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Mulayam reiterates
claim to Samajwadi
signals greater
Meryl Streep tears
into Donald Trump in
Party found Sambhaji 2016: Mumbais Fight to the willingness for talks Golden Globes speech
dead in Kurla
Page 10 Brigade splits year in food finish Page 14 Page 20

Apex court hints at SIT
on Panama Papers leak
3 killed in attack on road SC backs Madras HC order
quashing TN appointments
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court
on Monday indicated that it may
order, at a relevant time, the
setting up of a Special
Investigation Team (SIT) to look
engineers camp in Jammu Says process followed
by the government
into the revelations made in the schools in the area were was arbitrary
Panama Papers allegedly about Security agencies closed after the incident. Po-
nearly 500 high-profile Indians
who have money parked in
fear the target lice said no eyewitness has KRISHNADAS RAJAGOPAL
come forward with any tip-
off-shore accounts. may have been an off on the movement of the NEW DELHI: Asking what will be
J NEWS | PAGE 12 Army installation attackers. the fate of a State where a
Public Service Commission
In the past, the security
SC seeks response of 7 PEERZADA ASHIQ agencies have pointed out an of Class 10-pass persons in-
States on land for SEZs increasing role of the Border terview Class 1 officer-can-
SRINAGAR: Suspected militants Action Team along with mil- didates, the Supreme Court
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court attacked a General Reserve itant groups operating in on Monday refused to stay a
sought the response of the Engineer Force (GREF) Jammu and Kashmir to carry Madras High Court decision
Centre and seven States to a camp and killed three la- out attacks along the LoC. to quash the appointment of
plea for return of unused land bourers near the Line of The spot is around 2 km 11 members, including a pre-
acquired for special economic Control (LoC) in Jammus away from LoC and the In- maturely retired district process. The apex court are not given the two-year
zones (SEZs) to farmers and a Akhnoor district on Monday VIGIL: A soldier takes guard during a search ternational Border is also judge, of the Tamil Nadu specifically ordered that the extension. The Bench noted
court-monitored CBI probe into morning. outside the GREF camp at Battal on Monday. PHOTO: AP nearby. Public Service Commission retired district judge in ques- how the entire appointment
the alleged flouting of SEZ rules A senior police official On November 29 last year, (TNPSC) by the earlier Jay- tion would be ineligible for process of the 11 members
by corporates. The petition said an unknown number of The deceased were identi- after the attack, said police militants attacked an Army alalithaa government. fresh selection. was completed in a single
alleged that almost 80 per cent Punjabi-speaking attackers fied as Salman Khan of officials. A major search op- camp in Jammu and killed It even asked why the shot, in one day.
of the land acquired for the SEZs came close to the GREF Jharkhand and Ramesh eration is on. However, the seven soldiers. Chief Minis- Fresh selection Tamil Nadu government Chief Justice Khehar ob-
were lying unused. camp in the Battal area Tipnu and Rashid Aslam security forces have failed to ter Mehbooba Mufti con- A Bench of Chief Justice of chose to appoint him to the served that the manner in
J SOUTH | PAGE 8 around 1.30 a.m. The gun- from Uttar Pradesh. locate the militants. demned the attack in the As- India J.S. Khehar and Justices 14-member TNPSC, when which the State used its
men entered the camp and Security agencies fear the At the time of attack, the sembly. No one feels good D.Y. Chandrachud and L. the judiciary had retired him prerogative to make the ap-
Come forward for talks, were instructing each other target may have been an camp was housing around a over the killings. Everyone Nageswara Rao directed the at 58 without offering him ex- pointments was nothing but
Rajnath tells Pakistan to sprinkle combustible ma- Army installation located in dozen employees of GREF, feels bad, she said. Tamil Nadu government to tension of service till the age arbitrary, with no due
terial in the tents after they the area. We are not ruling an organisation meant to conduct fresh selection of of 60. deliberation.
VIJAYAWADA: Union Home the TNPSC members after a Chief Justice Khehar
shot dead three labourers, out militants crossing over in build and maintain border J EX GRATIA FOR KIN OF
Minister Rajnath Singh said on meaningful, deliberative noted that only deadwood J CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
said a police official. the night and fleeing back roads in the country. All UNREST VICTIMS | PAGE 12
Monday that Pakistan should
come forward for talks and put

Railways used by earlier No extra charge for card

an end to violence in Jammu
and Kashmir. Mr. Singh was CBSE Class 10, 12
here to lay the foundation for
the new campus of the 10th exams to start
Battalion of the National
Disaster Response Force.
regimes to appease allies: PM from March 9 payments at petrol pumps
MAHESH LANGA SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT bear the brunt of these addi- President and Co-Head, Cor-
India-UAE Strategic tional charges. porate Sector Rating at ICRA
Dialogue from Jan. 20 GANDHINAGAR: Prime Minister NEW DELHI: The Central Board NEW DELHI: Oil Minister Dhar- Now petrol pumps will said.
Narendra Modi on Monday of Secondary Education mendra Pradhan told report- accept card payment at least At the moment the
NEW DELHI: Officials will meet said the Railway Ministry (CBSE) has postponed the ers on Monday that neither until the meeting happens charges are one per cent on
for the first ever India-UAE was used as a bargaining Class 10 and Class 12 board the customers nor the deal- and they decide who will all credit card transactions
Strategic Dialogue on January tool by the main ruling examinations by a week to ers will bear the additional take on the expense of the and 0.25-1 per cent on all
20 in Delhi, for preliminary talks party to distribute trophies March 9, in view of the As- charge on digital transac- additional charge, an official debit card transactions.
on defence, security and to its allies. sembly polls in five States. tions made at petrol pumps. at Hindustan Petroleum Cor- The government had in
investment. The talks come 18 Speaking after he had laid The Class 10 exams will end This statement comes a poration told The Hindu. November instructed the
months after India and the UAE the foundation stone for a on April 10 and the Class12 day after petrol pump associ- He said the meeting would banks to waive all such
announced a strategic 250-crore redevelopment exams on April 29. ations threatened to stop ac- take place in the next few charges till December 31 to
partnership. plan for the Gandhinagar The annual examinations cepting card transactions days or so. ease the adoption of elec-
J NEWS | PAGE 12 railway station, which in- of Class X and XII will be due to the extra charge tronic payment mechanisms.
cludes building a 300-room STARRY IDEA: Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for conducted from 9th March levied on them by banks. A big burden
five star hotel atop the sta- a redevelopment project for the Gandhinagar railway station 2017, in view of the Assembly The oil marketing com- It is quite a big burden for J CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
tion, Mr. Modi said: The on Monday. PHOTO: NARENDRA MODIS TWITTER HANDLE elections in Punjab, Goa, Ma- panies will now meet the the dealers, K. J OILING CASHLESS WHEELS
railway was left to its fate in nipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar banks to decide on who will Ravichandran, Senior Vice- | EDITORIAL
earlier regimes. The allies of redeveloped through a spe- station and construction of a Pradesh, the CBSE said in a
main political party used to cial purpose vehicle (SPV) five star hotel atop the sta- release on Monday. The
demand the Railway Min- formed between the Gujarat tion. The hotel, with three board has given careful con-
istry to join the government. government and the Indian towers, will be around 65 sideration to the situation
The party which came to
power at the Centre also
Railway Stations Develop-
ment Corporation Ltd
metres tall.
Railway Minister Suresh
before postponing the ex-
ams, which will allow the
Security issues resolved, CCI to
used the ministry as a bar-
gaining tool to distribute
trophies to its allies. This is a
(IRSDC). The proposed
name of the SPV is Gandhin-
agar Railway & Develop-
Prabhu said his ministry was
planning to replicate such re-
development at 23 railway
students to get more time for
preparations and ensure un-
interrupted sequence of the
open gates for Dhonis last game
bitter truth. ment Corporation Ltd. stations across the country. examinations. 400 personnel will be on duty inside and outside Brabourne Stadium
Under the project, Gandh- The project includes re-
inagar railway station will be development of the railway J CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 J CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 GAUTAM S MENGLE

Learning to love the 50% jump in smuggling of MUMBAI: The Cricket Club of
India (CCI) on Monday de-
cided to open its gates to
fans after the Mumbai Po-
slow, locavore life currency notes, reveals DRI lice agreed to provide se-
curity to Brabourne Sta-
dium for the warm-up
Tribals show flavour of locally sourced food Data also finds 100 per cent increase in smuggling of narcotics match between India A and
England on Tuesday. The
ROHAN PREMKUMAR SHARAD VYAS game is being billed as Ma-
hendra Singh Dhonis last
UDHAGAMANDALAM: More MUMBAI: The recently-re- game as India captain.
than 300 adivasis leased data by the Director- A BCCI insider and a
participated in a festival ate of Revenue Intelligence CCI official confirmed that
in the Nilgiris that (DRI) and the Customs the police will provide se-
celebrated traditional show a 50 per cent jump in curity cover, although they
slow food with a back to smuggling of Indian, foreign refused to divulge the
the roots message. The An Irula woman displays and counterfeit currency amount of the commercial
recipe: source local, stay food at the festival. notes over the previous arrangement.
healthy, spare the PHOTO: M. SATHYAMOORTHY years. The data also reveals a Senior Mumbai Police
environment. 100 per cent rise in smug- officials told The Hindu
The wild foods and Roy, Founder-Director of gling of narcotics, elec- that it had been made clear
slow foods on show Keystone Foundation. tronic, fabrics, and aircraft to the CCI that the full
provided a glimpse of the Local communities parts. amount of 60 lakh would
culinary traditions of from the three southern Nearly 36.87 crore of for- be charged for providing
indigenous communities States got to work on eign currency notes was bandobast both inside and
at the Keystone recipes that included seized in 2016, as opposed to outside the stadium. A let- READY FOR BATTLE: India A captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Foundation campus in sweets, salty snacks and 25.09 crore in 2015. The ter to the effect has already attends a training session at the Cricket Club of India (CCI)
Kotagiri on Monday. other staples. seizure of Indian notes was been submitted to the stadium in Mumbai on Monday. PHOTO: AFP
Tubers, legumes, yams, to the tune of 6.85 crore in CCI, a senior officer said.
fruits and other forest- Fair price for grower 2016 as against 3.71 crore in According to officials, personnel from the State ficers said.
sourced produce were Slow food, Mr. Pratim 2015, while the seizure of Deputy Commissioner of Reserve Police Force and The police have also
sliced and diced by Roy said, is sourced counterfeit Indian notes other agencies, said a senior figures. Police (Zone I) Manoj Ku- the local arms unit. Parking taken into account the fact
participants from Tamil locally, provides a fair rose to 2.72 crore in 2016 official of the DRI, Mumbai On January 9, gold that mar Sharma held one more of vehicles will be banned that the limited seats and
Nadu, Kerala, and price to producers and is from 1.24 crore in the previ- Zonal Unit. was seized in Tamil Nadu meeting with CCI officials around the stadium, and restricted entry might lead
Karnataka, and activists sustainable. Wild foods ous year. The biggest haul The recent seizures of was arriving from Dubai and on Monday evening to re- spectators will be permit- to resentment among those
from Jharkhand and and the slow food was reported at the IGI Air- gold and currency notes in it weighed three kilograms. view the arrangements and ted through gates Seven, who are unable to enter,
Chhattisgarh to work up movement have a port on January 5 when two Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Another seizure of gold at to finalise the details of the Eight and Nine. and hence the Marine
the visitors appetite. common goal, which is passengers were caught Tamil Nadu have all been Mumbai airport, which deployment. Police offi- The CCI has banned any Drive police will be deploy-
Cuisine is closely mainly to get local with 1 crore of foreign based on specific inputs tar- weighed 6.5 kg, was too cials were also seen taking baggage or bottles inside ing mobile patrolling units
linked to culture, and the communities and the notes. Officials said the fig- geted at syndicates operat- found arriving from Dubai. stock of the stadium while the stadium, and no one around the stadium to
festival was planned with general public to return to ures are for the financial ing in Dubai. The syndicate The DRI Mumbai apprehen- the two teams went will be allowed to re-enter neutralise any potential
the idea of reviving their older, more year 2014, 2015 and 2016 (up is found to be using passen- ded a 26-year-old youth car- through their training in case they have to exit for law and order problems.
traditional, local diets and sustainable and healthy to March). The figures do gers as mules, officials said. rying 4.9 kg gold when arriv- routines. any reason whatsoever. The traffic police will
sustainable consumption eating habits. They were not mirror the impact of de- However, gold smuggling ing from Dubai. Mr. Sharma said, We The three gates will be also be deploying person-
practices among urged to eat more locally monetisation. We believe post demonetisation has in We have even seized will have full bandobast open only from noon to nel to ensure smooth
indigenous tribes and grown vegetables and the rise is owing to increased fact risen substantially start- (near Mandapam) 8.7 kg both inside and outside the 3:00 p.m., as there are a lim- movement of traffic around
populations, said Pratim support such food. seizure based on tip-offs and ing in 2017, and the jump will gold arriving in a boat from stadium, with nearly 400 ited number of seats, of- the stadium.
close coordination with be reflected in next years Sri Lanka, said an official.


A complementary pair that creates magic Gorilla in the room

Why it is necessary that a good engineer must also imbibe good mathematical skills? KNOW YOUR ENGLISH
The past decade has seen a ser- S. UPENDRAN the middle of the night?
PERSPECTIVE ious decline in students basic
mathematical skills and level of
How is the word vide
pronounced? (K.Man-
P.V. NAVANEETHAKRISHNAN preparation on entry into higher What is the meaning of jula, Chennai)
education. Many students embark the expression elephant There are several ways of

tressing the relevance of on engineering degree pro- in the living room? pronouncing this word of
mathematics to engineer- grammes without the necessary (Sukumar, Bangalore) Latin origin. One way is to
ing/technology anymore will mathematics skills required for An elephant is a relatively pronounce the first vowel
only be like carrying coals to the course This quote is from large animal; it will be im- like the ee in feel, peel and
Newcastle. The redundancy is ad- the website of the Engineering possible to miss, especially in heel, and the following de
duced by the view that a good part Subject Centre, a national centre the confines of a living room. like the word day. The word
of all engineering can be called delivering support to learning and You can pretend to ignore it, can be pronounced VEE-
applied mathematics (and, there- teaching in the U.K. higher educa- but you will always be aware day with the stress on the
fore, many areas of mathematics tion community. With respect to of its presence. The expres- first syllable. It is mostly
can be termed as theoretical en- Tamil Nadu, we are riddled with a sion elephant in the (living) used in formal contexts - es-
gineering!). Even areas once con- paradox: the best students (many room is mostly used to refer pecially in academic writing -
sidered pure in mathematics securing 200/200 marks in Math- to a serious problem one to mean look at or refer to.
have found applications in ap- ematics paper in the State Board which people are aware of, When an author uses this
plied sciences and engineering. Class XII examination) of the but choose to ignore. They word, he means that he
Use of Ramanujans Sums Cq(n) state are the students of CEG, the think that if they do not talk would like the reader to refer
in signal processing and com- prime engineering college of the about it, the problem will to a particular book, docu-
puter vision, application of his state; but percentage of complete somehow go away. Another ment or page for additional
Graphs in coding theory and of passes in the first semester exam- expression which has the information. In India, formal
theory of partitions and q-series inations touched as low as 25 per same meaning is gorilla in letters referring to an earlier
in statistical analysis and many of cent within the past few years, the room. correspondence usually con-
number theory concepts in dis- Mathematics being one major cul- Dowry the elephant in tain this word.
crete mathematics, communica- prit. A clear and major reason is the living room that neither The comic genius has also
tion engineering and modern and that the skill they earned in that party was keen on discussing. played serious roles in films
mathematical physics are only a MATHS BEHIND THE MARVEL: Radomes at the Security Operations Center of the Misawa Air Base in Japan. subject up to Class XII was not Does the word cellfish vide The Truman Show .
few examples. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT mathematical, but related only to exist? (A Damini, Is it okay to say I heart
All knowledge is the result of memory testing. Clear grasping of Madurai) you? (N. Akshay, Delhi)
quest for answers to problems totle, is science of quantity and, A seemingly sound planning, designing, construc- concepts and readiness to apply Yes, it does; the word is a The expression seems to
and most problems in engineer- to ingeniare (Latin for engin- tion, manufacture, quality assess- them in slightly different contexts combination of cell phone be used in the United States.
ing are first to be modelled into eer) is to contrive, devise. Thus
structure may fail ment and control. A seemingly are lacking in many of them. and selfish. When people We know that world over the
mathematical ones. Sub- the two complement each other. because of a sound engineering structure may Aiming only at high scores, get a call on their cell phone, shape of the heart is used as a
sequently, testing the formulated For this reason only, in most of mathematical instability fail because of a mathematical in- many would have omitted to study they sometimes get so in- symbol of love and affection.
problem for solvability, modify- the engineering branches/spe- stability which was not detected some crucial sections of the syl- volved in their conversation It should not come as a
ing it, if necessary, into one in cialisations, engineering math- not detected earlier earlier. Phenomena as diverse as labus, like Integration and Differ- that they forget their sur- surprise, therefore, that the
feasible form, with approxima- ematics courses are offered chaos in semiconductor lasers, ential Equations, which are roundings. We have seen Americans use the expres-
tions or simplifications, and actu- mandatorily in at least the first Canada, the subject of Mathem- patterns in traffic jams and important for engineers, and the drivers stop their vehicle in sion I heart you to mean I
ally solving, which may require three semesters of UG classes and atical Engineering is offered as a weather and devastating cata- entire Class XI portion. Change in the middle of the road to an- love you; they believe that it
newer methods or extensions of the first semester of PG classes. PG programme/specialisation for strophes like floods, tsunamis and medium of instruction, higher swer the phone ignoring is a better way of saying the
known methods involving nu- For some UG branches, some ad- engineers. Queensland Univer- global warming are subjects of pace of teaching and learning, dif- the honking and swearing of same thing. I heart you is
merous numerical techniques, if ditional mathematics-based sity of Technology, Brisbane, mathematics which could be fully fused individual attention and the their fellow drivers behind used by people who are re-
closed form solutions are not courses are also offered, like Dis- Australia, offers a BE(Hons) / exploited for the better function- like may be some more reasons. them. In our country, some luctant to use the word love
available are all in the domain of crete Mathematics for CSE, and Bachelor of Mathematics dual ing of the engineer and to the Smart engineering (ingenium = people, as soon they board when they wish to declare
mathematics. Interpretation of Numerical Analysis, Operational degree programme of five years good of the mankind. No math- cleverness) students should waste the train, take out their cell their feelings to their part-
the solution in the engineering Research and/or Reliability The- duration in which students can ematics knowledge would be no time in identifying and rectify- phone and proceed to talk ner.
context, of course, is the engin- ory as regular/elective subjects choose any engineering major complete without a workable ing such deficiencies in them. loudly. These individuals are According to some schol-
eering job. Thus a good engineer for mechanical engineering. In like civil, computer and software computer knowledge which in not really bothered if they ars, this expression became
must also imbibe a good mathem- some universities, even for bio- systems, medical or process en- turn is a basic tool for an engin- The above article is based are disturbing those around quite popular in 2012 when
atical skill. A difference is that logy-based branches like biotech- gineering and specialise in ap- eer. Accordingly, Engineering on a lecture, delivered by the them. Using the cell phone in the R&B artist, Tony Brax-
while a mathematician may nology, bioinformatics and plied and computational Mathematics is at the heart of En- writer at Anna University, this manner, when you com- ton, released her single I
design theoretically a new equip- biomedical engineering, the sub- mathematics, decision theory or gineering. But not everything Chennai, a few years ago, for pletely disregard the wishes heart you.
ment, like a component of a space ject of mathematics is a must in statistical science. seems to be all right with the senior Mathematics faculty. and feelings of those around ***
craft, an engineer would create the qualifying HSC examination; The reasons quoted for such mathematical preparedness of The writer was formerly professor you, is described as cellfish. People are prisoners of
and test the equipment or its pro- and the mathematics papers for clubbing include the growing our students aspiring to be engin- of mathematics, College of I told the idiot in the op- their phones, thats why
totype. It is said that mathem- them in BE/BTech are also the need for application of mathem- eers. There are two types of inad- Engineering, Guindy, also heading posite berth to stop being theyre called cell phones. -
aticians write proofs while same as for the other branches. atics in engineering, scientific equacies in this regard. The first is Entrance Examinations cellfish. Who wants to listen Anonymous
engineers produce proofs. Interestingly, in some univer- and industrial areas, like IT, man- that of the student and the second and Admission, to his marital problems in
Mathematics, according to Aris- sities like Queens University, agement, and finance involving is that of the teacher. Anna University, Chennai.

Mixed feelings Riding high on Rhodes scholarship

Gauri Pillai and Mary Kavita Dominic share their excitement of winning the scholarship, and talk about the opportunities that await
Students express their views on the New ences I have had, which questions with confidence
Year Eve speech of PM Narendra Modi ACHIEVERS though not obvious when it
happened, struck me as I was
and clarity. It substantially
augments your research skills
CAMPUS VOICES After listening for a while, I found
it to be a diversionary tactic post- ASWIN V.N.
writing the statement. I was
able to convey to the reader
as well. But not having any
significant achievement, will
demonetisation. His announce- through my experiences my not be considered a major de-
SUPRAJA PRASAD ment may be a relief to some sec-

hodes scholarship is one story, and my justification for ficiency in your application.
tions of citizens like pregnant of the most prestigious opting to study at Oxford. Tell us something about

rime Minister Narendra women, senior citizens, those seek- scholarships in the Mary: I watched videos of your field of interest in law,
Modi addressed the nation ing home loans and so on. In my world. It offers fully-funded previous Rhodes scholars on- your goal and how you plan
on New Years Eve, speaking view, the same situation of chaos postgraduate study in the line. One thing that all of to achieve it.
about demonetisation and will continue for more than a couple University of Oxford. Every them agreed on was that there Gauri: I am interested in
terrorism, among other of months. year, five students are selec- is no straight jacket formula human rights law, particu-
things. But the speech was received Binayak Prasad ted from India. Of the five out- for writing a good personal larly in examining how law
by the public in many different Sahu, standing students selected statement. They do, however, can be used to address gender
ways. From memes to drinking III Year, B.A. Social recently for the next aca- advise you to be honest and disparity in health care. My
games, we saw it all. A few students Sciences,TISS demic year, three are law stu- explore your own creative childhood played a major role
share what they read between the Hyderabad Gauri Pillai Mary Kavita Dominic
dents. The Hindu Education self. My own personal state- in moulding my interests. I
lines. It was more of a Plus caught up with two of career guidance test which in- Mr. Kumara Mangalam Birla, ment began with an account grew up in a fairly conservat-
Sanjana Goyal, conventional them Gauri Pillai of Na- dicated that law could be po- along with nine other emin- of how I was a daydreamer ive society, and often ob-
M.A. Political Science, II Year, Punjab budget speech, tional University of Juridical tentially a good career for me. ent panellists. Trying not to and why day-dreamers are served how various gender
University monotonous in its Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata, So, I decided to enrol for a be intimidated by such an au- best suited for fields like law. I roles, ingrained in social func-
Modiji has tone and pronouncements. Having and Mary Kavita Dominic of one-month crash course gust panel and answering went on to describe my areas tioning, affect the opportunit-
sought to present said that, credit must be given to the National University of Ad- offered by CLAT. their questions with confid- of academic interest as well as ies available to women. I also
demonetisation as government for a few things, espe- vanced Legal Studies (NU- What was the most chal- ence and clarity was a chal- the extracurricular activities come from a doctor family. So,
a panacea for all cially on the initiative of reducing ALS), Kochi. Both of them are lenging part of the applica- lenge. I had plenty of support that I engaged in. I am fascinated by the role of
evils. Sabka the interest rates on home loans. hoping to study the acclaimed tion process? In what way from the faculty who had For law students apply- law in health care. Through
Saath, Sabka Vi- At the same time, questions must Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) did the university and the given me references for the ing for Rhodes, how im- courses at law school, and
kas stays strong be asked as to why the PM did not at Oxford. Excerpts from the faculty help you ? scholarship application. They portant is it to have a good work done at internships, I
on the agenda. comprehensively review the impact interview: Gauri: When I began think- were always honest about the record in mooting? realised that gender norms
The attempt to re- of demonetisation in the last 50 What inspired you to ing about applying for the areas that I could improve on Gauri: Mooting is some- influence the nature of health
duce child and days. This is highly disappointing. take up law? scholarship, my thoughts on and this proved helpful. thing I have actively engaged care available to men and wo-
woman mortality Ramani Mohanakrishnan, III Year, Gauri: Law does not have what I wanted to do and The personal statement in since my first year. I do not men, resulting in disparity
rates, although meagre, is a step in B.A. Journalism, Madras Christian College, one right or wrong answer. where I saw myself many is an important part of the think the Rhodes is looking based on gender. Through my
the right direction. What was inter- Chennai Instead, there are most often years down the line were a application for such schol- for one kind of lawyer; so the work, I attempt to develop In-
esting was how the government I had high hopes. However, the just shades of gray, depending jumble. However, at the end arships. What is the key to absence of a mooting profile dias health law framework to
presented itself as the supreme word disappointment does not on which side of the argument of the third round, I had ob- writing a great one? will not adversely impact your craft a more equitable health
moral authority. Digitisation is a cover what I felt. you are on. Having been a sci- tained significant clarity. My Gauri: Im not sure if there application if you have other law regime, providing equal
far-fetched dream that requires As a student of ence student at school, this faculty also helped me im- is a set formula to writing a interests. However, I think access to all persons, irre-
ground level ef- journalism I have flexibility fascinated me. mensely in streamlining my good personal statement. I mooting helped me im- spective of their gender.
forts rather than been closely fol- When I enrolled for coaching thoughts. Certain electives went through several state- mensely in improving my Mary: I am interested in in-
populist lowing news. Offi- for the Common Law Admis- offered by them medicine ments before writing mine self-confidence, and my abil- ternational criminal law and
measures. cially, more than sion Test (CLAT), I learnt ele- and public health law, law and and each one had a different ity to present my thoughts in a the law of armed conflict. The
Mathew Paul, 100 have died. But mentary aspects of certain impoverishment, and gender approach. However, what concise yet convincing man- impact on human rights also
II Year, B.A. the actual number laws. I became increasingly and law were crucial in de- worked for me was the fact ner. It also taught me how to intrigues me. I was intro-
Animation and of deaths would be curious about how various fining my interests. that I approached the per- read the panel. their reactions duced to these areas through
Graphic design, St more. laws worked together to form Mary: The personal state- sonal statement like a story I to my answers, and then tailor moot court competitions.
Joseph College of The Prime Min- a singular system. ment was quite challenging. had to tell about my choices my responses based on their Apart from internal moot
Communication, isters speech was frustrating. It was Mary: I was always certain However, the two interviews and my conclusions based reactions. courts within the university, I
Kottayam, Kerala. hogwash in a nutshell. that science or related sub- that I attended in Delhi were on those choices. I found that Mary: Moot court experi- have participated in four
jects did not appeal to me. In equally nerve-wracking. Our I could draw a common link ence is definitely enriching moot court competitions
Class XII, I happened to take a final interview was chaired by through the various experi- and equips you to handle across the country.

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Another child found dead in Kurla Cambata Aviation row

takes political turn
in mysterious circumstances ALOK DESHPANDE

MUMBAI: A day after the State

Mysterious death of 7-year-old comes within 24 hours of 12-year-old boys body being found government filed an FIR
stuffed in a suitcase at LTT on Sunday against Cambata Aviation and
Bird Worldwide Flight Service
for allegedly refusing to co-
operate with government offi-
cials when they attempted to
MUMBAI: A day after the body
seize equipment as per court
of a 12-year-old boy was directions, the battle for dues
found, stuffed in a suitcase pending to workers has turned
near the Lokmanya Tilak political.
Terminus, a seven-year-old Social activist Anjali Dam-
boy, who had been missing ania, who had earlier blamed
since last Friday, was found Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut for
dead under mysterious cir- workers not getting paid, as he
cumstances in Kurla on was head of the labour union at
Monday morning. Accord- Cambata Aviation, said on Employees of Cambata Aviation protesting at the domestic
ing to police sources, the Monday that unions led by airport last year over unpaid salaries. FILE PHOTO
boy has been identified as Congress MLA Nitesh Rane
Karan Nishad, a resident of and NCP MLC Kiran Pawaskar had met with Sena chief owned by the company and
the Bail Bazaar area in had delayed the process as Uddhav Thackeray at his res- leased to Bird Worldwide was
Kurla. well. idence to raise the issue of Mr. seized.
The police said Karan re- Instead of fighting for Rauts alleged connivance with In a statement, Bird World-
turned home from school workers rights , the union led the company management to wide Flight Service claimed in-
on Friday afternoon and by Nitesh Rane has has filed a deny workers their dues. nocence, saying the State gov-
went out immediately, still petition in the Bombay High Mr. Rane questioned Ms. ernment, the tehsildar and the
wearing his school uniform, Court for a stay on recovery Damanias U-turn on the issue. Mumbai District Collectorate
to play with his friends. procedures. In a letter to the The only recognised union in had seized equipment between
When he did not return till Mumbai District Collector the company was Sena-affili- January 6 and January 8, des-
late night, his parents tried dated December 6, they have ated. How can our actions mat- pite the HC order dated Janu-
searching for him and then objected to this as well, Ms. ter in the case? We would like ary 6.
approached the Vinoba Damania said while addressing to know the reasons behind The court had directed Bird
Bhave Nagar police station. a sit-in protest by workers at her switching sides just a day Worldwide to file the list of
In keeping with the proced- GRIEF-STRICKEN: Relatives of Karan Nishad mourn after his body was found in a fair price shop in Bainganwadi, Kurla on Monday: Azad Maidan. She also alleged after meeting Mr. Thackeray, equipment being used by them
ure for missing minors, the Karan Nishad (below). PHOTO: RAJESH GUPTA that Mr. Pawaskar, who was he said. and its value, with an affidavit
police registered a case of earlier with the Sena before The State government had on or before January 12. BWFS
kidnapping against un- from the clothes. Karans in the kidnapping case that Umap. switching loyalties to the NCP, initiated legal action against was in lawful possession of the
known persons and initi- father, a fruit seller, would they had registered on Fri- Investigating officials did nothing for the workers. Cambata Aviation for the delay equipment as lessee and didnt
ated investigations. work on daily-wage basis at day. said the possibility of the Three days ago, Ms. Dam- in paying its employees, fol- violate any law, the statement
On Monday morning, the fair price store body having been brought ania and a workers delegation lowing which equipment said.
the owner of the local fair whenever he needed some LTT case: suspect by train from outside the
price shop informed us that extra money for household identified city cannot be denied, as no
he had found a decomposed expenses, and Karan would Meanwhile, the Tilak boy matching the victims
body inside the shop. The
store had been shut over the
often spend time at the
store. However, we do not
Nagar police, investigating
the murder of the 12-year-
age has been reported miss-
ing in the city in the last few
Nearly 7,000 pledge eyes at walk
weekend, and people were
complaining of a foul
stench coming from the
know at this point how he
ended up dead inside the
store, the officer added.
old boy whose body was re-
covered from a suitcase
near the parcel counter at the spot where it was found
days. The police have sent
out requests for informa-
tion to police stations in
against blindness in Navi Mumbai
store on Sunday, said an of- The extent of decomposi- LTT, are centering on a sus- and then walking away, los- Thane and Navi Mumbai. VARDA SHARMA ded each year to this backlog.
ficer with VB Nagar police tion has made it difficult to pect spotted in the Closed ing himself in the crowd. It Post mortem examina-
Last year, AEHI
Newer techniques of
station. discern a cause of death, Circuit Television (CCTV) is difficult to pinpoint ex- tion has ruled out sexual ab- MUMBAI: Nearly 7,000 people conducted 500 free cornea transplantation can
The body was taken to and the police are awaiting footage from a camera out- actly where he came from, use and has confirmed as- across age groups and pro- surgeries and help 1.2 lakh Indians to get
Sion Hospital and Karans reports of post-mortem ex- side the parcel counter. and we are scanning foot- phyxiation as the cause of fessions pledged to donate back their sight, if only the
parents were called. They amination. The police have The suspect is seen age from LTT station, said death. Further inquiries are their eyes during Tamaso
distributed spectacles 1.2 billion of us cared enough
identified it as their sons added a section for murder dragging the suitcase up to DCP (Zone-VI) Shahaji underway, Mr. Umap said. Ma Jyotir Gamaya The 5,000 senior citizens to get over our inhibitions
Walk Against Blindness and ignorance towards eye
(TMJ) on Palm Beach Road This year, the walk was donation, said Dr. Vandana
HC gives govt. Meter down in Sanpada, Navi Mumbai, on
The Advanced Eye Hos-
preceded by a carnival in the
top eight colleges of the city,
with students participating
Jain, Cornea and Cataract
Surgeon and Director of
last chance to pital and Institute (AEHI)
and One Vision Health and
in singing, dancing and
video-making contests. The
Last year, AEHI conduc-
ted 500 free surgeries and
file report in Research Foundation claim
it is the largest-ever walk in
finalists showcased their tal-
ent during the walk.
distributed free spectacles to
more than 5,000 senior cit-
Kripashankar the country to raise aware-
ness for the pledging of eye
Around 1.2 lakh Indians
are blind from diseases of the
izens who could not afford
treatment. We have also ad-
assets case donations. In January 2016,
around 7,500 people had
cornea, the outer clear layer
of our eye, according to data
opted some villages in
nearby area with the help of
joined in the walk. This year, from the National Program One Vision Health and Re-
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT around 12,000 people for Control of Blindness. Up search Foundation for free
participated. to 30,000 new cases are ad- eye care, said Dr. Jain.
MUMBAI: The Bombay High
Court on Monday gave the
State government its last
chance to file a progress re-
port on allegations made
against senior Congress
leader Kripashankar Singh in
a disproportionate assets
case. Referring to an order
passed in October directing
the State government to file a
report, the bench said, You
have only been seeking time
and we give you a last chance
now; you have two more FLAGGING TAXIS: Members of the [WHICH?] taxi union hold up keys to their vehicles during a protest against Ola and Uber
weeks to file a report. radio taxi services outside the Mumbai Collectors office on Monday. PHOTO: VIJAY BATE
A division bench of
Justices Ranjit More and
Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi was
hearing a criminal writ peti-
tion filed by Tulsidas Nair al- Sambhaji Brigade splits, The Mahatma and
leging that the Anti-Corrup-
tion Bureau (ACB) was
influenced by Mr. Singh and
faction joins Leftist PWP the metropolis
did not conduct a probe in
the 2012 case. STAFF REPORTER Over 50,000 Sambhaji SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT urated by Gandhi in this city,
Mr. Nair has contended and that Bombay was also a
that Mr. Singh laundered MUMBAI: The Maratha organ- Brigade activists will MUMBAI: In 1919 in Bombay, a great centre for raising funds
black money using multiple isation Sambhaji Brigade is on officially join the PWP certain M.K. Gandhi initiated for the independence move-
Aadhaar and PAN cards, and the brink of a division in its the first protest which gave ment. As far back as 1921, it was
ranks, with former head
on Thursday at Punes him national importance: the here that Gandhi managed to
amassed considerable
wealth through his connec- Pravin Gaikwad on Monday Shaniwarwada satyagraha against the Rowlatt raise over 30 lakh for the Tilak
tions to former ministers. announcing his decision to Act. It was also here that the Swaraj fund.
In 2012, the Enforcement join the Peasants and Workers Pune because the institute Non-Cooperation Movement Speaking at the launch, Sat-
Directorate had initiated an Party (PWP), a part of the Left had been a source for a book of 1920 was launched, and in ish Sahney, chief executive of
inquiry into the allegation Front in the State. on Shivaji by American his- 1942, the city became one of the Nehru Centre, said that
that Mr. Singhs net worth Mr. Gaikwad said, We torian James Lane that they the centres of the Quit India while the salt law was broken
was Rs. 320 crore and re- worked on a number of social found objectionable. movement. There was an en- by Gandhi in Dandi, the
gistered an FIR against him. issues over the past 25 years The Brigades present head, ergy in the city that Gandhi greatest celebration of that ex-
Following an HC order, a with firm belief in the ideolo- Manoj Akhare, has already tapped into that also changed ercise was at the Girgaum
special investigation team gies of Mahatma Phule, Shahu announced the formation of a him. The story of Gandhi and chowpatty, where women sold
(SIT) was formed to probe Maharaj and Dr. Babasaheb political party named Indias freedom struggle took little packets of salt, and that
the case. Ambedkar, but we have real- Sambhaji Brigade, which, he place on a national scale but it when bonfires were organised
The SIT booked Mr. Singh ised that mere social move- said, will be contesting all 227 was also intimately connected to burn British cloth, one of the
and his family members un- ment is not enough; there has wards in the upcoming Mum- with certain places. A new major centres was the Elphin-
der several IPC sections in- to be a political alternative. bai civic polls and in other book, Gandhi in Bombay, by stone Mill compound.
cluding 409 (criminal breach We believe the PWP is the civic bodies, along with 27 Usha Thakker and Sandhya Naresh Fernandes, editor of
of trust by public servant, or only alternative left in the Zilla Parishads. Mr. Akhare Mehta released on Monday, quoted historian
by banker, merchant or State to oppose the present said that Mr. Gaikwad was at the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Ram Guha on how Gandhi had
agent) and 420 (cheating) anti-farmer government, and free to join whichever party Sangrahalaya, where both au- twice tried to set up a law prac-
we have decided to join the he wants, but majority of the thors work attempts to ex- tice in Bombay and had it
party. cadre stands with us. plore Gandhis special rela- worked, he may never have
Over 50,000 Sambhaji Bri- Jayant Patil, MLC and gen- tionship with the city. gone to South Africa.
Disclaimer: Readers are requested to verify &
make appropriate enquiries to satisfy gade activists will officially eral secretary, PWP, said his Bombay was a vibrant Giving the keynote address,
themselves about the veracity of an adver- join the PWP on Thursday at party was the principal op- centre of industry and had a Bhikhu Parekh, Emeritus Pro-
tisement before responding to any published in
this newspaper. Kasturi & Sons Limited, the Punes Shaniwarwada. The position in the State from strong culture of social re- fessor at the Universities of
Publisher & Owner of this newspaper, does not
vouch for the authenticity of any advertisement
Brigade was at the forefront of 1960-80, but its numbers had form, said Ms. Thakkar, who Hull and Westminster, said
or advertiser or for any of the advertisers pro- the silent Maratha rallies last been dwindling over the past is president of the Sangra- Gandhi had always said that
ducts and/or services. In no event can the
Owner, Publisher, Printer, Editor, Director/s, year, but it first made head- few years. With the joining of halaya. Gandhi was magnetic Bombay was beautiful and that
Employees of this newspaper/company be held lines when its activists at- Mr Gaikwad and others, we and the citys response to him no other city shared its wealth
responsible/liable in any manner whatsoever for
any claims and/or damages for advertisements tacked the Bhandarkar Ori- are sure to bounce back as the was magnificent. She says the like Bombay or had the same
in this newspaper. ental Research Institute in main Opposition party. first Khadi Bhandar was inaug- public-spirited civic culture.

