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SC proposes joint RBI chief hits
out at farm
Alwar violence sparks war
loan waiver of words in Parliament
trial of Babri cases SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
MUMBAI Chair asks for correct version; Naqvi denies incident
Reserve Bank of India Gov-
Patnaik seeks to turn 25-year delay amounts to evasion of justice, says Bench ernor Urjit Patel on Special Correspondent
over a new leaf after jolt Thursday stressed the need NEW DELHI
BHUBANESWAR Krishnadas Rajagopal for building a national con- Both Houses of Parliament
After sufering a jolt in the NEW DELHI sensus on loan waiver on Thursday witnessed
panchayat elections in Noting that the 25-year pen- schemes. Addressing a heated exchanges on the al-
February, Odisha Chief dency of the dual Babri press conference here, he leged killing of a man by gau
Minister Naveen Patnaik Masjid demolition case trials said this was needed so rakshaks (cow vigilantes) at
seems to be seeking a fresh in Lucknow and Raebareli that promises such as loan Alwar in Rajasthan, with
start to save the image of his amounts to evasion of waivers are not made dur- Congress Rajya Sabha mem-
party as well his government. justice, the Supreme Court ing elections. ber Madhusudan Mistry de-
What has made Mr. Patnaik on Thursday indicated that it We need to create con- manding the dismissal of the
sit up and take notice is the proposes to order a joint sensus so that such loan Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
BJPs hype over its trial in a Lucknow court after waiver promises are es- government in the State in
unexpected performance in reviving criminal conspiracy chewed. Otherwise, sub- view of the breakdown of
the rural polls. charges against BJP veterans sovereign fiscal challenges constitutional machinery.
EAST PAGE 2 L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar in this context could even- Tapan Kumar Sen of the
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD Joshi and other Sangh tually affect the national Communist Party of India- that the House should not be happened, that is also seri-
Parivar leaders in connec- balance sheet, he said. Marxist (CPI-M), too, said seen as supporting cow ous. Therefore, I would like
Punjab govt pursuing tion with the razing down of The Governor said loan the constitutional ma- slaughter. to know the correct version.
vendetta politics: SAD the 16th century mosque in waiver undermined an chinery had broken down in I am asking the Minister to
CHANDIGARH Ayodhya on December 6, honest credit culture. It the State, seeing the incid- Give details: Kurien convey to the Home Minister
The Shiromani Akali Dal has 1992 by kar sevaks. impacts credit discipline. It ent as a clear case of gang- Deputy Chairperson of the the need to inquire into it
accused the Amarinder Singh A Bench of Justices P.C. plugs incentives for future sterism. Rajya Sabha P.J. Kurien said and report to the House, he
government of indulging in Ghose and Rohinton Nar- borrowers to repay. Such However, Minister of the government should give said. In the Lok Sabha,
vendetta politics and claimed iman hinted that the court were accused in the Rae raj Kishore, Murli Manohar schemes would also impact State for Parliamentary Af- details about the incident to Union Home Minister Ra-
that any action against its will invoke its extraordinary Bareilly case for giving pro- Joshi, V.H. Dalmia, Vinay the cost of borrowing for fairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi the House, as there were jnath Singh said the Ra-
workers will be vehemently constitutional powers under vocative speeches. Katiyar, Uma Bharti and Sad- the government. This denied that such an incident conflicting versions. jasthan government had
opposed by the party. Article 142 to transfer the Kindly notice that this is hvi Rithambhara. could, in turn, adversely happened, prompting To the notice of the taken cognisance of the in-
pending trial in a Raebareli a matter of 1992. Twenty-five The Allahabad HC had dis- impact private investment. Leader of the Opposition Chair, two versions are cident, and a police case had
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD magistrate court and club it years have passed. Our an- missed the CBI plea to revive Ghulam Nabi Azad to cite a brought. If the incident has been registered.
with criminal proceedings in swer is have it on a day-to- the conspiracy charges in CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 report in the New York Times happened, then it is serious.
Farmers welcome BJP the Lucknow CBI Court day basis and finish it off in May 2010, following which RBI HOLDS RATE PAGE 11 to claim that the Minister But if the incident has not CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
govts loan waiver against lakhs of unknown the next two years, Justice the agency moved the SC in GROWTH, WITH CAVEATS was ill-informed. happened and has been nar- BARBARISM UNLIMITED
MEERUT kar sevaks. The court indic- Ghose observed. Justice Nar- February 2011. The court re- EDITORIAL Mr. Naqvi also cautioned rated here as if it has EDITORIAL
Farmers have largely ated that it will order the CBI iman at one point orally re- served the appeal for judg-
welcomed the UP court to conduct a time- marked how many of the ment after a day-long hear-

Gaikwad regrets Air India incident

governments decision to bound trial and complete it accused are dead and some ing. They cannot go
waive farm loans worth in two years. So far 195 wit- will die now. scot-free. If Lucknow and
36,000 crore, even though nesses have been examined Raebareli are pari materia,
some of them accused the in the Lucknow case while a Charges dropped the conspiracy charge
government of betrayal. whopping 800 witnesses re- A Special Court had in May against them should revive But insists he owes no apology to the airlines oicials; wants ban lifted
NORTH PAGE 3 main to testify. In Raebareli, 2001 dropped the criminal and both cases be tried
57 witnesses have been ex- conspiracy charges against jointly, Justice Nariman Special Correspondent while the letter was a wel- ment by Mr. Gaikwad in the
amined while 105 wait their Mr. Advani and top BJP and observed. NEW DELHI come development, the Shiv Lok Sabha and an adjourn-
FRIDAY REVIEW 12 PAGES turn. Mr. Advani, Dr. Joshi Sangh Parivar leaders, in- Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Senas defiant press confer- ment of the House forced by
(TABLOID) and six other politicians cluding Ashok Singhal, Giri- CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 Gaikwad on Thursday wrote ence on Thursday afternoon Shiv Sena MPs who surroun-
to Union Minister for Civil threatening to boycott an ded Mr. Raju when he made
Aviation Ashok Gajapati NDA meeting on April 10 if no move to lift the ban on
the incident on board an Air problem. There is, how- In a rapid sequence of
Draped in white India flight on March 23. The ever, a possibility that both events in the Lok Sabha and
MP has been accused of as- Mr. Raju and Minister of outside it, Mr. Gaikwad first
saulting the airlines officer State for Civil Aviation Jayant wanted the House to hear his
with his slippers. Ravindra Gaikwad speaks in Sinha would be holding a version of events that led to
The MPs letter, in the pos- Lok Sabha on Thursday. PTI * press meet on the issue, the ban by several airlines.
session of The Hindu, states said an official source. The MP tendered an apology
that he regrets the incid- Rajus to lift the restrictions to Parliament, but insisted
ent, but stops short of ac- imposed on him by various House adjourned that he owed no apology to
cepting guilt. Instead, he airlines. The letter came at the end of the airline officials.
says investigations will reveal Sources in the Ministry of a day of dramatic develop-
the truth. He requests Mr. Aviation told The Hindu that ments that included a state- CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

Beijing keeps TRAI asks Reliance Jio to withdraw ofer

up tirade Special Correspondent Mukesh Ambani-led firm to feasible over the next few
do so. days, a company statement
against visit
Reliance Jio on Thursday de- Jio is in the process of said.
cided to withdraw its com- fully complying with the reg- On March 31, Reliance Jio
of Dalai Lama plimentary Jio Summer Sur- ulators advice, and will be extended the deadline for
prise offer after the withdrawing the three- the 303 plan until April 15.
Atul Aneja Telecom Regulatory Author- month complimentary bene-
BEIJING ity of India (TRAI) asked the fits as soon as operationally CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
The visit of the Dalai Lama
to Arunachal Pradesh has
sharpened the focus on In-
dias commitment to the
One-China policy, amid
accusations by the Chinese
Foreign Ministry on
Thursday that the Tibetan
leaders trip to the dis-
puted areas was fuelling
No heat and dust: Srinagar was covered with snow on Thursday. The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was closed after landslips tensions between the two
as fresh snowfall occurred across the Kashmir Valley. Schools have been closed till Sunday. NISSAR AHMAD (REPORT ON PAGE 3) * neighbours.
Asked whether Beijing
saw any link between the

Journalist battles for life after attack Dalai Lamas visit and New
Delhis position on the
One-China policy, Foreign
Ministry spokesperson Hua
Chunying said: I want to
She was taking a walk in a park when the crime took place, motive still unclear re-emphasise that on is-
sues concerning Chinas
Staff Reporter tack, said Deputy Commis- consciousness. major concerns and core
New Delhi sioner of Police (North-West) The park is poorly lit and interests, territorial and
Delhi-based freelance journ- Milind Mahadeo Dumbre. locals as well as the police sovereignty, Chinas posi-
alist Aparna Kalra is battling The PCR call was made said anti social elements and tion is consistent.
for life after she was brutally around 7.30 p.m. drug addicts frequent the
attacked at a park in North As per her daily routine, park in the evening. The po- Fuelled tension
West Delhis Ashok Vihar she left home around 5 p.m. lice tried to recreate the By inviting and approving
where she had gone for an Later we got a call from the crime scene under similar [the] Dalai Lama to [visit]
evening walk on Wednesday. local police claiming that my lighting conditions and were areas of dispute between
Twenty four hours after sister has been hurt badly also speaking to people who China and India, India has
the incident, there is little and was getting treated at are known to be more regu- damaged our interests and
clarity about the sequence, the Deep Chand Hospital, lar visitors at the park. the India-China relation-
motive or suspects who car- said Prachi, Ms Kalras sister. A journalist with over two ship, and it has fuelled ten-
ried out the attack. The decades of experience, Ms. sions. We oppose the visit
park, Picnic Hut, where the Shifted to Fortis Kalra has worked with The to relevant areas and op-
incident took place, sees a Aparna Kalra * In Deep Chand Hospital, Times of India, Business pose attempts by relevant
sizeable footfall and yet not a doctors told the family that Standard, Financial Express. countries to arrange a plat-
single eyewitness has come 48 hours were extremely she needed an immediate More recently she has been form for Dalai [Lama] to
forward so far. crucial for her. neuro surgery, which was contributing to news conduct anti-China activit-
Ms. Kalra (45) sustained The park where she was not possible at their hospital, websites. ies. We urge relevant coun-
multiple fractures on her attacked is barely 100 metres and the victim was referred While robbery has been try to stop su- ch erroneous
skull after being attacked from her house and it was a to Fortis. ruled out as the motive by actions and stop under-
with sharp and blunt ob- passerby, Sanjay, who first According to the police, the police, Prachi and an- mining Chinese interests,
jects, including a heavy noticed the injured Ms. before falling unconscious at other relative, H.C. Bhatia, she said.
stone, the police said. She is Kalra. the hospital, Ms Kalra told ruled out any link with her An editorial in the state-
currently in the ICU of Fortis Sanjay informed us them she had been attacked. writings. The family also run China Daily drew a par-
Hospital in Shalimar Bagh about the incident but said The family said she kept slip- denied that she had any allel between Taiwan and
and the doctors said the next he did not witness the at- ping in and out of enmity with anyone. Tibet.




Friday, April 07

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Patnaik seeks to turn over a With folded hands

new leaf after rural poll jolt

RISE 15:15 SET 03:41
Saturday, April 08
RISE 06:03 SET 18:43
RISE 16:11 SET 04:20
Sunday, April 09
RISE 06:02 SET 18:43 CM focuses on good governance, again hints at Cabinet reshule in near future
RISE 17:07 SET 04:58
Prafulla Das Police of all districts to open
BHUBANESWAR official Facebook page and
After suffering a jolt in the Twitter account to help
panchayat elections in Feb- people in distress and ad-
ruary, Odisha Chief Minister dress their grievances
Naveen Patnaik seems to be immediately.
seeking a fresh start to save
the image of his party as well Daily interactions
his government. In order to strengthen his
What has made Mr. Pat- party organisation at the
naik sit up and take notice is grassroots level, Mr. Patnaik
the Bharatiya Janata Partys has been interacting with his
hype over its unexpected partys newly elected pan-
performance in the rural chayat representatives from
polls in which the saffron two districts each on a daily
Courting trouble: Jan Adhikar Party chief and member of Parliament Pappu Yadav being taken
party made major gains and basis since April 2. During
to court by the police in Patna on Thursday. He was arrested on March 27 for allegedly
managed to emerge as the these ongoing interactions at
disturbing law and order in the State. PTI *

Biju Janata Dals main rival Fresh start: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at his residence in the BJD headquarters, Mr.
by surpassing the Congress. Bhubaneswar on Thursday. PTI *
Patnaik has been hearing

Accident kills
On Thursday, the Chief
Minister again hinted that he
would carry out a Cabinet re-
chayati Raj Department and
the Women and Child Wel-
take immediate action in
connection with an incident
suggestions from the repres-
entatives and advising them
to work hard for the cause of
Cong may go to court for
two in Bihar shuffle in the near future. fare Department. in which a journalist was al- the people.

Press Trust of India

Names handed over
With a view to give a new im-
Mr. Patnaik was also
prompt in ordering a Crime
Branch probe into the objec-
legedly molested in a run-
ning bus. on
The Chief Minister, who
Wednesday termed
Union Minister Jual Orams
Ministers disqualiication
petus to governance, the tionable Facebook posts of Active on social media Tuesdays statement that
Two persons were killed State Cabinet meeting that some students of city-based Apart from becoming active some BJD Ministers, MPs and Manipur Minister in BJP govt yet to formally quit Congress
and another injured when Mr. Patnaik chaired on Wed- Rama Devi Womens Univer- on social media in recent MLAs were in contact with
the motorcycle they were nesday gave new names to a sity on March 26. weeks, Mr. Patnaik has direc- the BJP wishful thinking, is Iboyaima Laithangbam took oath as Minister on 10 MLAs has been referred
riding collided with a bus few government depart- On March 30, he directed ted Director General of Po- trying hard to tighten his IMPHAL March 15 while still a Con- to the Assembly Secretary
near Dhobhibigha village ments, including the Pan- the police to inquire and lice to ask Superintendent of hold over the party. He is a Cabinet Minister in gress MLA. He won the and that the matter is un-
in Nalanda, the police said. the newly sworn in BJP gov- March elections from Andro der process.
The incident took place ernment, yet to resign constituency with a wide However, the Opposition

Concern over armed children at rally

when the speeding bus formally margin on a Congress ticket make take recourse to legal
rammed the motorcycle The Opposition Congress and is yet to resign from the redress due to lack of a time
killing two persons on the in Manipur may go to court party formally, said the State frame. Sources said Mr.
spot while another sus- demanding disqualification Congress. Shyamkumar Singh wasnt
tained serious injuries, Press Trust of India Front asked what culture ies in the state. sions, and said the law will of Thounaojam Shyamku- unduly worried about a by-
Asthawan police station in- Kolkata was the RSS and BJP trying to take its course against such mar Singh, who is a Cabinet Show-cause notice election even if disqualified
charge Rajiv Ranjan said. Political parties and intellec- import into Bengal. CM hits out people. Some BJP leaders Minister in the newly sworn The party served Mr. as he was confident of win-
The bodies have been sent tuals have expressed concern Over 200 Ram Navami Students and minors were who do not know Bengali cul- in BJP government. Shyamkumar Singh a show- ning again.
for post-mortem and the over children carrying processions were taken out seen participating with ture held processions with cause notice on March 15 but Commenting on the anti-
injured man has been hos- swords and knives in RSS- across West Bengal under the swords and knives in some of swords to create an atmo- Won from Cong it was ignored. The party corruption cell set up by the
pitalised, Mr. Ranjan said, backed Ram Navami proces- banner of Rama Navami Ud- the processions. Chief Minis- sphere of fear (during Ram Talking to The Hindu on then petitioned Speaker Y. new government, the Con-
adding that efforts were on sions in various parts of West japan Samity to unite the ter Mamata Banerjee also ac- Navami). But can anyone per- Thursday, Manipur Congress Khemchand Singh to take gress denied that corruption
to identify the injured. Bengal on Wednesday. Ruling Hindus against what they cused some BJP leaders of form puja with a sword? she spokesperson K. Debabrata steps to disqualify him. The was a legacy of its 15-year
TMC and Opposition Left called growing jihadi activit- carrying arms in the proces- said. said Mr. Shyamkumar Singh Speaker said the petition by rule.

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Satyasundar Barik major roads to the town.
BHUBANESWAR The police resorted to a
Prohibitory orders were mild lathi-charge to disperse
clamped and security the protesters after some
stepped up in Bhadrak town roadside meat shops were
of Odisha after Vishwa set on fire at Banto Square.
Hindu Parishad and Bajrang As the protesters started
Dal activists took to the shouting slogans after burn-
streets on Thursday over a ing tyres on the roads, com-
controversial post about mercial establishments
Hindu deities in social rolled down their shutters.
media. Vehicles were stranded as
the protesters squatted on
Objectionable remarks National Highway passing
After tension gripped the through the town. The po-
town in the afternoon, pro- lice cleared the blockade
hibitory orders under Sec- and vehicles started moving
tion 144 of CrPC were im- in the evening.
posed banning the About 10 platoons of po-
gathering of five or more lice were deployed in the
persons. Two persons were town. The situation is
detained in connection with tense, but under control.
the post. We are keeping a close
Demanding arrest of the watch and police personnel
person who posted the ob- have been deployed all over
jectionable remarks on town, Ghanshyam Upad-
Hindu dieties, VHP and hyay, Inspector General of
Bajrang Dal activists lodged Police, Eastern Region, told
a complaint with the Bhad- The Hindu over phone. The
rak Town police station. prohibitory orders will re-
They also laid siege to the main in force till Friday
police station and blocked evening, the police said.

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Three soldiers trapped in Ladakh avalanche 10 held for
Scores of people evacuated from Baramulla following a lood alert in Kashmir; ive killed in Himachal Pradesh
Press Trust of India
Peerzada Ashiq Technology have postponed Sheopur (MP)
Kanwar Yogendra examinations scheduled for As many as 10 people of a
Srinagar, Shimla
Khattar asks I-T dept to Thursday. minority community have
provide data for survey Unprecedented snowfall in The rain also triggered been arrested for allegedly
PANCHKULA Jammu and Kashmir flash floods in north Kashmir raising anti-India slogans
Haryana Chief Minister triggered multiple ava- with scores of people being and uprooting an RSS flag
Manohar Lal Khattar on lanches in the Ladakh re- evacuated in Baramulla, post in Gandhinagar here
Thursday asked I-T officials gion, trapping five soldiers even as several low-lying loc- on Sunday.
to provide the State under snow, an Army official alities in Srinagar were The police have also
government authentic data said on Thursday. submerged. booked around 50 others
on peoples income, earnings They were trapped when The State Disaster Re- of the same group in the
and properties so that it can an Army post was buried in sponse Fund and Directorate case.
be incorporated in the SRDB the Batalik sector, the official of Health Service (Kashmir) According to the police,
survey. - PTI said. have issued helpline num- the accused had objected
Two of them have been bers and asked doctors to be to a RSS shakha set up near
Clash over shifting of rescued, while efforts were alert. their place of worship in
liquor shop in M.P. on to save the other three, he The local MeT department Gandhinagar. While RSS
said. The rescue operation has said that the weather activists alleged that the
Two vehicles were burnt and
for the remaining three sol- was likely to improve from members raised anti-India
four others damaged in Bareli
diers is in progress. Specially Friday and that a situation slogans, the latter com-
town of Raisen district after
trained Avalanche Rescue like that of 2014 wont arise. plained that the RSS work-
locals and employees of a
Teams have been deployed, Chief Minister Mehbooba ers had hurled stones at
liquor contractor clashed over
the official added. Mufti, meanwhile, has called their religious place.
shifting of the shop to a
An flood alert were issued for a unified control room to Bone of contention
residential area.
in Kashmir on Thursday monitor the situation. The two groups had dif-
The residents of Krishna
while the death toll due to In Himachal Pradesh, an- ferences over the piece of
Colony, where the shop was
heavy rainfall climbed to five ganwadi worker Laila Matu land, which belongs to the
being moved from the nearby
in Himachal Pradesh. died in Chamba districts civic body, said a police of-
highway, opposed the
An avalanche warning has Dalhousie on Thursday after ficer, who did not wish to
shifting. - PTI
been issued for the next 24 a gate gave way during a be named.
hours in the Valleys hilly storm. With this, the death Earlier, Muslims had
areas, especially in Kargil toll in the State has touched organised taqreers [ser-
Clash in Kanpur over district. five. mons] on the land located
procession route High-danger avalanche On Wednesday, two close to their mosque.
warning has been issued for people were killed in Ram- However, of late, the RSS
A clash erupted in Akbarpur
the next 24 hours, from April pur while eight others were had started holding
town of Kanpur Rural district
6 to 7, for avalanche-prone injured after being hit by Natures fury: Vehicles crawl through a water-logged road in Srinagar on Thursday. *
NISSAR AHMAD shakhas there, which did
after members of a
slopes in Kargil. A medium- lightning. Also, one person not go down well with
community objected to a
danger avalanche warning died in Sundernagar sub-di- connections on priority members of the minority
Navratra procession changing
exists for Kupwara, Bandi- vision of Mandi district while basis. community.
its traditional route to pass
pora, and Baramulla districts another person died in Kan- The next day [April 3],
through a minority-
for the same period, said a gradistricts Dharjot. Report losses some persons [RSS men]
dominated area. The two
government spokesman. Traffic was affected be- He has also asked the Agri- lodged complaint against
sides started pelting stones at
The flood alert was soun- cause of dislodged Deodar culture and Horticulture De- over 60 people, including
each other after an argument
ded after the Jhelum crossed trees and landslides, even as partment to report losses 14 identified members of
over the route. - PTI
the danger mark in south power supply and telecom- from across the State at the the minority community,
and central Kashmir follow- munication links were dis- earliest.Confirming the alleging that they had
Maoists involved in ing incessant snowfall and rupted at several places on death of two people after be- raised anti-India slogans
attack on CRPF men held rain since April 4. Thursday. ing struck by lightning at and removed the RSS flag.
RAIPUR Chief Secretary V.C. Khadaan in Shimla district, They also alleged that
Two naxals, allegedly Remain vigilant Pharka held a State-level dis- Mr. Pharka said that 10,000 members of the opposite
involved in the last months According to a government aster management meeting each had been given to the group had attacked them,
attack on a CRPF patrolling spokesman, people living to take stock of the situation. family of the deceased, while said district Superintend-
team in Bhejji in which 12 along the embankments of Considering the inclement the injured had been given ent of Police Saket Pandey.
troopers were killed, were the Jhelum and those in the weather over the last two 4,000 each. Following this, the mem-
arrested from Sukma district, low-lying areas of south and days, Mr. Pharka has direc- He added that one critic- bers of the minority com-
police said on Thurtsday. central Kashmir have been ted the Public Works Depart- ally injured person had been munity were booked under
The cadres, identified as asked to remain vigilant. ment, the Irrigation and Pub- referred to the Indira Gandhi Sections 295 (injuring or
Padam Mukka (28) and Kuram Schools have been closed till lic Health Department and Medical College, Shimla, and defiling place of worship
Guddi (27), were picked up on April 9, while the Kashmir Electricity Department to re- 10,000 been granted to his with intent to insult reli-
Wednesday by a joint police University and the Islamic pair the affected roads, wa- family. gion of any class) and 506
team. - PTI University of Science and ter supply and electricity (With inputs from PTI) Roadblock: A damaged road in Shimla on Thursday after a landslide. *
PTI (criminal intimidation).

