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We shall try our best to further enhance the quality of our coverage of news and views to continue to deserve your trust. Thank you for your patronage. —Editor EXPRESS READ Petrol, diesel prices cut by 9 paise per litre New Delhi: Prices for petrol and diesel were cut by nine paise on Saturday. The petrol, diesel prices were reduced for the fourth straight day after 16 days of continuous upward revisions. Ex-JD(S) MLA’s brother killed In lightning strike Dharwad: Former Navalgund JD(S) MLA N H Konaraddi’s younger brother Venkanna Konaraddi, a resident of Chilakwad in Navalgund taluk, died after being struck by lightning at his field on Saturday. Police said the incident occurred around 9.30 pm when Venkanna was about to return home and it started to rain heavily. Violence returns to Bengal as second BJP man found hanging Ministry formation is proving to be a herculean task for Congress as ‘seniors’ are upset with the party’s proposal to keep them out of the cabinet to make way for new faces. Highly placed sources in the party told The New Sunday Express that some senior leaders, who have worked as ministers for two terms, are not being considered and MLAs, who have won three times in a row, are being given preference. Former ministers consider this as an attempt to sideline them and have conveyed their concerns to senior leaders. The seniority yardstick, they said, is being used selectively to keep some leaders out of the ministry. “The party has to take seniors into confidence before taking a decision to keep them out of the government. However, not all senior leaders are consulted and their opinions regarding the ministry formation are not taken,’’ sources said, adding “if senior leaders are upset, it will have an impact on the government.” “If the high command wants to induct new faces and use seniors to strengthen the party ahead of the 2019 parliament election, then why ter Prakash Javadekar, who was in the city . Kumar, 30, was a shopkeeper and a THE alleged murders of two BJP workers in quick succession in West Bengal resident of Dava village of Balarampur. have triggered another round of face- The relatives of the deceased said he reoff between the ruling Trinamool Con- turned home on Friday evening after gress in the state and the BJP, which attending BJP’s ‘police station gherao’ were embroiled in a bitter slugfest dur- programme but went out again at night for some personal work. When ing the panchayat elections last month that saw the saf- Shah hits out he did not return till late in the night, a search was fron party emerge as the priat Mamata launched and his motorbike mary opposition to the ruling BJP president was found near a local pond. Trinmool. Amit Shah said Kumar’s kin claimed calls to Three days after 18-year-old Trilochan Mahato was found Mamata Banerjee his mobile phone were repeathas failed to edly disconnected. hanging by a tree at BalaramTaking note of the two killpur in Purulia district, anoth- maintain law and er BJP worker, Dulal Kumar, order in the state. ings in the same area, the National Human Rights Comwas found hanging by a high“Distressed to mission has sought a detailed tension power transmission know about yet tower in the same area on Sat- another killing of report from the state government in four weeks. urday morning. BJP karyakarta Additional Director GenerThe latest incident has sent Dulal Kumar in alarm bells ringing across po- Balarampur, West al of Police (law and order) Anuj Sharma stated that a litical circles as in Mahato’s Bengal. This CID probe has been launched case, a poster stuck on his continued to investigate the cause of the back said he was being ‘punbrutality and deaths and whether outsiders ished’ for working for the BJP . violence in West from neighbouring state Though no such note was Bengal is Jharkhand were involved. recovered from Kumar, who shameful and BJP national secretary Rareportedly went missing on inhuman,” he hul Sinha demanded a CBI Friday night, the BJP lost no tweeted probe into the deaths. “Trinatime in claiming these were mool has lost ground in Purulia which political murders ordered by the TMC. “Political murders have been taking is why they are using Maoists active in place in West Bengal. 19 BJP workers the area to kill our workers,” he said. TMC MP Derek o’ Brien said the role have been killed so far (since the rural polls). The latest victims were Dulal and of Bajrang Dal, Maoists or BJP, too, Trilochon Mahato,” said Union minis- should be probed. did they make Parameshwara Dy CM?” asked a former minister. “A new idea is being promoted to sideline a few former ministers. We are upset with such an attitude of the high command,” he said. On Saturday, addressing party office-bearers in Bengaluru, Deputy CM and KPCC chief Parameshwara said senior party leaders who have been ministers at least twice may not be accommodated. The party leaders’ views have been conveyed to the high command and they will take a final decision, he added. Sources said JD (S) leadership too is said to have suggested to the Congress to induct some seniors to ensure better coordination between both the parties and the government. However, it is not clear, how the Congress plans to tackle the issue as some senior leaders are said to be planning to hold a meeting of ‘seniors’ who are unlikely to make it to the list and express their concerns to the high command. In the last few days, AICC general secretary K