Published by N. Ram at Kasturi Buildings, 859 & 860, Anna Salai, Chennai-600002 and Printed by N. Vaidyanathan at Dangat Media Pvt Ltd, No. 22, Dighe MIDC, Vishnu Nagar, TTC Industrial Area, Dighe, Navi Mumbai-400701 on behalf of KASTURI & SONS LTD., Chennai-600002. Editor: Mukund Padmanabhan (Responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act).







BJP wins in 4th phase of municipal council polls Sambhaji Brigade warns
against reinstalling bust
Gains 77 of the 185 seats in nine municipal councils in Nagpur district, secures No. 1 spot with over 1,200 seats
of Marathi litterateur
NCPs Azam Pansare joins BJP Faulty voters list led to
NAGPUR: The ruling Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) domin-
low turnout, says survey PUNE: The Pune Municipal
ated the fourth phase of the
municipal council polls in
the State on Monday. The
ahead of Pune area civic polls SHOUMOJIT BANERJEE of the civic elections points
Corporations attempts to re-
install the bust of legendary
Marathi litterateur Ram
BJP had won handsomely in to this as the main reason. Ganesh Gadkari would be a
first two phases of the polls, SHOUMOJIT BANERJEE the Pimpri-Chinchwad PUNE: Voter apathy may not be Even the 2014 Lok Sabha deliberate provocation and
but the Congress won more Municipal Corporation the only factor contributing polls had many instances of one that could lead to a law
seats in the third phase. PUNE: With less than a (PCMC), securing 83 seats to the low turnout in civic citizens in Pune being un- and order situation unless
After the fourth phase, the month to go for the civic to the BJPs three seats, and elections. able to vote for similar reas- the State and civic adminis-
BJP has clearly emerged as polls, the Nationalist Con- in the Pune Municipal Cor- A survey conducted by the ons. This needs to be recti- trations paid heed to the de-
the number one party in gress Partys stronghold in poration (PMC) polls, the city-based Gokhale Institute fied before the upcoming mands of the Sambhaji Bri-
these municipal council Pimpri-Chinchwad is un- NCP won 51 seats, while the of Politics and Economics civic polls. gade, said the outfits R.G. Gadkari
polls with over 1,200 seats. der threat, following a BJP secured only 26 seats. and commissioned by the A sample of 1,800 re- members here on Monday.
The Congress, which won spate of defections to the Since the national and State State Election Commission sponses was considered for The gesture [to reinstall The outfit, which infam-
the most seats in the 2011 Bharatiya Janata Party. In elections in 2014, the party has revealed that missing the study, of which 1,200 Gadkaris bust] would be an ously vandalised the
polls, has around 919 seats. the latest setback, Azam has faced defections by names from voters lists was were from the areas with a insult to the reputation of Bhandarkar Oriental Re-
The NCP, which won 1,146 Pansare, former Mayor of Azam Pansare heavyweights and those among the vital factors for low voter turnout. Of the six King Sambhaji. We cannot search Institute in Pune in
seats last time, was reduced Pimpri-Chinchwad, joined lower in the pecking order. the low turnout during the PMC wards surveyed, four say what would be the con- protest against American
to 788 seats. The Shiv Sena is the BJP late Sunday night. ahead of the Lok Sabha In October last year, le- 2012 municipal elections in NIBM, Vimannagar, Bale- sequences if the collective scholar James Laines book
down from 616 to 359. Mr. Pansare met Chief polls that year, allegedly gislator Mahesh Landge Pune and Mumbai. wadi and Kothrud (between anger of the Maratha youth on Shivaji, has demanded
Of the 185 seats in nine mu- Minister Devendra Fad- because his rival, Laxman defected to the BJP. In According to the survey, 40 and 45 per cent) had spills over. The PMCs move that the Fadnavis govern-
nicipal councils in Nagpur navis in Mumbai and Jagtap, was given the ticket November, five of the 50 per cent of the respond- witnessed a low turnout in might lead to a law and order ment set up a historical com-
district that went to the polls entered the BJP minutes from the Maval constitu- NCPs sitting corporators ents interviewed couldnt 2012 while the other two problem for which we will mittee to launch an inquiry
on Sunday, the BJP managed before midnight. The ency that he wanted. in the PCMC joined the BJP vote as they could not find Hadapsar and Alka Talkies not take responsibility, said into the alleged negative ref-
to win 77 seats and five out of reason, sources say, is that In October, Mr. Pansare too, and in December, their names in the voters list. had a relatively higher Amol Mitkari, spokesperson, erences in Gadkaris play
nine posts of the Nagarad- he was miffed at not being re-entered the NCP at a Yashwant Bhosale, con- Six wards in the Pune Mu- turnout (52-60 per cent). Sambhaji Brigade. and install a statue of King
hyaksha (municipal council given a ticket in the Legis- public function in the pres- sidered to be the right- nicipal Corporation and five A lack of interest in local He said that the Maratha Sambhaji in place of
president). The Congress lative Council polls in ence of Mr. Pawar. Incid- hand man of NCP leader in the Brihanmumbai Muni- politics and low engagement Seva Sangh and the Sambhaji Gadkaris at Sambhaji Park.
stood second by winning 49 November 2016. entally, Mr. Jagtap defected Ajit Pawar, followed suit. cipal Corporation were sur- with civic polls were the Brigade had been crusading Mr. Mitkari further re-
seats and the Shiv Sena and The former Mayor, to the BJP later in 2014. The For the BJP, having Mr. veyed, said economist Man- other important factors con- against the removal of buffed accusations by polit-
the NCP secured 10 seats though perceived as loyal NCP controls both the Jagtap, MLA from Chinch- asi Phadke, the lead tributing to a low voter Gadkaris bust for the past 12 ical parties like the Bharatiya
each. The BJP also managed to NCP chief Sharad Pawar, cash-rich municipal cor- wad, and Mr. Landge, MLA researcher of the survey. turnout. It showed that only years, but the civic adminis- Janata Party, the Shiv Sena
to win the Gondia municipal has jumped ship around porations of Pune and Pim- from Bhosari, and now Mr. Ms. Phadke said, It ought 30 per cent of Punes citizens tration had not paid any heed and the Nationalist Congress
council and the post of election time before: he pri-Chinchwad. Pansare in their ranks, to vex the local administra- were regular voters, while to the outfits sentiments. Party that the vandalism was
Nagaradhyaksha in Tiroda quit the NCP to join the In the 2012 civic polls, gives them a definite edge tion if a citizen is not able to 40 per cent were intermit- The famous bust, installed linked to the approaching
municipal council. The Con- Congress in February 2014, the party won a landslide in in the PCMC polls. find his or her name in the tent and another 30 per cent ironically in the citys municipal elections and that
gress managed to win only voting list. While our survey were rare voters. sprawling Sambhaji Park in it was an attempt to create
two of 11 Nagaradhyaksha 1962, had been uprooted and schisms within social
seats, while the NCP and the flung into the river by four classes.
Shiv Sena drew a blank.
Vidarbha Mazha, a re-
Goa Assembly polls: Casinos on election commission radar activists of the pro-Maratha
outfit in the early hours of
The rumour is being
spread that our action was
gional outfit, sprang a sur- SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT come into effect in view of control sale of illicit drugs. Mr. Kunal said the Com- ing people at a public meet- Tuesday last week. deliberately timed on the eve
prise by winning the Katol the February 4 Assembly We are keeping an eye on mercial Tax Department ing on Sunday at Sankkalim The brigade defended its of the civic polls. We have
municipal council. Its can- PANAJI: The Goa State Elec- elections. Chief Electoral anti-social elements. Today, had been asked to monitor in north Goa to accept cash actions by saying Gadkari never believed in achieving
didate won the Nagarad- tion Commission authorit- Officer Kunal said the police we registered 15 cases under casinos in the State. for casting their vote. had negatively portrayed power by playing statue
hyaksha post by defeating ies on Monday said they in south and north Goa have Section 107 of the CrPC, one Meanwhile, the BJPs Goa The complaint called this King Sambhaji, the eldest politics, he said.
BJP MLA Ashish Deshmukh. were maintaining strict vi- been instructed to ensure case under Section 110 of the legal cell on Monday lodged a serious violation of the son of the Maratha warrior Observers say that the act
In Ramtek, the BJP de- gil on casinos and matka matka gambling was con- CrPC, and more than 3,000 a complaint with Mr. Kunal, model code of conduct. Mr. Shivaji Maharaj, in his early is a deliberate effort on the
feated the Shiv Sena and gambling in the State as the trolled effectively. cases under preventive sec- accusing Delhi Chief Minis- Kejriwal visited the State on 20th century play Raj-Sanyas part of the brigade to rally to-
wrested the council and the model code of conduct has He said, We will also tion of of the CrPC. ter Arvind Kejriwal of ask- Saturday and Sunday. as an alcoholic and gether the Maratha
post of Nagaradhyaksha. womaniser. community.

Deadly firepower Parties demand
apology from
Portuguese PM
PANAJI: Two regional political
outfits on Monday deman-
ded an apology from Por-
tuguese Prime Minister Ant-
onio Costa for the atrocities
committed by the erstwhile
colonial Portuguese rulers
on Goa, its former colony.
The parties, the Goa
Suraksha Manch (GSM) and
the Maharashtrawadi Go-
mantak Party (MGP), in alli-
ance with the Shiv Sena are
set to take on the Bharatiya
Janata Party in the February
4 State Assembly elections.
Mr. Costa, during his two-
day visit to Goa on January 11
and 12, will visit his ancestral
house in Margao in south
Goa. Rebel RSS leader
Subhash Velingkar has
ON TARGET: The Armys School of Artillery conducts Exercise Sarvatra Prahar at Devlali on Monday. On display was the destructive already accused the BJP of
power of indigenous guns such as 120 mm Mortars, 155 mm Soltam, 105 mm Indian Field Gun, 105 mm Light Field Gun and the using Mr. Costas visit to woo
130 mm Medium Gun. PHOTO AJAJ SHAIKH the States Christian minor-
ity ahead of the polls.
While the MGP has also
demanded that the Por-

(Maximum temperature in six metros yesterday)
15th edition of PIFF to tuguese Consulate be shifted
out of Goa, its alliance part-
ner the GSM has accused the

focus on environment BJP in Goa and at the Centre

of shedding their national-
istic veil for political gain.
SHOUMOJIT BANERJEE Mr. Costa should first
The eight-day festival apologise to Goans first, for
PUNE: Environment will be the fo- will be held from all the hardships and atrocit-
cus of the 15th edition of the Pune January 12 to 19 ies Portugal has committed
International Film Festival in Goa while they were rul-
Delhi | 19.3C (PIFF), which is set to regale across seven ing, MGPs Chief Minis-
film lovers with a rich offering of venues in the city terial candidate and former
diverse and incisive global PWD Minister Sudin Dhava-
cinema. The eight-day festival, Boy (Switzerland) will have likar told presspersons here
Kolkata | 28.3C which will be held from January their India premiere at the fest- on Monday morning.
12 to 19 across seven venues in ival. The haunting nature fable, The amount of destruc-
the city, will see screenings of Devbhoomi (Land of the Gods) tion they caused while leav-
Mumbai | 28.8C nearly 250 films in different directed by Serbian-born Goran ing Goa in 1961 by blowing up
Hyderabad | 30.5C categories. Paskaljevic, one of Europes bridges and the mayhem
PIFFs director, filmmaker most famous independent film they unleashed is unforgiv-
Jabbar Patel, said the festival directors, will also be screened able, Mr. Dhavalikar said.
Bengaluru | 28.1C Chennai | 29.9C would continue with its tradi- for the first time. Actor Victor His comments come 48
tion of roping in global cinema Banerjee stars in the film about hours ahead of Portuguese
experts to be part of the jury. how the return of a man to his Prime Minister Costas
This year, the jury members in- village in the Himalayas causes scheduled Goa visit. Mr.
clude Aparna Sen (India), Pro- tension among villagers. Dhavalikar, however, said
fessor Jerzy Stuhr (Poland), that the MGP would not
Image & Data: India Meteorological Department Goran Paskaljevic (Serbia), The PIFF Bazaar protest against Costas visit
Forecast for Tuesday: Cold wave conditions likely at a few places with Jorge Arriagada (Chile), Jens The PIFF, which began in because he is a son of the
severe cold wave at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana and north Fischer (Sweden), Gowri Ram- 2002, has witnessed growing soil visiting his home State.
Rajasthan narayan (India), Bennet Rath- popularity over the decade. One Mr. Dhavlikar said the
nayake (Sri Lanka) and Narges of the highlights this year is the reason why Goans were
Max Min Max Min Max Min Abyer (Iran). PIFF Bazaar, which will feature seeking a Portuguese pass-
Agartala 28.1 10.9 Hubballi 29.0 16.0 New Delhi 19.3 8.6
This year, we received more around 30 to 40 cinema-centric port was because of the pres-
Ahmedabad 26.5 10.7 Hyderabad 30.5 17.9 Patna 24.9 11.6
than 1,100 entries for all the com- stalls. They will operate as an ence of the consulate in the
Allahabad 23.0 11.0 Imphal 23.5 6.9 Port Blair 29.2 23.7
petitions at PIFF from over 95 open forum, where plays would State and demanded that it
Aizawl 25.3 4.0 Jaipur 21.2 9.2 Pune 29.4 10.8
countries. We have two sections be staged and youngsters would be shifted to Delhi. They are
READ Bengaluru
of films dedicated to our theme, be given a chance to perform. trying to lure our youth with
Bhubaneswar 31.4 15.0 Kochi 31.0 23.8 Ranchi 26.0 11.4 Environment, and its connec- This year, the pavilion at the help of the consulate. It
Chandigarh 18.8 7.1 Kozhikode 33.4 23.8 Shillong 17.1 5.5 tions with man, Mr. Patel said. PIFF Bazaar will be named after should be shifted out of Goa
Chennai 29.9 20.3 Kurnool 32.3 17.4 Shimla 6.9 -0.8 Dadasaheb Phalke and will have immediately, he said.
First look a myriad activities like work- President of GSM Anand
EVERY WEEK Coimbatore
19.4 First Born from Chile will have shops, seminars, discussions for Shirodkar also supported the
Gangtok 11.7 5.7 Mangaluru 32.0 20.2 Visakhapatnam 29.6 20.0 its international premiere at aspiring writers, producers and stand taken by the MGP and
Goa 31.5 18.0 Mumbai 28.8 16.8 Thiruvananthapuram 33.1 22.3 PIFF. Where Go Old (Brazil/Por- directors, said Shrirang God- reiterated their demand that
Guwahati 27.0 9.7 Mysuru 30.0 14.1 Tiruchi 32.5 19.0 tugal), Louise by the Shore bole, co-coordinator, PIFF Mr. Costa apologise soon
(France) and Little Mountain Bazaar. after he lands in Goa.


Cavalry charge
Jayas death: Govt. told
to file counter affidavit
HC sees no purpose in entertaining several pleas on the same issue
STAFF REPORTER State governments to file Questioning the basis of
their respective counter his contention, the Bench
CHENNAI: The Madras High affidavits. said, Everything is over and
Court on Monday directed On December 29, a Vaca- now there is no need to feel
the Central and State govern- tion Bench of the High Court worried.
ments to file their counter-af- observed that the govern- Denying the allegations of
fidavits on a public interest ment had failed to clear the any mystery in the death of
litigation petition filed by an doubts even after the death of Jayalalithaa, senior advocate
AIADMK cadre seeking a the former Chief Minister P.S. Raman, who represented
probe into the mysterious and questioned the authorit- Apollo Hospitals, where she
death of former Chief Minis- ies whether her body should was treated, said, a complete
ter Jayalalithaa. be exhumed to ascertain the discharge summary of Jayala-
The petitioner, P.A. Joseph, truth. lithaa was ready with the hos-
prayed the court to appoint a When the PIL was taken up pital, and they were ready to
committee comprising re- for hearing by the First Bench place it in the court.
tired Supreme Court judges on Monday, senior counsel Meanwhile, the Bench dis-
to probe her death. K.M. Vijayan who appeared missed a similar petition
However, appalled at sev- for the petitioner said, moved by activist Traffic
eral PILs being filed on the People were worried about K.R. Ramaswamy as not
same issue, the First Bench of the secrecy surrounding Jay- maintainable. We see no
Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and alalithaas death. There were purpose in entertaining a
Justice M. Sundar wondered doubts that her leg was am- spate of petitions on the same
whether the health details of putated during treatment cause... It is rather peculiar
Jayalalithaa should be made prior to her death. Except the that the petitioner who has
public, merely because she statements issued by the hos- been a standing opponent to
occupied a public office. It pital, the government did not the late chief minister feel so
posted the petition to Febru- release any details of Jayala- concerned about her de- ELITE FORCE: President's Bodyguard (61st Cavalry Regiment ) during rehearsals ahead of the Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi on Monday.- PHOTO: PTI
ary 23 for the Central and the lithaa's health condition. mise, the court said.

NGT notice to
Centre, Delhi govt.
Man, muggers coexist peacefully here Make complaints of abuse
on pleas against
plastic ban

BERHAMPUR: Crocodiles of
public, AIADMK urges Bedi
Ghodahada reservoir in Gan-
jam district of Odisha have STAFF REPORTER
NEW DELHI: The city govern- started to migrate to ponds
ments 2012 notification ban- near human habitats hinting PUDUCHERRY: The Puducherry
ning manufacture, sale and at increasing peaceful coex- unit of the All India Anna
usage of plastic bags in Delhi istence between localites Dravida Munnetra
has come under challenge, and them in the region. Kazhagam on Monday chal-
with the National Green Annual crocodile census lenged Lieutenant Gov-
Tribunal on day seeking the in the reservoir and its ad- ernor Kiran Bedi to share
response from the Centre, joining areas on Sunday has with public information re-
Delhi government and oth- indicated this. Fifty-five cro- lated to complaints of ab-
ers on the matter. codiles of mugger variety use that she had said she
A bench headed by NGT were located in the reservoir was aware about in her re-
Chairperson Justice and ten ponds near it. cent open letter to people of
Swatanter Kumar issued no- Out of them, 39 were found Puducherry.
tices to Ministry of Environ- in the reservoir of Ghoda- AIADMK Puducherry
ment and Forests (MoEF), hada medium irrigation pro- unit secretary A. An-
Delhi Government, Delhi ject, which has an area of bazhagan told a press con-
Pollution Control Commit- around five square km. Rest ference here that Ms. Bedi,
tee and Delhi Cantonment were located in ten ponds in AT HOME: A mugger lying on the shore of a pond during the crocodile census in the Ghodahada in her letter, had referred to
Board while seeking their the area around the dam area in Ganjam district. - PHOTO: LINGARAJ PANDA the complaints of abuse.
reply before February 13, the reservoir. The AIADMK leader said AIADMK MLA A. Anbalagan says Kiran Bedi and the territorial
next date of hearing. According to Berhampur adult crocodiles migrate to struction of the project was reservoir muggers are less the Lieutenant Governor government have put bureaucracy in a spot. PHOTO: S.S. KUMAR
The tribunal was hearing a Divisional Forest Officer other places. So, crocodiles completed in 15 years in 1977. ferocious than other cro- should make them public.
plea by All India Plastic In- (DFO) Ashis Behera, during of Ghodahada are migrating According to the Forest of- codile breeds. Till date, the Otherwise, it would give an The turf war between the prompted patients to sleep
dustries Association and 2015 census, 55 crocodiles to nearby ponds that they ficials, some decades ago reservoir crocodiles have impression that she was try- Lieutenant Governor and on the floor. There were
others challenging Delhi were found in this reservoir feel safe and secure as local- crocodiles living in the not harmed any villagers. ing to threaten the govern- the ministry had caught the complaints about shortage
governments October 23, and its adjoining ponds. Last ites also do not harm them, Ujaleswar temple tank mi- Through a project sponsored ment with the complaints bureaucracy in a tight spot of medicines, he said.
2012 notification banning the year, number of ponds inhab- said Mr Behera. grated to the Ghodahada by the UNDP, the fishermen she had received. The Lieu- not knowing whose orders Both are fighting each
manufacture, sale, storage, ited by crocodiles was seven Human factor is one of the reservoir during monsoons. of five panchayats living on tenant Governor should tell had to be followed. This, he other and patients are suf-
usage, import and transport while in the recent census reasons behind presence of There they bred and in- the banks have formed the public where the elected said, had caused a cascading fering, he said. He reiter-
of all kinds of plastic carry they were found in ten crocodiles in Ghodahada creased in number. Area clusters for crocodile con- government had failed to impact on the administra- ated his demand for inter-
bags in the city. ponds. medium irrigation project fishermen have formed an servation and their liveli- function. In the letter, she tion of UT. vention by the Union Home
The matter was trans- During past one year, the reservoir. During the British organisation named Maa hood through promotion of mentioned the financial He brought to notice the Ministry to set things right.
ferred from Delhi High number of crocodiles in the times, a local zamindar fam- Ramchandi Crocodile Pro- fishery in the large reservoir. powers that the constitution plight of the Government He eader urged the gov-
Court to the NGT, in Decem- reservoir has decreased from ily had kept a few muggers tection Committee which is Abundance of fish in the had bestowed on the Lieu- General Hospital. The ad- ernment to hold the winter
ber last year, which had said 45 to 39, while their number in a large tank near the involved in conservation of reservoir is a major reason tenant Governor, he said ministrative paralysis had session for at least seven
that the tribunal was already in ponds has increased from Ujaleswar temple campus crocodiles in the reservoir behind peaceful coexistence and added that the reference led to non-fulfilment of doc- days to discuss all the issues
hearing pleas against the use 10 to 16. located near the current and nearby ponds. of humans and crocodiles in implied a threat to an elec- tors, nurses, and paramed- pertaining to the adminis-
of plastic carry bags in vari- Experts feel that some Ghodahada reservoir. Con- As per the findings, the the area. ted government. ical staff. Lack of beds had tration and public.
ous areas of Punjab and
While sending the matter
to the National Green
Tribunal (NGT), the HC had
asked the Delhi government
Identify less vehicle density areas, States told Traditional footwear makes a
DELHI: The National while directing them to a plea filed by a city-resident
not to take any coercive steps
against petitioner Plastic
Manufacturers Association
Green Tribunal on Monday
directed all States and Union
Plying of deregistered
diesel cars barred
reply by January 30, the next
date of hearing.
Anoop Bagai seeking direc-
tions to the transport depart-
comeback in Karnataka
for eight weeks.
Territories to identify areas from running in the The green panel in July ment of Delhi government While demand is high, there is an acute shortage of cobblers
with less vehicle density for last year said that all the for issuance of NOC for re-
The erstwhile Sheila
plying of de-registered
National Capital vehicles which are de-re- gistration of his vehicle out-
Dikshit government had is- FIROZ ROZINDAR
sued the order which was to
diesel cars which have been Region gistered would not be per- side the national capital.
barred from running in the mitted to ply in Delhi-NCR. In his plea, the petitioner VIJAYAPURA: Avinash Patil, an
come into force from
National Capital Region. Chief Justice Swatanter Ku- However, the authorities has contended that he owns MBA graduate working in
November 23, 2012, but the
The tribunal had last year mar asked the States to ex- will issue NOC for such a Mercedes car which is over a private firm in Belagavi,
high court had stayed it then.
ordered the Delhi govern- peditiously earmark areas vehicles to be registered out- 10-years-old. Due to the pro- had come to Vijayapura
The association had chal-
ment to cancel the registra- where pollution and vehicle side the Delhi/NCR. We fur- hibitory order passed by city to place an order for a
lenged the notification say-
tion of all diesel-powered density is less so that de-re- ther clarify that in terms of NGT, he sold his vehicle to a new pair of footwear
ing: Declare impugned noti-
vehicles over 10-years-old gistered vehicles can be the orders of the Tribunal, cutsomer in Gujarat, he costing 3,000. His choice
fication of October 23, 2012
and barred them from driven at such places. every State has to identify added. is not something one
null and void being ultra
plying. areas where the dispersion When the applicant ap- would normally associate
vires to the parent Act, i.e. Reply sought
It had then ordered that of the air is higher and plied for grant of NOC, the with a 24-year-old.
the Environment Protection
only de-registered diesel The Supreme Court has vehicular density is transport department of They look so unique,
Act and Rules framed there-
vehicles which are less than not interfered in our order. least..and put them on the re- Delhi government at Sheikh beams Mr. Patil, looking at
under. The notification also
15-years-old can get No Ob- Our order continues to be in spective websites, it had Sarai here denied permis- the catalogue of footwear,
violates the fundamental
jection Certificate (NoC) for force. The States were direc- said, adding that RTO, Delhi sion on the ground that no which have been typical of
rights of the petitioner.
plying in select areas outside ted to identify areas where will issue NOC for transfer decision has been taken by north Karnataka districts
It had claimed that the city
Delhi-NCR to be decided by the dispersion of the air is of these vehicles only for the government on the issue for generations. The hardy
government had exceeded
States where vehicle density higher and vehicular density such areas which are identi- due to non-clarity of orders footwear (called mettu or
its jurisdiction in issuing the
is less. is least. Why have they not fied by the States. passed by NGT, the plea said. kera locally) are regarded
notification. - PTI
A Bench headed by NGT done so, the Bench asked The tribunal was hearing - PTI appropriate for the rugged
agrarian style.
These pure leather Basavaraj Saptalkar is among the few cobblers making

NHRC concerned over human trafficking from Sundargarh handmade footwear are
drawing the attention of
youth. They find it
traditional leather footwear in Vijayapura district.

STAFF REPORTER to lack of effective particularly with respect abject neglect, with child and bonded labour, attractive and unique also work is labour intensive as working on it, he said. He
protection for women and to human trafficking, reports suggesting that implementation and because of the leathery we do not use machine. said the makers are largely
BHUBANESWAR: The National girls, but also aspects of missing women and nearly 72 primary schools enforcement of the Forest noise it makes. Those Secondly, we are not confined to districts such
Human Rights poverty, illiteracy, and children, dowry deaths, in the district have no Rights Act, 2006, problems riding heavy motorcycles getting enough leather, as Vijayapura, Bagalkot,
Commission on Monday lack of adequate livelihood women and child infrastructure worth the faced by farmers and such as Enfield and Bullet Mr. Saptalkar said. Dharwad, and Gadag.
expressed concern over opportunities, which often helplines, if any, child name. This raises serious agricultural labourers, especially prefer this type Parashuram Doddawad
trafficking of women and compel families to marriage as well as efforts concerns involving the trafficking in women and of rugged-looking (44), who does the same 20 varieties
girls from Odishas relinquish care of their towards gender implementation of the children, and socio- footwear. job in Dharwad district, Despite having no
Sundargarh district and children, including sensitisation among police Right of Children to Free economic backwardness of Ironically, while the says while a pair of heavy specific brand name, the
sought to know the actions adolescent girls, to personnel and other public and Compulsory the KBK districts, among demand is increasing, footwear need at least six traditional footwear come
taken by authorities to outsiders, such as functionaries, Justice Education Act, 2009 (RTE others. The Commission there is an acute shortage days to make, the lighter in over 20 styles with
arrest the trend. unscrupulous employment Dattu said. Act) and the Sarva Shiksha also expressed concerns of its makers. Basavaraj one takes at least two days. unique names. Popular
Inaugurating the Camp agencies, agents, and even He also raised concern Abhiyan in the district, he over acquisition of land for Saptalkar (47), a cobbler A.S. Rudresh, District among them are Magada,
Sitting and Open Hearing shelter homes. over lack of educational said. various developmental who has inherited the Coordinator of Dr. Babu Silbar, Manewadi,
at Bhubaneswar, NHRC The Commission has infrastructure in During 2015-2016, the projects without adequate occupation, says the Jagjivan Ram Leather Gaddimettu, Henaki,
chairperson Justice H. L. been deeply concerned Malkangiri district. It has Commission had compensation or profession is gradually Industrial Development Kokanimat, and
Dattu, said: The problem about the protection of the recently come to the registered a total of 21,912 alternative livelihood diminishing. Corporation, said they had Sampattige Sawal. Some
of trafficking of women rights of girls and women, attention of the cases from Odisha. support to those displaced He says about 30 years tried to get patent for the names are taken from
and girls, such as in and in this context we Commission for instance, Justice Dattu said, a from their lands. ago, Vijayapura district had footwear by inviting films. For instance,
Sundargarh district, is would like to know from that in certain areas, such number of these cases The camp sitting of full over 6,000 families doing officials of the Central Sampattige Sawal is
indicative of a problem the authorities regarding as Malkangiri district, relate to issues concerning Bench of the NHRC will be this job, which has now Leather Research Institute named after what Kannada
that is not simply related the initiatives taken, schools lie in a state of internal displacement, held for three days. reduced to a handful. Our of Chennai. We are still superstar Rajkumar wore.



