phase­2 of
at 488 MT, rose by 7.4 %
in its balance sheet and Jet balance sheet, we are rea­ More details and confir­ bank had bought $5 billion in July 2018, core sector has ary. Growth in the electrici­ the Vallam Vadagal plant in
with improved synergies
between the Railways and has a debt of over $2 billion. sonably confident of achiev­ mation on this were not through a similar swap auc­ consistently recorded a ty sector remained flat at Tamil Nadu and towards
the Coal and Power How can it compete?” asked ing a turnaround. Other­ available till the time of go­ tion in a bid to ease liquidity growth of low single­digit in­ 0.73% in February com­ the development of new
Ministries, CIL said. an airline official not want­ wise, it will be a quick­fix ing to press. ahead of the elections. dicating weakness in the in­ pared with 0.8% in January. platforms and products.

Citibank pays ₹4.5 cr.,


settles case with SEBI
NEW DELHI
Citibank N.A. has settled a
SEBI mulls SRO for ‘FY19 saw more rating Basant Jhawar ‘voted out’
case with the SEBI regarding
investment advisers of Usha Martin board
the bank’s alleged failure to
adequately supervise an
employee who carried out an
‘Time right for self­regulatory entity’
upgrades than downgrades’ Sibling gets 99.8% votes to continue
unregistered portfolio
investment scheme. The case
was settled after the bank
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Upgrades to downgrades ratio at 1.81 in H2; was at 1.68 in H1 Special Correspondent Mr. Brij Kishore Jhawar
paid ₹4.5 crore towards
MUMBAI KOLKATA and Mr. Basant Kumar Jha­
The Securities and Ex­
<
> The downgrades rection of rating changes), Basant Kumar Jhawar, the war are brothers and the
settlement charges, a SEBI SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
order said. In April 2015, the change Board of India (SE­ Mumbai were driven mostly descending to ­12% in former chairman of Usha voting pattern is seen reflec­
SEBI issued a notice to the BI) has proposed a self regu­ Rating agency Crisil said that by firm­specific FY2019,” ICRA said. Martin Ltd. (UML), lost his tive of the ongoing feud bet­
bank for alleged violation of latory organisation (SRO) the credit ratio, or the num­ concerns ICRA said the ratio was position on the board after ween the two family fac­
portfolio managers norms for the growing number of ber of upgrades to down­ Jitin Makkar, not only higher than the past shareholders gave thumbs tions. At the same meeting,
with respect to one investment advisers to ad­ grades, at 1.81 in the second Head, Credit Policy, ICRA five­year average of ­8%, but down to a proposal on his an ordinary resolution was
relationship manager. PTI dress issues related to the half of fiscal 2019, was mar­ was also higher than the rat­ continuation beyond March passed seeking the appoint­
quality of advice given to in­ ginally up from 1.68 in the average of 6% in fiscal 2017 ing drift of ­11% experienced 31, 2019. ment of Pravin Kumar Jain
Embassy Office Parks vestors by such entities. first half. and 2018,” Crisil said. Anoth­ in FY2018. In a regulatory filing, as joint managing director
REIT up 4.7% on debut
The capital markets regu­ There were 594 upgrades er rating agency ICRA, has The aggregate volume of UML said that 67% of the (wire & wire rope business)
MUMBAI
lator released a consultation turns, misconduct etc. by in­ and 328 downgrades in the upgraded 513 entities in the debt downgraded by shareholders voted against UML, from February 5, 2019
The country’s first Real
Estate Investment Trust
paper on Monday, which, vestment advisers... Given second half, a period FY19 as compared to 389 ICRA in FY2019 stood at ₹3.2 the resolution which sought to January 31, 2020. Mr. Brij
(REIT) — Embassy Office among other things, pro­ the growth in this segment marked by rebound in ex­ downgrades. However, ICRA lakh crore higher by 10% continuation of Mr. Basant Kishore Jhawar’s son Rajeev
Parks REIT — made its debut posed the strengthening of of the market, it is felt that ports, and continued go­ said its rating actions in than that downgraded in the Kumar Jhawar, 83, as non­ is now the managing direc­
on the bourses on Monday, the existing regulatory fra­ the time is appropriate to in­ vernment spending, it said. FY2019 indicated a persis­ preceding fiscal. executive director. He is tor of UML.
gaining nearly 5% over its mework for SROs by intro­ itiate the formation of an tent pressure on the credit “Notably, the downgrades among the founder­promo­ UML shares gained mar­
issue price. On the BSE, the ducing features such as a go­ SRO [for the sector],” stated Rising with asset quality quality of corporate India. were driven mostly by firm­ ters of the special steel and ginally during the day at the
REIT units opened flat at its verning board with public the SEBI statement. “The positive trend in credit “This is reflected in the specific concerns emanating wire rope­making company. bourses, closing at about
issue price of ₹300, before interest directors and a The regulator has pro­ ratio is also consistent with rating drift of ICRA­assigned from deterioration in busi­ However, another resolu­ ₹40. Meanwhile, in a state­
touching an intra­day high of clear policy for arbitration posed a governing board asset quality as seen in the ratings, calculated as the av­ ness profiles or worsening of tion moved at the compa­ ment Mr. Basant Kumar Jha­
₹324.50. The units settled and dispute resolution. with at least 50% public in­ banking sector, where incre­ erage upgraded notches per capital structures or in­ ny’s EGM held on Saturday, war said that it was unfortu­
the day at ₹314.10, a gain of “SEBI is in receipt of a terest directors along with mental slippages in non­per­ rated entity, minus the aver­ creased liquidity pressures seeking continuation of co­ nate that Mr. Rajeev Jhawar,
4.70% over its issue price. On large number of complaints 25% representation each of forming assets declined age downgraded notches on the rated entities,” said Ji­ founder Brij Kishore Jhawar, along with persons acting in
the NSE, the REIT units alleging charging of exorbi­ shareholder directors and sharply to 3.7% in H2, com­ per rated entity (an indica­ tin Makkar, Head — Credit 81, sailed through with concert, had got him re­
closed at ₹314 apiece. tant fees, assurance of re­ elected representatives. pared with 3.8% in H1 and an tor of the extent and the di­ Policy, ICRA. 99.8% votes in favour. moved.
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Delhi capitulates from a position of strength


Curran and Shami help Kings XI Punjab defend a below-par total and make it two-out-of-two at home
SCOREBOARD KINGS XI PUNJAB VS DELHI CAPITALS

KINGS XI PUNJAB Prithvi Shaw c Rahul b R.


