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Village of bachelors carves out a road to welcome its irst bride
For over 50 years, Barwan Kala in a remote corner of Bihar did not have a baraat and youth had to move out to wed
Amarnath Tewary
Barwan Kala
SUNDAY SPECIAL from Patna, is like an inac-
cessible fortress. Adhaura, is
and some solar panels
pitched randomly, the vil-
RMS postman On the last day of February porter at the village, which also in the worst Maoist af- lage has virtually no link
makes a comeback this year, Ajay Kumar Yadav can be reached only after a fected part of Kaimur dis- with the rest of the world.
Mangaluru brought his bride home to a 10 km trek. trict, which shares a border All our requests for a
The letterboxes introduced heros welcome. That is be- with Uttar Pradesh. Just a road fell on deaf ears. When
on three Railway Mail Service cause, Neetu, his wife, was Inaccessible corner few days ago, Maoists killed elections came, politicians
(RMS) coaches has generated the first to marry someone For over 50 years, Barwan Jitendra Kharwar near Bar- made promises but did
a good repsonse prompting from this remote village in Kala has been an inaccess- wan Kala village on March 2, nothing, said former village
the Karnataka Circle of India decades and move in. It was ible corner, up on the when he refused to serve head Nandlal Kharwar. In
Post to introduce them in
possible only because the Kaimur hills in the western them food at night. 2005, Ram Chandra Singh
other trains in the State.
villagers had themselves most part of Bihar. It has not For long, the village had Yadav, a young contestant,
KARNATAKA PAGE 5 hewn a six km stretch of witnessed any band, baaja no road, electricity, water, assured the villagers that he
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD road, cutting through the or baraat (marriage cere- or mobile phone network too would not get married
hills and forest, thus paving mony). Relatives of pro- and no primary health unless he could get a road
DPI orders closure of the way for marriages in Bi- spective brides who man- centre. The nearest police for them. The villagers
Bellandur preschool hars village of bachelors. aged to make it to the village station is 45 km away. The voted for him en masse. Ya-
BENGALURU It is because of this road retreated in haste, prefer- Vital link: Motorcycles and tractors ply on the road constructed by the villagers. RANJEET KUMAR women fetch water from a dav not only won the As-
The Department of Public that I got married, other- ring to give their daughters well nearly 1.5 km away, as sembly poll but also got
Instruction has ordered wise I too would have been in marriage elsewhere. This to go down the hill, take time, the village of over the highest number of un- all 12 hand pumps have gone married the next year and
closure of the preschool in just one of the scores of left as many as 121 villagers temporary shelter in a relat- 6,000 people and 400 married men in any Bihar dry. Except an upgraded had a daughter.
Bellandur where children bachelors here, Ajay Yadav of all ages, bachelors. Those ives house or in some guest households earned the title village. Barwan Kala in middle school, a public dis-
were allegedly sexually triumphantly told this re- who were lucky enough had house to get married. Over of village of bachelors with Adhaura block, 300 km tribution system shop (PDS) CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
assaulted by the school
supervisor. Parents have to
shift their children to other
registered preschools.
GST Council clears draft laws Varanasi turns ground
Nod for Central and Inter-State laws marks progress towards July 1 rollout zero as rivals converge
Bengaluru has had a
phenomenal growth, Special Correspondent differences, Mr. Jaitley ad- City saw BJP, SP-Congress road shows and a BSP rally
both in terms of popu- New Delhi ded. The SGST law will ap-
lation as well as area, In a significant step towards ply to all States and Union Omar Rashid
posing huge chal- meeting the July 1 deadline Territories with legislatures VARANASI
lenges to the planners for the rollout of the Goods (Delhi and Puducherry), but Turning Varanasi into a
of the city. The Hindu and Services Tax (GST), the will not apply to those Union political battleground, all
begins a five-part GST Council on Saturday Territories without a legis- the key players of the Uttar
weekly series, ex- gave its formal approval to lature, the Union Finance Pradesh Assembly elections
amining the problems the Central GST (CGST) and Minister said. Therefore, converged on the city on
and possible solu- Inter-State GST (IGST) laws, we will need to bring out a Saturday in a competitive
tions. The first part with the Compensation Law Union Territories GST law show of strength.
looks at the Revised already having been ap- for those Union Territories. If Prime Minister Naren-
Master Plan 2015. proved during the previous While the passage of the dra Modi kicked off the day Home base: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a road show
LEARNING FROM meeting on February 18. Deal done: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, centre, and Minister CGST and IGST Bills by the with a massive road show in Varanasi on Saturday. RAJEEV BHATT
THE PAST PAGE 2 The Council will meet of State for Finance Santosh Gangwar, right, at the meet. PTI GST Council is a welcome through the heart of
again on March 16 to deliber- step, it would be have been Varanasi, Congress vice- 20 km from the city centre. ing Sonarpura and Madan-
ate on the final versions of sion on them, Finance Min- placed in the public domain wonderful if the SGST and president Rahul Gandhi and Mr. Modi started his road pura pockets with sub-
the remaining two laws the ister Arun Jaitley said at a within three to four days, UTGST Bills had also been U.P. Chief Minister Akhilesh show by garlanding the stantial Muslim and Bengali
INSIDE State GST law and the Union press conference after the Revenue Secretary Hasmukh approved, M.S. Mani, Yadav responded with an statue of BHU founder populations before cross-
Territories GST Law. 11th GST Council meeting. Adhia said. Senior Director - Indirect equally impressive joint Madan Mohan Malviya at the ing the bustling Gowdolia,
The final drafts of the The CGST and IGST laws The remaining laws to be Tax at Deloitte Haskins & road show later in the day. universitys gate at Lanka. amid synchronized drums,
CGST and IGST laws were still required some minor approved, the SGST and UT- Sells said. Not to be left behind, BSP The cavalcade then passed and chants of Modi, Modi
circulated to the GST Council tweaks in the language, but GST laws, are replicas of the chief Mayawati held a huge through dense markets and and Ghar, Ghar Modi.
and there was a long discus- they will be ready and CGST law, with only minor CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 public meeting at Rohania, residential localities, includ- CONTINUED ON PAGE 10


Tiger A varsity for aspiring Storming the booths

poached? change-makers
Two held K.C. Deepika as a new non-academic
R. Krishna Kumar
BENGALURU learning body that will help
You are an aspiring change- bridge the gap between as-
A tiger was suspected to
maker, inspired by the in- piring change-makers and
have been snared and
creasing number of success communities.
poached from Metikuppe
stories the city is witness- The University of Com-
range of the Nagarahole
ing, but dont know where mons (UoC) will be a com-
National Park on Saturday.
to start. munity of volunteers or act-
The incident occurred late
What if there is a univer- ive citizens. We will begin by
on Friday night, and the
sity that will help you learn choosing around five people
Forest Mobile Squad arres-
the ropes, provide you with for the fellowships this
ted Dinesh and Puttaiah
funds to turn your idea into year, said Satyam Gambhir,
and recovered tiger skin
reality, and also help you co-founder of the UoC. We
and claws from them. Four
reach out to your target have many partner organ-
others suspected to be in-
audience the community. isations on board, who will
volved in the alleged
The University of Com- mentor ideas in the areas of
poaching are absconding
mons, an initiative by agriculture, waste manage-
and the authorities have
Mindtree, the Bengaluru- ment, education and social
SECTION 2 14 PAGES spread a dragnet to nab
headquartered global in- entrpreneurship,. Battling the elements: Voters patiently sufered a dust storm while waiting to cast their vote in Imphal, capital of Manipur, on
formation technology con- Saturday. A record turnout of 84% was recorded in the irst phase of polling in Manipur, where 168 candidates were in the fray in
CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 sulting firm, is being pitched CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 38 seats, while Uttar Pradesh recorded 57% voting in the sixth phase. RITU RAJ KONWAR (REPORTS ON PAGE 11)


Caught between custom and conservation Indian store owner shot

Tirumala temple wants to breed Small Indian Civet for perfume, but A.P. Forest Department seeks control dead outside home in U.S.
A.D. Rangarajan abhishekam of Lord quashed. At a meeting held executive officer D. Sherif dismisses racial motive in South Carolina killing
Tirupati Venkateswara. The temple in November 2006, it was Sambasiva Rao. But the
The custom at Sri has a Punugu Ginne Seva decided that TTD would Forest department Press Trust of India found dead, police said.
New York
Venkateswara temple at (offering in a vessel), where fund a nocturnal animal disagreed. Even today we Lancaster County police
Tirumala, of using a select devotees can touch house at Sri Venkateswara are ready to take up A 43-year-old store owner of received calls at 11.33 p.m.
fragrance derived from the the civet pooja vessel. The Zoological Park, to be construction if TTD gives Indian-origin was shot dead after calls to emergency
Small Indian Civet in the secretion is mixed with maintained by the Forest funds, says P.V. Chalapathi outside his home in the U.S.. number 911 reported
deitys worship, faces a gingelly oil and heated to get Department. Rao, Chief Conservator of The killing comes just days screaming and gunshots.
challenge as the Tirumala an aromatic gel. However, the TTD insisted Forests (Tirupati Wildlife after an Indian engineer was Sheriff Barry Faile said
Tirupati Devasthanams The tussle started a that the house be Management Circle). killed in Kansas in a hate the Indian ethnicity of Patel
(TTD) and the A.P. Forest decade ago, when the TTD maintained by its own forest The department filed a crime, sending shockwaves A memorial outside Harnish did not appear to be a factor
Department remain at was rearing two pairs of unit (led by a Forest Service charge sheet against TTD across the country. Harnish Patels store in Lancaster. in the crime. I dont have
loggerheads on captive civets at its dairy farm in officer) using its own fund of and seized the civets in Patel, the owner of a con- @GSUSKINWSOC9/TWITTER any reason to believe that
breeding of the animal. Tirupati. The animal is in 10 lakh a year, to provide a 2008. After a four-year trial, venience store in Lancaster home, where authorities be- this was racially motivated,
The civet is caught in a A Small Indian Civet in part two, Schedule II of the continuous supply. a local court held TTD County, South Carolina, was lieve he was confronted by Mr. Faile said. Condoling the
decade-long row over supply Thiruvananthapuram. Wildlife (Protection) Act The TTD is ready to officials not guilty. Another found dead with gunshot his killer. The store is death, an official in the MEA
of its glandular punugu 1972, that prohibits maintain the house, and it is criminal case was registered wounds in the front yard of around 4km from his house, in New Delhi said the gov-
secretion that weighs less encrusted when dry and is domestication. The Forest also okay if the Forest in 2013, which was also his home on Thursday, the a local newspaper, The Her- ernment would remain in
than a gram. ejected when the animal department seized the civets Department does it and dismissed. The civet cats coroner and police officials ald, reported. Patel had touch with local authorities.
The yellow substance rubs against a hard surface. and registered a case against agrees to provide the civet are in the SV zoo, curator Y. said. Patel had shut his store locked up his store less than
from its perineal gland gets The fragrance is used for the TTD, that was later on a regular basis, says TTD Srinivasa Reddy said. and driven to his nearby 10 minutes before he was CONTINUED ON PAGE 10




Learning from the past This class

will be music Handwriting wizards
Over the last decade, the highly speculative nature of Bengalurus land markets
has superseded the idealistic diagrams of Revised Master Plan 2015
to your ears
Ranjani Govind
showcase their skill
Sudhir Krishnaswamy textile weaving, seem to have If you want to learn Kan- Around 300 students participate in Bengaluru city inals
Champaka Rajagopal benefited from introduction nada but dont want to be
Mathew Idiculla
of mixed land use zoning, confined to a classroom, Sudhindr A.B.
Even as the government of inhabitants of newly planned head to the Rangoli Art BENGALURU

Karnataka has unveiled full- residential layouts such as Centre on MG Road Around 300 students parti-
page advertisements celeb- Koramangala and Indir- between 4 p.m. and 4.45 cipated in the city finals of
rating Bengalurus designa- anagar have fiercely pro- p.m. on Sunday, where the Cello Handwriting Wiz-
tion at the Davos World Eco- tested against this categorisa- will ards contest at Army Public
nomic Forum as the Worlds tion. Commercial be adding a melodious School, K. Kamaraj Road,
Most Dynamic City, the resid- proliferation, in rampant vi- touch to its offline lessons. here on Saturday. The con-
ents of the city recognise it olation of permissible mixed This is the first time test was organised in associ-
as a barely functional metro- land uses, has aggravated professional musicians will ation with The Hindu in
polis staring at an impending sentiments against mixed be coming to teach Kan- School in junior (classes IV to
water crisis of a scale and in- land use. nada. Anything taught VI) and senior (classes VII to
tensity not seen before. While it is tempting to say through music can be IX) categories.
Bengalurus urban predic- that the RMP 2015 has failed, grasped and remembered In the junior category,
ament is most often under- it is unclear how we under- easily, said Anup Maiya, Ankitha M. of Poornaprajna
stood to be the result of the Localities such as Cubbon Pete may have gained from mixed stand these failures. We ar- co-founder of KannadaGot- Education Centre, Sri
decadal explosion of its pop- land use zoning, but those in newly planned layouts such as gue that at the root of this, an initiative that Krishna Nagar, bagged the
ulation (6.5 million in 2001 Koramangala are against the categorisation. BHAGYA PRAKASH K. failure is an opaque supply teaches Kannada primarily first prize. The class VI stu-
to 9.6 million in 2011) and un- driven approach to planning. through WhatsApp and dent, who always receives
hindered spatial expansion location of higher floor-area These included among oth- The result is a master plan also holds regular monthly appreciation from her teach-
of urbanised area (from 226 ratios in the core areas, ers the sites of and adjoining crafted by an undemocratic classes for a nominal fee. ers and parents for her
sq. km in 1995 to about 710 tapering down at the peri- Binny and Minerva mills, the authority by masking polit- Vocalist Vasu Dixit and
sq. km in 2007). Can such ex- pheries. Secondary centres, now Mantri and Orion malls. ical agendas to deliver a pre- guitarist Hemant Jois have
plosive growth be sustained with higher development These secondary centres scriptive unit and parcel offered to be part of the
without a sound planning rights, were located at inter- were to be developed level zoning and develop- Kannada teaching initiat-
process? sections of public transit through pooling of land for ment permission for 10-year ive, said Mr. Maiya. Vasu
In this five-part series, we alignments. To what extent large-scale public infrastruc- planning periods. Dixit attended one of our
confront manifold crises that did the compact city model ture within the core areas of A diverse dynamic metro- Kannada classes at Rangoli.
planning in Bengaluru faces. succeed? the city. polis with an increasingly And he wanted to be part
Who should plan? At what Over the last decade, the Instead, many of these aware and politically active of the initiative. Immedi-
scale should planning take highly speculative nature of sites have now developed citizenry needs a demand- ately he offered his ser- Winners all: (Top, from left) Afeefa Mariyam, Aisiri S. Harish,
place? What is the appropri- the citys land markets has purely as private secondary driven planning approach at vices... , Mr. Maiya said. Ancy Mary Fernandes, Ankitha, and Amogha S. Koushika were
ate process to be followed superseded the centres, as a multi-scalar level that un- Mr. Dixit, who is known among the top performers at The Handwriting Wizards 2017.
and what outcomes can we RMP 2015s planning ravels and makes transpar- for popularising the lan- All the participants were given certiicates. K. MURALI KUMAR
expect from the planning idealistic dia- and enfor- ent political, ecological and guage through his videos
process? Finally, can we de- grams for a cing author- economic trade-offs at the with poems of Purandara- legible writing, said she was in the senior category. In gave away the prizes to the
velop an implementable and compact city. ities root of the planning process. dasa and Kanakadasa and extremely happy that she my school, additional marks winners. In his address, he
enforceable plan? New forms of amended Next week, we show why musical compositions, said came first. My teachers and are given for good handwrit- said handwriting reflects the
If the growing frustration capital emerging from secur- regulatory mandates that conferring planning power teaching Kannada through parents say that I write ing. My teachers are very ap- emotional status of a per-
and protests on the streets of itization and financialization supported public provision- on a legitimate authority is music is a great idea as neatly. Though I have won preciative of my handwrit- son. He also said that writing
Bengaluru led by citizens of of the world economy have ing in the final RMP 2015. the first step in devising a people will find the words prizes in drawing, this is my ing and encourage me to was a disciplined exercise
various social, demographic driven and shaped the citys The RMP 2015 was also new approach to planning easier to remember. Our first big prize in a handwrit- practise, she said. and parents as well as teach-
and economic backgrounds real estate markets, large and not a static one-size-fits-all for Bengaluru. senses are oriented that ing competition, she said. Afeefa Mariyam, a class ers had a huge role in incul-
with diverse political disposi- small resulting in twin pres- plan: it acknowledged the way, melody makes it easier Amogha S. Koushik, a VII student of R.T.C. Girls cating it.
tions are to be responded to sures: making the price of citys diverse and dynamic (Sudhir Krishnaswamy is to remember the words. class VI student of Sri Vidya High School, took home the Shruthi B.C., Anusuya G.
meaningfully, Bengaluru land and real estate largely urban geographies. In re- professor of law and director During the session on Mandir, Malleswaram, won second prize, while Aisiri S., and Chaithanya from Hand-
needs to revisit its planning unaffordable in the urban sponse to the citys dynam- of School of Policy and Gov- Sunday, Mr. Dixit and Mr. the second prize, while a class VII student of Sri writing House were the adju-
process. The first place to core and unprecedented ism, the plan claimed to dis- ernance, Azim Premji Univer- Jois will distribute the lyr- Reshma V., a class VI student Vidya Mandir, Malleswaram, dicators. All the participants
start is to review and evalu- urban sprawl and fragmen- mantle the rigid regulations sity, and founder-trustee of ics of various songs in Eng- of Prasiddhi School, Vas- bagged the third prize. received certificates. In the
ate the ideas behind the for- ted development on the of the preceding Compre- the Centre for Law and Policy lish and Kannada and will anthnagar, stood third. All the winners received school-level contest, about
mulation and implementa- urban peripheries of hensive Development Plan Research, Bengaluru; Cham- explain and teach them trophies, merit certificates, 35,000 students from 60
tion of the preceding Revised Bengaluru. 1995 and introduced mixed paka Rajagopal is visiting through music. Senior category Kaadoo board games, and schools participated. Cello
Master Plan 2015 (RMP 2015) The draft RMP 2015 also land use zones. professor, Azim Premji Uni- We hope that people Ancy Mary Fernandes, a gift vouchers from Sapna was the presenting sponsor
for Bengaluru. planned for development of While localities such as versity; and Mathew Idiculla will record [the session] class VII student of M.E.C. Book House. and Kaadoo was the regional
The RMP 2015 promoted a secondary centres in proxim- Cubbon Pete, which previ- is research associate, Centre and practise [the words] Public School (ICSE), Yela- Srikanth Nayak, vice-pres- partner. Sapna Book House
compact city model, with al- ity to public transit stations. ously engaged in traditional for Law and Policy Research) later, Mr. Dixit said. hanka, bagged the first prize ident, Handwriting House, was the gift partner.




Team #BusBhagyaBeku rides to DPI orders closure of
Bellandur preschool
BMTC oice, drives home demands This after alleged cases of sexual abuse
Staff Reporter of one of the children who
Campaigners seek to grab Chief Ministers attention, call for more buses and lower fares Bengaluru
was allegedly sexually as-
Pustaka Parishe The Department of Public saulted said she is happy
Instruction (DPI) has that the school management
> More buses on the
Staff Reporter
The 9th edition of the Bengaluru ordered closure of the has been penalised and
Pustaka Parishe (book fair) road would make
Hundreds of people preschool in Bellandur pulled up by the DPI.
organised by Srushti Ventures travelling much
gathered at Shantinagar Bus where children were sexu- The incident came to
began at National College easier as currently, it
Station on Saturday morning ally assaulted, allegedly by light after the parents of a
Ground, Basavanagudi, on is impossible to ind
Saturday. The organisers aim in support of the the school supervisor. three-and-half-year-old filed
is to exhibit over one crore #BusBhagyaBeku campaign any space during the The department noted a complaint against Man-
books on different subjects. by Citizens for Bengaluru peak hours in the that the school authorities junath, the school super-
Visitors can donate their (CfB) and Bengaluru Bus morning and had not registered their pre- visor. Soon after, six other
books and can take one of Prayanakara Vedike, which evening. Fares for primary classes with the de- parents came forward and
their choice, free of cost. The aims to convey to the State partment. The Block Educa- registered police complaints
the premium
three-day fair is open government the need for a tion Officer also stated the alleging that their children,
between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. more robust fleet of buses services are school had not provided ad- too, had been sexually
with lower fares. especially high and equate safety. The mother assaulted.
The elaborately planned should be reduced.
Police station shifted yatra, modelled on the Neha Verma,

Gang ofers techie a

lines of the previous resident of Koramangala
The womens police station at #ChukuBukuBeku yatra, saw
Halasuru Gate has been the commuters reaching the BMTC fares are still unaf-
shifted to the second floor of
the Shivajinagar police
station. Its jurisdiction will be
headquarters of the Ban-
galore Metropolitan Trans-
port Corporation (BMTC)
fordable to a significant sec-
tion of the population. They
should halve the fares if they
ride home, robs him
East zone. According to the
police, the station has been from all areas of the city by want an increase in rider-
shifted for the convenience of bus. Several area-based civic ship, said Lekha Adavi of Two cases reported on same night
the public. A majority of activist groups such as Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara
Whitefield Rising, K.R. Vedike. Special Correspondent ber of his ATM card. They
complaints are from
Shivajinagar and surrounding Puram Rising, Citizens Ac- This year, the transport used it to withdraw 10,000,
areas, an officer said. tion Forum, and Bangalore authority has requested the A gang of four abducted and dumped him on a road in
Residents Association Con- <
> We endorse the two
demands for government for financial as- robbed a 22-year-old IT em- Hebbagodi, and sped away.
federation Ensemble parti- sistance to procure 3,000 ployee in the wee hours of The Mahadevapura po-
Compost Santhe doubling the
cipated. buses. If this is approved, Saturday. licevisited the ATM where
As early as 9.30 a.m., vo- number of buses the fleet size will improve The victim, Vishnu, had the gang withdrew money
Bengaluru Development and halving the
Minister K.J. George has
lunteers and commuters considerably, as 3,040 more just finished his shift at his to verify CCTV footage.
stressed the need for more reached major bus stations fares. As a regular buses are scheduled to be workplace in Marathahalli
publicity for the Compost including Koramangala, Jay- BMTC user, I added this financial year. and was looking to return to Second incident
Santhe, which is being held at anagar, Shivajinagar, Kem- support the demand We have asked the State his paying guest accommod- There was another such in-
various localities in the city. pegowda Bus Station and for non-AC buses. government for direct finan- ation near Bagmane Tech cident on Friday night when
Inaugurating the santhe near Banashankari, and boarded cial assistance this time. Last Park in Mahadevapura. T. Bhaskar, a 25-year-old
Pravir Bagrodia,
Mini Forest area in HBR buses towards Shantinagar. member, Whiteield Rising year, we were given an in- He was waiting for the of- software engineer staying in
Layout here on Saturday, Mr. There, they formed a group, terest subvention on the pro- fice transport late in the a PG accommodation in
George said that given the gathered opposite the bus based) second stage of travel curement of 1,000 buses, night to return home when Marathahalli, was robbed in
increasing garbage problem station and started shouting from 12 to 10. said BMTC managing dir- four men in a car ap- similar fashion. He too was
in the city, it is essential to slogans seeking more buses. ector Ekroop Caur. proached him and offered waiting for his office trans-
convert trash into compost at Size of reduction On the topic of fares how- to drop him home. port when a few people in
source. He lauded the Bruhat At least 12,000 needed Parking the bus: Users of BMTC services gathered at However, the activists said ever, Ms. Caur remained When Vishnu refused, an SUV approached him
Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike
Buses in the city are always Shantinagar Bus Station in Bengaluru on Saturday, seeking this was not sufficient. non-committal, only saying they forced him into the car and offered a ride.
for holding such events in the
crowded. We want the BMTC better public transport in the city. SUDHAKARA JAIN Lowering the fares from 12 that BMTC would not con- and drove off towards They eventually forced
city and appealed to the
public to utilise the chance.
to have at least 12,000 buses to 10 is not going to help in- sider hiking fares further Hebbagodi. On the way, the him into the car, attacked
According to a release, on the road and for this, the Besides increasing the the country, to be reduced dividuals who cannot afford this year. gang slashed Vishnus hand him with knife and made
Mayor G. Padmavathi, who support of the government is number of buses, the cam- by half. to take a bus in the first when he tried to resist, and away with his wallet.
was present, hailed the necessary, said Sumukhi, paigners also want BMTC BMTC officials, who met place. Last year also, they took away his wallet. In his The police have yet to
success of the event and one of the participants. At fares, which are among the the campaigners, said they changed the minimum fare statement to the police, confirm if the two attacks
asked citizens to not treat the present, the BMTCs fleet is highest across all public have decided to reduce the from 6 to 5. What differ- Vishnu said the men forced were carried out by the
garbage issue lightly. around around 6,000. transport undertakings in fares for the (kilometre- ence does 1 or 2 make? him to divulge the PIN num- same gang.

We need steel lyover, say

north Bengaluru residents
They have planned a Steel Flyover Beku protest today
Staff Reporter heard, said H. Samuel, a of 812 trees which would
Bengaluru member of the Bangalore be been felled for the steel
As the voice of Steel Flyover North Residents Forum, flyover has come at the
Beda basks in the afterglow which claims the support of cost of increased pollution
of its success, another set of over 50 residents welfare in the area due to traffic
protesters is coming to- associations in the area. snarls.
gether to push for Steel Fly- While groups protesting
over Beku. the steel flyover project had Lack of network
On Sunday, many resid- instead vouched for metro C.N. Chandra, a resident of
ents of North Bengaluru will and a better bus system as Yelahanka, said that with
gather to protest against the the alternative, Dr. Samuel political pressure seeing
dropping of the 1,800- believes this would do little the flyover project
crore project, which they to end their woes. scrapped, the State govern-
say would have solved prob- Metro will take a decade ment needs to immediately
lems of commute to and to come up, while the num- take up widening of Air-
from the northern part of ber of private vehicles will port Road.
the city. It is not that we continue to rise. Those who Many in North
are for the steel flyover pro- protested the project rarely Bengaluru wanted the pro-
ject. But we realise that this travel to this part of the city; ject, but we did not have a
was the best attempt at end- we have to travel daily strong network like those
ing our traffic woes. With through bottlenecks of Bal- who organised the Steel Fly-
the dropping of the project, lari Road, where it takes 45 over Beda protests. The
the problems of North minutes to cover 2 km, he scrapping of the project is
Bengaluru remain un- said, adding that the sparing an injustice to us, he said.

