PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE HUBBALLI SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 30 CITY EDITION WILD AT HEART Tapsee and Saqib’s on-screen chemistry was the reason for Aleya to cast the actors in her fun movie Dil Junglee DIVA OF TEXTILES SPINS A NEW TALE IN HANDLOOM INTIMACY OF ART Artists Madhvi Subrahmanian, Neha Lavingia and Sheetal Gattani talk about incubation, growth, artistic quest and sobering emotions Time has not dimmed the passion of Uzramma Bilgrami, 75, but love for handlooms and handicraft propels her to do more THE AGE OF THE MACHINES COVER STORY Governments and corporations are investing heavily on artificial intelligence research to transform lives, the economy, medicine and the marketplace. But will super computers control man one day? 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 Security forces effective: Rajnath JAMMU SUNJAWAN AMRITSAR LUDHIANA Sunjawan schools to remain shut “Rest assured...our Army and security forces are effectively accomplishing their job and handling their responsibility. They will never let any Indian bow down his head,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said during the attack in Jammu JAMMU & KASHMIR Authorities on Saturday ordered closure of schools in Sunjawan belt of Jammu city after the attack began. “We have ordered closure of schools in Sunjawan area as a precautionary measure in the wake of the terror attack,” a senior official said INTERVIEW SUJATHA GIDLA Writer SOMEONE TELL THE MARXISTS: YOU CAN’T IGNORE CASTE 2 army men killed in attack on Jammu military station T Soldiers & officers’ quarters targeted; Major among nine injured; 2 militants killed; tanks, para-commandos rushed in; operation under way F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar A day after the fifth death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, heavily-armed militants of the Jaish-e-Mohammad’s Afzal Guru Squad (AGS) stormed the 36 Brigade military station at Sunjwan in Jammu on Saturday, killing two army men, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and injuring nine others including a Major. Two militants were killed and the gunfight was ongoing, as per latest reports. Three-to-four militants in bat- tle fatigues barged into the military station from the rear side after cutting the concertina wires around 4:10 am, sources said, adding that the militants then split into groups and ran in different directions, firing continuously. One group forced their way into the family quarters using automatic weapons and grenades. The Army’s Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) were pressed into service to flush the militants out of the camp, which is spread over many acres of land and lies a few kilometres from Jammu city The . camp has about 200 residential quarters where the families of soldiers and officers live, so the operation was undertaken with special care to avoid civilian casualties, an army official said. As helicopters hovered overhead to help the army men on the ground locate the militants, the civilians at the camp were advised to stay inside their residential quarters. “Once the civilians we r e s e c u r e d , t h e t r o o p s launched an assault on the militant positions by encircling the area in which they were,” the official said, adding that the militants rained bullet and lobbed grenades towards the army men. As the encounter prolonged, specially-trained para-commandos of the army were rushed to the spot and tanks were pressed into service. The area rattled with gunfire and explosions throughout the day . The two army men killed in the attack were Lt Madan Lal Choudhary and Havaldar Habibullah Quereshi, defence spokesman in Jammu, Lt Colonel Lt Col Devender Anand said, adding that among the nine persons injured, five were women and children. NC MLA shouts pro-Pak slogans A senior lawmaker of the National Conference (NC) on Saturday raised pro-Pakistan slogans in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly after BJP members condemned the neighbouring country over the terror attack on an Army camp. The NC distanced itself from the sloganeering by party MLA Mohammad Akbar Lone, which came even as the operation to flush out terrorists from the Sunjwan camp was underway . As soon as the House assembled, legislators condemned the terror attack and demanded a statement from the government. Speaker Kavinder Gupta made some remarks which led to sloganeering against Pakistan by the BJP members. As the BJP intensified its antiPakistan sloganeering, in response, an angry Lone stood up on his seat and shouted pro-Pakistan slogans. ypical of the modern Dalit voices being heard currently writ, er Sujatha Gidla is not one to flinch from speaking her mind and sticking to it. The author of the controversial book Ants Among Elephants, equates caste with race in the US and says India’s system of social hierarchy has not been properly acknowledged for what it really is, neither by Gandhi, nor by the Marxist parties, not even the Maoist groups. In a wide-ranging interview to New Indian Express, she says, “Unfortunately, we do not have anybody telling Indian Marxists that, “Look you cannot ignore caste”.’ FULL INTERVIEW: P11 Don’t look at rear view mirror and drive: Rahul to PM E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hosapete CEREMONIAL WELCOME Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas receives a ceremonial welcome at Al-Muqata’a, compound of the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, Palestine on Saturday | PTI Modi- first Indian PM to visit Palestine Helicopter loaned by the Jordanian govt Modi great guest, says Palestinian Prez Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived to a tumultuous welcome in Ramallah Saturday morning, becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine. Since Palestine has no active airport, Modi flew in from Amman aboard a helicopter loaned by the Jordanian government and escorted by Israeli helicopter gunships. Describing Modi as a “great guest”, Palestinian President Abbas said Palestine was relying on India’s standing on the international stage to facilitate the peace process with Israel. 2 infants die, 7 hospitalised after vaccination in Mandya anganwadi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mandya PANIC gripped Chinnagiri village on Saturday following the death of two infants, who were administered the Penta-1 vaccine on Friday under a mass immunisation drive. Seven others have been hospitalised reportedly after they too were administered the vaccine by the staff of the health department and Asha workers from Hoolau village in a local anganawadi. T he deceased are two-month-olds Preetham and Bhuvan. Believing that Bhuvan had died a natural death, his parents buried him on Friday Preetham, on the oth. er hand, was rushed to Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) and admitted to its intensive care unit after he took severely ill. He died in the early hours of Saturday Man. dya Central police have registered a case. As news of the death of the two children spread, parents of other children who had been vaccinated rushed them to hospital for clinical observation. Dewakar, Deputy Director of the Department of Women and Child Welfare, told Express that the children had undergone a routine health check-up at the anganwadi when they were administered the Penta-1 vaccine. “One child vomited shortly after and was rushed to the hospital but died en route. Some have been admitted and are under observation,” he said. Health department Director Nataraj rushed to Mandya and recorded details of the vaccination administered, dose injected, the staff that was engaged and other such details. He told reporters that an expert committee was formed which would look into the cases and submit a detailed report. P8 KICKSTARTING his campaign in the poll-bound state on an aggressive note, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “ Modiji, don’t look at the rear view mirror and drive. That is not how a country like Hindustan is run.” He advised the PM to learn from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on how to run the government. Rahul, who started his four-day visit to the state, the first after taking over as the party president, addressed a mega rally attended by around 1.5 lakh people here. Tearing into Modi’s claims on development, he said, “If you look into the rear view mirror and drive, you end up taking decisions such as demonetisation and GST.” Rahul, who started his speech by wishing people in Kannada, a la Modi, quickly settled into Hindi and his speech was translated into Kannada by KPCC working president Dinesh Gundu Rao. Mocking the PM’s speech in Parliament where he held Congress responsible for all the ills of the country, Rahul said, “You are speaking about the past. About what the Congress did in the past. We have not elected you to listen to Congress president Rahul Gandhi at Huligemma temple in Koppal | D HEMANTH the story of the past. The country does not want to listen to the past. We want to know about the future of the country Modi did not speak . about crucial issues such as employment and farmers problems.” On corruption, Rahul said the BJP government in the state had broken all world records in corruption and asked what moral right they had to talk about corruption. Targeting the PM on the Rafael aircaft deal, he said, “When Modiji went to France and changed the contract to help his friends, his defence minister was purchasing fish in Goa.” Concluding his speech by striking an emotional chord, he said, “ I share a special connection with Ballari. You stood with Smt Sonia Gandhi and chose her when she needed you. I will never forget this is my life.” P7
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