K.L. Rahul lbw b Morris 15 Ashwin 0 (1b), Shikhar Dhawan
(11b, 2x4, 1x6), Sam Curran lbw lbw b R. Ashwin 30 (25b, 4x4),
b Lamichhane 20 (10b, 3x4, Shreyas Iyer b Viljoen 28 (22b,
1x6), Mayank Agarwal run out 6 5x4), Rishabh Pant b Shami 39
(9b), Sarfaraz Khan c Pant b (26b, 3x4, 2x6), Colin Ingram c
Uthra Ganesan Lamichhane 39 (29b, 6x4), sub b Curran 38 (29b, 4x4, 1x6),
Mohali David Miller c Pant b Morris 43 Chris Morris run out 0 (1b),
(30b, 4x4, 2x6), Mandeep Singh Hanuma Vihari b Shami 2 (5b),
Kings XI Punjab stuttered
(not out) 29 (21b, 2x4, 1x6), Harshal Patel c Rahul b Curran 0
and faltered with the bat but (2b), Kagiso Rabada b Curran 0
Hardus Viljoen c Morris b Ra-
its bowlers made up for it, bada 1 (3b), R. Ashwin b Morris 3 (1b), Avesh Khan (not out) 4 (3b,
managing to defend a below­ (4b), M. Ashwin c Avesh b Ra- 1x4), Sandeep Lamichhane b
par total to make it two­in­ bada 1 (2b), Mohammed Shami Curran 0 (1b); Extras (w-5,
two at home with a 14­run run out 0 (1b), Mujeeb Ur Rah- lb-6): 11; Total (in 19.2 overs):
victory over Delhi Capitals in man (not out) 0 (0b); Extras 152.
IPL­12 at the PCA Stadium (w-8, b-1): 9; Total (for nine FALL OF WICKETS
here on Monday. wkts. in 20 overs): 166. 1-0 (Shaw, 0.1), 2-61
Delhi lost the plot chasing FALL OF WICKETS (Shreyas, 7.2), 3-82 (Dhawan,
a tricky 167 for victory when 1-15 (Rahul, 1.5 overs), 2-36 9.5), 4-144 (Pant, 16.4), 5-144
it lost Prithvi Shaw the first (Curran, 3.5) 3-58 (Mayank, 7.1), (Morris, 16.5), 6-147 (Ingram,
4-120 (Sarfaraz, 13.5), 5-137 17.4), 7-148 (Harshal, 17.6), 8-
ball, R. Ashwin inducing the
(Miller, 16.2), 6-146 (Viljoen, 148 (Vihari, 18.3), 9-152 (Ra-
faintest of edges to K.L. Ra­ bada, 19.1).
17.3), 7-152 (R. Ashwin, 18.5), 8-
hul behind the stumps. 153 (M. Ashwin, 19.1), 9-156 KINGS XI BOWLING
(Shami, 19.4). R. Ashwin 4-0-31-2, Curran
Batting collapse DELHI CAPITALS BOWLING 2.2-0-11-4, Shami 4-0-27-2, Vil-
But, unlike its previous game Rabada 4-0-32-2, Morris 4- joen 3-0-22-1, Mujeeb 4-0-
when Delhi managed to 0-30-3, Avesh 3-0-30-0, 36-0, M. Ashwin 2-0-19-0.
stumble past the finish line Lamichhane 4-0-27-2, Harshal Toss: Delhi Capitals.
after dominating the chase, it 4-0-37-0, Vihari 1-0-9-0. Man­of­the­Match: Curran.
suffered a batting collapse Pulling it off: The Kings XI Punjab players are delighted after Sam Curran’s hat-trick helped them turn the tables on Delhi Capitals. * AKHILESH KUMAR DELHI CAPITALS KXIP won by 14 runs.
here towards the end.
Shaw’s dismissal meant it fourth wicket and looked set toss followed by losing wick­ frontline bowlers — Kagiso briefly, but Mandeep’s he­
was up to Shikhar Dhawan to take Delhi home comforta­ ets at crucial moments. Rabada, Chris Morris and roics made the difference for
and Shreyas Iyer to settle the bly. But once Pant was David Miller, Sarfaraz Sandeep Lamichhane — the host in the end.
nerves and they managed for cleaned up by Mohammed Khan and Mandeep Singh, shared the spoils.
a while, adding 61, before the Shami, going for one big hit who remained unbeaten on It was Lamichhane who
Delhi captain dragged Har­ too many, the plot changed. 29, were the chief contribu­ ended the only fruitful pe­
dus Viljoen’s length delivery The icing for Kings XI was tors to the team’s score. Mill­ riod of play for the host. Sar­
onto his stumps. Sam Curran registering the er’s dismissal in the 17th over faraz and Milled put on 62 for
Delhi, which was in a posi­ first hat­trick of the season to triggered a collapse. the fourth wicket, but just as
tion of strength at 137 for wrap up Delhi’s innings. the team looked set to
three at one stage, imploded Earlier, Punjab received its Expensive change gears, Sarfaraz poked
and lost its last seven wickets first blow even before the Delhi dropped Amit Mishra at a harmless delivery from
for just eight runs. game began, with Chris and added Avesh Khan but Lamichhane that hardly
Rishabh Pant and Colin In­ Gayle pulling out owing to in­ he proved to be the most ex­ turned, edging to Pant.
gram, added 62 for the jury. Ashwin then lost the pensive even as the other The momentum was lost

A typical Dhoni innings India retains Test Championship mace


Tahir was the other standout perfomer for CSK
Makes it three in-a-row; Skipper Kohli proud of the achievement
S. Dipak Ragav
Chennai

While there is a lot of atten­ NO. 1 RANKING


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prise the opposition with Dubai
their innovation, be it mys­
tery spinners or batsmen India retained the ICC Test
who can swing on both sides Championship Mace and
of the wicket, M.S. Dhoni won the purse of $1 million
showed on Sunday that so­ for a third year running
metimes even if your play­ after a memorable season
book is known to the oppo­ saw it winning its maiden
nent, it might be just as series in Australia.
Rahane fined effective.
The Chennai Super Kings
Helping hand: Dhoni was well supported by Bravo, who shone
with bat and ball. R. RAGU *
India topped the ICC Test
team rankings on the cut­
₹12 lakh for skipper played a typical
Dhoni innings, first by nudg­ can do that. He certainly when they were getting the
off date of April 1 followed
by New Zealand, the world
maintaining ing around and playing the
percentages against the likes
showed that tonight,”
Stokes, who could have dis­
Royals’ chase back on track
after being reduced to 14 for
body said in a statement on
Monday.
slow over­rate of Jofra Archer and Ben
Stokes before unleashing on
missed Dhoni on 28 if K.
Gowtham had held on to a
three.
Speaking about his ef­
“Retaining the ICC Test
Championship Mace once
a hapless Jaydev Unadkat to catch at covers, said. forts, Tahir — who now leads again is something we are
Press Trust of India take his side to its third win the wicket­takers chart — all really proud of.
Chennai in as many games while Brilliant spell said, “I am feeling very “Our team has been match cricket,” Kohli said.
Rajasthan Royals captain Royals slumped to a third While Dhoni set the game good, very proud. I tried to doing well across formats New Zealand’s consistent
Ajinkya Rahane has been straight defeat. for his side, another stan­ use my experience but the but it gives us extra performances over the past
fined ₹12 lakh for maintain­ Royals’ all­rounder Ben dout performer for CSK was ball was really wet. pleasure to come out on year saw it climb from third
ing a slow over­rate during Stokes said: “When he leg­spinner Imran Tahir, “We have to prepare our­ top of the Test rankings,” position, needing to only
the IPL match against comes in early, every team who produced a brilliant selves, we were not expect­ India captain Virat Kohli avoid losing the home
Chennai Super Kings here. knows what he’s going to try spell in tough conditions for ing that much dew. We have said. “We all know of the series against Bangladesh
“As it was his team’s first and do to start with. He just tweakers. to practice with the wet ball importance of Test cricket Very, very special: With India doing well across formats, last month to finish at the
offence of the season un­ takes it deep as he possibly The heavy dew on Sunday going forward in the games.” and of how only the best captain Virat Kohli reiterated that winning the Test honours same position.
der the IPL’s Code of Con­ can. He’s one of the greatest meant bowlers struggled to can prosper in the format,” was paramount. FILE PHOTO: V.V. KRISHNAN
*
The Kane Williamson­led
duct relating to minimum
over­rate offences, Mr. Ra­
finishers to have ever graced
the game of cricket.
grip the ball and the South
African brought all his expe­
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> He’s one of the
greatest finishers to
he added.
“Our team has a lot of once the ICC World Test something we are really
side — he got the ICC Spirit
of Cricket award for 2018 —
hane was fined ₹12 lakh,” “Sometimes you have to rience into play, taking the have ever graced the depth and I am sure this Championship commences looking forward to as it earned $500,000 after
read an official IPL state­ hold your hand up and say two crucial wickets of Steve game of cricket will stand us in good stead later this year. That is again adds more context to Test finishing with 108 points.
ment. the best players in the world Smith and Rahul Tripathi Ben Stokes

