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Government gives in;

auto, taxi strike
called off

AAP MP Bhagwant
Mann apologises, then
says he did no wrong

India-Pakistan talks
likely during Rajnaths
Islamabad visit

Hillary win is vital

for American values,
democracy: Obama

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Death sentence of six
JMB militants upheld
DHAKA: A court in Bangladesh
on Thursday upheld the death
sentence of six militants of the
Bangladesh (JMB) for the 2005
suicide bombing in Gazipur, near
here, which killed nine persons
and injured scores.

Patna HC terminates
membership of BJP MP
PATNA: The Patna High Court on

Thursday terminated the

membership of BJP Lok Sabha
member from Sasaram Chhedi
Paswan for suppressing facts in
his affidavit filed for the 2014
general election.

China denies its
troops crossed LAC
BEIJING: China has denied that
its troops had crossed into the
Indian side of the Line of Actual
Control (LAC) in Uttarakhand. It
also declined to comment on
reports about Indias enhanced
military profile in Ladakh.

In bid to push GST, Jaitley

meets Opposition leaders
After Cabinet
changes, Cong.
softens stand
NEW DELHI: A consensus seems

to be emerging on the longpending reform of the Goods

& Services Tax (GST), with
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian
meeting leaders of the Congress, the Left, the Trinamool Congress, the SP and
the JD(U) on Thursday to
garner support for the passage of the Constitution
(122nd Amendment) Bill in

the current session of Parliament. The Congress, which

had raised three demands for
supporting the Bill, changed
its stand following Thursdays meeting.
The party said consulta-

tions with Mr. Jaitley were

constructive and positive,
PTI reported.
CPI(M) general secretary
Sitaram Yetchury, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Congress Leader

Anand Sharma were among

those who participated in the
separate rounds of discussions that Mr. Jaitley held.
The news agency also said
the government was in touch
with AIADMK leader and
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
In anticipation, the Cabinet on Wednesday approved
the wording of the Constitution Amendment Bill that
the State Finance Ministers
had finalised on Tuesday. It
also cleared the sole Congress demand of dropping
the proposed 1 per cent additional tax that the States
had approved.



Rahul, Jaitley get steamed

up in House over dal price
Rahul says its Arhar
Modi now; Jaitley
terms it bluster
NEW DELHI: The Opposition

and the government faced of

in the Lok Sabha on Thursday on the issue of rising
prices, with Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi demanding that Prime Minister
Narendra Modi declare a
date when we can expect to
see the price of dal (pulses)
come down, and Finance
Minister Arun Jaitley terming the attack bluster not
borne out by statistics.
Mr. Gandhi made a direct
attack on Mr. Modi on what
he termed were false promises to control prices. You
give us a date by when the
prices of dal will come

Would have spared Wani

had I known: Mehbooba

In calm waters

Violence continues
in north Karnataka



public unrest for the 20th

day on Thursday, Chief
Minister Mehbooba Mufti
said she would have given
Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani a
chance had she known he
was trapped in the encounter. Ms. Mufti asked New
Delhi to restart the peace
process with Pakistan initiated by former Prime
Security agencies say
they suspected three militants were hiding without
knowing who they were.
Had I known about him
[Wani], I would have given
him a second chance in the
wake of ongoing economic
activity, improving situa-

SRINAGAR: Facing continued

continued in parts of north

Karnataka on Thursday after the
Mahadayi Water Disputes
Tribunal rejected Karnatakas
plea for an interim order. The
inauguration of the IIT-Dharwad
has been postponed.


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BACK TO WORK: After several days of unrest over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, a fisherman
gets back to work in the Dal Lake in Srinagar on Thursday. PHOTO: NISSAR AHMAD

Mahasweta Devi, writer and

social activist, passes away
KOLKATA: Mahasweta Devi, a

colossal figure in Bengali literature and a respected social activist who lent her
voice to the poor, passed
away at a private hospital
here on Thursday. The litterateur, who was honoured
with the Sahitya Akademi,
Jnanpith and the Magsaysay
awards, was 90.
She was admitted to Belle
Vue Clinic last month, and
was sufering from septicemia. She was later put on
ventilator. Doctors said she
died of multiple organ fail-

Mahasweta Devi
ure. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described the author as her
guardian and said: India
has lost a great writer.

Prime Minister Narendra

Modi said she wonderfully
illustrated the might of the
pen. Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi described her as a
powerful voice against injustice and inequality.
Mahasweta Devi was born
into a family of literary figures in Dhaka in 1926.
In a literary career spanning over half-a-century, she
wrote over 120 books. Most
of her works centred on the
lives of the poor and downtrodden.


tack, and he was suitably

This [inflation and price
rise] is a topic of statistics
and not sloganeering. The
UPA had left the government
in a serious state, he said.



Abu Jundal
found guilty in
arms haul case

tion and booming tourism,

said Ms. Mufti on the sidelines of Peoples Democratic
Partys 17th foundation day.
(Former Chief Minister)
Omar Abdullah knew in advance when (Parliament attack convict) Afzal Guru
was hanged and made elaborate security arrangements. We were taken unawares this time. We
imposed curfew and that
was violated, said Ms. Mufti, while calling for an end to
the use of pellet guns.
With street violence
seething in the Valley and
curfew and restrictions in
place amid stone-throwing
by protesters, the PDP preferred to mark its foundation day away from media

MUMBAI: The 26/11 Mumbai

terror attack handler Abu
Jundal and 11 others were
found guilty in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case by
the Maharashtra Control of
(MCOCA) court here on
Judge S.L. Anekar upheld
the prosecutions claim that
this was a conspiracy after
the 2002 Gujarat riots to
eliminate the then Chief
Minister Narendra Modi
and Vishwa Hindu Parishad
leader Praveen Togadia.
The court said this was a
larger conspiracy to strike
terror, and the accused were
calling it jihad.




U.P. Dalit couple hacked

to death over Rs. 15


down, he said.
Punning on the popular
slogan during the Lok Sabha
elections, Har, Har Modi
Mr. Gandhi said the situation
was such that the slogan was
now being turned to Arhar
(pigeon pea) Modi.
The government fielded
Mr. Jaitley to counter the at-

LUCKNOW: In a shocking inci-

dent, a Dalit couple was on

Thursday hacked to death
in Uttar Pradeshs Mainpuri district for allegedly being unable to pay back a
sum of Rs. 15.
The Dalit couple Bharat Singh (65) and his wife
Mamta (60) were brutally attacked with an axe.
They were found dead with
injuries to their neck, police said.
Residents of Lakhnipur
in the Kurra police station
area said the couple owed
Rs. 15 to a shopkeeper,

identified as Ashok Mishra. When on Thursday

morning, the couple was on
their way to work in the
fields, they were confronted by Mishra, who demanded immediate payment of the money. As
couple said they would pay
him in the evening, the argument escalated into a
fight, with Mishra allegedly attacking the couple
with an axe, a police spokesperson said.
Chief Minister Akhilesh
Yadav later announced an
ex-gratia compensation of
Rs. 5 lakh to the family of
the murdered couple.

Pokhari is swachh village on the app, but then its not

The Swachh Bharat Mission hits an unexpected barrier in rural Maharashtra
than 10 km from
Aurangabad lies Pokhari, a
village of 260 families and a
population of about 1,300.
On the Swachh Bharat
Mission record, it is Open
Defecation Free. On the
ground, it is not.
Beyond the brightly
painted panchayat oice
and the Zilla Parishad
school with clean toilets for
boys and girls, it is a
diferent story.
The nearby slum is
behind the school wall and
daily wagers live there.
Some 47 families in this
squalid locality say they
continue to defecate in the
open. Community toilets
were built, but now their


The well-maintained girls toilet at the Zilla Parishad School

in Pokhari, 10 km from Aurangabad. PHOTO: ROLI SRIVASTAVA
locks have tell-tale rust.
The Prime Ministers
flagship Swachh Bharat
Mission (SBM) has hit an
invisible challenge here.
Pokhari has two parts a

clean area of land owners

and rich farmers with en
suite toilets, and hutments
of SC/ST daily wagers who
go out in the open.
They (the rich) got

toilets, we dont have them.

What will we eat if we
spend money on a toilet,
asks Mangal Rajesh
Ghadge, a mother of three
who has dug a pit where a
toilet is to come up.
We have dug pits, but do
not have the money to
build. We can get the
government grant of Rs.
12,000 only if we construct
it, says Alka Raosaheb
Barade. Until May 17, when
the Maharashtra
government included the
so-called encroachers,
they were totally excluded,
as the SBM does not
provide grant to those on
government land. Yet, some
houses are pucca
(permanent), and villagers
have Aadhar cards and
voter IDs. The SBM app

lists households that have

toilets, and says the village
is free of open defecation.
But how is it a model when
at least a fourth of the
population goes out into
the fields? The
governments formula
makes that possible.
As per the scheme, 90
per cent of households
should have individual
toilets. In Pokharis case,
most households do. Also,
there are 12 community
toilets for households not
accounted for, says
Vaishali Jagtap, a zilla
parishad oicial.
Despite the amended
order, it will be a long wait
before the names of these
families appear online for
SBM funding, and the
sanitation barrier is broken.





Amanatullah Khan gets bail

Matia Mahal MLA fears for his life

A Delhi court has granted bail to AAP MLA Amanatullah

Khan, accused of threatening a woman with rape Page 4

AAP MLA from Matia Mahal Asim Ahmed Khan has accused
AAP goons of issuing death threats to him Page 4

PTM at 1,000 Delhi

govt schools on July 30


A cringe-worthy mom fest


The best thing about Bad Moms is its end credits

NEW DELHI: Parents of all chil-


Some trailers are better than

the actual movie ever could
be. Movie-trailer editors pick
and choose the best bits from
a film and string them together to lure unsuspecting viewers. Thats exactly what Bad
Moms is.
The trailer had it all: three
beloved actors playing funny
women who turn reckless,
hinting at comedies like Bridesmaids and Trainwreck.
Youll be drawn in for sure,
but in the end, the film is a
cringe-worthy call to appreciate mothers and for women
to stand up for themselves.
The best part about Bad
Moms is when the end credits
start rolling, and here, I dont
mean when you get up and
leave. The end credits comprise an earnest montage of
the actors with their mothers,
talking about past mistakes
and childhood.
But heres what goes down
before those credits start rolling. Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) is a 32-year-old mother of
two who loves, loves, loves
her kids. Shes stretching herself to a sliver trying to balance a career and home. But
her kids are demanding, and
Mike (David Walton), does
Amys arch nemesis is the
she-devil mom Gwendolyn
(Christina Applegate) with
her posse of equally loathsome lackeys Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie
When shes had enough of
it, Amy decides to be a bad
mom and stop trying so hard
to be perfect. Following suit is
Kiki (Kristen Bell) and already-bad mom Carla (Kathryn Han), who decide its
time for a change. This displeases the she-devil clique.
In a done-to-death plot, our
heroine Amy in this case
crusades against the Nazi

dren studying in Delhi government schools have received invitation cards

some handmade by the students themselves to participate in the first Parent
Teacher Meeting (PTM), to
be organised across 1,000
government schools on July

Its all the scripts

fault, thanks to
writer-directors Jon
Lucas and Scott
mothers who are forcing everyone else to be just like
Kunis (Friends with Benefits), Bell (Forgetting Sarah
Marshall) and Hahn (Were
The Millers) have already established themselves as far as
comedy goes, so the acting
definitely wasnt the problem. Its all the scripts fault,
thanks to writer-directors
Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
The characters and their stories are exaggerated versions
of reality: Amy is a mom who
does everything, right from
carting the kids around to
taking the dog to the vet and
even working overtime for a
demanding boss.
Kiki is a doormat who
drops everything when her
husband orders her to. And
theres Carlas sex-hungry
crassness (which is, sadly, the
only thing really funny about
Bad Moms) which redefines
irresponsible parenthood.
Ironically, Carlas behaviour has been glossed over
and glamourised to the point
that she decides to be an even
worse mom, if that was possible. That these three characters were written by a real
adult seems unfathomable.
Bad Moms is the kind of
film you roll your eyes at, resigning yourself to endure it
when nothing else is on TV
and theres absolutely nothing else to do.
Even then, you question
why your precious hours
have been wasted. With its
one-track plot (for women to
embrace being bad), the film
is focused, but theres nothing else really going for it.
Youre not going to want to

Biannual event
The initiative plans to create a carnival-type atmosphere in schools biannually
to welcome parents for a
one-on-one interaction with
principals and teachers.
Schools have been instructed to create a conducive environment for discussions to
give and take feedback, as
well as celebrate the positive

DU colleges grapple
with numbers
NEW DELHI: Delhi University

colleges have been working

overtime, number-crunching and dealing with the
sheer volume of applications
for the few seats that have
not yet been filled.
With thousands of applications coming in via the DU
portal to fill up a handful of
remaining seats, some colleges got the maths wrong,
leaving students and parents
in a panic mode on Thursday.
DU had provided colleges
with a list of students and
their marks in their best-offour subjects so that the list
could be shortened from a
few thousand to a few
hundred. It was then up to
the colleges to sort out the
list according to the courses
applied for and to add or subtract marks based on subjects studied in Class XII.
Perhaps some colleges
took the best-of-four list as
the merit list and published it

Bad Moms
Director: Jon Lucas and
Scott Moore.
Starring: Mila Kunis,
Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn,
Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett
Smith, Christina Applegate
Runtime: 101 mins
leave the theatre with a sudden desire to be grateful for
all your mother has done for
you. Instead, youll never
want to have children, perhaps forgo marriage altogether and live a life of singledom.
Oh, and resolve to watch
better films.

Hang up on this call

The rebooted version of Ghostbusters is underwhelming,
but worth a watch if youre feeling generous


NEW DELHI: Oh couplet, you

were ruined and you overcame your ruin to settle. No

couplet has a heart like
Nearly two months after
an Urdu couplet painted by
members of the Delhi I
Love You campaign was
forcibly vandalised by a mob
in East Delhis Shahdara, the
same artists repainted the
same couplet on the same
wall on Thursday.
Dilli tera ujarna, aur phir
ujar ke basna. Woh dil hai
toone paya, sani nahi hai jiska. [Oh Delhi, you were ruined and you overcame your
ruin to settle. No city has a
heart like yours] is written
by Zeeshan Amjad, a postgraduate student of Delhi

Ghostbusters holds a very

special place in the heart of
any kid from the 80s. Granted,
it wasnt the best thing to go
down in pop culture history,
but it did spawn good television and remains etched in
memory. Then there were the
animated shows that everyone
in the early 90s, this one included, hungrily devoured every early evening after school.
To the uninitiated, the two
films were introductions to
comedy greats Dan Aykroyd
and Bill Murray. Aykroyd and
Murray had plenty of recognisable work before the 1984
supernatural comedy, but with
Ghostbusters, they entered a
new league.
Like Hollywood is wont to
do, reboots are the flavour of
the season and a new Ghostbusters film was first announced in 2014. This would
be directed Paul Feig, creator
of the cult one-season wonder
Freaks and Geeks and films
like The Heat and Bridesmaids. An all-female cast just
amped up everyones (those
who are progressive enough,
at least) excitement levels. Every trailer and sneak peek into

Answer The Call
Director: Paul Feig
Starring: Melissa
McCarthy, Kristen Wiig,
Kate McKinnon, Leslie
Jones, Chris Hemsworth
Duration: 116 mins
the film only fuelled the
When D-day arrived, however, it seemed like we were
better of hanging up on
Ghostbusters: Answer The
Call. The film pales in comparison to the original and is a
weak efort when observed on
its own. Answer The Call
wastes too much time setting
up shop. Had the creators been
more economical, they could
have fit in a fight scene or two
more, rather than laboriously
explain our protagonists back
stories. For instance, theres
one unnecessary portion
where precious footage is
wasted trying to develop a logo for their ghostbusting ways.
In short, after a lengthy ef-

fort to induce some laughs,

doctors Abby Yates (Melissa
McCarthy) and Erin Gilbert
(Kristen Wiig) team up with
eccentric engineer Jillian
Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon)
and NYC subway worker Patty
Tolan (Leslie Jones) to fight
ghosts in New York City.
In the end, the reboot borrows heavily from its predecessor and tries too hard to be
original. Like the original, we
have a demonic possession,
but theres a predictable twist.
Then theres a mediocre version of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (the boss ghost in
the original). This time, the giant flufer has more teeth and
less rolls of fat. The 80s film
managed better efects for its
time, which still holds true, all
things considered. It's attempts are unimpressive, right
from the proton pack beams to
gimmicky ghosts and a part at
the end when our heroines enter a portal to another world.
Sadly, in its efort to subvert
stereotypes, Answer The Call
falls flat. Where usually a ditzy
hot woman would be the eye
candy, weve got hunky Chris
Hemsworth as the imbecilic
Kevin Beckman. With no redeeming qualities, the male re-

without accounting for variation according to subject

studied. This caused some
confusion, said a spokesperson from the university.
DU has instructed colleges to withdraw the list where
there is a discrepancy and
prepare a new merit list.
DU took its undergraduate admission process online
for the first time. With over
2.5 lakh applicants, the system is facing teething issues
that will be sorted out soon.
The system was tested during post-graduate admissions, but the numbers we
dealt with were much smaller, added the spokesperson.
DU had earlier not allowed students who had already taken admission to reapply for vacant seat without
cancelling their admission,
but changed that rule on
Monday after an admission
committee meeting.
The second merit list will
be out on July 30 and the
third list on August 3.

Artists reclaim DJB wall in

Shahdara with Urdu couplet



aspects of each student.

Speaking about the initiative, Education Minister
Manish Sisodia said: The
PTM is aimed at opening the
doors of the school for all
parents and celebrating the
occasion with them. We aim
to enhance communication
between parents and teachers, and to bridge the existing
Teachers from KG to Class
VII have been instructed to
discuss with parents issues
like nutrition, hygiene, attendance and punctuality.
The Department of Education has also introduced initiatives like Friday meetings,
during which parents can
meet senior Department oicials to discuss concerns and
give feedback. The meetings
will be held on a weekly basis
between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.

ceptionist continues to hold a

place in the Ghostbusters
hearts despite his thoughtless
ways. But Hemsworths a
(ogle) worthy addition to any
film, so we arent complaining that much.
Sadly, while all the actors try
their hardest to please, only
McKinnon steals the show
with her weirdo antics (watch
her hilarious Hillary Clinton
impressions). And some of the
best lines come from Jones
(OK, I dont know if it was a
race thing or a lady thing, but
Im mad as hell). There are little bouts of excitement when a
cameo is spotted. Watch out
for a glimpse of Ozzy Osbourne at a rock concert. Even
Murray makes an ironic appearance as do Aykroyd,
Weaver Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts (who played the eicient receptionist Janine Melnitz in the original).
Watch the reboot purely for
nostalgia, and to hear a rocked
out Whore you gonna call
theme song by Fall Out Boy
and Missy Elliott (which
should have been used a lot
more). You wont be blown
away, but you will be transported, albeit for a little while,
to a happy time in the past.

40 entries
It was one of the 40 entries
chosen for #MyDilliStory
series of the Delhi I Love
You campaign, supported
by the Delhi government.
Entries were invited in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and English for #MyDilliStory, a
Twitter-based competition,
that asked people to share
their stories, poems and
quotes about Delhi. Forty of

STRONG MESSAGE: Members of the Delhi I Love You campaign

repainting the couplet on the wall of the Delhi Jal Board office
in Shahdara on Thursday. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
these were selected by a jury and are currently being
painted on prominent public walls around the Capital
by the citys signboard painters to give a makeover to
drab government buildings,
flyovers and other public
The artists Akhlaq Ahmad, who goes by Shabbu,
and Swen Simon, a French
street artist had painted
the couplet on the wall of
the Delhi Jal Board oice in
Shahdara in May, but a local
mob had threatened them
into vandalising their painting and write Swachh Bharat Abhiyan over it instead.
According to the artists, the

Play on Partition
NEW DELHI: Stories of Partition
are slowly disappearing from
the current narrative of the
youth. However, its impact
can still be felt in the way the
two nations perceive each
To keep alive the human
experiences of Partition,
city-based Natya Ustaad is
presenting a play titled
Transistor Untuned.
The play, set in Pakistan
in the 1970s, tries to capture
the India-Pakistan relationship through the prism of the
Partition by using a transis-

tor as a plot device, said director Arunansh Shokeen.

The story is based in a
mental asylum located on
the borders of the two countries, the inmates living
there, their commanding
head and a cunning servant.
I would hear old songs
while driving and get ideas
with each song about this
story of the Partition. It was
then that I realised that this
device would have been of a
great importance then.
Tickets for the play, to be
staged on Friday at LTG Auditorium at 6.30 p.m., will
available at the venue.

mob had threatened to

shoot them in case of
On Thursday, the artists
repainted the vandalised
painting. However, a Hindi
translation was painted below it this time. The event
was attended and supported
by Delhi Culture Minister
Kapil Mishra. Encouraging
artists and musicians, he expressed his support and love
for the linguistic diversity of
Mr. Mishra, who also handles the portfolios of Languages and Water, said:
The event was about send-

ing a strong message to

those who think they can
create boundaries and walls
of hatred among various religions and communities. By
painting this wall with vibrant stories of Delhi in its
diferent languages, we are
breaking those walls. We
will take this message across
the city to spread communal
harmony and unity. We will
never allow preachers of
hate to hold this citys heart
and soul to ransom.
He added that the government recognises and respects the diversity that
coexists in Delhi and is happy to be associated with
such projects.
The idea behind #MyDilliStory is to bridge the
virtual and physical divide,
bring the magic of hand
painted typographies back
into public spaces, and most
importantly celebrate the
linguistic diversity of this
megacity, said Astha Chauhan, the director of the
Delhi I Love You campaign.
So far, the group has
painted 23 murals in areas
like Punjabi Bagh, Ashok Vihar, Rohini, Jhandewalan,
Kewal Park, Paschim Vihar,
Pratap Nagar, Paharganj and
Kashmere Gate.

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Rain spells nightmare for Gurgaon

City witnesses one of the worst traffic jams; breach in drain worsens situation
GURGAON: The Millennium
City witnessed one of its
worst traic jams on Thursday as heavy rain coupled
with the movement of Kanwariyas kept the major roads
and intersections choked
throughout the day.
The situation was aggravated in the evening due to a
breach in Badshahpur drain
near Sector 34. This led to
flooding in nearby sectors.
Authorities are arranging
machines and sand bags to
plug the breach. Presently,
the breach is very small, but
it can be fatal, said Deputy
Director, Public Relations,
R.S. Sangwan.
Traic on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway came to a
standstill for several kilometers.
through messages on WhatsApp, claimed that they were
stuck on the highway for
more than four hours. I have
not moved more than 100 m
in the past two hours, said
Pradeep Kumar, who was
caught in a traic jam near
Hero Honda Chowk in the
Earlier, as it began to pour
around 4 p.m., coinciding
with the rush hour, most of
the roads across the city
were inundated with water
in no time. At some points,
the water was knee-deep,
making it impossible for vehicles to ply. Several broke
down, adding to the chaos.

It took me more than two
hours to reach home from office, when the distance is not
more than 12-13 km. I left the
cab at HUDA City Centre
due to traic jam and then
took an autorickshaw. It, too,
broke down after going some

Two hurt as buildings

collapse in Karol Bagh

IN RUINS: Located next to each other on Arya Samaj Road, the

buildings were in a dilapidated state. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
NEW DELHI: At least two persons
were injured when two buildings collapsed in Central Delhis Karol Bagh on Thursday
Located next to each other
on Arya Samaj Road, the
buildings were in a dilapidated state. The collapse happened around 5.30 p.m., and
began with the building
which was lying unused. Jagpreet, an e-rickshaw driver
who witnessed in the incident, said the structure collapsed in a matter of seconds.
Had people been in that
building at that time, there
would have been no survivors. The collapse caused the
neighbouring building to fall
as well, said Jagpreet.
The first collapse had alert-


distance. I then waded

through water, said Neeraj
Sheoran, a software engineer
and a resident of Gurgaon. I
have never witnessed such
waterlogging and traic jams
in Gurgaon before, he said.
The worst-afected areas
were Sector 14, Sector 15,
Sector 17, Sector 31, Sector 38,
Sector 44, Sector 46, Sushant
Lok Phase-I, DLF areas, Sohna Road, Golf Course Road,
IFFCO Chowk, Sheetla Mata
Road, Civil Lines and OldDelhi Road.
The roads in and around
Chowk, HUDA City Centre
metro station and Hero Honda Chowk witnessed slow
traic due to waterlogging.
Also, striking autorickshaw
drivers blocked the DelhiGurgaon Expressway near
Mahipalpur in the morning,
causing inconvenience to
Cops on their toes
The traic police, meanwhile, had a tough time. The
Commissioner of Police has
directed all Station House
Oicers to work in tandem
with the traic police to ensure that vehicles keep moving. Policemen have been deployed
intersections in the city,
said Assistant Commissioner of Police Hawa Singh, a
Gurgaon MLA Umesh
Agarwal told The Hindu that
all arrangements were in
place to clear the water. It
takes a reasonable time for
water to clear after heavy
rainfall. It has been raining
heavily in Gurgaon for the
past two-three days. But
there are no reports of water
remaining stagnant a few
hours after rain.

ed the occupants of the other

building that has a shop on the
ground floor and residence on
the first.
We heard loud sounds of
rubble, and realised that the
neighbouring building had
collapsed. We all rushed
downstairs immediately, said
a woman, Shakuntala.
Unlucky lot
Most of the occupants managed to rush out on time, barring Shakuntalas relatives,
Narender and Vidya. A portion of the building fell on
them just as they were about
to escape. Locals rushed to
the victims aid, and they
were rushed to Lady Hardinge Hospital, where they are
undergoing treatment. The
police are probing who was
responsible for the accident.

Maid found hanging

in Vasant Kunj home
The employer and
her daughter were
away when the
incident happened
on Wednesday

NEW DELHI: A 17-year-old

IN TROUBLED WATERS: As it began to pour around 4 p.m. on Thursday, coinciding with the rush
hour, most of the roads across Gurgaon were flooded in no time. PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Waterlogging continues to plague Capital

NEW DELHI: With the Capital

receiving a lot of rain this week,

the municipal corporations
helplines have been flooded
with complaints of
Leaders of the BJP-ruled
civic bodies, meanwhile, have
stood by their claim and
blamed the Delhi government
for the situation.
Till 2 p.m. on Thursday, the
three municipal corporations
had received 53 complaints of
water-logging in the previous
24 hours. With 32 complaints,
the South Delhi Municipal
Corporation received the

maximum number. The North

Delhi Municipal Corporation
recorded 16 complaints while
the East Delhi Municipal
Corporation received five.
Municipal officials, however,
maintain that the problem
arose because roads
maintained by the Public Works
Department had not been
cleaned, which led to rainwater
collecting. Till 2012, the
municipal corporations
maintained all roads in Delhi.
After that, the Delhi
government took over the
maintenance of roads more
than 60 feet in width.
Subhash Arya, Leader of the
House in the SDMC, said that

the scale of waterlogging was

much less than when the civic
bodies controlled all roads.
Water would not collect for
too long as we would quickly
dispatch teams to address
complaints. Even today, we
send teams in 15 minutes when
we get a complaint. But, if the
PWDs drains arent desilted,
waterlogging will happen on
the main roads, said Mr. Arya.
He reiterated a long-pending
demand of the BJP-ruled
corporations, asking the Delhi
government to hand over all
roads. They should give us the
roads with the requisite funds
to maintain them, said Mr.

housemaid was found

hanging at her
employers residence in
South Delhis Vasant
Kunj on Wednesday.
The victim, a native of
West Bengal, had been
living with the family
for the past six months.
Her family lives in
nearby Kishangarh.
The employer lives
with her 10-year-old
daughter. Her husband
lives in a Maharashtra
Wednesday was the
employers daughters
birthday, which they
decided to celebrate at a
nearby mall.
The police said the
maid, too, was asked to
accompany them, but
she decided to stay at
When the mother and
daughter returned home
around 4.30 pm, they
found their house door
locked from inside.
Despite repeated
knocks, no response was
The woman sought
her neighbours help,
but to no avail. She then
called some people
working at a
construction site and
they helped enter the
house through a
window, said a senior
police oicer.
Family alleges foul play
Inside, the girl was
found hanging from the
ceiling fan.
She had used a stool
to reach the fan, said the
The girls brother,

however, refused to
believe that the girl
could reach the fan on
her own and claimed
that he found injuries on
her hands.
The police denied
there were any marks on
her body except on her
The girls mother
alleged that her
daughter had some days
ago mentioned to her
that unknown men
frequently visited the
employers house.
My daughter would
be sent out of the house
on the pretext of
running some errands
on such occasions.
When she discussed this
with me, I told her to
conceal this. I did not
know this would lead to
her murder, the mother
On the contrary
The police, however,
have ruled out foul play.
All evidence so far
indicates that the girl
committed suicide,
said Nupur Prasad,
Additional DCP
Meanwhile, on
Thursday, several
housemaids of the area
visited the police
demanding the
registration of a murder
case against the
employer, but the police
said they would await
the autopsy report.

Two robbed
of Rs. 80 lakh
NEW DELHI: Two men were al-

legedly robbed of cash worth

Rs. 80 lakh at gunpoint in
West Delhis Punjabi Bagh on
The victims have been
identified as Aman and Shubham, who were to deliver the
money to their uncle, Ved
Prakash Gupta, a rice trader
based in Punjabi Bagh market.
When they approached a
railway underpass in Shakurbasti around 10 a.m., they
were intercepted by four men
on two motorcycles, said the
police. One of the motorcycles stopped beside them
while the other blocked their
way, forcing the victims to
halt their scooty. The pillion
rider on the motorcycle that
stopped next to them allegedly pulled out a pistol and
threatened to shoot if they
did not hand over the bag
containing the cash. Left with
no option, the victims did not
put up any resistance. The
robbers then fled with the
The victims have told the
police that the robbers did
not wear masks, suggesting
that they could have been
outsiders who were used for
the crime by someone known
to the trader.
The police said the victims
were so scared to reveal
about the loss to their uncle
that they did not return home
for the next two hours.
They finally gathered courage, and met their uncle. The
police were subsequently informed and a robbery case
registered. While no CCTV
footage of the robbery could
be found near the crime spot,
the police are looking for
cameras in nearby areas. The
traders employees are being
questioned as the police suspect an insiders job in the

Foreign currency
seized at IGIA
NEW DELHI: Customs oicials at
the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here
seized foreign currency
worth Rs. 1.2 crore on
The money was recovered
from five diferent passengers, who had concealed the
currency notes in their rectums. Oicials suspect that
they were planning to smuggle it out to Bangkok, where
they were travelling to. The
Central Board of Excise and
Customs tweeted on Thursday that the seizure could take
place based on information
provided by the Directorate
of Revenue Intelligence.

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Talk: Seminar on The Primitive:
Trade, Tribute and Territory in the
Garo hills by Dr. Sangamitra Misra,
Fellow, NMML, at seminar room,
first floor, Library Building, Nehru
Memorial Museum & Library
(NMML), Teen Murti House, 3 p.m.
Dance: Bharatanatyam dance recital by Tanya Saxena at C.D. Deshmukh
International Centre (IIC), 6:30 p.m.
Dance: India International Rural
Cultural Centre (IRCEN) presents
Kathak dance recital by Asavari Pawar in Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya,
Delhi, 9.00 a.m., and Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, No.1, Model Town-III,
11 a.m.
Music: 6th Quarterly Baithak, under
the series Legends of Tomorrow,
is dedicated to Indian classical music and is being organised by the
Kendra. Agra-based duo Dr. Megha
Talegaonkar and Sushri Shubhra Talegaonkar (vocal jugalbandi) and
city-based Ustad Asghar Hussain
(violin recital) at Vasuki Auditorium,
Lok Kala Manch, 20, Lodhi Institutional Area, 6.30 p.m.
Art: Homepage 2016, a solo art

exhibition, at Vadehra Art Gallery,

D-53 Defence Colony, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Exhibition: Freedom of Thought,
a painting exhibition by various artists, at Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), 11 a.m. 7
Exhibition: Fragrance of Nature,
a show of paintings by Amit Bera, at
Convention Centre Foyer, India Habitat Centre (IHC), 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Exhibition: Figures in Time &
Space, a show of drawings, lithographs and woodcuts, at Art Heritage Gallery (Basement), Triveni
Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg, 11
a.m. - 7 p.m.
Culture: Aadi month festival: Singing of Abhirami Andhadhi and Padhikam by Tiruppugazh Anbargal, at
Sri Devi Kamakshi Mandir, A-11, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, 10 a.m.
Screening: Premiere of The
Smile, a tale of life and loss, at Habitat World, India Habitat Centre
(IHC), 7 p.m.
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While a party leader tweeted about Sharad Chauhan and Rakhi Bidlan's possible arrest, senior police officers dismissed these rumours

Two more MLAs likely to face arrest, claims AAP


Amanatullah Khan gets bail Tomars fake

NEW DELHI: Continuing with

their attack against the Centre and the Delhi Police,

Aam Aadmi Party leaders
said two more AAP MLAs
were likely to be arrested
Party leader Ashutosh on
Thursday morning tweeted, Delhi Police is going to
arrest two more AAP MLAs
today (Thursday). Sharad
Chauhan and Rakhi Bidlan
in the line [sic].
Narela MLA Sharad
Chauhan was questioned
by the Delhi Police on
Wednesday in the connection with the suicide of AAP
volunteer Soni.
Senior police oicers,
however, dismissed rumours about Ms. Bidlans
We are not arresting
her, an oicer said.
No decision yet
As for Mr. Chauhan, an
oicer associated with the

Narela MLA Sharad

Chauhan was
questioned on
Wednesday in
connection with
the suicide of AAP
volunteer Soni

NEW DELHI: With directions

BLAME GAME: (From left) AAP leaders Dilip Pandey, Ankit, Ashutosh and Deepak Bajpai address a
press conference at the partys office on Thursday. PHOTO: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA
probe said no decision had
been taken.
The investigation into
the suicide case is going on.
We cannot speculate too
much into the future, but for
now we have no plans to arrest him, he said.
Mr. Ashutosh claimed
that Mr. Chauhan was
grilled for over nine hours.
He (Chauhan) was pressured to take names of any
of the senior leaders or else
he would sufer, he said.
Ms. Soni had committed
suicide on July 19 alleging
harassment by AAP party
worker Ramesh Bhardwaj.
In her suicide note, she also
alleged that Mr. Bhardwaj
asked for sexual favours.

Party attacks PM Modi

Our two MLAs, Naresh
Yadav and Amanatullah
Khan, were arrested in a
day. Police misbehaved
with Khans family and forcibly picked him up. The
same treatment has been
meted out to Deputy Speaker Rakhi Bidlan. The kingpin behind the subsequent
attacks on our MLAs is Modiji only, he said.
Death threats
Meanwhile, a day after
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal released an almost 10minute video on social
media, in which he said the
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi may get him killed,

AAP leaders claimed Mr.

Kejriwal has got death
threats on Twitter.
Mr. Ashutosh said Nikunj
Sahu (@NikunjSahu), who
counts Mr. Modi as one of
his followers, has openly
called for the assassination
of Mr. Kejriwal via a tweet,
which says Goli maar deni
chahiye teko [sic].
It is no surprise that
such an open threat has
been issued by a supporter
of the BJP. What is really
shocking is that this person,
Nikunj Sahu, is a member of
the BJP's IT Cell and is followed by the oicial handle
of Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, the AAP leader went
on to say.

not to create any law and

order problem in the area
(his constituency), a Delhi
court granted bail to Amanatullah Khan the Aam
Aadmi Partys Okhla MLA
in a case of allegedly
threatening a woman with
rape and murder.
According to the complaint, the MLA had threatened the woman when she
visited his residence with a
complaint about power
cuts in the area where she
Judge R.K. Tripathi granted
him bail on furnishing a
personal bond of Rs.
50,000 with one surety of a
like amount. Accused is
directed not to create any
law ad order problem in the
area and further directed
not to incite his supporters
to indulge in any criminal
ofence, Mr. Tripathi said
while allowing the bail
The court also dismissed
the apprehension of the
prosecution about the
MLA tampering with evidence or influencing

The Okhla MLA was

accused of threatening a
woman with rape and
murder. FILE PHOTO
statement under Section
164 of the Criminal Procedure Code has already
been recorded before the
Magistrate. She is reported
to have been provided adequate protection by the police. Thus, there is not possibility of tampering with
the prosecution evidence
or influencing witnesses,
the Judge said.
Court warns MLA
At the same time, the
court warned the MLA.
He shall not directly or indirectly contact the complainant and threaten or intimidate her. He shall not
try to influence the prosecution witnesses or tamper
with the prosecution evidence, the Judge said.

On Tuesday, Metropolitan Magistrate Manisha

Tripathi had dismissed the
MLAs bail application and
sent him to judicial custody till August 9, stating that
he might influence witnesses and hamper investigation if he was released on
The Delhi Police had arrested him last week, after
which he remained in police custody and judicial
custody for two days each.
The woman, who was
earlier reportedly associated with the AAP, said in her
complaint that she had
called up the MLA on his
mobile phone on July 10 to
complain about power failure in her area.
When her complaints
were not addressed, she
visited the MLAs house in
Jamia Nagar, which she
found locked from inside.
After receiving from response, she then decided to
return later. She had walked back just a few steps
when a young man opened
the gate, hailed her and
threatened to get her sexually assaulted and burnt
alive, stating that he was
just conveying the threats
of the MLA, the woman

Matia Mahal MLA fears for his life

NEW DELHI: A day after Chief
Minister Arvind Kejriwal said
that Prime Minister Narendra
Modi and BJP president Amit
Shah may get him killed, an
MLA from his own party
levelled the same charge
against Mr. Kejriwal and Food
and Supply Minister Imran
At a press conference on
Thursday evening, Aam
Aadmi Party MLA from Matia
Mahal, Asim Ahmed Khan,

said he had been receiving

death threats from AAP
He also threatened to reveal
the true face of Mr. Kejriwal.
Sources in the AAP suggested
that Mr. Khan is in touch with
the BJP and may quit the
Letter to Rajnath
The Matia Mahal MLA
added that he had written to
Home Minister Rajnath Singh
seeking help.
The letter says that when he

contested the municipal

elections in 2012, he was
attacked by unidentified
persons. It added that later
during the 2015 Delhi
Assembly elections, he was
allegedly attacked by the then
area MLA, Shoaib Iqbal.
Imran Hussain (AAPs
Ballimaran MLA and also the
present Food and Supply
Minister) is very close to Mr.
Iqbal and they have hired
goons from Uttar Pradesh to
harm me and my family. Sir,
please provide protection to

me, Mr. Khan wrote in his

The AAP MLA was
allegedly attacked on June 22,
regarding which he lodged a
complaint with the police.
Mr. Kejriwal will gain a lot
if I am killed, he said. Mr.
Khan, who was the Food and
Supply Minister earlier, was
sacked from the cabinet on
corruption charges last year
in October.
Imran Hussain could not be
contacted despite repeated

SPEAKING UP: Asim Ahmed Khan said he has been receiving death
threats from AAP goons. PHOTO: SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA

degree: HC
closes plea

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High

Court on Thursday closed
the hearing of a plea that
sought action against former Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar for enrolling as an advocate on
the basis of a false and bogus graduation degree.

Cops probing matter

Justice Indermeet Kaur
disposed of the plea on the
grounds that the Delhi Police were already investigating the matter, and that
the Disciplinary Committee of the Bar Council of
India (BCI) had also been
apprised of the matter. The
BCI had recently ordered
for the degrees of all lawyers to be verified on the
basis of directions from
the Supreme Court.
The court allowed Mr.
Tomars plea seeking to
transfer the inquiry related
to his degree to the BCI after it was informed that the
tenure of the Bar Council
of Delhi (BCD) had ended,
thus, delaying the ongoing
The order on Thursday
came on Mr. Tomars petition asking for the plea filed by advocate Santosh
Kumar Sharma to be
closed as he was already
facing prosecution in a
criminal case on the same
In his plea, Mr. Sharma
had claimed that Mr. Tomar submitted a fake and
bogus under-graduate degree in Science from
Avadh University to enrol
in the Bishwanath Singh
Institute of Legal Studies
College (BSILS), Munger
(Bihar), where he had purportedly studied LLB. He
was enrolled as a lawyer by
the BCD on the basis of a
law degree from this

Property tax hike rolled

back in East Delhi
Cash-starved EDMC says it is only trying to 'reduce the tax burden'
NEW DELHI: An ongoing finan-

WRONG SIDE: While many commuters waited along the road for hours, others sought out public and private bus services, apart from turning to the Delhi Metro.

