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BJP-RSS CONCLAVE Opposition questions presence of Union Ministers at meet

Kashmir, terror dominate agenda

Ankara meet will

review global
economic scenario

Nothing but a
grave travesty
of democracy,
says Congress

Although an annual feature in the RSS-BJP events

calendar, this meeting is different in the sense that it is
much bigger in terms of delegates, and the duration (three
days instead of the two days
normally reserved for it).
The heavy presence of
Ministers, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected
to attend on Friday, saw the
Opposition raise the red flag

over the accountability of the

government to the RSS.
As the meeting went on till
late in the night, reactions on
social media and the principal opposition Congress party looked askance at it.
Ministers of the government giving presentations to
non-elected shenanigans of a
supposedly non-political organisation and getting appraised by the RSS for the

work they are doing is nothing but a grave travesty of democracy, AICC general
secretary in charge of media,
Randeep Surjewala said.
The RSStold Mr. Rajnath
Singh and Mr. Parikkar that
the escalation in terror incidents needed to be tackled
both by security forces and
through political efforts.


Court asks CBI

to probe J&K
cricket scam

Greenpeace Indias
registration cancelled

Indian joins
the race to
lead Twitter

Peerzada Ashiq

Vijaita Singh

G. Venkataramana Rao

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and

Kashmir High Court on
Thursday ordered a CBI
probe into the multi-crore
Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) scam
case, in which the former
Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah, is one of the accused.
A Division Bench of Chief
Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice B.L. Bhat
asked the CBI to complete
the probe in six months.

NEW DELHI: Five months after

dicially affecting the public

interest and economic interest of the state, which
violates the conditions of
grant of registration.
The order issued on September 2 comes after the
NGO was given a 180-day
notice to tender a reply to
the MHA. Vinuta Gopal, interim co-Executive Director
of Greenpeace India said the
organisation will continue
its work and also highlight
the nationwide crackdown
on civil liberties.






SP quits Bihar alliance

it suspended its licence to

receive foreign donations,
the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) cancelled the
registration of Greenpeace
India on Wednesday.
The measure under the
Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), means
that the NGO, part of an international network by the
same name, would not be
able to receive any kind of
foreign donations from now
on. Sources said the decision
came in the wake of preju-


Hardik Patel, associates

booked for rioting

Got investment proposals

worth $3.05 bn, says Minister
Sanjay Vijayakumar
NEW DELHI: The Indian
government has received
investment proposals worth
$3.05 billion under Prime
Minister Narendra Modis Make
in India initiative, Commerce
and Industry Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman has said.
She also assured exporters
that the government would
give top priority to developing
modern infrastructure for
boosting shipments to
overseas markets and spurring
I know all of you have
concerns about infrastructure
growth among others. I assure
you we will give maximum
priority to infrastructure
growth and development, she
said at the Diamond Jubilee
celebrations of the Engineering
Export Promotion Council of

India (EEPC India) here.

She said India was very
much on the recovery path with
a higher GDP growth rate and
improving manufacturing
growth. The investment
proposals worth $3.05 billion
received were indicative of the
impetus to the economy.
Ms. Sitharaman also urged
the engineering exporters to
build a brand for the sector in
the global market. Engineering
exports accounted for 22 per
cent of Indias total
merchandise exports.
Commerce Secretary Rita
Teaotia said that despite
numerous challenges on the
domestic and global fronts, the
engineering sector proved that
India could be a consistent and
good competitor on the global


In the first indication that

the Ghani government may
not be able to operationalise
the controversial agreement
between the two intelligence agencies, Mr. Karzai
said it was rejected by the
Afghan people.
The MoU does not remain, will not remainNo.
We [President Ghani and I]
had a conversation about
that which will bear fruit as
time moves on.
It [MoU] is something
the Afghan people have rejectedthey have not accepted it. It is clearly against
Afghan interests, Mr. Karzai told a small group of
journalists during a visit.
Mr. Karzais comments
come months after the Afghan parliament witnessed
uproar over the contents of
the MoU reportedly signed
in May 2015 by Afghan intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil and ISI Chief
General Rizwan Akhtar in
Kabul in May 2015. Lawmakers in the lower house,
the Wolesi Jirga had threatened to invalidate the
MoU unless it was discussed
and approved by them.

Umiya campus manager
AHMEDABAD: Hardik Patel,
Manubhai Patel filed an
22-year-old leader of
FIR accusing Hardik and
Gujarats Patel reservation his close aides Chirag,
movement, and his
Mahesh, Dinesh and
associates were booked late Arvind of entering the
on Thursday evening for
campus without
rioting and forced entry
permission and creating a
into the campus of Umiya, ruckus.
a Patel community
Mr. Patel, convener of
educational institution on Patidar Anamat Andolan
the outskirts of
Samiti (PAAS) that has

launched a State-wide
agitation demanding
reservation for the
economically influential
Patel community in
government jobs and
educational institutions,
and his associates wanted
to hold a meeting at the
campus to decide their
next move.


High Court asked it to show

that it was complying with
the government's ban on appbased diesel taxis, Ola Cabs
on Thursday said it would
take off diesel-run vehicles
within two weeks and ply only the compressed natural gas
(CNG) cabs in the Capital.
The diesel taxis would be
restricted to inter-city travel.
The company has made
changes in the Ola Cabs app
allowing the users to choose
only CNG cabs in Delhi.

4 Pages


Damini Nath

Indrani confesses

NEW DELHI: The Capital bid a


Rejected by people

NEW DELHI: After the Delhi

A quiet farewell to Aurangzeb Road


of understanding (MoU)
signed in May between Pakistans Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the
National Directorate of Security (NDS) of Afghanistan
will not be implemented,
said former Afghanistan
President Hamid Karzai
here on Thursday.

Only CNG Ola

cabs in Delhi


MUMBAI: Indrani Mukherjea,

the key accused in the Sheena
Bora murder case, has
confessed to her role in the
crime, while Peter Mukherjea
was questioned again.

NEW DELHI: A memorandum

Mohammed Iqbal

Mahesh Langa

LUCKNOW: The grand alliance in

Bihar suffered a blow on
Thursday with the Samajwadi
Party storming out of it and
deciding to contest the
elections on its own. However,
JD(U) president Sharad Yadav
rushed to meet SP supremo
Mulayam Singh to try and sort
out the differences.


native Yellepeddi Padmasree, now Padmasree Warrior, is in the race for the
post of Twitter CEO, according to a report by
Bloomberg Business.
The news agency said
Twitters search firm Spencer Stuart has reached out
to three or four senior business executives, including
Ms. Warrior, to lead the


NEW DELHI: The Indian government on Thursday said competitive

currency is a major threat to
the stability of the global economy. The statement was made
in the release announcing Finance Minister Arun Jaitleys
departure to Ankara in Turkey
for a meeting of G-20 Finance
Ministers and central bank
The recent devaluation of
major currencies followed by
currency depreciations in a
large number of Asian emerging markets raises the risk of
Competitive currency devaluations, at a time when global
demand is sluggish, is a major
threat to stability in the global
economy, the Ministry release said. The two-day meeting will take stock of the global
economic situation and the
yuan devaluation is expected
to dominate the agenda.
However, according to several economists, the Chinese
devaluation of the yuan is not
of serious consequence to the
Indian economy, even in the
medium term. Over the last
year, the Indian currency has
devalued far more than the
Chinese one. I do not understand what the major fear is
over the Chinese devaluation.
It will not affect our economy
too much even if it devalues its
currency in the future, economist Surjit Bhalla told The

MoU with
ISI dropped,
says Karzai
Suhasini Haidar

TCA Sharad Raghavan

Nistula Hebbar
NEW DELHI: Kashmir and how
to deal with Pakistan-sponsored terror dominated the
second day of the BJP-RSS
co-ordination meet here on
Thursday, even as the Opposition Congress protested
the presence of Union Ministers there at the behest of a
non-state actor when they
are accountable only to the
Union Ministers Rajnath
Singh (Home), Manohar Parikkar (Defence), Smriti Irani
Development), Jual Oram
(Tribal Affairs) spoke to 93
delegates, including RSS
chief Mohan Bhagwat, about
the challenges facing their

G-20 discussions set to focus

on impact of yuan devaluation

quiet farewell to Aurangzeb

Road in the early hours of Friday as workers of the New Delhi Municipal Council erased
all signs of the Mughal emperor to make way for President
A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
The NDMC team began repainting the signboards on the
posh Lutyens Delhi road just
past midnight.
The public notice on the renaming will be out on Friday
morning and the boards on the
entire stretch will be changed
to reflect the new name by 6
a.m., said NDMC vice-chairperson Karan Singh Tanwar.
The NDMC had cleared a
resolution on August 28 to
change the name of the road
from its colonial-era moniker
to Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
Road, in honour of the former
President who died on July 27.

posals, including from two

BJP MPs. One of those who
proposed the renaming, East
Delhi MP Maheish Girri had
said that the change was righting the wrongs of the past.
Meanwhile, even before the
old name was removed on
Thursday, Google Maps had already made changes. A search
for Aurangzeb Road, directed

one to A.P.J Abdul Kalam
Road, creating confusion
among Delhiites and visitors.
The road witnessed its share
NDMC employees at work erasing the name
of controversy when Hindu
Aurangzeb Road from the sign board after
Thursday midnight. PHOTO: SANDEEP SAXENA (SEE ALSO PAGE 6) groups blackened the boards
of roads bearing the names of
Mr. Tanwar said the deci- been challenged in the High Muslim leaders a few months
sion of the NDMC, which vot- Court and will be heard on Fri- ago. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara
ed unanimously in favour of day.
Management Committee had
the renaming, was full and fiThe NDMC decided to also demanded that it be
change the name of the road named after Guru Teg BahaHowever, the decision has following three separate pro- dur in 2014.





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CYSS declares manifesto

Maria Akram

he Aam Aadmi Partys students wing, Chhatra Yuva

Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), has
come out with its manifesto
for the Delhi University Students Union elections, scheduled on September 11.
The manifesto focuses on
three issues degree, income
and wifi all of which are linked to the recently-announced
schemes by the AAP government in Delhi. It was during a
concert on Tuesday that Chief
Minister Arvind Kejriwal
promised a loan scheme for
higher education, one lakh
jobs within a year and free WiFi in colleges.
Abhash Chandela of the
CYSS said the scheme for education loans will roll out from
September 8. Their rivals,
however, see this as a last-minute tactic to woo students.
The AAP government announced the scheme in their
maiden budget. Why will it be
initiated just three days before
the DUSU elections? There is a
political agenda behind the
timing. It is misuse of power,
said Vijender Gupta, leader of
Providing free Wi-Fi, which
was among the popular features in the AAPs manifesto
during the Delhi elections,
finds a place in the CYSS manifesto as well. We welcome the
fact that the Delhi government
has already started the tendering process and feasibility
studies with telecom operators, companies like Google
and Facebook and giants like




IBM and Cisco, to make Delhi

Indias first city that offers
public Wi-Fi, says the manifesto.
Mr. Chandela said that initially, Wi-Fi will be provided in
University Special Buses, public spaces, high-footfall areas
of North and South Campus,
and colleges where quality of
Wi-Fi is poor. Wi-Fi is our
focus area and the government
has assured us that it will be
made available by this yearend, he said.
On the lines of a job fair organised by the Delhi government, CYSS members say that
such fairs will be held in the
Capital each month if they are
voted to power.
The students wing has also
come up with pamphlets with
pictures of Arvind Kejriwal
and Bhagat Singh on them.
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Concert spells trouble

Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI: The Chhatra Yuva

Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) has

landed in trouble for organising
a music concert at the Talkatora
stadium on Tuesday. Delhi
University officials are now
mulling legal action against the
The music concert, organised
ahead of the Delhi University
Students Union (DUSU)
elections, is being seen as the
use of money power to
attract votes. It saw the
presence of singers like Vishal
Dadlani, Shilpa Roa and the
Astitva band. Though the
performers claimed that they
had not taken any money to be a
part of the concert, the NSUI
and ABVP have criticised the
CYSS and submitted written
complaints to the university

administration in this regard.

Further, the presence of
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
and other senior leaders also
became a point of criticism.
As per university norms,
students should fight elections
as students. They cannot get
endorsements from candidates
of political parties. There is a
limit of Rs.5,000 on
campaigning expenditure as per
the Lyngdoh Committee
recommendations, said D.S.
Rawat, DU faculty and Chief
Election Commissioner for DUSU
polls. We have received
complaints about CYSS for
organising the music concert.
We are seeking legal opinion
about what action could be
taken, Mr. Rawat said.
He did not clarify what action
would be taken, but said a legal
cell was probing the matter.


Nehru Museum
head breaks
silence on
revamp plan
Anita Joshua
NEW DELHI: Two days after

Union Minister of State for

Culture Mahesh Sharma
stirred up a controversy by
stating that there would be a
little less of Jawaharlal
Nehru in the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library
(NMML), its director Mahesh Rangarajan broke his
silence to maintain that the
modernisation plans would
keep in mind the basic objective of spreading the
ideas of the country's first
Prime Minister, awareness
of the freedom struggle and
history of modern India.
In a statement, Mr. Rangarajan said there will be special focus on the governance
of India under Nehru, something which has been largely left out in the present
Further, Mr. Rangarajan
asserted that Teen Murti
Bhavan is the house of Nehru the Prime Minister, and
the Museum will focus on
his years as Prime Minister
as he, along with great colleagues, laid the foundations
of post-colonial India.
The NMML director said
that modernisation plans
being undertaken as part of
the official commemoration
of Nehru's 125th birth anniversary had been approved
The statement made no
mention of Mr. Sharma's assertion that NMML and other autonomous institutions
under the Culture Ministry
would be used to also promote the work of the Modi
What it does say is that
NMML will also enhance
the intellectual component
of governance through national seminars and international conferences, an input
that Nehru always considered of high value.








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Differently-abled man found hanging


Shiv Sunny

Get set, flee

ourt visits for hearings offer undertrial prisoners the best opportunities to smuggle prohibited items
into Tihar jail. Around 400 recoveries of such items have been made
by the accompanying policemen
during frisking after court visits
this year. And these are just the
recoveries. With 1,300-1,500 undertrials being taken to courts everyday, the actual number of such
smugglings could be much higher,
say police officers tasked with
transfer of these prisoners.
There have been several instances of Tihar jail staff being accused
of aiding inmates to procure
banned items, as well as prisoners
relatives throwing tennis balls containing SIM cards and blades
across the high walls of the prison,
but few opportunities are better
than court visits.
The family and friends of prisoners lie in wait in court premises on
the date of the hearing of their
ward. When an undertrial is led
from the prison vans to the courtrooms, these people mob him with
the intention to transfer items like
surgical blades, tobacco products,
SIM cards, cash and chits containing secret information, says Deputy Commissioner of Police (Third
Battalion) Shivendra Kant Tewari.
The items are passed through on
the pretext of handshakes and
hugs. Sometimes, even lawyers
pass on items during legal consultations, the officer says. The articles are mostly concealed by
prisoners in body cavities and often go undetected even when they
pass through the metal detector
In May, we caught a man supplying 25 packets of drugs to a prisoner being produced in Rohini
Courts, said Mr. Tewari.
While policemen undergo training for searching and frisking prisoners, most of them are relatively
inexperienced on the job for the



Staff Reporter

Even as all possibilities are

being probed, the victims wife and
NEW DELHI: A differently-abled man a neighbour are under the scanner.
was found dead under mysterious So far, she has told police that she
circumstances at his home in
consumed rat poison on Tuesday
North-East Delhis Karawal Nagar following a quarrel with her
on Wednesday. His wife had been husband over monetary issues.
admitted to a hospital at the time
After the deceased mans
of the incident after she allegedly
accident, his wife began working
consumed rat poison after
for a private firm to make ends
following a quarrel with him.
meet. They often fought over
The 32-year-old victim was
financial issues. The victims two
unable to use his legs since an
sons, aged eight and nine years,
accident one-and-half years ago.
discovered his body, after which
He was found hanging from the
they raised an alarm, said a police
railing of the stairs at his home on officer.
Wednesday afternoon.
Neighbours initially did not
The local police are puzzled how believe that the victim had hanged
a differently-abled man, who was
himself. They visited the crime
unable to walk, was able to hang
spot only after the two children
himself. They suspect he was killed insisted they accompany them to
before being hanged to pass it off
their home. The police were
as suicide.
subsequently informed.

Man arrested 14 years after

killing live-in partner
Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI: Fourteen years after he al-

first few days. The police say most

successful smuggling of goods into
Tihar jail takes place when such
policemen are put on the job.
Court visits also provide ample
chances to plan an escape as not
more than two policemen generally escort a prisoner to the courtroom. Four prisoners, including
three while being taken for court
appearance, have made good their
escape from the custody of Third
Battalion this year.
One of them, Surat Singh, managed to escape from Tis Hazari
court premises in late July after
one of his accomplices sprayed
chilli powder into the eyes of the
escorting policemen. He was
nabbed from the court premises by
the same team.
On three other occasions, prisoners escaped by either pushing
away the escorting policemen or
entering into a scuffle with them.

Barring one incident, the Third

Battalion soon recaptured the escaped prisoners.
In one of the escape incidents,
policemen are accused of extending favours to a prisoner who was
escorted court visit in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, in January. The policemen allegedly took him for
lunch to an eatery outside the railway station instead of a secured
one inside. Five policemen are currently under suspension in that
Only a few days ago, six policemen of the Third Battalion were
dismissed from service after they
were captured taking a prisoner
shoe shopping in Agra.

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Workshop at Tihar

legedly murdered his live-in partner in

West Delhis Dwarka, an absconding
accused was nabbed by a special cell
team from an Uttar Pradesh village.
Jaspal is accused of killing his brothers wife Monu, who was in a live-in
relationship with him after her husbands death. Jaspals drinking habits
led to frequent quarrels between the
couple. He fatally assaulted her one
evening in August 2001 after she objected to his drinking.
He took Monus daughter and fled
the house. He first went to Haldwani in
Uttarakhand, where he worked at a
farm. Thereafter, he visited his village
and left the girl there before escaping
to Punjab, where he worked as a watchman at a mango orchard for five years,
said a senior police officer.

Jaspal is accused of killing

his brothers widow, who
was in a live-in relationship
with him. He allegedly killed
her in an inebriated state in
August 2001
Upon meeting with an accident, he
visited Etah town in U.P., where he did
odd jobs for the next six years. He returned to his village for the last couple
of years and was working as a labourer.
The police claim they made several attempts to apprehend him from the village, but he always managed to hide.
His luck ran out on Tuesday as a
police team nabbed him. He has admitted to the murder and the local police have been informed, said the police
on Thursday.

Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI: Hundreds of Tihar

convicts underwent training in

maintaining their calm and
composure during difficult times. As
part of the workshop, the convicts
also participated in a multiple choice
exam that aims to imbibe moral
values through self-introspection.
The workshop was conducted by
Satyug Darshan Trust.
This exam for self-introspection
is an effort to enable everyone to
introspect and know more about
humanity, morality and ethical values
in the Q&A form, said the
organisation. The one-hour long
event is usually meant for students
between Classes IX and XII.

Principal drugged, robbed in train Robbers jailed

Staff Reporter

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: A school principal on her

NEW DELHI: Describing a

mother-daughter duo as real brave hearts for deposing
fearlessly against two robbers, which led to their conviction, a Delhi court has
sentenced each accused to
eight years of imprisonment.
They had robbed the duo
of their jewellery, Rs.50,000
and a mobile phone at their
Adarsh Nagar residence in
North-West Delhi in 2001.
There was also a third accused in the case, but the
court acquitted him, giving
him the benefit of doubt.
They [investigating agency] grabbed judicial powers
and showed the accused to
the witnesses much before
he was even arrested in the
present case, the court said.

way to receive the Presidents Medal

on Teachers Day was drugged and
robbed by two men in the second AC
compartment of a train after it departed from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.
Principal Rekha Saxena lost a wallet
containing Rs.50,000 and some documents. Her brother was robbed of his
watch. The 56-year-old and her brother were found unconscious by some
coolies at Delhis Nizamuddin railway
They have been admitted to Moolchand Hospital where their condition
is stated to be stable. Union Human
Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani visited themat the hospital.
Delhi police have registered a zero
FIR based on their complaint and informed the police in Mathura about
the incident. The suspects are yet to be
A resident of Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Ms. Saxena is the principal of
Kendriya Vidyalaya in Gwalior. She is
to be awarded the Presidents Medal
for her performance in the field of academics. In a career spanning three decades, she has served many government
The siblings had boarded the Samata

Madhya Pradesh-based Rekha

Saxena was on her way to
Delhi receive the Presidents
Medal on Teachers Day.
Express on Wednesday. When the
train reached Agra, two men posing as
tea vendors entered the compartment
and sat opposite them. They offered
tea to Rekha and her brother, who
The siblings went to sleep sometime later, only to wake up in the
hospital. The police suspect the two
accused sprayed them with some
chemicals, thus, rendering them unconscious.

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Exhibition: Solo show of paintings by Sumati Mehta at Convention Centre Foyer, India Habitat Centre (IHC), 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Exhibition: An exhibition of Prints & Watercolours by M.F. Husain & Devraj Dakoji at Art
Heritage Gallery (Basement), Triveni Kala Sangam, Tansen Marg, Mandi House, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Exhibition: Elephant the divine mystery an exhibition of photographs by Rajesh
Bedi at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre
(IHC), 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Painting: Paradox, a solo exhibition of
drawings and paintings by Vijendra S. Vij at Gallery No. 3, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan,
Copernicus Marg, Mandi House, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Seminar: Kirori Mal College is organising a
seminar on Students Politics: Nature, Scope &
Relevance. Main Speaker Dr. Vikram Dutt at

Seminar Room, Kirori Mal College, University of

Delhi, 9.30 a.m. onwards.
Lecture: Is the Future Feudal? Imagining
the Social Structure of Sustainability by Prof.
Purnendu S. Kavoori, Azim Premji University,
Bengaluru, at Seminar Room, Library Building,
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, 3 p.m.
Screening: Sangeet Natak Akademi presents
Sarfraz Chishti and Party, Moradabad video
screening as part of Sanchayan screening of
archival films and video recordings at Meghdoot
Theatre, Rabindra Bhavan, Ferozeshah Road, 4
Screening: McFarland, USA English
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Turning household waste into compost

son Radhey Shyam Sharma said the civic
body will expand the project to other wards.
NEW DELHI: Household green waste produced
The three-acre park has multiple pits to
in South Delhis Vasant Vihar will now be convert green waste into compost using orsent to a composting facility in a local park, ganic technology. Though the SDMC has
cutting down the amount of trash that goes been composting green waste from over
to garbage dumps by 75 per cent.
6,400 parks for years now, this is the first
The Residents Welfare Association of time that household trash will be segregated
D-7 Vasant Vihar and the South Delhi Mu- and sent to the pits.
nicipal Corporation will maintain the comThe RWA had been working on the segreposting facility at Shaheed Rajguru Park. gation mechanism for about two years now.
While inaugurating the facility on Wednes- The initiative was the idea of 95-year-old
day, SDMC Standing Committee chairper- resident Promila Vohra.
Staff Reporter



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Garbage tops North Delhis complaint list

Staff Reporter


The North Delhi

Municipal Corporation
has been holding
interactive sessions with
residents in all wards

NEW DELHI: Lack of cleanliness

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topped the list of residents

complaints at a grievance redressal workshop held by the
North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Thursday.
Continuing its interactive
programme launched in July,
the civic body held sessions in
the Pitampura and Paschim Vihar wards where senior officials
and leaders of the Corporation
heard residents out.
Deputy Mayor Neelam Goel
said that about 200 residents attended the event, but only 35
complaints were taken up as
each RWA had one representative to give complaints.
Most people we interacted
with had complaints about missing manhole covers, dirty
drains, garbage lying around
and lack of upkeep of municipal
parks, said Ms. Goel.

She added that the complaints that can be addressed

without the use of funds would
be taken up immediately, and
those that require greater resources will be addressed within
15 days. The North Corporation
has been undergoing a financial

crisis since the beginning of

2015, and has been unable to pay
sanitation workers on time. The
BJP-led Corporations initiatives under the Swachh Bharat
Mission have failed to make a big
difference as it just doesnt have
the finances to carry out the ambitious plans.
The citizens interaction programme is being held in all 104
wards of North Delhi, with 10
sessions having been organised
already. The Corporations aim is
to improve communication with
the public and increase transparency in the grievance redressal

PTC adopts
Bhikaji Cama Place
Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI: Cleaning of South
Delhis Bhikaji Cama Place will
be the responsibility of the
Power Trading Corporation
(PTC) India from September
15, with the company adopting the area from the South
Delhi Municipal Corporation.
PTC India and the SDMC
signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday.
The company is now responsible for keeping 39,665 sq
metre of area clean. The company will have to deploy workers and keep roads, footpaths
and open spaces clean.
The sponsored include two
service roads, the open parking
space and open area of Bhikaji
Cama Complex. An SDMC official said this was the first time
an entire area was adopted by a











Child dies in hospital, parents call it negligence


Only CNG Ola cabs for Delhi

Mohammed Iqbal

fter the Delhi High Court asked it

to show that it was complying
with the government's ban on
app-based diesel taxis, Ola Cabs
on Thursday said it would take
off diesel-run vehicles within two
weeks and ply only the compressed natural gas (CNG) cabs
in the Capital.
The diesel taxis would be restricted to inter-city travel. The
company has made changes in
the Ola Cabs app allowing the users to choose only CNG cabs in
Delhi. Ola's counsel, senior advocate P. Chidambaram, said All
India Tourist Permit taxis operating on diesel on point-to-point
would no longer be available in
Delhi. The Bench of Justice Manmohan was informed that necessary
developed in this regard.
The Court asked ANI Technologies, which operates under the
brand of Ola, to file an affidavit by
October 5 showing that it had
complied with the July 29 order
upholding Delhi government's
ban on app-based cab services.
The Court said Ola would have
to pay compensation for polluting the city by plying diesel cabs,
to which the company agreed.
When Delhi government counsel
Naushad Ahmed Khan suggested
that Ola be asked to plant 50,000
trees, the Court said it would pass






Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI: In an alleged

case of medical
negligence, a five-andhalf-year-old girl died at a
private hospital in
Janakpuri on Wednesday
after being admitted with
high fever.
Samaira Madan, a
resident of Vikaspuri, was
under treatment at Shishu
Sadan multi-speciality
hospital. Following her
death, her parents have

filed a police complaint

against the hospital
alleging medical
Samaira was suffering
from fever for the last two
days. We had consulted
local doctors and also got
her tested for dengue, but
the results were negative.
When her temperature did
not drop, we took her to
Shishu Sadan, where they
admitted her. Her pulse
rate dropped on
Wednesday afternoon and

before proper medical

treatment could be
provided, she died, said
the deceaseds uncle Amit
Hospital medical
superintendent Santosh
Kumar said the hospital is
awaiting the post-mortem
The treating doctor has
already given his
statement to the police
and we have submitted all
the documents related to
the case, Dr. Kumar said.

Delhi Police challenge discharge

of players in IPL spot-fixing case
Trial court order giving clean chit to accused unsustainable
Special Correspondent

an order later on the cost to be

paid for planting of trees.
The Courts directions came
on a contempt petition moved by
the Association of Radio Taxis,
which accused Ola Cabs of flouting the Court's ruling upholding
the Delhi government's ban on
app-based diesel cabs.
After giving assurance to the
Court, Ola Cabs said it had introduced a first-of-its-kind technology
distinguish CNG and diesel vehicles on the app and enable the
users to choose only CNG vehicles within Delhi.
For feedback, please mail us at

December 8, 2014: The Delhi government bans Ola Cabs and
other app-based taxis until they obtain licence from the Transport
Department after the Uber cab rape incident
December 23, 2014: The Delhi High Court sets aside government
order prohibiting Ola Cabs from plying on city roads
December 26, 2014: The Delhi government amends guidelines of
Radio Taxi Scheme 2006
January 1, 2015: The Delhi government bans app-based cab
services till they comply with new guidelines of Radio Taxi Scheme
June 3, 2015: Transport Department rejects Olas application for
July 29, 2015: High Court upholds the Delhi governments order
banning app-based cab services
August 11, 2015: Olas appeal against July 29 Single Judge order
dismissed by Division Bench of High Court
September 3, 2015: Ola agrees to stop diesel-run cabs and ply
only CNG cabs in Delhi

NEW DELHI: The Delhi police

have challenged the discharge of 36 accused persons, including cricketers S.
Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and
Ankeet Chavan, in the Indian
Premier League-6 spot fixing
case by the trial court
through an appeal in the Delhi High Court. A Sessions
Court had passed the discharge order on July 25.
The appeal moved by Special Cell of Delhi police on
Wednesday contended that
the trial courts order giving
clean chit to the accused was
unsustainable, as it had erroneously interpreted the
law pertaining to the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA)
under which the case was
The Sessions Court had
held at the stage of framing of
charges that the police had
failed to gather necessary ingredients to establish a prima facie case under the
MCOCA against the cricket-

The Special Cell

of Delhi police,
which probed the
2013 case, had named
42 accused in the
charge sheet
ers and others. All the accused were earlier released
on bail.
In its appeal, the Delhi police submitted that the logic
and conclusions arrived at for
discharging the accused were
not correct. The trial court
had erred completely in interpreting the provisions of
the MCOCA dealing with syndicate crime and the issue of
framing of charges needed to
be looked into again, it stated.
The appeal said the trial
court should not have discharged the accused at the
stage of framing of charges
and should have considered
all evidence after a proper
Six persons, including underworld don Dawood Ibra-

him and his aide Chhota

Shakeel, who are absconding,
were declared proclaimed offenders by the court.
The Special Cell of Delhi
police, which probed the 2013
case, had named 42 accused
in the charge sheet. Six of
them are absconding, even as
the police claimed that Dawood and Shakeel were behind IPL spot fixing, as they
were controlling the fixing
and betting market.
While dropping all charges
against 36 of the accused persons, the Sessions Court had
held that the police had failed
to establish any nexus or link
between the accused and
crime syndicate allegedly run
by Dawood and Shakeel.
The court had disagreed
with the Delhi police for invoking the MCOCA in the
case and said the evidence
placed on record by the prosecution could not prima facie
establish even an offence under the Public Gambling Act.
Besides, the offence of cheating was also not made out prima facie, it said.