A battle between the Royals to end the losing streak Sawhney takes over
P.K. Ajith Kumar disappointing bowling effort as ICC chief
JAIPUR from RCB. Umesh Yadav,
If the Rajasthan Royals men Yuzvendra Chahal and co. Press Trust of India
are feeling let down by for­ have to do a lot better than Dubai

tune, they cannot be they did against David War­ Media professional Manu
blamed. ner and Jonny Bairstow on Sawhney on Monday took
In their last match, M.S. Sunday. charge as chief executive of
Dhoni hadn’t opened his ac­ Not that the RCB batsmen the International Cricket
count, and Chennai Super have exactly covered them­ Council and will work along­
Kings was wobbling at 28 for selves in glory. But a line­up side Dave Richardson, who
three at Chennai, when he that features Kohli, A.B. de will step down after the
played Jofra Archer on to his Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer World Cup in July.
stumps. But the bails refused and Moeen Ali could erupt Former ESPN Star Sports
to come off, the Kings cap­ any time. MD Sawhney has been
tain went on to make an un­ There is indeed much to working alongside Richard­
beaten 75 and led his team to look forward to. Neither son for the last six weeks to
a third straight win. to Sunrisers Hyderabad. to put that behind them, as team will still want to be ensure a smooth transition. Manu Sawhney. *
FILE PHOTO
For Ajinkya Rahane’s To be fair, they were at the they play the first of their looking for its first win after Richardson will remain
men, it was their third receiving end of the no­ball three back­to­back games four matches. with the ICC until July as ori­ over the last seven years. I
straight defeat. Theirs isn’t controversy in the match here. They will also want to ginally planned to oversee am excited by the opportun­
the only team in this plight, against Mumbai Indians, ensure that they don’t lose the World Cup in the United ities ahead,” said Sawhney.
though. which they lost by just six opportunities the way they Kingdom. Sawhney was ap­ “Technology, engage­
Their opponent for Tues­ runs. did in the previous games. pointed in January. ment, women’s cricket and
day’s match at the Sawai The Royals, of course, Buttler, Rahane, Sanju His appointment was rati­ driving greater values are
Mansingh Stadium, Royal were at the wrong end of an Samson and Steve Smith fied by the ICC Board follow­ key focus areas for us as we
Challengers Bangalore, even bigger controversy — R. have all looked good enough ing a global search­and­ap­ consider how we can inno­
doesn’t know what a victory Ashwin’s Mankading of Jos to inspire confidence in bat­ pointment process led by vate to transform the sport’s
feels like this IPL season eith­ Buttler. ting. the apex body’s chairman long­term future and create
er. Unlike Rajasthan, Virat But when it comes to bow­ Shashank Manohar and the a vibrant and sustainable
Kohli’s men know pretty well Moving on ling, their standout perform­ Nominations Committee. sport globally,” he added.
how they are getting des­ The memory of that incident er Archer needs better sup­ “I am absolutely delight­ Sawhney is also a non­ex­
troyed by the opposition: could well be on their minds port from fellow­seamers ed to be taking over the ecutive director and mem­
they lost by seven wickets to when they return to their like Jaydev Unadkat. Adding muscle: Jofra Archer, apart from wreaking havoc with reins from David who has ber of the Audit Committee
Super Kings and by 118 runs home ground. They will have It has been an even more the ball, can also contribute with the bat. R. RAGU * steered the sport so capably of Manchester United Ltd.
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Another golden sweep by India Saurav Ghosal scales a new peak


Becomes first Indian male to break into the top­10
Yash Vardhan and Shreya triumph in style
M. Hari Kishore
CHENNAI
SHOOTING India’s top­ranked squash
sports bureau player Saurav Ghosal
Taoyuan (chinese taipei) stormed into the record
Shreya Agrawal won the ju­ books on Monday when he
nior women’s air rifle gold became the first Indian male
with a world record final to enter the top­10 list in the
score of 252.5 in the 12th world. He moved two places
Asian Airgun championship above from his earlier rank­
here on Monday. ing of 12 to and is currently
It was another golden the only Asian in the top­10.
sweep for India, as Yash Two Indian women —
Vardhan won the junior Joshna Chinappa and Dipika
men’s title, apart from the Pallikal — had earlier
team golds. With individual reached the top­10 in the
silver and bronze medals for world rankings but failed to
Keval Prajapati and Aish­ consolidate further.
warya Pratap Singh Tomar, A quarterfinal finish in the
apart from Mehuli Ghosh’s 2018­2019 PSA World Cham­
junior women’s individual pionships in Chicago for the Reaping the benefits: Saurav Ghosal says that his current status is the result of years
bronze, India took its tally to first time in his career and of hard work. PTI *

14 gold, five silver and four the same stage finish at the
bronze medals.
Shreya’s effort in the final,
prestigious Grasshopper
Cup in Zurich, Switzerland,
the helm. I started backing
up and reproducing a lot
a lot of hard work and more
importantly a lot of things <
> more
I felt my game was
secure,
which helped her beat Park in March were instrumental more of what I learnt in that have come together and especially with him
Hyejin of Korea by 1.9 point, in lifting Ghosal’s rankings. training. I got mentally it was teamwork,” he added. at the helm
bettered Zhao Ruozhu’s Winning team: Mehuli Ghosh, Shreya Agrawal & Kavi Rakshna, in the top row, and Shakun His previous highest was stronger and secure. The 32­year­old feels Ghosal
world junior record of 252.4 Bhugra, Keval Prajapati, Yash Vardhan, Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar and coach Suma Shirur No. 11, which he achieved in Throughout the season, training out of India is the On training with David Palmer
set last year. Incidentally, the pose with their spoils. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
*
October 2018. He slipped a wherever I was playing, I felt best way to reach greater
women’s record stands place after the Qatar Classic at home,” Ghosal said. heights in the sport. gry for more.
against Apurvi Chandela at Yash Vardhan, Prajapati fle junior team gold, while Pratap Singh Tomar 226.1 and Hong Kong Open tour­ Ghosal said the secret of “I think Indians have to “Reaching the top­10 was
252.9, set in the World Cup and Tomar dominated the Mehuli and Prajapati took (624.6). naments when he made the success is good teamwork. move out to reach greater a goal this year. I am happy
recently in Delhi. boys’ event by sweeping the silver. Team: 1. India 1874.8; 2. Chi- third and second rounds. He has been training with heights in the sport. We to have realised that goal. Ev­
The trio of Shreya, Mehuli individual and team medals. nese Taipei 1834.7; 3. Singapore Training with David Pal­ Malcolm Willstrop from the don’t have top­10 players ery player wants to be World
Coach Suma Shirur laud­
and Kavi Rakshna put to­ Yash Vardhan beat Praja­ 1802.2. mer, who has produced ma­ age of 18 and Damon Brown playing in India. Even in No. 1 and I am no different. I
ed the junior air rifle shoo­ Junior women: 1. Shreya Agra-
gether a total of 1882.2, pati by 2.2 points for the ters for winning nine of the ny top­10 players, since June has been his physical trainer terms of coaching, the level am not taking any timelines
wal 252.5 WRJ (628.7); 2. Park
which bettered the previous gold, as the Indian trio 10 possible medals, with two Hyejin (Kor) 250.6(618.5); 3.
2018 turned out to be a mas­ for six years now. of expertise isn’t there in the to get there but I want to take
world junior record of 1880.7 pushed qualification topper world records. Mehuli Ghosh 228.3 (628.8); 4. terstroke for Ghosal. “It all country. Experience is so­ it as it comes.
set by Shreya, Elavenil Vala­ Kang Jungi (628.2) of Korea The results: 10m air rifle: Ju­ Kavi Rakshna 205.9 (624.7). started last summer when I Step by step mething that you cannot “The cue is to get better
rivan and Manini Kaushik in to fourth place. nior Men: 1. Yash Vardhan Team: 1. India 1882.2 WRJ; 2. started training with David. I “We built my ambition step substitute and we get that and improve. If I need to
the World Championship Shreya and Yash Vardhan 249.5 (626.0); 2. Keval Prajapa- Korea 1858.5; 3. Chinese Taipei felt my game was more se­ by step. It didn’t happen abroad,” he said. change a few things to be
last September. had earlier won the mixed ri­ ti 2473 (624.2); 3. Aishwarya 1840.4. cure, especially with him at overnight. It has taken years, The squash player is hun­ there, I will,” he said.