Govt. gives in; auto, taxi strike called of

Another strike possible if authorities fail to keep promise
NEW DELHI: Unions representing auto

and taxi drivers called of their indefinite strike on the third day here on
Thursday after the Aam Aadmi Party
(AAP) government, according to
union representatives, acquiesced to
their most significant demands.
While union representatives said
they had been invited to the Delhi Secretariat for negotiations with the government, passers-by and travellers
were seen visibly distressed as they
struggled to get to their destinations
from major transit points such as the
New Delhi railway station.
While many commuters waited
along the road for hours, others sought
out public and private bus services,
apart from turning to the Delhi Metro.
According to security staf at the New
Delhi metro station, the station was
full even at non-peak hours.
We have decided to call of the
strike after the government assured us
that it would, among other significant
promises, come out with a stringent
policy to regulate the operation of
app-based cab services in the city
within a month, said Rajender Soni,
whose RSS-backed unions Delhi
Pradesh Taxi Union and Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh were among the
main leaders of the strike.
Mr. Soni added that another strike
was possible if the government failed

Nobody wants to take an auto when

Ola, Uber charge Rs. 6 per km
NEW DELHI: The last day of the strike

against app-based taxi services Uber and

Ola by unions representing auto and taxi
drivers painted a mixed picture at the New
Delhi railway station here.

The strike came to an end on the third

to keep its promise yet again. For the
moment, he said, they were satisfied
with the assurances.
Meanwhile, according to a senior
government oicial, it had been decided that vehicles registered in other
States ofering their services to commuters in the Capital would no longer
be allowed to do so. If they do, they
would be impounded or be slapped
with a fine.
In addition, the oicial said, taxis
registered under the DL1RT series
would be required to ply by meter and
commercial licences. Also, PSV badges have been made mandatory for
their drivers.
It has also been decided that vehicles from other States will not be allowed to ferry passengers outside the
Capital, failing which they will face
penal action, the oicial added.

The typically crowded streets were

relatively empty, but some drivers who
chose to ignore the call for strike were
available. However, no more than five auto
rickshaws and yellow-black taxis were to
be seen here.
Bookings cancelled

Commuters said that Ola and Uber cabs

booked beforehand were being cancelled
as protesters were attempting to damage
any cab they could find.
Vivek Varma, a 38-year-old driver for a
Noida-based private company, said: The
public is frustrated with the auto strike.
They (auto-rickshaw drivers) refuse to
work and are causing problems for all of
Physical aggression against Ola and
Uber drivers also surfaced after an attempt
to block an Ola cab from driving out of the
railway station turned violent before
escalating into a fight around 3 p.m.
While the unions wanted to ensure that
all auto-rickshaws and yellow-black taxis
did not operate, a number of drivers said
they were picking up passengers from

metro stations and covering short

distances. For instance, Shiv Pal, an auto
driver at Green Park, said the strike was
limited to just the yellow-black taxis.
On the other hand, 45-year-old
Mohammad Aslam said he had never seen
a strike like this in his 25 years as an
auto-rickshaw driver. Nobody is willing to
ride with us when Ola and Uber charge Rs.
6 per kilometre. We no longer have any
work, he said. Other auto-rickshaw drivers
seconded his version and said that the
problem was not the private taxis, but just
Ola and Uber and their lower fares.
Sunny Gulati, an auto-rickshaw driver,
added by saying that unions affiliated to all
major political parties including the BJP,
Congress and AAP were involved in the
Mohammad Zufian, a taxi driver on
strike who has two college-going children,
said app-based services were destroying
taxi and auto drivers livelihoods by
charging only Rs. 6 to 8 per kilometre. This,
even as the price fixed by the government
for a yellow-black taxi (non-AC) is Rs. 14
per km. Private taxi drivers at the railway
station, meanwhile, did not report any
hostility directed towards them. However,
there was palpable tension between
private taxi drivers and the yellow-black
taxi drivers on strike. Fortunately, the
situation did not worsen.
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cial crisis was not enough to

beat the political pressures of
the 2017 elections for the East
Delhi Municipal Corporation
(EDMC), which on Thursday
oicially rolled back a hike in
property tax it had cleared.
The civic body, which has
been plagued by a severe cash
crunch for over a year now,
announced that it had reduced the rates of property
tax to last years rates by giving the residents relief as per
provisions of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act. The
EDMC had implemented the
recommendations of the
Third Municipal Valuation
Committee, which had proposed an increase in property
tax for some categories of colonies. On Thursday, the civic
body said it had passed orders
to oicially roll back the implementation, and extend the
15 per cent rebate for property
tax payments till August 17.
While oicials and some
BJP leaders admitted that
next years elections forced
the U-turn, oice-bearers of
the EDMC said they were trying to reduce tax burden.
East Delhi Mayor Satya
Sharma said that the Third
Municipal Valuation Committee had recommended
changing the categories of

U-TURN: The EDMC had implemented recommendations of the

Third Municipal Valuation Committee, which proposed an
increase in property tax for some colonies. FILE PHOTO
properties and the use factors
of industrial and commercial
areas, which increase the
property tax many times over.
Ms. Sharma said the EDMC
had exercised its power under
Section 177 of the DMC Act to
extend the rebate, thereby
neutralising the hike. A total
of 65 colonies had seen an indirect increase in property
tax as their category was
changed from a less taxed one
to a higher taxed one.
Hike dissuaded taxpayers
chairperson of the EDMCs
Standing Committee, said
that the civic body had always tried to reduce the burden on taxpayers. He added
that the hike in rates had dissuaded taxpayers from paying, with collections dropping
by 25 per cent compared to

last year.
The BJP leadership of the
EDMC had earlier claimed
that they had been forced to
pass the Third Municipal Valuation Committees report
under pressure from the Delhi government. Sanitation
workers had been on strike as
they had not been paid for
months when the EDMC decided to implement the hike.
The Delhi government
compelled us to implement
the report of the Third Municipal Valuation Committee, said Leader of the House
Sanjay Jain, referring to the
condition imposed by the
government for releasing
funds. Mr. Jain added that
though the EDMC was going
through financial crises, yet
we dont want to burden the
tax payers by increasing the
rates of property tax.

Ensure safety of women in Capital, L-G tells Delhi Police

NEW DELHI: Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday directed the Delhi Police
to focus on measures to ensure safety of women and see
that all steps are being taken
to provide a safe environment in the Capital.

Mr. Jung gave directions to

this efect to senior Delhi Police oicers at his fortnightly
meeting at the Raj Niwas
where Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar was also
in attendance.
The L-G directed senior
oicers to focus on safety of
women and ensure all possi-

ble steps in this regard. He

instructed the police to increase presence in vulnerable areas, ensure preventive
action, focus on community
approach programmes, and
strongly deal with criminals
involved in crime against
women, said Delhi Police
spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.





MRP for coronary stents to be

announced in three months

Ban on diesel cars is corporate

death penalty, Toyota tells NGT

The medical device has been added to NLEM recently, bringing it under price control

facturer Toyota has moved

the National Green Tribunal
arguing that the idea to ban
diesel vehicles across the
country is like a corporate
death penalty as it impacts
the existence of the
It maintained that the applicant company is being penalised for no fault or violation on its part, thereby
making the order banning
registration of diesel cars
unjust and unfair on the
On December 11, 2015, the
Tribunal had banned registration of new diesel-run vehicles in Delhi-NCR noting
that diesel was the prime
source of pollution. Later,
the Supreme Court ordered
that diesel-run SUVs and
cars having engine capacity
beyond 2000 cc would not be
registered in Delhi and National Capital Region.
The imposition of ban on
registration of diesel vehicles is in the nature of a corporate death penalty as it impacts the very existence of
the company. A ban order is
an extremely harsh/excessive punishment and ought
to be imposed in circumstances where a party commits a serious violation and
not when there is no violation, Toyota said.
The petition, which is likely to come up for hearing before a Bench headed by NGT
chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar on August 2, has
sought impleadment in a
case filed by lawyer Vardhaman Kaushik on air pollution
in Delhi.
The plea, filed through ad-

nand Medical Technologies

Pvt. Ltd, which manufactures stents, said: We welcome the move as this would
mean that this treatment can
be made available to all, including the middle class and
the poor. Local manufacturing means that we are ofering stents at 1/5 of the cost.
However, the medical devices industry said the inclusion of stents in the NLEM
and the consequent price
cap could stop manufacturers from introducing technologically advanced stents in
Nathhealth, a forum comprising both Healthcare Providers and Medical Technology Companies, has strongly
opposed the inclusion of
Stents in NLEM.


NEW DELHI: Within three
months, the general public
can expect the government
to announce the maximum
retail price for coronary
stents, which has recently
been added to the national
list of essential medicines
(NLEM) 2015, efectively
bringing them under price
While patients, doctors
and Indian-stent manufactures have welcomed the
move, others arent celebrating the announcement.

Speaking about the move,
Joint Secretary, Ministry of
Health and Family Welfare,
K.L. Sharma explained that
the move has been based on
noted that all types of stents,
including the latest biodegradable stents should be put
on the list.
The sub-committee has
submitted its report and the
government has accepted its
recommendations. We have
now sent this to the Department of Pharmaceuticals
and the process of price fixation will take its natural
course. We are hopeful that
the maximum retail price
will be fixed and announced
in the next three months.
Processes are already underway to ensure that a transparent and fair mechanism is
adopted for price ceiling,
which will benefit the poorest of the poor and make
good quality stents available
at the best price, Mr. Sharma
The sub-committee of ex-

pert cardiologists was constituted by the Ministry of

Health and Family Welfare
in October 2015 under the
chairmanship of Professor
Y.K. Gupta, head, department of pharmacology, All
India Institute of Medical
Sciences (AIIMS), to examine the issues relating to the
essentiality of coronary
stents and recommend
whether it should be included in the NLEM.
Medicines and devices
listed in the NLEM are sold
at the price fixed by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), while
those in the non-scheduled
list are allowed a maximum
annual price hike of 10 per

Dr. Ripen Gupta, Interventional Cardiologist, Fortis
Hospital, Vasant Kunj, said:
Of course we welcome the
move as the cost benefit goes
directly to my patients and I
am hoping that more people
will be able to aford this advancement in technology.
Price control will ensure
that base price is uniform
across government, semiprivate and private facilities.
It will also bring in much
needed transparency in the
system. Drugs outside price
control can be sold at prices
set by the manufacturer,
which is governed by profit
making and market forces.
We appreciate the gov-

ernment move to include

stents in NLEM, which will
ensure more transparency
and accessibility of these essential life-saving devices
for the patients. However,
we request NPPA to follow a
diligent process to arrive at a
fair MRP considering the
fact that unlike pharmaceuticals, every Class III medical
device like Drug Eluting
Stents (DES) needs huge investment on R&D and clinical trials and an ad-hoc decision may be detrimental to
the Industry, said Gurmit
Singh Chugh, managing director, Translumina Therapeutics, DES, manufacturer
in India.
Ganesh Sabat of Sahaja-

Medical procedures in
India are among the most affordable in the world, which
is a combination of cost of
devices and services. Any
notification should be considered only if it can bring
down the overall cost of
treatment for the patient
without denying them the
options to avail the treatment of their choice. Additionally, such notifications
significantly impact the
Make in India attractiveness of the country, said Mr.
Milan Rao, chairman, medical
Himanshu Baid, the chairman of the Confederation of
Indian Industry, medical
technology division, said: A
price control on the nascent
medical devices sector at
this stage does not bode well
in creating a conducive environment for FDI.


NEW DELHI: Leading car manu-

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Jal Board

on Thursday announced that

it was extending the deadline
for its bill payment waiver
from July 31 to September 30.
In a statement, the DJB said
that four lakh domestic consumers had availed of the
scheme till Thursday, with a
total rebate of Rs.571 crore given. The scheme was meant to
encourage consumers to clear
their dues up till November
30, 2015, by completely waiving of the late payment surcharges.
Depending on the category
of consumers, the actual bill
amount was also waived 100
per cent to 25 per cent.
Consumers in E, F, G and H
categories of colonies got a
100 per cent waiver on the bill
amount; those in C and D categories got 50 per cent and 75
per cent waivers, respectively;
and those in A and B categories got 25 per cent. Consumers in E, F, G and H categories
wont have to do anything to
avail the waiver, just have a
working water meter. Other
consumers would have to visit
their nearest zonal revenue office or use the DJB website or
app to pay the pending bill.

HC asks govt.
on steps to
clear Ridge

DERC issues subsidy guidelines

for group housing societies
Move comes as many Group Housing Societies rue being unable to avail 50% subsidy on power bills
NEW DELHI: As more and more

of residents in Group Housing

Societies (GHS) rue being unable to avail of the 50 per cent
subsidy on electricity bills,
the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) on
Thursday issued the detailed
modalities through which
households in such societies
could come under the ambit
of the scheme.
According to the guidelines, the onus for making the
subsidy available to the residents lies primarily with the
GHS concerned.

NEW DELHI: The Delhi govern-

ment has sent a notice to the

Special Commissioner in
Transport Department, who
recently accused Minister
Satyendar Jain of misbehaving with him and went on a
15-day leave.
The government has asked
him to join duty immediately.Following the strike called

by the auto-rickshaw and

taxi unions in the Capital, a
notice was issued to Indushekhar Mishra, a 1993-batch
DANICS oicer, who had filed a complaint with the Lieutenant-Governors
against Mr. Jain.
According to sources, Mr.
Mishra has replied to the notice saying he cannot join du-

ty now as he is unwell and

the doctor has advised him to
take rest for some days.
Mr. Mishra had an argument with the Minister at his
oice in the Delhi Secretariat
on Monday over the latters
plan to keep the RTOs open
seven days a week. PTI

could avail it.

Meanwhile, the power regulator has also proposed to
convert single-point connections in such societies into individual connections. The
policy, once notified, is set to
benefit scores of group housing societies, particularly
those in Dwarka, which has
over 360 such societies.
In a single-point system,
the society is directly billed
by the discom, which then
collects electricity dues from
consumers not knowing who
consumed more or less an
aspect the residents consider
the biggest disadvantage.

motor vehicle is not even a

factor that is taken into consideration by the government for prescribing the applicable mass emission

Phase out old diesel

trucks: NGT to civic body
NEW DELHI: Disposing of a

First phase out nine old

diesel trucks, then buy
the new ones.

petition by the North

Delhi Municipal
Corporation seeking
permission to purchase
new diesel trucks, the
National Green Tribunal
(NGT) said here on
Thursday, that the
Corporation must phase
out its old diesel trucks
before planning to buy
new ones.
A Bench headed by
NGT chairperson Justice
Swatanter Kumar said:

The NDMC had sought
the Tribunals
permission to buy 10 new
diesel trucks, worth Rs.
1.32crore, while asserting
that it faced problems
with garbage collection
and transportation using
older trucks. The NGT
had in December stopped
registration of new diesel
heavy vehicles in the


HC asks agency to constitute panel to look into 22-year-old property case

NEW DELHI: Twenty-two years

after the Delhi Development

Authority (DDA) issued a
show-cause notice for what
it thought was an illegal
transfer of a lease property
and continued to pursue a legal battle over it, the Delhi
High Court termed it an example of harassment of citizens and directed the ViceChairman of the land-owning agency to constitute a
committee to look into the
A Bench of Justice Valmiki
Mehta was hearing an appeal
filed by the DDA challenging
the transfer of a 400-sq yard
plot in Panchsheel Park by a
widow to her nephew by way
of a will in 1992. The DDA
had claimed that the plot was
sold in violation of its lease
conditions. It continued filing appeals in the court even

after it had come on record

before the trial court that
the transfer was by way of a
will and that there was no
The DDA had issued a
show-cause notice in May
1997, after which the nephew
moved the trial court. The
DDA, however, moved the
first appeal after the trial
courts verdict, which was
dismissed due to delay in filing. It then moved a second
appeal, which came to be
heard by Justice Mehta.
...let [the] Vice-Chairman
of [the] DDA constitute a
committee of two very senior oicials of the DDA to
conduct an enquiry that
whether at all citizens of this
country such as the respondent/plaintif should have
been harassed in the facts of
the case such as the present
by continuing with this litigation.

The court directed the

committee to examine if
once the contents of the will
proved that there was no
sale, should the DDA oicials not have withdrawn the
show-cause notice. It directed examination of the role of
oicials who advised filing
of appeals in the case.
Justice Mehta said it
showed the insistence of
the DDA to continue with
the present legal proceedings, and an indication as to
how citizens of this country
are harassed by oicials of
public bodies such as the
The court held that at the
time of filing of the first appeal itself, the DDA knew
that the transfer in present
case was by a will and not
sale, and it should have had
the courtesy not to continue to harass the citizens of
this country and it should
have withdrawn the showcause notice.

Man held for cheating

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police
have arrested a man in connection with three cheating
Jaswinder Singh (54) used
to cheat job seekers on the
pretext of sending them
abroad on fake passports and
visas. The Hoshiarpur native

was declared proclaimed offender by a Delhi court after

he kept evading the law in the
cases. Two of these were registered in 2009, while the latest one against him was registered in 2015, all three at the
IGI Airport police station.
Ravindra Yadav, Joint CP
(Crime), said Singh was arrested last week in Sagarpur.

Green corridor helps patient

get liver from Lucknow


tory for the GHS to get the

subsidy audited by a CAG empanelled auditor annually.
The report will then have to
be sent to the discom.
Oicially, such societies
have been eligible for the
power subsidy scheme since
October last year, but there
was no set procedure through
which the same could be implemented.
With complaints from residents mounting, it was on
March 23 this year that the
Delhi government sent a letter to the power regulator to
formulate modalities under
which the GHS residents

Govt. asks oicer to join duty

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High

Court on Thursday asked the

government about what it has
done to remove encroachments in the ridge area.
A Bench headed by Justice
B.D. Ahmed sought details of
steps taken and proposed to
be taken by the Delhi government to relocate Sanjay Nagar colony, which has allegedly encroached upon the Ridge
area. The Bench expressed its
concern over health of children after the amicus curiae
said over 10,000 kids are hospitalised here yearly with respiratory problems. The
court said that as per the apex
courts direction, three colonies, allegedly encroaching
upon the Ridge, were to be relocated. Two of them were
shifted in 2006, but Sanjay
Nagar was still there.

The GHS will have to get

the subsidy form signed by individual members and counter-signed by the president or
secretary of the society and
submit it to the discom. Besides, it is mandatory for the
GHS to maintain consumption data of individual members, said a DERC oicial.
Once a discom receives the
subsidy claim form, it will
then adjust the subsidy
amount in the subsequent bill
of the household.
In order to keep a tab on the
number of households availing the subsidy in the society,
the DERC has made it manda-

vocates Vijay Sondhi and

Cauveri Birbal, said there
was no link between engine
capacity and emission levels
and as per Motor Vehicles
Act, the engine capacity of a

DDA rapped for harassment of citizens


DJB extends bill

waiver scheme

EXTREMELY HARSH: Toyota maintained that the applicant

company is being penalised for no fault or violation on its part,
thereby making the order banning registration of diesel cars
unjust and unfair on the company. FILE PHOTO: AP

NEW DELHI: A 61-year-old

patient sufering from

liver cirrhosis in Delhi
got a new lease of life
when he received a
cadaver liver on
Thursday at Indraprastha
Apollo Hospitals from a
brain dead patient in
Lucknow. The patient
had been waiting for liver
transplant for 45 days.
As soon as Apollo
Hospitals, Delhi,
received information
from King George
Medical University,
Lucknow, about
availability of a cadaver
liver, the hospital
authorities sprang into
action and the organ was
flown from Lucknow to

Liver transported
over 29 km from
airport to Delhi
hospital in less
than 26 minutes
Delhi within an hour. The
organ was retrieved from
a brain dead patient who
was victim of a road
accident, said a release
issued by the hospital
authorities here.
Smooth transport
A green corridor was
created by the Delhi
Police to smoothly
transport of the organ
from Delhi Airport to
Indraprastha Apollo
The liver covered the

distance of 29 km in 26
Maj Gen (Dr ) L.R.
Sharma, director,
Medical Services,
Indraprastha Apollo
Hospitals, said: This was
achieved through
seamless coordination
between the two
hospitals and
cooperation of the Delhi
Police authorities. A
medical team
transported the liver
over 29 km from the
airport to Apollo Delhi in
less than 26 minutes by
creating a green corridor.
The response time of the
hospital is very quick.
We have to prepare for a
transplant within
minutes of the arrival of
the organ.











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Mayawati accuses BJP of

targeting her top aide

Audio tape
on a land
deal rocks
Gujarat BJP

Party trying to communalise the controversy over derogatory remarks



tape released by BJP
lawmaker Nalin Kotadia
of his telephonic
conversation with
Gujarat BJP treasurer
Surendra Patel
regarding a
controversial land
parcel deal has rocked
the State BJP
government. Mr. Patel is
heard telling the
lawmaker that the
Chief Minister got the
clearance for the land
deal to benefit a citybased builder.
The audio tape was
released after Mr.
Kotadia was booked on a
complaint from builder
and realtor Madhu
Vasani that the MLA
demanded Rs. 2 crore
from him. The case has
been handed over to the
city Crime Branch.
In his conversation
with the party treasurer
Mr. Patel, Mr. Kotadia
asks him if he was
behind the clearance for
the land deal. Mr. Patel,
himself a prominent
realtor and ex-chairman
of the Ahmedabad
Urban Development
Authority (AUDA),
replies that it was
cleared at the level of the
Chief Minister at the
instance of one Naresh
Patel (a leading Patel
community leader from
Mr. Patel asks the
MLA to discuss the
matter with him in
person, and not on the
phone, when he insists
on knowing how the
clearance was obtained
by the builder. Mr.
Vasani, incidentally, is
related to Mr. Kotadia.

LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party

chief Mayawati on Thursday
alleged that the BJP was trying to communalise the
raging controversy over derogatory remarks by targeting her top aide and Muslim
face of her party Nasimuddin
Apart from being casteist
and two-faced the BJP is
making all eforts to communalise the issue for electoral
benefit, Ms. Mayawati said,
as BJP Mahila Morcha activists staged a demonstration
in Lucknow demanding Mr.
Siddiquis arrest. Along with
Ms. Mayawati and two other
top leaders, Mr. Siddiqui, BSP
general secretary, was booked for allegedly using sexist
remarks against expelled BJP
leader Dayashankar Singhs
wife and daughter at a protest
recently in Lucknow.
In its protests and public
posturing, the BJP has, however, mainly demanded action against Mr. Siddiqui,
with little mention of other
BSP leaders. Ms. Mayawati
argued Mr. Siddiqui was being singled out and specially
targeted through demands
for his arrest. It is natural for
people to wonder why is the
BJP leaving aside all other
people named in the FIR, and
only demanding the arrest of
Nasimuddin Siddiqui? This is
when, unlike BJP leader
Dayashankar Singh, none of
the BSP leaders used derogatory and objectionable comments, Ms. Mayawati said.
Under the banner Mahilao ke Samman mein, BJP
maidan mein (For womens
honour, BJP on the field), the
partys women workers took
to the streets demanding ac-

Kalam memorial
to be inaugurated
on Saturday

UP IN ARMS: BJP women wing activists protesting against BSP leader Nasimuddin Siddiqui's
comments on the family of expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh, in Lucknow on Thursday.

tion against Mr. Siddiqui.

They tried to take a procession to the Raj Bhawan here
but were prevented from doing so by the police. The BJP
claimed its workers were

HAJIPUR: A Vaishali district court on ordered

registration of an FIR against BSP president

Mayawati and three other party leaders for allegedly making inflammatory speeches last
week spreading animosity in the society.
The three other BSP leaders are its national
general secretary Nasimuddin Siddiqui, Uttar Pradesh unit president Ram Achal Rajbhar and state secretary Mewa Lal.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Jairam Prasad
took cognizance of a complaint filed by Hajipur resident Ajit Singh and directed that an
FIR be lodged against the four in Town police
The petitioner, through his advocate,
claimed that he felt aggrieved by the inflam-


lice action against his party

workers reflected the tacit
understanding between the
SP and the BSPBua-Bhatija
(a reference to Ms. Mayawat
and Akhilesh Yadav).

matory speeches made by Mayawati and her

partymen which have afected unity and integrity of the country.
At a public meeting in Lucknow on July 21,
Ms. Mayawati instigated her party workers to
target expelled BJP leader Dayashankar
Singhs mother, wife and daughter during a
protest in the wake of Singhs unsavoury remarks against the BSP chief, the petitioner
They case was lodged against them under
various Sections of the IPC including 153(a)
(promoting enmity between groups), 295(a)
(deliberate acts intended to outrage religious
feelings), 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), and

Khattar faces residents

ire on Twitter session

cated to former President

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will be inaugurated at INA Dilli Haat
on Saturday.
Delhi Tourism and Culture Minister Kapil Mishra
tweeted on Thursday: He
left us all a year back, but is
back in Delhi forever now,
along with an invite of the inauguration event.
The memorial, to be inaugurated by Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal, will display
Mr. Kalams personal belongings like his books and
musical instruments. Mr.
Mishra had met the former
Presidents family in Rameswaram to bring back his belongings, including is books,
veena and spectacles.
After Mr. Kalams death in
July last year, the Central
government had sent his personal possessions from his
residence at 10 Rajaji Marg in
Delhi to his family home in
Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.
The belongings were then
brought back from Rameswaram by the Delhi government and kept inside the
Delhi Assembly. The memorial will also include a permanent exhibition on Mr.
Kalam, where his books will
be displayed and used for research and other purposes.
. After the inauguration of
the memorial on Saturday,
anyone visiting Dilli Haat
will be able to visit the memorial as well.

manhandled and ill-treated

by police and that several of
its women workers were injured in the police action. BJP
State president Keshav Prasad Maurya alleged the po-

Bihar court orders FIR against Mayawati, other BSP leaders

NEW DELHI: A memorial dediGURGAON: Haryana Chief Min-

ister Manohar Lal Khattar on

Thursday faced the ire of the
people during a non-live
question session on Twitter
as he grappled with questions ranging from traic
jams and water-logging in
Gurgaon to the lack of action
against builders and prolonged delay in the completion of Dwarka Expressway.
Most of the questions during an hour-long question
session with hashtag #ManoKeMukhSe pertained to
civic and infrastructure issues in Gurgaon and Faridabad. Mr. Khattar announced
that he would answer the
questions later in the day as it
was not a live session.
Thursdays question session was the second such attempt by tech-savvy Mr.
Khattar, who had earlier held
a live question-answer session on Twitter to interact directly with the masses.
Even as people from across
the State took to Twitter to
ask questions, a sizeable
number of the queries per-




tained to inordinate delay in

the completion of the Dwarka Expressway, also known as
Northern Peripheral Expressway. It is an important
-wide and 18km-long artery
provided in the Development
Plan of Gurgaon-Manesar
Urban Complex linking
Dwarka and South West Delhi with Gurgaon-Manesar
and beyond. Since a large
number of housing and commercial projects are coming
up on the road, the delay in its
completion has left several
thousand flat owners and investors in the lurch.
Raising the issue during
the question session, a tweet
read: 4 km of construction
and 9 years of timeline.
Doesn't go well with your
credential. Another tweet
said: are we competing with
2020 Olympics date as actual
target date. Cmon Sir. High
The flat owners in Gurgaon and Faridabad also
raised the issue of prolonged
delay in completion of housing projects and lack of action against erring builders.
With Gurgaon witnessing

long hours of traic jams and

water-logging over the past
few days, several people
posted pictures to put across
their point and sought immediate action. Some also put
up pictures of piles of garbage along the roads seeking
to know was this the Swachh
Bharat initiative. A few parents sought the intervention
of the Haryana Government
on the issue of high fee in
private schools.
The people also raised
questions regarding delay in
takeover of licenced colonies, appointment of School
Information Managers and
the crop insurance scheme.
IT Consultant, Chief Minister, Dhruv Majumdar told
The Hindu that they received
600-odd questions during
the session. We got slightly
less questions this time
around as we announced
about session just a day ago
and it was more spontaneous. Earlier, we had declared
about it a week ago. We kept
the session non-live as it is
more organised and the CM
has enough time to respond
to the questions.

Another audio clip

In another audio clip
between Mr. Kotadia
and Mr. Vasani, the
builder says he paid a Rs
4 crore donation to the
BJP for getting the
clearance. Lets meet
and discuss the issue.
We cannot talk about
this on the phone, the
realtor is heard telling
Mr. Kotadia.
State BJP leaders
refused to talk about the
issue. I will not
comment, Mr. Patel
told The Hindu.
Meanwhile, in a press
statement, State BJP
spokesman Bharat
Pandya refuted charges
of corruption and said
the matter was between
the builder and the MLA.
The BJP has nothing to
do with the personal
matter between the
MLA and the builder,
he said.

Kashmir hospital seeks action

against CRPF personnel
SRINAGAR: Kashmirs premiere

hospital Shri Maharaja Hari

Singh Hospital (SMHS),
treating the majority of those
injured in the ongoing unrest,
on Thursday urged the government to rein in CRPF personnel allegedly involved in
manhandling of medical staf
in Srinagar.
In a letter addressed to Srinagars District Development
Commissioner (DDC), Qaiser Ahmad Koul, Principal of
the Government Medical
College (GMC) that runs the
SMHS hospital, sought investigation into the thrashing
of a medical employee at the
Nawa Bazaar area on
Wednesday. An employee,
Muhammad Hanief Khan,
was beaten up by CRPF personnel at 10 a.m. when he was
on the way to attend his duties, Dr. Koul said in the
Seeking investigation into
the incident, the GMC has
called for appropriate action

against the personnel so that

the hospital staf are not harassed while performing professional duties.
Doctors Association Kashmir president Nisar-ul-Hassan also accused the security
personnel of attacking medical personnel.
A team of the SKIMS hospital staf was attacked by the
security forces at Beehama
while it was returning after
providing life-saving medical
care recently. Even the women staf were humiliated and
harassed. Two ambulances
were damaged in Chadoora
hospital. Such acts of intimidation against the medical
staf are shocking, said Dr.
Residents charge
There are allegations of
CRPF excesses in Anantnag,
Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam
and Srinagar districts. Residents told The Hindu that the
CRPF personnel had damaged window panes of
houses. A viral online video

shot at an undisclosed location shows CRPF personnel

damaging parked vehicles.
However, CRPF spokesman Bhavesk Kumar denied
the allegations. All these allegations are baseless. No incident of thrashing a medical
employee has taken place.
There are clear instructions
to allow movement of doctors
and the staf during the curfew. Why would we stop ambulances or the medical
Rejecting allegations of damaging ambulances, Mr. Kumar said there were instances
when the ambulances were
not carrying any patient. We
do know who were travelling
in the ambulances. Also, no
video of CRPF damaging the
public property has been received yet. We would like to
look into it, said Mr. Kumar.
In another development,
the Chief Judicial Magistrate,
Srinagar, on Thursday directed the police to register an
FIR against a police oicer accused of killing a civilian.








No let up in Karnataka violence

Prohibitory orders in Navalgund after arson, ransacking of offices over Mahadayi issue



SC acquits father, son in

Kerala honour killing case


continued in parts of North
Karnataka on Thursday during the bandh over the rejection of Karnatakas plea for
an interim order, by the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal.
Navalgund town near
Dharwad witnessed arson
and ransacking of government oices, resulting in imposition of prohibitory orders, while two youths
attempted suicide in neighbouring Naragund.
The bandh call got an
overwhelming response at
Dharwad, Gadag and part of
Belagavi and Bagalkot districts.
In and around Hubballi
and Dharwad, blocking of
roads by farmers and pro-


Kannada organisations resulted in severe disruption of

traic on National Highway 4
which connects Pune and
Traic on other highways
running through the districts
of Hubbali, Belgavi, Gadag
and Haveri were afected, reports said. Inter-state traic
and traic on highways in
North Karnataka is likely to
be afected.
Navalgund, where indefinite strike over sharing of
Mahadayi river water is on
for almost a year, saw protestors turning aggressive, and
police fired rubber bullets
and lobbed tear gas shells.
The protestors vented their
anger by ransacking government oices, a bus station
and courts.
Some government vehicles were torched.

OUTPOURING OF ANGER: Activists protest against the rejection of

Karnatakas plea, in Raichur on Thursday. PHOTO: SANTOSH SAGAR
To prevent the situation
from going out of control,
prohibitory orders were
clamped immediately and
the police launched a hunt
for the trouble makers. IGP
Ramachandra Rao said 54

VS writes to CPI(M) on appointment

of Pinarayis economic adviser

Gita Gopinaths
positions on key
economic questions
are at odds with
those of the Left


Kerala Chief Minister V.S.

Achuthanandan is understood to have written to the
Central leadership of the
Communist Party of India
(Marxist) questioning the
appointment of Harvard
professor Gita Gopinath as
Economic Adviser to the
Chief Minister.
In his letter, Mr. Achuthanandan has reportedly
pointed out that Prof. Gopinaths positions on key economic questions are neoliberal and quite at odds with
those of the CPI(M) and
Neoliberal agenda
He has cited Prof. Gopinaths support for the economic policies pursued by
the last United Progressive
Alliance (UPA) government
and her endorsement of the
key decisions taken by the
Narendra Modi government

V.S. Achuthanandan
as instances of neo-liberal
economic agenda.
Significantly, he has also
reminded the party leadership about the partys rejection of the tactical line
adopted by the CPI(M) in
the Bengal Assembly elections, which involved aligning with the Congress to
fight the Trinamool Congress.
The implication appeared

to be that if the party could

not accept any tie-up with
the Congress, it should not
also accept a major deviation from its economic policies. Mr. Achuthanandan has
written the letter on the eve
of the CPI(M) Polit Bureau
meeting in New Delhi on Friday.
It is as yet not clear whether the CPI(M) Polit Bureau
would discuss Mr. Achuthanandans letter.
Prominent Left wing
economist Prabhat Patnaik
recently came out strongly
against Prof. Gopinaths appointment and cautioned
the CPI(M) against parroting the development slogans
of the kind that Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised.

Kerala vehicle entry tax:

Ball in Karnatakas court

luctance of Karnataka to sign

a reciprocal agreement with
Kerala as done by the other
three southern States has
made it mandatory for Karnataka-registered tourist vehicles with all-India permits
to pay an entry tax for the entire year irrespective of the
trips made to Kerala.
The revenue loss to the
State exchequer, particularly
by Volvo bus inter-State operators, most of whom hail
from Kerala, and have registered their vehicles in Karnataka to evade tax, has also resulted in the July 18 order.
The hike in taxes for contract carriages with all-India
permit from Karnataka and
bringing tourists to Kerala is
part of the taxation measures
contained in the State Finance Bill.
Oicial sources said the

Reciprocal pact with

Kerala will lessen
burden on tourist
vehicles registered
in Karnataka
Transport Department had
been trying to enter into a reciprocal pact with Karnataka
on the lines of Tamil Nadu,
Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry to avoid such a situation for over the last two
years and to facilitate taxfree entry into any of the
States. The issue was taken
up at the Chief Ministers
and Transport Ministers level and at the southern Transport Ministers conference,
he pointed out.
In the absence of the reciprocal agreement, the oicial said Karnataka was levying
Kerala-registered tourist vehicles with all-India permits

awaited inaugural function

of the newly set up Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)Dharwad, scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed.
However, oicial sources
said while the oicial inauguration had been postponed, classes would begin
on August 1, as scheduled
Even though the oicial release of Deputy Commissioner S.B. Bommanahalli
only said the event had been
postponed owing to unavoidable circumstances,
the ongoing agitation over
Mahadayi issue and Chief
Minister Siddaramaiah being away in Brussels are the
reasons for postponement,
according to sources.
Some Kannada organisations have called for a strike
on Saturday.

annually irrespective of the

trips made to Karnataka during the last two years.
The Transport Minister
had intervened when Karnataka started collecting a lifetime tax from vehicles registered in Kerala and plying in
the State beyond 30 days.
The High Court has now declared unconstitutional the
Karnataka Motor Vehicle
Taxation (Amendment) Act,
2014. The Finance Bill has
clearly said that if any State
(Karnataka) accepts an annual tax from motor vehicles
registered in Kerala, the annual tax will only be taken
from the motor vehicles
from that State (Karnataka)
coming down with all-India
permit under Section 88(9).
Of the hundreds of contract carriages operating between Kerala and Karnataka
and other cities and towns,
only 20 are registered in

persons had been arrested in

IIT inauguration on hold
Amid protests over the
Mahadayi issue, the much-

NEW DELHI: Fifteen years after

being accused of the murder
of his minor daughters lover
after the couple was caught
eloping in a case of alleged
honour killing in Kerala, the
Supreme Court has acquitted the father and the girls
brother on the technical
ground that their guilt has
not been proven beyond reasonable doubt.
The recent judgment given by a Bench of Justices Gopala V. Gowda and R.K. Agrawal even entertained the
possibility of an unknown
third person being involved in the crime.
The Bench was deciding
an appeal filed by the father
and son against the Kerala
High Court verdict in June
2009, setting aside a trial
court decision of acquittal.

The minor
daughters lover,
an auto-rickshaw
driver, was
murdered in 2000
The High Court had overturned the Thodupuzha Additional Sessions Judge verdict to acquit the duo and
sentenced them to life imprisonment for the murder
of the victim, an autorickshaw driver, in 2000.
According to the prosecution, the runaway couple
were caught by the duo. The
victim was then thrown into
a paddy field filled with mud
and water and both men
drowned him by sitting on
top of him.
The prosecution case
hinged on the version of a
witness who chanced on the

act of crime, but quietly

slipped away. The witness,
instead of going to the police
directly, had narrated the incident, incriminating the two
men, to a local panchayat
member, who in turn lodged
a complaint with the Idukki
During the trial, 22 prosecution witnesses had turned
hostile, creating a dent in the
police story and leading to
their acquittal.
Overturning the High
Court verdict, the Supreme
Court said the prosecution
had been unable to prove the
guilt of the accused beyond a
reasonable doubt. Again, the
apex court said the conduct
of the chance witness was
strange. The court discredited the version of the witness
and said he was not an eyewitness to the alleged crime
as he had claimed to be.

Raichur railway station fourth dirtiest

Man triggers
scare on
flight to Dubai

RAICHUR: Cleaning at the Raichur station was on at a hectic pace on Thursday. What
spurred the overdrive was
the unenviable position the
station earned in the cleanliness ranking, based on passenger feedback.
The survey was conducted
by the Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation.
As many as 1,30,000 passengers participated in the survey that covered 407 major
railway stations across the
country on 40 parameters.
Raichurs is the lone station from South India to rank
in the bottom 10. Among the
nine others in the slot are Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Interestingly, no station
from Karnataka figures in the
top 10 cleanest stations list.

MALAPPURAM: Terror outfit Is-

lamic State is feared enough

to cause panic even by the
very mention of it. A passenger triggered an alarm on a
Karipur-bound Indigo flight
from Dubai on Thursday as
he turned violent, shouting
slogans against the IS.
The flight was forced to
land at Mumbai, and the man
taken into custody by the
CISF. Panic was let loose as
C. Shameer, 33, from Kannur
started shouting at the other
passengers soon after the
flight took of from Dubai.
The attempt by another passenger to pacify him failed as
he turned violent. Shanavas
from Thalassery was injured
in the attack.
Some passengers apparently mistook Mr. Shameer
as a supporter of IS ideology,
and sent out wrong messages
to their relatives when the
flight landed at Mumbai.

Oicials unhappy
While Beas in Punjab is
billed the cleanest railway
station, Madhubani in Bihar
is at the bottom of the grid.
Railway oicials here, how-

Survey declares Beas

railway station the
cleanest while
Madhubani figures at
the bottom of the list

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE? Workers cleaning the Raichur Railway

Station on Thursday. PHOTO: SANTOSH SAGAR
ever, expressed displeasure
over the inclusion of Raichur
among the 10 dirtiest stations.
Gopinath Mallya, Divisional Railway Manager,
Guntakal Division of South
Central Railway, argued that
the station was among the
cleanest railway stations in

the division. B. Jagadish Gupta, a member of the Guntakal

Divisional Railway Users
Consultative Committee, said
that the station had issues but
they were not related to
More than cleanliness,
there are other issues such as
requirement of elevators,

drinking water and parking,

he said.
Gujarat has five stations in
the list of top 10 cleanest stations in the country Gandhidham, Jamnagar, Surat,
Rajkot and Ankaleshwar.
Vasco Da Gama (Goa), Kumbakonam (Tamil Nadu), Nasik Road (Maharashtra), and
Salem (Tamil Nadu) are the
other railway stations that
have been ranked among the
top 10 cleanest stations.
Bihar followed by U.P.
Five stations of Bihar figure in the list of the 10 dirtiest
railway stations in the country Madhubani, Bhatiyarpur, Anugraha Narayan, Sagauli and Ara. These are
followed by four stations
Ballia, Shahagani, Janghai
and Pratapghar in U.P.