Need for
dengue testing
Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI: Health officials

have warned that many private hospitals and pathological labs are not using
standardised methods to detect and confirm dengue.
Of the two types of antigen
test kit NS1 ELISA and NS1
rapid antigen test, the former
is reliable but the later being
used in most private facilities
is questionable, they noted.
ELISA method for detection of dengue infection is
sensitive, specific and reliable,
while NS1 test sometimes
gives false results, which in
turn may lead to inaccurate
treatment. NS1 rapid test in
some hospitals is also costlier
than ELISA, said a senior
health department official.
The Union Health Ministry
is providing IgM ELISA kits to
all 33 sentinel surveillance
hospitals and one diagnostic
centre designated by the Delhi
government, where the general public can undergo free
tests for detection of dengue.

Upgradation of
train enquiry
Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI: The computerised

Passenger Reservation System

(PRS) will remain closed from
11.30 p.m. on Friday to 3.40
a.m. on Saturday due to upgradation work of the Delhi
PRS. The PRS services and
PRS-related information at
various interface, including
railway enquiry service on telephone no. 139, will not be
available during this period.

CWG: CBI asked

to file report
NEW DELHI: A court here has

asked the CBI to file a report

on the status of proceedings
before Chief Vigilance Officer
of the CPWD and the PWD on
a plea against former Delhi
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
and others for alleged corruption during the 2010 CWG.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sudhanshu
Kaushik said a report be summoned from the CVO about
the status of inquiry being
conducted by it and the action
taken against the erring officials. PTI





New vice-chairman aims

to develop brand DDA
Akanksha Jain

run Goel, the new vice-chairman

of the DDA, has laid out his plans
for building brand DDA with
convenient and courteous delivery of services and a string of
mobile apps.
I know it is a challenge, but
brand will be developed when
things will improve, Mr. Goel, a
1985 batch IAS officer of Punjab
cadre, who assumed office on August 1, said at his first press conference on Thursday. .
The VC said that the allottes of
new housing schemes will now be
able to share their grievances
about construction such as quality and slope of flooring, finishing
of walls, windows and doors,
kitchen shelf/working platform
of kitchen, lifts, external finish- Arun Goel, vice-chairman of DDA addressing a press
ing, and lawn through a mobile conference at Vikas Sadan in New Delhi on Thursday.
app as well as on its website.
That is not all. Consumers can
now give their feedback on main- which is given by the contractor to 432 on September 3.
Mr. Goel stressed the need for
tenance of flats such as plaster of for two years, will be linked to the
rooms and drainage, which will performance feedback from the enhancing public toilet facilities,
especially for women, while recut their dependency on RWAs.
allottees/RWAs, said Mr. Geol.
The reasons of dissatisfaction
Besides, there is an app for vising the draft unified building
will be taken as the public ad- feedback on services being of- bylaws. He said the Building Byvisory for improving the services fered by the DDA at its communi- laws 1983 and the National Buildand quality of construction. On ty halls. The app can be ing Code 2005 adopted 60 men:
nearly 7,000 flats surrendered downloaded from the DDAs 40 women ratio for public toilets,
from the 2014 mega housing website. The feedback will be which is inadequate.
As per the revised Unified
scheme due to their small size, utilised in improving the services
the DDA said the designs for by the DDA engineering depart- Building Bylaws 2015, a menhouses will be made public.
ment, the V-C said. There is an- women ratio of 50:50 has been
The DDA will monitor utilisa- other app for feedback on quality adopted. He said that the DDA
tion of funds for maintenance of roads. The DDA has started has decided to use its vacant land
with regular meetings with the training its staff engaged in re- for sporting facilities for those
RWAs. The app will make sure ceiving and replying to the publi- who cannot have access to sports
that no vested interests prevail. cs grievances to check delays and complexes. Such areas will have
Even the RWAs will become ac- ensure no vague replies are given fixed play equipment like basketball poles, volleyball posts, crickcountable. The security deposit, to those already aggrieved.
et pitches, and football goalposts
Disposal increased
and the DDA will provide
Mr. Goel said in a month, the coaches.
percentage of disposal has increased from 68 per cent as on
July 28 to 86 per cent as on AuFor feedback, please mail us at
gust 31. The pendency of cases
has come down from 823 in July



Anti-corruption body for CBI

probe into CNG charge sheet
Jatin Anand
NEW DELHI: The Anti-Corrup-

tion Branch (ACB) is likely to

recommend a Central Bureau
of Investigation (CBI) investigation into alleged irregularities and interference
related to the preparation of a
chargesheet in the CNG Fitness Scam of 2002, which was
submitted by a section of officials posted in the anti-graft
body to a city court on
Terming the role of Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung
in the framing and submission of the charge sheet highly
government official said a
probe by an independent
agency was necessary to get
to the bottom of both his alleged participation in the
hurried filing of the charge
sheet as well as his involvement in the scam.
There was clear interference from the L-G office
aimed at ensuring that his

There was clear

interference from the
L-G office aimed at
ensuring that his
name did not figure
anywhere in the
charge sheet
name did not figure anywhere
in the charge sheet, said the
official. The charge sheet is
one in a series of successive
steps taken by Mr. Jung, or at
his behest, to stall the prosecution of those involved, the
official added.
This, even as the ACB is
understood to be in the process of suggesting disciplinary
proceedings against several
officers posted in the unit, including Joint Commissioner
of Police (ACB) Mukesh Meena, associated with the preparation of the charge sheet in
relation to an inquiry ordered
by Deputy Chief Minister
Manish Sisodia a day earlier.

In a related development,
the court is understood to
have refused to take the
charge sheet on record while
the commission of inquiry instituted by the Delhi government to probe the scam,
headed by retired High Court
judge S. N. Agarwal, has summoned Mr. Meena for questioning on Friday.
On August 11, the Aam Aadmi Party-led government had
one-upped the L-G office by
approving the setting up of
the independent commission
to probe the scam.
A government official said
it was a matter of public record that the L-G had denied
his nod for the same at least
on two occasions.
The official said Mr. Jung
had, in fact, set up a committee headed by former Delhi
High Court judge Mukul
Mudgal to probe the case
which had found no mala
fide intent on the part of any
Delhi government official in
relation to the scam.

Poor Aadhaar enrolment in Gurgaon

Ashok Kumar
GURGAON: Gurgaon now has

the dubious distinction of

having the lowest percentage
of Aadhaar enrolment in the
State, revealed the latest figures released by the Unique
Identification Authority of
With only 12.85 lakh people
having enrolled themselves
out of the total 15.14 lakh, as
per the 2011 census, Gurgaon
has Aadhaar saturation of 85
per cent, which is the lowest
among the 21 districts.
Faridabad leads in Aadhaar
generation, with 111 per cent
while Panipat has achieved
universal coverage with 100.3
per cent saturation. Ambala
and Kurukshetra are at third
and fourth position with 99.9
per cent and 97.9 per cent.
Speaking to The Hindu,
Gurgaon deputy commissioner T.L. Satyaprakash said that
the district administration
was making efforts to enrol


CWG ground
comes close to
FIFA standards
Akanksha Jain
NEW DELHI: After doing a
reconnaissance of all sports
grounds owned by the DDA, FIFA
officials have found only the one at
the 2010 Commonwealth Games
village sports complex coming
close to its standards for practice
sessions for the under 17 FIFA
world cup match to be played in
Delhi. The FIFA officials have been
in constant touch with the DDA
officials concerned, sources said.
However, the turf at the ground
at the 21-acre sports complex
needs to be updated.
The FIFA under 17 tournament
is a country-specific event. Only
one match is going to be played in
Delhi for which Jawaharlal Nehru
stadium has already been identified
as the venue. For practice, the CWG
stadium has been selected. Its turf
needs to be updated that will be
done by next year, said D. Sarkar,
commissioner (sports), DDA.
The under 17 FIFA world cup will
be held in India in 2017 and this is
for the first time the country is
hosting an international football
At a time when the DDA has been
incentivising sports, none of its
other grounds for football,
including the one at Sirifort
stadium, could meet the
international standards for football
practice. The DDA had earlier this
year, after a delay of four years,
fast-tracked work on the 62-acre
football stadium in Dwarka, which it
claims will cater to the citys need
for a world class football stadium
with FIFA standards.

Treat paramilitary
forces as organised
services, HC tells
Union govt.
Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High

Court on Thursday directed

the Union government to
consider all paramilitary
forces as organised services and extend all benefits,
including the non-functional financial upgradation (NFU), to their group A
officers from 2006 in terms

To benefit 10,000
The decision will benefit
about 10,000 officers of paramilitary forces such as
the Central Reserve Police
Force, Border Security
Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, and
through better promotion
avenues and service-related benefits. A Division
Bench of Justice Kailash
Gambhir and Justice Najmi
Waziri, deciding a writ petition filed by over 200 serving and retired officers of
paramilitary forces, said
the Centre itself had admitted in various notifications
and official communications that they would be
considered as organised
services since 1986.
The NFU, introduced in
the pay commission, gives
financial upgradation on
par with others to the officers of a particular batch
who cannot be promoted
due to lack of vacancies.

Facing stagnation

the remaining population.

We have been enrolling over
one lakh people every month
for the past eight months. But
it is mostly migrants who are
enrolling themselves and
therefore the numbers do not
reflect in the Aadhaar saturation of the district.
The locals are reluctant to
enrol because they have multiple gas connections, BPL
cards or ration cards. Since

holding Aadhaar is voluntary,

we cannot force people to enrol themselves.
He admitted that enrolling
children in 0-5 years was a
challenge. People are reluctant to bring newborns to
Aadhaar centres. We have
now equipped the staff with
tablets to visit the households
with children in the 0-5 age
group and enrol them, said
Mr. Satyaprakash.

The petitioners had contended that they were facing stagnation not only
because of lack of adequate
promotional posts, but also
because a majority of the
posts of the top hierarchy
had been filled by officers
coming on deputation.
The writ petition, seeking directions for grant of
NFU benefits, said the deprivation of financial benefit
was affecting the morale
and efficiency of the officers of paramilitary forces.



JNU student accused of

Maoist links granted bail
Pavan Dahat
RAIPUR: The Nagpur Bench of

the Bombay high court on

Thursday granted bail to Jawaharlal Nehru University
student Hem Mishra, who
was arrested by the Maharashtra police in August
2013 for alleged Maoist
A resident of Almora in
Uttarakhand, Mr. Mishra
was granted bail by a single
judge Bench of Justice A.S.
Chandurakar on a surety of
Rs. 20,000.
However, the court barred
him from leaving the country and he would have to
mark attendance at the Almora police station once a
We hope to receive the
court order by tomorrow but
it might take another day to
secure release of my client,

Hem Mishra was

arrested by the
Maharashtra police in
August 2013
advocate Surendra Gadling,
who represented Mr. Mishra
in the court, told The Hindu.
Mr. Gadling was assisted
by advocate Harshal Lingayat and Nihalsing Rathod.
Bharati Dangre was the government pleader in the case.

Mr. Mishra, who suffers

from physical disability in
his left hand, was a member
of Democratic Student
Union in JNU and a keen
cultural activist.
The Maharashtra police
had claimed to have arrested
him from the Aheri Bus station in Gadchiroli district of
the State along with two other Maoist sympathisers.
Police had also claimed
that an embedded microchip was recovered from
the possession of Mr. Mishra
after his arrest and had accused him of being a Naxal
However, Mr. Mishras
parents and his JNU friends
maintained that he was going to Hemlakasa village to
meet Dr. Prakash Amte for
medical treatment and that

Twitter troll likely to be arrested

Damini Nath & Jatin Anand
NEW DELHI: The person behind

an anonymous Twitter handle that harassed journalist

Swati Chaturvedi may be arrested soon as the Delhi Police have narrowed down on
the suspect, sources claimed.
Senior police officers associated with the probe, however, said the investigation was
still on, and insisted that they
were yet to identify the culprit. Sources said the police
had traced the account, but
chose to remain silent because they were yet to receive
a confirmation on the IP address from Twitter. To hold
up in court, the account information has to be provided
by Twitter.
Only the administrator
can give us the IP address. We
have sent multiple notices to
Twitter, most recently on
Thursday. We have also sent
summons under Section 91 of
the Criminal Procedure Code
to Twitter Indias offices, including the systems office in
Delhi, said Prem Nath, Deputy Commissioner of Police
(South Delhi). He said that
the social media company has

not responded so far.

In the first case against an
anonymous online troll, an
FIR was filed against the operator of the account @LutyensInsider for stalking
under Section 354 (D) of the
Indian Penal Code. Ms. Chaturvedis complaint to the police detailed the sexist
remarks made by the account. Though Twitter eventually suspended the account,
it had over 40,000 followers
at the time of the FIR. The
person behind it claimed to
be a journalist covering poli-

tics, and usually posted gossip

and inside information from
the corridors of power.
According to sources, the
accused is a print journalist
working for an English-language media organisation.
That the account was being
operated from Delhi has also
been reliably learnt.
Tired of the delay in tracking down the accused, Ms.
Chaturvedi wrote to Delhi
Police Commissioner B.S.
Bassi on August 21 and September 2.
She said that she has been
informed that an arrest is imminent, but police officers
have refused to comment on
that. If the person is not arrested soon, I will not hesitate
to take the matter to the court
or to the National Commission for Women. This is the
first case of its kind, there
needs to be some conclusion,
said Ms. Chaturvedi. Ironically, Ms. Chaturvedi received a
fresh barrage of abusive comments on Wednesday when
she tweeted that the police
had assured her of an arrest in
the case soon. I received 10
rape threats, she told The
Hindu on Thursday.

AAP MLA writes to Kejriwal

on renaming Aurangzeb road
Maria Akram
NEW DELHI: After former Okhla
MLA Asif Mohammed tried to
name a road in the area after
Mughal emperor Aurangzeb,
the present AAP MLA has
written to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressing his
dissent over renaming the
original road in Lutyens Delhi after former President Dr.
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
In his letter addressed to
Mr. Kejriwal, Amanatullah
had said that the AAP government couldve renamed one of
the three roads within the New
Delhi Municipal Council

Chelmsford Road, Hailey Road

and Minto Road - as these
were named after the British
rulers. I request you to kindly
reconsider renaming Aurangzeb Road and choose one of the
three roads instead, he wrote.
Meanwhile, Mr. Asif on
Thursday placed 10 more
boards on the road between
Okhla and Kalindi Kunj with
Aurangzeb Road written on
those to ensure that nobody

removes those. But the AAP

MLA said that he isnt with
him on this and in fact, condemns what Mr. Asif has done.
What he did is wrong and
this will dent the image of the

entire community.
Not just Okhla MLA, even
Delhi Cantonment MLA Surinder Singh at the NDMC
meeting had then raised the
question over renaming Au-

rangzeb Road.
Some of us asked it in the
meeting that roads such as
Shanti Path could be renamed,
but the earlier proposal was
South Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Subhash Arya
said on Thursday that renaming the road between Kalindi
Kunj and Jamia Nagar was illegal. Naming roads, buildings
and parks under the jurisdiction, not just ownership, of the
corporation has to be approved by the Naming and Renaming Committee.
We dont name roads after
oppressors like Aurangzeb. Also, the former MLA has no authority to do so as the area,
Jamia Nagar, comes under the
jurisdiction of the SDMC,
said Mr. Arya.
He said that officials have
been asked to find under
whose jurisdiction the road
comes and if it is within the
SDMC then the boards will be
removed. However, the area
MLA said that the road is with
Uttar Pradeshs Flood and Irrigation Department.

Plan to make Karol Bagh pedestrian-friendly

Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI: Karol Bagh, an ar-

ea popular for with shoppers, but equally infamous

for its chaotic traffic, might
get a pedestrian-friendly
makeover if the Delhi government has its way.
Tourism Minister Kapil
Mishra convened a multiple-agency meeting on
Thursday to come up with a
strategy to make Karol Bagh
a world-class tourist and
trader-friendly destination.
The focus was to decongest the area and make it pedestrian-friendly,
government officials said.
The meeting was attended
by senior officials of the
North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), Delhi
Tourism, Delhi Develop-

Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra convened a

multiple-agency meeting on Thursday to come up
with a strategy to make Karol Bagh a world-class
tourist and trader-friendly destination FILE PHOTO
ment Authority (DDA), and
Karol Bagh MLA Vishesh
Ravi. In a statement, the

Delhi government said that

a traffic management plan
for Karol Bagh was dis-

cussed. It was decided that

plans to create parking sites
would now be expedited.
Creation of new parking
sites was also discussed.
It was a preliminary
meeting, but a beginning in
the right direction has been
made. The next meeting on
Karol Bagh will be held next
week, where we will plan to
take the ideas forward, said
a senior government official.
The government said a pedestrian-friendly
Bagh will improve footfall
for traders, apart from making environment less-polluted and traffic less-congested.
The Delhi government
said that it will write to competent authorities to expand
Raahgiri in Karol Bagh as


4 militants killed in Kashmir

Centre ready for talks

with FTII students
Shoumojit Banerjee
PUNE: The Information and

Broadcasting Ministry has decided to hold fresh parleys with

Film and Television Institute of
India students who have been
on a strike demanding removal
of actor-turned-BJP leader Gajendra Chauhan as Chairman of
the institute.
The Ministry has asked FTII
Director Prashant Pathrabe to

convey to the protesters the decision to hold talks after a threemember team submitted its report on the causes of the
agitation to the government,
students said.
Since the invite was orally
conveyed to the Director , there
is some confusion on the nature
of issues that will be discussed.
We are awaiting clarity on this,
Harishankar Nachimuthu, FTII
Students Association chief, said.

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Jawan also loses life during encounter

Peerzada Ashiq
SRINAGAR: Four militants
have been killed in an encounter in the Handwara
area of Kupwara district,
more than 60 km from Srinagar, taking the number of
terrorists killed in just one
week to eight. The Army
lost one solider, the second
casualty for the force in 24
Based on specific intelligence about the presence
of three or four terrorists in
the Haphruda forest, a joint
operation was launched by
the Army and the police on
Wednesday evening.
A fierce gun battle ensued, which continued intermittently through the
night resulting in elimination of four terrorists, said
the Srinagar-based defence
spokesman Lt. Col. N. N.
He said the identity of
the slain militants was being ascertained. Four
AK-47 rifles, one underbarrel grenade launcher,
ammunition, grenades and
radio sets were recovered
from them, he added.
One soldier was killed
and three injured in the
overnight encounter that

No threat from IS: Nirmal Singh

Prakash Kamat
PANAJI: Jammu and Kashmir
Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh has ruled out any
immediate threat to the
State from the Islamic State
(IS), playing down the significance of youths waving Pakistani and IS flags in recent
They are just one or two
persons, and they are doing
it for media attention and do
not have any impact, he said
at a press conference here on

J&K Deputy Chief

Minister plays down
significance of youths
waving Pakistani and
IS flags in recent
Mr. Singh said the Union
government had taken steps
and development funds for
the State now came directly
from the Centre.

He said the State was serious about the return of the

Kashmiri Pandits to the
State. It did not want them to
go back to their original
zones; efforts were being
made to persuade them to
live in composite colonies.
Once the Union governments relief package comes
off, our objective will be to
see that they go back to their
ancestral homes, he said.
Mr. Nirmal Singh accused
the Opposition parties of
politicising the issue.

NIA, Hizb in poster war in south Kashmir

Peerzada Ashiq

Army personnel inspecting arms and ammunition

recovered after an encounter. PHOTO: PTI
ended on Thursday morning. The fresh killings came
just a day after a local militant and an Army man
were killed in an 11-hour
gun battle in the Rafiabad
area of Baramulla district.

The security agencies

fear that handlers across
the border are trying to
push more militants into
the Valley ahead of winter
as snowfall leads to closure
of passes near the LoC.

first public campaign against

militants was launched in
SRINAGAR: The street walls of Pulwama district on Thursday
south Kashmir have turned
a poster campaign against
into canvas for the National
fugitive militants.
Investigation Agency (NIA)
The posters announce a
and the militant outfit Hizbul reward of Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 5
Mujahideen to win the
lakh to those providing
attention of the people of the information regarding two
wanted militants Abu Qasim
While the NIA posters seek Ilyas Abdul Rehman and Abu
cooperation in nabbing
Okasha, respectively, both
militants involved in the
suspected to be the
Udhampur attack, the Hizb
masterminds behind the
has asked the people to desist Udhampur attack. Aged 18 or
from anti-movement
19, Abu Okasha is a resident of
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in
As the NIA reportedly set
Pakistan, read the posters.
up offices in Jammu and
The Hizbul Mujahideen
Kashmir for the first time, the posters claimed to have

identified some antimovement activities. While

our militants are laying down
their lives for the cause, there
are certain elements who
indulge in anti-Islamic
activities. We ask such people
to stop their activities, reads
the poster in Urdu.
The NIA has plans of
establishing a permanent base
in the State. This is the clear
violation of the special status
and Constitution of the State
and this action does not have
any legal and moral
justification, said a
spokesman for a faction of
Hurriyat headed by Syed Ali

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No escape from slaughter for these cattle



forum remains
Yunus Y. Lasania
HYDERABAD: With no one to
hear cases and pass judgments
in the Telangana State Consumer Disputes Redressal
Commission (TSCDRC), consumers from the State are
forced to approach the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission with their
In spite of a separate commission being formed about
nine months ago following bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh,
the Telangana government is
yet to appoint a chairman and
members to hear cases and
With no one at the helm
since October 2014, about
2,000 cases, including appeals
and review petitions have piled
up. Recently, the NCDRC also
directed the in-charge Registrar of the TSCDRC to issue a
cheque to a complainant after
he approached the national
It was a case against a builder. The NCDRC has the authority to issue directions to the
State Forum. Hence, we were
able to dispose of the case.
However, others who cannot
spare the time to go to the
NCDRC, have to wait, as their
cases are pending here, said
an official from the NCDRC,
requesting anonymity.
The official said a second
public interest litigation (PIL)
has been filed in the Hyderabad High Court to appoint a
chairman to the Commission.
The PIL filed before that
was disposed of as the TS government had said it would
make the appointments, but it
did not do so, he added.
A majority of pending cases
are against builders and hospitals for negligence, said the official. Post bifurcation, all the
cases pertaining to the city
have been coming to the
TSCDRC. Before this, the commission was the same for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh,
and hence all petitions filed
were being disposed of, he
The TSCDRC, which should
have a chairman and two members to hear cases, will have to
look at all the cases piled up
since October 15, 2014, when it
was formed, after bifurcating
the Andhra Pradesh State Consumer Disputes Redressal
The official said that both
consumers and appellants like
companies against whom cases
have been filed are facing problems now.


Youth held in Kolar for

hijacking onion truck
Three drive away with bags worth Rs. 9 lakh
Vishwa Kundapura
KOLAR: While households cry

over soaring onion prices,

there are people who see an
opportunity in this. The greed
for making a fast buck drove
three youths to hijack a lorry
laden with onions on August
31. On Wednesday, the Kolar
Town police succeeded in solving the case by arresting one of
the three accused of the crime.
Venkatesh (22) was arrested
while his two accomplices
Premkumar and Prabhu are
Motorcycle-borne Venkatesh, a resident of Malur taluk,
along with his associates, allegedly intercepted the truck on a
flyover on NH 75 on the outskirts of Kolar town at midnight on August 31.
Packed in 380 bags, 20
tonnes of onion worth Rs. 9
lakh was being transported
from Bengaluru to Tadepalli in
Andhra Pradesh. Two among
the trio got into the truck cabin

Onions packed in 380 bags were seized by police

in Kolar district on Wednesday. PHOTO: SPECIAL

and threatened the driver, M.

Karappan, at knifepoint. They
robbed Rs. 24,000 in cash and a
mobile from Karappan, pushed
him off the truck and drove it
away. The third associate followed on the motorcycle. Karappan filed a complaint with
the police the next day. He also
gave the motorbike registration number to the police.
On Wednesday afternoon,
the police traced Venkatesh

Police step in to avoid

showdown in Kannur
Mohamed Nazeer
KANNUR: Amid tension in view
of the clashes between workers of the CPI(M) and the
BJP-RSS combine, the district police at circle levels
have taken the initiative to
allot separate spots for functions by the rival groups on
September 5 in different
parts of the district.
Pro-CPI(M) organisations,
including its childrens and
womens organisations, have
already secured permission
for holding programmes in
300 centres of the district to
mark the culmination of the
Onam festival on September
5, when the Sree Krishna
Jayanthi celebration involving children is being planned
under the aegis of the proRSS Balagokulam.

The major flashpoints will

be Kannur, Thalassery, Taliparamba, Mattannur, Iritty,
Koothuparamba, where the
Balagokulam organises shobha yatras in a big way. Police
sources said that plans were
on to deploy additional forces
in those areas after separate
spots and routes were allotted for the two separate
Leaders of the rival parties
had agreed at a meeting convened by District Collector P.
Bala Kiran here recently that
they would abide by the decisions taken at the meetings
being convened by the circle
inspectors. Functionaries of
the Balagokulam said on
Thursday that they would
hold shobha yatras in 300
centres in the district.

near the APMC Yard in Malur

where he was trying to make a
deal to sell the load of onions
for just Rs. 2 lakh. The police
recovered the truck worth Rs.
21 lakh and the full load of onions. They also recovered Rs.
17,000 in cash, a knife and the
Venkatesh confessed to the
crime, sub-inspector Lakshminarayan told The Hindu on

S. Harpal Singh
ADILABAD: The ban on beef

and consequent prohibition

on slaughter of bulls in
Maharashtra in March this
year have seen a jump in
trading at cattle shandies or
bail bazars in Telanganas
Adilabad district, as animals
from the bordering areas of
the neighbouring State are
being sold here.
As trading of cattle for
slaughter declined in Maharashtra, about 500 to 600
cattle sourced from poor
farmers in the backward Vidarbha region of Maharashtra arrive every month in
the bail bazar in Adilabad
town alone.
Adilabad district shares About 500 to 600 head of cattle bought from poor
almost all of its 350 km of farmers in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra
eastern arrive in Adilabad every month. PHOTO: S. HARPAL SINGH
boundaries with Vidarbha
region and people across the hours, said Shankar Ra- tle broker in Adilabad who
borders have had trade rela- mesh Bhandarwar, one of wished to remain anonytions since long time.
the three daily wage labour- mous. Like farmers in AdiThe geographical proxim- ers herding the cattle to re- labad,
ity is an advantage to cattle ach Adilabad town early on villagers sell only the anitraders in the neighbouring Thursday. There is a ban mals which are no longer of
region as the animal herds on transporting animals in any use in agriculture, he
need to be taken to markets lorries which necessitates pointed out.
in Adilabad on foot.
Potential market
We brought these 36 ani- explained.
Over the years, this
mals from Umri village in
Not all the beef animals
Pandharkawda tahsil in Ya- coming from Maharashtra northern most district in
vatmal district after walking are sourced to farmers in Telangana has emerged an
the 60-km distance for 24 distress, according to a cat- important centre of cattle


Ban on slaughter in
Maharashtra triggers
an exodus of sorts
trade thanks to the presence
of the huge mechanised
slaughterhouses in and
around Hyderabad.

Weekly shanties
An estimated 8,000 to
10,000 animals are traded
for slaughter in the weekly
cattle shandies at Adilabad,
Ichoda, Mutnoor, Utnoor,
Jainoor, Koutala, etc.