ATK moves
AICAPC gets BCCI recognition Federer refutes Tsitsipas’ claim
past Real
Kashmir The Greek player had said experienced players receive preferential treatment
Can field team in World Cricket Series in the UK in August
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BHUBANESWAR MUMBAI start. The BCCI has given Agence France-Presse
B AICAPC was founded by
ISL side ATK reached the The BCCI has allowed the Wadekar whose 78th birth AICAPC recognition. It has Miami
Hero Super Cup quarterfi­ All India Cricket Association anniversary was taken 30­odd years to get Swiss great Roger Federer
nals with a 3­1 win over for the Physically celebrated on Monday recognition from the BCCI. has refuted claims by Greec­
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Stadium on Monday. field the official Indian team apparel and cap,” said most experienced players on
Goals from Manuel Lan­ for the Physical Disability by Ajit Wadekar whose 78th Umesh Kulkarni, former the ATP Tour receive prefe­
zarote and Everton Santos World Cricket Series in the birth anniversary on India Test player and a #398299
rential treatment from offi­
in the second half gave ATK UK in August this year. Monday was celebrated as selection committee cials.
victory after the teams “We have given “Ajit Wadekar Memorial member of the AICAPC. Federer, speaking after
went into the breather recognition to AICAPC,’’ Day” at a Mumbai Cricket Former India captain landing the 101st title of his
locked 1­1. Steve Coppell’s said Saba Karim, GM, Association facility at the Dilip Vengsarkar applauded career at the Miami Open
side will meet Delhi Dyna­ Cricket Operations, BCCI. Wankhede Stadium. the work done by Wadekar with a 6­1, 6­4 triumph over
mos on April 5. The AICAPC will not receive The AICAPC has also who passed away last defending champion John
The result: ATK 3 (Balwant any funding from the named the Indian team as August. “It was his dream to Isner, strongly disagreed.
Singh 26, Manuel Lanzarote national cricket body, “Wadekar Warriors” with a see the AICAPC being He acknowledged that
79, Everton Santos 83) bt though. catchline “One Team, One recognised by the BCCI,” umpires might interact diffe­
Real Kashmir 1 (Mason Ro- The AICAPC was founded Dream.” said Vengsarkar. rently with players they are
bertson 31). more familiar with, but said
it didn’t amount to preferen­
tial treatment.

Ombudsman sends notices to Pandya, Rahul Tough one


“It’s a tough one but what I
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA “Both are playing in the do feel sometimes is that on
NEW DELHI IPL and the itinerary is the outside courts, more No bias: Roger Federer feels it is easier for chair umpires to handle the top players
The Supreme Court­appoint­ packed with back­to­back than just preferential treat­ in the circuit. AFP *

ed BCCI Ombudsman Justice matches and a gruelling tra­ ment to the top guys, they
(Retd) D.K. Jain has issued vel schedule,” a BCCI official are tougher on the rules,” “So because we know one recently — it’s normal. time Grand Slam champion,
notices to India players Har­ said. said Federer. each other very well, I think So they should just, based on along with the likes of top
dik Pandya and K.L. Rahul to The Ombudsman, who is “You do something — it’s easier for an umpire to what happens, take those players like Rafa Nadal and
appear for deposition for also the BCCI’s ad­hoc Ethics bang, warning. It’s like there handle a top player who they decisions and I really feel the Novak Djokovic, are protect­
their comments on a TV chat Officer, made it clear that for is no messing about. know over an up­and­com­ umpires do that. ed by umpires.
show. the matter to reach its logical “But with the top guys on ing guy like Tsitsipas or a “I am sorry that Stefanos “I think players that have
“I had issued notices last conclusion, the duo needs to the main courts, I think the young guy and that some­ feels that way.” been doing really well over
week to Hardik Pandya and depose. umpires know them, they times gets lost in translation the years, players that are
Rahul asking them to appear K.L. Rahul. *
AKILESH KUMAR Hardik Pandya. *
AP “As per principles of natu­ know their problems, they and maybe bad mistakes can Protected generally much respected in
for deposition,” Justice Jain ral justice, I need to hear know how they behave and happen. Tsitsipas elaborated on Twit­ the tennis world have privi­
said on Monday. hul’s respective franchises — It is learnt that they might their side. It’s up to them how they will react, so they “But I don’t see preferen­ ter in response to a question leges when it comes to cer­
However, it is not clear Mumbai Indians and Kings depose ahead of the April 11 now to decide when they know what acting stupid or tial treatment, there from a Twitter follower, say­ tain rules and umpire deci­
how the BCCI will co­ordi­ XI Punjab — for their deposi­ clash between the two teams want to appear,” Justice Jain silly means and what normal shouldn’t be,” Federer said. ing that despite Federer be­ sions,” the World No. 10
nate with Pandya and Ra­ tion during the ongoing IPL. in Mumbai. said. is. “If I get warnings — I got ing his “favourite” the 20­ wrote.

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THE HINDU CROSSWORD 12589 (set by Scintillator)


