SUNDAY www.thestatesman.com 31 MARCH 2019 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 20 | `5.00 |LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR WRITING ABOUT MUMBAI’S RESONATING HEART ~ AN EXCLUSIVE INTERACTION WITH JAYANT KAIKINI, WINNER OF THE DSC PRIZE FOR NO PRESENTS PLEASE REAL GIRLS EAT ~ A SOCIETY THAT SHUNS UNREALISTIC BODY IMAGE STANDARDS CAN HELP WOMEN OVERCOME SEVERE EATING DISORDERS Partly cloudy sky. Max and min temp to be around 34/25 degrees Celsius, resp. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.93% TEMPERATURE Min. 51% Economy hit due to Modi’s reckless decisions: Cong PM blames Cong for influx in Assam and rest of N-E PRESS TRUST OF INDIA WEATHER Modi says as chowkidar he is committed to resolving the issue; praises Patel, Bordoloi stand NEW DELHI, 30 MARCH Max: 33.8°C (-1) Min: 25.3°C (+1) SUN SETS SUN RISES 17:52 hrs 05:30 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 02:27 hrs 13:43 hrs Next quarter of moon on 1 April THUMBNAILS The BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain has received two complains that Sourav Ganguly will be “conflicted” if he performs his role as Delhi Capitals' adviser in an IPL encounter against KKR at the Eden Gardens on April 12. P12 ED charge sheet against Deepak Talwar: The ED filed a charge sheet before a Delhi court against alleged lobbyist Deepak Talwar and his son Aditya in a money laundering case. He allegedly acted as a middleman to favour foreign private airlines, causing loss to Air India. SP candidate for Gorakhpur after party quits alliance: A day after the Nishad Party quit the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in UP, the Samajwadi Party on Saturday named its own candidate for the prestigious Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, dropping sitting MP Pravin Nishad. The Congress Saturday alleged mismanagement of the economy by the government and that it has suffered due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's “reckless” decisions. Senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said that in the past five years, India's economy is “gasping” instead of “galloping”. “The government is destroying the credibility of Indian data by embellishing the data, fudging numbers and inflating figures. The fact is that there has been an monumental mismanagement of Indian economy under his watch. It is not galloping economy but a gasping economy, a struggling economy which has also suffered because of the reckless decision of Prime Minister Modi,” he told reporters. The Congress leader claimed that Modi has to be held accountable for destroying tens of millions of jobs by demonetisation. “He has to answer for a hasty imposition of a flawed GST model which he claimed to be 'one nation, one tax', but it is one nation, five taxes which excludes 45 per cent of the revenue, making Indian GST the most burdensome most complex,” he said. Sharma SNS & PTI MORAN/GOHPUR (ASSAM), 30 MARCH rime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said Assam and the rest of the Northeast were suffering from infiltration due to the policies of the Congress and asserted that he, as the 'chowkidar', was committed to resolving the issue. He also said it was the erstwhile Jana Sangh and tall leaders such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had raised their voice in support of Bangladesh during the neighbouring country's independence movement, and not as the Opposition usually portrayed it. “Congress has always cheated the people of Assam and if Sardar (Vallabhbhai) Patel and (first Assam chief minister) Gopinath Bordoloi had not taken a strong stand at the time of Partition, then Assam's identity would not have been what it is today,” Modi said while addressing the second of the two election rallies at Gohpur in Assam. Indirectly referring to the Chinese aggression of 1962, Modi said the Congress policy was such that it was only due to the brave people of Tezpur and the armed forces that the state could P said the four engines of the Indian economy -- investment, manufacturing, exports and capital formation -- were down. “How can you keep on claiming that we are the fastest growing (economy) by not creating jobs but by destroying them. There is a huge contradiction. This economy is not creating jobs. Exports have stagnated for five years, manufacturing has gone down, gross fixed capital formation has remained hovering over zero. National investment rate has fallen. These are the facts. The government has gone into heavy borrowing,” he told reporters. Sharma also alleged that the country has played with the credibility of the country's data. “Fudging of the data is not going to help. NITI Aayog's job is not meant to embellish numbers and fudge the country's data. The PM and his government has played with the credibility of the country's data.’’ ‘Advantage DMK’ in EPS v Stalin fight STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE CHENNAI, 30 MARCH The battle lines are drawn in Tamil Nadu with a total of 845 candidates in the fray for 39 Lok Sabha seats which will witness a four-cornered fight among ruling AIADMK led combine, DMK led Opposition, AMMK of TTV Dinakaran and Makkal Neethi Maiyam of Kamal Haasan. But the main fight is between two leaders, one an 'accidental' chief minister, who has turned into an aggressive campaigner and the other one an heir apparent, who is desperate to prove his leadership of the party he has inherited. Edappady K Palaniswami, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu who leads the AIADMK and the son of late DMK doyen M Karunanidhi, the Opposition leader MK Stalin are the two leaders who are relentlessly campaigning throughout the length and breadth of the state, albeit in different styles. Voters of Tamil Nadu are surprised to see a new aggressive nature of Edappadi Palaniswamy who is known for his dignified nature and soft words in public. Palaniswamy, who hit the campaign trail from Chennai since Wednesday, has taken the battle to the enemy camp by openly challenging Stalin for an open debate on which the latter attacks him day in and day out. Palaniswamy minces no words while attacking the Opposition claims that his government was a fail- ure on all fronts. “Let Stalin and the DMK tell who got the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal award gazetted in India Gazette. Though the Tribunal delivered the award, it was our Honourable Amma who got it published in the India Government gazette The DMK which was enjoying the fruits of power in New Delhi from 1998 to 2013 did nothing for getting the tribunal award gazetted. The party was squabbling for money spinning ministries at the Centre,” thundered Palaniswamy. In another rally in south-west Tamil Nadu, his forte, he Earth Hour: Lights off at iconic places and towers THE INDEPENDENT AND AGENCIES 30 MARCH More than 100 landmarks across the UK from Buckingham Palace to Edinburgh Castle are switching off their lights to mark this year's Earth Hour. The lights will go off at famous buildings and structures across the country between 8.30pm and 9.30 pm on Saturday as part of the international event organised by conservation charity WWF to urge action to save the planet. Sydney Opera House, Egypt's Great Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Brazil's Christ the Redeemer monument and the Empire State Building in New York are among the sites worldwide where the lights will be switched off. The event sees landmarks, businesses and people switching their lights off for an hour of darkness, and aims to high- light the impacts humans are having on the planet through climate change, pollution, plastic and food production. More than 7,000 cities in more than 170 countries and millions of people are expected to take part this year, to send a message to leaders that protecting the Earth should be top of their agenda, WWF said. In the UK, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the Shard, Cardiff Castle, Liverpool Cathedral, Old Trafford, Brighton Pier and the Eden Project are among the landmarks taking part. Last year across the UK, 10 million people took part, along with more than 7,000 schools, 400 landmarks and thousands of businesses and organisations, the charity said. WWF warns that people living today are the first generation to experience the effects of climate change, and the last to be able to change it, while the planet is also suffering plastic pollution and deforestation. The Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge were plunged into darkness for an hour on Saturday to raise awareness about climate change and its impact on the planet's vanishing biodiversity. The 13th edition of Earth Hour, organised by the green group WWF, will see millions of people across 180 countries turn off their lights at 8:30 pm local time to highlight energy use and the need for conservation. promised a whopping 60000 crore for the Godavery-Cauvery corridor project. On the other hand, Stalin, who was elevated to the post of president of DMK in August 2018 following the death of his father M Karunanidhi, is in his usual style interacting with the people during campaign. He wakes up at 5 am and hits the public places whether it is Chennai or Madurai or Coimbatore. During the brisk morning walks, the DMK chief exchanges pleasantries with the people out on the road and accepts small cups of tea offered by vendors. Vegetable vendors approach him with complaints that their income has fallen over the last four years. “Amma, let the elections be over and I’ll do something for you,” said Stalin who was in jeans and T-shirt and looking much younger than his 66 years. It’s advantage DMK, according to observers. be saved. “This chowkidar is committed to fight against Assam's problems of infiltration, terrorism and corruption and ensure the dignity of the people of the state,” he said. He urged the people to remember on polling day that Assam and the country can become free from illegal migrants and terrorists only if the BJP-led NDA is voted as on one side is the 'dumdaar chowkidar' (strong watchman) and on the other ''mahamilawat wala parivar'' (adulterated family). Modi has targeted the Opposition alliance as ''mahamilawat”. He highlighted the role played by the right-wing Jana Sangh, which was recreated as the BJP in 1980, and Atal Bihari Vaj- payee in supporting Bangladesh liberation movement. Indira Gandhi, who was prime minister of the country during creation of Bangladesh in 1971, is usually credited for its liberation from Pakistan. Modi had in 2015 received award of Bangladesh Liberation War Honour on behalf of Vajpayee for his “active role” in the country's independence struggle and consolidating India's friendship with the nation. Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid had handed over the award to Modi at a function at Bangabhaban, the President's House, on June 7, 2015 which was attended by Premier Sheikh Hasina. In his speech at that time, Modi had said he was one of the young volunteers who came to Delhi to participate in a Satyagraha launched by Jana Sangh to support Bangladeshi freedom fighters in 1971. He had also recalled Vajpayee's speech in Parliament on December 6, 1971 in which he had asked government to recognise Bangladesh as a nation. “The whole world is with country but this has worried the Congress and they are not only opposing the chowkidar alone but also the nation. Will you give a befitting reply on the polling day,” he said, launching a scathing attack on rivals. Referring to the Ahom commander Lachit Barphukan's historic quote that the 'Deshkot ke Mama dangor no hoi' (Mama or uncle is not greater than the nation), Modi quipped for Congress “all Mamas is greater than the country as is evident from Michel Mama, Quatrochhi Mama, etc for whom they have put the nation at stake.” He was referring to Christian Michel, arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, and Ottavio Quattrocchi, the middleman associated with the Bofors scam. He urged people to remember Barphukan's words on polling and strengthen the hands Shah files papers in LS poll debut AHMEDABAD, 30 MARCH BJP chief Amit Shah Saturday filed nomination papers for his maiden Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar, currently represented by L K Advani, and later asserted in a rally that people saw in Prime Minister Narendra Modi a leader they had been waiting for the last 70 years. A road show and a rally was held which was attended by two ex-BJP chiefs -- Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari -- besides allies. PTI of the chowkidar and not those who are ready to sell the country. “You had earlier sent a Prime Minister from Assam (referring to Manmohan Singh) whom people do not even remember now,” he said. Bihar shelter homes: 21 put on trial Indian couple stabbed in Munich, one dies Jet says it has enough pilots, ops won’t suffer NEW DELHI, 30 MARCH PRESS TRUST OF INDIA MUMBAI, 30 MARCH NEW DELHI, 30 MARCH A Delhi court on Saturday framed various charges, including criminal conspiracy to commit rape and penetrative sexual assault, against all accused persons in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha put 21 accused on trial, saying there was prima facie enough evidence against them. Besides rape (376) and criminal conspiracy, the court also framed charges under various sections of the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act and other charges. All the accused, who appeared before court, pleaded innocence. Brajesh Thakur,alleged mastermind, was charged with serious offences. PTI An Indian man died and his wife sustained injuries after they were stabbed by an immigrant near Munich in Germany, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Saturday. “Indian couple Prashant and Smita Basarur were stabbed by an immigrant near Munich. Unfortunately, Prashant has expired. Smita is stable. We are facilitating the travel of Prashant's brother to Germany. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family,” Swaraj tweeted. The external affairs minister said she has asked Indian mission in Munich to take care of the couple's two children. Further details of the inci- dent and the couple were not immediately known. Meanwhile, asked by a Twitter user why she, the “most sensible” BJP leader, had added the 'chowkidar' prefix to her name on the microblogging site, Swaraj tweeted, “Because I am doing Chowkidari of Indian interests and Indian nationals abroad.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the “Main Bhi Chowkidar” (I too am a watchman) campaign to blunt the Congress's “Chowkidar Chor Hai” (the watchman is a thief) jibe at him. Even as it tries to stave-off a proposed mass leave by a section of pilots, Jet Airways on Saturday said it has the requisite number of aviators to man its fleet currently under operation. "Operations on Monday are unlikely to be impacted," an official said. "We have taken a note of the advisory sent by a section of the pilots. We are engaged with them and hope to receive their complete support," a senior airline official told IANS. "Their dues will be paid. However, there is a delay due to the March fiscal end, severely compounded by the weekend. The dues might be delayed for some days but everyone will be paid." The official said the airline has "enough" pilots to support its IANS current level of ops’’.
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