Only an addition
Cattle from Maharashtra are only an addition to
the local markets which
have 50 per cent of the traded animals hailing from distant Uttar Pradesh, Madhya
Pradesh and Chhattisgarh,
disclosed Saleem Qureshi,
another local middleman.
People in those States consume buffalo meat for beef
and there is neither a demand for bullocks nor are
there large abattoirs in
those States, he added to
specify reasons for Adilabad
attracting traders from

Local body polls: ball in Kerala Election Commissions court

Special Correspondent
KOCHI: Leaving the entire issue of the conduct of the local
body election to the State
Election Commission, A Division Bench of the Kerala High
Court on Thursday declined
to issue a directive on the plea
of the State government to allow it and the SEC to proceed

with the election process to

enable the new local body
committees to assume office
by December 1.
The Bench comprising
Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan
and Justice A.M. Shaffique,
while disposing of a State governments affidavit, observed
that at this stage, it did not
find it necessary to issue any

directive. The Bench observed that it was the SEC which

had to take a decision as per
the constitutional requirement. Referring to the submission of the government
that the election could be
conducted in a single phase,
the court observed that it was
not necessary for this court to
consider or take a decision or

express any opinion on

whether it was justified or not
to hold elections in a single
phase or two phases. These
issues had to be addressed by
the SEC. Reiterating its earlier order which said that the
SEC was free to take its own
decision, the court added that
the SEC had to take the responsibility for its decision.

In fact, a final decision was

yet to be taken by the SEC.
The government in its affidavit had submitted that the
SEC could start the election
process on October16 and
complete it in 46 days.
The election could be completed by November 30 so
that new committees could
assume office by December 1.





Ex-Sri Rama Sene man held

Raghava M.

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rasdad Attavar, former Sri Rama

Sene district president, was arrested
in Mangaluru on Thursday for allegedly posting on his Facebook page a
message threatening writer K.S.
The arrest of Attavar, an accused
in the pub attack case of 2009, followed registration of a case, suo motu, by the Mangaluru North police
earlier in the day.
According to the police, Attavar
posted on his Facebook account a
message, saying that those mocking
Hinduism would die like M.M. Kalburgi.
The Central Crime Branch police
arrested Attavar under Sections 153
(a) (Promoting enmity between
classes) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
According to a senior police official, they had a consultation with legal experts and those from the
Department of Prosecution following the arrest. This led to invoking of
the non-bailable section.

Prasad Attavar, who runs a

private security agency, was
with the Bajrang Dal for
nearly eight years. FILE

im bail will be in force till the disposal of the regular bail petition filed
before the Magistrate.
Advocates for Attavar filed applications seeking interim bail and also
regular bail when the police produced before him before the MagistGets bail
rate at the latters house. The
He was produced before the Sec- Magistrate allowed the interim bail
ond Judicial Magistrate First Class, application. The Magistrate posted
who remanded him in judicial custo- the regular bail application for obdy. But later at night, the Magistrate jections from the prosecution on
granted him interim bail. The inter- Friday.
The Bantwal police had attracted
flak when they invoked a bailable
provision against Bhuvith Shetty, a
Bajrang Dal activist, who reportedly
made similar comments on his Twitter account. Shetty was arrested on



August 31 for allegedly posting on

his Twitter account a warning that
those mocking Hinduism would
die like U.R. Ananthamurthy and
Kalburgi. He had reportedly mentioned that Bhagwan would be the
next target. The Bantwal police invoked Sections 153 and 506 and
produced Shetty before the local
Magistrate, who granted him bail
the same day.
Meanwhile, Attavar denied
making any such comment. He
told reporters that the Facebook
account Jai Bajarangi in which
the comments are seen, was a fake
one. When I do not know who is
Kalburgi, where is the question of
making any such comment? he

Breaks away from

Bajrang Dal
Attavar, who runs a private security agency, was with the Bajrang Dal for nearly eight years.
Following the attack at the busy
Pumpwell junction in June 2005
on employees of a saree shop belonging to different communities,
who were going on a trip, there
was a division in the Bajrang Dal
leading to the formation of Sri Rama Sene of which Attavar became
district president. It was during
his time as district president that
Sri Rama Sene activists assaulted
men and women at a pub near
Jyothi Circle on January 24, 2009.
Mr. Attavar was arrested and he
was named the 25th accused in the
pub attack case.

Child marriages remain

Keralas secret shame

Mahesh Langa
AHMEDABAD: At a time when

officials belonging to the Gujarat cadre are getting plum

postings in the Narendra Modi administration, resignation of Vijya Laxmi Joshi, a
1979 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, three years ahead
of her superannuation may
have come as a surprise in the
corridors of power.
Mrs. Joshi chose to seek
voluntary retirement though
after two years, she could
have been in the reckoning
for the post of Cabinet Secretary as the senior-most after
incumbent P.K. Sinhas superannuation mid-2017.
However, according to
sources in New Delhi and
Gujarat, Mrs. Joshis resignation was expected ever since
she was posted as Secretary,
Drinking Water and Sanita-

Shots fired,
bombs hurled
in clashes at
Bengal varsity
Special Correspondent
KOLKATA: The spectre of violence returned to haunt
educational institutions in
West Bengal on Thursday
with bullets being fired
and bombs hurled at Raiganj University in Uttar
Dinajpur district.
About twelve students
were injured in the clash in
which the student wing of
Congress Chhatra Parishad and the ruling Trinamool
involved. The injured students were admitted to
Raiganj Hospital.
There was a panic on the
University premises and a
large deployment of police
personnel followed. In another north Bengal district
of Malda a school was ransacked after a college campus located inside the
closed during the bandh.
The students damaged
the library, broke furniture, smashed lights and
fans inside the school
compound. Two JU students allege harassment
Meanwhile, two students of Kolkatas Jadavpur University alleged that
they were beaten up by
other students for protesting ragging in the University hostel.
In a complaint to Vice
Chancellor Suranjan Das
the students alleged that a
group of students had been
threatening them to keep
silent over a case of ragging and harassment of

tion, which was reportedly

not to her liking.
She was a strong contender for the post of Secretary,
Commerce, because earlier
she was there as Additional
Secretary and also Special
Secretary but the PM overlooked her and posted Rita
Teotia, also a Gujarat cadre
officer, in the Ministry of
Commerce and Industries, a
senior bureaucrat in New
Delhi told The Hindu.
Some bureaucrats even
recommended her for the
post but the PM turned it
down, the bureaucrat said.
She decided to call it a day
because it became clear to her
that she would not get any
mainstream posting in the
current administration, a senior IAS officer and friend of
the Joshi family said.
Interestingly, her husband
G.P. Joshi had also taken vol-

untary retirement in 2008

when he was Principal Secretary (Expenditure) in the
Gujarat government.
Under the Narendra Modi
government in Gujarat, Mrs.
Joshi held top postings like
MD of the Gujarat Urja Vikas
Nigam Ltd (GUVNL); Principal Secretary, Energy and Petrochemicals, and MD of the
Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC)
before she proceeded on Central deputation where she was
posted as Additional Secretary, Commerce Ministry,
while also holding additional
charge of CMD, MMTC, a top

Favouritism charge
During her powerful postings in Gujarat, she was accused of favouring a top
industrial house having interests in the energy sector.

Quit, Manipur
agitators tell six
tribal MLAs
Suvojit Bagchi
KOLKATA: Addressing a gather-

ing of over 10,000 in Churachandpur town in south

Manipur, leaders of various
tribal groups, women and students organisations resolved
on Thursday to agitate
peacefully without communalising the issue of passage
of Bills earlier this week.
They asked the six MLAs
from Churachandpur to resign from the Assembly if the
controversial Bills are not repealed. The earlier demand to
grant separate administrative status to hill tribes was
put forth, along with the demand to institute a judicial
inquiry into the killings.
A member of the JAC, coordinating the anti-Bill protest,
told The Hindu they have decided to keep businesses open
between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.
from Friday.

A grieving mother stands her

ground, seeks answers from Navy
Alok Deshpande

not even bother to respond, she said.

MUMBAI: The Navy has called
In July 2015, after a court
ill-intended and frivolous a
warning, an affidavit was
mothers fight for over 22
filed on behalf of the Flag
years to find out the cause
Officer Commanding-inof the death of her son.
Chief, Eastern Naval ComAnuradha Paladhes son
mand, Visakhapatnam, by
Amar, a clearance diver,
Rear Admiral Pradeep Rawas deployed with the Eastna. It goes without saying
ern Naval Command Clearthat the petitioner with her
ance Diving Scheme in
ill-intention to misuse the
1993. At an exercise along
canons of judicial equity
the Kakinada coast on Sep- During an exercise,
has been in the habit of filtember 21, 1993, he jumped Amar jumped from a
ing frivolous litigation
from a helicopter into the helicopter into the sea
without any reason to the
sea. He did not, however, and his body was found contrary, the affidavit said.
reach the shore as planned. two days later.
The Navy went on to say
The body was found two
that the injuries the sailor
diver and was a cut above sustained are apparently
days later.
The post-mortem report the other divers, which accidental and sufficient in
mentioned no cause of was acknowledged by the the ordinary course of
death. A diatom test was or- Navy.
things to result in death.
dered, but not done for a
Does fighting to know
year. The Board of Inquiry, Inconsistencies
the truth count as ill intent?
It also pointed to the in- The only thing I have asked
which was concluded even
before the test was done, consistencies in the deposi- in my writ is a new inquiry.
suggested in its report that tion by Navy officials. At Why cant the Navy accept
it was an accident. But two one point, they said Amar it, if there is nothing to
ante-mortem injuries were surfaced immediately after hide? I have lost my son and
his dive, but claimed later I dont know the reason for
left unexplained.
Sensing foul play, the Pa- that he was not visible on his death, Ms. Paladhe
ladhes approached the account of the helicopter said.
court. After a 20-year bat- turbulence. If the court
The Paladhes filed a
tle, the High Court said in spells out that the death is counter-affidavit on Tuesits April 2013 order that the suspicious, it is the duty of day. The matter has been
death had occurred in sus- the Navy to find out what is pending for over a year
picious and mysterious suspicious. It is the right of without any hearing as the
circumstances. We hoped a mother to know why and Navy is purposely avoiding
that at least a court order how her son died. But no it. We wish this would
would ensure that a new in- action has been taken, said speed up the matter, Mr.
quiry was set up and we Sunil Ganu, Ms. Paladhes Ganu said.
would know the true cause lawyer.
The Paladhes had even
With no sign of a re-in- attempted to send a letter
of Amars death, Ms. Paladhe, former teacher from vestigation despite the to Defence Minister ManoDombivli in Thane district, court order, she filed a writ har Parrikar through a BJP
petition in the same court leader. We dont know
told The Hindu.
in April 2014, seeking a di- whether it has reached him.
Well-trained diver
rective to inquire into the At least, I havent heard
The court said the de- cause of death. For more anything from his office,
ceased was a well-trained than a year, the Navy did she said.

G. Venkataramana Rao

Abdul Latheef Naha

VIJAYAWADA: Padmasree War-

Child brides
continue to be Keralas secret
shame, despite its hugely applauded human development
indices and other laurels, if
the latest available data are
anything to go by.
Data from the last Census
in 2011 released last fortnight
by the Registrar General and
Census Commissioner of India show there were 23,183
married girls below the age of
15 years in the State.
In other words, 0.604 per
cent of all girls in the State
aged between 12 and 15 had
entered wedlock prematurely
and illegally. And these are
just the officially captured
Amplifying the health
threat, the data also say that as
many as 10,175 children were
born to these child brides in
the State.
Malappuram, the most populous district in the State,
logged the highest number
(3,615) of married girls below
age 15. But in percentage
terms, this is below the overall
State average (0.604).
The districts exceeding the
State average are Pathanamthitta (0.808 pc), Alappuzha
(0.735 pc), ThiruvananthapuMALAPPURAM:

ram (0.730 pc), Kollam (0.667

pc) and Kannur (0.665 pc).
While Malappuram had a
0.594 per cent incidence,
Thrissur had the lowest figure
of 0.493 per cent.
Detecting and stopping
child marriages are still a huge
challenge to the dozens of
Child Marriage Prohibition
Officers (CMPOs) who have
been appointed in the wake of
enactment of the Prohibition
of Child Marriage Act in 2006.
Sources say tacit approval
to the Data from the last Census in 2011 released last fortnight by the Registrar General
and Census Commissioner of

India show there were 23,183

married girls below the age of
15 years in the Statese illegal
marriages from local political
and religious leaders remains
as much a hurdle for CMPOs,
as do the very secretive nature
of many such weddings. Lack
of prosecutable evidence and
lack of cooperation by the
families, neighbours and community leaders compound the
Yet, data from the Social
Justice Department indicate
that despite these impediments, child marriages were
being increasingly prevented
in Malappuram.

rior, a former CTO of Cisco

Systems and of Motorola, was
born in Vijayawada and did
her schooling and Intermediate here.
She then took a degree in
chemical engineering from
the IIT-Delhi and a postgraduate degree at Cornell
University. Born to Yellepeddi Subramanyam, an advocate, Ms. Warrior did her
schooling at Childrens Montessori High School and her
Plus-Two at the citys iconic
Maris Stella College.
Her family lived in a house
on Sanyasiraju Street at
Gandhinagar, an upmarket
locality in Vijayawada. The
family still owns prime property in the citys commercial
centres Besant Road and Eluru Road.
Forbes listed Ms. Warrior
as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world in
2014 and Fortune magazine
called her one of the four rising stars on its Most Powerful
Women list in 2006.
Ms. Warriors brother Yellepeddi Ramakrishna, who
lives in Chennai, said the outcome of the Twitter search,
into the fourth month now,
would be known soon.

PM concerned over upswing in barbaric violence

National Bureau
NEW DELHI: Intolerant non-

Resignation of Gujarat
IAS officer a surprise

Padmasree did
her schooling
in Vijayawada

state actors who now control

large territories are unleashing barbaric violence on innocent people, said Prime
Minister Narendra Modi on
Thursday, referring to the
growing conflict among religions, communities and
Addressing the Global
Hindu-Buddhist initiative
on conflict avoidance and
consciousness here, the Prime Minister expressed concern that
conflict resolutions mechanisms had severe limitations,
becoming more and more
Even as he called for significant, collective and strategic efforts to prevent
bloodshed and violence, he
red-flagged the conflict be-

SPIRIT OF SHARING: Prime Minister Narendra

Modi with former Sri Lankan President
Chandrika Kumaratunga at Global HinduBuddhist initiative on conflict avoidance in New
Delhi on Thursday. - PHOTO: PTI
tween nature and man and
the problem of climate
change, which he described
as a global challenge.
The issue is not merely
about climate change; it is
about climate justice In my

view, the most adversely affected by climate change are

the poor and the downtrodden. When a natural disaster
strikes, they are hit the hardest. When there are floods,
they are rendered homeless;

during a quake, their homes

droughts, they are affected;
and during extreme cold too,
the homeless suffer the
most, he said adding that
the discourse must shift focus from climate change to
climate justice.
Mr. Modi also iterated
that it was necessary to inform the world about the
need to shift from ideology
whether religious or secular
to philosophy.
It is, thus, no surprise
that the world is taking note
of Buddhism. This is also a
recognition of the historical
Asian traditions and values,
which can be used to shift
the paradigm to conflict
avoidance, to move from the
path of ideology to philosophy, he said.
The meet is being organised by the Vivekananda
International Foundation.

India, UAE resolve to combat radicalisation

Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI: New Delhi and Abu

Dhabi on Thursday discussed

steps to check radicalisation
and deal with terror threats
from transnational organisations, even as they conferred
on how to enhance bilateral
trade and investment at the
11th India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting here.
External Affairs Minister
Sushma Swaraj, who cochaired the meeting with her

UAE counterpart Sheikh AlNahyan, said India and the

UAE had emerged as strong
voices against terrorism.
We should work together
for the early adoption of Indias proposed Comprehensive
(CCIT) at the United Nations, she said in a statement.
Anil Wadhwa, Secretary
(East), said: The UAE would
like to reach a conclusion on

the Convention, they are supportive of it, and they have

assured us that they will find
the ways and means of encouraging others also to work towards its finalisation.
The two sides discussed
pending extradition requests.
They signed MoUs in the
areas of telecommunications,
tourism, higher education
and scientific research; specifications and measures for
cooperation between the respective telecom regulatory

authorities and also between

the Federation of Indian
Chambers of Commerce and
the Federation of the UAE
Chambers of Commerce and
Labour-related issues, including conditions of payments, illegal holding of
passports, model contracts,
transfers of Indian labour
from other countries were also discussed as was the issue
of plugging gaps to prevent
money laundering.

NHRC notice to Bengal

govt. over police action
Shiv Sahay Singh
KOLKATA: Just at a time when

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the police

had exercised utmost restraint in dealing with protesters during agitations
called by Left parties, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued
notices to West Bengal government seeking its response
on alleged police excess on
women protesters.
Acting on a complaint that
women protesters were attacked by police during a
march to State Secretariat on
August 27, the NHRC on
Thursday issued notices to
the Chief Secretary and Director-General of Police and
Commissioner of Police, Kolkata. The NHRC has given the
government two-week time
to respond to the notices.
The complainants, which
included representatives of
All India Democratic Womens Association (AIDWA),
National Federation of Women in India (NFWI) and Janwadi Mahila Samity (JMS),
alleged that women protesters were subjected to baton
charge, tear gas and water
cannons by policemen.

Women protesters
allege that they were
attacked during a
march to the State
Secretariat on
August 27

complaint, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the women
Further, if the women
protesters were attacked by
the police force while protesting peacefully, it amounts to
violation of their Fundamental Right to assemble peaceably and without arms as
guaranteed under Article 19
(1)(b) of the Constitution of
India, the Commission
On August 27, a protest was
called by the Left-backed
farmers organisation on the
agrarian distress in the State
and other issues. The protests, which included a march
to Nabanna Building, was
backed by 17 Left parties. The
complaint, which was received by the Commission on
September 2, mentions that
some of the women protesters were severely injured
and one of them was in ICU.
Human rights violation
The protests on August 27
After going through con- had turned violent when potents of the complaints, the lice clashed with Left front
NHRC has observed that supporters.

12 |




Justice continues to elude Kandhamal

Brinda Karat


Welcome step
on oilfields
he government has taken a refreshing and
progressive approach with respect to the unutilised natural resources locked away in the
69 small and marginal oilfields lying with the
state-owned exploration agencies. The Union Cabinet
has not only approved the auction of these oilfields to
private, and even foreign, companies, but also initiated
a new approach in the licensing and proceeds-sharing
mechanisms. The first step was to move from a profitsharing mechanism to a revenue-sharing one. This may
appear to be a technical difference, but the effect on the
ground is likely to be huge. The profit-sharing approach
meant the government had to pore over the cost details
of those undertaking the exploration, often leading to
extended delays and disputes. The revenue-sharing approach is simpler, and is likely to earn the government
more money. Under the new plan, companies will be
allowed to sell crude oil or natural gas at market prices,
without any interference from the government. The
revenue and royalty-sharing mechanism will be pegged
at this market rate. If companies are forced to sell at
below-market prices, then the government will still get
a royalty share pegged at the market rate. If, however,
the company manages to sell at higher-than-market
prices, then the sharing mechanism will be pegged to
this higher price. Thats a win-win for the government:
less oversight and an assured minimum income.
The other welcome step has to do with the licensing
method. At present, companies need a separate licence
to exploit each of the different hydrocarbon resources
in a given field. Under the new scheme, they will receive
a unified licence for all hydrocarbons, including conventional ones such as oil and gas, and non-conventional ones such as shale oil and shale gas. This goes a long
way in the governments move towards enhancing the
ease of doing business. Apart from that, the simple act of
auctioning oilfields is a step towards weaning India
away from oil imports. The Oil Ministry says there are
hydrocarbon resources worth Rs.70,000 crore lying unutilised in these fields. At the current crude price of $45
a barrel, the production of hydrocarbons from these
new fields will be worth around Rs.3,500 crore a year.
This may seem like a drop in the bucket compared to
Indias total hydrocarbon imports of Rs.7.6 lakh crore in
2014-15, but every little drop counts. So far, these progressive steps are limited to the 69 oilfields on the block,
but hopefully they will be extended to all the oilfields in
the country. With growth in oil production slowing and
natural gas production contracting, there is a sore need
for steps like these to boost domestic production.

It is seven years since the horrific communal

violence against the Christian community
engulfed the district of Kandhamal in Odisha, in August 2008. Recently, thousands of
survivors gathered at the panchayat headquarter town of Raikia under the banner of
the Kandhamal Peace and Solidarity Committee. It was not to relive the past. Survivors of communal violence rarely want to
experience the trauma and the pain which
rises to the surface of their hearts and minds
with every retelling of those dark and terrorfilled days.
The demand was straight and simple
that they be allowed a future.

Agenda of polarisation
On the surface, things look better. In the
2014 Odisha Assembly election, the Hindutva forces suffered a resounding defeat in this
district, losing in all the three Scheduled
Tribe reserved Assembly segments. In the
previous elections in 2009, the Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) had put up Manoj Kumar
Pradhan, a man accused in two cases of murder of Christians and another 10 cases of
arson and violence. He won from G. Udaygiri
despite being in jail. The BJP reaped the
harvest of the blood of innocents. Pradhan
came out of jail within weeks of his election
and it was an open secret that he used his
clout to sabotage the processes of justice
by intimidating witnesses and instructing
the police to go slow in the cases. But this
changed in 2014, when the Congress and the
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) emerged victorious.
The Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat, which was
won by the BJD candidate, comprises the
Phulbani, G.Udaygiri and Baliguda Assembly
segments in the district. The BJP candidate
was relegated to third place. In the Assembly
elections, the Baliguda seat was won by the
BJD candidate. In G.Udaygiri, the Congress
candidate won, while in Phulbani, the BJD
emerged victorious.
But it would be quite wrong to assume that
the agenda of communal polarisation has
weakened in any way following the electoral
Leaders of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
(RSS)-led organisations were freed within
months of their arrests and have since resumed their toxic agenda of dividing equally

It is a matter of shame and sorrow that the

Christian community in Kandhamal is subdued
not because of its lack of courage but on account
of the failure of the Centre and the State, the
investigative agencies and the criminal justice
system, including courts, to ensure it justice
poor communities, the majority of whom are
below the poverty line, as they had done
earlier, mobilising the largely tribal Kui
community against the Dalit Pana community. This is ostensibly against the latters
demand for inclusion in the list of Scheduled
Tribes, but when in reality it is targeting
Dalits on a communal agenda as around 20
per cent of them are Christians. Tribals from
the Kui Samaj who are Christians are also
An important aim of the BJP and the RSS
and its front organisations was to ensure
that their people who had led and instigated
the mobs in 2008 would be saved from punishment, and be available in order to further
the communal agenda. In this they have

pensation fixed was just Rs.20,000 from the

State government and another Rs.10,000
from the Central government. For a fully
damaged home, the compensation was
Rs.50,000 from the State and Rs.30,000
from the Centre. The price of building materials is so high, that with this measly amount,
it would be strange if one thought that the
victim survivors could rebuild their homes.
In reality, they could manage only makeshift
structures. Today, these are there for all to
see, dotting the landscape of this beautiful
region, as asbestos or tin roofs over unplastered, half brick walls. None has a window or
a door frame, no grills for security the
evidence of callousness. In all these years,
the State government has disbursed only

Right-wing elements in Odisha have resumed their toxic agenda

of dividing poor communities revealing how communal
polarisation has not weakened despite electoral setbacks.
largely succeeded; they have literally got Rs.13 crore as compensation for damaged
away with murder.
houses. A petition filed on behalf of the survivors is pending before the Supreme Court.
Inadequate compensation
In the violence in 2008, scores of churches
The facts speak for themselves. First, lets and educational institutions were destroyed.
take the issue of compensation. It was said at The only positive aspect is that while the
the time that over 6,000 houses were burnt. Gujarat government is still fighting a case in
The government revised this and brought the Supreme Court against giving compenthe figure down to 4,818. Surveys of the ex- sation to rebuild the large number of
tent of damage were made, much like in mosques that were destroyed across that
Gujarat, when the inmates were not present. State following the 2002 riots, in Odisha, the
How could they be present when they were BJD government, in principle, has accepted
displaced and living in the squalor of 14 relief the Supreme Court suggestion for compencamps that had been set up? It was estimated sation for damage in Kandhamal, though the
at the time that there were over 56,000 men- amount disbursed was negligible Rs.70
,women and children, all Christians, who lakh.
had to flee their homes. They lost all their
belongings and the compensation package Poor conviction rate
Take the issue of registration and charge
did not take stock of the goods burnt. The
belongings of the poor are assumed to have sheeting of cases and the arrests of the accused. It is shocking that around 11,000 riotno value.
For a house partially damaged, the com- ers were given anticipatory bail which was


Sport, politics
and business
eeping politics and sport separate is easier
said than done. In the Indian sub-continent
especially, sport is heavily coloured by nationalism: for large sections of a games fans,
every win on the field is an occasion for display of
national pride, and every loss a cause for national despair. Cricket matches between India and Pakistan have
more to do with jingoism and less to do with sport as
suspense-filled drama and spectacle. Some of the flagwaving and chest-thumping patriotic fervour on show is
inevitable as long as sport at the highest level is played in
national colours. As George Orwell wrote, even a leisurely game like cricket, demanding grace rather than
strength, can cause much ill-will between the competing nations. In such a context, the calling off of a cricket
series between India and Pakistan is best seen as a
disappointment for genuine cricket fans and not as a
setback to bilateral relations. But between two nations
which otherwise find it difficult to engage with each
other in normal, structured dialogue, regular sporting
relations not just a rare, one-off cricket series can
do a lot of good. Sport would then stop being a war by
non-violent means.
However, there are factors other than the politics
surrounding India-Pakistan relations at play in a cricket
series involving the two countries. There has not been a
full bilateral series since the terror attacks in Mumbai in
2008 although Pakistan did visit India for a short,
limited-over series between December 2012 and January 2013. But the decision to revive cricket ties had little
to do with fostering better relations or satisfying fans by
promoting a marquee rivalry. Pakistan last year agreed
to the International Cricket Councils revamp, which
increased the powers of the Indian, English and Australian boards, on the condition that it would be part of
bilateral series with all the full members. Key to its
change in stance was the promise of financially lucrative
cricket with India: the then Pakistan Cricket Board
(PCB) chairman Najam Sethi had said, Its very important to play India because it generates a major chunk of
money. But the memorandum of understanding that
the two boards had reportedly signed to play six bilateral
series between 2015 and 2023 faced hurdles much before those created by the recent diplomatic tension. The
host broadcaster for the proposed series in December
2015 was TEN Sports, which has a deal with the PCB for
home series. However, reports of the network having
ties with the Essel Group, which not only has an adversarial relationship with the BCCI but has also threatened to form a breakaway international league, created
issues. Ultimately, what would weigh with the BCCI and
the PCB is not the interest of jingoists or fans, but the
power play within the ICC, and the irresistible draw of
commercial sponsorship.



Developments in PoK
China has befriended Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and
Sri Lanka as a means of countering
India (China has established its
presence across PoK, Sept.3). In
turn, these countries, except
perhaps Bhutan, have warmly
responded to the overtures as a way
position. The most important of
these various relationships is that
with our bitter foe, Pakistan, which
thanks to China, enjoys a nuclear
capability. India must accept the
reality that South Asia looks up to
China, and not India, for regional
stability and prosperity. In June
2010, when U.S. strategic analyst
Selig Harrison cited the large-scale
Chinese military presence in
Northern Pakistan as a hostile
military build-up against India, it
had Indians all worked up into a
tizzy. Most of the Chinese
presence in the Northern Province
could be related to flood relief work
and some developmental projects.
India must accept the fact that a
close political, economic and
military relationship between
Pakistan and China is now long
C.V. Venugopalan,
Pakistanoccupied Kashmir (PoK) that relate
to the involvement of China in the
so-called reconstruction of the
area, highlighted in the page 1
report, the observations in the
article, 1965: resilience in war,
deftness in diplomacy (Sept. 3),
are revealing. It was the motivation

not objected to by the police. Over 3,000

complaints were filed with the police, but
they registered only 828 cases. Of these, only
605 were charge sheeted, and two of them
were cases of rape.The pathetic level of investigation can be gauged from the fact that
in 2015, there are still 228 cases pending
Independent inquiries at the time showed
that between 80 to 100 people were killed,
but the government officially registered only
39 as dead, of whom two were policemen,
and three rioters. It is clear that from the
beginning, the effort was to minimise the
extent of the crime.
The victims have fared no better with the
courts. In response to the Supreme Courts
orders following a petition filed by Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, two fast track courts
were set up in the district headquarters of
Phulbani and which started functioning after March 2009. Meanwhile, the BJP used its
powers to do everything to sabotage the
process and intimidate witnesses. As a result, the conviction rate was extremely low
in all the cases in Kandhamal. In 2010, the
fast track courts were wound up as a result of
very poor results.
According to the indefatigable activist-advocate, Dibya Parichha, who along with his
small team has been defying threats while
fighting the battle for justice in Kandhamal,
there have been convictions in only two
cases of murder. Ten of the accused have
been given the life sentence. But today, each
one of them is out on bail. The 33 other cases
of murder of Christians have been closed for
lack of evidence.
In other cases, more serious charges have
been closed and punishment given on lesser
charges; 315 cases have been closed for lack
of evidence and 4,232 accused people have
been acquitted. There have been convictions
in only 73 cases of the 605 people charge
sheeted; 492 people have been sentenced for
lesser offences, but they are all out on bail.
As of August 2015, there is only one man in
jail, held for the gang rape of a nun. Even in
this case, the other two who were convicted
were given bail and are now absconding. It is
as though nothing happened.

