PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE CHENNAI SUNDAY AUGUST 13, 2017 `5.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION FLUSH WITH SOCIAL CAUSE Akshay Kumar and Bhoomi Pednekar talk about Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and realising the problems of open defecation PAINTING JOY IN SLUMS STROKES OF BRILLIANCE 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 A Melbourne-based Malayali artist becomes the first Indian to hold an exhibition in the Victorian Parliament in Australia COVER STORY WEB OF POWER 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 ■ Ravi Shankar ■ Shampa Dhar-Kamath ■ ■ OPS fails to meet BJP leaders, goes to Shirdi instead TERSE LETTER: After numer- ous reminder about its pending dues, the firm supplying oxygen to BRD Medical College sent a legal notice & 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 T M U R U G A N A N T H A M @ Chennai FORMER Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who heads the rebel faction of the AIADMK, was denied an audience with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah during his visit to New Delhi on Friday This was in contrast to the series of meetings Chief . Minister ‘Edappadi’ K Palaniswami had with Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley President Ram Nath Ko, vind and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Unfailingly, this gave an impression that the BJP leadership was not happy with Panneerselvam’s handling of the merger talks with the ruling faction led by Palaniswami. The BJP is said to be playing a key role in nudging both the factions for a merger. However, sources in Panneerselvam’s camp said he left New Delhi on Saturday morning due to changes in his travel plans. He intended to visit What are Rishikesh, but due to lack of time, OPS’ plans? headed to Shirdi Saibaba temple via He will return Mumbai. They refused to say why to Delhi if he Panneerselvam could not meet Modi gets a chance or Shah. Though speculations were to meet PM or rife that he might meet senior BJP another senior leader Nitin Gadkari or some other senior leader in Mumbai, no such BJP leader. high-profile meeting took place — or Else, he would was officially announced, at least. return to ChenWhen asked about Panneerselnai on Sunday vam’s remark that the “AIADMK or Monday: (Amma) had come only halfway.. let party sources them come across fully,” Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai quipped: “By his own statement, Panneerselvam has admitted that AIADMK (Amma) had come halfway so if Panneerselvam too makes a move to cover ... the remaining half, it will conclude in the merger.” P4 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 texts, calls and other notifications Home button on iPhone 8 will be resizable, while tab bars will be extended under it JD(U) to join NDA? 3 Cabinet berths on offer M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi WITH the JD (U) bracing up to joining the NDA government at the Centre, the Cabinet expansion and reshuffle is likely to happen in the immediate future. A day after meeting Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, BJP chief Amit Shah stated that the JD (U) has formally been invited to join the NDA. With the national executive meeting of the JD (U) slated for August 19, speculation is rife that the Cabinet expansion may take place in the later this month. “The JD (U) will formally pass a resolution during the national executive mee ting in Patna to join the NDA. Shah has been told that the party will share the names of the MPs who could join the council of ministers headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” sources said. Nitish Kumar loyalists and Rajya Sabha MPs — RCP Singh, Ram Nath Thakur and Harivansh — are favourites to join the join the Cabinet. “The CM is of clear view that the party nominees in the NDA government will not be chosen on the basis of caste considerations. He has taken care of such concerns in the Bihar council of ministers. Nitish wants perfor mers to be in the Modi gover nment, who can earn good names for the party,” sources added. P11 Apple iPhone 8 will also be one of the more expensive devices to be launched, with starting price of $1,000, thanks to OLED display India-China meet remains inconclusive New Delhi: Senior army officials from India and China held a flag meeting at the Nathu La mountain pass in Sikkim and discussed the Dokalam standoff, but “deliberations remained inconclusive”, sources said. India said the face-off could be resolved through simultaneous withdrawal of troops, but China insisted on “immediate” withdrawal of Indian forces, they added. Pujara, Ishant, Ashwin to get County stint? Chennai: R Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma are likely to head to England soon to play in the final rounds of the County Championship. BCCI is likely to grant NoC as the team-management wants the trio to gain experience. P16 Relatives mourn the death of a child at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur on Saturday | AFP SOS: Three 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 Hospital still gasping for breath as toll touches 60 Thirty kids among those who lost their lives at BRD Medical College due to lack of oxygen; kin of the deceased claim trouble started on Thursday night 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 devoid of oxygen, struggled for life for next 24 hours and lost 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 Thusday night. Zahid who had admitted daughter Khushi, running with high fever to Encephalitis ward on Thursday afternoon saw her sinking past midnight as the regular oxygen supply 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 beca, me 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 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 resultant 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 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 who 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 rubbished 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 Rajeev Kumar and the report is expected shortly . P9 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 DESPERATE NIGHT: With oxygen supply down, it was a desperate Thursday night for parents, whose kids were in critical condition in neonatal ICU and encephalitis wards. They were given Ambu bags for maintaining oxygen supply, but many children started sinking CLAIM, COUNTER-CLAIM: Although hospital and the health minister, claim that only one kid died on 10th night during the period the oxygen supply was disrupted, attendants claimed that their wards died in the night itself but were declared dead the next day Insure Your Home & Not Only The House *For more details on risk factors, terms & conditions, please read the sales brochure/prospectus before conducting a sale What went wrong? House Holders’ Insurance Policy National Insurance Company Limited Reg. & Head Office : 3, Middleton Street, Kolkata - 700071 | Toll Free No. 1800-200-7710 IRDA Reg. No.58, CIN: U10200WB1906GO/001713 UIN : 92/IRDAI/HLT/NIC/NL-PACKAGE/2015-16 | Ad UIN : 69/17-18 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR Rape, death threats push filmmaker Divya Bharathi out of TN L A L I T H A R A N J A N I @ Madurai Madurai-based documentary filmmaker Divya Bharathi has left Tamil Nadu following persistent death, rape and acid-attack threats. The 25-year-old law graduate has been facing a backlash, reportedly for her documentary Kakoos, which throws light on manual scavenging, a practice that is still continued in Tamil Nadu. More than 10 cases have been registered against Divya. “I left Tamil Nadu, mainly due to persistent harassment from caste groups — especially partymen of Puthiya Tamizhagam, which is headed by Dr K Krishnaswamy Di,” vya told Express in a telephonic conversation. Twelve complaints have been registered against her in Madurai and other districts, including Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar and Ramanathapuram, while an FIR has been filed against her for cyber terrorism, among other charges, she added. In July, Divya accused Krishnasamy of instigating partymen to send her death threats and circulating messages announcing a bounty of `2 crore on her head. She said she had been receiving thousands of anonymous calls each day and at times, her movements were being closely watched as she was followed P4 by unidentified men. ‘Can now move freely, but cops didn’t do much’ “With my movement restricted, I felt like I was under house arrest. Those behind me even deprived my family of their peace. But now, I am glad to have been able to move freely and carry out my work where I am today,” said Divya, adding that the police “have not done much” to ensure her safety, despite her lodging a complaint
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