KOZHIKODE z THURSDAY z MARCH 15, 2018 z `6.00 z PAGES 16 z CITY EDITION SCIENTIST, CULTURAL ICON STEPHEN HAWKING NO MORE A LEGEND WHO WORE MANY HATS 76-year-old physicist, who dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the universe, passed away in his home in the early hours of Wednesday. EXPLAINING CREATION OF UNIVERSE Hawking, who developed a motor neurone disease in his 20s, attained legendary status after his book ‘A Brief History of Time’ went on to become a bestseller. The Cambridge native was also a beloved figure in pop culture, with cameos in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ and ‘The Simpsons’. ■ His main work focused on bringing together relativity and quantum theory to explain the creation of the Universe. ■ Also had a fascination for the mysteries of black holes. He said that objects may be able to fall through into an alternate universe — it was not quite as black as previously thought. 40 ‘A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME’ WAS TRANSLATED INTO 40 LANGUAGES 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 Loses bypolls to three LS seats, Biggest blow in Gorakhpur as it 10 such defeats in all in 2017-18 Bua, bhanja and chacha parivar was vacated by Yogi Adityanath show how to contain the BJP BJP suffers stroke in its heartland S A N T W A N A B H AT TA C H A R YA @ New Delhi Public has given a fitting reply to the BJP as they are unhappy with its governance. There is immense mistrust among the people and this is a victory of social justice. -Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party We accept the verdict of the people, this result is unexpected, we will review the shortcomings. I congratulate the winning candidates -Yogi Adityanath, UP CM INSIDE WINNERS THE sunny optimism of Tripura was wiped out for the BJP by demoralising losses in two high-value Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh - Gorakhpur and Phulpur - and one in Bihar, Araria. Both the UP seats were won by a new partnership between the Samajwadi Party and the BSP, who have buried an intense rivalry of two decades. The shock value is high because Gorakhpur is Yogi Adityanath’s home turf—he was a five-time MP from the constituency that houses his Gorakhnath ashram. The by-election was necessitated by his shifting to Lucknow as chief minister. Phulpur, similarly, is the constituency vacated by Yogi’s deputy CM, Keshav Prasad Maurya. The loss seems dramatic also because the BJP had won both seats by a huge margin of over 3 lakh votes in 2014. But the last-minute alliance stitched up by Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav wrested Gorakhpur with a margin of over 21,000 votes and Phulpur (59,000 plus) for the SP. This success for the new parivar of bua, bhanja and chacha — the former UP CM calls the BSP supremo bua (pater nal aunt), placing her on the same pedestal as ‘chacha’ (paternal uncle) Ram Gopal for nephew Akhilesh— now sets it up as a new potential alliance that may pose a serious challenge to the BJP all over Uttar Pradesh in 2019. If UP was a rude shock for the BJP, Bihar was a wake-up call too. RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav is in jail and campaigning had to be led by his son, young Tejashwi. Yet he pulled it off in the face of the NDA that rules in both the state and the Centre. Araria is an RJD stronghold with a strong Muslim demographic. So the JD(U) cleverly left the seat for BJP, which ended with egg on its face. Meanwhile, the Gorakhpur result also casts a cloud on the shining future that was envisaged for Yogi—the party uses him as a national icon for campaigning. But he cannot be an alternative to Modi if he cannot even hold on in his backyard. As a party, the Congress cannot take much cheer from the day’s news. Its candidates were not able to even save their security deposits in Phulpur and Gorakhpur. Samajwadi Party’s Pravin Nishad defeated BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla by 21,961 votes in Gorakhpur VERDICT’S SHADOW OVER YOGI’S ACE CAMPAIGNER TAG Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel of SP clinched the Phulpur seat drubbing BJP’s Kaushalendra Singh Patel by 59,460 votes P9 THE SWING FACTOR ARARIA Party Gorakhpur BJP SP 3 lakh 21,000 Phulpur 3.2 lakh 59,613 Araria 1.46 lakh RJD RJD RJD JD(U) BJP 42 23 27 49 0 43 +7 -23 +16 Jehanabad RJD 30,321 RJD 35,036 WINNING MARGIN 2014 SP BSP BJP Cong 20 17 52 6 47 0 39 3 +27 -17 -13 -3 22 17 52 49 0 46 +27 -17 -6 56 0 30 +5 0 -1 GORAKHPUR 61,988 Bhabua BJP 7,245 BJP 15,000 Bypoll Swing 2018 PHULPUR BJP SP LS 2014 2018 2015 (Numbers in votes) LALU MAGIC STILL REMAINS POTENT IN BIHAR, INDICATE BY-ELECTIONS OUTCOME SP BSP BJP JEHANABAD (Assembly) RJD JDU BJP 51 0 31 P9 Marans discharged in tel exchange case Chennai: A special CBI court here on Wednesday discharged former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi and other accused in the “illegal” telephone exchange case. P6 ‘No shutdown of eco tourism activities’ T’Puram: The government has no plan to permanently shut down eco tourism