Shadow of terror
There are many other details available of
the perpetration of gross injustice after one
of the worst instances of carnage against the
Christian community. The message that is
clear to the victims is that peace is conditional to their subordination. It is a matter of
deep shame and sorrow that the Christian
community in Kandhamal is subdued not
because of its lack of courage but on account
of the utter failure of the Central and State
governments, the investigative agencies and
the criminal justice system, including
courts, to ensure justice to it.
In contrast to this is the States attitude to
the Kandhamal Seven the four Adivasis
and three Dalits convicted and sentenced to
life wrongly for involvement in the murder
of the religious leader , Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati. The Maoists declared that
they had killed him. Anyone going through
the atrocious judgment will come to the inescapable conclusion of their innocence.
Their crime is that they are Adivasi, they are
Dalit, they are poor and they are Christian.
Their appeal is pending before the High
Court. While murderers and arsonists are
given bail, the bail petitions of these persons
have been rejected. They have been in the
central district jail in Phulbani for the last
seven years for a crime they did not commit.
In the end, along with the struggle for
justice for the victim survivors of Kandhamal, the call to Free the Kandhamal Seven,
should resonate throughout the country; a
call that will help heal the wounds and bring
solace and confidence to those who had gathered in Raikia with a message for the world.
(Brinda Karat is a member of the CPI(M)
Polit Bureau and a former Rajya Sabha MP.)

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movement. I am sure that the
people of Pakistan, and more so,
those in PoK, will one day regret
having a Chinese presence.
However, India would be able to
live with such a China-Pakistan
entente. It is also a matter of
interest to know that Pakistan
ended the war in 1965 against
Chinas desire for a long war for
fear of the destruction of and havoc
to important cities like Lahore. One
would wish that this fear should
have lingered even now in Pakistan
for its leaders to become cautious in
their overtures to China.
K. Rajendran,

Shuttered for a day

The time has come for our trade

unions to understand that age-old
shibboleth must be replaced with
rational thinking so that everybody
can have a share of the nations
largesse (Strike hits banking,
transport services, Sept.3). Our
political economy runs on the
capitalist mode of development.
We have to maintain the fine
balance between capital and labour
for greater productivity and
enhanced incomes. Without a
sustainable level of capitalist
development and push in reforms,
where necessary, our economy,
labour force and youth would be at
a disadvantage. The leftist trade
unions and the corporate lobby
must rise to the occasion to
overcome labour aristocracy and a
corporatisation of the economy.
Parthasarathy Sen,
New Delhi

discontent of the labour sector,

whose faith in the government
seems to be dwindling by the day.
Power-packed election campaign
speeches have to devote space for
labour rights and workers welfare.
Rupinder Singh,
Patiala, Punjab

Resolving OROP

It is unfortunate that the

government at the centre is being
influenced by the right wing in a
review of the governments
performance, policies and other
programmes (Decision on OROP
likely before Bihar poll dates are
announced, Sept.3). If the details
are true, does it not amount to
blatant interference in crucial
policy decisions?
Tharcius S. Fernando,

Irrespective of the way the OROP

issue is resolved, I have this to say.
Yes, veterans have brought glory
unto themselves, to the country
and to the armed forces in
particular, by defending our
borders in the most adverse terrain
since Independence. But the
hallmark of a soldier is implicit
obedience, discipline and loyalty to
the supreme commander. It does
not augur well to resort to a hunger
strike or petitioning the President.
It is also most un-becoming of us
I say this as a retired wing
commander to take the issue of
the OROP to Bihar. We are
apolitical and obey the orders of
government. Now that the
government says it has accepted
the matter in principle, we have to
The strike should be a wake-up call co-operate with it.
K.R. Dwarakanath,
that there is no Acche Din for the
common man. It shows the

No detention policy
The true purpose of education is to
train the mind to think. For that
reason it is priceless, said Einstein.
It is a fact that the anaemic role of
the existing educational set-up is fit
enough to churn out only clerks
(Beyond the pass-fail binary,
Sept.3). There is no application of
what is taught, which only
encourages mediocrity. A mere
pass (under the no-detention
policy) will only further worsen the
squalid conditions of students who
will continue to remain unsaleable
in the job-market. Addressing
issues such as a lack of value-based
education and discouraging rote
learning is vital. Inclusion of HR
managers as part of a curriculum
drafting team, correlation and
continuity between each promoted
class up to the college level, a
common syllabus, rejuvenating
RTE, finding a place for aptitude
and logical reasoning and scrapping
government and private schools
should also be addressed.
E.S. Chandrasekaran,
The education scene in India is one
where there is a countless mass of
poor children waiting to be
educated and middle-class parents
swayed by fancy models of
millennium schools admitting their
children into sunlight-phobic,
playtime-banned, mother-tongue
classrooms. Learning requires to be
restored to its original charm.
S.V. Venugopalan,
I am against the policy of no

detention. In the real world, there

is no such thing as a free lunch and
every child needs to learn this from
an early age as we live in a
competitive world. A child must
also be taught that its okay to fail.
The only real infrastructure any
school requires is the imagination
of the teacher.
Tanveer Sayyed,
Thane, Maharashtra

Zero-accident mission

Though it started operations in

1843, the Indian Railways still lags
behind in core areas. In the
backdrop of rising accidents, its
failure to get a grip on the way its
vast network operates is appalling.
While the zero-accident mission is
a long overdue (Railways on a
zero-accident mission, Sept.1), the
way Railway Budgets are being cast
shows that drastic reform is
R. Prabhu Raj,
In a National Technical Seminar
conducted in 2014, a senior railway
official pointed out the plight of
field technical staff in terms of poor
salary levels and the absence of
career prospects as issues that
needed to be addressed on a
priority. These workers are the
ones who are entrusted with the
prime responsibility of ensuring
planning, regular maintenance and
responses to emergencies. So the
contention of the Union Railway
Minister, Suresh Prabhu, that more
bridges and better signalling will
play a pivotal role in bringing down
the accident rate may not be wholly
N.R.U.K. Kartha,





A crisis of
Kievs own making
Andrey Kurkov
A day of fury was proclaimed on Monday by the Ukrainian
nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom). The fury ended with a
grenade being thrown into lines of soldiers guarding the Kiev
Parliament building, where it exploded, killing one soldier and
injuring more than 100 people.
The last day of summer had started strangely peacefully. The lines of
text on our TV screens told of a sharp decrease in Russia-backed
separatist military activity, of zero fatalities among Ukrainian soldiers
and volunteer forces on the frontline. The most recent international
peace negotiations in Minsk had also given rise to unexpected optimism.
The separatists had promised a complete ceasefire from September 1 and
the beginning of talks on pulling back even light artillery from the line of
Such promises drew cynical smiles from people aware of the real
situation in the battle zone: the heavy artillery so ostentatiously
withdrawn by both sides has long been returned to the frontline and put
to use. Since the beginning of the conflict not a single night has gone by
without some artillery fire. The contradiction is understandable. After all,
during any war people dream of peace and want to hope that it is about to
I now wonder if the unexpected moment of quiet on the frontline was
not orchestrated so that this weeks
explosion of violence in Kiev would sound Since this week's
out even louder. Earlier, on Monday,
Parliament voted for a bill put forward by terrorist attack in
President Petro Poroshenko that paves
front of Ukraines
the way for changes to the Constitution to
enable greater autonomy in the areas held Parliament building,
by rebels.
theories have been
No commentator is prepared to predict
floating in the
the outcome of the final vote on the
reforms, especially with militant members
media about who
of Svoboda ranged outside Parliament.
The vote will take place only in three or
had the most to
four months time, and much can happen
benefit from it
between now and then in Kiev, in the
Donbass, in the Kremlin and in Brussels.
But the media has been busy throwing up theories about who has most
to benefit from this terrorist attack. Most of the analysis in Ukraine
naturally points the finger at the Kremlin. Alexander Zakharchenko, the
leader of the so-called Donetsk peoples republic, and Igor Plotnitzky,
leader of the so-called Luhansk peoples republic have often promised to
export the war from the Donbass to Kiev. They occasionally travel to
Moscow and at home are surrounded by emissaries from the Russian
Federation. However, for them to organise an attack in Kiev using
Ukrainian nationalists as perpetrators, a large number of whom are
fighting against the separatists, would require a degree of sophistication
normally associated with the professional special services, in this case the
Russian secret service.

Orchestrated by whom?
Another version has it that the explosion outside Parliament was
orchestrated by the Presidents administration or the Ukrainian special
services in order to discredit Svoboda and other radical nationalists and
to tighten the screws on the political life of the country, thus justifying
control over opposition forces.
This version hardly stands up to criticism. The demonstration was led
by MPs who are members of Svoboda but got into Parliament as
independent candidates. In the 2014 elections, Svoboda did not win the
five per cent of the votes necessary to enter Parliament. Four months
earlier, in the presidential election, the partys leader, Oleg Tyagnibok,
won only a little over one per cent of the vote.
However, there were other groups represented in the demonstration,
among them two that deserve special attention: Oleg Lyashkos radical
party and Igor Kolomoiskys Ukrop party. T-shirts with the latter partys
emblem were given out free at the demonstration, and those willing to
take part were paid to protest. Mr. Kolomoisky is considered to be an
enemy of President Poroshenko since he was sacked from his position as
Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region.
Immediately after the blast, Mr. Lyashko, who is a radical populist with
little in common with the radical nationalists, announced the
establishment of a campaign to save the nation. Only three or four hours
after the explosion, his party had already registered a bill that would
block changes to the Constitution at times when the country is under
military attack. It is interesting that articles in the press regularly claim
to have evidence that both the Svoboda party and the Radical party have
been financed by the same oligarchs.
Still, the violence could have a far more banal explanation. To begin
with, volunteers who went off to fight in the Donbass for the sake of
maintaining Ukraines unity were radicals from militant groups such as
the Right Sector, which sprang up during the Maidan. There were also
volunteers who had no affiliation to any party who went to fight. When
the Ukrainian army took over the main role in the fighting, many of the
volunteers returned home, taking weapons with them.
Russian TV focused on the events outside the Ukrainian Parliament to
prove to viewers that chaos reigns in Ukraine. The violence is a gift to the
Kremlin. Yet to suspect the Russian special service of involvement is
naive. It will, of course, milk the situation for all it can get, but it did not
put the grenade in the demonstrators hand; that was put there by the war
in Donbass. And this is the sad reality that neither helps to stop the war in
the east nor to further political and economic reforms in the country.
Some people think the challenges faced by Ukraines Poroshenko are
now too big to overcome. But those who would like to take his place have
not shown themselves capable of doing even half of what he has achieved.
Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2015

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Invigorating Islam in India

Hamid Ansaris recent speech on Indian Muslims was a creative and thoughtful celebration of
India, Islam and democracy
Hamid Ansari is an important man who
has raised several important questions in
the past. As the Vice-President, he has
been a frequent target of Vishwa Hindu
Parishad (VHP) and Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) leaders, who see in him an
independent voice, one that speaks courageously about critical issues. The BJP had
criticised him for not being present on
Yoga Day, forgetting that he had not been
In the last few days, leaders from the
BJP and the VHP have demanded an apology from him over his representation of

the status of Muslims in India. The BJP
and the VHP behave like a predictably
savage chorus in Modis India but rather
than responding to them, I want to celebrate Mr. Ansaris speech made on the
golden jubilee of the All India Majlis-EMushawarat. The speech opens up new
possibilities which deserve a close
Mr. Ansari is clear that when he speaks
about Indian Muslims, he is responding to
their condition keeping in mind the spirit
of the Preamble and the values of the
Constitution. He begins by emphasising
that India is among the countries with the
highest number of Muslims.

Integral part of freedom struggle

A community of 180 million people
amounting to 14 per cent of the population is not a demographic threat but a
cultural possibility. The Indian Muslim
contributes not just to India but to the
culture of Islam across the world. Muslims were an integral part of the freedom
struggle and an integral part of independent India. Yet, he remarks, injustice has
been done to them.
Mr. Ansari points out that Partition
hangs as a shadow over independent India
and that the Indian Muslim has been
made to carry unfairly, the burden of
political events and the compromises resulting from the Partition. The trauma of
Partition as memory, as violence is still
present out and the responses to it have
been uneven.
Then, Mr. Ansari, turning official,
quotes the Justice Rajinder Sachar Committees Report to emphasise the fact that
on most socio-economic indicators, Muslims are on the margins of the structures
of political, economic and social relevance, their average condition even worse
than the countrys historically backward
communities, Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes. This, while being predictable, is immaculately true. However, it
is Mr. Ansaris handling of the problems
that offers new possibilities. He lists out
the problems of the Muslims bluntly as
relating to a) identity and security; b) education and empowerment; c) equitable
share in the largesse of state; and d) a fair
share in decision making.
He commends the spirit of Sabka saath

CONJURING UP NEW POSSIBILITIES: In the speech made during the golden jubilee celebrations of
Majlis-E-Mushawarat, Vice-President Hamid Ansari exhorted Indian Muslims to focus on issues
concerning the marginalised, rather than being fixated on identity. Picture shows him releasing a book
during the function in New Delhi earlier in the week. PHOTO: PTI
sabka vikas (Development for all), one
that captures the spirit of inclusiveness
and representation that resonates the
tenor of what he is trying to communicate.
However, Mr. Ansari is no apologist for
the community. He slams the Muslims as
being trapped in a vicious circle and in a
culturally defensive posture that hinders
Mr. Ansaris critique of the status of
Indian Muslims brings out a fascinating
set of points. He observes that tradition
is made sacrosanct but the rationale of
tradition is all but forgotten. As a result,
Jadeediyat or modernity has become a
tainted expression. He claims that critical thinking is needed both for the affirmation of faith and the well-being of the
community. He also contends that a fixation on the questions of identity and dignity create a defensive mode of thinking.
He exhorts the Mushawarat, a grouping
of respected minds, to focus on issues
concerning women, youth and the marginalised, who constitute the overwhelming majority of Indian Muslims.
Mr. Ansaris plea to the community to
think along plural, secular and democratic
lines is hard-headed and clear. Here is a
leader and a scholar who both cares for
the community and yet can be both confident and critical about it. But Mr. Ansari
goes further. He remarks astutely that the
way we solve a problem might add to the
problem and quotes a close observer
who pointed out that agitation against
discrimination can arouse the very emotions that foster discrimination.
The solution to the problems faced by
the Indian Muslims lies in devising a form
and content which heals old wounds and
does it without inflicting no new ones. The
Muslim is, here, easy with her identity,
comfortable in her Indian citizenship and

The common Indian Muslim

represents cultural
confidence, citizenship
and constitutionalism at
its creative best
confident that she can solve problems
within the framework of Indian democracy. This is cultural confidence, citizenship
and constitutionalism at its creative best.
The VHP and BJP must be tone-deaf to
democracy to have missed the sheer creativity in Mr. Ansaris speech. A Muslim
problem is no longer merely a Muslim
problem but an Indian one to be shared
with the wider community. Mr. Ansari
emphasises that a lack of communication
among communities has frozen the diversities of Indian society.
In his speech, problem-solving is not
only creative but plural and democratic.
The Indian thought experiment, whatever
its flaws, becomes a model relevant for the
world. It combines an ethics of memory,
interpretation and innovation.

Creating a new Islamic imagery

But Mr. Ansari as a scholar, reflecting
on the recent debates in Islam, goes dramatically further. He cites the work of
Mohammed Arkoun, the Algerian scholar.
Arkoun like U.K.-based scholar of Islam,
Ziauddin Sardar, does not reduce Islam to
essentialist categories. He is neither an
Orientalist nor a fundamentalist but is
keen to develop that plural space where
Islam is no longer a closed official corpus
replete with rituals of ideology and domination. He seeks to create a new Islamic
imaginary, opening up new fields of reflection and research within the Islamic do-

After the deluge, what?

One year since the State witnessed floods that devastated its economy, people are yet to see
any substantial assistance from the Centre
About a year back, I was driving back to
Srinagar from Baramulla in North Kashmir. It had been raining for a few days and
reports of flooding from South Kashmir
were trickling in. As my car entered Bemina, a sprawling residential colony in Srinagar, water was gushing across the
highway and my car barely managed to
escape the chaos that was beginning to
build up in the area. Little did I imagine
then that we were in the middle of a historic flooding, the likes of which no Kashmiri had ever witnessed. The following
day, major parts of Kashmir lost road and

package can be provided. Instead, Mr. Modis government has focused on high-profile visits and announced assistance in
dribs and drabs. These announcements
add up to what the former Chief Minister,
Omar Abdullah, called a State awash with
empty words.

Assistance not forthcoming


Anees Soz
(dated September 4, 1965)

Pak. Sabre jet planes

Two Pakistani F-86 Sabre jets
were shot down in the last 24 hours
in the Chhamb area. One of the
Sabre jets was brought down by the
Indian Air Force, Gnat fighters
(manufactured in India) in an air
battle in the area. The second Sabre
jet was destroyed by the ground
forces which also went into action
against the intruding Pakistani
aircraft. The aircraft crashed in
Indian territory. An official
spokesman said Pakistan advances
had been halted in the Chhamb
sector. The lull continues there and
probably the Pakistanis are
regrouping. There is vigorous
patrolling by both sides. The
immediate military objective of the
Pakistani forces in the Chhamb
area may be to reach the western
bank of Munavar Tavi river. But
Pakistanis have been foiled by
heavy Indian shelling.

Efforts at UN to avert war

The tempo of diplomatic activity
aimed at averting a full-scale war in

Kashmir has increased appreciably

in the lat 24 hours. All of it points
towards an early convening of the
Security Council possibly this
week-end. Ambassador Goldberg of
the United States, who was in
Washington yesterday [September
2], attending a top level meeting
connected with Kashmir, called on
U Thant to-day [September 3] to
discuss what should be done next.
Mr. Goldberg has been in constant
touch with the other members of
the Security Council since U Thant
made his appeal to India and
Pakistan day before yesterday. U
Thant himself is meeting all the
other 10 members of the Security
Council separately to review the
Kashmir situation. In Washington
Ambassador B. K. Nehru, at a
meeting requested by him, is
reported to have told Mr. Dean
Rusk formally that Pakistanis were
using American arms such as tanks
and planes in Kashmir contrary to
the undertakings given by it in the
past. Unconfirmed reports said that
the State Department has already
expressed its concern over this to

main. Arkoun was no ivory tower

intellectual but a scholar who engaged in
the everydayness of debate and policy.
Mr. Ansari invites us to be Arkouns
where Islam, in an open-ended manner,
critiques modernity while also confronting itself.
If Ziauddin Sardar created a new perspective on Islam through his idea of Islamic Scienc and his journal The Critical
Muslim, Arkoun sought to go beyond the
dogmatic enclosure of Islam to permit the
entry of the unthinkable into the official
enclosure. His journal, Arabica, was a venture in that direction. Mr. Ansari, like Arkoun and Sardar, points to the fecundity
of Islam, its creative possibilities. They do
this while remaining believers. Islam in in
their eyes becomes an apparatus for the
creative transformation of modernity.
There is a strategy of struggle laid out
playfully, transparently and creatively.
Mr. Ansari claims that the struggle for
actualisation should be constitutionally
imaginative; reciprocal in that a community does not get warped through isolation; and yet adaptive without losing a
sense of integrity. Such a vision of change
goes beyond Islam to become a model for
thought experiment and lived change, also
relevant in other contexts.
In this sense, Mr. Ansaris speech is a
celebration of Islam, India and democracy
creatively done, thoughtful yet immaculate in its arguments. It deserves to be
celebrated, debated, re-invented. India
must match Hamid Ansari in creating a
democracy for the future where a conversation of religion and democracy creates new orders of justice and creativity.
Thank you Mr. Vice-President.
(Shiv Visvanathan is a professor at Jindal School of Government and Public

communications networks and nobody

knew what was going on.
We now know a lot about what happened in the days and nights that followed: collapse of the civil administration,
widespread destruction, loss of life, heroic
rescues and human endurance and amid
all this, a fearful citizenry living on the
edge. But, once the early rescue and relief
phase ended, a grim reality set in. A tough
road to recovery lay ahead. Local capacities and resources would simply not be
enough. Jammu and Kashmir needed help
and there was one man who seemed right
for the job.

HELPLESS CITIZENRY: The State Government had neither the technical

expertise nor the financial resources to launch a credible recovery
programme. Picture shows some residents in Srinagar affected by the
floods last year. FILE PHOTO: AP

India was generous in

supporting Nepal following
earthquakes there. Is J&Ks
pain any less, its economic
needs less genuine?

and that he wanted to assure people of

J&K that it was a disaster not just for
Hopes crushed
them but for the entire nation. He folIn walked the Prime Minister, one with lowed this visit with another one in Octoa reputation for decisiveness and the ber to celebrate Diwali. The message was
hopes soared in the hearts of millions of one of compassion and reassurance. Here
affected citizens. A historic inflexion was a seemingly strong and decisive PM
point in Kashmirs tortured history was who appeared to have struck the right
tantalisingly within reach. Sadly, hopes notes in a region that was traditionally
evaporated faster than the flood waters. hostile to him and his party. Yes, those
An opportunity to reach out to the Kash- were hopeful days and despite all the devmiris was lost. We are left to recount what astation around them, Kashmiris were
might have been.
confident that help was on the way.
It was clear from the beginning that the
How much financial assistance did J&K
State Government had neither the tech- require? Quite a lot, it turns out. The State
nical expertise nor the financial resources Government estimated losses at
to launch a credible recovery programme. Rs.44,000 crores ($7 billion; almost 50
In this context, the Prime Ministers visit per cent of J&Ks GDP). Business associduring the floods was reassuring. He ations came up with loss estimates of
tweeted that it was a national disaster Rs.100,000 crores or more. Some observ-

ers received these estimates with scepticism. Even so, the disaster was far too big
for even the richest States in the country
to deal with on their own. In an article I
wrote after the flooding, I compared losses in J&K with those in Uttarakhand during the 2013 floods. Suffice it to say,
Uttarakhand floods were much smaller in
scale. Even so, the Uttarakhand government sought central assistance of about
Rs.12,000 crores; the UPA government
provided about Rs.8,000 crores and was
considering the remainder when the 2014
Lok Sabha campaign kicked in. In J&Ks
case, the assistance required was clearly
far greater.
Even after a year, nothing even remotely close to these figures has materialised.
Sadly, the Central government has still
not formally confirmed the quantum of
losses suffered in last years flooding. Disaster management experts, working with
government agencies, prepare these types
of loss estimates in a matter of weeks, as
was done in Uttarakhand. However, despite several visits by Mr. Modi, his Ministers and bureaucrats, we still do not have a
confirmed estimate of losses against
which a Central Government financial

Writing in June, Mr. Abdullah dissected

the financial assistance provided to J&K
so far. Of the total assistance announced
so far, less than Rs.1500 crores has been
meaningful. This is unless you consider
Rs.500 crore towards the rescue effort of
the India Air Force or Rs.850 crores to
clear past dues of a bankrupt State as
meaningful flood assistance.
News reports of a substantial flood
relief package kept circulating. The package never came. Kashmir lost a full working season, people moved on and hope
gave way to a dour realism.
Many experts are of the view that economies can experience a boost in the aftermath of a disaster. This is because of a
pent-up demand for reconstruction of
physical assets and associated job creation. Unfortunately, this is not automatic. To rebuild and revitalise an economy,
one needs financial resources. Speaking of
which, India was generous in supporting
Nepal when a destructive earthquake hit
that country. In addition to other support,
the Government of India announced a $1
billion package to support Nepals recovery. I hope Nepals economy receives a
boost with such support. It raises a question, however. Is J&Ks pain any less, its
economic needs less genuine?
After one year, it is clear that PM Modi
and his government have utterly failed to
deliver on promises made to the people of
J&K. In doing so, the Prime Minister has
lost a terrific opportunity to reach out to
the people of Kashmir and set a new
course, one of building trust and mutual
respect. It is not just a loss for the people
of Kashmir, it is the nations loss. After all,
these are the Prime Ministers words.
(The author, formerly with the World
Bank, is a spokesperson of the Indian National Congress. Views expressed are


14 |
under the psychological
mark of 80% in the recently
released census data on religious demographics.
Ms. Smriti Irani was asked
by the RSS to ensure, as
much as possible, education
in the mother tongue. Value
education and a breaking
away from western values
should also be part of the
new education policy. Text
books should add heroes
from all walks of life, reported a source as being the
RSS contribution to the
The organisations prachar pramukh Manmohan
Vaidya confirmed that the

samanwaya baithak today

discussed scenario of national security, internal and
external, besides the national education scenario.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad
leader Pravin Togadia raised
the rising percentage of
Muslim population during
the meeting and asked for a
Common Population Policy, while a discussion on
the latest census figures on
religious demographics was
going on.
A senior RSS leader present at the discussion said
that this was not possible
and that the suggestion was
not implementable.

Yuan devaluation to figure in talks

D.K. Joshi, chief economist
at Crisil, reiterated this view,
but said that a rapid devaluation could have an adverse
effect on the Indian economy. The rupee fell 4.5 per
cent against the dollar compared to 3.3 per cent for the
yuan against the dollar in the
period January 1, 2015 to August 25, 2015, he said.
According to Mr. Joshi,
since August 2014, this difference was starker, with the
rupee falling more than 9 per
cent and the yuan only 4.2
per cent.
However, if in the future
China devalues its currency
very rapidly, then this could
cause instability and affect
the Indian economy adversely. But, keep in mind that
India is still severely uncompetitive in its processes compared to China, so even if the
currency situation is favourable for India, it wont really
help us much, Mr Joshi told
The Hindu.
Reserve Bank of India
Governor Raghuram Rajan
will also participate in the
G20 meet. It is expected to
analyse the situation and
consider collaborative measures like developing the

global safety nets to protect

countries from negative
spillovers arising from domestic actions.
Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley had highlighted the
effect of Chinas devaluation
of the yuan during a speech
two weeks ago as well.
Chinas devaluation of its
currency is creating ripples
in global markets. And obviously being part of the globally integrated economy this
will leave some transient impact on the Indian economy
as well, he said at the time,

speaking at a tax conference.

Also on the agenda during
the Finance Ministers
meeting is a review of the
progress on the G-20/OECD
High Level Principles on
SME financing and the establishment of the private
sector-led World SME Forum, a new initiative to
serve as a global body to
drive the contributions of
SMEs to growth and
The Finance Minister will
arrive back in India on September 7.

Centre gets investment

proposals worth $3.05 b
The growth of several large economies was not good and for
us, borrowing rates are high on account of inflation as well as
some currency variations.
Ms. Teaotia said there were ample opportunities as Indias
share in global engineering trade was only 1.2 per cent, and
the share of high value products in the total basket was only
six per cent.The government received investment proposals
worth over Rs.1 lakh crore for manufacturing in the
electronics sector, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
said. We have been promoting electronic clusters in a big
way for the past 14 months. We have received investment
proposals of Rs.1.07 lakh crore till now, on which we are
going to give lot of incentives under the Modified Special
Incentive Package Scheme.

MoU with ISI dropped: Karzai

In his first open outburst
against the government, Mr.
Karzai had called the MoU an
embarrassment, which had
led to a meeting between him
and President Ghani in July.
While Mr. Karzai holds no official post, he continues to be
influential in Afghan politics
and both President Ghani
and CEO Abdullah have
served in his Cabinet.
Denying reports in the
British paper The Guardian,
that his criticism was seen as
part of a conspiracy to unseat
President Ghani, Mr. Karzai
told The Hindu that the MoU
with the ISI was a national
issue. As a citizen of Afghanistan I have a right to
speak and say that it was
wrong. Other than that I am
fully behind the Ghani government and my services are
always available, he added.
Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have taken
a nosedive in recent weeks
over a spate of attacks in Kabul and other cities, and President Ghani has issued two

Hamid Karzai says the

Strategic Partnership
Council at the Foreign
Ministers level must be
revived at the earliest.

sharp statements blaming Pakistan for the violence.

