BELAGAVI FRIDAY JUNE 8, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION DIDN’T YOU TORCH THE WHITE HOUSE? TRUMP ASKS TRUDEAU The US President erroneously blamed Canada for burning down the White House, in a recent phone call with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau WHAT PROMPTED THE QUESTION BRITISH BEHIND WHITE HOUSE ATTACK Trudeau pressed Trump on how he could justify tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium imports as a “national security” issue, according to a CNN report. In response, Trump is said to have quipped: “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” referring to the War of 1812 ■ ■ The problem with Trump’s comments was that British troops burned the White House down in 1814 during the War of 1812 Historians note the British attack on Washington was in retaliation for the American attack on York, Ontario, in territory that eventually became Canada, which was then a British colony May 25 WHEN TRUMP REPORTEDLY MADE THE ERRONEOUS HISTORICAL REFERENCE CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■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 Pranab warning on seeing India using prism of religion Says the soul of the country resides in its pluralism and tolerance, at RSS event in Nagpur A B H I J I T M U LY E @ Nagpur FORMER President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday warned that any attempt to define India through “religion, hatred, dogmas and intolerance” will dilute our existence, as he addressed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) cadre at the valedictory function of the Third Year Sangha Shiksha Varg here. The soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance, he emphasised. Mukherjee’s address came amid bitter criticism from the Congress over his decision to accept the RSS invite. The party later described his speech as ‘showing the mirror to the RSS at their headquarters’. “Divergent strands in the public discourse have to be recognised. We can’t deny essential prevalence of multiplicity of opinion. Only through a dialogue can we develop the understanding to solve complex problems without an unhealthy strife within our polity Mukherjee ,” said. Starting with the dictionary meanings of the words nation, nationality and patriotism, Mukherjee took an overview of over 2,500 years of Indian history to explain how these terms have evolved in the Indian context. “Secularism and inclusion are a matter of faith for us. It is our composite culture that makes us a one nation,” Mukherjee said and went on to add - “Indian nationhood is not one language, one religion, one enemy. It is the perennial universalism of the 1.3 billion people who use Perspective on nationhood India’s nationhood is not one language, one religion and one enemy, the former President said. “It is perennial universalism of 1.3 billion people who use 122 languages and 1600 dialects... practice seven major religions... live under one system, one flag and one identity of being Bharatiya and have no enemies. That is what makes Bharat a diverse and united nation.” Let the objective of spreading peace, harmony and happiness inform the formulation of our public policy and guide all the actions of our state and citizens in everyday life RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat welcomes former President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday | PTI Pranab Mukherjee, Former President 122 languages and 1600 dialects in their everyday lives, practice 7 major religions, belong to 3 major ethnic groups and live under one system, one flag and one identity .” While stressing that peaceful coexistance, compassion, respect for life and harmony with nature form the foundation of our civilisation, Mukherjee said, “We must free our public discourse from all forms of violence.” “Only non-violent society can ensure participation of all sections of people in the democratic process, especially the marginalised and the dispossessed,” he said and emphasized a need to move from anger, violence and conflict to peace, harmony and happiness. Quoting Kautilya, Mukherjee stressed that the state should strive for the happiness of its people. P9 Meaningless, says Bhagwat RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat described the debate over former President Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to attend the RSS event as meaningless, saying no one is an outsider for his organisation. Mukherjee will remain what he is and the Sangh will remain the Sangh even after the event, he quipped. People may have different views but they are all children of India, he said Cong struggles to douse dissidence fire, disgruntled leaders to meet on June 13 E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru THE dissidence that erupted in Congress soon after the ministry expansion on Wednesday is now threatening to snowball into a major crisis, giving worries to the party leadership. Leaders who were denied a berth are openly criticising the party leadership for “ignoring their seniority and service to the party”. Lingayat strongman and former minister M B Patil is emerging as the leader of a group of dissidents. Since Thursday morning, several meetings were held at Patil’s Sadashivanagar residence. Patil