Farmers welcome BJP govts loan waiver Govt pursuing vendetta politics: SAD
gistered under the decade- of the party that duly elected chalk out a strategy to help
Though some accuse the govt of betrayal for leaving two-third out of ambit SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
CHANDIGARH long SAD-BJP rule in the bodies being managed by aggrieved Akali workers.
The Shiromani Akali Dal State. SAD leaders, which have yet As per the terms of refer-
Staff Reporter (SAD) has accused the Capt. years to complete their ence, the Commission will
Amarinder Singh-led govern- Several incidents terms, are being threatened inquire into cases where
Rambeer Singh is a farmer in ment of indulging in ven- At a meeting held on Wed- by Congress leaders by ad- persons are said to have
Meerut who owns an acre of detta politics and claimed nesday, SAD leaders Ma- opting unfair means. This is been wrongly implicated in
farm land, which means he that any action against its heshinder Singh Grewal and an illegal, unwarranted and false cases/ FIRs in Punjab
falls in the category of small workers will be vehemently Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said undemocratic act of the Con- during the last 10 years and
farmers. He had taken a loan opposed by the party. several incidents of targeting gress leaders to demolish the submit its report to govern-
of over 1 lakh from cooper- The remarks came after of Akali workers had come to institutions of democratic ment after such inquiry.
ative societies and said he is the government set up a fore in a short span of two process, a statement issued The body is headed by
now excited and happy at Commission of Inquiry on weeks of the Congress govt by the party read. former Punjab and Haryana
the decision of the State gov- Wednesday to review alleged rule. During the meeting, the High Court judge Mehtab
ernment to waive loans false cases and FIRs re- It has come to the notice leaders also met lawyers to Singh Gill.
worth 30,729 crore of 2.15
crore small and marginalised
farmers who had taken a Ajmer clerics to move HC OBITUARY & DEATH
crop loan up to 1 lakh each.
Press Trust of India
Along with this, an addi- Jaipur
case in the Rajasthan High
tional 5,630 crore was given Court. DEATH
to write-off NPAs of 7 lakh A body of clerics of Khwaja The Anjuman Syed Za-
farmers of the State, taking Moinuddin Chishti shrine dgan, a parent body of
the total farm loan waiver Some cheer: A farmer working on a sugarcane ield in Muzafarnagar district of UP. in Ajmer have decided to khadims, has decided to
amount to Rs 36,359 crore. * FILE PHOTO: R.V. MOORTHY challenge the acquittal of move the High Court, Sec-
Though a detailed seven accused, including retary for Anjuman Syed
guideline is yet to be noti- favour of the farmers, said: the phone from Muzaf- from where the small farm- Swami Assemanand, in the Zadgan, Syed Wahid An-
fied, Mr. Singh is hopeful The loan waiver is not our farnagar, Mr. Malik said the ers take loan because they 2007 Dargah bomb blast garahshah Chishty said.
that the government de- right so thank you for the move would benefit at least a generally avoid institutional
cision would help him. waiver. But you had said in third of the total farmers in loans due to technicalities in-
Farmers have largely wel- the election that sabka saath UP. volved in the process.
comed the move, even sabka vikas. Then giving only So there is a danger that
though some of them ac- a section of farmers the be- Welcome step this would benefit only 20%
cused the government of be- nefit when the entire sector It is a welcome step which of the small farmers. But
traying the farmers by put- is going through acute crisis, would benefit at least one even after that the decision
ting a limit to the extent of would be a betrayal of the third of the small and mar- would be extremely benefi-
loan and leaving two thirds promise the Prime Minister ginal farmers. In an environ- cial for the farming com-
of the farmers from the am- made to the people and ment that had propaganda munity, Mr. Malik added.
bit of the relief and pitting farmers of the State. and an atmosphere against Advocating extension of
those farmers in the State Dharmendra Malik, a loan waiver, this decision of the eligibility deadline of
against the small and mar- farmer and spokesperson of the Adityanath government March 2016 to December
ginal farmers. the Bharatiya Kisan Union, is a courageous move, he 2016, he asked why the farm-
Sardar V.M. Singh, a an influential body of farm- said. ers who paid back the loan
farmer activist whose effort ers in UP, welcomed the de- He, however, said that the on March 2016 and took an-
and legal battles have led to cision as a courageous committee of ministers other loan for farming,
several historic judgments in step. Talking to The Hindu on should also analyse how and should be punished?

ED attaches assets worth 1.18

crore in Bikaner land grab case
Special Correspondent legedly involved in fraudu- 2015. On the basis of the
New Delhi lent allotment of land using FIRs and charge-sheets, an
The Enforcement Director- forged documents of non-ex- investigation was taken up
ate has provisionally at- istent people, said an ED under the Prevention of
tached properties worth official. Money Laundering Act by
1.18 crore of land-record of- the Directorate in Septem-
ficials and others in connec- Meant for displaced ber 2015.
tion with money laundering The land was meant for the ED probe revealed that
investigations into the al- allotment of persons dis- with a view to grab the land,
leged Bikaner land grab placed for developing the accused stole some blank al-
case in Rajasthan. Mahajan Field Firing Range. lotment letters with stamp
We have attached the as- In this case, 18 cases on them from the Colonisa-
sets of Jai Prakash Bagarwa, were registered at the Gajner tion Department. The Pat-
the then Patwaris Uma police station in Bikaners waries tipped off Jai Prakash
Charan Sharma and Ma- Kolayat, during August- about the land. The stolen
haveer Swami, and the then September 2014. Charge material was used for pre-
Nayab Tehsildar, Fakir Mo- sheets were filed against the paring forged allotment let-
hammad. They were al- accused persons in August ters, said the official.



Dalit death: HC orders fresh autopsy Hartal hits normal life in Kerala
Called to protest police action on Jishnu Prannoys mother
Civil society organisations allege role of upper castes in the mysterious incident
Special Correspondent
Special Correspondent per caste in Venkatapur, loc- THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
HYDERABAD ated 10 km away. The dawn-to-dusk hartal
Investigation into the death called by the United Demo-
of a Dalit, M. Madhukar, in Physical injuries cratic Front and the Bhar-
the Peddapally district of Madhukar left his house on atiya Janata Party to
Telangana, allegedly in- the morning of March 13 and protest against the excess-
volving the upper castes of was found dead in the ive use of force by the po-
his village, took a crucial bushes the next day on the lice on Mahija on Wednes-
turn on Thursday. village outskirts. day hit normal life across
The High Court in Hydera- There were injuries on Kerala on Thursday.
bad directed the authorities his eyes and private parts. Ms. Mahija is the mother
Foundation stone of to conduct another post- He was tortured to death by of Jishnu Prannoy, student
Sabarimala mast placed mortem of his body. the womans family mem- of the Nehru College of En-
SABARIMALA Dalit organisations and bers who came to know of gineering, Thrissur, who
Sabarimala Devaswom people's associations have Raising questions: Parents of Madhukar, who was found the love affair, Madhukar's was found hanging in his
workers placed the specially been agitating for a fortnight dead last month, suspect foul play. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
* sibling M. Shekhar alleged. hostel room in January. An ordeal: People walk to the Thiruvananthapuram railway
carved foundation stone of to seek justice for Even as Madhukars fam- station on Thursday. C. RATHEESH KUMAR

the new temple mast in a pit Madhukars family. They suspicious death, could not Rashtra Samithi MLA Putta ily members alleged foul Family on indefinite fast
prepared on the Ayyappa have alleged that the police explain how Police Inspector Madhu who belongs to the play in the death, the police Very few private vehicles Mahija and her brother Chief Minister Pinarayi Vi-
temple premises on are trying to protect the ac- Prabhakar had concluded upper caste. Commissioner maintained that Madhukar were on the road in most have begun an indefinite fast jayan, however, defended
Thursday. The ceremonial cused by registering a case of that it was suicide even be- Vikram Jeet Duggal trans- committed suicide by con- parts of the State. at the Government Medical Wednesdays police action
installation of the stone will suspicious death. fore doctors confirmed the ferred the Inspector two suming pesticide. The Kerala State Road College here. strongly. The government
be held between 10.45 a.m. The Manthani police of cause of death, they said. days ago. Suspicions raised by the Transport Corporation oper- Mahijas daugther had announced the forma-
and 12 noon on Friday. the newly formed Ramagun- The organisations have ac- A resident of Khanapur victim's family got support ated only some services and Avishna too has launched an tion of a Special Investiga-
dam police commissioner- cused him of helping the cul- village, Madhukar, a tractor after some photos of his private transport carriages. indefinite fast at their home tion Team led by an ADGP to
Centre declares Kerala ate, who had stuck to their prits at the behest of driver, was reportedly in body with injuries surfaced Universities chose to post- at Vadakara in Kozhikode nab the absconding accused
drought-hit stand that it was a case of Manthanis ruling Telangana love with a woman of an up- on social media. pone their examinations. district. in the case, he said.
The Centre has declared
Kerala drought-hit, along
with seven other States.
Revenue Minister E.
Plus-2 student beaten BJP accuses Cong. leader of doling Jagan seeks action
Chandrasekharan said the
declaration was based on a
memorandum submitted to
to death in Kerala out money ahead of byelection against TDP govt.
the Union Ministry of
Agriculture seeking assistance Its not a political murder, say police Stops short of iling oicial complaint with poll panel Submits memorandum to President
for drought relief activities.
He said a Central team would Special Correspondent police official said. The vic- Special Correspondent not show who is sitting next Special Correspondent save democracy mission
visit Kerala on April 18 to ALAPPUZHA tim died of grievous injuries MYSURU to her, and we have tried to NEW DELHI in Andhra Pradesh. Accord-
assess the situation. The eight Ananthu Ashokan, a Plus- suffered in the physical at- The BJP has demanded ac- convince the party to file an YSR Congress Party chief ing to his party, he will meet
States have been sanctioned Two student, was beaten to tack. No weapons were re- tion against Karnataka Con- official complaint, until Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, leaders from across the
an assistance of 24,000 death by a gang in Cherthala portedly used in the gress womens wing presid- which we cannot proceed, along with a delegation of political spectrum in the
crore from the outlay for the on Wednesday night. The murder. ent Laxmi Hebbalkar for said B. Ramu, Chamara- party leaders on Thursday, next two to three days to
Mahatma Gandhi National Kerala Police said 10 per- The LDF and the UDF allegedly distributing money janagar Deputy Commis- called on President Pranab galvanise support to plug
Rural Employment Guarantee sons were taken into cus- have called for a dawn-to- in the bypoll-bound Gundlu- sioner and District Election Mukherjee. He submitted a the loopholes in the Anti-
Scheme. tody in connection with the dusk hartal in Alappuzha pet constituency. Officer. memorandum demanding Defection Act.
incident. district on Friday to protest This followed a video clip, Mysuru Deputy Commis- action against the TDP gov-
Heat claims 11 lives The teenager was re- against the murder. purportedly showing her sioner D. Randeep, who is ernment for providing Cab- Democracy in peril
in Anantapur district portedly attacked by the giving money to a woman, also the District Election Of- inet berths to four turn- The four-page memor-
ANANTAPUR gang around 11 p.m. near Former RSS loyalist going viral. ficer, told The Hindu that BJP coat MLAs of his party. andum alleged that the de-
More than 11 persons are the Neelimangalam Raja- LDF district committee con- The BJP, however, is yet to Laxmi Hebbalkar leader Shobha Karandlaje Mr. Reddy later told The fectors had become Minis-
suspected to have died in the rajeswari Temple at Pattana- vener R. Nasser alleged that lodge an official complaint. had submitted a letter al- Hindu: The Andhra Pra- ters without resigning from
past 15 days due to sunstroke kkad where he had gone for the RSS was behind the The Congress, meanwhile, complaint with the Election leging that money was being desh Chief Minister and the their party and posts. It said
and exhaustion across a festival. He had been in- murder. The deceased had has questioned the authenti- Commission if it had cred- distributed in the houses of Telugu Desam president N. defection cases were
Anantapur district. In the last volved in a quarrel with his been an RSS loyalist earlier, city of the video. ible evidence. prominent political leaders, Chandrababu Naidu is re- pending against them.
six days, eight persons have schoolmates earlier. The but had kept away from its The blurry video shows including H.C. Ma- sorting to unscrupulous The YSRCP chief said this
died.The officially accepted murder was said to be the programmes in recent Ms. Hebbalkar with a wad of Footage not clear hadevappa, which was not methods to woo and induce would imperil democratic
figure is six, not counting the result of the skirmish. times, he said in a state- currency notes but the con- So far, the BJP has not given specific to the case involving the Opposition party legis- values. The TDP had cor-
three deaths on Wednesday ment. Cherthala town text in which she was hold- any official complaint. In the Ms. Hebbalkar. lators to cross over to his rupt money to buy off
and Thursday. Temperature No weapons used would be exempted from ing them is not clear. absence of evidence, we We have decided to step party with corrupt money. MLAs. This has been
continues to rise in spite of The attackers included RSS the hartal in view of the Reacting to the incident, cannot even presume that up our vigilance. These We have sought the inter- proved in the case of cash-
the brief showers over the workers but the incident Pooram festival at the Chief Minister Siddarmaiah this incident took place in houses will be under surveil- vention of the President. for-vote scam, he said after
last two days. was not a political murder, a temple, the statement said. said the BJP should file a Gundlupet. The video does lance, said Mr. Randeep. The YSRCP leader is on a meeting the President.




IMMDT FINANCE against Properties,
Projects,Business, Cheque




IN BRIEF North to get
Saibabas lawyers hasten Girl living with against govt.
DNA bank
Staff Reporter
appeal against his sentence monkeys rescued oicials
in 10 States
Professors wife, attorneys fear he wont survive a long jail term Found inside wildlife sanctuary
North India will soon get its Special Correspondent
Award for photo editor first DNA bank for wildlife. Pavan Dahat Press Trust of India NEW DELHI
of The Hindu Scientists at the Indian Nagpur Bahraich The Enforcement Director-
MUMBAI Veterinary Research Insti- Attorneys of former Delhi An eight-year-old girl found ate (ED) on Thursday car-
Prashant Nakwe, photo tute (IVRI) in Bareilly are in University professor G.N. living with a troop of mon- ried out searches in 10
editor of The Hindu, Mumbai, the process of collecting Saibaba are appealing to keys in the Katarniyaghat States against senior gov-
won the second runner-up the DNA samples of all higher courts for his release Wildlife Sanctuary is now ernment officials who face
award for best published kinds of wildlife to set up from jail as they fear the undergoing treatment at a corruption charges in
photograph at the Standard the bank. wheelchair-bound professor hospital here. cases registered by various
Chartered Marathon 2017. Mr. It is expected to help in wont be able to survive a After being spotted by enforcement agencies, in-
Nakwe won a citation and a wildlife research and also long jail term. locals in the Motipur range cluding one related to the
cash award for his photo of bring down poaching. The professor was sen- of the sanctuary, a police alleged memorial scam
professional runners hurtling According to principal tenced to life imprisonment team managed to rescue during the Mayawati gov-
towards the finish line, from scientist and in-charge of last month, for having Maoist her in January, but not be- ernment in Uttar Pradesh.
among 120 entries from 19 the Centre for Wildlife, links, by a court in Maha- fore overcoming stiff resist- The development comes
publications. IVRI, Anil Kumar Sharma, rashtras Gadchiroli district. ance from the monkeys. days after the agency
scientists have been so far Four others, including a Professor G.N. Saibaba *
FILE PHOTO Assistant Superintendent cracked down on shell
Statement recorded in been able to collect about former student of Jawaharlal of Police Dinesh Tripathi Back from the wild: The companies across 16 States
Narada sting operation 140 samples of 25 wild an- Nehru University ( JNU), Hem courts judgement in the tails about the petition. said it appeared from her 8-year-old girl at a hospital as part of the Central gov-
NEW DELHI imals. The DNA bank is ex- Mishra, and human rights Nagpur Bench of the Bom- Meanwhile, after visiting behaviour that she had in Bahraich . PTI * ernments drive against
The CBI on Thursday recorded pected to start from this activist Prashant Rahi, were bay High Court and our ap- Prof. Saibaba in the Nagpur been living with the mon- black money.
the statement of Mathew year end. also given the same peals have been admitted. Central Jail on Wednesday, keys for a long time. came into the limelight
Samuel of Narada which had Mr. Sharma told The sentence. The court has now asked for his wife, Vasanti Kumari, She is unable to commu- after visuals went viral on Money laundering
conducted a sting allegedly Hindu on phone from Advocate Barun Kumar, records from the lower said, His health is in danger. nicate and screams when social media in the past On Thursday, the searches
against the Trinamool Bareilly: We are making a who is assisting Surendra court. He is not getting the required people approach her. couple of days, police said. were conducted in Delhi,
Congress members. The baseline data of different Gadling, the senior counsel medical support, and his When rescued she had Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu,
agency asked Mr. Samuel wild animals. Every time in the case, said, [Prof. Plan to challenge blood pressure abnormal as Visual in social media unkempt nails and hair, Karnataka, West Bengal
questions pertaining to the we receive some identified Saibaba] is 90% physically The lawyers also plan to well. He has also started suf- Chief Medical Superintend- and there were wounds all and Goa, among other
circumstances in which he got specimen, viscera, skin, disabled and we dont think challenge his conviction on fering from pancreatic pain ent D.K. Singh said this was over her body... Our prior- States.
the sting conducted. The part of the body of an an- he will live for long if he con- some special grounds and and is unable to consume hindering proper ity is to give her proper The ED has already re-
tapes were made public imal from either the forest tinues in jail for more than a seek an early release on bail. the jail food. The Nagpur Jail treatment. medical care and look for gistered money laundering
ahead of the West Bengal department or zoo, we year. We have already ap- Mr. Kumar, however, de- in-charge could not be Her curious condition her parents, the ASP said. cases against the accused
Assembly polls last year. take out the DNA. pealed against the lower clined to disclose more de- reached for a comment. persons.

CBI re-registers case against Hooda Centre kicks of programme on cyber physical systems
Irregularities in land allotment to Associated Journals Limited It deals with self-driven cars, autonomous unmanned vehicles and aircraft navigation systems
Special Correspondent livery of possession and Jacob Koshy for the project in the current physical systems. year at the Indian Science developing a programme on
New Delhi complete the construction NEW DELHI financial year. K.R. Murali Mohan, who Congress in Tirupati. Point- CPS, the National Science
The Central Bureau of In- within two years. The com- With autonomous vehicles heads the CPS programme at ing out that it was an im- Foundation of the United
vestigation has re-registered pany failed to raise the con- and robot-executed surger- Interdisciplinary field the DST, told The Hindu that portant area that needed to States had identified it as a
a case against former Hary- struction within the given ies becoming commonplace tCPS is an interdisciplinary the thrust of the initiative be addressed, he had noted key area of inter-disciplinary
ana Chief Minister time. Hence, the allotment around the world, the De- field that deals with the de- would be to break silos in that it had the potential to research back in 2003.
Bhupinder Hooda and oth- was cancelled. The appeals partment of Science and ployment of computer-based academia and encourage pose unprecedented chal- According to Sandeep Ku-
ers in connection with al- filed against cancellation of Technology (DST) has initi- systems that do things in the greater synergy between the lenges and stresses to our mar Shukla, computer sci-
leged irregularities in the al- Bhupinder Hooda allotment were also dis- ated a Cyber Physical Sys- physical world, such as, for university scientists and in- demographic dividend. ence professor at IIT-Kanpur,
lotment of land to the missed, said CBI spokesper- tems (CPS) programme. Still instance, the self-driven cars dustry. By ensuring that the fu- the success of such a pro-
Associated Journals Limited, of Panchkula was allotted to son R.K. Gaur. at a nascent stage, it has produced by Google and Centres of excellence ture workforce is skilled in gramme would require con-
the publisher of National AJL in October 1982 and sub- It has been alleged that been conceived as a 3,000- Tesla. would be developed at the robotics, artificial intelli- sortia of researchers in the
Herald, in Panchkula. sequently, the possession Mr. Hooda, as the then crore exercise that would, at However, even smart grids IITs and universities. There gence, digital manufactur- field to work together. IIT
The Enforcement Direct- was also given within days. HUDA Chairman, in viola- first, take root in some of the (where electricity is optim- would be dedicated courses ing, big data analysis, deep Mumbai, for instance, is
orate is already probing the As per the terms and tion of the rules and by mis- Indian Institutes of Techno- ally distributed on the basis [on the subject], he added. learning, quantum commu- known for research in power
money laundering angle in conditions of allotment, it using his official position, re- logy (IITs), according to offi- of calculations in real time nication and Internet-of- systems, and IIT-Kanpur, for
the case. was necessary for the com- allocated the plot on Octo- cials familiar with the pro- by micro-processors) as well Important area: PM Things, it could be turned computer science. You need
According to the case, the pany to start the construc- ber 28, 2005, at the original ject. as autonomous unmanned Prime Minister Narendra into a huge opportunity, he certain groups [with expert-
3,500 square-metre plot loc- tion on the plot within six rates, plus interest thereon An initial budget of 100 vehicles and aircraft naviga- Modi had referred to cyber had said. ise] to come together, he
ated in the Institutional Area months from the date of de- till date. crore has been earmarked tion systems qualify as cyber physical systems earlier this Though India is only now told The Hindu.




Friendship is a lowing river

If our commitments are honest, India and Bangladesh can achieve many things that are beneicial to our people
mother tongue. It was unthinkable Bangladesh started getting the be- share the same culture and herit-
Growth, with caveats to the military rulers that the Ban-
galee nation would ascend to state
neit of it.
Bangladesh is marching ahead.
age. There are a lot of commonalit-
ies (at least with West Bengal). We

The Centre must pay heed to power and that was why they im- We earned over 7.1% GDP growth. share our Lalon, Rabindranath,
posed the uneven war on Inlation is contained within 5.28% Kazi Nazrul, Jibanananda; there is
RBI Governor Urjit Patels plainspeak Bangalees. and the poverty rate has been re- similarity in our language, we are
With the peoples mandate, the duced to 22%. At this moment, on nourished by the waters of the

he central bank was not expected to tinker with SHEIKH HASINA
Father of the Nation declared the many socio-economic indicators, Padma, Brahmaputra, Teesta; and
key policy rates in its irst monetary policy review independence of Bangladesh and portunity to work for the people. I Bangladeshs standing is better so on. The Sundarbans is our com-
of 2017-18 unveiled on Thursday, following its de- Maintenance of good relations directed the people to carry on the devoted myself to the task of wel- than many other South Asian na- mon pride. We dont have any
cision to shift from an accommodative to a neutral mon- with the neighbours, friendship to war of liberation. Responding to fare of my countrymen not as a tions whereas a few years ago our strife over it. Then, why should
etary policy stance in February. The Monetary Policy all, malice to none is the policy I his call, the people of Bangladesh ruler but as a servant. My father got position was at the bottom. But we there be any contention over the
Committee chaired by Reserve Bank of India Governor pursue throughout my life. My only took arms and the liberation war the opportunity to build the war- still have a long way to go to ensure waters of common rivers?
Urjit Patel has, in fact, decided to raise the rate at which desire in my political thought is to began. The Pakistani rulers and ravaged country for only three and prosperity of the people. And we Our foreign policys core dictum
build a society for common people their local collaborators engaged a half years. And I got the chance to are working towards that end. is: Friendship to all, malice to
the central bank borrows funds from banks (the reverse
where none will sufer from the in committing genocide, rape, serve the people after 21 years. My objective is to fulil the none. The Father of the Nation,
repo rate) by 25 basis points, from 5.75% to 6%, while curse of poverty while their basic looting, arson and attacked the in- During that time, the people of dream of Bangabandhu through Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rah-
leaving other policy rates untouched. This marginal needs will be met. In other words, nocent people of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh realised that the ob- building a hunger- and poverty- man, deined the policy. We are
change is aimed at sucking out from the system excess they will get the opportunity to world woke up. People and the jective of a government is to ac- free Golden Bangladesh being im- also inspired from his words: The
liquidity that remains a lingering concern, despite com- have the right to food, clothing, Government of India stood beside complish the task of peoples wel- bued with the spirit of the War of very struggle of Bangladesh sym-
ing of its peak in the aftermath of the demonetisation shelter, medicare, education, im- the oppressed humanity. They fare. We signed the Chittagong Hill Liberation. bolised the universal struggle for
exercise. The RBI has also proposed a new liquidity proved livelihood and a decent life. gave food and shelter to nearly 10 Tracts Peace Treaty ending the peace and justice. It was, there-
I received the teaching of such million refugees of Bangladesh. two-decade-long conlict. We Regional cooperation the key fore, only natural that Bangladesh,
management tool that awaits government approval,
sacriice from my father. My father, They extended all-out cooperation brought back 62,000 refugees I always refer to poverty as the from its very inception, should
making the draining of surplus liquidity a critical prior- Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu in our great liberation war and from India and rehabilitated them main enemy of this region. A large stand irmly by the side of the op-
ity all through this year. The eicacy of the RBIs liquid- Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, did his played an important role in creat- in the country. We signed the number of people of Bangladesh pressed people of the world. At in-
ity management toolkit will impinge on another key politics with a motto to change the ing global opinion in favour of Ganges Water Sharing Treaty with and India sufer from malnutrition. ternational forums, we support all
concern: inlation, which is expected to climb to 5% by lot of the people. Wherever there Bangladesh. This helped us to earn India. The countrys image They are deprived of their basic international eforts towards build-
the second half of this iscal. The RBI says achieving the was an injustice, he would protest victory and the country was freed brightened in the outside world. needs. Lack of nutrition is imped- ing a just and peaceful world.
stated target of 4% inlation even next year could be it. This was the policy of from enemy occupation. ing the growth of a huge number of In recent years, especially after
Bangabandhu and he was always We are grateful to the friendly Two steps back children. They dont have proper 2009, when my party assumed of-
challenging, with no lucky disinlationary forces ex-
vocal for establishing the rights of people of India. The Indian govern- A ive-year period is too short for medicare and schooling. We have ice, cooperation between
pected, such as benign commodity and oil prices. It has the people. And, for that reason, ment had played an important role the development of any country. to change this scenario. We have Bangladesh and India has been
also pointed to a one-time upside risk to inlation with he had to embrace imprisonment even in getting Bangabandhu re- We couldnt win the election of the ability. The only thing we need bolstered manifold. Rail, road, and
the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax. time and again and endure perse- leased from the Pakistani prison. 2001. The Bangladesh Nationalist is to change our mentality. I think waterway connectivity boosted.
The RBI is quite optimistic about an uptick in the eco- cution. But he remained irm on Shrimati Indira Gandhi had played Party-Jamaat-e-Islami assumed eradication of poverty should be Trade, commerce and investment
nomy this year, projecting 7.4% growth in Gross Value- the question of principle. the leading role in earning our in- state power and destroyed all our the irst and foremost priority of maximised. People-to-people con-
Added, compared to 6.7% in 2016-17. Along with im- Bangladesh earned its independ- dependence, freedom of achievements. Again, the coun- our political leaders. And, in tact also got momentum. Such mu-
ence under his leadership. Bangabandhu and bringing him trys progress sufered a setback. todays globalised world, it is dii- tual cooperation is deinitely bene-
proved prospects for the world economy a rebound in
The support and cooperation of back to his beloved people. We got Militancy, terrorism, corruption cult to do something in isolation. itting our people. Relations, at a
discretionary consumer spending at home is likely, in neighbouring and friendly coun- her government, political parties and misrule made peoples life Rather, collaboration and coopera- personal or national level, largely
line with the pace of remonetisation and investment tries had accelerated our goal to and above all the people of India miserable. The country became tion can make many things easier. depend on give-and-take meas-
demand on account of lowered interest rates. While the earn the independence of beside us during our hard times. champions in the corruption index That is why I always put emphasis ures. Mexican Nobel Laureate
government may take heart from the higher growth Bangladesh. Among those, India The killers brutally assassinated ive times. The minority com- on regional cooperation and im- Octavio said Friendship is a river.
projection, it must pay equal heed to Mr. Patels plain- played the leading role. the Father of the Nation on August munity became victims of torture. proved connectivity. I think that the friendship between
speak on four key issues. First, the need to urgently re- 15, 1975. I lost 18 of my family mem- The countrys socio-economic de- I believe in peace. Only peaceful Bangladesh and India is like a low-
Indias helping hand bers, including my mother, three velopment had been stalled. The co-existence can ensure peace. ing river and full with generosity.
solve the surge of bad loans on bank books, for which The Pakistani military junta star- brothers and sister-in-laws. I, along Awami League leaders and work- There are some issues between us. This is the spirit of the people of
the RBI will unveil a new Prompt Corrective Action ted a genocide launching armed at- with my younger sister Rehana, ers became targets of persecution. But I believe that any problem can the two neighbours. I think if our
framework by the middle of this month. Without this, a tacks on the innocent Bangalees on survived as we were abroad. In our Bangladesh once again fell under be resolved in a peaceful manner. commitments are honest, we
virtuous cycle of healthy credit growth necessary for in- March 25, 1971. bad days, India again stood beside emergency rule. We demanded We have demonstrated our will- would be able to achieve many
vestment and job creation will remain elusive. Second, In the 1970 general elections, us. I could not come back home for restoration of democracy. We power through the implementa- things that are beneicial to our
the RBI has reminded the government there will be people of Bangladesh voted for six long years. The Bangladesh faced jail, torture and false cases. tion of the Land Boundary Agree- people. On the eve of my four-day
Bangladesh Awami League and Awami League elected me its pres- But inally, people triumphed. ment. There are some more issues visit to India, I myself, and on be-
clearly more demand for capital in the coming days.
made it the majority party. This is ident in my absence. I returned The national election was held like sharing of waters of the com- half of my countrymen, would like
The governments allocation of 10,000 crore to recap- for the irst time that Bangalees had home with the support of the after seven years in 2008. Winning mon rivers (the Teesta issue is cur- to convey the heartiest greetings to
italise public sector banks is obviously inadequate. got the mandate to rule Pakistan. people. the election, we formed the gov- rently under discussion) that need the people of India. I hope that the
Third, while banks have reduced lending rates, the RBI Although the population of East ernment. We started implementa- to be resolved. Im an optimistic cooperative relations between
has pointed out there is room for more cuts if rates on Bengal constituted the majority in In Bangabandhus foosteps tion of a Five Year Plan and 10-year- person. I would like to rest my trust Bangladesh and India would reach
small savings schemes are corrected. Though a for- Pakistan, the Bangalee nation was On my return, I started a move- long Poverty Reduction Strategy on the goodwill of the great people a new height through my visit.
mula-based rate was adopted to set these rates last subjected to oppression and sub- ment for the restoration of Plan. We have been working to and the leaders of our neighbour. I
jugation all the time, and deprived peoples basic rights and demo- turn Bangladesh into a middle-in- know resources are scarce, but we
April, small savings schemes still deliver 61-95 basis Sheikh Hasina is the Prime Minister of
of its rights. The nation was about cracy. We formed the government come country by 2021 and a de- can share those for the beneit of
points higher returns than what they should if the for- to lose its right to speak in the in 1996 after 21 years. I got the op- veloped one by 2041. The people of the people of both countries. We Bangladesh
mula is followed, as per the RBI. Most important, the
government must not ignore Mr. Patels categorical call
to eschew loan waivers of the kind just announced in Ut-
tar Pradesh. This, he warned, would crowd out private
investments and dent the nations balance sheet. Why a Federer is forever
Barbarism unlimited Experience has never shackled Roger Federer, explaining his success at the grand old age of 35
A man has been murdered by cow vigilantes. popularly called the daddy of the as much for the player himself. Per- derer still doesnt own Nadal the
The murderers must be brought to book tour, for he always travels with his haps the reason why he has been so way the Spaniard has owned
wife and four kids in tow, Federer successful for so long is that he can Federer.

