BELAGAVI FRIDAY MAY 4, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION OVER 100 KILLED IN STORM IN UTTAR PRADESH, RAJASTHAN A storm barrelled through a swathe of Rajasthan and UP, killing at least 106 people in a trail of destruction that brought down mud houses THUNDERSHOWERS SNAP POWER LINES HEAVY RAIN IN ANDHRA, TELANGANA At least 183 others were injured as a massive dust storm on Wednesday night, followed by thundershowers, snapped power lines and sent tin roofs and street hoardings flying in parts of eastern Rajasthan and the adjoining areas of Uttar Pradesh. ■ ■ Incessant rains continued their onslaught in parts of the north coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, leaving low lying areas inundated. IMD officials predict more thunderstorms In Telangana, sudden rains brought relief by pulling down temperatures, but also uprooted trees and electric poles 45 mins THE DEADLY STORM LASTED 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 ■ KALABURAGI Draft CMB awaiting Modi changes tune, says don’t waste vote on JD(S) Modi wants to send Cabinet nod, claims Gabbar Singh Gang Centre to buy time to assembly: Rahul EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru/Ballari/Kalaburagi Court rebukes K’taka govt for not making monthly releases of Cauvery water; next hearing on Tuesday E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Centre on Thursday tried to buy more time from the Supreme Court to submit a draft scheme for implementing its directive on sharing the Cauvery, saying it’s ready but required Cabinet approval. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other ministers are busy campaigning for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, the Cabinet can meet after the polls are over, Attorney General K K Venugopal told a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. “A draft of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) has been placed before the Cabinet. Because of Karnataka elections, the PM and other ministers are in Karnataka. Before that the PM was abroad (in China),” the A-G said. This is the first time the Centre has described the scheme as CMB, which was the principle demand of Tamil Nadu. Thursday marked the end of the second deadline set by the bench on April 9 for submitting the draft scheme. The first one ended on March 29 and both have remained unmet. Venugopal also flagged a recent communication from Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah saying ministers for water resources of all four states - Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry - be made members of the CMB. The composition of the board is another issue that needs to be resolved, he said. Objecting to the extension plea, senior counsel Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Tamil Nadu, called it the end of co-operative federalism. “We have had enough of this, it is brazen partisanship of the Union of India.. What do we tell the people of Tamil Nadu as no scheme is framed even two months af- Mr Venugopal (Attorney General), the scheme has to be finalised by the Centre and it should have been finalised by now. The states have no role in it Supreme Court bench There is not enough water to release. I will discuss with legal experts on the Supreme Court’s latest order on the Cauvery river dispute Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister ter the SC judgment? There is no drinking water,” Naphade said. The bench directed Karnataka’s counsel to get instructions on how much of 4 tmcft of water for April and May it can release by this month-end. Demanding that it show bona fide by releasing water, the bench warned of consequences if they don’t, adding it could take suo motu cognisance of contempt and summon Karnataka’s Chief Secretary . Senior advocate Shyam Divan for Karnataka said the state has already released water in excess to Tamil Nadu. But Tamil Nadu rebutted saying it had received only 1.1 tmcft for April. The bench said even if the Centre has not framed the scheme, Karnataka, under the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal award, was obliged to make monthly releases to Tamil Nadu. Slating the next hearing for May 8, the bench directed the Centre to file an affidavit on the steps taken to frame the scheme. P6 TWO days after he appeared to be cosying up to the JD(S) and its supremo H D Deve Gowda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked people not to “waste their votes” on the JD(S), in an apparent attempt to dispel the impression that the BJP was having a tacit understanding with the party in the Karnataka assembly elections. Speaking at a rally in Bengaluru, Modi said the Congress was a “gold medallist” in corruption and the JD(S) had struck a pact with fundamentalist communal outfits posing a threat to national security, thus making BJP the only option to provide a “development-oriented government.” “I urge you not to waste your vote on the JD(S). You can ask any political pundit and everyone will tell you that the JD(S) will finish at the third spot. A sensible voter would never vote for them,” Modi told the crowd in a first direct attack on the JD(S). It was Modi who, at a rally in Chamarajanagar district on May 1, had criticised the Congress for “disrespecting” Gowda, and his statement was seen as an overture to the JD(S) keeping in mind the possibility of a post-poll alliance. Both Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah have repeatedly talked about a “secret under- E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bidar Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at the crowd as he leaves after addressing the rally in Kengeri in Bengaluru, on Thursday | VINOD KUMAR T KALABURAGI BALLARI BENGALURU Congress has no respect for the sacrifices of our soldiers. When our soldiers did surgical strikes, the shameless