and other disgruntled party leaders like Satish Jarkiholi, Roshan Baig, Hoskote MLA M T B Nagaraj and Chikkaballapur MLA Sudhakar K held discussions to decide on their future course of action. An upset Patil said, “My pride is hurt. I won’t accept a berth now because I am not a second class citizen.” And Chikkaballapur MLA Sudhakar said the coalition government won’t last more than three months. Apart from keeping these MLAs out of the ministry the party high , command has also ignored the demand to make one of the leaders from north Karnataka the Deputy Chief Minister. Satish Jarkiholi insisted that the group was not agitated against the party, but were feeling let down. AICC general secretary incharge for Karnataka K C Venugopal said, “We acknowledge that there is disappointment among our legislators but we will sort things out soon. It is a difficult task, but we are monitoring the situation and assure our legislators of our support. We have six more berths vacant and more will be accommodated.” While the disgruntled group Last-minute changes hold up Cong list, delay portfolios A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru Supporters of MLAs Ramalinga Reddy and Roshan Baig protesting outside KPCC office in Bengaluru on Thursday | PUSHKAR V ‘CABINET SELECTION NOT AN INDIVIDUAL DECISION’ Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara attempted to downplay the allegations that he was responsible for some of the Congress leaders missing cabinet berths. “The Congress high command has selected the 15 candidates. The decision was taken by a group and not by any individual,” he said. HECTIC ACTIVITY ■ Former ministers M B Patil, Roshan Baig and AICC secretary Satish Jarkiholi, along with others hold a meeting ar Patil’s residence on Thursday morning ■ Congress leaders throng Patil’s residence post noon to pacify the Lingayat leader ■ Minister R V Deshpande meets another dissident H K Patil; says things under control in party ■ Protests held in multiple locations, including in front of KPCC office, by supporters of various leaders held meetings during the first half of the day the second half in, volved visits to Patil’s residence by prominent party leaders to douse the dissidence fire. Leaders like KPCC working president Dinesh Gundu Rao, newly swornin ministers Krishna Byregowda and Zameer Ahmed, and MLC Rizwan Arshad tried to persuade the unhappy group to relent. But Patil and other dissidents are expected STAGE IS SET Council poll today from six constituencies EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE to meet again on June 13 to chalk out their future course of action. Minister R V Deshpande visited another dissident H K Patil and attempted to mollify the leader. Two other MLAs --Eshwar Khandre and B C Patil associated with prominent Veerashaiva leader Shamanur Shivashankarappa -are also dissatisfied over their omission in the ministry . P5,8 Rajnath hints at extending ceasefire, says talks only with right-minded people @ Bengaluru EXPRESS READ Commando, ASI killed in Jharkhand Ranchi: A jawan of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) of CRPF and an Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) were killed during an encounter with CPI (Maoists) near Karu Kuchai in Saraikela district of P9 Jharkhand on Thursday. Modi to meet Xi on SCO summit sidelines New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads for Qingdao in China to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on June 9-10. Modi will hold a meeting with China’s President P9 Xi Jinping on June 9. Cong to give RS seat to Kerala Congress New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday decided to give Rajya Sabha seat in the state to Kerala Congress (M). The decision was taken after senior party leaders met Congress President Rahul Gandhi. TIRUMALA CLOUDBURST After a scorching summer, dark clouds unleash a heavy downpour on a section of Tirupati on Thursday | MADHAV K SUSPENSE CONTINUES ‘Kaala’ kept out of Karnataka theatres, except in Ballari E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru RAJINIKANTH-STARRER ‘Kaala’ could not be screened at a majority of multiplexes and singlescreen theatres across Bengaluru and the rest of Karnataka on Thursday. It was, however, screened in Ballari. Kaala released on Thursday under tight security after the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the police to provide security to theatres and the public. In Benglauru, protesters, who were angry with Rajinikanth for his comments on the Cauvery dispute, went from screen to screen persuading theatre owners against playing the movie. Protests started early in the morning. Those on the streets Activists being taken into custody in Bengaluru on Thursday | SHRIRAM B N included members of Kannada Rakshana Vedike and other proKannada organisations, and leaders such as Vatal Nagaraj and Sa Ra Govindu, who is the president of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. They were taken into preventive cus- tody After this, some multiplex. es ran one show. By afternoon, more than 2,000 protesters were taken into preventive custody. They were released by late evening, and they resumed their protests. No incidents of violence or damage to property were