Relief in sight for

parched Ongole

Majestic white

ONGOLE: The Krishna River

SIGHT TO BEHOLD: A white tiger, one of the major attractions at the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park in Visakhapatnam on
Thursday. International Tiger Day is celebrated on July 29. PHOTO: K.R. DEEPAK

KA 01 lends silver touch to authentic Kannada rap

After film fame, seniors Gadappa and Century Gowda star in a four-minute music video

Management Boards directive to release 10 tmcft of water from the Srisailam reservoir to meet the drinking
water needs of the riparian
States of Andhra Pradesh
and Telangana has come as a
big relief for the Ongole Municipal Corporation which is
mainly dependent upon the
Krishna for replenishment.
The civic body has been
providing water once in four
days as the city has been
gripped by the worst-ever
drinking water crisis this
year in view of poor storage
in the reservoirs of the Krishna across the State.
The present storage in the
two summer storage tanks in
the city is suicient for eight
days, says Municipal Engineer D. Srinivasa Rao. From
Monday, the supply will be
once in five days to pull on
till the water released from
Srisailam reaches the two
summer storage tanks.

Three-fourth of accident victims are

pedestrians and motorcyclists: Survey

BENGALURU: From film heroes

to rap stars: Gadappa and

Century Gowda are ready
for their next big
The two elderly
protagonists of hit
Kannada film Tithi will
now be starring in a music
video, Naan Kannadiga,
produced by musicianactor Alok Babu.
We knew nothing about
films and we were featured
in one that is bagging
awards globally. Now we
know nothing about
music, and we are part of
Alok Babus music rap
video and we are enjoying
it, said Channegowda,
who played Gadappa in the
Along with his co-star,
he had travelled from his
home in Nodekoplu

AGE OF RAP: Thithi actor Channegowda is part of the

Kannada rap album KA 01, produced by Alok Babu.
village, Mandya district, to
Bengaluru to watch the
editing process.
The music video is part

of Alok Babus 10-song

album, KA 01, which will
be released in August.
Octogenarian Century

Gowdahis of-screen
name is Singrigowda, but
people call him
Centuryis bemused by
the hype and his sudden
rise to fame.
Together, the two men
hum the first line, Naan
Shuddha Kannadiga.
Channegowda, who is in
his 70s said, As we have
been roped into this new
project, I hope it becomes
as successful as our film.
Channegowda is the
more talkative of the duo.
He strikes a pose for the
camera, his sunglasses
perched on his nose.
In the film, he
constantly depends on his
drinkcalled Tigerto
help him relax.
While shooting the
music video in their
village, the production
team would often ask him
if he needed a glass of

Tiger. It was all good fun,

recalls Alok Babu, the
producer who
conceptualised the fourminute music video.
Alok wanted the two
elderly men to be part of
the album. They are the
true stamp of authenticity,
he says.
Relate to lyrics
The video sung by rap
experts M.C. Bijju and
Rahul Dito has strong and
powerful Kannada lyrics
that required someone as
native as Gadappa
(Channegowda) and
Century Gowda to relate to
the lyrical flow, says Mr.
The two actors did not
let him down. He was able
to shoot all their scenes in
one take. But that comes as
no surprise. The two men
can light up the screen.

BENGALURU: Pedestrians form

more than one-fifth of all
road accident deaths significantly higher than the 10
per cent shown in the tabulations of the National Crime
Records Bureau, reveals a
study conducted by researchers from the World
Bank and the Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public
Health, U.S. For their study,
researchers took Belagavi
district as a model to investigate the veracity of figures
shown in the NCRB data.
The suspicion of inaccurate
data came from the low proportion of pedestrian deaths:
in the country, it is less than
10 per cent; while in Karnataka, it is less than 5 per cent.
This is far lower than the
average shown by developing countries, and less than a
fourth of what is shown by
neighbouring countries.
The team studied the first

DANGER AHEAD: Research by World Bank and Johns Hopkins

Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that NCRB figures
on accident victims are not accurate. FILE PHOTO: SUDHAKARA JAIN
information report summaries of all road traic accidents in the district for 2013
and 2014, and compared
them with the NCRB data.
The NCRB notes 9 per
cent of the deaths were of pedestrians for 2013 and 2014.
The FIRs, however, showed
that pedestrian deaths were
around 22 per cent for both
the years. Similarly, while the

NCRB said that nearly a third

of the victims were motorcycle riders, the figure obtained by the researchers
was 49 per cent and 53 per
cent for 2013 and 2014.
The impact of faulty figures is apparent: cumulatively, the vulnerable group of
pedestrians and motorcycle
riders form more than threefourths of the deaths.


Missing An-32: Focus shifts to

underwater search operations
INS Nirupak joins the hunt; assistance sought from Geological Survey of India
NEW DELHI: After six days of intense aerial and surface
scanning for the missing
An-32 aircraft, the search and
rescue operations are now
shifting significantly under
water, with additional deployment of specialised vehicles that can go deep into
the sea.
While the aerial and surface searches will continue,
oicials said the strengthening of underwater capabilities is primarily because of
two reasons: the lack of any
credible leads yet, and the likelihood of the aircraft being
deep under the sea.

No concrete evidence
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in the Lok
Sabha on Thursday that no
concrete evidence on the
missing aircraft had emerged
so far. Current search operations are focused on surface
and underwater domain to

HUNT ON: A file photo of IAFs An-32 transport aircraft. The

aerial and surface searches too will continue. PHOTO: AP
look for survivors and debris, he informed the House.
In addition to the Navy
submarine which was deployed a few days ago, several other underwater assets
were being pressed into service to monitor the sea bad.
The general depth in the
search area is about 3-3.5 km.
INS Nirupak, with autonomous underwater vehicle
and camera, joined the

search on Wednesday. Assistance has also been sought

from the Geological Survey
of India for the deployment
of its Oceanographic research vessel, Samundra Ratnakar, for sub surface search.
In addition, the National Institute of Ocean Technology
research vessel, Sagar Nidhi,
is expected to reach the
search area in a few days for
conducting sea bed profiling.

Priyanka need not reveal

Himachal land details: HC
the court after their order
was declared as contempt of
court. Ms. Vadra moved the
High Court against the orders of the Information
In its verdict, the court
said the RTI activist had no
requirement of the information on the land records of
Ms. Vadra in Mashobara.

SHIMLA: In a relief to Congress
president Sonia Gandhis
daughter Priyanka Vadra, the
Himachal Pradesh High
Court has ruled that she need
not reveal land details or
house plans under any RTI
query. Ms. Vadra is building a
house at Chharabara in
Mashobara, about 13 km
from Shimla.
Justice Trilok Chauhan
dismissed the application of
RTI activist Debashish Bhatacharya seeking information on Ms. Vandra land and
called it misconceived. Ms.
Vadra is an SPG protectee.
Mr. Bhatacharya had
sought information from the
State Information Commission regarding the permission given to Ms. Vadra un-

Priyanka Vadra
der Section 118 of the
Himachal Land Reform and
Tenancy Act. The Information Commission had ordered the district administration to provide the
information under the RTI
and had ignored the stay given by the court. Later the Information Commissioners
had to seek an apology from

Vasundharas helicopter
makes emergency landing

Briefing Parliament on the

events of the day of the crash,
Mr. Parrikar said weather in
the area, approx. 500 km East
of Tambaram, was mainly
overcast with multi-layered
clouds and embedded convection. One thundershower cloud was reported in the
area. The aircraft had weather avoidance radar and had
asked for deviation to the
right to avoid it, he
The An-32 of the Indian
Air Force took of on a routine weekly courier flight
from Chennai to Port Blair
on July 22 at 08.30 hrs with
six crew and 23 personnel on
board. It was scheduled to arrive at Port Blair at 11.30 hrs
and it was last seen on the radar at 09.00hrs.
Mr. Parrikar said 13 Navy
and four Coast Guard ships,
and one submarine had been
deployed in the search area.
All merchant vessels passing
through the area had been
asked to report any sighting.

ED summons
Himachal CMs
wife again
NEW DELHI: The Enforcement

Rajasthan CMs
chopper landed in
an open field at
Kheda due to bad
pond in the Goyali village
panchayat. The Chief Ministers Jal Swavalamban
Yojana has encouraged
people to take initiatives
for the rejuvenation of traditional sources of water.
The helicopter took of
at 10:30 a.m. from Jaipur
and landed after about an
hour at Sevantri, which is
334 km away from the State

Rawat inducts
two Garhwal



AGARTALA: Its an odd-even formula with a diference. After

the Tripura government introduced rationing of fuel to
tackle the acute fuel crisis in
the State, the government
has now enforced an oddeven formula.
Fuel will be sold to consumers depending on the
registration number of their
vehicles. Today vehicles
with even registration number are getting fuel, tomorrow it is for vehicles with
odd number. This alternative
method will go on for some
weeks till the situation normalises, a state government
oicial said.
The State has been reeling
under an unprecedented
shortage of petro products
for the past two months owing to damaged stretches of
the AssamAgartala national

DEHRADUN: After facing back-

BEATING THE ODDS: Odd-even scheme has been introduced in

Tripura to dispense fuel amid huge scarcity.

The condition on the Assam

side of National Highway 44
is worse and most of the vehicles are struck there.
Dozers are being used to
push trucks loaded with
commodities and oil tankers,
but only a few hundred vehicles are able to cross the
damaged section of the highway in a day. The occasional
rain is disrupting the repair
Prices of essential commodities, poultry, fish and
other edible items have been

Repair work of roads yield

little result
Repair work by the National Highway Authority of
India with support from the
Assam and Tripura PWD has
so far yielded little result.

going up. Meanwhile, the

Trinamool Congress, boosted by the joining of a large
number of leaders, including
six MLAs, from the Congress, lambasted the BJP
governments at the Centre
and Assam for the ongoing
It also hit out the Left
Front government.
It claimed that the CPIM
was conspiring to prolong
the crisis so that the rally of
Mamata Banerjee in Agartala on August 9 is afected.

lash from his party for favouring leaders from Uttarakhand's Kumaon region,
Chief Minister Harish Rawat
on Thursday included two
Congress legislators from
the Garhwal region when he
expanded his Cabinet after a
delay of a year and a half.
Mr. Rawat inducted Congress MLAs from Garhwal
region Nav Prabhat and Rajendra Bhandari into his 12member Cabinet, putting an
end to the allegations by his
party members, including
Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee president
Kishore Upadhyay, that he
was biased in favour of leaders from the Kumaon region.
A controversy erupted
when Mr. Rawat nominated
Pradeep Tamta for a vacant
Rajya Sabha seat . Mr Tamta,
who hails from Almora in
Kumaon region, got the Rajya Sabha nomination when
many other Congress leaders
had set their eyes on it.
This was seen by many
Congress ministers as an act
of favouring leaders from the
Kumaon region.

Resettlement courses for jawans to resume


They were put on

hold to align them
with the new norms
of the Skill
Development Ministry

NEW DELHI: Ending the uncertainty surrounding retirement plans of thousands of

soldiers, the Defence Ministryon Tuesday clarified that
it would soon resume resettlement training courses for
jawans that were put on hold
to align it with the new
norms of the Ministry of Skill
The resettlement training courses were put on hold
to align the courses to the
new norms of the government on skill development,
Defence Minister Manohar
Parrikar said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

Letter to Rajnath
Last month, former State
BJP president and Shimla
MLA Suresh Bhardwaj wrote
a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking
withdrawal of building permission to Ms. Vadra, claiming the construction was in
close proximity of the Retreat (the Shimla summer
residence of the President),
citing security reasons.

Una atrocity: 4
victims shifted
to Ahmedabad

Centre seeks States views on

pay panel recommendations



AHMEDABAD: Four Dalit victims

NEW DELHI: The Union govern-

of Una atrocity have been

brought to Ahmedabad after
their health deteriorated and
have been admitted in trauma centre in Ahmedabad
civil hospital.
They were discharged
from government hospital in
Rajkot where they were under treatment after they
were brutally flogged by cow
vigilante group members in
Mota Samadhiyala village
near Una town in Saurashtra
on July 11. Their family members alleged that the Rajkot
hospital authorities forcibly
discharged them when they
were still under treatment.
They are still traumatic
and need medical observation because of their mental
condition, said a relative Keval Rathod. The civil hospital
sources said two of the four
persons looks serious as they
have sufered huge psychological trauma besides excessive physical beating with
iron rods and steel pipes.

ment has sought the views of

the State governments on the
recommendations of the
Seventh Central Pay Commission that have been implemented with efect from
January 1, 2016.
In a communication addressed to the State Chief
Secretaries on Thursday,
Joint Secretary in the Personnel Ministry, Jishnu Barua, said if no reply was received before August 3 it
would be presumed that the
State government concurred
with the proposals relating
to the revision of pay scales
of the All-India Service oicers. Though the concern of
the Centre was limited to the
issue of parity between AIS
and other services, the States
are bound to feel the impact
of the Pay Commissions recommendations.
There was no consensus
among the three-member
Pay Commission on the financial and career-related


Vasundhara Raje

Odd-even formula to tackle

fuel crisis in Tripura

Directorate on Thursday
served fresh summons on
the wife of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in connection with
an alleged money laundering
case, as she did not turn up
on the same day.
The Directorate had asked
Mr. Singhs wife, Pratibha, to
appear in person for recording her statement in the case,
in which the agency recently
arrested an accused, Anand
Chauhan. She cited some
personal reasons to seek
more time, following which
the ED asked her to appear
the next week. The agency
has attached assets worth
about Rs.8 crore in connection with the probe.


Rajasthan Chief
Rajes helicopter, caught in
inclement weather, made
an emergency landing at
Sevantri village in Rajsamand
Ms. Raje was on her way
to Sirohi in the southern
part of the State. The
chopper landed in an open
field at Kheda, adjacent to
the village.
A spokesperson in the
Chief Ministers Oice
here said Ms. Raje and the
staf members accompanying here were safe. The
Chief Minister stayed for a
while in the village and
paid obeisance at the
Ms. Raje and her entourage later left by road for Sirohi, where she had been
invited to felicitate three
philanthropists for their
contribution to the restoration of a 400-year-old




ment and Entrepreneurship

(MSDE) in July 2015, following which all skill courses of
DGR are to be aligned to National Occupational Standards (NOS) by December,
2016 and the temporary suspension was on that account.
In addition, Mr. Parrikar
noted that certain complaints were received regarding conducting training by
the Director General Resettlement (DGR) for diferent
courses through training institutes.
However, these allegations have not been established, he added.
Meanwhile, the Comptroller and Auditor General

MoU signed
Elaborating on the issue,
Mr. Parrikar stated that the
Defence Ministry has entered into a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with
Ministry of Skill Develop-

implementation of 6th Pay

Commission. Though 22
States found it to be an enormous strain on their finances, 12 showed remarkable resilience and got out of the
fiscal stress within two years
of completion of payouts.

If they don't reply

before August 3, it
will be presumed that
the States concur
with the proposals
edge IAS oicers have over
those belonging to other services. A confederation representing oicers of 20 civil
services, including the IPS,
have been demanding parity
in pay and other benefits
with IAS oicers.

Word of caution
The study has cautioned
that if socially important revenue expenditures were
squeezed and capital assets
creation was suspended, the
impact on the nations economy could be as adverse as in
the earlier case, perhaps
even more. The 7th Pay
Commission in its report
urged States to calibrate the
speed and the extent of their
own awards depending on
their fiscal condition. In the
case of States that have been
in chronic revenue deficit,
there is no doubt that even
the awards with the level of
fiscal prudence of Seventh
CPC will cause a fiscal
strain. These States must cut
their coat according to their
cloth, it said.

Financial strain
As a norm, most of the
State governments, under
pressure from the unions,
adopt the Central Pay Commission recommendations
though it imposes immense
strain on their finances.
According to a study commissioned by the 7th Pay
Commission and conducted
by the Indian Institute of
Management, Calcutta, eight
States opted to switch expenditure to meet the additional demands during the

(CAG) in a report tabled on

Tuesday had pulled up the
DGR for failing to meet objectives in re-employing or
rehabilitating the 60,000 jawans retiring every year and
the courses are out of sync
with changing times, it
After incurring an expenditure of Rs. 90.98 crore on
training in last five years,
there was no mechanism in
place to ensure that the
trained personnel could
eventually find re-employment, it stated.
Nearly 60,000 armed
forces personnel retire or are
released from active service
every year, most of them being in the comparatively
younger age bracket of 35-45
years and 50-55 years on the
higher side.
The courses are conducted for soon-to-be retiring
personnel as well for Ex-Service Men (ESM). CAG point-

ed out discrepancies in both.

CAGs observation
CAG noted that the guidelines that were issued by
DGR did not lay down the
qualifying requirements to
be looked into by service
headquarters for accepting
the requests received from
oicers and personnel below
oicer ranks.
Service HQs therefore selected trainees without any
criteria and allocated courses to them arbitrarily, it
In respect of ESM, there
was no record with DGR on
the number of applications
received, numbers of Ex-Service Men deployed for training and actually undertaking
In the absence of any documentation there was no
trail to assess the implementation of the scheme, the report said.

HC terminates membership
of BJP MP from Sasaram
PATNA: The Patna High Court

on Thursday terminated the

membership of Chhedi Paswan of the Bhartiya Janata
Party, who represented Sasaram in the Lok Sabha, for
suppressing facts in his aidavit filed during the nomination for 2014 Parliamentary elections. The BJP MP
said he would appeal against
the Patna High Court order
in the Supreme Court.
While hearing a petition
filed by Ganga Mishra, a native of Sasaram, Justice K K
Mandal ordered the termination of Mr. Paswans Lok Sabha membership. A case filed
against the BJP MP in 2006
was not mentioned in his affidavit filed during the last
Parliamentary poll nomination papers and it was against
the rules, said Manoranjan
Kumar Verma, advocate of
the petitioner.
Chhedi Paswan was earlier
member of Lok Sabha in 1989
and 1991, representing the Janata Dal, but lost the election
in 1996 from Sasaram reserved seat against BJPs

Chhedi Paswan
Munnilal. He was also minister in the RJD regime from
2000 to 2004 and later joined
Janata Dal (United) and
served as Building Construction minister in the Nitish
Kumar cabinet from 2008 to
2010. On the eve of the last
Lok Sabha elections, Mr.
joined the BJP and defeated
Congress candidate Meira
Kumar from Sasaram.
A case was filed against
me in 2006 for sitting on a
dharna to demand the early
completion of Durgawati
reservoir project in the area,
but it was not a criminal
charge, said Mr Paswan,
adding that he would appeal
against the high court order
in the Supreme Court.

Surplus river basins face drop in rainfall: IIT study

CHENNAI: A study carried out

by a team of researchers
from IIT Madras and IIT
Bombay has found a decrease in spatial variability
of mean monsoon rainfall
over major river basins in
While there is a statistically significant decrease in the
monsoon rainfall over major
water surplus river basins,
there is no statistically significant increase in monsoon rainfall over major water deficit river basins. The
results were published on
July 28 in the journal PLOS
Major surplus basins
such as Mahanadi, Godavari,
Brahmani and West Flow

River-I are witnessing significant decrease in rainfall.

Other surplus basins also exhibited decrease in rainfall
but they are not statistically
significant, says Prof. Subimal Ghosh from the Department of Civil Engineering,
IIT Bombay.
More than 10%
The decrease in water
yield in recent periods in
major surplus basins has
been more than 10 per cent
in the case of Mahanadi and
West Flow River-I. In the
case of other surplus basins,
the decrease has been within
10 per cent.
Though water yields in
major deficit river basins
such as Indus, Ganga and
East Flow River-II have in-

WHERE THE TWAIN MEETS: A view of river Krishna in the

downstream with presence of water from Godavari after
water from Pattiseema is released. FILE PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR
creased during the period
1976-2000 compared with
the previous 25 years (19511975), the trend is not statisti-

cally significant, says Prof.

Sachin S. Gunthe, the corresponding author of the paper
from the Department of Civil

Engineering, IIT Madras.

Ganga, which is a major
water deficit basin, has seen
significant increase in rainfall, while Yamuna, Krishna
and Cauvery river basins exhibit a decrease.
There has been an increase in extreme rainfall
events in India but this does
not play a significant role in
water availability as the surplus water gets wasted.
Stable distribution of
rainfall during the entire
monsoon period is what is
most desirable, says Prof.
Challenges to interlinking
As a previous study had
pointed out, the latest study
has found that the amount of
summer monsoon rainfall

over Indian river basins does

not support the paradigm
wet gets wetter and dry gets
The changes in rainfall
pattern over major river basins in India raises concerns
regarding the suitability and
viability of interlinking major river water basins.
The water demand in a
surplus basin first needs to
be assessed and then met under decreasing water availability scenarios before transferring water to deficit
basins. Hence, planning for
inter-basin water transfer [in
order to supply water from
surplus to deficit river basins] necessitates an immediate reassessment with a
systematic approach, they

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A celebration of everydayness
Irom Sharmilas decision to call of her fast is as powerful as her 16-year struggle. We need to understand
what shes telling us
am alive. My new strategy is to use democratic power. Ms. Sharmilas act will demand
discussion. While concluding the fast, she
made two statements of hope. She decided to
stand for elections and she decided to get
married to her Goan-British boyfriend, Desmond Coutinho. It is the double-edged power of her announcement that needs to be celebrated. Ms. Sharmilas statement is the very
embodiment of normalcy, of the everydayness that she fought for 16 years.
People might cynically laugh that the Iron
Lady, as Sharmila Chanu is called, is getting
rusty after years of struggle. Yet what she was
revealing was the tensility and resilience of
her steadfastness. She knows she is fighting
AFSPA but with a new set of strategies which
has to be seen beyond questions of locality
and biography. Ms. Sharmila first of all admits that government, whether Congress or
BJP, has not been too responsive to her protest. This was despite the fact that the Jeevan
Reddy Committee, a five-member panel
which attempted to review AFSPA, recommended it be replaced by a more humane law.
One can add to it the comments of politicians
like Omar Abdullah and P. Chidambaram that
AFSPA should have been abandoned years
ago if political parties had the required courage and wisdom. Mr. Chidambarams essay
on impunity and immunity in his latest book
is a poignant footnote to Ms. Sharmilas

F R I D AY , J U LY 2 9 , 2 0 1 6


Ending the
Bar-Bench conflict

nce again, lawyers are up in arms in Tamil

Nadu. This time their protest is directed
against a set of new rules aimed at disbarring advocates for a whole range of actions amounting to misconduct. The amendments notified by
the Madras High Court empower High Court judges and principal district judges to debar advocates
who browbeat judges, lay siege to court halls, tamper with records, spread unsubstantiated allegations against judges or accept money in their names
or on the pretext of influencing them. With protests
erupting across the State, all judicial work in lower
courts has come to a standstill. It is in this context
that the Full Courts resolution constituting a committee of five judges to look into the new rules
afresh and keeping them in abeyance must be welcomed. The courts decision, reiterated during subsequent judicial proceedings of Chief Justice S.K.
Kaul, must logically have given a quietus to the issue. It is unfortunate that the Joint Action Committee spearheading the protests is continuing with its
agitation. The Bar-Bench conflict came to a head
when lawyers tried to lay siege to the High Court.
The Bar Council of India suspended 126 advocates.
Advocates may nurse a genuine apprehension
that a couple of clauses, such as the one relating to
the browbeating of judges or spreading unsubstantiated allegations, are essentially subjective
and liable to varying interpretations. As in the infamous scandalising the court provision in our contempt law, there is a case for demanding that such
general expressions give way to a more rigorous
definition of misconduct. Further, rules that commit advocates to silence are better avoided, as they
have a duty to expose wrongdoing and raise their
voice in support of the integrity of the judicial process and the independence and dignity of the legal
profession. At the same time, what should not be
lost sight of is that there is a specific context in
which the rules were notified. The lawyer community in Tamil Nadu is seen to have organised too
many protests in recent years and resisted all attempts to bring about discipline among them.
There have been frequent unruly scenes in courts,
and allegations against individual judges have been
bandied about. Moreover, elected Bar representatives were also part of the process by which the new
rules were framed. If the advocates want them
changed, it is only fair that they approach the committee for redress. Beyond the cause the Bar espouses and the discipline the Bench seeks to enforce, there is another interest they cannot aford to
ignore: that of the litigant public.

A saint or a satyagrahi is often put on a pedestal freezing her acts of goodness in time.
Goodness acquires an act of fixed quality embedded in amber. Rather than becoming a living creature, a saint or an icon becomes a
hoarding, a permanent spectacle or a redundant quotation. Saintliness or heroism becomes a bundle of pictures in a calendar, a
statue standing inflexibly. Goodness becomes a stencil fixed for time.
Two people, however, challenged this stereotype of heroism by being constantly inventive. One was Mahatma Gandhi, for whom
every fast, every act of protest involved selfcriticism. Gandhi often withdrew from an act
of Satyagraha if he felt there was unnecessary
violence. He would often critique his own life
of Brahmacharya if his protests were not
functioning the way he expected. In that
sense, whether it was fasting or protest, they
were seen as constant bodily and thought experiments subject to constant revision. To
cope with Gandhi in these moments of critique and perfectibility was not easy because
his was an attempt to make the ethical creatively political.
Story of another experiment
Another such experiment haunts India today. Irom Sharmila, whose legendary fast
dominated the Manipuri political landscape,
decided to suspend her hunger strike that she
began in November 2000, making her protest
the longest fast in history. The iconicity of
Ms. Sharmilas fast does not stem merely
from its length but from sheer epic courage.
It is a legendary act of ethics which needs no
Guinness World Records to certify it. It was
the greatest challenge to Delhi as a regime,
challenging its humanity, its integrity. Ms.
Sharmila has been arrested time and again
for attempted suicide. The state was forcibly
feeding her and the picture of her with plastic
tubes has become iconic of the Manipur

What Sharmila is suggesting is

that no method, no matter how
ethical, should be fetishised.
A method is a means to an
ethical end
When Ms. Sharmila announced that she
has decided to conclude her fast, she caught
both government and her supporters by surprise. She explained: I have to change my
strategy. I will contest elections with the
agenda for the repeal of AFSPA (Armed
Forces Special Powers Act). She added: I
want to see my agenda being fulfilled while I

Airmation of the political process

The beauty is that despite the failure of law
and despite the cynicism of politics, it is Ms.
Sharmila who is showing faith in the political
process. Her 16 years of struggle, which began as a nave school girl who thought she
would be home in a week, convinces her
about the resilience of the political, her faith
in Manipur and the people of India. The wonderful sense of surprise is not about breaking
the fast but her deep faith in democratic politics. Ms. Sharmilas act is a magnificent tribute to democratic politics as a wager, as an act
of faith and as a statement of her belief in the
resilience of the political. It could not have
been easy. In fact, she is signalling that she


Setback at
The Hague

he verdict against Antrix Corporation, the

commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation, by the Permanent
Court of Arbitration tribunal in The Hague is yet
another example of how its dispute with Devas
Multimedia has been mishandled by the Centre
from day one. As a sovereign state, India has the
right to cancel agreements and licences given to
private entities if it concludes that there are irregularities or gaps in the manner in which they were inked. The Supreme Courts verdict in the 2G spectrum and coal block allocation scams highlights
this in no uncertain terms. That the agreement between Antrix and Devas over use of spectrum and
lease of transponders was flawed has been reiterated by several independent agencies. For instance,
the report of the High Powered Review Committee
comprising B.K. Chaturvedi, Member, Planning
Commission, and Professor Roddam Narasimha,
Member, Space Commission appointed on February 10, 2011 reflects several concerns. The Cabinet Committee on Security, based on an internal
inquiry, faulted the deal on technical, commercial,
managerial and financial grounds. A one-man committee appointed by the Department of Space also
found loopholes in the drafting of the contract.
Despite such documentary evidence in support
of scrapping the deal, it is baling how Indias legal
hawks failed to defend its position efectively. A
reading of the final award of the International
Court of Arbitration (International Chamber of
Commerce) given in September 2015 reveals that
Antrix may have conceded too much ground to
Devas Multimedia by failing to nominate an arbitrator or have a say in fixing the terms of reference
for the arbitral tribunal. The ICC ruling, which ordered Antrix to pay $672 million to Devas, reveals
Antrix did not even send its nomination for the
three-member arbitration tribunal to the ICC.
Rather, it chose to petition the Supreme Court to
start separate arbitration against Devas, a plea that
failed. Antrix wrote to the court raising concerns
about the appointment of one of the members on
the panel but did not pursue the matter; no further
challenge was made despite the ICC asking it to file
an appeal under relevant rules. On several other occasions Antrix did not turn up for the initial proceedings, including a preliminary conference that
was held to discuss draft terms of reference. It is also not clear why the Centre used the force majeure
clause in the agreement to cancel the deal. Instead,
the findings of the various committees could have
been used to establish that facts related to the deal
were misrepresented and not fully disclosed to the
entire chain of decision-makers. The Centre can
still make changes to its legal strategy when Devas
comes after it to enforce the arbitration award.

does not want to be turned into a Tussauds of

politics, as something frozen and immovable.
If politics is muscular, it must be supple. Her
decision follows the logic of this suppleness.
What she is suggesting is that no method, no
matter how ethical, should be fetishised. A
method is a means to an ethical end. She
seeks the repeal of AFSPA, not the continuation of her iconicity.
There was a second part of her decision
which many people are ambivalent about.
Ms. Sharmila has decided that she wants to
get married. If her decision to contest elections is one claim to normalcy, her enthusiasm to be married is another wager on normalcy because it is precisely normalcy that
Manipur has lacked for 50 years. The innuendo that her domestic enthusiasm has weakened her political will does not ring true. In
fact, in an interview a year ago, I asked her
what she would do if AFSPA was repealed.
She laughed, literally, giggled in delight at the
prospect, and said, I want to live like a normal woman, and get married. She hinted
that some people might have a vested interest in her image but she felt no urge to support them. She suggested it was normalcy for
Manipur she fought for, and it is that sense of
normalcy she wanted for herself as a woman.
Her accompanying laughter was a toast to life
and her enjoyment of the small routines of
life. I remember she showed her child-like
drawings with great enthusiasm as if she was
as proud of her art as of her politics. Maybe
both revealed the link between laughter and
Of a deeper tradition
Ms. Sharmilas statement also shows the
deep diference between protest as an ethical
act and insurgency or terror as a vested investment in politics. Protest does not seek to
perpetuate itself while terror and insurgency
become self-reproductive acts where violence is perpetuated to sustain a vested interest in terror. Many insurgent groups in the
Northeast became extortionate groups living
of taxes rather than engaging in any act of
liberation. They also became conduits for
drug running along the border. Ms. Sharmila
as a woman, a Manipuri and a citizen is showing a zest for life, for her gender, her culture
and for democracy that one rushes to celebrate. It is a celebration of womanhood that
Manipur has been famous for. It is the mothers of Manipur who paraded courageously
naked before the Assam Rifles headquarters
to protest against rape and violence. Ms.
Sharmilas every act is part of that tradition.
One of the beauties of a great book like Leo
Tolstoys War and Peace is that it does not
end when war ends. Tolstoy realises a novel
is much more kaleidoscopic. It ends when the
hero gets married, settles down to a life of
routine, even boredom. To end at the moment of heroic drama would have destroyed
the integrity of the novel. I think in a similar
way Ms. Sharmila is already prescient of the
future. As the legislature and the courts are
getting psychologically ready to repeal AFSPA, Ms. Sharmila is hinting that peace has
its own problems, that returning to normalcy
is an act and craft that women have to work
for. There are many men who have a vested
interest in war. It empowers them and gives
them meaning. The coming of peace makes
them purposeless. Ms. Sharmila is hinting
like many wise women before her that womens peace, like womens work, is a craft that
has to be taught to a people who may have
forgotten what normalcy and everydayness
Shiv Visvanathan is Professor, Jindal School of Law.


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Raincast by supercomputer
Life in India is largely fated to rely
heavily on the monsoons. While a
deficit spells price rise, starvation
and disastrous drought, a bountiful
record means floods, large-scale
crop damage, price rise again and
flood relief. The monsoon rain
forecast Cassandras always create
panic habitually by predicting the
worst drought since 1950. The
governments high-sounding Earth
System Science Organisation and
the India Meteorological
Department make vague
predictions and self-styled experts
create enough confusion to send all
into a tizzy. Apart from this, there is
climate change to blame. In the end,
its the poor farmer who is left to
fend for himself. One hopes that the
supercomputer will bring order to
this chaos (Supercomputer to
forecast monsoon with dynamical
model, July 28).
C.V. Venugopalan,

Climate change, a lack of eicient

technologies and the complex
monsoon system in India always get
the better of forecasting. The need
of the hour is to develop innovative
technologies and get help from
other countries more experienced
in weather forecasting. Private
weather forecasters should also step
in and present a picture of averages.
Vishiwjeet Singh,
Patiala, Punjab

Since a fifth of our GDP is

dependent on agriculture, it is
imperative that there are more
precise macro- and micro-forecasts.
But more important is ensuring a
farmers financial security, crop
selection according to anticipated

rainfall, and enabling more than

adequate water storage
C. Koshy John,

The importance of Sharmila

The Iron Lady of Manipur has
sacrificed a lot in her life (Editorial,
July 28). Though Irom Sharmilas
demand to abrogate AFSPA
continues to linger, it is her nonviolent struggle that has won her
many hearts. Her fight has lessons
for the Indian state. Our security
forces must also strive to secure the
love and respect of local people.
Gaurav Singhal,
Rewari, Haryana

In any society, activists and whistleblowers become ambassadors by

highlighting the suferings and
discrimination being experienced
by the poor and the downtrodden
because of the neglect and
callousness of the administration
and the political class. In Irom
Sharmilas case, many are happy
that she will also be thinking about
her own life now. One hopes that
she fights for causes as an individual
and not just as an elected
R. Sridharan,

Ms. Sharmila should not see the

ending of her fast as a setback. Apart
from continuing her struggle against
AFSPA, she must take up other
issues afecting the people of the
area. There are numerous
opportunities for her to become an
outstanding leader of Northeast
K. Rajendran,

Magsaysay 2016
Bezwada Wilson and T.M. Krishna,
the winners of the Ramon
Magsaysay Awards are without an
iota of doubt deserving candidates
who have rendered yeoman service
in their spheres of activity
(Magsaysay for Bezwada Wilson,
T.M. Krishna, July 28). Karnatakabased Wilson has been fighting a
long battle to abolish a highly
undignified practice, while TMK, a
stormy petrel in the world of
classical music, has been working
tirelessly to liberate it from being
the preserve of a privileged few.
They have had to contend with a
great deal of opposition and havent
flinched, which is admirable.
C.V. Aravind,

The impression a reader gets from

Mr. Krishnas interview (The
award is for unshackling art from
man-made ghettoes, July 28) is that
Carnatic music is out of reach for
many communities. I do not agree
with this. Saint Tyagabrahmam had
as his Prathama sishya, Walajapet
Venkataramana Bhagavatar (of the
weaver community). How can we
forget M.S. Subbulakshmi, K.B.
Sundarambal and Chittoor
Subramania Pillai? The Ponniah
quartet, who were trained by
Muthuswami Dikshitar, are wellknown in Carnatic music circles, as
were Veenai Dhanam Ammal and
Dwaram Venkataswami Naidu.
Among music composers, one has
Annamalai Reddiar.
Dakshinamoorthy Pillai (Kaliyuga
Nandi) Thiruppamburam
Swaminatha Pillai, Violin
Govindaraja Pillai, Palani Subbudu
were Carnatic stars. In the Isai
Vellalar community, one has

Nadaswara Chakravarthy, T.N.

Rajarathnam Pillai, the
Thiruvenkadu Brothers, the
Tiruveezhimizhalai Brothers and
Thavil Meenakshisundaram Pillai.
Pandhanallur Meenakshisundaram
Pillai is one more name to recall.
Mr. Krishna can still teach
Thevaram, Thiruvachakam and
Thiruvaimozhi to all music
aspirants irrespective of their caste
and break more shackles.
S. Chidambaresa Iyer,

As a Carnatic music lover, one is

proud that a prestigious award has
been bestowed on a talented singer
but I feel that it is too premature to
recognise his work as being
representative of social
inclusiveness in culture. As such,
Carnatic music occupies very little
space in the music world. It has
failed to attract the younger
generation. There is also an
invasion in the form of other types
of music.
When Carnatic music-based songs
in the films Konjum Salangai,
Sindu Bhairavi,
Sankarabharanam and Salangai
Oli could transcend social and
cultural barriers, TMK has much
work to do before he can touch even
a bit of social inclusiveness.
L. Rangarajan,

Bezwada Wilsons eforts to bring in

an element of dignity into the lives
of manual scavengers are certainly
worthy of not just this award but
many more as well. It is also
evidence of the grim reality they
face. It is puzzling how despite an
improvement in sanitation, the
plight of the manual scavenger is
still left unresolved and unspoken

of. The distressing lives of those

who continue to clean human waste
and spend their lives around such
miseries has to change in a dramatic
Akhila Padmanabhan,

How Smart?
While the Smart City project seems
to be a good measure for urban
development, there are a few issues
that need to be sorted out. (Fooled
by smartness, July 28). There is
apprehension that the project will
further segregate the poor. There is
also a perception that such a city
will lead to an increase in the cost of
living, further afecting the lives of
the marginalised. Such projects
could also create more space for
neoliberal policies to prosper which
means giving only the urban
economy more priority. Therefore,
it is important that the government
focusses on development with
models that are compatible with our
social needs.
Karan Choudhary,
Pathankot, Punjab

Hillarys bid
It is a proud moment for the world,
and women, that Hillary Rodham
Clinton has become the first woman
presidential candidate endorsed by
a major American political party
(Editorial, July 28). But it also
highlights the fact that a country
even as developed as the U.S. has
not been able to get rid of gender
stereotypes. As far as the
presidential election is concerned
we should leave it to the wisdom of
the American people.
Rajnish Kumar Yadav,
Kathrang, Bihar



Green bonds can

finance the future
The Indian government has set an ambitious target of
generating 100GW of energy from solar energy sources
and 60GW from wind energy sources by 2022. As of
March 31, 2016, the corresponding figures stood at
6.76GW and 26.7GW respectively. Unfortunately, reSAURABH ROY newable energy is more capital-intensive than coal, and
financing this push will require $160 billion of capital,
$120 billion as debt, and $40billion as equity.
Currently, most renewable projects are financed by bank commercial
loans at 11-12 per cent interest per annum. The Indian banking sector is currently going through a balance sheet adjustment; banks are unlikely to be
able to expand their balance sheets to be able to finance the additional requirements of the renewable sector. Green bonds may be able to fill this
Classifying green bonds
A green bond is a fixed income instrument for the purpose of raising debt
capital through markets. It certifies that the proceeds will be used exclusively for specific green purposes. The Green Bond Principles are voluntary guidelines issued by the International Capital Market Association
which states the procedure for certifying a green bond. These encompass
the use of proceeds, the evaluation procedure, the management of proceeds, and financial reporting. These guidelines are lacking in specifics,
leading to a lack of consensus on what classifies as a green bond. Green
bonds can provide a long-term source of debt capital for renewable infrastructure projects. Since the cost of debt
availed for projects is higher than the
Green bonds have been
yield for investment-grade bonds, it
around for a decade but
may be possible to reduce cost of capital
regulation and
for green infrastructure financed or refinanced by bonds. While green bonds
investment in them is
can facilitate the flow of capital to low
still minuscule
carbon infrastructure investments, the
demand for such investment is driven by low-carbon policy mandates. An
enabling policy context is therefore vital for the success of green bonds.
There are many ways by which the government currently provides subsidies for green projects. The first is through accelerated depreciation provisions, whereby capital expenditure is allowed to be depreciated by 80 per
cent in the first year and the remaining in the following five years. Feed-in
tarifs are long-term contracts with discoms to purchase power from a renewable project, usually at higher rates. A viability gap funding is a capital
grant from the government that bridges the gap between project cost under
the prevailing electricity rate and the price quoted by the developer. Under
a generation-based incentive, the government provides Rs. 0.5/kWh (kilowatt hour) supplied to the grid, subject to a cumulative maximum of Rs.10
million/MW. The incentive must be drawn over a minimum of four years
and a maximum of 10 years. Under renewable purchase obligations, the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) has set an ambitious RPO
target of 15 per cent by 2020.
Green bonds would enable investor diversification, mitigate risks since
the repayment is tied to the issuer only, build a community of green investors, and enable refinancing bank loans at a lower cost. Assets under management by signatories to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are around $60 trillion so far, and an increasing number of
institutional investors and financial institutions globally are publicly
pledging to increase their green bond holdings.
Since February 2015, some banks and companies too have raised funds
via green bonds. Currently, there is no pricing advantage for banks in issuing green bonds and likewise to the borrowers whose projects were invested in.
Developing a green bond market
Green bonds have been around for a decade but regulation and investment in them is still minuscule compared to the total market for debt mainly on account of lack of green bond standards, low credit rating of potential
issuers, and higher cost of issuance. Considering that fossil fuels have enjoyed huge subsidies throughout their history (namely, subsidised diesel,
kerosene and gas) and have contributed to environmental degradation and
global warming, it is apt that clean energy initiatives get equitable treatment. In order to develop a green bond market, the government essentially
needs to increase the funds available for investment in green projects, by
providing for specific tax incentives and development of long-term finance
markets in general.
Some of the key actionable steps would be changing Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority norms for size of investment for insurance
companies, creating mandates for provident funds to invest in infrastructure and environmentally sustainable projects, increasing the priority sector lending limit for bank loans under solar energy from a meagre Rs.15
crore, standardising the definition of green to be able to target government
eforts in the direction, and mobilising retail savings by way of tax exemption on the lines of Section 80CCF.
Though the market is nascent, broad guidelines are coming to the fore.
As the market matures, investors will require that green bond issuers report on status of deployment and environmental outcomes of the investments. For the green bond market to have long-term credibility, investors
and governments would need evidence that the projects funded have in fact
delivered the intended environmental benefits. The Indian government
can lead the global push towards green by taking three steps to reduce our
races carbon footprint: standardise green bonds as a way to finance environmentally sustainable projects, provide incentives to investing in projects funded by a carbon tax on polluting sources of energy and, finally, increase funds channelled towards investing in environmentally sustainable
SaurabhRoy is a Fellow at Pahle India Foundation


(dated July 29, 1966)

Objection to MPs
radio commentary
The Chairman of the Rajya
Sabha, Dr. Zakir Hussain, to-day
[July 28, New Delhi] suggested to
the Government that a member of
Parliament should not be asked to
make a broadcast on any
controversy in Parliament unless
you allow other groups to do so.

