PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE HUBBALLI SUNDAY MARCH 11, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 32 CITY EDITION BIG BLACK MONEY HUNT CRAFTING A NEW IDENTITY Based on the longest Income Tax raid in Indian history, Raid is the tale of a courageous officer and a corrupt politician A young entrepreneur leads village women to prosperity with training and designs in handloom and handicraft GOD’S OWN COUNTRYMAN Hyderabad-based art director Anand Sai Viswakarma, who has worked in over 30 films, is reimagining the Yadadri temple structure MOVABLE FEASTS COVER STORY Taste local flavours and savour history with food guides and walking hosts who take you on culinary expeditions through the lanes and bylanes of a city. Lavishly peppered with anecdotes, these journeys are not to be missed 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 MACRON LOBBIES HARD TO SELL 36 MORE RAFALE JETS France to allow Indian defence forces access to its military bases in Indian Ocean 14 PACTS INKED India and France tightened their embrace on Saturday, agreeing to ramp up the twodecade-old strategic partnership and signing 14 agreements in areas as diverse as defence, space, narcotics, education, urban development, maritime and nuclear cooperation, railways, solar energy, environment, reciprocal protection of classified information, hydrography and maritime cartography, smart cities, among others. P7 S U J A N D U T TA @ New Delhi AMID charges that the Narendra Modi government contracted France for 36 fighter aircraft at inflated prices, France has intensified lobbying to sell more of the fighter aircraft coinciding with the current visit of President Emmanuel Macron. France has sweetened the deal to sell 36 more Rafales by harking back to a ‘strategic partnership’ that withstood India’s travails post the 1998 nuclear tests. Paris also signed a pact with New Delhi on Saturday that would, upon implementation, allow Indian warships, military aircraft and land forces to access French bases in the Indian Ocean Region on a mutually agreed basis. French Indian Ocean territories are in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and islands near Madagascar and Mauritius where they have military bases. The agreement is the second of its kind India has inked with a foreign power, after the 2016 pact with the US. But it is the prospect that the Indian Air Force may con- SIT to probe Naveen’s links with ultra-right EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru THE Special Investigation Team (SIT) interrogating Naveen Kumar, the first to get arrested in the journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh murder case, is likely to take him to Goa and Belagavi to see whether he had links with right wing organisations and their role in the killing. Naveen is believed to have They said Naveen had been played “an important role” in to Goa to attend a conference the killing, though he is organised by Sananow said to have been tan Sanstha. “In the absent from the crime court, the assistant scene on the day of the public prosecutor killing, September 5. Nirmala Rani had arOn Saturday, the SIT gued the same to take officials met in CrimiNaveen into addinal Investigations Det i o n a l c u s t o d y. partment (CID) office to Naveen Kumar Naveen also had a discuss future course of few links with people the probe. in Belgavi who are alleged to Boy writes to Modi on netas’ qualification In his letter to Modi, he asked, “Why there is no minimum education requirement A commerce student from to contest election.” “As an educated youth the state has written a letter to Prime Minister of the country, I want Narendra Modi requestto see changes in our ing him to bring an ordielection system which nance mandating miniincludes minimum edmum education ucation criterion,” he qualification to contest Mohammed said. Sakeeb elections in the country. Speaking to TNIE, Mohammed Sakeeb of Sakeeb said, about a Siddapur in Uttara Kannada month back while watching district has written the letter aprogramme on TV, he was and posted it to Modi’s ad- stunned to see an MLA not bedress on Friday. He is study- ing able to give the full form ing B.Com 4th semester at of MLA. “Therefore I asked a Government First Grade Col- question to myself, “Why lege in Sagar of Shivamogga there is no education criteridistrict. on to contest in elections.” P5 A R U N K U M A R H U R A L I M AT H @ Karwar Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeting French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron during a ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on Saturday | SHEKHAR YADAV tract 36 more Rafale fighter aircraft that animates the current visit. The Congress on Friday alleged Modi took a unilateral decision to enter into a `59,000 crore deal to contract 36 Rafales, at `1,670 crore apiece, despite the UPA II having negotiated the price in 2012 at `526 crore. However, the contours of the deal negotiated (but not contracted) by the UPA under A K Antony as defence minister and the current one are different. The UPA was negotiating for 126 aircraft with 18 to be bought off-the-shelf and the rest to be made in India through transfer of technology The basic price in 2012 did . not include the weapons package, the cost of training and the setting up of facilities. Defence ministry sources say the total package contracted now includes all of these. be arm dealers and it has led us to bring him there,” a police source said. T h e S a n at a n S a n s t h a spokesperson confirmed to The New Indian Express that Naveen had in the past participated in the Dharma sabhas (religious meetings), both indoor and outdoor. “But he did not have any direct links with the organisation,” the spokesperson said. EXPRESS READ Tribal man carries son’s body in Odisha Baripada: In a sordid re-run of the story of Dana Majhi, who had to walk a 10-km distance shouldering the body of his wife, a tribal man from Mayurbhanj district carried his dead son to Baripada bus stand as he was unable to bribe a hearse driver at Pandit Raghunath Murmu Government Medical College and Hospital, on Saturday. Despite provisions for transporting bodies from State-run hospitals, Bajun Soren, 57,of Kalagini village under Chandua police limits was allegedly denied the facility at a government hospital. Cardiovascular unit at Hubballi Mysuru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the state government is planning to set up the Jayadeva Cardiovascular unit at Hubballi as well. He announced this after inaugurating Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Research in Mysuru built at a cost of K210 crore.
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