SUDOKU FAITH
13 Pressure maintained along this
is excluding old punctures (6)
3 Last? Last, definitely not first!
(6) Unconventional bhakti
15 Food burning? Maid gives out a 5 Milieu in the interior of the
chime (4) Bhakti is explained as the expression of love towards God in
restaurant (4)
16 Peace organizations one’s heart that naturally flows in the form of actions. For in­
6 Northbound engineer is stance, the extent and intensity of love to the Lord that
overseeing onset of peace —
somewhat mortified like a springs in Kannappan translates itself into a spontaneous
one cast away going scot­free
rock (8) act of worship that does not conform to the traditional
(10)
19 From being in good spirits, fell 7 Reporters can find Djokovic modes adopted by devotees. Yet his devotion meets the
off with hue and cry (10) possibly bitter (5) highest standards and hence is accepted by the Lord. It only
20 Incognito, a colleague of mine 8 Under extremely hard
shows that the Lord looks into the heart of the devotee and
(4) conditions, for ten decades acknowledges the love surging in it, pointed out Sri B. Da­
23 Forsaken woman with a (7) modhara Dikshitar in a discourse. Kannappan is born in a fa­
weapon advanced near mily of hunters. He is proficient in hunting animals. He is
11 Expel from assembly (7) basically simple and unlearned. Once when he goes hunting
husband (6)
25 Remarkable scenery
14 First person transferred to with his companions, he kills a boar. They start cooking it
surrounding river in county
second, it's said, thousands in and he goes in search of water.
valuable metal (7) As he nears a mountain range, where he is told abides a
(8)
27 Behind bars; June eighth: he 17 Nod hard to get along with God who removes all human failings, he is moved by some
escaped mysteriously (2,3,3) vocal Dubai leader (9) strange feeling within him. Sekkizhar describes the inner
transformation in him when he goes up the hill and sees the
28 Indian brain and heart 18 Trinket of gold — quote a bid
suffering outside India? That's
God. It is as if a great burden has been lifted off his shoul­
(8) Solution to puzzle 12588 Solution to yesterday’s Sudoku
not new (6) ders. He embraces the linga form and is unwilling to leave
19 Burn up paper during Yatra the Lord alone. Who will give Him food, he wonders. He
■ ACROSS 29 In concert — on time, got here ride (7) promises the Lord that he will quickly bring the tasty meat
1 Silence is so valuable (6) after a struggle (8)
4 Save government, harp about 21 Getting trimmer? Cannot for Him. He selects the best pieces of the cooked meat after
30 One is terrible, not just at
informative statistical chart hinge on squat (7) testing it for taste. He plucks the wild flowers and takes wa­
making omelette (3,3)
(3,5) ter from the river in his mouth and worships the Lord thus.
22 It signals on seeing faulty
9 Letter from doctor boy's about ■ DOWN Though this way of worship is totally shocking and op­
train blocking terminal in
to receive (6) 1 Trouble in the Middle East to Pune (6) posed to tradition, the Lord is pleased, thereby endorsing
10 Blank cheque for a fettered overwhelm intelligence the fact that selfless love is the most essential element in
being? (4,4) agency, in retrospect (4,3) 24 Take the label off junta Bhakti. It is no wonder that Adi Sankara and a host of devo­
government (5) tees such as Manikkavachagar are inspired by Kannappan’s
12 Cast lacking in talent for 2 I'm unclean, getting cleaned
Doctor Strange? (8) gives brightness (9) 26 Dash for control (4) unique display of devotion.
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TV PICKS
Serie A: Sony Ten 2, 10.30
p.m. &
(Wednesday)
12.30 a.m.
Benzema’s last-minute winner saves Real’s blushes
Premier League: SS Select 1
& 2, 12.15 a.m. (Wednesday)
Breaks Huesca hearts with his 14th league goal of the season
La Liga: Sony Ten 1, 12.15
start, picking the ball out of the game beyond Huesca
a.m. (Wednesday)
NBA: Sony ESPN, 7.30 a.m.
EURO LEAGUES his own net within three mi­ when he somehow put Alva­
Super Cup: Star Sports 3, nutes after Cucho Hernan­ ro Odriozola’s low cross over
8.15 p.m.
Agence France-Presse dez lashed home Ezequiel the bar from just yards out.
Madrid
Avila low cross. Huesca pounced on that
IN BRIEF Karim Benzema stopped Isco levelled the scores in awful miss to draw level
Real Madrid’s underwhelm­ the 25th minute when he when Xabier Etxeita po­
ing La Liga season going tapped home a Brahim Diaz wered home Moi Gomez’s
from bad to worse on Sunday cross after Benzema’s low cross from a short corner.
after firing a last­minute win­ shot was well saved, but it However, Benzema was
ner to hand it a barely­de­ was the away side — playing on hand to break Huesca
served 3­2 winner over bot­ its first ever La Liga game at hearts with his 14th league
tom club Huesca. Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu goal of the season.
Humbled by Ajax in the stadium — which went closer The results:
Champions League and going into the break ahead. Premier League: Liverpool 2
Praful set to be first Indian
dumped out of the Copa Del Zidane junior had to be al­ (Firmino 16, Alderweireld 90-
on FIFA executive panel
NEW DELHI
Rey by Barcelona, third­ ert to stop Damian Musto og) bt Tottenham 1 (Lucas 70).
All India Football Federation placed Real showed little from glancing home a head­ La Liga: Real Madrid 3 (Isco 25,
president Praful Patel is set signs of improvement in Zi­ er nine minutes before the Dani Ceballos 62, Benzema 89)
to become the first Indian to nedine Zidane’s second break, while Avila punched bt Huesca 2 (Cucho Hernandez
game in charge but Benze­ the ground in frustration in 3, Etxeita 74); Valladolid 1 (Keko
be elected member of the
ma, subject to rumours he first half stoppage time after Gontan 9) drew with Real So-
FIFA executive council.
ciedad 1 (Oyarzabal 79); Sevilla
According to AIFF sources, may leave Madrid in the sum­ flashing a power shot over
0 lost to Valencia 1 (Parejo
Patel is all but sure to be one mer for Manchester United, from the edge of the box.
45-pen).
of the five council members struck with a fine curling fin­ Real continued to disap­ Serie A: Bologna 2 (Pulgar 68-
from the Asian Football ish to snatch the three point in the second half but pen, Destro 90+6) bt Sassuolo 1
Confederation when the points. took the lead just after the (Boga (90+2); Inter Milan 0 lost
regional body holds its Zidane’s son Luca was gi­ hour mark thanks to Dani Ce­ to Lazio 1 (Milinkovic-Savic 13).
elections in Kuala Lumpur on ven his second ever start bet­ ballos, who bundled home Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt
April 6. The term will run ween the sticks for Real but the second. Bale then missed 3 (Kostic 45, 64, Jovic 84) bt
from 2019 to 2023. PTI Winning strike: Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema celebrates with Dani Ceballos and Gareth Bale. *
REUTERS got off to the worst possible a glorious opportunity to put Stuttgart 0.

Leclerc takes positives Karunaratne Kevin Kisner is Match Play champion


apologises
from Bahrain heartbreak Agence France-Presse
Molinari beats Bjerregaard to finish third
Colombo 48th seed but became the
Hawks beat Bucks Terms 2017 Formula Two setback Sri Lanka’s Test captain Di­
Agence France-Presse
Washington lowest­seeded winner since
on the buzzer in Monaco as the worst muth Karunaratne apolo­ Australian Geoff Ogilvy.
Kevin Kisner, who shared a
LOS ANGELES
gised on Monday for his runner­up spot in last year's In the morning semifinals,
Rookie Trae Young (in pic)
drained a buzzer-beating
“unbecoming behaviour” British Open, defeated Matt Kisner edged Italy's Frances­
basket to give Atlanta Hawks after being arrested for Kuchar 3&2 in Sunday's WGC co Molinari 1­up and Kuchar
a 136-135 NBA overtime drunken­driving in an acci­ Match Play championship fi­ dispatched Danish 50th seed
victory on Sunday over a dent that left a taxi driver nal to win his third career Lucas Bjerregaard 1­up.
depleted Milwaukee Bucks. injured. PGA title. At 40, Kuchar would have
Justin Anderson led Hawks Karunaratne, 30, was ta­ On a cold and windy last been the oldest champion in
with 24 points and 12 ken to a magistrate who day of the 64­player show­ tournament history and the
rebounds. suspended his driving li­ down at Austin (Texas) first player to win three titles
The results: Denver Nuggetrs cence and fixed a trial for Country Club, Kisner domi­ in a PGA season since Steve
90 lost to Washington May 2. The cricket star was nated 2013 winner Kuchar in
Wizards 95; San Antonio
Stricker in 2009. In the con­
also asked to take a medi­ the all­American final to cap­
Spurs 106 lost to Sacramento solation match, Molinari de­
cal test. ture the $1.745 million top
Kings 113; Golden State feated Bjerregaard 4&2.
Police told the court that prize. “It was gruelling and
Warriors 137 bt Charlotte The results: Final: Kevin Kisner
while driving under the in­ the winds were tough,” Kisn­
Hornets 90; New Orleans (USA) bt Matt Kuchar (USA)
Pelicans 102 lost to LA Lakers fluence of liquor, Karuna­ er said. “It was a hard week 3&2; Third place: Francesco
130; Oklahoma City Thunder One for the future: Charles Leclerc’s driving in the Bahrain ratne went through a red but I prevailed and I'm world Molinari (ITA) bt Lucas Bjerre-
103 lost to Dallas Mavericks GP has caught the eye of many, including rival teams, and all light and hit a taxi whose #398299
golf champion.” gaard (Den) 4&2. Semifinals:
106; Atlanta Hawks 136 bt agree on great things for him. AFP * driver was hospitalised for Kisner, last year’s runner­ Kisner bt Molinari 1-up; Kuchar On top of the world! Kevin Kisner of the United States
Milwaukee Bucks 135; LA minor injuries after the up to Bubba Watson, was bt Bjerregaard 1-up. with the Walter Hagen Cup. AFP *