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The Chairman made this

observation after hearing Mr.
Bhupesh Gupta, Communist
leader, who took strong objection
to the broadcast made on Tuesday
night [July 26] by Mr. G.
Ramachandran (Nominated) on
Mondays [July 25] happenings in
the House and demanded that he
should also be given an
opportunity to give his version.


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(Sport, July 27, 2016) described Ravichandran Ashwins 7-83 as a fabulous
fourth-innings efort in the first Test of the ongoing four-Test series against
West Indies. It is a fabulous third-innings efort.

1991, the untold story

How fate intervened and took away the opportunity to present the same Budget that the
Congress later presented and won kudos for
to curb the fiscal deficit.
The only credit I can claim was we
tried to be self-reliant by imposing new
levies and mortgaging gold that got us
about $400 million and instilled a sense
of confidence in our lenders abroad. We
were certain we were going out as a government, but we did it so that the cofers
were not empty for the next one.
Some people suggested we could sell
some of our assets abroad. I didnt agree.
Rationing petroleum products was another idea, but we knew it was totally
impractical. The only unpleasant option
we picked up was the mortgage of gold.
It chases me to this day. Every election,
my opponents have tried to raise the issue that I am the chap who sold the
countrys gold.


When Chandra Shekhar formed the government in November 1990, I was keen
to become Minister of External Afairs,
not Finance. Though I was a bit disappointed, I realised we had a full-blown
crisis on our hands. Petroleum crude
prices had gone through the roof due to
the Gulf War, and our foreign exchange
reserves were depleting very fast. NonResident Indians were withdrawing deposits, and exporters were delaying
bringing in their dollars in the hope that
the rupee would be devalued. The fiscal
deficit and budget were in terrible imbalance, inflation was raising its head.
You had a first class-crisis in the economy. The severest part, of course, was the
balance of payments problem.
The five years of the Rajiv Gandhi
government in particular led to the crisis, which, according to I.G. Patel, was
created because we lived in an era when
money didnt matter. You spent your
dollars or rupees as if there was no tomorrow, and left behind a burden on the
country, both in terms of fiscal deficit
and short-term debt. Maybe Rajiv Gandhis successor V.P. Singh, with Madhu
Dandavate as Finance Minister, could
have done more, and gone immediately
to the International Monetary Fund
(IMF), but there is a very strong opinion
in this country against the Bretton
Woods institutions. Towards the end of
their tenure, however, they realised
there was no option but to go to the IMF.
War room woes
The Finance Secretary, Bimal Jalan,
had been shifted before I joined, so I
brought in S.P. Shukla from the Commerce Ministry. We had a very good
team with Ashok Lahiri, K.P. Geethakrishnan, Deepak Nayyar and C. Rangarajan (as Deputy Governor, RBI). Manmohan Singh, as advisor to the Prime
Minister, was also fully involved. Under
pressure from the Congress, RBI Governor R.N. Malhotra had to be changed,
and I was given the unpleasant task of
asking him to quit. S. Venkitaramanan,
during whose earlier tenure as Finance
Secretary the seeds of the crisis were
firmly sown, was appointed. However,
he was a very competent governor.
In December 1990, I presented a miniBudget and introduced new indirect tax
levies to show the world we were serious about raising resources. I was confi-

WATERSHED: In the wake of the 1991 crisis, reforms took place in capital markets,
banking and industrial policy. File photo of R. Venkataraman, Devi Lal, and
Chandra Shekhar arriving for the Budget session in 1991. PHOTO: THE HINDU ARCHIVES
dent we would be able to get over it with
some temporary relief from the IMF
about $1 billion by January 1991 and a
full loan of $5-6 billion after the budget.
The PM was pragmatic and did not allow ideology to come in the way of doing what the country needed. He didnt
have the hesitations of history, and when
we permitted the refuelling of U.S.
planes, he was roundly criticised by the
Congress. But since then, there are two
significant changes in our polity: theres
a near consensus on economic reforms
among the two major parties (though
they unfortunately hold up each others
legislation, like on Goods and Services
Tax), and an overwhelming support for
friendship with the U.S.

We were feverishly working on the
Budget, but unfortunately politics intervened. In early February, I was told to
shelve the full Budget and present only
an interim one. I reached out to the Congress. Even President R. Venkataraman,
a former Finance Minister, urged them
not to rock the boat. That was a severe
blow because I couldnt present a vote
on account and then seek help from IMF.
So that route was closed. I had severe
limitations while presenting the interim
Budget but I did mention the idea of disinvestment. Fate had intervened and
taken away the opportunity from me to
present the same Budget that the Congress later presented and won kudos for.
I was surprised at Dr. Singhs appoint-

We have done nothing on

administrative, judicial, police
or municipal reforms. Reforms
have remained confined to
the economic part
ment as my successor because he wasnt
into politics then.
The interim Budget didnt help, as
soon after, the issue of two Haryana constables outside Rajiv Gandhis house
came up and the Congress brought
down the government when the motion
of thanks for the Presidents address
came up for discussion. We had no option but to resign.
Over the next few months, as a caretaker government, we had to ensure
there was no default, especially on the
short-term debt of over $5 billion, which
was equal to the reserves we had at the
best of times. We could only prevent a
default in three ways: pay some, postpone some and keep raising money
wherever we could. The RBI kept an
hourly tab on what was becoming due
and what we couldnt reschedule, we
paid. At the Spring Meetings of the IMF
and World Bank, I urged finance ministers of donor countries to expedite loans
already sanctioned. I made the same request in Japan and met financial institutions who had advanced short-term debt
to India, pleading for a rescheduling. We
were trying to persuade exporters to
bring their money back to India. We also
went in for strict control of expenditure


Yashwant Sinha has served as Finance Minister in

the Chandra Shekhar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee

History may be reduced to anecdotes

Irfan Habib on the current challenges to history-writing and to Indias scientific, secular temper

Irfan Habib, eminent historian and former professor at Aligarh Muslim University, says the current Bharatiya Janata Party-led government has
abandoned reason and rationalism,
and that this puts a heavier burden on
Opposition parties to forge a combined
front. Excerpts from the interview:

How do youcompare the

presentNational Democratic Alliance
(NDA)governmentat the Centrewith
previous governments?
The obvious diference is that this
government is very divisive in its approach on religious, caste and communal considerations, much more than the
first NDA government. But this government, and particularly the ruling party
because of its majority and the RSS connection, is raising throughout the country questions about caste and religion,
directly or indirectly. You beat up Dalits
under Gau Raksha. You are... similarly
raising issues against Muslims.
The second diference is that no previous government had abandoned rationalism and reason to the extent that
this government has. I cant imagine
even [Atal Bihari] Vajpayee saying that
Lord Ganesh shows that we knew transplants and plastic surgery, or introducing the issue of flying vehicles at the Science Congress. An attack on reason and
rationalism is usually what fascism
does. Throughout the history of fascism, [we see] these two major elements divisiveness and attack on reason in the name of national
They also have a conviction that India should be a land for big business. An
ordinary citizen sees development in
terms of roads, connectivity, and employment. But this is not their perception. Other governments were also capitalist-oriented, they had also some kind
of populism. But this government is
abandoning these policies.

Nationalism means
doing something for
the welfare of the people.
That includes the people
of Kashmir.
many State governments. This provides
them a limited degree of dual power.
That puts restrictions on the operations
of the Central government. Despite
their diferences, Opposition parties in
power in various States should try to
stop the divisive and communal activities of the BJP and the RSS. There
should be stronger punitive action
against BJP leaders who are inciting
people on communal lines.

Do you think the Congress, the Left, etc.

should forge a united front wherever
possible to combat the BJP?
I think this should be considered.
And particularly when you are dealing
with State governments, there is a possibility of agreement on many issues even
if one disagrees on the issue of socialism. On public welfare measures, there
can be agreement with parties that are
not committed to secularism but believe in some sort of a welfare state. The
possibility of such alliances should be
explored. Though the Left is not
strong in most States, it can contribute 2-3 per cent of votes and in the
first-past-the-post system with
small margins, it becomes very
The Left should also understand its responsibility and not
do anything that harms this
front. In my opinion, we should
not make an issue that the Congress should not be a part of the

Council of Historical Research (ICHR)?

The major complaint [regarding
ICHR] was that the bulk of the new people had no reputation as historians.
They were put there not because they
were right-wing historians but because
they were RSS nominees. The diiculty
in history that the RSS has is that the
kind of history they want to project is
not accepted by the most right wing of
serious historians.
R.C. Majumdar used to write for Organiser. Then Organiser printed an article that the Taj Mahal was built by
Man Singh. And Majumdar wrote to
them that they should not publish such
nonsense. So they wrote back to him
saying we believe in liberty and free expression. So Majumdar wrote to them
that my freedom dictates that I should
never write for your paper. And they
printed his letter.
The type of history they are trying to
sell is not just fantasy but extremely
dangerous. This time they may go much
further and reduce history in schools to

These are not weaknesses. These are

all strengths from their point of view.

What should the Opposition parties do in

the present context?
One obvious advantage that the Opposition parties have is that they control

No, nationalism had a particular

meaning during the freedom struggle.
The particular psychological problem
with the RSS is that they were nowhere
there. The RSS was founded in 1925.
What was their nationalism for those 22
years? So, they cant have any national
heroes. Now you are great nationalists!

So, what according to you should

nationalism mean today?
The nation is now safe. It is independent. There is no use now growling and
shouting about the nation. Nationalism
now means doing something for the
welfare of the people. That includes the
people of Kashmir.

You made a statement comparing the

RSS with the Islamic State
(IS). There are people who disagree and
say they are not the same.

Should all forms of communalism be

equally condemned?

But the Left Front fielded

candidates separately in
Bihar without joining the
That was, I believe, a
great mistake.

What do you think

about the changes
made by the Central
government to the
writing of history? What
are your views on the Indian

Can ones nationalism be defined in

terms of what one says or does? Can
people be disciplined to behave in a
particular way which alone is seen as

I didnt say that they are parallel or

they are the same. I said they [the RSS]
talk like the IS.

Any strengths?
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Its politics, stupid!

It was not really a case of two Haryana
policemen pushing the economy to the
brink. The lesson I learnt was that in India, Its always politics, stupid! Nineteen-ninety-one is a lesson that, come
what may, whatever the depth of the crisis, we will not give up politics, the nation be damned. Look at the record of
the Congress. First they created the crisis, then they created a second crisis by
preventing me from presenting the Budget. A non-GST regime wont create a
crisis like we faced then, but the GST
Bill is pending.
Reforms are a continuous process. In
the wake of the 1991 crisis, a lot of reforms took place in capital markets,
banking and industrial policy. This was
very impressive, but then did we continue down the path of reforms? The dynamics of the Congress ensured that reforms were given up the moment the
crisis abated. I dont agree 100 per cent
with Dr. Singh that we only act in crises.
In the Atal Bihari Vajpayee regime, reforms were carried out autonomously,
not because it was crisis-driven.
We have done nothing on administrative, judicial, police or municipal reforms. Reforms have remained confined
to the economic part. In India, the history of reforms has been stop-go, stop-go,
and the pace has been very slow. We
have not moved at the speed which China or the East Asians have, because in a
democratic set-up, we have to build a
consensus. In 2001, I introduced the Bill
on reducing banks stake to 33 per cent.
In 15 years, theres no movement, while
China would have done it overnight.


There were various forms.

There were communal elements
in the Congress too, but they were
civilised. Communities demand
greater representation at times.
This is diferent from denouncing
other communities. A Muslim or
Dalit leader may say we need
greater representation, but that
is diferent. The second one is
closer to semi-fascism. When you
run someone down, you allow them no space in the
polity. Golwalkar said as
much Muslims shall
have no rights whatsoever. The Pakistani Right
said as much about Hindus and Sikhs. So, it is
about degrees. Rajendra
Prasad opposed the Hindu Code Bill but would
you call him communal?
Adjustments are always
possible with such

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Jundal found guilty

in arms haul case
It accepted the contention of Maharashtras AntiTerrorism Squad that the
accused were caught in two
cars with arms and ammunition which had been procured from Pakistan.
The case is that 22 accused had procured a huge
amount of arms and explosives to target political
leaders involved in the Gujarat riots. The court acquitted eight and convicted 12
under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the
IPC, The Arms Act and the
Explosive Substances Act.
Two accused are absconding. Among the 12 convicted, Abu Jundal and Faisal
Shaikh have been acquitted
of the stringent MCOCA
charges. Firoz Deshmukh
of the Islamic Research
Foundation is among the
eight acquitted of all
On a tip-of, the plan was

foiled by the ATS on May 8,

2006. The squad chased a
Tata Sumo and a Tata Indica car on the ChandwadManmad Highway near Aurangabad and arrested
three terror suspects
Mohammed Aamir Shakil
Ahmed, Mohammed Juber
Sayyed Anwar and Abdul
Shaikh alias Raja who
were in Tata Sumo.
The car, allegedly driven
by Zabiuddin Ansari alias
Abu Jundal, who is now in
Arthur Road jail for his role
in the 26/11 Mumbai terror
attacks, managed to escape.
The ATS team later recovered the car and seized 30
kg of RDX, 10 AK-47 assault
rifles and 3,200 bullets.
Jundal allegedly drove to
Malegaon and handed over
the vehicle to an acquaintance. In May 2006, he escaped to Bangladesh from
where he fled to Pakistan.

Would have spared Wani

had I known: Mehbooba


With civilian casualty figures touching 50, Ms. Mufti

was seen focussing hard on
the political aspect of J&K
to regain the lost ground in
the backdrop of the unrest.
Remarks ridiculous: NC
Describing Ms. Muftis
remarks on Wani as a theatrical lie, National Conference provincial presi-

dent Nasir Aslam Wani

alleged she had been trying
to deflect responsibility
and spread canards as the
head of a government.
It was ironic and ridiculous that Ms. Mufti termed
Wanis killing a coincidence, while releasing
lakhs of rupees as reward
money from the CMs secret fund.

MEA says the meeting is to discuss

regional cooperation within SAARC
NEW DELHI: Union Home Min-

ister Rajnath Singh is expected to hold bilateral talks with

his Pakistani counterpart,
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan,
during his visit to Islamabad
next week, a top Home Ministry oicial has confirmed.
Though Ministry of External Afairs has denied the
possibility, oicials said the
agenda points for the meeting were being finalised and
are likely to include talks on
Kashmir unrest, arrest of
Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists
and the pending visit of the
NIA team to Pakistan.
Talks on regional security
The planned visit by Mr.
Singh has drawn attention as

it comes within days of External Afairs Minister Sushma Swaraj blaming Pakistan
for exporting dangerous
However the Ministry of
External Afairs said the
meeting was meant for regional security and therefore
was distinct from bilateral issues between two sides.
These meetings as you
know discuss regional cooperation on a number of security-related matters and take
stock of regional security
mechanisms. Our participation is in the context of our
neighbourhood first policy
and our commitment to regional cooperation within
the SAARC framework. I
would once again emphasise
that he is going for a multilat-

eral event, said MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup,

emphasising that the visit is
part of Indias focus on revitalising SAARC.
Check infiltration: India
In another development,
India asked Pakistan to step
up vigil and efectively check
cross-border infiltration to
prevent terrorist activities
and clamp down on drugs
smuggling during talks between the Border Security

NEW DELHI: Union Finance

Minister Arun Jaitley on
Thursday countered the oppositions claim that the government was not passing on
the benefits of low fuel prices to the consumer, and had,
instead, hiked fuel prices at
least nine times in the last
two years.
The benefits of low international fuel prices are being
passed on to the consumer
one, by the low price of fuel,
secondly by making sure that
the losses sustained by oil
marketing firms can be made
up levies on fuel and thirdly,
by using the levies of fuel for
capital investment, the Minister said in the Lok Sabha,
responding to a scathing attack by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on the
rising prices of pulses.
Mr. Gandhi has spoken
about how the UPA wrote of

farmers loans of Rs 70,000

crores in 2009. That is a one
time bonanza; our government is using the money to
spend three times as much
on rural roads, crop insurance and other means which
will have a more long term
efect on rural Indias well
being, he said.
Mocks Rahul
Mr. Jaitley mocked the
Congress vice president, the
great grandson, grandson

Cultural extravaganza
planned to mark I-Day
NEW DELHI: The NDA govern-

ment will organise a weeklong cultural extravaganza in

the national capital to celebrate Independence Day this
The event, likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, will be held
from August 12 to 18.
After the success and popularity of Bharat Parv at Red
Fort, a decision to organise
festivities at Rajpath was taken. It will be celebrated with
the same fervour and objective and a mini India will be
created at Rajpath for a week,
Piyush Tiwari, Director
(Commercial and Marketing)
with the ITDC told The
He said the idea for the
event came from the PMO as
the Prime Minister wants
public participation in all
events of national importance.
Until now, Independence
Day events are limited to the

PMs address from the ramparts of the Red Fort with the
Defence Ministry is in charge
of the programme.
This year multiple ministries will be involved with the
Tourism Ministry leading the
events. The ITDC will organise the Rajpath event for the
Tourism Ministry.
Rajpath will be blocked for
traic and massive celebrations are planned between
Mansingh Road and Janpath.
There will be songs, dance
and sumptuous cuisine from
various States for people to
enjoy. Entry will be free. However, the public will be required to carry an identity
card for security reasons, Mr
Tiwari said.
Stalls will sell handicraft
items even as street singers
and dancers will perform
through the week from 6 to 9
p.m. Military bands will also
India Gate and 15 other government buildings will be illuminated for the occasion.

Cross-border vigil
DG, BSF stressed the importance of vigilance against
cross border infiltration to
prevent terrorist activities
and check smuggling in narcotics. Both sides discussed
ways to strengthen measures
to coordinate border patroll-



rendra Modi on Thursday

said the time for incremental
change was over and the requirement was for transformational change. The niyat
(intentions) of policymakers
is even more important than
the niti (policies) itself, he
said, addressing the NITI
The Prime Minister asked
the Aayog to create a vision
document and road map for
Indias development for the
next 15 years. Interacting
with the Aayogs members,
Mr. Modi said the Union
Government had the courage and the ability to deliver
transformational change for
bettering the lives of the people. This was his second visit
to the Aayog since it was set
up to replace the erstwhile
Planning Commission.
Pointing out that historically, Indian policymakers

and son of former prime

ministers of India, over his
reeling out the price of staples in the Parliament.
Any form of bluster is not
substitute of statistics, he
said, and referred to how everyone seems to be giving
the impression that they go
to the market everyday.

Arun Jaitley

Force (BSF) and Pakistan

Rangers which ended in Lahore on Thursday.
The BSF, in a statement,
said talks ended on an optimistic note with both sides
agreeing to undertaking constant endeavours to maintain
peaceful and tranquil frontiers as the two border
guarding forces agreed that
there has been a greater adherence to ceasefire along
the International Border,
since September last year.

BSF Director-General K K
Sharma and Pak Rangers
(Punjab) DG Maj Gen Umar
Farooq Burki, signed a joint
record of discussions at the
end of the four-day meeting
at the headquarters of the
Rangers in Lahore in
The meeting was held in a
cordial atmosphere and with
a spirit of cooperation. It was
agreed that since the last
such meeting in Delhi in September 2015, there has been a
greater adherence to ceasefire along the International

Give development vision for Mann apologises, then

15 years, PM tells NITI Aayog says he did no wrong

Fuel levies used for capital

investment, says Jaitley


Indo-Pak. talks likely during Rajnath visit

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Na-

J&K Chief Minister Mehooba Mufti arrives at the PDP office

in Srinagar on its foundation day on Thursday.


Hopes of good monsoon

Insisting that the government had reduced inflation
and kept it under control, the
Mr. Jaitley said he expected it
to reduce further with a
good monsoon. Earlier, Mr.
Gandhi had said, The government celebrated its second happy birthday a few
days back. While addressing
the people, he spoke about
Make in India, Connect India, Digital India, Stand up,
Start up, but not about price
rise. Not once did he speak
about pulses, potatoes, tomatoes, he said.

TAKING STOCK: Narendra Modi with NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman

Arvind Panagariya in New Delhi on Thursday. PHOTO: PTI
had tended to lament the
countrys constraints rather
than play to its strengths, he
said judicious and intelligent
application of Indias natural
resources and human resources would be at the heart
of this change.
Untapped areas
He mentioned land, the
countrys mineral wealth,
and vast untapped solar energy potential and said India
had made sub-optimal use so

far of its vast coastline. Talking about human resource

development, Mr. Modi said:
Focussed skill development
is vital, as India has the potential to fulfil the global requirement of human resources in the future.
He also stressed on the
need to develop Indias tourism potential. Partnerships
with States for promoting
development and boosting
exports were need of the
hour, he said.

Cong. panel to devise

strategy on key Bills
NEW DELHI: The Congress high

command has sent a strict

message across its rank and
file, asking leaders to keep
their personal opinions to
themselves and stick to the
party line.
For that matter, party president Sonia Gandhi constituted a five-member team
headed by P. Chidambaram.
Apart from devising the partys strategy on day-to-day issues, the committee will examine pending legislative
Bills such as contentious
Goods and Service Tax
(GST) Bill and Compensatory Aforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) Bill.
Until Wednesday evening,
the Congress had serious
reservations against the Bill,
arguing that it would usurp
the powers of panchayats in
having a say over the aforestation drive. But the first

signs of the committees influence became visible on

Thursday when CAMPA Bill
was passed in the Rajya Sabha with the support of the
Others in the committee
are Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha,
Anand Sharma, senior leaders Jairam Ramesh, K.V. Thomas and Rajeev Satav.
The idea is to straighten
up the process of examining
the Bills and draft a clear policy on national issues, a senior leader who is part of the
committee told The Hindu.
Ahead of the parliamentary proceedings, the committee members will brief
their colleagues in both
Houses so that they will not
deviate from the partys
stand. Many contradictory
statements have come from
our leaders over serious issues and our workers are
complaining, said a senior
party leader.

NEW DELHI: The Rajya Sabha on

passed the contentious Compensatory and Aforestation
Fund (CAF) Bill, 2016 that allows States to access nearly
Rs. 42,000 crore and channel
into aforestation projects.
While several parties had
sought amendments over the
weeks to the text of the Bill,
none of them was formally

Greater powers
The Bill, which establishes
the National Compensatory
Aforestation Fund and a
State Compensatory Aforestation Fund under each
State, was passed after Environment Minister Anil Dave
assured the House that all
objections raised such as
the provisions of the Bill
vesting greater powers in the
forest bureaucracy than on
resident tribals; the possible
violation of tribal rights, and
gram panchayats not having
the final say in deciding what

BETTER COVER: The Bill allows States to access Rs. 42,000 crore
and channel into afforestation projects. PHOTO:K. K. MUSTAFAH
kind of forests could be
grown would be addressed within the Rules of
the Bill. Any deficiencies
could be dealt with in future
after a lapse of 1 year, he added. The provisions of the
Panchayati Raj Act are powerful enough to ensure that
forest rights [of tribals] and
consent of gram panchayats
are respected, said Mr.
Several members of the

House also raised doubts on

whether it would lead to an
ecologically-sustainable replenishing of forests, and
whether tribals were not
persecuted by oicialdom
under the garb of regenerating forests. The Bill was first
passed in the Lok Sabha during the UPA governments
tenure but was in cold storage after opposition in the
Rajya Sabha. It was again
cleared by the Lok Sabha this

Sidhu likely to
join AAP in Aug.
NEW DELHI: Navjot Singh Sidhu,
who quit the Rajya Sabha
earlier this month is likely to
join the Aam Aadmi Party in
the second week of August.
The 52-year-old former
cricketer, who had a long innings with the BJP in Punjab,
has alleged that the party had
asked him to stay away from
Punjab to serve personal interests. AAP sources said
Mr. Sidhu would formally
join the party next month,
possibly in the second week
of August. He is likely to be
inducted as a star campaigner ahead of the assembly
polls next year.
The AAP is giving a tough
fight to the ruling BJP-SAD
alliance and Congress in
Punjab, and is hoping to cash
in on Mr. Sidhus popularity
to bolster its chances in the
State election. AAP national
convener and Delhi Chief
Minister Arvind Kejriwal has
welcomed Sidhu's decision
to quit Rajya Sabha as brave
and has also called him a
"nice" man. PTI

NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party

(AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann
on Thursday appeared before a nine-member parliamentary committee probing
whether he had put the security of Parliament House in
peril or violated rules by
videographing the premises
and livestreaming it on his
social media accounts.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan
had set up the committee on
It has been asked to submit
its report by August 3.
Mr. Mann submitted a
five-page letter tendering an
unconditional apology but,
at the same time, maintained
that he had not done anything wrong.
The degree of his misdemeanour was far less compared to Prime Minister Modi, who allowed the Pakistani
secret service, the Inter-Services Intelligence into the
Pathankot airbase.

It was never my intention

to compromise or jeopardise
the security of Parliament,
he said in his letter.
What he had filmed were
places other Parliamentarians and even journalists had
filmed in the past.

States stand
forced Congress
retreat on GST

Centre accused of
neglecting A.P.



NEW DELHI: Main opposition

NEW DELHI: An engaging debate

over the economic fate of
Andhra Pradesh took place
in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday with leaders of the Opposition criticising the government for delaying the
implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation
Congress leader Digvijaya
Singh asked the government
whether it was serious
about the implementation of
the Act and also questioned
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu that if he was
pressuring the Prime Minister to apply the legislation
for his States development.

party Congress had no option but to come around to

approving the changes to the
GST Bill after States vetoed
two of its three demands
of a Constitutional cap of 18
per cent and an independent
dispute resolution mechanism headed by a High Court
judge on Tuesday at deliberations with Mr. Jaitley and
Chief Economic Advisor Dr.
The GST Bill is only
meant for imposing a tax; It
does not deal with CentreState relations So, a resolution has to be found outside
the Bill and the government
has to come out with an assurance, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yetchury told reporters
after meeting Mr. Jaitley. He
said the Left parties were
waiting to see how the Centre would address this issue.

Green light for Aforestation Fund Bill


ing on their respective sides

of the border and address
each other's concerns in a
time bound manner, it said.
The Indian side is also understood to have raised issues related to cross-border
smuggling of arms and ammunition along with narcotics consignments, detection
of illegal tunnels running
across the IB and the growth
of Sarkanda (elephant
grass) and its weeding of
along these areas.
The two forces had also
decided that their oicials,
right up to the level of Directors General, will exchange
mobile numbers, email ids
and fax numbers for swift
communication to resolve
disputes on the International
Border running through
Jammu Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
(With Kallol

year after incorporating

This year, former Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh, in the Rajya Sabha,
wanted an amendment to the
Bill that would ensure that afforestation activities be undertaken only after making
sure that the land did not belonged to tribals or forest
dwellers, who were eligible,
under the Forest Rights Act,
to claim ownership over the
forest land.
Former Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar, who
had piloted the Bill in the Lok
Sabha this year, had stated
that such an amendment was
unnecessary as possible contraventions of the Forest
Rights Act (FRA) had already been addressed.
On Thursday, Mr. Ramesh
told the Rajya Sabha that he
would not be moving the
amendment after Mr. Daves
written assurance that any
deficiencies that might
emerge in the course of the
implementation of the Bill
would be rectified.

AAP MP Bhagwant Mann

at Parliament House on

Emotive issue
Its an emotive issue,
said Mr. Singh, I dont know
why the Chief Minister is
hesitant to fight for his own

Earlier, senior Congress

leader Jairam Ramesh raised
similar queries section by
section, clause by clause.
Since Mr. Ramesh was instrumental as in drafting the
Act in early 2014, when the
UPA government was in
power, he argued that the
then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced
that special status would be
given to the State and the
party had even moved a private members Bill but it was
the BJP that blocked it then.
Section 93 (of the Act)
says that the Central government shall take all necessary
measures for projects in the
enumerated 13th Schedule
for the progress and sustainable development of the successor state (of AP) within
the period of 10 years from
the appointed date, he said
I want to know from the
Finance Minister what the
status of this is? he asked.

Deoband tense after

temple vandalism
MEERUT: Communal tension

gripped Deoband on Thursday after a temple was vandalised late on Wednesday

night. The police swung into
action soon after the incident and arrested one person. The accused allegedly
vandalised the statues with a
hammer. He will be tried under the stringent National
Security Act.

The culprit is 21-year-old

Sadiq, Deoband Senior Superintendent of Police Pradeep Kumar told the media.
We have arrested him and
recovered the hammer he
used to break the statues. He
will be tried under the NSA.
teams have been formed to
foil any attempt to create
communal disturbance. We
have also tightened security
in the area, Mr. Kumar said.


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Will compulsory disclosure of assets tackle corruption?

The arguments against making public servants disclose their assets range from inefficacy to an invasion of privacy
NEW DELHI: The Lokpal amendment, in doing away with the
mandatory disclosure of assets by July 31, may have
brought some respite for
public servants, as there is no
imminent threat of a deadline. But it leaves unanswered the question raised by
NGOs, corporates and politicians who had sought exemption from this provision
citing privacy as a concern
in other words, does the disclosure of assets by public
servants, their spouses and
dependents constitute a
breach of privacy?
Pointing out that the United Nations Convention
against Corruption (UNCAC), to which India is a sig-

natory, required a legal

framework for asset declarations of government oicials,
Rama Nath Jha, executive director of Transparency International
Compulsory disclosure of
assets by government employees is not a violation of
individual privacy since
there is a direct link between
the income/salary and the
assets declared.
According to Anjali Bharadwaj, co-convener of the
National Campaign for Public Right to Information
(NCPRI), the obvious marker of corruption in the Indian
context is disproportionate
assets. It is diicult to catch
someone in the act of bribing
or receiving a bribe. The only
case that can be made is one
of disproportionate assets

which becomes evident

when one declares them,
she says.
But is there any evidence
to show that asset declarations have helped clean up
the system or stem the tide of
corruption? Activists answer
this by pointing out that public disclosure of assets serves
two purposes: preventative,
and as an aid to prosecution
when allegations of corruption come up. Says Venkatesh Nayak of Commomwealth
Initiative (CHRI), The Lokpal Act was just a halfway
house it called for mandatory declaration of assets by
public servants but provided
no legal structure for verification of those claims. Central government employees,
on the other hand, have to

declare their assets as per

their service rules, and their
claims are verified annually
by a central vigilance
Indias own experiments
with bringing transparency
and accountability have been
aided largely by the courts
and several anti-corruption
campaigns. The first demand for a Lokpal, an om-

budsman to look into grievances of people against
public oicials, was first
made in the 1960s.
While the first Administrative Reforms Commission
recommended that two independent authorities should
be established at the Centre

and State level, it was in 1968

that the Lokpal Bill was first
introduced in Lok Sabha, but
it lapsed with the dissolution
of the Lok Sabha. It was introduced again in the Lok
Sabha in 2011.
While Parliament debated
the issue, the judiciary in
2002 made it mandatory for
politicians contesting elections to disclose their assets
on the Election Commission
website, enabling citizens for
the first time to access information on the assets of candidates. Then came the Right
to Information Act (2005),
which made mandatory not
only voluntary disclosures of
governance but also the salaries of employees.
Notwithstanding all these
steps India has taken toward
transparency, the Berlin-

based corruption watchdog

Transparency International
Report ranked India at 76 out
of 168 countries in its latest
Corruption Perception Index early this year. Indias
corruption perception score
remains the same as last
years 38/100 showing
lack of improvement. We
share our ranking with six
other countries Brazil,
Burkina Faso, Thailand, Tunisia and Zambia.
Law is not enough
As Jagdeep Chokkar of the
Association of Democratic
Reforms (ADR) argues, having the law is not enough. He
points out that the number of
candidates with criminal records has only increased
since 2004 despite the system of candidates declaring

their assets publicly on the

Election Commission website. If the number of elected MPs with criminal record
was 125 in 2004, the number
went up to 162 in 2009 and
further up to 185 in 2014.
It is not the voter selecting
a corrupt candidate, but the
political parties who are
fielding them, says Chokkar.
While it doesnt change the
fact that the number of corrupt candidates has only increased, it does make the
scale of corruption public.
And exposure is also a key
deterrent when it comes to
fighting corruption.
Does this mean that oicebearers of NGOs receiving
government funds should be
on the same plane as Central
government oicials when it
comes to disclosure require-

India, China deny LAC violation

border, the Chinese spokesman added.

BEIJING: China on Thursday
denied that its troops had
crossed into the Indian side
of the Line of Actual Control
(LAC) in Uttarakhand. In
New Delhi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also rejected that the Chinese
forces had carried out an incursion into the Indian sided of the LAC in the Barahoti
Beijing declined to comment on reports about the
improvement of infrastructure and Indias enhanced
military profile in Ladakh.
Answering a question on
reports that the Chinese
forces had crossed into the
Indian side of the LAC, Chi-

Manohar Parrikar
nese Defence Ministry
spokesman Senior Colonel
Yang Yujun said Chinese
troops always conducted
activities on the Chinese side
of LAC.
We are committed to
maintaining peace and stability along the China-India

Indian response
The India-China border
is not formally demarcated.
There are areas where both
sides have difering perceptions of the LAC. Barahoti [in
Uttarakhand] is one such area. There was no incursion,
just transgression which has
been settled. There is a welldefined mechanism to settle
such transgressions, Mr.
Parrikar said in the Lok
Military deployment
The Chinese spokesman
downplayed reports on Indias enhanced military presence in Ladakh, including

Massive reshule
in Central

the deployment of T-72

We have taken note of the
relevant report, he said.
I would like to emphasise
that China and India are
neighbours, partners, not
competitors or enemies.

AHMEDABAD: In a large-scale reshule in the top bureaucracy, the Modi administration
has appointed or reshuled
15 senior IAS oicials posted
as secretaries in various departments and Ministries.
Health Secretary Bhanu
Pratap Sharma has been appointed Secretary, Department of Personnel and
A key appointment is of retired Additional Secretary in
the Home Ministry B.K. Prasad, who inquired into the
missing papers in the Ishrat
Jahan case. Mr. Prasad has
been appointed Secretary,
National Commission for
Denotified, Nomadic and
Semi-nomadic Tribes.
Amarjit Singh from the
Gujarat cadre, Special Secretary in the Ministry of Water
Resources and River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, will take over as Secretary in the Ministry. With
his appointment as secretary,
one more oicial from the
Gujarat cadre will head a major Ministry.

Common aspiration
Colonel Yang said: It is
the common aspiration of
the Chinese and Indian people to maintain peace and
stability along the border.
We hope the Indian side can
work for the same goal as the
Chinese side and implement
the consensus reached between the leaders of the two
countries and maintain
peace and tranquillity along
the border.

Supreme Court shocked by slew of

defamation cases in Tamil Nadu
NEW DELHI: Alarmed by the
row of criminal defamation
cases unleashed on political
opponents of Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa
thro- ugh the State machinery, the Supreme Court on
Thursday was confronted
with the implications of its
own May 2016 judgment upholding the penalisation of
Barely 10 days after the
court sought a personal explanation from Ms. Jayalalithaa about the spectrum of
criminal defamation cases
being lodged against political opponents, the court was
taken aback to find itself
looking at another one on
The earlier one con-

cerned a criminal defamation case filed by the Dharmapuri Public Prosecutor

against DMDK leader Vijaykanth. The latest one, also
filed through the public
prosecutor on the governments sanction, dealt with
his remarks at a public event
in Tiruppur district on November 6, 2015. Although
we had upheld criminal defamation, it does not mean
we will allow it to be misused as a political counterweapon against criticism, a
Bench of Justices Dipak
Misra and Rohinton F. Nariman reacted.
Widespread apprehension
Despite widespread apprehension that the colonial
law will have a chilling efect
on political dissent and free

speech, the Supreme Court,

in its May 13, 2016 judgment
on a batch of petitions, filed
by political leaders across
the spectrum, including BJP
leader Dr. Subramanian
Swamy, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and
Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, seeking
to wipe out Sections 499 and
500 (criminal defamation)
from the Indian Penal Code,
had refused exhortations
that penalisation of defamation would freeze democracy and political rivals would
be forced to join a chorus or
sing the same song.
In a 268-page judgment,
the apex had court said it
was a stretch to imagine that
upholding criminal defamation in modern times would
amount to imposition of si-

On Thursday, however,
the Supreme Court's reasoning in upholding criminal defamation law came
under question.
Chilling efect
Such criminal prosecution of political rivals has a
chilling efect on democracy... Criticism is a basic right
in democracy... Why has Tamil Nadu government filed
so many criminal defamation cases against political
opponents? the Bench
asked the State's side.
It was Justice Misra's
Bench, less than a fortnight
ago, which ordered Ms. Jayalalithaa to personally explain the frequency seen in
filing criminal defamation
cases against rivals.

India scripting renaissance in ties with Rome

NEW DELHI: External Afairs

Minister Sushma Swarajs

visit to the Vatican in September will start a season of
diplomacy with Italy aimed
at reviving ties with the
country, months after India
allowed jailed marines to go
back, highly placed diplomatic sources confirmed to
The Hindu.
In view of the impor-

Indefatigable chronicler of the oppressed

As the voice of the
disempowered, she
had an incredibly
powerful in-your-face
literary style


I dont want to die, she

said, I want to live forever.
There was so much to do, so
much to write about. If she
did die, however, she wanted to be buried and a mahua
tree planted on her grave.
On July 28, Mahasweta
Devi, 90, cut loose the ties
that bound her to mortal life
and set of to live forever.
Her deeply political novels,
short stories and columns
have nurtured generations
of readers of Bengali literature. One of the most widely
translated authors of contemporary India, she has
readers the world over. She
was already in foreverland.
A deeply political writer
and social activist, Mahasweta Devi fiercely championed the rights of the marginalised
dispossessed. Women, tribal people, Dalits, landless
farmers, migrant labour,
prostitutes, young idealists
she firmly stood by them.
And among all those she
campaigned for, she was
most vocal as a crusader for
tribal rights particularly
the rights of denotified
tribes of Bengal like the
Kheria Shabors and the Lodhas. She wrote about them,
spoke about them, set up
voluntary organisations for
them, collected donations
for their welfare, braved legal battles for their rights.


