BENGALURU THURSDAY MARCH 15, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 32 LATE 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. 40 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. P2,15 ‘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, 10 such defeats in all in 2017-18 Biggest blow in Gorakhpur as it Bua, bhanja and chacha parivar was vacated by Yogi Adityanath shows 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 @ N E W D E L H I 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 VERDICT’S SHADOW OVER YOGI’S ACE CAMPAIGNER TAG P11 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 byelection was necessitated by his shifting to Lucknow as Chief Minister. Phulpur, similarly is the constituency vacated by Yogi’s dep, uty 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’ (paternal 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 Tejaswi. 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 ends 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 (which holds much value for it as Jawaharlal Nehru’s former constituency) and Gorakhpur. Samajwadi Party’s Pravin Nishad defeated BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla by 21,961 votes in Gorakhpur Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel of SP clinched the Phulpur seat drubbing BJP’s Kaushalendra Singh Patel by 59,460 votes SP workers celebrate their party success in the Phulpur by-election, in Allahabad on Wednesday | PTI Deconstructing the verdict THE Kar nataka High Court on Wednesday dismissed Mohammed Haris Nalapad’s bail plea in the case of assault on 24-year-old Vidvat Loganathan at Farzi Cafe on February 17 night, saying “if released on bail, (Nalapad) is sure to use his position to destroy evidence”. Mohammed Nalapad is Shanthinagar MLA N A Haris’ son, and the court, after watching the CCTV footage of the assault, observed that the “horrifying and terrifying act” was a display of wielding muscle power. Justice Sreenivas Harish Kumar pronounced the judgment rejecting the bail plea of Mohammed in a jampacked court hall at 2.30 pm, and said there was no guarantee that such people (Mohammed and six co-accused) would remain quiet without tampering with evidence once out of jail. The court took special exception to the manner in which Vidvat’s Mallya Party 3 lakh BJP SP 21,000 3.2 lakh BJP 59,613 Araria 1.46 lakh RJD RJD Jehanabad 30,321 RJD 35,036 WINNING MARGIN RJD Hospital discharge summary was written by his treating doctor, Dr Anand K, a plastic surgeon, besides his statements that his patient was tutored to delay giving statement to the court. The doctor had also mentioned in the hospital discharge summary that no untoward incident had taken place at the hospital the night after the assault when Mohammed and his group allegedly followed the victim and barged into the hospital’s emergency ward to rough up an already brutally assaulted Vidvat and his brother to threaten them a g ainst giving a police complaint. The court observed that the doctor might have been under the influence of the petitioner (Mohammed) or his men and that could be considered as a way of tampering with evidence. The court also observed that the hospital discharge summary was written for Mohammed’s convenience and it contained details which ought not to have been there. ‘TERRIFYING ACT’:P2 42 23 27 49 0 43 +7 -23 +16 20 17 52 6 47 0 39 3 +27 -17 -13 -3 22 17 52 49 0 46 +27 -17 -6 2014 56 0 30 +5 0 -1 2018 2015 (Numbers in votes) WHAT THE COURT SAID ■ “Nalapad tried to manage the police and definitely it was an act of interference…I come to the conclusion that there are prima facie materials to connect Nalapad with non-bailable offences such as Section 326 or 307 of IPC.” ■ “...the doctor (Dr Anand of Mallya Hospital) who issued the discharge summary, appears to have exceeded his limits.” ■ “Doctor might have been under the influence of the petitioner (Nalapad) or his men. This is one way of tampering with evidence.” SP BSP BJP Cong GORAKHPUR 61,988 Bhabua BJP 7,245 BJP 15,000 Bypoll Swing 2018 SP BSP BJP JEHANABAD (Assembly) RJD JDU BJP 51 0 31 EXPRESS READ Lokayukta Justice Shetty discharged from hospital Bengaluru: Karnataka Lokayukta Justice P Vishwanatha Shetty was discharged from the Mallya Hospital on Wednesday, a week after he was stabbed by a disgruntled complainant in his chambers on March 7. Shetty said that he is all right now and P5 doing well. Ayodhya: SC rejects all interim pleas seeking to intervene New Delhi: The Supreme Court dashed the hopes of activists like Shyam Benegal and Teesta Setalvad to intervene in the sensitive Babri Masjid-Ram Temple land dispute case, making it clear that only the parties to the original lawsuits would be allowed to put forth their arguments. P11 Cabinet meeting on Lingayat issue deferred Bengaluru: The cabinet meeting, scheduled to be held on Wednesday to take a decision on according separate minority religion tag for Lingayats, was deferred as Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is still struggling to evolve a consensus in this regard between P5 Veerashaivas and Lingayats. TELEPHONE EXCHANGE SCAM CBI Court discharges Maran brothers, others EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai HOLDING that no prima facie case is made out to frame charges against former Union Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran (in picture) and his brother SUN TV Group chairman Kalanidhi Maran and others, a special judge for CBI cases in Chennai on Wednesday discharged all the accused from the telephone exchange scam case. Allowing a batch of petitions from the accused, the XIV Additional Judge for CBI cases ordered their discharge. In the case against Dayanidhi Maran, the court held that the CBI has not offered any proper reply as to why the CD containing call records of the alleged phone connections at his residence, was not produced before the court. No evidence was produced regarding phone connections. “This cour t comes to the conclusion that the prosecution has BJP’s Rinki Rani Pandey retained the Bhabhua Assembly seat in Bihar, defeating her Congress rival Shambhu Singh Patel by about 14,000 votes PHULPUR Phulpur SP LS 2014 RJD JD(U) BJP Gorakhpur Haris Jr to remain in jail as HC dismisses bail plea E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru THE SWING FACTOR ARARIA In Bihar, RJD retained Araria Lok Sabha seat where its nominee Sarfaraz Alam beat BJP’s Pradeep Kumar Singh by over 60,000 votes not produced sufficient material to establish the allegations against Dayanidhi Maran that he got more phone connections with mala fide intention to use the same for Sun TV the judge said. ,” As regards Kalanidhi Maran, the court pointed out that he is not made as an accused in the FIR. No evidence has been adduced to show that Kalanidhi, as chairman of Sun TV, is vicariously liable for the alleged offences. Prosecution against him is not maintainable. “It is the view of the court that without the Sun TV being made as an accused in the case, the prosecution against the other accused, the employees of the TV channel, also not maintainable,” the judge added. “It is decided that there is no sufficient material to frame the charges against any of the accused,” the judge said and allowed all the discharge petitions. P8 The people want the grand alliance at the national level... political parties should set aside their egos to fight a larger battle Tejashwi Yadav, RJD chief Ban on LoUs will raise costs: India Inc E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ 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 Undertaking 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, CII. She said traders who have been conducting business through these two instruments will now have to necessarily shift their transactions to Letters of Credit and bank guarantees, which will increase cost burden on businesses. “The result would be that cost of credit may go up, especially for the SMEs”, she added. India Inc feels instead of outrightly banning, RBI could have strengthened and tightened the existing regulations on LoUs and LoCs. Else, these could have been phased out so that routine business operations are not disrupted. PATEL BREAKS SILENCE ■ A day after banning LoUs, RBI governor Urjit Patel defended the regulator’s role, saying it’s difficult for it to be present everywhere to contain such instances ■ Finance Ministry’s Principal Economic Advisor Sanjeev Sanyal said policymakers have to be careful that blocking of one route does not spread to rest of the system P17
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