CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 18 APRIL 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 BASHIR BEHIND BARS, PROTESTERS HOLD RALLY INDONESIA’S POPULAR PRESIDENT ON ROAD TO VICTORY P10 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain or thundershower likely to occur. Max-min temp likely to be around 36-26 degree celsius, respectively. RAINFALL: 0.2 mm RELATIVE HUMIDITY P9 MANCUNIANS ARE MESMERISED BY MESSI MAGIC P6 P11 EC: NaMo TV will have to follow silence period Malegaon accused vs Digvijaya Jet shuts down ops as lenders say no Last-ditch bid to convince SBI-led consortium to release ` 400 crore fails Max.85% Min. 44% Max: 36.0°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:14 hrs MOON RISES 16.56 hrs Min: 25.6°C (0) SUN SETS 17:58 hrs MOON SETS 04:29 hrs TEMPERATURE BRAKE ON THE CAMPAIGN PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 17 APRIL New moon on 4 May THUMBNAILS Imran’s ‘reverse swing’, says Modi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a swipe at his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan over his claim that Indo-Pak peace talks will have a better chance if the BJP wins in Lok Sabha polls, saying it was an attempt by the former cricketer to influence the elections in India with his reverse swing. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also noted that his Pakistani counterpart Khan had used a slogan targeting him during Pakistan elections. Rains, thunderstorms leave 50 dead in 4 states: Over 50 people were killed as rains coupled with thunderstorm and lightning hit several parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra overnight, officials said on Wednesday. The unseasonal rains and storm also caused damage to property and crops in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Rajasthan witnessed the maximum casualties with 25 people killed in rain-related incidents following by Madhya Pradesh where 15 were killed. Militants fire grenade at CRPF camp: Terrorists fired a grenade at a CRPF camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on Wednesday injuring a personnel of the force, officials said. They said an under-barrel grenade launcher was fired at the Tral-based camp of the 180th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force. The grenade exploded inside the camp of the 'bravo company' causing minor injuries to a CRPF head constable, they added. The injured jawan is being provided medical assistance. Peru’s ex-president ‘kills self’: Peru's former p president Alan Garcia died in hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him in a corruption case, a party official said. He was 69. “Alan Garcia has died, long live Apra,” said Omar Quesada, the general secretary of Garcia's American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (Apra) party. Garcia was resuscitated three times after suffering cardiac arrest while undergoing emergency surgery. P9 STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, 17 APRIL nce the country’s biggest private carrier with a fleet of 123 planes, Jet Airways today announced the complete suspension of its operations after its last ditch attempt to convince the State Bank of India-led consortium to release Rs 400 crore to stay afloat met with a firm no from its lenders. Jet declared the shut down effective 10:30 on Wednesday night. The Jet board at its emergency meet yesterday had asked CEO Mr Vinay Dube to make a final plea to bankers to save the carrier as it has virtually exhausted its cash to sustain even bare minimum operations. Tuesday it operated just four aircraft as most of its fleet was taken back by lessors. Until three months ago in December Jet was flying across continents with a 123-plane fleet. In Dalal Street yesterday Jet’s shares hit a lower circuit of 20 per cent before closing 8 per cent down at Rs 242. It is likely to crash further tomorrow. Two days ago, pilots and other Jet employees held demonstrations appealing to Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi to save nearly 20,000 families but that failed to move the government. In March, SBI and other O DGCA show-cause to IndiGo MUMBAI, 17 APRIL Cracking the whip on IndiGo over the issue of faulty Pratt & Whitney engines, DGCA has served show-cause notices to its chief operating officer and engineering head, sources close to the development said. The DGCA is also carrying out a special safe- ty audit of the carrier as it has found issues in “operations and engineering of the country's largest airline,” an official source said. While IndiGo confirmed the receipt of show-cause notices and the safety audit, DGCA chief BS Bhullar said the regulator carries out detailed audit of all airlines at least once a year. PTI lenders had endorsed a lifeline of Rs1,500 crore to prevent Jet from going Kingfisher Airlines’ way. The plan to take control of beleaguered Jet and operate it until a competent investor bid for its takeover was appreciated by industry. However, apparently the government's waning interest may have forced lenders to rethink its rescue plan. Jet's 24 per cent partner Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways also let it down by refusing to help even after Jet chairman Mr Goyal offered to quit. Director General Civil Aviation told a business website "there are laid down regulations for each situation . We shall follow what is appropriate for a given one."Jet Airways said in an evening statement: “Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source is forthcoming, we will not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going. “Consequently, with immediate effect, we are compelled to cancel all our international and domestic flights temporarily. The last flight will operate today,” Under a debt resolution plan approved by the airlines board on March 25, Goyal agreed to cede control to the lenders consortium and also resigned from the chairmanship. His wife, Anita, too quit the board. He had also agreed to halve his stake in the airline to around 25 percent. But the April 2 Supreme Court order quashing the February 12, 2018 RBI circular (which ended all debt recast plans even on a oneday