PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE HUBBALLI SUNDAY JANUARY 28, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION REINING IN THE ROGUE ‘ART DRIVES ME TO BE ALIVE’ Playing an army officer in Aiyaary adds a different experience to the leading man Siddharth Malhotra Shombit Sengupta started out doing odd jobs in Paris. Today, he is a renowned artist credited with creating Gesturism Art ROCKER ON A GLOBAL BEAT Hyderabad-born Alluri Shriram is putting Telugu music on the world map with a mix of Italian melody and beautiful life experiences COVER STORY TEA PARTY A host of teapreneurs in the country cater to those who seek a midway between the roadside tapri and a premium lounge, and make the every man’s beverage evolve into a redolent drink EXCLUSIVE VOICES Shankkar Aiyar T J S George ■ Prabhu Chawla ■ ■ 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 VALUE FOR MONEY K’taka players bag big bucks, RCB bets on imported talent KL Rahul, Manish Pandey fetch K11 crore each; Gayle goes unsold A total of 78 players were sold at the IPL auctions in Bengaluru on Saturday. Number of players available was 110. Auctions conclude on Sunday. Express takes a look at the highlights.... H318.1 cr H12.5 cr EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AND AGENCIES @ Bengaluru INDIAN players dominated the bidding wars as Karnataka’s KL Rahul and Manish Pandey laughed their way to the bank with multi-million dollar deals but England all- rounder Ben Stokes once again emerged the costliest buy in the IPL auctions, here on Saturday . Despite all the off-field controversies, Stokes was snapped up for a whopping `12.5 crore by Rajasthan Royals after Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings also engaged in a fierce bidding war for him. The franchises were smart in their choices with most of the current India players attracting significant interest. Stylish opener K L Rahul and middle-order batsman Pandey bagged deals worth `11 crore from Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad, respectively The Kar. nataka players had a field day at the auctions with India discard Karun Nair also triggering a bidding war before Kings XI Punjab got him for `5.60 crore. With their prices sky-rocketing, the two players’ original franchises RCB and KKR didn’t use their Right To Match (RTM) cards. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan Arman’s reputation as one of the most sought-after bowlers in the shortest format was once again affirmed as Sunrisers Hyderabad used their Right To Total money spent Ben Stokes the most expensive buy (Rajasthan) 13 Indian uncapped players went for K3 cr+ TOP-8 BUYS Ben Stokes England, allrounder Rajasthan Royals K12.5 cr Co-owner of Kings XI Punjab Preity Zinta during the IPL Auction 2018 in Bengaluru | PUSHKAR V Manish Pandey India, batsman Sunrisers Hyderabad K11 cr KL Rahul India, batsman Kings XI Punjab K11 cr Chris Lynn Australia, batsman KKR As far as we are concerned the ECB has cleared Stokes for auction. We are prepared for legal consequences too. He will be a very important part of the team. We are like a start-up company Ranjit Borthakur, Royals executive chairman INTERVIEW Match (RTM) card to buy him back for `9 crore. Kedar Jadhav, one of Mahendra Singh Dhoni ‘Go-To Man’ during his last stint as India captain, also fetched a healthy price of `7.80 crore for his all-round qualities of batting, round-arm off-spin and back-up wicket-keeping. He was snapped by the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings. Chennai, however, didn’t bid vigorously for Ravichandran Ashwin, who will now ply his trade for Kings XI Punjab at a salary of `7.60 crore. Some of the proven T20 specialists like Sanju Samson also earned big bucks as Rajasthan Royals bought him back for `8 crore while Robin Uthappa’s pyrotechnics earned him a callback from KKR at `6.4 crore (USD 1 million approx). Leg spinners were in demand as Karn Sharma got `5 crore from CSK, Yuzvendra Chahal `6 crore from RCB and Kuldeep Yadav `5.8 crore from KKR. Even uncapped Rahul Tewatia was picked up for `3 crore by Delhi Daredevils. Among the wicketkeepers, Dinesh Karthik once again bagged a lucrative `7.4 crore deal with the KKR. Wriddhiman Saha went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for `5 crore but Parthiv Patel went unsold. Interestingly, it wasn’t a great day for veteran Harbhajan Singh as Chennai Super Kings roped him at his base price of ` 2 crore. Mitchell Starc Australia, paceman KKR Glenn Maxwell (Aus, all-rounder) Delhi Daredevils K9 cr Rashid Khan Afghan, spinner Hyderabad K9 cr Krunal Pandya Mohammed Shami’s 5/28 was his third fivewicket haul REPORT:P 14 Shami has bagged 12 wickets bowling in the second innings in the series Govt withdraws note on dropping minorities’ cases coming assembly elections. BJP leaders on Saturday termed the UNDERPRESSURE from the op- Siddaramaiah-led government as position and fearing political re- a ‘Tughlaq durbar’ and its leaders percussions, the state govern- warned that such a move by the ment on Saturday withdrew the state government will lead to incontroversial letter sent out to creased violence if only cases Police Commissioners and Su- against members from minority perintendents of Police across communities are withdrawn. In the Government Order isthe state asking for their opinion sued on Saturday the , on dropping cases word ‘minority comre gistered against munities’ is conspicumembers of the minority community inously missing. The new order simply asks volved in communal Congress high for the opinion of the clashes. command was police chiefs as well as On Saturday, the concerned that the the director-prosecuHome Department isBJP will effectively tion for withdrawing sued an order withuse the minority cases against innocent drawing the earlier appeasement people booked for comcircular and instead accusation in their sent out a fresh circu- election campaign and munal violence and other cases. A sepalar seeking opinions that the move was rate communication on withdrawing cases akin to the government shooting sent from the Home booked against innoitself in the foot department states that cent people involved the previous orders isin communal clashes. Sources sued in the matter Sources in the Home stands cancelled. The Department said that it was a modified ornew circular also asks der in which the words ‘minority for details of innocent people who are involved in other cases beside community’ had been dropped. The move