PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE HUBBALLI SUNDAY JANUARY 14, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION TAKE IT EASY, NO ONE’S WATCHING CANVASSES OF A LIVING PAST Kaalakaandi’s director says he was unsure if Saif Ali Khan would accept the lead role and first approached Fawad Khan Three women start an initiative to take iconic talents from the tribal areas of India to national and international platforms CROSSOVER WARRIOR After learning Kerala’s martial art form Kalaripayattu for 12 years, Chinese pole dancer Ode Rosset comes up with a fusion performance TECHTIVITY CENTRAL COVER STORY An estimated 197 billion apps were downloaded in 2017, a year which saw people using an average of nine apps on a daily basis. Here are our picks for your palm, from utilities, fitness and games, to food, travel and dating EXCLUSIVE VOICES Shankkar Aiyar T J S George ■ G S Vasu ■ ■ 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 Bar associations urge judges to resolve issues amicably BCI forms seven-member panel to meet judges and mediate, while SCBA passes resolution asking CJI to call meeting on ways to improve mechanism INTERVIEW ASHOK GAJAPATHI RAJU Civil Aviation Minister K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi KSRTC bus fell into a ditch near Hassan on Saturday morning 7 dead as KSRTC bus falls into ditch near Hassan EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hassan SEVEN people were killed and 24 others injured when a KSRTC bus overturned and fell into a 20-footdeep ditch on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru NH 75 near Shantigrama in Hassan taluk early Saturday . The bus, proceeding from Bengaluru to Dharmasthala, had 43 passengers on board. The bus left Kempegowda Bus Station in Bengaluru at 11pm and the tragedy occurred around 3.20 am, according to Yashavant Kumar, divisional controller of KSRTC. The front portion of the bus was badly damaged and those dead were all in the front seats. The dead included the driver and the conductor of the bus. Passengers who could come out of the bus called up the police and ambulance seeking help. Preliminary reports say that the driver may have lost control over the vehicle as he was feeling drowsy . However, a KSRTC official said the driver may have lost control of the bus when a speeding vehi- cle overtook it from the left. The bus then crashed into a side barricade and fell into the ditch. The deceased included two women and five men. The deceased are Shivappa Chalavadi (36), bus driver, Basavanabagewadi, Lakshman (34), conductor, from Raichur, Dayana (21) and Bijo George(26), from Neriya in Dakshina Kannada, Sonia(28), also from Neriya village, Rakesh Prabhu (26), son of Ramadas of Neladi village in DK and Gangadhar (48), son of Narasimaiah, from Bapujinagar, Bengaluru. Rahul Kumar Shahapurwad, SP, Hassan, rushed to the spot and shifted the injured to HIMS hospital. While 24 have been admitted to NDRK private hospital, four are in HIMS hospital in Hassan. All are out of danger. H M Revanna, Minister for Transport, has announced `3 lakh compensation each for the kin of the deceased. KSRTC officials have released `15,000 as interim compensation to the next of the kin of the deceased and will bear the expenses of the injured. You heard it right, slapping trends in spousal violence A government report highlights the plight experienced by women in their marital life. Express takes a look at the stats | P9 25 Slapping Manhandling Arm-twisting or hair-pulling Kicking, dragging or beating Forcing into sex against will Forcing into sex with threat or other ways Punching in face or hurting with an object Attempting to choke or burn 12 10 7.5 5.4 3.6 7.5 1.2 Assaulter known? It’s probably the hubby Husband 77.1 Former husband 8.6 Other relative 5.6 Acquaintance 4.4 Others 4.3 Figure indicate % of women victims (15-49 years) Source: National Family Health Survey - 4 “I am glad I am alive” Purushottam of Mangaluru, one of the injured passengers, was on his way to Dharmasthala for his son’s first year birthday. Purushotam who sat in one of the seats in the middle, is injured on his leg and shoulder. “I am grateful to god that I am alive. I can celebrate my son’s birthday any time,” he said. ‘Driver may have lost control’ A KSRTC official said the driver may have lost control of the bus when a speeding vehicle overtook it from the left. The bus then crashed into a barricade. A day after four top Supreme Court judges questioned the conduct of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and the Bar Council of India (BCI) on Saturday urged the judges to resolve their differences amicably to protect the credibility of the judiciary . While the SCBA passed a resolution asking the Chief Justice to call a full court meeting over ways to improve the mechanism in the apex court, including allocation of cases, the BCI formed a seven-member delegation that would meet all judges in an attempt to bridge the rift. Addressing the media after an emergency meeting of the SCBA, president and senior advocate Vikas Singh said, “All PIL matters, including pending petitions, should either be taken up by the CJI, or if he has to assign them to any other bench, they should be assigned to judges in the collegium (five senior-most judges).” The four senior-most judges — Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Jo- Curious case of PM secy PM Narendra Modi’s Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra was on Saturday spotted at the residence of CJI Dipak Misra. TV visuals showed him driving to the CJI’s residence. However, the gates were not opened Loya hearing deferred The PIL related to Judge Loya’s death will not be taken up by the Supreme Court on Monday as one of the judges, MM Shantanagoudar, has fallen ill seph — in an unprecedented press conference on Friday said they had written to the CJI, pointing out that “cases having far-reaching consequences for the nation and the institution” were assigned “selectively to the benches of their preferences without any rational basis.” “Henceforth, a norm should be put in place to ensure that all petitions are heard by the first five courts,” TWO days after a team of officials from Goa state visited the Kalasa-Banduri project site, Goa Irrigation minister Vinoda Paliencar visited the place near Kanakumbi village in Khanapur taluk on Saturday The minister . and a few senior officials inspected the site to ascertain whether Karnataka was carrying out any civic work as a section of the media in Goa had reported that Kar nataka was taking up works as against the