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www.thehindu.in Weekly Edition Regd. DL(ND)-11/6110/2006-07-08 RNI No. TNENG/2012/49939 ISSN 0971 - 751X Vol. 6 No. 31 CITY EDITION 26 Pages Rs. 8.00

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BJP president Amit

Shah forced to skip
meeting in U.P.

We should achieve
Kalams vision at least
by 2030, says Jaitley

Sri Lanka gets the

better of Australia
in first Test

Computer systems used

by Hillarys presidential
campaign were hacked

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Sushma springs to the

aid of workers in Jeddah

Student kills self after
govt school PTM
NEW DELHI: The mega parentteacher meeting organised
across Delhis government
schools on Saturday turned
tragic for a 12-year-old girl who
hanged herself at her home in
West Delhis Khyala.
Tthe girl was a student of
Class VII at the Government
Girls Senior Secondary School in
Vishnu Garden.

NEW DELHI: The government

Uttarakhand leader
accused of rape
NEW DELHI: A 32-year-old

woman has accused BJP leader

and former Uttarakhand
Minister Harak Singh Rawat of
raping her at his Green Park
residence here on Friday.
A case has been lodged at
the Safdarjung police station.

Siddaramaiahs son
Rakesh dead

Siddaramaiah, the eldest son of

Karnataka Chief Minister
Siddaramaiah, died of multiple
organ failure at the Antwerp
University Hospital, Belgium, on
Saturday. Rakesh, 39, was
hospitalised last Sunday after he
developed severe pain in the

2 Saudi Arabians killed

in Manipur jail violence
IMPHAL: Two Saudi Arabians

were among three undertrial

prisoners killed in the violence
in the Sajiwa Central Jail in
Imphal East district of Manipur
on Saturday.

I slapped Tiruchi Siva,

member Sasikala Pushpa on
Saturday said she slapped DMK
MP Tiruchi Siva at the Delhi
airport because he exceeded
all limits while criticising Amma
(Jayalalithaa) and her

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response to concerned netizens who wrote to her.

Domino effect of Saudi

economic decline
to affect more

WATER WATCH: Forest guards keep vigil at the flooded Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Vast tracts of the park, home to
the rare one-horned rhino, are under water. PHOTO: AP

85 dead, 68 lakh displaced

as rains pound north & east
Rajnath Singh
aerial survey
in Assam
NEW DELHI: With the monsoon

northern parts of India, overflowing reservoirs and swirling rivers in combination
with lightning strikes have
claimed 85 lives over the last
few days in Assam, Bihar and
Odisha, displacing close to
68 lakh people and rendering
tens of thousands homeless.
The National Disaster Response Force and State rescue and relief teams evacuated people from the danger
zones and moved them to
In Assam, which was the
worst-afected on Saturday,
more than two dozen lives
were lost in the floods, and
about 37 lakh people in 3,300

villages were displaced from

their homes. Close to 80 per
cent of the Kaziranga National Park, home to the onehorned rhinoceros, lay submerged.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, accompanied by
Minster for Development of
(DONER) Jitendra Singh and

Chief Minister Sarbananda

Sonwal, conducted an aerial
survey of the flood-hit areas
of the State. In all, 14 NDRF
flood rescue teams have
been deployed and 64 boats
pressed into service in
Mr. Singh held a review
meeting with the Chief Minister, senior oicials and res-

cue and relief teams, and

promised all help from the
breached a two-km stretch of
an embankment at Birnagar
near the Farakka Barrage.
ADM (Land Reforms) for
Malda, Kanchan Chowdhury, told a press conference
that repairs were under way
on a war footing.
In Bihar, flood waters affected over 26 lakh people in
2,034 villages. Among the
rivers flowing above the danger level are Baghmati at Benibad, Kamlabalan at Jhanjharpur and Kosi at Baltara,
the Disaster Management
Department said in a
(With inputs from
Satyasundar Barik
in Bhubaneswar,
Imran Gowhar in
Bengaluru and agencies)




has moved to help hundreds

of Indian workers laid of by
Saudi infrastructure company, Saudi Oger Ltd in Jeddah,
with External Afairs Minister Sushma Swaraj organising food and monitoring
their welfare on an hourly
In a series of tweets on Saturday, Ms. Swaraj said the
unemployed workers, who
had reportedly gone without
food for three days, would be
provided rations by the Indian consulate in Jeddah, and
Embassy in Riyadh.
Even as oicials warned
that the numbers of Indians
in distress could rise dramatically, Ms Swaraj later said
The number of Indian
workers facing food crisis in
Saudi Arabia is over ten
thousand. It is not 800 as is
being reported.
Ms. Swaraj has also de-

Maoists kill
pastor in
East Godavari

puted Ministers of State,

Gen. (Retd.) V.K. Singh and
M.J. Akbar, to talk to oicials
in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Kuwait to resolve the situation.
We have asked @IndianEmbRiyadh to provide
free ration to the unemployed Indian workers in Saudi
Arabia. I assure you that no
Indian worker rendered unemployed in Saudi Arabia
will go without food. I am
monitoring this on hourly
basis, Ms. Swaraj tweeted in

Major cutbacks
The 800 Indians at Saudi
Oger were laid of as part of
major cutbacks by the Lebanese-owned company that
used to be among West
Asias most successful construction companies.In the
past two years, the dramatic
fall in oil prices and declining Saudi economy have hurt
the companys fortunes, and
many employees say they
havent been paid wages
since last December.
In June, several protesting
workers on the plant set buses and property on fire, but
even the agitation has produced no results yet
MEA oicials concede
that Saudi Oger is only one of
several companies that India
is watching with concern
given the decline in KSAs
economy; providing food rations for Indians working
there can only be a temporary solution.
(With inputs from PTI)


2 militants killed as
troops foil infiltration

Two jawans also

lost their lives in
the gunfight that
took place in
Nowgan sector

CHINTURU: Maoists kidnapped

and killed a pastor branding

him as a police informer in
Chinturu mandal of East Godavari district in early hours
of Saturday.
The police said 25 Maoists
visited Lakshmipuram village of the Nellipaka mandal
near Chinturu on Friday
night and enquired about
Vooraka Maraiah, 45, a pastor. They woke up his family
and took Maraiah along with
After three hours, Maraiahs body, with hands tied
to the back, was found at the
junction of the village. It bore
stab and bullet wounds.


SRINAGAR: Two militants and

two soldiers were killed in
the Nowgan sector of north
Kashmir when troops foiled
an infiltration bid on Friday
night. Two militants were
killed in the gunfight; two
soldiers also lost their lives.
One soldier was injured, an
army spokesman said. Four
foreign militants were killed
and a Lahore-based militant
Bhadur Ali was arrested on
Wednesday in the same sector.

Curfew eased
Street protests continued
with seven people injured in
south and central Kashmir
though authorities lifted curfew in the Valley, except
parts of Srinagar city and

Day after monster jams,

Blood supply improves, but India
Gurgaon gets its act together still faces a shortfall of 10 per cent

towns of Anatnag and Pampore. Three persons, including a woman, sustained bullet wounds in Shopian
district. Four protesters sustained pellet injuries in Budgam after demonstrators attacked security forces.
In another incident, an active member of the Tehreeke-Hurriyat, Fayaz Ahmad
Rather, was killed near his
house in Baramulla district
by unidentified gunmen.


Farooqui, Peepli
Live co-director,

GURGAON: A day after heavy
rain caused monster traic
jams on the Delhi-Gurgaon
Expressway lasting almost
24 hours and prompting intervention from the State
and Centre, the Gurgaon Police have identified 14 crucial points, mostly on the Expressway, and deployed
personnel round-the-clock
to avert any gridlock.
The Police Control Room
staf has been directed to
take hourly updates on the
traic and flooding situation
and report to the Commissioner of Police in case of
any disruption.
Fourteen points, mainly
on NH-8 and NH-248A, have
been identified and personnel have been deployed
round-the-clock to avert
jams. At each point, an Inspector rank oicer has been
deployed along with police
personnel as per the requirement. Their duties are in two
shifts. The day shift from 8
a.m. to 8 p.m. and night shift
from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. , said
Gurgaon Police Commissioner Navdeep Virk.
The 14 points are: Hero
Honda Chowk, Rajiv Chowk,
Jharsa Chowk, Signature
Chowk, Shankar Chowk,
Course Extension Road intersection on Sohna Road,
Main Chowk in Sohna, Mah-


NEW DELHI: A court here on SatNEW DELHI: India faced a 10

THE AFTERMATH: Municipal workers clearing a drainage line in

Gurgaon on Saturday. PHOTO: AFP
arana Pratap Chowk, Atul
Kataria Chowk, IMT Manesar Chowk, HUDA City
Centre Station and its vicinity in all directions and Sector- 31 traic signal and its
vicinity in all directions. Besides, four DCP-level oicers have been appointed as
nodal oicers for the
With heavy rain forecast
over the next 15 days, Deputy Commissioner T. L. Satyaprakash has directed all
civil agencies to remove, on
an urgent basis, all encroachments that obstruct
the flow of water. Further,
home guards will be deployed across the city till the
end of September to manage
Earlier, Additional Chief
Secretary Kesani Anand Arora held a meeting with oi-

cials of all departments, including

Highways Authority of India, and directed them to
work in close coordination
to ensure that waterlogging
and traic jams are not
caused again. She directed
NHAI oicials to increase
the number of pumps to
drain out water from the Expressway.
She also inspected the
Hero Honda Chowk and
other waterlogged areas and
gave directions to make arrangements for draining out
the water.
Meanwhile, no major traffic jam was reported on Saturday though traic remained slow on Sohna Road
till around noon on account
of waterlogging.


per cent shortage in its estimated blood requirement

in 2015-16, an improvement
from the 17 per cent shortfall reported in 2013-14, government data says. The estimated requirement is
around 1.2 crore units per
In 2015-16, blood collection through various sources, including blood donation camps, was 1.1 crore
units a shortage of 11.5
lakh units, according to data released by the Ministry
of Health and Family Welfare. The availability of
blood is also sharply
skewed. While Delhi had a
surplus of 233 per cent in
available blood units, Bihar
faced an 85 per cent shortage the State had just 1.6
lakh units available against
a demand of 10.3 lakh units
per annum the Ministry
said in response to a question in Parliament.
Data show that 16 States
(including Union Territories) faced a shortage while
18 States had suicient or
excess of blood units.
However, the availability
of blood units had improved from 2013-14 when a
shortage of 17 per cent was
recorded. The shortage was
21 lakh units in 2013-14.

Sikkim, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttaranchal

and West Bengal moved
from a deficit in 2013-14 to a
surplus in 2015-16. For instance, Sikkim had a 19 per
cent shortage in 2013-14.
However, in 2015-16, blood
unit availability improved
by around 22 percentage
points, with a surplus of 2.6
per cent.
Among the large States,
Maharashtra (46 per cent),
Punjab (39 per cent) and
Kerala (35 per cent) had the
highest proportion of excess blood units.
At the other extreme, in
addition to Bihar, four other
States Chhattisgarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Meghalaya had

a shortage of greater than

50 per cent. Jammu and
Kashmir reduced its blood
deficit by 53 percentage
points the highest among
large States down from
85 per cent shortage in 201314 to 32 per cent in 2015-16.
Blood banks needed
In response to a Parliament question earlier this
year, the Health Ministry
noted there was no shortage of blood banks in India.
As of February 2015, there
were 2,708 1024 public
and 1684 private blood
banks in the country. However, 81 districts spread
across 17 States did not have
a blood bank.
A large number of these

districts are new and recently created.

Under the National
Health Mission, for 2015-16,
proposals were received
from Madhya Pradesh and
Assam, requesting support
for 11 new blood banks, for
which approval had been
Under the National
AIDS Control ProgrammeIV, the government is
strengthening the programme for blood transfusion services with eforts
directed towards the promotion of voluntary, nonremunerative blood donation in partnership with
NGOs and voluntary organizations, the Ministry

urday held Mahmood Farooqui, co-director of Bollywood

film Peepli Live, guilty of raping an American research
scholar at his residence in the
city in March 2015.
Farooqui, who had been out
on bail, was taken into custody after Additional Sessions
Judge Sanjiv Jain delivered
the verdict at the Saket district courts. Farooquis wife
and friends were with him
when the judgment was pronounced.
Arguments on the quantum
of sentence will take place on
August 2.
While framing the charges
in September last year, the
Judge had said there was prima facie suicient material on
record to try him for sexually
assaulting the research scholar from Columbia University.
The incident occurred at
Farooquis Sukhdev Vihar residence when the victim had
gone to meet him to seek his
help for her research on Baba
Gorakhnath. The police had
charge-sheeted him under
Sections 376 (rape) and 201
(destruction of evidence).
The latter section was dropped when the court framed
charges. The victim had alleged that the accused was
drunk when he sexually assaulted her.







Man run over after bike gets stuck in pothole

Parents of 16 lakh govt. school students attend mega PTM

A 45-year-old man was killed when he was run over by a

truck after he fell off his motorcycle that got trapped in
a pothole in a waterlogged area in Vasant Kunj Page 4

In a first for them, parents of as many as 16 lakh students

studying in over 2,500 government schools in the Capital
attended a mega PTM on Saturday Page 5


Two students have launched a venture that offers to deliver Tibetan delicacies as early as 5 a.m. in South Delhi

Delivering a slice of Tibet at your door

NEW DELHI: For most of us, the men-

tion of Tibetan food brings to

mind the image of steaming momos or thupka.
Two Tibetan students Tenzin
Rigdol (23) and Jampa Tendar (27)
are now trying to change this
idea by introducing Delhiites to
BreakfastWala, their start-up that
serves Tibetan food and starts delivery from 5 a.m. an initiative
that may sound new to many. What
they have on ofer is Tibetan
bread, sponge puri (a thick, lessoily version of the conventional
puri) chapatti, which is served
with masala chholey. To cater to

COOKING UP A STORM: At present, BreakfastWala caters to localities of New

Friends Colony, Sarai Jullena, Okhla and Lajpat Nagar. PHOTO: R.V. MOORTHY

The response so far

has been good and
we hope to build on
it further

the sweet tooth, they have pancakes served with honey.

Talking about his start-up, Tenzin said: After college, I wanted to
be an entrepreneur. This is why I
pitched the idea of starting my
own food joint to the Tibetan En-

(TED), a programme that helps Tibetan youth become entrepreneurs. They liked the idea and sent
me to O P Jindal University for the
pre-incubation period where I
learnt the technicalities of starting

a venture. I learnt the legalities of

registering a firm, marketing the
business and several other things.
Tenzins friend Jampa joined
him later. BreakfastWala was born
in November last year. The founders are currently getting the startup registered, which is expected to
be completed in a month.
At present, BreakfastWala caters only to localities of New
Friends Colony, Sarai Jullena, Okhla, Lajpat Nagar and nearby places. The founders, who cook and
deliver the food themselves from
their rented accommodation in
South Delhis Sarai Jullena, plan to
expand once they have capital.
Most of BreakfastWalas customers are Tibetans who know
about the start-up or those living
close to Sarai Jullena. However, according to Jampa, many others are
showing interest. We are getting a
lot of requests from people living
far away from Sarai Jullena to deliver the food. But, we cant do it
because we do not have people to
deliver food. Currently, Tenzin

and I take turns in cooking and delivering, said Jampa.

Jeremy Wade, Associate Director, Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at O P
Jindal University said: Tibetan
entrepreneurs can create significant economic and social impact
in their communities. Therefore,
supporting them helps create an
economically self-reliant Tibetan
community in India, and in turn,
helps preserve the unique and
compassion-based Tibetan cultural heritage.
The founders, meanwhile, plan
to tie up with rickshaw pullers to
get their food delivered. Also, they
are promoting their venture
through WhatsApp, Facebook and
WeChat. Soon, they also plan to
launch a mobile application.
What diferentiates us from other
food delivery options is that we
deliver breakfast as early as 5 a.m.
But we need funds to expand our
business. The response so far has
been good and we hope to build on
it, says Tenzin.

IN MEMORIAM: The Kalam Memorial was inaugurated by Chief

Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Dilli Haat, INA, on Saturday.

Kalam finds a
place at Dilli Haat
NEW DELHI: The much-talked
about memorial for former
President APJ Abdul Kalam
was finally inaugurated at Dilli
Haat, INA, on Saturday.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, along with Deputy
Chief Minister Manish Sisodia
and Arts and Culture Minister
Kapil Mishra, inaugurated the
Kalam Memorial that has on
display his personal belongings, including books and other treasured artefacts.

Memories of a lifetime
The memorial will include a
permanent exhibition on Dr.
Kalam, where his books will
be displayed and used for research and other purposes.
At the inauguration, Mr.
Kejriwal said: This memorial
will ensure that our citizens
have a place to observe Kalams life, times and memories. From Rameshwaram to
Rashtrapati Bhavan to peoples hearts, we dedicate this
memorial to Kalam and every
child of India.
Arts and Culture Minister

The memorial will

include a permanent
exhibition where
Kalam's books will
be displayed
Kapil Mishra said: Kalam Sir
is coming back to Delhi, and
this time it is forever. We are
proud to carry forward his legacy in Delhi. I thank Kalams
family, friends, relatives, admirers and the youth of this
country, who have ensured
that this memorial is a possibility.
Earlier, Mr. Mishra had met
Kalams family in Rameswaram to bring back his belongings that include his books,
veena and spectacles.
After Kalams death in July
last year, the Central government had sent his possessions
from his oicial residence at
10, Rajaji Marg, here to his
family home in Rameswaram,
Tamil Nadu.
The belongings were later
brought back to Delhi in
trucks and kept inside the Delhi Assembly.

Anita Gopalan gets PEN/Heim

NEW DELHI: Translator and artist
Anita Gopalan has been awarded the 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for her English
translation of Hindi novel
Simsim by Geet Chaturvedi.

Second Indian to be
Ms. Gopalan, who is based in
Bengaluru, is the second Indian
translator to be selected for the
grant. The United States re-

nowned literary organisation,

PEN America, which announced the grantees on
Thursday, will honour the artist at their 2017 PEN Literary
Awards Ceremony in New York
in February.
Ms. Gopalan, a graduate
from BITS Pilani in Computer
Science and Mathematics, has
worked in the banking technology sector for many years.
Her translations have appeared in several international

HEAVYWEIGHT: It took a Wildlife SOS team two hours to remove the

snake, which was released on Friday. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

13-foot-long python
brings NH-2 to a halt
NEW DELHI: A 13-foot-long python weighing about 24.5 kg
was rescued from National
Highway-2 (Agra Mathura
Road) this past week. It took a
Wildlife SOS team two hours
to remove the snake, which
was found to be in good
health. It was released into its
natural habitat on Friday
An enormous python was
spotted near Sherjang Baba ki
Dargah on the Agra-Mathura
freeway. The reptile had wandered onto NH-2, which is
one of the busiest roads in the
country, causing panic. Taking matters into their own
hands, people tried to get the
snake away. But because of
improper handling, the distressed python took shelter
inside a hole along the road
side. In the meantime, a concerned local alerted Wildlife
SOS on their 24 hour helpline
number (9917109666), said a
release issued by the group.
A three-member team led
by Baiju Raj of Wildlife SOS
arrived at the location and finally rescued it after a twohour operation.
Baiju Raj M.V, director
Wildlife SOS, said: The high-


The python fell into a

freshly dug hole on the
side of the road, which
was full of water due
to continuous rain
way is currently undergoing
expansion, which has restricted the movement of wildlife
in the area. This forces them
to wander onto the busy
roads. The python had fallen
into a freshly dug hole on the
side of the road, which was
full of water due to continuous rain. We had to be extremely careful in ensuring
that the snake was not
alarmed or provoked to avoid
any casualty.
Kartick Satyanarayan, cofounder, Wildlife SOS, said,
Although non-venomous, a
pythons bite can be injurious,
so one has to be careful. We
request people not to handle
any wild animal or reptile
themselves as it can prove to
be dangerous, especially in
case of larger reptiles. We
have trained rescuers who
know how to handle snakes.
Indian rock pythons are
threatened by habitat loss and
poaching. Also, they are
sought-after when it comes to
the illegal pet trade.






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Undertrial escapes after armed

men raid Haryana Roadways bus
NEW DELHI: A dramatic escape
plan executed to perfection
helped a notorious undertrial prisoner get away from
the Delhi Police personnel
who were escorting him to a
court in Haryanas Jind
It was around 6.15 a.m. on
Saturday that around eight to
10 men intercepted the Haryana Roadways bus in
which the accused and the
policemen were travelling.
The prisoner, Jitender
Ghoga, had been arrested
from Haryana last year in
connection with over half-adozen heinous cases registered in Delhi. He was to be
produced before a Haryana
court in connection with a
murder case registered
Four policemen from

Jitender Ghoga had

been arrested from
Haryana last year
in connection with
over half-a-dozen
heinous cases
registered in Delhi

Delhi Polices Third Battalion had been assigned to escort him from Tihar Jail. The
bus they were in was intercepted by two cars a Hyundai i10 and a Maruti Swift
near Surya Roshni Factory, a little ahead of Bahadurgarh, said Ashok Malik,
DCP (Third Battalion).
The men emerged from
the cars and boarded the bus.
One of them held the driver
at gunpoint while another
took away the keys.
Initial investigation has revealed that four other men

were inside the bus from the

start of the journey. They
used chilli powder to temporarily blind the policemen
while their associates terrorised other passengers by firing in the air.
Cops tried to restrain
The criminals also took
away the two MP5 guns the
policemen were carrying.
Though some of the policemen recovered and tried
to restrain the men as they
were getting of the bus, they
failed to hold Ghoga back.

However, a woman passenger displayed exemplary

courage by snatching one of
the two MP5 guns from the
criminals, said a senior Haryana police oicer.
In a last-ditch attempt, the
policemen opened fire at the
cars as the criminals drove
away. While the window of
one of the vehicles was damaged, it is not known if any
criminal was injured.
The passengers in the bus,
who were stranded because
the criminals took away the
keys, informed the police. A

case in this connection has

We are tracking some
suspects. One of the passengers also claimed to have
noted the registration number of one of the cars, but we
have to verify that, said R.S.
Randhawa, SP (Jhajjar).
While the local police are
probing the matter, a parallel
launched by the Delhi Polices Third Battalion. The
role of the four policemen is
also being verified.

Uttarakhand leader booked on rape charges

clare the Bill as passed. The
confusion on the status of the Bill was
later used as a premise by the Central
government to put the State under
Presidents Rule.
On March 26, Rawat and the other
Congress rebels released a sting operation video in New Delhi, which

NEW DELHI: A 32-year-old woman has accused BJP leader and former Uttarakhand Minister Harak Singh Rawat of
raping her at his Green Park residence
here on Friday.
A case has been lodged at the Safdarjung police station. Senior police
oicers said they would question Rawat soon, but a decision on his arrest
was yet to be taken.
Police sources said the complainant
was the same woman who in 2003 had
alleged that Rawat was the father of
her child, forcing him to resign back
then as the State Revenue Minister under the N. D. Tiwari-led government.
The CBI had later submitted a report
before the court saying the DNA of the
child and Rawat did not match.

Not the first case

However, these two allegations are
not the only ones against Rawat, who
had led a rebellion against the Congress party in the Uttarakhand State
Assembly in March this year.
In February 2014, a case of molestation and intimidation was registered
against him by a woman at the Safdarjung police station. The woman, however, retracted her allegations later.

showed the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat allegedly indulging

in horse-trading. After the hullabaloo, Mr. Rawat was expelled from the
Uttarakhand Cabinet. He then left the
Congress and joined the BJP. He is currently disqualified from the Uttarakhand Assembly.

Man killed for

remarks against
friends wife
NEW DELHI: A 24-year-old man was

battered to death with a gas cylinder after he allegedly passed lewd

remarks at his friends wife in North
Delhis Sarai Rohilla on Saturday.
The accused, 32-year-old Aryan,
fled after the crime but was nabbed
within hours. He has been booked
for murder and been sent to Tihar
Jail after being produced before a
city court.
Accused, victim were
Aryan and the victim, Gautam,
worked at a jewellery manufacturing unit in Karol Bagh. They had
been neighbours in Sarai Rohillas
Shastri Nagar for the last one year.
Madhur Verma, DCP (North Delhi), said the two had consumed alcohol together after work on Friday
night. They then decided to continue the session at Aryans residence,
where they reached around 1.30
a.m. on Saturday.
Aryan told the police that Gautam allegedly made some indecent
references to his wife. An argument
ensued between the duo, which
snowballed into a scule.
The accused asked his wife to
stay in her room as he rained blows
on Gautam. He then picked up an
empty gas cylinder and attacked the
victim, said Mr. Verma.
Aryans wife sought help from
the neighbours, who intervened
and calmed the duo down. However, neighbours said they later heard
the sound of a gas cylinder hitting
the floor. It was too late for them to
intervene by then.
The police were informed
around 3 a.m., by which time Aryan
had fled. The gas cylinder used in
the murder has been recovered.
The victims body has been sent
for post-mortem and a probe been
initiated into the murder. Aryans
wife too was questioned, but the police said there was no indication of
her involvement. Neighbours also
told the police that the couple
fought often.

Talk: Swami Durgesananda
Ji on Adi Sankara's Atma
Bodha at Ramana Kendra,
Lodhi Road, 5 p.m.
Exhibition: Where Dreams
Come From, a solo art show
by Arushi Nayar at Galerie
Romain Rolland, Alliance
Francaise De Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate, 11 a.m. 7 p.m.
Exhibition: What do I Put on
Canvas? by Sukanta Dasgupta at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam,
205 Tansen Marg, 11 a.m. - 7
Exhibition: Pictorial Exotica, solo show of paintings
by Deepti Gupta at Triveni
Art Gallery, Triveni Kala
Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg,
Mandi House, 11 a.m. - 7
Exhibition: Freedom of
Thought, group exhibition
of paintings by various artists at Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre
(IHC), 11 a.m. 7 p.m.
Exhibition: Masks of Mexico, an exhibition of masks
from the different regions

and communities of Mexico

at Main Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex, Main Building, India International
Centre (IIC), 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Exhibition: Shades of Cities, solo photography exhibition by Himadri Garg at
Convention Centre Foyer,
Habitat World, India Habitat
Centre (IHC), 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Photography: Restoration
Chandni Chowk, a show of
photographs by Vijay Goel
at Delhi O Delhi Foyer, India
Habitat Centre (IHC), 10
a.m. - 8 p.m.
General: International Culinary Workshop hosted by
Korean Cultural Centre. at
Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management
Technology (BCIHMCT) Kalkaji, near Govind Puri Metro
station, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Rawat may be questioned soon, a
decision on his arrest is yet to be
According to the complainant in the
latest case, Rawat called her to his
Green Park home on Friday where he
raped her. She claimed to have approached the police station as soon as
the accused left her.
Rawat was a member of Harish Rawats cabinet in Uttarakhand. However, on March 18, he and eight other rebel Congress MLAs protested against
the party in the State Assembly.
The nine rebels, along with BJP
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Delhi gets record-breaking amount of rain in 24 hours

Palam Observatory records 144 mm of rainfall in 24 hours; waterlogging seen at several stretches; police keep commuters updated on social media

BJP surveys waterlogged city

NEW DELHI: The Capital has received the highest amount of

rain in 24 hours breaking a
10-year-old record private
weather forecasting agency
Skymet said on Saturday.
Palam Observatory recorded 144 mm of rainfall in
the span of 24 hours from
8.30 a.m. on Friday.
Out of this, 80 mm of rainfall was recorded in a span of
mere three hours from
5.30 am to 8.30 am on Saturday. It is the most rainfall
Delhi has recorded in a span
of 24 hours in the last 10
years, said Skymet.

Ripple efects
The ripple efects of heavy
rain were seen across the
city as traic movement was
disrupted due to waterlogging. The ongoing Kanwariya movement worsened traffic situation in border areas
such as the Delhi-Ghaziabad
border on NH-24 and the Badarpur border that connects
Delhi to Faridabad.
Traic movement was
particularly bad on busy
roundabouts including ITO
and Dhaula Kuan. Afected
areas included Paschim Vihar, Alakhnanda and Azad
Pur, which was also waterlogged. Traic was also
crawling at Mahipalpur
Chowk and the Rangpuri Uturn near Radisson hotel.
The ongoing Kanwariya
movement created traic
snarls in Shahdara, Azadpur,
Kalindi Kunj and along the
Traic movement on
roads connecting Delhi and
Gurgaon, which witnessed
massive jams the past two
days due to severe waterlogging on NH-8, was much better on Saturday.
The Delhi Traic police
have been actively tweeting
about various jams and waterlogging situations to keep
commuters aware.
On Saturday, the maxi-

NEW DELHI: Several contingents of the Delhi BJP leaders surveyed the Capital's
waterlogged areas on Saturday and followed it up with
appeals to the government
departments concerned to
remedy the situation.
North East district incharge Jayendra Dabas surveyed the Kanjhawala area
while the partys national


DOUBLE WHAMMY: Waterlogging due to heavy rain slowed down traffic on Saturday; the Kanwariya movement (below) worsened
the situation in border areas of Delhi. PHOTOS: R. V. MOORTHY
mum temperature was recorded at 30 degrees Celsius,
four notches below normal.
The minimum temperature
was 25 degrees Celsius, a
notch below normal.
The weatherman has predicted more rain in the coming days.
On Sunday, the maximum
and minimum temperatures
are likely to hover around 30
degree Celsius and 26 degree Celsius, respectively.
Skymet has attributed the
heavy rain to the monsoon
trough, which is running in
As we proceed, the monsoon trough will oscillate towards north, while the circulation is now prevailing over
Haryana and Delhi. Both the
systems will continue to give
good monsoon rain over
Delhi, it added.

GURGAON: Several multi-national corporations and outsourcing companies in Gurgaon sufered losses in terms
of productivity and employee attendance this week as a
result of the heavy downpour and waterlogging.
For many multinational
firms, brand credibility has
been severely undermined.
It is not just a productivity drop. International clients
see Gurgaon as a safe place to
do work and business, said
Harsh Vinayak, senior vicepresident of NTT Data.
Things only get worse for us
when these problems surface, Mr. Vinayak added.

Flexible timings,
work-from-home option
The annual occurrence
has now prompted many
firms to adopt alternate
methods to deal with belowaverage employee attendance.
The higher management
has been very cooperative
and understanding of their
(employees) problems, said


Man run over by truck after

bike gets stuck in pothole

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro

Rs. 7.5 crore worth

of cigarettes seized
NEW DELHI: Foreign branded
cigarettes worth nearly Rs.
7.5 crore were seized by the
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Saturday
at the Inland Container Depot at Tughlaqabad.
The seizure was made by
the Delhi zonal unit of DRI at
the Tughlaqbad depot and
cigarette sticks of popular
foreign brands, numbering a
total 53.4 lakh in the early
hours of Saturday.
A total of 3,300 bags were
seized that included High
(HDPE) granules also.
The present case is the latest in a string of similar detections carried out by DRI
in diferent parts of the country, a statement from the directorate said. These smuggled cigarettes do not
conform to the statutory
health warning prescribed
for the sale of tobacco products in the domestic market,
the statement said.


Both Mr. Dabas and Mr.
Singh demanded that the
Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and the
Public Works Department
(PWD) get their act together
in relation to the waterlogged streets at the locations surveyed by them.
Local Councillor Ashish

Sood lodged a formal complaint regarding waterlogging at the Janakpuri East

Metro Station, while former
east Delhi Mayor Harsh Malhotra lodged his protest
about waterlogging at Mansarovar Park.
The issue of waterlogging
between Lajpat Nagar Metro
Station and Moolchand was
broached in a complaint to
DJB oicials by former south
Delhi Mayor Savita Gupta.

Gurgaon firms scramble

as rain hits productivity

DMRC to help Noida Metro

get its corridor on track
Rail Corporation (DMRC) is
going to assist the Noida
Metro Rail Corporation
(NMRC) in operations and
maintenance works of the
Noida corridor.
The two companies on Friday signed an Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU)
which also states that the
DMRC will continue its assistance till three years after
the commercial launch of the
line. The construction work
of the 29.7 km-long corridor
is already being executed by
the DMRC on behalf of the
The structural work on the
corridor, which will have 21
stations, is expected to be
completed by March 2017.
The assistance for Operations and Maintenance
(O&M) services would be
rendered during the precommercial operation period of the NMRC and three

secretary Sardar R.P. Singh

surveyed Pusa Road in Central Delhi.

NEW DELHI: A 45-year-old

TEAMWORK: Work on the 29.7 km-long corridor is already being

executed by the DMRC on behalf of the NMRC. FILE PHOTO
years post-commercial operation period too. The agreement may be extended after
successful completion of
three years of commercial
operations by NMRC with
mutual consent, the DMRC
said in a statement.
During the pre-commercial operation period of the
NMRC, the permanent or
contractual manpower requirements shall be advised
and recruited by DMRC in

consultation with NMRC.

This will be followed by
training for the staf and formulation and implementation of train operation plan,
station and revenue management etc. during the commercial operation period.
The operation of Operation
Control Centre and Depot
shall also be supervised by
DMRC for this period, said a
metro oicial.

man was killed when he

was fatally run over by a
truck after he fell of his
motorcycle that got
trapped in a pothole in a
waterlogged area in South
Delhi, police said.
The accident took place
in front of Vasant Square
Mall in Vasant Kunj
around 8.30 p.m. on
Saturday. Police have
seized the truck involved
in the accident even as its
driver managed to flee.
The victim has been
identified as Praveen
Bharti, a resident of Mohan
Nagar in West Delhis
Uttam Nagar. The accident
took place while Mr. Bharti
was heading towards
As he was passing by
Vasant Square Mall, his
motorcycle was trapped in
a pothole, causing him to

KILLER ROADS: Praveen Bharti, 45, was killed when a truck

ran him over after he fell off his bike due to a pothole filled
fall down. A truck passing
by subsequently ran over
him, killing him on the
spot, said Nupur Prasad,
Additional DCP (South).
Passers-by rushed the
victim to a nearby
Hospital, but he was
declared brought dead.
His identity was
discovered with the help of
some documents found in
his wallet. His family has
been informed of his death.

Property dealer stabbed to death

in busy Lajpat Nagar locality
doctors told us he was no
more, said Ashish.

NEW DELHI: A 39-year-old prop-

erty dealer was stabbed to

death by two men on a busy
street close to his home in
South-East Delhis Lajpat Nagar on Friday night.
The victims brother
rushed him to AIIMS trauma
centre in an auto-rickshaw,
but he died within minutes of
being admitted to the hospital. Stabbed several times in
his thigh, he is believed to
have bled to death.
The victim, Manish Chhabra, had his oice in South
Delhis Nehru Place.
Mr. Chhabra was returning
home after work when he
was attacked around 8.30 pm
on Friday. The assault took
place barely a few metres
from his home when the
street was still crowded with
people and vehicles.
Eyewitnesses said that Mr.
Chhabra had parked his car
across his house and walked

BRAZEN ATTACK: The assault took place barely a few metres

from his home when the street was still crowded with people
over to a nearby shop to buy
cigarettes when two men on
a motorcycle approached
him from behind.
As soon as Mr. Chhabra
turned around, one of the assailants stabbed him in his
thigh. The person kept attacking him with a sharp object until he could stand no
Having executed their job,
the assailants fled the spot.
One of them escaped on his

motorcycle while the other

ran on foot, said Arvind, the
victims uncle.
Mr. Chhabras younger
brother, Ashish, rang up a local doctor and an ambulance,
but finally chose to use an auto to rush Mr. Chhabra to the
My brother was bleeding
heavily on the way to the hospital, but he was still breathing when we got him admitted. A few minutes later, the

Fourth assault
He has alleged that this
was the fourth assault on Mr.
Chhabra, the previous one
was in March this year.
That time too he was attacked in his leg with a sharp
object. He had received several stitches in his leg, but
survived, Ashish said.
Ashish claimed that the
police had registered FIRs in
connection with two of the
three alleged previous assaults on his brother, but they
had failed to identify anyone.
The police remained unresponsive to this allegation.
He was not on cordial
terms with his wife and she
lives elsewhere with her children, added Ashish. Mr.
Chhabras family suspects
Manishs estranged relatives
to be behind the murder. The
police refused to confirm or
deny this.

Meanwhile, the driver of

the truck bearing a
Haryana number plate
jumped out of his vehicle
and fled even as some
people tried to nab him.
The vehicle has been
seized and eforts are on to
identify the vehicle owner
and arrest the driver.
A case of rash and
negligent driving has been
registered at Vasant Kunj
South police station.

Companies search for

solutions to deal
with below-average
employee attendance
during rainy season
Megha Jha, an employee at
software development and
consultant giant Nagarro.
Ms. Jha said that the companys flexible timings have
made things easier, allowing
staf to leave before 5 p.m. to
avoid getting stuck in traic.
A few firms have also allowed some employees,
whose work does not require
them to be in the oice, to
work from home.
Its been chaos everywhere, but since we have the
option to work from home, it
hasnt really afected us,
said Pooja Chaudhary, an
employee at American
Although the eicacy of
the Gurgaon Police to manage the crisis has been put into question, thousands took
to Twitter to express their
support for their eforts.
Meanwhile, the police

have blamed the negligence

and inactivity of the municipal administration for the
This is a self-created disaster that happens every
year. The Gurgaon administration has completely overlooked the problem, said
Sanjay Mehta, regional vicepresident of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce.
If they cant gather funds,
private companies would be
happy to provide, because
this problem afects them as
well, Mr Mehta said. In fact,
firms like Nagarro have decided to take matters into
their own hands to influence
change and prevent further
business losses.
Nagarro CEO and NASSCOM Regional Council
chairperson Manas Fuloria
said: We will run a campaign in our companies to
drive better and more sensibly. We are also considering a
social media campaign to
call out people who are driving on the wrong side of the
(The writer is an intern
with The Hindu)

Police bust major

online lottery scam
NEW DELHI: An online lottery
scam allegedly involving four
Nigerian nationals and their
Indian associate has been
The gang was allegedly involved in more than 500 cases
of duping people through
their fake online lottery game.
DCP (East) Rishi Pal said
that four Nigerians, including
two women, and their Indian
agent have been arrested in
connection with the scam.
They have also seized 996
SIM cards, all procured on
fake IDs from shops across India. This probably makes it
the largest seizure of SIM
cards in Delhi Polices history.
To pass of their online lottery scheme as genuine, the
racketeers were illegally using the name of Nokia, a
Finnish multinational communications and informational company.
Terms like Nokia award
were used to fleece potential
clients. The five were arrested following investigation in-

Cops seized 996 SIM

cards, which is likely
the largest seizure of
SIM cards in Delhi
Polices history
to a cheating case filed by an
East Delhi resident, who was
duped of Rs. 60 lakh by the
racketeers. The accused had
posed as oicials of an international online lottery firm.
The DCP said that the racketeers would send SMSes in
bulk to random mobile numbers.
A sample SMS read: your
mobile number has won 1.2
million pounds in the 2016
Nokia Award, for claim send
your name/address/mobile
A senior police oicer said
that three of the arrested Nigerians had come to India in
2009. They were illegally
staying in India as their VISAs
had expired long ago. The
fourth Nigerian, a woman, arrived in India two years ago.

Farooqui conviction draws

mixed response
NEW DELHI: The conviction of
filmmaker Mahmood Farooqui in the rape case of a US
scholar set the social media
abuzz on Saturday with
mixed responses.
The court held Mahmood
Farooqui, co-director of Bollywood film Peepli Live,
guilty of raping an American
research scholar at his residence here last year in
Mr. Farooqui, who was on
bail, was immediately taken
into custody after the pronouncement of the judgment by Additional Sessions
Judge Sanjiv Jain at the Saket
district courts.
Kavita Krishnan, Secretary of the All India Progressive Women's Association
said: Justice prevails. Mahmood Farooqui convicted
for the rape of a woman.

