HUBBALLI WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 27, 2017 `5.00 PAGES 20 CITY EDITION BSNL TEAMS UP WITH DETEL, LAUNCHES PHONE AT `499 1.44-INCH MONOCHROME DISPLAY The Detel D1, a feature phone priced at just `499, will be sold under the ‘Detel’ name and come bundled with a BSNL connection CALLS AT 15 & 40 PAISE PER MINUTE The Detel D1 mobile phone, with an alpha-numeric keypad, has a 1.44-inch monochrome display. The single-SIM device is backed by a 650 mAh battery and has features including torch light, phonebook, FM Radio, speaker and vibration mode. The first recharge, which comes with the phone, is valid for a year ■ ■ Customers get a talktime of `103 with the phone, with call rates for BSNL to BSNL at 15 paise per minute and BSNL to others at 40 paise per minute Customers are also offered a personal ring back tone valid for 28 days 100 mn NUMBER OF BSNL MOBILE CUSTOMERS ACROSS INDIA 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 India blasts Pak for stressed-out Jadhavs reunion Army avenges death of jawans with cross-LoC raid killing 3 Pak soldiers; Jaish leader liquidated E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi/Srinagar No bindi or bangles, attire too changed ■ Pakistani press allowed to approach Jadhav’s family members closely, harass and hector them and hurl motivated accusations about Jadhav ■ Under the pretext of security, cultural and religious sensibilities disregarded. It included removal of mangalsutra, bangles and bindi, as well as a change in attire of Jadhav’s wife, mother ■ Jadhav’s mother prevented from talking in their mother tongue, though it was the natural medium of communication ■ Despite repeated requests, the shoes of Jadhav’s wife were not returned to her after the meeting It appears that Shri Jadhav was under considerable stress and speaking in an atmosphere of coercion. Most of his remarks were clearly tutored and designed to perpetuate the false narrative of his alleged activities in Pakistan. His appearance also raises questions of his health and well being Ministry of External Affairs EXPRESS READ A day after Kulbhushan Jadhav met his mother and wife in Islamabad, India on Tuesday lashed out at Pakistan for violating the understanding reached between the two countries for the meeting and said it appeared that the alleged Indian spy was under considerable stress and spoke “in an atmosphere of coercion”. The strong statement by the Ministry of External Affairs came on a day when Indian Army sources revealed that its troops, in a tit-for-tat action, conducted a cross-Line of Control raid in Poonch and eliminated three Pakistani soldiers and injured one. The Pakistan army confirmed the killing of its soldiers. Security forces in the Kashmir Valley also killed Noor Mohammad Tantray a 4-ft , tall Jaish-e-Mohammad commander who jumped parole in 2015, in an encounter in the Samboora area of south Kashmir. Tantray’s killing was described as a major jolt to the militant outfit as he was the “logistics commander of Jaish”. The Army’s successes were, however, marred by the revelation that Pakistan violated the “letter and spirit” of the agreement reached for Jadhav’s meeting with his mother and wife. India said the mangalsutra, bangles and bindi of the women were removed and the shoes of Jadhav’s wife were not returned to her after the meeting. Jadhav’s mother and wife met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here and shared details of the tightly controlled meeting. Jadhav was under “considerable stress and speaking in an atmosphere of coercion,” a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said. “Most of his remarks were clearly tutored and designed to perpetuate the false narrative of his alleged activities in Pakistan. His appearance also raises questions of his health and wellbeing,” it added. India said under the pretext of security precaution, the cultural and religious sensibilities of his family members were disregarded. “The mother of Shri Jadhav was prevented from talking in their mother tongue, although this was clearly the natural medium of communication. “She was repeatedly interrupted while doing so and eventually prevented from proceeding further in this regard,” the MEA said. P11 Chennai: Tamil movie superstar Rajinikanth continues to play his cards close to his chest, saying he will announce his decision on a political entry on December 31. Addressing his fans, the actor said said he is not saying he would enter politics but would only announce his “political P8 stance” on that day. Vijay Rupani sworn in as Gujarat CM Gandhinagar: Vijay Rupani was on Tuesday sworn in as Gujarat Chief Minister for the second consecutive time, while Nitin Patel took oath as his deputy at a ceremony here. Governor O P Kohli administered the oath to Rupani (61) at the ceremony, which was attended by PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and others. Farmers unhappy with BSY response, North K’taka to observe bandh today EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru FARMERS agitating for the implementation of the Mahadayi project to solve the drinking water problem in northern Karnataka left State BJP president B S Yeddyurappa red-faced as they refused to withdraw their protest on Tuesday The day saw height. ened emotions with the farmers accusing the Karnataka BJP of backtracking on its assurance to resolve the Mahadayi water sharing issue with Goa and Yeddyurappa stating that the ball is now in the Karnataka government’s court. The farmers who have been protesting in front of the BJP office in Malleswaram since the past three days hoped that Yeddyurappa would come out with a solution. But when their meeting did not yield any result, they declared that they will intensify their agitation. North Karnataka is all set to witness a dawn-to-dusk bandh on Wednesday The bandh, called by . Mahadayi Kalasa Banduri Nala Horata Samanvaya Samiti, an umbrella organisation spearheading the agitation, is being supported by several pro-Kannada and other organisations. Terming the bandh as a “warning bell” to the state and central governments, the samiti leaders on Tuesday demanded a solution at the earliest, even as they hit out at political parties for