DEVI 1926-2016
She also edited Bortika, a
magazine documenting the
concerns of the dispossessed in their own words.
Because Mahasweta Devi
Padma Vibhushan, winner of the Jnanpith, Magsaysay and Sahitya Akademi
awards among numerous
others could never be just
a writer. For the daughter of
eminent poet and novelist
Manish Ghatak, niece of
filmmaker Rittwik Ghatak,
the girl who partly grew up
in Rabindranath Tagore's
Santiniketan, who married
left-wing playwright and actor Bijon Bhattacharya, and
taught English literature,

writing came easy.

But it was always a means
to an end. At first it was for
the money. Then to document change. Then it was to
that she was keen to share. I
want to reach as many people as possible, she said. I
write for the masses.
Which was not an easy
thing to do, given the deeply
disturbing stuf she wrote.
She wrote about the ruthless
colonising of the land, the
communities, the cultures
and even the bodies of those
marginalised by the mainstream. As the voice of the
disempowered and the conscience-keeper of her times,
she prioritised content over

form, and developed an incredibly powerful in-yourface literary style. Direct,

brutal, often mixing bits of
tribal dialect with sophisticated urban Bengali, and only sometimes lapsing into
beautiful imagery.
Because within that fierce
crusader for the dispossessed, who raged against
middle class values, was a
soft core that valued beauty,
loved to sing Rabindrasangeet, had a fantastic sense of
humour, wrote delightful
stories for children and was
a keen observer of human
life. The right to dream
should be the first fundamental right, she said.
In essence, Mahasweta
was a chronicler of oral history and a lobbyist for
change. From British-era
tribal hero Birsa Munda, fictionalised in Aranyer Adhikar (The Right to the Forest), to the struggle in
Nandigram and Singur, she
spoke out for the oppressed.
Her decades-long demands
for the rights of the disempowered, for a more humane society cutting across
class, caste, ethnicity, gender and religion, sadly, are
still relevant.

ments? That depends, says

Nayak, adding, To be sure,
they can be made to declare
their assets for the years that
their NGOs receive government money. But this should
not be done on the principle
that they are public servants;
receiving a salary from government funds does not
make an NGO worker a public servant.
With the Centre reserving
its right to frame rules or
procedures for disclosure of
assets at a later date, the debate over this issue may well
surface another day. Meanwhile, the amendment has
brought a temporary end to a
controversy that raged within the NGO sector.
(With Sharad Raghavan &
Jacob Koshy)

tance we attach to this very

significant event, the canonisation of Mother Teresa,
the delegation of the government of India will be led
by the External Afairs Minister herself, Vikas Swarup,
Ministry spokesperson, said
while announcing the ministerial visit.
A senior diplomatic
source confirmed that Ms.
Swaraj is expected to interact with Italian representa-

August 3 in Rome and will

travel to cities like Milan,
Bari and six other cities of
Italy and will continue till
September. It is important
to ramp up ties with Italy because of cutting-edge technology which is useful for
the small and medium scale
enterprise in India, said the
senior diplomat reminding
that India could not hold
such events in Italy for four

A fierce campaigner in 2011


So when you see women

in Argentina protesting restrictions by breastfeeding
in public, you remember
Mahaswetas Gangor, the
young tribal mother who
was horribly tormented by
the police because someone
took a photo of her breastfeeding her baby and published it. When you hear of
Odishas Dongria Kondh
tribes historic victory
against Vedanta, the powerful multinational corporation intent on mining in the
land where the tribal gods
reside in the form of forests
and hills, you remember the
little people in Shishu (Children), the neglected ones
whose beliefs are trampled
upon, who are forced out of
their own land by mining
projects and made into
criminals by the greed of the
The debate over AFSPA
reminds you of Dopdi in
Draupadi, the woman who
continues to roar against the
armed forces even as they
brutalise her. Or of Sujata,
the mother of a slain Naxalite, in Hajar Churashir Ma
(The Mother of 1084). The
apathy of an increasingly
selfish society that discards
elderly parents reminds us
of Yashoda in Stanyadayini
(The Wet Nurse). Mahasweta lives among us. Even
without the mahua tree.
(Antara Dev Sen is editor
of The Little Magazine)

tives during her stay in

Rome. This will be the first
visit by an Indian Foreign
Minister since bilateral ties
cooled after the two Italian
marines were arrested in
February 2012 for killing of
Indian fishermen of the
coast of Kerala.
Paving the way for the
high-level political and diplomatic engagements in
Rome and Vatican, the Festival of India will begin on

It was May 11, 2011, a day

after the six-phase polling
came to an end in West
Bengal. This correspondent
met Mahasweta Devi in
her dishevelled study covered with stacks of journals, books, loose sheets
and writing pads of various
shapes. I am running 86,
so wrap up fast, she said
amiably. During the run-up
to the elections, the writeractivist, who hailed from a
family of Leftist writers,
film-makers and activists,
was one of the most powerful voices against the CPI
(M). But then why was she
so critical of the Left in supporting Mamata Banerjee
was the first question. Because they [the CPI-M]
have done nothing. I have
had this concern, always,
as I ask what did the poorest of the poor get from the

What kind of atrocities did

the CPI(M) commit?
They [the CPI-M] sent
forces to Lalgarh [West Medinipur] and the harmad
[CPI-Ms armed cadres, in
this case] joined them. The
locals called me up from 19
villages to say that the
forces have been relieving
themselves near the drawwells to pollute the water. It
is a small example but tells
you a lot about the mindset.

The CPI(M) has destroyed

primary education, ruined
women and childrens safety and then reversed the
land reform in Singur [in
Hooghly], which is the most
fertile piece of land. The
farmers were doing so well
in Singur but the CPI(M)
wants to give the same
patch of land to the Tatas to
set up economic zone.

But Bengal needs industry

Surely. The CPI(M)
could have easily tried to
work out a plan to open
thousands of factories, use
that unused land but the
plan was never there.

But your criticism of the

Left almost never has taken
into consideration the good
work the Land Reform
Would not you accept the
good work?
Yes, that [Land Reform]
has happened. Not due to
the CPI(M)s goodwill but
because of Benoy Choudhury [Minister of Land and
Land Reforms], mainly.
They only made people suffer Muslims and tribals

But you do accept the good

Of course I do. There was
an excellent Land Revenue
Department with good oicers. I was close to many of
them even Buddhadeb

Chief Minister], if I tell him
something he listens to me.
To be honest, we all supported the CPI(M) when it
came to power but they
have caused a lot of

You mentioned somewhere

that if Mamata Banerjee
comes to power the first
thing you would ask her to
do is to get Taslima Nasreen
back to the State will
Of course. I am not sure if
that would be the first thing
I would ask her to do but
surely I will ask her to get
Taslima back.

Perhaps you can suggest

her many things as we can
see that a relationship has
evolved between you and
Mamata Banerjee over last
few years
Mamatas nature is such
that she respects people
who are old. She was fighting against Jyoti Basu but
whenever she met [Basu],
Mamata touched his feet.
Observe her dress her
rubber slipper any woman can approach her and
can hug her and cry. I have
seen this in Gandhiji, she
has bit of [Gandhijis]
[Two days after the interview, the Trinamool came
to power in West Bengal.]

14 |




Obama passes the baton to Hillary

Assad ofers amnesty

to rebels who surrender

U.S. President launches scathing attack on Donald Trump, says GOP nominee is betting on winning by scaring people

DAMASCUS: Syrian President

Barack Obama summoned
the charisma and oratory
skills that helped him win
the White House race eight
years ago to rally the country
behind Hillary Clinton on
Wednesday night.
Her victory in the November presidential election is
essential, not only for the
completion of the agenda
that he has set in motion, but
also for the protection of
American values and democracy, Mr. Obama said at
the Democratic National
After being in oice for
seven-and-a-half years, Mr.
Obamas approval ratings remain high at 49 per cent.
Health care, gay rights, climate change, gun control,
immigration reforms were
the promises he made before
the convention in 2008. He
made progress on some of
these promises and failed to
fulfil some others. Change
is never easy, and never
quick; that we wouldnt meet
all of our challenges in one
term, or one presidency, or
even in one lifetime. Yes, we
have still got more work to

timents from 2008. He called

the country to rally behind
Ms. Clinton, who could be its
first woman President.
And tonight, I ask you to
do for Hillary Clinton what
you did for methere has
never been a man or a woman not me, not Bill [Clinton], nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to
serve as President of the
United States of America.

Hope for continuity

In an election that Mr.
Trump and other Republican leaders frame as the last
opportunity to overturn the
legacy of the first AfricanAmerican President, the
stakes are high for all supporters of Mr. Obama and
him personally. The GOP derides the prospects of a Clinton presidency as a third
term for Mr. Obama, but for
the Democrats that is a
promise and even a lifeline.
Mr. Obamas endorsement of
Ms. Clinton hinged on that
premise of continuity.
America, youve vindicated that hope these past eight
years. And now Im ready to
pass the baton, he said, concluding the speech which reenacted the slogans and sen-

High-stake race
But there is more at stake
than his legacy, Mr. Obama
warned, referring to the politics of Republican candidate
Donald Trump. If youre serious about our democracy,
you cant aford to stay home
just because she might not
align with you on every issue, the President said, as
several delegates kept their
No TPP placards up
throughout his speech. Anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or
homegrown demagogues,
will always fail in the end.
We dont look to be
ruled, Mr. Obama said, in
his most scathing attack on
Mr. Trump, naming him several times. Hes betting that
if he scares enough people,
he might score just enough
votes to win this election.
America isnt about yes, he
will. Its about yes, we can.
Don't boo, vote, Mr.
Obama said when the audience booed at the mention of
Mr. Trump. Democratic
strategists are concerned
that the youth and the black
voters may not be as enthusiastic as they were for Mr.
Obama, and the President
specifically addressed Bernie Sanderss supporters.
So if you agree that
theres too much inequality
in our economy and too
much money in our politics,
we all need to be as vocal and
as organised and as persistent as Bernie Sanders supporters have been during
this election. We all need to
get out and vote.

Court upholds
death sentence of
six JMB militants

Pro-Rajapaksa coalition
launches march to Colombo



DHAKA: A court in Bangladesh

on Thursday upheld the
death sentence of six Jamaatul-Mujahideen Bangladesh
(JMB) militants for the 2005
suicide bombing in Gazipur,
38 km from here, which
killed nine people and injured scores. The court also
commuted the death sentence of two militants and
acquitted two others.
The verdict comes at a
time when the outfit has reportedly regrouped and
launched several major attacks, including the attack on
Gulshan cafe earlier this
In 2005, the JMB detonated over 500 bombs in all 63
districts across the country
in a bid to push the country
towards Islamic rule.
That November, a suicide
bomber walked into the office of the Gazipur Bar Association on a busy weekday
and detonated a powerful
bomb strapped to his body.

COLOMBO: The Joint Opposi-

tion (JO), a coalition of political groups and parties supporting former President
Mahinda Rajapaksa, on
Thursday launched its fiveday March to Colombo near
Led by Mr. Rajapaksa,
members of the JO started
the march near Getambe
temple in Peradeniya on the
outskirts of the Kandy town.
On the inaugural day, they
covered about 23 km out of a
total of around 120 km. They
are expected to reach Colombo on August 1.
Sovereignty erosion
Vasudeva Nanayakkara,
chief of the Democratic Left
Front, a constituent of the JO,
told The Hindu that Mr. Rajpaksa, who took part in the
inauguration of the march,
would not walk through the
entire distance.
He would join the march at
diferent places briefly in the

ALL SMILES: U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton following
his speech at the partys National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday. PHOTO: AP

Media mogul Bloomberg tears into Trump

media mogul Michael
Bloomberg assailed fellow
billionaire Donald Trump
on Wednesday, calling his
U.S. presidential race a
con and ripping into his
history of bankruptcies
and lawsuits.
Trump says he wants
to run the nation like he's
running his business? God
help us, Mr. Bloomberg
told the Democratic
National Convention in
Philadelphia to roaring
applause. I am a New
Yorker and I know a con
when I see one.
Formerly a Republican
and now an independent,
Mr. Bloomberg was for the
most part greeted warmly

The objective of the

new Constitution is
to solve existing
problems, says
President Sirisena
next four days.
Explaining the reasons for
the protest, Mr. Nanayakkara
said the JO was against any
move to include in the proposed Constitution features
of the Geneva resolution,
adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council
last year, on issues of accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
He contended that the resolution was meant to erode
sovereignty of Sri Lanka by
proposing a judicial mechanism that would include foreign judges.
The delay in elections to
local bodies, higher taxes on
the common man and the
governments plan to permit
professionals by signing an

by the audience in the

Wells Fargo Center arena
where he threw his
support behind the
Democrats presidential
nominee, Hillary Clinton.
An odd choice
The owner of the
Bloomberg media empire
and a former New York
City mayor, Mr.
Bloomberg was an odd
choice for a speaker at the
Democratic conclave,
where many party
progressives have railed
against the influence of
billionaires in politics.
Let me thank all of you
for welcoming an outsider
here, to deliver what will
be an unconventional

convention speech, he
said when he took the
stage, eliciting cheers. I
am not here as a member
of any party. I am here for
one reason: to explain why
I believe it is imperative
that we elect Hillary
Clinton as the next
Mr. Bloomberg had
considered running for the
White House as an
independent this year but
dropped the idea in March,
saying it could increase
the chances Mr. Trump
would win.
Mr. Bloomberg has
known Mr. Trump
casually for years and
twice appeared on
Trump's reality TV show

The Apprentice.
But since Mr. Trump
entered the race for
president in June 2015, Mr.
Bloomberg has taken issue
with him, lashing out at his
policies and fiery rhetoric,
especially his call to ban
Muslims from entering the
country and his promise to
wall of the Mexican
border and deport millions
of undocumented
On Wednesday, he went
a step further and
favourably compared his
own business record to
that of Mr. Trumps. Ive
built a business, and I
didnt start it with a
million-dollar check from
my father. Reuters

Bashar al-Assad on Thursday ofered an amnesty to

armed rebels battling his
forces if they surrender, the
oicial SANA news agency
Everyone carrying arms...
and sought by justice... is excluded from full punishment
if they hand themselves in
and lay down their weapons, SANA said, quoting a
presidential decree on the
three-month amnesty ofer.
The reprieve also includes
any rebel who frees a hostage, according to the decree
text. The ofer comes as opposition neighbourhoods of
Aleppo city are efectively
surrounded by pro-government forces, sparking fears
for the more than 200,000
people trapped there.
President Assads ally Russia said Thursday it had
launched a large-scale operation with the Syrian government to open humanitarian corridors for civilians
and fighters fleeing the
northern city.
Defence Minister Sergei
Shoigu told Russian news
agencies that three humanitarian corridors were being
opened "to aid civilians held
hostage by terrorists and for

President Bashar al-Assad

fighters wishing to lay down
their arms" and one more
corridor to the north of the
city for rebels to flee with
their weapons. Mr. Assad has
issued several amnesties in
recent years, including one
in July 2015, for people who
defected from the army.
Renewed peace talks
Syrias UN envoy Stafan
de Mistura said this week he
hopes peace talks aimed at
ending more than five years
of brutal conflict could resume at the end of August.
More than 2,80,000 people
have been killed in Syria
since the war began in March
2011 with anti-government
protests that were met with a
brutal crackdown by the regime. AFP

Turkey shakes up military

ANKARA: Turkeys Premier met

top military commanders on

Thursday over one of the
most radical shake-ups in the
armed forces history after a
failed coup, which has already seen 149 generals dishonourably discharged.
The hastily convened
meeting of the Supreme Military Council (YAS) in Ankara will bring together Prime
Minister Binali Yildirim and
the land, sea and air force
commanders, along with
other top figures untarnished by the attempted
power grab.
The gathering comes a day
after the government dramatically stepped up its
post-coup crackdown, an-

nouncing mass military dismissals and closing down

dozens of media outlets.
Eighty-seven land army
generals, 30 air force generals, and 32 admirals were dishonourably discharged over
their complicity in the July 15
putsch bid, a Turkish oicial
said. In addition, 1,099 oicers and 436 junior oicers
have also received a dishonourable discharge.
Since the attempted coup,
authorities have launched a
relentless campaign to eradicate the influence of U.S.based preacher Fethullah
Gulen from Turkish institutions. Turkey blames Mr. Gulen for masterminding the
coup attempt. AFP

economic pact with India

were among the issues being
highlighted by the JO.
Country not in danger
On Wednesday, addressing a government function in
Kandy, President Maithripala Sirisena said not a single
clause that would divide the
country or endanger its sovereignty and territorial integrity would be included in
the new Constitution.
Clarifying that the objective behind the process of
drafting a new Constitution
was to solve the existing
problems the country is facing, and not to create fresh
ones, Mr. Sirisena reiterated
the governments commitment to formulating a new
Constitution that would not
only be suitable to the country but also fair to all communities.
He added that nothing
would be done to disturb the
special place accorded to
Buddhism under the existing

Olympic torch riot deepens Rio Games woes

RIO DE JANEIRO: A riot during
the Olympic torch relay on
Thursday cast a shadow over
the Rio Games starting in
just over a week, marking a
new low in a ritual that was
meant to unite Brazil.
The torch is nearing the
end of a 300-city relay that
will end with the lighting of
the Olympic flame in the Maracana stadium at the opening ceremony on August 5.
But while organisers portray the epic journey as a
chance to ignite public enthusiasm, repeated security
incidents have turned the
torch into a symbol of the organizational glitches and social discontent overshadowing South Americas first

Torch put out

In Angra dos Reis, a coastal resort south of Rio, crowds
angry over lack of public
transport and nearly bankrupt Rio states late payment
of salaries fought with police
at the torch parade late on

bike crashing into the parade, a man attempting to

seize the torch, and political
In June, a rare, captive jaguar the same animal chosen for Brazil's Olympic
mascot was shot dead after escaping handlers at a
torch ceremony.

FUELLING ANGER: An athlete relays the Olympic torch to another

on the streets of Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Wednesday. Video broadcast
on Globo television and
amateur footage shared on
social media showed a dense
crowd cheering while someone shouted the torch has
been put out!
The torch bearer, accompanied by police, is seen retreating to a bus, with the relay apparently halted. In
other scenes, police fire rub-

ber bullets and tear gas as the

crowd runs and gathers
again to confront oicers.
This came after repeated
attempts in other cities to
douse the torch with fire extinguishers or buckets of water.
Highlight reels of other
torch mishaps have gone viral online, including runners
falling over, a police motor-

Athletes arrive
There was better news for
Rio organisers in the arrival
overnight of Jamaicas Olympic sprint superstar Usain
Bolt, who hopes to defend
his multiple gold medals.
A more controversial set
of arrivals were expected later in the day, with some 70
Russian athletes due to fly in
at around 6:00 pm (2100
GMT), their team slashed by
bans in a scandal over statesponsored doping.
Rio organisers were also
still racing to complete
emergency repairs to the
athletes Village, where some
19,000 team members will
live. AFP


We are trying to extend it (e-visa) to

medical tourism and business tourists
Vinod Zutshi, Tourism Secretary




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28-07-2016 30,900
27-07-2016 30,650

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27-07-2016 67.14


Centre carefully monitoring

Jammu and Kashmir package
A matrix with a timeline for implementing the projects has been approved
NEW DELHI: The Centre has di-

rected 18 ministries overseeing various projects, which

are part of a Rs.80,000 crore
package for Jammu and
Kashmir (J&K), to set a timeline for implementing them.
The package was announced
by Prime Minister Narendra
Modi last November. At a review meeting with these
ministries and oicials from
the state government, the
Union Finance Secretary
Ashok Lavasa approved a
matrix for the timeline.
Detailed matrix
A detailed matrix has
been made and now it has
been decided that the J&K
Division in the Home Ministry will regularly monitor
these, Mr. Lavasa told The
Hindu in an exclusive interview. J&K Principal Secretary Planning Bharat Vyas at-

GOOD PROGRESS: There are about 18-20 projects in all at

different stages. FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
tended the meeting.
There has been a lot of
progress in some schemes
such as the approvals for the
setting up of an IIT and an
IIM and other such institutions, Mr. Lavasa said.
Teams have gone, identified the sites, now they are
waiting for the state government to ofer the land to
them That is one set of projects where identification of
site, conceptualisation, that

JNPT to add scanners

MUMBAI: The countrys largest
container port JNPT is investing Rs 150 crore to install
three mobile scanners,
which shall reduce the time
taken for operations.
At present, it has only two
scanners and containers take
up to two days to pass
through because of the long
queues, port oicials said on
We will be putting three
more container scanners in
the next six months at a cost
of Rs 150 crore to make the
operations smoother, its
chairman Anil Diggikar told
reporters here.
He said the initiative is be-

Exchange Rates
Indicative direct rates in rupees a unit
except yen at 4 p.m on July 28

U.S. Dollar
Pound Sterling
Jap Yen (100 Units)
Chinese Yuan
Swiss Franc
Singapore Dollar
Australian Dollar
Canadian Dollar
Swedish Kroner
Danish Kroner
New Zealand Dollar
Hongkong Dollar
Malaysian Ringgit
Kuwaiti Dinar
UAE Dirham
Bahraini Dinar
Qatari Riyal
Saudi Riyal
Omani Riyal

Buying Selling
74.06 74.42
87.96 88.39
63.78 64.09
10.04 10.09
67.94 68.27
49.46 49.70
50.25 50.50
50.74 50.98
9.95 10.00
16.49 16.58
220.21 222.74
18.20 18.29
177.12 178.20
173.60 174.52

Source: Indian Bank

Bullion Rates
July 28 rates in rupees with
previous rates in brackets

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



47,750 (46,200)
30,900 (30,650)
24,100 (23,800)

ing undertaken as part of the

ease of doing business initiatives at the port so that it
becomes more competitive
and is compared with the
best in the world.
The two operational scanners are located at Dronagiri
and the state-run JNPCT terminal at present. With the
new scanners, each of the
three terminals will have a
scanner of its own, he said.
Diggikar said at present,
the World Bank ranks JNPT
at 130 among global ports on
ease of using the facility and
it is targeting to break into
the top-50 with initiatives
like these. PTI

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is the stage where it is the

ministries and centre now
have to take the next step, for
example all the IIT, IIMonce the land issue is
sorted out then they will prepare a detailed project report, go through the clearances processes in the
government, he said.
Pending clearances
Some forest clearances issues are pending, which the

state government will have

to deal with, Mr. Lavasa said.
Construction work is going on in about 18 diferent
roads projects, some of being
executed by the Border
Roads Organisation (BRO),
others by the National Highways Authority of India
(NHAI) or the Ministry of
Road Transport, he said.
There are about 18-20 projects in allat diferent
It was also decided at the
meeting that the state governments will either submit
utilisation certificates or
make specific proposals providing elaborate information
to the administrative ministries, including the Food
Processing Ministry, Agriculture Ministry, so that projects can be finalised.
Mr. Lavasa said that the
Centre has already released
about Rs.2,000 crore for
flood relief.

Fed opens door to

more tightening

he Federal Reserve left

interest rates unchanged
on Wednesday but said nearterm risks to the U.S. economic outlook had diminished, opening the door to a
resumption of monetary policy tightening this year.
The U.S. central bank said
the economy had expanded
at a moderate rate and job
gains were strong in June. It
added that household spending also had been growing
strongly, and pointed to an
increase in labour utilisation.
While Fed policymakers
said they continued to closely monitor inflation data and
global economic and financial developments, they indicated less worry about possible shocks that could push
the economy of course.
Near-term risks to the economic outlook have diminished, the Fed's policy-setting committee said in its
The Fed noted, however,
that inflation expectations
were on balance little
changed in recent months,
and gave no firm indication
of whether it would raise
rates at its next policy meeting in September. Reuters

Retail investors can trade Govt.

bonds on NDS starting Aug. 16
MUMBAI: Retail investors can

access the government securities (G-sec) market, being

used currently by the large
institutional players, in a
seamless manner from August 16, the Reserve Bank of
India said.
The secondary market in
G-secs predominantly comprises of banks, primary
dealers, insurance companies, mutual funds, financial
institutions and other institutional investors.
Most of these entities

The secondary market

in G-secs mainly
comprises banks,
primary dealers,
insurers and MFs
maintain their holdings in Gsecs in their Subsidiary General Ledger (SGL) with the
Public Debt Oice of the
central bank.
RBI aims to facilitate eicient access to the retail individual investor to the same

G-sec market being used by

the large institutional investor in a seamless manner.
It has been decided to allow Demat Account Holders
of NSDL and CDSL to put
through trades in Government Securities on the NDSOM platform through their
respective Depository Participant (DP) bank which is
an SGL account holder and a
direct member of NDS
OM and CCIL, the central
bank said in a notification on
its website. PTI


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Centre plans to ease pains

of e-pharmacy business
NEW DELHI: The Centre will
consider next week a proposal for drawing up separate guidelines for the sale of
medicines online to help establish a legal framework for
e-pharmacy businesses.
The matter was taken up at
the Centres first interaction
with start-up founders on
Thursday, Commerce and
Industry Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman said. She said epharmacy-related issues will
also be discussed in the

Amend law
At a recent event, K. B. Aggarwal, Additional Secretary
(Food and Drugs), Ministry
of Health and Family Welfare, had said: With the advent of e-pharmacy, there is a
need to amend the Drugs and
Cosmetics Act, 1940, as it
does not diferentiate between oline and online
Dhaval Shah, founder of
the online pharma start-up
PharmEasy a platform con-

Centre considers
curbs on sugar
sales at mills
NEW DELHI: The government is

mulling imposing stock limit

for sugar millers and restricting domestic sales by fixing
quota on each mill to tame
the sweeteners retail prices,
which are currently ruling as
high as Rs.43 per kg.
The sugar price was discussed at a conference. Prices are rising because of tight
supply situation created
mostly by holding of stocks
by millers, a senior Food
Ministry oicial told PTI on

necting people to their local

pharmacy or registered vendor for the services they opt
for said that e-pharmacy
businesses want the government to soon bring out separate guidelines to ensure
ease of doing business for the
sector. Mr. Shah, who attended the Thursdays meeting,
said though some oline
pharmacies might consider
orders without prescriptions, PharmEasy ensures
that pharmacies in its network reject orders without
prescriptions, and that its entire operation is done only on
the basis of a valid prescription.

We want to improve the

The meeting with start-up
founders was convened by
the Department of Industrial
(DIPP) the nodal government body on the start-up
initiative. However, only 28
start-ups, including majors
such as Practo and Mapmygenome, participated. They
raised issues related to taxation, complex compliance
requirements and other diiculties in doing business in
India. An oicial statement
on the participants showed
that leading start-ups such as
Paytm was represented in
the two-hour-long meeting
not by their founders, but only senior executives.
Poor participation
Ms. Sitharaman said the
government was keen to
know their (founders) views
on the start-up activity, their
expectation from the government and the diiculties
they are facing with respect
to various other ministries.

India mulling import of

pulses from Africa

ndia is looking to import

pulses from Myanmar and
African nations to counter a
domestic shortfall of 7.6 million tonnes that has driven
local prices of key pulses like
chickpea to a record high,
Food Minister Ram Vilas
Paswan said.
More purchases by India,
the world's top consumer of
pulses, could help the country rein in its headline inflation, which hit a near twoyear high in June on doubledigit annual increases in
prices of sugar, vegetables

and pulses. The challenge

of demand-supply gap of
about 7.6 million tonnes (in
pulses) is being addressed
via public and private imports, Paswan tweeted. India had said it would help
Mozambique cultivate pulses and then import them
through government-to-government deals.
India consumes nearly 22
million tonnes of pulses annually, but relies heavily on
imports to meet demand as
output has been hit by uncertain monsoons. Reuters

GTIL starts continuous

gate-in service for exports
MUMBAI: Gateway Terminals

India Ltd (GTIL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

(JNPT), as part of its ease of
doing business has introduced continuous gate-in
service for exports resulting
in a cost benefit of Rs.2,000
per container.
With this, GTIL has become Indias first terminal to
ofer such a facility. It means
that exporters can deliver
containers instantly at the
terminal for the next shipping cycle, even when there
is an existing vessel docked
at the terminal for the current cycle.
Weekly cycle
Generally, terminals close
their gate-in services for the
next shipping cycle for about
24-36 hours when a ship is
docked and till the loading
and unloading process is
completed for that vessel.
Shipping cycles are weekly. So terminals allow con-


tainer cargo for the current
shipping cycle to be delivered at a particular cut-of
time. Once the unloading
and loading process is completed for the docked vessel
and only upon sailing of the
vessel, the gate-in facility the
next vessel cycle opens.
But GTIL has changed
that. Now a truck loaded
with a container need not
have to wait either on the
road side or at the bufer

parking lot for the shipping

cycle. It can come directly
and drop the box and go. The
gate is open 24 hours and free
of cost. We are the first in India to introduce this facility,
Ravi Gaitonde, COO said.
In the last three months
post the pilot, we have received
through this service and this
has resulted in a cost saving
of approximately Rs.2,000
per container, he added.

Strategic oil reserves unlikely to stir market


ndia's initial plan to buildup its strategic petroleum

reserves (SPR) is not shaping out to be the dramatic
event that some in the market had hoped could help
reignite global oil demand.
While New Delhi has not
shown its full hand in revealing its intentions, the first reports that SPRs might provide 90 days of net import
coverage had stoked industry hopes of an important
new pillar of oil demand.
Indications now, however,
are it's possible the entire
initial SPR build-up in the
world's third-biggest oil consumer could be handled by
just a handful of Very Large
Crude Carrier (VLCC)

Demand outlook
Indeed, India's initial SPR
plan pales in comparison to a
programme that is ten-fold
bigger in China and is a further sign that Asia's demand
outlook may not be as strong

requirements equates to
220,000 barrels a day (bpd)
of tanker demand, says a report by Braemar ACM
This amount could theoretically be covered by two
or three VLCCs if all came
from the Middle East, said
Lars Spangberg, a tanker
broker at Switzerland's Ifchor Tankers.

THE VISION: India initially plans to build up reserves of 5 million

tonnes (almost 40 million barrels) FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
as expected.
I don't see the Indian SPR
having much movement on
crude prices, mainly being
that there is so much crude
available, said Matt Stanley
of brokerage Freight Investor
Services (FIS) in Dubai.
India initially plans to
build up oil reserves of 5 million tonnes (almost 40 million barrels) at three locations - Visakhapatnam,
Padur and Mangalore equivalent to almost 10 days

of its average daily imports

of 4 million bpd.
About 1 million tonnes of
crude has been filled at the
Visakhapatnam site, according to Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited, a
special purpose company
managing construction of
the reserve facilities.
Construction and commissioning at the other two
sites is in the process of being completed. Building up
India's initial crude storage

Existing supplies
There are also doubts
about whether India's SPR
purchases will be met by existing supplies. Instead, they
might come from new production and would not tighten the global oil market.
The new storage facilities could stimulate an increase in crude oil production from countries like Iran
which are ready to add new
oil to an already over supplied market, said Luigi
Bruzzone of shipping brokerage Banchero Costa
(Bancosta). Reuters


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Kesoram to infuse Rs.600 cr in cement, tyres
KOLKATA: B.K. Birla group company Kesoram Industries on Thursday said

it will infuse Rs.600 crore for acquiring mining land around its cement
plant and in its tyre business in the current fiscal. We are planning to
invest Rs.600 crore in 2016-17. The investment will be towards cement
and tyre business, Kesoram director and CFO Tridib Kr Das said after
the AGM here on Thursday. The meeting was chaired by executive
Vice-Chairperson Manjushree Khaitan as Chairman B.K. Birla could not
attend due to health reasons. Mr.Das said Rs. 350 crore would be
invested in tyre business out of which Rs.300 crore would be for car
radial tyre facility. PTI

Kirloskar Ferrous to buy pig iron plant of VSL Steels

NEW DELHI: Kirloskar Ferrous Industries on Thursday said it will acquire

VSL Steels pig iron plant for Rs.155 crore. Board at its meeting on July
28, has granted in-principle approval for acquisition of movable and
immovable assets relating to pig iron plant of VSL Steels Ltd for a cash
consideration of Rs 155 crore, Kirloskar Ferrous Industries said in a
regulatory filing. The amount will be payable in instalments and will be
subject to certain commercial conditions, necessary governmental or
regulatory approvals and the approval of the Board and shareholders of
VSL Steels Ltd, it added. Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Ltd (KFIL), part of
the Kirloskar Group, is in the business of pig iron,castings. PTI

TNPL turnover rises 17% in first quarter

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd., has reported turnover
of Rs.744.84 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 against
Rs.639.02 crore for the corresponding quarter of year-ago period,
marking an increase of 17 per cent.During the period under review, profit
before tax stood at Rs.77.69 crore against Rs.66.38 crore. Profit after tax
at Rs.69.51 crore saw a 33 per cent growth over the corresponding
period last year at Rs.52.25 crore. Printing and writing paper production
during the quarter was 95,956 MT and sales 1,16,003 MT. The
production of paperboards is being stepped up as the company sees
good demand for the product, it said. Special Correspondent

ADB raises Rs.500 cr in rupee-linked bonds

NEW DELHI: Multilateral funding agency Asian Development Bank (ADB)

has raised Rs.5 billion, or around Rs.500 crore, by issuing five-year

offshore Indian rupee-linked bonds. The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
has raised Rs.5 billion (about USD 74 million) from its issuance of 5-year
offshore Indian rupee (INR) linked bonds, it said in a release on
Thursday. This was, ADB said, its third bond issue in the offshore rupeelinked market, and the second such issue this year. The strength of the
Indian economy has led to increasing demand from international
investors for Indian rupee-linked bonds, said ADB Treasurer Pierre van
Peteghem. PTI

It is adapting
better than
Twitter to the
shift to mobile

acebook Inc provided

more evidence that it
can turn eyeballs into
profit as the maker of
the world's most popular app
and social website trounced
Wall Street's estimates,
sending its shares to an alltime high.
The leading social media
company's mobile app and
push into video attracted
new advertisers and encouraged existing ones to spend
more. It now has more than
1.7 billion monthly users,
well ahead of any rivals.
Its shares were up 5.4 per
cent in after-hours trading at
$130.01, after hitting their
highest since the company
went public in 2012.

Mobility shift
Facebook has shown that
you can be a giant and you
can be innovative, said analyst Patrick Moorhead of
Moor Insights & Strategy.
What is working very well is

WINNING EYEBALLS: Total advertising revenue surged 63 per cent

to $6.24 billion, beating analyst estimates. FILE PHOTO: AFP
their very quick shift from
desktop to mobility. This was
their biggest issue when they
went public.
Facebook is adapting better to the shift towards mobile and video than social
media rival Twitter Inc,
which reported its slowest
quarterly revenue growth in
three years on Wednesday.
Mobile advertising revenue accounted for 84 per
cent of the company's total
advertising revenue, compared with 76 per cent a year

Lava to make mobile

phones in India by 2018

Total advertising revenue

surged 63 per cent to $6.24
billion, beating the average
analyst estimate of $5.80 billion, according to market research
Strong growth
The company also saw
strong growth in monthly active users, now boasting 1.71
billion as of June 30, up from
1.49 billion a year earlier.
Time spent on its suite of
apps, including the main
Facebook app, Instagram and

Oracle to buy
NetSuite in
$9.3 billion deal

Development Board (NDDB), has resigned. The Appointments

Committee of Cabinet has accepted the resignation of Kumar with effect
from August 1, 2016, an order issued today by Department of Personnel
and Training (DoPT) said, without citing any reason. The senior most
whole-time director of the board has been given additional charge of the
post of NDDB until the appointment of a regular incumbent, it said. Mr.
Kumar, a former IAS officer, has been working as NDDB chief since
March 3, 2014. He is the third chairman of the board based in Anand,
Gujarat, after V. Kurien and Amrita Patel. PTI

Service tax dept to re-auction

Mallya jet on August 18
MUMBAI: Having failed to get

a good valuation in the first

attempt to auction the luxury jet of embattled businessman Vijay Mallya last
month, the service tax department will re-auction it
on August 18, possibly at a
lower reserve price. The
earlier attempt at its auction had received a bid of Rs
1.09 crore as against the
then reserve price of Rs 152
The result of the e-auction, which will be conducted by the departments auc-

CHENNAI: Lava International

NEW DELHI: T. Nanda Kumar, Chairman of Gujarat-based National Dairy

tioneer MSTC, will be out

on the same day evening, a
service tax department oicial told PTI on Thursday.
The joint pricing committee, which comprises five
members, including one additional commissioner of
the department and oicials from the Directorate
General of Central Excise
Intelligence, is yet to take a
decision on lowering the reserve price. The committee
has to decide the reserve
price at least two days before auction. PTI


Facebook beats Wall Street

estimates with ad sales growth


NDDB chief resigns


Ltd., will start making mobile

phones in India after having
the component ecosystem in
place, said a top oicial.
Recently, we announced
the setting up of mobile
phone India design centre by
We have hired professionals, who are being sent to
China for training. Post
training, they will come back
to set up the entire design
ecosystem in India.
As and when other component manufacturers set up
component units in India,
and then we will start making mobile phones here,
said Lava International Vice
President and Head Marketing & Communication,
Solomon Wheeler.
SKD Kits
Currently, Lava mobile
phones are entirely assembled in Noida with the help
of semi-knocked down kits.
Chips are designed and fabricated in China along with
other components.
The secondary unit at Noida will also continue to as-

semble mobile phones, said

Mr. Wheeler.
The second assembly unit
will become operational by
the year-end and it will meet
the countrys entire demand.
The production capacity of
these units will increase
from 10 million units to 25
lakh per month, he said.
New units
Asked about the progress
of new units at Yamuna Expressway and Tirupati, he
said they have earmarked an
investment of Rs.2,615 crore.
This will increase production capacity to 21.60 crore
units per annum in the next
five to eight years.
Both these facilities would
become operational by the
year 2018.

racle Corp said it would

buy NetSuite Inc in a
deal valued at about $9.3 billion to expand into the fastgrowing cloud market.
Like rivals SAP SE and Microsoft Corp, Oracle has focused on moving its business
to the cloud-based model, essentially providing services
remotely via data centers
rather than selling installed
NetSuite, founded in 1998,
pioneered the cloud computing revolution, by creating
the first company dedicated
to providing business applications over the internet.
Oracle has also acquired
companies such as Textura
and Opower to increase its
competitiveness in the cloud
The company expects the
deal to immediately add to
its adjusted earnings in the
first full financial year after

Messenger, increased double digit percentages, Chief

Executive Mark Zuckerberg
said on a conference call
with analysts.
David Wehner, Facebook's
chief financial oicer, pointed to Asia-Pacific, especially
India, as one of the most
promising areas for continued user growth.
The region has been a
consistently good performer
for us over the last several
quarters and we will continue to invest our global sales
resources to drive opportunities there, Wehner said in
an interview with Reuters.
Mobile video
Facebook is one of the biggest beneficiaries as advertisers move money away
from television to the Internet and mobile platforms.
The company has been beefing up its presence in the mobile video market, where
Snapchat and YouTube pose
strong competition.
The company is also
courting advertisers to experiment with Facebook
Live which is its recently
launched live video feature.

Cognizant acquires
Idea Couture
services major Cognizant
announced the
acquisition of Torontobased digital innovation
and design company,
Idea Couture.
This acquisition will
help the New Jerseyheadquartered Cognizant
in its digital business and
also enable its client to
succeed in the digital
economy, according to a
company statement.
Cognizant which
employs its significant
workforce in India, said
that the rapid rise of a
new generation of digital
technologies, including
artificial intelligence,
mobility, business
analytics, cloud services,
and the Internet of
Things, is disrupting
every industry.