Women complainants in
sexual violence cases are
put through an incredibly
tough time, facing isolation
and victim blaming. The
more well-placed or famous
or well-connected the accused, the tougher it is for
the complainant, as we continue to see in the Tejpal, Pachauri and Asaram cases as
well. A conviction in spite of
such circumstances is especially welcome.
Salute the courage of the
complainant, the witnesses
who stood by the truth, the
eforts of her lawyer Vrinda
Grover, and the many women's groups and feminist activists who do the quiet
work of standing by complainants through the tough
times, Ms. Krishnan added.
This is a major lapse on
his part, he was a great performer who brought the art
of storytelling to a next lev-

el. But its a pity to see him

being involved and being
convicted in such charges.
said Ashok Vajpeyi, a prominent Hindi poet and former
chairman of the Lalit Kala
Akademi, India's National
Academy of Arts, which
comes under the Ministry of
Not black & white
Madhu Kishwar, a wellknown scholar and a professor at Centre for the Study of
Developing Societies, Delhi
had some contradictory
views: I honestly think it is
a question mark, I personally feel that this case is not
pure black and white and
something is wrong here.
The court will decide on
the quantum of sentence on
August 2 after hearing arguments from both sides.
(The writer is an intern
with The Hindu)





Govt. schools go the extra mile

High Court asks Centre to consider

plea seeking population control

In a first, parents of 16 lakh govt. school students in the Capital attend the mega PTM



NEW DELHI: The Delhi High

Court on Friday directed the
Centre to take a decision on
a representation seeking an
efective and uniform population control policy and
declaring the first Sunday of
every month as Health Day.
A Bench of Chief Justice
G. Rohini and Justice Sangita
Dhingra Sehgal directed the
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to consider a representation put forth by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay,
who is also a BJP
Mr. Upadhyay, who had
made a representation before the Ministry on June 20,
urged the government to declare the first Sunday of every month as Health Day in
order to educate and sensitise people about the ill-effects of population explo-

NEW DELHI: In a first for them,

the parents of as many as 16
lakh students studying in
over 2,500 government
schools in the Capital on
Saturday attended a mega
meeting) organised by the
From bad handwriting to
poor calculations, improper usage of grammar to lack
of concentration, learning
speed to excellent leadership skills, parents were updated about shortcomings
and positives of their

Deputy Chief Minister
Manish Sisodia visited several schools to see if all was
in order and how were parents responding to the initiative. This is another
step towards bringing the
quality of education being
imparted in government
schools on a par with that
of private schools. Parents
are excited that they are being involved in the schooling of their children, Mr.
Sisodia told reporters.
Positive response
Parents termed the initiative to be an apt start
for working towards improved education standards
While senior oicials of

TAKING STOCK: From bad handwriting to poor calculations, improper usage of grammar to lack of concentration, learning speed to
excellent leadership skills, parents were updated about shortcomings and positives of their wards. PHOTO : R. V. MOORTHY
the Education Department
including directors, deputy
directors, and assistant directors have been directed
to hold a meeting with parents of government school
students from 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
every Friday to address
their issues, the mega PTM
will be held twice a year.
We want to ensure that
routine PTMs continue on
a weekly basis, and a mega
PTM is conducted every
six months. Parents should
be given proper feedback
about their kids performance, Mr. Sisodia added.

Student kills self after poor feedback

NEW DELHI: The mega parent-

teacher meeting organised

across Delhis government
schools on Saturday turned
tragic for a 12-year-old girl who
hanged herself at her home in
West Delhis Khyala.
Daughter to casual
labourers, the girl was a
student of Class VII at the
Government Girls Senior

Health dept. issues guidelines

to curb assault on medical staf
NEW DELHI: The State health de-

partment has issued instructions to hospitals in the city

to curb assault on medical
staf at workplace.
All doctors must locate a
security guard on duty so
that he may be summoned
any time immediately if required, along with a sign
code indicating impending
threat and help, reads the
two-page direction that is also aimed at improving services for patients and bringing in mandatory process
reforms in all medical
Inspections must
The order further mandates periodic inspections at
hospitals, and mapping of security guards in hospitals. It
adds that security guards
must ensure unrestricted entry into wards, and that
shoes, etc. are placed in
Hospitals are to also ensure that expectant mothers
attending the general emergency are not made to go
from room to room. They

STAYING ALERT: All doctors must locate a security guard on

duty so that he may be summoned any time immediately if
required, reads the order. PHOTO: AFP
must be kept in the emergency area, and carried on
stretchers or wheelchairs if
need be.
A medical superintendent
has to see to it that oicers
guide patients during the
process of admission, consultation, etc., said senior
health oicial.
Issuing directions to nurses, the order states, All nurses must be available on duty
at the start of their shift tim-

ings. Preparations like changing uniform, marking attendance, etc. must be completed
before the shifts start.
The order has also asked
all team members to assemble in common areas of
wards, and familiarise with
each other. Names and mobile numbers of consultant
doctors on duty must be
prominently displayed in duty rooms/nursing stations
and corridors of all wards.

Secondary School in Vishnu

During the meet organised
on Saturday, one of her
teachers told her aunts, who
had accompanied her for the
meeting, that she was
disinterested in some of the
When her mother learnt
about it, she allegedly
reprimanded her and asked her
to improve in her subjects.

The mother then proceeded

to cook lunch while the girl
went to her room. The suicide
came to light a few minutes
later when her mother visited
her room and found her hanging
from the ceiling fan.
Deputy Chief Minister
Manish Sisodia took to Twitter
to announce that he had
ordered a magisterial enquiry
into the circumstances of the

sion. He also sought the

provision of essential vaccines and contraceptive pills
free of cost to the economically weaker section.
Educating children
The petition also suggested that a chapter on the illefects of population explosion be introduced in the
school curriculum for children between 6 and 14 years
of age.
stressed on the need for a
comprehensive, efective
and uniform population
control policy and expediting the implementation of
National Population Policy-2000 and National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution
According to the advocate, population explosion
has become the greatest

NEW DELHI: Objecting to the
AAP governments idea of
setting up mohalla clinics in
government schools, the All
India Parents Association
(AIPA) has written to Chief
Minister Arvind Kejriwal
and Health Minister Satyendra Jain saying the move is
against the law.
Mr. Kejriwal had recently


Focus areas
The Mayor exhorted the
gathering to concentrate

PUBLIC GOOD: The event was aimed at addressing grievances

related to civic issues. PHOTO: SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR
on cleanliness, and
informed it about the steps
being taken by the SDMC
in the field.
He also apprised the
citizens of the precautions
to be taken to tackle
One of the dog catchers

Sound planning
He also relied on the report of Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah, chairperson of the
National Commission to Review the Working of the
Constitution, which said
that proper planning and
monitoring of the socio-economic development of the
country is considerably
hampered and neutralised
by the exponential growth of
The Court disposed of the
petition with liberty to Mr.
Upadhyay to file a fresh petition if the government does
not take appropriate action.

Parents flay move to set up mohalla

clinics in government schools
announced that over 100 mohalla clinics would be set up
in government schools. The
clinics will provide medical
facilities to students and public alike.
AIPAs national convenor
advocate Ashok Agarwal,
however, has said in his letter
that allowing outsiders on
school campuses is not a
welcome move.
In 2002, the Delhi High

SDMC holds first-ever Janta Durbar

NEW DELHI: South Delhi
Municipal Corporation
(SDMC) Mayor Shyam
Sharma on Saturday held
the civic bodys first-ever
Janta Durbar at Hari Nagar
Residents of Najafgarh,
Chhawla, Lodhi Road,
Badarpur, Lajpat Nagar,
Hari Nagar Janak Puri and
Subhash Nagar attended
the event. The initiative
was aimed at addressing
public grievances related
to civic issues. Around
1,200 such complaints
handed over to Mr.
Sharma were forwarded to
the departments
concerned to ensure their
redressal within a week.

menace for India. He said

that as per Article 47 of the
Constitution, it is the duty of
the State to endeavour to secure control of population
by means of education and
implementation of small
family norms.

deployed by the SDMC

informed the Mayor that
he had to face the ire of
residents while
discharging duties. Mr.
Sharma then instructed
the Veterinary
Department to provide
protection to dog/monkey

Mr. Sharma said that
with services like issue of
birth/death certificates,
building plan sanction,
booking of community
centres, and issue of
General Trade Licence
available over the Internet,
the civic body would make
more services accessible
to citizens online.
He added that more
Janta Durbars would be
organised to make
municipal administration
more public-oriented.
Commissioners, all Zonal
Deputy Commissioners,
HODs, senior oicers of
the SDMC and Zonal
Headquarters, oicers
from the Delhi Police,
Traic Police, DJB,
DISCOMs, DTC, election
oice were also present at
the Janta Durbar.

Court had directed a MCD

school in Bawana to remove a
dispensary from its premises
for similar reasons. Subsequently, the dispensary was
closed down in January 2003.
In that case, the dispensary employees used to
throw medical waste, including used syringes, in the playground, which would be
picked up students, said Mr.

Patient dies after

jumping from
hospital window
NEW DELHI: An unidentified

man admitted in the psychiatric ward of Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital here allegedly
committed suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of
the hospital on Saturday.
Ajit Kumar Singla, Deputy
Commissioner of Police
(North-East), said, The patient was being shifted to the
general ward from the emergency department when he
suddenly ran up to the fourth
floor, and jumped out of a
The man was admitted to
the hospital only on Saturday,
and was not in a state to reveal
anything about his identity,
said Dr. Sunil Kumar, medical
director, Guru Tegh Bahadur
(The writer is an intern
with The Hindu)

First national
meet of Swaraj
Abhiyan today
NEW DELHI: Swaraj Abhiyan, a

group founded by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) defectors Yogendra Yadav and Prashant
Bhushan, will hold its first
convention for national delegates on Sunday. A decision
on the organisations entry into the political arena is likely
to be discussed.
Named Swaraj Sankalp,
the convention will witness a
congregation of all elected
delegates from across the
country that will review and
decide the Swaraj Abhiyans
path to politics.
On Saturday, the Abhiyan
will conclude its ongoing internal elections by electing a
new National Working Committee. The elections were
successfully conducted in 114
districts and seven States,
said a spokesperson.
The elections, which were
conducted in view of the Swaraj Abhiyans principle of internal democracy, were held
in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Haryana and Delhi.
Apart from introducing the
newly-elected team, the convention will showcase the
highlights of the work done
during the 16-month journey
of its two campaigns - Swaraj
Samwad and Swaraj Sankalp.







South Indian Hindu Tamil Girl 33/
170 BE, MBA working in California.
Divorcee, issueless. Seeks well
qualified South Indian Hindu Groom
below 37. Contact: anandhitara@

WANTED M/F, Experienced/fresher
sales executives,who can travel
all over India,by a renowned Delhi



for SC AD Sisters both employed Elder 28,Hastham,B.com,MBA&Younger

22/165 BE Mech, Corporate Chennai,

fair, homely seeks Telugu Yadava
well employed BE/ MBA/ MBBS/ MS below 28. Mail: gsm_mailid@
NAIDU 25/165CM Barani V.Fair Doctor MDS.Seeks Doctor MD/MDS/MS.
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BALIJA 25/165, BE,MNC,Fair,Well
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(OG) 26y seeks suitable groom
preferably Doctor from good family
ground. 9444056145/9444333649
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Spinster Girl 43/54, B.Com, ICWA,
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good cultured family, caste no bar
write with details to vinodgl@
HINDU TELUGU SC Madhiga Girl of 25
yrs B.Tech Working in Cognizant,
seeks suitable Groom from reputed
Software Company/ Govt Sector.
Send BHP to :Box No.KR42730, THE
HINDU, Chennai600002.

MUDALIAR 30 BBA LagnamRagu Fair

SENGUNTHAR 39/163 veg MSW(HR)Inno- good looking bride needs well setcent Divorcee Without Issue,Seeks tled groom. Subsects acceptable.
Suitable Alliance From Divorcee Or Contact Mob: 9962719490
Widower Without Issue Professionally Qualified &WellSettled Groom
Age up To 45Yrs(CNB):Email :logana


PUNJABI KHATRI Girl 37/157 Graduate emp abroad seeks a well educated & settled bridegroom from a
good & decent family background
PUNJABI FAMILY seeks alliance for
their extremely beautiful daughter
1992 Born/168 from reputed good
family. Contact: suman05arora@


Govt job 25K Divorcee No Issue
seeks suitable Groom FC BC MBC
HINDU SC AD 34/150 Thiruvonam M.Sc
DMLT seek educated employed CNB
PILLAI, 34/162 Maham Lean Looking
Fair BE, SWE, TCS Chennai 72000/
pm Seeks ME/ BE/ MCA/ BDS Professors/SWE employed Groom. Accepts
FC/BC Send BHP: sundar.sundar@



TML MUSLIM ME,25/164 seeks BE ME

Profly Emplyd Groom SML & GD Family. PH:9487957545, sir.habeeb@

TAMIL MUSLIM Rowthar 29 B.E innocent divorcee (with 4 year old

NRI REQD ECR OMR Madipakkam Velach- son) from a well settled family
ery Adyar Tvmr 1 to 5Gr. seeks well educated groom with
clean habits from a decent family
background within 35 years.
9360055500, 9944702806


TAMIL MUSLIM Rowther 37/161 Innocent Divorcee no issue,Fair,Beautiful only daughter of a high court
lawyer Invites Alliance bridegroom
W.VELACHERY 938 SFT 595 SFT UDS 2 below 42 yrs educated,employed in
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044 25251469,7299780379,whatsapp:


Pooradam, Dhanusu, No Dhosam. IAS
Seeks IAS, IPS Hindu Bridegroom.
Caste no bar, (2832). Ct:
09445282905, 09941137112

HINDU Paraiyar 31 M.Com D.T. Ed Puratathi seeks same caste graduate

employed groom. Father DRO
30 X 40 x 2 adjacent plots ban- TAMIL MUSLIM Parents seek profes- 9443744735
nargatta Rd,Bengaluru.5500Sft,negot sionally qualified groom for their
excuse fair, good looking daughter 34/163
EICHER 18 Seater A/c Bus 2010 with iable.
BE working in top MNC Chennai.
Pondy permit. Contact: 09840865061 Ct:9840333350
Send details, photo to: afsar1511@


TAMIL MUSLIM Bride, 29/165/ME Fair

and Good Looking bride seeks suitable
+917845921531/ 8220313593
Seeking Alliance for Tamil Muslim
Girl, 29, IPS, Karnataka Cadre.,
Muslim Guy from IAS/IPS/IRS/Armed
Chief Executives of Own Company.
Language and Sub Caste No Bar.
HINDU, DIVORCEE, 27, 4 years old 9884924747
boy, Self employed seeks BrideMUSLIM 35/165 Divorce Govt. Offigroom, Caste no bar 8428829802
cer with kid seeks suitable Widower/Divorce child accepted only
Chennai. CNB. burningraazskull@ SC/AD 24/168 Midunam IAS Officer
seeks suitable groom IAS/IPS/IFOS
Caste No Bar Ct:9940578045
HINDU TAMIL Maruthuvar bride 23 / SC PENTECOSTAL, 25/165 BE,
155/ MBBS fair, seeks MBBS/ MS/ MD Wheatish, 6 LPA, seeks any chris- WANTED LOVING, understanding degroom. Contact: 07708274361.
Vegetarian ditian groom. Ct: 09742061380/ cently Employed,
vorced groom for Thanjavur Saiva
Pillai Employed Divorcee,38,BE
Hindu Chettiar Govt Doctor doing
M.D. (Pediatrics) 28 Years Bharani SC 24/167 Fair BABL(ML) Judicial
162cm alliance invited from Doc- Magistrate 65,000PM Only Daughter VEERAKODI VELLALAR Kettai
tors Vegetarian Preferred. Ct: from Elite Family Own House in Vrichigam 26/160 MSc HCL seeks
Chennai seek Dr/GroupI/IAS/IPS
well qualified emp. same caste.
Ph: 9962562621
Date of birth 20th Dec 1983, Cha- BEd slim fair homely unmarried
dayam seeks Post Graduate Doctor seek alliance from well settled
Ct: Groom below 55. Ph:09291457202,


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FINANCE ARRANGED Properties,Foreign Projects 09003092121/044
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BENGALI KAYASTH 28/163 Masters in
BioInformatics from London,working in MNC, Hyd. Ph: 09440303186,
09441585546. mail:manasmitra56@

HINDU SC 29 ME Emp in Pvt.Seek Professionally Emp Groom Below 32.



CSI CHRISTIAN Nadar Parents seeks

groom with clean habits for daughter BE 162 84 Wheatish Manager NaBank Chennai 08508057682/
RC AI Parents seeks educated/em- tional
ployed grooms for daughter 27/155 herbert_ghm@yahoo.co.in
9940193904 CHRISTIAN GIRL aged 32/162 BE, MBA
(HR) Salary Rs.55K Ct: 9444485432,
arun_koc2003@ PILLAI 36/165 MBA Bangalore 10 L
PA. Seeks Pillai, Chettiar, Muyahoo.co.in
daliar Groom. Ct: akilaram1948@
WANTED PROFSNLY qlfd groom for Pen- gmail.com
tacost Christian girl 23/160/ MBA AGAMUDIAMUDALIAR REVATHI 30/162
PARENTS of CHENNAI brought up Ker- wheatish
Chennai. Fair MCom, CS Completed CAFinal
ala Christian orthodox girl 28, 9940459746
Working Auditing Office Seeks Well
170 MBA working for media seeks
suitable alliance 08547699927, RC CHRISTIAN Slim/Fair MA/B.ED 38/ Quafd Empld Groom from BC FC
156cm Pvt Seeks Good Job salary
Btwn 38 41 Ct: 9840371456/ VANNIAKULAKSHATRIYA 33/155 cm / Ut9894287963
tiradam Dhanush Central Govt MumKERALA BASED RC family seeking albai Can Get Transfer to Chennai 8
liance for daughter 29/169cm, EmCSI
Lac PA. Seeks educated employed
ployed, Chennai. Ct: 09447773730.
B.E., MBA/Seeks USA Settled (or) groom Caste No Bar Ct : 9940869904.
USA Working Groom. Contact: durairaj_ramaswamy@rediffmail.com
CHENNAI SETTLED Convent educated 8056405017
Hindu Pulaya Malayalee girl 30/160
Bharani B.Com MBA Asst. Manager CSI REDDIAR Divorced Bride (with- 157 Karthigai equal qualifn Boy em/
ployed. Ct: 9486507399
Wipro, seeks groom from educated
Wheatish / Rich / Seeks divorced
family. Caste No bar. 09884704432.
Groom / 2937 / Any PG / Caste no TAMIL VISWAKARMA 34/150/ ME (CSE)
bar / India / Abroad / Ct : / Thiruvonam Rich Fair seeks same
Palakkad Nair Girl, 31, Magam, 9840626138
caste SWER/ Well Employed.
M.Sc. TCS Chennai seeks suitable
groom. Ct Parents 9790989967/ Protestant Christian 26/157 PSU
Bank.Vanniar Preferred. 9600972055 HINDU VANNIAR 1978/160 kiruthigai
MCA Asst Manager Govt Bank seeks
CSI CHRISTIAN AD 29/165 cm B.Tech well placed groom Ct: 9489042676
EZHAVA GIRL 27/165/punartham, MS (CSE), Senior Specialist Quality
(USA) working Intel USA with H1B Analyst in IT Field Rs.25000/ pm PR ASTHAM Ph.D (Agri), Govt Asst
visa seeking alliance from Ezhava/ seeks
groom.Ct. Professor Seeks Suitable Govt
Thiyya boys working in USA with 09447578421.
Groom. Send BHP to : tmsphd@
same qualification. Contact: 85470
12419, 0484 2502419.
31/160, fair, M.Tech(USA), born & SC/AD, 31/159 IAST.N, Moolam, BE
CEG, MBA, IIMBang Sub Caste No
SEEKING SUITABLE alliance for brought up in Tamilnadu, now work- Bar well Settled Family, Groom
fair, beautiful BTech MBA (IIM A) ing as Lead Engr in Cargill at Kar- Wanted. 9677007628/ pankajam.p@
26/157 Hindu Viswakarma girl, upgmail.com
per middle class, working as Con- in Indian Metros/ Abroad. Ct
sultant in a top consulting firm, 9788431790
CHENNAI, AGE: 28, BBA, Working in
from MBA graduates. (Top IIM/ISB/
MNC as a VP. Looking for Handsome
equivalent). Caste no bar .Contact CHRISTIAN Smart GoodLooking Girl, and Educated Bridegroom, Cast No
anithaes28@gmail.com BE 31/162 Slim,SW Engr 12L MNC Bar. Contact: 9962692958, for immeBLore,Educated family seeks BE/
Professionally Qlfd Groom 3135 diate response saravanan.12525@
CHENNAI BROUGHTUP Palakkad Nair Email:matb4ping@gmail.com
HINDU ST 37/150/B.E, MBA Divorcee
Girl 32/169/B.Com/Ayilyam Employed
Fair No issue Chennai 30k/pm Seeks
Sr Position with MNC in Malaysia CSI CHRISTIAN Nadar Girl Fair, Well
invites Proposal from Similarly Good Looking, 03041986 born / 08451991140
Placed Youths Send BHP: grump.nam@ 152cm / M.Sc M.Phil , working as
Assistant Professor in a Reputed INTERCASTE PARENTS Mudaliar Hindu
Womens College, Mount Road, Chen- seeks Alliance for Girl 31/156 PhD
nai. Both Parents Doctors (Private)
HINDU EZHAVA Thrikketta 28/153, , Suitable Alliance, Employed / completed abroad. Groom Employed
M.Sc (BIOTECHNOLOGY) Working in Settled in Chennai / With Clean India/Abroad below 35. Intercaste
MNC, 34000 PM, Wheatish,Chennai Habits from Same Community. Con- Parentage also preferred. Ct:
(Own House). Native:Thrissur (Own tact: 9841182514
House). Seeks Malayalam Grooms.
SAMBAVA GIRL 31.8.1992 /152 cm
04442808358, AG PENTECOST MSc M.Tech CSE 26 159 Ayurveda
Jewells wear groom from tamilnadu 09495730590
only caste no bar AG/any Pentecost
only 9443986962
HINDU SC/AD 24/168 Dentist Pvt
PHD,AsstProf.,ChicagoUSA Grncard, A WELL To Do Nadar CSI, Educated Practice seeks Doctor groom from
Malayalam/Tamil Boys from USA Decent Family Seeks Alliance for good
their Daughter (M.L Intellectual
Property Rights) 34yrs, 90000/Pm. Hindu, Well settled Tamil girl 28
THIYA DIVORCEE 39/152 MBA pooram, From Same Community Well Placed yrs,MBA,PhD,Magaram(Avittam), prewith Clean Habits. Mail Id: fer Ragu Kettu profiles, in &
no issues,Chennai seeking educated Boy
around Cbe Ph:8124021249.
3945 csathyasamuel@gmail.com
Agamudaiyar 40 MSc Senior ITCon- SHOZIA VELLALAR / Hindu, 27/170,
sultant in MNC seeks groom from MBA, B.Com., Aayiliam (4) Patham,
35YRS B.E. Dheevara Malayalee Girl OBC Mob:9444865135 nsanthakumar@ Kadagam, Working In MNC. Seeks
good family in Chennai Same / Sub
seeks alliance. Mob: 9043144646
Caste. Contact : 098410 32653
Kannur, Nambiar Girl, 38, fair, 1992 Avittam ME working in reputed HINDUNADAR Seeks Suitable Groom:
165cm, Chithra, MDS Doctor, work- IT Company Chennai Seeks Suitable 28 / 165cm, B.E, 75,000 PM. Ct:
ing abroad seeks suitable boys. groom, 9442090281, guru8960@ 93807 91999 / ramannadar2004@
phone: 9495545852.


Mukkulathor, Age 37, BECEG, MBA

UK, Senior LevelTCS, Writer,
Caste No Bar9962473116



HINDU TELUGU 26 Manager PSU Bank

Chennai Seek suitable Employed Telugu / Tamil Groom in Chennai.
Caste no bar.Ct : komaleshwariver@
BALIJA NAIDU, 22/160, Beautiful,
B.Tech, CTS,SWE, Ch, 32500PM,Only
KAMMA NAIDU, Beautiful, 25/160,
B.E, SWE, MNC, Chennai, 26000PM,
Seeks Job / Business, 04443483326
TELUGU BRAHMIN 6N Kaundinyasa 38/
168 P.hD Issueless Divorcee seeks
well Educated & Placed South Indian Groom ( 39 43 yrs ). Cont:
9618336669 / Email: vivekrao44@

SMU SEEKS PG and above groom age
3035 for daughter 30/152 Ph.D,
Asst. Proof. Mob: 94428 14109
SMU, 24 / 54", BE(EEE), MBA, Good
Looking Girl. Contact: 9962470019/
SHEICK MUSLIM Divorce 45 from Chennai clean habit, decent family
background within 55 to 60yrs
SMU 33/150 Fair, Slim and good
looking B.Tech (EEE) employed in
MNC Pondicherry seeks well educated
Ct:9500412853 / 9443491205 /
SMU PARENTS seeks doctor groom MD/
MS for their daughter MD II year

REMARRIAGE NAIR Boy aged 46 working in MNC, Hosur, Tamilnadu, Wife
expired, one daughter doing College 2nd year, require suitable alliance. Age above 36 Yrs. Contact
9884970986 / 9445545633.


HINDU NADAR 39 ACS Company Sec.162 40K Handsome Only Son Wellsettled
,Fair, Divorcee, No Child seeks CNB 9176744733 jayaakanth2016@
professionally qualified employed gmail.com
Same Caste below 45 Groom. 97912
Coimbatore MNC manager, 39yrs,
PILLAI FAIR 26/163 Beautiful Den- 66kg/174cm, 1st marriage, no deNRI
tist Visakam Veg, Dr/Engg Wrkng/ mands poor families also welcome
Stld in USA, Chevvai 7thHouse 9677776525 hereiam_hi@yahoo.com CASTE NO Bar Naidu Divorcee Chithi09444069798
rai Kanni Fair BE 42/175cm SQA Engineer US Citizen seeks IT ProfesDIVORCEE
HINDU SC, AD BE, CSC 34 Project
sional. MCA BE B Tech Fair GoodManager, 75K married seperated on GAVARA NAIDU 34, uthiratam MBBS MD looking Medium built Hindu girl.
the same day seeks suitable Groom. govt employee divorce issueless, Cell
044 seeks educated family with same cdevaki37@gmail.com
caste. CT: 9788244606,8015843101.
MUDALIYAR 27/165 Moolam (4) B.Com
/ CA Chennai seeks Groom same
Caste 28/ 32 BE / CA / MBBS. Contact:
Hindu Nadar. 26, MCA, Punarpusam,
MNC, 25000 / Fair Girl Educated,
Groom Wanted. Contact: 7200228844.
VANNIAR 34 WIDOW fair No Child CA
35000 Govt seek any groom
9043035330/9787111515 kasus2016@
CSI Christian 29/5.3Ft M.Phil \Net
Qualified Working in Chennai Seeks
ADIDRAVIDAR, Beautiful & Homely,
24/168, B.Tech, MNC, Chennai, SWE,
MUDALIAR, Beautiful, 24/167, B.E,
Accenture, SWE, Ch, 20000PM, Seeks

IYER TAMIL Kasyapa Poosam, MCA 45/
165 cm 4.5 LPA, MNC Blore seeks
Brahmin brie, widows accepted. Ct: 32, Christian, Speech & Hearing Imwork
kasi_sharma@ paired


PUNJABI KHATRI boy 40/180 BCom,
hardware &networking emp abroad
seeks a well educated bride from a
good&decent family background

MS ORTHO(PG Final year) Doctor parents,only son 26/162 Catholic

Nadar owning nursing home seeks
fair goodlooking doctor/nonmedicos,caste no bar. email:nosamson@
SEEKING ALLIANCE for Punjabi Arora
boy, very fair, 172 cm, 6 Jan
GURJAR MBBS, 29/511 Medical Offi- 1986, 2:27 pm Chennai, MBA from
cer (Rajasthan Govt.) Prefer equiv- top U.S. university, BE from Geralent, 9667945485
many, German citizen, settled in
family business in Chennai. Short
marriage of less than 1 week, not
consummated, annulled, Wanted
qualiRC CHRISTIAN 45 yr Innocent Di- tall,
vorce Short Lived 20 days Working fied girl from wellsettled busiin Indian Bank as Asst Manager. ness/professional background. ComSal: 50,000 pm 1st Marriage An- munity no bar. 601matri@gmail.com
nulled in 2000 Fair Tall CNB/RNB
Contact: 8122574389 / newmanmark57@
BACHELOR SINDHI Hindu 37/162 Well
Settled in Chennai Seeks Suitable
Sindhi/Hindi Speaking 044 26424305

TAMIL IYER Brahacharanam Bharadwajam Vishakam 4 Fair 25/160 PGDM

(Biotec) Poone seek suitable groom
good family background India or
abroad 9665046449 sureshiyer651@ MUSLIM BOY 35yrs old height 164cm,
colour normal, edu SSLC, Job Swimming coach, settled in blore, No MUSLIM, 45, B. Com., M.B.A. C.P.A.
Parents Ct 9035402728
(I) D.A.P. Groom Seeks C.A./
C.P.A./ M.B.A./ Dr. Bride. Reply
CHENNAI NAIR Boy 28 Pooram Civil with
Eng UAE seeks Nair Menon girls. gmail.com
Contact 9443527880 kumarsbloc@
TAMIL MUSLIM 39/180 MA MPhil Busigmail.com
ness @ Chennai seek LifePartner
Quran/Sunnah family only
MENON MALAYALE 28/165 Purattathi from
BE Seeks any Degree Employed Nair 9003020390
Nambiar Bride Ct: 09894478844
TAMIL MUSLIM family from Chennai
working in Saudi 27/178/M.E. Fair
NAMBIAR BOY, age 29,B.Tech, vada- seek a good looking Fair Bride
gara, Chennai settled,Private sec- B.E/PG below 24yrs above 160cm.
tor,seeks nair girls aged 2225, 9710061220
kasarkode to Malappuram, prefer
settled,contact Tamil Muslim Groom, 31, 165cm,
BPT, Chennai working in Canada
9380560982, lgeetha21@gmail.com
seeks religious, goodlooking, gradWANTED GOODLOOKING, Educated, uated Tamil Muslim Bride. Ct.
homely girl, aged above 32 years 9840707083
from respectable affluent Nair family for a handsome Menon groom, CHRISTIAN NADAR 30/167 BE IT Assohailing from aristocratic family, ciae Director International Marketsingle child, son of senior lawyer ing Own House in sivakasi Ct
, age 43 yrs, 173, lawyer, based 9444254444
in Mumbai. Mob: 09820716116
RC CHRISTIAN, 44/170cm, MTech.,
MBA., working in MNC, 30 lacs PA,
Divorced and Annullment done from
the Church, no children, Seeks
emailid: glicsrap@rediffmail.com
R.C. VELLALAR 36/164 Wheatish Well
Settled MBA, IT Field Seeks God
Fearing Bride R.C Only Ct:
RC CHRISTIAN 29/B.Tech./ Rs.60000
p.m. seeks educated bride. Caste
no Bar. Ct. 90435 84445
M.TECH (CIVIL) Asst. Prof, Chennai
4.8 lacs p/a age 25/157cms fair
good looking both parents Tamil
Vishwakarma goldsmith seeks suitable alliance from same below 30
yrs, M.Tech, M.S, IAS/ IPS/ IRS
etc. Pl. mail: hydbsn@gmail.com

CSI NADAR, 54, 56" MBA Divorcee,

no encumbrance US Citizen, University Dean, wants life partner,
Spinster/Divorcee/Widow, without encumbrance willing

IYER VADAMA 35/152, B.Com PGDBA Issueless Divorcee Seeks Well Educated/ Settled Groom 3640yrs Unmarried/


26 / BE / 180cm / Fair / Rich /
Seeks bride / 20 25 / CSI, Pentecostal / Any PG / Caste Naidu, Any
BC / India / Abroad / Ct :

Tamil Iyer US emplyd. girl,fair,

28/154 Swathi/koundinya seeks US


Poorattadhi Software Professional
NRI seeks educated bride Caste no

Naidu Girl 25, 173cm, LLB working
in Banking Firm Chennai looking
for well educated employed groom.

FIsai Vellar, MRC, caste no bar

Hindu alliance, 30/5.6, Swathi,
Masters in International Business,
MNC procurement manager, 5.4L/A,





Death penalty for Shramjeevi Express blast accused

JAUNPUR: A HuJI operative
was on Saturday awarded
death penalty in the 2005
Shramjeevi Express train
blast case by a local court
Alamgeer alias Rony, a

Opposition parties to
court arrest in
Hazaribagh on land
acquisition issue

Bangladeshi national, was

awarded death sentence
and a fine of Rs, 7 lakh by
Additional District and
Sessions Judge Buddhiram
Yadav who had held the accused guilty on Friday. The

verdict for another accused

in the case, Ubed-ur-Rehman alias Babu, would be
pronounced on August 2.
Twelve persons were
killed and many others injured when an explosion

ripped apart a coach of

New Delhi-bound Shramjeevi Express from Patna
near Jaunpur station in Uttar Pradesh on July 28,
The explosion was later

found to have been caused

by RDX stored in the toilet
of the coach.
Ran away
According to eyewitnesses, two men had board-

ed the train at Jaunpur with

a white suitcase but shortly
afterwards jumped out of
the moving train without it
and ran away. A few minutes later, the explosion
shook the carriage. - PTI



RANCHI: The Jharkhand Opposi-

tion parties on Sunday decided

to court arrest on August 4 in
Hazaribagh districts Barkagaon in protest against cases
lodged against several people,
including political leaders, on
July 24 in connection with continued agitation against land
acquisition there.
Cases were lodged against
400 to 500 people and we have
decided to go to Barkagaon on
August 4 and ask the police to
arrest us, said former Chief
Minister and Jharkhand Vikas
Morcha (Prajatantrik) president Babulal Marandi.
Mr. Marandi addressed a
joint press conference with senior Congress leader Subodh
Kant Sahay, former Jharkhand
Assembly Speaker Alamgir
Alam, RJDs state unit president
Goutam Sagar Rana, CPI state
secretary K.D. Singh and Janata
Dal(U) leader Pawan Pandey.
The leaders said the State
government must adhere to the
Right to Fair Compensation,
Land Acquisition and Resettlement Act 2013.
Under the act, 70 per cent
consent of the people was required if government takes land
and 80 per cent peoples consent for any private company,
Mr. Marandi said, adding one of
the provisions was four times of
the cost of the land in villages
and two times in the cities.
Land agitation has been there
in Barkagoan in Hazaribagh district from 2004, which led to
the enactment of the law, Mr.
Marandi said.
Describing the August 4 decision as a satyagraha former
union minister Subodh Kant
Sahay said it was a big issue
and the government should understand it, adding on one
hand, naxal violence was there
while on the other political
leaders were raising issues like
alleged violation of Chhota
Nagpur Tenancy Act, Santhal
Pargana Tenancy Act, land acquisition, compensation, rehabilitation and employment.
Mr. Alamgir said land agitation by the displaced has been
there not only in Barkagaon but
also in the Santhal Pargana region. - PTI






High drama as Kozhikode

journalists allege police assault
KOZHIKODE: The city remained
tense for a few hours when a
police team led by sub-inspector P.M. Vimod detained
a visual media journalist and
his cameraman who entered
the District Court Complex
on Saturday for reporting the
court proceedings.
Binuraj, a journalist with
Asianet News, and Abhilash,
his cameraman, were taken
into custody around 10 a.m.
when they challenged the
police oicers order to leave
the court premises, along
with other journalists. The
oicer claimed that he acted
on the basis of an order issued by the district judge,
imposing restrictions on the
movement of journalists in
the court complex for security reasons. However, court
oicials clarified that there
was no such order.
Tension prevailed as journalists in large numbers
thronged the Town police
station where the detained
scribes were locked up, and
shouted slogans against the

police. They staged protests

in front of the City Police
Commissioners oice, seeking
against the sub-inspector.
The journalists who were
taken into custody alleged
that the sub-inspector and
his team abused them and resorted to physical assault
when they asked the police
oicer to show documentary
evidence of the judges order.
The oicer seemed to be
misinterpreting the judges
order to step up security on
the court premises, the journalists alleged.
The police team also took
into custody an outdoor
broadcasting van of the Asianet News and moved it to the
Town police station. As a
scule ensued, senior police
oicers rushed to the spot
and held discussions with
the detained journalists and
representatives of the Kerala
Union of Working Journalists. Tension mellowed when
Kasaba Circle Inspector P.
Pramod tendered an apology
to the scribes and promised
prompt action.



Karnataka bandh hits normal life

Called to protest the verdict on Mahadayi, it was almost total in many parts


sub inspector of the

Kozhikode Town police
station, was suspended
from service on
Saturday on charges of
assaulting media
persons on the
premises of the
Kozhikode District
Court and the
Kozhikode Town police
The suspension
order was issued by the
City Police
Commissioner Uma
Behra following a
direction from the State
Police Chief Loknath
Behera, who sought a
investigation report.
A department-level
inquiry has been

I slapped Tiruchi Siva, says

AIADMK MP Sasikala

HUBBALLI/BENGALURU: The Karnataka bandh called by various organisations over the

sharing of Mahadayi river
water evoked a good response across the State, especially in Bengaluru, Mysuru and districts of North
By and large, the bandh
was peaceful except for a few
skirmishes between protesters and the police at a few
places. The districts of Dharwad, Gadag, Belagavi and Bagalkot district, which come
under the Malaprabha basin
to which water is being
sought through diversion
from the Mahadayi basin, responded overwhelmingly to
the bandh call.
Bengaluru virtually came
to a standstill in support of
the bandh and similar was
the response in Mysuru.
The bandh was a success
in Hassan, Chamarajanagar,
partial in Shivamogga, and a
failure in Mandya. The coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi also saw no

HUBBALLI: While the Karnataka

SENSITIVE ISSUE: Protesters turned violent in some parts of Karnataka during the bandh on
Saturday. A scene from Bengaluru. PHOTO: G.P. SAMPATH KUMAR
response. There was a mixed
response at Chitradurga, Vijayapura, Ballari, Yadgir and
there was little response in
the districts of Bidar, Raichur and Kalaburagi.
In several districts of
North Karnataka, commercial

mained shut till evening in

support of the bandh. Autorickshaws, cabs and buses of
the North West Road Transport Corporation remained
of the roads. There was not
much traic on the roads except for two-wheelers and a
few four-wheelers.

Sasikala Pushpa

Tiruchi Siva

lalithaa. He became very

vocal at one point and I
slapped him, she said, and
alleged that her house was
attacked after the incident.

I returned home and saw

that the windows had been
broken in stone throwing,
she said. Mr. Siva could not
be reached for comments.


BROUGHT DOWN: Corporation workers removing the statue of former Andhra Pradesh
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in Vijayawada on Friday. The authorities said it
was removed as part of ongoing road widening work for Krishna pushkarams.

Activists of Ram Sene raid school teaching Arabic

MANGALURU: A group of
about 40 people, said to be
Sri Rama Sene activists,
raided a governmentaided higher primary
school run by a religious
minority institution on the
outskirts of Mangaluru on
Saturday morning,
questioning why Arabic
was being taught there.
The group, along with a
few media persons, barged
into the classrooms on
Saturday morning and
snatched notebooks from
the students. The
members, claiming to be
activists of Sri Rama Sene,
objected to Arabic being
taught in the classroom,
said Melwyn Braggs,
headmaster of St. Thomas
Aided Higher Primary
School, Bondantila, near
Neermarga here.