playing politics on the issue. The bandh is likely to have an impact in Gadag, Dharwad, Bagalkote, Hubballi, Bailahongala and neighbouring areas. Nargund in Gadag and Navalgund in Dharwad have turned into a virtual fortress with police making elaborate security arrangements as these towns had witnessed violence last year. During the course of the day, prior to Yeddyurappa’s meeting with the farmers in Bengaluru, representatives of several organisations met the farmers and expressed their solidarity Among those who visited the farmers included Water Resources Minister M B Patil, BJP MLC Ramachandre Gowda, members of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and Advocates Association of Bangalore. Yeddyurappa arrived in front of the party office to meet the protestors in the evening, after the core committee meeting of the party was over. The meeting was shifted to Yeddyurappa’s residence in Dollar’s Colony due to the ongoing protest. The farmers who had insisted that they would not withdraw the protest until Yeddyurappa visited them, were left disappointed after he gave no assurance. According to members of the Karnataka Raita Sene, Yeddyurappa said that he would solve the problem only if BJP was elected to power. This evoked a strong response from the farmers, who did not allow Yeddyurappa to speak forcing him to address the media near the protest site. LOOKING AHEAD LOOKING BACK WHEN STORIES TOUCHED LIVES P5 SATELLITE TOWNS WILL UNCLOG BIG CITIES BBMP HAS TO BE DIVIDED FOR BETTER ADMINISTRATION, SAYS GEORGE P4 Eye on Karnataka poll, Centre to expedite Chennai-Bengaluru industrial corridor A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi Rajini to announce pol stance on Dec 31 BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa, Leader of the Opposition Jagadish Shettar and other party leaders interacting with protesting farmers in front of the BJP head office in Malleswaram, Bengaluru, on Tuesday | JITHENDRA M EYEING the Karnataka Assembly election next year, the Centre is taking stock of infrastructure projects that are relevant to the State, including the Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor and the Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway projects. “The government will review its industrial focus on south India in general and Karnataka in particular, keeping in view the upcoming State election. The government has asked for a list of all central government Mega boost for jobs The industrial corridor is expected to boost commerce between south India and east Asia by enabling quicker movement of goods to Chennai and Ennore ports. It is also expected to generate investment and jobs. projects in and around Karnataka,” said an official in the Department of Industrial Policy and Planning. A slew of announcements are likely over the coming few weeks, he said. “Government has asked NICDIT (Na- tional Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust) to put the Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor on fast-track,” he added. The corridor is an upcoming mega infrastructure project of the Centre . The corridor will come up along Chennai, Sriperumbudur, Ponnapanthangal, Ranipet, Chittoor, Bangarupalem, Palamaner, Bangarpet, Hoskote and Bengaluru. It has three nodal points — the Ponneri Node in Tiruvallur district of TN, Tumakuru Node in Karnataka and the Krishnapatnam Node in Nellore district of AP . VITRIOL TALK Dalit leader announces `1cr for Hegde’s tongue E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Kalaburagi A former zilla panchayat member has announced a reward of `1 crore to anyone who chops off Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde’s tongue for his controversial remarks on the Indian Constitution. Gurushant Pattedar termed the statement of Hegde as “instigative” which would create “unrest” in society . Nobody would forgive those who harm the secular credentials of the country the dalit leader said. , “This is not the first time that Hegde has made the controversial statements. It has become a habit for him. If any one chops off his tongue and shows it to me, I will reward him `1 crore”, Pattedar declared. He also requested the President of India to sack Hegde from the Cabinet immediately . In a separate press conference, Aland MLA B R Patil observed that Hegde’s statement is “not his own” and he is “speaking the mind of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah”. “The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has not accepted the Indian Constitution or the Indian flag. Due to pressure from various circles, the RSS head office has started hoisting the national flag on Independence Day and Republic Day. What Hegde said is the philosophy of the RSS to which he belongs,” Patil said. Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (M) staged a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office and burnt an effigy of the minister. They demanded that the government “banish” him from the country . RALLY POINT ■ Famers continue to protest in front of BJP office in B’luru ■ Accuse BJP of going back on its word ■ Many organisations, netas visit protest venue, offer support ■ Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce too extends support ■ BSY meets farmers in the evening after party meeting ■ Says he has done his best, it is up to the state government ■ Disappointed farmers say they will intensify the protest ■ North Karnataka to observe bandh on Wednesday BJP TOO TO LAUNCH PROTEST Irked by the farmers’ protest in front of the party office, BJP has decided to launch a protest in front of Congress office. According to State BJP officials, Congress is politicising the issue as it fears that the credit for the project will go to BJP We are not politicising the issue for any reason as it is a matter of life for lakhs of people. When Chief Minister of Goa offered a solution, State Congress created confusion We request all farmer organisations to extend support. On Wednesday, we will take out a rally to Raj Bhavan, Election Commission, CM’s residence and submit memorandums B S Yeddyurappa, State BJP president Viresh Sobaradhmath, President, Karnataka Raita Sene
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