he death of a man from injuries at the hands of
won a Grand Slam title at this years still not win certain things and yet Then again, the great perspective
cow protection vigilantes in Rajasthans Alwar Australian Open after a gap of consider the process itself as a he has will tell him that this phase
district rightly animated Parliament. The details nearly ive years. The 18th Major has triumph. will not last forever. The World No.1
of the violence inlicted by a mob on Saturday are now been backed up with the In- ranking may still come to him, but
N. Sudarshan dian Wells-Miami Masters double The Zen of detachment he has already made it clear that its
chilling and vividly caught on mobile phone video, and
demand an assurance from the government that justice a feat which he last accomplished at In late 2015, Federer was in fact not something he wants to grind
Father Time has left nobody un- his peak in 2006 and a return to asked how he has been able to man- himself towards.
will be done. It is unfortunate that as the opposition
touched. Not Sachin Tendulkar, not the top ive in the ATP rankings. age such a long career. A change is During Wimbledon 2016, while
raised the issue, the response from the treasury Following an injury-hit 2016, how you manage your experience, previewing Federers semi-inal
Leander Paes, not Viswanathan
benches was anything but satisfactory. In fact, coupled

Anand. The mind wants to con- those who still kept faith in Federer he said. Because experience can against Canadas Milos Raonic
with comments from spokespersons of the BJP and tinue, but the body doesnt follow. have no doubt tasted salvation now. be a very good thing, but sometimes which he eventually lost in ive sets
even the Rajasthan Home Minister, the message from When the body shows signs of But elite sport is much more than in the four and a half years prior to it can also be a hindrance. Youre Paul Annacone, the celebrated
the authorities indicates that an outrageous equival- pulling itself together, the mind is that. Fandom in sport is selish and that reveal this sporting dynamic not playing as freely, youre playing former coach of Pete Sampras and
all over the place. It magniies every rarely leaves space for the strug- in all its glory. the percentages too much. It be- one who coached Federer to the
ence is being sought to be made between the lynch
loss and hurtles one towards the in- gling team or athlete because The last time Federer had a simil- comes too calculated. I have to re- 2012 Wimbledon title and to the No.
mobs actions and the victims alleged simply al- people always want happy memor- mind myself to play like a junior 1 spot, told Sports Illustrated that he
ish. As the legendary John McEnroe arly gratifying run was in 2015,
leged actions. The facts are these. Pehlu Khan, the wrote in his memoir Serious, Its ies. There is an enormous difer- when he inished runner-up at sometimes. had never been around a player
deceased, and four others were on their way back to never possible to be prepared when ence between how an elite cham- Wimbledon, U.S. Open, ATP World Play like a junior is what Federer who did a better job of kind of de-
Haryana after buying cattle in Jaipur. A mob set itself the future takes over from the past. pion sees himself beyond a certain Tour Finals and won the Cincinnati has done this year. That he has taching from any wasted energy.
upon them in Behror on the Jaipur-Delhi National High- In the last three months, how- point and how his supporters see Masters. It, however, didnt elicit a bested his nemesis Rafael Nadal en The ringing endorsement of the
way. The violence was explained as an attempt to pre- ever, a certain Roger Federer has him. If anything, Federers achieve- response similar to the one we see route to each of his three titles lends same is 2017 thus far.
seemingly deied all such hypo- ments the successes of the last now primarily because things are a degree of immortality unseen in
vent the illegal transportation of cattle. Instead of
theses. At the grand old age of 35, three months, and dispiriting losses too result-oriented for fans but not recent times though to be fair, Fe-
condemning the violence and stating that nobody has
the right to attack individuals no matter what they may
and may not have been doing, all that has emanated
from ministers at the Centre and in Rajasthan is evasive
prevarication. State Home Minister Gulab Chand
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters emailed to must carry the full postal address and the full name or the name with initials.

Kataria said no one had the right to take the law into his Escalating tension There are existing without considering the fact market chain. The farm population projected to another example of the
own hands, but added it was all right that those illeg- China knows well that the provisions to help farmers that the beneiciaries will economy needs to be increase, with the indomitable spirit of Indias
ally moving cattle were nabbed. In the Rajya Sabha, Dalai Lama is a spiritual who are not able to repay have to share the burden of strengthened. We must continuing loss of huge defence services (CRPF
Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi implied that no incident leader who has visited loans for reasons that are the waiver money along empower farmers to claim swathes of farmland to oicer bounces back after 9
of such cow vigilantism had occurred. Arunachal Pradesh several beyond their control with the larger society in their remuneration instead industry and real estate, bullets, 16 days in coma,
times in the past. So why is (natural disasters or an one form or another. The of letting the middlemen and with the massive April 6). On-ield battles
Over the last three years, governments in diferent
it protesting now (Ties unexpected crash in market simple yet unacknowledged and cartels rob them of the displacement of farm seem easier compared to
States, most of them ruled by the BJP, have tightened ex- severely damaged, says prices). Relief could include fact is that money for the price of their eforts. Loan labour, could India slide life battles in intensive care
isting laws against cow slaughter. It is no accident that China, April 6)? China rescheduling of repayment waiver has to come from waivers are only back into the dark days units. And the brave oicer
the period has been attended by an aggressive vigilant- must learn to respect the instalments, converting somewhere. In the long momentary relief; hence, when it imported wheat has shown that he was
ism. From the killing of a man in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh sovereignty of India by accumulated interests into term, loan write-ofs will an eicient long-term under PL-480 from the U.S.? equally prepared for both.
in 2015 on suspicion that he had beef in his possession, strengthening ties instead of long-term loans to be paid come to bite all of us in one agricultural policy is to be There is widespread The team of doctors that
to the logging of a group of Dalit men who were skin- needlessly poking its nose in after a holiday period, way or another in the form framed to stop this vicious concern that the exchequer took care of Mr. Cheeta
Indias internal afairs and reduction in interest rates, of unforeseen costs. cycle of debt and distress has lost trillions of rupees in during this critical time also
ning a dead cow in Una in Gujarat last year, cow vigil-
issuing damaging and so on. Loan write-ofs V.N. Mukundarajan, across India. nearly a decade in deserves appreciation.
antes, in the guise of being gau rakshaks, have created statements which will only could be considered on a Thiruvananthapuram Salini Johnson, distributing tax largesse to However, the one thing that
an atmosphere of fear. It is disturbing that legislative ini- escalate tension in the case-by-case basis New Delhi industry, besides trillions in struck me was Mr. Cheetas
tiatives and mob violence have been moving in step. It is border areas, serving depending on the protected Farm loan waivers have non-performing assets with wife Uma Singhs wish to see
also true that while distancing organisations of the nobodys interest in the nature of the distress. An become sops that populist While larger plans to the public sector banks, her husband again in
Sangh Parivar from the incidents, individuals ailiated long run. across-the-board loan politicians misuse with no improve the farm sector are created largely by the rich uniform. This is the highest
to these organisations, including the BJP, have played K.R. Srinivasan, waiver does not make any regard for the welfare of welcome, the loan waiver and famous. Any farm loan level of ones devotion to
Secunderabad distinction between farmers farmers and the scheme of the BJP in Uttar waiver across the country duty. A cheetah is the fastest
down the instances of violence by focussing on how the
who have not been afected development of agriculture. Pradesh and the order of will be chicken feed in cat in the wild. The brave
alleged crimes had ofended believers. And in this con- Farm loan waiver in any way and those who Uttar Pradesh, which is the the Madras High Court comparison. oicer has shown that he
stant din of pledging support to the larger efort to pro- The United Progressive face agrarian distress owing largest contributor to directing the Tamil Nadu Kangayam R. Narasimhan, carries no less of that
tect the cow, there is little oicial deliberation on the ac- Alliance governments loan to various reasons. Indias agricultural output, government to extend a Chennai attitude when it comes to
tual implementation of anti-cow slaughter laws, let waiver scheme of 2008 However, it is unfair to deserves better in terms of similar farm loan waiver guarding his own nation.
alone a recognition of the incentives these laws create helped it retain power in blame the political class follow-up policies enabling scheme for small farmers Miraculous recovery Kiran Babasaheb Ransing,
2009 (In largesse we alone for resorting to iscal greater infrastructure cant be dismissed as an Central Reserve Police New Delhi
for the illegal movement of animals across jurisdic-
trust, April 6). Since then, adventurism to capture or investment, better ominous trend for a country Force oicer Chetan
tions. By failing to condemn lynch mobs for murder and
political parties have retain power. The voters technology, crop insurance that could face a Malthusian Cheetas miraculous
bring vigilantes to book, the government only dimin- dangled the carrot of farm seem to be easily enticed by systems, and plugging nightmare in the future. recovery after being struck more letters online:
ishes Indian democracy. loan waivers to woo voters. promises of loan waivers leakages in the ield-to- With the countrys by nine bullets is yet





Is there racism in India?

The Indian government must acknowledge there is discriminatory and ex- Is Punjabs drug most Indians. The impression is An extension of our visas which
cludes people. Indian problem because of us? that we hail from a backward con- should not take more than seven
deep-rooted prejudice kids smoke in public The State is reeling un- tinent, which is simply not true. days takes at least three months for
places. Yet when we der a drug crisis affect- Some African countries have better us. Police verification becomes an
In India, racism is prac- faced with a situation where we smoke, we are always ing many young men. In human development indicators excuse for extortion. Policemen
tised in some quarters cannot even communicate with our supposedly smoking Goa, the drug problem than India and have a robust demo- keep calling at odd hours. We are
and by some Indians. neighbours in case of an emer- marijuana or weed, is largely due to cracy. Indians went as indentured deeply disappointed and hurt that
Samuel Jack LEFT This is evident in the gency. How do we talk with each when there are many Europeans and Russi- labour to the African continent and the Government of India has not
manner in which we are other with so many stigmas at- Indians who smoke the ans who, along with elsewhere. If that is an acknow- condemned the attacks against us.
is president of the
treated when we seek extension for tached to us? How do we even be- same. How can Africans local leaders, peddle ledged fact, how do Indians recon- The government must say this is
Association of African
our visas, in the problems we face gin to counter the prejudices? playing loud music be an excuse to drugs, but will India discriminate cile with their racist attitude to- wrong and that it will deal with it in
Students in India
in getting accommodation in the beat them up and complain to the against them? They give some dona- wards us? If Indians went as an appropriate manner. The gov-
country, and in the general treat- Bias linked to caste system police when Indians do the same? I tions to NGOs and nobody dares indentured labour and Africans ernment has to acknowledge there
ment of viewing us with suspicion. To an outsider like myself, when I am not saying black people dont speak against them. were treated like slaves, isnt there a is a deep-rooted prejudice first. It is
The prejudice and stereotypes are begin to process this blatantly dis- smoke weed or dont do drugs but The Class XII student who passed common history of discrimination only after you acknowledge the
all too apparent. When we seek ac- criminatory attitude, I find that this isnt that true of others too? So, why away in Greater Noida recently un- that binds the two? problem that you can address it.
commodation, most landlords racism is linked to the prevalent single us out? Why do people here fortunately died of a drug overdose. But the Government of India ap-
come out with an emphatic no caste system which is very hierarch- become aggressive when they see He was an addict. You will be The wrong colour? pears to be in denial. Due to the
without offering any explanation. ical. Black people, Dalits and un- us on the streets? Students from the amazed to see what Indian school Right from when we land here, our hostility of some Indians, the num-
We are left with little choice and touchables somehow seem to be Northeast face the same problems children are smoking. Unfortu- colour becomes an excuse for Indi- ber of African students coming to
make do with what we get. We are linked to this caste system which is like us. nately, Africa becomes a binary for ans to display all their prejudices. study in India may come down.

What we are witnessing is the conlict of cultures which against Indians or Asian Indias history and was social status. Historically, India 72. Their representation kept swell-
nationals in the form of the psychology of its has welcomed people of different ing in successive Congress sessions.
is a law and order problem, not racism violent attacks in masses have remained races and creeds. The INC particip- Moreover, there has been con-
Canada, the U.S., Aus- unchanged for as long ated in the anti-apartheid confer- sensus for Anglo-Indian representa-
Some sporadic in- Chances of conflicts are higher tralia, New Zealand tell as one can remember. ence in 1927 in Brussels. tion in Parliament. The funda-
cidents cannot, and when empathy and reason dimin- us that all is not well During the anti-colonial mental rationale underpinning this
should not, lead one to ish. What we are witnessing is the with the melting pot of movement, leaders of We are one family has been one of cherishing diversit-
ies. However, in India there have
Rakesh Sinha
RIGHT brand any society as
racist. Of course, one
conflict of cultures which is a law
and order problem, not racism.
societies the freedom movement
wisely secularised the
It is this credo of Vasudhaiva Ku-
tumbakam (the whole universe is been clashes between Dalits and
teaches political cannot deny that there has been The notion of the struggle against colonial one family) which led Indians to upper castes and some violent in-
science at Delhi some violence against people of The case of Western societies Other is historically rooted in the forces. Indians had no problem embrace victims of religious or ra- cidents against students from the
University and is African origin in some parts of the Racism is a negative value of life Western civilisation trajectory when two westerners, George Yule cist persecutions. In 1931, as the Northeast. But drawing a parallel
president of the country. But a majority of these in- which is not a part of the Indian which erupts whenever societies (1888) and William Wedderburn Census data revealed, there were with racism would not be correct.
RSS-ailiated India cidents have not been motivated by psyche. That said, no society or na- face an economic or political crisis. (1889) became presidents of the In- 24,000 Jews and 109,754 Parsis in Racism is based on hatred which
Policy Foundation the colour of the nationalities in- tion can claim to have achieved a While the notion of egalitarianism dian National Congress (INC). Ac- India. They played a significant role makes conciliation between people
volved. The reasons are sex, drug completely ideal stage where its cit- rests easily with elites there, this ceptance is the norm in Indian soci- in our freedom movement and in of different groups virtually im-
trafficking and behaviorial patterns izens are on their best behaviour. feeling does not find resonance ety. There is an interesting economic activities that shaped In- possible. Spiritual democracy is the
which unsettle the structured val- Whether a society is racist or be- with the masses. There is a huge observation in the 1911 Census re- dia. In the first session of the INC, basis of our secularism and our
ues cherished by locals. A societys coming racist can be judged only by disconnect between academic dis- port that Indians had no problems there were nine Parsi delegates, multiculturalism negates perpetu-
multiculturalism depends on the the collective consciousness of lar- course on egalitarianism and social stating their religion. However, and two each from the Muslim and ation of conflicts. These have little
blending of empathy and reason. ger masses. Unprovoked incidents realities. what mattered to most surveyed Christian communities, of a total of to do with race.

Early education is an important ield for providing the Indian past that was ap- lie somewhere sub- our present because history is such example is hardly ever examined.
parently far more toler- merged among us, only everlasting comfort. We are willing to put up with the
basis for independent and critical thought ant of blackness. Histor- needing minor prod- uncivilised as long as they know
ians speak of an easy ding to emerge as joyful Strategies for the present their place. We might also consider
The remarkable 1952 who I come in contact. intermingling between guiding light of the What of the present, then? We another strategy for the present.
novel Invisible Man by What is the peculiarity of the In- Indians and people of present. Indians love could begin with school education. Our cities are now places where we
Ralph Ellison is about dian eye that makes blackness such African origin, with In- history because it al- This crucial realm is one where increasingly have declining toler-
CENTRE the experience of be-
ing black in the U.S. Its
an invisible that is, insignificant
thing as to take an axe to it when it
dian noblewomen tak-
ing African men as lov-
lows an exit route to not
having to deal with the
ideas of the false basis of race and
racism are almost never touched
ance for strangers. We primarily ex-
tend courtesies to those we know,
Sanjay Srivastava
is professor of opening paragraph has the follow- seeks normal, human visibility, ex- ers, and slaves being present. upon. While it is more difficult to and exhibit hostility to those out-
sociology at the ing lines: I am a man of substance, pressing the same desires and anxi- raised to the status of rulers. To the extent that 20th century influence attitudes in the domestic side our circles of familiarity. Do we
Institute of Economic of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids eties as those who think of them- But to invoke history is to only racism has been addressed in the sphere, early education is an im- not need an education on how to
Growth and I might even be said to pos- selves if not as completely white add to the problem of Ellisons prot- West, it is not through constant ref- portant field for providing the basis live with strangers? Accounts of the
sess a mind. I am invisible, under- then at least something like pos- agonists invisibility in the Indian erences to the Black Madonna in for independent and critical past fascinating and important in
stand, simply because people re- sessing whiteness? present. History is easy. It is the Christian iconography and thought. But our social science themselves are about the past.
fuse to see me. present that is messy. A certain Shakespeares Othello in literature. school books continue to deal with The past is, actually, another planet
The novels protagonist goes on Confront the messy present kind of, albeit well-meaning, his- No. It has been done through ad- tribes a category that flows on to and cannot be a guide to what is to
to say that the invisibility to which We could, for a start, begin with his- tory has convinced us that we were, dressing the root causes and reas- blackness in general in terms of be done now.
I refer occurs because of a peculiar tory. There are, by now, a number in fact, good and tolerant in the ons for intolerance in the present. their proximity to civilisation. The
disposition of the eyes of those with of books and exhibitions about an past and hence that goodness must We in India refuse to deal with term itself its bloody history, for As told to Anuradha Raman



Raging against insanity Punjab Ministry refuses to quit
Will a UN treaty to ban atomic weapons The Punjab Vidhan Sabha adjourned sine die to-day [April 6,
be another exercise in futility? Chandigarh] on a motion by the Chief Minister, Mr. Gurnam
Singh, after unprecedented disorderly scenes and pande-
monium. The Upper House, the Vidhan Parishad, was also
adjourned in similar circumstances. There were deafening
shouts and counter-shouts, loud thumping of desks, gesticula-
A majority of nations, nuclear have-
tions by members. The Speaker first adjourned for half an
nots, now negotiating a historic
hour and after reassembly, amidst shouts of No, no from
United Nations treaty in New York to

the Opposition, the Speaker declared the motion to adjourn

ban atomic weapons, are demon-
the Assembly carried.
strating unprecedented moral lead-
ership on a question that continues
to threaten human survival. Predict-

ably, the nine countries that cur- A HUNDRED YEARS AGO APRIL 7, 1917
rently possess these catastrophic arms, as well as others that
are part of the military blocs that some of them lead, are boy- Russian Revolution: Funeral of victims
cotting the talks that commenced last week. Even so, the latter
group can do little to prevent an agreement whose modest aim The national funeral of one hundred and eighty victims of the
is the codiication of the essential illegality of this last remain- revolution has taken place in the presence of a million civil-
ing category of weapons of mass destruction, even if their ians and soldiers (Petrograd, April 6). Factories, shops,
complete elimination is likely to prove more elusive. CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC
were buried at the four corners of quadrangular space in the
Focus on humanitarian consequences
CONCEPTUAL ACT ONE centre of the snow covered Marsovoepale square. Six huge
A major game changer in the decades-long global debate on Discourse processions started from different parts of the town in the
nuclear disarmament appears to be the greater emphasis be-
ing placed on the humanitarian consequences of the testing
analysis Suicide isnt a criminal act morning carrying zinc coffins covered with red flags. The
crowds sang the hymn Eternal memory alternating with the
revolutionary march You fell as victims and the bands
and detonation of nuclear weapons. This new focus has rightly
shifted attention away from the conventional narrative of pro-
The Supreme Courts views on suicide over the years played the Marseillaise. The guns of the fortress of St Peter
tection of national sovereignty and security, one that legitim- Often defined as the ana- Krishnadas Rajagopal stead of punishing him/ to suicide require psychi- and St Paul marked the lowering of every coffin into the
ised an arms race among nuclear weapons states, inducing po- lysis of language beyond her under Section 309 of atric care. trench.
tential aspirants to nurture superpower ambitions. the sentence, it is the Twenty-three years ago, the Indian Penal Code (at- The Law Commission
Current endeavours towards a comprehensive pact are a study of the ways in which Justice B.L. Hansaria of tempt to suicide) with an of India called Section 309
result of many building blocks towards total abolition, begin- language is used in texts the Supreme Court de- open trial, a fine (even monstrous. Criminalisa- CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC
ning with the 1996 advisory opinion of the International Court and contexts. This con- scribed the plight of a rape though in most cases a tion of suicide was not in
of Justice which ruled that the use of nuclear weapons had to trasts with types of ana- victim forced to stand trial token amount) or impris- tune with the global DATA POINT
be compatible with humanitarian law. Yet, in a split verdict, lysis more typical of mod- for the crime of attempt onment extending to a wavelength, the Supreme
the judges ruled that it could not pronounce deinitively on the ern linguistics, such as to suicide. In his judgment year, the new Bill rein- Court once said.
legality or otherwise of their use in circumstances of extreme those concerned with the in P. Rathinam v. Union of vents the state in the role Unlike the Supreme
self-defence. The landmark outcome was seized upon by study of grammar: phonet- India (1994), the judge de- of a caregiver to the sur- Courts Constitution
many governments and activist groups to lobby the UN with in- ics and phonology, mor- scribed the trial in one vivor of the suicide at- Bench which concluded in
numerable draft conventions and resolutions in the General phology, semantics, and word: persecution. tempt. The goal is to pre- the Gian Kaur case that
Assembly calling for complete prohibition. Notable have been syntax. Discourse analysts In a passionate appeal, vent the person from the right to life does not
the three conferences on the humanitarian impact of nuclear study larger chunks of lan- Justice Hansaria asked: trying the act again. include the right to die, in-
weapons the last one in Vienna drew participation from over guage as they flow to- Why persecute the One clause in the new ternational case laws toler-
150 nations and the UN. Ever since, the idea that targeting pop- gether. Foucauldian dis- already tormented wo- Bill says the government ate even euthanasia. In
ulated areas with nuclear weapons would constitute a viola- course analysis, based on man? Have we become shall, in particular, plan, McKay v. Bergstedt (1990),
tion of humanitarian law has gained traction. the theories of Michel Fou- soulless? What is required design and implement the Supreme Court of
Further, several resolutions of the UN General Assembly cault, for example, fo- is to reach the soul to stir public health programmes Nevada took the view that
have airmed that the use of nuclear weapons constitutes a cusses on power relation- it to make it cease to be to reduce suicides and at- the desire of a patient for
crime against humanity. ships in society as cruel. Let us humanise tempted suicides. withdrawal of his respir-
Another rationale underpinning current eforts is also the expressed through lan- our laws. It is never late to In 1985, Justice R.A. Ja- ator did not tantamount to
need to address the prevailing anomaly on the road to the pro- guage and practices. do so. hagirdar of the Bombay suicide but was rather an
hibition of all types of weapons of mass destruction. That task It has taken Parliament High Court gave four reas- exercise of his constitu-
began with the ban on biological arms in 1975. Chemical over two decades since to ons why Section 309 was tional and common law
weapons, anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions pass the new Mental unconstitutional: Nobody right to discontinue un-
have been outlawed in more recent years. CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC Healthcare Bill. agrees on what constitutes wanted medical
The next round of the UN talks, scheduled in late June, will MORE ON The Lok Sabha, late last suicide, much less attemp- treatment.
grapple with practical issues of deining the scope and reach of
the treaty, as well as the number of ratiications required for its
entry into force. What is certain however is that once the pact
THE WEB 3 month, passed the Bill
which decriminalises a
failed suicide. The Bill pre-
ted suicide; mens rea is
not clearly discernible;
temporary insanity, which
However, the new Bill
does not define suicide.
Differences among suicide
becomes law, the growing stigma attached to nuclear Inside Lucknow Metros sumes that the person wil- drives suicide, is a valid researchers as to what
weapons, as well as to states that lex their military muscle, will tunnels ted under severe stress defence even in hom- constitutes suicide re-
only further deepen. and attempted suicide. In- icides; individuals driven main.