The activists were said

to have been acting on
complaints from parents
that their children were
being forcibly taught
Urdu and Arabic on
Saturdays between 9 a.m.
and 10 a.m. One of the Sene
leaders, Anand Shetty, said
the school cannot forcibly
teach languages that are
not part of the curriculum.
However, Mr. Braggs
told The Hindu that they
had been teaching
German, French and
Arabic to students for the
last four years. This year,
parents had, during the
parent-teacher meeting,
said they did not want
French and German but
wanted Arabic and karate
classes to continue, he
said. While karate was
taught on Friday, Arabic
classes were held on
Saturday, and the school

Activists of Sri Rama Sene holding discussion with the

headmaster of St. Thomas Aided Higher Primary School,
Bondantila, in Mangaluru on Saturday.
management had made
arrangements for teachers
to teach these subjects.
Attendance to these
classes was purely
voluntary, Mr. Braggs

While National Highway

218 remained out of bounds
for motorists between Hubballi and Naragund, protesters at the Toll Plaza on the
Hubballi-Dharwad Bypass
Road blocked NH 4 till evening resulting in the lining
up of vehicles.

bandh passed of peacefully

elsewhere on Saturday, Friday evening was marred by
violence in the Navalgund taluk, with the police allegedly
using brute force on many,
including women and the elderly, in Yamanur and Alagawadi villages, and leaving
several of them injured.
With the arrest of 187 people in Dharwad district and
33 in Yamanur alone, the
menfolk of the villages
around Navalgund are petrified. Many have left the village, leaving the women and
the elderly behind.
On the pretext of arresting
miscreants, the police on Friday allegedly barged into
several houses.
They rained lathis indiscriminately on women and
the elderly, alleged the people of the two villages.

Siddaramaiahs son dead

Demolition drive

CHENNAI: AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP Sasikala Pushpa on
slapped DMK Rajya Sabha
MP Tiruchi Siva at the Delhi
airport because he exceeded all limits while criticising
Amma (Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister Jayalalithaa) and
her government.
How do you expect me to
remain a mute spectator,
she asked, when asked over
phone whether she had
slapped him.
Ms. Pushpa claimed she
and Mr. Siva were waiting for
the security clearance when
he was levelling allegations
against Chief Minister Jaya-

We were beaten
up, say Navalgund

said, adding that only

about 40 of the 59 students
of classes 6 and 7 were
attending the Arabic class.
He said the activists
could have talked to him

instead of barging into the

classroom. Some of the
activists were old students
of the school, Mr. Braggs
Mr. Anand Shetty later
said it was not a raid, but
an act to catch the school
administration redhanded. Defending the
action, he said: Had we
informed the higher
oicials, the school would
have dismissed the
complaint, he said.
The headmaster has
filed a complaint with
Mangaluru Rural Police.
Assistant Commissioner of
Police (South) N.S. Shruthi
visited the school and
gathered information from
the management. City
Police Commissioner M.
Chandra Sekhar said they
have registered cases of
trespass and rioting
against the activists.

BENGALURU: Rakesh Siddaramaiah, eldest son of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, died of multi-organ
failure on Saturday at the
Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium.
Rakesh, who celebrated
his 39th birthday earlier this
month, was hospitalised last
Sunday after he developed
severe pain in the abdomen
that was a result of liver and
pancreatic complications.
He was on dialysis.
He is survived by wife
Smitha, son Dhyan (8) and
daughter Thanmayee (5).
Sources said Rakesh initially visited his son, who
stays with his maternal aunt
in Germany. He then went on
a holiday with his friends, at
Tomorrowland, the worlds
biggest electronic music fes-

Rakesh Siddaramaiah
tival at the Belgium town of
Boom, where he fell ill.
Sources said Rakesh had
pancreatitis after sufering
an injury to his pancreas in a
near-fatal accident several
years ago. The problem was
recurrent with symptoms of
severe epigastric pain. The
attack in Belgium was severe,
said the sources.
The Chief Ministers family may leave Belgium with
the body on Sunday.

Falling numbers prompt curbs

on clam harvest at Vembanad
ALAPPUZHA: Restrictions have
been imposed on harvesting
clams of less than 12 mm
from Vembanad Lake to prevent overexploitation of the
species. Action would be taken against those who violated the rules, a statement by
the Fisheries Deputy Director said.
Oicials said harvesting of
clams of less than 12 mm has
come to the notice of the
Fisheries Department. Fishing operations in the lake
were subject to rules and
regulations on inland fisheries and aquaculture, the oicials said.

Reduction in species
Vembanad Lake has been
facing erosion in fish wealth
due to various reasons, with

fishermen complaining of
reduced catch. Experts have
blamed overexploitation of
fish resources, wrong practices as well as pollution in
the lake. High acidity in the
lake due to inflow of water
with pesticide content from
farms is said to be one of the
major reasons afecting
growth of various marine
An annual fish count conducted by the Ashoka Trust
for Research in Ecology and
the Environment (ATREE)
has indicated gradual reduction in the number of fish
species in the lake.
It found that the number of
fish species was lower compared to the count in 2015.
While 45 species were found
last year, it was down to 43
this year. More importantly,
there were diferences in the

species found this year,

which meant that the reduction in species could be more
than the numbers indicated
in the count.
Clams cleanse water
The clams in Vembanad
Lake have contributed to
cleansing the marine ecosystem and baby clams have a
role in balancing the chemical composition of water,
Ashish Mathew George, a researcher at ATREE, told The
Opening of the Thanneermukkom bund at appropriate periods will be necessary
to help the growth of various
species, including clams.
The opening and closure of
the bund to facilitate farming
have had an impact on the
growth of fish and clams, he

Within hours of engineers death, Kerala bags 12 national TDP Parliamentary Party will
tourism awards
4 of family kill themselves
discuss special status on July 31
HYDERABAD: A journey from
Warangal to Hyderabad
turned into a tragedy for an
engineers family as he suddenly died of illness en route,
while four of his family died
in what is believed to be a suicide pact near Ghatkesar

Exact cause unknown

A Divisional Engineer of
Housing Board, Satyanarayana aged about 55 years, started for city in a car with his
wife Meera, 45, daughters
Swathi, 31, Neelima, 29
and son Shivaramakrishna,
22, from Jangaon, Warangal,
on Friday night. He worked
in Adilabad district but lived
with family in Jangaon. They
stopped by Bhongir to have
dinner around 9.40 p.m.
What exactly happened
there is yet to be ascertained
but the engineers daughters
and son were seen walking
into the hotel apparently for
dinner. Sometime later, they

Satyanarayana died
on way to hospital,
after which his wife,
daughters and son
jumped before a train
came out carrying a food parcel, Ghatkesar Inspector B.
Prakash told The Hindu on
Saturday. Police suspect that
Satyanarayana, who was reportedly sufering from
health issues for quite some
time, suddenly developed
Sudden demise
They rushed him to the
near-by government hospital where doctors declared
him brought dead around
10.30 p.m. The sudden demise of the family head obviously shocked the other
members. They drove to a
secluded place near HPCL
godown in Aushapur of
Ghatkesar, the Inspector
Visuals of surveillance
cameras at Bibinagar toll

gate showed that they crossed the place around 11.51 p.m.
Were told both his daughters and son knew car driving, the police said.
After reaching Aushapur,
they left Satyanarayanas
body on the seat next to the
drivers at an isolated place.
Children were techies
They walked up to the railway track and jumped before
a running train, the police
Both his daughters had
completed M.Tech. His son
was an engineering graduate.
Due to departmental issues,
Satyanarayana was under
suspension for nearly five
Two years ago, he was
His two daughters were
unmarried. We were told
they were living aloof from
close relatives and rarely socialised, the Inspector said.
The bodies were handed
over to their relatives after
performing autopsy at Gandhi hospital.

Tourism walked away with
three of the six national tourism awards for 2014-15 in the
marketing category for
States and another two, including one for Responsible
Tourism (RT) initiative in
the hill district of Wayanad.
Hoteliers, tour operators,
and an Ayurveda centre increased the tally to 12 by winning seven more, including
the best hotel in five-star category and the best heritage
The awards were presented by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in the presence of Union Tourism
Minister Mahesh Sharma at a
function at Vigyan Bhavan in
New Delhi on Saturday.
The Sargaalaya Arts and
Crafts Village at Iringal in
Kozhikode bagged the award
in the rural tourism project
Kerala and the Spice
Routes, a cofee-table book
designed by Stark, was the
winner in the category of exTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM:

cellence in publishing in English language.

The Great Backwaters, a
brochure in German language, was adjudged for the
award in foreign language
The third award in the
tourism promotion and publishing category came for
the innovative use of information technology for a
website designed by Invis
Multimedia and social media
Private players bagged
seven awards. This included
Turtle on the Beach, Kovalam (best hotel in the fivestar category); Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom (best heritage hotel in classic
category); Coconut Creek
Farm and Homestay, Kumarakom (best incredible India
bed & breakfast establishment approved by State governments / Union Territory
administrations) and Somatheeram Research Institute & Ayurveda Hospital,
Thiruvananthapuram, the
best wellness centre.

VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said the Central
governments response to
the Special Category Status
(SCS) would be discussed at
the Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party meeting to be
held on July 31, and airmed
his commitment to getting
all the promises made to
Andhra Pradesh at the time
of bifurcation fulfilled.
During his interaction
with college students as part
of the Transform Vijayawada Campaign here on Saturday, Mr. Naidu said he was at
a loss to understand the reasons for the Central governments response to the issue.
It is the NDA governments responsibility to correct the situation that
cropped up due to bifurcation that was done in an arbitrary manner by the Congress party, he observed.
The BJP remained noncommittal in spite of being
grilled by the Congress and

Naidu affirms his

commitment to
getting promises
made at the time of
bifurcation fulfilled
aid extended by it was more
beneficial than the SCS,
without substantiating its
claims thereof.

N. Chandrababu Naidu
other Opposition parties. On
their part, the Congress MPs
walked out of the Upper
House instead of cornering
the BJP for its inaction.
Mr. Naidu said he raised
the SCS issue at the recent
Inter-State Council meeting
and insisted justice should
be done to A.P. The States
demand was supported by all
parties except the BJP, which
maintained that the financial

Novel method
Taking objection to the
calls by the Congress and the
YSR Congress for a bandh
against the governments alleged failure in the issue, Mr.
Naidu said it would be good
on their part to sweep roads
as a novel method of expressing their resentment rather
than disrupting public life
and causing destruction of
properties through such
calls. A.P. has not asked for
bifurcation. It is the bounden
duty of the Central government to support the State
through all means to enable
it to overcome the crisis, Mr.
Naidu added.






Weathermen forecast respite for Assam in coming days

August to witness above normal
rainfall, warn agencies
NEW DELHI: The India Meteorological Department said
rainfall in Assam may come
down in the week ahead after Saturdays peak. Private
weather agency, Skymet, also said Light to moderate
Monsoon rains with isolated
heavy showers will continue
to lash Assam till August 1.
Rain intensity will decrease
thereafter till August 5.
August, by all accounts, is
slated to see heavy rains
with both the IMD and the
Skymet suggesting that India will get four to nine per
cent more rain than usual for
the month. However the
north-east as a whole is expected to get only 94 per
cent of its usual monsoon
quota, according to the
IMDs updated monsoon
forecast in June.
Reduced rains however
dont necessarily imply a reduced flood risk as the latter
is dependent on topography
and disaster management efforts on the ground.
In Bihar, two more districts of East Champaran
and Muzafarpur were declared as flood-hit on Saturday. About 1.86 lakh hectares
of agricultural land have
been afected by the floods
in Mahananda, Bakhra, Kan-

Morigoan, Assam

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

kai, Parmar and Kosi rivers.

Crops spread over 3.39 lakh
hectares have been afected,
but the quantum of loss is
still to be assessed.
The State government has
deployed 112 medical teams
to treat people in the floodafected areas.
Record rains in Delhi
The efects of Fridays
massive gridlock in Gurgaon
due to the flooding of streets
continued to be felt in the
national capital with several
areas witnessing crawling
traic. New Delhi received
its highest rainfall in 10
years, making life diicult
for motorists.
In Bengaluru, which
slipped into chaos on Friday,
a small army of fire and
emergency service personnel, working in shifts, spent
all night helping residents
clean the silt-covered areas
and erect temporary flood
barrages (sand sacks). Last
week, a joint team of the Assam forest department and
the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation rescued eight baby rhinos all between a month
and a year old from Kaziranga National Park.
(With inputs from Imran
Gowhar in Bengaluru and


Pasahbari, Assam


caused havoc in Odisha on
Saturday, claiming close to
30 lives and leaving many
Majority of the casualties
were reported from the
northern districts such as
Mayurbhanj, Balasore and

Bhadrak. The three districts

together reported 17 deaths.
Eight persons struck by
lightning succumbed to injuries in Bhadrak district.
In the neighbouring Balasore district, seven persons
died due to lightning strikes
since Saturday morning.
Most of the victims were
farmers, agricultural la-

400 villages searched

as hunt for missing
tiger continues
MUMBAI: Around 400 villages

have been searched in over

100 days for the countrys
most famous tiger, Jai, after it
went missing from the
Umred Karhandla wildlife
sanctuary near Nagpur in Vidarbha region.
We have scoured over
400 villages and all possible
forest land, where we think
Jai could be, since his last
known whereabouts on
April 18, wildlife warden
Rohit Karu said over phone
from Umred.
Asked if Jai could have fallen prey to poachers, Mr. Ka-

ru said that possibility was

He came to the sanctuary
after traversing large tracts
of land. He could be anywhere, he said.
Poaching angle
Another forest oicial,
however, did not rule out the
poaching angle.
A tiger, that too a majestic
one as Jai, is worth over Rs. 1
crore in the international
market when one considers
trade in its skin and other
body parts, the oicial said. PTI

(Clockwise from top

left) A Bodo woman
crosses floodwaters
along a bamboo
bridge; Vehicles move
at snails pace due to
heavy rains; a
waterlogged Hero
Honda chowk;
Villagers wade
through knee-deep
waters; Fire and
emergency services
rescue people; and a
view of a flood relief

Lightning claims 30 lives in Odisha


Katihar, Bihar

bourers and commuters

who had taken shelter under
In the Jaleswar area of Balasore, lightning killed two
brothers. The duo, identified as Pankaj Kumar Rout
and Arun Kumar Rout of the
Manakana village, were
planting paddy seedlings in
a field when tragedy struck.

sources said another two
persons, including a woman, who were struck by
lightning died on the spot.
Four deaths were reported from the Bhushandpur
area of the Khurda district.
All the victims were fishermen who had ventured into
deep sea.

31 villages submerged, 22,000 afected in Malda

MALDA (WB): Over 31 villages
were submerged in flood
waters of the Fullara river
afecting a population of
22,000 in Malda district, official sources said.

Breach in Ganga
Besides this, the swollen
Ganga breached a 2-km
stretch of an embankment
at Birnagar near Farakka

Barrage leading to repair

work on war footing.
Harishchandrapur block
2, Ratua block 1 and Kaliachak block 1 were the most
hit by floods and erosion,
ADM, Land Reforms, Malda, Kanchan Chowdhury
told a press conference.
At least 1,000 families
were afected by erosion of
the Ganga in Kaliachak 3

block, he said.
Flood shelters
Three flood shelters have
been opened and food items
are being distributed to the
afected people.
North Bengal Development Minister Rabindranath Ghosh will be visiting
the flooded areas along with
District Magistrate Sarat

Ms Chowdhury said
round-the-clock work is on
to repair the breached embankment and protect the
Farakka Barrage.
Sarkartola, Meinatola and
Chinabazar were the most
hit by the swollen Ganga
and 100 families were shifted to safer places, he said. PTI

Army takes
possession of
Adarsh building
MUMBAI: Acting on Supreme

Courts directive, the Army

on Saturday took possession
of the controversial Adarsh
Society building in Colaba
area of South Mumbai.
The physical possession
of the 31-story building is
with the Army now, defence
spokesperson Commander
Rahul Sinha said on Saturday
evening. There are a few minor modalities being worked
out and we hope this would
be completed in the next two
days, but guards put by the
society and other people attached with it have been
moved out, he said. PTI

Two Saudis
among 3 killed
in Manipur jail
IMPHAL: Two Saudi Arabians were among three
killed at early hours of
Saturday in violence inside the Sajiwa Central
Jail in Imphal East district of Manipur, highly
placed sources said.
The Union Home
Ministry has sought a report about the incident
from the Manipur government since Saudi
Arabia is seeking information on the killings of
two of its citizens, according to the sources.

Killed local man

The sources said two
Saudi Arabians identified as Sushak Ahmed
and Abdul Salam, in
their mid-40s, allegedly
killed a local man,
Thangmilien Zou of
Churachandpur district
of Manipur, shortly after
with both blunt and
sharp weapons, they
said. It is yet to be established how the killers
managed to smuggle the
weapons into the prison.
On learning that Zou
had been killed other
prison inmates beat the
two foreigners to death,
they said. IANS


10 |







Exercise and watch your life lengthen

A class of molecules released during intense physical activity promotes the growth of telomeres, which play a critical
role in replenishing cell tissue

Heartbreak can
hurt, says study
A new study has
found that sudden
emotional stress
such as the death of
a spouse can
increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, or irregular
heartbeat. Researchers have long studied a
phenomena called stress cardiomyopathy, or broken
heart syndrome. In the new study, published in the
journal Open Heart, scientists looked at a national
registry in Denmark of 88,600 people who were
diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. They found that
people who had lost a partner were 41 per cent more
likely to develop atrial fibrillation in the first month
after losing their partner compared to people who
hadnt. A higher risk for the condition continued for
a year. They also found that the risk was especially
high for younger people, and in people whose
partner died suddenly or unexpectedly. Agencies

New rare
whale species
Researchers have
identified a new
rare species of
beaked whale with a
range in the remote
North Pacific Ocean.
The international team of experts searched
museums and other sources for DNA samples to
determine the existence of the new whale, which is
smaller and darker in colour than the more common
Bairds beaked whale. As described in a Marine
Mammal Science article, the new species is an
elusive, deep-diving whale about 25 feet long that is
rarely seen.
Every known specimen of this new whale found so
far has been dead and, in most cases, decomposing
on a remote sub-Arctic beach, said Dr. Phillip Morin,
lead author of the article. Without a full skeleton of
an adult animal or detailed measurements, we had
to use forensic genetics to describe the evolutionary
differences of this new species. EurekaAlert

nomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, and

who investigates the role of telomeres in
the genome. The TERRA molecules have
an interesting structure for therapeutic
purposes but the link (with telomere maintenance) is still correlative.

t may be pass to suggest that physical exercise is good for you but there is evidence
from an unusual source that explains just
how at the level of individual cells exercise keeps the body from ageing.
Telomeres are specialised caps on the
end of chromosomes and have been
known to play a critical role in ensuring
that cells, which are damaged by daily
wear and tear and metabolism, are able to
replenish themselves properly. Short telomeres indicate that a cell has aged not
necessarily chronologically but in its ability to replenish tissues and studies over
decades have shown that those who live
long frequently have long telomeres.
Since 2011, scientists have found that
those who exercised even moderate
walking had longer telomeres. This was
evidenced from studies in athletes as well
as in a study of elderly women, who turned
out to have longer telomeres and better
bone density than that of their sedentary

TERRA and telomeres

This week, however, a group
of scientists report in Science
Advances about a set of chemical factors that are released during exercise and may be closely
Jacob Koshy
linked to producing a class of
molecules called TERRA (Telomeric RNA) that promote the growth of telomeres. TERRA, the authors claim, have a
key role in maintaining the health of
Aurelie Diman and her colleagues identified Nuclear Respiratory Factor 1 (NRF1),
found on the tips of chromosomes, and another molecule, PGC-1 lpha, involved in
energy metabolism and one thats known
to interact with NRF1. When they tested 10
healthy, young volunteers who performed
endurance exercise (cycling) for 45 minutes, they found that precursors to TERRA
molecules, called TERRA transcripts, increased in skeletal muscle biopsies of vol-

NEW DIRECTIONS: Being able to fully describe the chemical pathway from exercise to
telomere could also help identify new therapeutic drugs that could slow down
ageing. PHOTO: AFP
unteers post-workout. This increase was
also positively correlated with the activation of AMPK, the enzyme involved in
PGC-1 lpha activation in response to exercise. Being able to fully describe the chemical pathway from exercise to telomere
could also help identify new therapeutic
drugs that could slow down ageing, according to Dr. Diman in an accompanying
Still a work in progress
Mere physical exercise, however, isnt
enough. Anabelle Decottignies, one of the
authors involved with the study and based
at Universit Catholique de Louvain, Belgium told The Scientist that exercise led to
an increase in reactive oxidative species
(ROS) that may damage telomeres. So it

was possible that TERRA molecules produced in the way her team had shown actually consumed the ROS and protected
the telomere. That, however, is a hypothesis and still remains to be tested.
Independent commentators said that
while the study did show good evidence
that exercise was connected to the formation of TERRA, it didnt yet make a convincing case that TERRA played a role in
maintaining telomeres. That NRF1 and
PGC-1 lpha are linked to exercise is wellknown, and the paper suggests the role of
these factors in increase of TERRA. But,
since how TERRA impacts telomere maintenance is still not quite clear, more TERRA doesnt necessarily mean healthier telomeres, says Shantanu Chowdhury, a
researcher at the CSIR-Institute of Ge-

The scent of a chicken

Pay now or pay forever

ixteen years ago, the
historic AIDS
Conference in Durban,

HOPE FOR MALARIA PREVENTION: Ethiopian and Swedish scientists have discovered that malarial mosquitoes tend
to avoid chickens and other birds. The experiments, conducted in western Ethiopia, included suspending a
live chicken in a cage near a volunteer sleeping under a bed net. The research has been published in the
Malaria Journal. Addis Ababa University's Habte Tekie (above), who worked on the research, said that the
compounds from the odour of a chicken can be extracted and could work as a repellent. PHOTO: AFP


Prejudice is

The gulf in tuberculosis care

When it comes to
prejudice, it does
not matter if you are
smart or not, or
conservative or
liberal. Each group
has their own specific biases. In a recent study,
psychologists show that low cognitive ability (i.e.
intelligence, verbal ability) was not a consistent
predictor of prejudice. Cognitive ability, whether
high or low, only predicts prejudice towards specific
groups. Very few people are immune to expressing
prejudice, especially prejudice towards people they
disagree with, says lead author Mark Brandt of
Tilburg University, Netherlands. Analysing the
results, the researchers found that people with both
relatively higher and lower levels of cognitive ability
show approximately equal levels of intergroup bias,
but towards different sets of groups. The results are
published in the journal Social Psychological and
Personality Science. EurekaAlert

It reveals low adherence to established clinical practice standards in the private sector
in TB treatment despite markedly high levels of knowledge

he dismal state of tuberculosis

(TB) care in the private sector in
India has been exposed by a November
2015 study published in The Lancet that
employed a novel strategy of using
standardised TB patients healthy individuals trained to pose as patients
and interact with health-care providers for assessing the actual clinical
practice and quality of TB care in
Relative to other methods, data
from standardised patients yield an assessment of provider practice free
from observation bias, less vulnerable
to recall bias, and more complete than

R. Prasad

What is a vortex laser?
It is the likely future of communication,
according to a study published in the latest issue
of Science. Laser beams when twisted in a way
that makes them travel in a corkscrew pattern,
encode information into different vortex twists.
This way they are able to carry 10 times or more
the amount of information than that of
conventional lasers, which move linearly.
Usually, the vortex laser has been too large to
work on todays computers. But researchers
report being able to shrink the vortex laser to the
point where it is compatible with computer
chips. For a while now, technology companies
have been worrying that they will not be able to
shrink transistors much further and encode
more information in chips without running into
the limits of physics laws. If vortex lasers live up
to their promise, they might allay these fears.

medical records the methodology allows for quality comparisons across

diferent care providers (public and
private practitioners), Dr. Madhukar
Pai, the senior author of the paper from
McGill University, Montreal, Canada,
says in an email.
Tests and results
Seventeen individuals who posed as
TB patients made 250 interactions
with 100 doctors as either patient 1 or
patient 2 (presumed TB suspected
but not already diagnosed to have TB),
patient 3 (confirmed TB) or patient 4
(suspected multidrug (MDR)-resistant TB). The doctors practising in lowand middle-income settings in Delhi
had an MBBS degree (29), a degree in
alternative medicine (40) or were in-

formal health-care providers with no

qualification. All the interactions took
place between April 1 and April 23,
2014. The standardised patients were
correctly managed for their respective
TB conditions only in 21 per cent (52 of
250) interactions overall. Those with
confirmed TB were the most correctly
managed ones 14 per cent for treatment and 26 per cent for referral to
DOTS centre or qualified providers;
only 12-13 per cent of those with presumed TB were correctly managed.
In the case of suspected MDR-TB,
referral to a DOTS centre or a qualified
provider was only 20 per cent, indicating a low use of drug-susceptibility
testing. MBBS doctors were less likely
to correctly treat those with suspected
MDR-TB as they started treatment
without seeking drug-susceptibility
Like earlier studies that revealed private practitioners tendency to initially
treat TB patients with antibiotics, the
current study found this practice to be
widely prevalent. While fluoroquinolones were given to all the four standardised patients in 10-16 per cent of
the cases, broad-spectrum antibiotics
were widely given to those who presented with presumed TB. In spite of
having microbiological confirmation
the gold standard for TB diagnosis
standardised patients with con-

MBBS doctors were more

likely to correctly manage
patients than others but
equally likely to prescribe
antibiotics, the study found



Autism and
Researchers at the
University of Kent,
U.K. are arguing that
creativity and
drama can be used
as a bridge to
communicate with autistic children. In a joint
article, Material voices: intermediality and autism
in the journal Research in Drama Education: The
Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Dr.
Melissa Trimingham and Professor Nicola
Shaughnessy of the universitys School of Arts say
that engaging with children in an all-surrounding
drama experience using lights, sound, puppets and
masked characters, can help with the challenging
behaviour. The writers are parents of autistic
children themselves and have personal experience
of family life with autism. Agencies

Dietary recommendations
Focussing on exercise alone for telomere isnt a viable strategy as the authors
themselves admit in their Science Advances study and several other lifestyle
factors may be more important. As telomeres shorten with age and progressive telomere shortening leads to senescence,
they lead to genomic instability and cancer. Older people with shorter telomeres
have three and eight times increased risk
of death from heart and infectious diseases, respectively.
Smoking, exposure to pollution, a lack of
physical activity, obesity, stress, and an unhealthy diet increase oxidative burden and
the rate of telomere shortening. In a review
of existing research on telomeres and
health, researcher Masood Shammas, in
Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition
and Metabolic Care suggests that to preserve telomeres and reduce cancer risk
and pace of aging, we may consider to eat
less; include antioxidants, fiber, soy protein and healthy fats (derived from avocados, fish, and nuts) in our diet.
This, he says, is in addition to staying
lean, active, healthy, and stress-free
through regular exercise and meditation.
Specific dietary recommendations for
healthy telomeres include tuna, salmon,
herring, mackerel, halibut, anchovies, catfish, grouper, flounder, flax seeds, chia
seeds, sesame seeds, kiwi, black raspberries, lingonberry, green tea, broccoli,
sprouts, red grapes, tomatoes, olive fruit,
and other vitamin C-rich and E-rich foods.
Its also premature to say to what extent
exercise is more important than these other factors, Dr. Chowdhury adds.

firmed TB and suspected MDR-TB

were asked to take a chest X-ray by a
large proportion of the doctors.
The study revealed that MBBS doctors were more likely to correctly manage patients and more likely to ask
for sputum tests and chest X-rays than
others. Yet, they were equally likely
to prescribe antibiotics and more
likely to prescribe fluoroquinolones
than others.
Deviations and delay
Incidentally, the study found a major
gap in provider knowledge and practice. While doctors showed low adherence to established standards of TB
care in clinical practice, they had
markedly high levels of knowledge.
The private sector is the first point
of contact for nearly 80 per cent of TB
patients in India, and it ofers TB care
to nearly 50 per cent. Yet, the deviation
from the established standards of TB
care in clinical practice as seen in this
study is the reason why TB patients
most often encounter a delay of nearly
two months before a correct diagnosis
is made.
The doctors were able to detect the
standardised patients only in 11 of 232
(five per cent) instances though they
were informed beforehand that they
might come across patients who
were not real. We were told that standardised patient method will not work
for TB because patients have to have
fever and appear sick. So, we were happy that the detection rate was [only]
about 5 per cent, says Dr. Pai. Now
that we know it works, we are doing
much larger studies.

South Africa the first in

Africa brought
together governments,
UN bodies, researchers,
health workers, people
living with HIV/AIDS and
communities on the same
platform. People living
with HIV/AIDS and
activists led by Treatment
Action Campaign (TAC)
stormed the conference to
confront governments
and leaders to break the
silence about HIV and
Big Pharmas propaganda
that HIV treatment in
developing countries was
not feasible.
A year later, in 2001, in
the absence of patent
barriers in India, Dr.
Yusuf Hamied from Cipla
proudly announced the
availability of generic
antiretroviral treatment
for less than $1 per day.
With this breakthrough,


the public health response

to AIDS changed forever.
Today, over 17 million
people living with HIV in
developing countries are
on treatment most of
them on afordable Indian
generic medicines.
Just two months ago,
world leaders including
Indias Health Minister J.P.
Nadda gathered at the UN
and promised to end
AIDS by 2030. And last
week, South Africa once
again hosted the
International AIDS
Conference in Durban
marking the progress that
has been made in the
public health response to
HIV/AIDS in the last 15
We have witnessed
time and again how early
treatment saves lives and
prevents transmission of
the virus, valuable
evidence of which was
provided by the HPTN
052 trial. There are newer
HIV medicines that are
better-tolerated and treat
those who have grown
resistant to the virus.
The lessons learned
from working with
communities on HIV/
AIDS prevention over the
last decade, combined
with the latest science
that treatment is
prevention, could help us
break the back of the
We are at a unique point
in time. Yet complacency


is setting in
internationally: 20 million
of the 37 million people
with HIV do not have
access to treatment;
tuberculosis continues to
be the main killer of
people living with HIV;
over one million people
die every year of AIDS
and neglected coinfections, and HIV
funding from countries
has fallen substantially in
In India, the aim to have
over two million people
living with HIV know
their status and ofer
quality HIV treatment for
life will only be possible
with increased
investment in the public
health system;
implementation of
WHOs test and treat
policy will push the
already strained limits of
the medicine supply chain
of the Department of
Health & Family Welfare.
Role of civil society
Without sustainable
funding, civil society
cannot continue its
valuable work.
These are the
organisations informing
people at the grassrootlevel of their right and
need to get tested and
access treatment if they
are HIV-positive. They
are the marginalised
communities that are the
cornerstone of prevention
strategies. They are the
counsellors who increase
treatment literacy and
support adherence to HIV
They are the networks
of people living with HIV
combating stigma and
discriminatory practices
that otherwise exclude
people from care and
treatment. And, finally,
they are the legal aid
lawyers who push for the
implementation of any
new HIV policy and
support government by
challenging patent
As has been said: pay
now, or pay forever.
India has made a
commitment to end AIDS.
Lets do it. Help us save
lives and stop the virus.
Leena Menghaney is a lawyer
working on HIV, public health and
access to treatment.




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Tearing the curtain of darkness

A poem for your soul

Mahasweta Devi was drawn to people who led a subhuman existence. Many of them may not be able to read her work yet,
but its because of her that their stories are out there

he story goes, not apocryphal,

that every time Mahasweta
Devi visited Jharkhand, she
would demand that Birsa
Munda be unshackled. In Ranchi, on Birsa Munda Chowk,
theres a statue of this fiery
tribal leader who died in jail
during British rule in 1900.
The statue shows him wearing
a turban and dhoti, his hands
in chains. Oicials would tell
her that the British photographed him in chains and that
perhaps became a reference
point for all depictions of the
tribal hero who died at 25. The
chains also symbolised his
struggle for freedom, they
An old Ranchi hand recalls
her saying: Shaddhin
deshe keno shekole
bandha (why is he still
in chains when India is
free)? as she gathered
for a meeting of bonded
labourers in the 1980s.
Sudipta Datta Last month, the Jharkhand government decided to free Birsa Munda
of his shackles, 116 years after
his death, and several years after the writer and activist
voiced her demand. She may
not be around to see a free
Munda, but the downtrodden
tribals, dispossessed, marginalised, landless and
those who are fighting against
injustice and are still in chains
know that she is there in spirit.
Mahasweta Devi had woven
a historical fiction around the
legend of Birsa Munda in her
1977 novel Aranyer Adhikar
(Rights of the Forest), which
chronicles the turbulent period of the late 19th century, and
particularly the tribal armed
uprising against the British led
by Birsa Munda to rid the forests and hills of usurpers.
She received the Sahitya Akademi award for it in 1979,
though Mahasweta Devi, the
political and social activist
wouldnt bother herself too
much with the awards and accolades (Padma Shri, Padma
Vibhushan, Jnanpith, Magsaysay) bagged by Mahasweta
Devi, the writer.
Yet her books sold well. Her
stories of the subaltern will
live forever as long as theres
oppression in the world and
the poorest of the poor need a
voice. In todays atmosphere

brutal and lyrical, her tone

ironic, sarcastic.


of growing intolerance, its imperative to read her work and

remind ourselves of her lifelong fight for those who are
sought to be silenced.
Her compassionate crusade through art and activism
to claim for tribal peoples a
just and honourable place in
India's national life got her
the Ramon Magsaysay Award
in 1997. Accepting it, she had
said: My India still lives behind a curtain of darkness. A
curtain that separates mainstream society from the poor
and the deprived.
For justice and honour
As justice and honour still
elude a large slice of tribal
peoples across Wet Bengal,
Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattis-

Mahasweta Devi, the activist and consciencekeeper, wouldnt bother herself too much with
the accolades bagged by Mahasweta Devi, the writer.

garh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and the

north-eastern States, her narratives on their shackled lives
are more relevant than ever.
Hajar Churashir Maa
(Mother of 1084), one of her
most widely read books, was
adapted for theatre and film.
Even though it was written in
the turbulent 1970s at the peak
of the Naxalite movement, its
message is perhaps even more
powerful in the prevailing atmosphere of a million mutinies between state and people.
The novel begins with the
death of a son and his mother
waking up to the terrible fact
of him being reduced to a
number. Its a chilling portrayal of a social movement
that wasnt quite successful,
put down by brutal force; and
we sufer along with the mother, Sujata Chatterjee, who tries
to understand a revolutionary
movement that took her son
Brati. Her journey is also one

of self-discovery and her place

in a feudal world.
Writing and activism were
in Mahasweta Devis genes.
Her parents were writers, her
uncle Ritwik Ghatak, her husband Bijon Bhattacharya, a
radical Left playwright and a
member of the Indian Peoples
Theatre Association (IPTA).
At 28, she toured parts of backward Rajasthan alone, to research for a biography on Rani
of Jhansi, her first book. From
the bonded labourers of Palamu to the denotified tribes of
Bengal Lodhas of Medinipur, Khedia Shobors of Purulia, Dhikaros of Birbhum
Mahasweta Devi spent three
decades of her life listening to
them to tell us about these
lives, outside the margins of
As Irom Sharmila decides to
call of her fast in Manipur,
with the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act yet to be repealed, we are drawn to anoth-


er of Mahasweta Devis
famous stories, Draupadi. In
a powerful retelling of this
Mahabharata character, we
have Draupadi, or Dopdi, as a
rebel who is cornered by the
police in a bid to suppress
forces she represents.
Draupadi begins with a
short exchange between two
men in uniform. Whats this,
a tribal called Dopdi? The list
of names I bought has nothing
like it! How can anyone have
an unlisted name? The other
man responds: Draupadi
Mejhen. Born the year her
mother threshed rice at Surja
Sahus at Bakuli. Surja Sahus
wife gave her the name.
Since Mahasweta Devi rooted her stories and plots on
events she saw or read about,
her writing incorporates tribal
languages and dialects, folk
tales and oral histories. She
elevated these stories with her
imagination, using various
genres and styles. Her prose is

The power of Dopdi

No miracle can save Dopdi,
and she doesnt want it either.
As Dopdi is pursued by her
abusers, she stands up to
them, laughing hysterically as
she tears up her sari, exposing
her nakedness in a chilling act
of defiance akin to what we
saw in Imphal in 2004 when
women protested the killing of
Thangjam Manorama.
In another story, The
Breast Giver, the protagonist
Jashoda is paid to nurse a
brood of children of her master and mistress. This helps
her to support her poor disabled family. In yet another
story, Pterodactyl, she explores why Adivasis are so
misunderstood. For her, the
Adivasis were civilised and
cultured, and her own class
Throughout her life and her
writing, Mahasweta Devi tried
to ensure that the plight of
sufering spectators of a fast
developing country didnt go
unnoticed. She was drawn to
people who led a subhuman
existence, people with no access to education or health
care or roads or income. Many
of them may not be able to
read her work yet, but its because of her that their stories
are out there.
She was not one to shy away
from the diicult path. Despite
her obvious Left links, during
the Singur and Nandigram agitations in West Bengal, Mahasweta Devi, well in her 80s,
launched a vehement protest
against appropriation of land
by the state. Her frail frame at
a rally in Kolkata against police firing in Nandigram
helped energise the Opposition and Mamata Banerjee to
bring about poribortan in
the State. But then again, when
the newly elected Mamata Banerjee government refused
permission to the Association
for Protection of Domestic
Rights to hold a rally in Kolkata against government action
against Maoists in Lalgarh, she
For Mahasweta Devi, it was
imperative to make an attempt to tear the curtain of
darkness, see the reality that
lies beyond and see our own
true faces in the process.
With her writing and activism,
Mahasweta Devi holds up a
mirror to society.
But are we looking?


A few months back, I discovered my

first Nayyirah Waheed poem.
Somewhere between pictures of
food that looks too good to actually
eat and faces filtered to near
perfection, I found a poet Id never
read before, on Instagram. Instantly,
her words held me, and I greedily
gorged on them till there were no
more left.
You wont learn much about
Waheed online. Through a few brief
interviews and bionotes, I know
shes a U.S.-based poet of colour,
and her only two collections are
titled salt., and Nejma. The most I
have found out about Waheed is
through a recent post on her own
Instagram page. In it, she talks
about self-publishing salt. in 2013,
and the virulent rejection,
disregard and negative
unsolicited reactions that
followed. With salt., Waheed was
upsetting the proverbial apple cart:
standard practices, grammatical
rules, accepted styles the very
idea of poetry. With no capital
letters, an erratic use of full stops,
and almost no other punctuation,
Waheed was using a kind of bareboned, stark style that hardly ran
over a few lines, and sometimes just
a single one, broken and arranged
on the page in a way that became
rhythm itself where/ you/ are./
is not/ who/ you are. She doesnt
even pretend to work with rhyme
schemes and stanzas and verses.
Could this really be poetry?
That first poem I read, titled
fresh, was just two lines long
there/ are/ feelings. / you havent
felt yet./ give them time./ they are
almost here. I dont know why I
didnt immediately think that it was
a quote from a longer piece; after
all, in its brevity, it looked like one.
Instead, I knew, even without really
knowing Waheeds work at that
time, that this was it; that these few
lines were enough, and there was
no need for more. I also knew that
what I was reading was, without a
doubt, poetry.
Now, almost three years later, it
turns out that people across the
world felt the same certainty.
Waheeds post on her struggle was
on the occasion of salt. hitting its
500th review on Amazon, and
breaking the self-publishing record
in poetry. Her work is now studied
in schools and colleges, quoted
widely, and clearly intensely loved.
Its diicult to review Waheeds
poems, and its perhaps not even
fair. Chipped away of everything
superfluous, each of her poems is
an expression in its purest form:
distilled and concentrated. Her
themes are complex countries
and diaspora, immigration and
cultural appropriation, love and
pain and healing and anger. They
read like sparks and bursts of
emotions, and speak to a visceral
part of you, one that doesnt need to
be examined, just felt. If this isnt
poetry, what is?

Sudipta Datta is a Kolkata-based journalist.



Lawrence Liang

Before social media made public dissent the norm, marginalia was the highest compliment you could pay an author

Im reading Karthika Nairs

Until the Lions: Echoes from
the Mahabharata, a poetic
retelling of the Mahabharata
from the perspective of many
of its minor characters. I last
read Claudia Rankines
Citizen: An American Lyric.
Not since Langston Hughess
Harlem, when he famously
asked whether a dream
deferred... explodes, have I
encountered lyrical anger as I did
with Citizen. Next Id like to read
Elena Ferrantes Neapolitan
Novels because I am a sucker for
intelligent hype and because
every smart person rolls their
eyes when I say I havent read
Ferrante. Bad enough that I
missed the Murakami fad bus,
but to be left stranded on the
Ferrante junction all alone... oh, the horror!
Lawrence Liang is a co-founder of Alternative Law Forum
and is an independent legal scholar and writer based in

Anjan Sundaram
Im currently reading an
unpublished memoir of
America and East Africa by a
journalist colleague and
friend. I last read One Day in
the Life of Ivan Denisovich by
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It is a
sobering portrayal of life in a
Soviet labour camp. I admire
Solzhenitsyns use of farce to
take us through a day of
near-death encounters in the life
of Ivan, who had seemingly
become numb to the
dehumanisation. Next I plan to
read The Drowned World by J.G.
Anjan Sundaram is a journalist and
author of Stringer: A Reporters
Journey in the Congo, and Bad
News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship.