Man who Seven detained for

killed in-laws
arrested murder of minor
Special Correspondent
Ayeshas body was found on Friday;
The police arrested a 35-year- property row suspected to be reason
old cloth merchant who al-
legedly stabbed his in-laws to Special Correspondent she was sacrificed in a
death and injured his wife Bengaluru black magic ritual. After
and neighbour over a trivial The police on Saturday de- questioning the suspects,
row at Annapoorneshwarin- tained seven people for the who are related to the fam-
agar on Friday night. murder of 10-year-old Aye- ily, we think that there was
The accused, Senthil Ku- sha, whose body was found a property dispute, the of-
mar, was an alcoholic and in Magadi on Friday. ficer said, adding that it is
used to harass his wife All seven are family suspected that the assail-
Satyavathi, the police said. members, and we have al- ants performed black ma-
Unable to bear it, Satyavathi most cracked the case, a gic before murdering the
along with their two-year-old senior police officer said. victim.
daughter moved into her par- Ayesha went missing Among the suspect the
ents house. earlier in the week. At the police have detained are a
On Friday, Senthil went to spot where the body was soothsayer and a realtor.
his in-laws house and created discovered, the police We have some positive
a scene, asking Satyavathi to found remnants of lemons leads, said Ramesh Ban-
return. He got into a heated and crushed eggs, which noth, Superintendent of
argument with his father-in- led them to suspect that Police, Ramanagaram.
law, Kumar, 60, and mother-
in-law, Murugamma, 50. In
the heat of the moment, Sen- 0
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He also attacked Satyavathi this newspaper, does not vouch for the
authenticity of any advertisement or ad- Unchavruthi & Meenakshi
and a neighbour, Manjunath, vertiser or for any of the advertisers
products and/or services. In no event can
Kalyanam by Erode Rajamani
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Predators do a delicate dance to avoid one another
Camera traps in dense forests of State show dholes, tigers, and leopards adjusting preying patterns to coexist: Study
Mohit M. Rao

wife acquitted
If the increase in predators in
tiger reserves of the State is
Camera traps estimate
seeing a rise in man-animal
The Third Judicial Magistrate
First Class Court here has
conflict, the carnivores
themselves are engaged in a
home range of dholes
acquitted actor delicate dance to coexist
Shivarajkumar, his wife without conflict within Staff Reporter a study by Wildlife Conser- limb, to calculate the
Geetha Shivarajkumar, and forests. Bengaluru vation Society, which used range the animals have in
JD(S) leader M. Srikanth in a Dholes, tigers, and leo- Perhaps for the first time, camera traps at 162 loca- forests.
case related to violation of pards crucial predators camera traps have been tions in Nagarahole and The dholes in the coun-
model code of conduct. In that rule the forests of used to estimate the home Northern Wayanad. try are now restricted to
2014, an election officer Karnataka have adjusted range of one of the least As dholes do not have only patches of Western
lodged a complaint against their preying patterns to co- studied carnivores in the distinct markings, unlike Ghats, after being driven
Ms. Geetha, who contested exist in these dense forests, country: dholes. tigers or leopards, re- out of nearly 60% of their
the Lok Sabha polls from shows a study by researchers The Asiatic wild dogs, searchers had to use two original habitat due to hu-
Shivamogga constituency as from Wildlife Conservation which are an endangered dholes, one with a scar man habitation.
JD(S) candidate, for allegedly Society (WCS). species, have a range of and another with a white Globally, there are less
seeking votes in Navile
The researchers used 562 around 85 sq. km, reveals discolouration in its fore- than 2,100 mature dholes.
locality after the time fixed
camera trap stations that
for campaigning ended.
were deployed across the
Bhadra, Biligiri Rangaswamy On the fringes of Nagarahole has high prey density at 35 the same place and time in
Temple (BRT), Nagarahole, Tiger Reserve, man-animal ungulates per sq. km, an ad- the four reserves under
Man killed, two injured
and Bandipur tiger reserves conflict is expected to in- ded tune changed the study. Tigers, leopards, and
as car topples
(including parts of Wayanad crease at the fringes. Since melody of this intricate dholes are doing a delicate
in Northern Kerala). the dawn of the new year, six dance: that of open wood- dance in these protected
A 25-year-old man from
Between January and June tigers were found dead in the lands. In this deciduous land- areas, and all are managing
Bengaluru was killed and two
others were injured when 2013, nearly 2,200 photo- peripheries through nat- scape with savannah wood- to survive, said Ullas Kar-
their speeding car toppled on graphs of these predators ural causes or snares and lands, leopards were found anth, WCS Director for Sci-
the Bengaluru-Mysuru were obtained in the re- the numbers will rise as the to coexist often in the same ence in Asia and lead author
highway at T.M. Hosur near serves that cumulatively tiger population continues to areas as dholes and tigers, of the study.
Srirangapatna on Saturday. span 2,985 sq. km. flourish in the area. How- seemingly without conflict. Studies, so far, indicate
The deceased is Mahesh. Analysis of the times of ever, within the reserve, the We can speculate that this is that tigers and leopards are
Shivaraj and Digvijaya Singh predator movement and spa- synchrony of co-existence due to greater open land in primarily found in the pro-
are recuperating in a private tial separations showed the between the carnivores Bandipur where undercover tected areas and reserves
hospital in Mysuru. adjustments made by the an- seemed to continue. The re- growth and habitat type al- implying that they remain
imals to adapt with one an- serve has a high prey density lows for leopards to avoid ti- confined in large populations
other, considering all three of 56 ungulates per sq. km, gers, says Dr. Vasudev. in these reserves. However,
AIUTUC convention exploit the same prey base and the predators have adap- This fine-tuning of their this study shows how predat-
on March 10 (chitals, guars, and langurs, ted by giving one another hunting patterns results in ors adapt within reserves to
among others). space. Spatial analysis minimising conflict and com- prey base as well as to one
A State-level rally and For instance, the dholes showed that these territories petition for prey, which can another, said Dr. Vasudev.
convention of contract
(Asiatic wild dogs) are usu- rarely overlapped; while, the be detrimental to all three Humans are modifying
workers, daily wage workers,
ally diurnal (that is, active hunting pattern spread itself predators. For, tigers and the environment, through
and temporary workers in
various government during the day time), while share space in the reserve. turnal characteristics. Be- thor of the study. Despite the through the day. While packs leopards prey on dholes, livestock grazing and poach-
departments will be held on the two felines are noc- Consequently, there is a shift cause there is lower density sharing of space in the re- of dholes were found to be while, all three steal kills ing of prey. Understanding
March 10 in the city. turnal. in the time of preying to of tigers, dholes could also serve, researchers found that preying during daylight, leo- from one another. how carnivores interact with
Organised by AIUTUC, the However, in Bhadra, the avoid overlap: tigers and leo- hunt during the night neither of the animals were pards tended to hunt in the The dance of avoidance one another will help us un-
convention will urge the prey density is low around pards were seen active even without there being danger camera trapped together twilight and tigers in the was so synchronised that in derstand how predators ad-
government to regularise the 17 ungulates per sq. km for- during the day, while the to them, says Divya Vasudev (that is, within one hour of night. less than 1% of the cases, all apt to these changes, she
services of the workers. cing the three predators to dholes exhibited more noc- from WCS, who is the co-au- each other at any given spot). At Bandipur, which also three species are found in said.

Making street food safe Good

IISc. opens its doors to science bufs
CFTRI and startup develop solar-powered modular cart
Bill sent to Celebrates annual Open Day to commemorate founders birth anniversary
Shankar Bennur
MYSURU President Anushree Madappa eering revealed how they

Expo on Jamsetji Tata

How to make sure that the ir- Cinthya Anand used nanoscience to develop
resistible street food is also Special Correspondent compact gas sensors and bi-
safe and hygienic? The Bengaluru Does the sight of flames leap- osensors which could read
Mysuru-based Central Food The Good Samaritan Bill ing to the beat of A.R. Rah- Staff Reporter history of enterprises human cells.
Technological Research In- enacted by the State gov- mans hasti rahe make your started by him. It was in- Some tricks were kept a
stitute (CFTRI) has found an ernment that was awaiting eyes go wide in wonder? The sixth edition of the augurated by P. Rama secret: like the magic water
answer. Governors assent has now What about watching one of moving exhibition on the Rao, Chairman of the fountain, in which water
In an effort to empower been sent to the President Indias fastest supercom- founder of Tata Group, Council, IISc., in the pres- kept filling to the brim of a
street food vendors to de- for his approval. puters, CRAYXC40, hum- Jamsetji N. Tata, began on ence of Chairman of Tata pot without overflowing. Vo-
liver hygienic food, the The government passed ming in a glass room as it ex- Saturday at IISc. Organ- Services and Chief Oper- lunteers had fun eliciting
premier institute has de- the Karnataka Good ecutes a trillion floating ised by the Tata Central ating officer, Tata Sons, possible solutions from their
veloped SmartCart, an en- Samaritan and Medical point operations per Archives, the exhibition Farokh N. Subedar. The young audience. Give it a
ergy-efficient solar-powered Professional (Protection second? showcased letters and exhibition will be open shot, you might just discover
modular street vending cart. and Regulation During On Saturday, the Indian presented a peep into the for public till March 9. it, said a volunteer. A
Launched with the idea of Emergency Situations) Bill, Institute of Science, like crooked cycle designed by
giving strength to the 2016, during the Belagavi Willy Wonkas chocolate fact- students of the Mechanical
Swachh Bharat mission, the session of the State legis- ory, opened its doors to the DNA from a strawberry, From quizzes and puzzles Engineering Department
SmartCart has been de- lature. public for its annual Open while at the Aerospace En- to models and lectures, had visitors bravely try to
veloped to ensure enhanced For hygiene: The SmartCart that was unveiled at CFTRI in The Bill is aimed at Day held to commemorate gineering department, a live there was much to see and hang on to the saddle, as its
hygiene in the street food Mysuru. providing protection to the birth anniversary of its rocket propulsion demo grasp for those interested. At front wheel turned the op-
arena with quality mobile in- Good Samaritans and en- founder Jamsetji N. Tata. drew crowds throughout the the Department of Microbio- posite direction to the way
frastructure, which can be equate in infrastructure and him evincing interest to ad- suring quick medical aid With colourful banners day. Twelve-year-old logy and Cell Biology Depart- the handlebar moved.
adopted pan-India for street ergonomics. Inputs from opt the cart for their opera- for road accident victims and large crowds of students Rishika, who aspires to be an ment, researcher Sarooshi For visitors, it was a won-
food vending and prepara- around 200 street food tions. The project is a joint and also encouraging everywhere, the usually astrophysicist, did not want spoke about the depart- derful opportunity to see sci-
tion, according to the CFTRI. vendors had been collected. venture by the CFTRI and an people to offer first aid to quite campus looked decked the day to end. I feel like a ments work in demystifying ence in practice and gain an
With wheels, the cart has This prompted scientists engineering startup com- victims without fear of for a festival. Little science kid in a chocolate factory, a lethal form of brain cancer. insight into research hap-
ease of mobility and option at the institute to design and pany. Technology can be ad- legal wrangles. buffs dragged their haggled she gushed. Her mother We made considerable pro- pening at IISc. Shanthanu,
of towing. develop the model cart opted or the cart can be The Department of Par- parents to each department Sunitha Ramesh was happy gress in understanding the head of Biotechnology De-
What drove the CFTRI to which, according to CFTRI, ordered directly from the liamentary Affairs sent the across the sprawling cam- to let her daughter catch a role of a gene called fibro- partment at Seshadripuram
develop the eco-friendly comes with features for company. It costs between Bill for Presidential assent pus, where researchers ex- glimpse of what the future modulin (FMOD), which mit- College, said: Many institu-
cart? Doctoral students from better hygiene, improved 50,000 (basic version) and on February 18 as clauses plained various concepts might hold for her. Its a igates the pace in which can- tions lack the infrastructure
the Academy of Scientific food safety, ease of opera- 2 lakh, he said. 3, 4, 5, 9 and 13 of the Bill through live demonstrations. great initiative to draw young cer spreads through the to provide practical educa-
and Innovative Research (Ac- tions and unique aesthetics. The developers claim that are repugnant to Chapter At the Molecular Biophysics crowd and inspire them to body, she said. A few blocks tion. Open day gives stu-
SIR), during a recent survey CFTRI Director Ram Ra- the four-ft wide and six-ft XII, XXIII, and XXIV of the Unit, researchers demon- dream big, said Ms. away, students at the Centre dents a chance to explore
of street foods in Mysuru, jashekaran told The Hindu long cart makes it easier to Code of Criminal Proced- strated the extraction of Ramesh. for Nano Science and Engin- every niche of science.
found that the carts used by that a few street food cook, hold and serve the ure Act, 1973, which is a
street vendors were inad- vendors had approached food. central legislation.

Learning made fun: (Clockwise from top left) Children run to catch chocolates being dropped by a drone; students on IISc.
campus, and a boy runs through an open circuit wind tunnel, in Bengaluru on Saturday. K. MURALI KUMAR




Indiranagar residents ight RMS postman makes a comeback

to reclaim neighbourhood Drop your letter in boxes on trains and it could reach the next morning
Anil Kumar Sastry
of trains too increased, it
was difficult to sort letters
Enthused by the positive re- on board.
Senior citizens, students protest against commercialisation of the locality sponse to letter boxes in- Mr. Lobo said letters
troduced on three Railway would be delivered at lim-
Staff Reporter Mail Service (RMS) coaches, ited destinations where
the Karnataka Circle of In- RMS facility is working in
Over a hundred residents, dia Post is planning to intro- railway stations, including
including senior citizens and duce them in other trains in Bengaluru, Hubballi-Dhar-
school and college students, the State. wad and Belagavi for Rani
gathered at 12th Main, HAL Letters and postcards Chennamma; Bengaluru
2nd Stage, Indiranagar, on posted in these boxes can On its way: The postbox facility on the Thiruvananthapuram- and Chennai for Chennai
Saturday evening to protest be delivered the next morn- Mumbai LTT Netravathi Express. H.S. MANJUNATH Mail; Mangaluru and Goa
against the rampant com- ing at specified locations, for Netravathi Express;
mercialisation of the neigh- which otherwise takes at Mumbai LTT) trains. It ation and greeting cards. Hubballi-Dharwad and
bourhood. Eight residents least two days. would be extended to at Mr. Lobo told The Hindu Bagalkot for Vijayawada
welfare associations (RWAs) The letter boxes are be- least four more trains, in- that the postboxes were passenger train, among
in the neighbourhood joined ing reintroduced after a gap cluding the Udyan Express. part and parcel of mail others.
the protest led by the 12th of over three decades, Chief Postmaster General trains since 1854 where The consigner has to visit
Main HAL 2nd Stage Civic when it was discontinued in (Karnataka Circle) Charles RMS staff working on board the station to post the art-
Amenities and Cultural Asso- 1984. Lobo re-introduced letter the trains used to sort the icles in the letter boxes on
ciation. The residents be- At present, the boxes boxes on Rani Chennamma letters and arrange delivery. the specified trains and the
moaned how their once- have been put on Rani on February 13, a day be- After the practice was dis- system helps in cases of ur-
peaceful neighbourhood has Chennamma (Bengaluru- fore Valentines Day. continued in1984, dedic- gent deliveries, he said.
become one of the noisiest Kolhapur), Chennai Mail Mr. Lobo said the step ated RMS coaches were Extension of the facility
in the city. (Bengaluru-Chennai), Hub- was taken to encourage the withdrawn and in their to trains with non-RMS
Residents of Indiranagar balli-Vijayawada, and Net- waning letter-writing habit places India Post got either coaches would depend
have been protesting against ravathi and to ensure speedy deliv- half a coach or a quarter of upon the response from the
the rampant commercialisa- (Thiruvananthapuram- ery of articles such as invit- the coach. Since the speed Railways.
tion of the neighbourhood
for a long time, said Vinoo Taking to the streets: The protesters on Saturday bemoaned how their once-peaceful
Thimmaya, who has been neighbourhood has become one of the noisiest in Bengaluru. SUDHAKARA JAIN
living here for 35 years. If
the guidelines allow restaur-
ants on 100 Ft Road, officials
that garbage is managed, he
added. Another resident said
park their vehicles, some-
times the party goes on even
police do not turn up.
Sewage lines are getting
A university for aspiring change-makers soon
should at least ensure that he and his neighbours had after the pubs are closed, he blocked. Crime rates are in- Continued from Page 1 official launch of the univer- stead, fellows will be trained Engineering will offer tech-
other matters are done right been suffering for long with said. Officials look the other creasing. We will explore sity. Fellowships and intern- with partner organisations. nological support. The De-
that restaurants comply restaurants staying open way when these restaurants every option in our arsenal if Each fellow will be given ships are open to organisa- The university will have partment of Stories is inten-
with sound limits, ensure sometimes till even 4 a.m. and pubs flout all laws. If we officials do not pay heed to 10 lakh, apart from mentor- tions, colleges and four departments: Depart- ded for schoolchildren, to
parking for customers, and Customers block our gates to complain about noise, the us, he added. ship. We have received over individuals, and participants ment of Stories, Depart- entice them with the art of
300 ideas to select from, will be awarded certificates ment of Journeys, Depart- social fiction. For this, the
said Satyam Gambhir, co- at the end. Admissions will ment of Engineering, and UoC will set up labs in part-

Tiger poached? Two held, skin recovered founder of the UoC.

He added that the selec-
ted names will be an-
be open to anyone with an
idea across the country, who
is above 18 years of age.
The Department of Jour-
of ner schools. Those selected
do not have to start immedi-
ately. They will be given time
Continued from Page 1 the spot, said the carcass of to trap the marauding boars Officials point out that nounced at the Communities Members of Resident Wel- neys is set to help volunteers to prepare to devote them-
the tiger or the skin did not around agricultural fields there have been as many as Of The Future (COTF) Sum- fare Associations can apply. figure out the ingredients for selves completely to materi-
Dinesh is said to be a ha- betray any snare or bullet and farms on the periphery 11 incidents of fire in the D.B. mit 2017 in Bengaluru on The university will not neighbourhood improve- alising their ideas. Also on
bitual offender who He has wound and investigation was of the national park. Kuppe range in the last 48 March 11, which will be the have its own campus. In- ment. The Department of offer are internships.
cases against him for timber on to ascertain the modus But the latest death in hours, which were immedi-
smuggling. He has good operandi of the killing. what is suspected to be in- ately put out while a herd of
clout with people in the local This is the ninth tiger duced poaching, has oc- deer were found dead on
haadis, who are under his in- death reported from curred in the core of Thursday. All manpower
fluence and tend to be hos- Karnataka since January this Nagarahole, which is also the has been deployed to pre-
tile towards the department, year, but the first definitive junction of Kalahalla, vent forest fires which now
according to sources. case of poaching. Incident- Metikuppe, Nagarahole and seem to be deliberately
While initial reports indic- ally, two other tigers also Antharsanthe ranges, and stoked to divert attention to
ate that the tiger was snared, died due to snare injuries has raised serious concerns strike at animals, suspected
senior officials, who visited though the snares were laid over protection. an official.




MR campaign: State
second in coverage
It has covered 87% of targeted children
Special Correspondent

Despite vociferous protests

online by anti-vaccination
groups, Karnatakas perform-
ance in carrying out the
Measles Rubella vaccination
campaign is second best
among the States where it
was launched.
In terms of the number of
targeted children who got im-
munised since February 7,
Karnataka stands next to Goa.
While Goa has achieved
97% coverage, Karnataka has
managed to cover 87% of the
targeted children, and this is
mainly because of cohesive
coordination between vari-
ous departments, say
sources in the Union Health
Ministry. An official attrib-
uted Karnatakas success to groups, mainly involving par-
the massive support from ents of children in private
paediatricians in the State, schools. The response was
which was not up to the mark also poor from the minority
in other States. Between community-dominated areas
Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, owing to rumour-mongering.
two States with the largest
targeted groups, the former The campaign
has been able to achieve only Our overall performance has
54%. been hit because of the poor
The campaign that was ini- coverage in BBMP limits.
tially planned from February However, we have by and
7 to 28 has been extended till large overcome the chal-
March 8 in Karnataka. Ac- lenges and the drive has
cording to statistics from the picked up drastically now,
Health Department, the cov- said Shalini Rajneesh, Prin-
erage has crossed 90% in 12 cipal Secretary, Health and
districts including Bengaluru Family Welfare.
Urban, Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka along with
Shivamogga, Bengaluru Tamil Nadu, Puducherry,
Rural, Gadag, Koppal, and Goa, and Lakshadweep had
Mysuru. been selected for the intro-
However, the cumulative duction of MR vaccine under
coverage has been the least in the first phase.
BBMP limits, Chamara- Under the campaign, all
janagar, Vijayapura and children aged above nine
Yadgir. This, according to offi- months and below 15 are be-
cials, is because of the initial ing immunised with a com-
resistance by anti-vaccination bined MR vaccine.

Biometric authentication
for PDS from April
Special Correspondent The shop owners will have to
BENGALURU bear the cost of providing ser-
Eligible beneficiaries, particu- vices after biometric authen-
larly below poverty line (BPL) tication. There are about
families, can get food items 20,000 ration shops across
from ration shops under the the State.
public distribution system Earlier, the department
(PDS) either by furnishing had introduced the coupon
coupons or biometric authen- system for obtaining ker-
tication from next month. osene and food grains in PDS
Minister for Food and Con- outlets in Bengaluru and
sumer Affairs U.T. Khader other parts of the State. .
said ration shops have been Mr. Khader said these re-
equipped with computers forms were introduced to
and internet devices and will plug the leakage of grains and
do transactions after biomet- other essential items at PDS
ric authentication from April. outlets.


DILIP IYER (Lucknow) Age 58, Son
of Late N.K.Iyer RDSO passed away
peacefully on March 4th. Prop.
Sowndarya Garments, Natesan Nagar,
Virugambakkam, Chennai92. Ct No:
9600999533. Cremation on 5th




Accessing archives to be a breeze Seat

Weather Watch
Rainfall, temperature & air quality in select metros yesterday

Karnataka State Archives to digitise and upload 10 lakh pages of its 1.5 crore records by April-end between
Muralidhara Khajane
Heard much about the cor-
respondence between Special Correspondent
Mysore king Tipu Sultan and BELAGAVI
the French and itching to Small Scale Industries Min-
know exactly how they were ister and district in charge
worded and what they Ramesh L. Jarkiholi on Sat-
looked like? urday said that his younger
Soon, such historic docu- brother and former Minis-
ments will be just a click ter Satish L. Jarkiholi will
away. The Karnataka State contest from Raichur Rural
Archives (KSA) is digitising (ST) Assembly constitu-
all its records in a phased ency in the next elections.
manner, and the first set will
be made available to the gitalising, scanning and pre- New entrant
public by April-end. serving records and docu- This is to clear way for
KSA is set to upload over ments available in the office Lakhan, the youngest
Temperature Data: IMD, Pollution Data: CPCB, Map: Skymet
10 lakh pages of its 1.5 crore of the Deputy Commissioner among the five Jarkiholi
records in the first step, and in Madikeri and Mysore from brothers, to contest from Forecast for Sunday: Heavy rainfall likely at isolated places over
more will be added in the 1865-1920. Yamkanmardi (ST) in Be- Assam and Meghalaya. Thunder-squall likely at isolated places
days to come. The records lagavi district, presently over gangetic West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu,
will be available on Extra grant represented by Mr. Satish. Puducherry and Kerala
kannadasiri.kar.nic For further work, State Mr. Satish could not be city rain max min city rain max min
.in/archives archives has sought 5 crore contacted for comment on Agartala............ .....29.4.....22.2 Kozhikode............ .....36.9.....26.6
Treasure trove: The Historic Record Section (Archives) at the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. Ahmedabad....... .....33.5.....17.1 Kurnool ............... .....37.9.....22.0
With the archives housed V. SREENIVASA MURTHY to complete digitalisation, the issue. Chief Minister Aizawl............... .....27.4 .....9.9 Lucknow .............. .....30.7.....16.4
in the heavily-guarded Vid- scanning and microfilming Siddaramaiah had an- Allahabad.......... .....31.6.....15.5 Madurai ...............3.6 .....34.6.....23.7
hana Soudha, physically ac- of documents from 1956 to nounced at a public func- Bengaluru ......... .....32.8.....20.7 Mangaluru ........... .....34.7.....24.0
Bhopal .............. .....30.7.....16.0 Mumbai ............... .....32.5.....18.0
cessing archives had been
tough for academics and
Audio records and palm leaf manuscripts now. If the funds are re-
leased, another 90 lakh
tion in Gokak town a few
months ago that Mr.
Bhubaneswar..... .....34.4.....20.8
Chandigarh ....... .....25.5.....11.2
Mysuru ................ .....33.9.....21.0
New Delhi............ .....26.6.....11.1
Chennai ............ .....32.8.....25.9 Patna................... .....33.2.....16.7
common people alike. pages of historic records will Lakhan had finally taken a Coimbatore ....... .....34.8.....24.0 Port Blair............. .....31.3.....25.5
B. Veershetty, Assistant Special Correspondent important personalities, in- ers. Besides, the archives be online by the end of plunge into active politics. Dehradun .......... .....27.7 .....9.9 Puducherry ..........2.1 .....31.1.....23.8
Bengaluru cluding littrateurs has also published 102
Archivist at KSA, told The 2018, he said. Meanwhile, Gangtok............2 .....19.7.....10.4 Pune.................... .....35.1.....12.9
Hindu that uploading digital- Karnataka State Archives is Kuvempu, A.K. Ramanujan, works from palm leaf and records that are on the verge One-upmanship Goa................... .....31.0.....21.0 Raipur ................. .....35.5.....21.7
Guwahati .......... .....31.6.....15.5 Ranchi ................. .....30.0.....17.5
ised pages of history on the planning to make available D.V. Gundappa, and scient- paper manuscripts to make of withering away are also Interestingly, recent days Hubballi ............ .....34.0.....18.0 Shillong ............... .....20.2.....11.3
official State website is voice records of over 100 ist C.N.R. Rao among oth- them easily accessible. being micro-filmed. Over 15 have seen attempts at one- Hyderabad ........ .....36.0.....17.8 Shimla ................. .....17.0 .....7.0
Imphal .............. .....23.4.....15.8 Srinagar............... .....14.7 .....0.1
among the first attempt of its lakh documents are being upmanship between Mr. Jaipur ............... .....28.0.....14.7 Trivandrum.......... .....33.7.....26.2
kind in the country. The di- transformed into 1,800 mi- Ramesh and Mr. Satish, the Kochi ................ .....33.0.....26.0 Tiruchi.................1.9 .....32.3.....23.4
gitalisation process, though ector, KSA. Over 45 lakh comprising over 20,000 India Office Records of the crofilms. But, those who latest being the Belagavi Kohima ............. .....23.5.....10.3 Vijayawada .......... .....35.6.....20.4
Kolkata ............. .....31.5.....23.0 Visakhapatnam..... .....32.2.....22.0
initiated four years ago, pages of historic documents pages of documents relating East India Company, Mr. want to access them will mayoral election leading to
gained momentum last year, were digitalised in a year. to Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan Dayanand said. have to visit the archives, splitting of the Kannada- Particulate matter in the air you are breathing Yesterday
said K.A. Dayanand, Dir- This includes 72 volumes that were scanned from the Currently KSA is busy di- Mr. Veershetty said. Urdu group. CITIES SO2 NO2 CO PM2.5 PM10 CODE
Ahmedabad ......... ..46 ....71 ..26 ... 152 ...........* In observation made at 4.00
Bengaluru ........... ..21 ....81 ..36 ............75.....*
p.m., Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Chennai............... ..10 ....27 ..20 ..... 80 ...........*
recorded an overall air

CID likely to probe

Delhi................... ..31 ..117 ..84 ... 147...192.....*
quality index score of 296
Hyderabad .......... ..18 ....37 ..38 ..... 72.....99.....*
indicating an unhealthy level
Kolkata ............... ..15 ....33 ..31 ............64.....*
Lucknow ............. ....8 ....37 ..63 ... 190 ...........* of pollution.
Mumbai............... ..22 ....36 ..24 ..... 77...114.....* Rohtak, Haryana recorded a
Pune ................... ..34 ....43 ....7 ..... 73.....73.....* healthy AQI score of 38.

Bandipur forest ires Vishakhapatnam .. ..25 ....61 ..28 ... 111...119.....*

Air Quality Code: * Poor * Moderate * Good

SO2: Sulphur Dioxide. Short-term exposure can harm the respiratory system, making
breathing difficult. It can affect visibility by reacting with other air particles to form
haze and stain culturally important objects such as statues and monuments.
To investigate reasons behind the frequent incidents 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
Special Correspondent department said it is likely to received rain for the last organs like the heart and brain. At very high levels, it can cause dizziness, confusion,
Bengaluru/Hubballi hand over the probe of the three years. unconsciousness and even death.
PM2.5 & PM10: Particulate matter pollution can cause irritation of the eyes, nose
With thousands of acres of fire, which claimed the life According to sources, the and throat, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath, reduced lung function,
forests in Bandipur tiger re- of a forest officer, to the CID. fire was noticed in the forest irregular heartbeat, asthma attacks, heart attacks and premature death in people
serve gutted in the recent The probe is intended to land between Veerapur with heart or lung disease
(Individual pollutant data for various cities are averages for the previous day)
forest fires, the State govern- find out the reason, as alleg- Tanda and Bidanal village of
ment is likely to direct the ations surfaced that it was Mundaragi taluk.
Criminal Investigation De- set on fire intentionally by Grass and shrubs spread
partment to probe into reas- locals or trespassers. over 12 acres was destroyed. Deve Gowda threatens stir
ons for such frequent The loss was minimal as it
incidents. Fire in Kappatagudda was not a thick forest area, Special Correspondent compensation to farmers
Minister for Forests and Meanwhile, a minor wild fire they said. Bengaluru who had lost crops owing to
Environment B. Ramanath was reported from the foot- Enquiry was on to ascer- H.D. Deve Gowda, former drought and ensure drink-
Rai chaired a review meeting hills of the Kappatagudda in tain the reason for the fire. Prime Minister and Hassan ing water to residents of
of senior officials of the de- Gadag district, a biodiversity MP, has threatened to Hassan city. Mr. Gowda told
partment to assess damage hotspot, on Friday. Forest launch an agitation in front reporters that the govern-
occurred to flora and fauna Department officials said of Chief Minister Siddara- ment had not responded his
in the reserve. there was no thick vegeta- maiahs residence if the gov- plea to supply drinking wa-
During the meeting, the tion in the area as it has not ernment fails to provide ter from Yagachi reservoir.




