The New Indian Express wishes its readers a HUBBALLI MONDAY DECEMBER 25, 2017 `5.00 PAGES 32 CITY EDITION U.S. JUDGE PARTIALLY LIFTS BAN ON SOME REFUGEES CURBED FROM REUNITING WITH KIN US District judge in Seattle, James Robart, has ruled to stop the ban on refugees from some mostly Muslim countries ‘BONA FIDE RELATIONSHIP’ MUST Two groups had contended that a ban on certain refugees prevented people from Muslim countries from reuniting with their family living legally in the US. The order came after lawsuits by the American Civil Liberties Union and Jewish Family Service which said the order put some people at risk ■ ■ The judge asked government to process certain refugee applications but said his directive does not apply to those without “bona fide relationship” to a person or entity in US US President Donald Trump had in October restarted the refugee programme “with enhanced vetting capabilities” 11 NUMBER OF COUNTRIES FROM WHICH REFUGEE FLOW HAS RESTARTED 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 How the cookie crumbled 1,417 3,860 2,373 24,651 R K NAGAR POLL 48,306 89,013 TTV Dhinakaran AIADMK DMK Independent candidate TTV Dhinakaran pays tribute to late chief minister J Jayalalithaa at her memorial in Chennai following his win in the RK Nagar by-election on Sunday | MARTIN LOUIS BJP Naam Tamilar NOTA TTV tsunami wipes out DMK in RK Nagar Stalin’s party humiliated as it loses deposit, AIADMK wins with 89,013 votes in Jayalalithaa’s stronghold R S I V A K U M A R @ Chennai IT was as if a Sunday tsunami had hit DMK in RK Nagar, erasing the respect it had in the eyes of voters as the principal opposition party in Tamil Nadu. The wave of support for AIADMK rebel TTV Dhinakaran in the bypoll swept away DMK to a distant third and forced its candidate to forfeit his deposit. What ever happened to the fabled committed voters of DMK, estimated at least 22-25 per cent? Its candidate N Marudhu Ganesh could secure only one-seventh of the total votes polled. He ended up with 24,651 votes accounting for just 13.93 per cent. In the run up to the bypoll, party working president M K Stalin had cobbled together a huge coalition of opposition parties, which made the margin of defeat all the more shocking. In the 2016 Assembly elections at RK Nagar, DMK had put up a much better performance against incumbent chief minister J Jayalalithaa. Its candidate Shimla Muthuchozhan polled 57,673 against Jaya’s 97,218. The current bypoll was necessitated following the death of Jaya. While ruling AIADMK candidate E Madhusudanan lost by over 40,000 votes, he managed to get 48,306, which was double DMK’s score. As for Stalin, he did not know what hit him. All the euphoria he had built up after the acquittal of members of his family in the 2G spectrum scam evaporated from the moment the first few rounds of results were out. The usual buzz at the party’s headquarters, Anna Arivalayam, and the residences of Karunanidhi at Gopalapuram and Stalin at Chittaranjan Salai were missing and the rank-and-file was in complete shock. RK Nagar thoroughly exposed Stalin’s political wisdom and his ability to strategise. In fact, he hit the road for only a couple of days in RK Nagar for reasons best known to him. The political space he ceded to Dhinakaran gave him an extra rival to contend with, apart from the ruling AIADMK. TTV, Stalin nexus blamed Unfazed by the defeat in the RK Nagar by-election, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam charged that DMK working president MK Stalin and TTV Dhinakaran, through their secret pact had ensured the defeat of Two Leaves. We are the true AIADMK...people of RK Nagar have elected Amma’s successor... The Palaniswami government will end in three months TTV Dhinakaran, Independent candidate and rebel AIADMK leader NOTA PIPS BJP’S KARU NAGARAJAN NOTA, or None of the Above, got more votes than BJP candidate Karu Nagarjan in the RK Nagar by-election As many as 2,373 voters from the constituency opted for NOTA, leaving Nagarajan with a paltry 1,417 votes The defeat was Nagarajan’s second failure in as many years. Nagarajan, a regular face in Tamil TV channels, had unsuccessfully contested the 2016 Assembly polls from Mylapore constituency No surprises as ruling parties hold sway West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh and UP voters pick Trinamool Congress and BJP in by-elections WEST BENGAL ARUNACHAL U . P. Trinamool wins Sabang by whopping 64K votes BJP wins Likabali, Pakke-Kessang seats BJP retains Sikandra constituency The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal wrested the Sabang Assembly seat from the Congress on Sunday by defeating its nearest rival, the CPM, by a massive margin of over 64,000 votes. The BJP has wrested both Pakke-Kessang and Likabali Assembly seats from the Congress in the by-elections in Arunachal Pradesh. With this, the 60-member Assembly now has 49 MLAs from the BJP. BJP on Sunday retained the Sikandra Assembly seat in UP by a margin of over 11,000 votes in the bypoll. BJP’s Ajit Singh Pal secured 73,284 votes, while nearest rival Seema Sachan of SP bagged 61,423 votes. Big infra push in Budget for more jobs K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi cation of `3.96 lakh crore, whereas it may go up to `6 lakh crore this time, said sources. The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak yojana might get about 20 per cent increased allocation this time. Similarly, highways and roads may get about 10-15 per cent more allocation in the Budget. “Greater focus on the infrastructure sector with more budgetary allocation has already been