Notes from the fringes

Jacob Koshy

I was encouraged in school to

read textbooks using highlighters. Several of my classmates had an array of pens to
mark out diferent portions of
text to signify their relative
importance. Underlining with
a pencil suggested that something wasnt important.
In a culture that celebrates
rote learning, grades depend
on how faithfully certain portions of text are reproduced in
an examination. The darker
fluorescent passages were
sure-shot shoo-ins for the examinations. In highlighting, I
inferred that important
meant this is the stuf that you
dont mess around with.
Sacred and inviolate
Books in a country that is
one-fourth illiterate and
where half of the fifth-graders
cant read passages meant for
second-graders are sacred
and inviolate. There is a day
set apart in the Hindu calendar for the worship of books.
If, as a child, a book were to fall
from my hand or if I accidentally stepped on one, I would
unconsciously make the sign
of the cross as an act of seeking forgiveness. Its a strange
act because the Bible, as far as
I know, doesnt contain any
fragile, handle with care
warnings, and newspapers, also repositories of text and wisdom, are never accorded the
same respect. Its perfectly ac-

VALUE-ADDITIONS: Handwritten notes that desecrate the margins have, since the Middle Ages,
been the first sites of a challenge to the authority of the book. PHOTO: CC BY 2.0/ YALE LAW LIBRARY
ceptable to defile, especially
wrap shoes in, yesterdays editorial pages. But the idea that
books are sacred is widely
prevalent, and is evidenced in
the threats of violence around
book bans, the pulping of
books, and the clashes that ensue when pages from religious
books are torn or desecrated.
However, marginalia
notes that swing, perch and
trip into the orderly text in different codes of shorthand and
smileys is the antithesis of
highlighting. Even in schoolwork, it is the red marks and

comments in drafts that shape

a text rather than the three or
four stars that are occasionally
doodled by teachers to convey
to students that they have
been wonderfully compliant.
Showing dissent
These handwritten notes
that desecrate the margins
have, since the Middle Ages,
been the first sites of a challenge to the authority of the
book. There are now digitisation projects that preserve
books across centuries. Here
you can find the heavily anno-

Dissent and
critique always
creep up in
unexpected white
spaces and can grow
to challenge what has
been highlighted
many times over
tated, 400-year-old Latin copy
of the New Testament that belonged to Martin Luther and
formed the basis of his own
German translation, as well as

his criticism of the Catholic

Church that was instrumental
in the birth of the Protestant
reform movement.
Before social media made
public dissent the norm, commentary in the margins was
the highest compliment you
could pay an author. Your pencil, or highlighter, was the
sword with which you teased
out chinks in someones armour, complimented, lacerated, and passed on your impressions by lending or
gifting your copies to the
world beyond. It showed that
beyond being just a conduit
for new ideas to seep through,
you actively chose to engage
with the text, and what you are
passing on is an enhanced
uniquely value-added version
of the original.
Scribbles can spawn frontier research. French polymath Pierre de Fermat jotted
down in the margin of his copy
of the Greek text Arithmetica
that it is impossible to separate a cube into two cubes, or a
fourth power into two fourth
powers, or in general, any
power higher than the second,
into two like powers. I have
discovered a truly marvellous
proof of this, which this margin is too narrow to contain
That marvellous proof ended up traversing entire careers
of several mathematicians and
gorging megabytes of computer space until Andrew Wiles,
in 1994, solved it using an approach that would have been
bizarrely alien to Fermat.
The worlds most popular
wizard, Harry Potter, has also
been a beneficiary of margin-

alia. In Harry Potter and the

Half-Blood Prince, Potter
chances upon a much-scribbled copy of Advanced Potion-Making, a mandatory
text. He finds that the marginalia frequently contained
modifications to the prescribed recipes that made
them more potent than their
textbook versions. It turns out
that the book belonged to the
one whom he shared the most
uneasy relationship with: Severus Snape, his teacher, detractor and guardian.
The word marginal actually conveys little of the actual
power of the margin. Dissent
and critique always creep up
in unexpected white spaces
and together they can grow to
challenge what has been highlighted many times over.
The Kindle and other ebook readers appear to have
solved the problem of defilement while ensuring that marginalia gets its own rightful
space. A simple long-press of a
striking passage allows you to
highlight it, make notes, and
instantly share it on your timeline. There is a danger that this
has already spawned a new
kind of highlighting: headlines
that are faithfully shared and
pasted on walls. Several studies suggest that most such
links have been passed on
without being read. Whether
one engages with text using a
pencil, highlighter, or a longpress, it is the spirit of critical
engagement that cant be compromised at any cost.


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Party on the back foot as its leaders, including Amit Shah, were asked to keep off Dharma-Dhamma Chetana meetings

Sushma springs to
rescue of workers

Protests manufactured, alleges U.P. BJP chief

Speaking to The Hindu

from Riyadh, Indian Ambassador Ahmed Javed said
oicials were working
around the clock to help
stranded Indians in the labour camps. The Indian
Consulate oicials have already left for a highway
camp near Jeddah where
hundreds of workers need
We are providing immediate humanitarian assistance in terms of food and
medicine to stranded Indian workers here, and at the
same time meeting with the
Ministry of Labour in the
Saudi government to take
up their concerns, he said.
Oicials said Minister of
State Gen. (Retd.) V.K.
Singh would travel to KSA
early next week, while his
colleague M.J. Akbar would
work the phones and speak
with his counterparts in Riyadh and Kuwait city to
help Indians get their back
wages and new employment if possible.
Plummeting GDP
While the Kingdom has
seen a steady GDP of 5 per
cent from 2005-2015, the
GDP could drop to less
than 2 per cent in 2016, economic news agencies reported.
Companies like Saad,
and the BinLaden group
have already laid of at least
50,000 workers in the past
year, and many other oil
and infrastructure companies are following suit, giving workers permanent
exit visas to leave and
without a promise of wages.
Nearly three million Indians live and work in Saudi
Arabia, according to the

Indians will be
helped to get their
back wages and
new employment,
say officials
MEA website, and constitute the largest population of
Indian passport holders
outside of India. In 2015, Indians in KSA remitted
about $10.1 billion home,
and the government will
feel the pinch if those dry
Even so, they should return to India if economic
prospects are not bright, a
senior oicial told The Hindu, indicating the prospect
of returning to look for jobs
in India would still be better than the uncertainty
and hardship the workers
face at present in Saudi
On its part, Saudi Oger
said it hasnt been paid by
the Saudi government for
In an interview to
Bloomberg TV in April,
however, Saudi Arabias
most powerful deputy
crown prince, Mohammad
Bin Salman, who oversees
the countrys economic reforms plan, said: We have
paid them many instalments, but they have debt
inside and outside of Saudi.
Saudi Oger can't cover
their own labour costs.
That's not our problem,
thats Saudi Ogers, implying that the KSA government may wash its hands
of the plight of Indian
workers and other expatriates as well.

Maoists kill pastor

In a letter left near the
body, the Maoists called
Maraiah a police informer
and charged him with not
heeding to their warning to
mend his ways. He accumulated wealth disproportionately, they said.
As Maraiah started exploiting the poor tribal peo-

ple and the needy, we punished him in the peoples

court, according to the letter.
They also released a list
of village leaders indulging
in unlawful activities and
becoming police informers,
and asked them to mend
their ways.

NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh BJP
chief Keshav Prasad Maurya
has described reports of BJP
leaders being asked to leave
the public meetings of the
Dharma-Dhamma Chetana
Yatra, following former state
BJP oice bearer Daya Shankar Singhs objectionable remarks about Bahujan Samaj
Party (BSP) chief Mayawati,
as a manufactured event.
BJP national president
Amit Shah had to cancel his
appearance at one of these
meetings, scheduled for Saturday, fearing a backlash.
The yatra, led by Buddhist
monk Dharma Viriyo, is travelling to at least 1,400 Bodh
Viharas, mostly in Dalitdominated areas of Uttar
Pradesh, and is supportive of
Prime Minister Narendra

Hecklers planted
Speaking to The Hindu,
Mr. Maurya said: Please re-

LUCKNOW: T. Venkatesh has

been appointed the new
Chief Electoral Oicer of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. A
1988-batch IAS oicer, Mr.
Venkatesh is entrusted with
the responsibility of conducting the crucial Assembly elections in the politicallysensitive State early 2017.
Mr. Venkatesh replaced
Arun Singhal. A native of Visakhapatnam, Mr. Venkatesh
has held key administrative
posts in U.P.
Before serving as the Principal Secretary (Irrigation),
he was appointed the Divi-

Known for his clean

image, Venkatesh has
assured that the polls
will be conducted
with impartiality
sional Commissioner of
Varanasi Divisional Commissioner Nitin Ramesh Gokarnas name was initially
announced for the post but
he could not assume duty.
Challenging task
In the countrys most populous State with 403 Assembly seats, Mr. Venkatesh

LUCKNOW: BSP chief Mayawati

on Saturday came down

heavily on Union Minister
Ramdas Athawale for challenging her to convert to
Buddhism if she claimed to
be a true Ambedkarite, saying that venal, selfish and
slave-minded leaders like
him had harmed Babasahebs
social movement.
Ms. Mayawati said Mr.
Athawale was playing into
the hands of a BJP conspiracy to divide Dalit votes in
poll-bound Uttar Pradesh by
raking up religion. She was,
however, provoked to justify
why she had not converted to
Buddhism yet.
She said the Republican
Party of India (A) chiefs remarks reflected his ignorance about B.R. Ambedkars
suggested he do some research on why the Dalit icon
took to Buddhism towards
the end of his life in spite of

faces a challenging assignment as political stakes are

high, and conducting smooth
elections under poor law and
order circumstances and
combative political parties
has always been a test.
The EC is already preparing for the polls and revising
the voters lists. On August 3
and 4, oicials of the Election
Commission of India would
visit the State capital to chalk
out an action plan for the
Known for his clean image, Mr. Venkatesh has assured that the polls would be
conducted with transparency and impartiality.

declaring it much earlier. In
an interview to an English
daily, Mr. Athawale, while
calling upon Dalits to embrace Buddhism, wondered
why Ms. Mayawati had not
done so even as she strongly
spoke against Manuvad and
endorsed conversions.
Not for votes
He argued she was not
willing to convert to Buddhism simply for Hindu votes.
In a statement to a news
agency later, Mr. Athawale

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister

Focus on education
Dr. Kalams vision of becoming developed by 2020
doesnt seem possible now,
we have missed the bus, the
date will have to be pushed...what can we do to achieve it
by 2030, he said. Dr. Kalam,

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley delivering the APJ Abdul Kalam

Memorial Lecture at the India Islamic Cultural Centre in
New Delhi on Saturday. PHOTO: R. V. MOORTHY
he said, spoke of a system of
providing urban-like facilities in rural areas and laid
emphasis on education and
the development of scientific temperament. Mr. Jaitley
said we cannot aford to
have Bengaluru and Gurgaon, the IT hubs that are
representatives of India
globally, in the condition
they have been over the last
few hours. The monsoon
rains have brought the two
cities to their knees.

Keshav Prasad Maurya

Sabha Finance Minister
Arun Jaitley apologised, the
one who made these remarks
was made to apologise, removed from his post and the
party. After this, the issue
should have ended. Behenji,

The BJP-led NDA government had emphasised large

scale investment in infrastructure, including in highways and irrigation, the Minister said, was in line with Dr.
Kalams vision. The Goods &
Services Tax, a uniform tax
across the country, was important not only because it
would lower the burden of
taxation but also improve the
ease of doing business.
Mr. Jaitley, who had been
the one to be tasked with

suggested that Ms. Mayawati

change the name of her party
from Bahujan Samaj Party to
Sarvjan Samaj Party.
Ms. Mayawati said that
through its outreach programmes and speeches, the
BJP led by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi was trying to
divide Dalit votes, which
would result in making them
slaves of other parties. It
was under this strategy that
some slave-minded leaders
were incorporated into the
Ministry, she said referring
to Mr. Athawale, who was recently appointed Minister of
State for Union Social Justice
and Empowerment.
In a bid to explain why she
had not yet converted to
Buddhism, Ms. Mayawati
said she was merely following the strategy of her icons,
Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram,
who had adopted Buddhism
only towards the end of their
life in spite of having announced it many years before the actual event.

BJP mahapanchayat in
Deoband postponed
MEERUT: The mahapanchayat

called by the BJP on July 31 to

demand slapping of the
stringent National Security
Act against the culprits who
vandalised a temple in Deoband on Wednesday night,
has been postponed. Party
MP from Saharanpur Raghav
Lakhanpal told The Hindu
that it was postponed in view
of the sincere assurance of
the local administration
about taking strong action
against the accused.
Communal tempers in the
sensitive town of Deoband
ran high after a temple was
vandalised late on Wednes-

We have missed the 2020 bus: Jaitley

Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that there was a need for
credible politics to ensure
there can be credible policies
that deliver the GDP growth
rates that will make India a
developed country at least
by 2030, ten years later than
the goal given by the former
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. We cant have another
spectrum scam, he said.
Delivering the first Dr.
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial Lecture here, whose first
death anniversary was on
Wednesday, Mr. Jaitley said
that if India could grow faster and distribute the benefits, that would be the best
antidote to poverty and to
bridge the divides of caste,
religion and regions.

She has sold the votes of the

poor, and traded on it, which
is why she failed to win a single seat in the 2014 general
elections, he said.

Athawale irks Mayawati

by asking her to convert

T. Venkatesh is chief electoral

oicer in poll-bound U.P.

alise, this Dhamma-Dharma

Chetana Yatra is not a programme of the BJP. Buddhist
monks who are on this yatra
are those to whom Behen
[sister] Mayawatiji made
promises, but ended up betraying. They are on a yatra
to expose that. She terms
herself a Dalit ki beti (daughter of a Dalit); instead she has
become Daulat ki beti
(daughter of wealth). If during the programme people
are planted in the crowd to
attack our leaders or create a
controversy, it will not afect
the message going out to society, he said.
Mr. Maurya insisted that
the party would be able to recover from the events of the
past week. The day this incident [State BJP leader Daya
Shankar Singhs objectionable remarks on BSP chief
Mayawati] took place, the
BJP took swift action, realising its responsibility as the
worlds biggest political party. I apologised, in the Rajya

briefing Dr. Kalam with the

responsibilities of the President in wake of the decision
of his candidature for the
post by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, shared
memories of their interactions. After I had briefed
him, he asked two questions:
how developed are our laws
with regard to the resources
under the sea and the other
about our resources in the
hemisphere, Mr. Jaitley said.
Recounting Dr. Kalams
ability to charm, Mr. Jaitley
said that instead of delivering a lecture at Delhi Universitys Shri Ram College of
Commerce, he put it up on
the Internet and sought
questions from students. At
the college, he replied to 20
questions he had picked
from those posted and interacted with students. Just before leaving, he stepped out
of his car and returned to the
auditorium, saying he had
forgotten something, Mr.
Jaitley recollected. Back inside, he told the 20 students
that he had forgotten to get a
picture with them and got
some shot.

day night. But police foiled

what could potentially be a
beginning of a communal
riot. Police arrested the person who vandalised the idols
with a hammer.
Senior Superintendent of
Police of Deoband, Pradeep
Kumar, had told the media on
Thursday that the accused
would be tried under the National Security Act.
The Superintendent of
Police also said that the
probe can be entrusted with
another IPS oicer if we are
not satisfied with the police
action. I think we should give
the administration some
time, Mr. Lakhanpal told
The Hindu.

however, induced her supporters to take to the streets,

and the kind of language they
used was also highly objectionable. This kind of language is not acceptable to
anyone, Dalits or otherwise.

Women insulted
As a woman, Behen Mayawatiji has failed other
women. While the BJP has
punished those who said objectionable things about her,
she has rewarded her party
leader Nasimuddin Siddiqui,
more responsibilities in the
party instead of punishing
him for leading protests
where very objectionable
things about the women in
Daya Shankar Singhs family
were said. The punishment
for murder is hanging,
whoever dies and whoever
commits the murder. She is
attempting appeasement of
minorities to build a MuslimDalit vote bank on this issue
by rewarding Siddiqui. It
wont work, he said.
Terming Mr. Daya Shankar
Singhs wife Swati Singh a

Tejaswi Mahila (a woman

with a forceful personality),
Mr. Maurya was however
non-committal whether the
BJP would give her the ticket
in next years Assembly polls
in U.P.
Asked what he thought of
the recently concluded Yatra
by the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, Mr Maurya was dismissive. Who the Congress
chooses to project is their
own business but since you
ask, they have projected as
chief ministerial candidate
an elderly lady, Sheila Dikshitji, who I respect a lot, but is
seen as being from Delhi. Raj
Babbarji (UPCC chief) is associated more with Mumbai.
These choices reflect a lack
of alternatives in the Congress. It would have been
better, since Rahul Gandhi is
unlikely to be Prime Minister of this country, to try his
hand at being projected as
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, he said.

BJP MP urges Dalits to unite in

social media for a revolution

Why are dead cows

rotting on the streets
in Gujarat? Why dont
these cow vigilantes
perform last rites?


on Saturday termed the Una

violence and the killing of a
Dalit couple in Uttar
Pradesh a fresh wave of
atrocities on Dalits in the
country and urged all
members of the community
to come together on social
media for a kranti
Kanshi Ram used to take
out cycle rallies. Times have
changed. Now, it is all about
social media. All members
of the community should
join Twitter, Facebook and
WhatsApp to bring about a
change and see that the Bill
for reservation in the private
sector becomes a law, said
Dr. Raj, who is the chairman
of the All India
Confederation of SC/STs.
He was speaking at a
meeting of the organisation
here to discuss the issue of
reservation in the private
sector and the economic

Udit Raj
empowerment of, and
atrocities on, Dalits.
It is true that, all of a
sudden, a wave of atrocities
on Dalits has started in the
country. These are bad times
for the community, he said.
He called the hullabaloo
created by cow vigilantes a
sham after the Una incident,
in which four youths were
beaten up when they were
skinning a dead cow.
Where are these people
when the cows are left on

the streets to feed on waste

and plastic? When the cow
dies, they leave it on us to
take care of it. They call it
gau mata. Why are the dead
cows rotting on the streets
in Gujarat? Why dont these
cow vigilantes perform their
last rites? he said.
Asked if the Gujarat
model failed at the national
level, Dr. Raj asked: If not
the Gujarat model, which
model should be adopted.
Should we have the
Mainpuri model, he asked
in an oblique reference to
the killing of a Dalit couple
at Mainpuri in U.P.
He called upon all
educated Dalits to work for
society rather than complain
about everything.

BJP is the only party based

on ideology, says Amit Shah
NEW DELHI: The BJP is the only

political party in India that

has been consistently growing on the basis of its ideology, while others have slid into
concerns rather than political parties, BJP president
Amit Shah said on Saturday.
Addressing a National
Writers Meet organised by
the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Research Foundation
(SPMRF) ailiated to the
Sangh Parivar, for bloggers
and writers here, he gave an
overview of the growth of
the BJP from its Jan Sangh

days as well as his view of the

political scenario of the
If anyone asks me the difference between the ideology of the Jan Sangh and the
Congress, it can be summed
up in only sentence Nehrus Congress wanted a nav
nirman, or creation of a new
nation, forgetting everything
of its past, while the Jan
Sangh wanted a punar nirman or reconstruction of our
country, on the basis of our
common culture, knowledge
base and ways of living.
Mr. Shah said: If you look
at the trajectory of most parties you will see that they

have declined due to lack of

ideological growth. The socialists after the death of
Ram Manohar Lohia split,
some, joined the Congress,
others went with Choudhary
Charan Singh. Those split
too, and later came to represent single caste groups and
now more sadly, only particular families. The Congress
too has gone down that
road, he said.
He enumerated several
programmes of the government like Skill India and Jan
Dhan Yojana as spawning a
growth rather than in the
strictly economic sense.

Ministries included in new clusters

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Mo-

di government has moved

the Ministry of Rural Development from Economic/
Commerce cluster to the Social Sector cluster and Food
Processing from the social
sector to infrastructure.
It is not clear what has
prompted the government to
make the shift and what
could be its implications.
The move has come at a time
when the government is fac-

ing criticism from several

quarters for systematically
downsizing the Ministry by
cutting funds under various
programmes and schemes
conceived by it.
The Ministries and departments in the Government of India are bracketed
under one of the four clusters Social, Economic, Infrastructure and Regulatory.
A memorandum by the department on the re-allocation of the cluster of Rural
Development and Food

Processing merely brought it

to the notice of various
wings of the government
without elaboration.
In the second week of July,
the Rural Development Ministry held a two-day meeting
to review the schemes it executes and monitors. It is the
Nodal Ministry for the development and welfare activities in rural areas to ensure a sustainable and
inclusive growth.
With a budgetary outlay of
Rs. 86,000 crore, the Minis-

try runs major programmes,

including the Mahatma
Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act for
wage employment, the National Rural Livelihoods Mission for self-employment
and skill development, the
Indira Awaas Yojana for providing housing to BPL
households, the Pradhan
Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana
for construction of quality
roads and the National Social
Assistance Programme for
social pension.

Now Bihar govt. says theres no toddy ban

PATNA: The Bihar
government on Saturday
said there would be no ban
on the sale and
consumption of toddy
as of now.
It was only on Friday
that State Excise and
Prohibition Minister
Abdul Jalil Mastan had

told journalists that like

liquor, there would be
prohibition on toddy as
well and anybody caught
selling or consuming
toddy would be punished
under law. He did a flipflop on Saturday,
emphasising that there
would be no ban on toddy
as of now.
What happened in 24

hours that prompted the

Nitish Kumar government
to roll back its decision to
bring toddy under
Sources in the Rashtriya
Janata Dal, the key
member of the ruling
coalition, told The Hindu
that it was under the
pressure of party chief
Lalu Yadav that the

government changed its

They said there was a
meeting of Grand Alliance
legislators at the oicial
residence of chief
minister, 1 Anne Marg, late
on Friday night in which
RJD legislators
vehemently opposed the
governments move to ban
toddy in the State.

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It checks hasty legislation, its creation a decision of Constituent Assembly

Eye doctors fly to Kashmir

for surgeries on pellet-hit



NEW DELHI: Vice-President Ha-

CHENNAI: For three days, a

mid Ansari called the Second

Chamber (as the Upper
House of Parliament is
known) as a safeguard
against hasty legislation. He
made the remarks at a twoday training programme organised for first-term Rajya
Sabha members by the Rajya
Sabha Secretariat.
The NDA government
does not have a majority in
the Rajya Sabha, where the
Opposition efectively contest some pieces of legislation. Union Finance Minister
Arun Jaitley, who is also
Leader of the House in the
Rajya Sabha, has often spoken out against this legislative obstruction. To what
extent our Upper House is
going to be used to block economic decision-making. In
Australia, the debate is on,
the U.K. has gone through
this debate a while ago, and
Italy is having the same debate, because ultimately the
weight of a directly elected
House will always have to be

team of three eye specialists,

one of whom is a Chennaiite,
operated non-stop on young
Kashmiris whose eyes had
been wounded in pellet gun
injuries during clashes with
the security forces.
The medical team landed
on Tuesday in a city where
mobs were throwing stones
and where everything was
shut down, including the Internet and television.
Two of the doctors said the
team went straight from the
airport to Shri Maharaja Hari
Singh Hospital, where scores
of people who had lost vision
in one eye had come in.
The doctors S. Natarajan, who trained at the Government Ophthalmic Hospital in Egmore and worked at
Sankara Nethralaya before
settling in Mumbai, Syed Asghar Hussain, who runs the
Optimus Maqbool Hospital
in Triplicane and Kenshuk
Marwah from New Delhi
were contacted by the Borderless World Foundation,
an NGO that focusses on geographically remote and disadvantaged border areas.
The Foundation had sent
out an alert asking for retina
specialists to go to Kashmir. I

RS is a safeguard, says Ansari

Lashkar backs
shutdown call
SRINAGAR: One civilian died of

INITIATION PROGRAMME: Vice-President M. Hamid Ansari and Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha
P.J. Kurien at an orientation programme for new members of the Upper House at Parliament
Annexe in New Delhi on Saturday. PHOTO: PTI
maintained, Mr. Jaitley had
said in a speech in April this
States' concerns
But Dr. Ansari was categorical in his espousal of the
Rajya Sabha. The Rajya Sabha is necessary to reflect the
concerns of the States as India is a Union of States. The
Rajya Sabha and its creation

Teams scour Vizag

forest after alert

was a conscious decision of

the Constituent Assembly,
he told the 30 first-term
members. Parliament is to
legislate, debate and deliberate and hold the government
of the day accountable, he
However, he cautioned the
new members against disruptions which he said infringed upon the rights of fel-

Personally monitoring
search, says Parrikar
PUNE: Defence Minister Ma-

alert of a possible air crash,
teams of foresters have begun a search near the Sarugudu village in Nathavaram
mandal here on Saturday
Oicials of the Suryalanka
Air Force Base oicials said
they had received a call from
a resident of one of the habitations near Sarugudu that
he had heard a loud sound on
July 22, the day the IAFs
An-32 aircraft went missing
with 29 people on board.
Following the Air Force

Station alert, we sent our foresters to the Sarugudu village. They will take the tribals along with them to search
the Sarugudu reserve forest,
DFO Narsipatnam Sekhar
Babu told The Hindu on
Two teams of five members each from two ranges in
the Narsipatnam division
and residents are engaged in
the search. So far the villagers could not give any concrete clue on any crashed aircraft, Mr. Sekhar Babu said.
The Suryalanka AFS had
also sent a team for reconnaissance of the area, he said.

nohar Parikkar on Saturday

visited the family of flight
lieutenant Kunal Barpatte,
who was navigating the Indian Air Force transport plane
when it went missing, and reassured them that he was
personally monitoring the
Mr. Parrikar expressed his
shock and sympathy to the
parents of the oicer.
I am shocked. This was
one of the IAFs safest and
sturdiest aircraft. How can it
go down? I am personally
monitoring the situation, he
said as he spoke to Rajendra,
father of Mr. Kunal.

Child traicking rampant

in tea gardens, says study
KOLKATA: Closed and sick tea
gardens of north Bengal have
become a hotbed of child
traicking, according to a report by Action Aid.
A study conducted in 20
tea gardens of two blocks
Madarihaat and Kalchini
in West Bengals Alipurduar
district points out that while
dropping out of schools is
common here owing to lack
of financial resources, there
is also rampant traicking in
children through placement agencies.
Agents, both local and a
few outsiders, in the guise of
the so-called placement
agencies lure girls and boys
of the tea gardens of Dooars
with ofer of better jobs in cities, the report prepared by
ActionAid said.
The report, A Study on the
condition of children in the
tea gardens of Alipurduar
district, points out that traditional modes of traicking
such as child marriage, fake
marriage, abduction or kidnapping are not used in the
traicking of minors in these

killed in Bastar
RAIPUR: One member of the

Commando Battalion for

Resolute Action (CoBRA), a
special unit of the Central
Reserve Police Force, was
killed and another injured in
an encounter with Maoists in
the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Saturday.
The encounter took place
in the Bhejji area of Sukma
district when a team of 208
CoBRA Battalion was carrying out a special operation
reportedly on the specific inputs about dreaded Maoist
leader Hidma, sources aid.
The CoBRA team came under fire from the rebels near
Gachanpalli village, resulting in the death of commando Pranjal Pachouri.
A CRPF constable who
sufered injuries was airlifted
to Raipur. There was no oicial word about any causality
on the side of the Maoists.

Agents in the garb of

placement agencies
lure minors with
promise of better
jobs in cities
areas. In a survey in 2016, ActionAid identified 36 missing
children from 10 sick and
closed tea gardens of Alipurduar.
No rehabilitation
The survey found 16 trafficked survivors in five sick
tea gardens, living in extremely vulnerable conditions without any rehabilitative support.
Studies have pointed out
that majority of those missing belonged to the Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled
Castes and were usually taken to Sikkim, Delhi, Chandigarh, Kerala and Nepal.
Asokendu Sengupta, the
chairperson of West Bengal
Commission for Protection
of Child Rights, who initiated the study, admitted to
the presence of placement
agencies in the tea gardens.

low MPs. He urged the new

members to take part in the
proceedings of the standing
committees which he said
were important for a detailed
look at legislation.
departments are competent to draft
laws, but MPs are needed to
study the implications and
fine-print of legislation, he

The Minister said he had

instructed Air Force oicials
to keep in touch with family
members of all the crew of
the ill-fated plane and provide updates on the search
Earlier, the parents had
complained that despite
their repeated eforts to get
information after the news of
the missing plane broke out,
they did not receive a response from the Sulun base
of IAF.
A tweet sent by one of the
relatives addressing Mr. Parrikar led to oicial contact
with the afected family after
30 odd hours. PTI

didnt hesitate. I decided to

go, and contacted two doctors who had trained under
me to come as well, said Dr.
Natarajan, who is the director of Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital in Mumbai.
48 surgeries in one theatre
Only one operation theatre at the Srinagar hospital
was functional for the particular surgeries, and the three
doctors performed a total of
48, said Dr. Natarajan.
In about 10 cases, we removed the pellets. Some of
the patients have sufered
optic nerve damage, cata-

racts, iris and corneal damage, he said. It was completely overwhelming, said
Dr. Hussain, to see young
people who had been caught
in the crossfire the youngest they operated on was 12
sufer from critical eye injuries.
The hospital has three
vitreo-retinal surgeons but
their hands are full in a
week, they have had dozens
of admissions, he said.
By Friday, a second theatre
was set up to treat patients.
That evening, the three doctors flew out, but they have
plans to go back very soon.

Warrant against Srinagar police oicer

SRINAGAR: A court here on Saturday reprimanded the police for failing to lodge an FIR
against a police oicer accused of cold-blooded murder, and issued a non-bailable warrant against the
Senior Superintendent of
Police, Srinagar, for not
obeying the court order.
Chief Judicial Magistrate
Masarat Shaheen had directed lodging of an FIR against a
Deputy Superintendent of

Police, for allegedly killing a

youth outside his house on
July 10 by opening fire from
his personal pistol after the
victim objected to the
thrashing of his mother and
father in Srinagars Batamaloo area.
Violation of order
With the police failing to
lodge an FIR despite court
orders and instead lodging
FIR against protests, the magistrate issued a non-bailable
warrant against the SSP.

She directed the Deputy

Inspector-General of Police,
Central Kashmir, to execute
the order.
Plea rejected
The court also rejected the
application on behalf of the
SSP seeking exemption from
personal appearance. A compliance report has been
sought within two days.
DSP Yasir Qadri is accused
firing at the youth not involved in any protests.
Peoples Democratic Party

Prof. Sengupta told The Hindu that the State government

was considering ways to
check these agencies, including framing a legislation.
Dropouts high
The survey carried out in
two blocks found 333 cases of
children dropping out of
school. Almost 70 per cent of
the parents and children said
they had to drop out because
of financial crisis owing to
distress in the tea gardens.
Majority of the dropouts
were from the Scheduled
Tribes (ST).
Provisions of the Right to
Education (RTE) Act should
be implemented providing
children free and compulsory education till 14 years and
a check should be kept on the
placement agencies, Ashok
Kumar Nayak, programme
manager of ActionAid, said.
Among other issues, the
report also pointed out the
poor nutrition level of children in these tea gardens.
Low wages, water shortage
and poor sanitation were also afecting those living here,
the report said.


WORSHIPPING THE GANGA: Kanwariyas throng Har Ki Pauri to collect pots of water from the Ganga, in Haridwar on
Saturday. The annual pilgrimage by the Siva devotees touch various holy cities. PHOTO: PTI

Stanford University in the

U.S., within two days earlier
this week.
Mr. Moise said here on Saturday that he had made enquiries with some companies of western countries
about the artificial limb before coming to India. While
the companies had demanded Rs.20 lakh for fitting him
with the limb, the BMVSS
has provided it to him free of

JAIPUR: A 39-year-old amputee

A Jaipur Foot on display at

Bhagwan Mahaveer Vikalang
Sahayata Samiti office in
to come to the Rajasthan
capital immediately. After he
came here, the Samiti technicians fitted him with the artificial limb, manufactured in

MP Muzafar Hussain Baig

expressed disappointment
on the reported decision of
the Law Department to file
an appeal in the High Court
against the magistrates
The crime was allegedly
committed by a police oicer, the aggrieved family filed a complaint before the
Chief Judicial Magistrate,
who after prima facie after
satisfying herself directed an
FIR to be registered against
the police oicer, he said.

Man killed
for opposing
gambling racket

Kanwariyas in Har ki Pauri

Car accident victim from

Congo walks on Jaipur Foot
from the Republic of Congo,
who lost his right leg in a car
accident one year ago, is now
walking on the world-famous Jaipur Foot. Kakole
Mbusa Moise, hailing from
Butembo town of the African
country, was going by car
from Congo to Uganda when
Mr. Moise, working as an
electronics dealer, hurt his
right leg, which was amputated to save his life. While
he was walking on crutches,
an Indian friend suggested to
him to go to Jaipur and get
the Jaipur Foot fitted.
The Congo national contacted Bhagwan Mahaveer
Vikalang Sahayata Samiti
(BMVSS) secretary Deependra Mehta, who advised him

CRUCIAL INTERVENTION: Eye surgeons working on patients with

pellet gun injuries in Kashmir. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

injuries after he rammed his

motorcycle into the barricades set up by protesters in
Budgam district of Jammu
and Kashmir, where curfew
and restrictions afected life
for the 22nd day on Saturday.
He was identified as Abdul
Ahad Ganie. His son was
critically injured, a police
spokesman said.
With street protests fast
turning into a faceless agitation, the Lashkar-e-Taiba
(LeT) has asked the people
to follow the protest calls of
Those people who try to
defy shutdowns are asked to
mend their ways as they are
betraying the blood of martyrs. Miscreants and Indian
intelligence agencies are trying to defame the Kashmir
struggle by issuing fake
statements in our name to divide the people, LeT spokesperson Abdullah Ghaznavi said in a statement.
The outfit also distanced
itself from the anti-Amarnath Yatra posters pasted in
parts of south Kashmir.
have extended the shutdown
call till August 5. They urged
women to stage demonstrations in their localities.

Personal care
Happy and satisfied with
the personal care given to
him to ensure that he walks
once again, Mr. Moise said he
would recommend to other
handicapped persons in his
country to reach Jaipur and
get rehabilitated.
BMVSS patron D.R. Mehta
said the Jaipur Foot now had
presence in 27 countries.

KOLKATA: A middle aged man

was allegedly beaten to death
in the Metiaburuz area on
Saturday on the southern
fringes of the city for protesting against the gambling and
liquor racket in the area.
The incident took place
when the deceased Saiful Islam (45) a resident of the Lichubagan area under the Metiaburuz police station got
into an altercation with some
local youths following his
protest against the gambling
and liquor racket in the area.
Mr. Islam was rushed to the
State run SSKM hospital in a
critical condition, where
doctors declared him as
brought dead.
He only protested against
the gambling and liquor
racket in the area and told
them not indulge into such illegal activities as they were
having an adverse efect on
the children of the neighbourhood and they brutally
assaulted him with iron
rods, the family members of
Mr. Islam told media persons
on Saturday.

Dalit woman
forced to drink
urine in Bihar

Central staing agencies to be

linked to integrated info system

DARBHANGA: A Dalit woman


was allegedly beaten up and

forced to drink her urine on
Thursday by four men after
branding her as a witch at
Pipra village in Bihars Darbhanga district, according to
the police.
Four persons beat up a
Dalit woman and subsequently forced her to drink
her urine on for allegedly
practising witchcraft, said
the Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Anjani Kumar.
The woman left the village
after the incident, the oicer
said, adding that she lodged a
first information report on
The incident occurred after some children of the village fell ill and some locals
believed that it might be the
result of witchcraft allegedly
practised by the woman, he
said. PTI

NEW DELHI: To ensure greater

transparency, the government has decided to link the
Central recruitment agencies like the UPSC with the
Integrated Information System for Public Recruitment
Agencies (IISPRA), which
will serve as the window for
display of details of recruitment examinations along
with marks and ranking. The
results will be available
The Ministry of Personnel
has said the National Informatics Centre (NIC), mandated to be the prime builder of e-Government and
e-Governance applications
up to the grassroots and a
promoter of digital opportunities for sustainable development, will develop a website

The scores and

ranking of candidates
will be made public
through the portal,
raising transparency

conducted in the past one

year and the date of announcement of the final results.
Any user can click on the
link for the appropriate examination and then a search
page will be displayed.

Information System for Public Recruitment Agencies.

In a notification, the Department of Personnel and
Training (DoPT) has said the
government has approved
the proposal of the NITI
Aayog to make public the
scores and ranking of candidates through a portal that
increases the access of the
The website will have
links to the web pages of various recruitment agencies,
and each agency will develop
its own web page, with details of the examinations

Search page
The search page will include details of candidates
and their rankings and
scores in a descending order.
The name of a specific
candidate or a specific range
of rankings can also be queried.
It has requested the Ministries and Departments concerned to arrange for the
websites of the recruitment
agencies under their purview to be linked to the Integrated Information System
for Public Recruitment
Agencies, in consultation
with the DoPT and the NIC.

