PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE BELAGAVI SUNDAY DECEMBER 31, 2017 `6.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION MILESTONES OF THE YEAR GONE BY 18 PEOPLE TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2018 Even as we celebrated our successful space forays, tragedy left many a home and heart shattered forever From a wide variety of fields, we bring you a compilation of promising personalities set to grab eyeballs next year PRIDE AND SHAME From smashing success in the world of sports to violent exchanges between airline staff and passengers, a look at key moments in 2017 2017: THE YEAR OF THE BULLY COVER STORY Videographed murders and Christmas terror, Karni Sena and Kim Jong-un. Anto-Romeo squads and Harvey Weinstein. Cow vigilantism and caste aggression. 2017 has been a tumultuous rap sheet of adventurism, intimidation and violence EXCLUSIVE VOICES Shankkar Aiyar Prabhu Chawla ■ T J S George ■ ■ 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 Once the draft NRC is out, you will see the names of many of our people missing. A conspiracy is at work Abdul Hai, auto-rickshaw driver Palestine recalls envoy to Pak after India demarche Ambassador to Pakistan seen sharing stage with Mumbai terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed; unintended mistake, says Palestine scribed Palestine as a “real partner” of India in its war against terrorism. It THE Palestinian Authority on Saturday quoted the spokesman of the Palestinian described as an “unintended mistake” Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatrithe presence of its Ambassador to Paki- ates emphasising the “commitment of stan at an event also attended by Mumbai the State of Palestine and its keenness to terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed maintain strong and friendly relations and decided to recall him immediately. with India, as well as its support to the The move came after India issued a efforts made by India in its war against strong demarche to Palestine after its terrorism”. Ambassador Walid Abu Ali was seen “In that regard, Palestine affirms its sharing stage with JuD chief stand with India in dealing Saeed during an event in with its terrorist threats, as our Rawalpindi. nations are real partners in the “On the basis of the princiwar against terrorism,” it said. The State of pled and firm Palestinian posiIndia’s vote in favour of a Palestine highly tion, the Ministry of Foreign UNGA resolution that made US appreciates Affairs and Expatriates considPresident Donald Trump’s uniIndia’s support in ered the participation of our lateral announcement declarAmbassador in Pakistan in a its tireless efforts ing Jerusalem as the Capital of to end the Israeli mass rally in solidarity with Israel “null and void” was also occupation Jerusalem, held in Rawalpindi appreciated by the PA in its on Friday and in the presence Palestinian Authority announcement. of individuals accused of sup“The State of Palestine highporting terrorism is an uninly appreciates India’s support tended mistake, but not justified,” a in its tireless efforts to end the Israeli ocstatement from the Palestinian Author- cupation and the establishment of an ity (PA) said. independent State of Palestine on the “The Minister of Foreign Affairs and 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its Expatriates, under the direct instruc- capital and this is especially seen in the tions of the President of the State of Pal- honourable position that India has taken estine, decided to recall the Palestinian by voting in favour of the resolution in Ambassador to Pakistan immediately it the United Nation General Assembly last ,” added. The statement from the PA de- week,” the statement added. A G E N C I E S @ Ramallah ‘People are silent due to fear, but there’s widespread panic’ Unacceptable, Palestine envoy to India told P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Goalpara (Assam) A First part of a series As the Registrar General of India readies to publish the “part draft” of the National Register of Citizens to identify migrants who have illegally entered Assam from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971, Express, in a threepart series, examines the mood in the areas worst hit by the migration TOMORROW: CITIZENSHIP OF EVEN A FORMER MLA IS QUESTIONED bdul Awal has no doubt his name will figure in the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC), the “first draft” or “part draft” of which will be published on December 31. However, most others in his Moilapathar village, some 165 km west of Guwahati, in Goalpara district are not sure about theirs. Awal (25), a Bengali-speaking Muslim who runs a printing outlet at Moilapathar Bazar, claims that he, his dad and granddad were born in Goalpara, and as such, he is not worried. But he admits that panic has set in among a large section of the Bengali-speaking Muslims in the district that they could miss the NRC bus. “People are not speaking up for fear of a backlash, but I tell you there is widespread panic among our people that they could be targeted by the BJP government through the updation of the NRC. Even while it is being updated, the BLO (booth level officer, who is a representative of the Election Commission), often visits the houses of locals and asks them to keep documents ready to be furnished before