PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE HUBBALLI SUNDAY JUNE 10, 2018 ` 7.00 PAGES 26 CITY EDITION THE RACE RIOT Race 3 of the Race franchise, slated for release this month, is an edge-of-the-seat action thriller with an all-new star cast and director THE INDIGO INSPIRATION LIFTING THE AGE BAR His passion for the sport leads a 54-year-old fitness enthusiast, who runs a roadside tea shop at Kochi, to win his first national weightlifting gold medal Gujarat’s Ajrakhpur village carries forward the legacy of Ajrakh block printing, and helps over 500 artisans earn a livelihood THE SECRET BATTLEFIELD COVER STORY Bollywood blockbuster Raazi and a controversial new book by former RAW and ISI chiefs have brought the focus back on the espionage game between India and Pakistan, the sacrifices of agents, and political interests EXCLUSIVE VOICES Shankkar Aiyar Prabhu Chawla ■ T J S George ■ ■ 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 Rahul tries to end Karnataka crisis, asks leaders to be wary of BJP plans India-China pacts ease sharing of non-Basmati rice and river data R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA @ New Delhi Congress president meets M B Patil; KPCC chief Parameshwara calls meeting of MPs today DON’T TAKE CONG ‘SACRIFICE’ AS WEAKNESS: KHARGE The Congress’ “sacrifice” to protect secular values and save the Constitution in Karnataka should not be construed as weakness, said senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge. “The Congress agreed to make Kumaraswamy the chief minister despite the JD(S) getting only 37 seats against our 77. We made this sacrifice to keep the secular values intact and save the Constitution. It should not be seen as our weakness,” he said. CAMPAIGNING ENDS IN JAYANAGAR The stage is set for a straight fight between Congress and BJP in the crucial Jayanagar Assembly constituency as campaigning came to a close on Saturday. Election will be held on Monday. While BJP MP Ananth Kumar — who is in charge of Jayanagar assembly constituency — flagged off a bike rally, Congress’ Ramalinga Reddy held a roadshow to campaign for party candidate and his daughter Sowmya Reddy. Rahul Gandhi has given a patient hearing to all our concerns. I have briefed him about the entire situation. It is not about me as an individual, but about many of my friends and their concerns Congress MLA M B Patil E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru THE Congress leadership on Saturday reached out to party leaders upset by their exclusion from the coalition ministry in Karnataka and also sent out a message that whatever maybe the grouse, the leaders cannot wash their dirty linen in public and give the BJP any room to take advantage of the situation. In another effort at defusing the crisis, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, apparently prodded by the central leadership, called Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs from the state for a meeting on Sunday evening to discuss the situation. Congress president Rahul Gandhi met former minister and Lingayat strongman M B Patil, who had emerged as the rallying point for the disgruntled MLAs, making it clear that the central leadership is willing to talk to the dissidents. For the legislators who had been fuming at the party leadership, both in the state and at the centre, the development has come as a minor victory. They seem to have achieved their goal of turning the leadership’s attention to their complaints and demands. “Rahul Gandhi has given a patient hearing to all our concerns. I have briefed him about the entire situation. It is not about me as an individual, but about many of my friends TALK SHOW Congress president Rahul Gandhi tells M B Patil that party leadership is willing to talk to disgruntled MLAs Message to the unhappy lot is not to air grievances in public and not give BJP chance to take advantage of the situation and their concerns,” Patil said after the meeting. He said he would convey the high command’s message to all dissenting MLAs and then decide the next course of action. Patil, who also met Ahmed Patel, said he has not made any request for post or position. But, even as he left Gandhi’s residence, Patil reiterated he has 1520 MLAs with him, indicating that it’s not the end yet for the dissidence that erupted after the JD(S)-Congress ministry was expanded on Wednesday . Sources said Patil was asked to return to Karnataka and work towards strengthening the party. Gandhi is said to have advised Patil to understand the situation that the party is in and not give opportunities for the BJP to poke fun. The message to the dissenting MLAs is not to air their Patil says he will convey the message to other MLAs, will hold meetings with them D K Shivakumar spends the day pacifying Roshan Baig and H K Patil, two other senior leaders not included in the cabinet grievances in public but place their concerns before the leadership. Saturday’s meeting marks the first attempt by the party leadership to solve the crisis. For the third consecutive day, protests were witnessed across the state by supporters demanding berths for their leaders. Supporters of MLC Ivan D’Souza protested outside the party headquarters in Bengaluru while supporters of Ramalinga Reddy staged a protest outside the Town Hall. Local body representatives belonging to the Congress in Vijayapura district resigned from their posts condemning M B Patil’s exclusion from the cabinet while D K Shivakumar was busy pacifying Roshan Baig and H K Patil, two other senior leaders who were excluded from the government. P5 Not interested in higher education, want a change in portfolio: G T Devegowda R A S H M I B E L U R @ Bengaluru JD (S) strongman G T Devegowda, who defeated former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on his home turf Chamundeshwari by a huge margin, is not happy with the higher education portfolio. “I have no interest in this portfolio. I will discuss it with the Chief Minister and request for a change,” Gowda told The New Sunday Express on Saturday “Neither the CM . nor the senior leaders of the party asked me about my interest before allocating the portfolio,” he said. He, however, said that if the party refused to accept his request, he would