Supreme Court’s order. Speaking to news persons, Paliencar said that despite a stay order, Karnataka was carrying out civil work which would be brought to the notice of the Mahadayi River Water Sharing Tribunal. The Goa government will also file a contempt of court petition against Karnataka in the Supreme Court, he said. The Tribunal is expected to hold a series of hearing from RAJU WARNS UNRULY FLIERS, AIRLINE STAFF C ivil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju feels 2018 would be a good year for the aviation sector, with airports in several small cities likely to become operational. In an interview to The New Sunday Express, Raju said the expansion of the aviation sector would increase competition, in turn improving facilities and amenities for fliers. He said there was no place for misbehaviour by passengers and airline staff. “There is no way of justifying bad behaviour... If a passenger behaves badly he can be put on , the ‘no-fly list’. If an airline employee behaves badly, we have the Air Sewa app on which anybody can file complaints and the response to them has to come within a particular time frame.” P9 PAWAN HANS CHOPPER CRASHES OFF MUMBAI, FOUR BODIES FOUND THREE STUDENTS DROWN, 32 SAVED AFTER BOAT CAPSIZES Mumbai: A Pawan Hans helicopter with seven persons on-board — five ONGC officers and two pilots — crashed off the Mumbai coast minutes after it took off for the state-owned company’s oil installation in the Arabian sea on Saturday . So far, four bodies have been recovered, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) said in a statement. A search operation is on for the missing persons. ONGC has key oil and gas fields off the Mumbai coast and Pawan Hans helicopters routinely ferry company employees and officers to the oil installations that are situated as far as 160 kilometres from the coastline. Mumbai: Three girls drowned and five were reported missing after a private boat with 40 students, who were on a school picnic, capsized on Saturday morning off the coast of Dahanu in Palghar district of Maharashtra. The police said 32 students had been rescued and a search for the missing ones was continuing with Coast Guard personnel and local fishermen out at sea. “The Coast Guard has deployed its ships and aircraft in the rescue operation and personnel from several departments like the coastal police are involved in the search operations,” said Superintendent of Police, Palghar, Manjunath Singe. Agencies Goa irrigation minister visits Kalasa-Banduri site, takes photos EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Belagavi Singh said, adding that the resolution would be forwarded to the CJI. If the resolution is adopted by the SCBA, the Judge Loya PIL – seeking an independent investigation into the death of Loya, who was hearing a case involving BJP president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin killing — would have to be heard by one of the judges of the collegium. The PIL is now pending before Justice Arun Mishra. Alongside the SCBA, the BCI too stepped up its mediation efforts. “We have decided to form the delegation of the Council who will meet honourable judges of the SC,” BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said. Mishra criticised attempts by political leaders to intervene in the matter. “We do not want the judiciary’s image to be tarnished.” In Kochi, Justice Kurian Joseph said “there is no need for outside intervention to solve the matter because it occurred within an institution. Necessary steps would be taken by the institution.” In Kolkata, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is likely to succeed Dipak Misra as CJI, said, “There is no crisis in the judiciary .” February 6 and Goa seems to be preparing to strengthen it case. The Goa minister, who visited the site around 2.30 pm on Saturday, also took photographs at the site. The minister was brought to the site amidst tight police protection. On Thursday, a team of officials from Goa made a quick visit to the Kalasa-Banduri project site and has submitted a report to the government. The issue was discussed by Goa CM Manohar Parrikar and other minister after which it was decided that Minister Paliencar will personally visit the site. Despite a stay order, Karnataka was carrying out civil work which would be brought to the notice of the Mahadayi River Water Sharing Tribunal. The Goa government will also file a contempt of court petition in the Supreme Court Vinoda Paliencar, Goa minister Activists cry foul Activists in Belagavi and Hubballi have termed the visit by the Goa minister as “unnecessary” and “provocative”. The Goa government is trying hard to deny Karnataka its rightful share of Mahadayi waters. “The Karnataka government must regulate entry at the Kalasa-Banduri project site so that Goa ministers do not get a wrong picture about the state,” said a farmer’s leader in Hubballi. EXPRESS READ ED raids Karti ’s premises in Chennai and Delhi History sheeter ‘Target’ Eliyas stabbed to death TN asks for Cauvery water, K’taka says no Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday conducted searches at multiple premises linked to Karti Chidambaram in connection with its moneylaundering probe in the AircelMaxis case. The raids were conducted in Delhi and Chennai. The central probe agency, on December 1 last year, had conducted similar searches on the premises of a relative of Karti and others in this case. The ED case pertains to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval granted in 2006 by the then finance P6 minister P Chidambaram. Mangaluru: Mangalureans woke up to third brutal murder in a span of 11 days on Saturday. This time, it was notorious rowdysheeter U S Eliyas alias ‘Target’ Eliyas, (31) infamous as ‘Target Group’ leader. As soon as Eliyas’s mother-in-law opened the door, assailants forced their way inside, went to the bedroom, landed just one strike on his chest with the dagger that they had brought and fled the scene. Bengaluru: The state government has turned down a request from his Tamil Nadu counterpart seeking release of Cauvery water saying it is not possible to do so as reservoirs in the state do not have sufficient water. Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday wrote to Siddaramaiah requesting release of at least 15 tmcft of water to save the standing crops in the delta districts. Siddaramaiah told reporters at New Delhi, ”We do not have sufficient water and it is not possible for us to release water to Tamil Nadu.” STATE MAY FACE SC CONTEMPT P5
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