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Russian hackers hit Clinton run

Campaign officials say Moscow might be trying to sway the outcome of the election
WASHINGTON: Computer systems used by Hillary Clintons presidential campaign
were hacked in an attack that
appears to have come from
Russias intelligence services, a federal law enforcement
oicial said on Friday.
The apparent breach,
coming after the disclosure
last month that the Democratic National Committee
(DNC)s computer system
had been compromised, escalates an international episode in which Clinton campaign
suggested that Russia might
be trying to sway the outcome of the election.
Ms. Clintons campaign
said in a statement that intruders had gained access to
an analytics programme
used by the campaign and
maintained by the national
committee, but it said it did
not believe the campaigns
own internal computer systems

Sensitive details
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the fundraising arm for
House Democrats, also said
on Friday that its systems
had been hacked. Together,
the databases of the national
committee and the House organisation contain some of
the partys most sensitive
communications and voter
and financial data.
Meredith Kelly, a spokeswoman for the congressional
committee, said that after it
discovered the breach, we
immediately took action and
engaged with CrowdStrike, a
leading forensic investigator,
to assist us in addressing this
incident. The attack on the
congressional committees
system appears to have come
from an entity known as
Fancy Bear, which is connected to the GRU, the Russian military intelligence
service, according to an oi-


Dhaka attack mastermind

identified, say police
DHAKA: A Canadian citizen
was one of the masterminds
behind a mass killing at a
Dhaka cafe, Bangladesh police said on Saturday, after
new information came to
light following a raid on an
extremist hideout.
whose whereabouts are unknown, returned to Bangladesh from Canada three
years ago. He has since led
and financed eforts to radicalise young Muslims, oicers with knowledge of a
probe into recent attacks
told AFP.
The dual Canadian-Bangladeshi national, in his early
30s, is thought by counterterrorism oicials to lead a

cial involved in the forensic

The same arm of Russias
intelligence operation was
also implicated in the attack
on the national committee,
in which it gained access to
opposition research on Republicans, including the partys presidential nominee,
Donald Trump. Its the same
adversary, the oicial involved in the forensic investigation said. These are sophisticated actors.
The FBI said on Friday it
was examining reports of
cyberintrusions involving
multiple political entities
but did not identify the targets of the attacks.
Voter data
The Clinton campaign
used the program that was
hacked to analyse voter data,
but it did not contain voters
Social Security numbers or
credit card information, a
campaign aide said. The
campaign said it was confident, based on a review by
outside experts, that getting
into the program would not
have allowed the hackers to
gain access to the campaigns
internal e-mails, voice mail
messages or other data.
The reports of attacks
against Democratic Party organisations began in midJune, when the DNC said its
computer systems had been
breached by two groups of
Russian hackers working for
competing government intelligence agencies.
After that breach, WikiLeaks last week released
some 20,000 committee emails, many of them embarrassing to Democratic oicials, which led to the resignation of Debbie Wasserman
Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, as the groups leader.
WikiLeaks founder, Julian
Assange, has made it clear
that he hopes to harm Ms.
Clintons chances of winning
the presidency. The New
York Times News Service


Tamim Chowdhury,
a Canadian national,
allegedly leads
a faction of the
JMB militant group
faction of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)
militant group, blamed for
scores of murders of foreigners and religious minorities.
Interrogation of Hasan
So far what we learnt is
that Tamim Chowdhury is
one of the masterminds of
the attacks of Gulshan cafe
and Sholakia Eid prayer
ground, an oicer told AFP.
Another senior police oi-

Turkey jails 17 journalists

CAMPAIGN MOVES FORWARD: Supporters of Hillary Clinton cheer for her ahead of a rally at Temple
University, Philadelphia, on Friday. PHOTO: AFP

Trump ready for a showdown

WASHINGTON: In his first

campaign stop after Hillary

Clinton formally accepted the
Democratic nomination, Donald
Trump went on a greatest hits
tour, revisiting the headlines of
2015. The Republican nominee
reignited controversies involving
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly,
his mockery of a reporter with a
disability and his false claim
that Muslims celebrated
September 11.
Mr. Trump defended his
discredited statement that
thousands of Muslims in Jersey
City celebrated the terrorist
attack on the World Trade
Center by dancing in the streets.
He also insisted he did not
deride Serge Kovaleski, a
reporter at The New York Times
who disputed his claims, in a
November campaign stop. I
didnt know he was disabled. I
started imitating somebody that

New development body for

hill-country Tamils in Sri Lanka

Donald Trump
was grovelling, said Mr. Trump
on Friday. The Republican
nominee insisted he would
never mock people with
disabilities. Mr. Trumps defence
was that he spends millions of
dollars to make his buildings
compliant with the Americans
with Disabilities Act as well as
that he has a good heart and
is a smart person.
Mr. Trump also insisted yet

again that he did not make a

menstruation reference while
commenting about Fox News
anchor Megyn Kelly during a
debate in August 2015.
Targeting Ms. Clinton, Mr.
Trump asserted: I dont have to
be so nice anymore, Im taking
the gloves off. He added, Just
remember this, Trump is going
to be no more Mr. Nice Guy.
Mr. Trump has already
dubbed Clinton crooked
Hillary and repeatedly used the
phrase on the campaign trail in
recent months.
The Republican nominee also
complained about the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization
(NATO) and U.S. military aid to
overseas allies. In particular, Mr.
Trump expressed his discontent
that we pay rent for our base
to Saudi Arabia. The U.S. closed
its main military base in Saudi
Arabia, Prince Sultan Air Base, in
2003. Guardian
Newspapers Limited, 2016

ANKARA: Turkey was on Saturday holding 17 journalists on

charges of terror group
membership as President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan told
Western critics to mind
your own business over a
relentless crackdown following a failed coup.
But in a goodwill gesture
two weeks after the July 15
coup bid, Mr. Erdogan also
announced he was withdrawing thousands of lawsuits against individuals accused of insulting him.
Turkey has detained more
than 18,000 people over the
attempted putsch which has
been blamed on the U.S.based preacher Fethullah
Gulen a charge he denies
with the relentless crackdown sparking warnings
from Brussels that Ankaras
European Union (EU) membership bid may be in danger.
Twenty-one journalists
had appeared before a judge
in hearings lasting until midnight on Friday. Four were
then freed but 17 were placed
charged with membership
of a terror group, the staterun Anadolu news agency

IN COMMAND: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the

Chief of general staff General Hulusi Akar during a top-level
meeting on Friday. PHOTO: AP
said. Those held include former correspondent for the
pro-Gulen Zaman daily Hanim Busra Erdal.
said fighting between Turkish forces and Kurdish rebels
in the restive southeast of the
country has killed eight
Turkish soldiers and 35 Kurdish fighters.
35 PKK fighters killed
The oice of Turkeys
General Staf headquarters
said on Saturday the eight
soldiers were killed in a clash

BEIRUT: The Syrian branch of

al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Front,
said earlier in the week that it
was breaking ties with the
global terror network, in a
video showing its leader Abu
Mohamad al-Jolani for the
first time. The footage
broadcast by al-Jazeera news
channel followed several
days of online chatter over a
split between al-Qaeda and
its Syria ailiate, a main rival
of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group from which it
wants to distance itself as a
target of foreign air strikes.
Appearing in public for
the first time, Jolani said alNusra changed its name to
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Front
of the Conquest of Syria) and
would unify ranks with other
mainstream fighters in Syria.
We decided to stop operating under the banner of alNusra and to set up a new
front, called Jabhat Fateh alSham, he said. Clad in military fatigues and wearing a
turban, the bearded Jolani
thanked the commanders of
al-Qaeda for having understood the need to break ties.
Analysts said the al-Nusra
front aims to rebrand and defend itself as it comes under
increased pressure after
Moscow and Washington
both agreed to step up joint
groups. AP

AUSTIN: At least 16 people were

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan gov-

Action plan
At present, the Plantation
Human Development Trust
(PHDT), a body comprising
representatives of the Sri
Lanka government, regional
plantation companies and
trade unions, is in place. Set
up in 1992, the PHDTs mandate is to implement social
development programmes

PROVIDING SOCIAL SECURITY: A tea plantation worker in central

for the community. However,
it sufers from several handicaps such as limited scope
and coverage, reliance on
contributions of the plantation companies and the absence of coordination with
other Ministries, departments and agencies.
Its social security net is
not applicable to workers
family members who do not
form part of the workforce in
the estates. Also, the Trusts
functions do not cover small
private estates and those
coming under the control of
Janatha Estate Development
Board and State Plantation
Early this year, the govern-

Baloch was killed by cousin, not brother

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani social

media star Qandeel Baloch
was strangled to death by
her cousin and not by her
brother, a polygraph test

found on Saturday. The test

found that it was her cousin
Haq Nawaz, not her brother
Muhammad Waseem, who
had strangled her to death on
July 15. Waseem was holding
the hands and feet of the
slain model at the time of
murder while Haq Nawaz
strangled her, Geo News
reported. PTI

Taliban seize another district in Helmand

KANDAHAR: An important

district in Afghanistans
Helmand has fallen under
Taliban control after heavy
fighting that killed around 17
police and wounded up to 10
others, an official said on

Helmand provincial
council official Abdul Majeed
Akhonzada said that
Kanashin district has fallen
into Taliban hands.
This means that Taliban
are in control of 60 per cent
of Helmand, he said. AP

ment adopted a five-year action plan of $690 million for

the economic, social and
educational development of
the community. The plan envisages to build 56,500
houses at an investment of
about $575 million. The new
Authority will implement
the action plan as well, an official says.
P. Muthulingam, a Kandybased prominent face of the
community who was involved in the formulation of
the proposal for the body,
says there will be no duplication of functions between
the PHDT and the new setup. The latter will enjoy greater powers.

on Friday afternoon with

Kurdish militants at a checkpoint in the southeastern
Hakkari province. A subsequent operation against the
Kurdish rebels left eight
Kurds dead.
Separately, a further 27
fighters from the Kurdish
Workers Party (PKK) were
killed when Turkish troops
launched an air-and-ground
operation against fighters attempting to infiltrate, the
state-run Anadolu news
agency said, quoting the military. AFP, AP

Syrian ailiate
breaks ties
with al-Qaeda

16 feared dead
in Texas hot air
balloon crash


ernment has decided to set

up a new development authority for the welfare of the
over one-million plantation
community, which essentially comprises hill-country Tamils. To be called the HillCountry New Villages Development Authority, the
organisation will carry out
the functions of planning and
As per an oicial estimate,
nearly one million people are
residing in the estates, and
the plantation sector, as a
whole, provides direct and
indirect employment to 1.5
million people. Around 40
per cent of the residents of
the estates belong to the category of non-workers. The
plantation sector tea and
rubber contributeed
around 20 per cent of export
earnings of Sri Lanka, with
$1.36 billion in 2015.

cer told AFP that Chowdhurys role in fostering extremism was revealed during
the interrogation of Rakibul
Hasan (25), who was arrested in the raid on the hideout.
According to a police first
information report into the
raid, seen by AFP, Chowdhury and others gave him and
the nine militants killed in
the raid money, explosives
and weapons and trained
and advised them.
Police are investigating
whether the JMB faction allegedly led by Chowdhury
has any ties with the Islamic
State (IS), which claimed responsibility for the caf attack, a claim the government
has rejected. AFP

feared dead after a hot air

balloon caught fire and
crashed in a pasture near the
central Texas city of Lockhart on Saturday morning,
according to federal and local authorities.
It does not appear at this
time that there were any survivors of the crash, Caldwell
County Sherif Daniel Law
said in a statement, according to his oice.
Emergency responders in
Texas said the fire hit the
basket portion of the hot air
balloon. The accident is likely to be one of the deadliest
hot air balloon crashes on record. It comes about three
years after 19 people, mostly
Asian and European tourists,
were killed in a hot air balloon crash in Luxor, Egypt.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed the Lockhart crash,
about 50 km south of Austin.
It did not ofer any information on fatalities but said at
least 16 people were on board
the balloon. The FAA said
the crash took place at about
7:40 a.m. (1240 GMT) and
that the National Transportation Safety Board had been
notified. Texas Governor
Greg Abbott ofered his condolences to those killed in
the crash. Reuters

Mistress-dispelling is a booming business in China

With greater opportunities and incentives to be unfaithful, new businesses to
combat the cheating have apparently flourished.

BEIJING: When Wang, a 39year-old
Shanghai, discovered texts
on her husbands phone that
suggested he was having an
afair with one of his employees, she was distraught but
decided to take action.
She searched online for a
mistress dispeller.
Mistress-dispelling services, increasingly common
in Chinas larger cities, specialise in ending afairs between married men and their
extramarital lovers. Typically hired by a scorned wife,
they coach women on how to
save their marriages, while
inducing the mistress to dis-

MAKING MARRIAGE LAST: A Chinese couple holding their marriage

certificate in Beijing in 2012. FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
appear. For a fee that can
start in the tens of thousands
of dollars, they will subtly infiltrate the mistresss life,
winning her friendship and
trust in an attempt to break

up the afair. The services

have emerged as Chinas
economy has opened up in
recent decades, and as extramarital afairs grew more

Counselling, persuasion
A search on Baidu, a Chinese search engine, yields
pages of ads and blogs that
link back to mistress-dispelling companies based in cities
like Shanghai and Guangzhou. After her own search,
Ms. Wang decided to hire
Weiqing International Marriage Hospital Emotion Clinic Group, a mistress-dispelling service in Shanghai.
Weiqing eventually ended
the afair, she said, by persuading the other woman to
take a higher-paying job in

another city.
Weiqing said it started
helping clients like Wang in
2001 in Shanghai, and has
since expanded to 59 cities.
Mistress dispelling typically begins with research on
the targeted woman, said Shu
Xin, Weiqings director. An
investigation team often
including a psychotherapist
and, to keep on the safe side,
a lawyer analyses her family, friends, education and job
before sending in an employee whom Weiqing calls a
The counsellor might
move into the mistresss
apartment building or start
working out at her gym, getting to know her, becoming
her confidante and eventual-

ly turning her feelings

against her partner.
Kang Na, who runs a mistress-dispelling
called the Reunion Co. in the
southern city of Shenzhen,
said counsellors are chosen
for their personality. While
the counsellor goes to work,
the mistress-dispelling service advises the wife on how
to make herself more attractive to her husband.
The companies say it typically takes about three
months to dispel a mistress.
Yu Feng, director of the
Chongqing Jialijiawai Marriage and Family Service
Center, said his team has dispelled 260 mistresses in the
last two years. New York
Times News Service


Foreign exchange reserves decline by $664 mn

More stops per trip in Google Maps for iOS

Future Lifestyle to raise Rs.500 crore

Indias foreign exchange reserves decreased by $664

million to $362.687 billion for the week ended July 22,
RBI said. Special Correspondent

Google Maps for Apples iOS has got a new feature

that allows users to add multiple stops to a
single trip. IANS

Future Lifestyle Fashions is firming up plans to

raise Rs.500 crore to bankroll its fashion retail
business growth. PTI

Bank of India to
allot preference
shares to Centre
NEW DELHI: Bank of India (BoI)
will issue shares on a preferential basis to the government for capital infusion of
Rs.1,338 crore, the public
lender said.
The bank will seek shareholder approval for the same
at its extraordinary general
meeting to be held on August
An extra-ordinary general
meeting will be held on August 30, 2016, to consider... a
special resolution to create,
ofer, issue and allot up to
12,06,60,113 shares of Rs 10
each... aggregating up to Rs
1,338 crore on preferential
basis to the government, the
bank said in a regulatory filing. On the proposed preferential issue, BoI said there is
an ever-increasing need to
raise capital for the bank to
comply with Basel-II and
Basel-III capital adequacy
norms, according to the
The capital raised would
be utilised to shore up the
capital adequacy of the bank
and fund the general business needs, the bank added.
Earlier, this month, the government announced capital
infusion of Rs.22,915 crore in
13 public sector banks for the
current fiscal and BoI is to
get Rs.1,784 crore. However,
the Rs.1,338 crore the bank
will get in lieu of preference
equity to the government
works out to 75 per cent of
the portion meant for each of
these 13 banks. PTI

Bullion Rates
July 30 rates in rupees with
previous rates in brackets

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

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48,970 (48,380)
32,140 (31,680)
47,480 (47,300)
31,340 (30,800)
24,300 (24,000)

India looks to counter U.S.

move on trade sanctions
The sanctions, if approved, could cost India more than $450 million annually
NEW DELHI: The Centre is
weighing all options including retaliatory measures
to counter a U.S. move to
seek imposition of more than
$450 million in trade sanctions against India on the
grounds that New Delhi
failed to comply with the
World Trade Organisation
(WTO) order in the poultry
import ban case.
The WTO Appellate Body
had found that Indias import
prohibition on poultry and
poultry products was discriminatory and more
trade-restrictive than required, and therefore violated WTO norms. As per the
U.S., India failed to comply
with the WTO bodys recommendations within the set
deadline (of June 19) -- a
claim which New Delhi is
contesting on technical
The U.S. now wants an arbitration panel under the
WTO to approve imposing
trade sanctions that could
cost India more than $450
million annually.

Sequencing agreement
According to the WTO,
the U.S. had filed the case
against Indias prohibition
on importation of various
agricultural products (including poultry) from the
U.S. purportedly because of
concerns related to Avian Influenza (bird flu). The U.S.
had claimed that the ban was
against WTO norms and had
hurt its poultry exports to India.
Oicial sources said that
the options now being considered by India include: (i)
raising its concerns -- over

TRADE SPAT: India may retaliate by planning to file as many as

14 cases at the WTO against the U.S. FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
the surprisingly aggressive
U.S. push for such trade
sanctions -- at high-level bilateral meetings in August
(the Strategic & Commercial
Dialogue) and October
(Trade Policy Forum) and
(ii) ensuring through discussions that the U.S. agrees to
withdraw its eforts to seek
an arbitration panel for assessing the quantum of trade
sanctions, and instead give
consent to Indias demand
for a sequencing agreement.
The sequencing agreement is to ensure that the
matter is instead referred to a
WTO compliance panel,
which will look into Indias
claim that it has complied
with the WTO appellate panels recommendations.
The sources said the retaliatory measures that India is
planning include expediting
internal preparations to file
as many as 14 cases at the
WTO against the U.S. alleging that renewable energy

policies of many State governments in the U.S. have

very significant domestic
content requirements violating Americas obligations
under the WTO agreements
on Trade-Related Investment Measures as well as on
Subsidies & Countervailing
We (India) are exploring
all options to protect our interests, a senior oicial said.
The sources said Indian officials from the Department
of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (Ministry
of Agriculture & Farmers
Welfare) and the Commerce
Department, as well as U.S.
oicials from the oice of the
U.S. Trade Representative
and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, had on July 20
held a video conference.
Health certificates
During the conference, India had clearly explained the
notification issued by the
Ministry of Agriculture &

Farmers Welfare, related guidelines and the required

health certificates. The Indian side explained that the
norms were in line with the
international (OIE) guidelines on Avian Influenza and
that they complied with the
WTO order. The sources
said the U.S. did not raise any
major objections during that
conference, adding that India
will, therefore, seek to know
why the U.S. is now keen on
imposing trade sanctions.
India had sought a sequencing agreement with
the U.S. before the June 19
deadline itself in the poultry
However, Washington rejected it saying it could not
enter into such negotiations
especially when India had
not even put out its oicial
notification at that time in
compliance with the WTO
Bird flu
As against the June 19
deadline agreed at the WTO,
Indias final notification (on
poultry import) came only
on July 8. In an interview to
The Hindu on July 13, Commerce Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman had said that
when the case was going on
at the WTO level, the Centre
had received many representations from farmers in states
such as Uttar Pradesh, Tamil
Nadu and Telangana who
had raised their concerns on
such poultry imports.
The Centre also received
legal advice on concerns including bird flu, she said.
Since the notification has
come now, I am sure the U.S.
will take note of it, and there
wouldnt be a basis for

Inventory drop
restricts U.S. Q2
GDP growth to
1.2 per cent

Infosys staf to get

real-time feedback

WASHINGTON: U.S. economic

growth unexpectedly remained tepid in the second

quarter as inventories fell for
the first time in nearly five
years and business investment weakened further, ofsetting robust consumer
Gross domestic product
increased at a 1.2 per cent annual rate after rising by a
downwardly revised 0.8 percent pace in the first quarter,
the Commerce Department
said on Friday. In addition,
the GDP growth estimate for
the fourth quarter was cut by
five-tenths of a percentage
point to a 0.9 percent rate.
Loss of momentum
The three straight quarters of growth rates around 1
percent suggest a significant
loss of momentum that puts
the economy at the risk of
stalling, but economists expect an acceleration in the
second half against the backdrop of strong consumption.
Though the inventory
drawdown weighed on GDP
growth, that is likely to provide a boost to output in the
coming quarters as businesses order merchandise to restock depleted warehouses.
The U.S. economy just
went through a meaningful
inventory correction cycle,
said Harm Bandholz, Chief
U.S. Economist at UniCredit
Research in New York.
In the past, those developments have even led to recessions, but given that potential growth is slower
these days and that other
headwinds occurred at the
same time, one may actually
be tempted to highlight the
economys resilience.
GDP growth rose at a 2.4 percent rate and domestic demand increased at a 2.7 per
cent pace. Reuters

INSTANT KARMA: The app will also allow for feedback from a
larger circle of colleagues. FILE PHOTO: G.R.N. SOMASHEKAR
BENGALURU: Employees in Indias second largest IT services provider Infosys will
soon be able to receive realtime feedback to on their
performance, through a mobile application that the
company is now developing.
The new application will also help the employees gather
feedback from team members on a real-time basis. The
move from the software major is part of the renew and
new strategy introduced by
its CEO Vishal Sikka.
According to a senior oicial, the company has not finalised on the nature of the
application, its functionalities and features. However,
the oicial said the main objective of launching such an
application is to give employees real-time feedback on a
regular basis.
scrapped the Bell Curve system of appraisal for its employees and had launched a
new system called as
'iCount'. Under the new system the company measures
the performance of the employees based on certain targets assigned to them. The
company may turn the
iCount system into an
Through the (iCount)
system we are trying to give

feedback to employees that

are more objective and developmental in nature. We
believe that feedback should
also be future-focused, said
Krish Shankar, Executive
Vice President Group HeadHuman Resources, Infosys.
The company had also
rolled out an initiative called
anytime feedback, as part of
its new performance appraisal system iCount. Under this, an employee can get
feedback from his team
members on a real-time basis.
Appraisal vs feedback
The performance appraisal can be done in a cycle
but giving feedback should
be real-time. We want to use
the concept of crowd-sourcing in our employee feedback, where a person can get
feedback from many members in a team, added Mr
Infosys has attempted to
stem employee attrition
through such initiatives. For
the quarter ended June 30,
2016 the attrition rate went
up to 21 per cent from 17.3 per
cent as against the previous
quarter. In another move, Infosys has decided to ofer Restricted Stock Option to a total of 7,898 high-performing
employees up to mid-level
managers of the company
and its subsidiaries.

Emami Agrotech to set up edible oil plant

KOLKATA: Emami Agrotech Ltd.

(EAL), part of the Emami

Group, is keen on setting up
an edible oil refining facility
in Karnataka as it is central to
the companys plans to increase its footprint in the
western and the southern regions, according to a top
We are looking for land
around Mangalore Port in
Karnataka and JNPT in Maharashtra. A plant near Kandla
Port in Gujarat is under implementation, said Aditya
Vardhan Agarwal, Director,
Emami Group.
Crucial projects
These three projects are
crucial to our plans of expanding our reach in the
west and the south, said
Mr.Vardhan.The company
has edible oil capacity of
4,000 tonnes a day split be-

EXPANDING FOOTPRINT: The company makes edible oils from

mustard, sunflower, soybean and rice-bran. FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
tween Haldia in West Bengal
and Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
EAL makes edible oils like
mustard, sunflower, soyabean, palmolein, rice-bran
and other blended oils. It is
expanding the Haldia capacity by 30 per cent while adding a bakery-fat making facility in Andhra Pradesh.The

Rs.300 crore expansion of

the Haldia facility will make
the unit the largest single-location edible oil refinery in
The company needs small
parcels of land, located in
close proximity to ports. Mr
Agarwal said since the industry was import-dependent,
port-based plant location

was crucial. It had sought the

help of Karnataka Government for getting about 25
acres of land for a Rs.250crore palm and sunflower oil
facility. Edible oil is all
about sourcing and logistics, Mr. Agarwal remarked.
He said that the acquisition of Rasoi Vanaspati in
2014 with which it entered
the vanaspati segment is doing well and the company is
open to acquisitions. He declined further comment but
industry sources said the
company had been ofered a
national brand.
AP facility
It is investing Rs.100 crore
by December to expand its
facility in Andhra Pradesh
where it has capacity to make
1200 tons of palm and sunflower oil, daily. We have in
the pipeline investments of
around Rs.950 crores , Mr.
Agarwal said.

EU banks fail to get clean bill of health

banks could withstand a
three-year theoretical economic shock which ended
with the Italian lender, the
world's oldest, having a core
equity capital ratio of minus
2.44 per cent.

LONDON: Banks from Italy, Ireland, Spain and Austria fared

worst in the latest European
Union stress test, which the
regions banking watchdog
said showed there was still
work to do in order to boost
credit to the blocs economy.
Eight years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers
sparked a global banking
meltdown, many of Europes
banks are still saddled with
billions of euros in poorly
performing loans, crimping
their ability to lend and putting of investors.

Fare badly
While a number of individual banks have clearly
fared badly, the overall finding of the European Banking
Authority - that Europes
banks are resilient to another
crisis - is heartening, Anthony Kruizinga at PwC said.
Italys Monte dei Paschi,
Austrias Raifeisen, Spains
Banco Popular and two of
Irelands main banks came
out with the worst results in
the EBAs test of 51 European
Union (EU) lenders.
Whilst we recognise the
extensive capital raising
done so far, this is not a clean

OLDEST LENDER: Many of Europes banks are still saddled with

billions of euros in poorly performing loans. FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
bill of health, EBA Chairman Andrea Enria said in a
statement. There remains
work to do.
Italys largest lender, UniCredit, was also among those
banks which fared badly, and
it said it will work with supervisors to see if it should
take further measures.
Germanys biggest banks,
Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, were also among
the 12 weakest banks in the
test, along with British rival

Monte dei Paschi, Italys

third largest lender, had been
scrambling to pull together a
rescue plan and win approval for it from the European
Central Bank ahead of the
test results. The Italian bank
confirmed less than an hour
before the results that it had
finalised a plan to sell of its
entire portfolio of non-performing loans and had assembled a consortium of
banks to back a 5 billion euro
capital increase.
The EBA looked at how

Third test
This was the third stress
test in the EU since taxpayers
had to bail out lenders in the
2007-09 financial crisis, with
no pass or fail mark this time
The test involved scenarios including EU economic
output 7.1 per cent below the
baseline over the next three
years and a 20 per cent drop
in interest income.
Based on these results
European banks do have
deeper loss absorbing capacity than previously, but concerns clearly remain around
profitability and the appetite
of equity investors to invest
in bank stocks, said Steven
Hall of KPMG.
Analysts have informally
set a basic pass mark of 5.5
per cent, the threshold set in
the last round of tests in 2014,
and a weak result could raise
question marks over dividend payments. Reuters


16 |

Centre to amend
compensation law
Employers will be penalised up to an amount of Rs.1 lakh
NEW DELHI: Millions of people

working in the unorganised

sector, who sustain injuries
at their workplace, will soon
be eligible for higher compensation from employers as
the Union Cabinet has approved amendments to the
Employees Compensation
Act of 1923.
Although there has been
no oicial communication
on the approval given by the
Union Cabinet, top labour
ministry oicials said Labour
Minister Bandaru Dattatreya
moved the labour law
amendments to the Lok Sabha Secretariat and it is expected to be introduced in
the Lower House in the next
few days.
Injury or death
According to the amendments approved by the Cabinet, employers will be liable
for penalty amount in the
range of Rs.50,000-Rs.1 lakh,
up substantially from Rs.500
at present, in case they fail to
report the authorities about
an accident occurring in
work premises leading to injuries, serious body injuries
or death of a worker.
Employees or their families will be eligible for higher compensation from employers as the latter will no
longer be able to move the
court for paying them a sum
of up to Rs.10,000. At present, employers can move
the High Court for an appeal
against the Labour Commissioners order of paying more
than Rs.300 as compensation. The law will ensure
that employees are not harassed by the employers for a
small amount of compensation. This proposal will help
employees get at least
Rs.10,000 as compensation
without facing legal hurdles, said another senior la-

RESCUE ACT: The law applies to unorganised workers in

factories, mines, plantations and construction. FILE PHOTO: AFP

It will help employees

get at least Rs.10,000
as compensation
without facing legal
bour ministry oicial.
The Employees Compensation Act, enacted in 1923, is
one of the first legislations
providing a social security
net to workers in the country
which covers all work-related injuries. It provides payment of compensation to
workers and their families in
case of injury or death by industrial accidents.
Increased compensation
The law is applicable to
unorganised workers employed in factories, mines,
plantation, construction site
and also, to certain railway
servants. Earlier known as
the Workmens Compensation Act, it was amended by
the UPA government in 2009
to substantially increase
compensation for workers.
The proposed amend-

ment related to a hike in penalty in case of non-reporting

of accidents is a very encouraging move. This will incentivise the employers to report all form of accidents and
once that happens, the judicial proceedings will take
over and the workers or their
dependents can get compensation well within time, said
K.R. Shyam Sundar, professor of human resources management
He said the proposed
change related to increasing
compensation amount not
entitled for appeals from the
employer is a move in tune
with the present level of minimum wages prevalent in the
country compared with 1923.
It doesnt alter the situation
at all. The employers can still
move the High Court. It is
seen that compensation
cases go on for very long because of appeal and counterappeal proceedings that go to
the Supreme Court, Mr Sundar said. He backed a system
of such cases going to the industrial courts.

Infosys co-founder
Kris invests in
GoCoop Solutions
BENGALURU: Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan has
co-invested in GoCoop Solutions and Services, a venture
that provides an online global marketplace for cooperatives and community-based
weavers and artisans.
The Bengaluru-based firm
said it has closed an undisclosed Series A funding from
investors, including Mr.Gopalakrishnan and Saha Fund.
Existing investors Unitus
Seed Fund and Indian Angel
Network led by Naga Prakasam also participated in the
round. GoCoop said that it
plans to utilise the funds to
enhance its marketplace
technology platform and expand its buyer and seller

Helping artisans
I believe that GoCoop is
fulfilling a large unmet, social market need with its disruptive business model,
whose net worth is over
Rs.11,000 crore.
He said the firm matches
his vision of using technology to sustainably solve problems and help artisans and
rural entrepreneurs by
bringing their products to
the global market.
We are focused on building a scalable and profitable
enterprise which can generate significant social impact, said Siva Devireddy,
Chief Executive, GoCoop.
GoCoop said its marketplace
is ensuring a fair price for artisans from over 250 cooperatives and high-quality products to its customers.
The company said that India has over 9 million artisans and many of them are
organised as cooperatives
Grappling with limited local reach, these artisans are
often, heavily exploited by
middlemen and traders resulting in low prices and unfair payment terms, according to the company.





Merging Railway and Union Budget

wont alter the fiscal deficit
Ashok Lavasa, Finance
Puja Mehra about the
proposed reforms of the
budgeting process that the
Centre is working on
Edited excerpts:

is taking care of its own requirements. The Railways

dont have an operating
loss. Their operating ratio
varies but is always around
90 per cent. It has never
been over the top.

Railways Minister Mr.

The next Budget could see

Suresh Prabhu has sought a

merger of the Railway Budget
with the Union Budget. If
accepted, will the move widen
fiscal deficit?

several institutional
changesnew fiscal year and
no plan-non-plan distinction.
How different will the Budget
process be?

We are looking at the proposal. In the past too some

committees have made the
thought has been with us
for some time. My own
sense, without having gone
deep into the matter, is that
it will not make too much of
a diference to the general
budget. It only means that
the Railway Budget will not
be presented separately. It
will alter the numbers [the
expenditure and revenue
projections etc] but I dont
think it will alter the fiscal
deficit. The Railway Budget

For eliminating the distinction between plan and nonplan and replacing it with
revenue and capital expenditures, a decision is already in place. A very elaborate exercise is going on
for both the procedural as
well as the formatting aspects. Soon we should be in
a position to lay down the
new structure of the
The necessity of planning has been underscored.
For every scheme being implemented, a new scheme
conceived or a new project
to be made, the first decision is that the scheme
should have a sunset clause.
This entails two things: you
are able to predict the kind
of resources which will be
required in a given length
of time and the corollary
to that is that you have
given yourself and the

system a certain timeframe

within which the desired
outcome and the output
should be achieved.
There could always be
cases where even after
achieving the output for the
outcome you might have to
wait. This is the thinking
behind the new design. We
are also expecting all the
ministries to undertake an
evaluation of the current
schemes as you happen to
be in the terminal year of
the 12th plan. Should they
decide for good reasons after their evaluation that the
schemes need to continue
then they will have to make
a case for that.

A similar exercise was

undertaken by a committee of
state chief ministers that gave
its report to the NITI Aayog on
centrally-sponsored schemes.
This is the time to take
stock, review, evaluate and
come to a well-reasoned
conclusion on whether
they want to end a scheme
or revamp it, such as the
central sector schemes in
the department of human
resource development or
social welfare or the

The 7th Pay Commission

recommended that no more
pay commissions should be
appointed and a system of pay
revisions linked to
performance should be
introduced. Did the Centre
miss an opportunity to
improve governance and
introduce efficiency by not
accepting it?
The government has accepted recommendations pertaining to
pay and pension.
All the rest, it left
to be decided subsequently. Issues
which are adminis-

trative in nature, those have

been left to respective departments to examine.

So is there a deadline?
The government has not
said it has not accepted or
rejected the other recommendations. Commissions
have made observations,
advice that can not be
strictly categorised as recommendations. But all the
same, since experts go into
issues of governance, the
government does consider
their observations. There is
no deadline, but obviously,
at some point, the ministries will be asked to tell us
their view on those

The government is bottomheavy with perhaps too few

bureaucrats. Do you expect
any decision to rationalise it?
There is an ongoing process in which cadre
strengths are reviewed. All
organised services are supposed to carry out cadre
restructuring exercises every five years. It is at that
point in time you take a
view whether you want to
increase or decrease the
posts, or change the
strengths at the diferent
levels. There are authorities within the government
empowered to create posts
when situations demand it.
Equally, there are rules that
say if a post is sanctioned
but not utilised for a certain
length of time then it lapses.
On the other hand, there
could be an argument that
government should downsize or right-size. There
could be a case to re-engineer the work of the government by which the burden of various departments
is divested. Take the case of
passport services or Registrar of Companies.


India taking up fake brands issue with China

educating the consumers on
intellectual property rights
(IPRs) and working with the
government on regulation
and enforcement.

MUMBAI: India is taking up
with China instances of
copyright or trademark violation under which fake
goods of prominent brands
such as Dabur and Godrej
are being exported to the different parts of the world.
On receipt of complaints
from Indian companies, the
cases of copyright or trademark violations are taken up
at appropriate levels with
relevant government agencies in China by Embassy of
India, Beijing, had recently
said Nirmala Sitaraman,
Commerce and Industry

Fake goods
The assurance comes even
as the Indian customs recently seized crores of rupees worth of fake Lakme,
Ponds, Fair & Lovely
According to the Centre,
the Embassy of India has
come across instances of
Chinese companies infringing upon copyright or trademark of Indian brands and
products such as Natraj, Raymond, JK Files and Tools,
Fevicol, Onida, Godrej, Boro-

LOOK ALIKES: Cases of copyright or trademark violations are

taken up with relevant government agencies. FILE PHOTO
plus, Dabur and some Indian
incense stick brands.
Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), one of the largest
fast moving consumer goods
(FMCG) companies said it
has been actively countering
this problem under its Combating Unfair Competition
(CUC) programme.
In India, the problem is
on account of look-alikes, infringing greys and counterfeits coming into the country
in the guise of parallel imports, an HUL spokesman
We have a well-crafted

strategy which comprises

steps taken on the ground
against counterfeiters and
steps taken to ensure that on
ground actions are efective,
said the spokesperson.
Asked about strategy to
fight parallel imports, the
spokesperson said: The
three pillars of this strategy
are: Setting up requisite
structure with dedicated resources, budgets, training
programmes and developing
bench strength in terms of
expertise to tackle the problem on ground through efective actions, advocacy and

Chinese system
China recognises a first
to file system, which means
that the rights of trademark
belongs to the first person/
company who properly registers the trademark in China. The Chinese side has
acted upon few of the cases
by allowing the Indian companies to register with the
Trademark Oice of the
State Administration for Industry and Commerce of
China. However, the onus of
trademark registration and
protection in China lies on
the enterprises concerned,
said Ms. Sitaraman.As per
the extant rules in China, the
individual enterprise has to
file a case in relevant forum
by hiring a law firm on reported instances of trademark/copyright
infringements. We raised this
matter with the concerned
authorities and sought help
in dealing with makers of
spurious Dabur products in
China, said a Dabur

ITCs packaging business

to invest Rs.100 crore
CHENNAI: ITCs Packaging and
Printing Business will invest
Rs.100 crore to expand its existing product lines at its
plant in Tiruvottiyur, according to a top oicial.
The proposed investment is being made in new
product lines of ITCs Tiruvottiyur Plant, Chennai, to
cater to the growing packaging volumes in various Fast
Moving Consumer Goods
segment, R. Senguttuvan,
Chief Executive Oicer of
ITC Packaging and Printing
Business said in an interview.
The investments which
will be made during the current financial year including
in the rigid box line and the
flexo-printed fluted carton.
Rigid box line will provide


Investments to be
made in the current
financial year include
that for the rigid box
production line
superior packaging solutions
to mobile phone devices and
explore opportunities in
products such as liquor and
chocolates. The flexo printed fluted carton line will
meet the packaging needs for
a range of products in the
pizza, fruits, shoes and consumer durables market with
more protection, value and
enhanced appeal. The flexibles segment will gain with
the addition of a specialty
pouching line for new structures, formats and features in
liquid packaging, ready-toeat and other niche products.

| 17




Telecast schedule

Stevenson retains WBC title

Zimbabwe vs New Zealand: first Test, TEN 2, 1 p.m.

Formula One: German GP, STAR Sports 4 & HD 4, 5.25 p.m.
ProKabaddi League: STAR Sports 2, 3 & HD 2 & 3, 6.20 p.m.
West Indies vs India: second Test, TEN 2, 3 & TEN 1 HD, 8.30 p.m.
PGA Championship: TEN Golf HD, 11.30 p.m.

Canadas Adonis Stevenson made his seventh successful

title defence by knocking out Thomas Williams in the fourth
round to retain his WBC light heavyweight belt on Friday.

Button cleared to race

Jenson Button was given the all-clear on Friday to
continue racing at the German Grand Prix after a
fragment of carbon brake was washed out of his eye.

Desperate Brazil chases elusive football gold

World champion Germany returns to the Games; Asian and African nations can spring a surprise

Mark the Shark lit

up a dark Olympics

he history of football at
the Olympics is a chequered one. Before the World
Cup became the Holy Grail of
the sport, it was the Olympics
which nurtured it. The founder of modern Olympic
Games, Pierre de Coubertin,
was said to have had a special
partiality for the game.

tional Olympic Committee

couldnt properly define who
an amateur was, FIFA decided
not to organise a football tournament at the Los Angeles
Games that year. An eightyear absence of the Olympic
football tournament ensued,
and coupled with the fact that
FIFA held its second World
Cup in 1934, the Olympics was
relegated to second spot.

According to the famous

football writer Brian Glanville,
in 1904, FIFA decided rather
grandly that it alone had the
right to organise a world
championship. In 1908, the
football competition at the
London Games was given oicial status and in 1914, FIFA
made a decision that the competition would represent the
world title in the sport.
In 1932, when the Interna-

Stamping their identiry

So when Brazilian star Neymar was rested for the Copa
America centenary in June
and instead asked to prepare
to lead his team in Rio, what
did it convey? When Europe
and the rest of the football
world looked away, why is
Olympic football so important
to the South Americans?
The answer can both be
found in those intervening
years from 1908 to 1930 and in
the modern-day set up. When
Uruguay won the 1924 and
1928 Olympic gold medals, it
was called The Second Discovery of America, by the Latin American writer Eduardo
Galeano in his Soccer in Sun
and Shadow. It was a way of
stamping their identity.
Match after match, crowds
lined up to see those men, slippery like squirrels, who played
chess with the ball, he wrote.
The English had perfected
the long pass and the high ball,


but these dis-inherited children, begotten in far-of America, did not walk in their fathers footsteps.

hammered at home by Germany 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup

semifinal, they are no longer
the high priests.

They chose to invent a game

of close passes directly to the
foot, with lightning changes in

The prized South American

qualities of individuality and
self-expression are being
sought to be contained within
the European style of technical excellence, often bordering on dogma.

Cut to now, Brazilian football is facing an identity crisis.

In light of the apex of world
football decisively shifting to
Europe and Brazil getting

Carli Lloyd a prolific midfielder

who loves challenges

ill the United Statess

most celebrated women
football player Carli Lloyd be
third-time lucky also? The
team believes so as the twotime Olympic gold medallist
and the 2015 FIFA Player-ofthe-Year is capable of turning
things around under crunch
situations. She is called the
Clutch Player as she scores
those decisive goals.
The London Olympics is
still fresh in the minds of the

Americans. And, it was Lloyd

who delivered for the US. The
gifted midfielder with a golden
pair of feet and known for her
tremendous speed and acceleration, picked up the ball just
inside the midfield and dribbled all the way to the box before unleashing a powerful
right-footer that settled cosily
inside the goal post. The 2-1
win gave the US its third
straight Olympic gold and
broke many a Japanese heart.
For Lloyd, it was the second
time that she had guided the

PHENOMENAL PERFORMER: Carli Lloyd, who has scored all of

USA's goals in its two finals, is hoping to complete her
hat-trick of gold medals at Rio. PHOTO: AP

team to the gold at the Olympics. At the 2008 Beijing

Games, she scored the all-important goal against Brazil in
Rare feat
Now as the US chases its
fourth consecutive Olympic
gold, all eyes will obviously be
on Lloyd, the only player of either gender to have scored all
the goals of a team in two victorious finals.
The tenacious and energetic
34-year old, who loves shopping and watching movies, is
back after a niggling knee injury. Her biggest challenge in
Rio will be to stay at her best.
She may be a bit older than the
rest in the bunch but is surely a
lot wiser and more experienced to work magic for the
Lloyd is a big star now but
back in 2003 she almost quit
the sport as she was dropped
from the under-21 team for
want of national calibre.
At the beginning of her career, she was criticised for being inconsistent and for losing
possession too easily.
But that did not deter her.
She worked hard in proving
her doubters wrong and is
now possibly the planets best
womens football player.