Clippers 113 bt Memphis Agence France-Presse shows they have done an pre­dawn crash on Sunday.
Grizzlies 96. AFP Sakhir amazing job. To lose the “My actions were utterly
Charles Leclerc focused on lead this way is always a unbecoming of a Sri Lan­
the positives on Monday af­ shame and a kan national cricketer and I
ter his heartbreaking bid for disappointment.” do apologise to all of you
a maiden F1 win was foiled He said it was not the for this incident,” Karuna­
by engine problems in Sun­ cruellest setback of his rac­ ratne said in a statement.
day’s Bahrain Grand Prix. ing career. “No, it was not The incident came as Sri
The 21­year­old Monegas­ that extreme,” he explained. Lanka decides who will be
que, who emerged as the “Formula Two, in Monaco, captain for the national
sport’s rising star as the in 2017, was probably the team at the World Cup in
Mbappe fan sneaks youngest pole­sitter in Fer­ worst me and the worst I’ve England.
on­pitch selfie
rari’s history, had victory in ever had.” Karunaratne, who led
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his sights with 10 laps re­ In that race, he dominat­ Sri Lanka to a stunning
A cheeky Paris Saint-Germain
fan ran onto the pitch at
maining when he suffered a ed the contest on home soil Test series victory against
Toulouse on Sunday and power loss that saw him in front of his family and South Africa last month,
snapped a sneaky selfie of drop to third as Mercedes friends before safety car had been one of the
himself with Kylian Mbappe pair Lewis Hamilton and confusion and a suspension favourites.
before being nabbed by Valtteri Bottas finished first breakage conspired to Sri Lanka’s cricket board
security staff. The supporter, and second. wreck his hopes. said in a statement it would
wearing a PSG jacket, His misfortune was “This is not so bad. It’s investigate the incident “in
clambered out of the stands caused by a single cylinder still a podium and it’s my order to take necessary ac­
during the Ligue 1 contest failure, Ferrari said, quash­ first in F1 so I want to enjoy tion.”
and ran slowly up behind the ing suggestions of a problem it. It was not the weekend
20-year-old World Cup with the turbo­charger. we wanted, but we should
winner, who jumped with “To be honest, how I felt be happy with third despite
surprise when he saw the fan in the car, I thought that eve­ the problems.”
brandishing his telephone. rything would blow up a few Ferrari team chief Mattia
The young man was then laps later,” said Leclerc. Binotto said: “The engine
wrestled to the floor by
“But, that was not the case will go back to Maranello for
security, although Mbappe
and we still finished third. careful checks because
shook his hand and
when something like this
exchanged a few words with
him before he was led away.
Finding pace happens you need to take
AFP “From the whole weekend, your time. But the engine
there are a lot of positives to was running at the end of
McIlroy climbs to World take. After Australia, we the race so it is still able to
No. 3; Johnson stays top were quite far off. Now, I run. We will use it certainly
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think we have found some in China when we have an
Rory McIlroycontinued his
pace. We came here with a entire Friday to assess its be­
rise up the world rankings on
good car, which was very haviour, functionality and Dimuth Karunaratne.
Monday as the four-time
positive for the team and performance.” * TOM DULAT/GETTY IMAGES
Major champion jumped one
spot to third, while Dustin
Johnson retained his narrow
lead at the top. Tiger Woods
climbed two spots to 12th,
while Match Play winner
Malaysia tour will help us
improve in key areas: Savita
Kevin Kisner rose from 50th
to 25th. AFP

<
> Igood
think we have rienced striker Rani, midfiel­
HOCKEY depth in the der Namita Toppo and drag­
team now with quite flicker Gurjit Kaur, Savita
Press Trust of India said the tour will be a good
Bengaluru a few talented
youngsters platform for the youngsters
India hockey team skipper to step up and make use of
Rookie Norris still can’t Savita on Monday said the and look to improve on key the opportunity.
believe it! Malaysia tour will help the areas which we felt needed “I think we have good
SAKHIR (BAHRAIN) to be worked on after analys­
team improve on key areas depth in the team now with
Teenage rookie Lando Norris ahead of the Olympic quali­ ing our performance in quite a few talented young­
says he has no idea how he Spain,” Savita said.
fiers, slated to be held later sters who have had good in­
managed to finish an
this year. An 18­member wo­ “Whatever we are doing ternational exposure. They
impressive sixth to score his
men’s hockey team will play now is all part of the prepa­ know what is required at this
first Formula One points in
Sunday’s Bahrain GP. “I don’t
a five­match series against rations for the 2020 Tokyo level and are aware of their
know where it came from,” Malaysia, starting April 4. Olympics qualifying event individual responsibilities.
the 19-year-old said. “... It later this year and we are “This will be a good tour
was fun. I could have passed ‘Confidence’ looking to improve as a team for them to show their capa­
Kimi Raikkonen a couple of “Earlier this year, we played as well as our individual per­ bilities so that they will stand
laps earlier, but I was trying in Spain where we did well formance,” explained Savita. a chance to make the team
to be sensible and not take against the hosts and Ire­ Going into the tour with for the all important 2020
risks. I just used my own land. We will carry the same some key players missing Tokyo Olympics Qualifying
initiative.” AFP confidence into Malaysia due to injuries such as expe­ event this year,” she said.
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IN BRIEF
Reiwa: a new imperial era name for Japan In Poland, Catholic priests
burn Harry Potter books
It signals the new emperor’s reign when he ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne next month
Agence France-Presse and top­secret discussions, bitter cold, each and every
Tokyo
the two “kanji” characters Japanese person can hope
Japan on Monday revealed were unveiled to reveal a for the future and make their
U.S. rapper Nipsey
the name of the era that will name that will last as long as own flowers blossom,” ad­
Hussle shot dead
LOS ANGELES
define the new emperor’s new emperor Naruhito’s ded the Prime Minister.
Grammy­nominated rapper reign when he ascends the rule. “It is the first time it
Nipsey Hussle was shot dead Chrysanthemum Throne Prime Minister Shinzo comes from a Japanese text”
in Los Angeles on Sunday, next month following the Abe said the term “Reiwa” rather than Chinese, noted
sparking an outpouring of first abdication in around came from the “Manyoshu”, Mr. Abe.
grief from fellow celebrities 200 years. an anthology of Japanese The 85­year­old Emperor
as the city’s mayor blamed The new imperial name poems dating back 1,200 Akihito will step down on
“senseless gun violence.” Mr. consists of two characters: years that “symbolises our April 30 in favour of Crown
Hussle, 33, was shot in front “Rei”, which can mean “or­ nation’s profound public cul­ Prince Naruhito, who will A copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K.
of his own clothing store at der” but also “auspicious” ture and long tradition”. take the throne the next day. Rowling. REUTERS
*

close range, by a man who and “Wa”, usually translated “Just like amazing plum Crowds gathered around
fled in a getaway car. Two New beginning: Girls taking a selfie as the ‘Reiwa’ era is as “peace” or “harmony.” flowers in full bloom that sig­ Japan to watch live broad­ Agence France-Presse tious beliefs, including good
other people were wounded, announced on TV, in Tokyo. AFP *
After weeks of speculation nal the arrival of spring after casts of the announcement. Warsaw luck charms, the parishion­
according to police. AFP Catholic priests in Poland er added.
burned books they say are

Virtual assistants may not be 22 kg of plastic sacrilegious this weekend, Going backwards
including tomes from Brit­ “I’d like to believe this is a
found in dead ish author J.K. Rowling’s
Harry Potter series of fanta­
joke... Seriously? Are people
burning fantasy literature in
whale’s belly sy novels. “We obey the the 21st century in some