SC proposes joint trial

RS also clears 4 GST Bills Use restraint in
It is the only tax levied by both the Centre and the States, said Finance Minister using Article 142
in Babri cases Special Correspondent ded. But the plenary power Lawyer tells SC to invoke it judiciously
Appearing for CBI, Addi- Sibal arguing for a peti- will remain with Parliament.
tional Solicitor General tioner, Haji Mehboob The Rajya Sabha on We can of course ask the Krishnadas Rajagopal the two Babri Masjid de-
Neeraj Kishan Kaul submit- Ahmad, said a joint trial Thursday passed four Bills Council to reconsider its sug- NEW DELHI molition cases pending for
ted that the charge of an would require only the essential for the rollout of gestion. The highway liquor ban im- the past 25 years.
overarching conspiracy granting of the right to an the Goods and Services Tax, The Finance Minister, posed by the Supreme Article 142 empowers the
leading to the demolition accused to recall and cross- the deadline for which is July however, pointed out the im- Court was raised by BJP vet- SC to pass any decree or or-
had never died. examine witnesses. 1. The Lok Sabha had passed portance of consensus when eran L.K. Advanis lawyer der necessary for doing
In February 2001, the Al- It does not require fram- these Bills on March 29. it comes to the suggestions and senior advocate K.K. complete justice in any
lahabad HC had itself con- ing of charges all over again, One more piece of legisla- of the GST Council. We all Venugopal on Thursday as matter pending before it.
firmed there was prima facie he added. tion, the State GST Bill, will have to be guided by the fed- an instance of the Supreme
evidence of conspiracy. Objecting to the courts have to be passed by the le- eral concern, the Minister Court flexing its extraordin- No unlimited power
This order was never ap- proposal to transfer the Rae- gislative assemblies of States said. Unilateral parties can- ary constitutional powers to Excuse me for putting it
pealed against. bareli case to Lucknow, and Union Territories with not derail the process. do more harm than the bluntly, but Article 142 is not
Asked by the Bench senior advocate K.K. legislature. The passage of Last month, while speak- good it intended. a source of unlimited power
about the practical diffi- Venugopal, appearing for the Central GST Bill, Integ- ing in the Lok Sabha, Mr. Jait- Your Lordships use of for you to go far ahead.
culties of a joint trial in Luc- Mr. Advani and Dr. Joshi, rated GST Bill, GST Com- ley had said that the con- Article 142 should be in ac- There should be self-re-
know, Mr. Kaul said the trial said the Supreme Court can- pensation Bill, and the Union sequences of not acting on cordance with law and due straint, Mr. Venugopal
may have to start de novo not use its powers under Territory GST Bills followed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New the GST Councils recom- process of law as guaran- submitted.
[afresh]. Article 142 to disrupt an on- a two-day debate in the Ra- Delhi on Thursday. PTI/TV GRAB
mendations would render teed in Article 21. Your re- The senior lawyer had ob-
But senior advocate Kapil going trial in Raebareli. jya Sabha. the implementation of GST cent order on the highway jected that a joint trial now
tax rates. States. The fact of the matter very difficult if not im- liquor ban has rendered would disrupt existing trial
Several objections The GST is the collective is that with the advantages of possible. The Finance Minis- lakhsjobless, he submitted. in the two cases and the

Gaikwad regrets Opposition leaders raised

several objections to the
Bills, many of which were
property of the country in
which States, political
parties and successive gov-
GST and the resultant free-
flow of goods and services
across the country, a lot of
ter, during his speech in the
Upper House on Thursday,
also explained the need for
Mr. Venugopal was react-
ing strongly against a pro-
posal by a Bench of Justices
rights of the accused. He
submitted how the liquor
ban, ostensibly meant to

Air India incident similar to those raised in the

Lok Sabha. These included
disempowerment of Parlia-
ernments have taken part,
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
said in his statement.
conveniences will come in.
The GST Council will have
the power to make sugges-
multiple rates in the GST
structure since luxury items
and items of public good and
P.C. Ghose and Rohinton
Nariman to employ its ex-
traordinary powers under
protect the right to good
health, has boomeranged to
deprive lakhs of employees
I am vinamr [humble and ing him to leave the House. ment in setting tax rates and It is the only tax levied by tions regarding the rate un- necessities cannot be taxed Article 142 of the Constitu- in the trade of their funda-
courteous] by nature, said Speaker Sumitra Mahajan the reason behind several both the Centre and the der the GST, Mr. Jaitley ad- under the same rate. tion to order a joint trial of mental right to earn a living.
Mr. Gaikwad. An official, adjourned the House and
when he asked for his iden- called all the parties con-

Violence by cow vigilantes U.P. meat traders call

tity, had told him that he cerned to her chambers.
was Air India ka baap [Air The Sena then held a
Indias father] and taunted press conference and
him, asking Are you Naren- threatened to boycott an
for nation-wide protest
dra Modi? Mr. Gaikwad
claimed he only pushed an
official, and that too after he
himself was pushed around.
NDA meeting on Monday.
Party leader Sanjay Raut
wondered if the CMD of Air
India was qualified to ban
triggers widespread outrage Seek alternatives till they get licences
Minister for Aviation,
Ashok Gajapati Raju, said
an MP from flying.
By evening the Sena MPs
Three arrested remanded in one-day police custody; not named in initial FIR Omar Rashid
there was now a case per-
taining to the issue, which
realised that they had man-
aged to offend their NDA
Special Correspondent
JAIPUR This is Modis new vision 3 detained LUCKNOW
Agitating meat traders of
would take its own course. partner TDP, with whom Uttar Pradesh on Thursday
He reminded the MP that he they had had fairly cordial Amid outrage over the Press Trust of India
ment abdicates re-
in Assam hardened their tone and
was also just a passenger. ties thus far. After a second killing of a man allegedly NEW DELHI threatened to call a coun-
An aircraft is a machine to meeting between Ms. Ma- by gau rakshaks in the Al- Two persons, including a trywide shut down of the
Congress leader He said the Prime
fly people. Safety is import- hajan and Mr. Raju late in war district, civil rights minor, were apprehended meat business and all
Rahul Gandhi on Minister was propagat-
ant. Safety cannot be the evening, the Sena des- groups here have deman- and booked under the As- trades associated with it if
Thursday attacked ing a vision where only
compromised. patched its letter of regret to ded action against police- sam Cattle Preservation the State government did Livelihood in peril: A family
Prime Minister Nar- one idea would prevail.
This comment did not go the TDPs parliamentary of- men. The opposition Con- Act, 1950 in Jorhat for buy- not provide them with an engaged in meat trade rests
endra Modi and the ...anybody who
down well with the Shiv fice and its legislative party gress raised an alarm over ing beef, the police said. alternative set-up until the behind a shop that was shut
RSS for the Alwar attack, does not listen to or agree
Sena MPs. They quickly sur- leader, Minister of State for threat to the rule of law, Citing the presence of a modernisation of recently. REUTERS

saying there is no place in with Narendra Modi or RSS

rounded Mr. Raju, not allow- S&T Y.S. Chowdhary. while accusing the BJP temple nearby, local resid- slaughter houses was
the country for those dis- has no place in India. Thats
government of supporting ents filed a complaint complete. State so far. To chalk out their
agreeing with them and that the vision, Mr. Gandhi told
and sponsoring violence. when the labourers of This came after the Alla- strategy against the unwar-
tragedies of huge propor- reporters outside
Alwar killing sparks The three persons ar-
rested on Wednesday
night in connection with the
tion occur when govern- Parliament.
Bangladeshi origin bought
beef. PTI
habad High Court told the
Yogi Adityanath-led BJP
government that it cannot
ranted government interven-
tion, the All India Jamiatul
Quresh (AIJQ), a social body

war of words death of Pehlu Khan, 55,

were not among the six ac-
cused named in the initial
which remanded them in
police custody for a day.
They have been booked un-
Abbas Naqvis remarks in
the Rajya Sabha that no
such incident took place. Surcharge to
impose a prohibition on
meat under the garb of
cracking down on illegal
representing the Qureshis, a
Muslim community tradition-
ally involved in the meat
Expressing concern over the people stopping cow smug- FIR registered at the Behror der Section 302 (murder) He asked how the govern- slaughterhouses. Terming trade, convened a special
incident, Congress leader gling, they should not take police station. The police ar- and other provisions for un- ment could lie so blatantly save cow choice of food as part of meeting here. Apart from al-
Mallikarjun Kharge said five law into their own hands. rested Vipin Yadav, presid- lawful assembly, voluntarily and that too in Parlia- right to life, the court gave ternatives, they have also
dairy farmers had bought Amid interruptions by ent of the Alwar Govern- causing hurt, attempt to ment. Those readying rent agree- the State 10 days to ensure asked the government to dir-
the cows for 75,000 and some BJP members, Mr. ment College Students commit culpable homicide Senior Congress leader ments, mortgage papers that its crackdown on unli- ect the concerned authorities
were ferrying them when Kharge said this was the Union, Ravindra Yadav and and theft under the Indian Ashok Gehlot asked the and lease agreement in Ra- censed abattoirs did not to provide meat shops with
their vehicle was intercep- fifth such incident in Ra- Kalu Ram Yadav, after identi- Penal Code. State government to re- jasthan will now pay a sur- deprive people of their new licences and renewal of
ted by vigilantes in Alwar. jasthan, while three were re- fying them from the video strain such groups operat- charge of 10% on stamp livelihood or food. those pending for years. If the
He said they were attacked ported in Uttar Pradesh and footage of Saturdays viol- Blatant lie: Sachin Pilot ing in a brazen manner. duty for cow protection. U.P. government does not
by 200 people, but only two each in Gujarat and ence, which was circulated Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Seeking compensation The surcharge has been im- Slaughter houses shut meet their legitimate de-
four of these had been ar- Haryana. He also named on social media. president Sachin Pilot ex- for the victims, the PUCL posed on all non-judicial The government has said it mands, the Qureshis have
rested so far. two Hindu organisations, to The three were produced pressed outrage over Union demanded the immediate instruments, a finance de- has shut down 26 illegal threatened to stage a protest
Mr. Kharge quoted the which Parliamentary Affairs in a court on Thursday, Minister of State Mukhtar arrest of the culprits. partment order said. PTI slaughter houses in the in Lucknow on April 20.
State Home Minister as say- Minister Ananth Kumar
ing that the villagers had got raised objection.

Era of honesty has begun: Modi BJP plans to repeat

information that cows were Speaker Sumitra Mahajan
being smuggled and while had by then ordered that
there was nothing wrong in the names be expunged.

Governments ight against corruption and black money will continue

U.P. formula in Bihar
TRAI asks Reliance Amarnath Tewary has started in India...a good Shah to hit the road to Champaran
Jio to withdraw ofer Patna
Prime Minister Narendra
life can be led even without
looting the poor. Nistula Hebbar vival plan for the partys for-
Modi on Thursday stressed New Delhi tunes.
Subscribers who bought the not in violation of the regu- that his governments fight Solar revolution On the BJPs 37th founda- Taking a cue from its suc-
99 Prime membership with latory guidelines. against corruption and black He also appealed to the tion day on Thursday, party cess in Uttar Pradesh, the
a plan of 303 or higher are The arrival of Reliance Jio money would continue. people to protect the environ- president Amit Shah, in a BJP in Bihar has decided to
entitled to get free services was followed by a consolida- Addressing a function ment. We should also be- meeting of its parliamentary throw in its lot with the
for three months from April tion in the industry, even as while laying the foundation come sensitive towards en- group, exhorted his col- backward-forward caste
15. it spurred a fall in profits for stone for a number of pro- ergy consumption, he said, leagues to take the party to combination that worked
Customers who have sub- rivals. jects, including a six-km long while making a reference to every corner of the country, for it in UP.
scribed to the offer prior to In March, Idea Cellular bridge over the Ganga at the use of solar energy for where it has no presence or
its discontinuation will re- merged with the Indian unit Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Mr. lamps and pumps for irriga- has lost ground. New look
main eligible for the of Vodafone Plc, making the Modi focussed on develop- tion. In this century no cit- Perhaps this is the reason While the State unit presid-
concession. entity a $23 billion giant and ment, skill development and izen of India should live in why, after the loss suffered ent, declared last year, is
Jio, through its free offers Indias largest mobile tele- use of solar energy. Only darkness I congratulate the by the BJP in the 2015 As- young MP Nityanand Rai,
since September 5, 2016, phony and data service pro- these could bring change in Reaching out: Narendra Modi distributing smartphones to Jharkhand Government for sembly polls in Bihar, Mr. belonging to the Yadav com-
has notched up more than vider. the lives of people, he felt. women entrepreneurs in Sahibganj, Jharkhand, on Thursday. harnessing solar energy, he Shah is looking for a second munity, his team, with a
100 million subscribers, of In February, Bharti Airtel Corruption and black Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das is also seen. PTI * said, while adding that solar wind in the State. total of 30 members is dom-
which 72 million were will- bought the assets of Telenor money has destroyed the pumps could be a big revolu- Mr. Shah will be travelling inated by backward classes,
ing to pay for Jio services as ASAs India unit while in country but our fight against poor will have to return to Ganga to connect Bihar and tion to better farmers condi- by road from Patna to Mahadalits and Extremely
of March 31, opting for September last year the Anil them will continuejinhone the poor), the Prime Min- Jharkhand. tion in the country.. Champaran on April 19, to Backward Class leaders.
Prime membership. Ambani-led Reliance Com- garibon ko loota hai, unhe isater said. Beginning his speech in He also distributed smart mark the centenary of the Out of 30 office-bearers, 16
Existing operators had munications decided to garibon ko lautana hi padega The proposed bridge will the local Santhali language, phones to women self-help struggle waged by Mahatma are from backward com-
earlier criticised the regu- merge with Aircel. Bharti (those who have looted the be the biggest one across the he said: The era of honesty groups. Gandhi on behalf of indigent munities, and 14 from for-
lator for being a mute spec- Airtels profits for the indigo farmers in that area, ward castes, said a senior
tator to the alleged viola- quarter ended December an iconic event in Indias office-bearer of the party.
tions. On January 31, TRAI 2016 fell to 422 crore from

Dry Gujarat in a ix over SC order

freedom struggle. More significantly for
had held that Jios free voice 1,709 crore in December While party sources said making a total break from
calling and data plan were 2015. the programme had been the past, the average age of
decided sometime last year the team is below 50 years.
Since liquor sale is already regulated, drunk driving not a worry, say hoteliers
RBI chief hits out at Mahesh Langa the Supreme Court to seek
itself, Mr. Shahs trip comes
at the back of a new set of
office-bearers being appoin-
That means that most of
those in decision-making
positions in the last 20 years

farm loan waiver Ahmedabad

The Supreme Courts ruling to
close all liquor shops within a
relief on the ground that
the sale and consumption
of liquor is already a highly
ted in the State unit of the
party a caste and age com-
bination that hints at a re-
are no longer in that posi-
tion. Its a new-look party,
said the source.
It also entails, at the end of newly formed BJP govern- range of 500m from national regulated business in the
the day, transfer from tax ment in Uttar Pradesh an- and State highways has cre- State.
payers to borrowers, Mr. nouncing farm loan waivers ated a peculiar situation for
Patel pointed out. If on ac- in line with its poll promise. dry Gujarat, where sale and Different scenario
count of this, the overall Uttar Pradesh ranks third consumption of liquor is Gujarat is not like the rest
government borrowing goes in terms of agricultural prohibited. of India. Here, only a few
up, yields on government credit exposure. The State Except those holding per- people with permits can
bonds are also impacted. It has a 9.3% market share in mits issued by the state health consume liquor, said a
can also lead to crowding agricultural credit. About department, no one can con- prominent hotelier. We
out of private borrowers as 45% of its total exposure is sume liquor in the State. How- No entry: A hotel on the State Highway in Ahmedabad, have met some State gov-
higher government borrow- in the rural areas. Bank of ever, there are more than 50 which was afected by the liquor ban. VIJAY SONEJI * ernment officials and they
ing can lead to an increase Baroda is the leading bank licensed liquor shops, mostly seem convinced by our
in cost of borrowing for oth- at the State level. in resorts and luxury hotels. ing, 16 resorts and hotels have tional highways. plea, he added. Since
ers. The RBI Governors ob- Bankers, too, have op- These cater to permit holders been issued closure notices by However, the licensed li- even permit holders are not
servations assume consider- posed the move as they felt and to tourists who get tem- the State prohibition depart- quor shop operators and allowed to drink in public
able significance coming as that such schemes distort porary permits. ment, as they fall within the the State authorities are places, the issue of drunken
they did in the wake of the the credit culture. After the apex courts rul- 500m range of state or na- considering approaching driving does not arise.



IN BRIEF Kirti Chakra

for Gorkha Teesta hangs ire as Hasina arrives Saudi expels
martyr West Bengal not fully on board on water sharing, but Delhi and Dhaka to press ahead with ties for IS activity
Special Correspondent Kallol Bhattacherjee Joint Secretary in charge of be dominated by the bilat- The official also said that Special Correspondent
New Delhi Suhasini Haidar Bangladesh in the External eral defence pacts, which Indias support for the Rup- New Delhi
Kirti Chakra, the second Affairs Ministry. will address Bangladeshs pur nuclear power project of Following a request by In-
Discussions to reboot highest peacetime gal- The West Bengal govern- needs. Bangladesh and joint efforts dia, Saudi Arabia deported
Indo-Myanmar ties held lantry award, was ment is not yet fully on Talks with Mamata to counter radicalism in a Rajasthan resident for al-
IMPHAL posthumously conferred board on sharing of Teesta The official said Prime Minis- Twin MoUs Bangladesh would be other legedly propagating the
Indias Ambassador to on Lance Havildar Prem waters with Bangladesh, a ter Hasina was likely to hold We do intend to sign two key areas during the bilateral ideologies of the Islamic
Myanmar Vikram Mistry and Bahadur Resmi Magar of senior official said on talks with West Bengal Chief MoUs during the coming talks that would be held on State (IS) terrorist outfit.
Manipur CM N. Biren Singh Gorkha Rifles by President Thursday. Minister Mamata Banerjee visit. One is a framework Saturday. In a statement, the Na-
met on Thursday to discuss Pranab Mukherjee at the Officials said India re- during a special reception to MoU on defence engagement Extent of cooperation tional Investigation Agency
ways to revamp trade ties defence investiture cere- mained committed to dia- be hosted by President that provides a structure for [on anti-IS agenda] is going (NIA) said Amzad Khan,
between India and Myanmar mony in the Capital on logue on Teesta with Pranab Mukherjee at which cooperation. It is a typical ahead very well. But we who operated online with a
here. Besides, the alleged Thursday. Bangladesh, but indicated the Chief Ministers of other MoU for a period of five hope to sign a cybersecurity number of aliases, was ar-
dismantling of a saw mill in The late Lance Havildar that the high point of the States bordering Bangladesh years subject to renewal in agreement during the visit, rested after his deportation
Haolenphai village near the eliminated four terrorists visit of Prime Minister have also been invited. automatic mode, that will she said. on April 4.
Indo-Myanmar border and during an operation in Sheikh Hasina from April 7 to The outcome of the meet- Sheikh Hasina provide a way for bilateral India will also conclude a Mr. Khan (37) had
carting away of the Jammu and Kashmir on 10 is likely to be defence and ing between Ms. Banerjee ties to go forward on R&D, framework agreement on emerged as a major sus-
machineries to Myanmar also June 16 last year. security agreements. and Ms. Hasina, however, re- endra Modi] during his visit defence supplies, Ms. Ran- civil nuclear cooperation pect in the case against un-
figured in the talks. There is still some degree mains unclear. to Dhaka last year con- ganathan said. with Bangladesh. known and unidentified
13 Shaurya Chakras of doubt that has been ex- I will sidestep this ques- veyed that India is a federal A second agreement for persons involved in Islamic
NDA govt. does not want Mr. Mukherjee also presen- pressed by the State govern- tion for now, said Ms. Ran- structure and we need to $500 million will also be con- Line of credit States-related activities in
Lokpal, says Congress ted 13 Shaurya Chakras, of ment on what will be the im- ganathan when asked to have the full and unstinted cluded to assist Bangladesh The visit is also likely to wit- countries that are at peace
NEW DELHI which four were posthum- plications of such an accord spell out if the deal could be support of the State govern- to source some of its milit- ness an agreement on a line with India.
The Congress on Thursday ous, and 45 Distinguished on the people of West achieved during the visit, ex- ment [while concluding the ary-grade equipment from of credit with Bangladesh The NIA had filed a
accused the BJP-led NDA Service medals. Bengal, and until that is re- plaining that India would not treaty], and that is the por- India. that officials said would be charge sheet and a supple-
government of not wanting These include 15 Param solved, this [negotiation on dilute its commitment to fi- tion that is the work in pro- A special memorandum of substantial. mentary charge sheet last
the Lokpal in place as it did Vishisht Seva Medals, two the agreement] remains a nalising the interim agree- gress, she said. understanding on training of The Hindu had earlier re- year in the case but the
not want any accountability, Uttam Yudh Seva Medals challenge that we have not ment signed on sharing of The visit, which is expec- Bangladesh military person- ported that the line of credit probe is still on. The
saying was engaging in and 28 Ati Vishisht Seva yet reached a closure on, the river water. ted to see 20 government- nel is also included on the would be to the tune of $ 5 agency said he was work-
doublespeak on the issue. Medals. said Sripriya Ranganathan, The Prime Minister [Nar- level agreements, is likely to agenda. billion. ing in Riyadh since 2014.
Congress spokesperson
Abhishek Singhvi said the

Free trade pact of India, Russia seal deal 4 NGOs get Googles
present government was not
appointing the Lokpal on the
basis of frivolous, flimsy and