Kerala to supply rice at 25/kg PU lecturers in
Karnataka threaten to
Jawan Roy
2,500 tonnes purchased from Bengal; irst batch to be distributed on March 6 laid to rest
Staff Reporter
tayam, and Kasaragod, and
20 outlets in Wayanad.
boycott evaluation Special Correspondent

Through project The project will continue There was tension at the
Parambikulam reserve Sahakarana Arikkada, the at least until Vishu, Mr. They want pay disparity set right Thiruvananthapuram air-
Kerala government is set to Surendran said. Whether or port on Saturday morning
feels the heat
supply rice to the public at a not it should be continued Staff Reporter moted to degree colleges, he when the body of Lance
rate of 25 a kg, in a bid to as- after that will be decided on Bengaluru added. There are around Naik Roy Mathew, who al-
A massive forest fire that
continued on Saturday has
suage the recent price spiral. the basis on the price pre- With the Karnataka Educa- 31,000 principals and lec- legedly committed suicide,
devastated a large tract of The initiative is being un- vailing in the market at the tion (Amendment) Bill, 2017 turers in government and was brought there, with his
the Parambikulam Tiger dertaken by a consortium of point. being stuck, pre-university aided PU colleges. relatives insisting on a re-
Reserve, a well protected primary cooperative societ- college principals and lec- In 2016, the evaluation of autopsy before accepting
wildlife sanctuaries in the ies led by Consumerfed, Subsidised rate turers have this time also de- answer scripts was delayed the body and an Army of-
country. As per preliminary formed recently with a 100- The rice, the procurement cided to boycott evaluation for two weeks following a ficer refusing the demand.
estimates, over 50 hectares crore corpus. and transport of which actu- of second pre-university an- boycott by lecturers. After The funeral rites were
of core forest area in the The distribution will be ally costs approximately 27 swer scripts. this, the State government performed at Saint Pauls
Vengoly region under the carried out through 480 co- a kg, is being provided at a After a protest organised gave them one round of in- Malankara Catholic
Sungam division was ravaged operative societies across the subsidised rate with the by pre-university college crement, which the lectur- Church. Roy Mathew, 33,
in the fire that spread from State. plight of the common man in principals and lecturers ers said was not sufficient. was attached to the Artil-
the adjoining Anamalai Tiger The consortium has pur- mind, the Minister said, here on Saturday, Thim- To put an end to this, the lery Regiment of the Army
Reserve in Tamil Nadu. chased 2,500 tonnes of adding that the cooperative maiah Purle, president of Department of Primary and in Nashik.
Suvarna masoori rice or societies had agreed to bear the Karnataka State Pre-uni- Secondary Education intro- Army personnel from
Suvarna, as it is commonly this burden. versity College Lecturers duced the Karnataka Educa- the Pangode military camp
Kumaraswamy known in northern Kerala, It was decided to make Association, said, We are tion (Amendment) Bill, 2017 wanted to take the body to
hospitalised from West Bengal for the Tackling price rise: Rice will be supplied through 480 the purchase from West asking the State government that, among other things, the camp and hand it over
purpose, Minister for Co- cooperative societies across the State. Bengal after the consortium to set right our pay dispar- has a provision for impris- to his relatives as per offi-
The former Chief Minister and operatives Kadakampally made visits to dealers in ity, increase our basic salary onment extending up to five cial directives.
JD(S) State president H.D. Surendran told the media In the first week, each preside over the event. The Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, from 22,800 to 26,000 years or a fine of up to 5 Roys wife had said that
Kumaraswamy has been
here on Saturday. family will receive 5 kg, and distribution will be conduc- and West Bengal. and implement the Kumar lakh or both for those who in his last phone call to her
admitted to Vikram Hospital
10 kg in the following weeks. ted in 40 outlets each in The Minister said the con- Naik committee report. instigate people trusted with on February 25 he was
in Bengaluru with complaint
of fever and chest
CM to inaugurate project Chief Minister Pinarayi Vi- Thiruvananthapuram, sortium had found that the He added that the meet- evaluation or examination tensed and expressed fear
congestion. He has been The first batch of 800 tonnes jayan will inaugurate the Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Kan- recent rise in the price level ing with Chief Minister Sid- duty to stay away from it. It for his life. There are re-
extensively touring will be distributed from project on March 6, in a cere- nur, Palakkad, Thrissur, and was due to the operations of daramaiah on Friday did not is also aimed at penalising ports that Roy had spoken
Chitradurga and Mysuru March 6. The remaining mony to be organised by the Kollam, 30 outlets in Malap- some rice agents centred on help resolve the issues. The lecturers who do not evalu- to an online newspaper
districts, and is said to be quantity is expected to reach Karakulam Service Cooperat- puram, Alappuzha, Path- Kollam, who intended to ex- PU lecturers were also de- ate as per the scheme of about the harassment sol-
suffering from exhaustion. the State by March 10. ive Bank. Mr. Surendran will anamthitta, Idukki, Kot- ploit the customer. manding that they be pro- evaluation. diers endure at the camp.

flight delayed by 3 hours
A technical snag delayed an
A non-proit that works to democratise the ilm arena
IndiGo flight from Hyderabad
to Chennai by over three
hours on Saturday. Indigo 6E Filmocracy Foundation of Kerala crowdsources money to purchase costly equipment and gives it to indie ilm-makers for cheaper rates
188 flight was scheduled to
take off at 6.45 a.m. When it K.V. Aditya Bharadwaj for film-makers who didnt the Malayalam black comedy require no less than 40,000 was selected for the Interna-
could not take off until 10 Bengaluru have the luxury of big Savam (Corpse) in 2015 was a day to hire the production tional Film Festival Rotter-
a.m., the airline boarded the A majority of indie film- budgets. The Foundation se- unable to fund his next fea- equipment, which can now dam, agrees that Filmocracy
passengers on another makers get bogged down not lects submitted scripts and ture Vith (Seed). After trying be saved under the Filmo- can provide the much re-
aircraft. by the creative aspects of has so far enabled four fea- crowd funding, he ap- cracy model, resulting in a quired support system.
their films, but by the prac- ture films in Malayalam. proached Filmocracy and his 30% reduction in costs. Mr. Karthick makes films
Nothing serious about tical challenges: navigating Filmocracy has now expan- script was selected. I got my Chennai-based film-maker based out of Coimbatore.
through the logistics and ded to Tamil and Kannada production equipment, Vijay Jayapal (his film Revela- What excites him about the
Kerala budget leak
gathering funds to produce a films too, says Baburaj V K, mainly cameras, from the tions was screened at the In- Foundations goal to support
feature film. one of the members of the Foundation, and shot the ternational Film Festival of non-mainstream ventures is
CPI(M) State secretary
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said This spurred a trend of in- Foundation. film in 13 days, he said. Kerala in 2016) says there is not the equipment but the
that there is nothing serious die film-makers turning to The camera that it very little space for non- production crew support.
about the Kerala budget crowd-funding to finance Friend in need: A still from a Malayalam movie made with the provides is a Sony A7S-2, the Will cut costs mainstream productions in Technicians in Chennai are
leak. He told the media here their ventures. But a not-for- support of Filmocracy Foundation. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT latest in the market. So Filmocracy Foundation the Tamil arena. more attuned to commercial
on Saturday that the entire profit organisation in Kerala, whats the catch? If, and only works like a film equipment The Foundation also film making, and are unable
campaign was baseless, as no called Filmocracy Founda- ive production equipment It all started six months if, a film generates revenue, renting agency, but does not provides a production team, to gel well with indie produc-
budget document had been tion, has upended this model camera, lights, dolly tracks, ago, when a group of techni- the film-maker should share charge cash-strapped film- but charges for this service. tions. It would be great if the
leaked. It was only a case of in an attempt to democratise batteries, reflectors and cians and directors who were 5% of the earnings towards makers market rates. Kan- Arun Karthick who wrote production crew of Filmo-
over-enthusiasm on the part this non-mainstream art shoulder rigs which it now familiar with the capital in- upgrading equipment. nada film worlds Pawan Ku- and directed the Tamil film cracy is experienced in
of the Finance Ministers form. It crowdsourced gives to indie film-makers for tensive nature of films de- Don Palathara, a film stu- mar of Lucia fame said that a Sivapuranam (The Strange handling indie projects, he
personal staff member. money to purchase expens- almost next to nothing. cided to help ease the way dent from Sydney who made mid-level production would Case of Shiva) in 2015, which said.




Students take to Delhi streets Mumbai Mayor Promises
not kept,
Citizens march against ABVPs role in DU violence takes up a range of issues will be from Sena says Sakshi
Ashok Kumar
Press Trust of india
New Delhi
BJP withdraws from contest Gurugram
Olympics bronze medallist
A students march against Alok Deshpande Sakshi Malik on Saturday
Contractor fined for Mumbai
the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bhar- took to social media to ex-
polluting Yamuna
atiya Vidyarthi Parishad on Unable to attain the neces- press her anguish at the
Saturday featured issues bey- sary numbers to ensure its delay in fulfilling the prom-
A contractor of a sewage
pumping station here has
ond free speech, with sim- candidates victory in the ises made to her by the
been fined 9 lakh for mering discontent against mayoral election in the Bri- Haryana government after
dereliction of duty after the the Narendra Modi govern- hanmumbai Municipal Cor- her win at the Rio
authorities detected direct ment finding expression poration on March 8, the Olympics and sought to
discharge of drainage into through colours, posters and BJP on Saturday announced know whether the an-
the Yamuna, officials said. poetry. What was billed as a its decision to withdraw nouncements were made
Three safai karamcharis were citizens march against the from the contest. for the media only.
suspended for their failure to ABVPs role in the North Chief Minister Devendra I kept my promise of a
run the sewage treatment Campus violence on Febru- Fadnavis, while making the Devendra Fadnavis medal. When will the Hary-
plant properly. PTI ary 22, turned into a forum announcement, took the ana government fulfil its
where issues ranging from moral high ground saying threat of quitting the State promise? read a tweet
EC to hear plea against 21 assault on Dalits to missing his party would not be aim- government while putting from the official handle of
AAP MLAs on March 16 JNU student Najeeb came up. ing for the key posts of an end to speculations on Ms. Malik, the first Indian
NEW DELHI JNU student leaders Deputy Mayor, Leader of withdraw from the state female wrestler to win a
The next Election Commission Shehla Rashid and Umar Opposition, Standing Com- government, partially call- medal at the Olympics.
hearing for final arguments Khalid, invites to whom for mittee chairperson or, for ing off all the discussions Speaking to The Hindu
on a petition seeking an event at Ramjas College Beyond free speech: Students from Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University at a that matter, chairperson- about mid-term Assembly over phone, Sakshis father
disqualification of 21 AAP was opposed by the ABVP, protest march in New Delhi on Saturday. SHANKER CHAKRAVARTY ship of any civic committee. polls and political instability Sukhbir Malik said Chief
MLAs over office-of-profit were also present in the Rather, he said, the BJP for the present. Till Friday, Minister Manohar Lal Khat-
allegations has been fixed for march. So was the face of CPI(M) general secretary Sit- posters in Urdu. Along the mering discontent against corporators would work as the BJP had been looking for tar had promised to con-
March 16. Petitioner Prashant Dalit resistance in Gujarat, aram Yechury, JD(U) leader K entire stretch of the road the BJP government, espe- the gatekeepers of transpar- support from independents. struct a stadium in her nat-
Patel had alleged that the Jignesh Mewani, and Na- C Tyagi, the CPIs D. Raja and between Mandi House and cially among the student ency. The Shiv Senas Vish- ive village Mokhra and
MLAs were appointed jeebs mother. Swaraj Indias Yogendra Parliament Street, the pro- community, over a range of wanath Mahadeshwar and promote her mother
parliamentary secretaries and Yadav. testers scribbled messages issues, Pratim Ghosal, Sec- Big fight defused Hemangi Worlikar filed Sudesh, a supervisor at a
therefore, they were liable to Presence of leaders Students, many with their and verses of resistance with retary of JNU-based Demo- The BJPs decision has ef- nominations for posts of local anganwadi, but none
be disqualified on office-of- The march, mainly compris- faces smeared in myriad coloured chalks. cratic Students Federation fectively taken the edge off Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the promises were kept.
profit charge.
ing students of Delhi Univer- shades of red, blue and yel- (DSF), said. Mr. Yechury, Mr. the mayoral race, which was respectively. The BJPs de- Mr. Malik, who was a
Goa police question BJP sity and Jawaharlal Nehru low, raised slogans against Simmering discontent Raja and Mr. Tyagi assured expected to be a triangular cision to step aside has en- bus conductor with the
leader in murder case University, and a number of the ABVP, punctuated with We aim to highlight issues the students that the issue of contest between the Sena, sured the Sena candidates Delhi Transport Authority,
PANAJI faculty members of these in- cries of azaadi from beyond assault on freedom onslaught on their rights BJP and the Congress. It has victory is mere formality. was, however, promoted to
The Goa police questioned stitutes, was addressed by casteism, patriarchy and of expression. What you see would be raised in also negated all options for The Congress fielded Vitthal the rank of inspector by
BJP State executive member senior politicians including fascism, while holding up is a manifestation of the sim- Parliament. the Sena to carry out its Lokare and Vinnie Dsouza. the Delhi government.
Vishwajit Krishnarao Rane in
connection with a 2006

For prisoners in Rajasthan, open jails provide liberation

murder of a villager. Ranes
former driver Pandurang
Adarkar, in a video that went
viral recently, claimed that he
saw Rane shooting one Shanu
Gaonkar to avenge the Living in cottages in the camps with their families and pursuing paying jobs, it is a transformative experience for convicts
lynching of his brother
Prithviraj by a mob in 2005. Mohammed Iqbal gaushalas in different society. Living with family fice work at the Institute a graduate when he was
Shanu Gaonkar was allegedly Jaipur towns, enabling the inmates members and earning a live- while others work in the city. jailed, but he took a masters
part of the mob. PTI
Prisons without high walls to work at cow shelters. lihood made them confident, Almost half of the inmates degree in history and soci-
and strict surveillance in Ra- Statewide, there are 60 va- he said. have their own two-wheelers ology at Jaipur Central Jail.
Villagers protest against jasthan are transforming the cancies in the open camps, In Durgapura Open Camp and one owns a Maruti car. Vishnu has since remar-
monkey menace lives of inmates convicted of which are filled by inmates of on Jaipurs outskirts, the old- Bhoma, 62, convicted for ried and lives in the camp
serious crimes. Central and District Jails with est in the State dating back to murder in 2003, lives in the with his wife and three chil-
Residents of Khamalo village The inmates are making a record of good conduct, 1957-58, there are 15 inmates, camp with his wife, who was dren, while working as an of-
in Odishas Kendrapara district the most of their stay, earn- Director-General of Prisons including 13 men and two also sentenced by the Ses- fice assistant in the Agri Insti-
blocked the busy Cuttack- ing a livelihood and having Ajit Singh told The Hindu. As women, living with their sions Court but was later ac- tute. Pappu Kumar, 35, from
Chandballi State highway
the freedom of living with per the Open Air Camp Rules families in one-room cot- quitted by the High Court. Bundi district convicted for
seeking a solution to the
monkey menace in their
immediate family members. of 1972, prisoners who have tages. Bhoma said he had a feeling murder in a property dispute
village. Anganwadis and Rajasthan, which has long served a third of their term The camps officer-in- of liberation after being shif- in 2003 said he felt trans-
schools were shut due to established open prison are eligible for shift to open charge, Shakti Narain, said ted to the camp three years formed after coming to the
attacks by monkeys. The camps, currently has 29 of jails. the inmates are mainly en- ago. Vishnu Soni, 40, from camp.
protesters dispersed after these with a capacity of 1,332 Mr. Singh said the concept gaged in farm work at the Ag- Amarsar in Jaipur district, An inmate runs a tea stall
forest officials arrived to cage Life beyond walls: Inmates of Durgapura leave for work in the prisoners. Six new open pris- of open prisons facilitated in- ricultural Research Institute was convicted for his wifes nearby, and another travels
the monkeys. morning after a roll call. ROHIT JAIN PARAS ons have been established at tegration of prisoners into next door. One man does of- dowry death in 2002. He was to the city for casual labour.

Govt. oicial held in

child traicking case
Staff Reporter spector General, Criminal
KOLKATA Investigation Department
In a major development (Operations), told The
in the child trafficking Hindu.
case in north Bengal, the Six persons have been
Criminal Investigation De- arrested in the trafficking
partment (CID) has arres- case so far.
ted District Child Protec- Bimala Sishu Griha and
tion Officer of Darjeeling Ashray are two of the
Mrinal Ghosh. homes that came under
Another person arres- the scanner for alleged ir-
ted is Dr. Debasis regularities.
Chandra, member of the According to CID
Child Welfare Committee sources, Mr. Chandra and
of Darjeeling and a visit- Mr. Ghosh tried to dis-
ing doctor to Bimala guise the illegal activities
Sishu Griha and Ashray, of the child care home by
Nishat Parvez, Deputy In- making false documents.




By air or road, Tezu is now a vantage point
Village of bachelors In major infrastructure push, Centre builds a civilian airport and two major bridges across Lohit river in Arunachal
welcomes irst bride Kallol Bhattacherjee
the airport, the two mega-
bridges over the Lohit river
route to Tezu is critical from
a strategic point of view as
Meanwhile, the number of panied the over-aged bride- Firming up Indias strategic will reduce hurdles in mov- the Himalayan range, which
bachelors kept increasing. groom, 28-year-old Ajay Ku- space, the mountainous re- ing men and material to the became famous as the
One day we thought mar Yadav to the brides gions of Arunachal Pradesh eastern sector of the India- hump during World War II,
enough is enough and de- place, some 100 km away in are set to acquire all-weather China border. can be accessed only through
cided to open up the hilly Mahartha village. connectivity. Officials here the mountain roads that be-
terrain ourselves and make The next day, the bride said the new bridges across Longest bridge gin at Tezu.
a road, village elder Bodha Neetu Kumari, 18, came to the Lohit river and the new The bridges at the Dhola-Sad- Tezu is the nearest town to
Singh Yadav said. Barwan Kala in a Bolero, ne- commercial airport in Tezu iya ghat and at Digaru ghat Walong, where a legendary
In January 2008, the villa- gotiating the difficult terrain will smoothen transport to were built by the Navayuga battle between Indian and
gers assembled with chisels, in which her husband and several high-altitude districts Engineering Company Ltd Chinese soldiers took place
shovels, hammers, spades other villagers had created near the India-China border. (NECL). between 16 October to 16
and other tools. While one the road. It was like a Necessary approvals and The bridge at Sadiya, at November 1962. The com-
group shoved big stone dream come true. I got mar- permissions have been is- 9.15 km, will be the longest ing generation will not know
boulders aside, another ried just because of the sued by the district adminis- bridge in India once it is the hardship that locals faced
hammered them into pieces road. If not for the road, tration for commercial air formally inaugurated. How- to cross the Lohit, said local
to lay the road. Seven years who would have married a services to begin. One calib- ever, the people at Tezu say it trader S. Rahman, who has
later, in April 2015, they cel- man getting on in years, ration flight has been con- is the smaller bridge of 2.1 km resided here since 1985,
ebrated the construction of said Mr. Yadav. ducted. However, some more built at the Digaru ghat that adding, Locals used ele-
six km of road which re- But my wife has not calibration flights are re- has reduced the distance phants to cross the river and
duced the circuitous route stopped crying, cursing her quired. Recently, the funnel between Arunachal Pradesh so many people drowned in
of 40 km to the block fate at coming to such a diffi- approach has also been and Assam, bringing the it.
headquarters to just eight cult place, he added. Yet, cleared [of tall trees], said State closer to the rest of In-
km. Tractors, Jeeps and mo- my marriage has rekindled the District Magistrate of dia. Strategic preparedness
torcycles started plying. hope among other eligible Tezu, Danish Ashraf, explain- In the absence of the The new bridges will also
bachelors, he said. ing that the Airports Author- bridges, the drive from provide the necessary sup-
Slapped with FIRs ity of India (AAI) and other Guwahati will be interrupted port for the strategic pre-
But then, the Forest Depart- Road to marriages government agencies are by the Lohit, which could be paredness for the forces in
ment registered FIRs against Barwan Kalas road to mar- continuously coordinating Spreading wings: The newly constructed Tezu airport will be the irst civilian airport of crossed only by boat. The the mountains, which will be
seven villagers. The area riages has brought life and for an earliest possible com- Arunachal Pradesh. RITU RAJ KONWAR other bridge near the pil- critical for India where the
where they were building cheer in another household mencement of flights from grimage site of Parashuram new Mountain Strike Corps is
the road falls into a desig- in the village. Buchun Singh the airport. unachal Pradesh. The dis- background and administrat- development in the State is Kund is often difficult to likely to focus.
nated wildlife sanctuary Yadav was married to a girl The improvements in con- puted territory in the eastern ive jurisdiction, said Dai noticeable. On a field trip, reach. The planned high altitude
where construction or any from a less remote village in nectivity is significant in view sector of the China-India Bingguo, former Special Rep- The Hindu found that the air- Vehicular traffic across the airfields in the Himalayan
economic activity is banned 2012. But the brides family of the statements by Beijings boundary, including Tawang, resentative of China to the port, the first in the State, river required a risky boat range would also be helped
under a Supreme Court or- had refused to send her to officials asserting Chinas ter- is inalienable from Chinas border talks with India. will be equipped with night- ride carrying large and small by the enhanced connectiv-
der, said a young Divisional Barwan Kala unless the road ritorial claims over Ar- Tibet in terms of cultural However, infrastructure landing facility. Apart from vehicles to Tezu town. The ity of Tezu.
Forest Officer, Satyajit Ku- was in place and became
mar. Though I wish to, I motorable. It was only on
cant help the villagers with March 1 this year that his
Trump team positive
that hands are bride, Manju Devi, reached
tied under certain provi- Buchuns home with her be- On the draw Surendra
sions, he told The Hindu.
Nearly two years later, on
February 28, the first mar-
longings loaded on a tractor.
Now, I hope to get mar-
ried too, said his young
about ties with India
riage in Barwan Kala took cousin brother Subhas Ya-
place and the baraat, on dav, who is in college. And, Continuity in bilateral ties: Jaishankar
tractors and bikes, accom- so do the other bachelors.
Varghese K. George

GST Council clears The new U.S. administration

is optimistic about Amer-
icas relations with India,

draft laws and India sees no conflict

between its Make in India
programme and President
Mr. Jaitley said the two re- the anti-profiteering provi- Donald Trumps push for ex-
maining Bills will be placed sions of the GST laws, which panding manufacturing in
before the GST Council on has caused much consterna- America, Foreign Secretary
March 16. If they are ap- tion among the private S. Jaishankar says. S. Jaishankar
proved then, and I have sector. the administration has
every confidence that they We want it to be that a very positive view of India adapt to it and look for new
will be, then four out of the companies pass on any rate and India-U.S. relations. We opportunities for coopera-
five laws will be ready to be cuts to the consumer rather saw a lot of goodwill and in- tion. However, there is an
placed before the Cabinet than taking advantage of terest in taking this relation element of continuity in bi-
for approval and then tabled those cuts without any be- forward, Mr. Jaishankar lateral relations, he added.
in Parliament during the nefit to the consumer, Mr. said at a press conference We are not starting from
second half of the Budget Adhia said. There is no after a series of meetings scratch. You have the found-
session, he said. plan to send inspectors to with officials of the Trump ation of where the previous
The SGST law will have to everybodys place to check. administration and law- administration left it.
be approved by the The GST Council, Mr. Ad- makers in the U.S. capital Responding to a question

Centre to contest tribunal

Assemblies. hia said, would either create this week. on the protectionist eco-
At a press conference, Mr. a new body to regulate this, Pak. detains Mr. Jaishankar and Com- nomic agenda that Mr.
Adhia clarified the govern- or will give that authority to merce Secretary Rita Teao- Trump has set out on, Mr.
ments position regarding an existing body. Indian tia discussed economic, se- Jaishankar said: every

ishermen order on military pay curity and defence

cooperation with American
country would like to take
steps that would be in the

Indian store owner Special Correspondent

AHMEDABAD Says it has no authority and the ruling is judicial overreach
interlocutors. The discus-
sions with the U.S. foreign
policy and national security
best interest of their eco-
nomy and the way the
global economy works is
shot dead in U.S. Over 55 Indian fishermen
along with 10 boats were Dinakar Peri month, another official
officials also covered the
global strategic landscape,
that countries reconcile
those through an interna-
apprehended by the NEW DELHI said. and both sides exchanged tional trading system. If
The Ministry of External Af- would do anything like this The Defence Ministry has The upgrade entitles all ideas on Asia-Pacific and Af- there is more robust growth
Pakistan Marine Security
fairs said it was deputing a to him, as good as he is to decided as a matter of prin- officers of a batch who are Pak and Middle East, the in can offer op-
Agency (PMSA) off the Gu-
consular official to meet Pa- everybody, Nicole Jones, a ciple to challenge in the Su- not promoted to draw the Foreign Secretary said. portunity here.
jarat coast.
tels family and offer condol- frequent customer at Patels preme Court the ruling of salary and grade pay that the Mr. Jaishankar, however,
According to sources
ences and any required as- store, told WBTV. the Armed Forces Tribunal senior-most officer of their did not offer any assessment Kansas shooting
from Porbandar, all boats
sistance, an official said. It is Mario Sadler, another to grant non-functional up- batch would get after a cer- on the new U.S. administra- Mr. Jaishankar said the
were taken away by the
also in touch with the local customer and friend, said grade (NFU) for the armed tain period. For instance, tions position on these murder of Indian engineer
agency near the Interna-
community organisation of Patel had offered him jobs forces. batch mates of a Secretary to areas of critical importance Srinivas Kuchibhotla re-
tional Maritime Boundary
expat Indians, including before, and did anything he While the government is the Government of India to India. It is not for me to cently in Kansas featured in
Line (IMBL) in mid-sea.
those from Gujarat, he could to help out in tough not against the upgrade for who have not been pro- comment on their policy, several meetings, and the
The fishermen have in-
added. times. Hes watched my the services, its challenge is moted will be entitled to the he said. U.S. interlocutors had as-
formed Indian authorities
kids grow up, which is why on principle as a tribunal same pay after a certain time Mr. Jaishankar and Ms. sured India that it would be
about being detained by
Friends shocked its painful. From day one
the Pakistani agency. has no authority to take such lapse. Teaotia met U.S. Secretary prosecuted as a hate crime.
Friends and customers were hes been amazing, just awe- a decision. It is judicial The Sixth Pay Commis- of State Rex Tillerson, Sec- .we heard expression of
A group of boats was on
in shock and were visiting some, and I just dont un- overreach, a senior Min- Seventh Pay Commission re- sion had granted the up- retary of Commerce Wilbur deep sorrow, deep regret,
a fishing venture along the
Patels home to offer condol- derstand the sense behind istry official said. commendations, which are grade to most Group A of- Ross, Secretary of Home- Mr. Jaishankar said.
IMBL off Jakhau, a major
ences to his family. Who it, Mr. Sadler said. yet to be implemented for ficers but not the military. land Security John F. Kelly, The question of H-1B visas
fishing harbour in Kutch
Gujarat. All boats were Core anomalies them. Since then, the armed forces National Security Advisor came up in discussions with
chased and then taken Last December, the Prin- The official said the De- had been demanding a one- H.R. McMaster and several the secretaries and law-

Varanasi turns ground away by PMSA personnel

mid-sea, said a fishermen
cipal Bench of the tribunal
in New Delhi granted the up-
grade to the armed forces
fence Ministry had been
open to granting the up-
grade to the services and it
time notional upgrade to en-
sure parity.
However, the Seventh Pay
Congressional leaders.
The Indian officials also
interacted with U.S. busi-
If the Trump administra-
tion wants to bring more
association representative
zero as rivals converge from Kutch.
This is the second time
personnel in pay and allow-
ances in response to a peti-
was being looked into as
part of the four core anom-
Commission (SPC) gave a
mixed verdict on it and the
ness leaders.
Mr. Jaishankar said that
companies and investments
to the country and America
in 10 days that the tion filed by over 160 of- alies raised by them. issue has since been referred with the new set of players grows, that growing Amer-
At some places, enthusiastic Akhilesh Yadav, along with Pakistani agency detained ficers. The upgrade has been The Ministry is waiting to the Anomalies Commit- and a new way of looking at ica needs this partnership
supporters also shouted, Dimple Yadav, too offered Indian boats and fisher- one of the core anomalies for the elections to get over. tee. A decision is expected the world in the new ad- and I think that point was
Hindustan mein rehna hoga prayers at the Kashi men off the Gujarat coast. raised by the services in the They will appeal later this by March-end, sources said. ministration, We need to registered, he said.
toh Modi, Modi kehna hoga Viswanath Temple.
(if you wish to stay in India, Though the two parties
you must chant Modi, started from different direc-
Mr. Modi then paid obeis-
ance at two important
temples the Kashi Vish-
tions, several areas covered
by their road shows over-
lapped. The acrimony
between the two sides was
Punjab, J&K to resume work on dam across Ravi
wanath Mandir and the apparent. If Congress sup- Though the Punjab govt. started construction in 2013, the J&K govt. stalled it, saying there was no water-sharing deal
temple of Lord Kaal Bhairav, porters jeered at Modis
also known as the guardian cavalcade with slogans of Special Correspondent stopped the construction, sources Ministry said it had attacks, with Prime Minister Weve been working on this
of the city. Feku Feku Feku stones New Delhi saying there was no agree- persuaded both States to Narendra Modi stating that for a while. We must utilise
The SP-Congress started were pelted at the SP-Con- Punjab and Jammu & Kash- ment for sharing of waters reach an agreement to re- blood and water couldnt our rights on the eastern In-
their rally by garlanding the gress cavalcade when it mir have agreed to resume and power from the project. sume work on Shahpur flow together. dus fully, but there was no
statue of Babasaheb passed Chauka ghat, where work on the Shahpur Kandi Kandi Dam project and that However, Fridays agree- directive by the government
Ambedkar at Kutchery. With a minor scuffle also broke Dam across the Ravi, which Water, power sharing it was part of the Indian gov- ment is still to be ratified by to resolve this inter-State is-
a sea of supporters, the out between supporters of had been stalled by the latter Jammu and Kashmir had ernments stated mission to the State governments for it sue in light of the Indus
leaders then travelled atop a the BJP and the SP-Congress since 2014. asked Punjab to guarantee utilise its full rights on East- to come into effect. The dam Treaty issue.
customized luxury bus at a alliance. The proposed 55.5-metre- that a fresh agreement was ern rivers of Indus basin. was to have been built by Though there are still
snails pace towards import- Though Ms. Mayawati ad- high dam in Gurdaspur dis- signed in which the Centre July, though officials said pending disputes between
ant business and heritage dressed a rally 20 km out- trict will potentially irrigate would also be involved. Pun- Indus Water Treaty there was no timeline for the States, the Ministry state-
areas of Nadesar, Chauka side the city, she took a 5,000 hectares of land in jab had terminated water- The Hindu had reported on completion agreed upon ment said these would be
ghat, Doshipura, Golgadda, swipe at both the road Punjab and 32,173 hectares sharing agreements with sev- Friday that India was likely after the fresh agreement solved by arbitration and
Peeli Kothi, Maidagin, shows, claiming that people in J&K, besides generating eral States in 2004 and J&K A view of Ravi. to attend a meeting of the was signed. that the project would con-
Chowk, Gawdolia, before at the events were mere 206 MW of power. said it was uncertain about Permanent Indus Commis- Another official told The tinue to be implemented by
concluding at the Girijaghar spectators. She even The Irrigation Department Punjabs commitment to between both States and the sion (PIC) to be held in Hindu that India and the Government of Punjab
crossing, which houses a claimed that the crowd at of the Punjab government share power, water and eco- Centre to chalk out a Lahore later this month. The Pakistans dispute on the In- and jointly monitored by the
church. Mr. Modis road show com- started building the dam in nomic benefits that would solution. government was considering dus Water Treaty did not Central Water Commission
As with Mr Modi before prised of hired performers January 2013, but the Jammu flow from the project. There In a press statement on reviewing the Indus Water have a direct bearing on and the Chief Engineers of
them, Rahul Gandhi and from neighbouring districts. and Kashmir government have been several meetings Saturday, the Water Re- Treaty in the wake of the Uri the inter-State dispute. the two States.