There is credible evidence
that the leadership, command
and control centre, support
infrastructure and sanctuaries of the Haqqani Network
and other terrorist groups are
inside the Pakistani territory, President Ghani said in a
statement on September 1,

just ahead of a visit by Pakistan National Security Adviser

Sartaj Aziz for a regional conference. The relations have
been further strained after
peace talks with the Taliban
were cancelled in a cloud of
mistrust over the announcement of the death of Taliban
leader Mullah Omar.
Speaking about relations
between India and Afghanistan, Mr. Karzai said that the
Strategic Partnership Council at the Foreign Ministers
level must be revived at the
earliest. As The Hindu had reported last week, the Indian
government has rebuffed Afghanistans proposals to hold
a meeting of the Council on at
least four occasions this year,
ostensibly upset over the
close ties between President
Ghani and the Pakistan military.
Mr. Karzai said he strongly recommends that India
launch the Strategic Partnership Council at the earliest.
(Full link of Mr. Karzais comments can be viewed online at

Assault against right to dissent: Greenpeace

Vinuta Gopal, interim co-Executive Director of Greenpeace India on Thursday said
the cancellation of the organisations FCRA registration
was the governments latest
move in a relentless onslaught
against the communitys right
to dissent.
It is yet another attempt to
silence campaigns for a more
sustainable future and transparency in public processes.
On April 10, the government
had suspended Greenpeace
Indias licence to receive foreign donations, citing reasons
such as talks with the Aam
Aadmi Party (AAP), attempts
to delay and place illegal obstructions to Indias energy
plans, campaigning, protesting and lobbying against government of Indias policies,
an anti-nuclear full page colour advertisement in The Hindu with a sarcasm-laced
In its report, the government also mentioned a campaign against an Indian tea
brand, which Greenpeace
claimed contained hazardous
Though the MHA did not
come up with an official circular saying the NGOs registration had been cancelled, it
informed the Delhi High
Court about the order in an
affidavit filed on Thursday.

Greenpeace India had petitioned the High Court that an

amount of Rs. 7 crore be unblocked by the government.
The court had on May 27
allowed Greenpeace to use
two of its accounts for the purpose of receiving and utilising
fresh domestic donations for
its day-to-day functioning.
In a 50-page assessment report prepared by the government to highlight the details of
the anti-national activities of
the NGO, it mentioned the
Greenpeace advertisement in
The Hindu on August 15, 2012
that carried a picture of antinuclear protests in Kudankulam with a caption Can you
spot the Foreign Hand in this
The advertisement asked
peoples support for the campaign against any dilution of
the Civil Nuclear Liability Act.
The advertisement attempts
to create fear in readers
minds by implying the inevitability of a reactor meltdown
and makes a strong pitch
against Indias stand on the
nuclear liability clause Given
the large amount of foreign
funding it receives, it will be
difficult for Greenpeace to link
all aspects of its anti-nuclear
activism to Indian donations
only, the report stated.
The government said the
NGO transferred money from



Kashmir, terror dominate agenda

Sources said the RSS was
unhappy with the lax attitude of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which is a
coalition partner of the BJP
in Jammu and Kashmir, in
dealing with terror.
BJP general secretary
Ram Madhav briefed the
RSS and said the PDP-BJP
coalition had a common
minimum programme.
The government was advised that the people of Jammu and Kashmir need to be
made aware of Pakistansponsored terror and its true
nature. The RSS also expressed concern that the
Hindu population had fallen


an FCRA-designated account
to a FCRA utilisation account,
and from there to five other
bank accounts, in violation of
FCRA rules.
Ms. Gopal said The Greenpeace legal team has learnt
that the Ministry of Home Affairs has notified the Delhi
High Court that Greenpeaces
FCRA registration has been
cancelled. This news the news
of the cancellation comes just
a day before a scheduled hearing at the Delhi High Court
that was examining the merits
of the MHAs arbitrary action.
Cutting access to our foreign funding may be a desperate attempt to get us to cease
our work, but the MHA probably didnt count on our having an amazing network of
volunteers and supporters
who have helped us continue
our work despite the government crackdown. Since the
majority of our funding comes
from Indian citizens, most of
our work can indeed continue, she said. In fact, we are
responding to this latest melodrama by launching a new creative online campaign and are
confident that people will
show they are ready to fight
back in style, and send a clear
message to those in power: you
just cant muzzle dissent in a

SP pulls out of grand alliance led by JD(U)

Sharad Yadav holds talks with Mulayam in a bid to broker compromise
Amarnath Tewary &
Smita Gupta

RJD leader to
join Samajwadi

PATNA/DELHI: Hours after the

Samajwadi Party announced

in Lucknow that it was pulling out of the Janata DalUnited (JD-U)-led grand alliance in Bihar, JD(U)
president Sharad Yadav
rushed to meet SP supremo
Mulayam Singh to try and
sort out the differences between the two parties.
Emerging from the SP
chiefs residence in Delhi, Mr
Yadav told journalists on
Thursday evening, There
was an alliance, there is an
alliance and the alliance will
remain. Everything will be
sorted out and an amicable
solution will be found. He,
however, refused to spell out
the details of the compromise
that is being worked out
though it was evident that it
will have to centre round the
sharing of seats: the SP was
given just five seats whereas it
wanted at least 12 of the 243
seats in the State. The JD(U)
has 100 seats, the Rashtriya
Janata Dal (RJD) 98 and the
Congress 40.
Congress State chief Ashok
Choudhury told The Hindu in
Patna that the SPs exit would
have no impact on the alliance in the Bihar polls. But
the JD(U) and the RJD know
that the SPs departure, coming as it does in the wake of
the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
walking out of the alliance
last week, makes for bad

Amarnath Tewary
PATNA: Senior Rashtriya

The SP and the NCP may be
fringe players in the State, but
their exit could cut into the
secular vote, while underscoring the historic inability
of the members of the Janata
Parivar to stick together.
Besides, the Left Parties
also marginal players are also contesting alone. Reports
suggest that if the JD(U) fails
to persuade the SP to return
to the grand alliance, all these
parties may forge a front of
their own. Whatever votes
these parties may garner
would come from those that
might otherwise be expected
to go to the grand alliance.
Earlier in the day in Lucknow, the SP pulled out of the
grand alliance in the pollbound State, stressing it had
felt humiliated. Our partys parliamentary board took

the decision to fight the Bihar

polls on our own, said SP
leader Ramgopal Yadav, adding that the grand alliances
bigger constituents had not
honoured the principle of
coalition dharma in the allocation of seats. We learnt
from the media about five
seats being given to us. We
feel insulted, he said.
Responding, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said he was
sure he would be able to convince Mr. Mulayam Singh to
remain in the grand alliance:
If the SPs differences with
the JD(U), the RJD and the
Congress are not sorted out, it
will have implications both in
Bihar and elsewhere. While in
a closely fought contest in Bihar against the BJP-led combine, every vote will count for
a grouping that has to battle
anti-incumbency, the coming

together earlier this year of

different elements of the Janata Parivar under the leadership of Mr Mulayam Singh
was also expected to have an
impact not just in Bihar, but
in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Meanwhile, the SP leaders
Ramgopal Yadav, who has
long been seen as an obstacle
to Janata unity, said the Janata Parivar, in fact, never
came into existence. I knew
from the beginning that such
things will occur during Bihar
Assembly polls and that was
why Id refused to sign the
death warrant for our party.
No more Janata Parivar now.
Earlier, to present a united
face, SP leader Shivpal Singh
Yadav was invited to Patna to
participate in the Swabhiman
rally held in Patna on August

Janata Dal leader

Raghunath Jha resigned
from the party on
Thursday and
announced that he
would soon join the
Samajwadi Party, which
has decided to go it alone
in the Bihar Assembly
Mr. Jha accused RJD
chief Lalu Prasad of
ignoring senior party
leaders at the cost of his
family. Mr. Jha, who
was considered the
Brahmin face of the RJD,
had been party MP from
Bettiah and Minister in
the Rabri Devi
government. He was
national vice-president
of the party at the time
of resigning.
Ive been with you
through thick and thin
for the past 25 years.
But, seeing your
behaviour these days
towards party workers
and neglect towards me,
I am resigning from the
post and the primary
membership of the party
as well, Mr. Jha wrote
in the resignation letter
sent to Mr. Prasad.

SIT seeks Centres response on black money

Krishnadas Rajagopal

want to know what steps the

government is taking on our
NEW DELHI: The Special Inves- recommendations, senior
tigation Team (SIT) on black advocate Dushyant Dave,
money on Thursday pressed representing the SIT, said.
for a response from the CenI cannot say anything
tre on its recommendations now. I have no instructions,
to curb the menace, includ- Attorney-General Mukul Roing a key one relating to iden- hatgi, appearing for the Centifying
beneficial tre, responded.
owners of Participatory
The Special Bench led by
Notes (P-Notes).
Chief Justice of India H.L.
The SITs stress for a re- Dattu and comprising Justicsponse is despite the Centre es Madan B. Lokur and A.K.
making it clear that it will not Sikri, however, asked the
be pushed into any knee- government to respond to
jerk reactions in an area the SITs recommendations.
having a large impact on the
foreign investment climate. PIL plea
The hearing was based on a
The government had said it
would take a view on the SIT PIL petition filed by senior
suggestions only after con- advocate Ram Jethmalani to
sulting the stock market reg- bring back black money
ulator, the Securities and stashed away abroad, followExchange Board of India (SE- ing which the Supreme Court
BI), the Reserve Bank of In- had set up the SIT led by two
former apex court judges,
dia and other institutions.
We have made several Justices M.B. Shah and Arijit
recommendations ... We Pasayat.

Smart City has to be

compact: experts
Mehboob Jeelani
NEW DELHI: At the first-ever
workshop on the Smart City
Mission hosted for mayors
and commissioners, Urban
Development Minister M.
Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said the governments
urban renewal policies were
designed to accommodate
the urban poor. Yet his
views contradicted with the
financing model of the project, which largely relies on
high property taxes and expensive public services.
For the first time in Indias urban governance,
mayors will be given powers
to design their cities.
The workshop panellists
ranging from the representatives of the Bloomberg
Philanthropies to Urban Development Ministry officials
explained the structure of
the Smart City Mission, emphasising that the cities
have to be compact,
spread on minimum of 500
acres with adequate water
supply, assured electricity,
sanitation and efficient urban mobility.
The participants raised all

kinds of questions. The ones

that put the panellists on the
back foot were about land
acquisition and finance generation.
Since a smart city needs to
be built on land, several
mayors said the process of
acquisition would be tricky.
They wondered if the Central government would roll
out additional funds to help
them purchase land. They
were told no such funding
would be provided.
According to the Ministry
officials, the first five-year
investment for each smart
city is estimated at Rs. 5,000
The Centre will provide
Rs. 1,000 crore and the city
has to manage the rest. Kumar V. Pratap, Economic
Adviser at the Urban Development Ministry, said that
to fill the financial gaps the
government would have to
increase taxes on property,
entertainment, advertisements and parking lots.
Mr. Naidu told the mayors
that they should stop worrying about the next elections and focus on smart
city projects.

We want to know
what steps govt. is
taking on our
says SIT counsel
In its recommendations,
the SIT had said that the outstanding value of Offshore
(ODIs) or P-Notes at the end
of February 2015 stood at Rs.
2.715 lakh crore.
The SEBI had further said
that the top five locations of
end beneficial owner of ODIs
were Cayman Islands, the
U.S., the U.K., Mauritius and

Cayman Islands
The SIT said Cayman Islands had the major chunk of
outstanding ODIs invested in
India, roughly translating to
Rs. 85,006 crore. The SIT

Day comes a
day early for
PM, students

wondered how Cayman Islands, with a population of

less than 55,000, had the capacity to invest Rs. 85,000
crore in India.
The SIT had also pointed
out how the transferrable nature of P-Notes made it difficult to pin down the true
beneficial owner.
Other recommendations
given by the SIT included
proactive detection of creation of shell companies
through the Serious Frauds
Investigation Office, deterrent penal action against persons involved and action
against Prevention of Money
Laundering Act for tradebased money laundering
and betting in cricket.
Trade-based money
laundering through mispricing of imports/exports is a
major means of taking money out of this country. A
strong deterrent action is
needed to curb this menace,

the SIT recommendations

The SIT also touched upon
the generation of black money in the education sector
and through donations to religious institutions and charities. The SIT had sought the
governments response on
ways to control such transactions, calling for a specific
provision that made donations in cash punishable under the Prevention of
Corruption Act if the person
involved was deemed to be a
public servant.

Fourth report
The SIT informed the
court that it would be giving
its fourth report by October
7, while adding that economically delicate matters
being dealt with by it should
not be the subject of discussions in public domain.
The court posted the next
hearing to October 28.

Court orders CBI to

verify BCCI accounts

Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister
Narendra Modi will once
again interact with
children on Teachers Day.
However, he will do it a day
earlier as September 5 is
also Janmashtami.
And, yet again schools
across the country have
been asked to make
arrangements so that
children can watch the
hour-long interaction.
Unlike last year, however,
schools do not have to send
back detailed report cards
on the arrangements made
and how many children
watched the programme.
It is also more of a
voluntary exercise this
time round. Eager to avoid
any controversy that
dogged Mr. Modis
interaction with children
on Teachers Day last year,
the HRD Ministry has
slotted the interaction
during school hours this

Peerzada Ashiq
SRINAGAR: The Jammu and

Kashmir High Court, which

ordered a CBI probe into the
multi-crore Jammu and
Kashmir Cricket Association
(JKCA) scam case on Thursday, pointed out that despite
the lapse of three years, the
investigating agency could
not even verify or authenticate the amount released by
the BCCI to the JKCA. The
Bench said: The investigating agency remained content
with the information provided by the administrative officer of the BCCI that Rs. 113.67

crore was released by the

BCCI from 2002-03 to December 2011. An exercise has
to be undertaken to verify and
authenticate the volume, and
extent of release, of funds.
Questioning the pace of the
probe by the local agency, the
Bench said: It stumbled upon two inconsistent sets of
balance sheets allegedly fabricated with an intention to
defraud. The variation in the
two sets of balance sheets was
found to be of the magnitude
of amount exceeding Rs. 10
crore for the financial years
2007-08, 2008-09, and 200910.

OROP: veterans ready to accept revision every two years

Dinakar Peri
NEW DELHI: An understanding
between the government and
ex-servicemen on the modalities of the one rank one pension (OROP) scheme seems to
be in sight with the protesting
veterans relenting on their
demand for annual revision
and saying they are ready to

accept a revision every two

The government says they
are ready to give one rank, five
pensions, noted Wing Commander (retd) Vinod Nebb of
the United Ex-Servicemen
Movement (UESM) referring
to the government offer for
revision every five years.
We are ready to accept two

years. Keeping in mind the

larger issue of the country,
this is what we can tolerate.
Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley had said that the demand for an annual review
was not feasible and would
set a wrong precedent.
As per definition, OROP
seeks uniform pension based
on rank and length of service

irrespective of when they

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP,
who has been talking to both
sides appealed to the veterans
that the annual normalisation
process is neither feasible
nor practical.
Normalisation is a core
part of the OROP definition
without any doubt, but I

would urge the veterans to accept a normalisation process

once every three years.
Within the community
there seems to be difference
of opinion on the issue. While
several veterans agreed that
some give and take was necessary to reach an agreement,
there were some who opposed
any dilution.




| 15


Indrani has confessed to her role

Police cant take a
Peter Mukherjea, Siddartha Das quizzed in Sheena murder case
moral stand, says HC
Shubhomoy Sikdar

Indranis confession
comes two days
before her police
custody ends

MUMBAI: The Mumbai Police

Seeks clarifications on provisions used to detain couples

Special Correspondent
MUMBAI: The Bombay High
Court on Thursday wanted to
know under what provisions
the police raided hotels in
suburban Malvani recently
and detained several couples.
The police cannot take a moral stand without the backing
of the law or legislative policy, the court said.
Last month, in a controversial move, the police raided hotels and lodges in the
Aksa and Mudh island area
and rounded up 40 couples.
The widespread outrage this
triggered forced Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh
Any action of the executive should be supported by
legal provisions or executive
policy, a Division Bench of
Justices V.M. Kanade and
said while hearing a PIL
(public interest litigation]
petition. If there is no legislative policy, then executive
actions have to be based on
some policy set by the State

Cabinet or Assembly. It is not

for the police to take a moral
stand and say this is illegal.
The court lauded the police for their efforts to check
should be taken that honest
people who want to stay
there and it is their right
are not arrested in the guise
of regulatory measures, innocent people are not harassed and their privacy is
not violated.
The State government, in
an affidavit on Thursday, said
the police received several
complaints from the local
people, MLAs, organisations
and residents of an alleged
prostitution racket in some
of the lodges and houses in
the area. The police were,
therefore, directed to conduct checks and take preventive steps. Certain lodges
and registers were checked.
In some instances, customers had not furnished their
identities, States lawyer
Sandeep Shinde told the
The court asked him under
what provisions disclosure of

identities was mandatory,

and directed the State to file a
reply on the legal basis for
the police action.

Old practice
Mumbai is not new to the
police cracking down on
couples seeking some private
time in a space-starved city.
They have also made news
busting rave parties and seizing drugs, though sometimes
they end up finding only
In a major pre-dawn raid
in March 2007, the Pune police busted a rave party and
arrested 250 youths at Donaje, 40 km from Pune. The
party was allegedly organised
by suspected international
drug peddlers. In May 2012,
the police busted a rave party
and detained 100 youngsters
at the famous Oak Woods
Hotel. They seized 110 grams
of cocaine, besides Ecstasy
and charas. They drew a lot
of flak when they descended
on a masquerade party at
Narhe, Hinjewadi, in July
2015 and detained 62


said on Thursday that

prime accused Indrani
Mukherjea had confessed
to her role in the Sheena
Bora murder case. Her
husband and former Star
India CEO, Peter
Mukherjea, and Sheenas
father Siddartha Das were
questioned at the Khar
police station.
Despite several
interrogation sessions and
confessions from her two
co-accused, Indrani had
earlier told investigators
that her daughter Sheena
continued to live in the U.S.
Yes, she has confessed to
her role, a senior police
officer told The Hindu
refusing to elaborate
further. Indranis
confession comes two days
before her police custody
ends on September 5.

Past life
Investigators are now
dwelling into the past life of
Indrani, and as they
suspect, it could provide
clues to understanding the
deep animosity that she felt
towards her daughter.
On Thursday, Siddhartha
Das was questioned after he

However, police sources

said that during the
questioning, all these
claims would be verified
and if needed, the former
partners would be
confronted with each other.
It is learnt that Mr. Das
would be questioned on
whether he was in touch
with his other child,
Mikhail Bora, who had
accused his mother, her
former husband Sanjeev
Khanna and driver
Shyamvar Rai of trying to
kill him along with Sheena
in 2012.
On Wednesday, Mr.
Peter Mukherjea was
questioned on financial
dealings of INX Media, the
media company that the
couple exited in a cloud of
Since both Mr. Das and
Mr. Khanna are residents
of Kolkata and have a
common link in their past
relationship with Indrani,
investigators are trying to
find out if their paths ever

Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani

Mukherjea being brought to the Khar police
station in Mumbai on Thursday. - PHOTO: PTI
was flown in from Kolkata
to Mumbai. The police had
earlier said that though
Sheenas paternity was not
something they were
looking at, they could call
Mr. Das if it was felt that
his testimony was key to
establishing firmly the

motive behind the murder.

During the public
appearance he made two
days ago, Mr. Das had said
that Indrani could kill her
daughter for money and
that he last spoke to
Sheena when she was in
Class X.

CWC meet to
debate amending
party rule book
Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI: The Congress
Working Committee (CWC)
is likely to meet on September 8 to consider major
changes to the partys
The key amendments to be
considered include increasing reservation for women,
the Scheduled Castes and the
Scheduled Tribes from 20 per
cent to 50 per cent. To expand
the partys membership, the
CWC is likely to allow members of affiliate organisations
such as the National Students Union of India (NSUI),
the Mahila Congress and the
Youth Congress to be deemed
as full Congress members.
At a meeting of senior party
leaders in February, representatives of the Mahila Congress and the NSUI said
members of any of these
wings should automatically
become Congress members.
Amid debate within the
party about the possible timing of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi taking
over as the party president
from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, the CWC is likely to discuss the possibility of
extending Ms. Gandhis tenure till after the Bihar Assembly elections. By Election
Commission rules, the Congress has to elect its president
by December.

Patel agitation: HC orders compensation for kin of victims

Special Correspondent
The Gujarat
High Court on Thursday directed the State administration to pay Rs. 4 lakh as
compensation to the kin of
each of those who were
killed in the recent violence
during the agitation of the
Patel community seeking
The court said Rs. 2 lakh
should be paid to those who
had become permanently
disabled. The government
said in an affidavit: The govAHMEDABAD:

ernment has decided to conduct a thorough, fair and

impartial inquiry at the highest level into the aspects [of
police atrocities during the
two-day unrest] and has consequently passed an order on
September 2 entrusting the
inquiry to the CID (Crime).
The High Court disposed of
the PIL petition.
The affidavit said nine citizens and a constable were
killed in the violence, while
many sustained serious
We have ordered the CID

(Crime) to probe the allegations of excesses the police

committed while dealing
with the agitators. The probe
would also look into the allegation of policemen allegedly
entering the Patel-dominated societies, damaging vehicles and beating up men and
women, a Minister in the
Gujarat government said.
Earlier, a Division Bench of
Acting Chief Justice Jayant
Patel had ordered a CID
(Crime) probe into the alleged custodial death of 32year-old Shwetang Patel.


Police acting against us

Mahesh Langa
AHMEDABAD: Patidar Anamat
Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel and a mob of
100 entered the Umiya Campus on Thursday, held a
meeting and created a ruckus, according to a police complaint
organisations manager here.
Mr. Hardik Patel could not
get a venue to hold a meeting.
A large group of his support-


ers had gathered at Radhe

farm on the outskirts of the
city, but the farm owner decided to withdraw his consent to the meeting. Mr.
Hardik Patel too did not turn
up and his supporters subsequently gathered on the
Lalji Patel, head of Sardar
Patel Group, said on Thursday that his outfit would continue the agitation seeking
quota separately.

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China flaunts military might

Atul Aneja

n Thursday, China sent a resounding message to the rest of

the world about the scale, depth
and sophistication of its military
deterrent, coupled with an olive
branch that its growing technologically-intensive armed forces
would be scaled down by 300,000
At the perfectly choreographed
military parade at Tiananmen
Square marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II,
China, for the rst time rolled out
an array of sophisticated missiles
the core of its nuclear and conventional deterrent that could
credibly engage the United States
on land and sea.
Nearly 200 planes also took
part inThursdaysparade including the J-11 multirole ghter jets
an adaptation of Russias highly
capable Su-27 ghters the J-15
newly developed aircraft-carrier
borne planes and the KJ-500
early warning command post in
the sky.
Most of the weaponry demonstrating Chinas full-spectrum
ghting skills was indigenous, including theBeidou satellite navigation system, which is set to
compete with U.S.-owned Global
Positioning System (GPS), following a recent alliance between Chinese entrepreneur Jack Mas
Alibaba group and Norinco, a
state-run military enterprise.
Despite the show of strength,
the Chinese President Xi Jinping
softened the message of Chinas
growing military clout by announcing that the size of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA)
would be reduced by 300,000.
This will be the fourth reduction of forces in the 2.3 million
strong armed forces in tune with
the countrys military modernisation drive that commenced in the





TNA chief Sampanthan is

Sri Lanka Opposition leader
T. Ramakrishnan
COLOMBO: After a gap of over

three decades, a Tamil lawmaker has becomethe Leader

As soon asthe House met
on Thursdaymorning, SpeakerKaru
announced that Tamil National
Alliance leader R. Sampanthan had been made the
Leader of Opposition and said
no other name had been
A. Amirthalingam of the
Tamil United Liberation
Front (TULF) was the rst
Tamil to hold the post from
1977 to 1983.

Long-serving MP

SHOW OF STRENGTH: (Clockwise from top left) A formation of military airplanes flies
past the central business area of Beijing on Thursday; Peoples Liberation Army
soldiers march past the Tiananmen Gate; Chinese President Xi Jinping (right), with
Russian President Vladimir Putin (centre) and South Korean President Park Geunhye; and DF-21D ballistic missiles roll to Tiananmen Square during a parade to mark
the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. PHOTOS: REUTERS
eighties. We Chinese love peace.
No matter how much stronger it
may become, China will never
seek hegemony or expansion. It
will never inict its past suffering
on any other nation," Mr. Xi
Four missiles, capable of the
shifting the strategic balance of
power in the Pacic, were the star
attractions of the parade, which
took place in the context of the
U.S. Pivot to Asia, a doctrinal shift
by Washington towards the AsiaPacic. Out of them, the DF-21D
came under the scanner, for these
are seen as themost potent weapons to neutralise the military
dominance so far exercised in the
Pacic by the U.S. aircraft carrier
The unique weapon rst acquires a ballistic trajectory and
then re-enters the atmosphere,

defeating most defences, by attacking ships at 10 times the

The Chinese also unveiled the
DF-5B Intercontinental Ballistic
Missile (ICBM) apparently a
vast improvement over the earlier
DF-5, as it can attack, almost unchecked, up to range of 12000
kilometres because of its highly
sophisticated Multiple Independently-Targeted Re-entry Vehicle
(MIRV) warhead.
The Chinese seemed to have
worked hard at their second strike
capability an ability to counterattack with atomic weapons after
absorbing a nuclear rst strike.
DF-31D missiles, capable of escaping destruction on account of
their mobility were rolled out at
Tiananmen Square. The DF-26
intermediaterange ballistic mis-

sile capable of targeting Guam,

the U.S. military base in the West
Pacic, was the fourth eye-catching weapon, among missiles, that
was observed during the parade.
Thursdaysmarch-past was also show-cased the kinetics of
shifting political equations. Eurasia led by Russian President Vladimir Putin was strongly
represented at the parade. President Putin, his South African
counterpart Jacob Zuma along
with host China, seemed to well
represent BRICS core as well.
General V.K. Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs
represented India, which had
played a sterling role in defeating
Japanese militarism, by contributing forces and keeping supply
lines open to the Chinese resistance through Assam-Burma Stilwell road during World War II.

Mr.Sampanthan, who, in
1956, joined the Ilankai Tamil
Arasu Kadchi (alsoknown as
Federal Party), was rst
elected to Parliament from
Trincomalee in 1977 on
TULFticket. The general
elections then were held under the 1972 Constitution.
He quit as Member of Parliament along with other
members of the TULF in 1983
and returned to Parliament
only in July1997. Since 2001,
he has been headingthe Tamil National Alliance (TNA).
According to Parliament records,Mr. Sampanthan has
served as MP for more
than22 years.

Carve out three or ve States

Special Correspondent
COLOMBO: Leader of the Op-

position in Parliament R.
Sampanthanon Thursdaymooted the idea of forming three or ve regions in
Sri Lanka and providing
them maximum powers.
Through this proposal,
interests of people are best
served, he said.
He expressed his reservations over the move to
increase the number of
Ministers and referred to
the presence of many
young MPs, who, he said,
could be accommodated
through his proposal.
Pointing out that the
countrys biggest neighbour, India, remained united with 29 States, he said
enoughpowers had been

Later, speaking on a motion to increase the numberof Cabinet Ministersto 48

and that of State Ministers
and Deputy Ministers to 45,
the Opposition leader told
Parliament that his party
would work closely with everyone to resolve the Tamil
question while we are loyal
to this country and people of
this country.

Bangladesh Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina has
alleged non-cooperation from
the United States, Canada and
Pakistan to bring back convicted killers of the countrys
founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
I do not know why America and Canada, being civilized countries, sheltered the
killers, Ms. Hasina said during Parliaments question
timeon Wednesday. Our
Foreign Ministry and Home
Ministry are trying. Whatever
the reason is, we are not getting support from those
Referring to two prime assassins, Col. Abdur Rashid
and Major Shariful Haque Dalim, Ms. Hasina said, Rashid
was in Libya and now in Pakistan. Dalim is also in Pakistan. but the country has not
acknowledged it. Of the killers, two lived in America, one
in Canada, and we could not
nd the two.
Ms. Hasina, who survived


1975 plot to overthrow the

rst Bangladesh government
by a group of disgruntled army officers, said, Its very
unfortunate that the U.S. and
Canada have provided shelter
for the self-proclaimed killers.
She noted that Interpol had
issued red corner notice for
the killers and the countrys
home and foreign ministries

dered a deant county clerk to

jail for contempt on Thursday
after she insisted that it would
violate her conscience to follow court orders to issue marriage licences to gay couples.
Kim Davis and her deputy
clerks were summoned to appear before District Judge David Bunning after she
repeatedly denied same-sex
marriage licenses, citing her
religious beliefs. The judge
said she left him with no alternative but to jail her, since
nes alone would not serve to
change her mind. AP

Pak. ready
for short or
long war
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is ready
for a short or long conict and
will inict heavy losses on India in case war hysteria
overcomes Indian leadership,
Defence Minister Khawaja
Asif has said.
His remarks came in reaction to the statement by Army
Chief Gen. Dalbir Singh that
India is prepared for swift
and short wars in the future.
Participating in a Radio Pakistan programme, Mr. Asif
said Pakistan believes in
peace but knows how to respond to any aggression.
We want peace but will inict heavy losses on India if
war hysteria overcame its
leadership, he said.
Commenting on Indian Army Chiefs remarks, he said,
Pakistan is fully prepared to
give a betting response if India imposed short or prolonged war. Talking about
previous wars, he said Pakistan armed forces foiled designs of Indian forces in
1965. PTI

are trying for their repatriation. Ms. Hasina, the eldest

daughter of Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman who, along with her
sister Sheikh Rehana survived the 1975 bloody assassination plot, expressed her
rm resolve to bring the killers back home.
All other members of her
family, including six year-old
brother, were gunned down.