Turnbulls agenda $8.4 million grant

trivialised excuses even

on Kudankulam Unit 1
while the Act was in place
since 2014. PTI

India, Nepal agree to

talks on bilateral pacts Australian PM arriving on Sunday To back tech-based learning solutions
KATHMANDU New Delhi formally takes over its full operational control
India and Nepal on Thursday Suhasini Haidar they expected a shipment of Press Trust of India
agreed on further studies and New Delhi the nuclear fuel from Aus- Special Correspondent New Delhi
discussions on updating and India and Australia will not tralia to arrive on Indian NEW DELHI To bridge the quality educa-
reviewing some of the sign the Comprehensive shores later this year. India has taken over full op- tion gap and provide stu-
bilateral agreements, Economic Cooperation The two sides will sign erational control of Unit 1 of dents with tech-based learn-
including the crucial Peace Agreement during the visit some agreements in the the Kudankulam Nuclear ing solutions, on
and Friendship Treaty signed of Prime Minister Malcolm field of security and energy Power Plant (KKNPP). Thursday announced a
in 1950. This was decided at Turnbull that begins on cooperation. On Wednesday, India grant of $8.4 million to four
the third meeting of the Sunday, officials on both signed a joint statement with Indian NGOs working to im-
India-Nepal Eminent Persons sides confirmed on Ties expanded Russia on the final takeover prove education in the community ChalkLit,
Group, which concluded here Thursday. They, however, Our relationship has ex- of the unit, formally marking country. provides teachers with les-
on Thursday. The two sides said the negotiations on the panded dramatically since the full transition. Pratham Books Story- sons plans, learning mod-
held talks on the treaty and free trade pact would we established a strategic The agreement was Weaver, Pratham Education ules and videos.
on bilateral issues, former continue. partnership in 2009, fol- signed between representat- Foundation, Million Sparks While Pratham Educa-
Nepalese ambassador to India During his four-day visit, lowed by two-way Prime ives of Nuclear Power Cor- Critical push: A view of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Foundation and Learning tions hybrid learning pro-
Bhesh Thapa said. PTI Mr. Turnbull is expected to Ministerial visits in 2014. We poration of India Ltd. and in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. PTI * Equality will receive the gram provides students with
focus on trade, investment are taking forward an active the ASE Group of Compan- grants over the next two self-driven tablet-based
Two IPS officers and education opportunit- and ambitious agenda, Aus- ies, a subsidiary of ROS- ASE Group of Companies, delayed to ensure the reliab- years to expand the work solutions, Pratham Books
compulsorily retired ies. tralian High Commissioner ATOM State Atomic Energy which is a general con- ility of the plant and equip- they have been doing. StoryWeaver is an open-
NEW DELHI He is likely to reaffirm his Harinder Sidhu said in a Corporation of Russia. tractor, has fulfilled all its ment as this is the first of a source online platform,
The Home Ministry has governments support to the press release announcing With the deal, the Russian tasks in full and accurately, series of six reactors. Bridging the gap which allows teachers and
compulsorily retired two IPS decision taken by the previ- the Turnbull visit. and the Indian sides have said Andrei Lebedev, vice- We believe technology can parents to create and trans-
officers following ous Australian government However, the CECA, confirmed fulfilment of all president of ASE for projects Technical issues help bridge the gap. It can late stories in over 67 lan-
unauthorised leave from on civil nuclear cooperation which they have pursued warranty terms and obliga- in South Asia. Unit 1 had encountered tech- get more books to students, guages.
service, a senior government and selling uranium to In- since 2011 and completed tions of the contractor (ASE The commercial opera- nical issues and was shut more lesson plans to teach- In association with local
official said on Thursday. dia. nine rounds on up till Group of Companies) for the tion and the warranty down briefly after it com- ers, and classrooms to kids partner Motivation for Ex-
Abhishek Kumar Singh, an IPS Mr. Turnbull and Prime September 2015, is firmly off construction of Unit 1, Ros- period of Unit 1 started in menced power generation. who cant get there them- cellence, Learning Equality
probationer of Gujarat cadre, Minister Narendra Modi the list. Officials refused to atom said in a statement on December 2014. The war- On March 30, 2017, the selves, Nick Cain, Pro- aims to help educators ac-
has been absent from formalised the decision dur- comment on when it was Thursday. ranty is typically for one joint protocol on provisional gramme Manager at Google- cess, organise and custom-
Junagadh, his last posting, ing their meeting on the likely to be done, saying The warranty period run year, which ended in acceptance of Unit 2 of the .org, said. ise digital content even in
since 2014. The other officer, sidelines of the G-20 summit only that talks remained showed reliable and safe op- December 2015. plant was signed, which The Million Sparks the most remote locations
Rajan Singh, is a 1996 batch in Turkey in 2015. complex at the moment. eration of Unit 1. Thus, the However, the final marked the start of its com- Foundations, with its digital through their platform
Kerala cadre officer. Diplomatic sources said (With inputs from Arun S.) Indian side confirms that takeover agreement was mercial operation. content platform and social Kolibri.

Navy warns shipyard of penalties

Reliance-controlled Pipavav unit, however, is conident of delivering on time
Josy Joseph two NPOVs are scheduled to
Dinakar Peri be launched by May 2017
NEW DELHI and delivered by October
The Pipavav shipyard in Gu- and December 2017.
jarat, owned by the Reliance The remaining three are
group headed by Anil Am- expected by November 2017
bani, has emerged as the and delivered by April, June
most important private and August 2018.
shipyard for the Indian milit- Despite speculation in the
ary in recent times. The past few years about the pos-
shipyard, however, has not sibility of the Navy imposing
been able to meet deadlines, a financial penalty on the
adversely affecting the oper- Deadline pressure: The Pipavav shipyard in Gujarat has shipyard, there has been no
ational capabilities of the emerged as animportant private dockyard for the military. such decision yet.
Navy, naval sources say.
The Navy told The Hindu over and that it is confident questionnaire, the Navy said Faster execution
that it would impose penal- of delivering on time. there had been a 65% pro- A Reliance official told The
ties on the shipyard if there The shipyard is now en- gress on the first two NOPVs Hindu that the firm had ac-
were delays in delivery of gaged in the construction of and 30% on the other three celerated work since the
ships and other contract five naval offshore patrol ves- NOPVs as on February 16. RDEL took over.
works. sels (NOPV) and mainten- However, this is after a delay Its a contractual issue.
ance of at least two other of more than two years. All these damages are based
Fresh impetus naval ships and is bidding for The original contract for on discussions ... there is a
Reliance Defence and Engin- several major contracts. Its the NOPVs was signed in standard procedure. They
eering Ltd. (RDEL), which engagement with the milit- 2011, with the first boat to be know what we have done
took over Pipavav in early ary significantly outweighs delivered by early 2015. Ac- and how much we have
2016, insists that the work by any other private In- cording to fresh revised done and then we will deal
shipyard has pulled up after dian shipyard. timeline provided to The with whatever it is, he said
the new management took In response to a detailed Hindu by the Navy, the first about the penalty clause.

Breaking the silence on depression

WHO aims at encouraging people to overcome stigma and seek treatment
Special Correspondent cides that occur in low- and physical health problems
New Delhi middle-income countries that are left unattended or
To encourage people with such as India. suicide. Suicide is the second
depression to overcome most common cause of
stigma and seek treatment, Premature deaths death among young people
the World Health Organisa- Depression is the leading worldwide. The Mental
tion is focussing on the ill- cause of ill health and disab- Health Care Act, 2017 is a sig-
ness this World Health Day, ility. Lack of support for nificant step towards destig-
April 7. The public health people with mental dis- matising psychological dis-
community worldwide is re- orders, coupled with a fear orders, recognising an
cognising the damage of stigma, prevents many attempt at suicide as an act
caused by the silence over Nearly ive crore Indians from accessing the treat- committed under severe
depression and mental ill- sufer from depression. ment they need to lead a mental stress, said Keshav
ness and has raised the slo- *
GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCK healthy and productive life. \ Desiraju, a former Union
gan Depression: Lets Talk Mental health cannot be Health Secretary who was in-
to mark the day. people are living with it glob- divorced from physical strumental in drafting the
Nearly five crore Indians ally. This is an increase of health. In fact, people suffer- law. In India, the passage of
have depression, and ac- more than 18% over the last ing from major depression the Mental Health Care Bill
cording to the latest WHO es- decade and accounts for have a 40-60% chance of dy- has steered the debate in a
timates, over 300 million over two-thirds of global sui- ing prematurely owing to positive direction.



Syrian govt. sets terms for GOP ends Democratic
blockade of Gorsuch
Nunes steps
away from
inquiry into chemical attack Trumps SC pick will be conirmed
Russia probe
Associated Press
Reuters Citing ethics complaints, the
Foreign Minister says the regime did not carry out the gas assault in Idlib province WASHINGTON
chairman of the House intelli-
U.S. Senate Republicans on gence committee announced
Reuters speculation U.S. comments Thursday crushed a Demo- Thursday he is temporarily
Thailand King signs Beirut may have been a means of cratic blockade of Presid- surrendering his leadership
new Constitution The Syrian government set exercising diplomatic pres- ent Donald Trumps Su- post in the panels probe into
BANGKOK conditions on Thursday for sure at the United Nations. preme Court nominee in a Russian meddling in last
Thailands King any international inquiry Mr. Moualem, speaking at fierce partisan brawl, ap- years presidential election.
Vajiralongkorn into a suspected chemical at- a news conference in Damas- proving a rule change The decision by Repub-
Bodindradebayavarangkun tack that killed scores of cus, said the Syrian govern- dubbed the nuclear op- lican Rep. Devin Nunes of
signed the countrys new people, saying it must not be ments Russian allies had put tion to allow for conser- Justice Neil Gorsuch California comes amid par-
military-backed Constitution politicised and should set forward ideas for the forma- vative judge Neil Gorsuch's tisan turmoil on the commit-
on Thursday. The charter out from Damascus and not tion of a non-politicised confirmation by Friday. Connell to go nuclear. tee. Democrats have alleged
could allow fresh elections Turkey. commission of inquiry. It With ideological control Confirmation of Justice that Mr. Nunes, who was on
but limit the authority of Foreign Minister Walid al- must not be politicised, it of the nations highest Gorsuch would represent President Donald Trumps
politicians taking oice. AP Moualem said Syrias past ex- must leave from Damascus court at stake, the Repub- Mr. Trumps first major vic- transition team, is too close
perience with international and not Turkey. We have nu- lican-led Senate voted 52- tory since taking office, to the White House and can-
70% say Hollande is inquiries had not been en- merous questions about this 48 along party lines to after setbacks on health- not lead an impartial inquiry.
a bad President couraging. The government subject. When we are cer- change its long-standing care legislation and his The charges are entirely
PARIS would only decide on the tain these questions are ad- rules in order to prohibit a blocked order to prevent false and politically motiv-
Seventy per cent of French idea once its concerns were dressed with convincing an- procedural tactic called a people from several ated, Mr. Nunes said. Sev-
people believe outgoing addressed, he said. swers, we will give you our filibuster against Supreme Muslim-majority nations eral left-wing activist groups,
Socialist leader Francois Mr. Moualem also reiter- response. Searching for clues: WHO experts take part in an autopsy at a Court nominees. from entering the United he added, filed accusations
Hollande was a bad ated the governments hospital in Adana, Turkey. Ankara said the autopsies proved That came after Repub- States. This will be the against him with the House
President, according to a strong denial that it was be- Take action, Trump told that people in Idlib faced a chemical weapons attack. AP * licans failed by a 55-45 tally first and last partisan fili- ethics committee, charging
new poll published on hind the attack on Tuesday Meanwhile, two Republican to muster the 60-vote su- buster of the Supreme him with improperly disclos-
Thursday. He decided not to in Khan Sheikhoun in the Senators have called on U.S. per-majority needed to end Court, Mr. McConnell said ing classified information.
seek re-election in December,
bowing to the inevitable in
northwestern province of Id-
lib, an area mostly con-
President Donald Trump to
take out Syrias air force in Kremlin lashes out at U.S. the Democratic filibuster
that had sought to deny
on the Senate floor, accus-
ing Senate Democrats of
the face of catastrophic trolled by rebel groups at the response to the attack. Justice Gorsuch confirma- trying to inflict political
approval ratings. AFP border with Turkey. Senators John McCain of Agence France-Presse spokesman Dmitry Peskov tion to the lifetime post. damage on Mr. Trump.
U.S. President Donald Arizona and Lindsey Gra- Moscow said. In 20 or 30 or 40 years,
Bishop resigns over Trump on Wednesday said ham of South Carolina are The Kremlin on Thursday It was really a threaten- An extreme break we will sadly point to today
'inappropriate behaviour' President Bashar al-Assads defence hawks and among said US allegations that Syr- ing development of events, The Senates action paved as a turning point in the
DAX government had gone bey- Mr. Trumps sharpest critics ian forces carried out a very dangerous and a mon- the way to confirm Justice history of the Senate and
The Bishop of the southwest ond a red line and said his in the party. They said in a deadly chemical attack are strous crime, he said, refer- Gorsuch by simple major- the Supreme Court, a day
French diocese of Dax attitude towards Syria and statement that Syrian Presid- not based on objective in- ring to the incident. ity, with a vote expected at when we irrevocably
resigned on Thursday over Mr. Assad had changed. But ent Bashar Assad has formation. No one could have any roughly 2399 GMT on Fri- moved further away from
inappropriate behaviour he gave no indication of how crossed a line and must We consider a much realistic, verified informa- day. Republicans control the principles our founders
towards youth, just weeks he would respond. pay a punitive cost for this more measured approach tion. Any data that the the Senate 52-48. The rule intended for these institu-
after complaints came to Mr. Moualem did not dir- horrific attack. necessary and do not think American side or our col- change is considered an ex- tions: principles of bipar-
light. Herve Gaschignard ectly respond to questions Senator Graham said Mr. it is possible to surrender leagues in other countries treme break with Senate tisanship, moderation and
resigned at the suggestion of about Mr. Trumps com- Trump had his permission oneself to hasty conclusions could have cannot be based tradition. consensus, Senate Demo-
the Vaticans envoy to France, ments. But he said he recog- to hit this guy [President about what happened in on objective materials or Mr. Trump had encour- cratic leader Chuck Schu-
Archbishop Luigi Ventura, the nised the gravity of recent Bashar al-Assad]. Syria in the Idlib province, evidence. aged Republican Senate mer said on the Senate
Catholic Church said. AFP U.S. statements, and cited (With AP inputs) Majority Leader Mitch Mc- floor.

Speak up for India, British Aung San Suu Kyi denies ethnic
lawmaker tells diaspora cleansing of Rohingya minority
Says it is too strong an expression for what is happening
Seeks support for his motion on Gilgit-Baltistan
Agence France-Presse demned the crackdown,
Vidya Ram about these matters. If left Yangon which UN investigators,
London uninformed, the MPs will Aung San Suu Kyi has who spoke to escapees,
A British lawmaker is urging continue to be fed misin- denied security forces have said likely amounted to
members of the Indian dia- formation by the propagand- carried out ethnic cleansing crimes against humanity.
spora to lobby their Mem- ists. of Rohingya Muslims in My-
bers of Parliament to sup- The British governments anmar, speaking to the BBC Need space
port a motion introduced by position has been to be neut- after the UN rights council Instead she has called for
him last month condemning ral on this issue, as it has agreed to investigate allega- space to handle the incen-
Pakistans announcement been on issues relating to In- tions of rape, murder and diary issue in a country
that Gilgit-Baltistan was its dia and Pakistan. On issues torture against the army. where the more than one
fifth frontier, warning that of a bilateral nature, it is for Rights groups say hun- Aung San Suu Kyi million Rohingya are
MPs were continually lob- those two countries to reach dreds of Rohingya were widely vilified as illegal im-
bied by separatists and the a settlement; it is not for us killed in a months-long de facto leader Suu Kyi, a migrants from Bangladesh.
right of self determination Bob Blackman to prescribe a solution or act army crackdown following Nobel Laureate whose in- I don't think there is
lobby. as a mediator. Of course, we deadly attacks on Myanmar ternational star as a rights ethnic cleansing going on,"
Bob Blackman, the Con- surrounding regions. They encourage both sides to border police posts. defender is waning over the Suu Kyi said in a rare inter-
servative MP for the London are constantly lobbied by maintain good relations and Almost 75,000 Rohingya treatment of the Rohingya, view televised on Wednes-
constituency of Harrow East the separatists and the we will continue to talk to have fled to neighbouring has not spoken out in de- day. I think ethnic cleans-
introduced the Early Day Right of Self Determination them, said Alok Sharma, a Bangladesh where they fence of the persecuted ing is too strong an
Motion a formal means for lobby who give them the im- Foreign Office minister, in have related grisly accounts minority. expression to use for what
MPs to bring attention to is- pression that it is India caus- response to a question from of army abuse. Myanmar's She has also not con- is happening.
sues outside the formal de- ing human rights violations Mr. Blackman in the House
bating chamber on March far removed from the actual of Commons last week.
23, but remains the sole sig-
natory to it. In an email in-
reality on the ground. MPs
speak on behalf of their con-
The U.K. government
takes a view of non-interfer- N. Korea warns U.S. against provocation
terview with The Hindu, Mr. stituents and I feel that this ence in the matter and quite
Blackman said his office had is something where the In- rightly so, said Mr. Black- Agence France-Presse during exercises, we are tinue to strengthen its abil-
been sending out letter tem- dian diaspora are very man. However, the U.K.s Moscow ready to deliver the most ity to deter and defend it-
plates to community lead- weak, he added. relationship with India is dif- North Korea is ready to de- ruthless blow, Interfax self and its allies with the
ers, urging them to write to ferent from its relationship liver the most ruthless quoted ambassador Kim full range of its military
their MPs, as part of a wider Highlighting the truth with Pakistan and I hope blow if provoked by the Hyong-Jun as saying. capabilities, a day after Py-
project launched to engage They work hard, get on that our friendship with In- United States, its ambas- ongyang fired a ballistic
with the diaspora. with their lives, but hardly dia gets the right attention sador to Moscow said Ready to counter U.S. missile into the Sea of
While some MPs had in- ever stand up to speak on and strength that it so rightly Thursday, after President We have the readiness and Japan.
dicated they would be will- matters concerning India deserves. We are more equal Donald Trump pledged to ability to counter any chal- North Koreas Foreign
ing to support him in other with their MPs. They dont partners in that sense and keep building up defences lenge from the U.S., he was Ministry on Monday as-
ways, such as debates, Mr. realise that they are not in- this friendship must be nur- against Pyongyang. quoted as saying. sailed Washington for its
Blackman said many MPs terfering in matters pertain- tured therefore it is imperat- Our Army has already Mr. Trump on Wednes- tough talk and for an ongo-
were not well versed with ing to India and Pakistan but ive that the UK take a certain said that if there will be day pledged to Japanese ing joint military exercise
the actual situation on the are actually highlighting the stand on human rights is- even the smallest provoca- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with South Korea and
ground in Pakistan as well as truth by educating their MPs sues pertaining to Pakistan. tion from the United States that the U.S. would con- Japan.

Bezos selling Amazon stake to fund race to space

Billionaire is building a commercial and tourist venture that will take people up for panoramic views of Earth
Nicholas St. Fleur and Tesla, Mr. Bezos has spaceflight became more the passenger capsule holds
Colorado Spings identified reusable rocket common. (Hundreds of six black seats that resemble
Standing against the back- parts as a key to lowering people have already put recliners, with panels offer-
drop of his New Shepard the price of admission to the down deposits to reserve ing details about altitude
rocket booster and a full- field, which he said on Wed- places on similar commer- and other features of a trip.
scale mock capsule for car- nesday would lead to a cial trips on Virgin Galactic The engine that powers the
rying humans into space, golden age of space explor- that could cost $250,000 a booster produces up to
Jeff Bezos revealed on Wed- ation. ticket, although that com- about 110,000 pounds of
nesday that he was selling If we can make access to panys spaceplane has yet to thrust.
about $1 billion in Amazon space low-cost, then entre- take anyone up.) On ascent, passengers
stock a year to finance his preneurs will be unleashed, will experience forces of
Blue Origin rocket company. he said. You will see cre- Modest start about 3 Gs, about three
Mr. Bezos, the billionaire ativity, you will see dynam- New Shepard is a modest times the normal force of
founder of Amazon, showed ism, you will see the same start for Mr. Bezos ambi- gravity that humans experi-
off the reusable rocket thing in space that Ive wit- tions to tap into the nascent ence on earth.
booster and the mock-up of nessed on the internet in the Aiming for the stars: Jef Bezos discusses his reusable rocket space tourism market. It is a When the booster
the capsule that will take last 20 years. system in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Wednesday. NYT * single-stage booster with a reaches a certain altitude,
people up for panoramic capsule on top that is de- the capsule will detach and
views back down at Earth, Wary of timetables Mr. Bezos has repeatedly trips. Its a mistake to race signed to carry six passen- coast above the Karman
during a symposium here. Last month, Mr. Bezos an- expressed caution about set- to a deadline when youre gers at a time on trips of line, which is 62 miles above
Mr. Bezos, who hopes to nounced the first-paying ting timetables for the start talking about a flying about 10 to 11 minutes. sea level, officially entering
build Blue Origin into a com- customer, Eutelstat, a satel- of Blue Origins commercial vehicle, especially one that There will not be a Blue Ori- into space.
mercial and tourist venture, lite company, for New or passenger trips, and he youre going to put people gin crew on the spacecraft. There, the passengers will
also disclosed that it would Glenn, whose commercial did not diverge from that on, he said. I still think we Passengers wearing sleek experience about four to five
cost about $2.5 billion to de- flights would help offset Wednesday. can do commercial paying jumpsuits will be able to minutes of weightlessness.
velop an even bigger rocket, costs. New Glenn is expec- He would not say when passengers in 2018. peer out what the company They can unbuckle their
New Glenn, capable of lift- ted to fly by 2020, he said, New Shepard would un- Asked how much passen- says will be the largest win- harnesses and do somer-
ing satellites and, eventually, but humans will not be pas- dergo its next round of test gers would pay, Mr. Bezos dows in space, taking up saults, if desired, in the pad-
people into orbit. sengers on the heavy-lift flights, or set a specific date said he did not know yet, about one-third of the sur- ded-dome interior.
Like his fellow technology rocket until many years after as a goal, merely mentioning but he predicted ticket face area of the dome. On descent, they will en-
titan Elon Musk of SpaceX that. next year for possible tourist prices would decline as About 12 feet in diameter, counter forces of 5 Gs. NYT