Helping clients
The Idea Couture
teams capabilities
accelerate our ability to
help clients transform
their customer
experiences, core
business processes,
partner relationships,
and supporting systems,

said Gajen Kandiah,

Executive Vice
President, Cognizant
Digital Works.
Idea Couture, which
counts Samsung,
PepsiCo, Cox, Citi
Ventures and Kroger
among others as its
clients has oices in the
U.S., Europe, and Latin
America. The company
also employs more than
170 social scientists,
anthropologists, user
experience experts,
designers, and connected
product developers
serving leading
companies across
multiple industries.
Impactful solutions
Building on our
recently announced
partnership with ReD
Associates, this
acquisition further
advances our strategy to
bring together worldclass capabilities in
behavioural insight,
strategy, design, and
technology to deliver
innovative and impactful
solutions for our clients
in banking, insurance, life
sciences, and other key
industries, he said.

Short route to Green Card

MUMBAI: For the rich who
want to be American citizens, here is the quickest way
to have a Green Card.
What one needs to do is to
invest $500,000 to $1 million,
depending on the U.S. government rules, in an employment-generating Regional
Centre Program or have a direct investment to get a permanent residence Visa within 15 months under the EB-5
This is as compared to 7 to
10 years taken in employment-based and 15 to 20
years in family-based Green

Investor Visa
About 200 projects in the
U.S. including 10 by people of
Indian origin are ofering investment opportunities to
foreign investors across the
This will enable them bag
U.S. Green Cards under the
United States Citizenship
and Immigration Services

PROMISED LAND: One has to to invest $5 lakh to $10 lakh

depending on U.S. Government rules for the visa. FILE PHOTO
(USCIS) EB-5 Investor Visa
Foreign investors
As per U.S. law, foreign investors who create at least 10
qualifying jobs with a minimum investment of $500,000
in a Targeted Employment
Area can receive U.S. Green
Cards for themselves, their
spouses and all unmarried
children under the age of 21.
This amount is expected to
go up to $1 million after September this year.

Regional Centre investment is the preferred investment route for EB-5 and 98.4
per cent of all EB-5 investment is through Regional
Centres, said Sachin Chandavarkar,
New Initiatives, Essel Group.
As Regional Centre investment is a passive investment,
the investor is free to live
anywhere, start a business
and take up a job. Essel
Group is setting up Lifestyle
a Wellness Centre on 1,310
acres of land.

Jet Airways ofers

special fares with
30% discount
MUMBAI: Jet Airways has an-

nounced special fares ofering upto 30 per cent discounts on base fares on its
domestic and international
The promotional fares will
be applicable on tickets
booked till July 29, 2016 and
for travel starting August 15,
2016 onwards,the airline said.



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I accept the man is a genius and the most

recognisable sportsperson on the planet.
Many sports would really like to be discussing
a Usain Bolt in their ranks: they dont and
they cant. IAAF president Sebastian Coe

Winning the Olympic gold would add

more to my career and would be a

bigger achievement than wining a

Major. Three-time Major winner
Padraig Harrington

It is an obsession and an ambitious objective. It will

be more difficult than the Worlds because there is
more pressure. I am desperate for it to come and,
above all, enjoy the Games. Carolina Marin,
the worlds No. 1 in womens badminton

Controversy wrestles attention away from grapplers

Overshadows the fact that this is Indias biggest wrestling squad in the Games

he Narsingh Yadav-Sushil
Kumar tussle will go
down as one of the shameful
incidents prior to an Indian
contingents departure to an
Olympic Games.
It started with Narsingh
qualifying for Rio by claiming
a bronze medal in the World
championship last year and
two-time Olympic medallist
Sushil, who was out of action
for almost two years, demanding a trial between him and
Narsingh for the 74kg freestyle slot in the Olympics.
The Wrestling Federation
of India (WFI) sticking to the
tradition of sending quota
place winners to the Olympics
and Sushil moving the Delhi
High Court and losing the legal battle contributed in the
making of a monstrous
It reached a climax with
Narsingh returning positive
results for a banned steroid
and crying foul. His roommate
and an injured Sandeep Yadav
testing positive for the same
substance and the WFI believing in the conspiracy theory
made the issue murkier.
The development made
Narsingh, who was provisionally suspended, ineligible for
the Olympics and turned out
to be a huge setback for Indias

medal chances.
The detestable story not only distracted the remaining
Olympic-bound wrestlers but
also overshadowed the preparations of other Indian athletes
to some extent.

Instead of celebrating the

entry of the biggest Indian
wrestling squad, consisting of
eight wrestlers in all three
styles, in the Olympics, the
country had to bear with a never-ending tale of acrimony.
However, the Indian wrestlers will try to beat the chaos
and give their best in Rio.
Narsinghs replacement Parveen Rana might be a talented
wrestler who has won medals
in the World junior championship and Asian championship,
but he does not inspire confidence on the biggest sporting

stage featuring some of the finest wrestlers, including those

from the USA, Russia and Iran.
The best bet
London Olympics bronze
medallist Yogeshwar Dutt
(65kg freestyle) remains the
best bet. Enormously experienced, Yogeshwar has recovered from a left knee injury to
reach the prime of his fitness
and is eyeing a gold medal. He
may have to face several formidable opponents, including
those from Italy, Uzbekistan
and Russia, in his mission.
Sandeep Tomar (57kg freestyle) is another promising lad.
He shot to prominence by winning this years Asian title. The
three-time National champion
is expected to give a good
show even as fellow competitors from Mongolia, the USA,
Iran and Azerbaijan pose serious threats.
Among the women, cousins
Vinesh Phogat (48kg) and
Babita Kumari (53kg) command respect. Vinesh has
made her mark in a short period, winning the Commonwealth Games gold apart from
bronze and silver medals in
the Asian Games and Asian
championship respectively.
Known for her mental
toughness and fine wrestling
skills, she has to be a medal
prospect for India.

The experienced Babita, a

former Worlds bronze medallist and a Commonwealth
Games champion, has been
performing consistently and is
also capable of landing a medal. The 26-year-old was lucky
to book a quota place after one
of the wrestlers was disqualified due to doping violation.
Sakshi Malik, a promising
wrestler since her junior days,
has proved her worth by securing success in elite events.
Her Commonwealth Games
silver and Asian championship bronze will stand her in
good stead in 58kg.
Apart from top countries
such as Japan and Canada and
Mongolia, the emergence of
other nations in womens
wrestling will test the Indians
The qualification of Commonwealth
medallist Ravinder Singh Khatri (85kg), who got a quota
place the way Babita did, and
Asian silver medallist Hardeep (98kg) is a welcome deviation for a weak India in
Greco Roman. The presence
of elite European wrestlers
may make the journey tougher
for them.
For all the headlines garnered ahead of the Games, the
performance of Indias wrestlers will be a subject of interest in this Olympics.

IMPROVED SHOWING: Babita, a former Worlds bronze medallist and a Commonwealth Games champion, has been performing
consistently and is capable of landing a medal. FILE PHOTO

We trained together and Narsingh saga continues, decision deferred Nice to see the
stayed like brothers
I am continuing
Indians among the

NEW DELHI: Wrestler Narsingh


he controversy surrounding Narsingh Yadav and

Sushil Kumar is not good for
the country. Such incidents
bring a bad name and afect
other wrestlers. It will leave a
bad impact on the sport.
A top level inquiry should
be conducted into the whole
episode so that the truth
comes out.
The man who tests positive
is always held guilty but suppose he is innocent then the
one who has mixed banned
substance in his food will go
scot-free. If it is not handled
properly, this may happen
again. The people who have
done this should be punished.
After all, it is the matter of
someones career.
Narsinghs case should be
handled sympathetically by
the hearing panels.
Four years is a long time and
everything changes during
such a long period.
In our time, there was no
system, no support. Army
used to have its system. Later,
camps were set up.
However, in our time there
was no fear that someone
would mix something in your
food. We used to train together and stay like brothers.

Weve come a long way

As a wrestling country, we
have come a long way. Earlier,
qualifying for the Olympics
used to be an achievement, only a few used to qualify.
Last time five wrestlers
were there and now we have
the biggest ever wrestling
squad comprising eight wrestlers. Now everyone, including the Wrestling Federation
of India, should work harder to
help our wrestlers get into the
medal bracket on a regular
In the Olympics, a lot depends on the draws. We
should do well and win some
medals in Rio.
Yogeshwar Dutt is an expe-

Kartar Singh.
rienced wrestler and should
be in the run for a gold medal.
Other wrestlers are also good,
they can also get medals. Good
that three girls have also
Overall, wrestlings popularity has increased manifold. When we conducted the
Asian championship prior to
the Commonwealth Games in
Delhi, the world wrestling
people said your standard has
improved a lot.
Soon after, Sushil Kumar became the world champion.
Our WFI top brass is taking a
lot of interest, money has
started to flow in, the Pro
Wrestling League has started
and people are following
wrestling keenly.
The Central Government is
doing well in supporting the
sport. The States which are
dormant should take steps to
promote wrestling so that we
produce more world class
wrestlers and emerge as a
power in wrestling.
(As told to Y.B. Sarangi)

In our time,
there was no
system, no support.
Army used to have
its system. Later,
camps were set up.

Yadavs wait to know his fate

vis-a-vis his hopes of going to
the Olympics got longer on
Thursday with the NADA Disciplinary Panel withholding its
decision till Saturday or even
Even though the wrestler
himself continued to express
confidence about his chances
of participating at Rio, those
hopes are diminishing with
each passing day. Thursday
saw another marathon session
of the hearing, lasting more
than three hours, with the NADA lawyers arguing against
any leniency and seeking a
four-year ban on Narsingh.
With supporters raising slogans in Narsinghs favour all
through the time the hearing
was on and even clashing with
the assembled media-persons
when it was finally over, the
NADA oice witnessed a
stampede in pouring rain before both parties were allowed
to speak. When they finally
did, however, there was little
to indicate which way the decision might go.
The argument advanced by
NADA is that he is not eligible
for the remission which he has

my practice
and I am hopeful.
Narsingh Yadav

been asking because he has to

establish there is no fault or
negligence on his part and he
has not been able to establish
that, NADA lawyer Gaurang
Kanth said, adding that they
had sought the minimum ban,
which is four years under WADA rules.
Narsingh himself refused to
say anything except reiterate
that he was a victim of conspiracy and had placed his innocence in front of the panel.
I have never doped in my
long career. I am hopeful that
everything will be all right. We
have to wait for the decision.
But I am continuing my practice with full concentration
and I am hopeful that I can go
to Rio, was all he said before
being whisked away by his
battery of lawyers.
Some reprieve
There was some reprieve
for Narsingh, however, with
the NADA Panel considering
both his positive tests from

samples taken on June 25 and

July 5 in continuation and as
one ofence, which would
make this his first ofence and
allow him to escape a life ban.
However, there was little
else to cheer about for the 26year old.
It is expected of a top athlete of Narsinghs repute to be
careful with what he takes.
Their argument was that they
are eligible for remission under Article 10.4 of WADA
rules. But they have to show
they are under no fault as far as
contamination of substance is
concerned and have to establish that all this happened
without his knowledge and
prove how the substance entered his body. NADA is holding that he has not been able to
establish that, Gaurang Kanth
Sources said the NADA lawyers questioned the conspiracy theory angle, saying there
was no shred of evidence to
support it.
NADA said that even if the
June 5 case of alleged sabotage
of food, which was placed before the Panel, was considered, it in no way supported
the allegations of spiking
Narsinghs drink or food in the
next two tests, they said.

The entire timeline of the

case makes it even more diicult to prove things either
way. Since Narsingh returned
form Bulgaria only on June 22,
it left only three days for anyone to spike his diet, as
claimed. On the other hand, if
he had doped in Bulgaria as is
being claimed by some of his
detractors, then the matter of
his roommate Sandeep Yadav,
who did not go abroad, also
testing positive becomes a
sore point.
According to Article 2.1.1 of
NADAs rules, It is each Athletes personal duty to ensure
that no Prohibited Substance
enters his or her body. Athletes are responsible for any
Prohibited Substance or its
Metabolites or Markers found
to be present in their Samples.
Accordingly, it is not necessary that intent, Fault, negligence or knowing Use on the
Athletes part be demonstrated in order to establish an antidoping rule violation. This
makes it more diicult for
Narsingh to get away lightly.
Mustafa Gouse, JSW representative, said the defence had
countered NADAs concerns
and that it was confident of its
case and is hopeful of a favourable verdict.

early arrivals: Bach

RIO DE JANEIRO: The president of

the International Olympic

Committee (IOC), Thomas
Bach, had words of encouragement for the Indian contingent
during a breakfast meeting at
the Games Village on
The chef-de-mission, Rakesh Gupta, said in a statement
that the IOC president met
some oicials and athletes.
How is the Indian team
shaping up? I am expecting
some good performances. It is
nice to see the Indian athletes
among the early arrivals. I
wish them all the best for the
Games, Bach said.
The IOC president had earlier addressed a meeting of the
chef-de-missions from all over
the world, and was a given a
report on the preparations.
The Village, meanwhile, is getting the finishing touches.
Gupta said he was happy
that vegetarian food was available at the Village, adding that
more was expected to be included in the menu over the
next few days. Shooters Jitu

housed next to hosts Brazil

in the Olympic Village
Rai, Prakash Nanjappa, Gurpreet Singh, Kynan Chenai,
Manavjit Sandhu, Apurvi
Chandela, Ayonika Paul, walkers Khushbir Kaur, Sapna Punia, Sandeep Kumar, Manish
Rawat, shot putter Manpreet
Kaur, and boxers Shiva Thapa
and Manoj Kumar have all reached Rio, along with many
coaches and doctors.
The chef-de-mission said
many of them were training or
competing. Athletes whose
competitions start later will be
arriving in the first week of
The Indian contingent is
housed next to the host in the
Village, set against the backdrop of a mountain.
The common facilities are
excellent with a swimming
pool right next to our building.
The Olympic Plaza and gym
are quite close, said Gupta.
Sports Bureau

Yogeshwar Dutt confident of going out on a high


n the middle of the bitter

wrangling in Indian wrestling and the washing of dirty
linen in full public glare by
both the Wrestling Federation
of India (WFI) and some of the
biggest names in the sport, one
man who has been going about
his job with the concentration
and dedication of a hermit is
Yogeshwar Dutt.
bronze medallist is aiming to
turn the colour of his medal into gold this time around and
has already indicated that this
will be the last of his four

Olympic outings. I wish to go

out on a high and I know it is
possible, Yogeshwar says.
The wrestlers are already in
Georgia for a final stop before
proceeding to Rio and Yogeshwar is the lone wrestler in
the eight-member Indian contingent with prior experience
of the big Games.
There is pressure of expectation, pressure of experience,
pressure of being the seniormost, admits the 33-year old.
He also agrees that it will be
his toughest outing. Everyone
has seen every opponents videos. There are no more surprises anymore. This was true

before as well, but with every

international tournament you
participate in, there is a little
extra that the opponents get to
know about you.
Since I have been on the
circuit the longest, they know
me the best. From experience I
can say that there are no easy
bouts in Olympics, reputation
doesnt matter there, he adds.
At the same time, the wily
65kg wrestler has been working during training on developing new techniques, naye
daanv as he calls it, to stay
ahead of the pack.
I have had a lot of success
with my earlier techniques,

but I have been working on

new ones as well. The old ones
are not defunct, but you can
expect something new as well,
depending on the situation,
he says with a twinkle.
Having battled most of 2015
with injuries and undergoing
surgery on his knee, Yogeshwar knows time is running out
for him. He insists he is 100 per
cent fit at the moment, but admits that he is taking precaution to avoid any recurrence.
A triumph will seal his name
in the history books for eternity. Regardless of the colour,
any medal should be enough to
ensure that spot.

GRAPPLER GUNS FOR GOLD: London Games bronze medallist

Yogeshwar Dutt has been developing new techniques to stay
ahead of the pack as he aims to go two better at Rio. FILE PHOTO

Siberias Man of Iron


or those familiar with Russian literature, Siberia

mostly invokes images of punishment, sufering and bitter
winters. One of the worlds
least inhabited places also
gave birth to one of the greatest Olympians. Boris Shakhlin
won 13 medals from three
Olympics, more than half of
them in 1960. It remains one of
the most astonishing performances by an athlete in Olympic
history. He took four gold
all of them in individual events
as well as two silver and a
bronze at Rome.
Only Michael Phelps has
won more medals from one
Olympics. Shakhlin held the
record for being the male athlete with the highest number
of medals till fellow-Soviet
gymnast Nikolai Andrianov


Wrestling , one of the

to meet his funeral expenses.

But inside the arena, nothing mattered to Shakhlin. He
had steely determination to
match his strong frame. It was
with a bleeding hand that he
won the bronze in horizontal
bar at Rome.
Little wonder they called
him the Man of Iron.



The Indian contingent is

Boris Shakhlin.

overtook him in Moscow in

1980. Shakhlins last Olympics
was in Tokyo, where he
clinched four medals. A couple of years later, he had to retire at 35 after sufering a heart
attack. That wasnt the first
setback in his life. He had lost
his parents when he was 12.
When his brother died, he had
to sell some Olympic medals

Boris Shakhlin
Country: Soviet Union
Sport: Gymnastics
Medals: 13
Melbourne (1956): Gold:

Pommel Horse, Team.

Rome (1960): Gold: Individual
All-around, Vault, Pommel
Horse, Parallel Bars. Silver:
Rings, Team. Bronze:
Horizontal Bar.
Tokyo (1964): Gold:
Horizontal Bar. Silver:

Individual All-around, Team.

Bronze: Rings.

worlds ancient sports, was

quite popular with the spectators of the Greece Games.
Competitions are held in two
disciplines: Greco-Roman and
In Greco-Roman , wrestlers use only the arms and upper body. This style is preferred among several Nordic
countries, and its first medal
The biggest diference between Greco-Roman and
freestyle wrestling is that
in the latter, legs can be used to
take the opponents down or
move them. Elbowing, knee
blows, finger in the eye, and
pulling the hair are all
If they win at Rio, Japans
Saori Yoshida and Kaori
Icho will become the first to
clinch gold in four Olympics.

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in the van

Kusal Mendis ton gives Lanka the edge

Wagner rocks

BENGALURU: Amandeep Drall

CRICKET / The hosts have a 196-run lead and four wickets in hand in a low-scoring match

BULAWAYO: Left-arm seamer

shot a five-under 67 second

round to jump into the lead in
Leg 11 of the Hero Womens
Pro Golf Tour, held at Prestige
Golfshire, here on Thursday.
Amandeep, tied third overnight, established a six-stroke
advantage over nearest rivals,
Saaniya Sharma and Sharmila
After a sedate one-under on
the front nine, Amandeep
surged ahead by sinking four
birdies on a bogey-free backnine.
Overnight leaders Sharmila
and Ankita Tiwana could not
carry the momentum forward.
While Sharmila shot a twoover 74, Ankita carded a 83 to
slip to joint-tenth.
The scores (top-six):
139: Amandeep Drall 72, 67.
145: Saaniya Sharma 75, 70, Sharmila Nicollet 71, 74.
146: Trisha Sunil 74, 72, Vani Kapoor 74, 72, Neha Tripathi 73, 73.
Principal Correspondent

PALLEKELE: A brilliant maiden

century by Kusal Mendis

helped Sri Lanka claw its way
back into contention, with a
196-run lead and four secondinnings wickets in hand, in the
first Test against Australia on
Before the third days play
was suspended early due to
bad light, the hosts had reached 282 for six, with Mendis
unbeaten on 169.
Mendiss knock is now the
highest score by any Sri Lankan against Australia at home,
and came after no player from
either side had managed to
score even a half-century in
the first innings.
Mendis came to the crease
in the first over of the day after
the early dismissal of Dimuth
He reached his century in
spectacular fashion when he
slog-swept Nathan Lyon for
six and then reached his 150 by
cutting the same bowler for
The 21-year-old, playing just
his seventh Test, is closing in
on the record score by a Sri
Lankan against Australia, now
needing to overhaul only Kumar Sangakkaras 192 at Hobart in 2007.
The visitors bowlers struggled in the absence of left-armspinner Steve O'Keefe who

India loses to

beat India 25-22, 23-25, 25-21,

25-15 in the 18th Asian junior
womens (under-19) volleyball

India in last eight

after 12-year wait

Neil Wagners raw pace and

aggression proved too much
for Zimbabwe as New Zealand
stamped its authority on the
first Test on the opening day at
Queens Club on Thursday.
On a surface ofering little to
the bowlers, Wagner used the
short ball to good efect to take
career-best figures of 6 for 41,
bowling Zimbabwe out for just
164 AFP

pulled a hamstring.
Mendis and Chandimal (42)
put on 117 runs in their fifth
wicket partnership.
After Chandimal was out
lbw of Mitchell Marsh, debutant de Silva then scored 36 in
a partnership worth 71 before
becoming Lyons 200th Test
victim, caught at long-on by
Usman Khawaja.
Sri Lanka managed only another eight runs before bad
light and then rain brought an
early end to proceedings for
the third afternoon in a row.
But the hosts now have an
unlikely snif of victory, with
two days to go. AFP

Zimbabwe 1st Innings: B.

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

Perera lbw b Starc 4, K. Silva lbw b

OKeefe 7, D. Karunaratne lbw b Starc
0, K. Mendis (batting) 169, A. Mathews c Burns b Lyon 9, D. Chandimal
lbw b Marsh 42, D. de Silva c Khawaja b Lyon 36, Dilruwan Perera (batting) 5; Extras (lb-10) 10; Total: (for
six wkts. in 80 overs) 282.
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-6, 3-45, 486, 5-203, 6-274.
Australia bowling: Starc 12-444-2, Hazlewood 13-3-41-0, OKeefe
16.2-3-42-1, Lyon 26-2-98-2, Warner
1-0-10-0, Voges 1.4-0-3-0, Marsh 91-33-1, Smith 1-0-1-0.

CONTROL AND POISE: Kusal Mendis hardly put a foot wrong in making an unbeaten 169, playing the seamers with confidence
before cutting loose against the spinners. PHOTO: AFP

Indians have a
heavy work-out

Public or govt. servant? A tricky question indeed

TEHRAN: India progressed to the

quarterfinal stage of the FIBA

Asia under-18 (junior men)
basketball championship here
on Wednesday.
This is the first time since
2004 that an Indian side has
progressed beyond the group
stage of the tournament.
India faces Lebanon in the
last-eight on Friday.
On Wednesday, India had
lost to Philippines 82-105 in its
final league encounter.
Despite the loss, India advanced as it won two of its five
China, Chinese Taipei, Philippines, Korea, Japan and Iran
were the other teams which
made the cut.
The result:
Philippines 105 (Jolo Mendoza 23,
Kemark Carino 14, Fran Yu 12) bt India 82 (Daniel Arthur Wilson 16, Vishal Gupta 11, Sahil 11). Sports


Spain beats India

in practice game

West Indies calls up

teenager Joseph


KINGSTON: West Indies called up

uncapped teenage fast bowler
Alzarri Joseph to its squad for
the second Test against India
which gets underway at Sabina Park on Saturday.
Joseph, 19, from the Leeward Islands, was one of his
teams stars at the Under-19
World Cup this year, helping
the West Indies to the title
with 13 wickets to his name.
India cruised to an innings
and 92 runs win in the first
Test in Antigua.
We feel that Alzarri, who
led the attack so expertly in the
Youth World Cup earlier this
year in Bangladesh, will now
benefit from the professional
guidance of our coaching staf
and the presence of fast bowling legend Joel Garner as manager, said West Indies chair-

JAIPUR: For the four Rio Olympics qualifiers Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh, Mouma
Das and Manika Batra
Thursday proved a day of contrasting fortunes at the All-India inter-institutional table
tennis championship here.
Second seed Manika was
sent packing in the second
round by Mousumi Paul, who
went on to reach the semifinals. Soumyajit withdrew
without hitting a ball when his
request to play with the DHS
ball to be used in Rio was declined by his second-round rival Raj Mondal.
Sharath preferred to lose
to Sanil Shetty than to pull out.
Mouma, the only Rio-bound
Olympian in the fray, downed
Pooja Sahasrabudhe.
Sharath, who led 3-1 after

MUMBAI: There is palpable an-

ger in the BCCI and member

units that the Supreme Court
order endorsing the Justice
Lodha Committee recommendations has gone to the extent
of barring public servants
from holding oices in the
BCCI and State associations.
While the three-member
committee in Justices R.M.
Lodha, Ashok Bhan and R.M.
Raveendran had recommended that ministers and government servants should not hold
oice in the BCCI and State associations, the final order
signed by the Chief Justice of
India Tirath Singh Thakur and
Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla refers to Ministers and Public Servants.
The relevant paragraphs in

NEW DELHI: Indian mens hockey

team witnessed a disappointing start to its final preparatory campaign ahead of the Rio
Olympics after it went down
4-1 to Spain in the first of the
two practice games in Madrid.
For eight-time champion India, the loss against Spain
couldnt have come at the right
time as it gives final touches to
their preparation before flying
directly to Rio from here in
search of an Olympic medal
that eluded the country for 36
Indias last of the eight
Olympic gold medals came
way back in 1980.
Indias lone goal last night
came from the sticks of dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh
(21st minute).
For Spain, Xavi Lleonart
(10th, 31st) and Pau Quemada
(30th, 42nd) struck the boards
twice each. PTI

the final order, while disposing of the PIL on July 18, were:
Posts & Tenures: The lack
of any qualifications or disqualifications also ensures
that those with full-time occupations superficially involve
themselves, thereby compromising their commitment to
the association and the game

of cricket.
Several public servants
hold lead positions in State associations which take a substantial toll on both sets of
their respective obligations to
the public.
Item No. 72 in the 143-page
order says: In light of the
above we see no compelling

reason for us to reject the recommendation which disqualifies Ministers and Public Servants from holding oices in
the State associations or the
The argument the ministerial and bureaucratic support and patronage has helped
the BCCI in running its afairs

Thakur to chair meeting

MUMBAI: The BCCI has convened

perhaps the last meeting of its

marketing committee on August 5.
However, there were questions
on who will chair the marketing
committee meeting.
Doubts arose following the
suspension of Chetan Desai, the
Goa Cricket Association president,

who was appointed the chairman

of the marketing committee. Desai
was arrested in June for allegedly
misappropriating funds released to
GCA. Though he and former GCA
president Vinod Phadke are out on
bail, they remain suspended from
the BCCI sub-committees.
A key BCCI official, however,
confirmed to The Hindu that
president Anurag Thakur will chair

KINGSTON: The Indian cricket

sue as the final order has been

signed by CJI Thakur and Justice Ibrahim Kalifulla, who has
now retired. What the Lodha
Committee perhaps meant
was a paid Government Oicer (IAS, IPS, IRD oicers, and
their like).
The road ahead
It remains to be seen whether the Supreme Court can issue a notes to the order or a
corrigendum as Justice Kalifulla has retired.
A former MCA oice-bearer
believes that Justice Lodha
himself may issue a clarification, but the point in question
is how can the final order be
changed from public servant
to government servant, although in the same item 72
there is mention of bureaucratic support and civil

team hit the nets at Sabina

Park on Wednesday morning,
hours after landing here, and
performed their drills in the
hot and humid conditions.
The entire team had batting
and bowling sessions following the regular drills. Wriddhiman Saha worked on his keeping while M. Vijay, who has a
sore thumb, had only a light
throw-downs on the grassy
practice wickets.
Working out here for long
has helped us get used to the
conditions here, said Amit
Mishra. There still some time
to go for the Test, so we will
have to wait and watch what
the groundsmen do with the
grass. I personally dont expect the wicket to look like the
practice pitches at the square
here. PTI

Sharath, Manika lose; Mouma survives


The Leeward Islands quick

was one the stars at the

Under-19 World Cup

A positive step towards

team development, says
selector chief Browne

man of selectors Courtney

As we develop our Test
team, we see this as a positive
step in the process.
The squad:
Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg
Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajindra Chandrika, Roston Chase, Miguel
Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon
Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Leon Johnson
and Marlon Samuels. AFP

the marketing committee meeting.

The meeting is crucial as it is
expected to discuss the IPL
broadcast rights renewal issue.
According to the earlier agreement,
Sony Pictures Networks, the
broadcast rights holders for the IPL
till 2017, is supposed to have
informed the BCCI by July-end
about its interest in renewing the

in the past and they should be

allowed to continue, lest the
game sufers has not impressed us. We do not think
that the game flourishes in this
country because any minister
or civil servant holds oice in
the State associations or the
A large number of people
come under the definition of
public servants, including
those elected to the Parliament, State legislature, local
governments, and perhaps
even panchayats.
The reference to public
servants rules out an MP like
Anurag Thakur and an MLA
like Ashish Shelar (vice-president, Mumbai Cricket Association), said a former MCA
managing committee member
and retired senior police
This has become a tricky is-

Chari c Guptill b Southee 4, C. Chibhabha c Latham b Wagner 15, H. Masakadza c and b Santner 15, C. Ervine
st Watling b Santner 13, S. Williams c
Sodhi b Wagner 1, S. Raza c Latham b
Wagner 22, P. Masvaure lbw b
Southee 42, R. Chakabva c Watling b
Wagner 0, G. Cremer c Nicholls b
Wagner 0, D. Tiripano (not out) 49,
M. Chinouya b Wagner 1, Extras
(lb-2) 2; Total (in 77.5 overs) 164.
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-35, 3-35, 436, 5-72, 6-72, 7-72, 8-72, 9-157.
New Zealand bowling: Southee
17-8-28-2, Boult 11-5-23-0, Santner
14-5-16-2, Wagner 20.5-8-41-6, Sodhi 15-3-54-0.
New Zealand 1st Innings: M.
Guptill (batting) 14, T. Latham (batting) 16, Extras (nb-2) 2; Total (for no
loss in 10 overs) 32.
Zimbabwe bowling: Chinouya 40-10-0, Tiripano 3-0-13-0, Masvaure
1-0-2-0, Cremer 1-0-1-0, Raza
Toss: Zimbabwe.

Alzarri Joseph. FILE PHOTO

STAR OF THE DAY: Mousumi Paul sent the Rio-bound Manika

Batra packing in the second round. PHOTO: ROHIT JAIN PARAS
four games and then 9-8 in the
decider, said: I did not try too
hard to adjust to the seamless
ball. I must say, every defeat
hurts, especially one after
leading 3-1. But when I am

playing at 60 per cent and not

sure about the bounce and
speed of the ball, it was always
going to be diicult.
Earlier, top seed A. Amalraj
survived Jignesh Jaiswal, es-

caping 7-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-8, 1012, 13-11, 11-5 in the second
The results: Men: Quarterfinals: A. Amalraj (Pet) bt Sourav Saha
(Pet) 11-9, 11-5, 12-14, 11-8, 11-9; Manav Thakkar (Pet) bt Jubin Kumar
(Pet) 11-4, 13-11, 11-13, 11-6, 2-11, 1113, 11-8; Sanil Shetty (Pet) bt A. Sharath Kamal (Pet) 5-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-3,
11-8, 11-8, 11-9; G. Sathiyan (Pet) bt
Sougata Sarkar (LIC) 11-3, 9-11, 11-6
8-11, 14-11, 11-5. Women Quarterfinals: Madhurika Patkar (Pet) bt
Krittwika Sinha Roy (Pet) 11-6, 6-11,
11-9, 11-8, 11-6; Mouma Das (Pet) bt
Pooja Sahasrabudhe (Pet) 11-9, 13-15,
1-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5; Sutirtha
Mukherjee (WB) bt Ankita Das (Pet)
4-11, 11-9, 15-17, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4;
Mousumi Paul (Pet) bt Swetha Kumaravel (IA&AD) 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7,
11-9. Mixed doubles final: G. Sathiyan & Ankita Das (Pet) bt Ronit Bhanja & Ayhika Mukherjee (AAI) 10-12, 511, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9.


















22 Calls in to pass on a message

24 Add and combine
becomes incomprehensible
26 Hard sell other ideas without
keeping runs in check (9)
27 He doesn't represent America
in Olympics (5)
28 Breaking up good in case
Middle Eastern country is
excluded (13)






1 Good idea old fellow is

held in high regard (4-7-2)
10 Had lost after sacrificing
Bishop (5)
11 New Orleans is something you
can get a feel of (9)
12 Outgoing text amended, keep
writing till it's finished (9)

13 Divine law to exclude a flower

14 One passes away in a sterile
environment (7)
16 To salt away is hard for some
people in the UK (7)
18 Chosen feature not a test (7)
20 In reality, it's from French act
of frolicking (2,5)

production shortage (10,3)

9 Sight of Handel composing
An illusion (7,2,4)
15 With Saturn in eighth house
one gets somewhat worried
17 Stock with sack on the back
19 Tea dispenser's arms used to
clutch eggs (7)
21 City in the past (7)
23 On empty stomach throw,
discard (5)
25 Fold in it's a simple
attachment (5)

2 Felt it needed to be raised a

bit to empower (7)
3 With fire in the belly, angle at
Solution to puzzle 11763
sea for crayfish (9)
4 Hurry to get pure cocaine out O T K T D B P E
5 Continued corruption
surreptitiously (9)
6 Not bothered to give two of B A R R A G E C R O A T I A
them (5)
7 Beginning shortly around
morning time it's paper AR E RI A AT E OD TL A YE O VE E NR
work (7)
8 Father and son facing


SU | DO | KU

Reward for a bhakta

Akrura is a great devotee of Krishna but is in Kamsas
service. His duties detain him in Mathura and he has had no
occasion to see Krishna. So it is a matter of great joy to him
when Kamsa entrusts him with the task of bringing Krishna
to Kamsas court. Akrura is grateful to Kamsa, for here is a
chance of a lifetime when the purpose of his mundane
existence would be made fruitful by meeting the Supreme
Lord in person.
Sage Sukas description of Akruras state of mind all
through the journey to Brindavan captures a devotees
experience of total absorption with the Supreme Being, said
Kalyanapuram Sri Aravamudhachariar in a discourse.
From the time he undertakes the journey to Vraja, Akruras
mind is joyous and he visualises his forthcoming meeting
with Krishna and Balarama. He imagines every minute
detail. When he arrives in Brindavan, he gets down from the
chariot and rolls on the ground of the Vraja country. What a
blessing to have this experience of partaking of the dust that
has been sanctified by the Lords feet, he thinks.
The Lord welcomes Akrura with warmth and afection
and embraces him with delight when he prostrates at His
feet. Akrura makes it clear to Krishna that Kamsas invitation
for the sacrificial worship is only a pretext to kill Him. The
omniscient Lord merely smiles and gets ready to leave for
Mathura. On the way, when Akrura enters the Yamuna for
ablutions, he is overwhelmed by the Lords divine vision in
Vaikunta. He is baled for a moment and checks if the Lord
and Balarama are in the chariot. With all his hopes fulfilled,
Akrura desires nothing more. In his consciousness the
Nirguna and Saguna aspects of the Supreme Brahman

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.


Symbol Of Glory fancied

All set for exciting semifinals

HYDERABAD: Symbol Of Glory may

score in the first division of the
Golden Plate (1,100m), the main
event of the races to be held here on
Friday (July 29).

PROKABADDI / Pirates meet Paltan, Titans tangle with Panthers


ProKabaddi League season 4

has entered the decisive phase
with the mens semifinals
lined up at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Friday.
Defending champion Patna
Pirates meets Puneri Paltan in
the first semifinal, while local
favourite Telugu Titans takes
on the first edition winner Jaipur Pink Panthers in the
Titans, who struggled in the
early phase of this season before bouncing back, thanks to
the eicacy of their captain
and star raider Rahul Chowdhari, is hoping to cash in on the
support of the expected noisy
home crowd.
We hope they will cheer us
and that should be a huge bonus. We are not feeling any
kind of pressure, insisted Rahul while asserting that his
team needed to shore up its
We are going to target the
Panthers key player Ajay Kumar and we are also aware of
their very strong defence line-

EXCITING CONTEST: High-octane action is in the offing on Friday with local favourite Telugu Titans
meeting former champion Jaipur Pink Panthers in one of the semifinals. FILE PHOTO
up. The first five minutes of
the contest could well set the
tempo for the rest of the
match, said Rahul.


Paes advances
BIELLA (ITALY): Leander Paes and
Andre Begemann of Germany
made the doubles semifinals of
the Euro 85,000 mens Challenger tennis tournament
here. The Indo-German combination won the quarterfinals
6-4, 5-7 [10-8] against Fabricio
Neis and Joao Souza of Brazil.
Purav Raja and Divij Sharan
also made the doubles semifinals of the Euro 64,500 Challenger in Spain.
The results:
$100,000 Challenger men, Astana, Kazakhstan: Doubles (quarterfinals): Alexander Bublik & Daniil
Medvedev (Rus) bt Toshihide Matsui
(Jpn) & Vishnu Vardhan 7-6(10), 6-3.
85,000 Challenger men, Biella, Italy: Doubles (quarterfinals):
Andre Begemann (Ger) & Leander
Paes bt Fabricio Neis & Joao Souza
(Bra) 6-4, 5-7 [10-8].
64,000 Challenger men, Segovia, Spain: Doubles (quarterfinals): Purav Raja & Divij Sharan bt


Pablo Irigaray Guarne & Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Esp) 6-4, 6-0.
$50,000 Challenger men, Lexington, US Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan &

Ramkumar Ramanathan bt BrydanKlein (GBR) & Andrew Whittington

(Aus) 7-6(5), 4-6, 12-10.
$10,000 ITF men, Sharm El
Sheikh, Egypt: Singles (first
round): Manish Sureshkumar bt Vito

Dell Elba (Ita) 6-1, 6-2.

$10,000 ITF men, Thu Dau Mot
City, Vietnam: Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Sasi Kumar Mukund bt

Shunrou Takeshima (Jpn) 6-4, 6-1;

Rishab Agarwal bt Antoine Escoffier
(Fra) 6-2, 6-1.
$10,000 ITF women, Sharm El
Sheikh, Egypt Singles (first
round): Anastasiya Saitova (Rus) bt

Shivika Burman 6-3, 7-6(4); Dhruthi

Venugopal bt Anna Pribylova (Rus)
6-4, 6-3; Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy bt
Lina Qostal (Mar) 6-2, 6-1; Shweta
Rana bt Rio Kitagawa (Jpn) 7-6(4),
6-3. Sports Bureau

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Rahul pointed out that Titans had a similar record in the

first edition when they drew
one and lost five straight

games before winning seven

in a row to make it to the
knock-out. The expectations
are naturally high but more

importantly, the team is playing to its full potential now after a sluggish start, he added.
We have to support our
raiders who have been doing a
great job right through, said
Panthers captain Jasvir
Singh said how well the defence fared would be the key
to success. But, it should be
remembered we are here because of our all-round superiority and are optimistic of continuing our good showing. We
have big-match players who
can rise to the occasion, said
Dharmaraj Cheralathan, the
captain of the defending
champion, said he was aware
of the expectations. It all boils
down to how well you play on
the day. It should be a tough
match but we are confident of
pulling it of.
Given the close encounters
in the league phase, die-hard
fans should have something to
cheer about.
Semifinal line-up: Patna Pirates
vs Puneri Paltan (8 p.m.), Telugu Titans vs Jaipur Pink Panthers (9 p.m.).

(1,400m), (Cat. II), maiden 3-y-o
only (Terms), 1-15 p.m.: 1. Doroteo
(7) A M Tograllu 56, 2. Golden Luck
(8) A. S. Pawar 56, 3. Mahathi (3)
Akshay Kumar 56, 4. Nautanki (2)
Hanumant Singh 56, 5. Touch Of
Gold (4) N. Rawal 56, 6. Amaravathi (9) G. Naresh 54.5, 7. Like
Wise (6) B. Dileep 54.5, 8. Love You
Darling (5) Deepak Singh 54.5, 9.
Rising Girl (10) Harinder Singh 54.5
and 10. Vijays Empire (1) Deep
Shanker 54.5.
1. Mahathi, 2. Like Wise, 3.
CUP (1,400m), 3-y-o & over, rated
upto 50 (Cat. III), 1-45: 1. Euro Zone
(7) B. Dileep 60, 2. City Of Pearls
(4) K. Sai Kiran 59, 3. Star Player (2)
S. Sreekant 59, 4. Amazing Power
(6) G. Naresh 58.5, 5. Palisades Park
(3) C. S. Vikrant 58.5, 6. Telangana
Queen (5) Ajeeth Kumar 57.5 and 7.
Wonder Star (1) C. P. Bopanna 57.5.
1. Telangana Queen, 2. Euro
Zone, 3. Palisades Park
(Div. I), (1,100m), 4-y-o rated upto
50 (Cat. III), 2-15: 1. Gangadhar (9)
G. Naresh 61.5, 2. Golden Angel (4)
Aneel 57.5, 3. Pfeifer (5) Akshay
Kumar 56, 4. Time Is Luck (8) Ajit
Singh 56, 5. Exclusive Monarchy (7)
K. Sai Kiran 54.5, 6. Angel Bell (1) A.
S. Pawar 54, 7. Pamella (6) Sai Kumar 54, 8. Golden Phoenix (2) A. K.
Pawar 51 and 9. Cirillo (3) B. R.
Kumar 50.
1. Pamella, 2. Gangadhar, 3.