EU under pressure to open doors to refugees

LONDON: The searing images,

DENIED ENTRY: Hungarian police detain asylumseekers at the railway station in the town of Bicske,
Hungary, on Thursday. PHOTO: REUTERS

the rst of a crumpled body

of a tousled-haired threeyear old Syrian boy facedown, washed ashore the
Turkish coastline; the second of the tall and grim-faced
soldier carrying the limp
body away, have become the
dening images of the human cost of the refugee crisis, the biggest movement of
people to Europe since the
Second World War.
The images of Aylan Kurdi
have increased public pressure on reluctant governments in Europe to step up
and open their doors to the
thousands eeing war, hunger and economic chaos.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has responded
to growing international and
domestic pressure for Britain to take more refugees
eeing the Syrian civil war
and other conicts by saying
that the U.K. would full its
moral responsibilities.

It was his partys primary

duty to ensure that there was
a fair and acceptable settlement of the Tamil issue.
Tabled by Prime Minister
Ranil Wickremesinghe, the
motion was adopted by the
House with 143 voting in favour ofand 16 against the resolution. Sixty three members,
including those from the
TNA, were absent.

Robbie Blankenship (left) stands next to his partner

Jesse Cruz as they try to get a marriage licence
from Rowan County Clerk of Courts Kim Davis at
the County Clerks Office on Wednesday. PHOTO: AFP

workers who stitched

clothes for Western retailers.
The court charged the
13 including Delwar and
his wife with causing death
by negligence, prosecutor
Khandakar Abdul Mannan
said outside the district
court in Dhaka. The judge
ordered a trial from October 1 when witness testimonies will be recorded,
said Mannan. AFP

Parvathi Menon

given to the States, by

which aspirations of people were being respected
and realised.

ASHLAND: A federal judge or-

Factory owners to stand

trial over deadly re
DHAKA: A Bangladesh court
on Thursday ordered two
garment factory owners
and 11 others to stand trial
for causing the death of 111
workers, almost three
years after the countrys
worst industrial re.
Delwar Hossain and his
wife Mahmuda Akter were
formally charged over the
blaze that tore through the
Tazreen factory on Dhakas outskirts, trapping

R. Sampanthan on
Thursday became the
first Tamil lawmaker
to become the Leader
of the Opposition in
32 years. PHOTO: AFP

Clerk jailed for not allowing gay marriages

Hasina accusesU.S., Canada and

Pakistan of sheltering Mujib killers
Haroon Habib


British PM David
Cameron says the
nation will fulfil its
moral responsibilities
In a marked shift of tone,
as Europes human rights
watchdog criticised Britain
for failing to offer shelter,
Mr. Cameron spoke of how
moved he was by the picture.
Speaking at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, the
Prime Minister said: Anyone who saw those pictures
overnight could not help but
be moved and, as a father, I
felt deeply moved by the
sight of that young boy on a
beach in Turkey. Britain is a
moral nation and we will full
We are taking thousands
of people, and we will take
thousands of people. His remarks stopped short, however, of a specic commitment
to take more refugees.

Mr. Cameron said he

would keep the issue under
review, a stance that gives
Whitehall time to work out a
scheme with the Home Ofce, local councils and international agencies.
A petition urging the government to accept more asylum-seekers has gained more
that 110,000 signatures, with
calls from leading politicians
that Parliament discuss the
issue when it reopens after
the summer break on Monday. A social media campaign
#refugeeswelcome has been
trending on twitter.
The crisis has divided east
and west European countries, and the Prime Ministers of Hungary, Poland,
Slovakia and the Czech Republic are meeting on Friday
to put together a common response against what they see
as pressure from Germany
on the issue of quotas, and on
the possibility of the EU
slashing their subsidies to
these countries if they did
not accept more refugees.

Syrian family
did not seek
asylum in
Canada: kin
VANCOUVER: The family of

two Syrian toddlers who

drowned as they tried to
reach Greece had not yet
applied to enter Canada,
the extended family said
on Thursday, despite
earlier reports that their
refugee application had
been rejected.
The distraught father
of the toddlers on
Thursday prepared to
take the bodies back to
their home town of Kobane. We want the
worlds attention on us,
so that they can prevent
the same from happening to others. Let this be
the last. Reuters

14 dead in Malaysia boat capsize

KUALA LUMPUR: At least 14

migrants drowned Thursday
after an overcrowded boat
carrying up to 100 people sank
off the coast of Malaysia.
Rescuers were searching for

dozens of Indonesians still

missing hours after their small
wooden vessel disappeared
beneath the waves.
Local fishermen have
rescued 15 people and fished
out from the sea 14 bodies 13
women and one man, said
Mohamad Aliyas Hamdan, the
local head of the Malaysian
Maritime Enforcement Agency.

Nepal yet to spend $4.1 bn donations

KATHMANDU: Two months
after foreign countries and
international agencies pledged
$4.1 billion to help Nepal
recover from its worst natural
disaster, the government has
yet to make arrangements to
receive the money and has
spent nothing on
The United Nations
estimates almost three million
survivors of twin earthquakes
in April and May around 10
per cent of the Himalayan

nations population need

shelter, food and basic medical
care, many in mountainous,
hard-to-reach areas.
Govind Raj Pokharel, chief
executive officer of the newly
created National
Reconstruction Authority, said
the government was unlikely to
start spending the money until
October at the earliest because
of delays in approving plans
and concerns about starting
building work in the monsoon
season. Reuters


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SBI fixes floor price at

Rs.274.37 per share
NEW DELHI: SBI on Thursday said
it will issue over 19.6 crore
shares on preferential basis at a
price of Rs.274.37 per share to
the Central Government for
raising Rs.5,393 crore capital.
The bank in a filing to the BSE
said that its committee of
directors for capital raising
accorded approval to fix the
issue price. PTI


Ashok Leyland
gets RBI nod

India relatively insulated

against deflation: Sinha
TCA Sharad Raghavan

MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of

India has allowed foreign
investors to invest up to 40 per
cent of the paid up capital in
Ashok Leyland. Foreign
Institutional Investors (FIIs)/
Registered Foreign Portfolios
Investors (RFPIs) can now invest
up to 40 per cent of the paid up
capital of Ashok Leyland Limited
under the Portfolio Investment
Scheme (PIS), RBI said in a
notification. The purchases could
be made through primary market
and stock exchanges, RBI said.
As of quarter ended June 30, FIIs
held 20.21 per cent in Ashok
Leyland, as per data available on


Mercedes rolls out

new AMG version
NEW DELHI: Mercedes-Benz on
Thursday launched AMG C 63 S
here in the performance car
segment priced at Rs.1.3 crore
(ex-showroom Delhi). C 63 S is
the 10th model launched by
Mercedes-Benz in India in the
AMG class and is a car with
intelligent assistance systems
powered by a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine. The sports car
consumes 32 per cent less fuel
compared with its predecessors
and hurtles to 100 km/ph in four
seconds, the company said in a
statement. PTI

ndia is relatively insulated from

deationary tendencies due to
strong demand trends, but there
is still a need to be watchful, Minister of State for Finance Jayant
Sinha said on Thursday.
These are powerful deationary forces that are at work in the
global economy. India of course
remains a very bright spot in the
global economy because we have
growth, we have some ination
and we have robust underlying
demand trends, Mr. Sinha said
on the sidelines of the 55th annual session and national conference
Component Manufacturers Association of India.
Of course, the Reserve Bank
of India (RBI) takes into account
all of that data and [Reserve Bank
of India Governor Raghuram]
Rajan, I am sure, will apply his
judgement to all of these matters, he added, responding to a
question on whether the RBI will
cut interest rates before its



With the government working hard to increase the ease of

doing business, and the strong demand in the economy,
foreign institutional investors (FIIs) are likely to start
returning to the country, says Minister of State for
Finance Jayant Sinha. PHOTO: PTI
scheduled policy meeting on September 29.
Chief Economic Adviser (CEA)
Arvind Subramanian had on
Wednesday agged deation as
an issue that could be of concern.
The one real challenge that
looms ahead for Indias economy
appears not to be price ination
but possibly price deation, Dr.
Subramanian said. Mr. Sinha also
backed up the CEAs assertion
that India is likely to touch a
growth rate of 8 per cent for the
entire nancial year, despite
growing at 7 per cent in the rst

quarter of this nancial year.

Some of the public investment that we are ramping up
now, strong demand trends and
hopefully a reasonable monsoon
will enable us to achieve the 8 per
cent GDP growth, Mr. Sinha
With the government working
hard to increase the ease of doing
business, and the strong demand
in the economy, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) are likely
to start returning to the country,
he added. During his speech at
the event, Mr. Sinha expressed

his disappointment over the

Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Bill not being passed in the monsoon session of Parliament. I am
deeply disappointed that GST
could not be passed in Parliament. I appeal to my colleagues
across the aisle to recognise the
national consensus that GST is a
needed legislation and to work
together to achieve it, he said.
Speaking about the auto components sector, Mr. Sinha said
that he was impressed by the
achievements of the sector.
The auto sector will power Indian manufacturing, and in that
the auto components sector will
play a vital role, Mr. Sinha said.
Growth in the sector has been
outstanding in a global scenario
of slow growth, he added.
On the governments part, Mr.
Sinha said that several steps were
being taken to further help the
We are here to support the
sector and provide a platform.
Skills India is one programme
where we providing hands-on
skills to workers so they can join
industry, including the auto components industry, he said.
In addition, the government is
planning an investment of Rs.8.5
lakh crore in the Indian Railways,
following a decade of under-investment, he said, adding that investments in roads have doubled
and the National Infrastructure
Investment Fund will further
help in providing investment in
the infrastructure sector.



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Auto industry sets

hope on festive season
Yuthika Bhargava
NEW DELHI: As factors such as

drop in ination and fuel

prices have failed to attract
buyers as sentiments remain
weak, car makers are placing
bets on the upcoming festive
season to help boost sales.
The domestic passenger vehicle industry expects to see a
growth of about 15-17 per
cent during the festive season, which generally accounts
for 30 per cent of the annual
sales volume for the automobile industry.
During the past three
years, sales even during the
festive season have been tepid due to weak consumer sentiment, economic slowdown,
rising fuel prices and high interest rates. However, this
year the industry is showing
signs of fragmented recovery. Last three festive seasons, volume has been a
challenge for us. In this scenario, I believe there is latent
demand in the market. Customers are looking forward to
an environmentan occasion
to purchase. Festive season is
one of them. In addition, ination rate are so low and fuel
prices are at the lowest levelsThese are strong enablers. I believe we will see a
very good festive season, Rakesh Shrivastava, Senior
Vice-President Sales and
Marketing, Hyundai Motor
India told The Hindu.
He added that for the auto
industry the growth rate during the festive season will be
around 15-17 per cent and Hyundai is targeting a 20 per
cent increase in sales.
While the customers are
making inquiries in good
numbers presently, there
conversion into sales poses a
challenge. Car makers are
pinning hopes on festival season to better the conversion
R.S. Kalsi, Executive Director (Marketing and Sales) at
the countrys largest car mak-

Auto industry
registers growth rate
of 15-17 per cent
during the festive
er, Maruti Suzuki India,
agreed that the festive season
will help boost sales for the
industry, adding that Maruti
saw good customer demand
during Onam last month.

Two wheelers
which saw good demand during the last festive season, has
been under pressure for the
past few months due to poor
rural demand, too expressed
similar sentiments.
Pawan Munjal, Chairman
of Hero MotoCorp, said going
forward rural sales will continue to remain an area of
concern. However, the company has already started
stocking up inventory for the
festival season, in addition to
preparing for launch of new
products. In spite on whatever the environment isthe
way monsoons arewe are
very hopeful, bullish on the
festival season. Like every
year, where we have done
huge numbers during festive
season, this year also we expect to do very well. We will
launch two new scooter models in the next few weeks in
time for festive season Mr.
Munjal said.
The growth for two-wheelers is, however, expected to
be in the low single digits on
account of the higher base
during the last festive season.
Industry will see a single
digit growth during the festive seasonand that too low
single digit, as last year in
September (part of festive
season) industry clocked
highest ever sales volume,
said Y.S. Guleria, Senior VP,
Scooter India.


ICICI Lombard
in pact with CSB
MUMBAI: ICICI Lombard General
Insurance has tied up with
Catholic Syrian Bank (CSB) for
sale of its products through 431
branches of the bank. Through
the bancassurance tie-up, the
company will be able to offer
general insurance solutions to
the banks customer base in
Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka
and Maharashtra. The banks
focus is on SMEs and retail client
segments apart from NRI
customers. Bank MD and CEO
Anand Krishnamurthy said, Our
focus is to bring value-added and
innovative products to our
customers. PTI


Essar Ports to tap

domestic, global markets
NEW DELHI: Essar Ports (EPL) on
Thursday said it seeks
shareholders approval to raise
up to $1 billion through securities
from domestic and international
markets to fund its expansion
plans. EPL plans to increase its
cargo handling capacity from 104
million tonnes per annum (MTPA)
to 194 MTPA, it said in a
regulatory filing. PTI
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told The Hindu in an exclusive interview.

In May, a group of parliaNEW DELHI: Fair trade regula- mentarians led by BJP leader
tor Competition Commis- Kirit Somiya, had met Mr.
sion of India is looking into Chawla and lodged a complithe charges of cartelisation ant against the airlines on
among the airlines in xing the pricing practices.
airfares and the issue keeps
Air fares are a cartel matcropping up due to the na- ter. One is ganging up and
ture of the industry, its others are abuse of domChairman Ashok Chawla inance. Whenever the prices
go up suddenly and are abnormally high, there is the
feeling that the airlines are
working in conjunction, he
CCI have looked at the issue in the past three times
Sanjay Vijayakumar and
Puja Mehra

Asian Paints planning

major capacity hike


KOLKATA: Asian Paints is look-

September 03 rates in rupees with
previous rates in brackets



35,300 (35,000)
26,810 (27,000)
22,350 (22,400)


and found there has been no

evidence of cartelisation.
Currently, it is again probing whether there is cartelisation among carriers in
xing the price of air tickets
on the basis of the complaint
from Parliamentarians.
Minister of State for Civil
Aviation Mahesh Sharma has
said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed concerns over the predatory
pricing practices of domestic
airlines and the ministry is
trying to address the issue.


Indrani Dutta



Airfares are a cartel matter. One is ganging up

and others are abuse of dominance. Whenever
the prices go up suddenly and are abnormally
high, there is the feeling that the airlines are
working in conjunction.

Buying Selling

Source: Indian Bank

Bar Silver (1 kg)
Retail (1 g)
24 ct gold (10 g)
22 ct gold (1 g)
Standard gold

Airfare cartelisation complaints keep coming

up due to nature of industry: CCI Chairman

ing to a major hike in its present installed capacity of 10

lakh tonnes through a mix of
Amit Syngle, President,
sales, marketing and technology said that this includes setting up Asian Paints newest
plant near Visakhapatnam in
Andhra Pradesh and an expansion of the Rohtak plant.
The Andhra Pradesh project
is of four lakh tonnes, while
the Rohtak project is two lakh
tonnes. Around 130 acre has
already been obtained for the
project in Andhra and regulatory clearances are now
Asian Paints, which has a
commanding share of the Indian paints market, is now focussing strongly on the
eastern region targeting TierIII and Tier-IV cities.
We see strong opportunities in Tier-III and Tier-IV
cities, especially in the east

The company is now

focussing on the
eastern region
targeting Tier-III
and Tier-IV cities
and north east, he said. Mr.
Syngle was here to launch a
marketing initiative to promote its paints,business.
We are offering 1,600
shades in our entry-level
emulsion paint to inspire
people to upgrade from distemper paints to emulsions
during the ensuing festive
seasonwith the television
serial stars and their homes
becoming the role models,
Mr. Syngle said.
It is also roping in the dealers with special incentives for
this offer.
He said eastern regional
market accounted for around
15 per cent Asian Paints market with good growth potential especially in the home
decor segment.

Mr. Chawla said that due

to the concentrated nature of
the industry the complaints
on the issue come up again
and again. We are investigating the issue once again.
He also admitted that
there has been anxiety
among the industry regarding the change in norms,
which seeks more information in M&A deals.
The CCI had recently
changed some of the norms,
including the one, which requires companies to le adequate information at the rst
stage itself so that it speeds
up the investigation process.
It also said that the regulator
can now invalidate notice
seeking approval if the information provided is incomplete or inappropriate. Mr.
Chawla said there need not
be apprehension on this and
CCI aim is to speed up the
approval processes and not
invalidate the application.

SEBI notifies revised

listing regulations
Oommen A. Ninan
MUMBAI: The Securities and

Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Thursday said that a

time period of ninety days has
been given for implementing
the SEBI (Listing Obligations
and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015
(Listing Regulations).
SEBI has notied the regulations on September 2, 2015.
However, two provisions
of the regulations, which are
facilitating in nature, are applicable with immediate
These pertain to passing
of ordinary resolution instead of special resolution in
case of all material related
party transactions subject to
related parties abstaining
from voting on such resolutions, in line with the provisions of the companies Act,
2013; and re-classication of
promoters as public shareholders under various cir-

cumstances, SEBI stated in a

press release.
SEBI also said that the listing regulations would consolidate and streamline the
provisions of existing listing
agreements for different segments of the capital market
namely equity (including
convertibles) issued by entities listed on the main board
of the stock exchanges, small
and medium enterprises listed on SME Exchange and Institutional Trading Platform,
non-convertible debt securities, non-convertible redeemable preference shares,
Indian depository receipts,
securitised debt Instruments
and units issued by mutual
fund schemes.
The regulations have been
structured to provide ease of
reference by consolidating
into one single document
across various types of securities listed on the stock exchanges, the market regulator
SEBI added.

Lingerie retailer Zivame raises Rs.250 crore

Peerzada Abrar
BENGALURU: Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the investment holding arm of the
Government of Malaysia and
Zodius Technology Fund,
have invested Rs.250 crore in
Zivame, an online lingerie retailer. Existing investors Uni-

lazer, IDG Ventures and

Kalaari Capital also participated in this third round of
Founded by woman entrepreneur Richa Kar, Zivame
will use the money to attract
more women to shop online,
strengthen its merchandise
and develop technology. The

Bengaluru-based rm also
announced the launch of a
dedicated lingerie app.
We are optimistic, restless
and ambitious to build Zivame as the brand that is
transforming Indian women, said Richa Kar, Chief Executive of Zivame.
An alumna of Birla Insti-

Vistaar Financial Services follows suit

Pradeesh Chandran
BENGALURU: City-based

MSME-focused nancial
services provider Vistaar
Financial Services Pvt. Ltd.
raised around Rs.250 crore
in an internal round of
The Series D funding was
led by existing investor
WestBridge Capital along
with Elevar Equity and
Omidyar Network. Saama
Capital and Lok Capital are
the other existing investors
in the company.
With the fresh capital
infusion, the Bengaluru-

based nancial services

start-up has raised around
Rs.475 crore till date.
The company will use the
fresh funds to enter into
new States and also offer
new products.
The investment will fund
the expansion of its network
to over 250 branches,
including in ve new States
across the country, to reach
a projected portfolio of over
Rs.2,500 crore over the next
three years.
It will also invest in
technology enabled credit
processing and workow
management, and roll out

customised nancial
products to cater to its
target segments needs.
Speaking on the
investment, Brahmanand
Hegde, co-Founder and
CEO, Vistaar Finance said,
Having deeply understood
the needs of more than
1,00,000 customers across
seven States and 10 sectors
over the last ve years, we
are well positioned to
expand to newer territories
and to offer a wider range of
nancial products that
will help our customers
expand their businesses

tute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Ms. Kar

co-founded Zivame in 2011
along with Kapil Karekar.
The company said intimate
wear in India was sold by men
and plagued by poor inventory availability. Zivame said it
had re-imagined this category
and now sells more than one
bra a minute. About 30 per
cent of its revenue came from
small towns and cities in the
The rm has built a dedicated wing for development
of lingerie based on intensive
research on body types and
lifestyles of Indian women. It
has a data sciences laboratory
that mines hidden insights
from huge amount of data to
design and develop lingerie.
About 60 per cent of its revenue came from selling inhouse products.
Zivame is the rst investment in Indias booming ecommerce industry for Khazanah Nasional, which has
invested over $1 billionin the
country. About 60 per cent of
Zivames traffic comes from
mobile and this was expected
to grow fast.

Vodafone India
turns into a large
mobile retailer
Lalatendu Mishra
MUMBAI: Vodafone India has
turned into one of Indias
largest mobile retailers by
signicantly enhancing its retail presence across the country to have better customer
With over 9,800 branded
retail stores covering over
1.54 million sq. ft. of space
and attracting more than 115
million footfalls annually, Vodafone India said it can now
be counted amongst the
largest retailers in the
This has come about after
the company followed a comprehensive, multi-tier retail
strategy to further enhance
its nationwide footprint of
branded stores, a senior official said.
Vodafone India said it had
built one of the largest exclusive retail footprints across
the country to be closer to its
customers. With more than
9,800 retail stores, including
more than 700 Vodafone
stores, more than 3,300 Vodafone mini stores and over
5,800 rural mini stores, Vodafone is closer today to its customers via its own branded
stores in over 300 towns and
5,000 villages across India, it
The increasing use of
smartphones, mobile Internet and new age technologies
has resulted in customer
needs changing rapidly, especially in urban areas. To full
this need, we had introduced
Global Design Store an
industry rst retail format,
which offers a uniform and
consistent, internationally
benchmarked customer experience through over 200
stores in urban centres, pan
India, the official added.
With rural India undergoing information revolution,
Vodafone said it had already
marked its presence there
through its rural mini stores,
called Lal Dukaans. These
outlets are entrepreneurial
ventures located in 5,000plus villages in the hinterland
of all circles. They act as key
relationship hubs for the
brand as they are managed by
local community members,
Vodafone India said.

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Nepal Airlines to fly to Mumbai


Bayer MaterialScience is now Covestro

MUMBAI: Bayer MaterialScience, one of the worlds leading polymer
materials suppliers and a division of Bayer AG, has been given new
name of Covestro. Operating separately from September 1, 2015,
Covestro is now legally and economically independent, but will
remain a 100 per cent subsidiary of Bayer AG. Bayer said it would
float Covestro on the stock market by mid-2016 to concentrate
exclusively on the life sciences businesses. Independence will
enable us to bring our strengths to bear in global competition more
quickly, effectively and flexibly, said Patrick Thomas, CEO,
Covestro. Covestro has a new, colourful logo and a new vision for
growth. Lalatendu Mishra


IDBI Federal launches unit linked plan

CHENNAI: IDBI Federal has launched IDBI Federal Wealthsurance
Future Star Insurance Plan. This plan is for parents who not only wish
to build substantial corpus for the future needs of their children but
also wish to secure their future even in their (parents) absence. The
unit linked insurance plan gives customers two fund management
options. They can either self-manage their investments or leave it to
fund managers. When left to the company, there is a systematic
allocator facility available that moves investments to safer
instruments as the plan approaches maturity. P. Narasimhan


Oommen A. Ninan

he benchmark indices rebounded

by more than one per cent on
Thursday after falling for three
consecutive days, while the rupee
slipped marginally against the

Rupee slips
The rupee closed at 66.24 a dollar
against its previous close of 66.19
on Wednesday.
The BSE 30-share Sensitive Index (Sensex) closed at 25764.78
with a loss of 311.22 points or 1.22
per cent. Among the broader indices BSE 100 surged by 1.36 per
cent and BSE 200 was up by 1.29
per cent. Both mid-cap and small-



cap stocks were up by 1.18 per cent

and 1.15 per cent respectively.
On the National Stock Exchange
(NSE), the 50-share Nifty gained
106 points or 1.37 per cent. Traders


Sathguru to focus more on start-ups

Reliance Cement forays into online selling

S. Varadharajan

BHOPAL: Reliance Cement Co. Pvt., a subsidiary of Reliance

Infrastructure, on Thursday announced its foray into the online space
to sell crucial binding material. With this, Reliance Cement has
become one of the first e-commerce cement companies in India,
Atul Desai, Chief Marketing Officer of the company said. The etailing facility is available for a minimum order of 25 bags and it will
be delivered to the customer within 48 hours in Uttar Pradesh,
Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. PTI.


Citi launches Citi Mobile Challenge

CHENNAI: Citi, which is offering a range of financial products and
services, has announced that it was creating a platform for
innovation to flourish in India with the launch of Citi Mobile
Challenge. This is part of Citis drive to foster digital and mobile
innovation in the banking, payments and e-commerce ecosystem in
collaboration with leading companies and institutions as sponsors.
Citi Mobile Challenge is open to start-ups, developers, tech
companies and students to create solutions across the ecosystem,
Citi said in a statement. P. Narasimhan



Stocks rebound

MUMBAI: Nepal Airlines will operate direct flights between
Kathmandu and Mumbai from September 4, 2015. The airline will
deploy an Airbus 320 aircraft which will fly into Mumbai twice a
week, on Mondays and Fridays. The very first arrival at T2 in Mumbai
will begin with Nepal Airlines (Flight No. RA 201) from Kathmandu at
16.30 hours and first departure from T2 will begin with Nepal Airlines
(Flight No. RA 202) to Kathmandu at 17.25 hours, Mumbai
International Airport Ltd (MIAL) said. Lalatendu Mishra


CHENNAI: Sathguru Manage-

ment Consultants, a leading

multi-disciplinary consulting
rm, will focus more on technology led start-up companies and Indian enterprises in
life sciences space and work
with them in areas of diversication and growth.
The company sees traction
across life sciences sectors
from agriculture to food to
health and envisions most of
the growth in these sectors
coming from effective development and use of technology,
Vijayaraghavan, Chairman of
the company.
In an interaction with The
Hindu, Mr. Vijayaraghavan
said We also foresee working

The company has an

partnership with
Cornell University,
U.S. to reform
seed sector
with both State and Central
governments in creating enabling environment for development of science and
technology in the country.
He said the company saw
an increased interest in multinational companies to venture into Indian markets,
while the Indian ventures
were increasingly looking beyond Indian markets in to the
U.S., Southeast and African

said that investors were enthused

after the Central Board of Direct
Taxes issued a circular asking its
eld officers to keep on hold pending assessments and not to recover
any outstanding. Notable gainers
included Tata Steel and Vedanta.
Equity market witnessed the
much needed respiteon Thursdayas it gained over a per cent,
saidJayant Manglik, President, Retail Distribution, Religare Securities Ltd.
According to him,supportive
global cues and bargain hunting
from the participants helped
benchmarks inch higher. Though
the rebound was witnessed across
the board, rate sensitive pack remained on traders radar as participants are hoping a rate cut from the
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in the
upcoming policy review, after considering the recent GDP and ination gures, he added.
On the global front, Japans Nikkei closed the day up by 0.50 per
cent on Thursday. European markets were steady.

Wipro, HCL bag digital deal

from English football clubs
Pradeesh Chandran
BENGALURU: With the fresh

football season in the English

Premier League kicking off,
two Indian IT majors have
bagged the responsibility of
connecting two major English teams with their fans.
Indias third largest IT provider Wipro and the fourth
biggest software exporter
HCL Technologies have
bagged digital deals from English clubs Chelsea and Manchester United (ManU).
However, both companies did
not disclose the size of the
As part of the deal, HCL
and Manchester United will
work together to explore and
unveil a number of digital initiatives to transform the experience of the football clubs
659 million global followers.
Wipro will also create a stateof-the-art United Xperience
Lab and will be housed within
the Old Trafford stadium. It
will be the seventh such lab
across the world.
In an email statement,
Manchester United Group,
Managing Director, Richard
Arnold, said: Our partnership with HCL is a rst for
Manchester United. With the

Wipro will support

Chelsea FC by
bringing together
strategy, design and
technology. HCL and
ManU will explore
and unveil a number
of digital initiatives
introduction of the United
Xperience lab at Old Trafford,
we hope to demonstrate best
practices within the industry
to generate new ideas that
leverage the latest technology
available in the evolving digital landscape.
In a separate agreement,
Wipro has announced partnership with Chelsea Football Club. According to the
company, Wipro will be the
official digital and IT partner
of the The Blues.
Wipro will support Chelsea
FC by bringing together strategy, design and technology.
Christian Purslow, Managing Director, Chelsea FC said,
It is exciting for Chelsea FC
to enter into a global partnership with Wipro given
their signicant presence and
brand coverage in India.

Wabco embraces Indian frugal engineering

markets. The company, with G.Balachandar

its unique strength of combining science and technol- CHENNAI: Wabco, a leading
ogy with business, would play global player in safety and
a proactive role in fullling control systems to trucks and
these aspirations of its buses, has said that there was
no product design and develclients.
opment work of the company
Food security
without the involvement of
On the international front, its Indian engineers.
Sathguru would further exWabcos Indian engineers
pand its interventions in the collaborate with companys
food security, education, ani- technology centres in Europe
mal health and human health to apply frugal engineering
areas in SAARC, Southeast practices to support adAsia and East African regions, vanced product and system
Mr. Vijayaraghavan said. development, resulting in
Sathguru already has an agri- most cost-effective designs.
cultural innovation partnerWe are very well-known
ship (AIP) with Cornell as an innovator in our busiUniversity, U.S. to reform ness. We invented almost evseed sector in Malawi region erything
(a land-locked country in systems and efficiency syssouthern central Africa).
tems involving compressor.