market watch
Sensex dddddddddddddddddddddd 29,927 ddddddddddddd -0.16
US Dollar dddddddddddddddddddd 64.52 ddddddddddddd -0.54
Gold ddddddddddddddddddddddddddd 29,275 ddddddddddddd -0.43
RBI holds policy rate, raises reverse repo rate
Brent oil ddddddddddddddddddddd 54.80 ddddddddddddddd0.62
Reiterates resolve to attain 4% bank has set its inflation pro- Analysts said there were
jection to an average of 4.5% upside risks to the 4% target
NIFTY 50 inlation target over medium term in the first half of 2017-18 and and there was a possibility of
ACC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1489.75. . . . . . . 19.55 5% in the second half, while an increase in the cash re-
Adani Ports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356.65. . . . . . . . -1.50 Special Correspondent inflation in 2017-18 chal- keeping its GVA growth pro- serve ratio, going forward.
Ambuja Cements. . . .. . . . . . 243.35. . . . . . . . . 4.60 MUMBAI lenged by upside risks and jection unchanged at 7.4% for We expect higher rural
Asian Paints. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 1086.90. . . . . . . . . 4.35 The Reserve Bank of India unfavourable base effects to- FY18 as compared with 6.7% wage growth, a narrowing
Aurobindo Pharma . . . . . . 670.45. . . . . . . . -7.05
Axis Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 508.70. . . . . . . . . 0.40
(RBI) kept the key policy wards the second half of the in FY17. output gap and adverse base
Bajaj Auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2806.30. . . . . . . 45.45 rate, the repo rate, un- year, Urjit Patel, Governor, The move to the 4% tar- effects to push inflation
Bank of Baroda . . . . . .. . . . . . 174.90. . . . . . . . . 0.35 changed in the first bi- RBI, said in the post policy get inflation will be challen- closer to 5.5-6.0% in H2
Bharti Airtel . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 341.80. . . . . . . . -2.70 monthly policy review of press conference. ging. There is no lucky dis-in- FY18, Nomura said in a re-
Bosch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22897.75. . . . . . . . -1.40 2017-18 but narrowed the Accordingly, inflation de- flationary forces in the port to its clients. As infla-
BPCL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 646.20. . . . . . . . . 8.45
Cipla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 590.30. . . . . . . . -2.75
policy corridor by 25 bps by velopments have to be horizon that were there in tion risks become apparent,
Coal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286.40. . . . . . . . -3.65 raising the reverse repo rate closely monitored with food the past, RBI executive dir- we also expect a 100 bps CRR
Dr Reddys Lab . . . . . . . .. . . . 2718.10. . . . . . -23.25 to 6%, from 5.75%. price pressures can be ector in-charge of monetary hike in H2 2017 to absorb sur-
Eicher Motors. . . . . . . . .. 25596.30. . . -168.95 All six members of the checked so that inflation ex- policy, Micheal Patra said. plus liquidity, it said.
GAIL (India). . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 386.65. . . . . . . . . 4.25
monetary policy committee pectations can be anchored. The central bank said sur- lower than the repo rate Though RBI has not re-
Grasim Ind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1069.10. . . . . . . . . 3.80
HCL Tech. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 853.50. . . . . . . . . 3.00
(MPC) which decides in- The central bank said the plus liquidity in the banking without the need for any col- duced the repo rate, banks
HDFC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1482.60. . . . . . . . -7.55 terest rates voted in favour future course of monetary system had fallen from close lateral. We are awaiting a still have scope to cut lending
HDFC Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1438.50. . . . . . . . . 6.15 of the decision. policy would largely depend to 8 lakh crore in January to decision on our preferred fa- rates, the central bank said.
Hero MotoCorp . . . . . .. . . . 3206.30. . . . . . . . . 8.25 The central bank said the on incoming data on how Wait and watch: The future course of monetary policy will 4.8 lakh crore in March. It cility, which is the standing It added that the small sav-
Hindalco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193.95. . . . . . . . -4.25 depend on macroeconomic factors, says the RBI. PAUL NORONHA
policy decision was consist- macroeconomic conditions also said it had proposed a deposit facility, Deputy Gov- ings rates should also be
Hind Unilever . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 934.65. . . . . . . . -0.70
Indiabulls HFL . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 977.00. . . . . . . . -9.30 ent with the neutral policy are evolving. standing deposit facility to ernor Viral Acharya said. lowered as it noted that these
ICICI Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280.85. . . . . . . . -4.00 stance with the objective of hawkish tone disappointed compared with its previous the government in November Beyond that, we may de- rates are 61-95 bps higher
IndusInd Bank . . . . . . . .. . . . 1421.65. . . . . . . 20.70 achieving the medium-term Softer tone expected bond traders who were ex- close of 6.65%. 2015, approval for which was ploy other tools if our toolkit compared with the what-if
Bharti Infratel . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 339.15. . . . . . . . . 1.45 target for retail inflation, While the repo rate action pecting a softer tone. Yield RBI said the path to still awaited. remains constrained and formula (which was intro-
Infosys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 999.60. . . . . . . . . 3.65
Indian OilCorp . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 385.75. . . . . . . . . 4.40
which is 4%. was in line with market ex- on the 10-year benchmark achieving 4% inflation would SDF is a mechanism to contingencies that arise so duced in April 2016 to calcu-
ITC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274.10. . . . . . . . -4.85 The MPC saw the path of pectations, the Governors bond hardened to 6.77% as be challenging. The central drain surplus cash at a rate demand. late it).
Kotak Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 894.35. . . . . . . . . 4.50
L&T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1683.20. . . . . . -13.25
M&M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1288.90. . . . . . . . -1.85
Maurti Suzuki . . . . . . . . .. . . . 6291.65. . . . . . -50.75
NTPC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167.70. . . . . . . . . 1.20
ONGC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187.55. . . . . . . . . 1.30
Driving in style Centre may seek legislative nod for RDA
PowerGrid Corp . . . . .. . . . . . 197.20. . . . . . . . . 2.20
Reliance Ind . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 1438.50. . . . . . . 23.50
State Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292.85. . . . . . . . -4.50
Functioning, structure of Indias irst rail regulator to be evaluated for 6-8 months
Sun Pharma . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 686.90. . . . . . . . -3.80
Tata Motors . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 473.20. . . . . . . . -0.30 Somesh Jha ity will be subsequently Authority will work within ors suggested fares, the In-
Tata Motors DVR. . . .. . . . . . 286.45. . . . . . . . . 1.30 NEW DELHI strengthened later this year the parameters of the Rail- dian Railways would need to
Tata Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87.30. . . . . . . . -0.90 The Centre will likely at- through the legislative ways Act, 1989, an official be compensated through
Tata Steel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 501.65. . . . . . . . . 8.35
TCS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2400.05. . . . . . . . -1.20
tempt to secure legislative route, said a senior Railway statement had said on Wed- increased allocations in the
Tech Mahindra . . . . . . .. . . . . . 446.90. . . . . . . . -0.05 backing for the Rail Develop- Ministry official. nesday. gross budgetary support or
UltraTech Cement . .. . . . 4111.15. . . . . . . 29.90 ment Authority (RDA) next We will also examine its This means it can only re- through a suitable mechan-
Wipro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 514.70. . . . . . . . . 4.05 year to give more teeth to the functioning and structure for commend changes to pas- ism.
YES Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1564.75. . . . . . . . -2.75 countrys first rail regulator the first six-eight months and senger and goods fares to the However, a Railway Min-
Zee Entertainment . . . . . . 553.40. . . . . . . . . 9.90
that will initially be set up may move to Parliament Railway Ministry which will istry official said the pro-
EXCHANGE RATES through an executive order. next year to give it statutory take a final call on fixing the posal was dropped later as
Indicative direct rates in rupees a unit The Union Cabinet on powers, the official said, tariff. no appropriate mechanism
except yen at 4 p.m. on April 06 Wednesday approved setting adding that the Railways Act, for compensation could be
CURRENCY TT BUY TT SELL up the rail regulator respons- 1989 will be amended to in- Lacking autonomy developed.
US Dollar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 64.31. . . . . . . 64.63 ible for recommending pas- sert a new chapter related to It would be better if the Au- All the six regulators in
Euro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 68.56. . . . . . . 68.90
British Pound . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 80.08. . . . . . . 80.48
senger fares, setting per- the RDA. thority is set up through the the country have the sanc-
Japanese Yen (100) . .. . 57.98. . . . . . . 58.27 formance standards for rail The Ministry has targeted statutory support so that its tion of Parliament and have
Chinese Yuan . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 9.32. . . . . . . . . 9.37 operations and creating a issuing a gazette notification recommendations become been accorded a statutory
Swiss Franc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 64.07. . . . . . . 64.40 level playing policy for to set up the Rail Develop- binding on the government. status.
Singapore Dollar . . . . . . .. . 45.89. . . . . . . 46.13
Canadian Dollar . . . . . . . . .. . 47.89. . . . . . . 48.13 private sector participation ment Authority by April 15. The regulator may lack These include the TRAI,
Malaysian Ringitt . . . . . .. . 14.49. . . . . . . 14.59 through an executive order. Following selection of the autonomy if its formed AERAI, IRDA, CERC, TAMP
Source:Indian Bank Chairman and three mem- through an executive order, and PFRDA.
Dire need bers of the regulator by a said former Railway Board In fact, the PFRDA be-
The idea was to make the committee headed by the Chairman Vivek Sahai. came functional in 2003
BULLION RATES CHENNAI rail regulator functional Cabinet Secretary, the func- The concept note released through an executive order
More choice: The new Audi A3 Sedan was unveiled on Thursday. It is priced at 30.5 lakh
* through an executive order tioning of the rail regulator is by the Railway Ministry early and legislative backing was
April 06 rates in rupees with previous
rates in parentheses onwards for the petrol version and 32.3 lakh onwards for the diesel variant. The company said as the Indian Railways is in expected to begin by August last year had stated that in secured through the PFRDA
Retail Silver (1g) . . . . . . . . . . . 45.50. . . . . (45.70) it wanted to regain the number one luxury carmaker spot in India. BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT *
dire need of reforming its this year. cases where the government Act which was passed a dec-
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TRAIs new Over 62% customers face call

norms soon drops, says government survey
Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI About 2.21 lakh subscribers participated using IVRS
The Telecom Regulatory
Authority of India will, in Special Correspondent stalled about 2.13 lakh addi-
the next few weeks, come NEW DELHI tional Base Transceiver Sta-
out with amended quality The Centre on Thursday tions across the country
of service norms that tele- said more than 62% of the between June 2016 and Feb-
com services providers will 2.2 lakh subscribers that it ruary 2017, the DoT added.
need to comply with. surveyed complained of call The telcos submit an ac-
We are reviewing the drops. tion-taken report to the DoT
quality of service norms it- The survey was conduc- Task Force every fortnight.
self, said R.S. Sharma, ted using the Integrated Additionally, the DoT Task
chairman, TRAI replying to Voice Response System Force meets with the TSPs
queries on steps to deal (IVRS) that the Department once a month to discuss the
with call drops. We want of Telecommunications The problem of call drops is issues that come up via the
to finalise parameters that (DoT) had rolled out last more severe indoors. IVRS. The DoT said for the
are technology agnostic or December in Delhi, Mum- period February 15-28,
which can be applied to all bai, U.P., Uttarakhand, Ma- IVRS call from short code 43,403 feedback cases had
technologies be it 4G or harashtra and Goa. By 1955 and are asked a few been taken up for investiga-
3G. The main objective is March, all States were questions on the call drop tion by the operators. After
that customers get good covered under the system. problem. They can also send telephonic calls and SMS to
quality service, he said. Since the launch of the a toll-free SMS to the same the subscribers to seek addi-
Most of the work on the IVRS system on December short code, containing the tional information on their
issue is almost complete. 23, 2016 till February 28, name of city/town/village, call drop problem, 7,210
Hence, the order is likely to 2017, 16.62 lakh successful where they face frequent cases were identified for res-
be out soon, Mr. Sharma outbound calls have been call drops. olution. During the fort-
said at a FICCI event. made to subscribers of all night, 2,467 cases were re-
He said the regulator TSPs across the country. Telcos use feedback solved through
had identified seven im- About 2.21 lakh subscribers The feedback is then shared optimisation, rectifying
portant issues, tariff regu- participated in the survey, with the telecom service hardware/power problems,
lations being one of them, out of which about 1.38 lakh providers on a weekly basis through field visits.
on which consultations will (62.5%) subscribers have re- to take action in a time- Cumulatively, a total of
be initiated this year. The ported call drops, accord- bound manner. The TSPs 9,328 cases have been re-
TRAI had in January re- ing to a DoT statement. have set up an elaborate solved through the initiative.
leased a consultation paper As per feedback received, mechanism for using the About 5,529 cases which
on review of the standards the problem of call drops is IVRS feedback data sent by were not associated with call
of quality of service of ba- more severe indoors, ac- DoT, according to the drops but related to data,
sic telephone services and cording to the statement. statement. roaming and billing were
mobile telephone services. The subscribers receive an The operators have in- also identified by the TSPs.

23,157 Corolla Altis units recalled in India

Potentially faulty Takata airbag inlators prompted Toyotas global action
NEW DELHI Millions of vehicles have
Toyota Kirloskar Motor is re- been recalled across the
calling 23,157 units of its globe due to defective safety
sedan Corolla Altis in India airbags manufactured by Ja-
as part of the ongoing recall pans Takata Corp.
of 2.9 million vehicles glob- It has affected vehicle
ally for defective air bags. manufacturers across
The company, which is brands, including BMW,
part of Japans Toyota Motor Chrysler, Daimler Trucks,
Corporation, is recalling Ford, General Motors,
23,157 units of Corolla Altis Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi,
manufactured between Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.
January 2010 and December Fault line: Toyota is recalling Corolla Altis cars manufactured Earlier this year in Janu-
2012, a Toyota Kirloskar Mo- between January 2010 and December 2012. ary, Honda had recalled
tor spokesperson told PTI. 41,580 units of the previous
Corolla Altis is priced The exercise in India is other regions, including its generation of Accord, Civic,
between 15.87 lakh and part of Toyotas recall of Corolla Axio sedan and City and Jazz models in India
19.91 lakh (exshowroom around 2.9 million vehicles RAV4 SUV crossover, due to as part of a global exercise to
Delhi). in Japan, China, Oceania and potentially faulty airbag rectify faulty airbags.



H-1B visa guidance may lead FMCG is the highest-paying
sector in India: Randstad
to an increase in litigation
Power, information technology rank second and third
New memos aim to prevent replacement of local coders with low-cost H-1B staf
Hyundai unveils new Special Correspondent
Creta, Elite i20 models Sanjay Vijayakumar placed by the low-cost H-1B MUMBAI
CHENNAI Chennai visa workers. Employees of the fast mov-
Hyundai Motor India Ltd. The U.S. governments new It is pretty certain that ing consumer goods (FMCG)
(HMIL), introduced new guidance for issuing H-1B the new memos are primar- industry receive the highest
models of Creta and Elite visa, which allows techno- ily focused on them. Time salaries in India at 11.3 lakh
i20. The New 2017 Creta logy firms to hire skilled will tell. Cyrus D. Mehta, a year as the average annual
depicts a modern and overseas workers, may lead managing attorney and cost-to-company (CTC)
high-tech SUV ofering with to increased litigation, im- founder of New York-based across all levels and func-
advanced technology migration lawyers said. law firm Cyrus D. Mehta and tions, according to a survey
features, said Y.K. Koo, MD Just ahead of opening the Partners, foresees more in- by human resources service
and CEO, HMIL. The irm H-1B visa application win- vestigations and lawsuits provider Randstad.
also unveiled New 2017 dow, U.S. Citizenship and based allegedly on discrim- The FMCG sector is fol- Money matters: Salary is a critical parameter that the
Elite i20, its compact sedan Immigration Services (US- inating against American lowed by power and inform- workforce takes into consideration while changing jobs.
with features encompassing CIS), which oversees immig- workers if firms hire foreign ation technology, where em-
safety, style and ration into the U.S. and pro- H-1B workers. ployees earn average annual ive industries. which is primarily a func-
infotainment. cesses the applications, Think glocal: A U.S. employer can still recruit foreign Still, the employer must salaries of 9.8 lakh and 9.3 Dr. Moorthy K. Uppaluri, tion of various facets like
issued guidelines which said workers if there is a business case for it, say lawyers. REUTERS
have an intent to discrimin- lakh respectively, according MD & CEO, Randstad India, capability, experience, loca-
Essar Power registers

computer programmers ate when replacing Americ- to Randstad 2017 Salary said: In a country like India tion, job profile, industry of
49% growth in FY17 need to prove that it is a spe- Justice also cautioned em- H-1B purposes. This will no ans with foreign workers, Trends Study findings. where job loyalty is consid- operation etc. As far as the
MUMBAI cialised skill to be eligible. ployers seeking H-1B visas doubt lead to numerous law- and not when there is a law- erably low, salary becomes location-specific salary
The Ruias-led Essar Power not to discriminate against suits, Carl Shusterman, a ful business purpose for do- Most lucrative one of the most critical para- trends are concerned,
has generated 49% more Increased scrutiny U.S. workers, warning strict former attorney for the U.S. ing so, such as migrating to Pharma and healthcare, of- meters that the workforce Bengaluru, the IT capital of
power in the FY17 to 11,332 In a separate note, the action. The new memos in- Immigration and Naturaliza- new platforms with new skill fering an average annual takes into consideration India, tops the chart as the
million units while adding agency said there would be dicate that the USCIS will tion Service said in an email. sets, he wrote in an email. CTC of 8.8 lakh, and tele- while changing jobs. For em- highest paying city in the
165 MW capacity to its increased scrutiny to detect not... continue to recognise a He said there had been in- Indian IT firms have been com at 8.7 lakh take the ployers too, it is an imperat- country, with an average an-
portfolio by commissioning H-1B visa fraud and abuse. computer programmer as a stances of U.S. programmers one of the biggest users of fourth and fifth positions in ive to get the internal com- nual CTC of 14.6 lakh while
one unit each at its Paradip The U.S. Department of speciality occupation for being terminated and re- the H-1B visa programme. the list as India's most lucrat- pensation structure right, Mumbai offered 14.2 lakh.
and Hazira plants. The
generation increased by 57%
y-o-y to 2,920 million units
in the quarter ending 31
March 2017. K.V.B. Reddy,
Aramco eyes Emami to invest 800 crore Twitter Point-of-sale devices
CEO, Essar Power, said: stake in unveils
Almost 80% of our planned
capacity of 6,100 MW is now reinery to expand facilities pan-India Lite version set for ive-fold growth

Jubilant Life gets USFDA

Press Trust of India Eyes 5,000 crore turnover from edible oils in three years Special Correspondent Digital economy to spur sales: report
nod for arthritis drug Saudi Aramco, the worlds Special Correspondent The company on years. Twitter on Thursday rolled Staff Reporter PoS devices in India, said
largest oil producer, is in- MUMBAI Thursday announced the There is a huge potential out a data friendly ver- BENGALURU the report.
Drug irm Jubilant Life terested in picking up a Emami Agrotech, the edible first phase of the national for growth in the branded sion of the platform called The number of point of sale Post-demonetisation,
Sciences said on Thursday it stake in Indias biggest oil oil arm of the Emami Group, roll out of its edible oil brand edible oil market in India Twitter Lite in India. The (PoS) devices installed in the the PoS transactions have
had received the inal refinery being planned at said it planned to invest Emami Healthy & Tasty (HT) where the per capita con- product will use up to 70% country is likely to increase grown manifold in the coun-
approval from the U.S. health Maharashtra. IOC, Bharat 800 crore in expanding its which was so far available sumption is very low, he less data while loading 30% five-fold to 76 lakh in the try. The cash transactions in
regulator for Celecoxib Petroleum and HPCL plan facilities, a top company offi- only in the West Bengal mar- said. Based on our success faster, according to the next five years, according to the country has come
capsules used for the to set up a 60 million cial said. ket. in the West Bengal market company. a report. down, said Assocham na-
treatment of osteoarthritis tonnes a year oil refinery So far we have invested In 2016-17 Emamis edible where we have grown CAGR India today is already Increased penetration of tional secretary general D. S.
and rheumatoid arthritis. The on the west coast to meet 800 crore in the edible oil oil business generated a of 50% for last three years, one of Twitters largest and debit and credit cards, Rawat on the joint study by
company has received the rising fuel needs of In- business and will further in- turnover of 400 crore and we are now going national. fastest growing audience growing e-commerce sector, Assocham and RNCOS.
Abbreviated New Drug dia. Saudi Aramco and vest 800 crore to set up re- with a pan-India introduc- We are confident that our markets worldwide, Maya increasing disposable in- The countrys retail in-
Application (ANDA) inal Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. fining facilities and distribu- tion of its oil brands to be edible oil will be well accep- Hari, managing director, comes together with govern- dustry, together with sec-
approval for Celecoxib are talking to us for invest- tion centres at Kandla, JNPT completed in phases during ted by customers, Mr. Agar- Twitter Asia Pacific, said. ments massive thrust on tors like healthcare, hospit-
Capsules, 50 mg, 100 mg, ments in the Indian oil sec- and other locations in In- this year, the company is wal said. Weve taken feedback promoting a cashless eco- ality, food and beverage are
200 mg, and 400 mg, the tor, Oil Minister Dhar- dia, said Aditya V Agarwal, eyeing a turnover of 5,000 The initial phase covered from our Indian users to nomy provide a lucrative major contributors to grow-
irm said in a BSE iling. PTI mendra Pradhan said. director, Emami Group. crore from edible oil in three more than six States. make Twitter Lite faster. opportunity for growth of ing revenue of PoS market.




Supergiant Smith does the star turn Will KKRs replacements

Ajinkya sets the chase in motion; Hardik Pandyas late charge gives Mumbai Indians a challenging total
G. Viswanath
make a mark?
Pune Or will the Lions roar in the irst match of their inal season?
Ajinkya Rahane and Steve
Smith showed the way for Amol Karhadkar
Rising Pune Supergiant to RAJKOT
notch up a big victory The conversion of this edi-
against Mumbai Indians in tion of the IPL into an In-
the VIVO IPL-10 match at the jured Premier League has
MCA International Cricket led to many teams feeling
Stadium here on Thursday. the heat due to unavailabil-
On a surface that played ity of key players. The effect
true, perhaps for the first will be felt at the Saurashtra
time in many IPL matches Cricket Association stadium
played here, Rahane on the outskirts of Rajkot on
straightaway got into top Friday night as Gujarat Lions
gear to punish Hardik attempts to keep its clean
Pandyas medium-pace for slate against fancied Kolkata
three boundaries in the Knight Riders.
second over. Had all key players been
He proceeded to look for fit and available, the match
runs against Tim Southee would have seen Ravindra
and Mitchell McClenaghan as Jadeja, the Lions hometown
Supergiant raced to 59 by the hero, and KKR pace spear-
end of PowerPlay. head Umesh Yadav pitted
After Rahane departed, against each other. However,
with Nitish Rana holding his with a BCCI diktat forcing
nerve to take a splendid both to rest for the first two
catch deep at square-leg, games, the teams will have
Smith took charge to enable to make minor changes to
his team post a solid win. their starting combinations.
Supergiant needed 36 On the back of last years
runs off the last four overs performances, the match
and 13 off the last. Pollard could also well have been a
conceded just three runs off face-off between Caribbean
his first three balls, but all-rounders Andre Russell
Smith finished a thrilling and Dwayne Bravo. How-
match with two sixes. ever, KKRs Russell is serving
Earlier, Jos Buttler came a year-long suspension while Think-tank: KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir, seen with coach
up with some hard-hit Bravo who joined the Jacques Kallis, feels that injuries open up opportunities for
boundaries and at the fag Lions on Thursday is still others to stake a claim. PTI *

end , Hardik Pandya found a recovering from a hamstring

way to thump Ashoke Dinda Breathing ire: Steve Smiths knock took Rising Pune Supergiant to a thrilling win. VIVEK BENDRE injury and is unlikely to play
> Jadeja will be back

for four mighty sixes to set a any part in the first half of
after two games and
challenging target of 185. shots during his 28-ball ten- slaught, Mayank Agarwal Smith and Supergiant the league stage.
Thanks to Tim Southee ure in the middle. pulled off what has to be the seemed to be in control of Having said that, all is not
Dwayne is (still)
GUJARAT LIONS V KOLKATA doing his rehab... I
lifting a straight six off the ging Buttler. The right- After Ranas dismissal, first spectacular catch of this the innings. But, Hardik, lost for both teams, who fea- KNIGHT RIDERS
last ball sent down by Stokes hander appeared to have in- Kieron Pollard took on Tahir edition; the Karnataka player held back till as late as the tured in the 2016 Playoffs. Sony ESPN, Sony Six, Sony Max
cant say anything
and Pandyas swashbuckling side-edged the ball. in his second spell of two dived in front to hold the No. 8 position, delivered the KKR has replaced Russell (SD & HD), 8 p.m. on his comeback
effort in the last over, MI ad- Nitish Rana got into the overs. Even as he appeared catch that gave Stokes his big runs making an unbeaten with Englands Chris DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
Suresh Raina,
ded 36 runs off the last seven act with some courageous to be set for his usual on- first IPL wicket. 35 off just 14 balls. Woakes, who is likely to have exceptional for Lions in their Gujarat Lions captain
balls. None of the three lanky pacer Ankit Rajpoot debut season and is hoping
bowlers, Smith tried in the filling in for Umesh. And to make a statement on his its ranks, the spin attack, in-
first four overs vindicated his
with an otherwise un- return to the big stage. cluding chinaman Shivil
call at the toss. changed batting and spin de- Kulkarni looked at his best Kaushik, left-arm spinner
Mumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel b aghan (not out) 0 (0b); Extras 0-28-3, Adam Zampa 3-0-26-1, Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Mayank,
But, Tahir found the partments, KKR is set to while bowling to the power- Shadab Jakati and young leg-
Tahir 19 (14b, 4x4), Jos Buttler (b-1, lb-1, w-6): 8; Total (for Rajat Bhatia 3-0-14-2. 3.1), 2-93 (Rahane, 10.1), 3-143
breakthrough in his first lbw b Tahir 38 (19b, 3x4, 3x6), eight wkts. in 20 overs): 184. Rising Pune Supergiant: (Stokes, 15.2).
start its campaign on a win- hitters from his team under gie Tejas Baroka, has be-
over; making Parthiv Patel Rohit Sharma b Tahir 3 (7b), Nit- Fall of wickets: 1-45 (Parthiv, Ajinkya Rahane c Rana b MI bowling: Southee 4-0-34-1, ning note. lights at Khanderi on come brittle, to say the least.
play all over a ball that did ish Rana c Bhatia b Zampa 34 4.2), 2-61 (Rohit, 6.3), 3-62 Southee 60 (34b, 6x4, 3x6), Hardik Pandya 4-0-36-1, Thursday night. As Gambhir said on
not turn and hit the left- (28b, 1x4, 2x6), Ambati Rayudu (Buttler, 6.5), 4-92 (Rayudu, Mayank Agarwal c Rohit b Mc- Mitchell McClenaghan 4-0- Reason to smile Barring that, Lions have Thursday, an injury to
handers leg stump. c & b Bhatia 10 (12b), Krunal 11.1), 5-107 (Krunal, 13.2), 6-125 Clenaghan 6 (5b, 1x4), Steve 36-1, Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-29-0, Lions also have reason to plenty to ponder going into someone is an opportunity
Next, he foxed MI captain Pandya c Dhoni b Bhatia 3 (5b), (Rana, 15.3), 7-146 (Pollard, Smith (not out) 84 (54b, 7x4, Krunal Pandya 2-0-21-0, Kieron smile with Dhawal Kulkarni the tournament. Captain for another.
Rohit Sharma with a delivery Kieron Pollard c Mayank b 18.2), 8-183 (Southee, 19.5), 3x6), Ben Stokes c Southee b Pollard 1.5-0-30-0. raring to go after spending Suresh Raina has hardly had Will the Knight Riders re-
that hastened off the pitch Stokes 27 (17b, 3x4, 1x6), Rising Pune Supergiant bowl- Hardik 21 (14b, 3x4), M.S. Dhoni Toss: Supergiant. almost four months on the any game-time ever since placements make a name for
and immediately won a leg Hardik Pandya (not out) 35 (15b, ing: Ashoke Dinda 4-0-57-0, (not out) 12 (12b, 1x4); Extras Man-of-the-match: Smith. sidelines due to a knee in- featuring in the T20 series themselves or will the Lions
before decision from umpire 1x4, 4x6), Tim Southee run out Deepak Chahar 2-0-21-0, Ben (lb-1, w-3): 4; Total (for three RPS won by seven wickets jury. against England in January. roar in the opener of what
S. Ravi against the rampa- 7 (3b, 1x6), Mitchell McClen- Stokes 4-0-36-1, Imran Tahir 4- wkts. in 19.5 overs): 187. with a ball to spare. The Mumbai pacer was With Jadeja missing from would be their last season?

