PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE HUBBALLI SUNDAY AUGUST 13, 2017 `6.00 PAGES 32 CITY EDITION FLUSH WITH SOCIAL CAUSE PAINTING JOY IN SLUMS Two men get together to create a replica of Mickey’s House or ‘Disneyland’, as it is called by the slum children in Mumbai’s Azad Nagar Akshay Kumar and Bhoomi Pednekar talk about Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and realising the problems of open defecation STROKES OF BRILLIANCE A Melbourne-based Malayali artist becomes the first Indian to hold an exhibition in the Victorian Parliament in Australia WEB OF POWER COVER STORY With Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif’s ousting by the judiciary and his brother’s coronation delayed, the focus is on the nation’s hereditary political families which rule through a complex nexus of politics and business EXCLUSIVE VOICES T J S George Prabhu Chawla I Ravi Shankar I Shampa Dhar-Kamath I I CHENNAI I MADURAI I VIJAYAWADA I BENGALURU I KOCHI I HYDERABAD I VISAKHAPATNAM I COIMBATORE I KOZHIKODE I THIRUVANANTHAPURAM I BELAGAVI I BHUBANESWAR I SHIVAMOGGA I MANGALURU I TIRUPATI I TIRUCHY I TIRUNELVELI I SAMBALPUR I HUBBALLI I DHARMAPURI I KOTTAYAM I KANNUR I VILLUPURAM I KOLLAM I WARANGAL I TADEPALLIGUDEM I NAGAPATTINAM I THRISSUR Hosp still gasps for breath as toll touches 60 Thirty kids among those who lost their lives at BRD Medical College in UP due to lack of oxygen; kin of the deceased claim trouble started on Thursday night; Principal R K Mishra suspended for dereliction of duty and negligence What went wrong? TERSE LETTER: After numerous reminder about dues, the firm supplying oxygen to BRD Medical College sent two reminders on July 30 & 31 about its inability to supply oxygen in view of C69-lakh outstanding balance. The notice said that it won’t be responsible for any eventuality SOS: 3 employees of hospital’s Central Pipeline that supplies oxygen to various wards sent an SOS to the HoD of the paediatric on Aug 10, about the low pressure of oxygen in the unit, which is unlikely to last beyond midnight PANIC SETS IN: At 7.30 PM on August 10, there is a dip in oxygen pressure in the pipeline. Desperate search for oxygen cylinders begins across the city for alternative arrangements. Did the firm suddenly stop oxygen supply? Probe is on CLAIM, COUNTER-CLAIM: Although health minister claimed that only one kid died on 10th night, attendants claimed that their wards died in the night itself but were declared dead the next day N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow IT was desperate night of August 10 when the doctors at Nehru Hospital in BRD Medical College started running helter skelter arranging for life-saving oxygen as the regular supply had dipped and the patients, mostly kids, started sinking. Khushi, 5, too devid of oxygen struggled for life for next 24 hours and lost to it at 5 pm on Friday . She was one among those 60 patients, including 30 kids, who died in the hospital during the last five days. However, the real oxygen crisis started on Thusrday night. Zahid who had admitted daughter Khushi, 5, running with high fever to Encepalitis ward on Thursday afternoon saw his daughter sinking past Thursday midnight as the regular oxygen supply had started dipping since 11.30 pm. Zahid says he was given a bag by the doctors to pump Khushi. “They also arranged some oxygen cylinders from outside,” states Zahid. At 5 pm on Friday Khushi’s , body became numb and lifeless but the hospital authorities declared her dead only at 10 pm, claims the father. “Panic stricken doctors kept administering the injections to the dead body of my daughter just to show the gathered media that she Relatives mourn the death of a child at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur on Saturday | AFP was alive,” said Zahid howling with the pain of his loss. He pleaded for the body but was allowed to take it only after the police officials intervened. Zahid and many more parents at BRD Medical college had similar tale of woes to narrate. However, after the reports of disrupted oxygen supply and result- ant deaths pilfered out, the state government authorities rushed for a cover up and the first head to roll was of Principal RK Mishra who was suspended on Saturday for dereliction of duty and negligence by state minister, Medical Education. . Mishra on his part claimed that he had resigned taking the moral ‘My party will Siddaramaiah heads most corrupt govt in the contest all 224 Assembly seats’ country, says Amit Shah E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru BJP National President Amit S hah, who arrived in Bengaluru on a three-day trip on Saturday, began on a strident note, attacking Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and calling his government the most corrupt and shameless. He attacked Siddaramaiah for not acting against his minister D K Shivakumar even after he was raided by income-tax officials. Shah, who was addressing a select audience of the state’s intelligentsia, said that while BJP has an ideology and a stand on several issues, Congress had no ideology and was still carrying the ashes of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi across the country . Shah has set the agenda for the Karnataka state BJP leadership to counter “Congress’ polarisation politics”. Rattled by Siddaramaiah’s offensive over the issues of Veerashaiva-Lingayat religion, separate state flag, aggressive pro-Kannada campaign and Kalasa-Banduri dispute, Shah has asked the Karnataka BJP leadership to formulate an action plan to counter Congress. In each of these issues, BJP is seen to be caught on the back foot. BJP national president Amit Shah during a public rally in Bengaluru | NAGARAJA GADEKAL Shah’s other big challenge is the lack of unity in the party’s state unit. He is expected to send out a strong message to warring factions to unite under the leadership of B S Yeddyurappa, the p a r t y ’s c h i e f m i n i s t e r i a l candidate. Shah has his schedule all set, with 25 meetings packed in. Apart