Indian engineers have

been working on
adapting Europes
technologies to India
and emerging markets
But, with increasing pressure
to cut costs globally, only Indian engineers with their frugal engineering capabilities
are able to achieve efficiency
and cost in product development area. So, India is major
part of our strategy to cut
costs, said Chairman and
CEO of Belgium-headquartered Wabco, Jacques Esculier, who was here on
Wednesday to open companys software engineering
centre, which will employ

200 people. In 2014, Wabcos

application of frugal design
practices resulted in savings
of $67 million over re-engineered products. Mr. Esculier
said Wabcos software engineering centre has evolved
from low-cost services to develop of new age braking systems for global markets.
Mean while, Rs.1,272-crore
Wabco India, its local arm
with ve manufacturing
plants, gears up tap the
emerging opportunity from
governments plan to make
anti-lock brake systems
(ABS) compulsory in commercial vehicle space.
The proposed ABS legislation is meant to reduce the
number of accidents involving commercial vehicles on




Nataraj is
overall winner
HYDERABAD: R. Nataraj, clocking 38 minutes and 39 seconds,
topped Group A and emerged
overall winner in the Rally of
Hyderabad, the third round of
the MRF MoGrip FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship 2015, here recently.
The results:
Overall: 1. R. Nataraj (38:39:00); 2.
Rajendra (45:37:00); 3. Yuva Kumar
Group A: (single class irrespective of engine capacity): 1. R. Nataraj (38:39:00).
Group B: M1 (4-stroke M/cycles
up to 130cc): 1. Saravana Kumar
(53:05:00); 2. Shiva Kumar (53:36:00);
3. Rohit (55:48:00).
Group B: M2 (4-stroke M/cycles
131 to 165cc): 1. Rajendra
(45:37:00); 2. Suhail Ahmed
(47:39:00); 3. Venu Ramesh Kumar
Group B: M3 & M4 (4-stroke M/
cycles 166 to 260cc): 1. Yuva Kumar
Group B: M5 (4-stroke M/cycles
261 to 500cc): 1. S.D. Vishwas
(51:28:00); 2. Neeraj Samarth
Scooters: 1. Syed Asif Ali
(52:58:00); 2. Shammim Khan
(53:09:00); 3. Amit Belgaonkar
Royal Enfield Class: 1. Sanjay Kumar (50:22:00); 2. Aakash Aithal
(52:17:00); 3. Kanagavel Raveendran

South Korea
keeps title
NEW DELHI: South Korea beat Japan 27-21 in the final to retain
the title in the sixth Asian
youth womens handball championship here on Thursday.
India finished seventh and
last in the event.

Hamilton to pick up speed

at super-fast Monza
MONZA: New father Nico Rosberg has plenty to be happy
about right now but Mercedes
teammate Lewis Hamilton intends to be smiling just as
much after this weekends
Formula One Italian Grand
Sundays race, at a superfast track that faces an uncertain future despite its historic
status as a temple to Ferrari,
could see Hamilton accelerate
ever closer to his third Formula One world championship.
At the moment it doesnt
look like it is possible to beat
Hamilton, said retired triple
champion Niki Lauda after the
Briton won last months Belgian Grand Prix to go 28 points
clear of Rosberg with eight
races remaining.
If Lewis does not make a
mistake in the next couple of
races, it will be hard for Nico,
said the Mercedes teams nonexecutive chairman.
A dramatic, high-speed
blowout in practice at Spa,
coupled with a similar one on
race day for Ferraris Sebastian Vettel, did little for Rosbergs peace of mind ahead of
the birth of his daughter last
Any sleepless nights since
then will have been more to do
with his home life, however,
with Pirellis post-Belgium enquiry expected to exonerate
their tyres from any structural

Prime concern


Safety will still be a prime

concern at the fastest track on
the calendar, with the paddock
community mourning the
death in America last week of
British IndyCar driver and
former F1 racer Justin Wilson.
Vettel, furious after his
scare at Spa, will be setting his
sights on coming back with a
different kind of bang in his
first race at Monza in Ferraris
red overalls.
A victory in front of the passionate home fans, at the circuit where he took his first F1
victory with Toro Rosso in
2008, would make Vettel the
first since Stirling Moss in the
1950s to win the Italian Grand
Prix with three different
The four times champion
cannot be ruled out, with Ferrari likely to be Mercedes
closest rivals given that Red
Bulls Daniel Ricciardo and
Daniil Kvyat are expected to
take engine penalties, but Hamilton remains the clear
Last year he won from pole
position and set the fastest lap
at Monza before going on to
win six of the last seven races

Mithun Manhas
shifts to J&K


Joshna in
MUMBAI: Indias Joshna Chinappa moved into the womens
singles quarterfinals of the
$15,000 NSCI Open JSW Indian squash circuit on Thursday
with a straight-game win over
Sina Wall of Britain. Joshna
won 11-9, 11-4, 11-3.
The results: First round: Men:
Mohamed Reda (Egy) bt Carlos Ribadas (Esp) 11-6, 7-11, 11-3, 11-8; Harinderpal Singh Sandhu (Ind) bt Joel
Hinds (Eng) 11-2, 11-9, 7-11, 6-11,
11-7; Karim El Hammamy (Egy) bt Tsz
Fung Yip (HKg) 15-13, 11-9, 117.
Women: Joshna Chinappa (Ind) bt
Sina Wall (GBr) 11-9, 11-4, 11-3; Hania El Hammamy (Egy) bt Nadine Shahin (Egy) 11-4, 11-6, 11-5; Millie
Tomlinson (Eng) bt Sarah Cardwell
(Aus) 13-11, 11-4, 11-5; Nouran El
Torky (Egy) bt Sachika Ingale (Ind)
8-11, 11-1, 11-2, 11-2; Lee Ka Yi
(HKg) bt Deon Saffery (Wal) 13-11,
7-11, 11-9, 11-6.

After Virender Sehwag,

experienced middle order
batsman Mithun Manhas has
decided to end his ties with the
Delhi team ahead of the
forthcoming Ranji season.
Manhas, who will turn 36 next
month, will play now for
Jammu and Kashmir.
Since making his first class
debut in 1997-98, Manhas, a
consistent performer, has
scored 9071 runs in 147 first
class matches. He has donned
the Delhi cap in 126 matches,
including 124 Ranji Trophy
He has scored 4086 runs in 126
List A matches, including 90
for Delhi.

Karan and Rhythm

clinch title

Karan Srivastav and Rhythm

Malhotra won the boys
doubles title and also entered
the singles final of the AITA
championship series under-16
tennis tournament here on
In the girls section, eighth
seed Zaffar Raina shocked the
top seed Gauri Aggarwal 6-3,
The results: Boys (semifinals):
Karan Srivastav bt Divesh Gahlot 6-0,
6-4; Rhythm Malhotra bt Akhil
Duhoon 7-6(5), 6-1.
Doubles (final): Karan Srivastav &
Rhythm Malhotra bt Harsh Negi &
Akhil Duhoon 6-2, 6-2.
Girls (semifinals): Zaffar Raina bt
Gauri Agarwal 6-3, 7-5; Vanshika
Choudhary bt Divya Chaturvedi 6-3,

Garhwal Heroes
keeps hopes alive

Last years runner-up Garhwal

Heroes Football Club beat
Indian Air Force 4-2 in a super
league match to boost its
chances of advancing to the
semifinals of the Delhi Soccer
Association league
championship at the
Ambedkar Stadium here.
Garhwal Heroes has 13 points
from six matches while IAF
remains on 11.
The results: GHFC 4 (Al-Hasan 2,
Dammy, Charles) bt IAF 2 (Vivek,
Hardeep Singh).
DUFC 2 (Jonathan, Obed Kemei)
drew with HFC 2 (Kuber Bisht, Dilli

The results: Boys: Quarterfinals:

Vasisht Cheruku bt Shaheed Alam
1-6, 6-1, 6-1; Rian Pandole bt Dhruv
Sunish 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-0; Sahil Deshmukh bt Ishaque Eqbal 7-5, 7-6 (3);
Sanil Jagtiani bt Alex Solanki 7-6(2),
6-7(3), 6-3. Doubles: Second round:
Parikshit Somani & Dhruv Sunish bt
Christian Didier Chin (Mas) & Christian
Cummings 6-1, 6-2; Shaheed Alam
(Sin) & Sri Aakash Reddiyar (Mas) bt
Natthasith Kunsuwan (Tha) & Akanit
Pumjit (Tha) 6-2, 6-3; Alester Magalit
(Hkg) & Yuchen Wu (Chn) bt Shramay
Dhawan & Rian Pandole 6-4, 6-4; Adil
Kalyanpur & Anurag Nenwani bt Sai
Tejas Mopuri & Siddarth Ponnala 6-2,
6-4; Vasisht Cheruku & Sahil Deshmukh bt Mayukh Rawat & Sumitpal
Singh 6-0, 7-5; Paramveer Singh Bajwa & Param Pun bt Sultan Singh Atwal
& Raghav Jaisinghani 6-4, 7-5; Anirudh Chandrasekar & Rishi Reddy bt


Subroto Cup from Sept. 11

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The 56 edition of

the Subroto Cup football tournament, featuring more than
100 teams including 90 school
sides, starts here on September
The sub-junior (under-14)
boys competition will be held
from September 11 to 24 followed by the junior (under-17)
girls event from September 1629 and the junior boys event
from September 30 to October
The champions in the under-17 events will get a cash
award of Rs.3.5 lakh each, while
the winning team in the under-14 competition will receive
Rs.2.5 lakh.
Scholarships in the form of a
one-time grant will be given to
25 talented players.
The Subroto Cup organising
committee had received a re-

quest from Real Madrid to include its development side in

this years tournament but the
host could not accommodate the
Spanish club as the slots available for foreign teams had been
allotted on first-come-firstserved basis.
It was a late request. It is very
attractive to have such a club. If
it is possible we will try to accommodate them. But the question is, can we accommodate
them? said Air Marshal B.B.P.
Sinha, the vice-chairman of the
Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society, at a press conference here on Thursday.
Air Marshal Sinha also unveiled the mascot of the event,
Gilloo the squirrel.
This years event will witness
the participation of teams from
South Korea, Sweden, Brazil,
Ukraine, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Besides, development teams from top

I-League clubs such as Bengaluru FC, East Bengal, Mohan Bagan and Pune FC, and the All
India Football Federation will
be seen in action.
The tournament will provide
the young Indian boys an opportunity to stake their claim for
berths in the National camp in
the run-up to the 2017 under-17
World Cup to be held in the
The Society felicitated several
individuals, including sports organiser, the late V.N. Singh and
Mohammed, for their long association with the tournament.
V.N. Singh, on whose behalf
his widow Savitri Singh received
the trophy, was honoured for his
tireless involvement in the conduct of the tournament for many
years while Ghaus was bestowed
with the lifetime achievement
award for covering the event for
26 years.

Atapattu quits as Sri Lanka coach

COLOMBO: Following back-toback Test series losses at home,
Sri Lanka head coach Marvan
Atapattu has resigned, a statement from the countrys cricket
board said on Thursday.
We would like to inform you
of the resignation of Marvan
Atapattu from the post of head
coach of the Sri Lanka cricket
team which has been accepted,
Sri Lanka Cricket said.

ON TRACK: A win in Monza could see Lewis

Hamilton inch closer to his third Formula One
and take his second title.
This time, he arrives on the
back of 10 poles in 11 races and
six wins to Rosbergs three.
If he wins at Monza on Sunday for the third time in his
career, Hamilton will become
the first driver to take successive Italian Grand Prix victories since his compatriot
Damon Hill with Williams in
Monzas own future will also be in the spotlight, with the
circuit still to agree a new contract after 2016 and more talks

with commercial supremo

Bernie Ecclestone sure to take
place over the weekend.
For Hamilton, as much as
any Formula One fan, a calendar without Monza would be
Its an awesome track so
fast and with some of the most
passionate fans youll see anywhere in the world, said the
Mercedes driver. Racing in
Italy brings back a lot of good
memories for me and Id love
to add to those this weekend.

More penalties for McLarens

MONZA: Fernando Alonso
and Jenson Button face
more grid position penalties
at this weekend's Italian
Grand Prix where Honda is
expected to fit their
McLaren cars with more
new engines, their ninth
change this season.
Two-time world
champion Spaniard Alonso
and 2009 champion Briton

Jagtiani upsets Solanki

HYDERABAD: Rank outsider Sanil Jagtiani stunned secondseeded Alex Solanki in the boys
quarterfinals of the ITF juniors
tournament conducted by the
Telangana State Tennis Association at the SATS Tennis Complex, L.B. Stadium, here on

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Vikrant Dahiya & Shrey Gupta 6-3,

6-4; Siddhant Banthia & Alex Solanki
bt Rahul Shankar (Ind) & Varun Venkat (USA) 3-6, 6-3, 10-4.
Girls: Quarterfinals: Sathwika Sama bt Jui-Yun Chang 6-2, 7-5; Mahak
Jain bt Anusha Kondaveeti 6-4, 6-1;
Akanksha Bhan bt Harsha Sai Challa
6-2, 6-2; Shivani Swarup Ingle bt
Meghana Kommarraju 6-3, 7-6(5),
6-1. Doubles: Second round: Mahak
Jain (Ind) & Maria Dominique Ong
(Phi) bt Humera Begum Shaik & Sai
Dedeepya 5-7, 6-4, 10-6; Akanksha
Bhan & Rishika Ravindran bt Chaithali
Adinath Narde & Tahoora Shaik 6-1,
6-1; Lalita Devarakonda & Nida Shahid Kamal bt Mubashira Anjum Shaik
& Shreya Tatavarthy 6-0, 6-3; Shrivalli
Rashmikaa & Sravya Shivani bt Madhumitha Meenakshi Rajan & Rutvi
Shah 5-7, 6-3, 10-7; Shivani Manjanna
& Baani Singh bt Aarja Chakraborty &
Angella Raman 4-6, 6-0, 10-8; Jui-Yun
Chang (Tpe) & Thanushree Vale bt
Urmi Pandya & Sanskriti Ranjan 6-1,
6-3; Priyana Kalita & Jennifer Luikham
bt Ishita Parikh & Kriti Williams (USA)
6-1, 6-3; Sathwika Sama & Shivani
Swarup Ingle bt Shivani Amineni &
Harsha Sai Challa 6-3, 6-2. Spe-

cial Correspondent

Button are likely to line up

at the back of the grid again
for a race where power is
essential for a competitive
Alonso has warned that
he expects a painful
weekend ahead but
hopes that they will be in
better shape at the
Singapore race later this
month. AFP

Atapattu took charge in October 2014. The 44-year-old

served as the teams batting
coach from 2011 and as interim
head coach for a brief period
from April, 2014 after Paul Farbraces departure.
The resignation comes after
Sri Lankas recent Test series
defeats to Pakistan and India in
which it lost four of its last six
matches. IANS

Bagan beats
Police AC
KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan picked
up the full quota of points by
downing Police AC 4-1 in a Calcutta Football League premier
division group-A encounter at
Barasat on Thursday.
Bagan conceded an early goal
when Eric Brown of Police AC
found the target off a fine freekick in the 15th minute. But the
former found a quick equaliser
off Lalkamal Bhowmik, who
fired home a fine long-ranger in
the 25th minute.
Kean Lewis, who joined Mohun Bagan this season, impressed with his skilful display
as an attacking midfielder.
Lewis gave Bagan the lead in
the injury-time off a solo effort
as he dribbled his way to the top
of the Police AC box and finished with a fine volley. Dudu
Omagbemi found the third goal
in the 76th minute after playing
a nice one-two-one with Lewis
on top of the Police box.
Lewis, who was later declared
made his presence felt once
again in the 84th minute when
he charged up from the left to
make a brilliant right-footed
finish and make it 4-1 for Bagan.
The win took Mohun Bagans
tally to 11 points from six
matches while also giving it the
confidence to take on traditional rival and current League
leader East Bengal in the seasons first derby on Sunday.
The result: Mohun Bagan 4 (Lalkamal Bhowmik 25, Kean Lewis 45+1,
84, Dudu Omagbemi 76) bt Police AC
1 (Eric Brown 15). Principal


Yoga a priority but details remain sketchy

Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI: The Union Sports
Ministry has notified yoga in its
priority list in the latest classification but details on developing it as a sport remain sketchy.
And joint secretary (sports)
Onkarmal Kedia admitted as
much on Wednesday.
Yoga has been an age-old activity in this country and we
thought it is high time we recognise it as a sport. I cannot
give you any detailed answers
because we have not thought
about all the questions and this
is only the first step, Kedia said
on the sidelines of an app
launch for para-athletes here.

Interestingly, the Paralympics Committee of India (PCI)

itself remains suspended for
mismanagement by both the
government and the International Paralympic Committee.
We are waiting for the PCI factions to unite. We want a democratically elected body to get
recognition from the international federation to ensure better preparations for Rio, Kedia
said before the questions turned to yoga.
Asked about the inclusion
despite the government rules
that stipulate only sports in
Olympics, Asian Games or
Commonwealth Games can be
part of the priority list, Kedia

defended the decision saying

there were other sports as well
in the list and that the main
issue must be the popularity of
the sport. The notification
came on Tuesday.
Yoga is such an important
activity and has been there for
so long that we decided to put it
directly in priority and so there
will be some funding for it. But
there are other things to do
first, he said.
He also refused to answer on
whether yoga practitioners
would get the same benefits as
other sportspersons, including
jobs, saying that was up to the
Department of Personnel.
See, as I said, this only the

beginning. We now have to find

a federation that can be entrusted with the job of carrying
out the promotion of yoga further (though a Yoga Federation
of India already exists). As for
competitions at the grassroots,
it is under discussion and results will flow gradually.
Several communities have
previously objected to compulsory yoga in schools on religious grounds but Kedia denied
it would be an issue. I dont see
any controversy (in the inclusion). It has been a tradition in
the country and all communities have been practicing it in
some form or the other, Kedia

App for
NEW DELHI: To help para-athletes
find proper support in their preparations for the Rio Paralympics
next year, a new mobile app, InRio, was launched here on
The app, which would have details of athletes including their
medical history, disability conditions and sporting events, includes
equipments and facilities and assistance in preparing for the
Games. It would also include details of places to visit in Rio during the Paralympics.
Developed by 16-year old Arhan Bagati, the project is supported by FitnessFirst, a chain of
fitness centres that would provide free access to athletes across
the country.
The main reason for me to develop this was the realisation that
our para-athletes get a raw deal
all the time. They also work hard,
we have a world record holder but
hardly anyone knows them. I
hope this will help our athletes
both in training and building up
their morale, Bagati said.


Kushal and Sundar shine

Special Correspondent
HYDERABAD: Kushal Mendis
stole the show on day two of the
all-India Coromandel King
Moin-ud-Dowla Gold Cup
cricket tournament here on
The aggressive right-hander
waded into the Hyderabad
Presidents XI attack, taking Sri
Lanka to a commanding 401 for
eight in reply to the home
teams 290. Seventeen boundaries studded his 210-ball 156, as
did a six. Supplementing his
charge was Milinda Siriwardenes 93. For the home side,
Ahmed Quadri waged a lone
battle, his gentle off-spin fetching him a bag of four for 62 and
contained the damage by the
visitors to some extent.
In another contest, M.S.

M.S. Washington
Washington Sundars 131 gave
MRF a 13-run lead against FCI.
chipped in with 69.

The scores: Hyderabad XI 465 for

seven in 90 overs vs Air India 337 for
nine in 89 overs (Hiten Dalal 74, Himanshu Asnora 82, Pratyush Singh
34, Rahul Yadav 40, John Abraham 37
batting, C.V. Milind three for 61, Vishal
Sharma four for 72).
FCI 283 & 34 for four in eight overs
vs MRF 296 in 71.2 overs (Thalaivan
Sargunam 69, M.S. Washington Sundar 131, S. Aniruda 42, Prashanth
Chowdhary four for 61, Pulkit four for
Hyderabad Presidents XI 290 in
81.1 overs vs Sri Lanka 401 for eight in
87 overs (Kushal Mendis 156, Sadeera 38, Milinda Siriwardene 93, Lahiru
Milantha 57 batting, Ahmed Quadri
four for 62).
India Cements 353 & one for no
loss in one over vs ONGC 272 in 81.3
overs (Nitesh Rana 127, Gautam
Gambhir 42, Malolan Rangarajan four
for 55, L. Vignesh three for 52).

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England, Austria look to clinch Euro berths Kaza takes down

Vijay Sundar

FOOTBALL / Defending champion Spain seeks revenge on Slovakia

PARIS: The rst qualiers for
the Euro 2016 nals in France
could be decided on Thursday,
Friday and Saturday in the rst
of a double-header of match
days. England has won every
game so far in Group E and can
clinch qualication for the nals by maintaining that record
when it faces San Marino in
Serravalle on Saturday.
Indeed, simply matching
Slovenias result from its game
in Switzerland would suffice
but anything other than a victory would be an embarrassment
for Roy Hodgsons side.
After all, San Marino is
ranked 192nd in the world and
has still never won a competitive match.
The players must keep going, play well and look to win
every match. I dont want any
let-up and we want to win both
these games, said Hodgson after announcing his squad for
the game and next Tuesdays
home meeting with Switzerland.
In addition, unbeaten Austria will qualify from Group G
with three games to spare if its
beats Moldova in Vienna and
Russia fails to beat Sweden in

ON A ROLL: Wayne Rooney (second from left) and his England teammates have won every game so far in
Group E and can ensure qualification for the Euro finals by maintaining that record when they face
Draw may be enough
A draw would also be enough San Marino in Serravalle on Saturday. PHOTO: ALEX LIVESEY/GETTY IMAGES
depending on results elsewhere
going its way.
Austria, which will be playing its 100th match in the European championship, has only
appeared at the nals once, being eliminated at the group
stage as co-host in 2008.

Sharmila jumps
into lead
GREATER NOIDA: Sharmila Nicollet red a sensational ve-under 67 to lead the eld after
round two of the 15th leg of the
Hero womens professional
golf tour at the Jaypee Greens
here on Thursday.
One stroke behind is rookie
Amandeep Drall who returned
with a score of two-under 70 to
total 142 after the second
Hero MotoCorp sponsored
Sharmila, who is eyeing her
rst title of the year, carded
nine birdies, which is a record
for a single day in the entire
The Bengaluru professional,
known for her ferocious driving, made use of the conditions
well and carded four birdies in
her front nine on the 1st, 4th,
7th and 8th holes, along with
three bogeys on the 3rd, 5th
and 6th holes.
In the back nine, Sharmila
was a transformed player and
carded a urry of birdies on the
11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th
holes with just a lone blemish
on the 10th. She nished with a
total of 141 after two rounds.
Overnight leader Neha Tripathi came up with an effort of
threeover 75 to occupy the
third spot. Her round consisted
of three birdies on the 1st, 9th
and 13th holes, along with six
bogeys on the 2nd, 3rd, 10th,
11th, 14th and 18th holes. The
Kolkata golfer nished with a
score 145 after 36 holes.
Gursimar Badwal ended with
a level par score to take the
fourth position.
The Kapurthala golfer carded four birdies which were cancelled out by the same number
of bogies as she nished with a
total of 146. PTI

Iceland has never reached a

major nals but its ne form so
far in Group A has put it in a
tremendous position and it
goes to Amsterdam to face the
Netherlands, which has so far
struggled and lies third behind

is aiming to bring up his

Defending Euro champion
Spain will seek revenge on Slovakia for a 2-1 defeat in Zilina in
October last year when it entertains the Slovaks in the north-

the Czech Republic.

van Persies 50
The Dutch lost in Reykjavik
last October but will look for
revenge and Robin van Persie,
who has 49 international goals,

de Gea calm despite transfer talks

MADRID: Manchester United
goalkeeper David de Gea is
calm and relaxed despite a
manic few days, his club and
Spain international teammate
Juan Mata said.
The 24-year-old goalie has
not played for United this season in the English Premier
League (EPL) because of interest from Spanish football giant
Real Madrid, culminating in a
failed deadline-day deal to sign
But Mata said de Gea is in the
clubs Champions League
squad and was ready to play.
His hunger and professionalism are intact. He seems the
same as ever to me, calm and
relaxed, Mata was quoted as
saying by bbc.com.
Its been a manic few days
for him, hes my friend and Im
there for him for whatever he
needs, said the 27-year-old,
who is on international duty
with de Gea for Spains Euro
2016 qualier against Slovakia.


mum pressure and stress. His

personality will help him on
and off the pitch, Mata went
on to add.
United winger Ashley Young
also praised the goalkeeper saying: He (de Gea) is a professional player, always has been,
always will be. IANS

Gagan eighth in Munich World Cup

NEW DELHI: Gagan Narang was placed eighth
in the 50-metre rie prone event of the
World Cup Final in Munich on Thursday.
In the nal, the 32-year-old Gagan, who
could not hit the high 10s in four of his
eight shots, had two shots in the 9s and
failed to progress by 0.2 points.
He had qualied fourth with a score of
625.4, marginally less than the 626.3 he
had shot on way to the bronze and the
Olympic quota place in the World Cup in
Fort Benning earlier this season.
It was Gagans sixth appearance in a
World Cup Final, and the rst in the prone
event. He won the gold in his favourite
event air rie with two world records
in 2008, the year in which he failed to make

Gold for McPhail

300-metre big bore bronze in the previous

World championship.
In 50m free pistol, Chinas Zhang Bowen, who had won the gold and silver in the
World Cups this year, proved his class with
a 3.3-point victory over Xuan Vinh Hoang
of Vietnam. The latter was fourth in the
London Olympics and the last World
championship in Granada.

Michael McPhail of the United States,

who won the gold in two World Cups this
season, edged out Kirill Grigoryan of Russia, gold-medal winner in the last World
Cup, by one point to clinch the title. It was
the second World Cup Final medal for
Mcphail, following his silver in 2009. Interestingly, he the American had won the

The results:
Men: 50m rifle prone: 1. Michael McPhail (USA)
208.5 (628.1); 2. Kirill Grigoryan (Rus) 207.5
(625.2); 3. Bojan Durkovic (Cro) 186.5 (624.7); 8.
Gagan Narang 81.9 (625.4).
50m free pistol: 1. Zhang Bowen (Chn) 192.6
(558); 2. Xuan Vinh Hoang (Vie) 189.3 (555); 3.
Wang Zhiwei (Chn) 173.6 (565).

the Olympic nal in Beijing on a countback after being tied on 595, one point less
than the eventual gold medallist Abhinav
Gagan had also made the nal of the
World championship in the event last year
in Granada, Spain, where he nished sixth.

















1 Young girl wearing a
denim (6)
5 Keep mum's
photograph (5,2)
9 Creatively very
unoriginal work
11 Have flipping fine
overturned no
matter what (4,2)

ZAGREB: Real Madrid midelder

Luka Modric has been questioned in Zagreb by anti-graft
police in connection with a
probe into Dinamo Zagreb officials suspected of bribery and
tax evasion, local papers reported Thursday.
Modric, whose testimony is
considered key for the case, was
questioned on the nancial details of his 2009 transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, the Jutarnji
list daily reported.
The anti-graft prosecutors
suspect that Dinamo Zagreb
chief Zdravko Mamic illegally
earned more than 52 million
kunas ($7.7 million), through
the transfer.
Modric was questioned on
Sunday, the paper reported.
Another Croatian international, Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, was also to be
questioned within the probe, it
said. AFP



Modric grilled
in tax probe

POISE AND PURPOSE: Spain's goalkeeper David de

Gea at a training session on Thursday.
Right now hes focused on
the two upcoming games for
the national team. Being here
will do him good and hes going
to be as professional as he has
been throughout his career.
His personality will help
him. He manages to play even
better in moments of maxi-

ern city of Oviedo.