the court of foreigners’ tribunals as their nationality is under a cloud. They have their names in the voters’ lists and have documents to prove they are genuine Indian citizens, yet they are being harassed,” Awal told Express. Villagers fear the government could resort to “manipulation” and “tricks” to target the community They . say notices have been served to people twice and even thrice by a foreigners’ tribunal despite their winning cases the first time their nationality was questioned. Foreigners’ tribunals deal with cases of unclear citizenship. Once a foreigners’ tribunal pronounces a person an illegal immigrant, he/she would be sent to a detention centre — a separate cell in a jail. There are cases of people, declared foreigners, winning their cases in court after cooling their heels at detention centres. Palestine’s ambassador in New Delhi was called to the South Block and India “strongly conveyed” that the Palestinian Ambassador in Pakistan’s association with Hafiz Saeed is “unacceptable”, according to a release from the External Affairs Ministry MOMENTS 2017 LOOKING AHEAD LOOKING BACK P3 WEAKER SECTIONS FIND THEIR STRENGTHS P4 EXPRESS READ Lookout notices against co-owners of Mumbai pub Mumbai: The Mumbai police on Saturday issued lookout notices against the two co-owners of the rooftop pub in Lower Parel area, where 14 people lost their lives in a fire that erupted during a birthday bash. Also, in a major crackdown, civic officials in Mumbai demolished illegal structures in at least 100 restaurants and pubs. ‘TTV was in LKG when I was 19-yr-old in the party’ President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Ministers Ananth Kumar and J P Nadda at the 22nd convocation of NIMHANS in Bengaluru on Saturday. The President later attended Adamya Chetana Seva Utsava and the centenary celebrations of the National Education Society of Karnataka. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, however, skipped all the events for his ‘Nava Karnataka Yatra’ I KPN Gujarat Dy CM yet to take charge of portfolios Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday, said, “TTV Dhinakaran has been claiming that he introduced me to the AIADMK party. But, I joined the party in 1980 as a ward member and he joined the party in 1999. When I was a 19-year-old in the party, he was in LKG,” Panneerselvam said. Ahmedabad: Days after being sworn into office, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel is yet to take charge of the portfolios alloted to him. A source said he has conveyed his displeasure to the party leadership over the departments alloted to him. After distribution of portfolios on Thursday, Patel left in a hurry. LIGHT OF THE DAY Padmavati to hit screens as ‘Padmavat’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi ENDING months of speculation, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on Saturday gave Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati the green signal. However, the movie would only be released after a few modifications and with a new title — ‘Padmavat’. With the modifications, the film would be given a U/A certificate, officials said, adding that a disclaimer on ‘not glorifying the practice of Sati’ would have to be shown before the movie and during the interval. Besides this, some changes have File photo of Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena members protesting against Padmavati | PTI been recommended in the song Ghoomar, which has been ruling the charts for the last few weeks. Officials said the CBFC asked for five modifications, which director Bhansali agreed to. There would also have to be a disclaimer that the film does not claim historical accuracy . As news of clearance to the film broke, several Rajput outfits warned of protests. Rajput Karni Sena president Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi threatened to stage agitations at cinema halls screening the film. He claimed the certification was granted under pressure from underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. 2ND IN STATE Skin bank in Belagavi to start functioning from February H R A J A N S A M U E L @ Belagavi BELAGAVI will soon get a skin bank, the second such in the state after Bengaluru. The bank will come up at KLE Hospital in association with Rotary Club Belagavi, and will start functioning from Februaryend. The bank will store skin donated by people, which can later be used for transplantation. The hospital has already got all the necessary equipment, trained staff as well as highly sophisticated storage facilities. It will start functioning once the installation of the equipment is completed. Dr Rajesh Powar, head of Plastic Surgery Department at the hospital, said, “Though the hospital presently does not have a skin storage unit, it has successfully conducted skin transplants on four people so far. The required skin was brought from a skin bank in Mumbai.” He said the bank will be a boon for burns victims and the cost of transplantation will also be affordable. “The skin of people suffering from dreaded diseases like HIV/AIDS, skin diseases, infected skins will not be used,” he said. He stressed on the need to create awareness among people to donate their skin after death, which will be a great help to bur ns victims or those with defective skin. P4
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