Tough battles in U.P. Phase 6 Huge turnout in phase I
57% voting recorded in 49 constituencies where 635 candidates are in the fray
Press Trust of India
polling in Manipur
84% recorded; reports from 28 stations awaited
An estimated 57.03% of the
voters cast their ballots on Press Trust of India
Warrant against
Saturday in the sixth phase Imphal
Prajapati, six others
of the Uttar Pradesh elec- Manipur recorded a tentat-
tions covering 49 Assembly ive 84% turnout in the first
Non-bailable warrants were
issued on Saturday against
seats, including Mau, where phase of polling for elections
absconding rape-accused U.P. gangster-turned-politician to the 60-seat Assembly on
Minister Gayatri Prajapati and Mukhtar Ansari is in the fray. Saturday.
six others. His passport was The polling was approx- Polling was held in 1,643
impounded and a look-out imately 57.03% and passed polling stations in 38 con-
notice issued against him. off by and large peacefully, stituencies across six dis-
The police said raids were on the office of the Chief Elect- tricts, including the the twin
to trace Prajapati. PTI oral Officer said here. The districts of Imphal East and
polling percentage has gone Imphal West, Bishnupur and
Manipur hit by moderate up from the 55.04% in the the hill districts of
earthquake, no casualties 2012 Assembly polls in these Churachandpur and
IMPHAL 49 seats. Kangpokpi.
A moderate earthquake of 5 The percentage in the first The turnout figure is tent-
magnitude on the Richter phase of the current State ative as reports from 28
scale hit Manipur on Saturday polls was 64.22. It was 65.16 polling stations are to yet be
morning. A mild tremor, in the second phase, 61.16 in received, Chief Electoral Of- A senior citizen being carried by her son from a polling booth in
measuring 3.5, was also
the third phase, 60.37 in the ficer V.K. Dewangan told the Sekmai constituency, Manipur. RITU RAJ KONWAR
reported from Manipurs
Chandel district. No loss of
fourth phase and 57.37 in the presspersons here.
life or property has been fifth phase. The polling parties in threat to voters by unidenti- ated at 77.38 lakh, and 109
reported so far. ANI Around 1.72 crore voters, these areas will be airlifted fied troublemakers in the kg of drugs valued at 76.02
including 94.6 lakh men and on Sunday, he said adding Saikul constituency in Kang- lakh from people trying to
Girl, policeman injured 77.84 lakh women, were eli- that 77.18% polling was re- pokpi district and investiga- influence voters.
in protest over exam gible to vote in the latest corded in the same constitu- tions would be made. The second phase of elec-
phase. A total of 635 candid- encies in the 2012 Assembly So far, the election au- tion in the remaining 22 con-
A girl and a policeman were
ates, including 63 women, elections. thorities have seized 1.93 stituencies is scheduled to
injured here after students are in the fray. He said there was alleged crore in cash, liquor estim- be held on March 8.
protesting an out of Besides Azamgarh, rep-
syllabus paper in their Class resented by SP founder Mu-

Activists slam linking of

12 board exams clashed with layam Singh in the Lok
the police, who resorted to a Sabha, the constituencies in
lathi-charge and teargas focus included Gorakhpur of
shelling. The students BJP leader Yogi Adityanath Of to the inals: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and SP president Akhilesh Yadav after visiting
demanded cancellation of the
Physics paper. PTI
and Mau. Polling was held in
the districts of Maharajganj,
Kushinagar, Deoria,
the Kashi Vishwanath temple during a roadshow in Varanasi on Saturday. RAJEEV BHATT

Party, is contesting from Abbas is in the fray from ad- keep an eye on movement of
Aadhaar to mid-day meals
Azamgarh and Ballia. three seats. joining Ghosi constituency. vehicles.
Tripura BJP president,
supporters court arrest
While the BSP has fielded A total of 17,926 polling Right to Food Campaign to challenge Centres notiication
Mulayams absence candidates in all 49 seats, booths and 10,820 polling Maoist threat
The Azamgarh Lok Sabha the SP is contesting from 40 centres have been set up in Potential disruption from Special Correspondent a Supreme Courts order. In- We filed a petition last
Tripura BJP president Biplab
Deb and thousands of party
constituency has 10 As- seats and the Congress from the sixth phase. With 23 can- Maoists and the porous New Delhi dia has the dubious distinc- week on making Aadhaar
supporters courted arrest on sembly seats, of which the nine seats under an alliance. didates, Gorakhpur has the Nepal border were the two The Right to Food (RTF) tion of having the largest mandatory for the Public
Saturday during a stir to seek SP had won nine in 2012. Prominent candidates in most number of aspirants major challenges before the Campaign plans to challenge number of stunted children Distribution System and will
a CBI probe into the murder However, following the feud this phase include BSP rebel while the Mohammadabad police in Maharajganj. the Centres decision to in the world at 72 million. now include the mid-day
of a tribal leader. Chan Mohan with his son and U.P. Chief Swami Prasad Maurya from Gohna seat in Mau district The 84-km Indo-Nepal make Aadhaar mandatory meal notification as well in
Tripura, an elected member Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Mr. Padrauna (Kushinagar), has the fewest with just border was sealed by the for children to avail them- Important entitlement it. The argument that the
of the village committee, was Mulayam Singh has not ad- former BJP state president seven. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) selves of the mid-day meal In a statement, the RTF unique ID number will bring
murdered last month. dressed a single meeting in Surya Pratap Shahi from The Central paramilitary and only emergency vehicles schemes in schools across Campaign said, School transparency is completely
his constituency during this Pathardeva (Deoria), Shyam forces assisted the local po- were allowed to cross the the country. meals are an important enti- illogical. Where is the need
RJD leader caught with election. Bahadur Yadav (SP), son of lice in ensuring free and fair border, District Electoral Of- The Union Human Re- tlement of Indian children, for transparency in how
16 liquor bottles in Bihar The prestige of Union former Governor Ram polls and carried out flag ficer Virendra Kumar Singh source Development (HRD) legally enforceable under much children are eating?
PURNEA (BIHAR) Minister Kalraj Mishra, who Naresh Yadav from Fulpur march in sensitive areas. said. Ministrys notification is the Supreme Court orders as Even if children registered at
A State-level leader of RJD, represents Deoria in the Lok Pawai (Azamgarh), and SP The India-Nepal border at Cameras were installed on likely to affect nearly 120 well as under the National private schools are eating
Renu Yadav, and two others Sabha, is also at stake in this rebels Ambika Chowhdury Maharajganj and Gorakhpur trade and transit points million schoolchildren Food Security Act. Numer- mid-day meals at govern-
were arrested with 16 bottles phase. and Narad Rai, who are con- and in Bihar was sealed to along the Nepal border to across the country. While ous studies show that Indias ment schools, it is com-
of liquor in Purnea district of The BJP is contesting from testing on the BSP ticket prevent miscreants from prevent illegal movement of the governments rationale mid-day meal scheme has pletely acceptable. We need
Bihar, where total prohibition 45 seats, while its ally Apna from Fefna (Ballia) and Ballia sneaking in and escaping. people during polling. Mr. is that the decision will im- made an important contri- more children, eating more
was imposed in 2016, the Dal is trying its luck in one Sadar, respectively. Police patrolling was in- Singh said two such cameras prove efficiency and trans- bution to higher school at- meals without being asked
police said on Saturday. They seat in this phase. While gangster-turned- tensified along inter-district had already been set up at parency, Right to Food activ- tendance, better child nutri- for IDs, said Dipa Sinha,
were returning from West Another BJP partner, the politician Mukhtar Ansari is boundaries and barriers Sonauli in Maharajganj ists maintain that the tion and more effective convenor, RTF Campaign
Bengal. PTI
Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj contesting from Mau, his son were erected on highways to district. notification is in violation of learning. Delhi chapter.

Congress seeks FIR against 50 lakh for

clues on
PM for Varanasi roadshow Punjab killers
Press Trust of India
Files complaint with EC that event did not have permission Chandigarh
The Punjab police on Sat-
Special Correspondent Cantt. where Anil Srivastav urday announced a cash
Syed Shahabuddin New Delhi is the Congress candidate reward of 50 lakh and a
The Congress party on Sat- and Banaras Uttar from Sub-Inspectors job to any-
Former MP urday wrote to the Election
Commission seeking to file
where Samad Ansari is of
Congress is in the fray, said
one who provides informa-
tion about the killers of a
Shahabuddin an FIR against Prime Minis-
ter Narendra Modi and other
the letter.
The Congress alleged that
man and son who were fol-
lowers of the Dera Saccha
laid to rest BJP leaders for allegedly or-
ganising a roadshow in
during the roadshow, the
Prime Minister also went to
The identity of anyone
Varanasi without prior Kashi Vishwanath Temple who provides information
Press Trust of India permission. and Kaal Bhairo Temple will be kept secret,
Noida In its complaint to the without any requisite per- Deputy Inspector-General
Syed Shahabuddin, former Chief Election Commis- mission for conducting the (Ludhiana Range) S.K.
MP and diplomat, died in a sioner, the party had alleged roadshow from the Election Kalia said.
private hospital here on that Mr. Modi led the road- Narendra Modi Commission. It is requested Mr. Kalia, who is head-
Saturday. He was 82. show from Banaras Hindu that action may be taken and ing a special investigation
He passed away at 5.22 University (BHU) for about 7 Conduct. This roadshow FIR registered against all the team, sought public sup-
a.m. in the hospital where kilometres without the ne- covered three Assembly con- BJP leaders, including Mr. port for identifying the
he was admitted two weeks cessary permission from the stituencies: Banaras Dakshin Modi, who were part of the assailants.
ago after he suffered some competent authority, in viol- where Rajesh Mishra is a roadshow, said the Con- Two motorbike-borne
pulmonary complications. ation of the Model Code of Congress candidate, Banaras gress complaint. gunmen killed Satpal (65)
He had not been keeping and Ramesh Kumar (35)
well for the past few when they were working at
months, a family member
Mr. Shahabuddin, born
Unseemly act by PM: Minister the Deras canteen at
Jagera village, about 55 km
from Ludhiana, around 7
in Ranchi in 1935, was bur- Special Correspondent Sabha, said that it was un- tion of a State is not right, p.m. on February 25.
ied in Delhi after last rites. NEW DELHI seemly for Prime Minister holding a rally or public Both were shot point-
He joined the Indian Minister of State for Human Modi to have participated in meeting is where it should blank in the head with a .32
Foreign Service in 1958 and Resource Development and a roadshow in his Lok Sabha have stopped), he said. He bore weapon. We have
served as a Vice-Consul president of the Rashtriya constituency. blamed the BJPs organisa- formed 16 teams which are
and Consul in New York Lok Samata Party (RLSP) PM ko roadshow main tion for scheduling this working on this case, Mr.
from 1959-61. Upendra Kushwaha on Sat- bhejna, yeh theek nahin hai event. Kalia said. The police are
Vice-President Hamid urday criticised the BJP for (It is unseemly for the Prime They should not have yet to identify the assail-
Ansari condoled his de- scheduling a roadshow Minister to be featured in a done so, he said. ants, who, though visible
mise, saying he was a man featuring Prime Minister roadshow). Kisi rajya ke Vid- Mr. Kushwahas party had in CCTV footage, were
of deep convictions and Narendra Modi in Varanasi. han Sabha ke chunav main fought the Assembly polls in wearing caps and had their
pursued issues that were Speaking to The Hindu, yeh theek nahin hai, rally ya Bihar with the BJP in 2015. faces covered. Dera follow-
dear to him with great Mr. Kushwaha, who is part jan sabha tak theek thaa, He did not do so in U.P., ers had refused to cremate
tenacity and determina- of the NDA and has three (that he should do a road however, despite hoping to the duo demanding that
tion. MPs from Bihar in the Lok show in an Assembly elec- contest that way. the killers be arrested.
Syed Shahabuddin was
a friend and his passing
away is a personal loss. A
man of deep convictions,
he pursued issues that
were dear to him with
Geelanis grandson got irst rank: J&K
great tenacity and determ-
ination. He will be re- Says he was hired purely on the basis of merit and by following procedure
membered for his tireless
work towards a more in- Peerzada Ashiq appointed as research officer Anees, and raised doubts if the interview, the director
clusive, less corrupt demo- Srinagar purely on the basis of the rules were bent. said. He said Anees-ul-Islam
cracy in India, he said. The Jammu and Kashmir merit. Responding to the report, secured the first position in
Mr. Shahabuddin had government on Saturday de- The Criminal Investiga- the Director of the conven- the order of merit and was
been a Rajya Sabha mem- fended the recruitment of tion Department wing of the tion centre said the post was appointed.
ber from Bihar from 1979 Hurriyat faction chairman J&K Police has given a satis- advertised on October 3, Omar Abdullah, former
to 1984 and a Lok Sabha Syed Ali Geelanis grandson factory and non-involvement 2016. Chief Minister and National
member (Kishanganj) from for a post in the Sher-i-Kash- report in favour of the selec- The SKICC received 196 Conference leader, tweeted:
1985 to 1989 and 1991 to mir International Conven- ted candidate, the spokes- applications. A panel con- My problem isnt with the
1996. He had served as Am- tion Centre last year. man said. ducted the interview of the apparent hypocrisy, but with
bassador to Algeria and A government spokesman A newspaper had ques- short-listed candidates. Only the blatant violation of rules
Mauritania. said Anees-ul-Islam had been tioned the selection of Mr. 32 candidates appeared in by the CM & her minions.





Freedom of abuse: Gurmehar Kaur (top

Pp q
Q left), a 20-year-old student of the Lady
Shri Ram College in Delhi, joined a social
media campaign against the Akhil
Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) after

Gurmehar violent clashes at Delhi University's

Ramjas College last week. As part of the
'Fightback DU' campaign, Gurmehar

Kaur Kaur's online post saying, "I am not afraid

of ABVP," received many messages of

support, but she was also trolled with

peace activist threatening messages. Gurmehar, whose

father died ighting militants in Jammu
and Kashmir in 1999, inally withdrew
from the campaign, and left Delhi.
Students and teachers of Delhi
University took out a march on Tuesday
to protest against violence on the
Ramjas college campus. Several ABVP
students were detained after clashes
broke out during the march (extreme
right). Students in Mumbai too took
out rallies in support of Gurmehar
(bottom left).



What is Coming of age is an swim in the sea of life, without fear or for Melancholy in 2008 after which, for the specificity and rootedness of the and by the black. The only other colour
Pp q
Q it about easy category to fit
Moonlight into. After all, it is about the
favour. In Chirons quiet, gentle per-
sona is also contained a poetic and
despite the critical acclaim, it was all
about eight years of writing many a
black male American experience. that manages to intrude, metaphoric-
ally speaking, is blue: black boys do
rite of passage of its lead protagonist persuasive tale of an entire underpriv- thwarted screenplay and shelved film. Why does it The film is as much look blue in the moonlight. That is only
Chiron as he grows from Little to ileged America. Chiron could be any- On the other hand was Tarell Alvin Mc- matter at the margins when it up until the mix-up on the Oscars night

The lowdown Black the three chapters in the film

titled after his (nick)names echo the sig-
nificant stages of his life. Yet the film is
one of those poor, gay or black boys
who look blue under the moonlight.
Moonlight is about what it is to live on
Craney, who wrote the semi-autobio-
graphical play, In Moonlight Black Boys
Look Blue, to cope with his mothers
comes to film-making
itself: small, arthouse with hardly any
star turns, except Naomie Harris, and
and sharing the stage, albeit for a very
few minutes, with the wholly main-
stream (and many shades fairer) La La

on Oscars more. Much as it is an intimate and per-

sonal document, it is also universal in
its social urgency. It is about Chirons
the margins.

How did it The making of

death from AIDS. That was way
back in 2003. It was through Mia-
mis Borscht Corp that both the
shot in a mere 25 days. The underdogs
ride to the mainstream approval at the
Oscars is marked by several milestones:
Land. But as Jenkins has said of the film,
it is not just for the black. The hope is
that it will inspire more underprivileged

Best Picture hardships, conflicts and confusions,

about the violence, both physical and
internalised, about being bullied and
come about Moon-
light has been as
much of a long jour-
long distance runners got to-
gether. Jenkins got introduced
to the play and began turning it
it became the first film with an all-black
cast, the first LGBT film and the second
lowest-grossing film domestically (first
to find a voice and expression, talent of
all colour to take to film-making and
bring more diversity to the precincts of
Moonlight fighting back, about being abandoned
and finding home, about falling out and
ney as Chirons. Dir-
ector Barry Jenkins
into the screenplay and even-
tually a film after his own heart
being The Hurt Locker) to win the best
picture award. Mahershala Ali, who
the much critiqued old, male, white
Academy. Whats more, diversity and
reconciling, about intense loneliness made his debut with McCraney. What you have played Juan, became the first Muslim to inclusiveness, the two words it has
and finding a kindred spirit and a love film, a low in the film is an amalgamation win an acting Oscar and Joi McMillon come to stand for, wouldnt have soun-
that lasts a lifetime, about not knowing budget indie of their own experiences became the first black woman to be ded sweeter than in the times of Donald
who he is to eventually embracing his Medicine both grew up in Liberty nominated for an editing Oscar. Signi- Trump. Jenkins is reported to be work-
identity and sexuality. Decide who you Square where most of ficant as the Academy was rebuked last ing on a script on the life of black Amer-
want to be. You cant let no one make the film is set, the year for nominating an all-white group ican boxer Claressa Shields and another
that decision for you, Juan, a surrogate mothers of both of actors for two years in a row. on Colson Whiteheads acclaimed novel
father figure, tells Chiron. The film then suffered from drug ad- The Underground Railroad on slavery in
is about Chiron making that vital diction like Chirons What next And so you have Georgia plantations.
choice. It is about rolling into the wa- mom Paula. No won- Moonlight that doesnt step out of
ters to drown his sorrows to learning to der it has been feted Miami ghettos. It is a world of the black Namrata Joshi


Of the estimated 10.4 million new tuber- avoid TB bacterium from developing cluded in the list as they are not bac- makers to de-prioritise TB research, it
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million were multi-drug-resistant
resistance to bedaquiline as a result of
terial infections, it cites a different
reason for not including TB bacteria.

(MDR). Another one million were resist- Despite the gravity of the situation According to the WHO, TB bacterium Meets criteria for inclusion
ant to rifampicin drug alone. India ac- and a near-empty drug chest to fight was not included in the list as it is The reason why The Union has reacted

Is TB counted for 2.84 million new cases in

2015, of which 79,000 had MDR TB.
There were 1.4 million TB deaths world-
TB in India, a WHO list, released on
February 27, of drug-resistant bacteria
that pose the greatest threat to hu-
already targeted by other dedicated
so strongly is that the TB bacterium
meets each of the 10 criteria used for in-
clusion in the list how deadly the in-

bacterium wide in 2015.

For the first time in nearly 50 years,
two new drugs, bedaquiline and
man health and for which new drugs
are desperately needed, has no men-
tion of Mycobacterium tuberculosis,
Open letter
In a strongly worded open letter to
WHO director-general Margaret Chan,
fections are, the number of infected
people in a community, prevalence of
resistance, how easily the bacterium

not on deadly delamanid, were approved by the U.S.

Food and Drug Administration for MDR-
TB cases. The accelerated approval of
the bacterium that causes TB.

Not a priority pathogen?

The Union Against Tuberculosis and
Lung Diseases, or simply The Union,
says it is outrageous that Mycobac-
spreads from one person to another, op-
tions to prevent the infection in hospital
and community, treatment options and
superbug list? bedaquiline was based on interim
Phase IIa data.
This is the first time that the WHO has
released such a list and the prime ob-
terium tuberculosis was not considered
for inclusion as it is already a globally
whether new drugs are already in the
R&D pipeline.
jective of listing the priority patho- established priority for which innovat- The WHO states that new antibiotics
Lack of data gens, in its own words, is to guide ive new treatments are urgently most urgently needed will never be de-
The lack of large-scale safety data and and promote research and develop- needed. This explanation defies veloped in time if it is left to market
the paucity of effective TB drugs, espe- ment of new antibiotics and to ad- reason [and] contradicts the stated in- forces alone. This is best demonstrated revisions and inclusions of other patho-
cially for MDR-TB, are the reasons for dress the growing global resistance to tent of the global priority pathogens in the case of TB. It took nearly 50 years gens, including viruses and parasites,
the World Health Organization (WHO) antimicrobial medicines. lists methodology to define the list, the for new TB drugs to be approved for The Union wants the TB bacterium to
to insist that the drug be used only The list is divided into three cat- letter reads. TBs exclusion sends the MDR-TB and not a single antibiotic has be included in the list before the WHO
when all options to treat TB using the egories critical, high and medium false and counterproductive message been developed for drug-sensitive TB in publishes the full protocol and results
existing drugs have been exhausted. based on the urgency of need for new that drug-resistant TB is not an urgent half-a-century. by the end of May 2017.
The WHO also makes it abundantly drugs. While the WHO reasons that public health threat, the letter says. It Since the WHO has stated that the list
clear that all efforts should be made to malaria and HIV have not been in- also sends a strong message to policy- has been developed to allow periodic R. Prasad


The government has set the date for the merged entity would be 32 lakh crore SBI customers and all associate bank pushing through consolidation as it
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with its five associate banks on April 1,
from 23 lakh crore now. The merged
entity would have deposits worth 26
employees will become SBI employees.
So, all associate bank employees will be
planned to identify six to eight anchor
banks which would lead the exercise.
2017. The five associate banks are the lakh crore and nearly 18.76 lakh crore eligible for the same retirement benefits Recently, the newly appointed Deputy
State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), worth advances on its books. as SBI employees. SBI employees get Governor of the Reserve Bank of India,

the State Bank of Mysore (SBM), the The business mix of the five associate three retirement benefits (provident Viral Acharya, revived consolidation
State Bank of Travancore (SBT), the banks is around 10 lakh crore, which is fund, gratuity and pension), while asso- talks and said the banking system would
State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) and the almost equal to the size of the second ciate bank staff members get two retire- be better off if there were fewer, but
State Bank of Patiala (SBP). largest bank of the country, Punjab Na- ment benefits. healthier, public sector banks.
Initially, SBI had seven associate tional Bank. So, the distance between As many have pointed out, it is not
April 2017 banks two of them, the State Bank of
Indore and the State Bank of Sauras-
the SBI and the second largest bank,
PNB, will increase further and the latter
What does it mean for banking?
The merger of associate banks with the
clear why we need so many public sec-
tor banks, he said in his maiden ad-
htra, were merged earlier. will be one-fourth of the SBI. The SBI kicks-starts the long pending consol- dress to bankers.
merged entity would have close to idation exercise among public sector Mr. Acharya suggested that voluntary
Whats the big deal? 24,000 branches and an employee banks, but the bigger question is retirement schemes be offered to man-
No Indian bank features among the top strength of 2,71,765. whether a similar move will be success- age the headcount and usher a younger,
50 banks globally. With the huge finan- ful between other state-run banks. digitally savvy talent pool into these
cing needs that the country faces, infra- What will happen to shares? The merger of weaker banks with banks.
structure in particular, size is import- From April 1, all shares of these associ- stronger banks was mooted by the BJP Amid consolidation talks, prepara-
ant. With the merger, the SBI could ate banks will cease to exist as indi- government at the Centre during the tions are on for the third edition of Gyan
break into the list of top 50 banks of the vidual entities and will be transferred to first edition of bankers retreat Gyan Sangam. While further consolidation
world, in terms of asset size. the SBI. Sangam in 2015, but the plan faced among public sector banks is on the
The merged entity will have one- The SBBJ, the SBM and the SBT are opposition from bankers, who claimed agenda, it is not clear whether it will re-
fourth of the deposit and loan market, listed entities, while the SBH and the the time was not ripe since the balance main at the discussion stage or the gov-
as the SBIs market share will increase SBP are unlisted. According to the vestors in the SBM and the SBT holding sheets of all public sector banks had ernment will be able to move forward
from 17% to 22.5-23%. SBI chairperson share-swap ratios announced last Au- 10 shares will get 22 SBI shares each. weakened by a sharp rise in non-per- with some concrete action.
Arundhati Bhattacharya recently said gust, SBBJ shareholders will get 28 The merger will also mean that all SBI forming assets. At the next bankers re-
the consolidated balance sheet of the shares of SBI for every 10 shares. In- associate bank customers will become treat, the government was keen on Manojit Saha


ceros, or greater one-horned rhino, is Climate Change has urged the Ministry servation policies and the challenges,
WHERE categorised as vulnerable by the Inter- of External Affairs to revoke the visas of which includes the impact on com-
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Nature (IUCN) in its 2008 red list. This is
Mr. Rowlatt and his crew and prevent
their further entry into India for a
munities living next to the parks.
The park has been one of the biggest
an improvement from its status in 1986, period not less than five years. An offi- success stories of conservation in India.
when it was considered endangered. cial memorandum from the National Ti- From barely 75 in 1905, the population
ger Conservation Authority (NTCA), on of the Indian rhino now stands at 2,400.

Kaziranga Why now?

Often in the news for poaching or an-
nual floods in the Brahmaputra which
February 27, advised the wildlife wing of
the Ministry to disallow filming permis-
sion to the BBC in any protected areas
Conservation efforts are more than a
century old, since the park was de-
clared a reserve forest in 1905. Even

in storm over creates havoc in the park, the reserve

has been caught in a controversy over a
documentary made by the BBC. park and those killed in the name of
of the country for a period of five
years. According to the NTCA, the viol-
ations by the journalist involve filming
before the Indian Wildlife (Protection)
Act, 1972, was notified with its provi-
sions for setting up national parks, the

policing of Titled Killing for Conservation, the

documentary by its South Asia corres-
pondent Justin Rowlatt talks about the
conservation, Mr. Rowlatt says in the
introduction of the documentary.
After an interview with the director
after sunset, dishonouring the under-
taking provided, besides deviating
from the original synopsis submitted to
Kaziranga National Park was conceived
by the Assam National Park Act of 1968.
It was set up on February 11, 1974, and
poaching dark secrets of conservation at the
park and points out that the forest
of the park, Mr. Rowlatt remarks: What
surprises me is that how many people
the MEA and its authority.
Though the BBC claimed that it had
UNESCO declared it a world heritage
site in 1985. It became a Tiger Reserve in
guards have been given powers to have been killed in the park Fifty not received any notification of ban 2007.
shoot and kill poachers. The authorit- people in the last three years That from the Indian authorities, it stated Forest officials, however, say conser-
Located about 200 km to the north-east ies of the park have denied this allega- seems a lot of people. that any such reaction to a report on vation of the rhino poses a major chal-
of Guwahati, in the heart of Assam, lies tion. an important global issue like the ap- lenge, with poachers looking for every
the Kaziranga National Park, a world The park has killed, maimed and it What happened? propriate way to combat poaching opportunity to kill the animal for its
heritage site thats spread over 430 sq is alleged that it even tortured people. Taking strong exception to the docu- would be extremely disappointing horn, which commands a high price in
km and is home to two-thirds of the en- There is no question that rhinos should mentary and even describing it as The programme was a balanced and im- China and West Asia.
tire Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unic- be protected. But at what cost? This is grossly erroneous reporting, the Min- partial report which covered both the
ornis) population. The Indian rhino- the inside story of an Indian national istry of Environment and Forests and successes achieved through Indias con- Shiv Sahay Singh




In defence of experts whom we use and abuse

It is the mark of a superstitious, authoritarian age that it confuses expertise with infallibility, and dismisses experts if they are not infallible
a set manufactured at home. was so easy for Christian evangelicals to ory) and purely personal emotions
We like to romanticise about a past combine Reason with Christianity in the cannot lead to reasoned thinking. They
when we were all self-sufficient and did 18th and 19th centuries: for many reli- are based on the demand that one indi-
not need experts. But such a past re- gious Christians, Reason was the voice viduals perspective or belief be accep-
cedes into myth if we look closely at it. of God in human beings, and hence ted per se by others. Religious heads of
Take just human travel: there were loco- true religion. For them, it was the su- any kind, unless they open their belief
motive and shipping experts in the 19th perstitions of other faiths that denied to reasoned thinking with others, are
THE CONTROVERSIAL INDIAN century; there were cobblers, saddlers both Reason and God. (The total opposi- not experts; they are quacks.
and trainers in the centuries with tion that current Christian fanatics in An expert talks to other experts in a
tabish khair
horses; there were trackers who could the U.S. make between their God and language that can be understood in the
is an Indian novelist and academic who
teaches in Denmark
read the landscape or guide by the stars scientific reason was a less vocal posi- field and about a reality that can be de-
before that. Perhaps, when we were liv- tion until recently.) bated equally. An expert unlike some
All ages have their defining clichs, and ing in caves, we did not have experts But this God-like Reason is not the political leaders, sants and pirs can
the clich of our age is this: Never trust though even then, I suspect, there same as reasoned critical thinking, never claim infallibility, because true ex-
experts. I have heard it being said by might have been individuals who were though its instruments are similar. God- pertise demands reasoned agreements
Americans, Danes, Nigerians, and Indi- expert at honing stone weapons or like Reason is unchanging, universal, and critical differences. It is the mark of
ans; by the educated and the semi-liter- building a fire! all-seeing, absolute, singular. Reasoned a superstitious, authoritarian age that it
ate; by people I consider vastly intelli- We use and have used experts all the thinking is situational, historical, dialo- confuses expertise with infallibility, and
gent and people about whose time, but we abuse them all the time too gically objective, and it can offer more dismisses experts if they are not
intelligence I harbour serious doubts. these days. than one conclusion. It is not relativist, infallible.
Like all such clichs, this one too is a but it is always contextual. In short, it is one thing to employ
gigantic lie built on a tiny grain of truth. Differences among experts reasoned, critical thinking to engage
When your car breaks down, you go True, you might consult more than one Reasoned thinking with experts, and it is another thing to
to a mechanic, who is an expert. You mechanic about your car and more than differ among themselves, which forces critical thinking. What reasoned thinking requires is an dismiss experts, with all their agree-
send your child to school, which is one doctor about your illness. You you to use your own critical reasoning. Reasoned thinking is not the same as equal discourse in language, despite the ments or disagreements. So, dear
staffed by experts teachers. When ill- might move your child to another In fact, some difference between ex- Cartesian Reason. For Descartes and slipperiness of language, about a world reader, the next time someone advises
ness gets serious, we rush people to school. You might employ this car- perts is the precondition to any real ex- Enlightenment thinkers influenced by that is mutually experienced, despite you never to trust experts, at least give
hospitals. We do not usually build our penter rather than that one. pertise. This is because expertise is not him, Reason best written with a cap- the subjectivity of experience. This is him the refit of his own doubt. Ask him:
own furniture or stitch our own clothes. This is not because you do not trust innate or a miracle or God-given. It is a ital R was an unconscious or con- why obdurate belief in a God or an Why then should I trust a self-appointed
I am yet to see someone watching TV on or use experts but because experts can human achievement based on reasoned scious substitute for God. That is why it ideology (such as the trickle-down the- expert on experts like you?