Farmers move SC for return of SC refuses to intervene in Telangana

plea against Krishna tribunal award
their lands from governments LEGAL CORRESPONDENT
Court asks States why lands acquired for SEZs remain barren and abandoned NEW DELHI: The Supreme

KRISHNADAS RAJAGOPAL level to respond on why it

Court on Monday dismissed
a Telangana government pe-
should not direct a Supreme tition against a decision of
NEW DELHI: Invoking the legal Court-monitored CBI in- the Krishna Water Dispute SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
victory of West Bengals vestigation into the viola- Tribunal-II to limit the re-al-
farmes over the mighty state tions and diversion of loan location of the river water HYDERABAD: Telangana
in Singur, West Bengal, their money obtained by SEZ only to the two successor has said that the
compatriots across the coun- holders against SEZ rules. States of Andhra and Telan- judgment of the
try, stripped of their agricul- The farmers said they gana, and not dabble with the Supreme Court
tural lands by their govern- wanted their lands back from share of water enjoyed by the UNHAPPY DIVISION: A file photo of the Krishna in spate in striking down its SLP
ments in the name of Special the governments, SEZ holder other two riparian States Vijayawada. PHOTO: V. RAJU on Krishna waters was
Economic Zone (SEZ), and private developers. They Maharashtra and Karnataka. on expected lines,
found their voice in the Su- wanted to grow crops, earn a A Bench of Justices Madan States. The tribunal had de- the situation of inadequate because the court was
preme Court on Monday. living from the soil and feed B. Lokur and P.C. Pant cat- cided that the details of the utilization of Krishna water already looking into
A three-judge Bench led and educate the next egorically refused re-distribution would be de- out of the en bloc allocation two other cases in the
by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar generation. without prejudice to any cided as per the Andhra Pra- of 811 TMC of 75 per cent de- matter.
asked the Centre and seven The association said there other writ or special leave desh Reorganisation Act of pendable water, made by the A Telangana
State governments Telan- Farmers of A.P., Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil was a need to conduct a so- petitions filed by Telangana 2014 by an apex council Krishna Water Disputes Minister told The
gana, Andhra Pradesh, Ma- Nadu and Punjab said they wanted their land back. cial impact study on the in the Supreme Court to headed by top officials. The Tribunal-I. The projects Hindu that the State
harashtra, Karnataka, Tamil farmers who had lost their intervene with the decision Bench explicitly told Telan- identified and allocations government did not
Nadu, West Bengal and Pun- velopers. SEZ Farmers Pro- SEZs, which pushed them land.It sought both civil and of the Water Dispute gana that it would not want made by the Krishna Water believe that the
jab to explain why vast tection Welfare Association, into abject poverty, a viola- criminal action against the Tribunal-II to confine the to go into the entire award of Disputes Tribunal-II in Tel- Supreme Court would
tracts of fertile agricultural represented by advocate tion of their fundamental SEZ holders for not perform- question of re-allocation of the tribunal nor delve into a angana region of erstwhile allow the SLP when a
lands, forcefully acquired Sravan Kumar, sought the rights to life, dignity and ing their duty under the con- river water, post bifurcation fresh consideration of the A.P. is also woefully inad- case under Inter-State
from farmers and tribal Supreme Courts direction to work. tract, resulting in unemploy- of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, water dispute. equate being just 9 tmcft of Water Disputes Act
people, lay barren and aban- the State government to de- Issuing notice, the court ment, wastage of natural to the two successor States of In its petition, Telangana 448 tmcft of surplus water between A.P. and
doned, or in the hands of clare that the compulsory ac- wanted the governments resources and impact on Telangana and Andhra and contended that, on its forma- among the riparian States, Telangana was
private real estate de- quisition of their lands for at the Centre and the State- food security. not all the four riparian tion, it was confronted with the Telangana contended. pending.

BJP targets Kerala film-maker, Tender public apology, NCW tells Minister Kerala IAS officers
asks him to leave country
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT M.T. Vasudevan Nair that the

BENGALURU: National Commis-

Will issue show-cause
notice to Karnataka
drop mass leave plan
common man bore the brunt sion for Women member CM if Minister refuses SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT their mass leave seriously.
KOZHIKODE: Stoking yet an- of the Centres demonetisa- Sushma Sahu said on The move of those who were
other controversy, Kerala tion drive. Monday that a show-cause
to apologise for his THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala at the helm of the administra-
Bharatiya Janata Party gen- The writer was no eco- notice would be issued to comments on women Chief Minister Pinarayi Vi- tion to go on mass casual
eral secretary A.N. nomist to speak about the Karnataka Chief Minister jayan on Monday got tough leave when an FIR was re-
Radhakrishnan has asked advantages of a cashless eco- Siddaramaiah if Home Min- and yet the government went with IAS officials who gistered as part of a VACB in-
the Kerala Chalachitra nomy, he had said. ister G. Parameshwara failed ahead with the transfers. The threatened to go on mass quiry could not be justified
Academy Chairman and Mr. Radhakrishnan also to tender a public apology Police Commissioner and an leave in protest against Vigil- in any manner, the Chief
film-maker Kamal to move asked the Communist Party for his comments following Inspector-General of Police ance Director Jacob Minister said. Mr. Vijayan
out of the country if he can- of India (Marxist) leader- allegations of women being took charge on January 1. At Thomass alleged vindictive added that the officers in-
not obey the directives of the ship to remove posters and molested during the New midnight, no senior official action against some of their formed him that their move
Supreme Court on singing pictures of Che Guevara, Year revelry in Bengaluru. oversaw security arrange- colleagues. had been misunderstood and
the national anthem. which the party has put up She was in the city to meet ments. This is a serious Consequent to the Chief their action was not aimed at
At a news conference here along with the pictures of the Director-General and the lapse, and we will send a no- Ministers unrelenting the government.
on Monday, held in connec- Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Inspector-General of Police Sushma Sahu. FILE PHOTO: SHANKER CHAKRAVARTY tice to the State government stance, the IAS officials The IAS officers met the
tion with the partys north Vivekenanda, Mother Om Prakash and city Police demanding an explanation, called off their plan to go on Chief Minister to put pres-
Kerala regional yatra, Mr. Teresa and Sree Narayana Commissioner Praveen This is a childish and wait for a week to issue a said Ms. Sahu. mass casual leave. sure on the government to
Radhakrishnan alleged that Guru at its offices and func- Sood over numerous com- nonsensical statement. The show-cause notice to the While gathering informa- Addressing a press confer- sort out the mounting con-
Kamal was a worker of ex- tions. Che symbolised bru- plaints and media reports of dress women wear should Chief Minister. tion on the allegations as ence after meeting a delega- frontation between them and
tremist outfits such as the tality and barbarism, he said. women being molested and not matter to the Minister During the meeting with well as on the Kammanahalli tion of senior IAS officers Mr. Thomas. The flashpoint
Social Democratic Party of The CPI(M) had propag- sexually harassed since Janu- whose duty is to protect wo- top State police officials, Ms. incident where a woman was here, Mr. Vijayan made it was the VACBs decision to
India (SDPI). ated Che Guvara as a hero in ary 1. men. He should issue a pub- Sahu took objection to the molested by two men on a clear that the government include Additional Chief
Over a fortnight ago, Mr. Keralas rural areas. No won- The NCW had sent Dr. lic apology for this, Ms. shake up and transfers two-wheeler, Ms. Sahu direc- would not succumb to antag- Secretary (Industries) Paul
Radhakrishnan had kicked der its activists employ the Parameshwara a notice after Sahu told The Hindu. within the city police on ted State police officials to onistic methods. Antony as the third accused
up a row by questioning the same method of violence ad- he had linked the incidents The commission, how- New Years Eve. The law send evidence collected, in- The government viewed in a nepotism case against
motive behind the statement opted by Che Guvera against to western mindset and ever, would not meet the and order situation was ex- cluding raw CCTV footage, the IAS officers special former Industries Minister
of Jnanpith Award winner political rivals, he said. dressing. Home Minister. It would pected to be a sensitive one, to the commission. meeting on Saturday and E.P. Jayarajan.



Sexual harassment victim Second Scorpene submarine ready

DINAKAR PERI Earlier when a submarine
was through 80 per cent of its

seeks SC judges recusal NEW DELHI: Khanderi, the

second Scorpene submarine
under Project-75 being built
at Mazgaon Docks Limited
(MDL) in Mumbai is all set to
sea trials it was inducted and
the Navy took charge of the
remaining trials.
However, the government
has now changed the policy
Counsel said he had shared a Bench with the accused judge in the Bombay HC be launched into water later stating that the induction
this week. would be done once after the
LEGAL CORRESPONDENT ting judge to function if re- ted liberty to Ms. Jaising to Meanwhile, the first sub- platform is fully ready.
cusal from a matter is sought mention the matter before marine Kalvari is close to
NEW DELHI: A Supreme Court on the ground that a judge Chief Justice J.S. Khehar for completing sea trials and Data leak
Bench of Justices Kurian shared a Bench once with the constitution of an appro- likely to be inducted into the The infamous 22,400-page
Joseph and A.M. Khanwilkar other judges. priate bench. Navy by the middle of this data leak pertaining to
on Monday expressed their Yes, I had the occasion to Justice Kumar has de- year. The first submarine INS Kalvari is likely to be inducted into Scorpene submarines in
strong reservations against share the bench with him scribed the allegations as Six Scorpene submarines the Navy by the middle of this year. FILE PHOTO: AFP Australia has also put a
senior advocate Indira Jais- (Justice Swatanter Kumar) incredulous and false and are being built with assist- shadow on the programme
ings request that Justice when he was Chief Justice of some kind of conspiracy. ance and technology transfer launch means all equipment ted so that it powers up on its even before they joined the
Khanwilkar should recuse Bombay High Court. My re- Ms. Jaising said a transfer from DCNS and others of is in place, a senior Navy of- own, the officer stated. force. However, the Navy has
himself from hearing a case cusal depends on how seri- petition has been filed by the France and under a $3.75-bil- ficer said. It is scheduled to be com- asserted that the leak was not
of sexual harassment against ous are the objections be- alleged victim for shifting of lion deal signed in October Khanderi, named after the missioned into the Navy in serious.
former apex court judge and cause it will be my personal the main case from Delhi 2005. Island fort of Maratha ruler December 2017. The other Navy Chief Admiral Sunil
current National Green Indira Jaising decision, Justice Khan- High Court to any other High The submarines are being Chhatrapati Shivaji, was sup- four submarines are expec- Lanba had said on the occa-
Tribunal Chairperson, wilkar said. Court where Justice Kumar built using modular ap- posed to have been launched ted to roll out at intervals of sion of the Navy Day last
Justice Swatanter Kumar. Justice Kumar in the Bombay Additionally, the former has not served. proach in which different in December last year but nine months. After a series of December that they would
Ms. Jaising, who appeared High Court. intern's side does not want She said the very object of sections are built separately was slightly delayed. delays in the project, the first conduct a joint investigation
for the alleged victim and a Justice Kurian, who was any judge who shared work the transfer petition was to and later assembled on a After the launch, the bat- submarine Kalvari was with France and if it was felt
former law intern, pointed heading the Bench along space with Justice Kumar to ensure that the proceedings pontoon. Once the as- teries will be commissioned, launched in April last year necessary some modifica-
out that Justice Khanwilkar with Justice Khanwilkar, said hear the case. are not affected by any kind sembly is complete it will be the submarine will be fuelled and was expected to be com- tions could be undertaken in
had shared the Bench with it would be difficult for a sit- The bench, however, gran- of bias. launched into water. The and machinery will be star- missioned by year end. the submarines.

TB institute warns against use of new drug Lift virtual ban on Bipan

NEW DELHI: Uncertainty con- My daughter is dying, save her

to be an international expert
in the field of HIV and TB, to
say that the girl satisfies the
Chandras book, says IHC
tinues to shroud the fate of requirement for administra- VIKAS PATHAK voked, the History Congress
18-year-old girl suffering VIDYA KRISHNAN keenly-watched Harvard Medical School, tion of BDQ , NITRD has added that such stifling of
from Extreme Drug Resist- international legal battle, have submitted to the contradicted the claim. NEW DELHI: Months after Delhi scholarly work should not be
ant (XDR) Tuberculosis who NEW DELHI: As he walked out began with a simple court stating that the teen Contradicting Dr Furin's University decided to stop allowed in future.
is waiting for the drug Beda- of the Delhi High Court on prescription of antibiotics does have XDR TB, the claim that administering the use of Hindi translation
quiline (BDQ). The National Monday, Shyam Trivedi and an assurance from the government is not willing BDQ would curb the poten- of the late historian Bipan ICHR going slow
Institute of Tuberculosis & was still not certain if his doctor that she will be to believe it unless the tial spread of XDR TB , the Chandras popular book on The History Congress ex-
Respiratory Diseases teenage daughter, cured in nine months, Mr. family produces test NITRD said: If BDQ is given modern Indian history as a pressed displeasure over the
(NITRD) on Monday told suffering from extremely Trivedi told The Hindu. results, which could take with an inefficient backbone reference book for students, Indian Council of Historical
the Delhi High Court that the drug-resistant It was a few months up to six weeks. The regimen, the patient is likely the Indian History Congress Research going slow on
drug could not be admin- tuberculosis or XDR TB later that we realised she delay, her family and to fail the treatment and de- has passed a resolution in fa- some volumes of the To-
istered without proper tests still had a fighting chance was resistant to the first lawyers, believe will kill velop an additional and fatal vour of the book. wards Freedom project,
as it might lead to the TB- or not. On his daughters line of drugs given to treat her. resistance to BDQ which The university had red- Prof. Bipan Chandra which are yet to be pub-
causing bacteria becoming urging, Mr. Trivedi took TB. The doctor then put Our other option is to may spread to the com- flagged the book claiming lished. Among these is
further drug resistant and the Indian government to her on a second line of approach the company to munity and have cata- that it denigrated revolution- mendation of the Depart- Volume-III of 1947 compiled
may spread to the com- court for not considering drugs, without testing give us the drug on strophic effects. ary freedom fighters like ment of History, has been by historian Sucheta Ma-
munity and have cata- the 18-year-old, whether she is resistant or compassionate grounds On the petitioners con- Bhagat Singh as terrorists. ordered out of publication hajan and Volume-II of 1941
strophic effects. wheelchair-bound not. She failed the it could take another three cerns about delayed roll out The resolution, however, un- on the specious charge that compiled by historian Arjun
The Institute said, It is teenagers plea for two treatment again. The months. My daughter is of BDQ in India, the Institute derlines that Bhagat Singh the book denigrates national Dev.
wrong to suggest that con- miracle drugs called disease spread dying. I am hoping that said: It is a new drug dis- chose to call himself revolu- heroes like Bhagat Singh by The project aims at bring-
ducting Drug Susceptibility bedaquiline and relentlessly, he said. The the court will ensure that covered after five decades of tionary terrorist, a term that describing them as terror- ing out the documents of the
Testing and waiting for its delaminid. only option left to the other TB patients do not research on TB treatment did not have a pejorative ists, the resolution passed period leading up to
results is merely a bureau- The Patna-based family family was bedaquiline. suffer the same fate, the and its efficacy and effects meaning in those days. days back at the History Con- freedom.
cratic requirement..It is ab- realised Siya had While her doctors, father said. are still being evaluated and gress Thiruvananthapuram It appears that the ICHR
solutely essential to study tuberculosis in 2011. including global expert Final hearing in the therefore, it is being rolled Specious charge session said. is going slow on the project
the drug resistance of the What has become a Prof. Jennifer Furin of the matter will be on Friday. out in a phased manner to The country was shocked The book describes them with volumes in the press be-
bacteria in the patient's case avoid its misuse, develop- when a book written by one as revolutionary terrorists, ing put in cold storage for
so as to formulate the right ment and spread of fatal BDQ of Indias best known histori- making it clear that no pejor- more than three years in the
BDQ containing regimen The NITRDs statement Janssen Pharmaceutica, was available through limited resistant bacteria in the ans, Professor Bipan ative meaning was intended case of Volume-III of 1947,
lest the bacteria become was filed before Justice San- the only option to save his sources in India, one of community. Chandra, Indias Struggle for in using the word terrorists, while Volume-II of 1941 has
DBQ resistant and spread in jeev Sachdeva, hearing the daughter. which is the NITRD in Delhi. The Institute said the girl Independence, which was a description Bhagat Singh been ready for more than a
the community. plea of Kaushal Tripathi, The court had asked the While the petitioner had cannot be simply provided translated into Hindi and and his associates used for year, the resolution said.
The Centre, meanwhile, father of the girl, who NITRD whether the patient relied upon the opinion of Dr BDQ as the same is provided published by the University themselves. The IHC expects that these
sought two more days to file claimed that BDQ , manufac- could be administered BDQ Jennifer Furin, PhD Lecturer to the Institute from the gov- of Delhis Hindi Implement- Demanding that the vir- will be brought out as early
its affidavit. tured by U.S. pharma major, without further tests. BDQ is in Global Health, who claims ernment bodies. ation Board on the recom- tual ban on the book be re- as possible ...

20 engineers bag 100 Business as usual Rajasthan varsity V-C

percentile in CAT resigns after court rap
MOHAMMED IQBAL sion Bench of the High Court
STAFF REPORTER heads the academics divi- was to finally hear a writ pe-
sion of a coaching centre in JAIPUR: Rajasthan University tition challenging his ap-
BENGALURU: Twenty candid- Gurgaon and Faridabad, took Vice-Chancellor J.P. Singhal pointment. It was filed by
ates secured 100 percentile the test to help his students, has resigned from his post former bureaucrat Satya
in the Common Admission and secured the 100 percent- following the strictures Narayan Singh, former High
Test (CAT) 2016, the results ile in his third CAT attempt. passed by the High Court Court judge I.S. Israni and
of which were announced on He is an alumnus of Indian against his appointment in two others, contending that
Monday. All of them are en- Institute of Management, August 2015. His appoint- Mr. Singhal was appointed
gineers. Ahmedabad. ment, recommended by a se- the Vice-Chancellor because
Rajendra K. Bandi, con- I took the test only to un- lection committee of the of his political affiliations.
vener, CAT 2016, in a press derstand the level of diffi- State government, had be- Mr. Singhal is general sec-
release said that in the sec- culty of the CAT as it would come controversial as it was retary of the Akhil Bharatiya
tionals, many non-engineers help me in preparing my stu- found that he did not possess Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahas-
and women candidates have dents, he said, adding that the necessary qualifications. angh, an outfit associated
scored 100 percentile. apart from hard work, pre- Mr. Singhal resigned on with the Rashtriya Swayam-
The test is the first step to paration to crack the CAT Sunday, a day before a Divi- sevak Sangh.
get into the 20 Indian Insti- also involves strategy and
tutes of Management and solving mock tests.
other top B-Schools in the Akshay Mehndiratta, who
country. On December 2016, attempted CAT for the
1.95 lakh candidates took the second time, said he pre-
test, which was conducted in pared for the test on week-
138 cities in the country. ends as he had a fulltime job
at an analytics firm. Since
Mock tests crucial June, I have been taking tests
Some of the candidates every weekend, and my
who secured 100 percentile strategy was to improve in
attributed their performance reading, comprehension and CLOUDS OF SNOW: A shepherd with his flock on a snow-covered mountain ridge in Pahalgam, south Kashmir, on Monday.
to solving numerous mock verbal ability since I was The cold wave is likely to continue, according to meteorological department officials. PHOTO: NISSAR AHMAD
tests. Rahul Sharma, who weak in them, he said.

HC produces irrefutable proof of mosquito menace

MOHAMED IMRANULLAH S. heard arguments on a I am unable to sit. western countries could done regularly in all the
public interest litigation become free of localities. These are all
MADURAI: The Madras petition seeking a I keep shaking my mosquitoes. public issues. You must
High Court Bench here direction to the State to legs to keep the attend to them
on Monday control the breeding of Where are sprayers? promptly, the judge
demonstrated the mosquitoes and
pest away, judge I am unable to sit here said.
severity of mosquito adjourned the case after tells T.N. govt. comfortably. I have to Earlier, he expressed
menace in Tamil Nadu to expressing its constantly shake my legs his displeasure over the
the government counsel displeasure over the way Justice Selvam asked to keep the mosquitoes Health Secretary failing
by zapping down scores the issue was being dealt Additional Government away. The situation is to file a report, as
of mosquitoes with an with by government Pleader D. the same in the directed by the court on
electric racquet right on officials. Muruganantham. bungalow. Your people January 3, on the steps
the judges dais in the Soon, a court Earlier, during the have stopped using taken by the State to
centrally air-conditioned employee went up to the hearing, Additional manual mosquito control the mosquito
Court Hall No.1. dais and waved the Advocate General B. sprayers. Only fogging is menace.
electric racquet near the Pugalendhi conceded done outside the
Electric racquet used judges only to hear the that he too was a victim bungalows, that too for Secretary warned
The incident took loud crackling sound of of mosquito menace but hardly two minutes and Later, the Division
place during the course mosquitoes being contended that it would it leads the mosquitoes Bench adjourned the
of court proceedings zapped. not be possible to straight into the hearing to Tuesday and
presided over by a Did you hear it, Sir? If eradicate them totally. bungalows, the judge warned the Health
Division Bench of this is the state of affairs said. Secretary of suo motu
Justices A. Selvam and P. in the High Court, what Fogging not helping The judge doubted contempt of court
Kalaiyarasan. would be the plight of Disagreeing with him, whether fogging proceedings if he did not
The Division Bench the common man, Mr. the judge asked how operations were being file the report by then.



The world at a crossroads

The outlook for 2017 is anything but optimistic, with a sluggish global economy, widening terror footprint,
and geopolitical realignments as the U.S., Russia and China jostle for spheres of influence
orthodox steps. A Trump presidency may be to a head.
T U E S D AY , J A N U A RY 1 0 , 2 0 1 7 better suited than a conventional one to cir- Grappling with an existential crisis
M.K. NARAYANAN cumvent the North Atlantic Treaty Organisa- already, Europe is simultaneously confront-
tions Cold War logic, arrive at concessions ing other dangers such as polarisation and
regarding Ukraine and the Crimea, and limit the threat to its liberal and democratic
Oiling cashless The policy outlook for 2017 appears not too
cyberwarfare between the two countries. Ad-
ditionally, Mr. Trumps idea of a Coalition of
policies and image. The migrant crisis found
Europe unprepared for the consequences of

wheels promising. Geopolitical risks will remain

high. No improvement in the present un-
stable global order appears likely. New terror
the Willing to fight the Islamic State in West
Asia may find resonance in Moscow, giving
an opportunity for further reduction of ten-
such mass inflows. Many cities in Europe, for
instance, seem to have lost the ability to
maintain law and order or contain the con-

he threat by petroleum retailers to stop patterns will increase the lethality of terror sions between the two countries. sequent surge in violent crime. These prob-
accepting credit and debit card payments attacks. Digital disruption and cyberthreats lems could be further compounded during
are poised to grow. Asia and Europe 2017.
led to a late-night intervention on Sunday
The economic outlook, likewise, appears Reaching a modus vivendi with China may
by the Centre, with Dharmendra Pra- The terror threat
pessimistic, with the global economy caught prove more problematic. Talk of a trade war
dhan, Minister for Petroleum, declaring that the in a low-growth trap. Widening inequality between the U.S. and China is in the air, and Terrorism will continue to remain a grave
protest action had been put off till January 13. Fuel and increasing unemployment will worsen the President-elects strong words about Chi- threat during 2017. 2015 and 2016 were two of
dealers raised a red flag on the decision by certain this situation. After a decade of economic nas trade practices make matters difficult. the worst years in terms of fatalities across
banks to levy the merchant discount rate (MDR) of lows, the prevailing sentiment in the market- For the present, Mr. Trump has served notice Asia, Africa and Western Europe the
up to one per cent on card payments. After the de- place will be uncertainty. of his intention to pursue a hard line on trade highest in almost five decades. The portents
monetisation exercise began, the government had In some ways, the 21st century has, so far, with China by choosing two China critics for 2017 are none too propitious.
waived the service tax on the MDR surcharge from proved to be a disaster for the status quoist Peter Navarro and Robert Lighthizer to The year has begun inauspiciously. At least
December 8 for card-based payments up to 2,000 West, which failed to recognise the implica- handle trade matters. Whether unorthodoxy 25 people were killed in a suicide attack in
and got banks to waive the MDR charges on debit tions of the shift in economic power to the will pay off in trade negotiations remains to Baghdad on December 31. Another 39 New
cards till December 31, 2016. By Monday, the Petro-
East, even as some countries of Asia turned India may have to contend with a be seen. The Chinese tend to be patient and Year revellers were shot dead in a nightclub
into new engines of growth. Chinese Presid- more aggressive Pakistan, feeling could even absorb a Trump first strike. in Istanbul. Twelve people were killed in a
leum Minister said that neither the consumer nor ent Xi Jinping was possibly one of the few In the geopolitical arena, the competition terror attack in a crowded Berlin Christmas
the dealers, operating on thin margins, would bear world leaders to recognise the nature of the greatly buoyed by a deepening for influence in Asia between the U.S. and market, in an incident very reminiscent of the
the MDR for fuel refills even after January 13. Stake- tectonic shift taking place, and came up with military entente with China and China will continue in 2017. It is possible, July 2016 attack in Nice, France.
holders, he said, will absorb the cost, but it is still the One Belt, One Road initiative, accom- however, to envisage both countries taking A sharp increase in lone wolf and
not clear who will bear the cost of going cashless panied by huge investments in infrastructure the new outreach to Russia steps to prevent a total breakdown of rela- copycat terror attacks is likely and will res-
banks are not out of line in expecting some revenue to connect China with Europe and the world. tions, and of being able to find common ult in an increase in fatalities in 2017. Russia,
in return for facilitating transactions through point military, are reliable indicators of this. ground to accommodate mutual concerns in which has not witnessed serious terror at-
Dominant factors the South and the East China Seas. This may tacks for some time, could again come into
of sale (PoS) devices. Since November 8, public The Trump effect
What are the prospects for 2017? History leave many of the East Asian and Southeast the crosshairs of Chechen and other terror
sector banks have been advised by the Centre to
and nationalism will continue to dictate the The year may well see a return to the era of Asian countries unhappy given Chinas ag- outfits. Southeast Asia may witness many
charge a maximum of 100 a month as PoS device course of events; given the exponentially ac- insular policies, and strengthening of the gressive postures towards them but may more terror attacks following a call by the
rentals from small merchants, and the move has be- celerating nature of the changes that are oc- anti-outsider syndrome. Opposition to free not inhibit Washington. Hizb-ut-Tahrir to retaliate for the treatment
nefited 6.5 lakh of the 15 lakh PoS devices. Public curring, it will, however, play out differently. trade and open borders will also be more The U.S. reaction under Mr. Trump to meted out to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
sector oil marketers were asked to offer a 0.75 per For one, unpredictability and a desire to manifest. certain new alignments forged during 2015- North and East Africa, where terror outfits
cent discount to customers using non-cash means change the status quo, primarily economic The enigma that is the U.S. President- 2016 could be a pointer to what the future like Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab, as also the
to tank up. The Railways, public sector insurers and circumstance, will increase. For another, elect exacerbates this situation. Anticipating holds in 2017. Most important would be the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM),
others have been asked to offer discounts or charge populism will increasingly determine polit- what he might do could be hazardous at this U.S. reaction to the strategic congruence es- have been on a rampage during the past two
lower rates for cashless transactions; so more such ical-speak. Third, mistrust of institutions time. Yet, unpredictability was Mr. Trumps tablished between China and Russia (likely years, will not see any respite in 2017. India,
spats could occur, although the Centre has prom- and institutional power will grow, and per- not-so-secret weapon in overcoming the to be cemented during 2017), aimed at coun- for its part, cannot hope for, or expect, any re-
sonal charisma and expediency will domin- odds in his bid for the presidency of the U.S., tering U.S. moves in Asia. As Russia and prieve from terror attacks from across the
ised to foot the bill for some of these subventions. ate. Additionally, concepts such as excep- and the world should prepare for the China fine-tune their economic and security border.
Petroleum outlets are particularly important for tionalism and military superiority may gain unexpected. interests in 2017, a moot question would be
a cash-lite economy push as they handle nearly 2 more traction U.S. President-elect Donald Most analysts believe that President whether Russia will acknowledge Chinas de- India and the neighbourhood
lakh crore of cash a year. Queues at banks have Trumps slogan America first and his state- Trump will roll back quite a few of the cli- facto supremacy in Asia, in return for accord- The Asian region will see heightened ten-
eased, but the weekly withdrawal limits havent ments expressing a need for the U.S. to in- mate change initiatives agreed to by Presid- ing Russia a special position in Eurasia. sions between China and India, China and Ja-
been lifted. In a situation where people are cash- crease its nuclear arsenal; Russian President ent Barack Obama. It is, however, more diffi- 2017 could turn out to be a defining year for pan, and India and Pakistan in 2017. The over-
strapped and the government is nudging them to- Vladimir Putins references to the need to in- cult to anticipate how the new President will Europe. Brexit, and the decision of the U.K. to all military power balance is unlikely to shift
wards alternatives, the uncertainty of the sort cre- crease the countrys nuclear military poten- deal with Russia or China. U.S.-Russia rela- leave the European Union, has already led to decisively Asia already has one of the
ated at fuel pumps should be avoided as it could tial; and Mr. Xis emphasis on Chinese ex- tions are at their nadir today. Retrieving this widespread concerns about Europes future. largest concentrations of military capabilit-
ceptionalism, alongside strengthening of its situation will require resort to a series of un- The year may see many of the issues coming ies (China, India and Pakistan) with substan-
lead to a crisis of confidence. Last February the
tial presence of the U.S. and Russian militar-
Cabinet had given the nod for rationalising MDR CARTOONSCAPE ies. However, the accelerated pace of
charges. An expert panel to recommend legislative development of Chinas military in 2017, in-
and other changes was constituted in August and it cluding its acquisition of new weapon sys-
mooted greater transparency in fees for digital pay- tems, will be of increasing concern to coun-
ments, protection for private data of consumers, a tries of East, Southeast and South Asia.
mechanism to ensure they will not be liable to pay For India, a deepening of the China-
for unauthorised transactions or system errors, and Pakistan military entente in 2017 will add a
the creation of a new payments regulator. To build further dimension to the overall threat from
confidence in a less-cash economy, people nudged Pakistan. Relations with Islamabad remain
embittered, but in addition India may have to
into a new way of life need clarity and consistency contend with a more aggressive and determ-
in policy along with a visible road map to secure ined Pakistan, feeling greatly buoyed by the
their confidence. Lucky draws alone wont suffice. progress achieved on the China-Pakistan
Economic Corridor, and the new outreach to,
and growing ties, with Russia.
A blow to Indias position in Afghanistan in 2017 may
well see a downturn, with new equations
emerging in the region. With the U.S., China
reformists in Iran and Russia backing Pakistans moves for
flexible ties with Taliban ignoring Indias

he death of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsan- objections New Delhis interests are set to
jani, the former President of the Islamic Meanwhile, both Nepal and Sri Lanka
Republic of Iran and powerful cleric who could see a turbulent 2017. Indias ability to
was widely considered a leading moder- leverage matters in both countries, however,
ate in Irans polity, is a major blow to the reformists remains strictly limited.
in the country. He had a complex and long tenure as In short, as 2017 dawns, the world and In-
a political leader, emerging as a revolutionary who dia are at the crossroads.
participated in the overthrow of the Shah regime,
heading Parliament in post-Revolution Iran and M.K. Narayanan is former National Security Adviser and
former Governor of West Bengal.
later being elected twice as President. He rebuilt an
economy devastated in the near-decade-long war
against Iraq. While in power, Rafsanjani promoted
a liberal economic policy that moved Iran away
from statism, pursued a realist foreign policy that Letters emailed to must carry the full postal address and the full name or the name with initials.
sought to protect Iranian geopolitical interests and
minimise tensions with the West. He was ruthless From passage to gateway introduce a paper audit trail that government is an unfortunate being branded as pro-black money. government needs to send a team of
as an administrator, presiding over the suppression can be verified (SC wants paper development. It is no exaggeration If only he was aware of the ground doctors to Sri Lanka to observe the
of dissent by arresting and executing several prom- While Pravasi Bharatiya Divas trail in EVMs for fair poll, Jan.9). that the functioning of the reality! The economy has slowed measures being taken there.
inent liberals and leftists. Out of power, Rafsanjani acknowledges Non Resident Technology has many benefits but government and implementation of and the worst affected are the poor, M.V.D. Mani Kumar,
was seen as a powerful moderate cleric with an ar- Indians and People of Indian is Janus-faced. Electronic voting its schemes have gone haywire ever casual labour and villagers who Hyderabad
ray of business interests; he enjoyed the support of Origin, there has not been much in systems may solve a lot of problems since the cold war began some survive on cash. Even after 50 days,
return in the form of these PIOs but do introduce new ones in their months ago. While the Lt. Governor there are still restrictions on
the bazaar, which acted as a buffer in the war of wits and NRIs investing in India wake. How can one be certain that is keen that the administration withdrawing ones own money. It is Access to drug and TB fight
between the reformists and hardliners. In recent (Revisiting a passage from India, voting machines, especially those should run smoothly and deliver interesting to note that there are The governments attempt to
years reformists have sought to establish the rule of Jan.9). Instead of reaching out to that have digital components, the goods, she cannot forget that an some in the government who admit restrict the use of Bedaquiline in
law and better relations with the West, while hard- Indians in the West, the cannot be hacked? The best way to elected ministry has also to be a that all deposited money is not multidrug- resistant tuberculosis
liners have emphasised the supremacy of theo- government needs to focus on protect the integrity of the voting part of the decision-making white. Several IT raids across the needs to be debated and the doctors
cracy and conservative values, flowing from the diaspora in Fiji, Guyana, Mauritius process is to have a parallel paper process. The spirit of give and take country have revealed the presence involved in treating such patients
guardianship of the clerics who led the revolution. and the Carribean region which trail as when doubts or disputes and accommodation appear to be of unaccounted money. Therefore, should be involved. In fact when
In this milieu, Rafsanjani threw in his lot with the were populated by the British with arise it will prove reliable. Paper absent. one of the very important aspects of Ethambutol and Rifampicin were
reformists in 2009 following allegations of wide- indentured labour. These countries ballots may be cumbersome to S. Nadarajan, demonetisation, namely a surgical introduced in India as wonder
also offer attractive visa policies to handle and make counting a long- Puducherry operation against black money, has drugs in treating TB, doctors were
spread fraud in the presidential election that was
Indian citizens which need to be drawn-out process but they are been far from achieved. We need asked to write out three copies of
won by former president and hardliner Mahmoud reciprocated so that the relatively foolproof. Recent events The Lt. Governor is known to have a tax reforms and transparency in their prescriptions for patient,
Ahmadinejad. Since then, Rafsanjani went through connections are strengthened. even in the most advanced country certain political affiliation and is large-scale financial dealings. pharmacy and the doctor. Only a
a difficult political period, as he was seen to be at A grievance some overseas Indians have proved that cyber campaigns bound to create problems for the Curbing a culture of bribe-giving very limited number of pharmacies
loggerheads with the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali have is that they cannot get their to sabotage elections can be Congress government. The BJP is needs more than just were to have stocks of these two
Khamenei, who continues to support hardliners. OCI cards due to the lack of mounted. no different from the Congress demonetisation to achieve the medicines. They were to be
Thwarted from becoming a presidential candidate records. Some desire tracing their H.N. Ramakrishna, when it comes to matters of treating objective of clean governance and prescribed only by specialists or
in 2013, he rose to prominence again as the centrist ancestry and extended families as Bengaluru rival parties which are in power in transparent dealings. doctors with an MD. With all such
candidate Hassan Rouhani he supported emerged they were taken away from India some States. Federalism is a good D.B.N. Murthy, restrictions relaxed today, it is no
victorious in the 2013 elections. Rafsanjani played a forcibly. But there is no help in India How does one ensure that a voter is concept but, sadly, is followed more Bengaluru wonder then that we have the
for this here. One way to do this is not intimidated by a rival political in the breach than in the observance burning problem of drug resistance.
pivotal background role in the signing of the land- to hire genealogists who can trace party? There is a chance of misusing by the Centre in particular. The Lt. The pathogens of the same strain
mark nuclear deal between the P-5+1 countries and family trees. The government must ballot paper. Instead of printing Governor, who says that final The issue of CKD available in one area gain different
Iran. Hardliners have shown little inclination to go also be aware that the diaspora ballot paper, there should be a powers in the area of finance or Why Sri Lanka alone? Though the qualities when compared to the
back on the deal that restricts any weaponising pro- keenly watches domestic policies. If mechanism to store encrypted service matters lie with her, should article, Sri Lankas next big fight same one from other areas.
gramme by Iran, but Rafsanjanis death and a more they get a whiff of the idea that they voter data in a centralised database not forget that the electoral (Weekend Being page, Jan.8) Irregular dosage, inadequate
volatile world order with the rise of Donald Trump are unwelcome because of issues for better and effective verification. mandate is for the government. mentioned it in passing the fact is nourishment and unhygienic living
in the U.S. suggest there could be challenges to the such as religion, they will only stop Such data must be transmitted the S. Ramakrishnasayee, that chronic kidney disease is also a conditions contribute to the
deal in the near future. Considering that reformists with acquiring an OCI card. They moment a voter completes the Ranipet, Tamil Nadu problem in the Uddanam area of problem. Moreover in India, where
face stiff challenges presented by the theocrats who will not bother having an emotional voting process. Srikakulam district in Andhra private clinics are also allowed to
and comprehensive connect and Pradesh. treat TB patients, the monitoring
control the publicly owned media, the judiciary
engagement with India.
Gunreddy Srinivas Reddy, On demonetisation The government seems to be system is very weak, which tends to
and other clerical supervisory bodies, they will cer- Hyderabad
Akshay Viswanathan, The Prime Minister blamed lukewarm in its response so far. add new dimensions. But denying a
tainly miss Rafsanjani. Even till the ripe age of 82, he political worshippers of black More dialysis units need to be drug needed by a patient is a crime
managed to straddle various generations of pre-and
Thiruvananthapuram Turf battles in Puducherry money while thanking the Indian established here. Detecting cases, and no reason can substantiate such
post-revolutionary Iran and was a difficult figure The phases of confrontation diaspora for supporting and ensuring proper and free an act by the government.
for hardliners to overcome politically. For a paper audit between the Lt. Governor of demonetisation. Anyone criticising medication are needed at this A.G. Rajmohan,
The Election Commission should Puducherry and the Congress demonetisation is unfortunately juncture. The Andhra Pradesh Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh


POLITICS Respite, not reconciliation

Mounting a late comeback The ceasefire in Syria and the upcoming peace talks in Astana could be the beginning of the long
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has been in steady electoral
decline for the last decade. It swept Uttar Pradesh in 2007, se-
denouement in the war-torn country
curing 30.43 per cent of the popular vote, but it lost to the
Samajwadi Party (SP) in 2012, polling only 25.91 per cent. Sim-
ilarly, in the general election in 2009, its 27.4 per cent trans-
SMITA lated into 20 Lok Sabha MPs; by 2014, it was down to 19.6 per VIJAY PRASHAD
GUPTA cent and no seats.
In these 10 years, the BSPs upper caste vote assiduously
cultivated in the run-up to 2007 through its bhaichara sammelans and
promise of restoring law and order melted away. Worse, by 2014, May- The Syrian Arab Army now controls
awatis core constituency of Dalits began to shrink, lured away by the Bhar- Aleppo, which means that the Syrian
atiya Janata Party (BJP). government once more is in charge of
As the BSP spiralled downwards, a galaxy of senior leaders, many hand- the main population centres in the coun-
picked by party founder Kanshi Ram, either left or were thrown out of the try. Opposition armed forces are
party. They included Babu Singh Kushwaha, R.K. Chowdhury, Swami Prasad hemmed in around Damascus and in Id-
Maurya, Jugal Kishore, Dara Singh Chauhan and Brajesh Pathak. Barring Mr. lib, while the Islamic State (IS) still
Pathak who belongs to the Brahmin community, the rest belong to most holds the northern city of Raqqa. These
backward castes. Now only two of Ms. Mayawatis old lieutenants forces, including IS, are on the back foot,
Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Satish Mishra remain, while old faithful Am- disorganised, weakened logistically and
beth Rajan continues in the wings. However, unlike those who left the party, disoriented. Largely abandoned by their
those who remain do not command much of a following even in their own benefactors the West, the Gulf Arabs
communities. BSP insiders say the original party structure has virtually and Turkey these fighters have either
been dismantled. They point to the need to urgently rebuild the organisa- moved to great desperation in their viol-
tion, groom new leaders, and frame a credible political message. ence or to near surrender. A ceasefire
brokered on December 30, 2016 holds in
Infrequent interactions most parts of the country. Peace talks are
Till the 2007 polls, Ms. Mayawati herself held regular workers meetings, to begin on January 23 in Astana (Kaza-
impervious to inclement weather. In power (2007-2012), she had her hands khstan). Iran, Russia, the Syrian govern-
full with administration. But her growing dependence on her lieutenants ment, sections of the Syrian opposition,
and coterie of civil servants saw her Turkey and the United Nations will have
growing increasingly isolated from the Taking advantage of the seats at the table. The United States and
rank and file. The distance grew as she the Europeans will not be there.
gradually became accustomed to a more
SP family feud and the The war will not end in Astana. Ex- LIMPING TO PEACE: It was the Turkish shift that allowed Bashar al-Assad to take Aleppo. Al-Rai town in Aleppo. PHOTO: REUTERS
lavish lifestyle. The only change in the Una uprising, Mayawati tremist groups such as the IS and the al-
party has been in the modernisation of is working to improve Qaeda-backed Jabhat Fateh al-Sham ment. Al-Qaeda and other extremist border long used to resupply the The war will not end in
communication. The BSP, which once continue to hold territory. Frustrated ex- groups came across the Turkish border rebels in northern Syria had to close,
scoffed at the media, began to vigorously the prospects of the BSP tremists who are unwilling to accede to and from Iraq as well as from the prisons substantially reducing the ability of the Astana. For extremist groups
use social media platforms. But this was not enough for Ms. Mayawatis sup- the new situation have already begun to of the Syrian government. Casualty extremists in Aleppo. The Syrian gov- who continue to hold territory,
porters as she was rarely sighted till about six months back. trek to the IS and the al-Qaeda proxy. For rates edged upwards, with over half a ernment, which had waited four years, there is little gain from
This did not go unnoticed even by her most committed voters. Last them, there is little to be gained from million dead. The impossible promise of then moved with great force. It was the
September, while travelling through eastern U.P., I stopped in the Ganesh- surrender or reconciliation. Western bombardment kept the war go- Turkish shift that allowed Mr. Assad to surrender or reconciliation
pur Assembly seat of Basti district in Aaspur, a village populated almost en- ing in the hope that this would force Mr. take Aleppo.
tirely by members of Ms. Mayawatis own community. Residents told me Western miscalculations Assad to negotiate. On January 5, Iraqs National Security the illegal U.S. invasion in 2003, saw
that they had always voted BSP and would do so this time too: Haathi For the past five years, the main slo- The West miscalculated. On Septem- Adviser met Mr. Assad in Damascus to over 6,000 civilians killed last year
hamara ghar hai, doosre ghar me mana hai (The elephant is our home, we gan from the Syrian opposition and its ber 22, 2016, U.S. Secretary of State John discuss their mutual fight against the IS, alone. It is often strategically targeted
are not accepted anywhere else). Gulf Arab, Turkish and Western allies Kerry made some off-the-cuff remarks just as Iraqi forces cleared the road from against Shia neighbourhoods and reli-
But to a question on Ms. Mayawatis prospects in the upcoming elections, was Assad Must Go. It now turns out at the Dutch Mission to the United Na- Haditha to al-Qaim, which is on the gious places in order to deepen the
they expressed regret. She wont return to power this time because all that the government of Bashar al-Assad tions. The tape from that meeting, re- Iraq-Syria border. These public meet- trough of sectarianism. After a spate of
other communities are against us, said Anil Kumar. One community is just will remain. It appeared, even in 2011, leased by WikiLeaks, reveals the general ings, a senior Egyptian military officer attacks in Baghdad, Sunni leader Sheikh
not enough. Swami Prasad Mauryas departure for the BJP, he stressed, had that the fall of Mr. Assad without major Western consensus on the Syrian con- informs me, mirror the more private in- Mahdi al-Sumaidaie, the Grand Mufti of
sent a negative signal to the Mauryas and Kushwahas (a big chunk of whom Western military intervention was un- flict. Mr. Kerry indicated that the U.S. teractions between the militaries of Iraq, made a plea on January 5 that
had voted for the BSP) just as the formation of the Nishad Party had seen the likely. The Syrian military was far more had watched the growth of IS, and had Egypt, Iraq, Algeria and Syria. In echoes across the Arab world: I con-
flight of the Nishads, Kewats, Binds and Mallahs, all supporters of the BSP disciplined than the Libyan military, hoped to use it as a bargaining chip November, Egyptian army officers went firm that Shias and Sunnis will meet and
earlier. As for the upper castes, Mr. Kumar said they had not just abandoned which had begun to crumble before the against the Assad government. As it to Syria to re-establish connections that hold accountable all who betrayed, de-
the BSP but were actively campaigning against Ms. Mayawati at the village NATO bombing on Libya. There was turned out, Mr. Assad turned to Iran and have frayed over the past few years. Now ceived and burned Iraq. It was a state-
level, recalling the liberal use of the legislation (while she was in power) that also far less daylight between the Syrian Russia for help, which is when the Russi- Egypt is ready to send peacekeepers to ment of patriotism out of desperation.
penalises those who commit atrocities against the Scheduled Castes. Be- government and its military than there ans intervened directly in September help manage the ceasefire. Meanwhile, This seam of patriotism will be hard for
henji no longer met people directly, he said, but left the job to her coordinat- was between the Egyptian government 2015 ending any possibility of regime the Syrian and Turkish governments the extremists to rip apart.
ors, many of whom did not convey the right picture to her. Now with elec- and its military. Absent massive military change in Damascus and of an IS cap- have met secretly in Algeria over the North-west of Damascus is Souq
tions round the corner, she has finally begun to get out and meet people. force, there was going to be no regime ture of Damascus. With Mr. Assad now past five months to begin a conversation Wadi Barada. The al-Fija spring there is
change in Syria. safe, the Russians have begun to draw about the status of the Syrian Kurdish a crucial source of water for the capital.
A ray of hope Direct Western military intervention down their forces, largely to build con- enclave on the Turkish border. Algeria is Extremist groups have held this source
It is against this bleak backdrop that two events that took place in 2016 was curtailed thanks to the fiasco in fidence towards the Astana meeting. now openly talking about the restora- for the past several years and on at least
provide signs of hope for the BSP. The first was the Dalit uprising in Gujarat. Iraq by the lack of domestic appetite By 2015, it had become clear to the tion of legitimacy to the Assad six previous occasions cut off the water
The assault on Dalits in Una that reverberated through the country did not in the West for the use of sufficient num- Turkish government that neither would government. supply to Damascus. The fall of Aleppo
just remind Dalits of their essential condition, but also provided Ms. May- bers of troops to fight in Syria. Regime Mr. Assads government fall nor could has led to new fighting in the area, with
awati the opportunity to regain her vote base ahead of the Assembly elec- change in Libya and its disastrous after- Turkey protect itself from the detritus of The end is far water now firmly cut off from all but one
tions. BSP cadres hit the streets in protest, even as a video capturing the hor- math closed the door for a UN author- its own making attacks by the IS in- The frustration of the extremists will tank, which the military controls. Dam-
rifying details of a violent upper caste attack on Dalit cow-skinners in Una isation for war on Syria. By 2012, this side Turkey and a reopened war with the not produce an easy end to this conflict. ascus faces great hardship. Negotiations
began to circulate. After Una and the public meetings condemning the meant that the Assad government could Kurdish resistance movement. Turkeys Harsh violence is the more expected are on to let the water flow again. When
derogatory remarks made about Ms. Mayawati by the subsequently expelled not be easily defeated. The policy shif- government lashed out at its critics outlet. Attacks in Jordan, Saudi Arabia it does, it will show that reconciliation is
BJP member Daya Shankar Singh, her core Dalit vote has returned. The ral- ted from direct overthrow to a much who had much to be critical about and and Turkey all accused, rightly, of possible in these societies.
lies that she has held in the last six months, though few in number, have been more cynical use of power. Covert ship- sought a rapprochement with Russia for abandoning the uprising will con-
very well-attended. ments of arms went to rebels of various economic and political reasons. This tinue to be a serious problem. Iraq, Vijay Prashads most recent book is The Death of the
The second event has been the continuing Yadav family feud in the SP that stripes to help delegitimise the govern- new alignment for Turkey meant that its already accustomed to violence since Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution.
has presented the Muslims, constituting 18 per cent of the States population,
with a dilemma: their first choice is the SP, and their target is to defeat the

A rights bill gone wrong

BJP, but can a divided SP do that? If the feud does not end, the BSP could be
the beneficiary. Ms. Mayawati has therefore been wooing the Muslims, un-
derscoring the SPs deep divide at public meetings. Last week, she asked
senior BSP leaders to make the electorate aware that the feud did not augur
well for the States development.
To get the message across more clearly, she has nominated 97 Muslim can- The Transgender Persons Bill 2016 is the product of an insincere attempt at lawmaking
didates and 106 candidates from the OBC community, a section that had al-
most wholesale abandoned the BSP in 2014. By comparison, Dalits have
been given just 87 seats. Only two candidates are left to be declared. This is puzzling considering that the
It is clear that Ms. Mayawati is working on a plan. But being belated, will it 2014 and 2015 Bills, and even other re-
be enough? cent laws like the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities Act, 2016 and the Mental SHRUTI NAMRATA Healthcare Bill, 2016, are framed in
AMBAST MUKHERJEE rights language.
Further, the Bill is completely silent
on how its content will impact the oper-
A disturbing facet of lawmaking in India ation of existing laws. Most laws, in-
FROM THE ARCHIVES is that laws are often drafted without in- cluding of marriage, adoption and suc-
depth research, as a result of which they cession, continue to be based on the
are misinformed and remain paper ti- binary of male and female. Criminal
gers. Another is that a culture of token- laws, especially those dealing with
ism prevails regarding pressing social sexual offences, also continue to be
(dated January 10, 1967)
issues, seen most recently in The Trans- gendered. The cisnormative (the as-
China heading engineering and chemical gender Persons (Protection of Rights) sumption that everyone has a gender
products for the purpose of Bill, 2016. identity that matches the sex the person
towards civil war exports. The groups of industries was assigned at birth) foundation of the
Reports coming over the week- that would fall within the scope of Radical changes in draft law remains a significant barrier to ac-
end from Peking paint a picture of this team would be rolled steel In April 2014, the Supreme Court de- cess to legal justice for transgender per-
violence and bloody clashes fast products, ferrous castings and livered the landmark judgment of sons. Jurisdictions like the U.K., Ireland,
spreading to different parts of forgings, small and cutting tools NALSA v. Union of India, which af- Argentina and Malta, which have legis-
China amidst indications that the and hand tools, electronic firmed the fundamental rights of trans- A FAIRER WORLD: None of the Bills on transgender rights have addressed the issue lated on transgender rights, clarify in
great proletarian cultural components, dies, jigs and fixtures, gender persons. The court gave a series of Section 377, which is used to harass transgender persons. A queer pride march their laws the impact gender change
revolution is deteriorating into a rubber products, pharmaceutical of directives to the government to insti- in Mumbai. FILE PHOTO: SHASHI ASHIWAL will have on existing legal institutions
volcano of gigantic proportions and some other chemical items. tute welfare measures for transgender that are inaccessible to persons with
which may erupt at any moment The team will be in India for four persons, including affirmative action. It the previous two Bills, it also com- non-conforming genders. The NALSA
into a civil war. That the situation to five weeks during which period also directed that the Expert Commit- pletely disregarded all existing dis-
The Bill deviates from a judgment too recognises the need for
has taken a serious turn can be they will visit a number of tee Report prepared by the Ministry of course and resources the NALSA rights-based approach and making civil rights accessible to trans-
gauged from the fact that the industrial units, manufacturing Social Justice and Empowerment judgment, the Expert Committee Re- leaves transgender persons at gender persons. However, the Bill fails
official Peking Radio reporting on products which have an export (MSJE) be implemented. port, and public comments. The 2016 to take this into account.
bloody clashes between pro Mao In December 2014, Tiruchi Siva, a Bill has now been referred to a Standing the mercy of the Finally, none of the Bills have ad-
Tse-tung supporters and their Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Rajya Committee. benevolent state dressed the issue of Section 377, which
opponents, for the first time, TV station at Sabha MP, introduced the Rights of What led to such radical changes in is frequently used to harass transgender
publicly appealed to several Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 as a the new draft? Given that the discourse persons, specifically transgender wo-
revolutionary mass organisations
Bombay planned Private Members Bill. On April 24, 2015, on transgender rights has garnered suf- Bills had more accurate definitions of men. The conventional understanding
in Shanghai against the activities Active steps are being taken for in a rare instance, the Rajya Sabha unan- ficient momentum and visibility, this the term transgender. In fact, the 2015 of Section 377 is that it criminalises all
of the anti-Mao elements. introducing television in Bombay, imously passed the Bill. However, it watered-down Bill reflects callousness Bill was the most progressive in this re- sex that is not between people of oppos-
Although the official radio did not before the current year is out, it is never made it to the Lok Sabha. on the part of the legislature. Previous gard as it granted a transgender person ite genders. But recognising trans-
give many details, reports from learnt from official sources. The Instead, the government decided to research, consultations, drafts, and judi- the right to identify as either man, wo- rights means recognising that there are
Japanese newspaper Ministry of Information and get its own Bill The Rights of Trans- cial orders stand completely ignored in man, or transgender. Another prob- more than the opposite genders of
Correspondents quoting Peking Broadcasting has already taken in gender Persons Bill, 2015 drafted, the face of political (dis)interest, which lem is the absence of a provision on re- male and female. Embracing rights of
wall papers indicate that the hand the construction of television which was put up for public comments means that much of the work will now servation, running contrary to the persons with non-conforming genders
workers in Chinas foremost city studios in Bombay and other in December. The 2015 Bill was largely have to be repeated. NALSA judgment and the 2014 and 2015 while criminalising persons with non-
have been engaged in such preparations in this connection are based on the 2014 Bill, but it did away To start with, the 2016 Bill in many Bills which directed reservations for conforming sexual orientations is thus
sabotage as destruction of also afoot. The idea is that the with provisions on Transgender Rights ways falls short in its substantive con- transgender persons. absurd.
production facilities and plotting moment the draft of the Fourth Courts and the National and State Com- tent. Clause 2(i) of the Bill, which The 2016 Bill is the product of an un-
to cut off water and electricity. Five-Year Plan is approved and missions. The Ministry also consulted defines the term transgender person, Not a rights-based approach interested and insincere attempt at law-
U.N. team to necessary financial sanction for civil society and activists. In April 2016, has been inexplicably borrowed from a While the NALSA judgment is making. India is within touching dis-
the scheme obtained, T.V. cameras the 2015 draft Bill was sent to the Law provision of the Australian Sex Dis- couched in rights language, locating the tance of enabling the legal
study industries should be switched on in this Ministry, in July the Cabinet approved crimination Amendment (Sexual Ori- fundamental rights of transgender per- empowerment of a hitherto marginal-
At the invitation of the second largest city in the country. it, and in August it was introduced in the entation, Gender Identity and Intersex sons in the golden trinity of Articles 14, ised community and it would be a
Government of India, a team of Calcutta and Madras are also Lok Sabha. It is unclear at which point Status) Act 2013, which defines the term 19 and 21 of the Constitution, the 2016 shame if it squandered the opportunity
U.N. experts is arriving in India receiving attention in this matter the drafting changed, for the Bill intro- intersex. This, even though the Expert Bill, though it uses the word rights in by passing a bad law.
next week to assess the scope for and it will not be long before they duced in the Lok Sabha was drastically Committee Report clearly explained its title, deviates from a rights-based ap-
increasing production of specified are placed on the television map. different from the 2015 Bill. Not only the difference between transgender and proach and leaves transgender persons Shruti Ambast and Namrata Mukherjee are Research
was it shorn of many critical features of intersex identities. The 2014 and 2015 at the mercy of the benevolent state. Fellows at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi.

12 | NEWS



SP factions approach poll panel J&K to give ex gratia
SC backs order on to unrest victims kin
TN appointments Mulayam reiterates claim, Akhilesh wants early solution to symbol dispute PEERZADA ASHIQ Efforts will be made
Chief Justice Khehar said government. DEVESH K. PANDEY JAMMU: The Jammu and Kash- to create a congenial
just because the Constitu- The Tamil Nadu govern- mir government on Monday atmosphere for
tion leaves it to the States ment had appealed against NEW DELHI: Even as Samajwadi announced an ex gratia of 5
wisdom to appoint its ad- the High Courts decision. Party patriarch Mulayam lakh and a job to the next of
dialogue, says
ministrative officers and Mr. Rohatgi said the Singh on Monday reiterated kin of those killed during the Mehbooba Mufti
devises no procedure what- posts in the TNPSC had his factions claim to the 2016 street clashes, sparked
soever, it does not mean started falling vacant since party symbol, the Akhilesh by the slaying of militant lost their eyesight during the
that such appointments can 2013, and appointment of Yadav camp approached the commander Burhan Wani. crises.
be made arbitrarily and the 11 members was made Election Commission de- Seeking support of all
without consideration. after considering a total of manding that the dispute be shades of opinion in J&K to Pellet victims
At one point, the Chief 122 candidates from 2013 to decided before the nomina- stop the unfortunate cycle Over 1,000 civilians were
Justice cut short the justi- 2016. tion process for the As- of violence like in 2016, hit in the eye by pellets dur-
fications made by Attor- The High Court made sembly elections in Uttar Chief Minister Mehbooba ing the five-month street
ney-General Mukul Ro- an error in thinking that the Pradesh starts on January 17. Mufti said, Earnest effort agitation last year. The eye-
hatgi, appearing for the State committed the phys- Mr. Mulayam Singh, ac- would be made to create a sight of more than 300 civil-
T.N. government. ically impossible task of ap- companied by Amar Singh congenial atmosphere for ians was affected. Arrange-
Mr. Rohatgi, you serve pointing them all in one and Shivpal Singh, visited dialogue and resolution of ments for education at Delhi
society and not some State day How is that possible? the Election Commission to issues. and other places would be
government. Remember al- Mr. Rohatgi asked. say that the convention made for the students whose
ways, that is your role, He said the 11 members called to elect Mr. Akhilesh SIT probe eyesight got affected during
Chief Justice Khehar rep- were well-qualified people the partys national presid- Ms. Mufti said the govern- the turmoil. I have already
rimanded the top govern- like senior lawyers, aca- ent was against the party ment would set up district- spoken to the Prime Minister
ment law officer of the demicians and a judge. constitution. level Special Investigating and the Union Finance Min-
country. But the High Court has He said Ramgopal Yadav, Teams (SITs) to probe the ister in this regard, she told
The 11 TNPSC members gone the whole hog to say at whose instance the meet- killings. Unofficial figures the Assembly.
were appointed on January there was absolutely no ing was called, had already put the number of dead at 93 She said 138 persons were
31, 2016. Writ petitions were procedure and no consider- been expelled and therefore, but officials put the number still in judicial and police
filed in the Madras High ation. Your Advocate Gen- the meeting was not valid. of civilian victims at 76. custody. Of the 463 persons
Court through senior ad- eral says everything both Also, the convention had COMPETING CLAIMS: Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh with party leaders Shivpal Singh She announced a SIT to detained under the Public
vocate P. Wilson challen- recommendation and ac- passed no resolution to re- and Amar Singh arrives at the Election Commission office in New Delhi on Monday. PHOTO: PTI probe the killing of a college Safety Act, 145 have been re-
ging the appointments. ceptance was done in one move him as party chief. lecturer at Khrew, Pulwama, leased.
The High Court, on day. This is arbitrary. These Singh has written to the Ra- ted. He also submitted seven against his father, a stand re- and an ATM guard at Karan
December 22, 2016, con- members of the PSC shall Forgery alleged jya Sabha Chairman seeking copies of the affidavits to lay ciprocated by Mr. Singh. Nagar, Srinagar. The lecturer Opposition demand
cluded that the appoint- select Class 1 officers if The Samajwadi Party su- de-recognition of Mr. claim to the symbol. As both factions have was allegedly beaten to The J&K Assembly wit-
ment of the 11 commenced you do not have bona fide premo, who has not yet filed Ramgopal as the partys staked a claim to the party death, while the ATM guard nessed uproarious scenes
on January 30, 2016 and people worthy of their jobs, any affidavits, requested the group leader, stating that he No statements symbol, the EC is going was found dead with pellet when Opposition MLAs
ended the next day, mean- where will your State go? Commission to verify the af- has been expelled from the The Akhilesh camp has through the documents sub- injuries. sought a judicial commission
ing there was no applica- Chief Justice Khehar asked fidavits submitted by the party. claimed that a majority of the mitted by them. Announcing 5 lakh as ex to investigate the incidents
tion of mind by the State Mr. Rohatgi. Akhilesh camp, alleging that Soon after Mr. Mulayam partys members and legis- The ultimate test to decide gratia to families of victims, of killings in 2016 summer
they were forged. Singh left the EC office, Mr. lators are in support of the the dispute would be the nu- Ms. Mufti said, Possibilities unrest.
We will examine his rep- Ramgopal met the Commis- Chief Minister and therefore, merical majority in the of providing jobs would also The government must set
resentation and take a de- sion officials to request that the faction led by him is the partys organisational and le- be explored in cases of ex- up a judicial commission to
Railways were used cision in due course, said a
Commission official.
the issue of party symbol be
resolved before the nomina-
real Samajwadi Party. The
Chief Minister has refrained
gislative structures. The
partys constitution would
treme compassion. Job op-
portunities would be made
be led by a Supreme Court
judge, said NC MLA Ghu-
Besides, Mr. Mulayam tion process in the State star- from issuing any statement also be examined. available to the persons who lam Mohammad Saroori.
to appease allies: PM
Later on Monday, while
inaugurating India's first
International Stock Ex-
lines of Singapore, Dubai
and Hong Kong where off-
shore banking and financial UAEs Crown Prince to get a royal welcome Waheeda
change at the Gujarat Inter-
national Finance Tech
services are transacted.
He added that in 10 years, SUHASINI HAIDAR counter-terror cooperation Prime Ministers and mon- Rehman on
The unspoken
(GIFT) City near Gandhin-
agar, Mr Modi said India
GIFT city should become
the price setter for at least a NEW DELHI: Officials will meet
will be discussed.
Since this is the first Stra- significance of his
archs. The importance of
Sheikh Mohammad bin Za-
Padma panel
needs 30 crore new jobs in few of the largest trade in- for the first India-UAE Stra- tegic Dialogue, we are ex- visit is about ending yeds visit can be gauged by
the next 20 years. struments and the city will tegic Dialogue here on Janu- ploring our options on the the fact that he was con- SPECIAL
Its a huge endeavor," create several lakh new ary 20 for preliminary talks format and the level of talks Pakistans primacy sidered over Canadian Prime CORRESPONDENT
Mr Modi said, adding, "The jobs in next few years. on defence, security and in- for the future, which is why in the UAE Minister Justin Trudeau and
smart cities are being cre- The new exchange will vestment, sources say. The we are keeping it flexible, Bangladesh Premier Sheikh NEW DELHI: Actor
ated and will be generating start trading from January talks come 18 months after said a diplomat involved in all the stops to showcase ties Hasina, and despite the fact Waheeda Rehman and
jobs. 16 and in the first phase, it the two nations announced a the planning for the visit, between the Gulf country that the Crown Prince had political and economic
The India International will be trading in derivative strategic partnership during who said India and the UAE and India, with the UAE already made a state visit to commentator S.
Exchange will create new products in equity, cur- Prime Minister Narendra are making up for lost time Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Army expected to march India less than a year ago in Gurumurthy are on the
standards of quality in ser- rency and commodities Modis visit to Abu Dhabi on their relationship. Al Nahyan. with Indian soldiers down February 2016. 19-member panel to
vice and speed of transac- and subsequently, it will al- and a week ahead of UAE However, officials refused Rajpath on January 26. The unspoken signific- select the Padma award
tions and it is an important low trading in other finan- Crown Prince Sheikh Mo- to confirm reports in the me- the upcoming dialogue. De- The invitation itself is a ance of the UAE visit is about winners this year.
milestone for creating 21st cial products as well. hamed bin Zayed Al Nahy- dia last week that the UAE fence is important because rare exception for India, offi- ending Pakistans primacy The civilian awards
century infrastructure," Mr "India is in excellent time ans visit to Delhi for Repub- government had already we live in a fairly volatile cials said, as the government in the UAE. The Pakistani of Padma Vibhushan,
Modi said as he launched zone between west and east lic Day. moved to seize property and period and in a region that has invited a leader who is Army traditionally trained Padma Bhushan and
the trading activities in the and GIFT city can provide Officials say the talks will assets of Mumbai blasts ac- has been particularly hit by not a head of state or head of UAE defence forces and sev- Padma Shri are
new exchange set up by the facility through day and be led by Union Minister of cused Dawood Ibrahim, who that volatility. In that region, government for the first time eral Pakistani military offi- announced on the eve
Bombay Stock Exchange. night. This exchange will State for External Affairs M.J. is known to have based much India and the UAE are is- in 50 years. In 1965, the guest cials like former ISI chief of Republic Day.
The new exchange aims start when the Japanese Akbar and will include Na- of his empire there. lands of stability and there is for the Republic Day parade, Gen. Shuja Pasha have Nearly 150 persons
to garner a piece of offshore market starts and close tional Security Adviser Ajit a recognition that by work- which was then a much smal- served in advisory capacities will get the awards this
banking activities from when U.S. market will Doval and Foreign Secretary Defence focus ing together, we can contrib- ler affair in Delhis National to the UAE. Last week, year. A senior
Singapore, Dubai and Hong close, so it will work for 22 S. Jaishankar if they are There is a lot we have on ute a lot more to regional Stadium, was Pakistans Ag- Pakistans outgoing Army government official
Kong. hours," Mr Modi said, re- needed. In particular, a $75- the table, Navdeep Suri, In- stability. riculture Minister Rana Ab- Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif was said that a lot of
During his tenure as Gu- counting his meeting with billion infrastructure fund dian Ambassador to the Ahead of the visit of dul Hamid, but since then, appointed the chief of the 39- unsung heroes would
jarat Chief Minister, Mr BSE management in 2013 set up by the UAE for India UAE, told The National Sheikh Mohammad bin Za- India has reserved the hon- country Saudi Arabia-led Is- be on the list.
Modi had envisaged creat- when he requested them to and Indias hopes for closer newspaper, while describing yed, New Delhi is pulling out our only for Presidents, lamic Military Alliance. This is the first time
ing an international finan- set up an international ex- the Home Ministry has
cial services hub on the change in Gujarat. invited nominations

Pak. should come for SC hints at setting up SIT

online. An official said
they had received

Relief for card-swiping talks, says Rajnath many representations

for people from across

clients at petrol pumps RAJULAPUDI SRINIVAS

for Panama papers probe the country and
As reported by The
Hindu, the government
The Government had is- Sunday announced that VIJAYAWADA: Union Home Min- LEGAL CORRESPONDENT Team to probe has recommended the
sued guidelines in February petrol pumps across the ister Rajnath Singh said on revelations about name of Mufti
2016 stating that the Mer- country would not accept Monday that Pakistan should NEW DELHI: The Supreme Mohammad Sayeed,
chant Discount Rate credit or debit cards in come forward for talks and Court on Monday indicated 500 Indians who the former Chief
(MDR) charge will not be protest against the MDR, put an end to violence in that it may order, at a relev- have money parked in Minister of Jammu and
passed on to the consumers the burden of which was Jammu and Kashmir. ant time, the setting up of a Kashmir, for a
and that the stakeholders placed entirely on the deal- Mr. Singh was here to lay Special Investigation Team
off-shore accounts posthumous Padma
will take appropriate steps ers. The association later the foundation for the con- (SIT) to look into the revela- Vibhushan, the highest
to absorb the MDR deferred this move till Janu- struction of the new campus tions made in the Panama pa- commission of a serious in the Padma category
charges, said Mr. Pradhan. ary 13 after the transaction of the National Disaster Re- Rajnath Singh pers allegedly about nearly fraud. and the second highest
Mr. Ravichandran of fees were waived till that sponse Forces 10th battalion. 500 high-profile Indians who At an earlier hearing, Ad- civilian award in the
ICRA said: As such, the date. Responding to a query on in all the States. We are get- have money parked in off- The government, repres- ditional Solicitor-General country.
dealer margin is very low. Banks have also been the series of encounters ting good support from the shore accounts. ented by Additional Soli- Tushar Mehta had submitted A total of 112 persons
They are complaining its co-ordinating with oil com- along the Line of Control people on demonetisation, A Bench of Justices Dipak citor-General P.S. that a Multi Agency Group were given the awards
one of the lowest in the panies to set up card ac- (LoC) and on holding talks Mr. Singh said. Misra and R. Banumathi said Narasimha, told the Apex (MAG) of various investigat- in 2016. Tamil superstar
world. Its the same for the cepting terminals at outlets and restoring peace in Kash- He claimed that 55 per cent everything could not be court that it was absolutely ing agencies was formed by Rajnikanth, media
oil marketing companies as wherever required, Rajiv mir, the Union Home Minis- of extremist activities had under the control of the SIT serious about investigating the government to go into entrepreneur Ramoji
well. So, even bearing one Anand, ED, Retail Banking ter said it is Pakistan which come down in the Naxal- set up to investigate black disclosures in the Panama the disclosures made in the Rao, spiritual guru Sri
per cent would be a chal- at Axis Bank said. should come for dominated States and insur- money. That SIT is headed papers. list which included 500 In- Sri Ravi Shankar and
lenge, he said. We look forward to discussions. gency had dropped by about by the former Supreme Meanwhile, SEBI has dian entities. founder of Reliance
All the parties con- working closely with the oil Speaking on the coming 70 per cent in the North East- Court judge, M.B. Shah. One sought time to file its The Panama papers con- Industries Dhirubhai
cerned, including the industry to ensure that the elections in Uttar Pradesh, ern States. SIT should not control counter to the writ petition tain huge amount of informa- Ambani
banks, dealers and the con- momentum built for digital Uttarakhand, Punjab, Ma- On pending issues in everything. We are thinking filed by Supreme Court ad- tion, including over 11 mil- (posthumously) were
sumers, will have to share transactions can be carried nipur and Goa, Mr. Singh Andhra Pradesh post-bifurc- of another SIT. We want an vocate M.L. Sharma, who al- lion documents covering among the 10 who got
the burden, Mr. forward and that customers said the Bharatiya Janata ation, he said we are doing independent SIT, Justice leged that the leaked docu- 2,10,000 firms in 21 offshore Padma Vibhushan.
Ravichandran are not inconvenienced by Party will get a clear majority our best to do justice to AP. Misra observed. ments revealed the jurisdictions.
The All India Petroleum bearing the cost of the
Dealers Association on transaction.