reported. In Raichur, Chikkaballapur, Anekal, Hassan, Davangere and Mysuru, theatres saw protesters gather and stop screenings. On Friday, the situation may remain the same with most theatre owners reluctant to screen the movie. Sa Ra Govindu, KFCC president, said, “We are having a meeting to take action against distributors who choose to ignore the protests. We demand a ban on the screening.” P6 F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar THE biennial elections to the Karnataka Legislative Council from three graduates and three teachers constituencies will be held on Friday as the sitting members are retiring on June 21. The retiring members include Legislative Council Chairman D H Shankaramurthy who represents Karnataka , South West Graduates constituency Ramesh Babu, Marith, ibbe Gowda, Capt Ganesh Karnik, Ramachandra Gowda and Amarnath Patil. The results will be declared on June 12. As many as 22 candidates are contesting from Bengaluru Graduates Constituency, which includes Bengaluru City Bengaluru Rural and Ra, managara districts and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (Central, North and South zones). It has 65,354 voters. UNION Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday hinted at extending the Ramadan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir. He said dialogue can be held with everyone and it was not necessary to hold talks with likeminded, but they should be right minded. “I will talk to Chief Minister and hold security review meetings on post-Ramadan ceasefire situation in the state,” Singh told reporters here. When asked if Ramadan ceasefire can be extended, he said, “No possibility can be ruled out”. Rajnath said call on ceasefire extension can be taken after reviewing the security situation. The Centre had on May 16 announced unilateral Ramadan ceasefire and directed security forces to halt active anti-militancy operations and only retaliate when fired upon by militants. Rajnath said Ramadan ceasefire initiative was taken by Prime Minister after keeping in mind the aspirations of common people of J&K. “Everybody, including the Army, police and paramilitary forces have shown patience during the Ramadan ceasefire,” he said. Rajnath, however, condemned recent militant attacks in the valley saying militants were not refraining from their nefarious act iv i t i e s e ve n d u r i n g Ramadan. Re f e r r i n g t o s t o n e pelters, Singh said gover nment believes that children were misled and committed mistakes 75 candidates in fray In all, 75 candidates are contesting from the six constituencies, including three sitting MLCs Ramesh Babu (JD-S) from Karnataka South East Teachers constituency, Marithibbe Gowda (JD-S) from Karnataka South Teachers constituency and Capt Ganesh Karnik (BJP) from Karnataka S o u t h We s t T e a c h e r s constituency . In the 75-member Council, Congress has 34, BJP (20), JD (S) 14, 3 Independents and 4 P6 seats are vacant. A day after the coalition ministry in Karnataka was expanded by inducting 25 ministers, the Congress is yet to finalise allocation of portfolios. While the JD(S) is ready with the list of portfolios for 11 of its ministers, sources in the Congress suggested that lastminute lobbying for change of portfolios is delaying the announcement. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Thursday said a compiled list of ministers and portfolios will be sent to the Governor who will make it official through a notification. The list was to be submitted to the Governor on Thursday evening but the Congress list was not ready till late Thursday night. “AICC had approved a list but after that a few changes were made. Some ministers were not happy with the ministry allocated to them and wanted a change. A new list has been drawn up but it has to be approved by AICC again,” said a Congress leader. “Our list is ready but the Congress is yet to hand over its list. We can send it to the Governor only after we receive the complete list. There are no changes to our list,” said a JD(S) source. P5 Attack on Army patrol leaves 2 soldiers injured Srinagar: Two soldiers were on Thursday injured in a militant attack on an Army patrol near the Line of Control in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir, an official said. “Terrorists opened fire on a link patrol ahead of the fence at the Line of Control in Keran sector,” a Defence Spokesman said here. The official said the firing was retaliated to by Army personnel. willingly and unwillingly “It was . because of this reason that the government had decided to provide amnesty to 10,000 first time stone-pelting offenders in the valley The state government in No.” vember last year decided to withdraw cases against about 10,000 first time stone pelters after recommendation from the Centre. “And when we talk about Kashmiriyat, it includes Hazratbal as well as Amarnath,” he said. Rajnath is on a two-day visit to the state to review the Non Initiation of Combat Operations, security arrangements for annual Amarnath Yatra, which is set to begin from June 28 and PM’s Development Project. We say we will talk to everybody but Pakistan should not allow terror activities from its soil Rajnath Singh, Home Minister
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