comes after the ear- communal clashes. Saturday’s U-turn by the govlier circular was slammed vociferously by the BJP which termed ernment is said to be based on , it as a brazen attempt to appease inputs given by the Congress the minorities ahead of the up- headquarters. E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru WHY CPM NEEDS AN ALLIANCE OF ENEMIES L WOZNIACKI HAS HER SLAM An emotional Caroline Wozniacki finally lifted her first Grand Slam title at the 43rd attempt as she beat Simona Halep in three to win the Australian Open on Saturday. The Dane, who will become the new world number one, burst into tears as she secured the championship 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-4 against the battling Romanian on her first match point. Wozniacki had to overcome bouts of nerves throughout the match | AFP E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru K9.4 cr K8.8 cr CPM general secretary India never lost a Test match at The Wanderers — drew 3, won 2 ocked in a tussle with his predecessor Prakash Karat, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury says their differences are tactical rather than personal. Karat opposes any support to the Congress ahead of the 2019 election. Yechury thinks the need of the hour is a phalanx of secular forces to defeat the RSS-backed BJP . In an interview he gave to The New Sunday Express on January 23, Yechury points to the rightward shift globally — the Trump presidency in the United States, and Brexit vote in the United Kingdom — and says the march of the BJP in India has to be stopped. FULL INTERVIEW: P9 Man mercilessly beats up ‘truant’ son, held after video goes viral INDIA WIN THIRD TEST BY 63 RUNS K9.6 cr India, all-rounder Mumbai Indians SITARAM YECHURY Indian bowlers have the most five-wicket hauls (4) at Wanderers than at any venue IN a shocking case, a man was arrested by the Kengeri police on Saturday for thrashing his nine-year old son with a mobile phone charger cable and a belt, kicking and throwing him repeatedly The incident . occurred two months ago and was videographed on his cell phone by his wife. The incident came to light only recently after the video was leaked and went viral. According to police, Mahendra Kumar (37), a plumber employed at Mindtree, an IT consulting firm, was arrested from his home for badly thrashing his son for bunking tuition classes. Members of BOSCO, an NGO for children, visited the police station after Kumar’s arrest. Kavita, from the NGO, said the boy’s condition is fine now. She said the boy had not been doing his homework and was in the habit of bunking tuition classes and would instead roam with his friends. “One day, the boy’s mother called the tuition centre and found that he had again bunked the class, after which his father beat him up. The mother allegedly shot the video so that it could be used to discipline the boy in future,” Kavita said. The incident was discovered by accident. Mahendra Kumar had given his phone for repairs some time after the incident. Someone at the repair centre found the video and leaked it. Kengeri police first tracked Kumar’s workplace - the Mindtree office at Global Village tech park, and from there got his residential address. The boy will continue to live with his mother. EXPRESS READ Mahadayi issue: All-party meet fails Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed released Bengaluru: All-party leaders meeting convened to discuss inter-state Mahadayi river water sharing dispute failed to reach a consensus on future course of action to be taken by Karnataka. The meeting that witnessed heated arguments between the Congress and the BJP leaders, ended with both the sides trading charges against each other. BJP leaders walked out of the meeting after Congress suggested that an all-party delegation should meet Prime Minister and request his intervention. P5 2 civilians killed in Shopian in J-K: Officials Srinagar: Two civilians were killed on Saturday when security forces allegedly fired on a group of violent protestors in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. The protestors pelted stones on a security force convoy passing through Ganovpora village, they said. The security forces allegedly fired few rounds to chase away the protestors in which several persons were injured, the officials added. 95 KILLED IN KABUL Volunteers carry a victim after an explosion that killed at least 95 people and wounded 158 others in Kabul on Saturday | AFP | P11 NEW ID FOR UID ‘Aadhaar’ is Oxford’s Hindi word of the year PUSHKAR BANAKAR @ New Delhi PERHAPS no other word has divided the country as much as ‘Aadhaar’, but Nandan Nilekani’s brainchild is Oxford Dictionaries’ Hindi word of the year for 2017. The announcement was made on the Oxford Dictionaries’ blog on Saturday . It beat ‘mitron,’ ‘notebandi,’ ‘vikas’, ‘swachh,’ ‘yoga,’ ‘gau rak- shak’ and ‘bahubali’, among other words, to emerge the winner. Aadhaar, which literally translates to ‘support,’ has been on people’s minds ever since the Narendra Modi government decided to make it mandatory for citizens to link their bank accounts, phone numbers, mutual funds and other things in the name of security Aadhaar . is also essential for availing the gover nment’s social sector benefits. The scheme has been in the news over data theft and ‘sale’ and ‘misuse’ of data. In certain instances, technical flaws have resulted in beneficiaries of various government schemes not getting what they are entitled to. The government’s ambitious project also earned bad press after a woman in Jharkhand was denied ration at a PDS shop after the biometric equipment failed to identify her fingerprints. The Supreme Court is currently hearing a clutch of legal challenges to Aadhaar. In November 2017, Oxford Dictionaries called for entries for the Hindi word of the year as it felt this would lay emphasis on the role played by Hindi, the world’s fourth-largest spoken language. Riyadh: Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was released from detention, according to associates. on Saturday, family sources said, more than two months after he was taken into custody in the kingdom’s sweeping crackdown on corruption. The decision to free him, and the release of several other well-known tycoons on Friday, suggested the main part of the corruption probe was winding down after it sent shockwaves through Saudi Arabia’s business and political establishment. He was detained in November 2017.
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