Lets go build property Begum Samru and her

on the seven new planets church in Sardhana
It will be like nothing on Earth and will probably be more afordable too The Basilica of Our Lady of Graces is a tribute to a formidable ruler
What if there are aliens living The church was built at the princely
there? cost of four lakhs. Anthony Reghelini,
I thought you were the history ex- an officer in the Begums army, from
pert, he said. There were aliens Vicenza, Italy, was its architect. In
around when Columbus discovered a 1822, it was opened to the public and
new planet called America. He man- consecrated by the Prefects Apostolic
ALLEGEDLY aged rather well, didnt he?
You mean we kill them all and take
WHERE STONES SPEAK of Agra, Rev. Fr. Antoninus Pezzoni.

G. Sampath over their planet? Rana safvi Where silence takes over
is the Social Afairs Editor, The Hindu, Look, B said. We both know the is a historian, author and blogger It bears a great resemblance to St.
and the author of two books Earth has no future. The oceans have documenting Indias syncretic culture Peters Basilica in Rome with its 18
more filth than fish. The forests are beautiful Doric columns and triple
I dont know how many of you have re- gone. The air is toxic. The rivers are Tucked away in the dusty town of domes. Two soaring spires rise on the
ceived this text message: Prime loca- contaminated. Groundwater is de- Sardhana, an hour-and-a-half s drive back of the building giving it a unique
tion, best lifestyle!!! Book UR 2/3/4 pleted. If you ask me, a nuclear incid- from Delhi, is the largest church in look. Entry is from a side door before
BHK Apartment on TRAPPIST-1f, bang ent is round the corner. Have you north India. Now declared a minor Ba- which is Reghelinis signature double

in the heart of the habitable zone, 0 heard of Elon Musks SpaceX? The silica, the church of Our Lady of staircase built in a way to resemble a
km from Inter-Galactic Expressway. smart ones already have an exit plan.

Graces is a beautiful monument and a flowing stream.

Booking amount is 51,000. Pay 5% We must get out, sooner or later. tribute to an amazing woman. No one Once inside, the calm takes over. It
now and nothing till possession. Call Well, I hesitated. Ive heard that knows the birth name of the petite is in silence that you reach the altar.
62766-88900. the bus on all the real estate booms of these planets are gravitationally locked Kashmiri dancing girl with sparkling given the rich principality of Sardhana I dont know what brief was given to
Ive been getting this on my phone the past two decades while all my to the star, meaning one side would al- eyes and mesmerising smile, but she is near Meerut. After Samrus death, Be- the architect, but he must have under-
every morning since the day news peers maxed out. An ex-colleague, for ways face the star, while the other is remembered as Begum Samru, the gum Samru was given the sanad to rule stood her well as he mixed Italian and
broke about the discovery of seven instance, bought a flat in Bengaluru for permanently darker and colder. only Roman Catholic ruler in India. Sardhana and the diminutive begum Islamic architecture. The marble altar
new Earth-size planets. My MBA 5 lakh and sold it after 18 years for 95 Thats taken care of, B said. All Begum Samru was born in the es- became one of the most formidable reminded me immediately of the Taj
friends have already booked proper- lakh. I hadnt invested because I didnt residential and commercial projects tate of her Mughal nobleman father, fighters of her age. She converted to Mahal. The pietra dura, with its semi-
ties in upcoming projects on all the want to be tied down by EMIs. are on the side facing the star. Latif Ali Khan, some 80 miles off Delhi. Catholicism in 1781, three years after precious stones inlay work, seems in-
three planets that fall in the habitable Another had bought a 2 BHK in The bright side? Following Latif Ali Khans death, his her husbands death, and took the spired from it.
zone. And they are urging me to Mumbai for 35 lakh and sold it for 2 Yes. elder wife and son threw the begum name Joanna after Joan of Arc. Behind the altar is a huge tabernacle
invest. crore. What about the dark side? and her mother out of the estate. The In 1787, she rushed at the head of in which is installed the statue of Our
One of them, B, is an investment Today, these guys have a sizeable Thats where the service class two found themselves on the lanes of her army to rescue the Mughal em- Lady of the Graces in a niche. This
banker who used to work at Goldman nest egg while my savings wouldnt would live, B said. The servant quar- Delhis Bazaar-e-Husn, or Chawri peror, Shah Alam II, who was besieged statue was a later addition.
Sachs. He retired at the age of 24 and fetch me six months supply of eggs. ters, if you like, but on a planetary Bazaar, from where Latif Ali Khan had by the Rohilla chief, Abdul Qadir, in Light pours onto the statue through
now divides his time between Majorca Whats hard to swallow is that both scale. brought her mother. Broken in spirit, the Red Fort. She outwitted Ghulam the octagonal dome with eight win-
and Mylapore. these fellows used to report to me. Its reminding me too much of the mother too died soon after. Qadir and forced her way into the fort. dows adding to the mystical moment.
He called me again last Friday. Now they dont take my calls because Earth, I said. The Rohilla chief had to concede de- It is a major centre of Marian devotion
Dont think too much, machaan, Im no longer in their socio-economic It would be like nothing on Earth, From orphan to estate ruler feat in front of her superior intelli- and every second Sunday of November
he said. I know the developer. He has category. he said. From a 10-year-old penniless orphan, gence and firepower. She was con- sees a huge influx of pilgrims praying
all the clearances from NASA. I didnt want to make the same mis- Arent these planets orbiting a the begum traversed a long journey: ferred the title of Zeb-un-Nisa, or jewel and paying homage to Mother Mary.
But Id heard too many horror stor- take again. But I still wasnt sure. dwarf star? Will there be enough she was trained as a dancer by the fam- among women, by the emperor. The On the left of the altar is an 18-ft
ies and wanted to be extra cautious. Isnt the location a bit far? I asked sunlight? ous courtesan, Khanum Bai, she was intrepid begum saved the emperors marble sculpture over the remains of
Has the developer built anything B. Buddy, I was in Delhi for three days adopted by the Mughal emperor, life on another occasion and was given Begum Samru. The Carrara marble
on another planet? I asked. Really? he said. How far is it? last December. I did not see ANY sun. owned her own private army, and the title of Farzand-e-Azizi, or beloved monument was commissioned by her
Of course, he said. 40 light years, I said. Thats 235 Hmm. ruled an estate in Sardhana. daughter, which was later converted to heir, David Dyce Samru, and carved by
Which other planet? trillion miles. So tell me. Shall I book? The teenager who had wooed the a more personalised name: Farzana. the Italian sculptor from Bologna,
Theyve finished five projects in Dude, do you know of any prop- I took a deep breath, and walked to gathering in Khanums kotha soon She administered her estate in Sard- Adamo Tadolini. It shows the begum
Gurgaon. erty that you can afford thats less than the balcony, startling a couple of caught the fancy of an Austrian mer- hana with brilliance and it soon yiel- dressed in her trademark Kashmiri
I was impressed. 235 trillion miles away? pigeons. cenary, Walter Joseph Reinhardt, and ded a huge income. shawl, seated on a chair, holding the
This is the time to invest, B said. I didnt. He had a point. Im sorry, I said, finally. I was went to live with him. Reinhardt was She started the construction of the sanad to her estate. Below it are 11 life-
Get in before the rest. Once the prices But we dont know for sure that born an earthling. If the Earth is going nicknamed Le Sombre because of his beautiful church of Our Lady of Graces size figures. Five are connected to her
shoot up, you can make a killing by theres liquid water on any of these down, Im going down with it. solemn looks. That name eventually in Sardhana. It was completed in 1820. life and the rest, along with the three
selling to the suckers who come in planets. They are offering free, covered morphed into the Indianised Samru. She sent a request to the Pope to send panels of bas-relief, symbolise the
last. B burst out laughing. Are you parking as part of the early bird Samru had his own private army a Bishop. In a letter dated 21/1/1834, events in her life. One, which shows
That hit home, for I had been that serious? offer. and he pledged it to the highest bid- she wrote to him: I am proud to say, it her leading her troops into battle, is
sucker all my life. My biggest regret as I realised I was being silly. Nearly What!!! Why didnt you say so der. In return for help to the Mughal (the church) is acknowledged to be the particularly impressive. It immortal-
Homo Economicus was that Id missed every city on Earth had water issues. earlier? Make the booking! emperor against the Jats, Samru was finest, without exception, in India. ises her fighting spirit.

The moral ambiguity of modern religion

Citizens can neither demand that the state keep completely out of religion nor that it arbitrarily intervene in each aspect of it
tions and aspire to overcome them. tion within the community has taken may revere Religion A and find Religion
(Step 1) A gap now emerges between upon itself the responsibility to system- B repugnant.
what we currently are and what, at our atise teachings, turn them into intellec- Modern religion tends to be compre-
best, we could be. In striving to over- tual doctrines (Step 5). Given the new hensive, referring to both Religions A
come this gap, we then search for a vis- importance of doctrines, some within and B, and therefore is neither unam-
ion, both personal and collective, in the bureaucratic structures become biguously good not wholly bad. One can
THE PUBLIC EYE terms of which we can chart a journey
of self-cultivation or self-realisation.
gatekeepers maintaining strict rules of
entry and exit (Step 6). Perhaps some of
neither live without it nor relate to it
without resistance and critique. The
rajeev bhargava One important condition of finding these are proselytisers, view each other only sensible attitude towards it is crit-
is a political theorist at the Centre for the this vision or path is getting guidance, as rivals fighting for individual allegi- ical respect.
Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi most likely from a wise and insightful ances and slowly begin to define them- This has broader political and state-
teacher, one who has deep influence in selves in opposition to one another related implications. Our politics cannot
Modern religion is a complex phe- shaping our character and practice, (Step 7). They even break each others be conducted without drawing upon
nomenon and reasonable persons can who helps us go higher and dig deeper. heads over differences of doctrine or the resources of one or the other Reli-
only have an ambivalent attitude to- Let us then imagine that (in Step 2) practice. And even the heads of some of gion A. Hence Gandhis statement with

wards it. Invoking both love and hate, it people begin to follow his teachings. their own who differ from doctrines as which even Nehru agreed: I can say
can neither be unconditionally respec- They become followers of a path to- they define them (Step 8). without the slightest hesitation that
ted nor indiscriminately disrespected. wards self-realisation a Marga. And in Religions A that have taken Steps 4-8 those who say that religion has nothing
Citizens can neither demand that the Step 3, over time, a fellow feeling devel- have now become religions in another to do with politics do not know what re-
state keep completely out of it nor that ops, a loose sense of community sense. Call them Religions B. What was ligion means.
it arbitrarily intervene in each aspect of amongst the followers important be- once a loose community has now a But equally, Religion B cannot
it. Why? cause self-cultivation needs mutual highly doctrine-oriented, bureaucrat- meddle in politics without vitiating it.
learning, influence and reinforcement. ised, exclusivist structure. Alas, pursuit Furthermore, morally sensitive citizens
Religion A Self-development is a guided, social such as India, Greece and Rome) or be it had neither a word for religion nor a of Religion A has been for some time can neither endorse a strict separation
Let me draw you into a thought experi- activity. Teachers and other learners are God-dependent (monotheistic religions distinction between religion and now dependent on ones belonging to between state and modern religion nor
ment: an eight-step speculative history crucial to it. such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam) or philosophy. Religion B. allow the boundaries between them to
of the religious and philosophical lives This lightly organised human endeav- be independent of God faith in the Now because religion has come to become so porous that states destroy
of human beings. So assume that in the our, this gamut of practices, disposi- rightness of human action and human Religion B refer to both Religion A (teachings of in- peoples freedom to choose and prac-
very distant past, we developed a capa- tions and character can be called reli- rationality as in visions of an atheist/ Imagine now that over time the com- dividual or collective self-realisation) tise any Religion A. This is why they
city for transcendence, i.e. to step back gion in one important sense. Call it secular society in ancient Greece (Plato) munity of Religion A develops an insti- and Religion B (institutionalised, power- must insist that the state keep a prin-
and look beyond life as we find it, to hol- Religion A. and India (Buddha, Jaina, Mimamsa). tutional structure, involving hierarchies laden, status-ridden and doctrinalised), cipled distance from all religions, keep
istically examine our existence and the Now Religion A may be gods/god- From very ancient times, India was of power and status (Step 4). Some of many reasonable persons are bound to off Religion A and intervene when mor-
world, to dispassionately see its limita- desses-dependent (ancient societies home to many Religions A, even though these hierarchies grow because a sec- develop a deep ambivalence to it. They ally necessary in Religion B.



Mumbai researchers identify a What do the Quebec
fossils prove?
protein critical for sperm motility Origin of life was earlier than we think
nicola davis of millions rather than bil-

Prehistoric influence
Low levels of the heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) in sperm causes infertility in men lions of years old. Whats
Scientists believe they have more, the structures were
Scanning the Amazon basin, R. Prasad Vrushali Sagare-Patil from NIRRH found fossils dating back at found to contain graphite as
researchers have unearthed and the first author of the paper least 3.8 billion years, which well as the minerals apatite
evidence of the influence of A Mumbai-based team of researchers While the basal motility is not de- might even help us find life and carbonate which are
human intervention in the has identified one more protein pendent on HSP90, the protein is re- on other planets A team of associated with biological
forests in prehistoric times. heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) quired to increase the motility of scientists say they have dis- matter. Finally, the team
They found that forests close found in human sperm that determ- sperm when exposed to progester- covered the oldest fossils on found ironoxide granules
to archaeological sites have a ines the ability of sperm to vigor- one hormone. If a man has low Earth in rocks from Quebec. and, in other sections of the
higher population of
ously whip their tail and move or amounts of HSP90 protein in his Dating techniques suggest rocks, structures such as
domesticated species. The
swim (motility) faster towards an egg sperm, the sperm will be unable to the rocks are at least 3.8 bil- carbonate rosettes (also as-
research was published in
to fertilise it. swim upwards to the tubes and fertil- lion years old, and might sociated with apatite, graph-
The reduced ability of sperm to ize the egg because it cannot feel the even be 4.3 billion years old. ite and carbonate), which,
move towards the egg is one of the effects of progesterone. This will be a The fossils are tiny. They they say, could have formed
causes of infertility in men. The res- cause of infertility, Dr. Modi says. consist of filaments and as biological matter broke
ults were published recently in So the progesterone-driven tubes up to half a millimetre down.While the researchers
Journal of Assisted Reproduction and motility requires additional ma- in length and around half say their investigation ruled
Genetics. chinery. One of the components is the width of a human hair. out the chance that the
Studying groups of infertile men the HSP90 protein, he says. Theyre made of haematite, structures were formed by
to find the causes of male infertility, a type of iron oxide (better geological processes, others
the researchers observed that men Drug development known as rust). Some of the are not convinced. The
with poor sperm motility have very The information about the crucial filaments resemble loose rocks in which the fossils
low amounts of HSP90 in the sperm. role of HSP90 protein can help sci- coils, some are branched, were found are meta-
Pain relief perfected In men with a greater percentage of entists to develop drugs to make and others appear to be morphic, meaning that they
Opoids are normally used for highly motile sperm, the amount of sperm move faster and forward in joined to knobs of haemat- have experienced high tem-
pain relief but have significant the protein in the sperm was higher. the female reproductive tract in ite. They are thought to be peratures and pressures
side effects such as Revealing study: Dr. Deepak Modi (left) and Vrushali Sagare-Patil found men people who low sperm motility. the remains of bacteria that since they formed some
inflammation and trauma. Two forms with poor sperm motility had less of the protein in sperm. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT At present there is no treatment lived on iron and dwelt argue that this could have
They can also sometimes The protein is present in two forms for male infertility due to poor sperm around hydrothermal vent produced the structures in-
cause addiction. A novel opoid HSP90 alpha and HSP90 beta. While corresponding author of the paper. sperm was unaffected. But when we motility caused by genetic causes, systems mineralrich hot stead.
drug tested on rat models, the alpha form is present in the junc- At any time, sperm keep moving at added progesterone hormone to says Dr Indira Hinduja an IVF expert springs on the seafloor. The size and arrangement
which was described in a study tion between the head and mid-piece a slow speed (basal motility) but in sperm (which had the functions of at Mumbais Hinduja Hospital and a Similar systems have been of the haematite structures
published in Science, of a sperm, the beta form is found in the presence of progesterone hor- HSP90 already inhibited by the co-author of the paper. There is a proposed as a likely location has also raised concerns, as
effectively reduced pain the tail. This is the first time the pres- mone, which is found in the female drugs) we did not see sperm move possibility that this work might help for where life first arose. has the fact that the mi-
without the usual side effects ence and abundance of the two reproductive tract, the motility of faster and forward, Dr. Modi says. the development of drugs that would How do we know these crobes would have been
that accompany such drugs. forms of the protein in certain parts sperm suddenly increases. It is this help enhance sperm motility by tubes and filaments are breathing oxygen at a time
of the sperm has been reported. increased motility due to the hor- Basal motility restoring the functions of the pro- fossils? The authors of the when oxygen is thought to
HSP90 beta is dominant in the mone that helps sperm travel the HSP90 protein is not the only one tein. study argue that the haemat- have been scarce. It raises
tail. So we thought the motility is reg- long distance to reach the egg. that is responsible for motility. So in- Conversely, contraceptives can be ite structures are similar to the possibility that microbes
ulated by HSP90 beta isoform, says To ascertain whether the protein hibition of this protein alone may not developed to inhibit the protein so those produced by iron-ox- were also thriving on Mars.
Dr. Deepak Modi at ICMRs National is needed for motility, the research- affect basal motility. Thus we got in- that sperm do not move faster and idising bacteria today, as
Institute for Research in Reproduct- ers used two drugs to inhibit the pro- terested in looking at the effect of reach the egg to fertilise it even in the well as to microfossils found Guardian News and Media
ive Health (NIRRH), Mumbai and the tein in vitro. The basal motility of progesterone-induced motility, says presence of the hormone. in younger rocks, hundreds Services

Bad genes
Throwing light on how
genomes change as a species
Question Corner

Half moons in the nail carbon monoxide

Now, drones to be used for monitoring tigers
dies out, a study published in poisoning. Generally,
PLOS Genetics revealed that
When we look at our nails,
we see a white portion at the
lunula becomes smaller Drones will also collect information about poaching activities and forest ires
woolly mammoths, which or absent in old age.
were among the last to die base, what is this?
A.K. Cherian, Chennai K.S. Sudhi dertaken in Kaziranga Tiger
out, isolated on islands in the P.J. Anish, Bengaluru Reserve. Later, in January
Arctic Ocean, developed genes According to the This weeks questions Conservation drones will 2014, three other drones
that robbed them of sense of American Academy of soon hover over select tiger were tested in Panna Tiger
smell and gave them Dermatology, there are Why is glass transparent to reserves of the country, mark- Reserve, where WII has initi-
translucent coats.
three parts to a finger nail. visible light, but opaque to ing the beginning of signific- ated a long-term tiger reintro-
ultraviolet radiation?
The small, white colour, ant technological interven- duction and monitoring
half-moon shaped feature Bhavani, Bengaluru tion in wildlife conservation. project.
that can be seen at the What is the growling noise Though intended primarily The two institutions, NTCA
bottom of the nail, that we hear when the for the monitoring of tiger and WII, are now in the pro-
especially in the case of stomach is empty? population in the reserves, cess of scaling up the project
thumb, is called lunula. the unmanned aircraft would in 10 tiger reserves across the
The lunula is present Yogesh Jethewad, collect and transmit visual country.
under the skin and is part Chennai data on animal movements, Each reserve would get five
of the matrix which can What causes a rise in body poaching activities and in- vehicles.
be seen through the temperature when we have stances of forest fire from in- Each vehicle would cost
Bots win poker game transparent nail plate fever? accessible forest terrains on a around Rs.4,00,000. The
proximal to the pink nail real-time basis. The drones Union ministries of Defence
Two bots developed by two
separate teams defeated
bed. Umesh Chandra Thakur, could be used for the man- and Civil Aviation have
humans in poker games. This is There is nothing to worry New Delhi agement of habitats and cleared the project. Strict
the latest victory for artificial if lunula is not seen. As Do bats migrate long species. conditions have also been im-
intelligence. Since poker per a 1996 paper in the distances? posed while permitting the
involves developing strategies Journal of American Population monitoring use of drones, according to
without having full Academy of Dermatology, Sharath Chandra Kommu, This technological interven- Dr Mathur.
information about the game lunula appears by week 14 Hyderabad, Telangana tion comes from the National While deployment and
The need: As wildlife populations move beyond their protected boundaries, advanced technology is
on the table, it is more of gestation. Unlike other tropical Tiger Conservation Authority data collection would be car-
complex of the card games.
needed to ensure their protection. AARANYAK
Alterations in the vegetables, carrots wilt in (NTCA) and the Wildlife Insti- ried out indigenously by
The bots are yet to play one morphologic features or tute of India (WII), Dehradun. Drones were recently used vanced sophisticated techno- patrolling of forest terrains trained team of people work-
three or four days. Why is it
another. colour (or both) of the Though aerial vehicles, for conservation programmes logical solutions are required using thermal cameras, radio- ing with Wildlife Institute of
lunula can be an both manned an unmanned, in the forests of Assam and for their protection, as many tracking of animals and hab- India and State Forest Depart-
indication of either a P. Suresh and are used in western countries Madhya Pradesh. Drones of these animals are targets of itat monitoring could also be ments, the research and de-
cutaneous or a systemic Palaniselvam Kuppusway, for surveillance, population were used in Panna Tiger poachers, WII researchers possible with these vehicles, velopment activities for fur-
disorder. Gobichettipalayam, monitoring of wild animals Reserve noted. according to V.B. Mathur, dir- ther improvisation of the
For instance, the white Tamil Nadu and crisis management, As wildlife populations, es- The drones have pro- ector of WII. technology for various pur-
lunula turns blue in the manned aerial vehicles were pecially those of large anim- grammable auto-pilot and poses would be continued in
case of Wilsons disease. It Readers can send their occasionally used in India for als such as rhino, tiger and telemetry systems, capable of Pilot projects a collaborative mode with na-
may become red in questions/ answers to animal count and forest map- elephant, move beyond the recording and live transmis- In April 2013, the test flight of tional and international or-
cardiac failure or due to ping. protected boundaries, ad- sion of information. Night a small aircraft, Maja, was un- ganisations, he said.

Massive galaxy found

The Hubble Space Telescope
has captured an image of an
incredibly massive galaxy
some 400 million light years
If music be the food of love, play on!
away. It lies in the
westernmost region of the
These words of Duke Orsino from Shakespeares Twelfth Night may well relect contemporary scientiic thought on music
Pisces-Perseus Supercluster,
news reports said. The galaxy, a grand exemplar of this interdepend- hilaration to relaxation, joy to sadness,
UGC 12591, is described as ence. (There actually are some killjoys fear to comfort and even combinations of
lying between lenticular and who had criticised some women singers these. Many people use music to regulate
spiral shapes. who come dressed in showy silk saris as mood and arousal, much as they use caf-
being impious.) feine or alcohol. Neurosurgeons use it to
What actually happens in the human enhance concentration, armies to co-
brains during such experiences is fast get- ordinate movements and increase cooper-
SPEAKING OF SCIENCE ting understood. A recent paper in the ation, workers to improve attention and
ODD & END journal Neuroscience (T. Quartoa et al, vigilance, and athletes to increase stamina
2016, 341, 9-17) tries to implicate the and motion.
Tough enough to D. Balasubramanian mechanism by which the molecule They further argue in this review that
survive on Mars dopamine triggers nerve cells in the brain music influences our health through mo-
University of Arkansas
Music is a mood-maker. How music affects and how it may differ from person to per- lecules and inter-cell connections that af-
researchers claim life may the listeners mood has long been a sub- son, based on their genetics. Some of us fect the brain neural circuitry in four ma-
be present on Mars in the ject of study by psychologists and neuros- want to have music played in the back- jor domains. These are (1) reward,
form of ancient, simple cientists. Music, indeed, sound itself, af- ground while working and concentrating motivation and pleasure (2) stress and
organisms - methanogens. fects the state of mind we are in for the on it, while some others prefer silence; arousal (3) immunity and (4) social
The researchers found that moment. Volunteers who were put in a for the latter group, music in the back- affiliation. Regulating tones: We now understand better what happens in the brain when listening
one species, M. wolfeii, happy mood listening to soothing music ground is a distraction. The above cited to music. THE HINDU
could survive all pressure were asked to identify the facial expres- paper attempts to identify a relationship Like a drug
and pH levels. While sion of an individual or a face. They gener- between genes and phenotypes in re- When we experience music as thrilling, crease in heart rate and blood flow, relax- all examples. Studies on volunteers enga-
growth rate increased with ally found the expression happy or posit- sponse to music. pleasing, peaceful or even provocative, a ing music (meditative chants) reduces ging in such group activities show higher
pressure in acidic ive. And while sad music (or just noise) release of opium-like molecules have heart rate, pulse, blood pressure and so levels of the two peptide hormones oxyto-
conditions, in neutral and was played, they identified the expression Music therapy been detected, which trigger the brain cir- on. cin and vasopressin. It is these two hor-
alkaline conditions, it to be negative. (Is this the reason for the That music can regulate mood and cuitry in ways that offer pleasure and ex- mones that are involved in mother-child
increased initially, then
mood music played in elevators in build- arousal in everyday life and can be used citement. Affects immunity bonding, effective motivational states and
decreased with higher
ings - to keep the passengers in a friendly to promote physical and psychological The Montreal group says that pleasur- The third effect of music appears, sur- so on. Duets - both in synchrony, or sawal-
pressure. Given the
discovery of methane in
mood?) Sound cues affect the state of an health has been known for quite some able music activates the same neurochem- prisingly, to enhance immunity. Recre- jawab type - are examples here.
Martian atmosphere, our individual mind leading to interpretation time. The neurochemistry of music is the ical systems as cocaine does! ational music such as group singing or These studies raise many other re-
study raises an exciting of visual emotions. title of a comprehensive and eminently Some forms of music can reduce stress drumming has been studied and research- search questions. One of them is whether
possibility of The reverse also appears true. Watch- readable review paper, published by and modulate arousal levels. These are ers found increased levels of the immuno- the effect of playing (or singing) music has
methanogenic archaea to ing the anga cheshtai - the body/face dis- Mona Lisa Chanda and Daniel J Levitin of generally relaxing music forms- low globulin A, a protein that acts against in- the same effect as listening - active versus
be a viable organism that tortions - a singer makes goes to affect (at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in pitch, slow tempo and no lyrics. Rhythm flammation and infection. Western passive. And is music habit-forming as co-
can survive and possibly least my) appreciation of the beautiful the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, in would be slow or not at all (as in meditat- researchers have claimed that listening to caine or alcohol is? How do we explain
thrive in the subsurface elaboration he makes of the musical April 2013. Since this review is not freely ive pieces). Such listening appears to re- opera is anti-inflammatory. I wonder what music therapy, or dance therapy? All these
conditions of Mars, phrases. It would appear far better to downloadable on the web, let me quote a duce the levels of cortisone (a stress-redu- the Indian equivalent music would be. are exciting and challenging fields of med-
Pradeep Kumar, one of the hear him on the radio or CD. The audio af- few sentences from their paper. They cing hormone) and norepinephrine The fourth domain is the role of music ical and psychological research.
authors, said in the fects the visual, and the visual, the audio. point out that music evokes a wide range (neurotransmitter). While stimulating mu- in social affiliation. Group singing, march
universitys press release. The late musician M.S. Subbulakshmi was of emotions in the human mind: from ex- sic (army band march) produces an in- past to an anthem, dancing together are