Narsingh decision on Monday

NEW DELHI: The Narsingh Yadav
saga refuses to come to a close.
After two days of arguments,
three days of hearing both parties, including last-minute witnesses, and a fourth day of a
marathon six-hour meeting on
Saturday, the NADA AntiDoping Disciplinary Panel
(ADDP) deferred its decision
on the matter till Monday.
There are lots of documents to go through for the
ADDP, thats why it is taking so
much time. The Panel is looking at every single document
and evidence very carefully.
No decision could be taken
today [Saturday] since the
panel is still waiting for some
records and documents. A decision will now be taken by 4

p.m. on Monday, NADA director-general Navin Aggarwal said on Saturday night.

The lawyers had earlier expressed hope that a verdict
was expected on Saturday or
Monday but Aggarwal had announced early on Saturday
morning that the judgement
would come later in the day.
However, unlike the previous days, there were no sloganshouting supporters even as
Narsingh himself looked anxious, as did his lawyer Vidushpat Singhania. The defendant
and his lawyers left, apparently for dinner, before Aggarwal
called it a day.
No clarity
Sources said while there was
no clarity on the exact reasons
for the delay, the ADDP was

sympathetic to the 26-yearolds predicament, but wanted

concrete proof to give him any
benefit of doubt.
However, Narsinghs lawyers had admitted on day one
itself that while they would
stick to the conspiracy theory,
they did not have any supporting evidence to establish the
same. The evidence of lastminute witnesses on Friday
night has already added another twist to the entire issue.
The WFI has also admitted
Narsinghs chances of going to
Rio were over. In which case,
the stretching of the case
makes no diference to the
wrestlers immediate prospects. Narsingh had tested positive for anabolic steroid Methandienone in two consecutive
tests in a period of 10 days.

And Brazil is now a nation

plagued by endemic corruption and strife. A gold medal at

Neymar carrying the

aspirations of a nation

razil is seeking redemption

in the form of an Olympic
football gold to wash away the
sins of repeated failures that
reached a nadir with the 7-1
loss to Germany at the FIFA
World Cup two years ago. And
Neymar is being looked upon
as the knight in shining armour
to fulfil those aspirations.
Brazil, the most successful
World Cup team with five triumphs, has never won an
Olympic gold. It reached the
final in 2012 after winning five
consecutive matches, but lost
2-1 to Mexico. This is its second big opportunity and Neymar will be looking to exploit
While he may not have been
at his best in the London final
and sufered the agony of
watching the German thrashing from the dugout with a
fractured vertebra, he is in
good shape now.
Our time is yet to come
The 24-year-old has the
faith of his countrymen and
Selecao teammates. I think we
can learn from everything and
if Brazil has still not won this
football gold medal that were
all dreaming of, its because
our time is yet to come. Win-

Indian mens
hockey team,
Bindra arrive

PUEBLA (MEXICO): Argentinas

Olympic football team

complained on Friday that
cash and electronics were
stolen from its players hotel
rooms while they were
playing a friendly in Mexico.
Argentina Football
Association (AFA) vicepresident Claudio Tapia
said the theft took place
when Mexico and the South
American team played to a

0-0 draw in the central city

of Puebla on Thursday
night. It was the last
preparation game before
both countries compete in
the Olympics.
When we returned at
11-40 p.m. and went up to the
rooms, we realised that they
had been robbed, Tapia
said, without going into the
details as how much money
was taken.
The Mexican Football

Federation said in a
statement late on Friday that
an agreement was finally
reached between the AFA,
the Camino Real hotel and
an insurance firm.
Tapia said earlier that the
team had given several
statements to the authorities
and complained of a total
lack of respect in the way
the whole issue was
handled. AFP

hen Mark Spitz raced to

his fifth gold and fifth
World record at the Schwimmhalle swimming pool in Munich, a Russian journalist suggested to his American
counterpart: Perhaps the
Olympic oicials should check
Spitz more closely he may
have the genes of a dolphin!
Spitz wasnt finished yet. He
won two more gold and set two
more World records. Seven
golds. Seven World records.
Nobody had done something like that in any sport in
the Olympics before. Nobody
has done anything like that after that. Not even Michael
Phenom Phelps, who won
eight golds in 2008.
What Spitz did in Munich
defies belief. It is something
you get to see once in decades.
He also ensured that the
Games would also be remembered for some right reasons,
not just the infamous massacre. Spitz, a Jew, was given
special protection during the
He was determined to win a
gold in every event he participitated, something he could not
do four years earlier in Mexico
City despite his brash claim.
He had been a bit reluctant
to swim the 100m freestyle and
told a television channel: If I
swim six and win six, Ill be a
hero. If I swim seven and win
six, Ill be a failure.
He became a hero, of course.
But, he quit competitive sport,
soon after. At the age of 22.
Nobody counted, but I easily swam over 15 million yards

ning at the Maracana would be

incredible, unforgettable, and
you can be sure well give our
best on the pitch to make this
happen, the Barcelona star
has been quoted as saying.
The captain of the Selecao,
Neymar has the full attention
of coach Rogerio Micale, who
has had a long career dedicated to the development of
young players.
After a good season with
Barcelona, Neymar will have
to showcase his sublime skills
and creativity during the big
His combination with Gabriel Jesus, the Palmeiras

striker who is the highest

scorer in the Brazilian league,
assumes importance in the absence of Douglas Costa and
Fred. Costa, the Bayern Munich winger, is injured, while attacking midfielder Fred has
not been released by Shakhtar
World Cup legend Ronaldo
sees a great possibility in
Neymar leading Brazil to the
Neymar remains the driving
force that could help Brazil
erase the disappointments of
the 2014 World Cup and the recent

and made half a million fliSp

turns in my career, he said in
his biography. But those kinds
of numbers dont guarantee
Spitz was marked for success from a very early age. He
had learnt swimming on the
Waikiki beach in Honolulu as a
little boy.
As he grew up, he was nicknamed Mark the Shark. And
this shark just ate up the

Mark Spitz
Country: USA
Sport: Swimming
Medals: 11
Mexico (1968): Gold:

4x100m freestyle relay,

4x200m freestyle relay.
Silver: 100m butterfly.
Bronze: 100m freestyle.
Munich (1972): Gold: 100m
freestyle, 200m freestyle,
100m butterfly, 200m
butterfly, 4x100m freestyle
relay, 4x200m freestyle relay,
4x100m medley relay.

IOC board to review

final preparations,
Russia doping
RIO DE JANEIRO: Less than a week

BIG RESPONSIBILTY: The talismanic Neymar has the unenviable

task of leading Brazil, as it embarks on a quest for a maiden
gold medal, in front of a partisan crowd. PHOTO: AFP

Mark Spitz. FILE PHOTO

before the opening of the

Olympics, IOC leaders will
meet in Rio de Janeiro this
weekend to review the final
preparations for the Games
and deal with the fallout from
the doping scandal that has led
to the exclusion of more than
100 Russian athletes.
The International Olympic
Committees ruling executive
board opens a two-day meeting
on Saturday, its last formal
gathering before next Fridays
opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium.
The meeting comes less than
a week after the IOC board decided not to ban Russias entire
team from the Games because
of State-sponsored doping. Rejecting calls by more than a
dozen anti-doping agencies for
a complete ban on Russia, the
IOC left it to individual sports
federations to vet which athletes could compete or not.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday that,
so far, 272 of the countrys ath-

letes had been cleared by international federations, out of an

original team of 387.
More than 100, however,
have been barred, including the
track and field team banned by
the IAAF and more than 30 other athletes rejected under new
IOC eligibility criteria.
weightlifting team was kicked
out of the Games on Friday for
what the international federation called extremely shocking doping results that brought
the sport into disrepute.
The IOC has been roundly
criticised by anti-doping bodies, athletes groups and Western media for not imposing a
total ban on Russia. Pressure
for the full sanction followed a
World Anti-Doping Agency report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren that accused
Russias sports ministry of
overseeing a vast doping conspiracy involving the countrys
summer and winter sports athletes. AP

Love in the time of the Olympics

The quadrennial extravaganza has brought together many a champion

RIO DE JANEIRO: Indian mens

hockey team led by goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh and 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist
shooter Abhinav Bindra has
checked into the Olympic Village ahead of the Rio Games
starting August 5.
The hockey team settled into the building, where the Indian team is housed and immediately got around to meet
their colleagues from other
Also arriving in the early
hours today was Bindra, the
only Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics.
He won a gold in 2008
Games in Beijing. PTI


Argentina team robbed at hotel

home will perhaps be the most

efective of balms.
Its also that South America
has not made a huge impact on
the Olympics. Brazil has a sum
total of 23 gold medals.
Argentinas glory days ended in the 1950s but for the backto-back football golds in 2004
and 2008.
Paraguay has been on the
podium only once silver in
football in 2004 and Uruguays
two golds were both for foot-

ball. I know that this gold

medal has eluded Brazil so far,
and we will do everything to
try to win it, Neymar said.
Its rare that a country like
Brazil, considered the land of
football, still hasnt won this
The tournament, which is
an under-23 event with a maximum of three older players allowed per team, often features
surprises. In the past, those
from Africa and Asia have
fared well and the likes of Nigeria, South Korea and Japan
can be expected to come good.
Of the 18 medals awarded
since 1992, South America has
eight, Europe and Africa have
shared another eight while
Asia and Latin America have
one each.
In Rio, World champion
Germany will be making its
first appearance in 28 years
and in its ranks will be the 20year-old Bayer Leverkusen attacker Julian Brandt, one
marked for a bright future.
Newly-crowned European
champion Portugal has a reputation for unearthing fine
young talent and it needs to be
kept an eye on. Mexico, the
2012 gold medallist, is always a
tough nut to crack.
All said and done, it will be
an Olympics for the Americas
in general and Brazil in particular. Win or lose, they will be
the story.

Great Britain and Hungary

are the only nations to have

won the Olympic football gold
medal thrice.
No woman has scored more

goals in the Olympic Games

than Brazilian Cristiane Rozeira: five at Athens 2004, five at
Beijing 2008 and two at London 2012.
The only time in which foot-

ball was excluded after gaining status as an Olympic sport

was in Los Angeles 1932.


oger Federer, who

brought back the
romance of tennis with his
artistry and made many of
us fall in love with the
sport again, found the love
of his life at Sydney in
Federer and Miroslava
(Mirka) Vavrinec were
members of the
Switzerland team. While
an unseeded Federer lost in
three sets in the mens
singles bronze medal
match, Mirka sufered
defeat in the opening
round of the womens
The bitterness of those
losses was washed away by
their romance that
blossomed in the Olympic
Village. We kissed for the
first time in Sydney,
Federer would reveal later.
The Federers have
company with a few other
Olympians, more
decorated than them,
becoming a couple.
Miss Perfect 10 Nadia
Comaneci of Romania
clinched nine medals
during her Olympic
journey that made her the

JOY DOWN UNDER: Love blossomed for Roger Federer and

Mirka Vavrinec at Sydney after the Swiss players had a
forgettable outing at the 2000 Olympics. FILE PHOTO
most famous gymnast of all
time. Her Mr. Perfect, Bart
Connor of the United
States, has two golds.

Angeles Olympics,
attended it nevertheless.
Connor won both his
medals at those Games.

They had met, as

teenagers, for the first time
shortly before the
Montreal Olympics, where
Comaneci would make
history by scoring a perfect
10. They had even kissed, at
the request of a
photographer, after their
triumph at the American
Cup in New York.
Comaneci, who had retired
before the 1984 Los


Theirs wasnt the first

marriage between an
American and European
Olympian. At the 1956
Olympics, hammer
thrower Hal Connolly met
Czechoslovakian discus
thrower Olga Fikotova.
After striking gold at
Melbourne, they married a
year later in Prague,
watched by 40,000 people.

Nikolai Andrianov and

Lyubov Burda achieved
even more success as an
Olympic couple. He
remains the most
decorated male gymnast
with 15 medals, while she
won a gold each in Mexico
and Munich. They married
in 1973, after the Munich
The other couples who
were struck by Cupid
during the Olympics
include swimmer Anita
Lonsbrough and cyclist
Hugh Porter, who met in
Tokyo in 1964, and shooters
Katerina Kurkova and
Matthew Emmons, who
found each other at Athens
in 2004.
And, there is a tale that
did not develop into a love
story. The backdrop was
the 1960 Olympics in
Rome. It featured the
boxing light heavyweight
gold medallist and the
fastest woman of that
Cassius Clay, who would
become Muhammad The
Greatest Ali had a big
crush on sprinter Wilma
Rudolph. But, he would
disclose decades later, he
was too shy to tell her.

18 |


India strikes early blows

Kiwis build
huge lead

CRICKET / Blackwood shows some defiance; Samuels digs in

BULAWAYO: Tons from Ross

Taylor and B-J. Watling and

Trent Boults three-for moved
New Zealand closer to a huge
win over Zimbabwe in the first
Test on Saturday.
Zimbabwe finished the day
at 121 for five after Taylor (173
n.o.) and Watling (107) set up
New Zealand's total of 576 for
six declared. Boult struck
three times in six deliveries to
send Zimbabwe crashing to 17
for four in their second
Craig Ervine's unbeaten 49
helped the hosts recover to 121
for five at the close of day
three. AFP

KINGSTON: Middle-order bat-

sman Jermaine Blackwoods

(62) fighting half-century lifted a lacklustre West Indies to
88 for four at lunch on the
opening day of the second
Test against India here on
The Indian seamers utilised
the conditions at the Sabina
Park to perfection as Ishant
Sharma and Mohammed Shami reduced the hosts to seven
for three before of-spinner R.
Ashwin struck at the stroke of
On a pacy green track, Sharma extracted good bounce to
dismiss opener Kraigg Brathwaite (1) and Darren Bravo of
the very next delivery.
Bravo fails again
Bravos poor run with the
bat continued as he failed to
read the Delhi pacemans
length ball outside of to be
caught brilliantly by India
skipper Virat Kohli.
Shami then packed of the
other opener Rajendra Chandrika (5) with a slightly backof-length delivery, which induced the right-hander to go
for a flash but instead got a
thick edge to be caught in the
slips by K.L. Rahul.
Veteran Marlon Samuels
and Blackwood led the fightback with an 81-run stand for
the fourth wicket.
Blackwood was unfazed by
the situation and played his
natural game. His run-a-ball 62
included seven 4s and four 6s,
before one from Ashwin turned sharply to trap him in front
of the wicket just before the
lunch break.
Samuels (14) and Roston
Chase were at the crease when

Paes wins
Italy Challenger
BIELLA (ITALY): Leander Paes and

Andre Begemann beat top

seeds Andrej Martin and Hans
Podlipnik-Castillo 6-4, 6-4 in
the final of the 85,000 mens
Challenger tennis tournament
here on Saturday.
The results: 85,000 Challenger, Biella (Italy): Final: Andre Begemann (Ger) & Leander Paes bt Andrej Martin (Svk) & Hans
Podlipnik-Castillo (Chi) 6-4, 6-4.
$50,000 Challenger, Lexington
(USA): Semifinals: Luke Saville &
Jordan Thompson (Aus) bt Jeevan
Nedunchezhiyan & Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-5, 6-2.

Zimbabwe 1st innings: 164.
New Zealand 1st innings: M.

LONE FURROW: Despite wickets falling around him, Jermaine Blackwood went on to make a
plucky run-a-ball half-century. PHOTO: AP
the umpires called for lunch.
Earlier, West Indies skipper
Jason Holder won the toss and
elected to bat. West Indies included debutant pacer Miguel
allrounder Carlos Brathwaite.
India, meanwhile, picked
opener Rahul in the playing XI
in place of the injured M. Vijay. IANS

West Indies 1st innings:

K. Brathwaite c Pujara b Ishant 1

(6b), R. Chandrika c Rahul b Shami 5
(17b), D. Bravo c Kohli b Ishant 0 (1b),
M. Samuels (batting) 14 (71b, 1x4,
1x6), J. Blackwood lbw b Ashwin 62
(62b, 7x4, 4x6), R. Chase (batting) 0
(3b); Extras (w-2, nb-4): 6; Total (for

four wkts. in 26 overs): 88.

Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Brathwaite),
2-4 (Bravo), 3-7 (Chandrika), 4-88
India bowling: Ishant 6-1-24-2,
Shami 6-1-13-1, Ashwin 4-1-13-1,
Umesh 5-1-20-0, Mishra 5-2-18-0.
Toss: West Indies.

Guptill c Ervine b Chibhabha 40, T.

Latham c Chari b Masakadza 105, K.
Williamson c Masakadza b Cremer
91, R. Taylor (not out) 173, H. Nicholls
c Chari b Tiripano 18, I. Sodhi c Chari
b Chinouya 11, B-J. Watling c (sub)
Muzarabani b Raza 107; Extras (b-15,
w-4, nb-12): 31; Total (for six wkts.
dec, in 166.5 overs): 576.
Fall of wickets: 1-79, 2-235, 3272, 4-299, 5-323, 6-576.
Zimbabwe bowling: Chinouya
26-6-79-1, Tiripano 28-4-82-1, Masvaure 10-0-38-0, Cremer 53-4-187-1,
Sikandar Raza 25.5-4-106-1, Chibhabha
Zimbabwe 2nd innings: C.
Chibhabha c Taylor b Boult 7, H. Masakadza c Taylor b Southee 4, B. Chari b Boult 5, C. Ervine (batting) 49, P.
Masvaure lbw b Boult 0, Sikandar Raza c Latham b Wagner 37, G. Cremer
(batting) 14; Extras (lb-5): 5; Total
(for five wkts. in 21 overs): 121.
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-12, 3-17, 417, 5-86.
New Zealand bowling: Southee
5-1-35-1, Boult 5-1-33-3, Wagner 4-018-1, Santner 5-0-19-0, Sodhi



Veteran Herath does

the star turn for Sri Lanka
PALLEKELE: Left-arm spinner
Rangana Herath backed up
Kusal Mendiss superlative effort as Sri Lanka stunned topranked Australia by 106 runs in
the rain-afected first Test
here on Saturday.
Herath finished with impressive match figures of nine
for 103 to help the hosts bundle
out Australia for 161 on the
fifth and final day. The visitors, who made 203 in their
first innings, were chasing a
challenging 268.
Australia skipper Steve
Smith provided some resistance with a gritty half-century.
Then, the injured Steve
OKeefe, who could not run,
and Peter Nevill frustrated Sri
Lanka with a 178-ball partnership for the ninth wicket during which only four runs were
scored.Herath bagged the last
Australian wicket to fall by
cleaning up OKeefe, triggering wild celebrations in the Sri
Lankan camp. AFP

Dogged, defiant
The Nevill-OKeefe

partnership was the slowest

(minimum 100 balls) in Test

THE TORMENTOR: Rangana Herath, who bowled Sri Lanka to

victory with a five-for, celebrates the wicket of Steve O' Keefe.

Their run-rate of 0.13 an

over was slower than Hashim

Amla and A.B. de Villierss
253-ball 27 (vs India, New
Delhi, 2015).

Nevills knock of nine from

115 balls was the thirdslowest (min. 100 deliveries).

Only John Murrays 3 off

100 (Eng vs Aus, 1963) and

Geoff Millers 7 from 101 (Eng
vs Aus, 1978) were slower.

Sri Lanka 1st innings : 117.
Australia 1st innings : 203.
Sri Lanka 2nd innings : 353.
Australia 2nd innings : J.

Burns b Sandakan 29, D. Warner b

Herath 1, U. Khawaja lbw b Dilruwan
Perera 18, S. Smith lbw b Herath 55,
A. Voges c & b Herath 12, M. Marsh
lbw b Herath 25, P. Nevill c Chandimal b de Silva 9, M. Starc c & b Sandakan 0, N. Lyon lbw b Sandakan 8, S.


Nico Rosberg grabs German GP pole Walker, Streb ahead

HOCKENHEIM: With a bold fastest

lap in the final minutes of a

tense qualifying session on
grabbed pole position ahead of
his world championship-leading Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for the German
Grand Prix.
The German produced a
startling lap of one minute and
14.323 seconds to outpace the
defending champion by 0.123
seconds, after having been
forced to abort his first flying
lap in the third qualifying ses-

sion with electrical problems.

When Hamilton went on his
final lap, he was unable to improve and regain the initiative
as Rosberg, on home soil, set
himself up for a chance to regain the lead in the drivers
It was the 31-year-old Rosbergs 27th career pole.
Behind the two Silver Arrows came Daniel Ricciardo,
in his 100th Grand Prix, ahead
of Red Bull teammate Max
Meanwhile, Team Mer-

cedes was fined 10,000 for

unsafe release of Lewis Hamilton from the pits during the
final free practice.
Three-time World Champion Hamilton was released
from the garage into the path
of Haas driver Romain Grosjean, who had to bring his car
to a halt to avoid a collision, in
the early part of the morning
The grid:
1. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 3. Daniel
Ricciardo (Red Bull), 4. Max Verstap-

pen (Red Bull), 5. Kimi Raikkonen

(Ferrari), 6. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), 7. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India),
8. Valtteri Bottas (Williams), 9. Sergio Perez (Force India), 10. Felipe
Massa (Williams), 11. Esteban Gutierrez (Haas), 12. Jenson Button (McLaren), 13. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso),
14. Fernando Alonso (McLaren), 15.
Romain Grosjean (Haas), 16. Jolyon
Palmer (Renault), 17. Kevin Magnussen (Renault), 18. Pascal Wehrlein
(Manor), 19. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), 20. Rio Haryanto (Manor), 21. Felipe Nasr (Sauber), 22. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber). AFP


Maini and Mahadik share the days honours

Krishnaraaj D.
Mahadik and Kush Maini won
one race each in the newlylaunched Euro JK-16, the premier class in the first round of
the 19th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship
at the Kari Motor Speedway
on Saturday.
Maini won the opening race
hands down and Mahadik
worked hard for his win in the
second, which witnessed quite
a few slips, spins, pile-ups and
a re-start.
The very first lap had an incident and resulted in a 30minute delay to get the cars in
shape and form a healthy grid.



TIGHT CONTEST: Vishnu Prasad (No.6), was pushed hard by

Ashwin Sundar (No.7) in the F-LGB4 race, but a mistake from
the latter on the penultimate lap let the race-leader off the
It seemed to upset the calculations of Maini and a few others, who could not find their
feel after that.
Despite all the confusion,

Mahadik managed the situation like a master.

The race of the day was the
one between Vishnu Prasad
and Ashwin Sundar in the For-

mula LGB4 class.

The former seemed to be in
command for the most part of
the race. But Ashwin quietly
worked his way through the
field and positioned himself
well to attack the leader in the
closing stages.
Ashwin, back on the track
after a three-year layof, slid a
bit in the first corner of the
penultimate lap, letting Vishnu of the hook.
Before Ashwin could recover, S. Sudarshana Rao sneaked
through and went on to finish
second. Ashwin, putting up a
brave fight, took third spot.
Ashish Ramaswamy of Red
Rooster Performance proved
his class in the Indian Touring
Cars race, clocking 12:24.973s

for the top spot, followed by

veterans C. Rajaram and D. Vidyaprakash, both Prime Racing, for the next two slots.
The results (provisional):
Euro JK-16: Race-1 (15 laps): 1.
Kush Maini 14:45.354; 2. Akhil Rabindra 14:48.002; 3. Anindith Reddy
Konda 14:49.023. Race 2: 1. Krishnaraaj Mahadik, 2. Anindith Reddy; 3.
Aakash Gowda.
Formula LGB4: Race 1 (15 laps):
1. Vishnu Prasad (Meco Racing)
18:20.004; 2. Sudarshana Rao Karwal (Dark Don Racing) 18:22.323; 3.
Ashwin Sundar (Dark Don Racing)
ITC: 1. Ashish Ramaswamy (Red
Rooster Performance) 12:24.973; 2.
C. Rajaram (Prime Racing) 12:25.852;
3. D. Vidyaprakash (Prime Racing)


er and Robert Streb shared a

two-shot, 36-hole lead at the
PGA Championship on Friday
with Jason Day, Henrik Stenson and Martin Kaymer lurking nearby.
Streb rolled in a 21-foot birdie putt on his last hole for a
round of 63 to tie with Walker
(66), both tallying nine-under
Walkeremerged from nowhere, after finding his putting stroke, notwithstanding
his sole bogey of the day on the
par-five 18th.
Walker and Streb will seek
to make a year of four firsttime Major winners, following
Englands Danny Willett at the
Masters, U.S. Open winner
Dustin Johnson and Henrik
Stenson at the British Open.
World No. 1 and defending
champion Jason Day was tied
with 23-year-old Emiliano
Grillo of Argentina on 133, a
stroke ahead of British Open
winner Stenson.
Day came alive after a double-bogey at the par-four seventh put him two-over for the
round. The Australian roared
back with seven birdies in his
next eight holes on his way to a
65, while Grillo birdied four
holes on his first nine in shooting 67.
Stenson posted his second
successive 67 for fifth place on
Another shot back were
2010 PGA winner Martin
Kaymer (69), and Americans
Patrick Reed (65) and Brooks

OKeefe b Herath 4, J. Hazlewood

(not out) 0; Total (in 88.3 overs): 161.
Fall of wickets : 1-2, 2-33, 3-63, 496, 5-139, 6-140, 7-141, 8-157, 9-161.
Sri Lanka bowling : Pradeep 6-316-0, Herath 33.3-16-54-5, Dilruwan
Perera 13-3-30-1, Sandakan 25-849-3, de Silva 11-7-12-1.
Man-of-the-Match : Mendis.
Sri Lanka won by 106 runs and
leads series 1-0.

BCCI panel to
discuss series
in USA
MUMBAI: The BCCI has con-

Robert Streb. PHOTO: AFP

Koepka (67).
Meanwhile, Anirban Lahiri
failed to recreate his performance of 2015 and exited midway through, carding a second
successive three-over 73 to
miss the cut by four shots.
Last year, the 29-year-old
finished tied-fifth, the best-ever by an Indian at a Major.
Leading scores: 131 [Jimmy
Walker (65, 66) & Robert Streb (68,
63)]. 133 [Emiliano Grillo (66, 67) &
Jason Day (68, 65]. 134 [Henrik Stenson (67, 67)]. 135 [Martin Kaymer
(66, 69), Patrick Reed (70, 65),
Brooks Koepka (68, 67)]. 136 [Hideki
Matsuyama (69, 67), Harris English
(67, 69), Rickie Fowler (68, 68), Jamie Donaldson 69, 67)].

vened a working committee

meeting in Mumbai on August
2 to discuss the West Indies
Cricket Boards proposal for a
T20 series in the US soon after
the conclusion of the ongoing
Test series.
The WICB and BCCI executives have been in discussions
about two T20 matches in
Florida during the week following the fourth Test.
Besides ICCs clearance
since the US cricket body is
suspended the tour had
faced logistical hurdles, including visas for the Indian
However, a BCCI insider revealed that it has got an informal assurance from the authorities concerned that the
visas will be processed in time.
Since BCCI president Anurag Thakurs idea of a mini-IPL
in USA in September did not
materialise, the Board is keen
on a series against the World
Twenty20 champion.
The working committee
meeting will also discuss the
roadmap for the administrative reforms ordered by the
Supreme Court.
The Lodha committee has
invited Thakur and BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke for a meeting on August 9.
The working committee and
the SGM on August 5 will chart
out BCCIs reservations about
some of the measures as well
as plans for amending its rulebook.


The Dakshin Dare

I will show Indians the Egyptian way
begins today



SU | DO | KU

Cyrus Poncha and Maniam

have already set upa system?
Will there be an Ashraf


BENGALURU: A record 110 teams

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.

will revv up their engines

when the eighth edition of the
Maruti Suzuki Dakshin Dare is
flagged of here on Sunday.
Coorg, Murudeshwar, and
Shimoga will be their ports of
call along the way before the
rally reaches its conclusion in
Goa on August 6. The rallyists
will cover five legs spread
over six days and traverse over
2,200km before the winner is
The event comprises three
categories: Ultimate Car, Ultimate Bike and Endurance.
All eyes will be on defending champion Sandeep Sharma and whether he can hold on
to the Ultimate Car category
Duking it out with him for
top honours will be the ninetime winner of the Raid-de-Himalaya and three-time winner
of Desert Storm, Suresh Rana.
Also in the mix and expected to do well are time-speeddistance champions Jagmeet
Gill and Chandan Sen.
With the monsoon at its vigorous best the past few days
have seen heavy rains inundat-

A record 110 teams will be

in action

The rallyists will cover five

legs spread over six days and

traverse over 2,200km

The event comprises three

categories: Ultimate Car,

Ultimate Bike and Endurance

ing parts of the garden city

and with the rally set to move
further into the Western
Ghats, most participants agree
that the conditions and driving
on varied terrain are the factors which make it a tough rally to compete in.
Vinay Pant, assistant vicepresident-marketing, Maruti
Suzuki, said: The journey of
Dakshin Dare has been more
than overwhelming since its
inception in 2009. Nothing
gets better than a rally in the
tough terrains.
It fills us with immense
pride to witness a property becoming a brand in itself, and
the participation numbers are
indicative of the same.
(S.V. Sriram is covering the
event on the invitation of Maruti Suzuki).


The new foreign

coach of the Squash Rackets
Federation of India (SRFI),
Ashraf El Karargi, is all set for
his first assignment with the
Indian junior team.
The 51-year-old is looking
forward to the World championship in Bielsko-Biala in
Poland from August 7 to 16.
The expectations are very
high for the boys team. Their
confidence will play a big
role, said Ashraf in an interview to The Hindu here on
The Egyptian, who holds a
German passport, said his focus would be to try and instil
the belief that it was very
much possible to defeat the
Egyptians. It is more mental
(than anything else), said
Ashraf, who has signed a oneyear contract with the Sports
Authority of India.
Expectations from the Indian
team in the World juniors?
The expectations are very
high for the boys team and individual events. The players
have to believe in themselves.
They play at a high level and
are in very good shape. Their

PEP TALK: Ashraf El Karargi, foreign squash coach of SRFI,

interacts with players in Chennai. PHOTO: M. VEDHAN
confidence will play a big role.
The three tough teams are
Egypt, England and France. I
think India can spring a
Medal chances?
Reaching the final, they can
do, even win, they can. (But) I
cant promise. They have less
experience, but immense potential and talent, are hungry. I
think self-belief is important.
Among the boys and girls, who
are the bright prospects?
Four boys are very strong;
Velavan, Aditya (Raghavan),
Abhay Singh and Ranjith are in
very good shape. It is a matter
of confidence. They are very

tense, which means they feel

the responsibility. My role is
to release the pressure.
Filling the shoes of Maj.
I like challenges. Without
challenge, there is no fun. I
came here for the challenge. I
want to have success with the
team. Egypt is big in world
squash. Some people believe
that no team can beat Egypt. I
believe no. In May, when I
came here I saw a lot of potential. Maniam has done a great
job. He has entrusted me with
a big responsibility. I feel I can
live up to it.
Is it not easy for you since

As far as I see, its not diicult to understand the structure. My job is to attract the
players and do things I want
them to do. I have two targets;
first is to improve the players
at the Indian Squash Academy.
And, next is to follow the academy (players) and try to build
a new generation of players.
That is very important. It will
not come in one year for sure.
You will get the results after
two to three years. I will continue to do what Poncha & Maniam did. I will (also) try to
build a new team of trainers
because it is important to have
coaches for their (players) improvement. I will try to improve coaches and players. I
will do my best. I will show
them the Egyptian way.
Apart from putting in place
a structure and a system, after
a while I will try to bring a few
Egyptian players to practice
with the juniors here. Just to
give them confidence. They all
think Egyptians are diicult to
beat. I have to break it. It is
more mental.


Volkswagen to
support eforts
to bring WRC
to India

bring the prestigious World

Rally Championship to India
will have whole-hearted support from Volkswagen Motorsport, team boss Jost Capito
said here on Saturday.
Capito, who is set to take
over as Formula One McLaren
team CEO soon, said India is a
fast developing economy and
it is only good for the sport to
be there.
India is one of the upcoming and emergent markets and
its really valid to have rallies
in important and emergent
So we would be very supportive of having a rally in India. Thats for sure, Capito
told reporters on the sidelines
of the Finland round of the
WRC here.
Asked if they will go an extra yard to make this happen,
We work with Volkswagen
India, we support them in development of cars. They have
a rally programme. We are in
regular contact with VW Motorsport India to support them
and also to get the programme
approved, he said.
FIA President Jean Todt had
showed willingness to have a
WRC round in India when he
said that India has the potential to host an international rally. PTI

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A clash of equals on current form


PROKABADDI LEAGUE / Pirates will be keen to defend their title against Panthers



HYDERABAD: It will be a clash of

equals on current form when

defending champion Patna Pirates takes on first edition winner Jaipur Pink Panthers in the
final of the STAR Sports-ProKabaddi League (PKL) Season 4
at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Sunday.
Buoyed by the creditable win
over local favourite Telugu Titans in the second semifinal,
Panthers captain Jasvir Singh
will look to his teammates to
continue the good work to regain the title.
Jasvir is a past master in
dodging opponents with skilful
raids, especially in the way he
consumes time in the rival court
once assured of a comfortable
lead and keeps them guessing.
His skill is best illustrated by
the way he scores crucial
points. The super tackle on Rahul Chaudhari of Titans in the
semifinal was another example
of the art of scoring under pressure by Jasvir.

WHO WILL TAKE IT HOME? The captains of the womens and mens finalists (from left) Mamatha
Poojary of Fire Birds, Storm Queenss Tejaswini Bai, Dharmaraj Cheralathan of Patna Pirates and
Jaipur Pink Panthers Jasvir Singh with the trophies on the eve of the finals. PHOTO: K.V.S. GIRI

All-round strength
As a unit, Panthers have the
all-round strength with raider
Rajesh Narwal and Shabeer
Bappu complementing his skipper and the defence manned admirably by Amit Hooda and Rohit Rana. The tackles, too, were
a treat to watch in the last-four
It will be a very tough final
between two very good teams.

We respect Patnas reputation

and once again defence will be
the key, Jasvir said, even as he
agreed with team owner Abhishek Bachchans view that in a
final no team is strong or weak
as the better team in the given
situation emerges the winner.
On the other hand, the Patna
outfit is no pushover and should
be keen to defend its title. Led
by one of Indias finest players,

Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Pirates

can rely on the Iranian trio of
Fazel Atrachali, who is the first
defender to score 50-plus tackle
points in this edition, Hadi Oshtorak, and Abolfazel Maghsodlo
in defence as they can pose a
threat to any raider.
It has a line-up which should
rise to the occasion and give the
raiders lead scorer Pardeep
Narwal (115 raid points from 15

matches this season) and Rajesh

Mondal the freedom to go on
the ofensive.
The team with the ability to
combine solidity in defence and
timely aggression in tackles will
be in with a better chance to lift
the trophy in front of a sell-out
In the inaugural womens
league final, Storm Queens will
take on Fire Birds.

To catch a crackshot live

ome August 6 and the
2003 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF)
Champion of Champions will
don a new role. While she carries no weapon, Anjali Bhagwat will be armed with a microphone this time. The
charming crackshot will give
Star TV viewers a blow-byblow account of whats happening at the shooting ranges
of Rio, where Indias medal
prospects gleam brightest.
That our shooters have
qualified against tough opposition, say for instance in Asia,
which can be as diicult as the
Olympics itself, speaks of how
well equipped they are for the
fray. Podium places will be decided by prevalent conditions
and more importantly on how
they perform on the given
days, said the 2002 womens
10 metre air rifle World No. 1.
I have been interviewed for
recorded sessions in the past. I
am especially excited about
the telecast, because it will be
live. Most of the commentary
will be in Hindi but I will need
to switch to English and Marathi often, said the chief
coach of the Anjali Bhagwat
Shooting Academy from her
Club 29 range in Wakad, Pune.
Would her flow of words be
jarred by the aayela and
gayela slang of her native
Mumbai? I will have to censor those, the three-time
Olympian replied with a laugh.
Six simulation/training ses-

Anjali Bhagwat. PHOTO: PTI

sions have made me careful
with choosing words, which
must correlate to whats unfolding on the screen, Anjali
If extensive reading will fire
her expression and imagination, an armoury of anecdotes
will be the ammunition to set
her apart. Having been on the
circuit for about two decades
shes all too familiar with the
facts and foibles of leading
shooters from all over the
world. My aim will be to provide authentic information
and simplify the sport for the
average follower, she explained of her endeavour.
Even during competition,
when she breaks out in a sweat
wearing the heavy leather
jacket, she has never been
known to lose her cool mentally. At the shooting post, it is
imperative that I keep my
mind blank, blocking everything except the target. During
commentary it will be a sea
change. I must observe everything minutely while keeping
my thinking cap on, all the
time, she said of preparation
for the new avatar.


Kolors may score in the Sri S. Ramakrishnam Raju Memorial Cup

HYDERABAD: Kolors, who is in fine
nick, may score in the Sri S. Ramakrishnam Raju Memorial Cup
(1,400m), the main event of the races
to be held here on Sunday (July 31).
The meet was originally scheduled for July 28.
MEMORIAL CUP (1,400m), 3-y-o
& over, rated upto 75, (Cat. II), 1-15
p.m: 1. Strengthandbeauty (4) N.
Rawal 60, 2. Vijays Grandeour (5)
B. R. Kumar 60, 3. Gunner (1) A. S.
Pawar 55, 4. City Of Harmony (3) K.
Sai Kiran 53.5, 5. Prospero (6) Akshay Kumar 52.5 and 6. Dancing Leaf
(2) Deepak Singh 52.
1. Prospero, 2. Dancing Leaf
(Div. I), (1,000m), maiden 3-y-o only (Cat. II), (Terms), 1-45: 1. Cashel

(5) Sai Kumar 56, 2. Golden Joy

(10) Akshay Kumar 56, 3. Old
Faithful (8) K. Sai Kiran 56, 4. Play
It Cool (6) N. S. Rathore 56, 5.
Spirit Of Freedom (3) Ajit Singh
56, 6. Amazing Venus (9) Ajeeth
Kumar 54.5, 7. Harvest Moon (1)
Deep Shanker 54.5, 8. Pixie Girl (2)
Deepak Singh 54.5, 9. Pride And
Joy (4) Md. Sameeruddin 54.5 and
10. Seville (7) Chary 54.5.
1. Golden Joy, 2. Pixie Girl,
3. Play It Cool
(1,100m), 3-y-o & over, rated upto
75 (Cat. II), 2-15: 1. Tinsel Town (6)
G. Naresh 50, 2. Brilliant Twist (5)
S. S. Tanwar 57.5, 3. Time To
Climb (4) Khurshad Alam 54, 4.
Kalinda (3) Hanumant Singh 52, 5.
Charlie Brown (7) Sai Kumar 51.5,
6. Princess Hina (2) Ajeeth Kumar

51.5 and 7. Green Image (1) P. Gaddam 50.5.