CBSE exams to start

Canada to work towards advancing human rights: Minister
KALLOL BHATTACHERJEE India will benefit from our Trudeau government was He highlighted that im- backgrounds, and we frame
from March 9 NEW DELHI: In a bid to counter
knowledge of diversity, plur-
alism, rule of law, gender par-
committed to upholding val-
ues like multiculturalism
migration from India to
Canada was on the rise.
our immigration policy with
that in mind, Mr. Sohi
growing intolerance world- ity and human rights, so that and inclusive government. added.
The release said: The adoption of several IT initi- wide, Canada will work to- there is commitment to di- Canada has a strong Indo- Unique opportunities Mr. Sohi highlighted
board has made all efforts atives would help in quick wards advancing human versity and inclusion and we Canadian population, which, Discussing the unique op- Canadas role in accepting
to maintain a reasonable result-processing. rights and diversity. Arguing will advance some of these the Minister said, benefited portunities that Canadas 30,000 refugees from Syria
time gap between the major The results are generally that Canada will remain ideals at the international from the inclusive environ- free society provided to im- and Ottawas role in interna-
papers and ensured that the declared before the end of committed to freedom of level, Mr. Sohi told The ment. migrants, the Minister said tional peace missions and
students appearing for the May. perspectives and cultural Hindu. My visit I am the fourth they would make immigra- said the current government
Joint Engineering Exam The number of students differences, Ottawas Minis- Minister to visit India since tion easier for the best tal- remained committed to
and the National Eligibility- taking the Class 10 examin- ter of Communities and In- Fourth Minister the formation of our govern- ents to enter the country. building a peaceful and co-
cum-Entrance Test ations this year will be 16.67 frastructure Amarjeet Sohi Mr. Sohi, who is the fourth ment is a strong message We design immigration hesive society for
(NEET) complete the lakh, up from 14.91 lakh a said on Monday that his Canadian Minister to visit about the governments policy based on the need of immigrants.
CBSE examinations ahead year ago. country had created an im- India since the government Minister of Communities and commitment to upgrading our country to focus on in- Our relationship with
of these entrance exams. Students writing the migration policy based on of Justine Trudeau was Infrastructure Amarjeet Sohi ties with India. novation. In order for any other countries like India
The release added that Class 12 examinations this social inclusion. formed in November 2015, Canada is open for busi- country to be innovative it will benefit from our know-
the declaration of the res- year number 10.98 lakh, as We believe that our rela- will participate in the Vi- Mr. Sohi, who was born in ness with India, said Mr. needs to be open for different ledge of tolerance and multi-
ults would be timely, as the against 10.65 lakh last year. tionship with countries like brant Gujarat summit. Punjab, said the Justin Sohi. perspectives and cultural culturalism, he said.
NEWS | 13


Other States beat Kerala in emigration to Gulf Congress dishes out

UP, TN, Bihar, West Bengal, Punjab and Rajasthan now top in sending people to Middle East

BENGALURU: If you assume

cruitment agents, officials
said. A model work con-
tract is being drafted and
details of those going to
ECR countries.
But the problem is that
sops to win Punjab
Farm loan waiver, free power, phones, textbooks on offer
that it was only people from competitive labour agree- this data will remain in-
Kerala and Andhra Pradesh ments are being negotiated complete because a large SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
who emigrate to Gulf coun- with ECR countries to pro- number of people go
tries in large numbers, you tect Indians, an official said. through devious routes. NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH: Farm
are probably wrong. Recent Domestic sector workers Neither we nor our consu- loan waivers and free power,
statistics indicate that the are not covered under la- lates know about them. Till smart phones, free textbooks
stereotype no longer holds. bour laws. In many coun- the time they get into and doles to unemployed
In the last two years, Uttar tries, they are under the trouble, they do not ap- youth, a promise to wipe out
Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Ministry of Home Affairs. proach us. We are address- the drug trade and revive the
West Bengal, Punjab and They are a very vulnerable ing the lacunae. economy all feature in the
Rajasthan have been the top section, the official said. Congress manifesto for Pun-
six States sending people to GULF DREAM: In the last two years, emigration from India to The Ministry has asked Anti-trafficking pact jab, a State in which the party
the Gulf. In this period, the Gulf has increased by 24%, according to the External States to set up an NRI de- Over the next four has been out of power for 10
emigration from India in- Affairs Ministry. FILE PHOTO partment to protect the in- months, India will be sign- years.
creased by 24 per cent. terests of their citizens. ing deals with GCC nations Releasing the manifesto in
Statistics released by the States led the list from 2013 world. They remit $69 bil- to prevent human traffick- Delhi on Monday, former
External Affairs Ministry to 2015, and 90 per cent of lion annually, which consti- Tracking issues ing. According to MEA offi- Prime Minister Manmohan
during a session on Man- the emigration was to Gulf tutes 3 per cent of the GDP. Addressing a press con- cials, the drafts have been Singh hit out at the Shiro- Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Punjab PCC
aging the Emigration Cycle: Cooperation Council As per MEA statistics, 40 ference, Minister of State shared with the Ministry of mani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP president Capt. Amarinder Singh releases the Congress
Streamlining and Support- (GCC) countries. per cent of the total remit- for External Affairs Gen. Home Affairs and GCC government: The challenge manifesto, in New Delhi, on Monday. PHOTO: KAMAL NARANG
ing Indian Workers Emig- Currently, there are 8.54 tances come from the GCC (retd.) V.K. Singh said that countries. The aim is to pre- before Punjab is to rise above
ration to ECR countries at million workers in 17 Emig- countries. an e-migrate system had vent unscrupulous recruit- all this din and recognise that unemployed youth, free tal who had travelled across
the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas ration Check Required However, many have to been operational for the ment agents from traffick- the people of Punjab need a smart mobile phones for the State to meet people
here show that these six (ECR) countries around the deal with unscrupulous re- last 18 months. It records ing people from India. better tomorrow. This elec- youth, free textbooks for all from all walks of life, he said,
tion manifesto is a forward- children, free houses to adding that Dr. Singh, too,
looking visionary document, homeless dalits/SCs/OBCs had given his inputs for it.
which promises the people and one job in every family. The 120-page manifesto
Fund for skill Honour at home
that we will undo the damage
done to the Punjab economy 25 lakh jobs offered
includes a 10-page charge
sheet against the Badal re-
development by the State government in
the last 10 years, he said.
If elected, Capt. Am-
arinder Singh said his gov-
gime, exposing the alleged
Loot, Boot & Shoot policy
of war widows Praising the Congresss
CM face for Punjab, Dr.
ernment will create 25 lakh of the SAD-BJP government
jobs within the next five that also lists out the mul-
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Singh described Capt. Am- years, crack down on drugs tiple failures of the Akali
arinder Singh as a leader of and graft , introduce a new misrule of the past 10 years.
BENGALURU: In a first of its great vision with a wealth of industrial policy, and end the Not surprisingly, the Con-
kind contribution, the U.S.- experience and commitment VIP culture, while bringing gresss rivals in Punjab were
India Chamber of Com- to the cause of development in sweeping economic re- critical of its manifesto. The
merce Foundation donated in Punjab. forms and total transparency AAP hit out at the Congress,
$25,000 towards the India The SAD-BJP government in governance. with Arvind Kejriwal raising
Development Fund to be had damaged the economy On the contentious SYL questions as to why it had re-
used towards skill develop- and polity of Punjab, he said, Canal issue, he said that the leased its Punjab manifesto
ment of war widows. while promising that Am- Assembly will pass a law for in Delhi, and why the prom-
Under the programme, arinders government will not sharing any of the States ises made in it had not been
war widows will be undo all this damage and set waters. We are not for not made in other Congress-
provided a laptop and an a new that giving. But, we dont have it ruled States. SAD president
American university will people have a higher per cap- [to share], he said. and deputy CM Sukhbir
offer online courses in skill ita income, better distribu- For 47 years, I have been Singh Badal also responded
development. tion of income, better em- in politics and this is my last negatively. Mr. Badal said,
The Founding Chairman ployment prospects and election, he continued, The Congress has come to
of the chamber, Ashok better infrastructure. stressing, I am not going to represent a party of thugs
Mago, who won Padma Shri President Pranab Mukherjee honours Dr. Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, who received the Pravasi The manifesto promises contest again. People know who collect together on elec-
in 2014, said: What we have Bharatiya Samman, as Suriname Vice-President Michael Ashwin Adhin, Union Minister V.K. Singh and Karnataka loan waivers and free power that what I say, I fulfil. tion eve only to fool and loot
given today is a seed fund. CM Siddaramaiah look on, in Bengaluru on Monday. PHOTO: G.R.N. SOMASHEKAR to farmers, currently The manifesto had taken Punjabis. Whatever has been
We hope others too con- burdened by a total rural six months to draft by a team announced today will be
tribute to the cause. We will debt of 67,000 crore, a sti- led by former deputy chief consigned to the dust bin
speak to the Dallas Country
Community College to help
us in providing online
Diaspora gangs and a life of crime pend of 2,500 per month for minister Rajinder Kaur Bhat- tomorrow.

coaching content.
Expects Ministry nod

BENGALURU: Are Indians part

volved in crime. Most often,
these gangs are diaspora-
specific gangs. According
now getting involved in
smaller crime, said Sreed-
har Mysore, a social worker
their children run into
trouble. A part of the prob-
lem is that these children
BJP list for Goa, 10,000 crore
needed to keep
Mr. Mago hoped that the
Punjab on Jan. 11
of gangs in the Western to him, many children are from New Zealand. have not seen the pain with
Defence Ministry would world? Yes, says an Indian- dragged into gang activities which their families were
agree to the proposal. He origin Professor from Clev- when they are around 14 Cultural taboo brought up, and end up get- poll promises
said that since NRIs could eland, Ohio. years. Despite a rise in the num- ting into the gangs, he said.
select specific projects un- SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT The party headquarters at SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Prof. Sree Sreenath The discussion touched ber of cases, most Indian According to him, most Delhis Ashoka Road is teem-
der the India Development raised the issue of Indian upon the issues of many families, fearing stigma, ac- youngsters who are the
Fund, he had chosen to help NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya ing with ticket hopefuls as CHANDIGARH: Punjab Congress
criminal gangs rising in the young Indians getting into knowledge the fact that second, third or fourth gen- Janata Party has put aside BJP president Amit Shah re-
war widows. U.S., and the need to tackle contraband trade in co- their children have adopted eration Indians will not be vice-president Manpreet
As I grew up in Ambala concerns over declaring mained engaged in meetings Badal on Monday said that
them early. Speaking at a caine and marijuana. In a life of crime, but try not to distinguished and will be ticket for the coming As- in his office.
Cantonment, I have seen session on Diaspora organ- New Zealand, Indian gangs disclose it. According to treated as Canadians before funds to the tune of 10,000
the travails of the widows sembly polls in five States in crore would be required to
isations: Bridging dis- were into small-time crime, former Canadian parlia- the law. If someone is say- the inauspicious khar maas Lessons learnt
and skill development tances, unlocking oppor- including drug peddling, mentarian Ruby Dhalla, ing that their community is implement the promises
could help in providing a period and scheduled meet- One of the key organisa- made in Congress partys
tunities, he said the second theft and carjacking among cultural taboo had forced not indulging in such activ- ing of its Central Election tional decisions taken by the
proper livelihood post trau- and third generation Indian others. Some of the 1.77 many Indians not to dis- ities then they are lying, he poll manifesto
matic period, he added. Committee (CEC) for Janu- party after poll debacle in Mr. Manpreet, chairman of
diaspora were getting in- million Indian diaspora are close information when added. ary 11. Delhi and Bihar in 2015 is not the Manifesto Draft Commit-
The inauspicious period is to parachute non-local party tee of Punjab Congress, said
supposed to end on January workers from other States to there is a need to strike a bal-

Its a Conspiracy Bureau Take revenge on

14 with Makar Sankranti. poll going ones. ance between increasing rev-
Seats for Goa and Punjab After the national execut- enue generation and redu-
will be declared on January 11 ive, BJP general secretary cing government

of Investigation: Mamata SP: Sangeet Som

after a meeting of the CEC, Ram Lalji met with organisa- expenditure.
while seats for Uttarakhand tional general secretaries He said that the Congress
and the first few phases for from the State units, includ- government would curtail
the multiple-phase Uttar ing Sunil Bansal from U.P. government expenditure
STAFF REPORTER Pradesh polls will be an- and the Rajasthan unit chief and boost revenue genera-
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT nounced after meetings on Ashok Parnami, as well as V. tion by eliminating the vari-
MEERUT: In a statement remin- January 14 and 15, said a Satish who also looks after
KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief No let-up in iscent of BJP president Amit senior office-bearer of the organisational matters, said
ous mafias, that had been di-
verting public funds.
Minister Mamata Banerjee Shahs statement during the party. a senior source in the party.
on Monday coined a new TMC-BJP war Lok Sabha polls about Jats

Centre alerts Punjab police of

term for the Central Bureau taking badla [revenge] for
of Investigation (CBI) dub- of words the riots, Sangeet Som, the
bing it the Conspiracy Bur- BJP MLA from Meerut, has
eau of Investigation. STAFF REPORTER called upon people of Uttar
The Trinamool Congress
chairperson who was ad-
dressing a public rally in the
KOLKATA: The hostilities and
exchange of barbs between
Pradesh to take revenge
for the Samajwadi Partys
policies of appeasement.
possible violence ahead of poll
States Bardhaman district the Trinamool Congress Mr. Som alleged that the Sangeet Som SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT happened in the past at The government suspected a
on the occasion of the Maati (TMC) and the Bharatiya policy of appeasement Pakistans behest. foreign hand in the incid-
Utsav (Festival of Soil) tar- Mamata Banerjee Janata Party (BJP) continued had led to about 403 com- On the question of the BJP NEW DELHI: The Union Home ent, and the case was trans-
geted the BJP saying, A party on Monday with BJP na- munal riots in the State. projecting no Chief Minis- Ministry reviewed the secur- Close watch along border ferred to the Central Bureau
of conspirators have set up tional secretary Rahul Sinha Without taking the name ter face in the polls, he said:
the Conspiracy Bureau of
The West Bengal CM alleging an attack by TMC
ity situation in the poll- Since the State shares the of Investigation (CBI).
of any community, Mr. Som There has been no allega- bound Punjab and alerted border with Pakistan, the We are satisfied with the
Investigation. was apparently cadres. said, There should not be tion of corruption in the the State police to possible Border Security Force (BSF) arrangements to maintain
She was apparently refer- referring to the arrest Mr. Sinha said the attack any doubt that it was the Narendra Modi government attempts by Pakistans Inter- was asked to keep a close law and order in the other
ring to the arrest of her party took place in the Uttarpara policy of appeasement of in the last two-and-a-half Services Intelligence (ISI) to watch along the border. poll-bound States. Only in
MPs in a chit fund scam case.
of her party MPs in area of Hooghly district. the Akhilesh Yadav govern- years. That is just one of the ferment trouble in the run- The meeting was attended Punjab and Manipur do we
Ms. Banerjee alleged that the chit fund scam Speaking to journalists, ment of a particular com- many achievements of the up to the Assembly elec- by Punjabs Director-Gen- expect violence and are tak-
the agency was functioning Mr. Sinha said that a nearly munity which led to about Central government. People tions. eral of Police Suresh Arora. ing adequate measures, said
as the back office of the had lost 5,500 crore in the 70 TMC cadres, armed with 403 communal riots. The vi- of the State would give us The Union government An official said the desec- a senior official of the Home
Centre and making arrests past two months. How will I sticks and party flags, tried olence in Muzaffarnagar votes on the basis of the specifically asked the police ration of Guru Granth Sahib Ministry.
without any evidence. manage, she asked and went to surround his vehicle when was one of them. And now is work of the Central govern- to be on alert for incidents at Faridkot in 2015 led to a Polling will be held in Pun-
She has been an MP for 30 on to question the silence of he went to visit a State BJP the time for the people of ment and on the popularity triggered by desecration of breakdown of law and order jab on February 4 and in Ma-
years and seen the rise and the chambers of commerce. leader at a local nursing western U.P. to avenge that. of the Prime Minister. religious books as it had in several parts of the State. nipur on March 4 and 8.
fall of so many governments Why are the chambers si- home.
but never seen something lent? I dont know may be When I came out of the
like this against whom any because of fear, she said. nursing home after seeing
voice of protest is met with
political vendetta.
Modi babu er note batil
From Monday protests are
being organised by the Trin-
amool in West Bengal,
our State general secretary
Krishna Bhattacharya, who
was hospitalised due to the
Poll panel deploys 200 expenditure observers
du maas ar manuser sar- Odisha, Punjab, Bihar, Ma- TMCs attack, ruling party DEVESH K. PANDEY various services on meas- count only. The expenditure sued to ensure that the ex-
vanash (Two months of de- nipur, Tripura, Assam, goons bashed my car with Officials to keep a
ures to be taken to check incurred on the candidates penditure on the same is to
monetisation and disaster Jharkhand and Delhi, the sticks and hurled filthy ab- NEW DELHI: The Election Com- malpractices as part of the watch on abuse of booths for distribution of be included in the account of
for the people), Ms. Baner- Chief Minister tweeted. The uses at me, said Mr. Sinha. mission (EC) has deployed Model Code of Conduct money power and voter slips on the day of elec- the candidate as per notified
jee said. protests will continue till He further alleged that the about 200 expenditure ob- guidelines. tion, would also be accoun- rate cards.
She dared the Centre to ar- Wednesday. Senior leaders attack took place under in- servers in the five poll-
malpractice that may ted for in the account of the On the mechanism of elec-
rest everyone and said that participated in the protests structions from the TMCs bound States to keep a watch Separate bank accounts influence voters candidate. tion expenditure monitor-
Modi babu is only making in at least two places in the top leadership and was on abuse of money power to The CEC also apprised the Election Commissioner ing, the expenditure observ-
prisons across the country. city, in front of the office of pre-planned. influence voters. observers of the new instruc- only be through account O.P. Rawat expressed con- ers were also briefed by
Where is the money, she the CBI and the Reserve The incident comes a day On Sunday, Chief Election tions issued by the Commis- payee cheque. Also, the can- cern over the use of partially Deputy Election Commis-
asked, stating that in the past Bank of India. after Mr. Sinhas comment at Commissioner (CEC) Nasim sion. didates are required to open or fully owned newspapers sioners, Umesh Sinha, Vijay
two months her government Protests were also organ- a party rally in Howrah dis- Zaidi and Election Commis- If any payment exceeding separate bank accounts at and channels by the candid- Dev, Director-Generals Dilip
had lost 25 per cent revenue. ised by Left parties during trict on arrested Trinamool sioners A.K. Joti and O.P. 20,000 is made to individu- the time of nomination and ate or their sponsoring Sharma, Sudeep Jain, and
Ms. Banerjee told the gath- the day on the issue of chit MP Tapas Paul created an Rawat briefed the Expendit- als or entities during the to incur all election-related parties for electioneering. Directors Dhirendra Ojha
ering that her government funds. uproar. ure Observers drawn from course of election, it should expenditure through that ac- Instructions have been is- and Vikram Batra.
14 | WORLD


FBI agent who

quizzed Saddam
heads Florida
Tamil MPs family awaits justice but hopes fade
Five people accused of killing Nadaraja Raviraj were cleared of the charges late last year; family to file appeal on Tuesday
shooting probe Ravirajs peace
MEERA SRINIVASAN war was being waged by ele- suppose I drew from her
FORT LAUDERDALE (FLORIDA): The ments of the state using sur- politics, as lawyer strength, she said. Breaking
FBI agent who interrogated COLOMBO: It was the Christ- veillance, white van abduc- and as MP, had made into a chuckle, Praviinaa said:
Saddam Hussein alone for mas weekend last year. tions and targeted killings. We dont talk like this in this
months after the former Iraqi Praviinaa Raviraj woke up I saw no point in raising many in positions of house, turning to her mother
leaders capture is now lead- and looked at the newspa- the issue. I preferred to lead a power uneasy who looked surprised. Her
ing the investigation into the pers. All accused released, quiet life, Ms. Raviraj said. A younger brother seldom
Florida airport shooting the front-page headlines mathematics teacher at a guage, winning admirers speaks of what happened.
rampage that killed five and screamed. leading Colombo school, she among them. He did not After returning to Sri
is being blamed on an Iraq Beneath was a photograph focussed on the education of know fear, his daughter re- Lanka as a law graduate,
War veteran. of her father Nadaraja her children. While Pravi- calls. He was used to frequent Praviinaa has been reluctant
George Piro, special agent Raviraj a Tamil legislator inaa studied law, her brother telephone threats, she says. to take up legal practice. I
in charge of the FBIs Miami killed in 2006 alongside chose medicine. Ms. Raviraj A week before the murder, dont want to be someone
field office, was Saddams that of three naval intelli- decided not to move out of Ms. Raviraj received a call. practising black letter law
sole interrogator beginning gence officers, celebrating their home, less than 200 m She vividly remembers the without any ethics. The
in January 2004. In previous with their families, following from where her husband was voice at the other end asking: political environment gave
interviews, Mr. Piro has said their acquittal in the case. It gunned down. Are you ready to wear a her little confidence in the
Saddam did not know his just didnt feel right, the 25- white sari? Warn your hus- legal system, prompting her
true identity the Iraqi year old said. First media interview band. She immediately to take up marketing.
leader called him Mr. The day before, a Sri Well-nourished creepers called her children to her
George and that he posed Lankan court had cleared adorned the short passage to room, showed them a diary Deep disappointment
as a high-level envoy who five men, including the three their apartment. Seated in with some phone numbers On Tuesday (January 10),
answered directly to then- Navy officers, who were ac- her living room, mildly lit FACING IT HEAD-ON: Sasikala Raviraj (right), wife of murdered TNA legislator Nadaraja Raviraj and and said: If anything hap- Ms. Ravirajs lawyer will ap-
President George W. Bush. cused of assassinating Nada- and cosy, Ms. Raviraj spoke her daughter Praviinaa. PHOTO: MEERA SRINIVASAN pens to appa (father) or me, peal against the Colombo
Now, Mr. Piro, a native of raja Raviraj and his body- to The Hindu at length, her reach out to these people. High Courts order. Not be-
Beirut, Lebanon, fluent in guard on a busy first media interview in the ernance to win the January death walking freely, I feel who was later Minister in On the morning of Novem- cause I have high expecta-
Arabic and Assyrian, is in thoroughfare in Colombo in 10 years since her husbands 2015 polls. They promised to back-stabbed. Rajapaksas government a ber 10, 2006, Praviinaa was tions of my husbands mur-
charge of the FBI investiga- November 2006. An all-Sin- death. Hope you dont mind reopen long-pending cases Few have doubts about substantial sum for the sitting in her grade ten derers being brought to
tion into the shooting at Fort halese jury said eyewitness the smell of fried fish, she and ensure justice is served. who killed Mr. Raviraj. You murder. classroom when the physical justice. But it is to express our
Lauderdale-Hollywood In- testimony identifying the thoughtfully said, settling I trusted him... [and] voted just walk down the road and Ravirajs murder was not education teacher walked in deep disappointment at the
ternational Airport that left suspects was insufficient. down. At one corner was a for him, Ms. Raviraj said. ask common people, they totally unexpected. Follow- and asked the class teacher judgment, Ms. Raviraj said,
five people dead and six picture of Mr. Raviraj, a When the poll results will tell you, said his wife, in ing his legal practice and that she be excused. Pravi- adding that the government
wounded. Federal prosec- Fear and distrust bearded man with a beaming were out, Praviinaa Raviraj a matter-of-fact manner. through his years as a Tamil inaa was taken to the prin- needed not have opened the
utors have charged Esteban For ten years, not once did smile. made a collage of her father, During investigation, Sri National Alliance (TNA) cipals room. I saw the prin- case if it was not committed
Santiago (26) with airport vi- Mr. Ravirajs family think It was not an easy shift for well known editor Lasantha Lankas CID and Attorney- parliamentarian, Mr. cipal standing near the to a just outcome. Why did
olence and firearms offences about pursuing legal action the family from quietly Wickrematunge and rugby Generals Department gave Ravirajs peace politics, phone, her palm covering her they? she asked, raising her
that could bring the death against those who killed him. trying to come to terms with star Wasim Thajudeen, who evidence citing the State In- which engaged the majority mouth. I knew something voice.
penalty if he is convicted. What we had was fear, and their tragedy, to encounter- were all murdered between telligence Services involve- Sinhalese on the Tamils per- was terribly wrong. Echoing her disillusion-
In announcing the charges what we did not have was ing a sudden promise of 2006 and 2012, when Mr. Ra- ment in the murder. A spective made those in In the 10 years that fol- ment and anger, Praviinaa
filed on Saturday, Mr. Piro trust, his wife Sasikala justice, nearly a decade later. japaksa was in power. I felt former police constable who power uneasy. He would take lowed, Praviinaa spoke to few said: If you do take it up, do
said his thoughts are with the Raviraj said. The countrys After defecting from the there was finally some hope turned state witness claimed to national television, speak- friends about her father. I something right about it... not
victims and their families. long civil war was fast ap- Rajapaksa government, for justice in all these cases. that former Defence Secret- ing in broken Sinhala with did not want anyones sym- having him around to see me
Mr. Piro, an FBI agent proaching its final and most Maithripala Sirisena and his But now after the judgment, ary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa little inhibition and reaching pathy. Even during the fu- graduate, or to pick me up
since 1999, moved with his brutal phase. Away from the backers campaigned hard on when I see people believed paid renegade LTTE com- out to the majority com- neral I saw my mother cry late from a party all these
family from Lebanon to Cali- battlefields, another dirty a platform of good gov- to be involved in my fathers mander Karuna Amman munity in their own lan- just once; she was so strong. I years... it feels terrible.
fornias San Joaquin Valley as
a teenager. Once he joined
the FBI in Phoenix, Mr. Piro
was one of only a handful of
Arabic-speaking agents a
Assad signals greater willingness to negotiate Germanwings plane crash probe closed
group that suddenly was in BEIRUT: A Syrian truce French media, also said his referendum and it was up to more than two weeks ago. the ceasefire. Rebels deny the responsibility for the disaster
great demand after the Sept. brokered by Russia and Tur- government was ready to ne- Syrians to elect their Mr. Assad blamed truce vi- area is in jihadist hands. that killed all on board. The
11, 2001 terror attacks and the key was under growing gotiate on everything at President. olations on the insurgents, The spokesman for one of probe focused on whether
subsequent U.S. invasions of strain on Monday as rebels peace talks that his Russian The latest fighting has and said the Army must pre- the rebel groups that signed any doctors who treated the
Afghanistan and Iraq. vowed to respond to govern- allies hope to convene in been especially intense near vent terrorists from using the ceasefire said rebel lead- co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had
In 2003, Piro was pro- ment violations and Presid- Kazakhstan, including his Damascus where the Army the water to throttle the cap- ers had concluded they could BERLIN: German prosecutors been criminally negligent in
moted to the FBIs Coun- ent Bashar Al-Assad said the own position within the and allied militia are trying ital. He said it was the not continue abiding the said on Monday they had not reporting him to
terterrorism Division at Army would retake an im- framework of the Syrian to capture a rebel-held area army's job to recapture the truce in what he described as closed a criminal probe into authorities before the plane
headquarters in Washington, portant rebel-held area near Constitution. that includes the main water Wadi Barada area, which he a unilateral way", and they the Germanwings plane came down in France, killing
leading to his work as Sad- Damascus. But he indicated any new source supplying Damascus. said had been occupied by a would respond to attacks by crash in March 2015 after 144 passengers and six crew,
dams interrogator. AP Mr. Assad, in comments to Constitution must be put to a It was bombed out of service jihadist group not covered by the other side. Reuters concluding that the suicidal mostly from Spain and
co-pilot bore sole Germany. . AFP

Face-off likely at confirmation Hillary wont run for Venezuela raises minimum wage by 50%
any elected office again CARACAS: Embattled President black market. The wage

hearings for Trumps nominees WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton

will not run for any elected Aide Neera Tanden
Nicolas Maduro on Sunday
raised the minimum wage by
50 per cent in Venezuela, a
country with astronomical
comes with an additional
food bonus of about 93
dollars, which did not
VARGHESE K. GEORGE office again after losing to responds to report inflation. Venezuela grapples with
Donald Trump in the U.S. Mr. Maduro said he was the worlds highest inflation
WASHINGTON: Confirmation
that Clinton could run raising the minimum wage to rate set to hit 475 per
presidential polls, her aide
hearings at the Senate this Neera Tanden has said amid for the office of the 40,000 bolivars, about $60 cent this year, according to
week for key appointees in reports that she could run for New York Mayor dollars at the highest official the International Monetary
the incoming Donald Trump the post of New York Mayor. exchange rate, or $12 on the Fund. AFP
administration will be the I think shes going to fig- for American Progress, was
first round of face-off ure out ways to help kids and responding to an article in Indian-American held for shooting envoy
between Democrats and Re- families. Thats been what The New York Times that
publican lawmakers in the WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY: A uniform outside a shopping
shes been focused on her Ms. Clinton could run
new U.S. Congress. whole life, and a lot of issues against incumbent New York
31-year-old naturalised centres garage on Friday in
Democrats have accused American from India, Guadalajara, Mexicos
that are affecting them, over Mayor Bill de Blasio. I dont identified as Zafar Zia, has
the majority of trying to rail- the next couple of years, Ms. expect her to run for this and second largest city.
been arrested in Mexicos The suspect was arrested
road the Senate into con- Tanden told CNN. But I I dont expect her to run for Guadalajara city for allegedly
firmation even before the Of- in a joint operation by the
dont expect her to ever run other office, Ms. Tanden shooting an American FBI, DEA and Jalisco state
fice of Government Ethics for any elected office again, said on Sunday. Ms. Clinton diplomat over a possible visa officials in Guadalajaras
(OGE) vetted the nominees she said. has largely remained out of row. The U.S. diplomat was affluent Providencia
for conflicts of interests. Ms. Tanden, a close ally of the public eye since losing a shot by a man wearing a neighbourhood early Sunday
Attorney-General-nom- Ms. Clinton and the head of bitterly fought contest black wig and a blue nurse morning, reports said. PTI
inee Jeff Sessions, who has the liberal think-tank Center against Mr. Trump. PTI
attracted criticism from civil
rights groups and African-
American leaders who con-
sider his legal and legislative
track record tainted by ra-
cism, will have the first hear-
Ahead of party congress, Beijings anti-
ing on Tuesday.
Secretary of State-nom-
inee Rex Tillerson, Educa-
graft drive enters a new phase
tion Secretary-nominee ATUL ANEJA an implicit recognition here Meet of Chinas top
Betsy DeVos, Housing and that the three-year anti-graft
Urban Development Secret- BEIJING: Chinas anti-graft campaign has reversed the anti-corruption body
ary-nominee Ben Carson campaign has entered a new tide of corruption. So the stresses need for a
and Commerce Secretary phase to ensure that deleg- next phase has begun to en-
ates who will bring about a sure that clean people oc-
strong intra-party
nominee Wilbur Ross are
among the nine appointees once-in-five-years leader- cupy decision making bod- political environment
who will face Senate com- ship change later this year ies, says Roger Wu, a
mittees this week. will be free from corruption. Beijing based political ana- tank, observed that the ex-
A communiqu released lyst, in a conversation with periment that is being car-
The richest Cabinet on Sunday at the end of a The Hindu. ried out in three provinces is
Donald Trump will be the three-day meeting of the meant to shift the power of
richest President, and his powerful Central Commis- Success of campaign supervision from the in-
Cabinet the richest, in U.S. sion for Discipline Inspec- In his remarks during the ternal mechanisms within
history. The Democrats have tion (CCDI) highlighted that conference, Mr. Xi spoke the CPC to a separate super-
contended that given the a strong intra-party polit- about the major headway visory body accountable to
vast business ties of several ical environment is re- made against corruption. Chinese President Xi Jinping. the local legislative systems.
of the nominees, a thorough quired ahead of the 19th CPC The spread of corruption FILE PHOTO: AP Mr. Li stressed that the new
review of their interests will National Congress to be held has been effectively con- initiative was in tune with
take time. The Republicans this year. tained and the battle against legitimacy was on line had reforming a system that had
argue that the President corruption has gained not Mr. Xi and Wang Qishan had borrowed too much
must have at least the na- 19th Party Congress crushing momentum, he [the CCDI head] not carried from the former Soviet
tional security team in place, China will undergo a ma- was quoted by Xinhua as out the anti-corruption cam- Union.
as soon as he is inaugurated jor leadership shake-up dur- saying. paign, he observed. He added that China
on January 20. ing the 19th Party Congress. Mr. Wu stressed that the The conference also de- needed to dig into its roots,
OGE head Walter Shaub Jr. The change of guard, the widely held perception that cided to establish a national for prior to the formation of
said last week that he could foremost event on Chinas Mr. Xis anti-corruption supervisory commission as the Peoples Republic of
not recall a single instance in domestic political calendar campaign has essentially part of an effort to reform the China (PRC) in 1949, the
the 40-year history of his of- in 2017, will lead to the emer- been a cover for an internal state supervisory system. country had a tradition of ex-
fice in which the Senate gence of a new standing purge against potential The new body is expected ternal supervision, which
kicked off a confirmation committee of the Politburo rivals is an over-simplifica- to draw from the experience could be traced as far back as
hearing before a nominee got the countrys most- tion. The CPC had been in- of three pilot projects that the Qin dynasty.
vetted. Senate Democratic White House, but having lost ing trained by the transition mir Putin. Republican Sen- powerful decision making flicted with serious corrup- have been launched last The founding of the
leader Chuck Schumer has the Senate. team in mock hearings, on ator John McCain, who had body on President Xi Jin- tion for many years. Its month at the provincial Peoples Republic in 1949
accused the Republican Hearings take place before what to expect. earlier said he would vote for pings watch. levels on supervision broke that long-standing tra-
members of being in collu- the relevant committees, U.S.s relations with Russia Mr. Tillerson when pigs The CCDI is the top anti- Prior to the formation reforms. dition, making the party re-
sion with the transition after which the full Senate could prominently figure in fly, has since then signalled corruption and rule enforce- In an article in Sixth Tone, sponsible for monitoring the
team. Majority leader Mitch votes on the nomination. several of the hearings this willingness for reconcili- ment organ of the Commun- of the PRC in 1949, a website affiliated with the behaviour of its own officials
McConnell said these little Many Trump nominees have week, particularly that of Mr. ation, arguing that the Pres- ist Party of China (CPC). the country had a state-funded Shanghai and thereby relegating such
procedural complaints are little or no experience in gov- Tillerson who has close ties ident-elect must be given the The CCDI conference United Media Group, Li oversight to a subordinate
that has just concluded is a
tradition of external Yongzhong, a former vice role in state affairs, he
related to their frustration at ernment. According to a with many Russian leaders benefit of the doubt in pick-
having not only lost the Politico report, they are be- including President Vladi- ing his Cabinet colleagues. major benchmark. There is supervision president of the CCDI think- observed.


