BENGALURU MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 `5.00 PAGES 48 LATE CITY EDITION MERKEL SET TO RETURN AS GERMAN CHANCELLOR Amid the general election on Sunday, surveys suggested Angela Merkel had a big lead and would be handed a fourth term ANGELA MERKEL EENAM GAMBHIR WILL HARD-RIGHT MAKE HISTORY? WHY THESE ELECTIONS MATTER The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is tipped to win its first seats in the national parliament. Mainstream parties, however, have ruled out talking to the anti-Islam, anti-immigration AfD, which is polling at 11 to 13 per cent and could emerge as Germany’s third-strongest party I Germany, the strongest economy in the European Union, is seen as a driver of EU policy and a big player in Brexit talks I Merkel seems inclined to take a hard line with the UK over its impending exit from the EU I Observers are keen to see if populist passions will reignite 34-36% ESTIMATED SUPPORT FOR MERKEL’S BLOCK; SPD TRAILS AT 21-22% 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 Pak flags Baloch unrest, shoots itself in the foot At UN, envoy shows a picture of a Palestinian girl with multiple pellet gun injuries to the face, claims it is of victim in Kashmir A G E N C I E S @ United Nations Pakistan representative Maleeha Lodhi They won’t be around much longer, says Trump on North Korea Hours after North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said at the UNGA that Donald Trump was a “mentally deranged” leader whose threats increased the chances of a military confrontation, the US President said that if the minister was echoing the thoughts of his supreme leader Kim Jong-Un, “they won’t be around much longer.” In a show of strength, the US also flew bombers off the east coast of North Korea on Sunday IN an episode that caused major embarrassment to the Pakistan government on the global stage, the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi brandished fake evidence of what she called ‘Indian brutality in Kashmir’. Lodhi showed a picture of a woman with multiple pellet gun injuries to the face and claimed the woman was a victim of police brutality in Kashmir. “This is the face of Indian democracy Lodhi claimed. However, it ,” later turned out that the picture was of a 17-year-old Palestinian girl Rawya abu Joma, who was allegedly injured in an Israeli attack. The picture was taken by award-winning American photo journalist Heidi Levine in July 2014. , The gaffe happened on Sunday when Lodhi exercised her ‘right to reply’ to Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s scathing attack on Islamabad. India on Friday called Pakistan ‘terroristan’. In response, Islamabad said the international community must call on New Delhi to “halt its provocations and aggressive actions” to avoid a dangerous escalation of conflict. “It must end the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control. It must halt its sponsorship of terrorist groups against Pakistan,” Lodhi said. Given that such responses are normally given by a lowlevel foreign service official, it was quite significant that the top Pakistani diplomat took up the floor to launch a verbal duel against India. India did not immediately exercise its right to response to Lodhi’s remarks, in which Pakistan, for the second time, accused National Security Advisor Ajit K Doval of interfering in Balochistan. India has sponsored and perpetrated terrorism and aggression against all its neighbours; creating terror groups; destabilising and blockading neighbours to do its strategic bidding Maleeha Lodhi, Pak Ambassador to UN RAID ON CCD CHIEF EXPRESS READ I-T dept unearths over `650 crore ‘concealed income’ US defence secy Mattis visits India E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru AFTER raids on properties of businessman V G Siddhartha, son-inlaw of former Chief Minister S M Krishna, Income Tax officials have discovered “previously concealed income exceeding `650 crore”. According to the Public Relations Office of Income Tax Department, “the detection of undisclosed income is expected to be a much higher figure.” “There are a number of other issues including violations of other statutes on which there is no disclosure but relevant evidence has been found... these will be pursued effectively with vigour, energy and imaginatioon,” the statement added. Siddhartha, founder-owner of Cafe Coffee Day chain, was raided P3 on September 21. BHU students protest lack of action against incidents of harassment | PTI BHU PROTEST FLARES UP AS COPS, STUDENTS CLASH N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow THE ongoing student unrest at the Banaras Hindu University turned violent late on Saturday night after students and police clashed at the campus. Several female students and two journalists were injured in the police action. Protests began on Friday as university authorities, stu- dents claimed, refused to act on complaints of sexual harrassment. The protest, mostly by female students, was peaceful till Saturday night. Sources said the protest turned violent on Saturday after inmates of the boys hostel joined. They allegedly tried to barge into the Vice-Chancellor’s residence, prompting police to resort to lathi-charge. P7 BJP looks to meet poll challenge with devt M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi THE BJP will count on its party workers and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development agenda to win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. But, despite the widespread feel-good factor back then, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government was ousted in the 2004 general elections. The leadership of the saffron outfit, gathered at the inaugural day of the party’s national executive meet, is pondering means to avoid repeating those mistakes. They stressed the need to intensify mobilisation of party workers. Party chief Amit Shah, on Monday is likely to unveil the ac, tion agenda for Assembly elections to Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Tripura and Meghalaya. Already in power in 18 states, the BJP is looking to bag four more. New Delhi: US Defence Secretary James Mattis is set to reach Delhi on Monday and will meet PM Narendra Modi and the Defence Minister in the first visit by a top US official since Donald Trump became the US president. He is likely to seek to convince India to buy Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Block 70 aircraft. India back to top slot after beating Aus Indore: All-rounder Hardik Pandya rose to the occasion yet again with a 78-run knock as India scored a five-wicket win over Australia in the third ODI to grab the number one spot, on Sunday. Chasing 294, India overhauled the target with 13 balls to take a seriesclinching 3-0 lead. 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