1. Tinsel Town, 2. Kalinda,
3. Charlie Brown
(Div. II), (1,000m), maiden 3-y-o
only (Cat. II), (Terms), 2-45: 1.
General Salute (4) A. S. Pawar 56,
2. Magical Skill (10) B. Dileep 56, 3.
Own Battle (1) Aneel 56, 4. Avenida (6) Sai Kumar 54.5, 5. Bharat
Queen (3) Harinder Singh 54.5, 6.
Carnival Express (5) Uday Kiran
54.5, 7. Monte Rosa (7) C. S. Vikrant 54.5, 8. Platinum (9) Akshay
Kumar 54.5, 9. Rosecoloredglasses
(2) Chary 54.5 and 10. Veronese
(8) Khurshad Alam 54.5.
1. Bharat Queen,
2. General Salute,
3. Carnival Express

5 CUPID PLATE (1,400m), 4y-o & over, rated upto 50 (Cat. III),
3-15: 1. Legend (2) Md. Sameeruddin 62.5, 2. Fabulous Jewel (9) A. S.
Pawar 62, 3. Delta Force (7) Aneel
61.5, 4. Amethyst (3) C. S. Vikrant
59.5, 5. City Of Destiny (5) K. Sai
Kiran 58.5, 6. Ice Barrier (8) Chary
58.5, 7. Back To Business (4) Ajit
Singh 55.5, 8. Picture Perfect (6) G.
Naresh 55.5, 9. Exclusive Monarchy (10) Harinder Singh 54 and 10.
Prudently Perfect (1) Akshay Kumar 50.
1. Amethyst, 2. Ice Barrier,
3. Fabulous Jewel
(1,100m), 3-y-o & over, rated upto
50 (Cat. III), 3-45: 1. Green Striker
(7) Harinder Singh 61.5, 2. Rubys
Gift (4) N. Rawal 59, 3. Bharat King

(1) Ajeeth Kumar 58.5, 4. George

Cross (2) A. S. Pawar 58, 5. Wine N
Dine (6) N. S. Rathore 57.5, 6.
Dream Vision (8) Deepak Singh
57, 7. Rose Eternal (-) (-) 56.5, 8.
Blaze Of Glory (5) P. Gaddam 51.5,
9. Arabian Fountain (3) Sai Kumar
50 and 10. Dear Friend (9) Kunal
Bunde 50.
1. Rubys Gift,
2. Dream Vision,
3. George Cross
(1,200m), 5-y-o & over, rated upto
50 (Cat. III), 4-15: 1. Crown Royal
(12) Deep Shanker 62, 2. Egyptian
Wind (6) A M Tograllu 62, 3.
Naamdhari (8) Koushik 62, 4.
Beauty Flash (3) P. Gaddam 61.5, 5.
Sonic (11) Sai Kumar 61, 6. Rock
Heights (9) Akshay Kumar 60.5, 7.
Roma Rouge (7) Ajeeth Kumar 60,

8. Exclusive Beauty (1) K. Sai Kiran 58, 9. Proud Image (10) Aneel
58, 10. Trustful (5) B. Dileep 57, 11.
Sea Change (2) Hanumant Singh
55.5 and 12. Yet Another (4) G. Naresh 52.5.
1. Crown Royal,
2. Egyptian Wind, 3. Sonic
(1,400m), 3-y-o & over (Cat. I),
4-45: 1. Woman O War (3) S. Sreekant 65.5, 2. Happy Guy (8) Koushik 64, 3. Supreme Fairy (5) Ajit
Singh 63, 4. Kolors (6) A. S. Pawar
57.5, 5. Thats My Darling (1) Akshay Kumar 56, 6. Time For Fun (4)
B. Dileep 55.5, 7. Red Rambble (7)
S. S. Tanwar 53, 8. Golden Essence
(9) A. K. Pawar 51 and 9. Rebellion
(2) N. Rawal 50.
1. Kolors,

2. Thats My Darling,
3. Happy Guy
(Div. III), (1,100m), 3-y-o & over,
rated upto 25, (Cat. III), 5-15: 1. Yes
Baby (5) G. Naresh 61.5, 2. Kohinoor Charm (8) Kunal Bunde 60.5,
3. Steyn Memories (2) Md. Sameeruddin 60.5, 4. Jamie (4) Akshay
Kumar 59.5, 5. Onk Onk Onk (3)
Koushik 59, 6. Fresco (6) Deepak
Singh 58.5, 7. Canberra (9) R. B.
Shinde 58, 8. Kinnera (7) P. Gaddam 58 and 9. Meri Merzi (1) Hanumant Singh 53.
1. Yes Baby, 2. Steyn Memories, 3. Jamie
Days best: Kolors
Double: Prospero Crown
Jkt: 5, 6, 7 8 & 9; Tr (i): 1, 2 & 3; (ii):
4, 5 & 6; (iii): 7, 8 & 9; Tla: all races.

F1 rulers leave
global audience
Ones rule-makers took another U-turn on Saturday when
they agreed a compromise on
track limits at the first corner
of the Hockenheim circuit.
In the process, they left a
global audience of fans, many
seasoned paddock observers,
team staf and drivers confused and puzzled.
It was just one more in a series of rule changes made almost daily in the last week in a
season of upheaval that began
with uproar over a controversial new qualifying format introduced at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Last weekends Hungarian
Grand Prix saw a stewards investigation into the meaning
of waved double yellow flags
which will, at the German
Grand Prix, automatically engage a red flag and stop the
which had been severely restricted and resulted in penalties for leading drivers, were
relaxed this week following a
meeting of the F1 Strategy
And on Saturday morning,
in another twist, the saga of
track limits was the focus of
renewed attention when race
director Charlie Whiting sent
a note to the teams advising of
a compromise arrangement
that over-ruled new rule
changes introduced only 24
hours earlier.
On Thursday, the Strategy
Group had voted to abolish
track limits for the German
Grand Prix to permit a more
spectacular race with cars running wide around corners to
gain speed.
Whiting, however, ruled
that idea out. He said it would
create chaos and decided instead to enforce limits at Turn
One with an electronic sensor
and penalties for those who
contravened the limit three
times. AFP

Birel ART
signs up
Ruhaan Alva
COIMBATORE: Italys iconic

kart manufacturer Birel

ART marked its beginning in India by signing
up 10-year-old Ruhaan
Alva, who is currently
placed second in the ongoing JK Tyre Rotax Mac
Ruhaan will now race
under the Birel ART India banner in the JK
championship and a few
select races in Europe
next year.






Avengers: Infinity War to be one movie

Local transmission of Zika rises in U.S.

Drones to protect endangered porpoise

Marvel has confirmed that the third Avengers

movie, which was previously divided into two
parts, is now one film titled Avengers: Infinity War.

U.S. officials have confirmed the firstfew cases

of local Zikavirus transmission
throughinfected mosquitoes in Florida.

Mexico has launched three drones to prevent illegal

fishing activities that have led to the near extinction
of the vaquita marina, the worlds smallest porpoise.

Freeman may star in Disneys Nutcracker

organ Freeman is in negotiations to star in

Disneys upcoming live-action film The
Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The
movie also stars Misty Copeland and Mackenzie
Foy, reported Variety.
The project is based on the 1816 story The
Nutcracker and the Mouse King by ETA
Hoffmann. The story revolves around a girl
named Clara, who is charged by her
parents with the care of a Christmas
toy Nutcracker which comes to
life and defeats an evil Mouse King
with seven heads. Lasse Hallstrom is
directing the movie from Ashleigh
Powells script. Mark Gordon is
producer while Lindy Goldstein is
executive producer. PTI

Biden to appear on Law and Order: SVU

.S. Vice-President Joe Biden

is set to guest-star as
himself in an upcoming
episode of the long-running NBC
police drama Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit. Biden will be part of
the scene where he praises Mariska
Hargitays character Lieutenant
Olivia Benson for her work to end
the rape kit backlog, specifically in
the city of Detroit, reported
The Vice-President visited the set
on Friday. Star Ice-T shared a photo
of him standing at podium with Hargitay. Joe is in the Building....
SVU, the actor/rapper wrote along with the image. Biden and
Hargitay previously partnered on numerous occasions, including for
public service announcements for Hargitays Joyful Heart Foundation
and the No More campaign to end domestic violence and sexual
assault. Biden previously played himself on Parks and Recreation.
Law & Order: SVU returns for its 18th season in September. The
series will feature an episode that mirrors the story of Steven Avery
of Making a Murderer fame. PTI

Psycho Raman wins at Korean film fete

nurag Kashyaps serial killer drama

Psycho Raman has won the best
Asian genre film award at Bucheon
International Fantastic Film Festival, Korea.
Kashyap, 43, took to Twitter to share the
news with his fans. Psycho Raman wins
BestAsian genre film@BiFan(Korea) and Rohit
Mittals Auto Head wins best Actor for
Deepak Sampat, he tweeted.
Kashyaps film, starring Nawazuddin
Siddiqui and Vicky Kaushal, is inspired
by real life serial killer Raman Raghav,
who operated in Mumbai in the
mid-1960s. The film was released in
Hindi as Raman Raghav 2.0. PTI



Indian-origin woman opens maternity

clinic to help rape survivors in U.K.
Pavan Amara plans to set up a helpline for women from other countries too
LONDON: A groundbreaking

maternity clinic dedicated to

through pregnancy opened
in London on Friday.
The centre at the Royal
London Hospital is the
worlds first maternity clinic
specifically for rape survivors, according to the My
Body Back project which
helps women who have experienced sexual violence.
The new initiative was
launched a year after the
hospital started ofering services to women who had
been sexually assaulted,
some of whom said they had
experienced flashbacks of attacks during labour or while
undergoing maternity tests.
Pavan Amara, founder of
My Body Back, said for some
women pregnancy was the
first time since their rape
that they felt they had no
control over their bodies.
The new clinic is currently
only open to U.K. citizens
but Ms. Amara said she

Specially trained
psychologists and
paediatricians will
work at the facility
planned to set up a Skype
service after receiving an
overwhelming global response.
Often the requests are
just saying is there anything
you can do to help me?, she
said. Around 20 full-time
staf have been brought in to
work at the clinic.
Global response
My Body Back has already
received hundreds of messages about the clinic and Ms.
Amara said she will try to expand the project to elsewhere in the country.
Co-run by Barts Health
NHS Trust in London, the
scheme could be introduced
in other U.K. hospitals if successful. Ms. Amara said the

women who had survived

sexual violence needed to be
treated with extra care and
sensitivity in a hospital.
One woman was told by
her rapist: If you relax itll be
over with quicker. When the
woman was told the same
thing in a healthcare setting,
the health professional was
completely unwittingly and
unknowingly echoing the
words of the rapist, Ms. Amara was quoted by the BBC as
It had a huge impact on
the woman mentally. Its
things like this... very small,
but very big for a woman
who is vulnerable.
The new clinic will provide extra antenatal support
with specially-trained midwives, psychologists and
They dont have to say
what happened, although
they can if they want to.
Whatever they feel is right
for them. We will then book
them an appointment and

Gulzar releases screenplays

of Premchands classics
Munshi Premchand was one of the biggest
influences in poet-lyricist
Gulzars association with literature. Gulzar said that
Premchands writings have
not lost their relevance even
after a century.
The 81-year-old National
Award-winning songwriter
launched the screenplay format of Premchands classics
Godan and Nirmala on
Premchand is as relevant
now as he was during the
pre-Independence era. His

literature, the characters he
wrote, the problems he talked about, we are still struggling to get over them. Be it

the poverty or the caste discrimination, these things are

still there in our society and
the situation has even gone
worse Gulzar said.
The screenplays were part
of a 26-episode TV series.
To bring back our literature we have to present it in
the format which appeals
most to the young generation living in metropolises.
This is my efort to bring
back people to reading literature beyond school or college books, Gulzar explained. PTI

take it from there, Ms. Amara said. Though the service

will be integrated into a regular maternity ward at the
Royal London Hospital,
women will follow a diferent antenatal route from the
moment they are referred.
As well as being ofered
longer meetings with specially-trained staf, women
will be able to have more of a
say as to how their birthing
rooms are laid out and legal
advice over their medical
The clinic will also provide antenatal classes and
breastfeeding advice, which
has been altered for women
who have experienced sexual attacks, and ofer specialist gynaecological examinations and mental health
support after labour.
More than 106,000 sexual
ofences, including nearly
36,000 rapes, were recorded
by police in England and
Wales in the year ending
March 2016. Agencies

Juno set to reach most

distant point in orbit
NEW YORK: Five years after de-

parting from Earth, NASAs

Juno spacecraft is all set to
reach the farthest point in its
orbit of Jupiter on Sunday to
get the science of the giant
planet with a mass two-anda-half times that of all the
other planets in our solar
system combined.
Known as apojove, the
orbit is nearly 8.1 million km
from Jupiter, and after this
point the gravitational grip
of solar systems largest planet on Juno will cause the
spacecraft to begin falling
back toward it for another
For five years we have
been focussed on getting to
Jupiter. Now we are there,
and we are concentrating on
beginning dozens of flybys of
Jupiter to get the science we
are after, said Scott Bolton,
Junos Principal Investigator
at the Southwest Research
Institute in San Antonio.
Launched on August 5,
2011, Juno took a long, looping path around the inner solar system to set up an Earth
flyby, in which our planets
gravity flung the spinning
probe onward toward Jupi-

ter. Juno arrived at Jupiter on

July 4 and is currently executing the first of two long
orbits prior to beginning its
science mission.
The spacecrafts science
instruments were turned of
during orbit insertion to simplify spacecraft operations
during the flawless manoeuvre that allowed Jupiters
gravity to capture Juno into
Following the capture of
orbits, Juno will fire its engine once more to shorten its
orbital period to 14 days and
begin its science mission.
But before that happens,
on August 27, Juno must finish its first lap around Jupiter, with a finish line that represents the missions closest
pass over the gas giant. During the encounter, Juno will
skim past Jupiter at a mere
4,200 km above the cloud
tops. IANS

Buddhist monk in Tibet raises

Rs. 1 crore for Atisa pagoda
BEIJING: A Buddhist monk
from Tibet has raised about
$1,50,000 (Rs. 1 crore) to fund
the construction of a pagoda
in Bangladesh for Indian
saint-philosopher Atisa.
Atisa is credited with popularising Buddhism in foreign lands.
Drukhang Thubten Khedrup, the seventh Drukhang
living Buddha and vice president of the Buddhist Association of China, has given the
money to an association of
Buddhist monks in Bangladesh, his assistant Yumtan

was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

The money will be used to
build a pagoda for Atisa, a
Buddhist teacher from Bengal who lived in Tibet for
more than ten years starting
in 1038, preaching and translating scriptures.
The pagoda, which includes a pedestal, a tower
and spire, will stand as tall as
a three-storey building, said
Mr. Yumtan.
Abbot Chunyi, another
vice president of the Buddhist Association of China,

had donated $400,000 for

construction of the pagoda
in the 2013.
Symbol of friendship
Mr. Yumtan said that the
pagoda will be a symbol of
friendship between China
and Bangladesh.
A living Buddha is a Tibetan Buddhist monk believed to be the reincarnation of an important
religious figure.
It is learnt that there are
358 living Buddhas currently
in Tibet. PTI



was a
icon of













How good is the public healthcare system? In U.P.s Mainpuri district, both doctors and
medicines are hard to find. Its the quack who reigns

The dilapidated Primary Health Centres in Sultanganj and Darwah villages dont serve the needs of the population.





S. Pals Ayurvedic clinic

is in a roadside market in
Sultanganj of Mainpuri
district in Uttar Pradesh.
He started it six months
ago, after retiring from
government service. On
a tray under a table, Pal keeps a packet of
syringes. It is not an instrument used in Ayurveda, but Pal, who has a Bachelors degree in
Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery, casually
confesses that he prescribes allopathic medicines too. The Indian Medical Association
would label him a quack.
A recent report published by the World
Health Organisation (WHO) says that 57 per
cent of doctors practising allopathy in 2001
did not have the necessary medical qualifications. And Mainpuri district, the pocket borough of Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam
Singh Yadav, is named in the report as one of
the 30 most backward districts in terms of the
density of qualified doctors.
The ratio of doctors to patients is abysmal:
just three for every lakh.
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Interpreters of maladies

Stage has been

set for negotiating
As Dalits across Gujarat refuse to dispose of carcasses, activist Martin
Macwan discusses how the anger could be channelled nationally

Trained community health activists like Saurabati are often the interface
between the community and the public health system. PHOTOS: V.V. KRISHNAN

It is 8.50 a.m. and the Primary Health

Centre (PHC) in Kushalpur village is desolate. It has four rooms and is painted pink,
like the others in the district. It has posters
of the governments flagship National Rural
Health Mission, launched in 2005. The programme was meant to address the health
needs of under-served rural areas. A man in
his 50s walks in and points to another dilapidated building meant for doctors in
residence. Weeds grow out of the pale yellow
building and, clearly, no doctor wants to
reside here. The man says, The doctor will
be here in 10 minutes. The dispensary opens
at 9.00 a.m. and closes at 1.00 p.m.
The doctor does indeed arrive at the designated hour, opens the shutters of his room,
and launches into conversation. I treat
around 100-150 patients every day, and we
have enough medicines to serve our patients, the 60-year-old doctor says. The villagers join in, chorusing praise about the
physician. Soon, they dismiss healthcare,
and speak instead about other things that
affect their daily lives.
Less than a kilometre away, in Saidpur
village, Naresh Singh, 40, a daily wage labourer, has a rather different story to tell.
Not a single person in our community goes
to that government dispensary, he says
with anger. Doctors shout and misbehave
with us. The compounder asks us for a commission at every step. Medicines are never
available. There is no point going there. His
father, bent with age and hard of hearing,
recalls not being able to get tuberculosis
medicines for 15 long days from the dispensary, after which he had no choice but to go to
a private doctor.
The plagued public health system pushes
people like Singh and his father to private
healthcare, which takes a heavy toll on their
income. Singh earns Rs. 100 to Rs. 200 every
day and one visit to a private doctor costs
him that much. No one listens to us in the
government PHCs and private doctors just
want to make money, says Singhs neighbour. Another neighbour recalls how a villager died because of a wrong vaccine
administered by the compounder of a private clinic.
So, jholachap doctors or quacks become
the saviours. They dont have a degree. But
their medicines work most of the time, says
Singh. This speaks volumes about the
economics of rural healthcare quacks, being cheap and more accessible, meet the demand for affordable healthcare. One of
them makes regular visits to our village and
turns up at home after a phone call. It is very
convenient, Singh adds.
Singh and the other villagers who have
joined the conversation remember Dr. Ali,
who served the PHC 20 years ago. There
used to be a long queue when Dr. Ali was
here. He prescribed top-class medicines.
Across the road is Rampur, a relatively
developed village, with around 40-50 households of upper-caste Thakurs. A young boy
with spiky hair, wearing a funky T-shirt and
capris, is sitting on the spacious lawn of his
big house. He doesnt go to the Kushalpur
PHC either. But the citys private doctors
treat him for free. Ironically, he gets free
private treatment because his mother is an
auxiliary nurse midwife, the grassroots
worker in the public health system.
And 30 kilometres away, Byontikurd village greets visitors with a spanking new underpass, an aesthetically pleasing structure,
raising questions about the budgetary priorities of the village administration because
here, too, the PHC story is similar to that of
Villagers say the doctor is often drunk on
duty. Nitin, 19, is listening to local songs on
his mobile phone. He says the compounder
erased the toll-free helpline number from

the wall when Nitin said he would lodge a

In Darwah village, there is no PHC at all.
We have a population of around 4,000.
Shouldnt there be a PHC? asks Rajnesh,
who has just finished his B.Sc. and hopes to
join the army. Darwah residents go to Anil
Kumar, referred to as doctor by the villagers, who doesnt have a medical degree. He
treats villagers for coughs, stomach aches
and fever, among other ailments. Next to his
clinic, his relative runs a veterinary centre
for goats and buffaloes.
Darwah, however, doesnt have the time to
worry about doctors. Its residents are
mostly concerned with the ongoing desilting
of the Arind river, which has made it so deep
they find it hard to cross over to their fields.
They want this fixed at the earliest.
It is only for primary healthcare that villagers seek out private doctors. For major diseases or accidents, the Mainpuri
government hospital is the place. Tertiary
care in the private sector is well beyond the
reach of most villagers. But Rajesh Kumar
Gupta of Mainpuri town hasnt had a
pleasant experience at the government hospital either. Gupta owns multiple businesses
and is sitting comfortably outside one of his
guest houses. He has on leather shoes, a polo
T-shirt, a gold ring and a gold-plated watch.
I took my daughter to the Mainpuri government hospital last week. The doctor said she
had tuberculosis and her lungs were filled
with water. They didnt answer any of my
questions, he says. He then took his daughter to a private hospital in Noida, five hours
away. The doctors there told us she only
had a mild infection and pneumonia. Yet,
Gupta believes Mainpuri has developed
significantly over the last decade.

artin Macwan founded the Navsarjan
Trust in 1988 in
Ahmedabad, Gujarat,
to fight against the social and economic exploitation of Dalits.
He has been a convenor of the National
Campaign on Dalit Human Rights. Named
one of the five outstanding human rights
defenders by Human Rights Watch in 2005,
he also won that years Robert F. Kennedy
Human Rights Award. Consistently battling
to get Dalit oppression recognised as a universal concern, he spoke over telephone
and email about how the Dalit protests in
Gujarat could become the tipping point for a
countrywide uprising.

On the brighter side, villagers have great
things to say about the ambulance service.
The ambulance usually takes 30 minutes to
arrive, and takes patients to the hospital: a
lifeline for those who dont own a vehicle.
Health may not be on top of the electoral
agenda, but some buses in the district flaunt
the success of the ambulance scheme, displayed with a photograph of Chief Minister
Akhilesh Yadav.
ASHA workers, trained community health
activists who are the interface between the
community and the public health system,
are present in all three villages we visit.
Saurabati has been an ASHA worker in Darwah since 2006. For deliveries, I take the
woman to hospital. Twice a month, on the
second and fourth Wednesdays, we set up a
booth in the village to administer vaccines to
infants and pregnant women, she says.
Access to clean water and sanitation is
often held to be the first measure of a health
policy. And these villages say clean water, at
least, is available from the community hand
pumps, though many aspire to get their own
tap connections. But whether in
Byontikhurd, Darwah or Saidpur, residents
say that they are unable to afford toilet construction. No government toilet scheme has
reached them yet. Who would not want a
latrine in the home? Rajnesh asks. Pointing
to the path that leads to the primary school,
he says, It is impossible to walk there. The
path is full of faeces.
Most villagers appear to be aware of the
importance of toilets. Says an old man, on his
way to the farm, plough in hand, Girls refuse to marry if there is no toilet in the boys
house. The flies are a health menace.
On the 300-kilometre road trip from New
Delhi to Mainpuri, clusters of medical facilities emerge every now and then, especially
in places like Palwal and Agra. Advertisements for doctors and clinics are plastered
on brick walls along the highway. In Mainpuri, the density of qualified doctors is not as
grim today as in 2001. But there still arent
enough doctors and the quality of healthcare
continues to be desultory. The quacks reign.

No government toilet scheme has reached these villages yet.


Sustained protests require economic self-sustainability. (Clockwise from above) Dalits on a protest march in
Ahmedabad; carcasses dumped on the streets; activist Martin Macwan. PHOTOS: PTI, SOCIAL MEDIA & SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
supporting the Dalits. This time, the print
and electronic media helped immensely to
bring Dalits across States to come together.
Equally, other communities too have sympathised with Dalits.
How can Dalit organisations nationwide support the protest?

The protest this time has been more

community-led than organisation-led. Organisations joined later. Their role has been to
streamline the protest in a meaningful direction. They bring in research, technical expertise such as legal assistance for the trials
and for articulation. The organisations nationwide become a link with people across
all States.
Mass grassroots protests seem best to
demand change. What are the obstructions that prevent Dalits from uniting in

From my experience, I would say that in

any social movement, especially that of dismantling caste, fear followed by internalisation of the oppressive ideology are the major
obstructions; they demand very long-term
During the anti-reservation riots of 1982 work towards organising the community. It
in Gujarat, scavengers protested the vio- is not that the people who are exploited do
lence by stopping street cleaning until the not know the law. The fact is, caste sanccities were stinking. During Partition, tioned by religion is more powerful than the
Pakistan was so terrified at the thought of Constitution, and the State too is found supscavengers moving to India and leaving fae- porting caste rather than the Constitution.
The second major block I see is the inefces on the streets for the Muslims to clean,
that they gave them special status equal to fective political leadership of Dalit reprethe national guards to convince them to stay sentatives in the house. Dr. Ambedkar
back. The cruelty of the Una incident, where wanted a separate electorate to ensure the
the police played second fiddle and the State effective political representation of Dalits
did not cross the bureaucratic line, has but he was forced to agree to political reserpushed Dalits to the wall. They have decided vations due to Gandhis fast unto death.
to test caste Hindus and their own faith in Today, there are 84 Scheduled Caste memtheir religion. Is the cow holy and a mother bers in Parliament but to date they have
to you? Please take care of it! The impact is never stalled Parliament, whether against
already visible. Dalits are politely turning manual scavenging or rampant atrocities,
down non-Dalit requests to dispose of car- because their primary loyalty is to their pocasses and the stench from the rotten flesh is litical parties. However, Dalits, who may be
already in the air. The chief secretary of treated as untouchables, hold 16.5 per cent
Gujarat has, for the first time, accepted that
gau rakshaks are nothing but hooligans. The
government now has to act to be true to its
own words.
Is this the first time Dalits have taken
to this form of protest? Telling the upper
castes: if the cow is your mother, you deal
with her dead body! It appears very effective to me.

There is a huge amount of anger today.

Yet, atrocities against Dalits are nothing
new. What was the real trigger this time?

slice of life

Continued from page 1

Atrocity is not a daily affair in Dalit lives

but discrimination is. The educated younger
generation today is more aware and influenced by Ambedkar and Phule. The regionalisation of print media used to block
information about atrocity (from reaching)
other areas. But social media has proved to
be mightier than print media, besides being
non-discriminatory. The visuals of the Una
incident, the cruel flogging of the bare backs
of Dalit youth, one of them only 17, in the
presence of mocking policemen and a spineless civil society, was internalised by Dalit
youth as their own bodies being flogged and
ridiculed. Frustration on various counts
unaffordable private education, unemployment, discrimination at workplaces was
building up for a long time and images of the
Patel agitation and the Kashmir violence
were present in the minds of these youth.
Can Dalits use this opportunity to
channel and nationalise the anger meaningfully?

In 2000, Dalits found a unique opportunity to get together as a national force during
the United Nations World Conference
against Racism, when a strategic movement
ensured that the issue of caste found a place
on the conference agenda. The Indian government tried everything to block the discussion on caste with arguments such as
There is no longer any untouchability in
India and Caste is an internal matter of
India, unlike Nepal which accepted caste as
a human rights violation. This was even with
the National Human Rights Commission

of votes, which are not untouchable a

reason why Dalits have been able to draw
attention to their situation.
Andre Beteille said: Some people (the
Dalits) had to do all the dirty work, so that
others could continue with their notions
of ritual purity. What if Dalits across India refused to remove human waste or
clean sewers? It would bring social order
as we know it to a standstill.

The most poor among the below-povertyline populace are Dalits. Pre-independence
laws such as those in Punjab prohibited them
from buying property as they were supposed
to serve the dominant castes according to
the Manusmriti. This added to Dalit landlessness. Post-independence land reforms aimed
at redistribution of land succeeded in Gujarat
in favour of the Patels but miserably failed in
the case of Dalits and tribals. Reservation has
been ill implemented, where thousands of
jobs reserved for Dalits have not been filled.
Hence, for survival, many Dalits continue to
do caste-based occupations, a vicious cycle of
confinement to the caste structure. To be able
to protest for a sustained period, economic
self-sustainability is a pre-condition. After 70
years of Independence, the stage is now set
for negotiating ability.
The Prime Minister has been totally silent on the issue. What are your hopes
from him and from the ruling party?

He is the chief architect, following in the

footsteps of his predecessors, dividing the
nation into caste and religion, pushing ahead
the political concept of a majority based on
religious identity. However, it is important to
remember that in the context of India, religion and caste are two inseparable sides of a
coin. This is the reason for caste divisions in
Christianity, Islam and Sikhism, though their
doctrines dont support caste and their origin
is sometimes in anti-caste movements. The
Prime Minister has been able to win the elections but has not been an icon of social
change, although he claims identity as a
member of the OBC. He has little option but
to be silent.

Dalits, who may

be treated as
hold 16.5 per cent
of votes, which
are not

What more can be done proactively by

way of reforms?

Implementation of land reforms, the filling

of job vacancies under Reservation, the introduction of Reservation in the private sector, a
promise that the UPA failed intentionally to
stand by, and setting up a fund for higher
education for Dalits and tribals these are
the important steps to contain unrest.
How should we discuss the Gujarat development model in the Dalit context?

Gujarat has been the model for India to

showcase how inequality and development
can co-exist.






He is at
Raza, whose paintings
burst with energy, colour
and mystic symbolism,
was a towering icon of

(Clockwise) Raza in his studio with a disciple in 2013. The Bindu was an idea born in 1980, which marked the artists rebirth. Early watercolour and gouache of a
village street (1948). PHOTOS: RAMESH SHARMA & WIKI COMMONS
Like the mystic Sufi singers and dancers,
the twirling, swirling bands of colour around
the Bindu became the trademark of an artist
who left his rural moorings in Madhya Pradesh to travel to Paris, the artistic Mecca of
the mid-20th century, where he achieved
much-deserved acclaim and rewards. Like
many other artists of his generation, Raza
arrived in Paris in 1959 to study at the prestigious cole nationale suprieure des
Beaux-Arts. He had already gained a fairly
well-grounded education at the Nagpur
School of Art, followed by the Sir J.J. School
of Art in Mumbai.
Then, of course, he became part of the
young Turks of that era, a founder-member
of the Progressive Artists Group that started, it would now appear, only to challenge
the erstwhile dominance of the Bengal
School and the timid forays into modernity
that some of the others were attempting.
Razas canvasses of this era are notable
mostly for their fidelity to the prevailing
fashion of water colours of temple towns
and street scenes. There is, however, a hint
at the turbulence, the fire that lurks within,
which appears in works that erupt with uncontrollable stabs of red, or with vernacular
script like the scrawled markings on the

want to see with my
eyes closed, Syed
Haider Raza said,
echoing the Persian
poet Rumi.
The black spot,
the empty source
through which light
enters and etches
itself on the retina in a multitude of images,
has finally merged with the eye of Raza the
artist. He has become the Bindu, the title of
the most celebrated series of his creations
on which he worked during the wonder
years of the 1980s. Those were the years
when the black suns, often turning into
searing whites, edged with repetitive bands
of yellows and greys, blues and greens, and
geometric notations in triangles, tense
scribbles on tablets of painterly motifs, elevated him to the greatest heights. In his later
years, wondrous reds circled in tight concentric bands, white shone against saffronorange and black, recalling the frenzied
drumming of the monsoon rains in the
forests of his childhood village of Damoh in
central India.

walls of caves in the forests of Madhya Pradesh, as if his thoughts were fighting to be
seen. Its only much later, as recorded in the
pages of Ashok Vajpeyis monumental account of the artists work, A Life in Art: Raza ,
that we learn of the conflicts the young Raza
must have faced. An early arranged marriage
to a young woman who chose to migrate to
Pakistan, for instance, is only hinted at,
when he says in 2001: Partition was a difficult period for us; we were extremely unhappy about Pakistan. But I decided to stay.
I did and am extremely happy that I have
neither changed my name, nor my religion,
nor my passport, in spite of the 51 years in
France. I am still an Indian citizen.
Vajpeyi has been a poetic observer of the
artists journey over the years, when he
achieved his greatest inspiration working
alongside his companion and artistic touchstone, his artist-wife Janine Mongillat, in
the sun-lit medieval town of Gorbio in the
south of France. And even after her death,
when Raza chose to return to India, Vajpeyi
continued to be a significant presence.
As Vajpeyi observes in his book: It is
always difficult to trace the sources of a
painter. In the case of Raza, this becomes all
the more difficult since he has drawn inspir-

The friendly face of Babri

Explaining Rajinikanth

Justice may have eluded

him but the amiable
and persistent Hashim
Ansari was the sanest
voice in a deeply
divisive debate

After the deafening hype,

Rajinikanths Kabali opened
bookings last week, and this
created a fresh round of hype.
One theatre would pop up on
bookmyshow.com or ticketnew.
com, and a few seconds later,
every single seat would be sold
out. Then another theatre would
follow. Then another. We were
left wondering if someone was
hoarding these tickets maybe
the theatres themselves. Because
unless you are thalaivar , Internet
speed in India is certainly not
fast enough for thousands of
seats to be booked in seconds.
I have never seen this before.
Its understandable why so many
news channels dispatched reporting teams to Chennai. I was a
panellist on one of these shows,
and a reporter told me her team
from Bengaluru had been doing
Kabali stories for a week. She
Many hours of air time were
spent trying to understand the



Geeta Doctor is a Chennai-based

writer and critic.



n February this year, reports of Hashim

Ansaris demise spread like wildfire on social media and WhatsApp. This was not the
first time such a rumour had circulated but
there was a particular sense of pessimism
this time. At 95, Ansari, the oldest litigant in
the Babri Masjid case, was on a pacemaker
and had been brought to Lucknow after
complaining of chest pain.
I decided to visit him at Lari Cardiology
Centre at King George Medical University in
Lucknow. At the entrance, an armed policeman was meticulously recording all visits in
a book.
The intensive care unit in Lucknows bestknown hospital was overrun by cockroaches.
And on the hospital bed lay Ansari, frail and
quiet. Sab theek hai ? he asked in a low yet
stable voice when he noticed I was clicking
pictures of the room.
Ji, sab theek (all is well), I replied, only
to realise a few seconds later that I had
misunderstood his query. He was not asking
about my well-being but his own, anxious
about the long line of visitors. The conversation ended on a positive note and everyone
in the ward said Ansari would live to be a 100.
That was the last time I would see him yet
this final meeting did not truly represent the
personality that Ansari was. Although he
embodied the despair, the long wait and the
futility of the Babri Masjid case, he will be
best remembered for his tenacity and
resolve in trying to secure justice through
constitutional means. That is why his voice
emerged as the sanest amid all the divisive
politics and provocative posturing. One of
the last persons to have personal knowledge
of the Babri Masjid episode, his inclusive
rhetoric and insistence on a peaceful
resolution made him the middle ground.
With his death, an era ends and a void is
Ansari was born to a tailor in Ayodhya.
After studying till Class 2, he joined his
father in tailoring till the Emergency, when
he spent eight months in Bareilly jail. Apart
from the usual clothes, Ansari also stitched
garments for the gods in nearby temples, a
service he offered in return for prasad . After
his release from jail, he repaired cycles for a
few years.
In 1949, Ansari was among those arrested
when idols of Lord Ram were planted inside
the 400-year-old mosque. Later, he was sentenced to two years in jail for giving azaan at
Babri Masjid. In 1961, when the Sunni Waqf
filed a case, he and six others became the
main plaintiffs in the Ayodhya title suit.
But why was Ansari picked? For his
amiable and persistent nature. In her book,

ation and creation provocation from a very

rich variety of sources. Apart from visual
arts, these sources include poetry, music,
Indian thought, ancient Indian art and
sculpture, Jain manuscripts, medieval Indian miniature paintings, forests the river
Narmada and the tribals of Madhya Pradesh, the colours of Rajasthan etc. have all
gone into the psyche of Raza as memory,
recollection, inspiration to be transformed
into art.
Looking at some of the images of Raza and
Janines life in Gorbio, one is reminded of
the dark-bright villages and undulating
mountains and forests that appear in the
iconography of the late Iranian filmmaker
Abbas Kiarostami. Both are exiles from
home, artists who have recreated the
colours of memory in a highly textured and
enigmatic form. One might use the word
mystical, if it were not so debased.
In both, it is a return to a secret revealed
to them in childhood. Or, as Raza murmurs,
I always come back to the main theme that
has obsessed me: nature. Rest in peace,
Syed Haider Raza. You are home.

Portraits from Ayodhya , Scharada Dubey

writes: He was perceived as honest, because
he didnt hanker after big money or a high
public profile. Instead, he needed only kind
words, a small treat in the form of samosas
and tea or similar offerings, to keep going
faithfully to the courts for every hearing.
His simplicity and integrity got him wide
affection, including that of his opponents.
His cordiality with Mahant Paramhans
Ramchandra Das, head of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas in Ayodhya, was hailed as an
example of Ayodhyas composite culture.
They were legal opponents over what is
essentially a property dispute But they
were friends too and often travelled by the
same car to court where they took on each
other, Dubey writes.
In contrast to the divisive political campaign, those actually involved in the legal
battle Hindus and Muslims displayed a
bonhomie that reflected Awadhs famed
Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb . It was only befit-

His quick humour

made him a
favourite with
journalists, with
whom he would
his beedis

ting that prominent Hindu seers, including

Acharya Satyendra Das, head priest at Ram
Janmabhoomi Temple, were the first to visit
Ansaris house after his death.
Ansari lived in a humble dwelling just off
the main road near the Tedhi Bazaar
Chauraha, not too far from the disputed site.
The words Suraksha guard se poochkar andar jaye Hashim Ansari etched in red
Devanagari font on his unassuming door
were the only marker of his importance. And
the four armed policemen camping outside.
The district administration gave him protection in 1992, when he was attacked by a mob
of Hindutva activists who tore down the
mosque. Ansari was saved by his Hindu
Dont you mistake that I am under threat
from the common Hindu or any other person. I am under threat from the administration, the political parties, he had told me
in December 2012, on the 20th anniversary
of the Babri demolition.
His quick humour and clever remarks
made him a favourite with journalists, who
played a role in making him the most recognisable face of the controversy. He used to
offer his beedis to visiting journalists. Each
time the issue surfaced, or when December 6
approached, he became the most soughtafter man in Ayodhya.
Ansaris integrity came at a cost. He died a
pauper, leaving behind a daughter and a son
who runs a tyre repair shop. For most of his
life, Ansari hoped for a legal end to the dispute. In his later days, however, he gave in to
disenchantment and the word insaaf or
justice would get an irritated response from
him. Justice, if any, should have come a long
time ago. By the time the Supreme Court
decides anything, I may not live to see it. Yeh
film chalti rahegi . (The film will go on.)


Hashim Ansari, the oldest litigant in the Babri Masjid case, passed

Rajinikanth is during the intervals between films. How is he not

spotted more often at airports or
hotels? Does he don a disguise?
Plus, he doesnt do ads. He
doesnt do TV shows, hobnobbing with commoners dreaming
of becoming millionaires. He
Baradwaj Rangan
doesnt even promote his films.
In the whole wide world, do you
know another star who wont
give interviews? The mystique
(or mystery) that stars had before the era of 24x7 media only
Rajinikanth has that today. This,
too, explains why a sighting
even if only on a movie screen
becomes such a hysterical event.
Finally, the event that is Kabali
opened. The box office went
through the roof. But reactions
werent encouraging. The film
was too slow, some said. The film
was too un-Rajini-like, said others. Most agreed that the director, Pa. Ranjith, did not know
how to use a star of this magnitude (though this narrative
began to change after three days,
at least in the urban centres).
Then came the question: is there
any filmmaker today who can
make a Rajinikanth movie that
will satisfy everyone?
In the 1990s, he was just a superstar. Today, youd have to
coin a hyperbolic word to explain
what he is. Is there anyone who
can handle a Rajinikanth
movie? People keep trying. His
daughter tried to make him an
animated superhero in KochaAn AirAsia plane with Kabali promos. PHOTO: PTI daiiyaan . K.S. Ravikumar tried
shoehorning Rajinikanth into
Rajini phenomenon. Ive heard British India in Lingaa . And now,
it was this way with the Beatles, promising new-gen filmmaker
where fans would begin scream- Ranjith says he wanted to
ing excitedly at the sight of them. present Rajinikanth as the actor
Ive seen this happen with the everyone admired in films like
second trilogy of Star Wars films, Mullum Malarum . But Mullum
Attack of the Clones, when Yoda Malarum was released in 1978,
whipped out a light sabre and got when Rajinikanth was just an
ready to battle Count Dooku. The actor. His persona hadnt yet
theatre erupted when, in the first calcified. Todays audiences just
instalment of the rebooted Star seem to want variations of
Trek series, Leonard Nimoy ap- Rajini style. The slo-mo walk.
peared as Spock. Spock and Yoda The staccato laugh. A few punch
have endeared themselves to us lines. Wash, rinse, repeat.
over years, and this partly exThen theres his age. Rajinikplains the Rajini phenomenon. anth has finally begun to look old
When someone has been on our on screen. Indian audiences
screens for 41 years, he becomes easily suspend disbelief for male
as mythical as Yoda or Spock.
stars enacting characters a few
Hes also remote. Like Yoda decades younger, but who do you
and Spock, he exists only on cast opposite him? In his next
screen. Otherwise, hes who release, the sequel to Endhiran/
knows? Maybe hes in the Him- Robot , its Amy Jackson, all of 24.
And what kind of story do you
alayas, as hes often supposed to
be. Maybe hes in Chennai, play- write around a star whos nearing
ing with his grandchildren. For 70 but whose fans still imagine
Rangan is
such a mega-mega-watt star, its him as a young man who can do
The Hindus
out-of-sight anything, everything?
cinema critic








Expanding the canon


Man Booker

The longlist, or
, for the 50,000 Man Booker
Prize has been announced. The 13 titles
included in the list are Paul Beatty' The
Sellout, J.M. Coetzee's The Schooldays of
Jesus, A.L. Kennedy's Serious Sweet, Deborah
Levy's Hot Milk, Graeme Macrae Burnet's His
Bloody Project, Ian McGuire's The North
Water, David Means's
Hystopia, Wyl Menmuir's
The Many, Ottessa
Moshfegh's Eileen,
Virginia Reeves's Work
Like Any Other,
Elizabeth Strout's My
Name Is Lucy Barton,
David Szalay's All That
Man Is and Madeleine
Thien's Do Not Say We
Have Nothing.