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Ciscos Chambers bets

Sundaram BNP Paribas
JLR bucks Brexit uncertainties on Indian economy
Centre allows PF
contribution via
private banks
Home cuts loan rate Jaguars F-Pace SUV helps boost sales performance at Tata Motors unit YUTHIKA BHARGAVA
Home Finance has slashed the VIDYA RAM there is plenty more to come JAIPUR: Ciscos Executive
interest rate for new home loans from it, he said. Chairman John Chambers NEW DELHI: Companies can
from 9.2 per cent to 8.7 per LONDON: Tata Motors Jaguar IHS Automotive forecasts said the Indian economy was soon make statutory provid-
cent. The new rate will come Land Rover (JLR) unit pos- JLR sales to rise 8% this year, the only one on which he was ent fund contributions to the
into effect from January 10, ted 20% growth in 2016, defy- and to reach sales of 800,000 willing to bet even as he Employees Provident Fund
according to Srinivas Acharya, ing the uncertainty that fol- units annually by 2021. termed the Centres demon- Organisation via private sec-
Managing Director. The lowed the Brexit vote, as There is still plenty of mo- etisation move a bump. tor banks. A Labour Ministry
company registered a 13 per sales for the year comfort- mentum and new vehicle There will be a few notification dated January 4
cent growth in loan ably crossed the half-a-mil- launches, Mr. Fletcher said, bumps along the way like de- allows employers to make
disbursements at 1,036 crore lion mark. pointing to the Land Rover monetisation...If I would be such payments through
(917 crore) in the first half of In the 12 months ended Discovery and the expected betting on any economy, it John Chambers scheduled banks in India, in-
the year. Separately, Indian Bank December, JLR sold 583,313 broadening of the Range would be this economy. A cluding private sector
has reduced the marginal cost of cars, up 20% year-on-year. Rover portfolio. He said the year from now, Indias GDP demonetisation. But they are banks. At present, contribu-
funds based lending rate by 75 Jaguar made a strong show- diversification of its manu- will be stronger dramatically just that, he said. tion can be made only
basis points to 8.6 per cent for ing with sales climbing 77%, facturing base the latest be- because of the changes, Mr. Mr. Chambers, who is also through nationalised banks
one year. K.T. Jagannathan boosted by demand for the F- ing a plant in Slovakia where Chambers said. the Chairman of U.S.-India and payment portal PayGov.
Pace the luxury marques MUSCLING AHEAD: IHS Automotive forecasts JLR sales to rise the new Discovery is to be Asked if sudden policy Business Council, will also
first SUV and the XE and 8% in 2017, helped by its new models. FILE PHOTO built from 2018 and changes like demonetisation be leading one of the largest
Fintech firm InstaEMI XF. Growth at Land Rover foothold in markets such as would adversely impact for- groups of business repres-
was 8%, muted somewhat by ment to maintain tariff-free while sales were strong in China and the U.S. would eign firms views on India, entatives attending the 8th Exchange Rates
to expand operations the upcoming introduction access for its auto sector to 2016, 2017 would be a chal- help offset any weakness in Indicative direct rates in rupees a unit
Mr. Chambers answered in Vibrant Gujarat Summit
of the new Land Rover Dis- the continent, it could hit lenging year, with the mar- the U.K. and Europe. except yen at 4 p.m on January 09
HYDERABAD: InstaEMI, which is the negative. He stressed that later this week. Mr. Cham-
into underwriting and portfolio covery this February. both raw material costs and kets strength resting on its JLR has also expressed India could be the top ally bers said, You could argue TT TT
management services, plans to JLRs Group Sales Opera- sales. ability to maintain our cur- concern about the possible for the U.S. in the Asia-Pa- that very few people in the Currencies Buying Selling
tions Director Andy Gross Last year, the president of rent trading relations. impact of Brexit. U.S. Dollar 68.01 68.33
start operations this month in cific region. financial world say this isnt
expressed confidence about U.K.s Society of Motor Man- While both markets are In November, the BBC re- Euro 71.58 71.92
New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Does it bother me? Its ac- the right thing to do... What it
Pound Sterling 82.76 83.16
Kolkata, said CEO Hanu Yedluri. the year ahead for the group, ufacturers and Traders urged important to JLR (it sold ported that CEO Ralf Speth tually reverse... I know that is basically, it builds a found- Jap Yen (100 Units) 58.27 58.55
The firm is present in Kurnool, despite the persistent uncer- the British government to 117,571 vehicles in the U.K. in had said at an industry event innovation by definition is ation for every citizen in this Chinese Yuan 9.81 9.85
Tirupati, Hyderabad, Bengaluru tainties around Brexit, which stay in the single market and 2016 and 138,695 in Europe) that the company hoped to disruptive and uncomfort- country to participate truly Swiss Franc 66.80 67.12
and Chennai. It plans to raise the auto sector has warned warned that EU tariffs on Ian Fletcher, Principal Ana- double output to 1 million able and there are bumps. I in a digital world He also Singapore Dollar 47.27 47.49
$10 million from a U.S. firm. The could hit the industry hard. cars could add 2.7 billions lyst at IHS Automotive said cars but that its ability to do think the country (India) is said for India, a GDP growth Australian Dollar 49.83 50.07
funds will help grow our asset While the weak pound has to imports and 1.8 billion to the company remained well so would depend on govern- moving remarkably fast and of 7 per cent was sustainable. Canadian Dollar 51.34 51.59
portfolio in metro cities, he supported British exports in exports. There would also be placed for 2017. The F-Pace ment support, particularly its moving with a strategy (The writer was in Jaipur Swedish Kroner 7.49 7.53
said. Its loan disbursements may recent months, should Bri- pressures on the U.K. mar- has delivered an exception- around infrastructure and and vision. There will be a at the invitation of Danish Kroner 9.63 9.68
cross 100 crore from 60 crore tain fail to reach an agree- ket: the SMMT warned that ally strong performance, and access to engineering talent. few bumps along the way like Cisco India) New Zealand Dollar 47.50 47.73
as on December 2016. Hongkong Dollar 8.77 8.81
Special Correspondent Malaysian Ringgit 15.18 15.27

Kalyan Krishnamurthy Start-ups may soon be able to Tax numbers belie slowdown: FM Kuwaiti Dinar
UAE Dirham
Bahraini Dinar
221.08 223.58
18.51 18.60
180.29 181.23
appointed Flipkart CEO some key areas had been dis- in cesses over the year, defin- Qatari Riyal 18.73 18.74
access insurance, pension funds
appointing, pointing to a itely indicates a contrac- Saudi Riyal 18.19 18.19
BENGALURU: Flipkart has NEW DELHI: Finance Minister slowdown in the economy. tion, D.K. Srivastava, Chief Omani Riyal 176.64 177.56
Arun Jaitley dismissed re- Policy Advisor at EY India Source:Indian Bank
promoted former Tiger Global SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT and the Health Ministry and stakeholders.
Management executive Kalyan would soon issue a clarifica- The pension and insur- ports of a slowdown due to Excise receipts grow said, adding that even the in-
Krishnamurthy as the new chief NEW DELHI: The Centre will tion in this regard. ance funds manage their demonetisation as anec- Central excise duty re- crease in direct tax receipts
executive to run the operations soon hold discussions with Stating that the Depart- risks in their own way. So, to dotal, and said the real tax ceipts grew 43% in the likely reflected advance tax Bullion Rates
of Indias largest online retailer. insurance and pension regu- ment of Industrial Policy and do that [investing in start- collection numbers gave a period while service tax col- payments made in January 09 rates in rupees with
Mr. Krishnamurthy, who joined lators on a proposal to enable Promotion (DIPP), the nodal ups], they have to do a reas- more accurate picture of lections grew 23.9% and cus- December. previous rates in brackets
Flipkart in June last year as head pension funds and insurance agency on the start-up sessment of risks. how the economy was faring. toms duty collections ad- And that is also one way in Chennai
of the category design companies such as Life In- policy, had held preliminary The department convened Direct and indirect tax col- vanced 4.1%. which the old notes could be Bar Silver (1 kg) 40,520 (40,390)
organisation, replaces co- surance Corporation to in- discussions on the proposal a meeting with start-ups as lections for the nine months Last year, the same period converted, so people were Retail (1 g) 43.40 (43.20)
founder Binny Bansal who has vest in start-ups. of insurance and pension well as incubators and accel- through December grew by saw excise duty collections choosing to do more of that, 24 ct gold (10 g) 28,780 (28,720)
been elevated as Group CEO. funds investing in start-ups, erators on Monday, which 12% and 25% respectively, ac- grow 68.2%, service tax rise Mr. Srivastava said. Direct 22 ct gold (1 g) 2,751 (2,745)
Online pharma sales DIPP Secretary Ramesh Ab- was attended by Commerce cording to figures released 24.45%, and customs collec- tax figures for this year Delhi
Nitin Seth, Chief Administrative
by Mr. Jaitley on Monday. tions up 17.6%. would also take into account Silver 40,400 (40,450)
Officer, has been appointed It also said that online hishek told reporters that and Industry Minister
Standard Gold 28,700 (28,740)
Chief Operating Officer. sales of medicines was al- further discussions would be Nirmala Sitharaman and Mr. Tax consultants, however, The slower growth in ser- the first and second Income
Sovereign 24,200 (24,200)
Special Correspondent lowed under the existing law held soon with regulators Abhishek, among others. said the performance in vice tax despite the increase Declaration Schemes.



Which male is to be trusted? Watching a

In this time of egregious offences against women, some touch-and-go experiences movie alone
SAMATHA SHARMA neighbour uncle, a honest and less hypocritical. Ro- SANGEETHA MENON
grandfather even, mance seems to have become

s I leave after a philosophy who kept insisting old-school. watched Arrival recently. Much as would have many
lecture, a man I only just he would visit Hookups, that is, sexual others in cinemas across my city and country. Its a
met there asks me where I my house when liaison for a short time, well-made movie with an interesting story. I am not
live. I clam up for a minute, no one else was seem to be the popular writing a movie review; there are august critics who have
and then tell him that it is an inappro- around. I didnt demand. If indeed dwelt on it scene-by-scene. Im doing a self-reflection of
priate question to ask a woman at 8 have the courage our young women my movie experience.
p.m. He replies that I am carrying to question him are bold enough to What sets my experience apart is the fact that I chose
emotional baggage as he meant to be further on his in- venture out with to watch it alone. And I am female, young female (40 is
caring of me. I feel the usual frustra- tentions. I keep unknown men into the new 20) to be specific, mother of a wise eight-year-
tion at being blamed by men for set- my distance awkward places fa- old with keen piano skills and dainty ballet feet. I just
ting boundaries as a woman. I think from older men cing social disrep- didnt find any friend, cousin, associate or anybody else to
being caring in India is often used as now, make sure to ute, I have only to re- accompany me to a matinee show, and after much
a cloak for being curious. always address commend they be deliberation decided to wing it alone.
I lately see myself reacting to them as uncle, given an award for What is surprising is the amount of thought and
strange men and strange situations and preferably bravery. Personally, I energy that were
with fear. My experiences have valid- meet them only do not think the satis- Im sure Tagore needed to be invested
ated the societys view that women when their wives faction worth it, but on the right time,
best avoid the unknown. I think there are around. again, my thoughts wrote, where the cinema and dress so as
is a lack of awareness and empathy I used to also think seem to have become mind is without to be able to safely
on the part of men on certain aspects that married men old-school and passe. watch a movie and get
of a womans life, which is well- were safe to talk to. I can immediately hear
fear, for all back home. My 63-
known to her sisters. That strangers Recently, the husband the elders telling us that citizens of India year-old mother had
in public spaces are not to be en- of a friend sent me an in- the sexual energy is the the question: Why do
gaged with is a well known maxim. appropriate message reason for the separation of the you want to watch a movie alone? My husband, on
The New Years-eve molestation of about my Facebook photo. sexes in some schools, and early deputation abroad, had some stay safe warnings
women in Bengaluru brings this is- One man kept saying he marriage. So that the adult woman followed by even more wise pronouncements: Dont
sue glaringly to the forefront. How- wanted to go for massages with me ILLUSTRATION: SREEJITH R. KUMAR
can live a life of respect and dignity. assume that just because this went well it means all
ever, approaching known men is also while I was his wifes therapist. I cut Indeed I agree that a good marriage outings will be hunky dory. Unagi. Always stay alert.
quite awkward at times. In fact, nego- that unfortunate lady abruptly out of are the good men, the ones that ex- merging with modernity. Matrimo- can be a boon.
tiating men and connections can get my life, for no fault of hers. tend respect to women, treat them nial sites, however conservative they However, should a woman live in a Some questions
so confusing that there is a tendency Before you get the idea that I am right and are safe. However, I doubt may sound, can themselves be a risk straightjacket so as to live with dig- So it does raise pertinent questions on women
on a womans part to declare all men myself a bombshell, let me set the re- whether even the good men are for a woman. One can date a guy nity? Does not a woman deserve to watching movies alone in India. What about loitering or
questionable until proved otherwise. cord right. I am just the average- aware of this part of an adult wo- from a matrimonial site and be be at least as free as the man and as travelling alone? When I step out, my bag has to contain
I used to think older men safe, the looking adult woman with maybe a mans life, the need to respond to the forced into starting a physical rela- safe? Is it not the responsibility of the pepper spray and safety pins. There was a time it had a
friends of fathers. One of them, sense of style. Men in general, it scary sexual energies of men all tionship with him, with marriage it- man, being the physically stronger Swiss army knife, till airports banned sharp instruments
whose daughter was my age, asked seems to me, are often led by uncon- around her in society. self becoming a mirage. Dating apps gender, to treat those less strong and I was too lazy to be changing bags every time I had a
me if I would dress up for him. That trollable sexual urges that they really Dating has arrived suddenly in In- such as Tinder make communica- appropriately? flight to catch. I always glance furtively around myself. I
hit me out of the blue. There was a have to work to keep in check. There dia with the Internet. Tradition is tion between men and women more walk quickly. I instinctively baulk inwardly when I see
more than two men on the street either standing around
or walking behind me. I dress conservatively when I have
to step out alone.

A break and a journey back

Im sure Rabindranath Tagore wrote, where the mind

The romance of
is without fear, for all citizens of India. And yet, how
many of us walk in the shadow of fear every day?
Professor Michael Kimmel put it right: Privilege is
invisible to those who have it.

day-time train trips MANJU GUPTA The memories came rushing

back, ones that I didnt
green counter top in the kitchen, all
triggered events of an era gone by.
Borrowing a leaf from him, in the end it is all about
gender equality and how you perceive the woman next to

mm, so not even the Wandering through the past, I you.
SUSHMITA ARORA hour into the ride. Roasted groundnut- children? my maid know existed. The scents, wondered about the future. What
sellers raised the octave in sync with hot asked, not caring to the feel, all triggered events would my own children remember Starting at home
hide her disdain. most about their home 40 years Charity begins at home, is not an adage written on the

iving in Bangalore and with family in ginger cardamom tea-sellers. The of an era gone by
Chennai, the Bangalore-Chennai trip I childrens books-colouring books-moral No, just us siblings; our parents will hence. With my son ready to take sands of a beach. Forgotten when we move from
do often, but usually by the Shatabdi. story books-number books seller, who accompany us, though. I replied wing and daughter having a nest of elementary to middle school and beyond. It ought to be
Recently, a last-minute programme during intoned his wares in the same order and without a shred of guilt. grudgingly. It was the rest of our her own I wish I had built more etched in our minds because good manners and habits
Christmas had me doing the onward by tune every time, had parents perking in I had been through this drill so world who couldnt see the need or memories. I wish I had taken out the begin with us and at home.
bus and return by the Brindavan Express. interest; the children preferred the nodding many times, had been judged by so relevance of such a trip. yellow picnic table more often and Respecting the ladies and girls around us and sharing
I may have done this journey during my doggies and ingenuously put together many people, that I didnt care any- We took the holiday nevertheless. not complained about the pools of the space on this planet with them will not dent any man.
college days, but have forgotten it in the plastic helicopter drones. Mobile holder- more. After all it was just a holiday, a Spent a week bonding in London be- water they brought in after getting It will only seek to complete him and make the world
annals of time and upgraded train journeys stands, earphones, chargers in many hues 15-day break. It was a family vacation fore retracing our steps all the way to drenched in the rain. truly a place where the mind is without fear.
and discounted flights, so was in for a rude and shapes added to the melee. that we had been planning for a long Canada. As I walked from one I wish I had allowed messier My little movie trip was incident-free (a huge shout-
shock. I had pictured the second class The visually challenged singer-duo was time, and now that we were about to memory to the next, the line there marks on the growth chart, kept a pet out to Bangalore). I am hoping that this new habit
sitting as the one with the usual not far behind. Their repertoire was truly embark on this journey, we were let- had been no years.... from E.B earlier and adopted another one blossoms and stays with me watching movies alone,
compartment layout, but with a luggage eclectic, and they effortlessly moved from ting the news out, slowly, and on a Whites nostalgic gem, Once More to when it got lost. I wish I had peril-free.
rack above instead of the berths; I was Hindi to Tamil to Kannada. A single clap, a need-to-know basis. The problem the Lake, kept playing in my mind. snuggled with them instead of
taken aback at the suburban train layout. defiant stare and a synchronised thrust of was that the family was not a family Just as he has described, the memor- pulling them out of bed on Sunday
And was soon in for a still bigger shock a bony hip and outstretched hand that anymore, not by legal definition any- ies came rushing back, ones that I mornings and had let the incon-
when I saw that a reserved compartment demanded attention and remuneration had way, and we were quickly realising, didnt know existed. The scent of the sequential conversations flow bey-
held no such pretensions as people got in people scrambling for the scarce loose the trip didnt have social sanction. wooden floor, the pattern of the wall ond bed-time. I wish I had made ice
at every station and occupied every change in the time of demonetisation. It was a very generous rakhi gift tiles, the feel of the door knob, the lollies while they still cared and
standing and sitting position. Somebody brought in shallots. Why from my brother. A 15-day break hadnt forced aloo methi down their
Squished between the open window would someone buy shallots on a train? from the present to throats.
(thank god for a window seat) and a rather One lady thought it was a good idea, and dwell in the past. A As they prepare to take flight I
corpulently endowed lady on the other, I so did the couple with three kids in tow. vacation with the hope they remember the fragrance
had little wiggle room for comfort. A barely Shallots were followed by green cooking family I was born of flowers at the front door, the
broad enough and thinly cushioned seat bananas. The combination, I must admit, is into. After four and a smoke rising from the barbecue and
was to hold three people but held four. Bag mouth-wateringly appetising; guess the half decades we the warm sun on our backs on wintry
and baggage liberally occupied the one- ones who bought it thought so too. wanted to abandon afternoons. Sadly, we never spent
foot leg space between my seat and the Once again, I was flummoxed over why (temporarily!) our much time on the terrace swing or
one opposite, hung from hooks and the someone would need to buy purple spouses and offspring got around to watch a storm from the
narrow luggage rack above and squeezed kanakambaram (firecracker flower) in the and travel back in time, gazebo in the garden. But I hope
into every nook and cranny available. All in train. Why ever not, seems to be the to revisit our childhood. theyll cherish memories of our bed,
all it was cosy, euphemistically speaking. repartee. Traditional South Indian ladies do We felt that not having where hoisted on pillows we played
But once I looked beyond the love flowers in their hair. the others around was cards amid accusations and counter-
discomfort, I started taking in the At Rs. 150, not only could I travel from necessary for the sanctity of accusations of cheating. It is the
cacophony of life around me pulsating, Chennai to Bangalore, I wasnt bored for a the experience. place in the house where we have
animated, and effervescent This was second. There was drama, entertainment, Surprisingly the chil- shared the most laughter per square
something one would never find in the music all packed in a seven-hour (yes, the dren, themselves young inch.
almost sterile cocoons of the air- train is invariably late) capsule. adults, took the news I wish they forget the fights and
conditioned Shatabdis. And it has done so for 53 years now, pretty well. In fact the bickering, the sulks and the si-
The idli-vadai-pongal sellers reminded introduced in 1964 as the first inter-city they encouraged us to lences, and remember only the good
people the train had no pantry car. The leaf express on the Southern Railway. make the most of this times. As I despair at the time lost,
and paper wrapped packages of the south I guess the Brindavan is going to feature once in a lifetime op- time which could have been put to
Indian staple breakfast did look more more in my travels. Trains, especially the portunity. and better use, my only consolation is
appetising than the affectations of an day journeys, are alluring: they pack in so hoped to replicate it that their most lasting memories will
English breakfast with plastic-wrapped much more than just getting one from themselves in future. be the ones I can neither predict nor
slices of bread-butter-jam served in the point A to point B. Its the epitome of travel Our spouses were control. They will surface at the
Shatabdi. romance. And next up, a day bus journey. understandably less most unexpected moment. I can just
The jamboree started in right earnest an enthusiastic but hope that they will be happy ones.
agreed, albeit

A nerve-wracking journey shared with a stranger and a gentleman

SENJUTI MALLICK a quick matrix move. The Google ted levers like a pilot, from a relaxed said, Maam, Im sorry I made you questioned myself: was there a need
map of my brain scanned the route automated mode to a panic-stricken feel so uneasy and unsafe. That was for the man to apologise to me? No.

n Delhi, it was not very long yes, I knew all the roads, the sky- manual mode I turned on the never my intention. Im sure your He couldve just walked off, or
ago when autorickshaws were line told me it was still 15 minutes to GPS and engaged in a mechanical worries stemmed from justifiable maybe given me a piece of his mind
the more preferred mode of darkness and the driver and co-pas- telephonic conversation with a reasons and I apologise. Im on how I was over-reacting and be-
conveyance, cheaper and con- senger both seemed to be decent. friend while perched at the edge of ashamed that we men have com- ing judgmental. Then why was he
venient. OlaShare and Uber- I would comfortably make it under the seat in discomfort, slightly mitted such terrible crimes that wo- tendering me an apology and an ex-
pool had not started competing. 15 minutes. I hopped on. The co- nudging outwards. The co-passen- men are bound to keep their guard planation? I think its because he
One evening Id been waiting for passenger shifted into the farther ger seemed to be unfazed, looking up at all times. Today I understand was indeed a very respectable man
quarter of an hour hoping to hitch end and I sat on mine. out on the other side. what my mother, sister and girl- and his graciousness was indeed re-
an auto ride for my meeting, for After driving for a kilometre, the friend might have felt on so many markable. Seldom do we find
which I was late. Having suffered driver and the co-passenger started occasions and the worry I have for people who not only empathise but
eight rejections, I was fluttering my conversing in a certain dialect of
Question from the them when they use shared modes also take the whole worlds blame
arm at the next one. To my surprise, Hindi which I could not compre- experience: Was it of conveyance. I was simply dumb- upon themselves and apologise.
it stopped! I scampered towards it hend properly. It seemed they knew compassion, or should I founded. Should I call it compassion, or
and came to a surprise halt on noti- each other. should I consider this a one-off
cing a man already in the passenger I instantly became extra-attent- consider this as just a Struggling for words event and never let my guard down?
seat. In mid-sentence, confused ive and extra-cautious. Then the one-off event? The man, upon explaining the I suppose Ill perpetually be en-
and disappointed I started stepping auto took a few turns and I was on directions to me added that the tangled in this fight between trust-
back. But the driver said he was go- unknown roads and unfamiliar loc- Finally, he spoke in understand- auto-driver had been his permanent ing people to be righteous versus
ing a certain direction to drop the alities. I would be lying if I said I able Hindi, asking for the auto to be driver and was a good man. As I sat constant scepticism. It made me
man on board and I could share if hadnt started getting worried. stopped near a lane. The driver in- there struggling for words, he as- realise that in this day and age
I wanted to go in the same direc- Darkness had fallen and my expec- sisted on dropping him at his door- sured me I would be dropped safely. where we are so quick to question
tion. I was heading in the same dir- ted time of arrival at my destination step, but he replied, There might Sorry and thank-you only found ex- the motives of a man, I must also be
ection, the co-passengers destina- had exceeded. Alas, the estimation be some unruly men in the lane. pression in gaping like a goldfish as more compassionate and be forever
tion would require only a small arrived at by my brains route map Dropping here would be best. I the auto sped off, leaving gratitude grateful towards my fellow-travel-
detour; but given another unknown and interpretation of the skyline wouldnt know because I was too and apology stuck in the throat. lers for their support. Since then,
person on board, I was sceptical. had gone awry. Had looks also de- occupied with relief. At that time, on that day, I thought Ive met some interesting people
Then I agreed. But before the ceived me? After paying, the co-passenger I was the only person ill at ease. I and made some wonderful friends.
agreement nod came, my brain did With rising anxiety levels, I shif- turned towards me and politely was wrong. That made two of us. I

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Sports 4 & HD 4, 9.30 a.m. escaped unhurt after he was reportedly great commitment when Ive asked him to play and also spinner Stephen OKeefe from the
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ongoing Big Bash League to give him
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Ganguly gets
death threat
It was Dhonis decision, and a graceful one: MSK Ineligible CAB
members stand
KOLKATA: Sourav Ganguly
CRICKET / The chief selector lauds the iconic players sense of responsibility and commitment
said on Monday that he VIJAY LOKAPALLY Prasad, much like previous Rishabh Pant on current home in 1986. We were play- KOLKATA: The Cricket Associ-
had received an ation of Bengal (CAB) on
anonymous death
Ganguly, who is also
T o give up something you
love can be excruciating.
Retirement from a successful
selection committee chair-
man Sandeep Patil, was only
following the long-standing
form and Ishan Kishan wait-
ing to grab the spot at the first
ing a match at Gwalior (Bom-
bay vs Australians) when the
news came first, but Sunil
I never called up Monday decided that its of-
fice-bearers who are ineligible
as per the Justice Lodha Com-
tradition of engaging senior was reinstated following in-
Cricket Association of
Bengal president,
confirmed the news after
sporting vocation has always
evoked varied responses.
Some bow out with dignity,
players, including captains,
in a stock-taking exercise.
The chief selector clearly
does not want the impression
to gain momentum that
tervention by the then Board
president (S. Sriraman).
However, I announced my
MSD, says Prasad mittee recommendations
would stand disqualified with
immediate effect.
some need to be pushed out. Even Sachin Tendulkar Dhoni was eased out of the
chairing a CAB Working retirement from interna- The committee has de-
was spoken to but he had re- post. The grace with which J.R. SHRIDHARAN did not call me and ask for
Committee meeting In cricket, captaincy comes tional cricket after that cided that those who have
fused to get into a discussion. Dhoni took the decision is Dhonis future plans, said
here. with lot of privilege. And re- match, he said. In another been disqualified as per the
It was eventually Ten- what Prasad would like the VIJAYAWADA: The chairman Prasad.
The day before sponsibility too. When to instance, R.S. Dungarpur had (sic) disqualification (norms)
dulkars decision to an- world to understand. of the National selection
yesterday I received an give up the role is a decision sought the removal of a will stand disqualified with
nounce his retirement and committee, M.S.K. Prasad, On the fourth day of
anonymous letter with a few have made at the right Past instances player from North Zone from immediate effect, subject. As
not a forced one. on Monday denied the the semifinal between
death threat. I am time. M.S. Dhoni ranks the list. regards the office of the assist-
supposed to attend a among the top in this regard The current selectors, with To appoint or sack a cap- allegation made by Bihar Gujarat and Jharkhand at ant secretary, a clarification is
felicitation function [...] after he making himself avail- specific plans for the season, tain is the prerogative of the The selectors have accep- Cricket Association Nagpur, Dhoni, who was to be sought from the Lodha
in Medinipur on January able for selection only as a were exploring various pos- selectors. It is a norm that the ted Dhonis move to put him- secretary Aditya Verma with the Jharkhand team Committee. As soon as the
19. I have informed the player. sible combinations for all Board president formally en- self in the pool purely as a that the BCCIs outgoing as mentor, met me and Lodha Committee report on
police and the organisers Was Dhoni compelled to formats of the game and dorses the selection but if player. The idea is to play on joint secretary Amitabh expressed his wish to step qualification comes, that will
about the threat, take the painful decision to Dhoni was a part of the need there be, he can inter- merit and, of course, with Choudhary had asked him down as skipper of the be immediately effective
Ganguly told reporters. quit captaincy? National se- process. vene. There have been cases freedom to justify his pres- to call up Mahendra Singh ODI and T20 sides. without any further delay,
However, Kolkata Joint lection committee chairman Dhoni, at 35, may not be the of the Board president for- ence. Dhoni and ask him about Banerjee told reporters.
Commissioner of Police M.S.K. Prasad insisted that it lone option for the wicket- cing the National selectors to Dhoni does not wish to be his future plans. I do not know why On the alleged comments of
(Crime) Vishal Garg said was his call. It was Dhonis keeper-batsmans job. But have a re-look. seen as hindrance to a de- Aditya Verma is a CAB office-bearer relating to
The conversation unnecessarily dragging
they had got nothing so decision and quite a graceful then, he, in the opinion of the As Patil recalled, Sunil serving youngster. By giving the Lodha Committee, Baner-
far on the development. Gavaskar and he were up captaincy, he has only never took place. me into the issue, he jee said: During the course of
one. It shows his responsibil- selectors, is the best current
Sports Bureau ity towards Indian cricket, option, with the accepted dropped by the selectors for demonstrated his sense of Mr. Amitabh Choudary complained. an informal meeting in Ban-
he emphasised. need to groom a successor the series against Australia at commitment and timing. galore, the honorary treasurer
is alleged to have said that the
CAB is instigating the Lodha

Spotlight on Dhoni as teams practise ODIs different ball game: Morgan Committee.
The honorary treasurer has
informed the house in no un-
certain terms that he never
AMOL KARHADKAR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Morgan, however, said the said that and never uttered
Test series results would not that word. The CAB has never
MUMBAI: When an interna- MUMBAI: The last time England affect the group. instigated the Lodha Commit-
tional side is out on the played an ODI series, last Oc- They (the players) are very tee in any manner
ground training at the same tober in Bangladesh, Jos But- motivated. In India, regardless whatsoever.
time as the local team ahead tler was stand-in captain with which format has been played
of a warm-up game, the focus Eoin Morgan the man who first, the side generally im-
usually is on the visitors.
Not on Monday, though.
has led Englands revival in the
limited-over formats
proves and since this side has
been together there has been
Ganguly is one
As the England and India-A
squads trained under flood-
pulling out along with opener
Alex Hales, citing security
no backlash or repercussions
from any performance. I dont
of the great
lights at the Brabourne sta-
dium, the attention of every-
Naturally, more than Eng-
expect it (Test series) to have
any effect, he said.
Indian captains
one gathered Cricket Club lands chances of winning its Eoin Morgan. PHOTO: AP Morgan was excited at start- KOLKATA: Sri Lankan spin wizard Mut-
of India members and their first ODI series in India in ing the challenge with two tiah Muralitharan on Monday said Ravi
families, former India team three decades, Morgan, during World Twenty20 final in India warm-up games against qual- Shastri may have just missed Sourav
director Ravi Shastri and his his first official interaction last year, preferring to look ity sides. Gangulys name while compiling his list
daughter, assorted media with the media as England ahead to the series. While Mahendra Singh of Indias all-time best captains.
personnel was riveted on captain, was quizzed more England has been in top Dhoni will lead India-A on Definitely Ganguly did a great job
the proceedings on the In- about his return in England form in the ODI arena, having Tuesday, Ajinkya Rahane will for Indian cricket after he took over. In
dia-A side of the ground. colours after a sabbatical that lost just five of the 18 ODIs it take over for the second game my opinion hes a great captain.
In fact, all eyes were on one fetched him a lot of flak back played last year. on Thursday. Its all about opinions and everyone
man. home. However, the fact that nine I think the two warm-up has one. Maybe he has missed Ganguly
With Mahendra Singh I dont regret that at all. I members of its squad were a games have strong sides. Its a but I cant speak for him, said Mura-
Dhoni gearing up for Tues- am comfortable about that de- part of the recent Test badger- great preparation to adapt and litharan, a consultant of the Cricket As-
days warm-up match, and cision, said Morgan, who led ing by India will certainly be perform at skill levels that are sociation of Bengals Vision 2020 pro-
the limited-overs series that Englands march into the playing on their minds. needed to win here, he said. gramme. PTI
follow, against Eoin Morgans
men, it was only natural.
He was making an appear-
ance on a cricket field in pub-
lic for the first time after
BUSINESS AS USUAL: M.S. Dhoni was his usual calm self at the India-A nets on the eve of what will
perhaps be the last time he will captain against an international fixture. PHOTO: AFP
Mumbai can host
Under-19 games
HCA will host Test even if it
passing the captaincy baton
over to Virat Kohli.
On the eve of what will per-
haps be the last time he will
been recalled out of obscurity
for Twenty20s, Mohit
Before retiring to the dress-
ing room, Dhoni obliged a
with Shikhar Dhawan and
Mandeep Singh before going against England doesnt get BCCI funds
Sharma who had been side- group of children, who had in for a second stint.
lead a side in an international lined for a while, leg-spinner been waiting outside the The teams (from): MUMBAI: With the Tamil Nadu V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM
fixture, Dhoni went about his Yuzvendra Chahal who has boundary line, with auto- India-A: Mahendra Singh Dhoni Cricket Association express-
business with his usual calm. had an impressive run in the graphs and pictures. (capt., w.k.), Shikhar Dhawan, ing inability to host next HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad
Turning out in the teams shorter formats, and china- Mandeep Singh, Ambati Rayudu, months India Under-19 Cricket Association is all set to
Meanwhile, Yuvraj looked
all-grey practice outfit, Dhoni man bowler Kuldeep Yadav Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Sanju games against England, sign a 1.6 crore agreement
fidgety in the nets, especially
and his men first played foot- who is arguably the most im- Samson, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra former India captain Dilip with 21st Century for in-stadia
with the pacers moving the
ball in the warm-up session proved spinner in domestic Chahal, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma, Vengsarkar feels these rights for the India-
ball in the evening breeze.
where the captain even cricket over the last year. Siddharth Kaul. matches should be hosted in Bangladesh Test at the Rajiv
scored a goal. It will be interesting to see England: Eoin Morgan (capt.), Mumbai. Gandhi Stadium here next
Once the opening batsmen Dhoni then padded up and if he can make a strong case Alex Hales, Sam Billings, Jason Roy, I feel that if TNCA is un- month.
moved on to the three nets, batted against all types of for a place in Indias XI for the Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bair- able to host the under-19 A confident HCA secretary
Dhoni headed over to the far bowlers for about 45 minutes, ODI series-opener in Pune on stow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (w.k.), games against England, Mum- K. John Manoj, who had de-
side of the ground to observe timing most of the deliveries Sunday. Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil bai can host it as it has more tailed discussions with BCCI
the bowlers, including the he faced; he showed no signs The left-hander was later Rashid, Jake Ball, David Willey, Chris international venues than any South Zone curator P.R.
likes of Ashish Nehra who has of rust. seen discussing technique Woakes. other city in India, he said. Viswanathan and HCA cur- READYING FOR BATTLE: BCCI South Zone curator P.R. Viswanathan
TNCA has cited cyclone ator Y.L. Chandrasekhar on (right) shares a few thoughts on pitch preparation with HCA
Vardah, its after-effects and pitch preparation, again in- curator Y.L. Chandrasekhar and secretary K. John Manoj (left)