be forced to take it up. He seems to be keen on rural development. “It is my duty to express my interest and if they don’t oblige, then I have to accept it. It is not that I am incapable of handling it. As it is a big portfolio, I should have interest in it,” he said. However, he said, he will make his decision public by Tuesday . Another JD(S) minister, C S Puttaraju, too seems to be not happy with the minor irrigation portfolio given to him. Puttaraju, however, denied that he has any problems with the portfolio and he is willing to take up any responsibility given to him by the party leadership. On Saturd a y, Gowda and Puttaraju’s supporters protested at Mandya and Mysuru. But Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy sent out a strong message to his party leaders that he will not consider any demands for change in portfolios. P5 Mistaken for child-lifters, two men lynched in Assam P T I @ Diphu/Guwahati SAME STORY, EVERY YEAR Residents use an inflated boat to cross a water-logged street following heavy monsoon showers in Mumbai on Saturday | PTI EXPRESS READ Taliban kills 20 pro-govt forces RaGa to host Iftar on June 13 Simona Halep wins French Open Kabul: Hours after announcing a ceasefire in Afghanistan on Saturday, Taliban militants killed at least 20 pro-government forces and injured six others, police said. The Taliban launched the multi-pronged offensives on checkpoints in Kunduz province. New Delhi: After a gap of two years, the Congress has decided to hold Iftar in Delhi on June 13 with party president Rahul Gandhi playing host to a galaxy of leaders who are likely to attend it. For Rahul, this will be the first occasion to host an Iftar since he took charge. Paris: World number one Simona Halep of Romania finally won her first Grand Slam title with a gutsy comeback victory over American 10th seed Sloane Stephens in the French Open final on Saturday. The scorecard read 3-6 6-4 6-1. TWO men, returning from a picnic spot, were pulled out of their car and lynched by villagers who suspected them to be child-lifters in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district, in a gruesome incident of mob fury which police blamed on panic created by social media posts. Nilotpal Das (29), a sound engineer based in Mumbai, and his friend Abhijeet Nath (30), a businessman, had gone to the picnic spot Kangthilangso last night to capture the sounds of nature and were on their way back when they were stopped by some villagers at Panjuri and thrashed, despite the duo pleading that they were Assamese and not outsiders, police said. In a video of the incident circulated on social media, the two men can be heard begging for their lives and trying to explain to the livid crowd that they were innocent but to no avail. After the police reached the spot, the two seriously injured men were rushed to a hospital but they died on the way . As the incident sparked outrage, police said they had arrested five of the culprits and others will be nabbed soon. Assam Chief Minster Sarbananda Sonowal directed the police to take prompt action against all the culprits. INDIA and China signed two significant agreements soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in the Chinese city of Qingdao on Saturday for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summiy . These include sharing of hydrological information of the Brahmaputra by China to India and an amendment of protocol on phytosanitary requirements for exporting rice from India to China to include non-Basmati rice. Modi, accompanied by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, arrived at Qingdao on Saturday, where he was received by Indian and Chinese officials, including China’s Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui. After a courtesy call by SCO secretary general Rashid Alimov of Tajikistan, who lauded India’s involvement in the eight-member security grouping after its admission at the Astana Summit in June last year, Modi held a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, where the two leaders discussed progress of the decisions taken during their informal summit in Wuhan in April. This is the 14th meeting between the two leaders over the past four years. The MoU between the two Ministries of Water Resources provides for hydrological information of the Brahmaputra river in flood season (May 15 to October 15) by China to India each year. It also calls for China to provide hydrological data if water level exceeds mutually agreed levels during non-flood season. Sharing of such information had been a sticking point in bilateral relations earlier. The protocol agreement between General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China and the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare of the Republic of India amends the phytosanitary requirements for exporting rice from India to China is expected to ease restrictions on the sale of non-Basmati Indian rice to China. PM Narendra Modi and Chinese Prez Xi Jinping in Qingdao on Saturday | PIB XI SAYS YES TO INFORMAL SUMMIT IN INDIA IN 2019 Chinese President Xi Jinping has accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation for a Wuhan-style informal summit in India next year, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said on Saturday. He said that the date for the informal meeting has not been decided. The two leaders had their first informal summit in the Chinese city of Wuhan on April 27-28. Heavy rain lashes DK, Udupi dists E N S @ Mangaluru/Udupi/Madikeri MOST parts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts received heavy rain on Saturday . In Dakshina Kannada, a 60-year-old woman is suspected to have drowned in the flooded Palguni river in Shirlalu. According to the Met Department, Dakshina Kannada received an average rainfall of 95-105 mm. Reports of trees geting uprooted were reported from several areas. In Kabaka in Puttur, arecanut farms were inundated. Heavy rain coupled with gusty wind lashed Udupi, Hebri, Kundapur and surrounding areas for more than an hour in the early hours of Saturday. The district received an average rain of 72 mm. In Kodagu, an estate owner was crushed to death after a tree fell on him.
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