Battling Leptospira at the genome level
Global research is focussing on understanding the genetic determinants of the pathogen. There are lessons for India
cing effort for 20 Leptospira the focus on a One Health ap-
species. proach, which integrates efforts to
One accomplishment of the ef- predict and control a disease at the
fort is the development of a pange- human-animal-ecosystem inter-
nomic signalling (Two Component face, and this collaborative ap-
System) database by Haritha Adhi- proach appears to be the key to de-
karla, associate research scientist feating re-emerging zoonotic
Narayan Lakshman
in epidemiology at YSPH. diseases such as leptospirosis.
This has enabled researchers to In terms of approach specifics,

n the summer and rainy seasons explore the molecular mechan- there is a recognition that efforts
of 2015, leptospirosis, a danger- isms and regulatory pathways un- should focus on identifying trans-
ous, neglected tropical disease, derlying Leptospira virulence, she mission sources, stratify disease
struck in multiple cities of India. In explains, adding that the results, risk and prioritise prevention in
Mumbai, the toll was high at which were published in the the resource-poor settings of In-
least 18 people reportedly suc- journal PLOS Neglected Tropical dian slums, Dr. Adhikarla says.
AROUND THE WORLD cumbed to the zoonotic disease, Diseases (2016), revealed novel ad-
also known colloquially as rat aptations and traits in infectious PHC conundrum
Advances in optogenetics fever for its association with the species of Leptospira and opened Research at Yale also highlights the
A team of Graz scientists led by urine of rodents among several new avenues for preventive and fact that across primary health
Andreas Winkler from the Institute of host species. treatment approaches. centres in India, rapid diagnostic
Biochemistry at TU Graz, Austria, has Given its position as one of the Similarly, a YSPH study using tests often replace serological tests
set a milestone in the future most congested hubs of urban high-density proteome arrays in due to lack of adequate trained
development of novel red light- activity along Indias 8,129-km-long the characterisation of antibody personnel. These rapid tests may
GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO regulated optogenetic tools for coastline, Mumbai was always par- signatures against several infec- not reach the optimal sensitivity
targeted cell stimulation. The results ticularly vulnerable to the out- tious agents of human and veterin- until at least a week after onset of
of the research have been published in the open access journal, breaks of such a disease. Typically, ary importance identified the first fever, and as the sensitivity of the
Science Advances. The research contributes to better the pathogens Leptospira interrog- comprehensive profile of the hu- tests is low during the acute visit,
understanding the modularity of naturally occurring protein ans and Leptospira biflexa spread man antibody response against L. these rapid diagnostic tests should
domains and being able to develop new optogenetic tools. under conditions of stagnant wa- At a glance:: At the heart of these eforts is the focus on a One Health interrogans serovar Copenhageni be used with caution to rule out
Diverse combinations of diferent sensor modules are found in ter, flood water, humidity, and approach, which integrates eforts to predict and control a disease at the proteins, the serovar associated leptospirosis.
nature, such as red-light sensors, blue-light sensors and pH proximity between man and beast. human-animal-ecosystem interface. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO with more than 90% of the urban Otherwise, the frequently ob-
sensors sometimes with identical and sometimes diferent In 2016 leptospirosis cases were leptospirosis cases in Salvador, served under-reporting and the
efectors. From this, the researchers conclude that there are reported even before the onset of and flood-water management, derstanding the genetic determin- Brazil. In turn, this translational misdiagnosis of leptospirosis may
molecular similarities in signal transduction. the monsoon four people died in what will the leptospirosis toll be? ants of Leptospira pathogenesis study has led to the identification lead to an inaccurate determina-
the Udipi area of Karnataka. With that researchers at the Yale School of promising candidates for the de- tion of the real impact of the dis-
2017 facing the prospect of erratic Understanding genomes of Public Health (YSPH) and the J. velopment of therapeutic dia- ease in the Indian subcontinent.
Ask the right question monsoons and no major improve- It is precisely to improve the odds Craig Venter Institute have collab- gnostic tests and sub-unit vaccines.
The fractured political climate in the ments nationwide in waste-water of controlling this disease by un- orated in a major genome-sequen- At the heart of these efforts is
United States might be made worse by
how we approach diicult problems,
Science. They suggest that rather than
asking citizens What do you want?
questions should be asked in a
GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO Brewing crisis in the Horn of Africa The high price of
deliberative frame: What should we do?
Even this small shift in how we ask questions can have
profound efects, says Prof. Michael Neblo, lead author of the
Big Pharma greed
paper and associate professor of political science at the Ohio
n 2014, an In-
State University, U.S. Using this deliberative frame is not a
cure-all for the problems of our political culture, but it can help Idian pharma-
ceutical company
nurture a healthier democracy.
was globally the
first to receive ap-
The irst gene-edited proval to market a
meal? biosimilar,
Leena Menghaney thereby affordable
In what Swedish plant scientist Stefan
version, of the
Jansson declares may be a historic
breast cancer drug Trastuzumab. Almost immediately,
event, he cultivated, grew, and ate a
plant that had its genome edited with
Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche, innovator of the
drug, filed a suit against the Indian Food & Drug Admin-
regularly interspaced short istration (FDA) to block its sale. The action firmly put
palindromic repeats)-Cas9 is a complicated name for an easy, their profits ahead of the lives of women with breast
but targeted, way of changing the genes of an organism. The cancer.
decisive discovery was published in 2012 by researchers at Roche effectively embroiled Indias drug regulatory
Ume University, Sweden, and the Swiss army knife of genetic body and biosimilar producers in a long-drawn, expens-
engineering has been predicted to change the world. Ume ive and increasingly complex litigation to try and pre-
University, where Prof. Jansson is based, says his meal was a vent the marketing of potentially affordable versions of
pasta dish that included 300 grams of cabbage he grew from the cancer drug from competitors. The suit was aimed
seeds that had been genetically modiied with CRISPR-Cas9. at questioning the ability of the Indian FDA to register
The revolutionary technology vastly simpliies the editing of biosimilars and made frivolous assertions regarding
genes, and has triggered many debates about whether its plant copyright infringement of its package insert by compet-
products should be considered a genetically modiied organism itors.
(GMO) and subject to regulation. Jon Cohen, ScienceMag After a wait of over three years, the Delhi High
Courts decision last week lifts some of the uncertainty
surrounding the sale of the more affordable versions of
New evidence of the breast cancer drug in India. The court ruled that in
human evolution view of the fact that the appropriate authority has ap-
Two partial archaic human skulls, from The irst faces: Five-year-old Abdullahi Mohamud cries as a nurse struggles to ind a vein in his arm to administer him an proved the package insert and the drug for all three in-
the Lingjing site, Xuchang, central injection at a government-run health clinic in Shada, Somalia. Abdullahi was diagnosed with bronchitis and severe dications (metastatic breast cancer, early breast cancer
China, provide a new window into the malnutrition. His family lost all their livestock due to drought and have travelled 150 km in search of help. Somalia is on the and gastric cancer), the competitors should be permit-
biology and populations patterns of the
brink of famine with over half the countrys population facing acute food insecurity, says the United Nations. The ted to sell Trastuzumab.
immediate predecessors of modern GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO intensifying crisis has seen humanitarian groups racing against time to prevent a repeat of 2011, where 260,000 people Young women in their thirties being diagnosed with
humans in eastern Eurasia. Securely
died of famine across the country. GETTY IMAGES breast cancer benefit from Trastuzumab as it reduces
dated to about 100,000 years ago, the Xuchang fossils present
the risk of recurrence. Most patients struggle to pay for
a mosaic of features. With late archaic (and early modern)

Hear, hear! Noise is taking a toll

humans across the Old World, they share a large brain size and
their surgery and chemotherapy and Roche was char-
lightly built cranial vaults with modest brow ridges. With earlier ging a staggering 10 lakh for 17 cycles of the medicine.
(Middle Pleistocene) eastern Eurasian humans, they share a low For poorer patients, this meant that despite a grant
and broad braincase, one that rounds onto the inferior skull. of partial treatment costs under the Prime Ministers
With western Eurasian Neandertals, they share two distinct Study inds that noise pollution is robbing nearly two decades of healthy National Relief Fund (PMNRF), patients still fell short of
features the coniguration of their semicircular canals and the money. Often, poor women diagnosed with breast can-
detailed arrangement of the rear of the skull. The features of
hearing from the residents of Delhi and Mumbai cer were not even told about the treatment option. One
these fossils reinforce a pattern of regional population as the earlier hearing loss is oncologist described it as being cruel to tell his patient
continuity in eastern Eurasia, combined with shared long-term detected, the better the that there was a drug that could potentially save her life
trends in human biology and populational connections across chances are for preventing but priced out of reach.
Eurasia. They reinforce the unity and dynamic nature of human further damage. In South Africa, women like Tobeka Daki, a breast
evolution leading up to modern human emergence. cancer patient who died fighting Roche, were denied a
Decibels of discomfort chance of survival, not for medical reasons but because
So far, the study is yet to be Roches charged U.S. $38,365 for Trastuzumab.
A progeria-on-a-chip published in a scientific
Jacob Koshy Striking a chord
model journal or peer-reviewed
but prior research has es- Roches attempts to prevent price reduction or compet-
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome ition in different countries has struck a chord with wo-
t isnt news anymore that tablished the link between
(HGPS) is an extremely rare genetic
condition that causes premature and
I air pollution is impairing
the lungs of Indians, partic-
hearing loss and noise
men, cancer groups and treatment activists around the
world. It exposes the lengths that the Swiss corporation
accelerated aging. Recently,
GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO researchers have been able to ularly in north Indian cities It is estimated, according will go to protect its monopoly and profiteering, despite
generate induced pluripotent stem cells from patients with like Delhi that have to cope to a 2015 report commis- the immense human cost. Last month, there were
HGPS to better understand the mechanisms of aging and look with unfavourable meteoro- sioned by the European demonstrations in South Africa with patients and
for new treatments. HGPS primarily afects vascular cells, logy. However, a study Commission on the impact treatment activists chanting #RocheGreedKills adding
which undergo biomechanical strains in blood vessels. across 50 cities in the world of noise on health, that 1.3 their voices to the growing chorus of outrage.
However, the impact of these biomechanical strains on aging finds that noise pollution billion people worldwide Many of us who have worked on access to cancer
and vascular diseases has been challenging to study in the lab from vehicles, power drills, suffer from hearing impair- medicines know that competition is the most effective
as most models fail to mimic the biomechanics that cells wedding bands, loudspeak- ment due to noise exposure tool to bring down prices of essential pharmaceuticals.
experience in the body. Using a new progeria-on-a-chip model, ers, headphone-use, televi- and that the World Health Today, distributors in India are offering a vial of Trastu-
No horn please: Studies of ambient noise in commercial,
investigators from Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston, sion and humanity in gen- Organization (WHO) estim- zumab (440 mg) at 30,000, something that Roche
residential and industrial townships have found that noise
Massachusetts, U.S., have developed a way to recapitulate eral is robbing nearly two ates 10% of the global popu- marketed at over 1 lakh in 2012. Competition from
levels in Delhi, Mumbai and Lucknow routinely break the
blood vessel dynamics to better understand vascular disease decades of healthy hearing lation is currently exposed other generic companies is set to enter the market.
national limit of 75 dB. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCK PHOTO
and aging. Vascular diseases and aging are intimately linked from the denizens of Delhi to noise levels that could Health economists have shown that a years worth of
yet rarely studied in an integrated approach, the authors write. and Mumbai. from 20-20,000 Hz. The meaning that a hypothetical lead to hearing impair- Trastuzumab can be produced for only 16,000 (U.S.
Using data gathered from theory goes that age irre- 30-year-old had the hearing ment. The same body re- $240) and stiff competition among Indian manufactur-
over 2,00,000 participants versibly destroys the tiny of a 42-year-old. Delhi per- commends that unprotec- ers will start bringing the prices down further.
DEMYSTIFYING SCIENCE of their hearing test, the
study by Mimi, a German
hair in your inner ear, mak-
ing it harder to hear high-
formed the worst with an
HL of 19.34, meaning that a
ted exposure to sound
levels greater than 100 dB
By no means is the battle for affordable Trastuzumab
over. The drug needs to be included in the essential
company that works on pitched tones. The older 30-year-old Delhiite had the (a firecracker generates medicine lists (EML) of State governments so it is pro-
When did dinosaurs give up quadrupedal ways to test hearing and im- you are, the less the range auditory level of a 49-year- about 125 dB) should be lim- cured and available to women being treated in the pub-
walking? prove music perception, of frequencies perceived. old; Mumbais is 18.58. ited in duration (four hours) lic sector in hospitals like Safdarjung and AIIMS. In the
Paleontologists at the University of Alberta, Canada, have found that 64% of the hear- There is an international Other cities with the and frequency (four times a private sector, hospitals are overcharging women with
developed a new theory to explain why the ancient ancestors of ing loss measured in people standard on the ideal hear- highest average HL but trail- year). Additionally, it breast cancer being treated in their facilities making
dinosaurs stopped moving about on all fours and rose up on just of a city could be explained ing abilities across age ing Delhi were Istanbul, should never exceed 140 dB over 10,000 on each vial administered and not al-
their two hind legs. Bipedalism which refers to locomoting on lowing them to source the drug independently at a
by the regions noise pollu- groups and the Mimi re- Cairo and Guangzhou, in in adults and 120 dB in chil-
two legs in dinosaurs, was inherited from ancient and much lower cost directly from the distributor. Pharmaceutical
tion levels. searchers determined how that order. Zurich, Switzer- dren. Indias Central Pollu-
smaller proto-dinosaurs. The trick to this evolution is in their companies are complicit in the malpractice as they
far, on average, peoples land has the least incidence tion Control Board con-
tails, explains Dr. Scott W. Persons, postdoctoral fellow and choose to keep the retail prices high, offering a huge cut
lead author on the paper.
Variations hearing abilities deviated of noise pollution and ducts studies of ambient
The data was gathered by from whats ideal for their Guangzhou, China the noise in commercial, resid- to the hospital for prescribing their brands.
The tails of proto-dinosaurs had big, leg-powering muscles,
those who used Mimis age. This number, called highest, according to the ential and industrial town- Every day, women with breast cancer who cannot af-
he says. Having this muscle mass provided the strength and
hearing test app, which al- the Hearing Loss (HL), var- report. ships especially around ford the drug contact me. It is appalling that private
power required for early dinosaurs to stand on and move with
their two back feet. We see a similar efect in many modern lows participants to enter ied from 10 to 20 years and While eye and sight Diwali and has found that hospitals are preying on the vulnerability of women
lizards that rise up and run bipedally. Over time, proto- their age and gender, and the researchers averaged checks are routine for most, noise levels in Delhi, Mum- sick with cancer and the government does little to ad-
dinosaurs evolved to run faster and for longer distances. measure their hearing. This this based on the number of ear and hearing exams are bai and Lucknow routinely dress the problem.
Adaptations like hind limb elongation allowed ancient is broadly done by playing respondents per city. not, Dr. Manfred Gross break the national limit of
dinosaurs to run faster, while smaller forelimbs helped to tones at various frequencies Residents of Vienna were from Charit University 75 dB. Leena Menghaney is the South Asia Head of Mdecins Sans
reduce body weight and improve balance. Eventually, some that cover the range of hu- found to have the smallest Hospital, Berlin, said in a Frontiress Access Campaign
proto-dinosaurs gave up quadrupedal walking altogether. man auditory perception average HL of 12.59 years, statement, This is an issue




Aurangzeb, a stranger no more BOOK SHELF

A historian retells the complex and contested life of the sixth Mughal emperor, keeping away from hagiography or undue resurrection
Akshaya Mukul han by razing temples and order- Similarly, she points that the ban

mong the Mughal rulers, ing mass murders of Hindus. on alcohol was not specific to Aur-
Babur and Aurangzeb are Mindful of extreme emotions angzebs reign but merely an ex-
the most popular in social that Aurangzeb evokes in India tension of what Akbar and Je- Indus Divided: India,
media among Bhakts of an ideo- today, Truschke keeps herself hangir had done. Not to mention Pakistan and the River
logy that has been working hard away from either hagiography or that the policy of prohibition was a Basin Dispute
for the last three years to foist undue resurrection. Rather, she big failure. Daniel Haines
Hindi, Hindu, Hindustan as the recovers Aurangzeb from the Penguin Random House
sole narrative of a country where heap of fiction and lies. In the pro- Minor quibbles 599
custom, costume and customary cess, she does not mince words Truschke mildly disappoints while How has the Indus Waters
beliefs change every few kilo- and challenges the scholarly, the discussing the Hindu bureaucrats Treaty afected India-
metres. Social media is the new popular and the bazaar versions of in Aurangzebs reign. Three lead- Pakistan relations? Did it
battleground where anyone hold- the life and reign of the sixth ing lights of his court, Raja address critical areas, not
ing a divergent view is quickly la- Mughal emperor. Be it Sir Raghunatha, Chandar Bhan Brah- least the sharing of water
belled anti-national or aulads (des- Jadunath Sarkar, Pakistani play- man and Bhimsen Saxena, are lows and Kashmir? Daniel
cendants) of Babur and wright Shahid Nadeem, or Jawa- Aurangzeb: The Man and the part of her narrative but without Haines, who teaches
Aurangzeb. Happily aided by the harlal Nehru, Truschke establishes Myth the attention they deserve. Much environmental history, places
government, Aurangzebs name is how each viewed Aurangzeb Audrey Truschke of the criticism against Aurangzeb the Indus dispute in the
Penguin Random House context of decolonisation
being defaced from central vistas through a flawed lens, overem- is based on his alleged anti-Hindu
399 and post-Cold War era
and who knows even from school phasising his religiosity or adher- bias, and for a biography that suc-
development politics.
textbooks tomorrow. ence to Islam as reasons why he cessfully recovers the Mughal em-
Therefore, it is interesting that became what he became. Nehru argues, was more in the nature of peror for contemporary readers, it
the idea of Audrey Truschkes called him a bigot and an austere a power struggle between the would have helped to flesh them
magnificent biography of Aurang- puritan. Truschke bemoans such Mughals and Rajputs. Moreover, out further since most of them
zeb took seed on Twitter where sweeping generalisations and she establishes that the Rajput were not merely officials but
firmans are made and executed in points out how this image of a re- themselves were not united in scholars in their own right.
140 characters. Fortunately, some viled Emperor is often used their opposition to Aurangzeb. Chander Bhan Brahmans classic
firmans, in this case a request to against the Muslims. Also, Aurangzeb was even-handed historical biography by Rajeev
write on Aurangzeb, got imple- Truschke does not lose her way in meting out punishment to his Kinra proves this.
mented through a scholarly work. through the complex and con- uncle Shaysta Khan for failing to Overall, Aurangzeb is a fascinat-
tested life of Aurangzeb. Her focus put up a defence against Shivaji, as ing biography of an emperor who
Sticking to facts is on facts and she looks at Aurang- to his son Prince Akbar who had continues to dominate the con- Forces of Nature
Coming a year after her magis- zeb in a clinical fashion. Yes, he rebelled and, aided by a section of temporary discourse on the Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
terial Culture of Encounters: did destroy some Hindu temples Rajputs, declared himself Mughal Hindu-Muslim relationship and HarperCollins
Sanskrit at the Mughal Court, in and banned Holi but, as she points Fact from iction: History has been unkind to Aurangzeb. A portrait of emperor. beyond. Strongly recommended 499
Aurangzeb Truschke employs the out, he also gave grants for main- Aurangzeb at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. THE HINDU ARCHIVES Truschke is unsparing while for everyone, scholars, students
A beautiful exploration of
tools of an ace academic re- taining temples and liberally dealing with the moral world of and general readers, Aurangzeb is planet Earth, this book takes
searcher but makes it accessible to donated land to Brahmins. Also, slanging match with those who re- three, Aurangzebs policies on Aurangzeb, be it conversion of an example of how historical bio- readers to the great plains of
everyone through her racy lan- along with Holi, Muharram and vile Aurangzeb. Instead, she Hindu and Jain temples. In addi- Hindus or destruction of temples graphies of complex characters the Serengeti, the volcanoes
guage that never loses sight of Eid too faced action. Most import- chooses a scholarly path of map- tion, her racy account of Aurang- like Vishwanath Mandir in can be written. of Indonesia and the
facts and history. It is history that ant, Hindu bureaucrats were at ping his 50-year rule through zebs reign looks at all the flash- Varanasi or of Keshava Deva in Ma- The book addresses Aurang- precipitous clifs in Nepal, to
has been unkind to Aurangzeb, the core of the Mughal empire three themes that comprehens- points that have gone into the thura. But she does not fall for the zebs concern at the time of his the humpback whales of the
painting him all in grey, a terrible during Aurangzeb, the period ively sum up the enigma of Aur- making of his image. For instance, oft-repeated reasons for Aurang- death that he came as a stranger Caribbean and the northern
ruler who undid the legacy of his when it expanded the most. angzeb: one, imperial bureau- Truschke provides an insight into zebs act. Instead, she asks why and would leave as a stranger. lights of the Arctic. It tries to
great-grandfather Akbar, grand- Facts are not the only tools with cracy; two, why he thought of Aurangzebs handling of the so- most temples were left un- Truschke has helped take away explain how forces of nature
father Jehangir and father Shah Je- Truschke nor does she indulge in a himself as a moral leader; and called Rajput rebellion that, she touched, especially in South India. much of that strangeness. shape everything we see,
from the form of every single
snowlake, the roundness of

Tarnished facets Not building bridges

the Earth to the immensity of
the universe.

A revealing account of the last 30 years of British rule and how Britain An ambitious programme lags behind because the people
completely failed to prepare India for independence of the region and their problems have not been heard
Arvind V.B. Ganesan but through fostering co-
Sivaramakrishnan rom time immemorial, operation among the people
his unusual book, a re- the present day North- as well as the neighbouring
vealing account of the east India was not necessar- countries. Borderlands: Travels
last 30 years of British ily a territorial or a nation The last sentence of the Along Indias Boundaries
rule, undermines any idea state space. In colonial book, The local community Pradeep Damodaran
that withdrawal involved times, the role of the local and local voice were largely Hachette India
honourably assisting India to- powers was immense. The ignored in the policy-making 520
wards Independence. As royal authorities in the re- process sums up the defi- The citizens of 10 small
early as 1833, T.B. Macaulay gion were made principal ciency of an ambitious pro- border towns and villages in
told the House of Commons players. The chieftainship gramme. India, from Dhanushkodi in
that transforming a great organisations and the micro- The Look East Policy and Tamil Nadu, a few nautical
people sunk in the depths of political organisations of the the Northeast India No domestic roots miles from Sri Lanka, to
slavery and superstition and multitudinous tribes were Gorky Chakraborty In defining the above argu- Campbell Bay, near
making them desirous and made the secondary players. Asok Kumar Ray ment, it has been pointed Indonesias Aceh, talk about
capable of all the privileges of Till the 1950s, the region Aakar Books out elsewhere that a policy their daily lives and their
citizens, would indeed be a was viewed from an anthro- 950 like this should have a do- struggle for survival. The
title to glory all our own. In- pological paradigm. In the mestic root and emerge writer also meets traders
stead, the Raj ended horribly 1960s, the Indo-Chinese war Books in association with from below. Unless these from Punjab at Moreh in
as Britain, in Walter Reids (1962) marked a shift to- the Omeo Kumar Das Insti- inter-related criticalities are Manipur on the Myanmar
own words, just scuttled off. wards a security paradigm. tute of Social Change and addressed, the Northeast border, who admit they have
For Reid, the complete fail- The 1970s marked another Development, authors shall continue to figure only to pay at least 10 militant
ure to prepare India for inde- Freedom call: Gandhi on way to meet the viceroy, Lord Linlithgow, in 1940. Lord Linlithgow shift towards political Gorky Chakraborty and as a pathway rather than a outits for their safety.
pendence was the betrayal of thought negotiations were paralysed by British political dishonesty and Indian political paradigm, which continued Asok Kumar Ray explain the partner of trade in the emer-
a trusteeship which the colo- stupidities. THE HINDU ARCHIVES till the 1980s. With the ad- paradigm shift in the region. ging world order, and its
nials had themselves pro- vent of neo-liberal globalisa- While the look-east policy space would be the playing
claimed, a betrayal in which seven-member Executive about the condition of the tion policies in 1990s, this ushered in development- field only for global trade
the entire British political Council and expanded the then Untouchables, the Raj region entered into a devel- linked infrastructure for the and finance.
class willingly colluded. electorate to five-and-a-half did little to change that. opment paradigm. Northeast, it needed to A must-read for policy re-
The First War of Independ- million (out of 263 million), Churchill was more moder- handle several hurdles in- searchers, academics and
ence had enabled the British but gave the viceroy all the ate in office, but Reids con- Paradigm shift cluding terrorism and insur- activists, this volume will be
government to move in, and real power. Mahatma Gandhi tention that the wartime di- Through The Look East gency, illegal migration and useful to all those concerned
the Government of India Act saw through this but others version of food to troops was Policy and the Northeast In- trans-national drug traffick- with the issues of the
1858 ended the dominance of did not, and communal bick- militarily justified neglects dia, published by Aakar ing not through militarism Northeast. Mutiny at the Margins
the East India Company; ering in the provincial coun- British and Indian work Crispin Bates
thenceforth a viceroy would cils dissipated energies which concludes that the Marina Carter

Beyond borders
rule for the monarch but which could have been fo- Bengal famine was a crime Sage Publishing
would do so under a political cused on independence. Keeping the Jewel in the against humanity. Reid is also 1,195
master, the Secretary of State The colonials had a genius Crown: The British Betrayal dismissive of Subhas
of India The Mutiny at the Margins
for India. The supposedly in- for exploiting their subjects Chandra Bose, despite Brit- series takes a fresh look at
dependent Indian princes attitudes; Gurkha troops at Walter Reid ish documents which show
Birlinn the revolt of 1857 from the
were as subordinate to the Amritsar admitted enjoying
how much the colonials A former Army oicer recounts three expeditions India perspective of socially
British as all other Indians, killing plainspeople, and feared Bose. marginal groups whose role
and Victoria became the some Hindus celebrated air carried out, spurred on by global and regional ambitions in the mutiny have gone
Queen Empress. attacks on Pathans in 1923. elites still fought to retain World War II led to exit unrepresented. It also looks
Reid also quotes a 1943 army dominance over India des- It may ultimately have been Josy Joseph ground. But I could not fire at geographical areas which
Shoddy treatment inquiry as saying the Sikh pite the emergence of the Second World War that ndian military is neither at the kid, Sushant quotes
When the First World War
broke out, a million Indian
would at heart enjoy nothing
more than hammering
Gandhi, who was always bey-
ond their comprehension
made the British leave. Lin-
lithgow, supposedly slow of
I known for its expedition-
ary ambitions nor critical
one of the officers as saying.
However, the next moment
had been left out in historical
studies of the movement.
This volume, Documents of
volunteers fought for the em- Muslims. He mentions only and who knew that mind, declared war for India role in countrys foreign the officers buddy silenced the Indian Uprising, has
pire. Those killed were shov- the meaningless promises in satyagraha would provoke using powers the monarch at policy. However, some of its the kid forever. samples from rare papers,
elled into mass graves; white the Indian Councils Act 1909 the colonials to violence. home had lost in 1688, but by most dangerous and daring images and texts of primary
troops killed got single and not the Acts creation of The pretences had to be 1945 the London government military operations have Maldives foray sources unearthed during the
marked graves, or were communal electorates, but maintained, and Reid, who owed India 1.2 billion and been carried out beyond its Operation Cactus, an almost research and complements
named on monuments. In- he also shows deep divisions handles a wide range of was being drained by the U.S. borders, displaying expedi- perfectly executed operation the previous six volumes.
dias contribution raised In- in the British Conservative sources adeptly, details the Lend-Lease agreement, tionary capabilities and its Mission Overseas: Daring that foiled a 1988 coup at-
dian expectations, but after Party, with even sops to India propaganda fed to a credu- which was finally paid off regional and global ambi- Operations by the Indian tempt in the Maldives, re-
the war only Canada, Aus- provoking fierce controversy; lous and imperialist press. only in 2006. The ruling La- tions. Most of those stories Military mains one of Indian milit-
tralia, and New Zealand prime ministers often sent From Delhi, Lord Reading bour Party gave Earl Mount- have yet not been told in Sushant Singh arys finest expeditionary
made significant progress to- special emissaries to India to told London how dangerous batten orders which are now their entirety, with the grit Juggernaut operation. Singh impress-
wards full self-government. divert them from leadership communalism was, but un- familiar; by then too, over and drama that is integral to 299 ively reconstructs the opera-
India got the Anarchical and challenges at home. Indian der orders he successfully half the working class, as any military operation. tion from the Rajiv Gandhi
Revolutionary Crimes Act, leaders, however, seem not split the Congress, the against a fifth of the upper Sushant Singh, a former Singh succeeds to a great era, when India was ambi-
the Rowlatt Act, much of to have exploited British divi- Muslim League, and the classes, favoured with- army officer turned prolific extent in recreating the un- tious in its regional strategy.
which was proposed by the sions; Lord Linlithgow, ap- Khilafat Movement from one drawal. Yet even the Labour writer of defence issues, mitigated disaster that un- Operation Khukri was ex-
police. The Act was soon re- pointed viceroy in 1936, another. Readings successor, government, craving great- tackles three important mil- furled at Jaffna University ecuted in far off Sierra Le- The Upstarts
pealed, but by then the Jalli- thought negotiations were Lord Irwin, got Indian good- power status in a post-war tri- itary operations that Indian and its surroundings in 1987. one, to rescue 223 Indian Brad Stone
anwala Bagh massacre had paralysed by the combina- will by leaking sections of his umvirate, wanted India to be- forces carried out beyond Those 37 hours, recorded in soldiers who were taken Penguin Random House
exposed the Rajs depend- tion of British political dis- Declaration in 1929, but the come a dominion. Mountbat- their home base in his new such detail for the first time, hostage by the local rebels in 699
ence on force. honesty and Indian political document made no definite tens predecessor, Earl book, Mission Overseas: Dar- is captured with great nu- 2000. He calls it innovation in the
Growing resistance caused stupidities. promises, and the Govern- Wavell, had stopped trying to ing Operations by the Indian ance, but at the end the At a time when there is post-Google, post-
only cosmetic changes. Ed- ment of India Act 1935 said make sense of anything Lon- Military. reader is left craving for much war-mongering, this Facebook era. Best-selling
win Montagu, the India min- British racism nothing about dominion don did. For Reid, the whole more. It is understandable book is a sobering reminder writer Brad Stone writes how
ister, and Lord Chelmsford, Reid is frank about British ra- status. story is one of procrastina- Unmitigated disaster though why many who sur- that the bloody ugliness of a the sharing economy
the Viceroy, proposed self- cism, though between the Among the others who fig- tion and deceit; he provides The disastrous narrative of vived those dreadful mo- battlefield is nothing that startups like Uber, Air bnb
governing institutions but wars India was not upper- ure is Winston Churchill, who ample evidence, and the con- the Indian effort in 1987 to ments would prefer to be even the fiercest patriot, and other Silicon Valley
solely to bring about re- most in most voters minds; always hankered after an em- tinuing legacy includes some capture the leadership of the quiet. With a poker face shouting the loudest slo- companies started, how they
sponsible government in In- the Great Depression saw pire as it had been a quarter of Indias most repressive le- Liberation Tigers of Tamil Sushant displays the insens- gans, will be able to imagine. are changing Silicon Valley,
dia as an integral part of the 70% unemployment in some of a century before his birth, gislation. That, however, Eelam is the highlight of the itive violence of battlefields. A child who has lost her and their relationship
British Empire. The resulting areas, and recruitment to the and was openly contemptu- needs another book; the au- book, and a significant con- As though by reflect, my father to the madness of a sometimes stormy with
Government of India Act 1919 Indian Civil Service fell ous of Hindus in particular; thor and the publishers have tribution to modern Indian weapon opened up and the war will, probably, better ap- local governments and
put three Indians on the sharply after 1919. Yet the yet, whatever Churchill said done well with this one. political writing. woman slumped to the preciate the futility of it all. customers.