party questioned the strikes In five years, Karnataka government has not been able to make one mining policy to reallocate mines. Those who took out a padayatra have forgotten all about it You ask any political pundit. Everyone is of the opinion that JD(S) will finish at number 3. A sensible voter would never vote for them standing” between BJP and the JD(S). Reiterating his charge, Rahul said JD(S) means Janata Dal (Sangh Parivar). Modi’s attack on the JD(S) comes on the day former CM H D Kumaraswamy raised suspicion over the sudden sympathy “BJP . leaders are afraid that they will lose assembly elections by a big margin and will be knocking on INSIDE CONG TRYING TO FOOL PEOPLE WITH ITS MANIFESTO: PM MODI CAN ABUSE ME, BUT I WILL NOT ATTACK HIM, SAYS RAHUL 2018 CONG HAS MADE K’TAKA ITS ATM, SAYS YOGI SAGAR — THE NUTTY ‘ARECA’ IMBROGLIO P4 P5 50 National Film Award winners skip ceremony in protest K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi ABOUT 50 National Film Award winners boycotted the presentation ceremony on Thursday after they learnt that President Ram Nath Kovind, in a departure from tradition, would give away the awards to only 11 winners while the rest would receive them from Minister for Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani. Among those who received the award and citation from Kovind were Boney Kapoor and his two daughters on behalf of the late Sridevi, music composer A R Rahman and Akshay Khanna on behalf of his late father Vinod Khanna. But the majority of the winners We have given a signed petition to the directorate of film festivals stating that we will be absent from the ceremony if the awards aren’t given to us by the President Divya Dutta, who won National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress, sits amid empty chairs at the award ceremony | SHEKHAR YADAV received their award from Irani, which had sparked off controversy on Wednesday itself as many awar- Indrani Chakraborty, award-winning director dees refused to accept it from her. Over 50 seats were seen vacant at Vigyan Bhawan while Smriti Irani was giving away the awards. To save her from embarrassment, organisers were seen removing the name plates from the seats kept reserved for the winners and people sitting in the back rows were allowed to occupy the front seats. It all happened before the President arrived. During the ceremony the President said, “Picture abhi baaki hai” - the best is ahead of us,” He also remembered veteran actors Vinod Khanna and Sridevi. “Sridevi is this year’s winner of the Best Female Actor Award. And Vinod Khanna has been named for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his lifetime contribution. We miss them today, and we will miss them forever,” he said. P9 EXPRESS READ 7 passengers charred to death as bus catches fire Supreme Court refuses to stay order on SC/ST law At least 45 Kashmiri youths join militancy in 2018 Patna: At least seven people travelling in a bus died and six others were injured on Thursday as the bus overturned, skidded off the road and caught fire in Bihar’s East Champaran district. The air-conditioned bus with two-by-two seating arrangement was travelling from Muzaffarpur to New Delhi. There were 13 passengers in the bus when the mishap took place near Bangra under Kotwa police station area, said police sources. New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the Centre’s demand for a stay on its verdict on the SC/ST Act and said it favoured “100 per cent” the protection of the rights of these communities and punishing those guilty of atrocities against them. The top court also strongly disagreed with the Centre’s contention that its March 20 verdict had led to loss of lives in the violence that had broken out later in several states. Srinagar: At least 45 youths from the Kashmir Valley including an MBA and a PhD scholar have joined militancy this year till mid-April, according to officials, as the unusual surge in numbers take the security establishment by surprise. According to the top brass of the security establishment, Shopian and Kulgam in south Kashmir have emerged as a major hub by respectively accounting for 12 and 9 of the 45 youths. the doors of other party leaders to form the government. So Modi is now being more sympathetic towards us,” Kumaraswamy said. Gowda too had dismissed Modi’s statement as political oratory . Earlier in the day, Modi addressed rallies in Kalaburagi and Ballari districts. He reiterated his charge of “Sidda-Rupaiah Sarkar”. ON a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the Congress, party president Rahul Gandhi hit back at the BJP by questioning its commitment to fight corruption. Rahul, who resumed his election campaigning in the state from Bidar on Thursday challenged the PM , to explain the reasons for giving tickets to those associated with mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy . “Let the PM tell people if there is a hidden agenda of sending Reddy brothers to the Legislative Assembly,” Rahul said while addressing a rally in Aurad. The PM, he said, has not answered any questions related to Nirav Modi and BJP chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa, who had gone to jail in a corruption case. He said that after the introduction of “Gabbar Singh Tax” (GST) that has hit businesses across the country Modi now wants to send a Gabbar Singh , Gang to Karnataka assembly to burden the people of the state. “Gabbar Singh Gang comprises Yeddyurappa, Reddy brothers and others who have looted the state when BJP was in power in Karnataka,” he said. Rahul said the PM is having no issues to raise as Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has implemented many welfare measures. “That is why Modi prefers to speak about me and insults me in public,” he said.
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