Slovakia has won all six
games so far and is already certain to nish in the top three in
Group C. Spain, which has
Chelseas Diego Costa back in
its squad, will be likewise cer-

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13 Go chasing trendy
pop group (5)
14 Try again about
attending draw (9)
16 A winged god's speed
in air during flight
18 Arsenal is trying to
assemble sought-

after individuals
20 Go into details of
experiment briefly
with professor (6,2)
22 Judge, any other
biblical character
24 Prays clue gets
25 Rising northern
climb (7)
26 Keep so fresh with
black teas (6)
2 Tight and neat over
3 All-pervading in
surrounding squalor
4 Frequently
disappearing into
town by midday (4)
5 C-consumed salt (9)
6 Cricket match
umpire shortened to
a third caused
widespread disgust
7 Quip about horse
going over gorge (7)

8 Painting, to me is different in
colour (12)
10 Tender small change in
Tokyo's food shop (12)
14 Conclude choppy tour on sea
15 Characteristic of traffic sign
17 Running repairs for some
swords (7)
19 Popular aversion to accept
society quickly (2,5)
21 Well suited position for a
recess (5)
23 Each article post office
processed at first (1,3)

Solution to puzzle 11490








tain of a top-three spot with a

win before it goes to Macedonia
and Slovakia hosts third-placed
Ukraine next week.
Group D is one of the tightest
and leader Poland is a point
clear of World Cup holder Germany before the sides meet in
Frankfurt. Scotland is third and
a win in Georgia will be a huge
boost to its chances, especially
with fourth-placed Ireland
travelling to play whipping
boys Gibraltar and the Scots
hosting Germany next.
Wales is still unbeaten in
Group B and will move to the
brink of a place at the nals
with a win in Cyprus, where it
has lost on its last two visits.
Belgium hosts Bosnia in a
match that is vital to the hopes
of the latter in particular.
With 24 teams competing at
nals next year, including host
France, the likelihood of any
major nations missing out on
Euro 2016 is slim.
However, Euro 2004 winner
Greece is already all but out of
contention in Group F after
collecting just two points from
its rst six matches. As it prepares to host Finland under interim coach Kostas Tsanas, it is
11 points adrift of the automatic
qualifying berths with only four
games to go.
Russia is third in Group G,
four points behind secondplaced Sweden, and so is in real
need of a win as it hosts the
Swedes at Spartak Moscows
Otkrytie Arena in what will be
Leonid Slutskys rst game
since replacing Fabio Capello
as coach. AFP

Special Correspondent
CHENNAI: It was around 11 in the
a.m. on a muggy Thursday. Kaza Vinayak Sharma had just
packed off a drained out N. Vijay Sundar Prasanth, the No. 1
seed, and was talking about his
probable seminal opponent in
the Raman Sports Trust
Im looking forward to going
up against Sumit Nagal, he
said. Id lost to him last week
and he went on to win. But
dont count Prajnesh out yet.
Vinayaks words proved
prophetic as wildcard Prajnesh
Gunneswaran out-thought the
seventh-seeded Nagal.
I always knew that it would
be a physical game with Sumit,
said Prajnesh. I have a faster
serve than him, so the idea was
to keep my serve and then hold
him to long rallies and play for
the break.
Most of the rallies stretched
to at least 10-12 shots, where
Prajnesh used his height and
reach to great effect. So intense
was the contest that when one
of the hangers on cheered Nagal winning a point off a lucky
net-cord after a particularly
hard-fought rally, Prajnesh
snapped Are you serious? You
are clapping for that?
It was in the tness of things
that a similar extreme reaction
from Nagal was what handed
the match to Prajnesh. Already
warned for ball abuse earlier
in the match, Nagal copped a
penalty point when he ung his
racquet after going down 6-4 in

Pune FC to attend
AIFF meeting on
I-Leagues future
Nandakumar Marar
MUMBAI: Pune FC will be represented by Chirag Tanna, Chief
of Operations, at Fridays meeting initiated by the All India
Football Federation. No specific agenda for the meeting is
mentioned in the communication from the federation to ILeague clubs, who have been
intimated that representatives
from Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) will be
AIFFs move to invite ILeague clubs for an interaction
also featuring the ISL organisers assumes importance in the
light of recent developments
concerning two Pune-based
clubs one is in the process of
disbanding the senior squad
and the other moving towards
downing the shutters after one
season in I-League. FSDL is an
entity formed as a result of
joint venture between Reliance
and International Management Group to conduct the Indian Super League.
Pune FC is recognised across
the nation, since launch in
2007, as one of the most professional clubs competing in the
I-League and the rst team to
full the licensing criteria stipulated by the Asian Football

Notable absentee
PFC was a notable absentee
at last months core-committee
meeting of I-League clubs. Kalyani Bharat FC, I-Leagues
newest entry from Pune, has
released players, coaching staff
and key management personnel after ending up last in its


debut I-League season.

PFC wasamong prominent
I-League clubs stressing on the
absence of a revenue stream
like television rights, coupled
with decreasing event prole
due to strange match timings
and resulting low crowd attendance. Having invested
money to full club licensing
conditions stipulated for clubs
wanting to continue in ILeague, apart from payment to
players, coaching and support
staff, the club owners are facing
difficulty absorbing mounting
PFCs plan to compete or
withdraw from the I-League remains uncertain. The federation has received no written
communication to this effect
from the Pune club so far. Simultaneously, Kalyani Bharat
FCs reluctance to continue is
clear, despite the cushion of no
relegation rule for corporatebacked teams introduced by
AIFF to encourage more corporates to invest in the I-League.
Forced to douse re on these
two fronts (a reputed clubs reluctance to increase nancial
outlay each season, building
upon impressive I-League performances and a debutants desire to shut shop after just one
dismal season) the federations
future moves to dissuade other
I-League team managements
from going down the same path
will be clearer.
The marketing muscle of
IMG-R was visible in the ISL
2014, whose decision-makers
are expected to present their
views on the roadmap ahead for
Indian football.

Nedunchezhiyan hit
his stride quickly to
get past Mohit Mayur
the second set tie-break to
bring an engrossing battle to a
rather anticlimactic end.
Earlier, second seed Jeevan
Nedunchezhiyan hit his stride
quickly to get past fth-seed J.
Mohit Mayur, who was sublime
while ghting to stay in the
contest and ordinary when he
had his chances.
One such chance came when
Jeevan was down three breakpoints at 2-2 in the rst set.
That was a very crucial
game, said Jeevan later. It
could have gone either way. It
set the tone for the match.
Jeevan clawed his way back
to deuce and advantage before a
ball with hit-me written all
over it was dispatched cleanly,
even as Mohit berated himself.
After that, Jeevan shifted up
a gear and stayed focused even
as Mohit wilted away.
The results: Quarterfinals: K. Vinayak Sharma bt Vijay Sundar Prasanth 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1; Jeevan
Nedunchezhiyan bt Mohit Mayur 6-3,
6-4; G. Prajnesh bt Sumit Nagal 6-4,
7-6(4); Sidharth Rawat bt Borja Rodriguez Manzano (Esp) 6-3, 5-2 retd.
Doubles: Semifinals: Markos Kalovelonis (Rus) & Timur Khabibulin
(Kaz) bt Xin Gao (Chn) & Bowen
Ouyang (Chn) 6-4, 7-6(10), 10-4; Vijay
Sundar Prasanth & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Lakshit Sood & Chandril
Sood 6-2, 6-4.

Lillee steps
down as WACA

Dennis Lillee. FILE PHOTO

SYDNEY: Dennis Lillee quit as
president of the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) as a new plan unveiled on
Thursday showed Tests against
India, England, and South Africa will move to the new Perth
The cricket legend abruptly
resigned ahead of the release of
WACAs Vision 2030 report,
telling The West Australian
newspaper: I cannot stand by
and watch what is happening at
the WACA. I do not wish to be
part of it any longer.
Under the new plan, international limited-over games and
Tests involving South Africa,
India and England will move
from the existing WACA
ground to the new A$1.2 billion
($840 million) Perth Stadium,
which will be completed by
2018 and have a 60,000 capacity.
Big Bash League matches
will also shift from the ageing
WACA ground, but it will still
host Sheffield Shield matches
and Test and One-Day Internationals not involving South
Africa, England and India.

SU | DO | KU

Selfless service
Service to the Lord should be motivated by bhakti and not
by the anticipation of rewards from Him, said Bhooma
Venkatakrishnan in a discourse. The service of Vidura,
Malakara and Kubja are examples of seless service to the
Lord. Viduras bhakti towards Lord Krishna was such that
Krishna stayed in Viduras residence when he visited
Duryodhanas capital, as a messenger of the Pandavas.
Duryodhana was the king and he extended an invitation to
Krishna to stay with him. Bhishma, Dronacharya and
Kripacharya also invited Krishna to their residences. But
Krishna chose to stay with Vidura because of the latters
selessness in inviting Him. The purity of Viduras
thought, where there was no trace of self, was what drew
Lord Krishna to his house.
Malakara was the one who strung garlands for Kamsa.
When Krishna and Balarama visited Mathura, they went to
the hut of Malakara. He was so moved by this visit that he
offered to them the garlands intended for Kamsa. In
Vishnu Purana, there is a verse that speaks clearly about
Malakaras attitude. Sage Parasara, the author of the
Vishnu Purana, captures Malakaras service. The sage
writes that Malakara was delighted that Lord Krishna and
Balarama had came to his house. He considered himself
fortunate on this count and immediately decided to
worship them. Kubja was a hunchbacked lady who used to
take sandal paste to Kamsa everyday. When Balarama and
Krishna asked her for some sandal paste, she herself
applied the sandal paste on them. The sandal paste was
intended for Kamsa. Yet she did not fear Kamsas wrath.
Seless service such as Viduras, Malakaras and Kubjas is
what pleases the Lord.

A mind game and a puzzle

that you solve with
reasoning and logic. Fill in
the grid with digits in such
a manner that every row,
every column and every
3x3 box accommodates
the digits 1 to 9, without
repeating any. The
solution to yesterdays
puzzle is at left.

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Stosur in a hurry, sets third-round date with Errani

Serena stretched by Bertens; Nadal overcomes sluggish start while Djokovic has it easy
NEW YORK: Samantha Stosur, the
last woman to beat Serena Williams at the US Open four years
ago, and two-time runner-up
Victoria Azarenka made the
third round on Thursday.
Australian 22nd seed Stosur
breezed past Russias Evgeniya
Rodina one of two mothers to
have reached the second round
6-1, 6-1.
Stosur, 31, fired eight aces
with no double faults and hit 29
winners in her quickfire win,
which gave her a third-round

encounter against Italian 16th

seed Sara Errani.
Despite the victory, Stosur hit
out at organisers, who she
claims have blundered over
transport for players as well as
practice court arrangements.
Stosur said she was forced to
switch courts on Wednesday
when Serena Williams needed a
place to practice.
She kicked me off my practice court. A few issues, said the
Azarenka, seeded 20, made
the final in 2012 and 2013, losing
to Williams in three sets on both
The Belarusian, playing in
just her 13th tournament of an
injury-hit season, saw off 2009
semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer
of Belgium, 7-5, 6-4.
She doesnt give you much
time. She came out firing and I
had to fight and dig deep, said
the 26-year-old.

Indisposed, but
Errani made the next stage by
seeing off Latvian qualifier Jelena Ostapenko 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 with
German 18th seed Andrea Pet-

Youre testing
our patience,
mate, Warne
tells Kyrgios
SYDNEY: Australian cricket
great Shane Warne told tennis
bad boy Nick Kyrgios on Thursday respect was more important than being liked and
warned him youre testing our
patience, mate.
Showman Kyrgios has been
making the headlines for all the
wrong reasons, with his slur on
Stan Wawrinka last month
sparking stinging criticism
from fellow players.
Warne, no stranger to controversy himself, offered his
fellow Australian some attitude
tips, and urged him not to waste
his talent.
We all realise youre only 20
& have a lot to learn buddy. But
please dont waste your talent,
everyone in the world, especially us Australians want to respect u, he wrote on his
Facebook page.
Remember respect is way
more important than being
liked, u need to respect the
game of tennis & yourself.

Wade, Marsh
revive Australia

tory. I never stop. I keep going

and give the best effort that I
can, Williams said after raising
her 2015 match record to 50-2.

Venus advances
Williams was joined in the
third round by sister Venus who
outlasted Irina Falconi 6-3, 6-7
(2), 6-2 to set up an intriguing
clash with Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic, one of only two players to beat Serena this season.
After playing his opening
match on an outside court, Cilic
took his title defence back to a
sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium
and looked right at home,
storming into the third round
with a 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 win over
Two-time champion Nadal
got his second round contest off
to a sluggish start but the
eighth-seeded Spaniard was
quickly in control, dispatching

Diego Schwartzman 7-6(5), 6-3,

7-5 as the Argentine saw his record against top 10 opponents
drop to 0-6.
Djokovic, a five-time US Open
finalist but winning just once in
2011, was in imperious form
strolling into the third round
with a clinical 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win

Bryans ousted
In doubles, top-seeded Bob
and Mike Bryan lost in the first
round as the record-breaking
US brothers went through a season without a Grand Slam for
the first time since 2004. They
were beaten by compatriots
Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3.
Leander Paes and Martina
Hingis began their campaign
with a 6-2, 6-2 dispatch of
Americans Claire Liu & Taylor
Fritz . Agencies


BLAZING AWAY: Samantha Stosur of the US fired eight aces and hit 29 winners as she made short work of Russian Evgeniya Rodina
in the second round on Thursday. PHOTO: AP
kovic defeating Russias Elena
Vesnina 6-3, 7-6(4).
Struggling with dizziness and
shut out in the first set, 16thseeded Errani rallied to win her
second-round match.
The diminutive Italian took a
medical timeout after dropping
the first five games, complaining
of dizziness. The soft-serving
Errani was broken nine times

but found a way to beat the 18year-old Ostapenko in 2 hours

on a hot, humid day.
Errani said she woke up not
feeling well, blaming the powerful air conditioning of New York
But the 2012 French Open
runner-up could rely on her experience against the 114thranked Latvian, who was play-

ing in her first US Open.

Ostapenko was unable to hold
serve once in the final set, getting broken in her final six service games.
On Wednesday, Serena Williams moved a step closer to a
calendar Grand Slam.
Defending mens champion
Marin Cilic and two-time winner Rafael Nadal and World No.

1 Novak Djokovic also eased into

the third round with straightset wins.
Bidding to become just the
fourth woman to win all four
Slams in the same year, no one
has more riding on the Flushing
Meadows fortnight than Williams, who continued her quest
with an error-strewn 7-6(5), 6-3
victory over Dutchwoman Kiki

Bertens. The 110th-ranked Bertens put up a valiant fight and

had Williams, who struggled
with her serve firing 10 double
faults, on the ropes in the opening set.
However, the 33-year-old
Americans class shone through
in the second set as she broke
Bertens three times to seal her
23rd consecutive US Open vic-

Nadal vows to stay loyal to uncle Toni

NEW YORK: Rafael Nadal insists
he has no intention of severing his lifetime coaching bond
with his uncle Toni and assured fans that there is no
need to panic over his rollercoaster form.
The 29-year-old Spaniard, a
14-time Grand Slam title winner, is enduring the worst year
of his career, a season which
has seen him lose his cherished French Open title and
slump to his lowest ranking in
a decade.
On Wednesday, he took his
recent US Open record to 22
wins in his last 23 matches
when he beat diminutive Argentine Diego Schwartzman
to make the third round.
But his win was punctuated
by worrying lapses that saw
him give up a 5-2 lead in the
first set and needing to recover from breaks in the second
and third sets.
I am number eight in the
world but it seems like I am
number 200 in every press
conference, said Nadal, who
had needed four sets to beat
Croatian teenager Borna Coric in the first round.
It is normal that the fans
are worried because I am worried, too. If I am not playing
well, I am the first one who is

It is normal that
the fans are
worried because I
am worried, too. If I am
not playing well, I am
the first one who is
worried. It seems like I come
here, and it seems like if I am
being honest, it is bad. So then
if I am being honest with you
guys and I explain what happened to me, the people say,
Why you say that? Why you
are that honest? You give confidence to the opponent.

Poor 2015
Nadal has already lost 14
times this year compared to 11
in the whole of 2014, seven in
2013 and just six in 2012.
At Wimbledon, he was
knocked out in the second
round by Germanys Dustin
Brown while his North American hardcourt season saw a
quarterfinal loss to Kei Nishikori in Montreal and a thirdround exit against compatriot
Feliciano Lopez in Cincinnati.
If he fails to win this years
US Open, he will finish a season without at least one major

title for the first time since

That form has prompted
many in the sport to suggest
that it was time for Nadal to
rethink his coaching team,
which has been spearheaded
by his uncle Toni since he was
four. But Nadal insists any
problems on the court can only be solved by himself.

(Bel) 7-5, 6-4; 22-Samantha Stosur

(Aus) bt Evgeniya Rodina (Rus) 6-1,
6-1; Varvara Lepchenko (USA) bt Lesia
Tsurenko (Ukr) 7-6(9), 6-2.
23-Venus Williams (USA) bt Irina
Falconi (USA) 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2; Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) bt Jessica Pegula
(USA) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3; 1-Serena Williams
(USA) bt Kiki Bertens (Ned) 7-6(5), 6-3;
Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) bt Bojana Jovanovski (Srb) 7-5, 6-1.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) bt
CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) 6-2, 6-1; 15Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) bt Magda
Linette (Pol) 6-3, 6-2; Roberta Vinci
(Ita) bt Denisa Allertova (Cze) 2-6, 6-3,
13-Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) bt
Lauren Davis (USA) 6-1, 6-2; 12-Belinda Bencic (Sui) bt Misaki Doi (Jpn) 5-7,
7-6(3), 6-3; 17-Elina Svitolina (Ukr) bt
Kaia Kanepi (Est) 6-3, 6-4; Mariana
Duque (Col) bt Oceane Dodin (Fra) 6-1,
5-7, 6-2; 25-Eugenie Bouchard (Can) bt
Polona Hercog (Slo) 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.
Mixed doubles: First round: 4Martina Hingis (Sui) & Leander Paes
(Ind) bt Claire Liu (USA) & Taylor Fritz
(USA) 6-2, 6-2.

Karman Kaur advances

NEW DELHI: Karman Kaur
Thandi defeated Destanee
Aiava of Australia 6-3, 6-4 to
make the quarterfinals of the
ITF grade-1 junior tennis
tournament in Quebec, Canada. While fourth seed Y. Pranjala was beaten in the third
round by Frances Tessah Andrianjafitrimo 4-6,
2-6, the wiry Karman kept the Indian challenge alive with a fluent
performance. She will face
ninth-seeded Emily Arbuthnott of Britain in the last-eight
stage. In doubles, Pranjala and
her partner Jessica Hinojosa
Gomez of Mexico pulled
through against Andrianjafitrimo and Switzerlands Rebeka Masarova 2-6, 6-4, 10-1 to
make the semifinals.
Elsewhere in Canada, in
Calgary, sixth seed Sanam
Singh registered a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Luis Patino of Mexico in the $15,000 ITF mens

Calgary, Canada: Singles (first

round): Sanam Singh bt Luis Patino
(Mex) 7-5, 6-4.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Damon
Gooch (RSA) & Will Spencer (USA) bt
Kevin King (USA) & Sanam Singh 1-6,
7-6(4), 10-8.
$10,000 ITF women, El Kantaoui,
Tunisia: Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Eden DOliveira (RSA) bt
Shivika Burman 67(4), 6-2, 6-4.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Manon
Arcangioli (Fra) & Michaela Honcova
(Svk) bt Mathilde Devits (Bel) & Shivika Burman 6-2, 6-0.
$10,000 ITF women, Sharm El
Sheikh, Egypt: Singles (first round):
Diana Shevchenko (Rus) bt Shivani
Manchanda 6-2, 6-1.
ITF grade-1 juniors, Quebec,
Canada: Girls (pre-quarterfinals):
Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (Fra) bt Y.
Pranjala 6-4, 6-2; Karman Kaur Thandi bt Destanee Aiava (Aus) 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Jessica
Hinojosa Gomez (Mex) & Y. Pranjala
bt Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (Fra) & Rebeka Masarova (Sui) 2-6, 6-4, 10-1.


I always believed that
when I am playing bad, when I
am not winning, you dont
have to find excuses outside or
reasons outside, he said.
You have to look at yourself in the mirror and say,
Thats my fault. Its not the
fault of other people.
I had an amazing career
with this team. I believe in my
team. We are working a lot to
find the right way. I think we
are in the good way. I dont
know whats going on in the
future, but the real thing is if I
have to change something is
myself, not the people around
Next up for Nadal is Fognini, who beat him in Rio and
Barcelona this year before the
Spaniard gained revenge over
the Italian in the Hamburg final in July. AFP

Second round: Men: 30-Thomaz

Bellucci (Bra) bt Yoshihito Nishioka
(Jpn) 6-0, 6-3, 6-4.
1-Novak Djokovic (Srb) bt Andreas
Haider-Maurer (Aut) 6-4, 6-1, 6-2; Benoit Paire (Fra) bt Marsel Ilhan (Tur)
6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; 10-Milos Raonic
(Can) bt Fernando Verdasco (Esp) 6-2,
6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(1); 9-Marin Cilic (Cro) bt
Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) 6-2, 6-3, 7-5;
32-Fabio Fognini (Ita) bt Pablo Cuevas
(Uru) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; 25-Andreas Seppi
(Ita) bt Teymuraz Gabashvili (Rus) 3-6,
6-3, 7-6(3), 6-1.
19-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) bt Marcel Granollers (Esp) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3; Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) bt Illya Marchenko
(Ukr) 6-4, 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-4; 26-Tommy
Robredo (Esp) bt Samuel Groth (Aus)
6-4, 7-6(3), 6-4; Mikhail Kukushkin
(Kaz) bt 17-Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) 6-3,
7-6(2), 2-6, 4-6, 6-4; 8-Rafael Nadal
(Esp) bt Diego Schwartzman (Arg) 7-6
(5), 6-3, 7-5.
Women: 16-Sara Errani (Ita) bt Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) 0-6, 6-4, 6-3; 18Andrea Petkovic (Ger) bt Elena Vesnina (Rus) 6-3, 7-6(4); 20-Victoria
Azarenka (Blr) bt Yanina Wickmayer

The results: $15,000 ITF men,

HARD STRUGGLE: Rafael Nadal is enduring the worst

year of his career, a season which has seen him
slump to his lowest ranking in a decade. PHOTO: AP

Wades quickfire 71 not out revived Australia as the World
Cup-winner made 305 for six
against England in the first
One-Day International here on
Australia lost four wickets
for 29 runs to be 193 for six in
the 37th over.
But wicketkeeper-batsman
Wade and all-rounder Mitchell
Marsh, neither of whom played
in the World Cup final, turned
the tide with a seventh-wicket
stand of 112 in 13 overs after
leg-spinner Adil Rashid had
taken four for 59. AFP

Australia: J. Burns c & b Rashid
44, D. Warner c Woakes b Rashid 59,
S. Smith c Stokes b Rashid 44, G.
Bailey lbw b Rashid 23, G. Maxwell c
Buttler b Wood 15, S. Watson run out
6, M. Wade (not out) 71, M. Marsh (not
out) 40; Extras (lb-1, w-2): 3; Total (for
six wkts. in 50 overs): 305.
Fall-of-wickets: 1-76, 2-133, 3164, 4-178, 5-192, 6-193.
England bowling: Finn 7-0-41-0,
Wood 10-0-72-1, Woakes 9-0-57-0,
Rashid 10-0-59-4, Moeen 8-0-37-0,
Stokes 6-0-38-0.
Toss: Australia.



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Over 40 kg wool shorn from Aussie sheep

SRK reaches Twitter milestone

Coarse porridge helps lower blood sugar

A sheep, named Chris, in Australia has set a new world

record with as much as 40.45 kg of wool shorn from it, a
media report said on Thursday.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has reached the milestone of

15 million fans on Twitter. Among Indian actors, only
Amitabh Bachchan has more admirers on the site.

Next time when you buy porridge, try look for one with
rough and coarse particles as this can significantly lower
blood sugar levels, new research suggests.



he Soha Ali Khanstarrer 31st

October, her first
film post marriage, may
release alongside her
husband actor Kunal
Khemus Guddu Ki Gun
on October 30. She says
she is not scared of
their box office clash. I
think it will be exciting.
We have been married
for six months, we need
some excitement! The
producers have decided
that they are going to
release it [around that
time]. October 31 is a sensible time to release our film
because its called 31st October and Friday [October 30] is
close to that date, Soha told IANS. Im not scared by him
[Kunal] or Guddu Ki Gun I think that there is enough appetite
in the industry for both films and they are very different in
genre, she said. PTI


ctor Vin Diesel, who is gearing up for the release of his

forthcoming film The Last Witch Hunter, says it was his
childhood ambition to work with veteran actor Michael
Caine. Last seen on the big screen in Furious 7, Diesel shared
that working with Caine in The Last With Hunter, was a
dream come true. I jumped
straight into this [movie] after
Furious 7. I was prepared to
take a year off, but I said the
one way I do this so fast is, if
we could get this one thing I
wanted, needed and dreamed
of, which was working with
Michael Caine. It has been my
ambition to work with him
since I was a child. I am a little
loopy right now. I have been
working with my hero, Diesel
said. He will be seen playing
Klauder, an 800-year-old
immortal witch-hunter.

Labour of love
By capturing a series of candid shots of
mothers with their newborns just after their
birth, photographer Tina Nandi wishes to
restart the conversation on natural birth
process in an age of C-section
Karishma Hingorani
MUMBAI: A 27-year-old Mum-

bai-based photographer has

produced an innovative
photo project on natural
child birth to highlight the
value of the traditional
childbirth process at a time
when Caesarean sections
are gaining ground.
Tina Nandisproject, titled Born in Bombay, features the mother and her
newborn at the time of birth
and catalyses a conversation
on natural birth in contemporary urban India.
Currently, scenes of
birth in mainstream media

are often drama-packed.

Unfortunately, this is also
the story that many mothers will recount because
this has been their real-life
experience. This is a tragedy, because birth is a natural process that a womans
body is so incredibly designed for. The fact that
many women do not experience birth like this should
be a cause for concern, and
a call to reection for us a
society, Ms. Nandi told The
She believes that people
have forgotten the value of
natural deliveries. This is
very important in the phys-

ical and emotional health of

human beings. Mothers
never forget their birthing
experience, and the nature
of this transformational
process can have lasting impact on their ability to
breastfeed and mother their
children with condence,
Ms. Nandi says.

Photo clicked by Tina Nandi (right) of a mother who gave birth naturally.
People, she says, have forgotten the value of normal deliveries. PHOTO: TINA NANDI

being at births, so it made

sense to go ahead and make
it more official. The deeper
I go into the course, the
more amazed I am by birth
so I am enjoying it thoroughly, she says.
Speaking of the rst birth
she captured through her
Training to be a doula
lens, Ms. Nandi said she was
Currently, she is also un- nervous despite having
dertaking training to be done thorough research on
adoula or a womanwho the subject.
gives physical, emotional
I simply went about
and informational support photographing the event as
to another woman during quietly and with as much
pregnancy and after.
respect and authenticity as
I love talking about and possible. Of course, I was

also surrounded by the

most incredible midwives
whose condence and respect of birth is hard not to
imbibe, she says.

Sense of comfort
Asked about her passion
for photography, Ms. Nandi
says, Being behind a camera has always been a comfortable place for me. I
enjoy capturing beauty in
the raw and real life moments of people and I think
this is a direct extension of
my personality as a highlysensitive introvert. I discov-

ered that my quietness is

my super-power and I am
learning to allow this trait
to direct my photography,
to capture what I see in my
quietness the moments
and issues that often remain
The thoughtful photographer thinks its important
to document the ordinary
and the celebratory but
with restraint. According to
her, in the hegemony created by mobile phones and
sele-sticks, the world has
forgotten to live the


ollywood star Elijah Wood, best known as Frodo

Baggins from The Lord of the Rings movies, is in India
for his music tour. And on his very first day here, he
enjoyed an auto-rickshaw ride, which he compared to a
Disney roller-coaster. The international star, who landed
here on Wednesday night, is on his debut India
visit, and will be on a three-city India tour
with Zach Cowie, with whom he
makes the Wooden Wisdom DJ
duo. An auto-rickshaw ride, which
he took on Thursday, was not the
only thing the actor penned on
his to-do list. Wood also wants to
relish the flavours of authentic
Bengali cuisine. Wood also has
plans to soak in the nightlife of
Mumbai by performing on
Thursday at the
Trilogy Nightclub
here IANS


ean Jones, who starred in classic Disney family comedies

such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, has died. He
was 84. Jones died on September 1 of complications
from Parkinsons disease in LA. Jones film grosses exceeded
$960 million, publicist Richard Hoffman noted.
The actor was inducted into the Disney Legends Hall of Fame
in 1995. A leading man with a light comic touch, Jones also
appeared in the Disney films The Million Dollar Duck,
Snowball Express and the sequel Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
as well as in the CBS series that it spawned and in
another family
Jones made his
Disney debut as
an FBI agent in
That Darn Cat!
(1965), about a
wily Siamese
who help bring
bank robbers to
justice. PTI

An all new purr-spective

Billed as the worlds first, Japanese officials this

week launched an online map that explores the
streets of the city of Onomichi from the point of view
of a four-legged visitor. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
TOKYO: Tourism bosses in a Ja-

panese prefecture have come

up with what they hope will
draw more feline-loving visitors: a Google-style street
view for cats.
Billed as the worlds rst,
officials this week launched
an online map that explores
the streets of port city Onomichi from the perspective of a
cat. We decided to focus on
cats because they know everything about the city, including
the back streets, a spokesCM

man for western Hiroshima

prefecture said.
He added that the city of
about 1,50,000 people is
known for its many felines.
The map is based on the perspective of Lala, a uffy kitty
with emerald-coloured eyes,
which lives with local hair salon owner. So far the map covers just two streets, but plans
to expand its reach are in the
works using a camera attached
to a stick that hovers 20 cm
above the ground. AFP

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