Too small a group dominates literary discourse in the country, so The Hindu asked a set of
writers and editors to list the most underrated writers in India since Independence.
Their picks highlight names that deserve a lot more of our attention
n 1977, the Times
Literary Supplement ,
then celebrating its
75th anniversary,
conducted a survey in
which it asked a
distinguished group
of writers to name
the most underrated
and overrated books and authors of the
previous 75 years. That feature,
Reputations Revisited, led to a revival of
interest in many of the authors named.
Barbara Pym, who had been dropped by her
publisher and was then in obscure
retirement, enjoyed an unexpected
renaissance as a direct result of being the
only writer named by two respondents as
the most underrated.
Inspired by this, The Hindu surveyed
some of Indias respected writers and
editors on underrated and neglected books
and authors since independence. A small
group of writers dominate English-language
literary discourse; our hope is to shine a
light on other writers who are just as, if not
more, deserving of our attention. We asked
our respondents two questions:
Which books or writers in the period
since Independence do you consider to be
the most underrated?
Which book (or writer) would you most
like to see translated into English or other
languages? Or, alternatively, is there a book
that has been previously translated that you
believe deserves a new translation?
The responses are below.

Asymptote magazine announced its first

special feature on Indian language
literature, to be published in January
2017. For the issue, the magazine is
seeking previously
unpublished English
translations of

language work

(poetry, prose and

drama) by
contemporary writers who are
disenfranchised and under-represented
by the hegemonies within Indian
society. The deadline for submissions is
November 1, 2016.

South India
Writers Ensemble was held in
The fourth edition of the

Kasaragod on July 24.

The festival was inaugrated by noted Tamil
poet Salma. Other attendees included Tamil
writers Damayanthi, Isai, Devi Bharathi and
Kannada writers Dr. Na Mogasale, U.
Maheswari, Dhanajay Kumble and Thulasi
Venugopal, and Malayalam writers T.P.
Rajeevan, Anwar Ali,
V.M. Girija, K. Rajagopal
and A.C. Sreehari. The
festival aims to
celebrate literature
from various South
Indian languages.

Nayantara Sahgal

. Sumanta Banerjees The Wicked City:

Crime & Punishment in Colonial Calcutta
starts with criminal goings-on in Warren
Hastings own office, explores crime in the
citys underworld, and comes full circle with
the colonial laws enacted to punish
criminals. This is brilliant social history
besides being a wonderful read. Along with
Banerjees other books on Bengal, it
deserves to be kept in circulation so that
our recent history becomes popular
Mani Shankar Aiyars Confessions of a
Secular Fundamentalist examines the
meaning of secularism and affirms his own
belief in a creed that
is the unifying factor
in our nation of
many religions. His
book has special
importance today
when secularism is
under sustained
It needs to be
revived, widely
translated, and
made available.

International Film and
Literature Festival, which was
The Kashmir edition of the

scheduled to be held from September 1 to 4,

has been indefinitely
postponed due to
the troubled
situation in the
state. Instead, the
festival will be held
in Bhopal from
September 8 to11,
in Bharat Bhawan.
The festival has also
found a new partner in the Film Writers
Association. The attendees for this edition
include stalwarts like Subhash Ghai, Sudhir
Mishra, Piyush Mishra, Shyam Benegal from
the movie industry, as well as authors like
Kiran Nagarkar, Anand Neelakantan,
Avirook Sen, Gopaldas Neeraj and Bashir


Mini Krishnan


launching a
new ISBN
store, allowing publishers and self-published
authors to purchase smaller numbers of
ISBNs online within minutes. Previously
publishers wanting to acquire up to 1,000
ISBNs had to use a more labour-intensive
manual process, involving completing a form
to send to Nielsen by email.

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

. I dont know
where Reshma
Aquil (1955-2012)
is buried but her
literary remains
consist of three
slim volumes of
verse, one
published in 2001,
the other two in
2003. She lived in
Allahabad, taught
English at the
university, kept
largely to herself
and stayed single,
though had once been in love: You look at
me/ An immensity slides. She observed
closely the life around her but even more
the weather of her own mind: The nerves/
In my head/ Are grinding/ Their molars. If
there is one poet she reminds you of, it is
Emily Dickinson. Like Dickinson shes a
difficult poet and doesnt always tell it
straight; she hides, shes abrupt, she pares
down language almost till theres no
language left, till it is as austere as she
herself was, as though she wanted to erase
all trace of it. She almost succeeded.
[Arvind Krishna Mehrotras Collected
Poems: 1969-2014 was recently published
by Penguin. He is the editor of A History of
Indian Literature in English and The
Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern
Indian Poets .]


. G.V. Desanis All

About H. Hatterr
(1948), despite its
brief vogue as a
forerunner to
Rushdie & Co. in
the late 1980s and
early 1990s, has
returned to
obscurity. And
Salman Rushdies

Shame (1983). It has truly sunk without

trace, and is, in my view, his finest and best
2. The magisterial Marathi modernist Vinda
Karandikar translated his poems into
English himself, which was, alas, a mistake.
I have long wished to see a substantial
selection of his poems translated into
English and Indian languages.
[Ranjit Hoskotes most recent collection of
poems is Central Time. ]

Mini Krishnan

. Since fiction
against sociohistory makes
the strongest
impact, my
choice of an
underrated work
is the
novel Brushte
(1969). Written
by Matampu
the grandson of
the chief
ritualist who
presided over a tremendous public chastity
trial that turned Keralas medieval social
structure on its head, the book fictionalises
the actual event (1910); 64 eminent men
and their families were socially
excommunicated. The English translation,
long out of print, would be a valuable
addition to our cultural history.
An excellent novel no one except Anita Nair
even noticed is Suguna Ramanathans The
Evening Gone (2001) about the lives of
Palakkad Brahmin scientists and
intellectuals in colonised India. The most
underrated Indian writer is Anita Desai; the
Lifetime Achievement Award that India
Abroad gave her was like the gold watch a
retired employee receives.
. A novel I would recommend for
translation into English is Imayams
Sedal (2006), an attack on the practice of
dedicating young girls to temples,
condemning them to a life of loneliness and
depression. It describes the life of Sedal,
dedicated at the age of eight to Amman
temples of intermediate castes. She fights
sorrow and ostracism and becomes a
koothu performer in her struggle to become
a person of substance.
A book that could do with a fresh
translation is Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillais
Kayar (1978). The 1998 English translation
by N. Sreekantan Nair didnt quite capture
the complexities of the huge canvas of
history, caste and socio-politics of the
K. Shivaram Karanth is a writer whose
works I would love to see in English.
[Mini Krishnan edits literary translations at
Oxford University Press.]


. Naiyer Masud.
Despite his
works being
translated into
English and other
languages, this
Urdu writer did
not get his due.
He deserved
more serious
attention. Masud wrote in the thick of the
Modernist movement (in Indian languages),
yet was very distinct from his
contemporaries. Some of the stories he
wrote in 1960s and 70s are good examples of
magic realism. He should have been widely
discussed along with writers such as Borges
and Marquez. With his craftsmanship,
Masud made Urdu seem most conducive for
such narratives.
. I would like to see the novels of Kannada
writer Yashwant Chittal translated into
English. His writing is highly skilful and
themes contemporary
[Vivek Shanbhags most recent novel is
Ooru Bhanga . His novella Ghachar Ghochar
was recently published in an English
translation by Srinath Perur. He founded
and edited the Kannada literary journal
Desha Kaala .]

R. Sivapriya

. First and without doubt its Naiyer

Masud. Hes written a little under 40
stories and has a minuscule but fierce
following. He should be read more, written
about more and celebrated while he is still
alive. Krishna Baldev
Vaids Uska Bachpan
(1957; translated by
Vaid as Steps in
Darkness ) is
considered a
masterpiece of 20th
century Hindi fiction
but has no traction
outside the circle of
devoted readers of
Hindi literature. Of
books published in
this decade,
Sharmistha Mohantys Five Movements in
Praise (2013) deserves serious attention.
. On the whole Id wish for more translations of poetry from Indian languages
classical, medieval and modern. Those are
the texts that have given me the most intimate sense of the people of the subcontinent.
[R. Sivapriya is Executive Editor, Juggernaut Books, and previously headed the
Penguin Classics list in India.]

Keshava Guha is a writer based

in Bengaluru.

Remembering Mappila Ramakatha in Ramayana month

Shakti Bhatt Foundation

Book is

. Kiran Nagarkars is the most powerful

voice in English fiction and Cuckold
(1997) remains the most astonishing and
captivating literary achievement since
Independence. The 16th century story told
in contemporary idiom comes disturbingly
alive with an almost physical impact and a
stamina that never lets up over 600 pages.
Surprisingly, this modern classic has been
translated only into German. It should be
made available in Indian languages.
[Nayantara Sahgals many books include the
novels Rich Like Us, Plans for Departure
and the memoir Prison and Chocolate Cake .
Most recently she edited Nehrus India:
Essays on the Maker of a Nation. ]


After announcing last month that it was

inviting entries for this years prize, the
now announced the three judges who will
select the winner in November authors
Samanth Subramanian, Mahesh Rao and
Janice Pariat. This years shortlist will be
decided by poet and author Jeet Thayil, and
author Arshia Sattar, who runs the Sangam
House international writers residency
programme. The award is
in its ninth year, and The
Shakti Bhatt First Book
Prize is a cash award of Rs.
2 lakh, along with a trophy.
It is funded by the Shakti
Bhatt Foundation, and Priti
Paul through the Apeejay

Mini Krishnan is
Oxford University
Press, India.

Spoken, sung, mimed and taught

by pundits, illiterate singers, all-night
performers and school teachers the
story of Rama is, like Kamban said,
many and one at once. In the main
oral tradition, the Ramayana is
literary therapy for poets, religious
anchor for believers and a part of the
cosmogony of the subcontinent. It is
also, unlike epics from other cultures,
the property of women poets. Imagine
the spirit of Chandrabati, an East
Bengal villager, who opened her version of Ramayana with the birth of
Sita and not with the mysterious,
Dasaratha a father. She gives us Sitas
story under the traditional cover of a
Something significant happened in
Delhi in the 16th century. Emperor
Akbar, who admired Hindu literature
and decided that his nobles needed to
understand their predominantly
Hindu subjects better, set up a
translation bureau to render Valmiki
Ramayana into Persian. He hired
scholar Abdul-Qadir Badauni who
began, most reluctantly and fearful of
royal displeasure, to complete what
was for him, a haram project (1587). A
later abridged version (by Abdur
Rahim Khan-i-Khanan) in more flexible Persian is now in a museum in
Washington D.C. It has beautiful illustrations, the subjects of which
were selected by the Emperor himself.
Akbar also issued gold coins depicting

Rama and Sita going to the forest,

samples of which are in museums in
Lucknow, Varanasi and London.
Meanwhile, on the tip of the subcontinent (and pre-dating Akbar), in
the mists of that portion of the Western Ghats where even the monsoon
winds falter, tellings of the same
Ramayana were undergoing continuous adjustments. In
versions inspired by the
contours of the land, we
have Adivasi stories
around the pool that
sprang from the earth
where Sitas tears fell; the
rock on which Sita sat and
meditated; and the spot
where Sita returned to her
Here, where the Arabs arrived to trade peacefully
and to mingle with the
local population, there
evolved a unique culture fusing Islamic faith with Hindu culture. The
Malabari Muslims, the Mappilas, had
no difficulty singing the songs of their
fellow Malayalis, the Hindus of Keralam, with whom they shared a common past.
About 80 years ago, T.H. Kunhiraman Nambiar, as a teenager, followed
a wandering mendicant and memorised some 148 lines now available to us
as Mappila Ramayanavum Nadan Pattukalum . Sadly, this is only a fifth of
what had made the rounds for many

years as a ballad and good-humoured

parody. M.N. Karassery, who was researching Mappilapattu (Mappila folk
songs), met Nambiar in 1976 and
recorded the lines, mentioning them
in his book Kurimaanam (1987). Till
discussions reached the non-Malayalam media, no one outside Kerala
had even heard of this Mappila Ramakatha .
Scholars have written
about the droll pronunciation where the consonant
l is used instead of r. So
the emotional opening of
chant becomes Sreelama!
Lama! Lama-Lama, Sree
Lamachandra jayaaa Indeed, to avoid any hint of
disrespect, the singer was
self-deprecatory about his
Just as Indonesia, Japan and Thailand have their own versions of the
epic, the social context of the Mappilas informs this particular account.
The song that the bearded saint sang
long ago has the Arabic aulia in the
original, the word for a holy man derived from Arabic. The reference to
Kaikeyi, Lamas aunt, is elemma
(ilayamma being the Malayalam kinship term). Hanuman is Anuman, reflecting the Mappila dialect. The
katha shows Sultan Lavana struggling to shave all ten beards simultan-

eously. A tremendously satirical

portion describes Shurpanakha
(whose friend is Fathima) getting
ready to approach Lama. She is referred to as a matron and the jewelled darling of the Sultan of great,
golden Paatalam.
Her age since birth came to fifty-six
But with effort she could seem less
than forty.
On each white hair of her greying
She put charcoal and honey, to
blacken them.
Then summoning Fatima from the
house nearby she settled on a fee and
got her hair braided.
She plucked out the long hair growing from her chin,
And for her disorderly teeth, she
hammered her gums
(trs John Richardson Freeman)
Shurpanakha tries to win Ramas interest, he cites Muslim law to refuse
her advances.
There are no written records about
the precise origin of this magnificent
epic frameworked by Muslim norms
and rich traditions but in the Ramayana month, let us remember the fine
tradition of religious and communal
harmony that once made possible a
verse such as this:
The song that the bearded saint
sang long ago,
The narrative song seen as this, our






A tiger by the tail

Tipu is raw material for much nationalist myth-making, but what kind of man was he really?
longed to the emperor of
spired with the French, the
Hindustan, has been seized by
Ottomans and the Afghans to
the English, by use of collusion
re-establish Musim rule in
with and [inciting] treachery of
India after the disintegration
the governors of these territorof the Mughal empire.
ies. Notice the emphasis on
So where does the truth
revenues figures. In letter after
lie and does Kate Brittleletter, two things become clear:
bank help us uncover it?
one, Tipus singular focus on
Brittlebanks book is an enthe business of ruling, with atquiry into how Tipu pertention to cost and revenue;
ceived himself and why he
and an inclination to position
acted in certain ways at cerhimself as either fighting the
tain times. Instead of seeing
predatory Christians or the inTipu from todays perspectfidel Hindus or the treacherous
ive, she tries to immerse the
British, all depending on what
reader in his world, that of
he thought his audience of the
eighteenth-century south Inmoment the French, the Otdia. This can be immediately Tipu Sultans Search for
disorienting for those who Legitimacy: Islam and Kingship tomans or the Afghans liked
to hear.
read the book primarily to in a Hindu Domain; Kate
In this, Tipu was no different
find clear answers to 21st Brittlebank, OUP India.
century questions but also ul- .. .. ... .. ... .. ... .. ... .. .. ... .. ... .. ... .. ... .. .. ... .. ... .. ... .. ... from the Marathas, the Nizams,
the Nawabs, or the Hindu kingtimately liberating. That is
because 18th century south India doesnt fit doms. And that is no surprise because the
into todays nationalist framework. In the conception of an Indian nation was yet to
world in which Tipu lived, rulers fought and form, despite common cultural beliefs and
allied with other rulers without caring much practices that cut across the subcontinent,
about their nationality or religious affili- sometimes weakly and sometimes strongly.
ations. Nawabs fought against nawabs with Just as Europe, despite its common cultural
the support of Hindu kings; the Marathas, beliefs and practices, was split into conthe Nizam and the British came together stantly warring nations, so was India then.
against Tipu; and the French allied with One had to wait till the British had
Tipu to battle the British In the kaleido- conquered much of the subcontinent and
scope of wars and alliances of 18th century created a common administrative infraSouth India, the only consistent principle structure, language and a pan-Indian civil
one can find is survival and self-interest. The service, for the idea of modern Indian navacuum left by the decline of the Mughal tionhood to start emerging, in direct and
Empire, it seems, was filled by an onrush of vehement opposition to colonial occupation.
raw ambition and adventurism. There is The two different strands of nationalism
little doubt that Tipus depredations in that began emerging in that crucible are still
Malabar, Cochin and Kodagu were terrible, with us an all-inclusive nationalism of the
although Brittlebank describes them as Independence struggle and the exclusively
shock and awe methods common to rulers Hindu nationalism as defined by the pioneers of Hindutva.
of the time in putting down opponents.
The all-inclusive nationalism created a
It is instructive to look at some of Tipus
letters. This is what he instructs his ambas- nationalist hero out of Tipu Sultan because
sadors to tell the Ottoman Sultan Abdul he served to highlight the point that all
Hamid as he seeks an alliance with him: You Indians had a common enemy in coshould say that the country of Bengal, which lonialism, and that a modern Indian nation
has revenues of twenty crore of rupees, the could hold all communities together. The
country of Carnatic with revenues of three Hindutva nationalists, on the other hand,
crore of rupees, and the country of Surat, had other things in mind: they wished to
Gujarat, etc., with three crore of rupees, in create an exclusive nation out of the Hindus,
total rupees twenty-six crore, which be- in contrast with and in perennial opposition


to other religions. In this, Tipu was of help as

the inimical other, the Muslim leader out to
crush Hindu nationhood.
Brittlebanks book shows why both portrayals are inaccurate. Tipus concerns were
not particularly nationalistic, and so it is
inaccurate to consider him a nationalist
hero. Neither was Tipu an inveterate enemy
of the Hindus as the Hindutva nationalists
like to portray him he is considered a
tyrant not by his own Hindu subjects in
Mysore but by those he fought against and
subjugated. Much like his father, he was an
opportunist, an adventurer, and a tyrant to
his foes, with perhaps the most dramatic
sense of pageantry and the most consistent
track record of investing in modern technology.
Two instances bring this out most clearly.
One is what his emissaries got back from
Paris after meeting Louis XVI for a potential
alliance: gunsmiths, watchmakers, glassworkers, textile weavers, European fruit
trees, and seeds of various flowers. Writes
Brittlebank: Tipus goal was to match the
Europeans in their technology and industry,
which would set Mysore apart and stimulate
the prosperity of the realm; just as he wished
to compete with the British militarily, he
wanted to match their economic enterprise.
The second instance is mentioned not in
Brittlebanks book, but in Wings of Fire , authored by former President A.P.J. Abdul
Kalam, where he wrote about how he came
upon Tipu at the NASA office in Virginia:
This place was the base for NASAs sounding rocket programme. Here, I saw a painting in the reception lobby... One day, my
curiosity got the better of me, drawing me
towards the painting. It turned out to be
Tipu Sultans army fighting the British. I was
happy to see an Indian glorified by NASA as a
hero of warfare rocketry.
Whatever Tipu was or wasnt, there is no
doubt that he made an impact that was rare
in its intensity. That is why this book is
worth reading to get a different perspective so that we can try and grasp history
beyond the needs of nationalistic mythmaking of all kinds.

One more biography of Indira Gandhi, this

time from her doctor, reveals nothing new
but does authenticate the old

The Yard, which took Aliyyah Eniath five years to

complete, is born of a literary obsession


.. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. . . .. .

This compelling and chilling suspense

novel brings retired detective Bill Hodges
back on the trail of his nemesis Brady
Hartsfield, the diabolical Mercedes Killer.
End of Watch is the third in the Hodges

From Inside the

Steel Frame: The
Memoirs of an

Ashok Pandey,
Rs. 399.
.. . . .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . ..

The book, replete with insights into the

changing face of India, will interest IAS
probationers and young officials serving
their terms in far-flung regions of the
country. In this memoir, seniors in the
field can relate to experiences narrated
by the author.

The Secret of the

Druids; Christopher

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beyond her pulse and blood pressure,

although he did succeed in persuading
e have seen Indira Gandhi from every her to allow him a daily visit and a deangle, through the eyes of idolaters, tailed examination every Saturday. Othiconoclasts, admirers and arch enemies. erwise, his access was controlled by her
No part of her life is entirely untold. But valet. Gandhi kept him out of official
the offer of an intimate account by her meetings, but people were in awe of him
personal physician, who saw her reg- because of his proximity to the PM.
ularly and travelled with her everThe glimpses into Gandhis personal
ywhere, must have been irresistible for life have a particular charm. Her spartan
any publisher.
lifestyle, her respect for her daughtersDr. K.P. Mathur has said much in the in-law, her love for her grandchildren
book with sensitivity about his patient and concern for friends come out well.
who was already a celebrity when he The book reveals that she was religiousjoined her, but his purpose in writing the minded and a traditionalist, and exbook is not to interpret her personality plains her association with Dhirendra
or sensationalise her life. The book Brahmachari in the light of her spiritual
makes an effort to reveal the
pursuits but refers to his fretrue personality and character
quent visits with some surof the woman who charmed the
world, the author declares.
The chapter on Feroze
The book reads like the perGandhi
sonal diary of a person who felt
glimpses of the happy time
compelled to add his bit to the
Gandhi had with her husextensive literature available
band before they were eson Gandhi in the hope that a
tranged. It was Feroze
vignette here or there might
Gandhis glad eye that
help a future historian comstrained the relationship,
plete the jigsaw puzzle. He is
but Gandhi remained loyal
successful because, in spite of
to him and attended to him
his effort to be innocuous in his The Unseen Indira
in his last days. The doctor
observations, a keen eye and a Gandhi: Through Her
also mentions her close adsense of history are evident ev- Physicians Eyes; K.P.
visers, Dinesh Singh, Inder
erywhere. In many instances Mathur, Konark
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he authenticates events and Publishers, Rs. 595.
known as the kitchen
impressions the public is al- ................................................ cabinet, among whom
ready familiar with. This is the
Dinesh Singh had a special
real value of the book. Many myths, place as adviser and friend.
legends and anecdotes now have the seal
The Bangladesh war, the Pokhran test
of authenticity because he narrates and the ominous Emergency occupy
them with clinical precision and without many pages, but there are no new inexaggeration.
sights except that the doctor asserts that
Gandhi reluctantly accepted a per- Siddharth Shankar Ray, Bansi Lal and
sonal physician after one of her flights R.K. Dhawan were behind the imposiwas caught in turbulent weather and tion of Emergency.
many on board were hurt, with no medThe author has no good word about
ical help available till the plane landed. the sycophants, who coined the slogan,
Someone suggested that she should have Indira is India and India is Indira. He
a doctor with her always, and when the also observes that Gandhi had become a
health department suggested Dr. Ma- victim of the excessive love she had for
thur, she accepted. She resisted his ef- her younger son. She disapproved of
forts, however, by declining to reveal many of his actions, but could not break
much and by refusing to be examined. off the spell he had cast on her. Some
She once told him that she preferred a unusual photographs enrich the volume.
veterinary surgeon who would not ask
T.P. Sreenivasan is a former
any questions and prescribe medicines
ambassador who has represented India
without examining patients.
at the United Nations in New York,
Dr. Mathurs knowledge about
Nairobi and Vienna..
Gandhis physical condition did not go

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End of Watch;

Mayas characterisation. So how much

of yourself do you see in Maya, I ask.
eography can shape memory in
Eniath smiles in response: She is a
many ways. Sometimes its the
rebellious, wayward child an exaggerroad we took to school, the room we
ated version of myself But the family
slept in or the backyard we played in
depicted in the book is not mine. And
as children that inspire us for a lifewe go back to discussing the yard,
time. And no matter where we are
about her compelling need to write
from, this memory makes us one
about a devout, religious family and
and ensures our experiences behow a stranger would feel coming into
come universal. Art captures this
this space.
most poignantly and that is what The Yard; Aliyyah
It is a personal response to practices
draws me to the conversation with Eniath, Speaking
that make little sense in todays world.
Aliyyah Eniath, author of The Yard , Tiger, Rs. 350.
Eniath explains how adoption is hara novel set in her home country, .. ... .. ... .. . . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. aam and this is yet another issue she
Trinidad. History, family legends
explores in the book. I think its silly
and a compulsion to tell a good story propel that people take something written in the 1400s
this novel beyond any exotic Caribbean la- literally!
The Yard, which took her five years to combels.
Eniath writes from the perspective of East plete, is also perhaps an outcome of Eniaths
Indians whose forefathers were brought to literary obsessions. We all know how obsessions
Trinidad from India through the British co- can lead to something fabulous. In this case, it is
lonial indentureship scheme in 1845. The Naipaul, Charles Dickens and Emily Bronte who
grandparents in the novel recall working as really stayed with her. Just as Wuthering
labourers. Later, Grandfather Latiff becomes Heights proves a character unto itself with its
dark stairways, storms and sense of iman upholsterer and a wealthy businessman.
The yard built by the grandfather keeps the prisonment, so does the yard in my novel; and
family together, and keeps them religious. Heathcliff and Catherine face similar cultural
This informs the plot to a large extent. It is, and societal challenges as my protagonists.
therefore, a real entity, alive with expecta- When Eniath first read A House for Mr. Biswas
tions, beliefs and teachings, where Eniaths by Naipaul, the grandeur of a seemingly unimfather grew up too. The story set against this portant island in the Caribbean revealed itself
backdrop is about Maya and Behrooz and the to her.
Besides the themes and influences that make
dynamics of their relationship challenged by
this novel a good read and a possible feature film
Muslim traditions and East Indian society.
So what does the yard represent for one day, there is one more charming element:
Eniath? Growing up Indo-Muslim in Trin- the use of the Trinidad dialect. It was also
idad and from a prominent family in the Eniaths main challenge, I discover, as she excommunity, there were always religious, cul- plains how she found it difficult to get the diatural and other obligations imposed from logues right in the dialect. My dialogue was very
within and without. But Ive always felt inde- stilted at the beginning and it took a lot of
pendent a person of the world rather than a pruning, she adds. It is the language that shapes
person of a particular faith, race, status, etc. the characters and makes them who they are.
We are one and the same. The yard signifies For instance, in the scene where the grandthis struggle that we see most in Maya, who mother is introduced to Behrooz, she does not
finds it hard to cope with the expectations of agree with her son adopting him. The dialogue
others. This becomes especially apparent in goes like this: I had a neighbour back in the day
the emotional conflicts arising out of the who adopted a boy. Did everything for the boy
tender bond she forms with Behrooz, an since he was young, treat him like she own
abandoned boy who is taken in by the family. The grammatical incorrectness makes this diaIn Islam, an adoptive brother is allowed to logue what it is meant to be natural.
marry an adoptive sister. They are attracted
The Caribbean has produced many literary
to each other but Maya abandons Behrooz greats like Derek Walcott and Naipaul, but the
and leaves the yard, in search of fulfilment flow of works by contemporary authors is far
and happiness. But things are not simple. from satisfactory. Which is why Eniaths novel is
Winding its way through Behroozs heart- a good sign. We need more publishers and readbreak and Mayas search for fulfilment, the ers supporting talent from this group of tiny
novel ends on a note of redemption and hope. islands. Because there are more yards, legends
Evidently, their love lends the novel its uni- and stories to discover.
versal appeal.
Anupama Raju is a writer, journalist
The autobiographical element, besides
and corporate trainer.
manifesting in the yard itself, also surfaces in

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To the nationalists of Indias Independence struggle, Tipu was a fierce opponent of
British colonialism; a nationalist who had a
Hindu as his chief minister and was a patron
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were eager to seek British alliance and accept British Residents, Tipu went to the
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needed, of his status as a symbol of fierce
Indian resistance to colonialism.
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rebel Nairs, Kodavus and Christians of Canara. Thousands were forcibly converted
and transferred from their home territories
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A dish from Lucknow

Celebrity chef Ranveer Brar, whos launched
his first cookbook and first restaurant in
Mumbai, started cooking in a langar
s he walked across the lobby of JW
Marriott in Juhu, Mumbai, to meet me
for a coffee and conversation, Chef Ranveer Brar was stopped by three women for
quick selfies. Even as they posed, the
ladies slipped in a quick food query to one
of their favourite TV chefs. They wanted
to know how to make dosas crisper, he
revealed. Brars dosa hack? Add channa
dal to the batter.
Multiple television roles as host and
chef on shows like The Great Indian Rasoi
and as judge on Masterchef India have
made the 38-year-old a household face.
Add to this multiple endorsement deals
and you see how easily Brar has joined the
growing tribe of desi celebrity chefs. But
its not a descriptor he is absolutely comfortable with. He explains, In the West,
you have to be a chef before you can become a celebrity. Whereas in India now,
people seem to become celebrities before
they are chefs. The term is evolving; hopefully well get there soon.
Brars culinary journey began in Lucknow, where he was born. My grandfather was an ex-Army man and every
Sunday, he would drag me, his favourite
grandson, to the gurudwara. There was
nothing to hold a five-year-olds interest
there; the only place with some action was
the langar. So, Id sit there every Sunday,
watching people cook. One day, the lady
who cooked the sweet rice was unavailable and 11-year-old Brar was entrusted
with cooking it for 100-odd people.
Apparently my meethe chawal was
so good the granthi came home to
ask if I would make it again. Brar
continued to cook in the langar until
he was 16 but he still didnt love
cooking; it was just a chore.
It was in his teens that Brar discovered his citys famous kebab
vendors. Lucknow is a fascinating
city. I discovered it when I was
16-17 and started going out
with friends to look for good
food. He found hole-inthe-wall kebab stalls with
amazing food and incredible stories. There is a locality called Bawarchi Tola.
Apparently, in the olden
days, nawabs would get
bored with their cooks
very quickly and throw
them out. All of them set

Nopales on sale at Tepoztlns local mercado along Avenida Revolucion; (below) Blue corn and cactus
tacos called tacos de nopalitos. PHOTOS: RAUL DIAS

Thorny love affair

On a trip to Mexico, risking palate impalement and an itchy tongue, the
writer gorged on cactus, the local delicacy, in all its prickly avatars
defined as pleasure
derived by someone
from another persons
And sadistic pleasure
is writ large all over
my friend Juan-Carloss face as he hears me place my order for
a portion of the innocuous sounding tuna
salad. Its a hot summers day and were at
Mexico Citys Xochimilco Mercado a
suburban food market where you can find
some of the countrys most exotic dishes
plated out at colourful cantina bars and
ubiquitous taquera stalls.
One bite into the salad and I sense
something amiss. The expected briny hit of
piscine pleasure from the tuna is replaced
by a rather sweet, astringent and vegetal
taste, the likes of which Id hitherto never
experienced. Thats when I find out to my
chagrin that tuna is what Mexicans call the
prickly pear cactus fruit that finds itself in
everything from the aforementioned fruit
salad to refreshing summer libations and a
whole lot in between. If cleaned improperly,
one can expect an itchy tongue a sensation I am thankfully spared. And so, just like
that, my initiation into Mexicos exotic

world of cactus cuisine is complete.

While most of us have encountered the
use of cactus especially the agave variety
as the chief ingredient in one of the
worlds favourite tipples aka tequila, and in
mezcal, its lesser-known cousin, a tryst with
true-blue Mexicano cuisine adds a whole lot
more to the pot (pun fully intended).
Putting aside all the usual edible Mexican
tropes of nachos, burritos and other unauthentic specimens of their ilk, I soon
discover a wealth of cactus-centric
I am lucky to witness a cactus free-for-all
at the annual Feria de Nopales (Cactus Fair)
in the central Mexican village of Tlaxcalancingo in the state of Puebla. This homage to
the nopal cactus, the villages most important crop, has stalls selling all sorts of
cacti-redolent dishes like huaraches (stuffed
nopales) and the divine ensalada de nopalitos (nopal salad). But the most popular dish

is always the tacos de nopalitos. And as if

the cactus-stuffed taco isnt exotic enough,
this scrumptious iteration is made with the
rare blue corn and served with roast pork,
all anointed with green tomatillo sauce.
In the quaint little pre-Columbian town
of Tepoztln, a mere hours drive south of
the countrys capital Mexico City, I encounter more edible varieties of cacti. In the
mercado that runs parallel to Avenida
Revolucion, the towns main street, I see
rows of nopal vendors busy scraping off the
pointy spines (called agates) and dicing the
cactus pads, so that shoppers can take them
home and cook them up into other regional
specialities like the fiendishly good, chipotle
sauce-saturated nopales en chipotle
adobado (which I tried satisfactorily at the
nearby Restaurant Villa Cardel later that
Tepoznieves Ice Cream, with its three
psychedelically-coloured branches, bizarrely
located in a radius of less than 100 feet from
each other, is a bona fide Tepoztln icon.
And as a fitting end to my tryst with cactus,
it is here that I get my fix of the rather
kitschy-n-kooky parlours cactus creations
featuring the likes of nopal sorbet, mezcal
gelato and yes, tuna ice cream.

up shop in a place called Bawarchi Tola.

Thats how royal food came to the streets.
I started hanging around there. Thats
when I realised food is a lot more than just
cooking on Sundays.
As expected, his parents werent
thrilled with his newfound passion. They
didnt think I was serious, he remembers
with a laugh. So, Brar took up an apprenticeship with kebab maker Ustad Munir
Ahmed. I worked with him for about
eight months and all I did was grind spices
and dry charcoal.
Brar began his career at the Taj Mahal
Hotel, moving on to Radisson Blu Hotel in
Noida. At 25, he became the youngest
executive chef at the time in the country.
Then he moved to Boston, where he
opened Banq, a fine Franco-Asian restaurant, hailed as the Best New Restaurant in the world by Wallpaper magazine.
Then came the turning point. Recession
hit and the restaurant shut down, bringing Brar back to India and to a career of
cooking in front of the camera.
I have always treated food as a person
who I have a relationship with, says Brar,
who has just launched his first cookbook,
Come into My Kitchen. There are few
relationships that give as unconditionally
as food. I have opened and shut down
restaurants and slept on the streets, but I
have always bounced back because my
belief in the relationship has been
Brar has also launched his first restaurant in Mumbai. Its called TAG by Ranveer. Therell be an amateur art
gallery on the first floor and a caf
on the second. Its going to be a
vegetarian world-food smallplates caf with 40 covers. I
have a habit of putting my finger in many pies, he says,
flashing that toothy smile thats
won him so many female fans
over the years.
Upadhyay is
a film
who loves to
travel. When
not writing,
she is
with baking,
Kanye West
and fantasy

Ranveer Brar

The Sunday Crossword

Raul Dias is a Mumbai-based food and

travel writer who is an ardent devotee of
the peripatetic way of life.


If I dare to eat a peach...

Juicy wonder

Chauhan is
a food writer based
in Delhi.

included one maybe the downy,

velvet skin and flaming sunset hues
gave a richness of both texture and
colour. But Picasso said, One does a
whole painting for one peach and
people think just the opposite that
particular peach is but a detail.
There are two problems with
peaches. To be at their best, they
must ripen on the tree. But since
most of us live long miles from orchards, those we buy must have been
picked long before they ripened and
they make poor eating. Sometimes

they transit through cold stores, lose

their drippy juiciness, becoming almost mealy. If theyve suffered hail,
theyre bruised; if theyve been
stabbed en route by stems and pine
needles used in the packing, theyre
wounded; so if one manages to find
good, plump, juicy, ripe, unblemished fruit, one must buy and eat
them at once. I agree with Ruth
Reichl: If you start with a great
peach, theres nothing youre ever
going to do thats going to make it any
better than when it comes off the
tree. I would love to do just that, but
how many peaches can I eat in a
week? The season is so brief.
And so we eat some au naturel , we
bake some in cobblers and crisps, we
make a jam and then times up. So we
preserve them. Inside the peach,
there is a stone. Margaret Atwood
in Alias Grace probably meant something deep and philosophical with
those words, but for me that is a
practical concern. And so, when I try
to extend the season, I try to remove
the stone while keeping the fruit
smooth and clean.
In 1893, Escoffier invented the
most famous peach dish in the world,
Peach Melba, for Dame Nellie Melba.
It is a cold dessert of lightly stewed
peaches coated in lemon juice and
sprinkled with sugar, served with a
sauce of fresh raspberries and vanilla
ice cream, preferably homemade,
with real vanilla beans. A lesser
known story is of Madame Juliette
Rcamier, a socialite, the wife of a
Parisian banker, renowned for her
beauty and warmth. She was much
admired and painted, by Franois
Grard and others, and some works
hang in the Louvre. Madame
Rcamier fell ill, refused food, and
her death was feared imminent. But

she recovered after she was tempted

to eat a dish of peaches in syrup and

8 large ripe peaches

1/2 cup sugar
Boil a large pan of water. Nick
peaches on one end with tip of knife
and immerse in boiling water for 10
seconds. Drain and cool until easy to
handle. Remove peel. Cut around the
peach vertically, twist and separate
halves. Remove stone with tip of
knife. Make thin sugar syrup by boiling 1 litre water with sugar. Remove
from heat as soon as sugar is dissolved. Transfer syrup to shallow
plastic container. Place blanched
peaches in warm syrup. Cover tightly
and refrigerate for up to two to three

About six servings

1 kg ripe peaches (about eight)
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 cup soft butter
Light cream
Preheat oven to 200o C.
Lightly grease an 8x8x2 baking
dish. Wash peaches, peel. Cut in
halves and remove pits. Slice peaches
and place in baking dish. Sift flour,
sugar, salt and cinnamon into medium-sized bowl. Using two knives,
cut butter into flour mixture until
mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Sprinkle evenly over
peaches. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until
topping is golden and peaches are
tender. Serve warm, with cream.


tuck box


Greek philosopher Theophrastus

(370 B.C. to288 B.C.) was the first
writer who mentioned the peach in
classical antiquity. Though the
original home of the peach is China,
where they still have wild peaches,
cultivation spread westwards, via
Kashmir, to Persia. It came to be believed that Persia was the home, and
so the fruit was named Amygdalus
persica . Later Virgil, Pliny, Chaucer,
OHenry and Zola, all wrote of it,
adding to its celebration in literature. Though lesser known than
Eliots Do I dare to eat a peach?,
D.H. Lawrence wrote sensuously of it
too. Still life paintings almost always

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10 Porcelains single feature covered by
book article (4,5)
11 Sorry about piece inhibiting endless fun (10)
12 Source in good health (4)
14 Stupid, miles behind inspector (3)
15 Not on, cruelly dismissing verse in
bossy style (11)
17 Bottle with nothing inside irritated northern
film star (6,5)
19 Right account about estate? (3)
20 Spoils sound of stringed instrument (4)
21 Card from old English poet filled
with love (10)
24 Guess clue wrongly in rush (9)
25 Time occupied by leading pair in
return match (5)
26 The art involved in cookery is awesome (12)

7 Top tips for explorer in good small aircraft (7)

8 Big early bid, working with energy, to make
military crossing (6,6)
9 Broadcast serial, top sad epic (8,4)
13 Spot empty space at close range (5-5)
16 Guy with role became unable to cope (4,5)
18 Saw traveller in lead (7)
19 Facial expression after tea showing
dissatisfaction (7)
22 Handle danger, disposing of hydrogen (5)
23 Pretty odd members of club, then? (4)



2 Choose mother to protect one? Thats best (7)

3 Individual in charge following us up
very fast (10)
4 Story about British chart (5)
5 Presenter can run one ragged (9)
6 Desire degree? No pressure (4)
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