Afghanistan is ready for The higher I bat in T20, the better: Henriques
Test cricket, says Nabi IPL breaks down barriers, says the quintessential team man
A. Joseph Antony formances have been world On frequent switches in
HYDERABAD class on pitches that dont formats, he said it had be-
The allrounder is relishing every moment with Sunrisers Moises Constantino Hen- suit bowlers much. come part and parcel of in-
riques is the quintessential In yesterdays win, his ternational cricket. Its ne-
V.V. Subrahmanyam and away. You cant do that was a lot of fan following team man. In a chat with yorkers were perfect, said cessary to perform on
HYDERABAD unless you play quality and more so for Sunrisers . journalists on Thursday, he the towering pro, who whatever stage and adapt to
Allrounder Mohammad Nabi cricket, said the cricketer The fan following is had more to say about his needed three rounds of sur- whats thrown at you, he
believes cricket can be the with 80 ODIs under his belt. clearly growing, he added. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) gery on his broken jaw after said.
binding force for peace back Fresh from his impress- I know it is very tough to teammates than his quickfire a collision with Surrey team- With such athleticism,
in Afghanistan given its pop- ive, match-winning six for get into the playing XI for 52. mate Rory Burns in a NatW- how come he chose cricket
ularity as the No. 1 sport. 40 against Ireland in Noida, SRH given the very good That knock was pivotal in est T20 Blast game against in a sports-mad country ? I
A lot of youngsters are Nabi is clearly relishing bench strength. But, SRHs 35-run win against Sussex at Arundel. was born to Portuguese par-
taking up the game in a big every moment with whenever I get the chance, I Royal Challengers Bangalore On his elevation to No. 3 ents, pretty fond of football.
way. There is plenty of talent Sunrisers. am ready to prove myself, on Wednesday night. in the batting hierarchy, he But right from childhood I
and this is a good augury for It is a fact that when my Nabi said. In an over where he got said it was humbling to be was passionate about
the sport and for the coun- name came up for auction, I We dont feel the pres- 16, Shikhar Dhawan gave a given precedence over cricket, he explained.
try too, the off-spinner said. was nervous as some of the sure of being the only lot of momentum. Age didnt someone such as Kane
Conditions were very dif- big names went unsold by Afghan cricketers in action. matter as Yuvraj made bat- Williamson. Is the IPL a calming influ-
ficult when we started play- then. But once Rashid Good performances by us ting seem so easy, his bat I rate Kane much higher ence, considering the heated
ing. But they are a lot better (Khan) and I were picked by can help the sport in a big swing pure and natural. than myself for he is a world series against Australia that
now. There are very good fa- SRH, we were delighted. It is way and I wish many more Coming early in the tourna- class batsman, acknow- preceded it ?
cilities in some centres like a dream to play in the IPL, from my country play in the ment, its fantastic to see him ledged the Aussie allrounder. The IPL breaks down
Kabul, Kandahar, and said Nabi. next editions, Nabi said. batting so well, gushed Hen- It was nice to get a crack barriers. Players get to know
Jalalabad. The future really And I am eagerly await- riques. at 3, because it offers more each other off the field and
looks bright, said Nabi. Fan following ing to meet Muttiah Mura- In four seasons with opportunities to score runs. thats where true friendships
Afghanistan is ready for Nabi said he and Rashid litharan (SRH mentor) to SRH, I have seen Bhuvi The higher I bat in are built. After all, lifes more
Test cricket especially after playing in the IPL meant a pick up a few tricks in the art Hurricane: Moises Henriques quickire knock was pivotal in (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) to be Twenty20, the better, he important than cricket, con-
beating Zimbabwe at home lot for Afghanistan as there of off-spin, he added. Sunrisers win against RCB. K.R. DEEPAK *
the most consistent. His per- surmised. cluded Henriques.

Major trophy for South Africa not far away: de Villiers Amazing to see Kohli
Says he will miss the next ive years if he goes back to wicketkeeping with his bad back
Shreedutta Chidananda 10,000 runs in Tests: I keeping: Definitely not. I'll
grow as a leader: AB
Bengaluru mean no disrespect to any- miss the next five years if I Special Correspondent well personally.
A.B. de Villiers may have one who has ever achieved start keeping again. My back Bengaluru They beat the Aussies and
taken a long break from Test that but it means abso- won't allow that. My back is A.B. de Villiers has hailed the way they controlled
cricket, but it is clear he still lutely zero to me. I dont care sore because of all those Virat Kohli as a true leader, themselves by not going
holds the format in high about that at all. years of keeping. while admitting that he ori- overboard with the celebra-
regard. Dealing with South Current fitness: I'm going to ginally harboured doubts tions [was good], they looked
His absence from the five- Africa's history in ICC test it out this afternoon. over the latter's captaincy the opposition in the eye. I
day game, though, is born events: (Graeme Smith We've got a nets session. I'll potential. think all of those things come
out of a desire at 33 to ex- called it an unfortunate real- hit a couple of balls, see what It has been an amazing from him. He has become a
tend his ODI career through ity in a recent column for it feels like and then we'll journey to watch him grow as true leader.
to the 2019 World Cup, and the ICC.) I dont think its make a call. a leader, the South African de Villiers added that Kohli
win a major trophy with ever been difficult for us to The quota system in South said here on Thursday. was the best batsman in the
South Africa. deal with. Maybe Graeme African cricket: It is part of In the beginning, when world, while rejecting that la-
people mentioned to me he bel himself.
Speaking after launching found it difficult when he our country. Its something
his new mobile application, was playing. I see it as a chal- out of the teams control. We has leadership qualities and I don't think I can be the
AB17, developed by FanHero, lenge and an opportunity to addressed that issue in our might become a captain one best batsman. I don't play all
day, I doubted it. formats, he said.
here on Thursday, de Villiers do something special. Unfor- last 'culture camp'. We had a
was candid in his views on a tunately we havent won a full-on honesty session Always a great player, but Kohli and he had grown in
I thought he was very emo- each other's company, de Vil-
number of subjects. tournament yet, but we get where everyone put all their
tional with his reactions. He liers felt. I enjoy watching
Excerpts. another chance in 2017 and issues on the table, and thats
has found a way to deal with his passion. He is giving me
Future of Test cricket: The again in 2019. I truly believe one of the things that came it. He is still an emotional, that passion in old age. I think
way T20 has hit the ground, that were not far away. Until up. Its out of our circle of passionate character, but he he is on the same kind of road
it was always going to be a we cross that hurdle, that trust. Weve accepted it as a can manage and control that. [as I], realising it is not all
challenge for Test cricket to question will always come cricket team. I still believe He did not have the best about passion and energy all
keep people involved and in- Looking to the future: A.B. de Villiers, seen relaxing with his son, has taken a break from Tests in up. I feel our team spirit and that we are, if not the best, of series with the bat [against the time. You have to step
terested. But the ICC have order to prolong his ODI career. K. BHAGYA PRAKASH
* our culture is exceptionally one of the best teams in the Australia], but what stood back sometimes and make
got it right in the last few strong, which is the kind of world. With all our chal- out for me was his leadership. some clear decisions. Maybe
years, and not neglected over the last 5-7 years. Some itely here to stay, forever, the real challenge and the thing you need when you lenges and obstacles along That's the greatest test for a that is something he has seen
Tests. There's been some un- games I couldn't believe what hopefully. I love watching real test. carry a 'tag' like that. the way, its something we captain, when you don't do from me.
believable Test cricket played I was witnessing. It's defin- Test cricket. As a player, it's On maybe falling short of Reconsidering wicket- have crossed.


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Harden powers Rockets
LONDON USA and Australia face of The Committee of Admin-
over Nuggets Chelsea ticked off three istrators (CoA) on
more points in its Premier Thursday informed all
James Harden recorded his League title quest with a 2-1
Agence France-Presse
BELGRADE DAVIS CUP QF State units that it will seek
61st double-double and victory over Manchester City Novak Djokovic spearheads Belgium v Italy (Charleroi) the Supreme Courts dir-
delivered a scoring flurry on Wednesday but Totten- Serbias bid to reach the Australia v USA (Brisbane) ective on BCCIs represent-
down the stretch to carry ham Hotspurs Houdini-like Davis Cup semifinals for the France v Great Britain (Rouen) ative at ICC meetings and
Houston Rockets to a season 3-1 win at Swansea means first time since 2013 and re- Serbia v Spain (Belgrade) asked the members to keep
sweep of Denver Nuggets in the race is far from over. boot a career which has that in mind before taking
the NBA on Thursday. With Chelsea leading stalled since his history-mak- Five-time champion Spain any decision at the Special
Rockets won 110-104. fourth-placed City at an edgy ing French Open victory. won the only previous meet- General Meeting on April 9.
Other results: Clippers 112 bt Stamford Bridge courtesy of Shock early losses at ing between the two coun-
Mavericks 101, Warriors 120 Eden Hazards first-half Wimbledon, the Rio tries 4-1 in 2009, with Rafael
bt Suns 111, Lakers 102 bt
Spurs 95, Thunder 103 bt
brace and Tottenham, which Olympics and Australian Nadal defeating Djokovic in
the decisive rubber.
Shyam in
kicked off 15 minutes earlier, Open have been compoun-
Grizzlies 100, Cavaliers 114 bt
Celtics 91, Raptors 105 bt
trailing 1-0 at Swansea, a de- ded by a recent elbow injury The winner will take on
either France or Great Bri-
cisive swing in Chelseas fa- which sidelined him from
Pistons 102, Heat 112 bt tain for a spot in the final. Press Trust of India
vour loomed. the Miami Masters. Bangkok
Hornets 99. AGENCIES However, Dele Allis 88th- Since the start of 2017 The European rivals meet at
Rouen with Britain K. Shyam Kumar (49kg) ad-
Brazil back on top of minute equaliser for Totten- Djokovic has won just seven
hampered by the loss of vanced to the final but Ro-
FIFA rankings ham followed by stoppage- matches but he insists that
world No.1 Andy Murray, out hit Tokas (64kg) took
ZURICH time strikes from Son Heung- this weekends Davis Cup
with an elbow injury. bronze going down in the
Brazil surged to the top of min and Christian Eriksen clash at home to Spain
semifinals of the Thailand
the FIFA World rankings for means Chelseas lead re- provides the perfect plat- In Brisbane, 28-time win-
International boxing tour-
the first time in seven years mains seven points. form for the defence of his ner Australia hosts the
nament here on Thursday.
on Thursday, upstaging Sergio Agueros equaliser, French Open title, the only United States, champion on
Shyam Kumar defeated
Argentina. In third place is his 15th league goal of the Grand Slam still in his a record 32 occasions. The
Mongolias Gankhuyag
Germany, followed by Chile season, looked to have given possession. two meet for the 47th time.
Gan-Erdene in the last-four
and Colombia. AFP City the launchpad to in-
crease Chelseas jitters but
Bukharina is India
relay team coach
Fernandinhos rash tackle on
Pedro for a penalty which Make that two! Eden Hazard slots in the penalty, for Chelseas second goal, past Manchester
City keeper Willy Caballero. MIKE HEWITT/GETTY IMAGES
Karman advances Rajput wins
Hazard scored on the re-

Former Olympic sprint relay
bronze medallist Galina
bound meant Guardiola was
outsmarted by Conte.
The results: Erikssen 90+4); Hull 4 Malaga 1 (Sandro 40).
Sports Bureau
Heraklion (Greece)
First round: Vivien Juhaszova
(Svk) & Polina Leykina (Rus) bt
Premier League: Liverpool 2 (Markovic 14, Niasse 27, Bundesliga: Borussia
Bukharina, a Russian who
later migrated to the US, has
Arsenal moved up to fifth,
four points behind City with
(Coutinho 40, Origi 58) drew
with Bournemouth 2 (Afobe 7,
Hernandez 33, Maguire 70) bt
Middlesbrough 2 (Negredo 5,
Monchengladbach 1 (Benes 16)
bt Hertha Berlin 0; Mainz 2
Karman Kaur Thandi de-
feated Mila Eklund 6-2, 3-6,
Eva Wacanno (Ned)
Prarthana Thombare 6-2, 2-6,
u-18 title
been appointed coach of the a game in hand, after a 3-0 6-3 in the second round of [10-8].
King 87); Chelsea 2 (Hazard 10, de Roon 45+1). (Jairo 69, Muto 89) lost to RB
Indian 400m and relay teams. home victory over struggling the $15,000 ITF womens $15,000 ITF women, Herak- Sports Bureau
35-pen) bt Manchester City 1 La Liga: Barcelona 3 (Suarez 25, Leipzig 3 (Sabitzer 48, Werner CHANDIGARH
The Union Sports Minister West Ham United, a first win (Aguero 26); Arsenal 3 (Ozil 58, Messi 27, 33) bt Sevilla 0; Leg- 52, Keita 81); VfL Wolfsburg 0 tournament here on lion (Greece): Second round:
Vijay Goel approved the in four for Wengers side. Walcott 68, Giroud 83) bt West anes 2 (Pires 32, Neves 35) lost lost to Freiburg 1 (Niederlech- Thursday. Karman Kaur Thandi bt Mila Shashikant Rajput defeated
appointments of Bukharina Joshua Kings late leveller for Ham 0; Southampton 3 (Red- to Real Madrid 4 (Rodriguez 15, ner 78); Augsburg 2 (Verhaegh The results: $15,000 Futures, Eklund (Fin) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Bhupender Dahiya 6-1, 6-4
and Australian race walking Bournemouth in a 2-2 draw mond 45, Yoshida 84, Ward- Morata 18, 23, Mantovani 48- 76-pen, Halil Altintop 82) lost Jakarta: Quarterfinals: Brydan $15,000 ITF women, in the under-18 boys final
coach Dave Smith on at Anfield all but knocked Prowse 85) bt Crystal Palace 1 og); Deportivo La Coruna 0 to Ingolstadt 3 (Kittel 24, Co- Klein (GBr) bt Haadin Bava 6-1, Hammamet (Tunisia): First of the AITA Championship
Thursday, and they will be Liverpool out of the title (C. Benteke 31); Swansea 1 drew with Granada 0; Alaves 0 hen 35, 67); Darmstadt 0 lost to 6-4. round: Federica Arcidiacono series junior tennis tourna-
with the Indian team till the equation as it is 12 points (Routledge 11) lost to Totten- lost to Osasuna 1 (Berenguer Bayer Leverkusen 2 (Brandt 15, $25,000 ITF women, Santa (Ita) bt Snehadevi Reddy 6-7 ment at the CLTA Stadium
2020 Olympics in Tokyo. adrift of Chelsea. ham 3 (Alli 88, Son 90+2, 88); Sporting Gijon 0 lost to Volland 56). Margherita di Pula (Italy): (6), 6-2 6-3. on Thrusday.
It was a double crown
for Shashikant as he won

India needs to strengthen

the doubles title with
Vanshika overcomes sluggish start, in semiinals Naresh Badgujar.
The results:
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT 13-15, 15-7; Arjun Rehani bt 11-7, 11-5; Devvang Tomar b Under-13 (third round): Anwe- Boys: Under-18: Final:

its anti-doping system irst NEW DELHI

Vanshika Thakur recovered
from a slow start to beat
Akash 15-7, 13-15, 15-7; Vaasu
Himmatramka bt Keshav Mak-
ker 15-5, 14-15, 15-8; Rishi
Ryan Ranjan 11-9, 11-9.
Under-9 (quarterfinals): Man-
jeet Chaoudhary bt Shiven Up-
sha Goowda bt Muskan Mishra
15-10, 15-14; Stuti Agrawal bt
Hiya Wadhwa 15-11, 11-15, 15-8;
Shashikant Rajput bt Bhu-
pender Dahiya 6-1, 6-4. Semi-
finals: Dahiya bt Naresh
Kukreja bt Kanishk 11-15, 15-14, manyu 11-5, 11-4; Arjun bt Uday Muskaan Sangwan bt Siddhi Ku- Badgujar 6-0, 4-6, 6-4; Ra-
Anandini Nagda 2-11, 11-4, 11-8
Athletes awareness is far from satisfactory in the girls under-11
15-10; Shubham Patel bt Shivam Bhan Mehra 11-8, 11-4; Ayush mar 15-10, 15-11. jput bt Tushar Sharma 6-1,
Mehta 15-11, 15-11. Kumar bt Nishant Sehwag 11-7,
quarterfinals of the PNB Khushboo Sao bt Suhana Doubles: Final: Rajput &
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC them, the six-man organisa- Under-13 (fourth round): 11-3; Akash Singh bt Harsh
Y.B. Sarangi Metlife junior badminton Mansoori 8-15, 15-13, 15-10; Badgujar bt Akarshit Mahajan
tion catering to several thou- Chirag Khatri bt Sarwar Deshwal Choudhary 11-1, 9-11, 11-9.
KOLKATA There are too many championship at the Thyaga- Myra Grover bt Megha Nasir 14- & Yuvraj Kooka 6-2, 6-1.
India ranking third for the sand athletes across the 15-7, 15-3; Girls: Under-17 (third round): 15, 15-5, 15-14.
loopholes in our system: raj Indoor Stadium on Under-14: Semifinals: Ajay
third consecutive time in the Noted lawyer Vidushpat country has not been able to Manish Phogat bt Vansh Dev Aashi Rawat bt Priyanshi Katiyar
Thursday. 15-11, 15-10; Anmol Bhutani bt 15-3, 15-4; Shehjar Chowdhury Under-11 (quarterfinals): An- Singh bt Jitin Chetry 4-6, 6-2,
list of countries with anti- Singhania function in a dynamic man-
The results: bt Khushi Thakkar 15-10, 15-10; mol Kharb bt Riddhima 6-0; Sarabjot Singh bt Pranav
doping rule violations (AD- ner. Following the imple- Veer Pratap Singh 15-13, 15-13;
Boys: Under-17 (third round): Arushi Singh bt Ayushi Dhas- Sahrawat 11-4, 11-1; Unnati Chopra 6-4, 7-6(3).
RVs) record for 2015 and the mentation of the 2015 World Ryan Ranjan bt Abhigyan
Mukul Teotia bt Lakhan Yadav mana 3-15, 15-13, 15-12; Simran Hooda bt Khushi Punia 11-4, Doubles: Final: Chetry &
government mulling over but without adequate ex- Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Sharma 15-12, 14-15, 15-9;
15-9, 15-9; Vimal Prajapat bt Ajit Chaudhary bt Suhani Khatri 15- 11-5; Vansihika Thakur bt Sukhpreet Jhoje bt Chopra &
bringing a law to criminalise pertise to handle such issues Code, the National Anti-Dop- Aaryan Sapiah bt Likhit Srivast-
Kumar Ashutosh 15-11, 6-15, 14, 10-15, 15-11; Adya Parashar Anandini Nagda 2-11, 11-4, 11-8; Sarabjot 6-4, 6-3.
the offence of doping have it may turn out to be a pre- ing Organisations (NADOs) ava 15-12, 15-11; Neer Nehwal bt
15-9; Himanshu Dabas bt Abdul Qadir Jeelani 15-12, 15-12; bt Vibhuti Sharma 15-8, 15-7. Anwesha Gowda bt Manvi 8-11, Girls: Under-18: Semifinals:
directed the focus on the ef- mature and harsh step. were expected to take up the Kaavya Sawhney bt Ashpreet
Nandis Poddar 15-11, 13-15, 15- Pulkit Bansal bt Siddharth Under-15 (fourth round): Sneha 11-3, 11-1.
ficiency of the countrys There are too many task of investigation and in- Bajwa 6-0, 6-0; Harleen Kaur
11; Harsh Kumar bt Suraj Tewa- Rawat 15-12, 15-13; Khooshee Rajwar bt Saloni Goyal 15-4, Under-9 (quarterfinals):
anti-doping system. loopholes in our system. We telligence gathering. bt Himanshika 6-2, 6-3.
tia 15-6, 11-15, 15-4; Aman Kumar Pankaj bt Vedanth Sudhir 15-3; Madhumita Ramamoorthy bt
Like many other coun- have a National Anti-Doping NADA had been toying Doubles: Final: Kavya &
Gupta bt Naman Singh Nehra 15-10, 15-12; Manraj Singh bt Sakshi Phogat bt Ayush Dod- Manya Lalani 4-11, 11-8, 11-7;
tries, the government is try- Agency (NADA) consisting of with the idea of roping in in- Srishti Dhir bt Harleen & Aish-
15-10, 15-10; Chirag Seth bt Hi- Yash Dabas 15-6, 15-6. hwal 15-14, 15-13; Khushboo Ashe Singh bt Ashlesha Sharma
ing to fulfil an obligation to six people. They have not vestigators and collecting in- mansh Batra 15-7, 14-15, 15-11; warya Andalkar 6-1, 6-2.
Under-11 (quarterfinals): Neer Sao bt Meenal Rautela 13-15, 15- 11-6, 11-7; Ananya
fall in line with the Interna- been able to educate (the formation on drug supply Rehan Rathee bt Hariom 15-14, Under-14: Semifinals: Nimrat
Nehwal bt Mohammad Arsh 10, 15-14; Anupama Upadhyaya
tional Convention against athletes properly). They are chains for the last two years 14-15, 15-9; Devvrat bt Sanskar Bhardwaj bt Harshita Yadav Atwal bt Krishti Boro 6-4,
11-4, 11-7; Chirag Choudhary bt bt Khushi Pant 14-15, 15-5, 15-7;
Doping in Sports passed by not taking any action against but is yet to achieve any sig- Chopra 15-10, 8-15, 15-9; Mohit Suhana Mansoori bt Anusha 11-5, 11-2; Shruti Chouhan bt 6-3; Kuhoo Atray bt Prachi
Vibhas Agarwal 11-6, 11-8;
UNESCO in October, 2005. any coach or federation (for nificant result. Kumar bt Akash Paswan 15-1, Naisha Ahlawat 11-6, 11-4. Batra 6-2, 6-2.
Vansh Dev bt Divyansh Rawat Singh 13-15, 15-9, 15-4.
But the point to ponder is spreading doping). You can- We dont have any in-
whether our country, where not just keep punishing the vestigation. In America, they
athletes primarily come athlete. You have that crim- did a proper investigation of
from humble backgrounds inal system when you have a Lance Armstrong and of
and awareness about anti- proper system in place, said Balco. Their police are doing
doping issues is far from be- noted lawyer Vidushpat a proper job. Here we dont All-rounder Shawej stars the 27th All India Om Nath Playerz XI posts wins ZenithXI 147 for five in 20 overs Academy by 43 runs in the
ing satisfactory, is ready for Singhania, who has worked have any idea, said Sing- for Rann Star CC Sood memorial tournament. (Aditya Kaushik 47, Gursimar
Dhruv Jains 50 and Aviral 10th Hargopal under-19
such a law. as a counsel for several ath- hania. The lack of enough Singh 31; Navdeep Sethi two for
The scores: Himmatramkas 42 helped tournament.
The other important letes charged with doping. awareness about drugs and Man-of-the-match Shawej 38) lost to Saya Rowdy Rhinos
SCC 206 all out in 39.1 overs Playerz XI beat Nav Durga XI 151 for one in 17.3 overs The scores: TYCA 272 for six in
question is whether our anti- Even though the NADA, supplements is another area Khan scored crucial 34 (Milind Kumar 62, Dhruv by 19 runs in the 5th 35 overs (Ayush Badoni 109,
(Vinayak Gupta 77 not out,
doping mechanism is match- which functions under the of concern. There is no sys- unbeaten runs and picked Shorey 42; Shawej Khan three Roshanara Premier League. Sumit Kumar 97; Ayush Jamwal
Kshitij Garg 51).
ing the best standards being direct supervision of the tem of supplement testing, up three wickets, while for 20, Rahul Chaudhary two The scores: Playerz XI 169 for two for 41, Vaibhav Chaudhary
practised around the world. Union Sports Ministry des- No system to label drugs or Nitish Lochab and Unmukt Ayush hits rapid century
for 37, Vikas Dixit two for 47) three in 20 overs (Dhruv Jain two for 43) bt TN Academy 229
Some sports administrat- pite being an autonomous supplements. We have a sys- Chand scored half-centuries lost to RSCC 210 for three in 50, Aviral Himmatramka 42, Delhi under-19 player Ayush for seven in 35 overs (Ayush
ors, who are fed up with the body, has achieved decent tem of ayurveda and other each as Rann Star Cricket 29.3 overs (Nitish Lochab 58, Jaspreet Singh Dhingra 30; Badoni scored a 73-ball 109 Jamwal 67, Gagan Vats 49;
embarrassing number of success by testing a large medicines where we dont Club beat Sonnet Cricket Unmukt Chand 52, Mohit Paras Anand three for 30) bt and Sumit Kumar made 97 as Prashant Kumar two for 14,
dope positive results, may fa- number of athletes and pen- know what is happening, he Club by seven wickets and Ahlawat 39 not out, Shawej Nav Durga XI 150 for six in 20 Trans Yamuna Cricket Rachit Kapoor two for 33,
vour sending the guilty to jail alising a good chunk of added. enter the prequarterfinals of Khan 34 not out). overs (Hridey Sagar 57). Association beat TN Sandeep Kumar two for 34).