(Div. II), (1,100m), 3-y-o & over,
rated upto 25, 2-45: 1. Kohinoor
Karishma (8) Chary 61.5, 2. Oh
Dear (7) Deepak Singh 61, 3. Coral
Springs (4) C. S. Vikrant 60.5, 4.
Sefarina (2) G. Naresh 59.5, 5. Ice
Cave (9) Aneel 59, 6. Dorian (1) Sai
Kumar 58.5, 7. Amazing Weapon
(6) Ajeeth Kumar 58, 8. Clear
Storm (3) P. Gaddam 58 and 9.
Sensational Girl (5) N. Rawal 55.5.
1. Dorian, 2. Ice Cave, 3.
(Div. II), (1,100m), 5-y-o & over,
rated upto 75 (Cat. II), 3-15: 1. Jack
Sparrow (4) Koushik 61, 2. Sprint
Legend (5) Md. Sameeruddin 60.5,
3. Midnight In Paris (9) Sai Kumar
59.5, 4. Rubyonrails (3) Deepak
Singh 59, 5. Vijay Sakhi (7) Deep
Shanker 55.5, 6. Fair And Squre (2)
N. S. Rathore 54, 7. Catherine (8)
A. S. Pawar 52.5, 8. Romantic Fire
(6) G. Naresh 52.5 and 9. Symbol
Of Pride (1) Ajeeth Kumar 50.
1. Sprint Legend, 2. Vijay Sakhi,
3. Symbol Of Pride
(Div. II), (1,100m), 4-y-o & over,
rated upto 50 (Cat. III), 3-45: 1.
White Gold (1) Hanumant Singh
60, 2. My Choice (4) Chary 57.5, 3.
Sacrifice (6) S. S. Tanwar 57, 4.
Save The Nation (8) G. Naresh
56.5, 5. In Command (7) C. P. Bopanna 55.5, 6. Barbossa (2) Sai Kumar 55, 7. Dolce (5) Ajeeth Kumar
52.5 and 8. Cruiser (3) P. Gaddam
1. Sacrifice, 2. Dolce, 3. White
(Div. I), (1,100m), 5-y-o & over,
rated upto 75 (Cat. II), 4-15: 1. Sym-

bol Of Glory (10) P. Gaddam 61.5,

2. Military Belle (5) A. S. Pawar 61,
3. Camborne (6) C. S. Vikrant 60,
4. Dandelion (7) Sai Kumar 58.5, 5.
Humraaj (3) Khurshad Alam 56.5,
6. Lips Locking (8) B. Dileep 56.5,
7. Kohinoor Grace (9) Kunal
Bunde 53.5, 8. Dandy Girl (1) A M
Tograllu 53, 9. Junior (4) N. S.
Rathore 50.5 and 10. Oathofyourdaughter (2) G. Naresh 50.
1. Symbol Of Glory, 2. Dandy
Girl, 3. Junior
(1,600m), 4-y-o & over, rated upto
50 (Cat. III), 4-45: 1. Kireeti (2) P.
Gaddam 62.5, 2. Carolina Moon
(7) C. S. Vikrant 62, 3. Rio Rojo (4)
Md. Sameeruddin 61, 4. Vijays
Harmony (6) S. S. Tanwar 61, 5.
Royal Hero (8) A. Imran Khan 59,
6. Accelerator (3) A M Tograllu
58.5, 7. Rose D Mumtaz (1) Ajeeth
Kumar 55.5 and 8. Upon A Star (5)
G. Naresh 54.5.
1. Carolina Moon, 3. Vijays
Harmony, 3. Royal Hero
(Div. I), (1,100m), 3-y-o & over,
rated upto 25, (Cat. III), 5-15: 1. Arracache (2) G. Naresh 62, 2. Ashwini (3) Kunal Bunde 61, 3. Garib
Parwar (4) P. Gaddam 60.5, 4.
Hunters Pride (8) Md. Sameeruddin 59.5, 5. Zensational (5) Tograllu 59.5, 6. Royal Rajkumari (ex:
Moghal Pretty) (6) A. Imran Khan
59, 7. Squanderers Square (7)
Akshay Kumar 58.5, 8. Captain
General (9) Chary 58 and 9. Kohinoor Love (1) S. Sreekant 57.
1. Hunters Pride, 2. Garib Parwar, 3. Royal Rajkumari
Days best: Mahathi
Double: Pamella Dorian
Jkt: 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9; Tr (i): 1, 2 & 3; (ii):
4, 5 & 6; (iii): 7, 8 & 9; Tla: all races.

Half a century on, Germans still dispute THAT goal

TVS to partner
Arjun Maini

HAMBURG: Fifty years after THAT


goal at Wembley, West Germany

captain Uwe Seeler still insists
Englands Geoff Hursts controversial
shot never crossed the line in the
1966 World Cup final.
Hursts second goal in the 101st
minute of extra time which put
England 3-2 ahead after the match
had finished 2-2 over 90 minutes
is arguably the most controversial
goal in international football history.
England went on to claim a 4-2 win
over West Germany with Hurst
becoming the only player to score a
hat-trick in a World Cup final.
Hursts shot beat goalkeeper
Hans Tilkowski, the ball hit the
underside of the crossbar, bounced
on the line before being headed
away by defender Wolfgang Weber.
But whether or not the ball
bounced behind the line has been
debated for half a century with

Saturday marking the 50th

anniversary of the final at Wembley.
Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst
awarded the goal after consulting
with his linesman, Azerbaijans Tofiq
Bahramov, of the then USSR.
Some modern studies, using film
analysis and computer simulation,
suggest the ball never crossed the
line, something Seeler has been
insisting on for half a century.
I was standing at the back of the
box and saw exactly that the ball
didnt cross the line, said the
79-year-old Seeler.
We were all in a state of
commotion, none of us knew what
was going on, said Seeler. No one
(in the West Germany team) could
understand why the goal was given.
Seeler says it is time to put the
1966 controversy to bed.
I believe all the players have now
well digested the events, he said.

THE ARGUMENT CONTINUES...Geoff Hurst's contentious second

goal for England against Germany in the World Cup summit
clash has been a topic of debate ever since it was scored 50
Even if it was a defining moment,
sport is sometimes like that. You
have to absorb it and put it away.
Up until his death in 1998, Dienst
admitted he had no idea whether the

ball ever fully crossed the line and, in

his autobiography 1966 And All
That, even Geoff Hurst has said the
Germans were probably right.
And Seeler joked about the

incident whenever he met members

of Englands 1966 side.
When Geoff or Bobby (Moore) or
Jackie (Charlton) were here, wed
have a laugh together about it, said
Seeler. They knew alright that the
ball wasnt in. They saw it.
And Seeler said he is pleased
goal-line technology in the modern
game means there will be no such
repeat of the events 50 years ago.
Today football has become pure
business, said Seeler. So its
necessary to under take certain
measures to prevent such decisions.
Of course, there are mistakes
from time to time, but thats just
part of football.
The match and THAT goal is even
the subject of a special exhibition at
the German Football Museum in
Dortmund under the title 50 years
Wembley the myths in
snapshots. AFP

ny, one of Indias leading twowheeler maker, on Thursday

announced that it has signed a
long-term association with 19year-old racer Arjun Maini.
Speaking about the deal,
Maini said, I am happy and
delighted to partner with TVS
Motor Company. This association reflects the growing attention that motorsports is receiving in India.
Aniruddha Haldar, vice
Motor Company said, TVS
Motors has long promoted
motorsports in India. Last year
we were the first Indian manufacturer ever in the Dakar Rally.
In keeping with that spirit,
we are supporting Arjun, who
we believe will be an Indian
star in international motorsports.







Pink Floyd to put out unreleased tracks

Scientists find Zika antibodies in mice

New Presidential library may come up in Chicago

Pink Floyd will put out previously unreleased

tracks as part of a giant box set that explores
the experimental rock legends foundations.

Scientists have identified six Zika virus

antibodies in mice, an advance that may pave the
way for a vaccine and better diagnostic tests.

U.S. President Barack Obamahas chosen Chicagos

Jackson Park for the site of the new Presidential Library,
a source familiar with the decision process has said.

Oprah Winfrey working with Disney

hat show queen and actor Oprah Winfrey is teaming up

with Disney for a big-screen adaptation of the fantasy
novel A Wrinkle in Time. Winfrey, 62, will reunite with
Selma director Ava DuVernay on the remake of
Madeleine LEngles classic 1963 work,
Deadline reported.
A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of a young girl
whose father goes missing after working on a
mysterious science project, which sees him
transport to the fifth dimension. The girl
searches for her father, and comes
across many strange creatures on
uninhabited planets throughout the
course of the novel. Winfrey will play
Mrs. Which in the film. The script is
being written by Frozen writer and
co-director Jennifer Lee.
The movie continues Winfreys recent
return to acting, after starting work on
passion project The Immortal Life of
Henrietta Lacks with HBO earlier this
year. PTI

Munna Bhai 3 delayed due to Dutt biopic

ctor Arshad Warsi says the third

instalment of Munna Bhai series is
not getting started as the
Rajkumar Hirani-directed biopic on Sanjay
Dutt is yet to go on floors. That [starting
Munna Bhai 3] is an issue as Raju [Hirani]
has to start the Sanjay Dutt biopic and it
is getting pushed ahead, Arshad said.
Until and unless he [Hirani] decides he
wants to do Munnabhai part three first
and then the Sanjay Dutt biopic... if that
happens then we will go first, he said. PTI

Sylvester Stallone has key role in Guardians

ollywood action star Sylvester Stallone will have a key

role in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, according to director
James Gunn. Stallone, 70, showed up briefly in the
footage shown at Comic-Con, appearing in just a single onesecond shot, reported Digital Spy. Its a very,
very key, important role. Its not a huge role.
Hes a great and key supporting actor, Gunn
said. Meanwhile, rumours that Kurt Russell is
Star-Lords (Chris Pratt) father were
confirmed at Comic-Con, with the actor
playing Ego the Living Planet in the 2017
sequel. Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista,
Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper,
Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan,
Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, Pom
Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki
and Chris Sullivan will also
star in the movie. PTI

New eye scan

may predict

Earthquake clues found in

ancient temples in Himalayas
The imprints indicate that risk of future temblors that may occur in the region
bricks, cracked walls and deformed doorsteps in the temples in both towns and then
comparing that data with
historical accounts of natural
disasters, the researchers
linked the earthquakes with
damage in the ancient


dorned with handcarved sculptures of

gods and goddesses, the seventh-century stone and
wooden temples scattered
across northwestern India
are marvels from an era
when ancient kings ruled the
But if you look carefully
youll notice many have tilted pillars, slanted rooftops
and warped stone floors. To
the average visitor these may
seem like wear and tear from
centuries of aging, but to archaeoseismologists they are
telltale signs of massive
earthquakes that once devastated the region.

Disaster in 1555
A pair of researchers from
the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology used the damaged temples to better understand the range and
extent of damage caused by a
quake that struck a nearby
district in 1905 and another
that hit a more distant region
in 1555.
They say the marks imprinted by these disasters
provide clues of potential
temblors to come.
The archaeoseismologists
have reported their findings
in the journal Seismological
Research Letters. They wrote
that the 1905 Kangra quake
killed 18,815 people, and described the other in 1555 as a
destructive earthquake in
Kashmir, which ruined
changed the course of the
River Vesha, a tributary of
the Jhelum.

NOTE OF CAUTION: A view of the river Ravi in the Dhauladhar

ranges of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. Scientists
have found evidence of an earthquake that caused
destruction in the region centuries ago. FILE PHOTO: SANDEEP SAXENA
Their work focused on
temples in two towns, Chamba and Bharmour, which are
in Himachal Pradesh.
The Chamba temples are
about 50 km north of Kangra
and the Bharmour ones are
about 65 km northwest of the
district. Both towns are
about 145 km south of Kashmir, which is a very seismically active region.
This area has remained
relatively quiet for some
time, but powerful earthquakes of magnitude 7.5 or
larger have ravaged the regions that surround it. One of
the deadliest struck the eastern part of Kashmir in 2005,
killing more than 85,000 people in northern Pakistan.
The temples, which pro-

vide a look into the lives and

culture of the ancient people
of the Himalayas, are sandwiched between Kashmir
and Kangra.
Yet, they escaped the 1905
and 2005 earthquakes generally unscathed, and there
were no evident signs of the
quakes in the areas geological record.
The Chamba kings built
many temples at diferent
places during their long
reign, Mayank Joshi, lead
author of the study, said in an
email. Both earthquakes
didnt generate any deformation and destruction in the
Chamba area. This factor led
us to study earthquake history of the area.

Decoding history
They were able to tell the
diference between deformation done by earthquakes
and that incurred through
old age. The tremors created
damage with consistent patterns, like shear marks that
were seen on multiple pillars
and walls. The damage in the
unafected temples they examined did not have similar
They concluded that the
1905 Kangra earthquake
damaged the Bharmour temples, but left the Chamba
temples untouched. They also found that the 1555 Kashmir earthquake shook the
temples in Chamba, but did
not afect the ones in Bharmour.
This latter finding helped
provide a clearer picture of
how far the historic 1555
earthquake was felt, improving upon the few reports that
survived nearly 500 years after that event.
Mr. Joshi suggested that
because Chamba is surrounded by faults, the area
has the potential to become
active again. He added that
because the findings show
that the area had not experienced any major earthquakes in the last 461 years, it
could be overdue for a catastrophic quake. New York
Times News Service

Coetzee, Strout on
Booker prize longlist
LONDON: Celebrated South

African novelist J.M.

Coetzee and U.S. Pulitzer
Prize winner Elizabeth
Strout are among the
contenders for Britains
prestigious Man Booker
Prize for fiction.
Mr. Coetzees The
Schooldays of Jesus and
Ms. Strouts My Name is
Lucy Barton are among
the best-known titles on a
13-book longlist that
spurned big-name writers
including Ian McEwan and
Don DeLillo in favour of
less famous authors and
first-time novelists.
Mr. Coetzee, who lives
in Australia, is the early
bookies favorite and will
become the first triple
Booker winner if he takes
the prize. He won in 1983
with Life and Times of
Michael K and in 1999
with Disgrace.
Ms. Strout won the
fiction Pulitzer in 2009 for
Olive Kitteridge, which
was turned into a HBO
miniseries starring
Frances McDormand.
The eclectic list features
four first novels David
Means Hystpoia, Wyl
Menmuirs The Many,
Ottessa Moshfeghs Eileen
and Virginia Reeves Work
Like Any Other alongside
established authors such
as A.K. Kennedy for
Serious Sweet and
Deborah Levy for Hot
Theres also a rare
nomination for a crime
thriller, Graeme Macrae
Burnets His Bloody
The list includes six
British writers (one of
them, David Szalay, born in
Canada), five Americans
and a Canadian, Madeleine
Thien, for Do Not Say We
Have Nothing.

John M. Coetzee

Theres also a rare

nomination for a
thriller, Graeme
Macrae Burnets
His Bloody Project
Biographer Amanda
Foreman, who chairs the
five-member judging
panel, said the books had
provoked intense
discussion and, at times,
passionate debate,
challenging our
expectations of what a
novel is and can be.
Previously open to
writers from Britain,
Ireland and the
Commonwealth, the
Booker expanded in 2014
to include all Englishlanguage authors. Despite
fears of U.S. dominance,
there has not yet been an
American winner of the
prize, which usually brings
the victor a huge sales
Six finalists will be
announced Sept. 13 and the
winner of the 50,000
prize will be named on
October 25. Founded in
1969, the award is named
after its sponsor, financial
services firm Man Group

Great Red Spot storm heating

Jupiters atmosphere, says study

Babys day out

TORONTO: Scientists have de-

veloped a new non-invasive

eye scan that can identify
Alzheimers long before the
onset of symptoms, an advance that may help develop
preventative strategies for
the neurodegenerative disease.
The test uses polarised
light to highlight deposits
called amyloid proteins
found at the back of patients
retina decades before they
The ability to detect amyloid deposits in the retina
prior to disease symptoms
may be an essential tool for
the development of preventative strategies for Alzheimers and other dementias,
said Melanie Campbell, professor at University of Waterloo in Canada.
In order to diagnose Alzheimers disease and other
forms of dementia, doctors
currently rely on either a
combination of late-stage
symptoms and expensive
positron emission tomography (PET) brain scans or
tests on the brain after death.
The new method would
give a less expensive, more
available alternative to PET.
The research established
the diagnostic methods
proof of concept in both human and an animal model.
Ms. Campbell showed that
polarised light scans are as
sensitive as other more established methods and can
be done cost-efectively
without using irritating dyes.
Amyloid proteins are
made up of protein fibres
with diferent refractive indices along and across the
fibres, said Ms. Campbell.
They light up the same
way as when scotch tape is
placed between two polarising filters. While other researchers thought that a dye
was needed to make the protein visible, we were able to
achieve the same results using optics and additional
computer processing, she
Amyloid beta protein deposits in the brain have been
proven to be present in patients decades before they
experience symptoms of the
disease. PTI


have long wondered why Jupiters upper atmosphere has
temperatures similar to
those of Earth, even though
the biggest planet in the solar
system is five times farther
away from the sun.
The answer may be The
Great Red Spot, an enormous storm big enough to
swallow three Earths that
has been raging on Jupiter
for at least three centuries, a
study has shown.
Using an infrared telescope at Hawaiis Mauna Kea
Observatory, scientists discovered that the upper atmosphere above the Great Red
Spot the largest storm in
the solar system is hundreds of degrees hotter than
anywhere else on the planet.
It could be a coincidence
or a major clue, said Boston

READY-MADE MEAL: A mynah chick gets fed near Rajpath in New Delhi. PHOTO: R.V. MOORTHY

Jupiter viewed from the

Cassini spacecraft.

University physicist James

ODonoghue, lead scientist
of the study published in the
journal Nature.
The storm spans 22,000

km by 12,000 km and is located in Jupiters lower atmosphere. The top of its clouds
reach altitudes of about 50
By a process of elimination, the newly found hot
spot must be heated from below, the study concluded.
The finding provides a
strong link between Jupiters
upper and lower atmosphere, though the exact
process by which heat is
transferred remains unknown. The most-likely energy source is acoustic
waves that provide heat from
below, the study said.
Because there is no land
on the gas giant Jupiter,
which is made almost entirely of hydrogen and helium,
the storm can never make
landfall and dissipate, scientists said. Reuters

Hes a skydiver working with a net but no parachute

Luke Aikins will attempt to jump out of a plane and land on a net, which is one-third the size of a football field, in Californias Simi Valley
made 18,000 parachute
jumps, helped train some of
the worlds most elite skydivers, done some of the
stunts for Ironman 3.
But the plunge Luke Aikins knows hell be remembered for is the one hes making without a parachute. Or a
wingsuit. Or anything, really,
other than the clothes hell
be wearing when he jumps
out of an airplane at 25,000
feet this weekend, attempting to become the first person to land safely on the
ground in a net.

Live broadcast
The Fox network will
broadcast the two-minute
jump live on Saturday as part
of an hour-long TV special
called Heaven Sent. And, no,
you dont have to tell Mr. Aikins it sounds crazy. He
knows that.
I said, You wont believe
these guys, the afable skydiver recalls with a robust
laugh. They want me to
jump out without a parachute. She said, Oh, with a
wingsuit. I said, No, they
want me to do it with noth-

ing. We both had a good

laugh about that.
But in the weeks that followed he couldnt shake one
persistent thought: Could
anybody actually do this and
live to tell the tale?
Because if anyone could,
Mr. Aikins wanted to be that
After all, the 42-year-old
daredevil has practically
lived his life in the sky. He
made his first tandem jump
when he was 12, following
with his first solo leap four
years later. Hes been racking
them up at about 800 a year
ever since.
Over the years Mr. Aikins
has taught skydiving, taught
others to teach skydiving,
even participated in worldrecord stacking events,
those exercises where skydivers line up atop one another as they fly their open
chutes across the sky.
This time, though, he
wont have any parachute.
If I wasnt nervous I
would be stupid, the compact, muscular athlete says
with a grin as he sits under a
canopy near Saturdays drop
zone. Were talking about

jumping without a parachute, and I take that very seriously. Its not a joke, he
Enough cushioning
Nearby, a pair of huge
cranes defines the boundaries where the net in which
Mr. Aikins expects to land is
being erected. It will be
about one-third the size of a
football field and 20 stories
high, providing enough
space to cushion his fall, he
says, without allowing him
to bounce out of it. The landing target, which has been
described as similar to a fishing trawler net, has been
tested repeatedly using
One of those 91-kg dummies didnt bounce out. It
crashed right through.
That was not a good thing
to see, recalled Jimmy
Smith, the veteran Hollywood public relations man
who, with his partner Bobby
Ware, came up with the idea
of having someone skydive
without a parachute.
Chris Talley, who had
worked with Mr. Aikins on
other projects and helped

SKYFALL: Skydiver Luke Aikins jumps from a helicopter during his training in Simi Valley,
California. After months of training, this elite skydiver says he's ready to leave his chute in the
plane when he bails out 25,000 feet above Simi Valley on Saturday. PHOTO: AP
train him for this one, recommended the skydiver to the
two Amusement Park Entertainment executives. He told
them Mr. Aikins was arguably the only guy not only
good enough but also smart

enough and careful enough

to survive this.
Smith recalled how the
three men gazed at each other with a look of foreboding
after that dummy crashed
through the net. Then they

looked over at Mr. Aikins.

Luke just said, No biggie,
thats why we test.
Fox has had little to say
about the stunt other than it
will be broadcast on a tape
delay, as is the case with all

its live broadcasts, says network spokesman Les Eisner.

It contains a warning not to
try this at home.
That would seemingly be
diicult, as Mr. Smith and
Mr. Ware had to scour a good
part of the world, from Arizona Indian land to Dubai real estate, before they found
what everyone agreed was
the best place for Mr. Aikins
to land.
The drop zone, surrounded by rolling hills, presents
some challenges, Mr. Aikins
said, noting hell be constantly fighting shifting
winds as he falls 193 kph.
Other skydivers have
jumped from planes without
parachutes and had someone hand them one in midair.
But Mr. Aikins wont even
have that.
To me, Im proving that
we can do stuf that we dont
think we can do if we approach it the right way, he
answers. Ive got 18,000
jumps with a parachute, so
why not wear one this time?
he muses almost to himself.
But Im trying to show that
it can be done. AP


DELHI, FRIDAY | JULY 29 | 2016

Ottan Thullal artist Kalamandalam

Suresh Kaliyath on how he is
propagating the art he loves


Sayed Haider Razas art is steeped

in symbolism. Uma Nair connects
the ideas that defined his point
of view.


The monsoon melodies

As drops of rain regenerate romance in lives, its time to immerse
in raga Malhar, suggests Shailaja Khanna

Tanya Saxena, discipline of
Saroja Vaidyanathan and
Rama Vaidyanathan will be
giving a Bharatanatyam
Venue: C. D. Deshmukh
Auditorium, India
International Centre, Max
Mueller Marg, New Delhi
Date: July 29
Time: 6.30 p.m.

The Smile
Premiere of the film
directed by Arshad Eqbal
which is a poignant tale of
life and loss where even
amidst the desolation of
death, life finds home. The
cast includes S. M. Zaheer
and Samridhi Dewan among
Venue: Habitat World,
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi
Road, New Delhi
Date: July 29
Time: 7 p. m.

A performance piece titled
It is likely the house will be
dismantled piece by piece
with a large crane and a
scaffold to support the
remaining structure by
Nikhil Chopra, Yuko Kaseki
and Romain Loustau will be
presented at Khoj Studios
Venue: S-17, Khirki
Extension, New Delhi
Date: July 29
Time: 6.30 p.m.

he searing heat of the plains

of India is dispelled by the
welcome dark clouds of the
monsoons joyously awaited
by everyone. Malhar is the
music of this ecstatic season,
a raga that is said to bring the
rains, and is traditionally
played in the monsoon
season. The rains are always
considered romantic, and the
various Malhars too are
regarded as lyrical romantic
ragas, personifying the
appealing aspect of the rains.
There are several Malhars,
though there are supposed to
be 12 main Malhars
according to Senia tradition.
Their listing is not
universally agreed upon, with
different gharanas having
different histories of how
many Malhars there are. A
modern listing of the extant
Malhars today would be
Mian Malhar, Ramdasi
Malhar, Gaur Malhar, Meera
Malhar, Surdasi Malhar, Nat
Malhar, Charju Malhar,
Dhulia Malhar, Megh Malhar,
Des Malhar, and Jayant
Pandit Narendra Nath
Dhar, eminent sarodiya of
the Shahjahanpur Senia
tradition was taught an
unusual Malhar, which predates the extant Mian
Malhar in Tansens time,
which does not have either of
the nikhads, or the gandhar,
which is today called Shudha
Malhar. Bhai Baldeep Singh,
direct descendent in an
unbroken line of kirtaniyas
dating back to the15th

Amol Palekar's
performance is the high
point of Meri Biwi
Ki Shaadi


Taking folk forward

Known for her Teej songs, Malini Awasthi talks
about her fascination for folk music.

BOLE RE PAPIHARA Based on Mian Malhar, the song from Guddi continues to evoke
that smell of rain ; (below) artist Nripendra Krishna Roy playing flute to attract
the clouds.

century from Guru Nanaks

time, also speaks of the
pentatonic Shudha Malhar.
But this definitely does not
have the sound of Malhar as
we know it today, with the
long drawn pathos of two
Tales of Malhar concerts
bringing on the rains abound
in 1973, after seven years of
drought in the desert city of
Bikaner, a powerful vocal
aalap of Mian Malhar, in the
pure Senia tradition, brought
about, first the rain clouds,
then the much needed rains!
The last of the famous maand
singers, of the court of
Maharaja Ganga Singh of
Bikaner, late Allah Jilai Bai
used to recall the private
concert with awe.
In the 1980s, a powerful
rendition of Mian Malhar by
Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
performing in Delhi at the
Shankarlal festival brought
about a huge storm in the city,

at a time when rains were not

imminent recalls Pandit
Tejendra Narayan Majumdar.
However, according to the
late Pandit Radhika Mohan
Moitra, Malhars were
composed to be performed in
the monsoons only so their
bringing about the rains is not
extraordinary! This is, of
course, a prosaic and practical
explanation that does not
pander to the more attractive
and lyrical perception of the
sound of Mian Malhar
drawing the clouds!
Some artists performed
certain Malhars so
beautifully that they came to
be associated with the raga
like Vidushi Kishori Amonkar
with Meera Malhar. Ustad
Vilayat Khan was known to
have said his taalim raga, (or
the first raga one is
elaborately taught) was Gaur

In the 1980s, a
powerful rendition
of Mian Malhar by
Ustad Ali Akbar
Khan performing in
Delhi at the
Shankarlal festival
brought about a
huge storm in the

Malhar, and indeed, amongst

instrumentalists it is difficult
to remember another
instrumentalist playing the
raga so well.
Amongst vocalists, Gaur
Malhar is a favourite with the
Jaipur, Rampur Sahaswan
and Gwalior gharanas
several exponents have sung
it memorably including
Vidushi Kesarbai, Ustad
Mushtaq Hussain Khan and
Pandit Krishnarao Shankar.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khans
Mian Malhar recordings are
unforgettable and even today
stand apart from other
versions. Several younger
instrumentalists, not taught
by him, admit privately to
being inspired so much by his
Malhar concerts and
recordings in the 1970s and
Mian Malhar has also
inspired film music
composers, with several
songs being picturised in the
rains to songs that had
elements of Malhar in them.
This was as early as in the
1942 film Tansen with
Barso re based on Megh
Malhar; the most memorable
song based on Mian Malhar
being perhaps Bole re
papihara from the 1971 film
One looks forward to
hearing the different Malhars
this season!

er deep throated
voice resonates and
strikes a chord even
as music builds to a
crescendo. The month of
aashadh is here and she
revels in songs that revive the
joie de vivre of sawan. The
beat is old. You seem to have
heard it years ago. And even
though the words may not be
comprehensible until
explained (as she sings in
Awadhi, Bhojpuri and
Bundelkhandi too), you
cannot help swaying to the
music of folk. Malini Awasthi
holds stage and the audience
with her tremendous
energetic and passionate
singing and dancing.
The magic she creates with
traditional folk songs from
Uttar Pradesh has clearly
mesmerised audiences across
the world. Having received
the Padma Shri this year,
here she talks about her love
for folk, the genre and the
need to take it to the younger
What spurred your love
for the folk?
Various factors I believe. I
grew up in a family of
doctors. My mother was very
social. Mostly we stayed in
the hospital campuses. All
these sick people from rural
backgrounds would come
and share their pain and
agony conversing in their
local dialect. I also visited
people in the villages with
my father. I think that has
greatly contributed to me
building up a natural connect
with the masses. I have seen
the rural life at close
quarters. I was born in
Kannauj. My two taijis (the
wives of my fathers elder
brothers)) were great singers.
Both sang traditional folk.
They used to play the dholak
and sing beautiful folk from
the olden times. Of course,
these were the most
underrated wedding folk
songs that hardly anyone
My mother was never into
singing but somehow I dont
know why she was very keen


Poetic justice!
Unlike his peers, Mohammed Rafi delivered a series of memorable
songs with little known composers. As we observe his death
anniversary this weekend, lets rewind some of the gems.

ransfixed by
Mohammed Rafis
Wo Hum Na The Wo
Tum Na The playing at an
Egyptian restaurant, an
overseas friend phoned in to
inquire the name of the song
composer. A long standing
fan of Rafi due to his
interactions with Indian
friends, food and films in the
UK and the US, the query was
not unexpected as he does
have a fairly decent
understanding of Hindi
language and its film scene.
When informed the music
director for the Cha Cha
Cha song was Iqbal Qureshi,
he was amazed that despite
his familiarity with Subha
Na Aayee Shaam Na Aaye
from the same film, he had
been completely unaware of
the composers name and
This is not surprising as
many Indian listeners too
credit several of Rafis
celebrated melodies to better

known music directors; all

because Rafis immaculate
singing makes listeners
believe that the superb
outpourings could not have
been derived except by
master craftsmen. However,
what is overlooked is that
Rafi poured forth his best
incessantly for every
composer irrespective of
their success, stature or
budget since singing was an
ibaadat (sacred homage) for
Rafi whereby every music
director was a teacher and
every song a blessing
according to late M. C.
Lilakar. For someone who
oversaw hundreds of musical
recordings as a senior
executive with HMV,
Lilakars statement is to be
respected as there are several
eternal gems by little known
composers in the company of
While Iqbal Qureshis
name may still rekindle a few
memories, most are probably
unaware of Lachhiram even
though everyone adores his


Tu Shokh Kali Main Mast

Pawan and Sab Jawaan Sab
Haseen Koi Tumsa Nahin
from Main Suhaagan Hun.
Each nuance and inflection
by Rafi in the four evergreen
numbers noted above have
been put across the musical
maze as adroitly as in any
Naushad, Sachin Dev

Anyone harbouring
doubts that
composers werent
given equal due by
Rafi is requested to
listen to G. S. Kohlis
Pyaar Ki Raah
Dikha Duniya Ko
(Lambe Haath)
and Maana Mere
Haseen Sanam
(Adventures of
Robin Hood).

Burman, Shankar Jaikishan

or O.P. Nayyar composition.
Not surprising since the
genial giant always gave
small time composers /
writers more
encouragement, affection
and respect than anyone else
in the film industry. Days
before his death in 2014,
Lilakar recounted how young
Goan musician Chris Perry
was floored by Rafis instant
approval of Lilakars request
to sing under Perrys baton.
Thereafter, Rafi Sahab
learnt Konkani
pronunciations like a devout
pupil while feeding us with
his own hands, said a
beaming Lilakar. No wonder
Perrys Konkani creations
like Maria and Kalzaa are
great hits till date!
Anyone harbouring doubts
that newcomers or unknown
composers werent given
equal due by Rafi is
requested to listen to G. S.
Kohlis Pyaar Ki Raah Dikha
Duniya Ko (Lambe Haath)
and Maana Mere Haseen

GIVING HIS BEST Mohammad Rafi.

Sanam (Adventures of
Robin Hood). Though the
films bombed badly, Rafis
vocals conquered hearts of
even the most stone-hearted
people and while Kohlis
arrangement is praiseworthy,
it is Rafis outstanding
rendition that provides each
word its weight in gold!
Similarly, Sardar Malik
may have been forgotten but
not his songs that were given

supersonic thrusts by Rafis

magical throat. Hear Maliks
Mujhe Tumse Mohabbat
Hai from Bachpan as well
as Dil Ki Bazi Jeet Ke Bhi
Haare (Madan Manjari)
and you realise the enormous
gulf between Rafis simple yet
profoundly inventive singing
and the rest of the singers
with whom Malik hitched his
band wagon quite
unsuccessfully. Even in the


that I learn classical singing.

My initial training has been
in classical. But my mother
also pushed me into sitting
with my taiji and learning the
folk. Half the time I would
not understand what they
were singing in their typical
dialect; the words wouldnt
make sense. If they did make
sense I was too young to
understand the deeper
meaning of these songs. Then
when I was in Standard VIII,
I started to write those songs
because when I used to sing
wrongly I would be scolded.
Once I started writing, those
words started making sense.
And it was then that I began
to enjoy them.
There was always a natural
calling inside to understand
anything written in folk
dialect. I remember when I
used to study Hindi whether
it was Surdas, Kabir, Tulsi or
Bihari, whether it was
bhajans or bandishis that we
have (bada khayal, chota
khayal and thumri), I would
always try to read more than
what the teacher taught. I
used to feel bad about the
perceptions people had about
folk. I could never
understand this stepmotherly treatment towards
folk. All these factors made

me choose folk. I took it as a

challenge to bring to people
what they did not know and
were missing out.
How did you manage to
popularise folk?
It was not about me
launching a career. It was
always about folk. It was
solely because of my larger
than life passion for folk that
I just took to it like fish takes
to water. It is like madness; it
grips you. You can see it on
stage. UP folk has pan-India
reach as compared to other
folk. If people across India
can understand Ramcharit
Manas and Hanuman
Chalisa that are in Awadhi,
then they can surely make
sense of Tulsi, Meera and
Kabir. My songs are the
same. If people who know
nothing of folk can dance to
chalat musafir moh liya re,
or hori khele raghubeera
awadh mei, thade rahiyo
or mohe panghat pe, which
are famous film songs from
UP heartland, then it was
enough to convince me that
folk can find a place in the
hearts of people. But maybe I
need to set a different trend
to make folk popular.

decrepit Naag Mohini, the

saving grace for Malik is the
soul feel deliverance by
Rafi of Humne Kya Pyar
Kiya, Pyar Ka Badla Na
Mila. Likewise, despite their
vast body of work, if we do
remember N. Dutta,
Chitragupt and Duttaram
with reverence, it is because
of the mesmeric Rafi feel in
Chhun Chhun Karti Aayi
Chidiya (Ab Dilli Door
Nahin), Chal Udja Re
Panchhi (Bhabhi) and Tu
Hindu Banega Na Musalman
Banega (Dhool Ka Phool)
It isnt that these above
noted music directors were
devoid of musical prowess as
success is a fickle mistress.
Yet it can be said
unhesitatingly that barring
Rafi, most of the singing
fraternity did not put in the
soul stirring effort that is
expected of the top rung
talent. In other words,
propelling ordinary
compositions in to a stellar
orbit was Rafis forte which
could not be easily emulated
by his other colleagues. That
is why Manmohan Desai was
not wrong when he said Rafi
was Gods Voice since he
could convert the most
ordinary and mundane also
in to an enchanting melody
with his sublime deliverance!
Listen in and youll
understand how Rafis
mesmeric renditions
Hazaaron Rang Badlega Ye
Zamaana (Shirin Farhad)
and Tera Kaam Hai Jalna

Parwane (Paapi) have kept

S. Mohinder sailing
majestically on the air waves.
If proof is needed, listen to
Pitu Maat Sahayak Swamy
Sakha bhajan from Shiv
Parvati which makes eyes
moisten by the sheer force of
Rafis entreaty. So soulful, so
heart wrenching is Rafis
prayer that you thank S. N.
Tripathi for entrusting the
bhajan to Rafi for full justice
just as he also did to
Tripathis compositions in
Lal Qila. Thank Tripathi
for melody but do remember
that if a finer and better
version of Lagta Nahin Hai
Dil Mera Ujde Dayaar Mein
and Na Kisi Ki Aankh Ka
Noor Hun has not been
found till date, it is because
only Rafi could bring alive
the agony and hurt of the last
emperor of Delhi, Bahadur
Shah Zafar in such an
altruistic manner.
Frankly, the list is far too
long to do justice to the vast
number of unfortunate
composers who shone briefly
but mostly in Rafis company!
From Prem Dhawan, Nisaar
Bazmi, Jamal Sen, Sajjad
Hussain, Pandit Shivram,
Babul, Amirbai Karnataki to
Sapan Jagmohan, Hansraj
Behl, and C. Arjun, Rafi was a
saviour. That Rafi recorded
many of their gems for free
or minimal amount is
another story but it is true
that in the voice of Rafi, these
music directors and their
songs are still alive as well as
venerated by the masses.

Continued on page 2





THE HINDU Friday, July 29, 2016

A leap in his heart

Ottan Thullal artist Kalamandalam Suresh Kaliyath tells
Anjana Rajan on how he is propagating the art he loves.

ecently Delhi audiences had

the rare opportunity to see a
performance of Ottan
Thullal, a theatre art
relatively less known outside
its native Kerala.
Kalamandalam Suresh
Kaliyath, a versatile artist
who has given his heart to
Ottan Thullal, regaled a
predominantly North Indian
audience with his energetic
appeal. Associated with the
late Veenapani Chawla,
whom he calls an
inspirational figure, for 17
years as a performer and
instructor at Adishakti
Laboratory for Theatre Art
Research, Puducherry, he is
currently a faculty member
in the Department of Thullal
at his alma mater, the Kerala
Kalamandalam in Thrissur,
while simultaneously
pursuing his Ph.D there. He
also runs a training
institution in his village,
Killimangalam, in
partnership with his wife,
Deepa Suresh, a trained
Mohinattam and
Bharatanatyam dancer.
Suresh feels Ottan Thullal,
developed in the 18th
Century by the celebrated
poet Kunchan Nambiar, has
great scope for being
popularised among the youth
of today. His ten-year-old
daughter has already started
training in the art, besides
Bharatanatyam and music.
Sometimes referred to as a
semi-classical form, Ottan

Thullal was famously

described by Jawaharlal
Nehru as the poor mans
Kathakali. The word thullal
in Malayalam translates to
leap about or caper and
the high spirited Thullal
performer does live up to this
idea, particularly with the
emphasis on humour and
satire. However, there is
more to it than leaping about.
The rhythms and footwork
are demanding, and the
Thullal performer is a
dancer, actor, singer and
improvisational stand-up
artist rolled into one. Two
related forms are Seethangan
Thullal and Parayan Thullal,
which differ in essential
elements like poetic metre,
pace, costume and make-up.
The poetry of Thullal, in
simple Malayalam, unlike the
Sanskrit of Koodiyattam or
the Manipravalam of
Kathakali, is more easily
understood by the masses.
This factor, along with the
humour inherent in the texts,
which often satirise the
upper classes of society,
made Thullal a popular
medium. Additionally, the
Thullal artist takes liberties
with the audience,
occasionally using his

Suresh feels Ottan

Thullal, developed
in the 18th Century
by the celebrated
poet Kunchan
Nambiar, has great
scope for being
popularised among
the youth of today.

stylised gestures and voice to

poke fun at anyone who
draws his attention during
the performance.
In this interview, the
1976-born Suresh, a recipient
of numerous awards, shares
his views on popularising
Thullal in the 21st Century.
Edited excerpts:
How did you become
interested in Ottan
I was fortunate to see my
guru, Kalamandalam
Mohanakrishnans Thullal
performance in 1992, which
led me to train in Ottan
Thullal. Before this, I was
fortunate to learn
Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi
and the folk-martial dance
Parichamuttukali. (I also
trained as a mechanical
engineer and became a
performing artist by choice.)
In 1997, I was selected for the
scholarship in Ottan Thullal
from the Government of
Indias Department of
Culture, and joined
Kalamandalam to pursue my
higher studies.
How difficult was it to
use a recorded
soundtrack for your
recent performance?
Actually it is very difficult
to adjust with recorded
music, because there are lots
of on-the-spot
improvisations. In Kerala,
usually we perform with live
music (four musicians
mridangam, edakya, thalam
and vocal) but outside the
State sometimes when the
situation demands we use
recorded music. As a
professional performer you
need to adjust to every
situation and its our duty to
spread this wonderful art to

other parts of India and

Is language a hurdle
when performing for
non-Malayalam speaking
I never felt this. Language
is not a strong barrier or
hurdle to appreciate the
performance. Of course, if
you know the language, its
easy to understand!
Whenever I perform in front
of a non-Malayali audience, I
describe the story or
situation in the beginning,
and through the expression,
music, rhythm and gestures,
any layman can understand
and appreciate Thullal. I am
fortunate to have performed
in more than 12 countries
(the U.S., the Netherlands,
Belgium, Germany, France,
Spain, Malaysia, Singapore,
Malta, the U.K., etc.) and
never felt language a barrier.
Sometimes the kids and
others of the younger
generation in these countries
became devoted audiences!
What is the training
process for Ottan Thullal
and what is the ideal
starting age?
The age to start is between
10 and12 years. Kerala
Kalamandalam has an eightyear training, from the 8th
standard up to graduation.
Now students can also
continue with PG, M. Phil
and Ph.D. in Thullal. Its a
residential course from 4.30
a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. It
includes body exercises,
massage and Kalari training
(Cholliyattam). School
education is also
incorporated in it. The
trainee has to study subjects
like literature and history of
Thullal, languages

KEEPING THE TRADITION THROBBING Kalamandalam Suresh Kaliyath in performance.

