SHIVAMOGGA THURSDAY JULY 12, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION MAKE BSNL CALLS WITHOUT SIM CARD FROM THIS MONTH BSNL has unveiled India’s first Internet telephony service that lets users dial any phone number in India through an app, starting July 25 DIAL NUMBERS OVER THE INTERNET TAKE LANDLINE CALLS FROM ANYWHERE BSNL customers will be able to use the ‘Wings’ app to call numbers in India, even from abroad. This would be facilitated through the Internet or Wi-Fi service of any telecom operator. Registrations for the service, which would cost J1,099 per year, will begin in a couple of days ■ ■ The app will be linked to a mobile number issued by BSNL, and users need not apply for a separate mobile/landline connection “The benefit for existing BSNL landline customers is that they can receive incoming calls on the app irrespective of their location,” said BSNL chairman and MD Anupam Shrivastava A1,099 ANNUAL FEE TO MAKE CALLS OVER INTERNET/Wi-Fi OF ANY OPERATOR 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 PRESS INTAKE Fuel price, Anna Bhagya a wedge between partners | P5 Patil slams budget, wants fair deal for N-K’taka | P5 THEY CHEATED DEATH AND ARE THE TOAST OF THE WORLD. HOOYAH! The 12 boys rescued from a Thai cave where they were trapped by floodwater since June 23, are now happily in hospital. They will stay quarantined till their immune systems recover and possibly catch football WC matches on TV PARENTS GET FIRST LOOK Dinesh says merit not cronyism matters | P5 The rescued boys were on Wednesday allowed to see their relatives in a carefully controlled environment, as doctors are still concerned about their health 10 TN villages get electricity after several decades| P6 Govt college students to get free coaching | P6 Kerala’s illegal rehabs thrive, govt mum | P6 Parents were in tears as they looked through the glass. They were not allowed to enter the room where they are being treated, in order to avoid infection Nine dead in three incidents of landslides in Manipur | P7 Two gang rapes reported in Madhya Pradesh | P7 ‘Cong used farmers as mere vote bank for decades’| P9 Rahul to meet Muslim intellectuals | P9 Football: Block and key| P12 Drivers in Asia exposed to more pollution: Study| P14 Unique way to build low-cost houses | P14 MLA CHARGESHEETED IN UNNAO RAPE CASE The CBI on Wednesday charge sheeted Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for the alleged rape of a minor girl in Unnao at his residence on June 4 last year, officials confirmed. A screengrab from footage released by the Thai government showing the rescued boys gesturing to their parents in a hospital in Thailand on Wednesday | AFP HAPPY-SAD ENDING FOR EXPERT AUSTRALIAN MEDIC, DIVER World-renowned medic and diver Richard Harris (pic) was reportedly the last person to leave the water-logged cavern on Tuesday. It was the Australian who medically assessed the 12 boys and their coach and decided in what order they should leave. While the rescue had a happy ending, there was personal sadness for Harris as his father had passed away Three of the boys are being treated for minor cases of pneumonia. Most of them are expected to be discharged after a week All the boys lost about 2 kg in weight during their time in the cave For 9 days before they were found, the boys didn’t have any food and drank muddy water SEDATED, STRAPPED ONTO STRETCHER & EXTRICATED EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE A day after the nerve-wracking rescue of all 12 boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, it emerged that deft planning, calculated risk-taking, international cooperation, a whole lot of grit and pure chance went into what was finally a successful operation. Since most of the boys could not swim and no one had diving experience, each one of them had to be sedated and strapped onto stretchers with full face masks and passed along the twisting, narrow passageways to extricate them. To prevent anxiety issues, they were given a minor tranquiliser shot. There were anxious moments aplenty like the one shortly after the last boy was rescued. Res- cuers heard screams of panic as the main pumps failed and water started rising in Chamber Three. The 100-plus team managed to pull itself out safely . The operations had an Indian angle, too, as Pune-based Kirloskar Bros supplied heavy-duty pumps and flew in personnel to dewater the tunnels. The boys and their coach were spotted quite by chance on July 2 by British diver John Volanthen. He had used guide lines to scour the complex. When he reached the end of the line, he claimed he fastened it in mud underwater and surfaced to find the boys staring at him. Had Volanthen’s line been shorter by 15 ft, he could have possibly missed them. Destiny happily de, , cided otherwise. Hooyah! RAINS FLOOD RIVERS IN STATE, 3 DEAD 28-YEAR-OLD MISSING AFTER GAME OF DARE A dare may have claimed the life of 28-yearold Musafir Sharif in Mysuru. He jumped into Kapila river at Nanjangud, along with four friends, as they challenged each other to swim through heavy current as water was released from Kabini Dam. In Chikkamagaluru, two people lost lives to heavy showers -- Ashok K, who is suspected to have been washed away by a flooding stream, and a 44-year-old woman, who died when an old wall collapsed on her. Bhagamandala in Kodagu has been completely flooded from continuous rainfall over the past one week. Routine puja, including lighting of lamps, have been stopped here and at Talacauvery because of strong storms. INDIA is set to become one of the few countries in the world guaranteeing ‘unrestricted’ and ‘nondiscriminatory’ access to the internet, with the apex telecom commission on Wednesday giving the go-ahead to sector