default) put paid to the resolution plan as banks were left with no leeway to restructure the loan and pay the promised Rs 1,500 crore interim funds which would have been converted into equity at Re 1 a share and also take over the management control. Before its last flight tonight from Amristar t0 Delhi, Jet's fleet has diminished to just five aircraft and 37 flights from 123 planes and some 650 flight daily till Dec last. See also page 8 China claims Azhar issue headed for settlement PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BEIJING, 17 APRIL China on Wednesday dismissed reports that the US, the UK and France have served an ultimatum to Beijing to lift its “technical hold” by April 23 on branding Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN but claimed the vexed issue was “moving towards settlement”. After the Pulwama attack, a fresh proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the US and the UK. However, China, a close ally of Pakistan, blocked the bid by putting a “technical hold” on the proposal. Following this, the US backed by the UK and France moved directly to UN Security Council (UNSC) to blacklist Azhar. China, a veto-wielding member of the UNSC, opposed the move, saying the issue should be resolved at the 1267 Com- BHOPAL, 17 APRIL Malegaon bomb blast accused, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who is presently out on bail, will be the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat against Congress candidate, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh. Pragya Thakur formally took membership of the BJP at the MP BJP headquarters here on Wednesday morning. Subsequently, in the evening, the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) from New Delhi officially announced her name, as the Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate. “I will win Bhopal seat easily,” Pragya Thakur told media persons at the BJP state headquarters. “Jo shadyantrakaari raashtra ke viruddh shandyantra kar rahe hain,hum sab ekjut hokar unke khilaf kaam karenge,” (We will fight jointly against the antinational forces conspiring against the nation), she said. “Hum raashtradharma ke liye ladenge,” (We will fight for nationalism), she added. SNS NaMo TV, sponsored by the BJP cannot display 'elec, tion matter' during the silence period prescribed in the electoral law in a particular phase of the poll, the Election Commission has concluded. The EC has now asked the chief electoral officer of Delhi to ensure that its directions are followed in each of the remaining six phases of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. The directions were issued to the Delhi CEO as he is the nodal officer to precertify political content in TV channels and similar platforms which are beamed nationally. He has also been provided with a committee specifically for the purpose, a source aware of the development said. Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act “prohibits” display of any “election matter” by means of “cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus”, 48 hours before the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in a particular constituency. This phase is called the 'silence period' as it allows a voter to make up his or her mind on whom to vote without being influenced by political campaigning. Section 126 is not applicable on the print media. The direction, sources said, was issued to bring clarity on the applicability of 'silence period' on NaMo TV. On Thursday last week, the EC had concluded that since NaMo TV is sponsored by the BJP all recorded pro, grammes displayed on the platform should be pre-certified by media certification and monitoring committee of Delhi and all political publicity contents being displayed without pre-certification should be removed immediately. After the Congress filed a complaint with the poll panel about the channel disturbing the level playing field, the EC had asked the Delhi CEO to file a report on the issue. Earlier, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting told the poll panel that it was an advertising platform that did not require a licence from the ministry. The Delhi CEO had approved the logo of NaMo TV, which the BJP said is part of the NaMo App that it owns, but did not “certify” the content as it contained the old speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Any political publicity material or contents being displayed on electronic media without the requisite certification from competent authority should be removed immediately and any political content shall only be permitted strictly in accordance with the EC's instructions in this regard,” the 11 April directive read. Odisha poll official shot dead STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE PHULBANI, 17 APRIL mittee itself which also functioned under the top UN body. Reacting to reports that the three countries have fixed April 23 as a deadline for China to lift its technical hold in the 1267 Committee or else they would press for a discussion on the issue at the UNSC itself, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, “I don't know where you get such information.” He said both the UNSC and its subsidiary body 1267 Committee have clear rules and procedures. “You need to get clarification from the sources about where you get such information. China's position is very clear.’’ Armed Maoists triggered a land mine and shot dead a woman polling personnel as the vehicle in which they were proceeding to Barala village was attacked while at another place Mingunpadar the ultras torched two vehicles carrying the polling party and a motorcycle after asking the personnel to get down and flee for safety. The two separate incidents in Kandhamal district put security personnel on high alert as polling is scheduled to be held tomorrow. Combing operations were launched to try and track down the Maoists. Senior police officers rushed to the spot where the Maoists torched two vehicles carrying polling personnel and a bike in Kandhamal district. In another incident in the same district, the ultras triggered a land mine and shot dead a woman polling personnel. SNS woman was shot dead. It may be noted here that the first phase polling on 11 April in Maoist hotbeds of Malkangiri, Koraput and Nawarangpur had passed off peacefully. The second phase polling for five LS and 35 Assembly seats is to be held tomorrow. The first incident took place today at Barala village when the radicals exploded a land mine in front of a polling party vehicle . The driver of the vehicle which had escaped the blast reversed and sped away but the Maoists opened fire killing a Grama Rojagar Sevak GRS identified as Ms. Sanjukta Digal of Luisingh village. The body of the deceased has been bought to Phulbani district headquarter hospital. The three other polling officers in the vehicle were safe and have returned to the district headquarters. No body was injured in the incident, Mr Aluuminous Kerkets SDPO, Phulbani said. Dr. Brunda D, the district collector, said arrangements are being made for smooth conduct of polls. Centenarian voters recall the peaceful polls of the 50s, 60s TYAGARAJ SHARMA BENGALURU, 17 APRIL Professor G Venkatasubbiah is eagerly waiting for the voting day tomorrow in the IT capital. Like him, Mrs Saalumarada Thimakka from Bengaluru Rural too is anxious to cast her vote . They are among the 5,579 odd voters in Karnataka who are over 100 years and above, out of a total electorate of 5.1 crore. While Thimakka is set to touch 107 this year.Professor Venkatasubbiah is 106. Apart from their eagerness to vote, what distinguishes them from younger voters is that they have not missed a single Parliamentary, Assembly, gram panchayat or, for that matter, city corporation polls, to date. In fact, the Professor, who was 38 when he cast his maiden vote, remains proud of the fact that he has always been the first to reach the polling booth to exercise his franchise, something he has been doing since the first elections were held in 1951-52 in independent India. Thimakka, on her part, is equally proud of the fact that she too has not missed a single election. In fact, her son, Uday, told The Statesman that in the 2018 Assembly elections, she was away at a place which was 200 km from the ballot booth in her constituency. Yet, she forced him to somehow help her reach the booth in time to cast her vote. Even today, the two centenarians, in their own persuasive way, do not miss an opportunity to urge other voters, young and old alike, to exercise their franchise. Significantly, both the centenarians have been awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Central government. While Professor Venkatasubbiah, a well known Kannada writer, grammarian and a lexicographer, is also famous for bringing out an over 1000 -page Kannada-English dictionary, Thimakka, is acknowledged A S Radhakrishna, 94 Thimakka with her adopted son across the world as an environmentalist,having planted over 8000 trees besides tending to them for several years. When asked about the changes that they notice in the way voting and canvassing is done today, compared to the mid - fifties, even sixties and seventies, the unanimity of P Kannan, 86 views is not difficult to understand.While ProfessorVenkatasubbiah says that in those days, the number of parties and candidates seeking votes were but a handful, Thimakka adds that most of them were either personally known to the voters or spent hours visiting, wooing them at their doorsteps. Importantly, the Professor recalls that during the early days, canvassing, even campaigning was done on cycles or horse driven carts. There was not much shouting ; even the loudspeakers did not blare much. It is in sharp contrast to the noise pollution that one has to bear with these days,he adds. Thimakka points out that earlier it was rare for people to splurge money to buy votes. The voters were too keen to exercise their franchise and depended on newspapers and the radio to form opinions about the candidates. Professor Venkatasubbiah highlights another feature ,so common during the elections of the 50s even seventies. According to him, those days, most public rallies were conducted from a common platform. CMYK Prof G Venkatasubbiah after casting his vote for the state Assembly polls in 2018 As the candidates and parties were comparatively limited, most would use the same platform –either a school playground or the terrace of a prominent building. The minute one candidate finished addressing , the opponent would take his place. There were no fights or slogan shouting or name calling. They had a perfect understanding. Thimakka, who only remembers Indira Gandhi as the prominent personality of the seventies, is quick to point out that during those days, there was little of caste politics or the ‘no holds barred” campaigning that is witnessed today. What is more, there was virtually no mud slinging or character assassination. In the list of 5. 1 crore voters, A. S . Radhakrishnan Settty, from Hasan, also finds a pride of place as at 94 he is among the 1.40 lakh voters in the state who are between 90 and 99 years old. Though he is a bit annoyed this time as he does not find his name in the voter’s list, he remembers the earlier days in Mysuru when voting was extremely exciting with but a few candidates. According to him, none of them made tall promises and were invariably well known to the communities concerned. Asked about the major change that he finds in today’s voting ,especially the use of EVMs, he is quick to respond “the electronic voting machines are a boon.” Mr P Kannan, 86, has seen campaigning for over 60 years. Having lived in Pondicherry,now called Puducherry, Chennai and Bengaluru, he has had the privilege of voting in the three places. About his days in Chennai, he seeks to remove the cobwebs clouding his memory to say that those were the days of Periyat, Rajaji and Nehru. In some of the elections, only two parties would contest,the Congress and the Communists. He too is quick to add that compared to the ballot papers of yore, the EVMs are a major change and are quite helpful in speedy voting and counting. Like others ,he is waiting for tomorrow to cast his vote even though old age does trouble him a lot now. See inside pages
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