Ashwin, Jadeja
can be just as
efective: Rahul
Driving, going aerial wasnt easy
N. Sudarshan from the first ball. We
Spurs notch up sixth Bengaluru couldnt really get the big
straight win Much of the talk during the hits or boundaries.
LOS ANGELES lead-up to the second Test So I looked to play time;
San Antonio Spurs notched was about the pitch. On a I decided to be happy with
up its sixth straight NBA win, day when a Nathan Lyon-in- the singles and may be
a 101-98 verdict over New when they would pull the
spired Australia bundled In-
Orleans Pelicans on Friday.
dia out for 189, with the fielders in, I could take a
Kawhi Leonard scored a
strip taking significant turn chance. But, that didnt hap-
team-high 31 points.
Other results: Celtics 115 bt as early as day one, it wasnt pen because we kept losing
Lakers 95; Jazz 112 bt Nets any different. wickets at regular intervals.
97; Suns 118 bt Thunder 111; Initially the new ball was The lack of partnerships
Mavericks 104 bt Grizzlies coming on to the bat really is what Rahul rued even as
100; Bucks 112 bt Clippers well, said K.L. Rahul. he termed both his 90-run
101; Cavaliers 135 bt Hawks Disastrous: Indias talisman Virat Kohli erred by ofering the pad to a Nathan Lyon delivery and then got a review wrong. K. BHAGYA PRAKASH Once the spinners came knock here and the 64-run
130; 76ers 105 bt Knicks 102; on I felt the wicket was a innings in Pune as
Raptors 114 bt Wizards 106; little damp. Thats why they satisfying.
Magic 110 bt Heat 99. AGENCIES

Vikram loses in
Lyons turn to torment the Indians were getting some spin and
the ball was holding on to
the wicket. To drive or go
over the top wasnt really
We need to build more
partnerships. It also be-
comes my responsibility to
tell the batsman coming in
OREGON easy. what shots we can play and
Vikram Malhotra made it to Rahul stands irm as the of-spinners probing spell bundles out the host for 189 how we can hold on to these
the quarterfinals before Prominent cracks partnerships. This didnt
bowing out of the Oregon K.C. Vijaya Kumar able in the morning as the service from the eighth over swept. Just as the two Jadeja will emulate Lyon and Generally the cracks start happen in Pune and as well
Open, a PSA world tour event BENGALURU fans trooped into the venue. and operating from the Pavil- Bengalureans Rahul and OKeefe. as here, said the India
to open up at the end of the
being held here. India fielded Abhinav ion End, the left-arm spinner Karun struck a tandem, the
Spin was expected to weave a It is a benchmark none had second or the third day. But, opener.
Vikram, seeded eight, got Mukund ahead of an injured lured Rahul into an uppish latter succumbed to OKeefe.
past wild card entrant Adrian fatal web in the current forecast when the Australians here the wicket was pretty Rahul felt that Indias spin
series. It is ironical that in- Murali Vijay (shoulder niggle) drive. The rest failed and a stran- dry and the cracks were duo of R. Ashwin and
Ostbyte of Norway 11-5, 11-4, and Karun Nair was preferred On 30 then, Rahul saw arrived in Mumbai.
11-2 in the first round before stead of the Indian tweakers ded Rahul, hampered by a prominent. Ravindra Jadeja could be as
being the prime agents for over Jayant Yadav. Peter Handscomb drop him sore shoulder, spooned a Such are the games vagar- Their bowlers, espe- effective as Lyon.
losing to top-seeded Raphael
Kandra of Germany 11-6, 7-11, spreading mayhem in the at short cover. If India catch off Lyon. ies and it doesnt help that In- cially when [Mitchell] Starc The cracks are opening
11-5, 11-9. minds of the visiting bats- Forgettable comeback yearned for a hearty lunch, it It is Indias turn to hope dias batting has inexplicably bowls from over the wicket, up and it is only getting
Kush Kumar, who is also men, so far it is the Australi- All seemed well as Rahul got queasy at 72 for two as Pu- that Ashwin and Ravindra lost its way against spin. he creates that rough for harder to bat. We know
based in the USA, could not ans who have stayed ahead. drove the first ball from jara edged Lyon to short-leg. Lyon who exploited that once Ashwin gets a couple
cross the qualification stage. If Steve OKeefe ambushed Mitchell Starc and again 2ND TEST, DAY 1, M. CHINNASWAMY STADIUM, BENGALURU rough. of wickets, he can run
Virat Kohlis men in the first square-drove for four. If Big wicket He kept bowling consist- through the Australian bat-
Rahul stayed busy, Abhinav INDIA 1ST INNINGS RUNS BALLS 4s 6s
Test at Pune, it was Nathan On resumption, despite the ently, kept asking questions ting line-up.
K.L. Rahul c Renshaw b Lyon ddddddddddd ddd 90 ddddd205 dddddddd9 ddddddddd
Lyons turn to wreak havoc at was tentative. It was under- crowd encouraging Kohli, it and got the rewards, said [Ravindra] Jadeja didnt
standable. The southpaw last Abhinav Mukund lbw b Starc ddddddddddd ddddd0 dddddddd8 ddddddddd ddddddddd
the M. Chinnaswamy Sta- was time for Lyon to exert his Rahul. get to bowl a lot today (Sat-
played for India in a Test Cheteshwar Pujara c Handscomb b Lyon ddd 17 dddddd 66 dddddddd1 ddddddddd
dium here on Saturday. The control. The damp wicket gener- urday) but like Lyon, if he
against England at Notting- Virat Kohli lbw b Lyon dddddddddddddddddd ddd 12 dddddd 17 dddddddd2 ddddddddd
off-spinners career-best of He bowled tight lines, ex- ated bounce. I felt if I swept too can come in and bowl
ham in 2011. Ajinkya Rahane st Wade b Lyon dddddddd ddd 17 dddddd 42 dddddddd2 ddddddddd
eight for 50 undid Indias ploited the rough created by I might get a top edge. They consistently on the rough
The comeback, however, Karun Nair st Wade b O'Keefe dddddddddd ddd 26 dddddd 39 dddddddd3 ddddddddd
plans on the opening day of Starc and unsettled the bats- had the fielders back right we will get wickets.
wasnt productive. Abhinav men. Kohli punched Starc for R. Ashwin c Warner b Lyon ddddddddddddd ddddd7 dddddd 14 dddddddd1 ddddddddd
the second Test.
got rapped on the pads by four but after that lone dis- Wriddhiman Saha c Smith b Lyon dddddd ddddd1 dddddd 14 ddddddddd ddddddddd
Lyon ruined the hosts
Starc and was dismissed for a play of class, offered his pad Ravindra Jadeja c Smith b Lyon dddddddd ddddd3 dddddd 16 ddddddddd ddddddddd
Haryana govt. yet to fulfil dream of posting a big score
duck in the third over. to Lyon, pressed for a futile Umesh Yadav (not out) ddddddddddddddddd ddddd0 dddddddd6 ddddddddd ddddddddd
promise, says Sakshi after opting to bat on winning
the toss. India was bundled Rahul watched from the review and trudged back. Ishant Sharma c Handscomb b Lyon dddd ddddd0 dddddddd1 ddddddddd ddddddddd
out for 189 in its first innings non-strikers end and it was a Rahul enjoyed another re- Extras (b-12, lb-4) dddddddddddddddddddddd ddd 16
Wrestler Sakshi Malik has
with K.L. Rahul (90, 205b, fate he was resigned to, prieve when he was dropped Total (in 71.2 overs) dddddddddddddddddddd dd 189
tweeted that she has not yet
received the incentives 9x4) playing the lone hand. through the day, as his part- on 61 by Warner at leg-slip Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Abhinav, 2.5 overs), 2-72 (Pujara, 27.5), 3-88 (Kohli, 33.5),
The pitch assisted spin: there ners wavered between fragile with Lyon being the ag- 4-118 (Rahane, 47.3), 5-156 (Karun, 57.2), 6-174 (Ashwin, 61.5), 7-178 (Saha, 65.3),
promised to her by the 8-188 (Jadeja, 69.2), 9-189 (Rahul, 71.1).
Haryana government after was appreciable turn and tenures and stints that never grieved bowler. Meanwhile
her historic bronze medal at variable bounce, especially at flowered beyond a cameo. Rahuls latest partner Ajinkya AUSTRALIA BOWLING: Starc 15-5-39-1, Hazlewood 11-2-42-0, OKeefe 21-5-40-1,
the Rio Olympics. Medal ka Briefly, Rahul found an ally Rahane failed to walk the M. Marsh 2-0-2-0, Lyon 22.2-4-50-8.
the Northern End, and yet it
vada maine pura kiya, wasnt a diabolical surface. in Cheteshwar Pujara. The tight-rope between aggres- AUSTRALIA 1ST INNINGS RUNS BALLS 4s 6s
Haryana sarkar apna vada kab At close of play, Australia latter wasnt fluent but they sion and defence and was David Warner (batting) dddddddddddddddddddd 23 dddddd 51 dddddddd1 ddddddddd
pura karegi? (I fulfilled my scored 40 for no loss. For- shared a 61-run second- stumped off Lyon. Matt Renshaw (batting) ddddddddddddddddddd 15 dddddd 47 dddddddd1 ddddddddd
promise of winning an tune too favoured the visitor wicket partnership which Next-man Karun Nair, em- Extras (nb-2) ddddddddddddddddddddddddddd ddddd2
Olympic medal for the proved to be the most pro-
as Ajinkya Rahane dropped a boldened by his home Total (for no loss in 16 overs) ddddddddddd ddd 40
country, when will the
tough catch off David Warner. ductive alliance of the in- ground and the memory of
Haryana government fulfil its INDIA BOWLING: Ishant 5-0-8-0, Umesh 4-1-16-0, Ashwin 6-0-11-0, Jadeja 1-0-5-0.
The theme of Australian nings. his triple ton against England Making a point: India opener K.L. Rahul rued the lack of any
promise?), tweeted Sakshi.
PTI dominance seemed improb- OKeefe was pressed into in Chennai, used his feet and Toss: India. decent partnerships in the innings. K. BHAGYA PRAKASH

The plan was to hit the same spot over and over again
The of-spinners igures of eight for 50, the best for an overseas bowler in India, were the fruits of relection and hard work
Shreedutta Chidananda best for an overseas bowler in DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD Ashwin does very well over Lyon was pleased that he we know this is a long series
Bengaluru India, beating Lance Klusen- here. had adapted well to the pitch. and hes a world-class batter.
Top spinner
Nathan Lyon has for long ers eight for 64 (Kolkata Lyon was modest, stating Steve OKeefe and I had a He is the head of the snake, if
been Australias best spinner, 1996), and the best by an Aus- B Lyons igures are the that his plan had merely been conversation and said there you want to put it in Dale
but he has, it seems, never tralian against India, ec- second best for an Aussie to land the ball on the same was a couple jumping out Steyns terms. If you take that
been good enough. He began lipsing Jason Krejzas eight for spinner, behind leggie spot time and again. there. I looked at my bowling one, hopefully the body will
his first tour to India, back in 215 (Nagpur 2008). Arthur Maileys 9/121 to see if I can put some over- fall away.
I dont know if theyre go-
2013, with three for 215 in the Lyon (58) also overtook B It was the third time Lyon ing to spin or go straight. So if spin on it and get a couple of Only two months ago,
first innings in Chennai. Brett Lee (53) to become Aus- has taken at least seven in I dont know, neither does the balls to jump. Good bounce there was talk that Lyon
He was promptly dropped tralias all-time highest an innings against India, batter, really, he said. out there, its been quite would be benched against
for the second Test, in favour wicket-taker against India. more than any bowler pleasing, he said. Pakistan, before injury to
Im about doing the ba-
of Glenn Maxwell and Xavier [I had to work for this] a sics really well and just keep OKeefe saved the off-spinner,
B Lyon has now dismissed Nothing special
Doherty. He impressed in the fair bit, if Im going to be bru- landing on the same spot. You who responded in fine fash-
Pujara, Kohli and Rahane
fourth Test in Delhi but tally honest, he said after the ive times each. The look at Rangana Herath, one There was nothing special, ion.
months later was left out of opening days play at the M. combined 15 dismissals is of the best spinners in the however, about the ball that Im over the moon with
the Ashes opener for Ashton Chinnaswamy Stadium here. the best by any bowler world, and what does he do: got Virat Kohli, Lyon admit- what happened today, he
Agar. It is a theme his career After the tour of Sri DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD he hits the same spot over ted. He came out (in Pune) said. I dont think its hit me
has followed. Lanka, I went home and re- and over again. He said to me and said it was his mistake (to because for the last hour I was
After Saturdays perform- flected. I worked very very ing in the nets with John Dav- after the series in Sri Lanka, I leave a straight delivery padded up as nightwatch-
ance, though, most doubters hard. ison (mentor) and Darren dont know if theyre going to alone) and I daresay it was man. Ive proven to myself
A day to remember: Nathan Lyon overtook Brett Lee to become will have been silenced. At In the lead up to the BBL Berry (Sydney Sixers assist- spin either. So Im working today. That ball was nothing that I can compete at this
Australias all-time highest wicket-taker against India. least for a while. Lyons fig- games, I was going to games ant coach) on separate occa- on the same plan as Rangana special. To be able to take his level. I dont have to prove it
K. BHAGYA PRAKASH ures of eight for 50 were the two hours before and bowl- sions. I studied a lot of what and hes going alright. wicket was exceptional but to anyone else in the world.

United held by 10-man Bournemouth Kamos

double sinks
Murray reigns supreme
Zlatan Ibrahimovic fails to convert a penalty Mumbai Bopanna-Matkowski pair inishes runner-up
Agencies played phenomenal in the Agence France-Presse
Press Trust of India DUBAI
OLD TRAFFORD first half and should have Mumbai
Poor finishing cost been winning 3-0 or 4-0 Andy Murray defeated
Aizawl FC continued its en- Spains Fernando Verdasco
Manchester United a chance then it ended up 1-1.
viable home run as it de- 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to win
to move into the Premier Who can I blame? feated Mumbai FC 2-0 in the Dubai Open for the first
Leagues top four as striker Ourselves. Nobody else. their I-League encounter time and claim his 45th ca-
Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a The results: Premier League: here on Saturday. reer crown.
penalty in a feisty 1-1 draw Manchester United 1 (Rojo 23)
against 10-man After a series of unsuc-
drew with Bournemouth 1 (King The World No. 1 came
Bournemouth on Saturday. cessful attempts, the home
40-pen); Leicester 3 (Fuchs 27, good after losing a title bid in
Mahrez 59, Huddlestone 90-
side took the lead in the
Bournemouth goalkeeper 2012 at the Aviation Club to
og) bt Hull 1 (Clucas 14); Stoke 2 65th minute.A superb as-
Artur Boruc produced a Roger Federer. Murray im-
(Arnautovic (29 & 42) bt sist by Aizawl FC mid-
string of excellent saves proved his one-way record
Middlesbrough 0; Swansea 3 fielder Brandon from the
either side of Marcos Rojos over 35th-ranked left-hander
(Llorente 12 & 90+2, Olsson 69) left flank was received by
first Premier League goal Verdasco to 13 wins and just
bt Burnley 2 (Gray 20-pen & 61); Kamo, who opened the
which put United ahead. one loss.
Watford 3 (Deeney 4, Okaka 79, scoreline.
The Argentina defender Intense action: Zlatan Ibrahimovic involved in a duel with Rohan Bopanna and Mar-
Doucoure 90+4) lost to Bournemouths Tyrone Mings. Aizawl doubled its lead Smooth: Two-time champion Rafael Nadal eased past Marin
got on the end of Antonio Southampton 4 (Tadic 28, Red-
AFP cin Matkowski of Poland
in the 78th minute. Al Am- Cilic in the semiinal of the Mexico Open on Friday. REUTERS
Valencias misdirected shot mond 45+2, 86, Gabbiadini 83); were beaten 4-6, 6-3, [10-3]
6 (Dembele 6, Aubameyang 26, stadt 0; Hoffenheim 5 (Rudy 27, nas pass from outside the
and turned it past the help- West Brom 0 lost to Crystal by fourth seeds Jean-Julien
69, Pulisic 77, Schuerrle 85-pen, Szalai 62, 79, Kramaric 77, box was easily converted final, where his perfect Matkowski 4-6, 6-3, [10-3].
less Boruc but Uniteds joy Palace 2 (Zaha 55, Townsend Geuerreiro 90+2) bt Bayer Huebner 88) bt Ingolstadt 2 Rojer of the Netherlands and
by Kamo Acapulco record will be put At Acapulco: ATP-WTA Mexico
was short-lived as its 84). Leverkusen 2 (Volland 48, (Cohen 38, Sule 60-og) Horia Tecau of Romania in
The results: Aizawl 2 (Kamo to the test by Sam Querrey. Open: Semifinals: Men: Sam
academy product Joshua La Liga: Leganes 1 (Machis 83) Wendell 74); Mainz 1 (Cordoba the doubles final.
Friday: FC Augsburg 2 65 & 78) bt Mumbai FC 0; At Querrey bt Nick Kyrgios 3-6,
King equalised with a 40th- bt Granada 0. 24) drew with Wolfsburg 1 (Stafylidis 19, Hinteregger 60) Shillong: Shillong Lajong 1
The results:
6-1, 7-5; Rafael Nadal bt Marin
minute penalty. Friday: Real Betis 2 (Mandi 16, (Gomez 20). drew with RB Leipzig 2 (Werner Nadal in summit clash
(Dipanda 64) lost to East At Dubai: ATP Dubai Open: Fi- Cilic 6-1, 6-2.
United manager Jose Sanabria 65) lost to Real So- Cologne 0 lost to Bayern Mu- 25, Compper 52). Bengal 2 (Baden 9 & 33); At Two-time champion Rafael nal: Andy Murray bt Fernando Women: Lesia Tsurenko bt Mir-
Mourinho made no excuses ciedad 3 (Bautista 10, X. Prieto nich 3 (Martinez 25, Bernat 48, Serie A: Roma 1 (Strootman 89) Vasco: Churchill Brothers 2 Nadal raced past third- Verdasco 6-3, 6-2. Doubles: jana Lucic-Baroni 5-0 retd.;
for a disjointed performance. 26, 72). Ribery 90); Werder Bremen 2 lost to Napoli 2 (Mertens 26, (Wolfe 65, Lyndoh 74) bt Mo- seeded Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-2 to Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecau Kristina Mladenovic bt Christina
What happened was that we Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund (Kruse 75-pen, 90+2) bt Darm- 50). hun Bagan 1 (Prabir Das 24). reach the ATP Mexico Open bt Rohan Bopanna & Marcin McHale 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.




55th renewal of Indian What the

Turf Invitation Cup today say
Tororosso stands in the way of Hall Of Famer BENGALURU

The following professionals

Anil Mukhi The lightly-raced cus- due to the 4 kgs additional voiced their opinions on
BENGALURU tomer, who will be making burden that they are re- the Indian Turf Invitation
Given that 21 Indian Derby only the fourth proper start quired to carry. Cup and the Maj. P.K.
winners have gone on to of his career, has a mind of Four seniors are in this Mehra Memorial Super
score in the Indian Turf In- his own allied to a prodi- year's field and former win- Mile Cup:
vitation Cup in 54 renewals, gious amount of raw ability, ner (when he was four) R.R. Byramji: I think Hall
it is easy enough to calculate which trainer Irfan Ghatala Alaindair is the best of these Of Famer should do it in
the chances of success of and rider Suraj Narredu have followed by Colombiana and the Invitation Cup or Irfan
that group as being around managed to harness to good Azzurro. Ghatalas ward (Tororosso)
40%. That then is the statist- effect. The chief supporting might just fluke it.
ical reality facing the 2017 In- A repeat of his most re- event, the 1,600m Maj. P.K. S. Ganapathy: In the Su-
dian Derby winner Hall Of cent display would see him Mehra Super Mile appears to per Mile, Serjeant At Arms
Famer as she attempts to fol- to good advantage at the be easy picking for Suleiman is outstanding; in the Invit-
low in the immediate foot- business end of the race. Attaollahi's ward Serjeant At ation Cup, everyone has to
steps of last year's hero Nor should one ignore the Arms. Like last year's winner beat Hall Of Famer. Su-
Desert God who completed fact that Temerity and of this race, Myrtlewood, he preme General should run
the double. Winter Renaissance were is an Indian Derby runner- well.
Like the last-named, who just about a length in arrears up coming down in distance. S. Padmanabhan: In the
is presently abroad, Hall Of in the Indian Derby and Opposition could come from Invitation Cup, my ward
Famer hails from the barn of could well bridge the gap de- the likes of Battalion, Com- Hall Of Famer runs with a
trainer S. Padmanabhan and pending on how the race is mon Wealth and La Dona, all very good chance.
will have David Allan at the run. In particular, there is a four-year-olds, who repres- Pesi Shroff: I like Hall Of
controls. lot of buzz about the first- ent an age group that has an- Famer from Azzurro, fol-
While the grey filly has named who took home the nexed 11 of the last 17 run- lowed by Temerity in the
every chance, standing in prize for the Indian Oaks in nings of this event. Invitation. The Super Mile
her way is the brilliant Tor- January. There is a small chance of is at the mercy of Serjeant
orosso who trounced his No older horse has scored unseasonal rain material- At Arms.
rivals in the Bangalore in the four years that the In- ising which would of
Vijay Singh: The Invitation
(Winter) Derby on Republic vitation Cup has been open course throw all calculations
Cup is between Hall Of
Day on this very track. to older horses, probably awry.
Famer and Colombiana.
Darius: Tororosso for In-
vitation Cup.

Captain Morgan and Serjeant At Arms ap-

peals most in the Super

Adam score at carnival

J.E. Mckeown: Hall Of
Famer looks the best.
Serjeant At Arms should
Anil Mukhi when the former Invitation Suleiman Attollahi. Bharath Singh: Hall Of
BENGALURU Cup winner Tintinnabula- Like last year, Dancing Famer should win the In-
It was almost a case of deja tion enjoyed his finest hour Phoenix led the 17-strong vitation Cup. In Super Mile,
vu at the packed Bangalore back in 2013. Sprinters Cup field till close Serjeant At Arms is too
Race Course on Saturday af- In a race run at a steady home, when Adam overtook good.
ternoon as last years victori- clip, the Stayers Cup field him and set sail for the win- Irfan Ghatala: In the Invit-
ous pair shone, with Adam saw little change until the fi- ning post. He built a suffi- ation Cup its between Hall
(by Multidimensional) an- nal bend. In a change of tac- cient lead that enabled him Of Famer, Tororosso and
nexing the Mysore Race tics, rider Trevor Patel kept to withstand the late chal- Salazaar.
Club-sponsored Sprinters the fancied Captain Morgan lenge from a heap of late fin- For Super Mile its futile
Cup just half an hour after switched off at the tail end of ishers, headed by Smile to look beyond Serjeant At
Tintinnabulation had almost the field before threading his Stone, with Shivalik Star Arms.
pulled off a great upset in way through beaten rivals as ending a close-up third. Arjun Mangalokar: Ser-
the Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy fortuitous gaps appeared. The Usha Stud-bred win- jeant At Arms will be hard
Chettiar of Chettinad Me- Taking dead aim at the ner was sent out by Pesi to toss.
morial Stayers Cup. runaway Tintinnabulation, Shroff and ridden very com- Hall Of Famer who is in
In the end, the latter went he cut down that rival whose petently by N.S. Parmar. In- fine form should win the
under by a mere length to a effort flagged close home. cidentally both winners Invitation Cup.
runner Captain Morgan Towering Heights was a de- sported the popular silks of G. Sandhu: Tororosso is
(by Admiralofthefleet) cent third. The Kunigal Stud- United Racing & Bloodstock my first chance and the
who was not even born bred winner was trained by Breeders Ltd. next is Hall Of Famer. For
Super Mile Serjeant At
Arms is the best.
Mukund Colemans to the fore P. Trevor: While Hall Of
Famer has the edge, this
triumphs Nandakumar Marar ninth (nine points) respect-
could be the year of the
older horse.
Mumbai ively in the two 15-lappers
Sports Bureau Daisy Coleman, whirling David Allan: Hall Of
on Saturday, accumulating
GUWAHATI around in the navigator Famer has improved a lot
19 points and swelling the
Sasi Kumar Mukund beat seat, guided younger after the Indian Derby win
team tally to 59 (40+19).
Sami Reinwein of Germany brother Sam, driving the and I think she will not
Placings after two races (team have any difficulty. In the
6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in the final of Baleno RS Booster Jets to name, points & driver-navig-
the $15,000 ITF Futures first place in race one and Super Mile, Serjeant At
ator): 1. Baleno RS Booster Arms is the best.
tennis tournament on Sat- race two of the Nexa P1 Rockets 59 (Sam Coleman &
urday. It was his third Powerboating. A. Imran Khan: Hall Of
Daisy Coleman 40 + C.S. San-
singles title in the profes- The Englishmen lead Famer from Tororosso in
tosh & Martin Robinson 19).
sional circuit for the with 40 points after (20 the Invitation Cup, Ser-
2. Lloyd Dolhpins 57 (Craig jeant At Arms for the Super
20-year-old. points for first stop) two Wilson & William Enriquez 30 +
races on Saturday. Mile.
I am happy with this Stuart Cureton & Sara Cureton
title because I had not Fifteen laps of a course Ryan Marshall: My favour-
27). 3. MoneyOnMobile Mar-
made a final in India, in marked out by buoys bob- tins 52 (James Norvill & Chris-
ite Serjeant At Arms should
two years, he said. bing in the sea marked the tian Parsons-Young 31 + Glynn annex the Super Mile; I like
5.2km route for the Panther Norvall & Lee Norvall 21). Temerity from Azzurro for
class boats to plough the Invitation Cup.
4. Ultra Sharks 41 (Gaurav
Zeel wins through.
The Colemans lead in the
Gill & George Ivey 25 + Neil
Jackson & Jason Jackson 16). 5.
Suraj Narredu: My mount
Battalion is quite brilliant
SPORTS BUREAU overall team champion- Mirchi Mavericks 37 (David Taft over the Super Mile trip.
GWALIOR ship.Team Balenos second & Fredrick Bastian 20 + John Though Tororosso is a
Eighth seed Zeel Desai beat pair of C.S. Santosh & Mar- Donnelly & Kevin Burdock 17). bit temperamental, I think
Mahak Jain 6-3, 7-5 to win tin Robinson (driver & navig- 6. HVR Racing 19 (Darren Nich- I can win the Invitation
her maiden ITF title here ator) in the second boat olson & Giovanni Carpetilla 12 Cup with him. with in-
on Saturday. were eighth (10 points) and + Frank Silva & Tony Ianotta 7). puts from Riaz Babu

Captain Morgan runs to glory in Stayers Cup


Adam emerges fastest horse of the country beating favourites in the Sprinters Cup
Riaz Babu
Captain Morgan (P. Trevor up)
won the Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy
Chettiar Of Chettinad Memorial
Stayers Cup while Adam (N.S.
Parmar up) won the Mysore Race
Club Sprinters Cup, the dual at-
tractions of the races held here on
Saturday (March 4). Captain Mor-
gan and Adam, are both owned by
M/s. United Racing & Bloodstock
Breeders Ltd. rep. by Mr. & Mrs.
Vijay Mallya. S. Attaollahi trains
Captain Morgan while P. Shroff
schools Adam.