from Mission 150, which is the party’s objectivein the 2018 Assembly polls, Shah has already set sights on the 2019 Lok Sabha election. He has asked partymen to wrest 25 of the 28 seats in the parliamentary polls. But for now, checkmating Siddaramaiah is the big task at hand. BACK-TO-BACK MEETINGS: P5 Apple’s New Face Apple iPhone 8 is expected to be unveiled soon. Here is a look at what the next-generation iPhone is likely to offer as per a leak... iPhone 8 will feature a handsfree way to silence notifications. By just glancing at the device, users will be able to mute sounds and ringtones for text, calls and other notifications. Home button in iPhone 8 will be resizable, while tab bars will be extended under it. Apple iPhone 8 will also be one of the expensive devices to launch with starting price of $1,000, thanks to OLED display KANNADA actor Upendra, known as the Real Star, announced his decision on Saturday to start a political outfit, contest the 2018 Assembly polls and field his candidates in all 224 seats. Making the announcement at press conference at his resort near Bengaluru, the actordirector in his trademark style said, “It is an attempt to bring change and I have decided to give it a try I do not have fear . of losing nor is there anxiety about winning.” Upendra, who has acted and directed many successful movies, said he will be a full-time politician. “All these days, my priority was Political parties, films and the producers. spend money on Now, I will be fully commitprocessions and ted to the new initiative. I rallies to create a mass hysteria am not here to quit ,” said Upendra, adding that he will Upendra, actor complete some of his film commitments. Upendra said he wanted to change the notion that only people with money or some backing of castes or communities can enter politics. “ Even I was under the same impression. But I decided to give it a try. At least I will get the satisfaction of making an attempt.” “There was a time where there was no technology, and elected representatives had to reach people through rallies and procession. With the available technology, why can’t the same speech be delivered using social media networks?” he said. WILL NOT JOIN ANY PARTY: P6 Doklam issue: US expert says India showing maturity Washington: A top American defence expert has opined that India is “behaving like a mature power” in the Doklam standoff and making China look like an adolescent throwing a tamper tantrum. Professor of strategy at US Naval War College James R Holmes said: “New Delhi has done things right thus far, neither backing away from the dispute nor replying in kind to Beijing’s over-thetop rhetoric.” Karnataka has most number of elephants Bengaluru: Over 55pc of elephant population in India lies in the south, with Karnataka topping the list of 23 census states with 6,049 animals. The Elephant Census 2017 estimates the total figure of elephants in the country to be 27,312, down from 30,000 in 2012, when the previous census was held. BRUHAT BENGALURU MAHANAGARA PALIKE Urban http://epaper.newindianexpress.com A SPACE MARKETING INITIATIVE Custodian Bengaluru 13 August 2017 01 A 4-page marketing supplement with this issue SPRUCING UP FOR SMART MOVES 4 B pages supplement BBMP has been formulating initiatives to meet the infrastructural expectations following Bengaluru's inclusion in the Smart City collection ENGALURU has been finally chosen for the Smart City project, making it the seventh city in Karnataka to make it to the list. The city is expected to get Rs 1,000 crore in the next five years, including `500 crore from the state government under the sent by the Palike. BBMP, in its project, has listed 10 interventions categorized into seven area-based development projects and eight projects to develop governance and service delivery systems using technology, pegged at Rs1,700 crores. “Projects for which detailed project reports are ready can be bridge. These roads will last for at least 30 years and there will be no pot holes.” He added that utilities will not be shifted on these roads. The city has six roads developed under the white topping grade. These include Nrupathunga road, Dhanvantari road near Majestic and Santhe Maidana responsibility of the incident before being suspended by the minister who had reached the medical college to take stock of the situation on Saturday . Of 30 children died in the Medical College during the last 48 hours, 17 were in the neo-natal ward, five in the AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) ward and eight in the general ward. The confusion over the cause of so many deaths in just five days was still a riddle to be solved. While the patients claimed it to be lack of oxygen supply the authorities rub, bished the claim and attributed the deaths to a number of reasons including neo-natal deaths, outbreak of acute encephalitis and other ailments. However, a high level probe into the reasons was on under Chief Secretary Rajeeve Kumar and the report was expected shortly . While the oxyg en supply emerged as the main reason for sudden spate in deaths, the authorities also set up a probe to ascertain the role of the supplier M/s Pushpa sales Company which is accused of stopping gthe supply on Thursday night due to non-payment of dues to the tune of `70 lakh despite several reminders to the Medical college authorities and the district administration too. Sharad Yadav removed as JD(U) party leader in Rajya Sabha New Delhi: Janata Dal(U) Rajya Sabha members on Saturday removed Sharad Yadav, who opposed the party’s decision to ally with the BJP in Bihar, as their leader in the House and replaced him with R C P Singh, a senior party leader said. The MPs met Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to hand him a letter appointing Singh. Yadav, who is on a tour of Bihar, has said he still believes he is a part of the Grand Alliance with the RJD and the Congress. The JD(U) is not just Nitish Kumar’s party, but also his party, he has said.
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