deliberated upon in a meeting at the Ministry of Finance,” said a senior government official. Officials said the Niti Aayog had aggressively pushed for infrastructure development with an aim to spur economic growth and job creation in the country . Besides a boost to road and rail connectivity the think tank pan, el had sought replicating the Chinese model of coastal eco- TARGETING the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the upcoming Budget will have major push on infrastructure development. Sources said the government might increase the allocation for the infra sector by up to 50 per cent in the Budget. The main focus will be to create more job opportunities in the next one year and the Budget will see major thrust with regard to this. Officials said more allocation to infrastructure will serve twin purposes. While it will be able to create more job opportunities, it will also result in infrastructure boost in the country leading to strengthening of the development plank of the Modi government. The last Budget had seen allo- Mocking secularists, Hegde says statute too will change EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Koppal/Dharwad UNION Minister Anant Kumar Hegde appears to have stirred a hornet’s nest by stating that change to the Constitution is a constant while taking a dig at secularists. Participating in a Brahmin Yuva Parishat programme at Kukanoor town in Koppal district on Sunday he said he would , welcome it if people identified themselves as either Muslim, Christian, Lingayat or Hindu as they are aware of their lineage. Taunting secularists, he said, “They don’t have an identity of their own, but talk big. When it comes to secularism, they point to the Constitution. Yes, we agree, it has been said in the Constitution. They even refer to Manu Smriti. They don’t realise that Smritis are the statutes of the respective times. Today we follow Ambedkar’s ‘smriti’. But , it’s not like it cannot be changed. We are here to change the Constitution.” Reacting sharply to Hegde’s comments, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said at Garag village in Dharwad on Sunday that the Union minister had no respect for the Constitution. I do not want to stoop as low as Anant Kumar. We know our language and culture. He is a Union minister, but spits venom.” He said: “The BJP state unit is holding Parivathana Yatre. But the leaders like B S Yeddyurappa, Anant Kumar Hegde, Shobha Karandalje have to change themselves.” CM: Shah is a ‘Nalayak’ Hubballi: CM Siddaramaiah on Sunday called BJP national president Amit Shah ‘Nalayak’ (unfit) for allegedly giving MP Pratap Simha a suggestion to disturb the law and order in the state by holding intense protests. Referring to Pratap Simha’s video where the alleged conversation between Simha and Shah took place, Siddaramaiah said, “A national party president asks an MP on how to intensify protests. It is a shameful act. He is a Nalayak and he is not even fit to be in politics.” EXPRESS READ AIMPLB rejects proposed bill on triple talaq Jadhav’s wife, mom to meet him today Lucknow: Taking its reservations over triple talaq to the next level, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board has rejected Modi government’s proposed bill over the issue on Sunday. Terming the proposed law anti-Muslim women and unconstitutional, the board said that any law on the practice should have been framed only after consulting senior Muslim leaders and clerics of the country. Islamabad/ New Delhi: Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother will arrive here on Monday to meet the Indian prisoner on death row. They will arrive in Islamabad by a commercial flight and leave the same day after the meeting, Pakistani foreign office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said on Sunday. India’s Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh will accompany them. Jairam Thakur to be Himachal Pradesh CM Shimla: Five-time legislator Jairam Thakur will be the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, BJP announced on Sunday. He will take oath on December 27. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Miscreants open fire at contractor’s residence Mangaluru: Two miscreants who came on a motorcycle opened fire at the residence of a contractor, near National Highway 66 at Mulki near Mangaluru on Saturday. 50% ALLOCATION Infrastructure development might get up to 50% more allocation Last Budget has seen allocation of L3.96 lakh crore for infra development, it may go up to L6 lakh crore this time Bigger investment in construction of airports, roads, ports and other projects According to Niti Aayog, more investments in infra will lead to more jobs nomic zones to levergae cheap labour to enhance India’s share in global trade. The Niti Aayog had been consulting State governments to develop coastal eco- nomic zones by assuring that it would speed up road and rail connectivity. It is of the view that more investments in infrastructure will lead to more jobs. “Expansion of road and rail networks has been planned keeping this in mind. Construction of more ports will also have focus,” added the official. The government had recently announced the Bharatmala project under which 44 economic corridors will be created with thrust on job creation. A total of 83,677 km of roads will be built over the next five years and an estimated `6.92 lakh crore would be spent on the construction of roads. Under the mega infrastructure development plan, about 14.2 crore man-days of jobs would be created.
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