MILLION (1,200m), rated 15 to
35, 5-y-o & over: HURRAH
(Srinath) 1, Just Fabulous (S. John)
2, D Accord (Neeraj) 3 and Amaz-
ing Desire (N.S. Parmar) 4. Not
run: Real Generous. 1-1/2, 3/4 and Memorable day: Zeyn Mirza of United Racing & Bloodstock Breeders Ltd. receiving the Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy Chettiar Of Chettinad Memorial Stayers Cup from
1/2. 1m 14.16s. 81 (w), 24, 18 and A.C. Muthiah. Right: Adam (N.S. Parmar up) winning the Mysore Race Club Sprinters Cup. V. SREENIVASA MURTHY
14 (p), SHP: 48, FP: 415, Q: 199,
Trinella: 487 and 159, Exacta: lan) 1, Shaman (P. Trevor) 2, Don (w), 18, 17 and 89 (p), SHP: 50, FP: Muthiah. Trainer: G. Aravind. Breeders Ltd rep by Mr & Mrs. Vi- cing & Bloodstock Breeders Ltd
2,387 and 1,446. Favourite: DAc- Dela Vega (Arshad Alam) 3 and 117, Q: 55, Trinella: 2,840 and jay Mallya. Trainer: S. Attaollahi. rep by Mr & Mrs. Vijay Mallya.
cord. Owners: Mr. Rajan Aggarwal
& Mr. Gautam Aggarwal. Trainer:
Daffodil (Neeraj) 4. Not run: Auto-
matic. 6-1/2, 1-1/4 and 1-3/4. 1m
3,164, Exacta: 19,566 and 7,454.
Favourite: Arvak. Onwers: Mr.
ERS CUP (1,200m), 4-y-o &
Trainer: P. Shroff.
G. Sandhu. 25.08s. 25 (w), 13, 28 and 132 (p),
SHP: 67, FP: 136, Q: 81, Trinella:
Daulat Chhabria, Mr. Sunil K. Vas-
ant & Mr. Pradeep Lala. Trainer:
4-y-o & over, (Terms): over, (Terms): 8 GARUDA MALL MILLION
(1,200m), rated 30 to 50, 5-y-o Solution to yesterdays Sudoku
(1,600m), rated 00 to 20:
NINON (S. John) 1, Thalassa
2,096 and 859, Exacta: 31,539
(carried over) and 6,758. Favour-
Irfan Ghatala.
& over: EXPERT (Suraj Narredu) 1,
Rare And Bold (Arshad Alam) 2,
Mariko (P. Trevor) 3 and Indian
(Srinath) 2, Extremelydangerous
(Suraj Narredu) 3 and Kings Kid
ite: Mauritania. Owners: Poon-
awalla Racing & Breed Ltd rep by
(1,400m), rated 15 to 35: STER-
LING ROLE (P.S. Chouhan) 1, Ira
Brahmos (Irvan Singh) 4. 3/4, 1
and 3/4. 1m 13.76s. 61 (w), 26, 110
(Rayan Ahmed) 4. 5-1/4, 1-1/4 and Mr. Zavaray S. Poonawalla, Mr. P.J. (Rajesh Kumar) 2, Emancipation TOWERING HEIGHTS (ABBEY- BADRAAN) S. JOHN 3 AND and 23 (p), SHP: 340, FP: 1,413, Q:
2-3/4. 1m 39.57s. 29 (w), 15, 18 Vazifdar & Mr. M. Rishad. Trainer: (I. Chisty) 3 and Calico King (K. SIDE EPIC) S. JOHN 3 AND MULTITUDE (MULTIDIMEN- 723, Trinella: 9,546 and 1,773, Ex-
and 15 (p), SHP: 45, FP: 88, Q: 41, S. Padmanabhan. Mukesh) 4. 2-1/4, 1/2 and Hd. 1m TRIUMPHUS (BURDEN OF PROOF SIONAL HAEDI) DASHRATH acta: 2,96,049 and 63,439. Fa-
Trinella: 161 and 62, Exacta: 1,496 26.68s. 66 (w), 19, 398 and 84 ARIZZA) DASHRATH SINGH 4. SINGH 4. vourite: China One. Owner: Mr.
and 988. Favourite: Ninon.
Owner: Ms S. Rohini Iyengar.
(1,200m), rated 45 to 65:
GYPSY (Suraj Narredu) 1, Arvak
(p), SHP: 1,507, FP: 13,500, Q:
5,822, Trinella: 1,93,303, Exacta:
1, 3-1/4 and Shd. 3m 15.85s. 26
(w), 14, 27 and 43 (p), SHP: 71, FP:
1, Hd and 1/2. 1m 11.40s. 315 (w),
92, 38 and 72 (p), SHP: 114, FP:
Shankar Srinivas. Trainer: Imtiaz
Trainer: Neil Darashah. (Srinath) 2, Amber Crown (P.S. 2,10,872 (carried over). Favourite: 122, Q: 82, Trinella: 1,509 and 776, 8,207, Q: 3,731, Trinella: 1,41,737 Jackpot: 67,248 (24 tkts.); Run-
Chouhan) 3 and Siobhan (A. Ravishing Snow. Owners: M.A.M. Exacta: 15,423 and 4,466. Favour- (carried over), Exacta: 1,47,200 ner-up: 6,987 (99 tkts).
(1,400m), maiden 3-y-o only,
(Terms): MAURITANIA (David Al-
Sandesh) 4. Not run: Ambleside.
Lnk, 3/4 and 1-1/4. 1m 12.93s. 39
Ramaswamy Chettiar of Chettinad
Charitable Trust rep by. Dr. A.C.
ite: Captain Morgan. Owners: M/s
United Racing & Bloodstock
(carried over). Favourite: Dancing
Prances. Owners: M/s United Ra-
Treble (i): 446 (81 tkts.); (ii):
1,662 (45 tkts.).



Group A: At New Delhi: Baroda
233 for six in 50 overs (Krunal
Tripura 188 for nine in 50
overs (Gurinder Singh 91 n.o.,
Goa 211 for eight in 50 overs
(Prathamesh Gawas 66, Suyash
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Pandya 72, Yusuf Pathan 71, Ir- Nirupam Sen Chowdhary 28, Prabhudessai 41, Keenan Vaz I- League: TEN 2, 4.30 p.m. &
fan Pathan 50 n.o., Pritam Das Nikhit Dhumal four for 19, 33, Darshan Misal 28) lost to 7 p.m.
three for 37) bt Assam 141 in Shrikant Mundhe three for 39) Rajasthan 214 for three in 40.2 West Indies vs England: 2nd
42.3 overs (Rishav Das 44, lost to Maharashtra 193 for six overs (Mahipal Lomror 73 n.o., ODI: TEN 3 & TEN 1 HD, 7 p.m.
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Points: Baroda 4 (16), Assam 0
Ruturaj Gaikwad 40, Nikhil Naik
46 n.o.). Maharashtra 4 (20),
nik 34, Maninder Singh 34). Ra-
jasthan 4 (8), Goa 0 (0).
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Games for a second overs (Ganesh Satish 78, Pradesh 255 in 49.1 overs (Ankit Gowtham five for 28) lost to
consecutive time should not Apoorv Wankhede 64, Akshay Kaushik 72, Eknat Sen 58, May- Karnataka 109 for nine in 29.2
Karnewar 27) bt Haryana 169 in ank Dagar 46, Mohd. Israr four overs (Mayank Agarwal 26, Arjun and Chandrika
have to start from scratch,
and can pay less than first- 42.3 overs (Shivam Chauhan for 33) lost to Uttar Pradesh Vinay Kumar 35 n.o., C.V. Milind emerge champions
timers, IOC president Thomas 46, Rajat Paliwal 32, Rahul 259 for four in 40.4 overs (Ak- three for 42, Mohd. Siraj three BENGALURU: C.H. Arjun and
Bach was reported as saying Dagar 29, Akshay Karnewar shdeep Nath 109, Shivam for 24). Karnataka 4 (20), Hy- Chandrika Joshi clinched
on Friday. Speaking to a four for 29, Akshay Wakhare Chaudhary 75, Rinku Singh 27 derabad 0 (16). the boys and girls titles in
newspaper, Bach also said three for 38). Vidarbha 4 (16), n.o.). UP 4 (12), HP 0 (4). Chhattisgarh 246 for seven the Sol Sports-AITA
that approval of Olympic Haryana 0 (8). Group C: At Chennai: Mumbai in 50 overs (Ashutosh Singh under-18 Championship
venues would also be easier if Odisha 228 for eight in 50 231 for eight in 50 overs 84, Mohd. Kaif 65, Manoj Singh Series tennis tournament
cities had already hosted overs (Sandeep Pattanaik 85, (Aditya Tare 77, Siddhesh Lad 49) bt Services 232 in 49.3 here on Saturday.
major sporting events. REUTERS Biplab Samantaray 33, Anurag 55, Shivam Dube 41, P. Girinath overs (Soumya Swain 92, Suraj The results: Final: Boys: C.H.
Sarangi 32, Arabind Singh 26) Reddy three for 53) bt Andhra Yadav 78, Pankaj Rao three for Arjun bt V. Praneeth 7-6(6),
lost to Railways 231 for four in 188 in 38.1 overs (Srikar Bharat 36, Shubham Agarwal three for 2-6, 6-2.
49 overs (Mahesh Rawat 88 64, Hanuma Vihari 33, Shivam 26). Chhattisgarh 4 (8), Ser- Girls: Chandrika Joshi bt
n.o., Ashish Yadav 45, Arindam Dube three for 21). Mumbai 4 vices 0 (8). Reshma Maruri 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Ghosh 45, Shivakant Shukla (12), Andhra 0 (8). At Kalyani: Jammu & Kashmir Hat-trick by
30). Railways 4 (8), Odisha 0 Bengal 270 for eight in 50 170 in 46 overs (Parvez Rasool
(4). Sabeeth
overs (Sudip Chatterjee 91, 53, Ram Dayal 50, Zahoor Sofi
Group B: At Cuttack: Kerala 231 Manoj Tiwary 59, Debabrata 25, Kushang Patel three for 42) Sabeeth scored a hat-trick
for eight in 50 overs (Salman Das 25) bt Madhya Pradesh 256 bt Saurashtra 147 in 34.5 overs as Ozone FC defeated DYSS
Nizar 59, Sanju Samson 41) lost in 49 overs (Harpreet Singh (Prerak Mankad 47, Snell Patel 6-2 in the BDFA Super
to Delhi 237 for six in 44.1 overs 109, Sohrab Dhaliwal 37, Rajat 27, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 26, Division league on Saturday.
VAR to be used in (Unmukt Chand 64, Milind Ku- Patidar 36, Sayan Ghosh three Parvez Rasool four for 39, in- Ozone began the game on a
2018 WC? mar 40, Rishabh Pant 35). Delhi for 43). Bengal 4 (20), MP 0 cluding a hat-trick). J & K 4 (4), positive note, attacking with
LONDON 4 (8), Kerala 0 (0). (12). Saurashtra 0 (4). intent.
FIFA president Gianni Sabeeth converted a
Infantino believes there is a penalty to give Ozone the
realistic chance Video
Assistant Referees (VAR) will
be used at the 2018 World
Responsible efort: Skipper R. Vinay Kumar scored a crucial unbeaten 35 to book a quarterinal
berth for Karnataka. FILE PHOTO Bengaluru FC looks to stem lead. Mark Anthony
doubled Ozones lead on
the stroke of half-time.
Cup in Russia. It is realistic Mohammad Siraj removed opportunities. I made sure
the rot at Punjab
Y.B. Sarangi Santosh pulled one back for
for us (to use it at the World KOLKATA Aniruddha Joshi and Pavan that I remain there till the DYSS. But the joy was short-
Cup) because of the Comeback man R. Vinay Ku- Deshpande off successive de- end and helped our team lived as second-half braces
experience we had in the mars responsible 56-ball 35 liveries. Later, he had Stuart win, said Vinay.
Club World Cup last from Sabeeth and Anup Raj
aided Karnataka snatch a Binny lbw. Ravi Kiran took Earlier, Karnataka seam- LUDHIANA: Winless in seven ence on the team, said completed the rout.
December in Japan. VAR is
sensational one-wicket win two for 32. ers excelled collectively and games, defending Champion I-LEAGUE Roca. The results:
positive because it will allow
the right decision to be taken
over Hyderabad and ad- Meanwhile, Mayank Agar- the fielders made two run Bengaluru FC will look to Were also glad to have Super Division: Ozone FC 6
in a game-changing vance to the quarterfinals of wal (26 off 50 balls) was outs to keep Hyderabad bats- stem the rot as it travels to The side even drew the re- Marjan who has showed (Sabeeth 22, 71, 78, Mark
circumstance, he said. AFP the Vijay Hazare Trophy at bowled while trying to cut men in check. Captain S. Ludhiana to take on Minerva verse fixture in Bengaluru more than just glimpses of Anthony 44 , Anup Raj 62, 90)
the Eden Gardens here on left-arm spinner Mehdi Badrinaths laborious 60-ball Punjab in an I-League en- 1-1. his experience, in training. bt DYSS 2 (Santosh 50,
Saturday. Hasan too close to his body. 18 and Akash Bhandaris 43- counter on Sunday. These inclusions give the Sharvana 85).
In a Group-D between two ball 17 exemplified Hydera- We cant change results New inspiration squad the kind of strength A-division: SAI 4 (Sudarshan
unbeaten sides, Hyderabad Back from injury lay-off bads slow progress. that have gone by, said man- On the other hand, BFC we need at the moment. 11, Prathmesh 19, 60, Zaif 64)
struggled to to be bowled Vinay, who returned after a Gowtham pounced on the ager Albert Roca. What we can look for some new in- Roca, even as he voiced bt Sri Gajanana 2 (Sridhar 65,
our for 108 in 44 overs after layoff owing to a leg injury, opportunity to vary his pace can do is work harder to spiration in the form of fit- concerns about the state of Surya 73).
electing to bat on a pitch fea- enjoyed the challenge as and bowl with accuracy to make sure results ahead go again defender John Johnson the pitch at Minerva, said
turing small patches of grass Karnataka needed 44 runs claim his career-best figures our way. Minerva away from and newly-signed striker that BFC had to adapt to it as ENGAGEMENTS
and a few dents. with just two wickets in of five for 28. Badrinath was home will be a game that will Marjan Jugovic. While John- quickly as possible.
Ibrahimovic key to In reply, Karnataka, which hand. adjudged caught behind, require us to give son, who missed the last A pitch like this might be Cricket: India vs. Australia,
Uniteds success was in dire straits at 65 for Vinay maintained his Bhandari, B. Anirudh and everything. We play four four games with a fractured bad [for viewing]. They are second Test, day two, M.
MANCHESTER eight in the 17th over, composure and guided his Siraj were stumped and games in nine days and its rib, is expected to shore up a the home team and will have Chinnaswamy Stadium, 9.30
Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks set banked on Vinays pragmatic lower-order colleagues, Hasan was caught and important that we start this nervous defence, it is hoped a better understanding of a.m.
to remain as Manchester batting to recover well and Sreenath Aravind and bowled in the off-spinners phase well. that Jugovic will provide the the surface. So, its up to us Football: BDFA League, A div,
Uniteds talisman for another scored the winning runs in Prasidh M. Krishna, while eight overs. The task will, however, be creative spark upfront which to adapt as quickly as Blore Independents vs. BUFC
year and launch the next the 30th. hitting six fours, including cut out. Minerva has thus far BFC has sorely missed. possible.
Hyderabad will have to (1.30 p.m.), Super div, South
glory era, according to Hyderabad pacers, led by four in the V. proved that it is no pushover, Its good to have John The game kicks off at 4.35
win its last group outing United vs Student Union
manager Jose Mourinho. I
left-armer C.V. Milind, bril- The experienced all- against Services to qualify putting together an un- back in the squad as hes al- p.m. and will be telecast live (3.30 p.m.), Bangalore
think Zlatan will be
liantly exploited the the rounder showed his pres- for the knockout stage. beaten streak of six games. ways been a positive influ- on Ten 2. Football Stadium.
fundamental in the second
year of this team, and I think track to rock the Karnataka ence of mind to protect The scores: Hyderabad 108 in
hes willing to stay. Its been top order. Milind, who ac- Prasidh and gather 28 runs 44 overs (K. Gowtham five for
an amazingly successful year counted for Robin Uthappa for the last wicket as Hydera- 28) lost to Karnataka 109 for
for him... the number of early, bowled K. Gowtham bad could not sustain the nine in 29.2 overs (R. Vinay Ku-
goals hes scored, the trophy and Manish Pandey in con- pressure. mar 35 n.o., Mayank Agarwal
he won, the impact hes had, secutive deliveries of the sev- Being a senior player, I 26, Mohd. Siraj three for 24,
Mourinho said. AFP enth over. always look for this kind of C.V. Milind three for 42).





South Africa clinches series Morgan slams century as

du Plessis side vaults back to the top of the ODI rankings
England breezes to a big win
Faf du Plessis successfully re- Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes scalp four wickets each
viewed an lbw decision
against him before guiding Agence France-Presse
South Africa to a series- St. Johns

clinching six-wicket victory Eoin Morgans 10th one-day

in the fifth and final one- international century
dayer against New Zealand provided the batting founda-
at Eden Park on Saturday. tion while seamers Liam
du Plessis was initially Plunkett and Chris Woakes
given out on 27 when took four wickets each as
trapped in front by Jeetan England defeated the West
Patel but had the decision Indies by 45 runs in the
overturned on review. He series opener on Friday.
went on to finish unbeaten Extending an excellent
on 51 as the Proteas made run of form from the previ-
150 for four after bowling the ous ODI series in India in
host out for a paltry 149 in January, the England captain
41.1 overs. stroked a polished 107 to
David Miller produced a pace the tourists to a com-
counter-attacking 45 not out petitive 296 for six.
to help the Test captain en- Plunkett and Woakes then
sure a 3-2 series victory, claimed four wickets each to
which vaulted South Africa thwart the home sides effort
back to the top of the one- for an upset victory.
day rankings. Half-centuries by Jason
New Zealand had Mohammed and Jonathan
threatened to make the run Carter were not enough as
chase much more difficult the West Indies was dis-
than it should have been, re- missed for 251 in the 48th
ducing the visitors to 88 for over, Plunkett taking the fi-
four when it captured the nal wicket to finish with his
important wicket of A.B. de best ODI figures of four for Efective side-foot: Englands Steven Finn kicks the ball on to the stumps to run out
Villiers for 23. 40. Woakes, who did the West Indies top-scorer Jason Mohammed. AP
However, du Plessis and early damage to the Carib-
Miller shook off some bean sides batting, returned off-spinner also accounted Englands perseverance paid the match but just too many
nervous moments with a 62- with four for 47. for Jos Buttler via an excel- off and when Mohammed wickets to soft dismissals,
run partnership that left- It was tough at the start lent slip catch by Carter. was run out for a top score of said West Indies captain
hander Miller dominated. out there but the rewards That dismissal brought in 72 in the 42nd over, the die Jason Holder.
New Zealand was never eventually came by sticking Ben Stokes and the aggress- was cast for the West Indies This is no time to drop
able to settle against a su- it out, said Morgan. ive all-rounder did not disap- despite a few bold hits by our heads because we are
perb South African bowling I thought it was a domin- point, belting 55 off 61 deliv- Carlos Brathwaite and Ash- encouraged by this effort
attack, which created con- ant performance overall by eries with three sixes and ley Nurse. I thought we and need to come back even
sistent pressure from both us and weve set a high seizing the initiative from the competed well throughout stronger on Sunday.
ends with numerous dot standard for the remaining West Indies with a 110-run
balls that was supported by two matches. fifth-wicket partnership,
strong work in the field. ended by a catch at long-on SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES-ENGLAND FIRST ODI
Kagiso Rabada got South Painstaking start off leg-spinner Devendra
Africa going early by bowling Accelerating from a painstak- Bishoo. England: J. Roy lbw b Gabriel Finn b Rashid 31, J. Mohammed
13, S. Billings c C. Brathwaite b run out 72, J. Carter c Roy b
Martin Guptill for four, en- Wrecker-in-chief: Kagiso Rabadas early strikes curtailed New Zealands innings in Saturdays ing start, Morgan timed the Morgan reached three fig-
Nurse 52, J. Root b Gabriel 4, E. Plunkett 52, J. Holder c Buttler
suring there would be no re- decider. AFP innings to perfection in lift- ures in fine style, hoisting
Morgan run out 107, J. Buttler c b Plunkett 4, C. Brathwaite c
peat of the right handers ing his team to a competitive Carlos Brathwaite for a huge
Carter b Nurse 14, B. Stokes c Root b Woakes 12, A. Nurse lbw
match-winning 180 not out SCOREBOARD NEW ZEALAND-SOUTH AFRICA FIFTH ODI total after it was put in to bat six over midwicket in the Holder b Bishoo 55, M. Ali (not b Woakes 21, D. Bishoo (not
in the fourth game in on a rain-interrupted morn- 48th over before the bowler out) 31, C. Woakes (not out) 0; out) 12, S. Gabriel c Buttler b
Hamilton on Wednesday. New Zealand: M. Guptill b Ra- 42, 4-51, 5-72, 6-87, 7-132, 8- wkts. in 32.3 overs): 150. ing at North Sound. had the last laugh, running Extras (lb-7, w-12, nb-1): 20; Plunkett 0; Extras (lb-4, w-7):
Six New Zealand batsmen bada 4, D. Brownlie lbw b 140, 9-147. He faced 116 deliveries out the left-hander in the fi- Total (for six wkts. in 50 11; Total (in 47.2 overs): 251.
were dismissed for single fig- Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-35, 3-48, and struck 11 fours and two nal over of the innings.
Phehlukwayo 24, K. Williamson South Africa bowling: Rabada overs): 296. Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-37, 3-
ures, with Colin de Grand- 4-88. sixes after coming to the
run out 9, R. Taylor lbw b 7.1-1-25-3, Morris 9-0-34-1, Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-29, 3- 39, 4-108, 5-190, 6-201, 7-210,
homme top scoring with 32. Phehlukwayo 8, L. Ronchi c de Tahir 10-0-14-2, Phehlukwayo New Zealand bowling: Patel 5- crease with his side in early Early wickets 96, 4-129, 5-239, 6-292. 8-224, 9-250.
Rabada, who was generat- Kock b Morris 8, J. Neesham c 7-1-35-2, Pretorius 8-0-36-0. 0-26-2, Boult 9.2-0-44-0, trouble after fast bowler Woakes and Plunkett re- West Indies bowling: Holder
ing good bounce off a length Duminy b Rabada 24, M. Sant- Shannon Gabriel removed duced the West Indies to 39 England bowling: Finn, 9-0-
South Africa: Q. de Kock c Willi- Southee 10-1-40-0, de Grand- 9-1-46-0, Gabriel 10-0-58-2,
and troubled the batsmen as ner run out 24, C. de Grand- opening batsman Jason Roy for three in reply before Mo- 49-0, Woakes 9-1-47-4, Root
amson b Patel 6, H. Amla c homme 4-0-16-1, Santner 2-0- C. Brathwaite 10-1-54-0, Nurse
the ball hurried through, fin- homme c de Kock b Rabada 32, and new Test skipper Joe hammed featured in success- 5-0-31-0, Plunkett 8.2-1-40-4,
Santner b de Grandhomme 8, F. 9-0, Neesham 2-0-10-1. 10-0-57-2, Bishoo 6-0-49-1, J.
T. Southee c&b Tahir 6, J. Patel Moeen Ali 7-0-37-0, Adil
ished with three for 25 from du Plessis (not out) 51, J-P Du- Root in successive overs. ive half-century partnerships Mohammed 5-0-25-0.
lbw b Tahir 0, T. Boult (not out) Toss: South Africa Rashid 9-1-43-1.
7.1 overs and was named miny c Santner b Patel 3, AB de Sam Billings contributed with Shai Hope and Carter to West Indies: K. Brathwaite c
Man-of-the-Match. 0; Extras (lb-5, w-5): 10; Total Villiers c Ronchi b Neesham 23, Man-of-the-Match: K. Rabada- 52 at the top of the order, but keep the hosts in with a Rashid b Woakes 14, E. Lewis c Toss: West Indies.
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir (in 41.1 overs): 149. D. Miller (not out) 45; Extras South Africa won by six wickets his demise to Ashley Nurse fighting chance heading into Billings b Woakes 21, K. Powell Man-of-the-Match: Morgan.
finished with two for 14. Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-42, 3- (lb-5, w-9): 14; Total (for four to take series 3-2. was compounded when the the final ten overs. However, c Roy b Plunkett 1, S. Hope c England won by 45 runs.

The switch that Have a feeling we are going to crack it this time
changed Prudhvis life Gopi Chand says the All England championship is a platform to showcase Indian badmintons growing stature
Point guards Spain visit proved fruitful V.V. Subrahmanyam Olympics, it was the biggest tional coach said.
HYDERABAD championship which many I do believe that an <
> All England
continues to be one
A. JOSEPH ANTONY P. Gopi Chands tryst with dreamt of winning. Olympics medal is the ulti-
HYDERABAD BASKETBALL the All England champion- But, I must say many mate now. of the biggest events
Ambati Prudhvishwar ships in UK is now part of players even now still want Why has no Indian because of its rich
Reddy was seen as the big the NBA D League, after fin- badminton folklore. to win this title for sure, clinched the All England legacy and aura
fish in Hyderabad/Telan- ishing second only to Pal- For, it was there on March Gopi said. honour in the 16 years since
gana/Andhra Pradesh. The preet Brar in a nationwide 11, 2001, that Gopi became Gopi did? What kind of influence
combined might of the city/ screening, shortlisted to 36. only the second Indian to Special pressure We cannot find any par- does Gopi as a former All
States amounted to a small His 6 1 frame was seen as win the prestigious tourna- There is a rich history to the ticular reason. But, we must England champion have on
pond in international bas- insufficient for a point ment after the legendary whole event which makes it remember that we did have the Indian squad?
ketball. One trip to the guard! That sorrow turned Prakash Padukone. so special. some very good perform- All of them are working
Europe Basketball Academy to joy when he was among But when Gopi steps up in There is a special kind of ances like semifinal appear- hard. My only advice to them
(EBA) in Barcelona, Spain the countrys top 16 chosen this years edition (March 7- pressure when you play in ances. is to keep things simple. Be
saw a role reversal, reduced by the UBA to visit the US 12) to guide the destiny of his the All England. But, I am sure we are go- brave to seize the key mo-
as he was to a small fish in a after seasons two and three, team, which has potential It does still require spe- ing to crack it this time, he ments in a match, he said.
big pond! where he averaged 20 and champions like P.V. Sindhu cial kind of preparations for said. Well, just wish the players
It took me six months to 25 points per game. and K. Srikanth, he will be all the top players not just will have the connect (of me
actually play a match, the His stature grew in the keen to confine those golden game-wise but so many Strong contingent winning it in the past) when
promising point guard and Mecca of the sport, as he of- moments to nostalgia and factors are involved, said We have a very strong con- they reach the final, he said
under-18 international told ten figured in the starting keep moving ahead. the 43-year-old Gopi. tingent. I dont want to single with a smile.
The Hindu from the side- five in matches there. It may be mentioned here I dont think any player out any one or two players
lines of the ongoing United Prudhvi should have been that London Olympics who has won Olympic and (in men and womens sec- Faster game
Basketball Alliance Pro in serious contention for a bronze medallist Saina Ne- World Championship medals tions) who could be favour- Plainspeak: Gopi Chand feels the All England championship What changes had he ob-
League, where he turns out place in the senior National hwal is also part of the In- will consider his career com- ites. demands special preparation from the top players. FILE PHOTO served in the game since his
for the Mumbai Challengers. squad, observed Interna- dian team but trained by plete without winning the All But, somehow, I have a playing days?
Until then, he had to slog in tional Basketball Federation Vimal Kumar in Bengaluru. England. feeling that we are going to be world beaters. And, this land title in 2001 was the de- I think the game is faster.
three two-hour training ses- (FIBA) Technical Delegate Yes, All England contin- I would rather put it this put up a special performance All England will be a huge fining moment of my career. Lots of changes in the sport
sions, designed by EBA boss Norman Isaac. ues to be one of the biggest way Olympics, World this time around, Gopi platform to serve another re- It showed in how I was per- too with defence being very
Srjdan Premovic, every day. He was a victim of the events because of its rich leg- Championship and All Eng- remarked. minder of our growing ceived by the world, the kind strong and the overall court
The Siripuram village nat- Basketball Federation of In- acy and aura. When badmin- land are the top three events Each year we are emer- stature, he said. of platform it gave me then, coverage far superior, he
ive of Ramannapet mandal dia (BFI) ban on cagers who ton was not part of the on the circuit, the chief Na- ging stronger and stronger to Yes, winning the All Eng- Gopi said. concluded.
in Telanganas Nalgonda dis- had participated in the
trict had come a long way! United Basketball Alliance
Foreign hand season, which prevented
Serbian largesse from Pre-
movic helped him stretch
his training stint from three
them from playing in the Pu-
ducherry Senior Nationals
in January, he added.
When Dhyan Chand was goalkeeper of the womens team
months to a year in Spain, As Prudhvi prepares for
where he vied against talent the playoffs next week in Stan Rayan was the top seed at the remembered by world-class recommendations, said the
from across the world. He Goa, hes indebted to Isaac, KOCHI Junior Nationals. Many of the players because of this. 74-year-old who is settled in
reaped the rewards on his who made an eleventh hour He has played friendly legends of world badminton Jaipur.
return, steering India to tri- decision to include him in games with hockey legend came down to Jaipur to play Love for badminton There is money in cricket
umph in the 2014 South the Hyderabad squad for a Dhyan Chand and watched tournaments those days. That love for badminton but in other sports, officials
Asian Basketball Association state championship. The track greats Milkha Singh We had Denmarks brought him to the Rajiv have power and they can
(SABA) championship in youngster had been dis- and Makhan Singh sweat it Erland Kops (the seven-time Gandhi indoor stadium here misuse things to oblige
Bengaluru. heartened enough to quit out at a camp at Mount Abu. All England champion) and to watch the Masters certain people.
Thanks to his fellow the sport when dropped As a young badminton Rudy Hartono (who broke Nationals here.
trainee in Barcelona, Prud- from a neighbouring dis- player, Nagendra Kumar Jain Kops record and won the All Jain was recently Sportspersons should be
hvi was invited to the Chris- tricts side. was in close contact with England title eight times) appointed by the Rajasthan involved in running sports
tian Life Academy in Hous- So does the 20-year-old many sporting greats. playing in Jaipur in many Sports Council to study how but players union should
ton, Texas where he spent a gratefully remember his Dhyan Chand was the invitation tournaments, the Justice Lodha not be running sports
year further sharpening his early mentors G. Jacob and coach of the mens team in revealed Jain. Committees federations, felt Jain who
skills. P.J. Danikal, also good play- mid-1950s at Mount Abu, but I used to speak to them recommendations could be had once gone as an
Not surprisingly, he was ers in their prime but who one day, he decided to be whenever they came down implemented in the various observer of the Indian team
drafted by Mumbai Chal- didnt have the opportunit- the goalkeeper of the ladies Heady days: Former Chief Justice Nagendra Kumar Jain brushed to Jaipur. State sports associations in to the All England
lengers on an annual con- ies enjoyed by their ward. team. And we, badminton shoulders with the greats. STAN RAYAN I used to serve with my Rajasthan. Championship.
tract in the UBAs second Prudhvis decision to dump players and other right hand and play with my All the national and State We can have one or two
season itself, having missed cricket, where he was in- youngsters, played against Court, in a chat with The here on Friday. left that was a unique thing sports associations all over athletes in a sports
the first by not making it in variably 12th man in the them, said N.K. Jain, the Hindu on the sidelines of the Jain, from Rajasthan, was so everybody knew me. the country should association because players
time from the US. school squad, has done him former Chief Justice of the 41st National Masters a good badminton player Though I was not number implement the Lodha understand players better,
Prudhvi missed the bus to a world of good. Madras and Karnataka High badminton championship those days, and in 1955, he one, I was noticed and Committees he said.