activities, Forest Minister K Raju clarified in the Assembly on Wednesday. P6 ...AND ALL FALL DOWN Out on a morning walk at the Odayam beach in Varkala, French tourists Natalie and Nicholas were invited by local fishermen to help them drag a kattamaram up the beach. Unfortunately the rope snapped, hurling the couple and the fishermen backwards | BP DEEPU Kannur: Vayalkkilikal leaders threatened the Revenue and NHAI officers they would self-immolate if anyone from them tried to enter the paddy field to measure the land identified for acquisition. The CPM workers booed them, and allegedly set the agitators’ shed on fire after police left. P6 Relief for the state as depression on wane T’Puram: A ‘depression’ over the Arabian sea, which had put the state on high alert on Tuesday, is on the wane. The Met Department has forecast that the ‘depression’, around 400 km off the Thiruvananthapuram coast, would weaken gradually over southeast Arabian sea by Thursday. P6 Shuhaib murder: HC stays order directing CBI probe E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi In a major relief to the CPM-led state government, a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday stayed the Single Judge order handing over the probe into the murder of Youth Congress leader S P Shuhaib, to the CBI. The Bench headed by Chief Justice Antony Dominic issued the interim order while admitting the appeal filed by the state government seeking to quash the order. The Single Judge had observed a large-scale conspiracy behind the murder can genuinely be suspected and it had to be unearthed. When the petition came up for hearing, T Asaf Ali, counsel for the victim’s parents, submitted writ appeal was not maintainable. To which the Bench asked if so, how did the writ petition which was filed by the parents seeking CBI probe before the Single Judg e was maintainable? The counsel submitted appeal against an order of the Single Judge will not lie before the Division Bench in criminal matters and the only provision is to approach the Supreme Court. The incident occurred in Mattannur which falls within the limits of erstwhile Malabar District of Madras Presidency, hence Clause 15 of the Letter Patent (Madras) is applicable and not Section 5(1) of Kerala High Court Act. ● More on P6 It is clear from the bypoll results that voters are angry with BJP and that they will vote for the non-BJP candidate who has the strongest chance of winning. As far as Congress is concerned, we are committed towards re-building the party in UP, and it does not happen overnight - Rahul Gandhi, Congress chief CONG DECIMATED FURTHER IN UTTAR PRADESH, CANDIDATES LOSE DEPOSIT EXPRESS READ CPM men set on fire Vayalkkilikal’s shed New Delhi: was the Reserve Bank’s decision to ban letters of undertaking (LoUs) an extreme step taken in haste? While the central bank may have done it to avoid financial frauds in future, industry bodies say banning LoUs alone will not help curb malpractices. “The decision of RBI to discontinue Letters of Understanding and Letters of Comfort for trade credit would have a disruptive impact on the buyers’ credit market, in the immediate term,” said Shobana Kamineni, president, Confederation of Indian Industry. SP workers celebrate their party success in the Phulpur by-election, in Allahabad on Wednesday | PTI Deconstructing the verdict SC dismisses plea of Perarivalan New Delhi: The Supreme Court dismissed a plea of A G Perarivalan, one of the convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case seeking recall of the May 1999 verdict upholding his conviction. P7 Cabinet nod for draft liquor policy T’Puram: The draft liquor policy for 2018-19 okayed by the Cabinet on Wednesday has as its major highlights the sale of Foreign Made Foreign Liquor in the state and the phasing out of plastic liquor bottles. P6 ‘Tribal projects failed to make impact’ Kochi: The amicus curiae informed the High Court many governmental interventions aimed at improving the lives of the tribals have failed to make the intended impact. P5 Ban on LoUs will disrupt operations, raise costs: India Inc P9 As flight cancellations continue, fares on key routes shoot up New Delhi: AIR fares on key routes have shot up as several IndiGO and GoAir flights got cancelled in the past three days after the aviation regulator grounded aircraft with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines. When Express checked the airfares on Wednesday for a Thursday flight on some major routes such as Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai, the fares were priced unusually high. A DelhiMumbai ticket was being sold at over D95,000 and the starting fare on this route was D9,000. Price of tickets on flights on the Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Hyderabad route were also high at D81,580 and D50,000, respectively. Mumbai-Hyderabad also became one of the most expensive routes with fares crossing D82,000. On Delhi-Kolkata and Mumbai-Bengaluru route, fares almost touched the 50,000-mark. P7
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