Yuvraj excited at returning to the main fold domestic cricket schedule as

reasons for not having suffi-
cient fit-enough grounds to
formed The Hindu on Monday
that there was no question of
backing out from hosting the
at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on Monday. PHOTO: V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

on Monday to BCCI CEO clarification as the deadline is

host the games. Test. Rahul Johri expressing disap- fast approaching. Ironically,
VIJAY LOKAPALLY World Cup which saw him Trophy. The two again spent a But being called a part-time Vengsarkar also wanted Let me reiterate that even if pointment at the doubts cre- there was no reply to our com-
win the Player of the Series week at the National Cricket bowler helps me, said Yuvraj. Mumbai as the reserve venue we dont get the BCCI funds ated about HCA hosting the munication in this regard till
NEW DELHI: Yuvraj Singh is part award. I was to bolster the Academy recently. I feel under pressure if I am if Hyderabad is unable to hold we are not going to back out. Test. this morning, the HCA offi-
of a specific plan as India looks middle-order then, to play the In 2011 too, Hirwani had referred to as the main bowler. the one-off India-Bangladesh We deem it a prestigious event It is unfortunate some sec- cial said.
to maintain its formidable in- finishing game. It is the same trained Yuvraj ahead of the Everyone has his own style of Test. as it happens to be tions of the media reported, The letter, dated January 5,
ternational record. even now, he said. World Cup. I told him that he bowling. I am more mature in Mumbai, in fact, is to host Bangladeshs first-ever Test in quoting a BCCI official, about had stated In this connection,
The goal is the Champions The game has become knew the batsmans psycho- my approach and will use my all five one-day games in the India, Manoj said. HCA expressing inability to we shall be highly obliged, if
Trophy, and Yuvraj, along faster now because the rules logy as he is an all-rounder. He experience to serve the team U-19 series which is to be held As part of our efforts, we host this Test match. I would you can kindly advise about
with Ashish Nehra, is expec- have changed in the last five admitted to struggling against better. before the two-game Test are going to sign this in-stadia like to reiterate that prepara- the financials as non-receipt of
ted to play an important part. years, but my job would still be the slower one. So, I asked him The left-hander said he was rubber. advertisement rights agree- tions are in full swing, the sec- funds would lead to a serious
I have always backed my- to chase the big targets which to vary the speed when he excited at returning to the fold. The first, fourth and final ment which also means we retary stated in the letter. disruption in the conduct of
self and I feel good about my have become bigger than they bowls. He did that splendidly, I have a role to play in the games are to be held at the will get 80 lakh as advance Manoj said what they had the Test Match and also other
batting this season. There were in 2011 when we won the Hirwani said. middle order with Mahi (M.S. Wankhede Stadium on Janu- payment. written was seeking about Rs. ongoing domestic BCCI
have been ups and downs, but Cup. Yuvraj got some more Dhoni). We bring experience ary 30, February 6 and 8. Just in case we dont get the 65 lakh which had to be re- Matches. Further, to run the
the focus has been high this Former India leg-spinner priceless advice from Hirwani. to the middle-order and hope The remaining two games funds from the BCCI on time, leased for any association day-to-day affairs/activities,
time, said Yuvraj. Narendra Hirwani worked on I was told to back myself as a to relive the 2011 World Cup at the Brabourne Stadium are this will be more than handy, hosting a Test as per the Su- we require funds as we have
The role, he insisted, re- Yuvrajs bowling and his con- bowler. I should not consider during this season, Yuvraj to be played on February 1 and Manoj said. preme Court order. not received funds from BCCI
mains the same as in the 2011 fidence during the last Duleep myself as a part-time bowler. said. 3. PTI The secretary wrote a letter We were only seeking a so far.


No sweat for Cibulkova Erica excels as Maharathis subdue Ninjas

SYDNEY: Slovakias World No. 6 Apia International: Women: Dominika UTHRA GANESAN Erica fought back, earned two rolling Kale over twice and win
Dominika Cibulkova dropped just Cibulkova bt Laura Siegemund 6-2, 6-0; points and then, in one swift the bout.
two games in blistering heat to Roberta Vinci bt Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-0; NEW DELHI: Erica Wiebe proved yet move, turned her opponent over Earlier, Jabrayil Hasanov of
win her opening match at the Apia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova bt Samantha again why she is considered and pinned her to the mat to win Azerbaijan managed to win
Sydney International on Monday. Stosur 6-3, 6-1; Coco Vandeweghe bt among the best wrestlers in the by fall despite trailing on points. against Jakob Makarashvili in the
The diminutive Cibulkova, who Elena Vesnina 6-2, 4-0 (retd.); Caroline world today, coming from behind The Mumbai captain is unbeaten 74kg to put Mumbai up in the
upset World No.1 Angelique Ker- Wozniacki bt Monica Puig 6-3, 2-6, 6-4; to win her third bout in as many in the competition so far but this opening bout before Vikas Kumar
ber to win the WTA Finals in Duan Ying-Ying bt Irina Falconi 7-5, 3-6, games and lead Mumbai Maha- was the closest she came to a loss fought back against the more ex-
Singapore last October, swept 6-0; Daria Gavrilova bt Donna Vekic 6-3, rathi to its second victory in the but that was not to be. perienced Rahul Mann to tie 6-6
past Germanys Laura Siegemund 7-6(1). Pro Wrestling League on but won the bout by virtue of tak-
6-2, 6-0. Men: Philipp Kohlschreiber bt Fabio Monday. Mumbai won 4-3 against Rahul edges out Kale ing the final point.
Cibulkova, who lost to Chinas Fognini 6-4, 6-4; Paolo Lorenzi bt Florian table-topper Jaipur Ninjas to go The win also sealed Mumbais Jaipur, Mumbai Punjab and
Li Na in the 2014 Australian Open Mayer 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(5). level on points. victory in the tie after Rahul Haryana are all on four points
final, will next play Canadian wild At Auckland: ATP Auckland Clas- Canadian Erica, the reigning Aware had previously used all his apiece after Mondays tie.
card Eugenie Bouchard in the sic: Feliciano Lopez bt Michael Venus Olympic champion in the 75kg experience to overcome Utkarsh The result:
WTA lead-in tournament to next 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; Robin Haase bt Finn Tear- category, trailed arch-rival Jenny Kale 9-6 in the 57kg. Aware led 3-0 Mumbai Maharathi 4 bt Jaipur
weeks Major. ney 6-4, 7-5; Jiri Vesely bt Horacio Zebal- Fransson of Sweden for a large before Kale fought back and two Ninjas 3 [74kg: Jabrayil Hasanov bt
Kerber and Radwanska, the top los 6-4, 6-3; Dustin Brown bt Michael part of the bout before turning the take downs on either side of the Jakob Makarashvili 3-1; 48kg: Carolina
two seeds, have a bye into the Mmoh 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4. tables 20 seconds from time. Con- break put the youngster ahead Castillo lost to Ritu Phogat 1-4; 65kg: Vi-
second round at Sydney. At Hobart: WTA Hobart Interna- ceding the opening point for 4-3. kas Kumar bt Rahul Mann 6-6 (virtue of
Former World No. 1 and sev- tional: Jana Fett bt Francesca Schiavone passivity to trail at the end of the The lead kept changing hands winning final point); 53kg: Lalita
enth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-2; Andrea Petkovic bt Nicole Gibbs first three minutes, Erica as both wrestlers kept attacking, Sehrawat lost to Betzabeth Arguello 2-5;
dumped Olympic champion and 6-4, 6-0; Lucie Safarova bt Viktorija Golu- struggled to get her grip right trying to get hold of the oppon- 57kg: Rahul Aware bt Utkarsh Kale 9-6;
last years finalist Monica Puig out bic 6-3, 6-4; Risa Ozaki bt Kurumi Nara even as Jenny took her down to ents ankles and take control, be- 75kg: Erica Wiebe bt Jenny Franson by
of the tournament 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. 0-6, 7-5, 6-3; Elise Mertens bt Kristina extend her lead to 3-0 with just fore Aware employed the Fitle fall; 97kg: Pavlo Oliynik lost to Elizabar
The results: At Sydney: ATP/WTA Mladenovic 6-1, 6-2. Agencies over a minute left in the bout. move to score four points by Odikadze 2-3].
18 | SPORT


Mumbais MVP
Stage set for an exciting summit clash G. VISWANATH

INDORE: Abhishek Nayar has

41-time champion Mumbai takes on second-time finalist Gujarat played 83 matches for Mum-
bai, scored 4,665 runs with 11
G. VISWANATH The captains will pick the centuries and 27 half-centur-
team after having a look at ies and taken 142 wickets at
INDORE: The rise of the young pitch; the ground staff gave it a 30.63; and he has figured in
kid on the block, Prithvi Shaw, crop on Sunday and watered it. Mumbais Ranji Trophy wins.
has warmed the cockles of There is grass cover too. The Purists may scoff at his bat-
many a heart in Mumbais seamers have thrived here and ting stance, with feet very
cricketing circles and more so the batsmen who make runs wide apart, and probably not Abhishek Nayar. FILE PHOTO
in the Mumbai squad, which will be a satisfied lot. be inclined to lavish praise on
saw him in action for the first Mumbai is in quest of its his medium-pace bowling. But shown fierce determination,
time in many years at Rajkot 42nd title and Gujarat its first, teammates who have spent commitment and respect to
last week. entering the final after 66 sea- 11 years in the Mumbai dress- the game.
Captain Aditya Tare admit- sons. The teams went through ing room would understand There was a time he would
ted he had not watched Shaw their practice sessions with the his knowledge of the game, the dance down the pitch and play
bat in the last three intensity characteristic of the way he has utilised his re- big scoring shots and provide
seasons and so eve of a big match. sources and turned out to the acceleration, but these days he
when he scored a The teams (from): Most Valuable Player a num- doesnt leave the crease much.
century against Mumbai: Aditya Tare (capt/wk), ber of times. Hes a tough nut to track while
Tamil Nadu in the Akhil Herwadkar, Prithvi Shaw, If Mumbai is in the Ranji fi- defending and very smart with
Ranji semifinals, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, nal this season, his captain and the ball, not offering free hits.
Tare and coach PREP TIME: Mumbai players slog it out at the Holkar Cricket Stadium ahead of the Ranji final against Gujarat. Right: Gujarat pacer Siddhesh Lad, Abhishek Nayar, other players would be ready
Chandrakant Pandit Shardul Thakur, Balwinder Singh Gujarat coach Vijay Patel
R.P. Singh hones his skill in an unusual way! PHOTOS: K. MURALI KUMAR to give him an A rank. Thats said: He keeps the ball close
felt the problem of Sandhu, Tushar Deshpande, Vishal how hes performed, espe-
finding a sound deployed all his means in the match of the season promises triple centuries to their credit the new ball with left-arm Dabholkar, Royston Dias, Sufiyan to the off stump, does not
cially in the quarterfinal swing the ball much and he is
opening batsman knock-out matches. much because there is a new this season. They are followed seamer R.P. Singh as he has Shaikh, Vijay Gohil, Akshay Girap, against Hyderabad and semi-
had been solved before the fi- After entering the field with challenger in Gujarat, which by fearless stroke-players like been chosen for the limited- Eknath Kerkar and Praful Waghela. always at the batsman.
final against Tamil Nadu.
nal against Gujarat, set to start various combinations, Mum- has flaunted its batting poten- Bhargav Merai, Manprit Juneja over series against England. Gujarat : Parthiv Patel (capt/wk), He scored 58 and took four Holding fort
at the Holkar Cricket Stadium bai has managed to find the tial and depth in no uncertain and Parthiv himself. In his absence, Parthiv may Priyank Panchal, Samit Gohil, Bhar- wickets against Tamil Nadu in
here on Tuesday. right men for the business-end terms. It has not been weighed Mumbais Shardul Thakur prefer Chintan Gaja, who gav Merai, Manprit Juneja, Rujul Nayar and debutant
the first innings and scored 59 Shubham Ranjane kept Bengal
of the tournament that it has down by the reputation of op- could ask questions of their coach Vijay Patel said was sim- Bhatt, Chirag Gandhi, Hardik Patel, and took four for 60 and five
Nayar factor won 41 times; absent though is ponents and captain Parthiv technique and nerve but, as ilar in bowling style to Ab- Chintan Gaja,, R.P. Singh, Rush at bay in a crucial league
for 40 in the quarterfinal. match played at Nagpur. In the
While Tare, Pandit and the seamer Dhawal Kulkarni. The Patel has said that the West they have repeatedly proven hishek Nayar. Rush Kalaria, Kalaria, Ishwar Chaudhary, Dhruv This season he has played
selectors will be pleased with selectors have added left-arm Zone team is no pushover. against a variety of bowlers in who had hurt his bowling Raval, Karan Patel and Mehul Patel. second innings he was sent in
nine matches, scored 462 runs at No. 7.
finding an opening pair that spinner Vishal Dabholkar to Gujarat has banked on its the league, they should not be shoulder, turned his arm over Umpires: Anil Chaudhary and with a century (103 not out
can be relied upon to deliver, give Tare a choice between Vi- batting force right from the found wanting. at the nets on Monday after un- Nitin Menon; Third umpire: K. against Madhya Pradesh) and We thought that having
they are also happy that the jay Gohil and Dabholkar. start. Openers Priyank Panchal Gujarat will not have fast- dergoing treatment in Srinath; taken 21 wickets. him down the order would
seasoned Abhishek Nayar has The penultimate First Class and Samit Gohil have had bowler Jasprit Bumrah to share Bengaluru. Match Referee: Manu Nayyar. have helped us. We werent
Playing with passion going for the chase, so he was
Mumbai skipper Aditya the best man to hold fort, said

A big moment for all of us: Parthiv Far Sight has an edge Tare, who holds Nayar in high Tare. Nayar played for 200
esteem, said: The determina- minutes, faced 135 balls to
tion he shows is infectious. make 51 and prevented Bengal
HYDERABAD: Far Sight has an edge Glorious Grey (4) Deepak Singh Sameeruddin 50.5, 10. Naamdhari
Hes been a crucial player for from getting six points.
over his rivals in the Hyderabad Ju- 53.5, 8. Negress Princess (3) Ak- (5) P. Gaddam 50.5, 11. Picture Per-
G. VISWANATH Ranji team, they will be coming venile Million (1,400m), the chief shay Kumar 53.5 and 9. Takisha (5) fect (3) Sai Kumar 50.5 and 12. Sym- us for the past two seasons. In the absence of Dhawal
into a very strong side, so they
INDORE: Gujarat captain Parthiv will have to raise their standard Bumrah event of the races to be held here on
Tuesday (Jan. 10).
Deep Shanker 53.5.
1. Warrior Supreme, 2. Takisha,
bol Of Glory (1) Ajeeth Kumar 50.
1. Camborne, 2. Rubyonrails, 3.
It was a barren spell two
seasons ago, but hes come
Kulkarni, Nayar has taken a
good workload, bowling 229.1
Patel and coach Vijay Patel are as well. That will encourage a 3. True Hymn Catherine
not surprised their team has lot of youngsters to push them- deserves to 1 ADLER PLATE (1,600m), 4-
y-o & over, rated 40 to 70 (Cat. II), 5 BAILE LALITH PERSHAD 8 MEMBERS CUP (1,600m), 5-
back and won matches single-
handedly. Whenever we were
overs, little less than seamer
Tushar Deshpande. Shardul
reached the Ranji Trophy final selves and become better
to challenge Mumbai. players. play for India 12-40 p.m.: 1. Wonder Eye (8) A M
Tograllu 60, 2. Top Contender (4)
Suraj Narredu 58.5, 3. Miracle King
(1,100m), 5-y-o & over, rated 46 to
70 (Cat. II), 2-45: 1. Par Excellence
y-o & over, rated 26 to 50 (Cat. III),
4-25: 1. Lavender (14) N. S. Rathore
60, 2. Hard Fought (3) P. Trevor 59,
under pressure, he was my go
to man with bat and ball.
Thakur has bowled the most at
279.4 overs for his 22 wickets.
This Gujarat team has played Pressure is something (3) Srinath 57.5, 4. The Blue (5) N. (10) A. A. Vikrant 60, 2. Columbus Like many cricketers, Nayar When hes in action, he
3. Upon A Star (2) N. Rawal 59, 4.
to its strength and this is what which depends upon an indi- INDORE: Gujarat skipper Parthiv Rawal 55.5, 5. Grand Canyon (6) A. (7) Aneel 59.5, 3. Legend (4) Sai Ku- Aware (10) Kuldeep Singh 56.5, 5. has been laid low by injuries. A keeps the batsmen guessing
Parthiv highlighted after a vidual and a team atmosphere Patel says hes happy with the A. Vikrant 54, 6. Silver Dollar (2) mar 59.5, 4. Brilliant Twist (8) Ajit Proud Image (4) K. Mukesh Ku- serious wrist injury perhaps and thats what he would
workout on Monday. way Jasprit Bumrah is bowling. Kuldeep Singh 52.5, 7. Coruba (7) K. Singh 58, 5. Kohinoor Grace (1) mar 56.5, 6. Sea Change (6)
as well. We will be quite re- Mukesh Kumar 52 and 8. Mahathi Kunal Bunde 58, 6. Whispering Beuzelin 55, 7. Exclusive Mon- was the worst, but he has strive to do against Gujarat.
If you look at our team, we laxed. We are not worried When asked whether Bumrah (1) P. Trevor 52. Pines (6) Kuldeep Singh 56, 7. archy (7) K. Sai Kiran 54.5, 8.
have played about 4-5 finals in about the outcome. Through- was ready for Test cricket, 1. Mahathi, 2. Top Contender, 3. Egyptian Wind (11) A M Tograllu Forever Bullish (5) Aneel 53.5, 9.
the shorter formats in the last
4-5 years. The guys know the
out the season, we have be-
lieved in the process and we
Parthiv said: As a keeper and
captain, I am quite happy the
Silver Dollar
54, 8. Aakash Vani (2) Ajeeth Ku-
mar 53.5, 9. Golden Angel (3) G.
Hal Chal (13) G. Naresh 53.5, 10.
Prudently Perfect (8) Kiran Naidu MUMBAI ROUND-UP
Naresh 53, 10. Military Cross (9) B. 53.5, 11. Cash For Rank (12) A. S.
importance of the game and are quite happy to go in to the way he is bowling. There are the (Div. I), (1,100m), maiden 3-y-o only R. Kumar 53 and 11. Time Is Luck Pawar 53, 12. Man Of The Series (1) Kishan, Rana dazzle Karnatak Sports Club clinch
everyone is mature enough. final. selectors who will definitely take (Cat. II), (Terms), 1-10: 1. City Of (5) P. Gaddam 53. Akshay Kumar 53, 13. Buckshee (11) the final in the 10th Late Adv.
They have been playing a call over the course of time. Sails (4) K. Sai Kiran 55, 2. Jumeira 1. Time Is Luck, 2. Kohinoor Ajeeth Kumar 52 and 14. Dhool Ka Ishan Kishan slammed a A.R. Kudrolli memorial
Express (7) P. Trevor 55, 3. New Grace, 3. Par Excellence Phool (ex: Rose 'D' Mumtaz) (9)
first-class cricket for almost We deserve to be here Hope (2) K. Mukesh Kumar 55, 4. Ajit Singh 52.
24-ball 59 (3x4, 6x6) to star in knockout football
six-seven years. There have There is no point of putting Not anxious Sugar Land (3) Kunal Bunde 55, 5. 6 SRI A. S. KRISHNA ME- 1. Sea Change, 2. Hard Fought, ONGCs 67-run win over tournament, conducted by the
been a few who have been a Turf Legend (5) Deepak Singh 55, 6. MORIAL CUP (1,600m), 4-y-o & 3. Dhool Ka Phool Mumbai Police in the 13th KSA on home ground, Cross
extra pressure of a final. We de- Ashka Ashka Ashka (8) Aneel 53.5, over, rated 86 & above (Cat. I), 3-
part of the IPL as well. They servingly are here because we Parthiv was not anxious about 7. Palace On Wheels (9) Deep
D.Y. Patil T20 Cup. Nitish Maidan. He blocked one shot
15: 1. Vijay Viraaj (3) Srinath 60, 2. 9 HOVERCRAFT PLATE
know what pressure is all have played well, said Parthiv. his bowling department getting Shanker 53.5, 8. Tough Princess (6) Supreme Fairy (9) K. Mukesh Ku- (1,200m), 4-y-o & over, rated upto
Rana scored a 35-ball 75 (5x4, as KSC beat Udaya SC 5-4.
about. And we have played depleted by Bumrahs absence. Ajeeth Kumar 53.5 and 9. Withrose- mar 57, 3. Alameda (6) P. Trevor 30 (Cat. III), 5-00: 1. Yes Baby (3) 6x6) to help ONGC pile up 213 Former junior international
against the biggest teams in 6-7 Asked about the mindset of a Jasprit deserves to play for makeup (1) Ajit Singh 53.5. 55.5, 4. Happy Guy (4) P. S. Md. Sameeruddin 62, 2. District for seven. Ryan dSouza was the guest of
team playing Mumbai, Parthiv 1. Palace On Wheels, 2. Jumiera Chouhan 55.5, 5. Red Rambble (5) Attorney (14) Sai Kumar 60.5, 3. Di-
years; whether it is against Viru India. If he is not around, he is Express, 3. New Hope Gopal Singh 55.5, 6. Net Champ (1) Canara Bank registered a honour and chief guest Adv
said: This is something very vine Heights (11) N. Rawal 59.5, 4.
(Sehwag) or other big players not around. We cant do anything Beuzelin 53.5, 7. Commanding Boy Golden Joy (10) K. Mukesh Kumar one-run win over Tata Sports Shakeel Kudrolli presented
and teams. big for us. We have grown up about it, but as a team, it gives 3 HYDERABAD JUVENILE (7) N. Rawal 53, 8. Vijay Vaish- 59.5, 5. Mexican Rose (6) B. R. Ku- Club, and Western Railway the prizes.
When asked what reaching watching Mumbai cricket in an opportunity for another MILLION (1,400m), maiden 3-y-o navee (8) P. Gaddam 53 and 9. mar 59.5, 6. Take A Bow (8) N. S. beat BPCL by four runs in KSC received the trophy and
West Zone. We always look only (Terms), 1-40: 1. Bayrd (4) Baashagar (2) Akshay Kumar 52.5. Rathore 59, 7. Cruiser (7) K. Sai
the final meant to Gujarat bowler to step in and do well. Beuzelin 56, 2. Far Sight (5) Suraj 1. Vijay Viraaj, 2. Happy Guy, 3. Kiran 58.5, 8. Kohinoor Flare (13) S.
other games. a cheque for Rs 25,000. Udaya
cricket, Parthiv said: It is a big forward to compete against We always knew that if got Narredu 56, 3. Highly Acclaimed (2) Red Rambble The scores: Group A: Western got a trophy and a cheque of
Sreekant 57.5, 9. Princess (9) Kiran
moment for all of us. We have them and beat them. We have to the final, he wont be there Srinath 56, 4. Tootsie Roll (3) P. Naidu 57, 10. Play It Cool (4) Aneel Railways 164 for four in 20 overs Rs 20,000.
beaten them in one-day and Trevor 56 and 5. China Millennium 7 BAILE LALITH PERSHAD 55.5, 11. Our Ensign (12) P. Gaddam
worked really hard. There are because he has done so well for (1) Akshay Kumar 54.5. MEMORIAL CUP (Div. I),
(Asad Pathan 45, Prerak Mankad 41) The result (final): Karnatak SC 5
T20 format but in the Ranji 54.5, 12. Rosecoloredglasses (1)
people back home who know India in one-day cricket and was 1. Far Sight, 2. China Millennium (1,100m), 5-y-o & over, rated 46 to Khurshad Alam 54.5, 13. Arracache bt BPCL 160 for six in 20 overs (Adnan Yalgar, Lawrence Betgeri,
how much hard work we have Trophy, in the recent past, only a surety to be picked. We have 70 (Cat. II), 3-50: 1. Rubyonrails (4) (2) Deepak Singh 51 and 14. Ko- (Bhavin Thakkar 52, Akash Parkar Dinesh Pawar, Akshay Pawar, Sagar
once we have got the lead. 4 ANMOL RATAN PLATE P. Trevor 60, 2. Super Falcon (7) S.
put in, how much planning we won a couple of games this hinoor Love (5) Kunal Bunde 50.5. 44 n.o). Shetty) bt Udaya SC 4 (Mohit Gatty,
(Div. II), (1,100m), maiden 3-y-o Sreekant 60, 3. Mighty Swing (10) 1. Golden Joy, 2. Play It Cool, 3.
have done to get qualified. As I said we have learned a season without (left-arm only (Cat. II), (Terms), 2-10: 1. Face P. S. Chouhan 59.5, 4. Camborne Group B: Canara Bank 189 for seven Oliver Castelino, Mikhail Rebeiro,
I am sure playing a Ranji fi- lot from Mumbai cricket. A lot spinner) Axar Patel and Jasprit; Yes Baby in 20 overs (Suneel Raju 44, Bharath Jayesh Naik) via the tie-breaker.
The Facts (1) G. Naresh 55, 2. (6) Kuldeep Singh 56.5, 5. Sprint
Moondancer (6) P. S. Chouhan 55, 3. Legend (12) N. Rawal 54, 6. Fab- Day's best: Far Sight Full-time: 0-0.
nal will encourage a lot of ju- of guys have played Times so we can take this confidence Chipli 37, KB Pawan 32; Abul Kalam
Reach The Heights (2) Sai Kumar ulous Jewel (11) G. Naresh 53.5, 7. Double: Time Is Luck - Vijay
nior guys to step in and try and Shield and club cricket; they go into the final. Special 55, 4. True Hymn (8) Suraj Narredu Catherine (2) B. R. Kumar 52, 8. Viraaj three for 31) bt Tata Sports Club 188 Titles for Prajwal
push because they know to Mumbai and learn a lot of Correspondent 55, 5. Warrior Supreme (7) Srinath Perfection (9) K. Mukesh Kumar Jkt: 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9; Tr (i): 1, 2 & 3; (ii): 4, for eight in 20 overs (Kaustubh
whenever they come into the things. 55, 6. Asteria (9) P. Trevor 53.5, 7. 51.5, 9. Midnight In Paris (8) Md. 5 & 6; (iii): 7, 8 & 9; Tla: all races. Pawar 71, Sujit Nayak 43; Zahoor and Anya
Farooqui three for 26). Top seed Prajwal Tewari and
Group C: ONGC 213 for seven in 20 third seed Anya Jacob bagged

Royal Sceptre wins the Raja Bahadur Venkatram Reddy Memorial Cup overs (Nitish Rana 75, Ishan Kishan
59, Shubham Khujeria 43) bt
Mumbai Police 146 for nine in 18.1
the boys and girls under-12
crowns in the MSLTAYonex
Sunrise Wodehouse
HYDERABAD: Mr Abdul Azeezs Starchy (Suraj Narredu) 1, Lim- Chalapathi Rao Parimi. Trainer: M Rs. 61 (w), 15, 9, 65 (p), SHP: Rs. 20, Cat. III, 4-y-o & over, rated 26 to 50: Owners: M/s. Sunder Peshwani & overs (Kuldeep Rawat 52, Shrikant Gymkhana U-12 tennis
Royal Sceptre (S.Zervan up) won ousine (Beuzelin Louis) 2, Raajneeti Satyanarayana. FP: Rs. 429, Q: Rs. 182, Tanala: Rs. Sweet March (Beuzelin Louis) 1, D. Balarama Raju. Trainer: M. Limbole 43; Sanjay Pahal five for tournament, played at the
the Raja Bahadur Venkatram Reddy (S S Tanwar) 3, Jasmine Garden (P. 4. SARDAR MOHAN SINGH 10768. Favourite: Mandy. Owners: Negress Pearl (Akshay Kumar) 2, Satyanarayana.
Memorial Cup, the main event of Trevor) 4. Not run: Sweetie Pie. 1- M/s. K. Ramakrishna, K. Mallikar- Euro Zone (P.S. Chouhan) 3, Palis- 29). Wodehouse Gymkhana court.
the races held here on Monday. Neil 3/4, 1-1/4, shd. 1m 14.11s. Rs. 19 (w), 5, (1,400m), Cat. II, 4-y-o & over, rated juna Rao, Mirza Ayub Baig & Mo- ades Park (P. Trevor) 4. 1-1/4, 1-1/4, (1,400m), Cat. III, 5-y-o & over, Group D: Mumbai Customs 178 for In the boys final, Prajwal beat
Darashah trains the winner. 5, 17 (p), SHP: Rs. 18, FP: Rs. 41, Q: Rs. 46 to 70: Mirfield (P. Sai Kumar) 1, hammed Rashed Ali Khan. Trainer: 3/4. 1m 26.65s. Rs. 28 (w), 9, 12, 8 (p), rated upto 30: Pretty Star (B.R. Ku- eight in 20 overs (Parag seventh seed Aryan Kale 6-1,
1. RAJA BAHADUR VEN- 11, Tanala: Rs. 216. Favourite: Lim- George Cross (Y.S. Srinath) 2, S.S.F. Hassan. SHP: Rs. 34, FP: Rs. 309, Q: Rs. 136, mar) 1, Dorian (Mukesh Kumar) 2, Khanapurkar 60, Arun Karthick 39; 6-0 The girls final saw Anya
KATRAM REDDY ME- ousine. Owners: Mr. A.K. Jaiswal & Magna Carta (P.Trevor) 3, Batur 6. MIGHT IS RIGHT PLATE Tanala: Rs. 777. Favourite: Euro Amazing Power (G Naresh) 3,
Kunwar Digvijay Singh Shekhawat. Zone. Owners: Mr. P. Prabhakar Aniket Chaudhary three for 31, tame second seed Asmi
MORIAL CUP (2,400m), Cat. II, (Beuzelin Louis) 4. 1/2, 1/2, 1/4. 1m (1,200m), Cat. II, 4-y-o only, rated 46 Golden Xanthus (Md Sameeruddin)
4-y-o & over, rated 66 to 90: Royal Trainer: Anupam Sharma. 26.80s. Rs. 13 (w), 6, 10, 7 (p), SHP: to 70: Preciosa (Beuzelin Louis) 1, Reddy & Dr. Peddi Reddy 4. 1/2, 4-1/2, 1-3/4. 1m 28.53s. Rs. 13 Shivam Dube three for 29) lost to Wadhwa 6-2, 6-0.
Sceptre (S. Zervan) 1, Western Rs. 31, FP: Rs. 115, Q: Rs. 49, Tanala: Paprika (Praveen Gaddam) 2, Seven Prabhakar Reddy. Trainer: D. Netto. (w), 7, 22, 10 (p), SHP: Rs. 66, FP: Rs. DY Patil-A 179 for two in 16.4 overs The results:
Wind (P. Trevor) 2, Valerian Steel (D. I), (1,200m), Cat. II, maiden fil- Rs. 292. Favourite: Mirfield. Owner: Colours (P. Trevor) 3, Scooby 8. BANARSILAL GUPTA 185, Q: Rs. 139, Tanala: Rs. 706. Fa- (Vikrant Auti 56, Abhimanyu Boys: Final: Prajwal Tewari bt
(P.S. Chouhan) 3, Tiger (Mukesh lies 3-y-o only (Terms): Lucky Mr. Teja Gollapudi. Trainer: Lax- Dooby Doo (Ajit Singh) 4. Not run: MEMORIAL CUP (D. I), vourite: Pretty Star. Owners: M/s. T.
Kumar) 4. 3-1/2, 1, 1. 2m 31.50s. Rs. 7 man Singh. Without Makeup. 1-1/2, 1-1/4, 1/2. 1m Rakesh Reddy, Premanand Sug- Easwaran 46 n.o., Prashant Chopra Aryan Kale 6-1, 6-0. Semifinals:
Nicky (Mukesh Kumar) 1, News (1,100m), Cat. III, rated 26 to 50: Ra-
(w), 5 & 8 (p), SHP: Rs. 11, FP: Rs. 12, O'Star (P. Trevor) 2, Exclusive Sym- 5. BANARSILAL GUPTA 12.42s. Rs. 11 (w), 6, 8, 8 (p), SHP: Rs. gas Ajalias (K Sai Kiran) 1, Ikigai andhi, Gongireddy Ramachandra 43). Prajwal Tewari bt Aditya Talati 9-1,
Q: Rs. 9, Tanala: Rs. 53. Favourite: bol (P. Ajeeth Kumar) 3, Sharp Eye MEMORIAL CUP (D. II), 20, FP: Rs. 42, Q: Rs. 27, Tanala: Rs. (G Naresh) 2, Born To Do It (Ak- Reddy & Ashok Rupani. Trainer: Aryan Kale bt Arjun Abhyankar 9-1.
Royal Sceptre. Owner: Mr. Abdul (P.S. Chouhan) 4. 2, 3/4, 4. 1m 14.35s. (1,100m), Cat. III, rated 26 to 50: 170. Favourite: Preciosa. Owners: shay Kumar) 3, Chinese Thought Anupam Sharma. Gagan stars for KSA Girls: Final: Anya Jacob bt Asmi
Azeez. Trainer: Neil Darashah. Rs. 48 (w), 11, 7, 9 (p), SHP: Rs. 15, FP: Platinum (A.A. Vikrant) 1, King Dr. K. Hemachandrudu, M/s. G. (A.A. Vikrant) 4. 1-1/4, 1, 3/4. 1m Treble (i): Rs. 165 (219 tkts.), (ii):
2. ROMAN BEAUTY PLATE Rs. 252, Q: Rs. 81, Tanala: Rs. 1203. David (Beuzelin Louis) 2, Matica Krishnamohan Rao & Alluri Ajay 60.42 s. Rs. 16 (w), 8, 11, 7 (p), SHP: Rs. 330(164 tkts.), (iii): Rs. 373 (397
Goalkeeper Gagan Shettys Wadhwa 6-2, 6-0. Semifinals: Anya
(D. II), (1,200m), Cat. II, maiden fil- Favourite: Sharp Eye. Owners: M/s. (Ajit Singh) 3, Royal Dynamite (B.R. Kumar. Trainer: D. Netto. Rs. 35, FP: Rs. 137, Q: Rs. 77, Tanala: tkts.); Consolation: Rs. 496 (444 reflexes in regulation time Jacob bt Kyra Shetty 9-7; Asmi
lies 3-y-o only (Terms): Top D. Balarama Raju, K.T.Raidu & Kumar) 4. 3-1/4, 1-1/4, 1. 1m 06.14s. 7. STARSKY PLATE (1,400m), Rs. 390. Favourite: Ragas Ajalias. tkts.); Jackpot: Rs. 4997 (103 tkts.) and penalty shoot-out helped Wadhwa bt Pari Chavan 9-6.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Drops good news for a change 13 One in LA, it could be this (7) 22 With king stuck in a section, it
Purpose of earthly sojourn SOLUTIONS
(4,4) 14 Harmful material smuggled into gets tricky (7) E S D L
9 5 Reputation of The Pleasure Indiana and Illinois (8) 25 River's name, one passing U A
10 11
Garden (6) Europe basically (6) Saiva Siddhanta lays great emphasis on the experience of A P T R
10 Poet gets very sick on reaching 15 To some extent, made sister give 27 Angry after lift fails to start (5)
up (6) devotion. The sacred bond between each individual and E U B
terminal of the city (9) 28 Error by an individual turning God is sustained by the faith, devotion and trust which is I
11 Leaves rather shortly before the 18 A1 US lawyer, Native American into something explosive (5,4) clear to the omniscient Lord. But the greatest wonder is E S I L
12 13
start of show (5) (6) 29 Cheerfulness shown by girl, one that when this faith morphs into voluntary servitude to the
12 Twister time, in this season it 20 Reveal market leader's lies that's typically disheartened (6) Lord, it is no match to the unbelievable extent of the Lords A R E H C
happens early (6) about rewards program (3,5) 30 Plates with good sieves (8) readiness to be subservient to such devotion, pointed out A L I T I R I N TW I N E
14 15 16 O U B L T T I G
Nallur Sa Saravanan in a discourse. T S Q U I L L E A S H V I N
17 This is explicit in the lives of the Nayanmars in general
SU | DO | KU
18 19 20 21 and in the case of Sundaramurthy Nayanar in particular. R D E G A WN R O E S D O G