THE HINDU CROSSWORD 11975 (set by Anon)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 12 Is sucked in by allure of
middlemans personality (8)
2 Dumpling, tea for tropical
American bird (5)
Spirit of surrender
13 Mystic nag performs acrobatics The Tirukkural captures the spirit of renunciation and sur-
9 10 3 Exiles bears (7)
(9) render thus: When one attaches himself with the Lord who
is free from all attachments, he is bound to eternal happi-
5 Missing receptacle lacking top
15 European capitals chief ness. A new bond is gained when all other bonds are
11 12 handle (6)
superintendent covered in fur broken. One is no longer ensnared in delusion.
coat (5) Scriptures hail the renunciation of all that one considers
6 Served up pita fries with as ones own and offering oneself wholly to the Lord as the
13 14 15 pre-dinner drinks (9)
16 Auditor governs English city highest spiritual attainment, the only means by which a jiv-
(5) atma can attain salvation. In a discourse, Damal Ramakrish-
7 Turings machine initially nan and Perundevi pointed out that Vibhishana exemplifies
16 17 18 19 20 18 Suspends stations one end solved mysteries (7) this spirit when he chooses to leave his ties with Ravana who
21 stands in adharma. Though born in the rakshasa race,
8 In a riot, noticed scenes of Vibhishana is described as a dharmatma, one who is by
22 23 24 22 Hatred of one report (8)
vanity (13) nature a righteous person. He can never be a part of
23 Meal missing second spice, but adharma.
25 26 starter is irst class (6) 14 Darwin, extremely learned, Generally, the rakshasas engage in severe penance to gain
adjusted to European nation boons that confer power and invincibility. But Vibhishana
25 Since dance, get facelift, glow (9) had sought the boon of infinite wisdom, instead of infinite
27 28 (10) power, and the tendency to tread the path of righteousness.
17 Poison shell split by Myanmar Hence he knows all along that Rama is the Lord Narayana
26 Looking back at endless Buddhist (7) Solution to puzzle 11974 Solution to yesterdays Sudoku whom he worships and so decides to seek His feet.
journal of attack (4)
He appears before the group of monkeys on the northern
ACROSS 19 Remove waste surrounding O O U E S N R X shores where Rama and Lakshmana stay and stands in the
27 Regularly impound returning
1 Equip irst computer America (7) D Y S E N T E R Y S C E N E skies along with four other rakshasa warriors. Even as the
communist whos forward E T S D N U E R
programmer with squadron monkeys are ready to attack them, Vibhishana, freed from
thinking (6) WA R H O L C H R O N I C
(6) 20 Sweetheart, adventurous, L I E E I delusions, speaks fearlessly about the purpose of his coming
4 Father to secure mansion (6) 28 Marching editor has drink with embraces student (7) S I G N P O S T A D D E R S to Ramas camp when war with Lanka is imminent. When
9 Fell backward into space (4) H I S C N E
girl (6) A P A T H Y P R O F O U N D Vibhishanas plea is accepted, he falls at Ramas feet, and
10 Expert inally writes 21 Goldsmith has old European T A E E N once again repeats his wishes: I know fully well that you
dissertation on artiicial limb currency, we hear (6) T E S T B A N A B B A C Y are the refuge for all beings and hence I seek your feet. I
(10) have renounced my friends, wealth, Lanka, etc and come
11 I escape from riot with squad 1 Excuse a traveller with empty 24 Tata, for one, is returning in E R U L E L T L here. My place, life and well being henceforth belong to
(6) gypsy (7) Paris (5) D E E P E N P A V E M E N T your kindness and grace.




Davis Cup: India v Uzbek-
istan, DD Sports, 3 p.m.
World Group: Neo Sports,
Ramkumar to start tie Heartbreak for Paes
The veteran hits out at the inconsistent selection policy
6.30 p.m.
U.S. Masters: Live streaming
on, 5.30
against Ismailov Ashwin Achal
A disappointed Leander
played until recently. A
simple phone call would
have done the job. he said.
West Indies v Pakistan: 1st Paes hit out at the rationale Paes emphasised that his
ODI, TEN 2, 7 p.m.
NBA: Sony Six & Six HD, 5 Prajnesh to play second singles against Fayziev; no place for Paes used to drop him from the love for the sport and the na-
Davis Cup doubles rubber. tion will remain undimin-
a.m. (Saturday)
N. Sudarshan At the draw ceremony ished. My love for the India
La Liga: TEN 1 & 3, 12.10 a.m.
BENGALURU DAVIS CUP held here on Thursday flag, the country, and the
The city seems to have CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC morning, it was revealed people, is unconditional, he
wretched luck with the ORDER OF PLAY that Sriram Balaji and Rohan said.
IN BRIEF name Novak Djokovic. The Ramkumar Ramanathan Bopanna will play together. The 43-year-old stayed
last time the leafy environs vs. Temur Ismailov With Balaji being an auto- optimistic about what the fu-
of the KSLTA Stadium inside matic choice based on his ture holds for him. Some-
the pristine Cubbon Park Prajnesh Gunneswaran vs. good run in recent ITF Fu- Leander Paes. * PTI times you have to take things
played host to a Davis Cup Sanjar Fayziev tures events, it was a toss up on the chin, and keep work-
tie, it was decked up to re- CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC between Bopanna and Paes phone call you are ing hard. I would like to play
ceive the Serbian superstar, for the second spot. needed, or you are not more Davis Cups ties. I will
only for him to pull out cit- Coric at the Aircel Chennai While Bopanna reached needed. In fact, on Monday, play Challengers and other
ing personal commitments Open, to five sets. Then a the final of the Dubai Cham- Ive got a tournament in tournaments, and I will
Jayaram stuns Axelsen and fatigue. day later, he combined with pionship last month, he has Houston. So from Mexico, I work my way back to the top
to reach quarterinals This time it was the turn Istomin to play five more had three first round exits in have come all the way here, again he said.
KUCHING (MALAYSIA) of Djokovics most-recent sets in doubles. his last three tournaments. now I have to go all the way Paes added that he will
Ajay Jayaram entered the Grand Slam slayer there These things shouldnt Paes took the Leon Chal- back again. Its not easy. Ma- not be present during the
quarterfinals of the Malaysia havent been many Denis be an issue at all, Bhupathi lenger Tour title at Mexico hesh is a professional, hes tie.
Open Super Series with a Istomin, who beat him at the said, to much surprise. last week.
hard-fought 9-21, 21-14, Australian Open, to keep To draw a parallel, fit- The criteria was sup-
21-19 victory in 44 minutes
over fourth seed Denmarks
Viktor Axelsen here on
everyone on tenterhooks un-
til he decided not to make
the journey owing to a
ness was never my forte but
Ive played 14 or 15 sets over
a weekend in Davis Cup. The
posed to be form, which ob-
viously doesnt seem to be
the case. I too won an ATP
Bhupathis take
Thursday. Unseeded Jayaram lingering foot injury. adrenaline kicks in, the team Challenger. Also, Leons alti-
Principal Leander and Balaji in would
will clash with fifth-seeded As the Asia-Oceania is behind you. Things just tude is over 1800 metres, Correspondent have been a roll of the dice
Son Wan Ho of South Korea in Group I Round Two tie gets take shape. which is double that of BENGALURU for me.
the last eight. PTI under way, shorn of star The weekend will show Bengaluru, Paes said.
India Davis Cup captain Ma- But when reminded that
power, with India captain how but what might add to Mahesh (Bhupathi) is the he himself had turned up on
hesh Bhupathi defended his
Mahesh Bhupathi choosing the intrigue is the fact that captain, so he has the right a Wednesday for many a tie
Bangladesh decision to pick Rohan
to overlook Leander Paes Magniicient setting: India and Uzbekistan Davis Cup teams these sets of players have to choose whoever he Bopanna ahead of Leander during his playing days,
levels series
candidature also, and with at the draw ceremony held in the vicinity of the Vidhana never met each other. Bhu- wants. But, I think whatever Paes, saying the former Bhupathi said: I think every
all four singles players from Soudha on Thursday. V. SREENIVASA MURTHY
pathis source of knowledge the criteria is, it should be poses a bigger threat on the captain has a different
Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by
both countries outside the was a lot of YouTube adhered to consistently. At court. style. I run the team the
45 runs in the second T20I to
ATP top-250, it is indeed dis- country, Prajnesh Gun- ten does his utmost to rev up videos. one time, it is based on rank- The conditions are quick way I think it should be run.
finish the two-match series
tinctly underwhelming. neswaran, Indias second the crowd, will hope for a The closest the Uzbeks ings, the other time it is here. Rohan has been I think that 25 years of ex-
level in Colombo on
singles player had told The performance to match his have come to acquainting based on likes and personal serving well, and seeing the perience should give me the
Thursday. ability to do so.
Golden opportunity Hindu recently. actions. For Ismailov on the themselves with the Indians preferences. Sometimes it is ball well. He has had a good
Bangladesh dismissed Sri start to the year, said Bhu- This is not the end of the
To be fair, Davis Cup has It feels like we are part of other hand, this will be his was when Farrukh Dustov based on who plays on
Lanka for 131 runs in 18 overs pathi. He hinted that Paes road for Paes, Bhupathi in-
never been a top entertain- something bigger. first live rubber. saw Ramkumar practice dur- deuce court and who plays
after scoring 176 for nine at could have been selected if sisted. His being on the
ment product. Its schedul- At the draw ceremony ing a Futures tournament on ad court. And now it is
R. Premadasa Stadium. he had practised with the team is invaluable in terms
ing, format, terminologies all held at the Vidhana Soudha, Familiar with five-setters back home. based on form. On form, you
Bangladeshs win spoiled a squad right from the start of experience and energy.
seem arcane. Only in recent the seat of the State legis- In the second singles Pra- In the past, these two know who has played bet-
brilliant hat-trick by Lasith of the camp. These boys Meanwhile, former cap-
years have the big stars lature of Karnataka, it jnesh will meet Uzbek No.1 teams have split the last four ter, Paes said.
Malinga, who finished with have been here since tain Anand Amritraj said: I
really warmed up to it. emerged that Ramkumar Sanjar Fayziev. Of all the four ties between them but have The veteran doubles star Sunday. Sriram Balaji and
three for 34. feel both [Mahesh and
The scores: Bangladesh 176
But its allure is best cap- Ramanathan, Indias No.1 singles players, the latter rem did not take kindly to being Rohan Bopanna have been Leander] played it wrong
for nine in 20 overs (Imrul tured in the words of the singles player, would open might have the best prepara- ained unassailable at called up to the squad, only playing a lot of sets to- here. Leander should have
Kayes 36, Soumya Sarkar 34, rank and file and the unher- against Temur Ismailov first tion as he is the only one home. to be dropped after travel- gether, said Bhupathi. been told earlier. I find it
Shakib Al Hasan 38, Lasith alded, for whom it is a up on Friday. who has past experience of Bhupathis hope, in his ling half-way across the Unfortunately for hard to believe that it [de-
Malinga three for 34 incl. a golden opportunity to exper- This is Ramkumars fourth having played five sets. first tie as captain, will be for world. Leander, yesterday was his cision] was done late on
hat-trick) bt Sri Lanka 131 in ience the limelight and be- Davis Cup fixture and per- Against South Korea in that trend to continue. first day. He played three Wednesday. It should have
18 overs (Chamara come heroes for a week or haps the most important, February, he stretched Order of play (3 p.m. start) Why not a phone call? games before it started been made earlier. And
Kapugedera 50, Thisara two. shouldering the responsibil- Hyeon Chung, a player Ramkumar Ramanathan All this nonsense shouldnt raining. Doubles in Davis Leander too should have
Perera 27, Shakib Al Hasan We are all getting a ity in the absence of Yuki ranked as high as 51 and one vs. Temur Ismailov followed be there. When it comes to Cup is always a high-stress asked for clarity before
three for 24, Mustafizur chance to be a part of the Bhambri. who had just beaten the by Prajnesh Gunneswaran playing for the country. I situation, so throwing landing.
Rahman four for 21). team and to play for the The 22-year-old, who of- Croatian sensation Borna vs. Sanjar Fayziev firmly believe in one simple

Rose, Sullivan, Fitzpatrick

grab share of lead
Agence France-Presse
Englands Justin Rose, Andy Sullivan
and Matthew Fitzpatrick grabbed a Corner with a bogey at the par-4 11th
share of the early first-round lead and then plunked a shot into Raes
Thursday at the Masters after Belgi- Creek on his way to a double bogey
ums Thomas Pieters found watery at the par-3 12th.
disaster in Amen Corner. Thats the same hole where a
American Kevin Chappell joined double splashdown into Raes Creek
the English trio and Masters de- by Jordan Spieth led to his 2016
butante Pieters on 2-under atop the quadruple bogey disaster that cost
leaderboard in cool and windy con- him the final round lead.
ditions at Augusta National in the World No. 1 Dustin Johnson took
years first major championship. practice swings at the Masters
Pieters made five birdies without a without apparent problems, amid
bogey in the first 10 holes to seize a optimism he would play in the open-
three-shot lead but opened Amen ing round despite a back injury.




Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide: study
50% of the deaths attributable to tobacco use occured in China, India, USA, and Russia in 2015, according to the Global Burden of Disease report
Press Trust of India Deaths attributable to pared to 1990 figures, the Panama and India stand out For example, India,
New Delhi smoking increased by 4.7% Philippines, Germany, and as three countries that have where 112% of the worlds
A study has found that in 2015 from the figures in India had no significant de- implemented a large number smokers live, supplemented
Pope Francis to wash smoking caused one in ten 1990 and smoking was rated creases in smoking among of tobacco control policies the Cigarettes and Other To-
feet of prison inmates deaths worldwide in 2015, as a bigger burden on health women for the same period. over the past decade and re- bacco Products Act (COTPA)
VATICAN CITY half of them in just four moving from the third to corded marked declines in with the creation of a Na-
Pope Francis will wash the countries: China, India, the the second highest cause of Battle far from won the prevalence of daily tional Tobacco Control Pro-
feet of inmates at the Paliano United States and Russia. disability, the study said. The authors of the study smoking since 2005, com- gramme (NTCP) in 2007.
prison, which houses mafia About 6.4 million deaths The estimates are based warned that the war against pared with decreases recor- NTCP was created to
turncoats, in an Easter week worldwide was caused by on smoking habits in 195 tobacco is far from won, and ded between 1990 and 2005. strengthen implementation
ritual meant to show smoking in 2015 and 52.2% of countries and territories argued that despite imple- The study said the Frame- and enforcement of the vari-
willingness to serve. The them took place in China, In- between 1990 and 2015. mentation of the WHO work Convention on To- ous provisions of COTPA at
April 13 Mass at the facility, dia, U.S. and Russia, accord- The U.S., China and In- Framework Convention on bacco Control (FCTC), is ne- the state and district level. It
located in a fortress outside ing to the latest estimates in dia, which were the leading Tobacco Control in 2005, cessary and vital for creating has been rolled out in phases
Rome, would be strictly the Global Burden of Disease three countries in total num- policy makers need to make a policy environment for and currently covers about
private, the Vatican said. AP (GBD) report published in ber of female smokers, ac- renewed and sustained ef- more effective tobacco con- 40% of all districts in India,
medical journal The Lancet. counted for 273% of the forts to tackle it. trol worldwide but is not the study said.
China, India, and Indone- worlds female smokers, it Worldwide, between 1990 enough to fully address each The 10 countries with the
sia, the three leading coun- said. and 2015, smoking preval- Clear message: Students display the No Smoking sign on countrys tobacco-control largest number of smokers in
tries with male smokers, ac- While Indonesia, ence decreased by almost a their berets during a campaign against tobacco use. AP * needs. The nations will need 2015 were China, India, In-
counted for 514% of the Bangladesh and the Philip- third from 29.4% to 15.3%. to both implement FCTC- donesia, U.S., Russia,
worlds male smokers in pines did not have significant But one in four men world- tion growth has led to an in- lion in 1990 to 933.1 million stipulated measures and sup- Bangladesh, Japan, Brazil,
2015. India has 112% of the reductions in the numbers of wide continue to smoke, as crease in the overall number in 2015, the study said. plement such policies and Germany and the
worlds total smokers. men smoking daily com- do one in 20 women. Popula- of smokers from 870.4 mil- The study said Pakistan, programmes. Philippines.

NASA astronaut gets

space mission extended
Reindeer police: the only
Peggy Whitson, who broke Puddle hoppers
Indian-American astronaut
Sunita Williams record for
the most spacewalks by a
woman, is poised to set a new
force of its kind in the world
record for cumulative time
spent in space by a U.S. It sorts out conlicts over grazing grounds in Lapland
astronaut, NASA has said.
Instead of returning in June Agence France-Presse
as was planned, she will now
be back in September. PTI Mathis Andreas, an indigen-
ous Sami reindeer herder,
sees a snowmobile with
glowing fluorescent strips
approach his remote cabin
in the frozen tundra and
worries what the neighbour-
ing herder may think.
Its the reindeer police
in Norwegian Lapland, the
Christian Bale may play only force of its kind in the
Dick Cheney in biopic world. Their job is to pre-
LOS ANGELES vent conflicts between her-
The Dark Knight himself, ders and ensure the Far
Christian Bale (43), is in talks North doesnt turn into the Chilly beat: A reindeer police oicer rides his snow scooter
to play the lead in a biopic of Wild West. during a patrol in Norwegian Lapland. AFP

Dick Cheney that Paramount Here, far above the Arctic

Pictures and Plan B Circle, the reindeers grazing ventured onto their pasture. their animals to a neigh-
Entertainment hope to begin grounds can be a source of They tied him up with a bours pasture further
shooting in September. In the conflict. Some argue there lasso, then left him alone in north, where they, he says
film on the former U.S. Vice are just too many reindeer, freezing temperatures and with a pause, received a
President, Steve Carell may while harsh weather condi- took his snowmobile key. clear message to move
play Donald Rumsfeld, the Dashing through the rain: Children cross a channel illed with rainwater on their way to school in Morigaon district of Assam on tions can make it difficult for Another area is so con- promptly.
former Defense Secretary. NYT Thursday. The State has been receiving continuous showers in the past few days. RITU RAJ KONWAR *
the animals to access their frontational locals have nick-
main diet, lichen, under the named it the Gaza Strip. Changing the past
ice-covered snow. It has happened that a They moved even further

Berlin gives refuge to Rosa Parks house The Sami formerly

known as Lapps, a term now
considered pejorative
have been herding since an-
conflict worsened and be-
came physically violent, al-
though Ive never experi-
enced it. But the
north, to a third pasture,
and there, too, they were
roughed up, he says. They
never came back.
cient times, selling the atmosphere can be tense We werent used to call-
Germany-based artist Ryan Mendoza transported the dilapidated two-storey structure from the U.S. reindeer meat, pelts and and people shout insults, ing the police at the time.
antlers which are used in says Jim Hugo Hansen, Mr. As he speaks, Mr. Andreas
Agence France-Presse ternational civil rights move- handicrafts. Nikolaisens colleague. keeps a close eye on his
Berlin ment but relentless death On the Finnmark plateau Everyone is not always meal bubbling away on a
Rosa Parks fled the Amer- threats in the South forced in northeastern Norway, totally pleased, but we usu- wood stove. Its reindeer
ican South for Detroit in the her to escape to Detroit. where the herds spend the ally find a solution so that cheek, tongue and rectum.
1950s at the height of her Mr. Mendoza said the winter grazing after return- each herder can go about his Its fat, its very good.
civil rights struggle. Now the modest three-bedroom ing from their summer pas- business, he adds. The reindeer police was
house where she sought home at 2672 South Deacon tures on the coasts, the created in 1949 to put an
asylum has itself found Street housed 17 people number of reindeer has A punishing expedition end to the widespread
refuge in a city an ocean her brothers family at the been capped at 1,48,800. The reindeer police patrol poaching that erupted after
away: Berlin. time Parks lived there, Herders dont always that Mathis Andreas saw ap- the Nazis scorched earth
U.S. artist Ryan Mendoza, between 1957 and 1959. She agree on the division of their proaching his cabin is just policy left the region
who is based in the German never moved back to grazing grounds, with no paying a courtesy call, it devastated.
capital, helped rescue the Alabama, and died in Detroit fences separating them. turns out. Today, the 15-member
dilapidated two-storey struc- in 2005 at the age of 92. Insults, threats, stealing Grazing conditions have force patrols an area of
ture from the wrecking ball Battered by floods and or killing animals, and, more been good in the area in re- 56,000 square kilometres
and rebuilt it board by board break-ins, the blighted house rarely, fisticuffs or gunshots: cent years, making for more often by snowmobile
in his garden. This week he eventually ended up on the although its nearly deser- peaceful coexistence. and quad bike than by car,
will invite the public to have citys long demolition list. ted, the far North is no But there have been con- usually at a distance so as
a look. Parks niece Rhea McCauley, stranger to violence. flicts in the past, admits Mr. not to frighten the herds.
Mr. Mendoza, 45, says the a retired artist, bought it Enter the reindeer Andreas, 47, whose family Entire weeks can go by
houses odyssey holds up a back for $500 but was un- police. have been herders since the without us seeing a
mirror to two societies: his able to raise the funds to re- 18th century. reindeer, admits Mr.
bitterly divided homeland store it. Keeping the peace Mr. Andreas recalls a Hansen.
grappling with the rise of In safe hands: A ile photo of artist Ryan Mendoza in front of Rosa Parks house in Detroit. *
AFP Enter Mr. Mendoza and If theres a disagreement harsh expedition he conduc- The forces very name is
President Donald Trump, his wife Fabia, who had between one herder and an- ted with another man debated, as its members
and Germany, where more Civil rights are not just dark history as well as a building a wall up is the already transposed one De- other, we play the go- around 30 years ago against deem it too narrow and
than a million people fleeing important for black people mood of love and toler- country that has lost this troit house to Europe as part between and we try to find a three other herders. The trio misrepresentative.
war and misery have sought but also for white people ance made it the right house, he said. of an art project probing solution. We are a kind of had brought their herds to We dont just work on
asylum in the last two years. who want to differentiate haven for the house. Parks, an African-Amer- themes of rootlessness and peace mediator, says Jan his uncles pasture and as- reindeer herding, says its
By disregarding this themselves from their racist ican seamstress, refused to displacement. They said Tore Nikolaisen, a former saulted him with a sharp chief Inger Anita Ovregard at
house, the United States has forefathers. The Germans Full circle give up her bus seat to a they have become the soldier, who has served in tool. their headquarters in Alta.
shown a disregard for civil completely understand what Maybe its not a coincid- white man in Montgomery, foster parents of the Parks the unit for more than a We gave them what they We also watch over
rights, Mr. Mendoza said, as this house has to say. ence that the city that is now Alabama on December 1, house. Ms. McCauley, 69, year. deserved, he recounts, a bit nature and ensure that the
he gave a preview of the re- Having lived in Europe for taking into refuge this house 1955, triggering a wave of ul- said she is grateful to the In 2013, two herders from cryptically at first, aware of public respect the rules,
constructed clapboard struc- more than two decades, Mr. is a city born out of a wall be- timately successful protests Mendozas and is sure Parks Kautokeino, the main village the presence of his police whether it be hunting, fish-
ture in the citys ethnically Mendoza said Berlins earn- ing broken down, and the against racial segregation. herself would have approved in Finnmark, were jailed for guest at his side. ing or motorised travel, Ms.
diverse Wedding district. est reckoning with its own country that is so intent on She became a hero of the in- of the move to Berlin. beating up a rival who had The men later moved Ovregard adds.

Pepsi pulls controversial ad

Twitter users said the commercial trivialised protest
Reuters standing, the company said Young & Laramore said such
PepsiCo pulled a commer- in a statement. backlash is a risk brands
cial featuring model Kendall Clearly we missed the take when they lack outside
Jenner after the advertise- mark, and we apologize. We perspective.
ment prompted outrage and are removing the content This is a good example
ridicule from those who said and halting any further rol- of what happens when you
it trivialised rights protests lout. Pepsi also apologised dont get the objective input
and public unrest in the to Jenner. of a classic agency relation-
United States. ship that can say, We need
The ad, released late on Missing the mark to save you from your worst
Tuesday, shows the fashion The spot drew criticism on impulses, he said.
celebrity and reality TV star Twitter, with users saying it Observers quickly con-
in a photo shoot when she belittled the anti-police viol- demned the ad, which did
sees protesters marching. ence protests held in cities not make clear what the
Removing her wig and including Ferguson, Mis- marchers were protesting.
makeup, Jenner joins the souri, and Baltimore follow- If I had carried Pepsi, I
crowd and hands a baseball ing police killings of un- guess I never would have
cap-wearing police officer a armed black men and gotten arrested. Who
can of Pepsi, prompting him women. knew? activist DeRay McK-
to smile while marchers Pepsi said the ad was cre- esson, one of the best-
cheer and hug. ated by its in-house shop, known voices of the Black
Pepsi was trying to pro- Creators League Studio. Lives Matter movement,
ject a global message of Charlie Hopper, creative dir- tweeted. Pepsi, this ad is
unity, peace and under- ector at advertising agency trash.