With 1.5 billion users


ideal for generating revenue Associated Press
Milan
Word,” priests said in a Fa­
cebook post.
One passage exhorting
believers to destroy the ene­
kind of sick ritual?!” one Fa­
cebook user said in a com­
ment underneath the post.
“It’s hard for me to be­
a month, Gmail turns 15 Regulators require tech firms to mention if the results are ‘sponsored’ or ‘advert’ An eight­metre sperm mies of God includes the lieve that we’re so back­
SAN FRANCISCO
whale was found dead off command to “burn their ward!” the user added.
Google’s email service Gmail Reuters gle contends it is in the U.S., has long required Sardinia with 22 kg of plas­ idols in the fire”. Other Facebook users,
that has nearly 1.5 billion
monthly active users turned
SAN FRANCISCO compliance. search engines to inform us­ tic in its belly, prompting The post, on a page run however, backed the book
15 on Monday. Google is At an investor conference The feature recommends ers in a “noticeable and un­ the World Wildlife Founda­ by the Catholic “SMS from burning. “Get rid of everyth­
reportedly testing a set of last month, Google’s Chief plumbers and other local derstandable” fashion when tion (WWF) to sound an Heaven” evangelical group, ing that does not please God
new inbox features like Business Officer Philipp home service providers results are connected to fi­ alarm on Monday over the stirred controversy. and see how your life will
pinned messages, reminders Schindler identified a vexing without disclosing that the nancial relationships. That is dangers of plastic waste in Priests are seen saying change,” one person
and category bundles for the challenge for the company’s results draw from a curated why consumers see “ad” or the Mediterranean Sea. prayers over the fire pit posted.
new Gmail for Android. Gmail most prized app: its virtual database mainly composed “sponsored” labels next to The environmental where other items. The Harry Potter series of
started with an initial storage assistant. of companies that joined its Google results on screens. group said the garbage re­ The Polish Episcopate books focusses on the ad­
capacity of one gigabyte per Searches via Google Assis­ marketing programme. Google gets paid when us­ covered from the sperm and local bishop acknow­ ventures of young wizard
user on April 1, 2004. IANS tant may not be ideal for gen­ Till now, consumers are “It’s not a completely ers contact providers whale’s stomach included ledged the incident but de­ Harry Potter as he struggles
erating revenue, he getting ad­free answers from clean recommendation,” through the ads, which are a corrugated tube for elec­ clined to comment. The lo­ against the dark wizard
suggested. virtual assistants. ISTOCKPHOTO *
said Michelle Cohen, an at­ labelled “sponsored” on trical works, plastic plates, cal parish did not answer Lord Voldemort. It has so­
When results are visible, torney. “If there’s a financial Google.com. But when Goo­ shopping bags, tangled calls. metimes drawn criticism
not merely oral, “you have holds the world’s biggest commitment, you’re sup­ gle Assistant responds to fishing lines and a washing The book burning took from conservative circles for
room for advertising, of search advertising business. posed to disclose it.” “plumber” queries with the detergent package with its place “after the 10:00 a.m. what they say is its focus on
course,” said Mr. Schindler, So far, consumers get Conversing with assis­ same “Google Guaranteed” bar code still legible. mass on Sunday, at 11:00 witchcraft.
whose company grosses an answer from virtual assis­ tants is routine for millions options, the assistant does The female whale a.m.” an unnamed parish­ This incident comes as
estimated $70 billion annual­ tants without ads. And tech of people globally, whether not offer any disclaimer or beached off the northern ioner at the church in the Poland’s influential Roman
ly through ads above search firms have not shown how on bedside alarm clocks, car further explanation. coast of Sardinia last week, northern Polish city of Catholic church struggles to
Scientists trace likely
methane source on Mars results. they would include the audio systems or even high­ Google said that the re­ within the vast Pelagos ma­ Gdansk told the TVN24 deal with the fallout of reve­
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The Alphabet Inc compa­ “sponsored” or “ad” dis­ end headphones. More than sults are not labelled as ads rine sanctuary that was commercial news channel. lations about paedophilia
Scientists on Monday ny declined to elaborate on claimers that regulators 1 billion such devices have “because Google isn’t paid created as a haven for dol­ “And these offerings, among priests that are un­
confirmed the presence of Mr. Schindler’s remarks. But require. Google Assistant, 100 mil­ for these results” when deli­ phins, whales and other which were brought (to the precedented in this over­
the life­indicating gas on the Google’s conundrum is one lion Amazon.com Inc’s Alexa vered on the Assistant rather sea life. church) during the week, whelmingly Catholic coun­
Red Planet as well as where it facing several tech compa­ Curated output and at least 1 billion Apple than Google.com. WWF said plastic is one were taken in front of the try. Last month, the Polish
might have come from. Two nies whose users increasing­ One Google Assistant feature Inc’s Siri, according to the The attorneys said that us­ of the greatest threats to church and there was a bon­ episcopate admitted for the
independent investigations ly seek help from voice­ena­ already is close to violating companies and estimates. ers should be informed that marine life and has killed at fire.” first time that nearly 400 of
pointed to an ice sheet east bled speakers and gadgets. disclosure rules, according The Federal Trade Com­ Google Assistant results, least five other whales over Parishioners were asked its clergy had sexually
of Gale Crater as the likely The question is most to five advertising attorneys mission, which regulates de­ #398299
even if not paid for, stem the last two years from Eu­ to bring items linked to “ne­ abused children and minors
source for the gas. AFP acute for Google, which contacted by Reuters. Goo­ ceptive business practices in from a filtered database. rope to Asia. gative energy” and supersti­ over the last three decades.

In Norway, John Lennon and Yoko Ono


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Vantage point electric cars


outsell others footage resurfaces after 50 years
Associated Press
COPENHAGEN Agence France-Presse ed an unusual press confe­
The Hague
In a symbolic first, electric rence in Vienna with the gla­
cars outsold fossil fuel­po­ Fifty years after Beatles mour pair obscured inside a
wered ones in Norway last member John Lennon and giant “bag”, was a huge me­
month. Yoko Ono famously staged a dia event — each step cap­
Christina Bu, the Norwe­ honeymoon “bed­in” for tured by photographers and
gian Electric Vehicle Asso­ peace in an Amsterdam ho­ videographers.
ciation’s general secretary, tel, a Dutchman has un­ This included a Dutch
said that sales figures show earthed 30 minutes of co­ team shooting footage for a
58.4% of new cars sold in lour footage of the event two­part, 84­minute docu­
the country in March were from his cellar. mentary, a kind of video di­
battery­powered, calling it The couple spent a week ary filmed at the pair's re­
“historically high.” mostly under the sheets at quest. It was broadcast only
Bu added Monday that the Hilton hotel to spread a John Lennon and his wife once and shown at the Edin­
electric cars’ share of the pacifist message — smoking, Yoko Ono. AFP
*
burgh Film Festival the same
market in the first three eating, singing and playing year before disappearing in­
months of 2019 was 48.4% guitar while receiving jour­ The European leg of their to the archives of broadcas­
and is expected to hover nalists for interviews. honeymoon, which includ­ ter KRO.
around 50% for the whole
year.
Norway has waived hef­
ty vehicle import duties
and registration and sales
taxes for buyers of electric
cars to boost sales. Owners
don’t pay road tolls. The
Wooden ball: A view of the Erlebnisholzkugel, a spherical wooden observation tower, during its inauguration in Steinberg am aim to have all new cars in
See, southern Germany, on Monday. AFP * the Scandinavian country
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Cashmere cardigans, gold dummy: luxury befitting a royal baby