C Venugopal held several rounds of talks to finalise the list. However, the list was changed many times and the leaders are finding it difficult to take a call. Cong eyes tie-up with BSP in MP, two other states A M I T A G N I H O T R I @ New Delhi ENCOURAGED by its success in forming the Karnataka government along with the JD(S) to keep the BJP out of power, the Congress is confident of stitching up pre-poll pacts with smaller players like Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh that are due for Assembly polls in the next few months. In a sense, BSP had played spoiler for the Congress in the Gujarat Assembly polls, since it had chosen to go it alone there. “Talks are on at various levels with BSP leaders and we are hopeful of a pact,” a senior Congress leader involved in the negotiations said. While Congress sources expressed hope that the seat-sharing formula will be finalised soon, a senior BSP leader said it could take some time because some “complex issues” need to be sorted out. “Discussions got a boost after the Kairana by-poll in UP but the final pact hinges on a decent seat-sharing with the Congress,” he added. Congress MP unit chief Kamal Nath is in touch with Mayawati. While the Congress has over 36% vote share in MP , the BSP has 6%. The Congress is also negotiating with the Gondwana Gantantra Party . Arbaaz confesses to betting on IPL, Test matches ACTOR and filmmaker Arbaaz Khan (50), summoned by the Thane police in relation to a IPL betting case, on Saturday confessed to betting on IPL as well , as Test cricket matches. After his interrogation, the police have said that he is likely to be made the prosecution witness in the case. Arbaaz also told the police that he lost around R 3 crore in betting on IPL last year and that his family was extremely unhappy with his habit of betting. The prime reason behind his di- Protesters throw stones and bricks at the police during a clash in Srinagar on Saturday | PTI A I S H I K C H A N D A @ Kolkata CLEAN BOWLED E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai Clashes broke out between protesters and security forces in Srinagar on Saturday after the death of a youth — Qaiser Amin Bhat (22)— who was allegedly hit by a CRPF vehicle during another confrontation on Friday. Cops fired tear smoke shells on near the residence of the victim to chase the agitators away. Two mysterious deaths in a span of three days; govt orders CID probe to find if ‘outsiders’ were involved No berths: Cong seniors upset over party move V V E L AY U D H A M @ Kolar TENSION IN KASHMIR VALLEY vorce too is betting, he told the police. Meanwhile, police have recovered from 42-yearold cricket bookie Sonu Jalan aka Sonu Malad, a line-holding machine used by the bookies to get bets while the matches are on. Along with the machine the police have also recovered a diary which purportedly had the phone numbers of more than 100 bookies, the name of a Bollywood celebrity , contractors and builders in a codified language. Jalan reportedly worked for a bookie who goes by the name “Junior Kolkata”. “We suspect involvement of at least 15-20 big names. We are trying to decode the names in the diary and would initiate action once the decoding is complete,” said Pradeep Sharma, head of the anti-extortion cell of Thane police heading the investigation.“Jalan had arranged a match-fixing meeting in Dubai. Arbaaz was also present at that time. We are probing to know which match was fixed and who all were involved,” Sharma said. Arbaaz is brother of actor Salman Khan. 4 killed, 20 injured as two state-run buses collide head-on Free bus passes for students across state unlikely this year E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kalaburagi FREE bus passes for students, announced by for mer chief minister Siddaramaiah last year in his budget speech, are unlikely to see the light of day this year as the finance department is yet to approve funds. According to sources in the state transport department, they have not received any communication so far about the implementation of the scheme. An official source from the transport department told The New Sunday Express, “Under the proposed scheme we were supposed to cover at least 20 lakh FOUR persons, including three women teachers and a bus driver, were killed on the spot and 20 others were injured in a head-on collision between two NEKRTC buses on the outskirts of Jewargi town near a stadium on Saturday . The deceased are Ayesha Sahara Siddique and Farin Begum, who were teachers at the government school in Chigartihalli of Jewargi taluk, Sahara Kaltoon, who was a teacher at the government school in Yalvar village and Rukkappa Sindagi, the bus driver. One bus was on its way to Kalaburagi from Davangere, while the other bus was heading to Shorapur in Yadgir district from Jewargi. P4 R A S H M I B E L U R @ Bengaluru students across the state. It would cost around `629 crore to provide free bus passes to them. So far there is no communication from the government or the finance department.” In the meantime, schools and colleges have reopened after summer vacation and fresh admissions for pre-university and undergraduate courses have already begun. “I got admission for a BSc course in a college located at KR Circle and I need to travel all the way from Devanahalli. Since there is no information about free bus passes for students, I am forced to buy regular passes,” a student said. P6
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