(Malayalam, Sanskrit and

English) and music along
with practical training. The
basic training is somewhat
similar to that of Kathakali
and Koodiyattam.
Does Thullal have a
good audience and social
support in Kerala? How
can it acquire limelight,
more performers and
It has still a very good
audience in Kerala. The
support system is inefficient.
There are performance
opportunities but not many
youngsters are taking it up as
a profession. In that way, its
slowly fading out. In the
current system, the State and


Of love and longing

Kathakali exponent Probal Gupta displayed his
artistic flair in shaping the mythical Urvashi.

aving fallen in love

with Kathakali
irrevocably, Probal
Gupta the boy from
Calcutta took his initial
lessons early in life from
Kalamandalam Guru
Govindan Kutty in Kolkata.
After long years of training,
he felt the need to move on.
And in 2003 he relocated
himself to Bengaluru with a
thirst to know more. He was
subsequently trained by Sri
Fact Padmanabhan and
presently he is under the
tutelage of the famed
Sadanam Balakrishnan.
Learning under this learned
guru has been the
experience of a life time,
confessed Probal.
Probal Guptas
productions have been a

mixed bag of both good and

bad. But his solo production
from Nivantakavacha
Kalakeya Vadham
performed at Kolkatas
Rabindra Sadan on the
invitation of Sarbani Ajanta
Kalasangam to celebrate the
5th year of her festival in
honour of Rukmini Devi
Arundale where he was in
the role of Urvashi was
challenging indeed.
Probal specialises in both
Purushvesham and
Streevesham in Kathakali.
It was learnt and performed
with care and diligence. In
the story, taken from the
great epic Mahabharata,
Arjun had saved Urvashi,
the reigning queen of
heaven, from the clutches of
demons Vajrabahu and
Vajraketu, whose main
activity seemed to procure

damsels. So overwhelmed
was the eternally youthful
and beautiful Urvashi, that
falling in love with the
handsome and young son of
Indra seemed natural and
Proficient in the art of
wooing, Urvashi
approached Arjun with her
amorous feelings. Though
she raised her eye brows
when he referred to her
respectfully, that as the wife
of Pururaba, she was in the
position of a mother to him,
she continued in her plea
with vivid physical
description of the
handsome Arjun and his
attractive V-shaped body.
She was struck and
tormented with Kamadevas
Playwright Kottayathu
Thampuran has used



several similes and

metaphors to describe the
greatness of Arjun as a
warrior prince and as a man
endowed with physical
beauty, through the
descriptions of Urvashi.
She, who had never been
turned down by any man,
was amazed by the
unrequited love of Arjun.
She threatened him with
dire consequences and
cursed Arjun to spend the
life of a eunuch. What befell

Arjun on account of this

irreversible curse would be
the subject matter of
another story.
The padam of Urvashi
from Nivatakavacha
Kalakeya Vadham is a 16
matras paddiniya chitta
padam choreographed by
the Central Sangeet Natak
Cademy Awardee
Natyacharya Guru Sri
Sadanam Balakrishnan. It is
only through Kathakali,
which is a complete theatre,

In harmony
Saskia Rao de Haas and
Shubhendra Rao regaled music
connoisseurs in New Delhi with
their delightful jugalbandi.

usic lovers of Delhi

relished a rich fare
of instrumental and
vocal duet in Hindustani
classical music during the
recent Concert for
Harmony. The Nadd
Foundation in a
collaboration with the
National Foundation for
Communal Harmony held
seventh edition of its
Concert for Harmony, a
concert series spreading the
idea of peace and harmony
through the universal
language of music.
Covering Delhi, Mumbai,
Amritsar, Kolkata, Jhansi,
Chhapra and other cities; it
opened this concert with
Pandit Rajan Mishra and
Pandit Sajan Mishra in a
vocal presentation and

Saskia Rao de Haas and

Shubhendra Rao in a cello
and sitar jugalbandi, at
Kamani auditorium recently.
Inspired with the changing
hues of nature, the
Hindustani music follows the
time theory and abides by the
rules of presenting ragas
prescribed for a certain
prahar of day or night.
There are also seasonal ragas
played or sung in a particular
season. Malhar and its
variants for example, are
supposed to be the monsoon
ragas, played or sung during
the rainy season. It was
apparent that both the duets
that evening adhered to this
Shubhendra and Saskia
Rao de Haas opened their
jugalbandi with a detailed
aalap-jod-jhala in raga Miyan
Malhar. It was a delight to

that one is capable of

describing aesthetically the
ruby like lips and the curved
eyebrows of Arjun,
punching it with the
amorous feelings of
Urvashi, who is supposedly
the most exquisite beauty of
Indralok the kingdom of
Indra or heaven. And the
story in the hands of
Kalamandalam Sadanam
Balakrishnan has achieved
an altogether new
dimension. Each and every
movement, be it the brisk
movement of the eyebrows
to depicting subtle pleasant
feelings or lifting of one eye
brow to display ire, or for
that matter the movements
of the upper muscles of the
cheek to let out steam and
the smile of Urvashi in love
was choreographed with a
smoothness to perfectly
blend with rhythm. Probal
Gupta came out a winner
with flying colours. From
stepping into the shoes of an
apsara in love and one who
had always been confident
to being reduced to the
position of begging the man
of her dreams to accept her
only to be spurned and in
between alternating with
emotions of rage, revenge
and remorse.

only in the alap section of the

main raga but throughout the
concert, presumably because
of the guidance she received
under Dr. Sumati Mutatkar,
who had an equal command
both in dhrupad and the
khayal singing. The sitar at
times had some problem
with the microphone but the
cello kept complimenting it
with its sensitive touch and
finally the duo received
roaring applause.



Central governments should

provide grants, fellowships,
stipends and other kinds of
support like production and
tour opportunities, and
support for creative
collaboration. Local
governing bodies can also
play a crucial role to find and
support the true artists. Its
true that the existing
schemes are not fully
benefiting the artists. We
need a clear, truthful system
and continuous monitoring.
But we are doing our best to
take it to as many venues as
possible, give lec-dems and
workshops and collaborate
with other art forms. We
need to take it to the next

COMMENDABLE EFFORT Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao de Haas in performance.

listen to this husband-wife

duo musically
complimenting each other so
well. Shubhendra is a senior
disciple of Pandit Ravi
Shankar and Saskia, initially
trained in Western classical
music and then started
learning Hindustani classical
under Pandit Hari Prasad
Chaurasia at the Rotterdam
Conservatory, where he was a
visiting professor. Later, she
was groomed by Pandit Ravi
Shankar and Dr. Sumati
Mutatkar in India. She has
modified the Western cello to
suit the requirements of
Hindustani classical music
and is capable of expressing

her musical thoughts while

presenting the Indian ragas,
where improvisation is the
key factor of any
The dhrupad ang of
Maihar Gharana was evident
in the Laraj Kharaj ka
Kaam by both the artistes,
especially during the
treatment of both the
nishads and the andolan on
Komal Gandhar in the
Mandra Saptak, the lower
octave during the elaboration
of raga Miyan Malhar.
The gradual progression of
swaras during the alap-jod
adhering to the grammar of
the raga vouched for their in

depth knowledge and talim.

After playing the leisurely
alap, pulsating jod and a
crystal clear jhala in raga
Miyan Malhar, they moved
on to raga Desh and played a
slow, a medium and a fast
tempo composition set to
Teentala, where Ustad
Rashid Mustafa provided
them with excellent tabla
support replying candidly to
their intricate rhythmic
Although both sitar and
cello were capable of
traversing the three octaves;
Saskias fondness and
command over the lower
octave was conspicuous not

Mishra Bandhu in flow

The Mishra Bandhu,
Pandit Rajan and Sajan
Mishra, opened their vocal
recital with another popular
variety of Malhar the Gaud
Malhar. The famous bada
khayal Kahe ho set to
Vilambit Ekatala and the
favourite chhota khayal
Balma bahaar aayi in
Teentala got most favourable
response from the music
loving audience. Durjay
Bhaumik on tabla and Sumit
Mishra on harmonium gave
perfect accompaniment. This
impressive rendering of
Gaud Malhar was followed by
Surdasi Malhar, another
melodious variety of Malhar,
supposedly created by Sura
The Concert for
Harmony concluded with a
bhajan rendered with great
involvement by the veteran
vocalists of Banaras Gharana.

generation. It is actually a
rare form where you can see
the four kinds of abhinaya
(vachikam, angikam,
aharyam and satvikam) in
one performer at a time.
Since it is hybrid in nature,
we can collaborate, exchange
and use new choreography
techniques with other art
forms and music cultures
and keep working to widen
the horizons of this art form.
Something about your
With Veenapanijs creative
support, I created, directed
and performed a play,
Hanuman Ramayana,
which went to the Bharat

Rang Mahotsav, New Delhi,

the Janabheri Theatre
festival of Kerala Sangeetha
Nataka Akademi, Ninasam in
Heggodu, Karnataka, and
other venues. Also I was part
of Adishaktis productions
directed by Veenapani, such
as Impressions of Bhima,
Brhannala, Ganapathi,
The Hare and the Tortoise
and The Tenth Head. In
2015, for the Aseema Trust,
Chennai, I co-directed and
performed two plays,
Siriyamma...Siri... and
Ulvili with Dr. V.R. Devika
and Sangeetha Iswaran,
which premiered at the
Kuala Lampur International
Arts Festival-2015.

Folk forward
Continued from page 1
I have observed that
women used to sit and
perform folk. So I thought
that in order to reach the
masses and connect with
them I need to stand or
dance and perform. In the
classical genre you have
division of music vocals,
instrumental (further
sub-divided into tantra
vadya and aghat vadya),
natak et al. But basic folk
has no division. It is raw
and pure in its form. And
the same person who sings,
also dances, as well as
narrates and explains a
tale related to a particular
song. And I felt I had to
take that role upon myself
because as a story teller
and a folk singer I needed
to communicate that to my
In earlier times when
people performed folk,
they were connecting with
a rural audience that knew
the dialect, knew the
village life that understood
what the songs were about
since it was in their
language. But now I am
singing folk in front of an
urban crowd who
romanticises with the idea
of folk, with the idea of
village, panghat, ghunghat,
etc. but have not seen it or
left it far behind. And I
have to bring it to the
present generation. I
cannot be rigid. I have to
make folk easy to
understand for this
modern crowd. So I try to
make my folk very
contemporary with sound
also. This is the best way to
reach out to the younger
generation. If you dont
then the art form will not
reach the masses.
You also compose?
You sang the Mithila
sohar for the girl
Yes, sohars are sung
traditionally only on the
birth of a boy. It is an

When people say

nautanki, one should
not laugh. Nautanki as
an art form in UP has
been entertaining
people for hundreds of

innovation because I
wrote it for the girl child.
It has been a common
practice that even at the
birth of a girl; sohars
would be sung only for
boys. As a shagun it would
be sung but they would
sing of Ram, why not Sita?
Where are your
plans to take folk
forward ?
I want more and more
people to sing folk. All
schools must have
syllabus sensitising every
child about the
importance of culture and
folk traditions of their
region. Every child should
know about their folk
artists, they should know
what is aalah, what makes
folk integral to our
culture. When people take
up civil services they end
up reading about the
culture of every state
because tomorrow they
might be handling the
cultural sector. You want
well-informed people to
join the IAS. And the
syllabus should be so
designed as not to be
graded but simply taught
to inform and imbibe and
gain knowledge. When
people say nautanki, one
should not laugh.
Nautanki as an art form in
UP has been entertaining
people for hundreds of
years. Today what you see
on television as Kapil
Sharmas show is nothing
but a modern and
improvised nautanki.
Every state must have a
reservoir and repertory of
folk where they can
document information
and highlight it in a sort
of a museum to make
people aware of their
regional art form. Today
with the help of
technology all this is
How will you sum up
your journey as a folk
All selfless journeys
reach great heights and
the joy of being able to
make the modern
generation listen to these
hundred year old songs
and to be able to convey
the spirit of that song is
amazing. I am swimming
against the tide. Dhaare ke
vipreet behne jaisa kaam
hai merafolk is nothing
if I do not reach the
hearts of people.




THE HINDU Friday, July 29, 2016


Varied facets of the artist

The thought beyond the dot

From blue moon to black sun, Sayed Haider Razas art is steeped in symbolism.
Uma Nair tries to connect the ideas that dened his point of view.

ayed Haider Raza, the last of

the modernists has taken
away with him his passion
and pursuit of chromatics. If
we look at the year of his
birth that goes back to 1922,
his age and stature, his
achievements in the world of
art were both magisterial and
After having created works
that were impressionist with
Western avours in early
years along with very
romantic Kashmir and
Mumbai landscapes we are
looking at an individual who
wasnt afraid of selfquestioning, wasnt afraid of
exploring the experimental,
and wanted to learn from
different movements in art.
Advaita philosophy
His humility and his
honesty about his work and
his ability to open himself to
anyone who interviewed him
is what made him
charismatic. When I
interviewed him, he often
spoke about the Advaitya
philosophy. He said: Divya
shaktiyon ke sahayog ke bina
kala nahin. The rationale
behind the quest for
symbolism lies in the Advaita
philosophy. Everything that
emanates is born through
this expression of both
duality and non-duality of
being. It has taken me more
than 50 years to understand
the holistic nature of the
Bindu, which I believe is at
the centre of all creation. It is
the communion with nature
that reects the bearing and
the being of the consonance
with the doctrines of path. It
is this experience that
externalises the form of
continuity of any identical
Burning blues
Raza could speak for
unending hours about his
work. His works were born of
the earth. They would either
be in consonance with the
beauty of the sun, the
mineral tones of the earth or
burning blues that would
catch your breath. When I
asked him about the Prussian
blues that he would paint he
asked me if I knew about Eid
ka Chand. He smiled and
explained: I was drawn to
water wherever I went. It
would provide a stimulus for
me. I am a romantic; I
tookthe blue moon as my
focus, as if celebrating a rare
sighting my search was
always for the true and
unforced image. Respecting
all religions enriched me.
Lunar movements and its
impact on nature is
something I was very alive

THE CRICLE OF HIS LIFE Syed Haider Raza (1922-2016) FILE PHOTOS

So it wouldnt be wrong
to say when he used yellow
and orange tones he was
giving us tonalities and
intonations of the alchemy
of the sun. His sensitivity
to the rhythms of nature
was born of his own
understanding of polarities
of solar and lunar realms.
When he nally began his
inclusion of the black Bindu
it was as if he was
enchanted by a journey that
went beyond the black sun.
Symbolism was always
resonant and recurring in
his works.
His understanding of
Indian holy texts and
philosophy was so deep that
is why he could speak in
terms of germination and
seed and growth and the
idea of reincarnation. His
love for the works of Mark
Rothko showed how he
translated the landscape
into deepened colours that
were saturated. What is
fascinating is how he
positioned himself to move
from planes of distilled
embers into the sublime.
The abstractionist in
Raza melded spiritual
practices and leanings too
that is why he named his
works in terms of energy
principles. He created his
own analogies to myths, we
can understand that when
we look at new works as
well as older works.
Symbolism for Raza was
drawn from nature and his
childhood became his
reverie it was like an
album of memories that

Italian Village
My favourite work amongst his older works
is a work called Italian Village that celebrates
cubism and the austere landscape of an Italian
hamlet. Italian Village created in 1953 was a
large work that came to Christies for auction.
It is important because it epitomises the
inuence of European art on Raza's during the
This painting, reected that Raza had
studied and understood the internal logic of
line and space in order to give us a collective
image of buildings that could form a cubist
cluster. The atness of cubism and the
strength of the contour transformed this work
into a classic study. He already knew that
perspective and harmony were both very important elements in the creation of a landscape.
If we look closely there is a very European signature to this moody work that actually has a
resonance of isolation and solitude but it has a certain echo of deeper intensities and the
work tells us that when Raza created a painting he looked at it like a pilgrim who was telling a
tale while on his journey. In 1953 having studied Cezanne and the impressionists and the
cubists and the European Masters he knew how to create monumental works that were both
spiritual as well as stoically silent. His handling had a maturity it was only a matter of nding
his own Indianesque journey.
was connected to the soil,
the monsoon, the rivers and
his rural idyll in Madhya
Pradesh. Nostalgia played a
vital role in his life and his
ability to recite verses in
both French and Urdu and
Hindi showed his brilliance
and his perseverance.
However, it is his older
works that give us a clear
pathway to his evolution.
Razas Bindus
Razas Bindus were two
kinds of disc co-ordinates.
The black dense large circle
as well as a series of ripple
concentrics. When he
embodied the dense large
black sun he gave it names
corresponding to the
panchatatva colours. When
he created it as ripples he
used the Nad and Shanthi.

The Shantibindus were

done in tonalities that were
warm and chromatic or soft
and subdued like chants in
a mantra. Razas Shanti
bindu presents a foray into
the understanding of
humankinds place in the
universe that becomes
incredibly relevant in the
post-war period in the
world. There is also a
profoundly utopian element
in Shanti bindu that reects
Razas quest for an art that
both acknowledges our
metaphysical place in the
universe and frees the soul.
My Bindu is primarily a
philosophical expression, an
act of faith in the innite,
an affirmation of
spirituality, Raza declared
when he created a Shanti

bindu for my show Five

Quartets at Art Konsult last
year. When I sit down in
front of one of my paintings
to contemplate it, I
suddenly feel a great
expansion of the spirit, I
feel like a man who belongs
to the vastness of the
present and the past. The
Bindu is my search for the
spirit, and my works
embody that spirit that is
why I have created many
works that are off white
and grey in tonality too,
this is the language of
purity, it is parallel to my
own perception and my
(The writer is a
seasoned art critic and
author of Reverie with

A friend indeed
Krishen Khanna artist
I was in the bank when I
met him. I eventually quit
my banking job and when I
did that Raza threw a party
in Paris to celebrate the
occasion. I wasnt even
there but that happy he
was for me. Our friendship

blossomed when I went

to Paris in 1954. I used to
go there often and stay
with him there. I
remember one of my
shows did extremely well
after which I bought an
expensive coat. In Paris,
some colour got rubbed
off on it. Raza had a
scooter those days and he

took me to several
chemist shops to get a
stain remover particularly
effective for colours. We
talked about everything,
painting, women. He
loved women as much as
I do. And we always kept
in touch. Vajpeyi (Ashok
Vajpeyi) literally
extricated him from Paris
and brought him back.
He was taken care of
extremely well.
If Raza wasn't a
painter, he would have
disappeared from the
earth a long time back
because he lived to paint.
We painters give
adequate expression to
our passion and that is
what kept him going. We
have lost two seminal
artists recently rst K.
G. Subramanyan and now

As a teacher he
provoked me to think
Manish Pushkale,
I never learnt art
formally and some of my
most basic and signicant
learning about the
discipline happened
through Raza Sahab. He
told me to look at the
world going beyond what
we see through our eyes
which is the retinal reality.
As a teacher he provoked
me to think. He gave me lot
of questions but never
their answers. He said
everyone has to nd their
own answers. I met him in
1992 and till 1999 our
interaction was about him
talking. I listened, I
watched and I learnt. It
took me seven years to be
able to have conversations
with him, to share my
confusion and to have a
dialogue. I couldn't put it
in words earlier. He was
humble and one could ask
him anything and he would
answer. He would give one
complete attention and
that is why he was always
surrounded by not just me
but hundreds of young art

students like me.

Raza Sahab never
imposed himself on
others. His lessons were
mostly his life
experiences. He also told
us what he is struggling
for. But inspite of the
struggle, he taught us to
have unconditional belief
and consistency.
He was painting till the
time he could and was
admitted to the hospital.

Since his faculties were

diminishing, the doctor
told me to go near him
and shout into his ears. I
shouted Raza Sahab get
up. Lets paint. His ngers
In October, Baudoin
Gallery in Paris is having a
show of Raza Sahabs and
my works. I was telling
him to be prepared to go
to Paris. But he wont be

A relationship beyond
Arun Vadehra,
Vadehra Art Gallery
Our relationship went
beyond that of between a
gallerist and an artist. We
met frequently and
discussed everything. He
arrived on the scene from
day one even when he
would sell his painting on
the streets. His bindu, the
shunya or the seed was an
all important thing and
that is why people loved it.
He invented forms. For
him, formology was the
key for him in art.
We had his show almost

every year. The gallery had Chinmaya Mission.

his last solo in February
As told to Shailaja Tripathi
2016. On July 31, we are
paying a tribute to him at


Man versus technology

Though Rajesh Singh failed to synthesise all the expressive
ingredients of the play, How to Disappear Completely and
Never be Found managed to evoke a sense of anxiety
about the world we live in.

oung director Rajesh

Singh, who is a
graduate from
National School of Drama
and has completed a course
in theatre design and stage
management from the
London Academy of Music
and Dramatic Arts, has been
producing plays on a variety
of genres. Creating an artistic
whole by synthesizing
thematic elements from
some stories by Urdu writer
Krishan Chander, Rajeshs
production of Ek Qalam
Sadak Kinare was
remarkable for bringing to
life the progressive vision of
the writer and the plight of
the Indian masses. In this
play he followed a realistic
style to be in tune with the
content described by the late
writer in the stark realism.
His latest production of

award winning play by

British playwright Fin
Kennedy titled How to
Disappear Completely and
Never be Found in Bhupesh
Pandyas Hindi translation,
which was presented by
Flying Feathers Art
Association at NSDs
Sammukh auditorium this
past week, is a break with his
past presentational realistic
style. In this production he
takes elements from
surrealism to portray an
alienated man struggling in a
mysterious world. His
metaphysical anguish is
caused by increasing
domination of technology in
society. In conict with his
environment, man nds his
situation absurd and to
secure a meaning in life he
desperately tries to acquire a
new identity.
The play opens on a bleak
note. We watch on the screen

high-rise buildings and

introduced to Charlie, the
central character of the play.
He works in one of the offices
located in these buildings. He
is seen in one of the corners
of a dimly-lit room. He is in a
semi-conscious state and
gradually gains
consciousness. He is carrying
a bag in which he has kept
the ashes of his deceased
mother to be immersed into
a river. Cocaine is another
object with him. He is
possessive of these things. A
weird looking man is sitting
at some distance. Both
indulge in conversation.
Then we nd him in a series
of absurd situations. Being an
executive, he addresses his
staff. Confused and terrorstricken as he is, he deviates
from the main topic and
starts talking irrational and
meaningless things. The staff
boycott his meeting.

Subsequently, he is charged
with embezzlement. He is on
the run. He wants to hide his
identity and assume a new
name, new address. He meets
Mike, a mastermind to
exploit the loopholes in the
legal system of a modern
State empowered with
stringent laws and
technological devices to
bring to books the offenders.
On the advice of Mike,
Charlie goes to a cemetery,
discovers the grave of
somebody named Adam. He
goes to the school where
Adam has studied and
manages to get his birth
certicate and now with this
birth certicate he declares
himself Adam, gets a credit
card. Now he is Adam,
Charlie is dead.
But the State is
determined to punish him
for his criminal acts. All his
attempts to acquire a new

STARK REALISM A scene from the play.

identity tend to be futile. His

past continues to haunt him.
There are offstage sounds
that cry out, You are not
Adam, you are Charlie.
Alone, he tries to protect
himself from a hostile world.
True to the style of
presentation, the production
evokes an elegiac mood
tinged with the sense of fear,
anxiety and uncertainty. The
past and present, the space
and time and life and death
become hazy and distorted.
We watch morbid scene

where a pathologist works on

her table and talks with
Charlie. We do not know
whether she is talking to
Charlies body or Charlie as a
living person. Govind Singh
Yadavs lighting is
imaginative which evokes the
right mood and ambience.
The offstage sounds
symbolise the invasion of
technology in human space
which has menacing
It appears that How to
Disappear is play needs to

be staged on a proscenium
stage. Sammukh is an
intimate theatre. The
director has used video
projection on the screen to
highlight the urban concrete
jungle and highly
mechanized life style
responsible for human
alienation resulting in
dehumanisation. But the
projection is not effective
enough to create the right
In theatre all expressive
ingredients should be

synthesised into an artistic

whole. Here in this
production the projection
tends to be a distraction.
The production tries to
give a message man
achieves happiness in doing
small things in the daily life
like sparing time to be with
the elderly people. This
conclusion appears to be
incongruous with the
character of the play which
could be described as an
allegory of the absurdity of
human condition.
The cast members are
mostly graduates from NSD
with considerable experience
of acting with eminent
Teekam Joshi is a talented
actor who has created many
portraits in the past that have
immensely impressed the
audience. He plays the
complex role of Charlie/
Adam, creating telling
images of his character in
mysterious situations
suffering from acute anxiety
and sense of persecution
with subtle strokes. Nitin G.
Goel as Mike, who mocks at
the system, blatantly
exploiting the loopholes of
the system, brings to his role
agility and force. Souti
Chakraborty, Nalini R. Joshi,
Shauraya Shanker, Vishal
and Nidhi Mishra in variety
of roles impart tension to
their scenes, making them




THE HINDU Friday, July 29, 2016



Struck by Fever

Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi (1979)

he legend of Hrishikesh
Mukherjee and Basu
Chatterjee has inspired
many a lmmaker to adopt
their distinctive style of
lmmaking humourladen and light-hearted
while depicting the trials
and tribulations of the
common man in a sensitive
manner. While their cinema
was a part of the wider
alternate genre of
lmmaking, which was
sweeping Bollywood in the
early seventies, they
primarily dealt with
situations that were citycentric.
Rajat Rakshit, who
directed the 1979 surprise
hit, Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi,
was clearly inspired by the
genre of lm craft
popularised by the veterans.
To be fair to Rajat, he
handles the baton of
direction quite effectively in
terms of the performances
he is able to elicit from the
main cast and crew. But
then, he had the acumen of
Amol Palekar and Ranjeeta
Kaur at his disposal, both of
whom had established their
credentials in such type of
roles by now.
Palekar, after his dream
debut in Chatterjees 1974
Rajnigandha, had given a
string of hits, including
Chitchor and Chhoti Si
Baat. He had carved a niche

Zareena Wahab and Vidya

Sinha in earlier lms was
highly appreciated by
audiences and critics alike.
Nonetheless, Palekar and
Ranjeeta make an endearing
on-screen couple, with their
boy/girl next door image
suitably complimenting
their chemistry.
However, despite his best
efforts, there are patches
CAUGHT IN DILEMMA Amol Palekar and Ranjeeta
where the editing falters .
performed with aplomb in Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi.
Also, Rajat should have
for himself, which was new, histrionic prowess and
strived to keep Palekars
and unique in the annals of
box-office success, was
mannerisms (at times
Hindi lm cinema since its
pertinently picked up by
seemingly stunted) under
inception of a common,
Rakshit to pair against
check as the unnecessary
city based man, modelled,
Palekar, although Palekars
use of hands to convey
maybe, on RK Laxmans
stint with the affable
anxiety is a tad laborious
dhoti clad, balding
and out of place. Even the
caricature, with a bushy
music, composed by Usha
Genre: Comedy
moustache. Although the
Khanna, to lyrics by
Director: Rajat Rakshit
physicality of the two is
Cast: Amol Palekar, Ranjeeta Ravindra Jain and Asad
poles apart, at times their
Kaur, Ashok Saraf, Birbal, C. Bhopali, is lacklustre and
angst and concerns are
fails to enthuse, expect,
S. Dubey, Jankidass, Dilip
perhaps, for Suresh
Kulkarni, Nilu Phule, Raju
Ranjeeta Kaur, who had
Wadekar sung Mujhe Meri
made an incredible
Biwi Se Bachao lmed on
Lyrics: Ravindra Jain and
impression with
Ashok Saraf, for whom this
Asad Bhopali
Ankhiyoon Ke Jharookon
was one of his initial Hindi
Music: Usha Khanna
Se and Laila Majnu and
movie roles. As a drunk
Box office status: Hit
was enjoying a high for her
lawyer, he plays the role

with aplomb, where

someone else could have
tripped on the ne line of
As for Meri Biwi Ki
Shaadi, remake of the 1964
Hollywood movie Send Me
No Flowers, starring
Dorris Day and Rock
Hudson- it revolves around
the anxiety of a 41-year-old
chronic hypochondriac,
Professor Bhagwant Kumar
Bhartendu (Amol Palekar).
He is particularly perturbed
when one of his colleagues,
of the same age, dies of
heart attack. The good
professor is deeply in love
with his wife, Priya
(Ranjeeta) and is
despondent on what fate
has in store for her, were he
to meet his end. He starts
experiencing nightmares on
the pitiable situation Priya
might land in. His fear of
sudden death from cardiac
arrest is compounded when
he overhears his family
physician, Dr. Bhatt,
discussing some other
patients case with a


renowned cardiologist, Dr.

Merchant. That patient is
diagnosed with a severe
heart condition and is likely
to die within a short span of
three months.
Bhartendu thinks this to
be his case and is totally
upset, his hypochondria
jumping by leaps and
bounds. He stops going to
college and sits at home
inhaling a medicinal tube
and complaining of chest
pain. Simultaneously, he
starts spurning all romantic
advances of Priya, which
leads to a doubt geminating
in Priyas mind about his
Meanwhile, Bhartendu
decides to nd a solution to
the likely problem in his
own lifetime, by nding a
suitable groom for Priya and
getting her married. Hence,
the title of the lm.
Thereon, Bhartendu
visualizes a groom in every
eligible man for Priya. The
situation is compounded
when Priyas childhood
friend, Achint Sharma (Dilip
Kulkarni) comes to stay
with them. Although
Bhartendu dislikes Achint
to the core, he encourages
the two to spend time
together by going to watch
movies or go shopping. The
beans is nally spilled when
a drunk Venkat Vyas (Ashok
Saraf) gets into a nasty
fracas with Achint.
How the ensuing
misunderstanding between
the estranged couple ends,
forms the dnouement of
the lm.


Cross-border cinema
A rich crop of lms from
Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh
was showcased at the London
Indian Film Festival.

s some of you may

know, I am the
programmer for the
London Indian Film Festival
that unspools every July.
Apart from the best of Indian
cinema, the festival also
showcases lms from our
neighbours, the Indian in the
festivals title standing for
the subcontinent rather than
the country. It was a rich
crop this year for the
festivals seventh edition that
concluded earlier this week.
Kalpana and Vindana
Ariyawansas Sinhala lm
Premaya Nam (Dirty,
Yellow, Darkness) is an
astonishing and harrowing
piece of work that deals with

the difficult subject of

Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder. The protagonist is
an everyman with a great job
in an advertising agency who
is OCD about urine. If he
detects even an atom of it he
has to burn the clothes he is
wearing and sometimes even
his furniture. The lm is also
the rst to be shot at and
with the co-operation of Sri
Lankas National Institute of
Mental Health and is
ultimately a moving portrait
of an often-overlooked
condition. From Bangladesh,
we had Abu Shahed Emons
Jalaler Golpo (Jalals
Story), a lm that traces
three chapters in the life of
Jalal, as an infant, a teen and
an adult. Using a river as

metaphor (Jalal is found by

the river and incidents
repeatedly take him to the

waterside), Emon provides

an effective commentary on
social issues, womens rights

and the politics of his

country. From Nepal came
Min Bahadur Bhams
delightful Kalo Pothi (The
Black Hen). Set during the
time when Nepal was dealing
with the Maoist crisis, the
lm follows two young boys
as they set off on a quest to
get their egg-laying hen back.
Trouble is, all around them
the country is at war.
The bumper crop this year
was from Pakistan, beginning
with a double bill from
double Oscar-winner
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
Her A Girl In The River: The
Price of Forgiveness won
the Best Documentary, Short
Subject Oscar earlier this
year, and is a chilling account
of a young woman who
survives an honour killing
attempt by her own father
and uncle. Her other lm,
Song of Lahore, co-directed
with Andy Schocken, follows
Pakistans Sachal Jazz
Ensemble as they emerge
from obscurity to a
triumphal concert at New

Yorks Lincoln Centre with

jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.
If you havent heard of
Sachal, please YouTube them
immediately. You havent
lived until youve heard their
take on Take Five,
composed by Paul Desmond
and immortalised by The
Dave Brubeck Quartet on
their 1959 album Time Out.
The other double bill was
part of Zee groups ongoing
Zeal For Unity Indo-Pakistan
lmmaking scheme. The
lms selected were Shahbaz
Sumars poetic Khaemae
Mein Matt Jhankain (Dont
Peek Into The Tent), where
an entire village goes berserk
over the comely trapeze
artist at a visiting circus; and
Meenu Gaur and Farjad
Nabis Jeewan Hathi
(Elephant In The Room), a
vicious and scabrously funny
satire on the Pakistani
television industry, with
Naseeruddin Shah playing a
media baron with glee.
Onwards and upwards to the
2017 edition now.

ajeev Khandelwal,
who made a deep
impact on audience
through his performances
in Aamir, Shaitan and
Soundtrack is back on the
big screen after a gap. The
actor is all set to reinforce
condence in his calibre
through a bold
performance in the
upcoming suspense thriller
In an interaction the
actor talks about his career
in television and more
Is it a coincidence or
design that the majority
of your movies are either
crime or suspense
Neither is the case. It just
transpired that the scripts I
picked up from the ones
offered to me, ended up
being in this zone. But I
need to mention that
working in such movies
offers you more in terms of
performance. Heavy
dialogues are not the prime
requirement to depict the
emotions in these lms. My
rst lm Aamirhardly
had any dialogues but it
offered the audience a
chance to understand the
actors thought process.
Indeed, it is more
challenging to prove
yourself as a performer in
such a lm.
There is a lot to explore
within the zone itself,
though I am hoping to
expand my bandwidth..
What made you accept
movie Fever?
I keep a very fresh
approach towards every
script I come across. If the
script does not let you sleep
and tempts you to call the
director to tell him that you
really want to do the lm, it
deserves your attention and
time. This script actually
did all of it. It electried me
to the level that I had spent
several sleepless nights. Let
me get cheesy! (laughs), I

actually got fever after

reading this script. The
story telling and the idea
behind this lm were
What made you opt
for films when you were
doing quite well in
I am just doing projects.
I do not really think of the
medium. The only thought
I ponder over before
involving my efforts and
time in a project is that it
should be loved and
appreciated by the
audience. Perhaps it is the
media that draws
distinction. For an artist
every platform to exhibit
the skill is equally worthy. I
was working in television
for years when Aamir
was offered. I agreed since
I found the plot really
captivating. This is how it
works for me.
Your TV show
Reporters depicted the
reality of media industry.
I am an actor. My job is
toact according to the
instruction and guidelines
given by the writer and the
director. If the audience
felt that the show was close
to reality then the writers
and the directors should
get the credit. As far as I
am concerned, I am not
gravitating towards doing
realistic lms or projects
that intent to bring a social
change. Rather a different
script which the normal
audience is not very used
to watching is my cup of
tea. I always look
forsubstance because I
want to enjoy my
performance and my work.
Tell us about your
experience of working in
the Indo-Australian
That was an
experimental lm meant
for a lm festival only. It
was an attempt to explore
myself as an actor. Working
with an international crew
was a wonderful
experience. It helped me
grow as an actor.



The seven qualities worth developing

Writer Paul Tough delves on a different set of skills which matters as much as the IQ, notes Sudhmahi Regunathan

he manner of
imparting knowledge
has always been a
conundrum. Every now and
then we get new ideas, new
insights while the major
section of our education
system continues, unaware!
Which is right, who can tell?
However in the strain of
thought that uncovers new
possibilities come the books
from Paul Tough. A
Canadian-American writer
Paul Tough says, We have
been emphasising the
wrong skills and abilities in
our children and we have
been using the wrong
strategies to help develop
those skills. The name I give
to this in my book is The
Cognitive Hypothesis.
Toughs book is titled How
Children Succeed. A sequel
to it, Helping Children
Succeed; What Works and
Why, has just been
Demolishing the global
obsession over test scores,
Tough says that we believe a
high IQ assessed on

standardized tests is the

indicator of success, but,
The educators and
scientists that I wrote
about have identied a
different set of skills
which they say matter at
least as much as IQ if not
more so. The list includes,
persistence, creativity,
conscientiousness, self
control, optimism and grit.
..If you talk to economists,
they call it non-cognitive
skills, psychologists use
the term personality
traits, neuroscientists call
it executive functions and
educationists think of it
as character.
Research suggests,
says Tough, that if we
want to intervene to help
children develop these
skills there are two
particular times in a
childs life that are
specially fruitful. One is
early childhood when the
because of a phenomenon
brain is malleable, so
plasticand the other is in which scientists call meta
adolescence that is
cognition which means

thinking about thinking. It

is in adolescence when
young people are really

able to reect on their

own thought
processesthey are able to
think deeply about
themselves. Interventions
try to take advantage of
this natural habit to
change their habits, their
Tough now identies
two types of minds: the
growth mindset and the
xed mindset. He says
those with the growth
mindset are more
malleable in their brains,
they think and believe
they can grow while those
with the xed mindset
believe what is, is. Tough
further says the seven
qualities that he
mentioned earlier belong
to the rst category in the
sense that they are not
born with you, but can be
developed as skills. He
quotes the attempts of
two schools, one in a
neighbourhood and the
other in the very
prosperous neighbourhood

Research suggests that

if we want to intervene
to help children develop
these skills there are
two particular times in a
childs life that are
specially fruitful. One is
early childhood when
the brain is malleable, so
plasticand the other is
in adolescence
of New York, to
implement and study
these seven qualities in
A telling comment from
him comes when he
describes how the schools
went about their task at
hand. The less affluent
school started issuing
report cards for the seven
qualities in an attempt to

improve them. The

affluent school however
did not, for the principal
feared that being highly
competitive and stressed,
parents may engage tutors
to help their children pass
the curiosity and
persistence tests!
And this would defeat
the purpose for character
strengths like grit and self
control are born out of
failure and in most high
achieving academic
environments no one ever
fails. Tough says these
qualities come from the
right feedback from
teachers and an ability to
manage failure and
bounce back. And
invariably, says Tough that
if you look back, sports
coaches or a music
teacher were the kind of
people who helped you

develop these qualities.

You always face failure of
some sort in these elds
and learn to learn from
them. This rarely happens
in a math or history class.
He closes his talk with
another important truth
which is that creativity
has two sides to it. The
rst is to have a free
mind which can come up
with new ideas, which can
roam the world with a
sparkle. But equally
important it is to train
the mind so that the
creative thought can be
turned into a complete
creative project. It may be
a book, a symphonyjust
anythingand these take
long years to complete.
The grit to stay on and
complete is when the
creativity manifests for all
to see, enjoy.

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