F ACROSS From Sekkizhars account in the Periyapuranam, it is clear

that Siva prepares the ground for Sundaramurthy
22 23 24 25 Nayanars brief but eventful earthly sojourn in Kailasa
itself. It is Sivas wish that his close attendant in Kailasa,
Aalala Sundarar, should sing the sacred Tiruthondar
27 28 Thogai on which Periyapuranam rests. The Lord had to
create some reason for Sundarars life on earth and
brought about a situation in Kailasa when Aalala
29 30 Sundarars gaze strays upon two of Parvatis female
assistants. Sundarar is taken aback when Siva pronounces
the order of banishment from Kailasa. But he soon
having strong defence (5) 17 Owl a bird, Bats mammal understands the Lords wish and accedes, but not before
1 Bunch of Pagan gods (4)
(4,4) extracting a promise from Him that He would personally
2 Once ordered this bar's Welsh 8 Tales and odes about deserts (9) intervene in his earthly life and take him back into His fold.
19 Variant of a drink found in
Rarebit (9) He knows that none but the Lord can release earthly
9 This monster is still seen on the dictionary (7)
3 Artist in India with CV that's 21 Wealthy setter hoarding old inhabitants from the power of Maya that binds them to Sudoku is a mind game and a
exceptional (2,5) island (4) puzzle that you solve with
currency turned up, got arrested samsara. The Lord unfolds a course of events to remove
4 Good, mostly willing to become 14 Separating from others? It is a reasoning and logic. Fill in the grid
eventually (7) this veil of Maya and reveal the purpose of his birth. He
educated (4-4) long shot (9) with digits in such a manner that
23 Colour or the fabric? (5) prevents Sundarar from marrying the girl selected by his every row, every column and
6 Gentleman that appears in 16 Current proposal overturned by 24 This money of yours isn't parents. Sundarar is beholden to the Lords compassion every 3x3 box accommodates the
Spanish papers (7) real jerks that's narrow- exactly yours (4) and his hymns ring with the force of viveka and jnana digits 1 to 9, without repeating
7 Bail out the individual primarily minded (9) 26 Musical work from top Ustad (4) necessary to uplift one from the depths of samsara. any.

SPORT | 19


Messi denies
Villarreal Railways women edge Saina clinches it for Warriors
BARCELONA: Barcelonas Lionel
Messi rescued a 1-1 draw at Vil-
larreal with a sensational late
free-kick in its La Liga clash on
Sunday but could not prevent
the champion finishing the
out Chhattisgarh BENGALURU: Saina Nehwal
edged out Cheung Ngan Yi 9-
11, 11-5, 11-5 in a crucial rubber
to guide Awadhe Warriors
past Bengaluru Blasters in the
weekend third in the table, five BASKETBALL / Kerala demolishes Delhi; Punjab men suffer second straight loss Premier Badminton League
points behind leader Real (PBL) here on Monday.
Madrid. K. KEERTHIVASAN second for Kerala. The victory took Awadhe to
Messi bent a stunning free- In another womens Group the top of the points table, and
kick into the top corner in the PUDUCHERRY: It was billed as a B match, Tamil Nadu re- all but guaranteed the fran-
90th minute after Villarreals precursor to the final and it re- gistered its second consecut- chise a spot in the semifinal.
Nicola Sansone finished off a mained that way till the end. ive win, beating West Bengal Up 2-1 on match score, Saina
breakaway to open the scoring The womens Group A 74-23. Earlier, it had defeated took on Yi
in the 50th. Barcelona has 35 match between defending Delhi 72-68. (World No. TRUMP CARD: Saina Nehwal came up with some delicate net
points from 17 games, one be- champion Indian Railways In the mens section, eight- 19), in play against Cheung Ngan Yi in Awadhe Warriorss win
hind Sevilla, and trails a Real and Chhattisgarh went to the time champion Punjab Awadhes against Bengaluru Blasters. PHOTO: G.P. SAMPATH KUMAR
Madrid side which beat wire with the former winning suffered its second successive trump fix-
Granada 5-0 on Saturday, is 71-68, at the 67th senior Na- defeat, this time to Kerala 88- ture. Yi ing Axelsen to his second Nehwal (T) 11-9, 5-11, 5-11; Sung
unbeaten in all competitions tional basketball champion- 77 in Group A. startled her opponent by tak- straight defeat in this event. Hyun & Yeon Seong (T) bt Shem Goh
and has a game in hand. ships here on Monday. Later, Albin Baby and Akhil scrip- ing the first game 11-9. Bengaluru, meanwhile, & Markis Kido 6-11, 11-9, 11-6).
The results : La Liga : Villarreal 1 Kerala made mincemeat of ted Keralas victory. While Saina then clawed her way slipped to a fourth consecutive On Sunday: Bengaluru Blasters
(Sansone 50) drew with Barcelona 1 Delhis defence in its 62-40 Akhil scored heavily with his back, thanks to some delicate match loss. lost to Mumbai Rockets 1-4 (Sourabh
(Messi 90); Celta Vigo 3 (Aspas 7, victory in womens Group B drive-ins, Albin sizzled with net play. The results: Varma lost to H.S. Prannoy 11-4, 6-11,
Wass 60, Fontas 73) bt Malaga 1 for its third straight win. his three-pointers. The Indian dragged Yi to all Bengaluru Blasters lost to 3-11; Sung Hyun Ko & Yeon Seong
(Wass 86-og). Chhattisgarh relies heavily Karnataka topped Group A corners of the court, and went Awadhe Warriors 3-4 (Sourabh Yoo bt Yong Dae Lee & Nipitphon
Serie A : Juventus 3 (Higuain 7, 55, on the 611 Poonam with an all-win record, the 76- on to clinch the rubber. Varma bt Vincent Wong 13-11, 11-7; Puangpuapech 11-7, 7-11, 11-5; Viktor
Dybala 41-pen) bt Bologna 0; AC Chaturvedi. Though not the 73 win over Haryana being the The two points gained by Sung Hyun & Sikki Reddy lost to A. Axelsen (T) lost to Ajay Jayaram 8-11,
Milan 1 (Bacca 88) bt Cagliari 0. best of movers on court, once icing on the cake. Saina gave Awadhe an unas- Savitree & Bodin Isara 11-9, 4-11, 5-11; 9-11; Cheung Ngan Yi lost to Ji Hyun
Agencies she has the ball in her hands, The results: Men: Level-1: sailable 4-1 lead. Viktor Axelsen lost to K. Srikanth 9- Sung (T) 7-11, 8-11; Sung Hyan Ko &
none can come close to touch- Group A: Karnataka 76 (Anil Kumar 11, 9-11; Cheung Ngan lost to Saina Sikki Reddy bt Nipitphon Puang-
ing even her fingers. 26, Rajesh Uppar 14, Naveen 13, A. Perfect start puapech & Nadiezda Zieba 11-6,
The 20-year-old fumbled on Aravind 12) bt Haryana 73 (Pardeep In the opening mens singles 11-7).
Rockets extend and off with her shooting, but 24, Vikas Mor 16, Naveen 15); Kerala encounter, Bengalurus Sour-
winning streak did what was expected of her.
Her second successive
match tally of 40 or more
88 (A.R. Akhil 29, Albin Baby 20) bt
Punjab 77 (Gurvinder Singh 22, Arsh-
preet Singh 19, Talwinder Singh 16).
abh Varma (World No. 44) put
on a commendable show.
Varma upset 17th-ranked Vin-
BAI to sack Vijay Sinha
LOS ANGELES: Houstons James points showed the teams de- Group B: Indian Railways 64 (Pal- cent Wong 13-11, 11-7 to give the PRINCIPAL CORRESPONDENT players, a press release
Harden scored 40 points in his pendence on her. preet Singh 30) bt Chhattisgarh 53 home side the perfect start. from BAI stated.
10th triple-double of the sea- Railways remained unfazed (M. Rudraksh 22); Indian Railways 83 Awadhe pulled level in the BENGALURU: The Badminton
son on Sunday as Rockets ral- as it counted on its set patterns (Palpreet Singh 30, S. Himanshu 19, next outing, with A. Savitree Association of India (BAI) Hike in prize money
lied to beat the Raptors 129-122 and admirable speed. Gaganjeet 14) bt Gujarat 61 (Harpal and Bodin Isara taking out has decided to expel its In other developments, the
in Toronto and notch up an Trailing by a point at 69-68 NARROW WIN: R. Rajapriyadharshini (left) scores for Railways, Singh 15, Kasirajan 10). Sung Hyun-Sikki Reddy in the hon. general secretary BAI has decided to
eighth straight win. with less than eight seconds which relied on set patterns and admirable speed to put it Women: Level-1: Group A: In- mixed doubles. Vijay Sinha, a decision increase the prize money
The results : Los Angeles Lakers remaining, Poonam was ad- across Chhattisgarh on Monday. PHOTO: S.S. KUMAR dian Railways 71 (Madhu Kumari 20, Bengaluru was let down by taken at the BAI Executive awarded to chief national
111 bt Orlando Magic 95; Detroit Pis- judged to be obstructing when Sitamani Tudu 14, R. Rajapriyadhar- its star shuttler Viktor Committee meeting held coach P. Gopi Chand from
tons 125 bt Portland Trailblazers 124; she was getting ready at her title only once and emerged might of Railways and shini 14, P. Anitha 11) bt Chhattisgarh Axelsen.
here on Monday. Rs. 15 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh.
Golden State Warriors 117 bt Sacra- end. Sitamani Tudu gleefully runner-up six times. This time Chhattisgarh. 68 (Poonam Chaturvedi 42, Sharan- The Olympic bronze medal-
mento Kings 106; Cleveland Cava- converted the two free throws around, it looks well-settled After dominating the first jeet Kaur 17). list was toppled by K. Srikanth Anup Narang has been The committee has
liers 120 bt Phoenix Suns 116; Mem- for a morale-boosting win for though there is scope for im- quarter, Kerala continued to Group B: Kerala 80 (P.S. Jeena 22, in straight games. named as Sinhas approved the addition of
phis Grizzlies 88 bt Utah Jazz 79; the 27-time champion. provement in shooting. show no mercy in the next too P.G. Anjana 12, Rojamol 11) bt Delhi The two players regularly replacement. two more teams for the
Houston Rockets 129 bt Toronto The Kerala womens team In the 80-44 win over Delhi, and scored 25 points to Delhis 44 (Raspreet Sidhu 29); Tamil Nadu engaged in a battle of drop Sinha is facing a judicial next season of the Premier
Raptors 122; Los Angeles Clippers 98 has been an under-achiever at last years finalist Kerala has three. Jenny was outstanding 74 (K. Prithi 15, K.K. Sruthi 15, S. Shri shots, and more often than not, inquiry with regard to the Badminton League.
bt Miami Heat 86; Washington Wiz- the Nationals. It has won the showed it can challenge the in steals and shooting in the Vidhya 11) bt West Bengal 23. it was Srikanth who came out charges of embezzlement, The launch of a
ards 107 bt Milwaukee Bucks 101; on top. misappropriation, fraud, Domestic Badminton
Philadelphia 76ers 105 bt Brooklyn On match point, Srikanth nepotism, favouritism, League, only for Indian
Nets 95. Agencies CHESS closed it out with a stinging misconduct, harassment of players, was also mooted.
down-the-line smash, relegat-

Sriram Balaji Veteran Sinha holds Narayanan

qualifies RAKESH RAO to get off to winning starts. held Egyptian GM Abdulrah-
Akhilesh happy with 11-point format
Narayanan ran into a resol- man Hesham in 63 moves. ASHWIN ACHAL straints and television viewer- this soon, he said.
NEW DELHI: Seventh seed Sriram NEW DELHI: Most of the results ute veteran Santosh Kumar Deshmukh blundered in a ship concerns, we decided to He confirmed that BAI had
Balaji fought his way through followed a predictable course, Sinha and settled for a 60- winning position and lost in 31 BENGALURU: Badminton Associ- use the 11-point, best-of-three recruited seven foreign
three rounds of the qualifying but some Grandmasters and move draw. The Kerala-lad moves to lowly-rated Sambit ation of India (BAI) president games format in the PBL. The coaches. They should start
event in the $50,000 ATP International Masters en- was better placed, but failed to Panda while Rakshitta Ravi, Akhilesh Das Gupta is de- BAI technical staff, National next month. The seven
Challenger tennis in Bangkok. countered unexpected road break the defence of Sinha and the 2015 World girls (un- lighted with the 11-point coach Gopi Chand and I are coaches will work in cities like
Vijay Sundar Prashanth and blocks in the opening round of eventually drew following der-10) champion proved format used in the ongoing very happy to see that Indian Bengaluru, Lucknow and
Corentin Moutet made the the 15th Delhi International perpetual checks. equal to former Common- Premier Badminton League players have been doing very Hyderabad.
doubles quarterfinals of the Open chess tournament here wealth champion IM Atanu (PBL). well in this 11-point system, We might appoint a few
$75,000 Challenger in on Monday. Lalith Babu gets a walkover Lahiri in 58 moves. Mean- The PBL is one of the most Akhilesh said here. coaches for the northeast re-
Canberra. As is expected in a Swiss After second seed M.R. La- while, three GMs Ukraines popular tournaments to em- Akhilesh added that discus- gion as there is a lot of talent
The results: $50,000 Chal- League format, where the top- lith Babu received a walkover, Olexandr Bortnyk, local boy ploy this shortened format, sions were on to launch new there, he said.
lenger: Bangkok: First round: Egor half of the draw plays the bot- two-time National champion Vaibhav Suri and Debashis which was conceived in an ef- PBL teams from Ahmedabad Akhilesh explained that BAI
Gerasimov (Blr) & Aslan Karatsev tom-half, a large number of fa- M. Karthikeyan had to deal Das pulled out of the event. fort to make the sport more and Jammu & Kashmir. He could not be expected to build
(Rus) bt Li Zhe (Chn) & Sriram Balaji vourites duly won. But the with some anxious moments Earlier, the event was inaug- spectator and stated that BAI was likely to their own national training
6-4, 6-7(0), [10-3]. news-makers were those who against local girl Vantika S.L. Narayanan. urated by Delhis Deputy television-friendly. start a new league, which will centres.
$75,000 Challenger: Canberra: stole the thunder by punching Agarwal who lost her way Chief Minister Manish Sisodia The more traditional events see only Indian players in BAI is not rich enough to
First round: Corentin Moutet (Fra) & above their weight. after attaining a fairly prom- Soham Datar. after Bharat Singh Chauhan, are played in the 21-point, action. provide complete infrastruc-
Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Thomas Sixth seed S.L. Narayanan, ising position. D.B. Chandra Prasad the CEO of the All India Chess best-of-three games format. This domestic league will ture. We have to depend on
Fancutt & James Frawley (Aus) 6-3, Uzbekistans veteran Marat Much before top-seeded crashed to a shock 40-move Federation, announced that The Badminton World be separate from the senior State bodies, Sports Authority
7-5. Sports Bureau Dzhumaev, Egypts Hesham Tajikistan GM Farrukh Amon- loss to Aditya Basu, rated 1967. next year the event would Federation (BWF) wants the Nationals. All the top Indian of India, colleges or private en-
Abdelrahman, IM Atanu atov needed 62 moves to over- Bangladeshs Sherajul Kabir carry an enhanced prize-fund member nations to trial the 11- players, including Saina Ne- tities for facilities. Once the in-
Lahiri, Anup Deshmukh, Pol- power Aditya Mittal, Dzhu- Mohammad surprisingly held of 77.77 lakh a whopping point, best-of-five games hwal and P.V. Sindhu, will be frastructure is in place, we can
ish WGM Katarzyna Toma maev played only 16 moves IM S. Nitin in 60 moves, while raise of 26.70 lakh over the format. asked to compete. We will send our best players and
Hat-tricks by were among those who failed before splitting the point with Jitendra Kumar Chaudhary present purse of 51.51 lakh. Because of time con- make an announcement on coaches there, he said.
Rischika, Ankita
Thimmaiah scored four goals
in Hockey Coorgs 10-0 victory
over Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Hockey Association in the B-
division of the National sub-
junior hockey tournament for
women here on Sunday.
Ankita Dahiya scored a hat-
trick as Hockey Him scored an
8-1 win over Hockey
The results: Hockey Madhya
Bharat 2 (Nandini Sikarwar, Priyanka
Yadav) bt Sports Authority of Gujarat
Hockey Academy 1 (Khushi Patel);
Hockey Him 8 (Ankita Dahiya-3, Arti
Kashyap-2, Kirti, Srishti Bhojgi, Jyoti)
bt Hockey Rajasthan 1 (Shivani
Sahu); Hockey Himachal 1 (Kusum)
bt Mumbai School Sports Associ-
ation 0; The Mumbai Hockey Associ-
ation 2 (Pallavi Shelar-2) bt Kerala
Hockey 1 (Khushi Singh); Hockey Ut-
tarakhand 4 (Swati Kumari, Madhu,
Khushi Kataria, Hema Singh Bisht) bt
Telangana Hockey 0; Hockey Coorg
10 (B. Rischika Thimmaiah-4, B.Y.
Ganavi-2, Padmavathi. S. Madali-2,
B.M. Nithya, H.P. Sinchana) bt Dadra
& Nagar Haveli Hockey Association
0. Sports Bureau

20 | LIFE


Twitter boots Martin Shkreli for harassment Stardust makes up 97% of our bodies! 3 climbers dead at Guatemala volcano
Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has Ninety-seven per cent of the human body consists of stardust, Three young climbers have died while hiking up
been suspended from Twitter for harassing a journalist claim scientists who measured distribution of essential Guatemalas Acatenango volcano during a cold
who wrote a piece critical of Donald Trump. elements of life in over 1,50,000 stars in the Milky Way. snap, authorities said on Monday.

Dangal becomes highest-grossing movie
La La Land waltzes away with 7 Golden Globes
Damien Chazelles tribute to the golden age of Hollywood musicals bags all the awards for which it was nominated
uperstar Aamir Khans latest release has managed to break
all the box office records to become the biggest grosser of
Indian cinema. LOS ANGELES: Whimsical mod-

Meryl Streep
It has collected 345.3 crore till Sunday in the country. ern-day musical La La Land
Dangal, based on the life of Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Singh pirouetted its way into major
Phogat and his daughters Geeta and Babita, beat lifetime Oscars contention on Sunday
collection of PK, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sultan. I am absolutely as it swept the board at the
overwhelmed with all the love that Dangal has got. It is one of the
most passionate responses I have ever received. I want to thank
everyone for owning the film
Golden Globes, the glitziest
party of the showbiz year.
Damien Chazelles nostal-
tears into Trump
as their own. Its the biggest
compliment a creative
person can receive. Thank
gic tribute to the Golden Age
of Hollywood musicals
picked up all seven of the
M eryl Streep
delivered an
emotional speech at the
you from the bottom of my statuettes for which it was Golden Globes in which
heart. And thank you Nitesh nominated giving the film she criticised Donald
sir, Aamir said in a momentum as it launches its Trump for imitating a
statement. The movie also campaign for next months disabled reporter while
stars debutant actors Fatima Academy Awards. campaigning to be
Sana Sheikh and Sanya This is a film for dream- president, saying it gives
Malhotra. PTI ers, said Emma Stone, who permission to others to
took home the prize for best do the same.
actress in a musical/comedy There was one Meryl Streep
for her role as aspiring actress performance this year
I am in no rush to sign commercial flicks Mia. I think that hope and that stunned me. It sank Mr. Kovaleski has

ajkummar Rao is happy doing hard hitting off-beat movies creativity are two of the most its hooks in my heart, arthrogryposis, a
and the actor says he is in no rush to sign commercial important things in the Ms. Streep said as she congenital condition that
films to break away from the image. Having made his world. And thats what this accepted the Cecil B. affects joint movement.
debut in 2010 with Love Sex aur Dhoka, movie is about. DeMille award. Not In front of a visibly
the actor went on to star in films like Her co-star Ryan Gosling because it was good, stunned room of stars at
Shahid, Citylights and Aligarh. who plays jazz pianist Se- there was nothing good ceremony renowned for
While he also had Dolly Ki Doli and bastian won best actor EVENTFUL NIGHT: (Clockwise about it, but it was its boisterousness, Ms.
Hamari Adhuri Kahani, films which honours, while Chazelle took from top) The cast and crew effective and it did its job. Streep said Trumps
are more commercial than his home prizes for best director of La La Land at the Golden It was that moment actions had legitimised
others, the actor feels the tag of only and screenplay. Globe ceremony; actor when the person asking bullying. This instinct to
sticking to offbeat movies will go Priyanka Chopra on the red to sit in the most humiliate, when its
away with his upcoming projects. Ive Breaking records carpet, and Casey Affleck, respected seat in our modelled by someone in
been hearing this a lot that I Prior to Sunday, the record who picked up the best country imitated a the public platform, by
need an image change. Even for the most Globes was actor in a drama award. disabled reporter. someone powerful, it
my agents tell me you need shared by the 1975 release PHOTOS: AP, AFP & REUTERS Someone he outranked in filters down into
to break this image. Hopefully One Flew Over the Cuckoos privilege, power and the everyones life because it
it will, with the kind of films I Nest and the 1978 movie Mid- as Jackie Kennedy in Jackie. capacity to fight back. It kind of gives permission
am doing now. PTI night Express, with six wins Instead, the award went to kind of broke my heart for other people to do the
apiece. Isabelle Huppert for French when I saw it and I still same thing.
Kenneth Lonergans un- rape-revenge tale Elle, which cant get it out of my head Mr. Trump responded
flinching Manchester by the also captured best foreign because it wasnt in a to Ms. Streeps speech by
Tom Hardy slams modern action heroes movie, it was real life. describing her as a
Sea earned a Globe for Casey language film.

ctor Tom Hardy has slammed beefy modern action hero Affleck as best actor in a On the television side, FX The U.S. president- Hillary lover, adding
roles, saying he finds them boring to play. drama, but the film lost out to true crime anthology The elect drew widespread that he was not
In an interview with the Barry Jenkinss coming-of- People vs O.J. Simpson: opprobrium in surprised that he had
Sunday Times, Hardy, known for age movie Moonlight for best American Crime Story took November when he come under attack from
playing gritty roles in action films, drama. But that coveted prize home prizes for best limited derided The New York liberal movie people.
also said he believes baddies have was the only one for Moon- series or TV movie, and best Times reporter Serge Ms. Streep wasnt the
lost their individuality. light, a disappointing haul actress for Sarah Paulson for Kovaleski who had only star to address Mr.
Now youve got to look like youve considering it had six her portrayal of prosecutor disputed his claim he saw Trump. Actors Viola
just come off a vegan diet, gone to nominations. Marcia Clark. thousands of Muslims Davis and Hugh Laurie
the gym, part Navy Seal, really There was also a shock in AMC crime drama The in New Jersey celebrate also criticised the U.S.
clean-valued, clean-living, moralistic the best actress in drama cat- Night Manager swept up the 9/11 attacks while President-elect. (c)
and then you go out and save the egory, where Natalie Port- three acting prizes for Tom flailing and twisting his Guardian News & Media
world from an impending danger that man was expected to pick up Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and arms. Ltd, 2017
isnt really dangerous at all. PTI the award for her intense turn Olivia Colman. AFP

Under watchful eyes Urbanisation has not led to

hotter summer for many cities
R. PRASAD the reverse during nights.
During night time, the cities,
CHENNAI: Contrary to the com- particularly those in the
mon notion, a majority of Gangetic Basin, were hotter
84 cities across India, partic- than non-urban areas.
ularly those in central India The relatively high vegeta-
and the Gangetic Basin, have tion cover leading to higher
Kim Kardashian lower daytime temperatures evapo-transpiration com-
from March to May com- pared with nearby non-
pared with the surrounding urban areas is the main
non-urban areas (taken as 1 reason why cities are relat-
17 held in France km radius of the city). Cities ively cooler than the adja-
with heavily built-up areas cent non-urban areas during
for robbing and concrete structures are The researchers conclusion the day in summer. While the
supposed to have higher is not in agreement with the cities have more trees, the
Kim Kardashian temperatures than non-
urban regions due to urban
general understanding of
urban climate. FILE PHOTO
non-urban areas are mostly
crop lands and are barren
PARIS: Police in France arres- heat island effect. during the summer months.
ted 17 people on Monday The results published cover in cities to effectively The absence of evapo-tran-
over a robbery in which real- on January 9 in the journal mitigate the urban heat is- spiration during night and
ity TV star Kim Kardashian Scientific Reports and based land effect. the heat contained in the
was held at gunpoint in a on a 13-year land surface A study by a team of re- concrete structures in-
Paris apartment by gangsters temperature record from searchers led by Prof. creases the night time tem-
who made off on bicycles satellite sensors are not in Subimal Ghosh from the De- peratures in the cities during
with jewellery worth 9 agreement with the general partment of Civil Engineer- March to May.
million. understanding of urban cli- ing, Indian Institute of Tech- Since cities tend to have
Many of those arrested in mate and surface urban heat nology (IIT) Bombay has lower daytime temperatures
coordinated police raids in island effect in tropical cit- shown that while cities have during March to May, the in-
several different parts of ies. They once again high- lower daytime temperatures tensity of heat waves will be
France were known under- HYPNOTIC GAZE: A hawk owl sits on a fir branch near the village of Vasilkova, Belarus, on Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS light the importance of in- than surrounding non-urban lower in the cities compared
world figures aged around 50 creasing the vegetation areas from March to May, it is with non-urban areas.
and at least three were wo-
men, police officials and ju-
dicial sources said.
Attackers wearing ski
masks and clothes with po-
lice markings burst into the
Data could be the next tech hot button for regulators
luxury property where Ms. ealth and in- wide regulatory focus as gov- in a more competitive year. LinkedIn has about 467 secrets. IBMs strategy is to
Kardashian was sleeping in fluence in the ernments strain to under- market. million members, and it take the data it has acquired,
the early hours of October 3, technology stand and sometimes rein in The competition concerns houses their profiles and add customer data and use
tying her up at gunpoint be- business have U.S. tech giants. echo those that gradually maps their connections. that to train its Watson artifi-
fore making off with a ring always been about gaining The European Commis- emerged in the 1990s about Microsoft is betting cial intelligence software to
and other jewels, police said the upper hand in software sion and the British House of software and Microsoft. The LinkedIn, combined with pursue such tasks as helping
at the time. or the machines that soft- Lords both issued reports worry is that as the big inter- data on how hundreds of mil- medical researchers dis-
Most of arrests on Monday ware ran on. last year on digital plat- net companies attract more lions of workers use its Of- cover novel disease ther-
took place in the Paris re- Now data gathered in form companies that high- users and advertisers, and fice 365 online software, and apies, or flagging suspect fin-
gion. One was in the city of those immense pools of in- lighted the essential role that gather more data, a powerful consumer data from search ancial transactions for
Rouen further north and an- formation that are at the data collection, analysis and network effect effectively behaviour on Bing, will independent auditors.
other was in Grasse, in the heart of everything from ar- distribution play in creating prevents users and advert- power a set of insights that At Google, the companys
hills behind the Riviera tificial intelligence to online and shaping markets. And isers from moving away from we think is unprecedented, drive into cloud-delivered
coast. shopping recommendations the Organization for Eco- a dominant digital platform, said James Phillips, vice business software is fuelled
French radio and TV re- is increasingly a focus of nomic Cooperation and De- like Google in search or Face- president for business ap- by data, building on years of
ports said DNA traces from technology competition. velopment held a meeting in In coming years, who controls what data could be the next book in consumer social plications at Microsoft. work done on its search and
the scene of the heist led po- And academics and some November to explore the worldwide regulatory focus as governments strain to rein in networks. IBM has also bet heavily other consumer services,
lice to the suspects and that policy-makers, especially in subject, Big Data: Bringing U.S. tech giants. Photo shows a Google data centre in on data for its future. Its ac- and its recent advances in
they would now be held for Europe, are considering Competition Policy to the Eemshaven, The Netherlands. FILE PHOTO Rising importance quisitions have tended to be image identification, speech
questioning, possibly for as whether big internet com- Digital Era. Evidence of the rising im- in specific industries, like its recognition and language
much as four days, at the panies like Google and Face- As government regulators free internet services. vigilant. Its clear that portance of data can be seen $2.6 billion purchase last translation. For example, a
Quai des Orfevres police book might use their data re- dig into this new era of data You certainly dont want enormous power is in the from the frontiers of artifi- year of Truven Health, which new Google business offer-
headquarters in central sources as a barrier to new competition, they may find to punish companies be- hands of a few companies. cial intelligence to main- has data on the cost and ing still in the test, or al-
Paris. Ms. Kardashian, who is entrants and innovation. that standard antitrust argu- cause of what they might do, Maurice Stucke, a former stream business software. treatment of more than 200 pha, stage is a software
married to U.S rap star In recent years, Google, ments are not so easy to said Annabelle Gawer, a pro- Justice Department antitrust And certain data sets can be million patients, or its $2 bil- service to improve job find-
Kanye West, was badly Facebook, Apple, Amazon make. Using more and more fessor of the digital economy official and a professor at the remarkably valuable for lion acquisition of the digital ing and recruiting. Its data
shaken but physically un- and Microsoft have all been data to improve a service for at the University of Surrey in University of Tennessee Col- companies working on those assets of Weather Co. includes more than 17 mil-
harmed. The robbery made targets of tax evasion, pri- users and more accurately England, who made a lege of Law, who also spoke technologies. IBM estimates that 70 per lion online job postings and
world headlines and un- vacy or antitrust investiga- target ads for merchants is a presentation at the Organiza- at the gathering, said one A prime example is Mi- cent of the worlds data is not the public profiles and
wanted publicity for one of tions. But in the coming clear benefit, for example. tion for Economic Coopera- danger was that consumers crosofts purchase of out on the public web, but in rsums of more than 200
the world's most visited cit- years, who controls what And higher prices for con- tion and Development meet- might be afforded less pri- LinkedIn, the business social private databases, often to million people. The New
ies. Reuters data could be the next world- sumers are not present with ing. But you do need to be vacy than they would choose network, for $26.2 billion last protect privacy or trade York Times News Service