High­end brands are seeking to capitalise on affluent parents’ demand for costly items
Reuters Spanish company Suommo Harry’s cousin Zara Phil­
LONDON whose Dodo diamond and lips is an ambassador for
From a $112,000 diamond­ pure gold dummy is priced iCandy, whose pushchairs
and­gold dummy to a $1,320 at $1,12,240. An 18­carat gold sell for up to 1,500 pounds
Gucci baby tracksuit, you plated cot costs €60,000 eu­ ($1,956).
can never be too young to ros. Other firms offer bes­
enjoy a little luxury. poke mattresses, gold high Baby fashion
As Britain’s Prince Harry chairs or silver rattles. Like his or her cousins —
and his American wife Megh­ Harry and Meghan, Prince William’s children Ge­
an Markle prepare to wel­ known as the Duke and Du­ orge, Charlotte and Louis —
come their first child, there chess of Sussex, have re­ baby Sussex will likely be an
is no shortage of high­end vealed little during the preg­ influencer.
brands they can turn to for nancy. The Duchess of When the trio have been
nursery furniture, baby Royal customers: Canadian envoy to the U.K. Janice Charette Sussex told well­wishers in photographed wearing chil­
clothing and plenty of toys. presents Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan baby gifts. AP *
January she was six months drenswear brands like Ra­
Personalised cots, cashm­ pregnant but the couple did chel Riley, Pepa & Company
ere cardigans and traditional helped by the royals because ton baby grow that’s £90 not know the baby’s gender. and Amaia, many parents
rocking horses are among it gives a lot of these brands pounds ($117) ... to a Burber­ British media have report­ have swiftly shopped the
luxury items on offer for an international platform,” ry changing bag which is ed they have picked neutral same looks.
youngsters, with an array of said Kate Freud, editor at £850, and beyond. Some of colours for the nursery at “I can imagine (Meghan)
brands seeking to capitalise large of luxury parenting ma­ the prices are really eye­wa­ their new Frogmore Cottage mixing the traditional
on affluent parents’ demand gazines Baby and Little tering but parents are pre­ home in Windsor and pu­ brands with a more contem­
for such costly items. London. pared to pay it.” blished a picture of a car porary spin,” Ms. Freud said.
“It’s grown into a huge “You can be looking at Among those providing with pram maker iCandy’s “Whatever she ends up do­
market. It’s been hugely anything from a simple cot­ luxury baby products is logo arriving at their gates. ing, it’s going to be a sellout.”
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IN BRIEF
We are not waiting for ‘Will approach every party over statehood’
Says CM at a public meeting in the city; appeals to Delhiites to vote for AAP
an alliance, says AAP Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI

Stating that Delhi’s seven


Murder of judge’s kin: 5
Party campaign gains momentum, 9 meetings held in a day Lok Sabha seats could prove
vital for whoever forms the
witnesses examined Damini Nath next government, Aam Aad­
GURUGRAM
Five witnesses were
NEW DELHI <
> TV channels are
reporting that the mi Party national convener
examined in connection with With speculation of an al­ Congress has and Delhi Chief Minister Ar­
the murder of the wife and liance between the Aam vind Kejriwal on Monday
offered 3­3­1 or 4­3
son of an Additional District Aadmi Party (AAP) and the said he would make granting
in Delhi, three seats
and Sessions Judge in Congress refusing to die Delhi full statehood a prere­
October last year, at a local down, AAP moved its cam­ in Haryana and zero quisite for AAP’s support to
court here on Monday. paign for the Lok Sabha elec­ seats in Punjab. If the government.
CITY A PAGE 4 tion in Delhi up a gear on they are giving zero Addressing three public
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Monday, holding nine public seats, how is that an meetings in the city on Mon­
Cancel FIR against us, meetings in a day. offer? There is no day evening, Mr. Kejriwal ap­
appeals Bhondsi family Having announced candi­ point in joking pealed to Delhiites to vote
GURUGRAM dates for all seven Lok Sabha how is that an offer? There is for AAP with the aim of
Gopal Rai
The Muslim family in Bhondsi seats of Delhi last month, no point in joking.” AAP Delhi convener “making Delhi a full State”,
who was attacked on March AAP has been campaigning and not getting caught up in
21 by a group of men, on across the city for weeks ‘Cong said no to tie-up’ blic meetings today to cam­ “making a Prime Minister”.
Monday made an appeal to now. Mr. Rai said the Congress paign for seven MPs. We are
the district administration to But, AAP leaders as well had already “said no” to an not waiting. We are fully Lists reasons
cancel the FIR registered as some in the Congress alliance, referring to a meet­ committed to our campaign At the last rally of the day in
against them and threatened
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a public meeting at Raghubir Nagar in west Delhi, ahead
have kept the possibility of ing of Opposition leaders at in support of full statehood Raghubir Nagar in west Del­ of the Lok Sabha poll, on Monday. SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR *

to migrate to a safer place if


an alliance open. Nationalist Congress Party for Delhi,” he said, referring hi, Mr. Kejriwal listed out all
their demand was not met.
Responding to a question chief Sharad Pawar’s resi­ to the AAP’s central theme the reasons he thinks Delhi launch a movement [for full Andhra Pradesh Chief Minis­ for the demand for
CITY A PAGE 3 about recent reports of the dence in February, where, for the Lok Sabha campaign should be a full State — so statehood]. There are seven ter N. Chandrababu Naidu statehood.
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Congress offering a 4­3 seat­ according to AAP convener in Delhi. that his government can im­ seats in Delhi. This time they and West Bengal Chief Minis­
sharing arrangement in Del­ Arvind Kejriwal, Congress He added that it appeared plement 85% reservation for are nervous about each and ter Mamata Banerjee had Hits out at UP CM
hi, AAP Delhi convener Go­ president Rahul Gandhi had the Congress was in a state Delhi students and jobseek­ every seat. With seven seats, promised him support of the At his first rally for the day at
pal Rai said, “Which formu­ declined the offer. of “maha confusion” and ers in colleges and govern­ a government can be formed people of their respective Delhi Cantonment, the AAP
la? The one that is running He said the Congress had was weakening the Opposi­ ment jobs respectively, im­ or can fall. Maybe their go­ States for the demand of full national convener hit out at
on TV? TV channels are re­ neither publicly nor private­ tion parties in Delhi, Uttar prove law and order through vernment being formed is up statehood while they all ad­ Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
porting that the Congress ly said it would be ready for Pradesh, West Bengal and State government­control to us. We will say ‘make Del­ dressed a rally in Andhra on Yogi Adityanath for saying
has offered 3­3­1 or 4­3 in alliance, despite remarks Kerala, by contesting and over police and provide af­ hi a full state first’,” he said. Sunday. that the Army was “Modi’s
Delhi, three seats in Haryana from some leaders of the splitting the anti­BJP votes, fordable housing for all At the rally at Janakpuri, He added that he would fauj”, terming the BJP lead­
and zero seats in Punjab. If party in support of the idea. and eventually “strengthen­ Delhiites. which was earlier in the “go to all political leaders er’s statement an “insult” to
they are giving zero seats, “We are holding nine pu­ ing the BJP”. “Maybe we won’t have to evening, Mr. Kejriwal said and parties” to seek support the armed forces.

In a first, NSA invoked Bus driver shot dead in front of 5­year­old son Congress slams Kejriwal
against gangster in UP Family suspects involvement of relatives of his younger brother’s wife #398299
over remark on Dikshit
Hemani Bhandari sister Nasreen said that the ‘Comments show his hollow mindset’
He had fired at a foreign firm’s guard NEW DELHI
<
> When we reached
our home, my family had asked Uzma to re­
A 40­year­old cluster bus husband asked me turn to her house but she Staff Reporter words and showing least
Press Trust of India sportation, they said. driver was shot dead while had refused. New Delhi concern for the image of a
to go inside and he
Noida “It was not just an act of he was holding his five­year­ The family said that about The Delhi Congress on Mon­ highly respected leader.”