regulator Trai’s recommendations on net neutrality . Trai, during November 2017 had recommended that no inter- E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru The simmering discontent within the Congress over Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s budget proposals to cut free rice quota under the Anna Bhagya scheme from 7kg to 5kg per head and hike in the price of petrol and diesel is turning into a crisis with Coalition Coordination Committee chairman Siddraramaiah himself leading the charge. As the discord threatens to undermine the stability of the coalition government, Kumaraswamy is likely to roll back the fuel price hike and restore Anna Bhagya to its earlier form. Kumaraswamy is expected to announce the rollback during his reply to the debate on the Budget in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday. He has been compelled to take a relook at the hike in fuel price and cut in Anna Bhagya rice quota after Siddaramaiah wrote to him expressing his displeasure at the blow delivered to his most popular rice scheme. Interestingly, many JD(S) members too, including senior MLAs H Vishwanath and A T Ramaswamy have voiced a similar demand of a , rollback. Siddaramaiah has also disapproved the additional tax burden on petrol and diesel which not only affects the common man, but also runs contrary to Congress’ stand at the national level against the Modi government demanding reduction in the tax burden on petrol and diesel. The confrontation came into the open on Wednesday as Siddaramaiah served the warning at a Congress convention where Dinesh Gundu Rao took over as the KPCC president. The budget came under fire at the Congress Legislature Party meeting too held earlier in the day . Visitors being taken to the Shettihalli Mariyamma Church in coracles | EXPRESS CORACLE RIDE TO MARIYAMMA CHURCH Two-centuries-old church in Shettihalli, Mariyamma Church, built by French missionaries, lies submerged under heavy rains. Visitors usually wade through a shallow rise of water when rains are mild but, this season, they have to ride a coracle. The church is made from sand bricks and limestone, and has 3-ft wide walls. net access service provider shall resort to any form of discrimination, restriction or interference in the treatment of content, including practices like blocking, slowing down or granting preferential speeds. According to officials, with the panel’s go-ahead, the Department of Telecom is set to notify the new guidelines soon. “... this should come into force almost immediately telecom secre,” tary Aruna Sundararajan noted. Kumaraswamy did not apprise the coordination committee of changes to Anna Bhagya nor the hike in fuel prices. I have asked him to roll back both Siddaramaiah, Coordination Committee Chief Siddaramaiah and minister Zameer Ahmed during the oath-taking ceremony of Dinesh Gundu Rao as KPCC president in Bengaluru | SHRIRAM B N Coming under pressure from the coalition partner, Kumaraswamy is not pleased. “I will consider the letter Siddaramaiah has written,” he said as Express spoke to him about the letter. However, the anger was evident when he asked, “if we do not hike the taxes, where will we get the money for farm loan waiver from? If this was an issue, why was it not discussed in the coordination committee meeting?” According to sources close to Kumaraswamy he is almost certain to roll back the , 2% tax hike he has effected on petrol and diesel as it is a request from Congress president Rahul Gandhi. The hike is expected to fetch an additional revenue of Rs 1,000cr. There is also speculation of a restoration of rice quota to the earlier 7kg per head under Anna Bhagya. P5 If we do not hike the taxes, where will we get the money for farm loan waiver from? If this was an issue, why was it not discussed in the coordination committee meeting? H D Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister Centre steps back, leaves it to SC to decide on validity of Section 377 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi No interim order on promotion quota THE Centre on Wednesday left it to the Supreme Court to decide the fate of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalises “consensual acts of adults in private”. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, however, urged the court not to widen the scope of hearing to issues like gay marriages, adoption and inheritance. He said that if the right to choose a sex partner was recognised as a fundamental right, then one might say he or she wanted to marry a sibling, which would be contrary to the laws on The court refused to pass an interim order against its verdict on ‘creamy layer’ application for quota to SC and ST categories in govt job promotions, saying a 7-judge bench would take it up TAJ MAHAL OR DEMOLISH IT: SC Telecom panel gives nod, India a click away from net neutrality E N S E CO N O M I C B U R E AU @ New Delhi Kumaraswamy likely to restore Anna Bhagya quota too Restore 2 LIVES LOST TO LASHING RAIN, FLOODING STORMY WEATHER HITS PUJA Siddu talks tough, CM may roll back hike in fuel price Restore the pristine beauty of Taj Mahal or “you can demolish it if you like,” an angry Supreme Court made these observations on Wednesday as it came down heavily on the Centre, the Uttar Pradesh government. marriage. “If this Court is pleased to decide to examine any other question other than the constitutional validity of Section 377, or to construe any other right in favour of or in respect of LGBTQ, the Union would like to file its detailed affidavit in reply .” The five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that if it decided to strike down the law, it would help LGBTQ community members live “life to the fullest”. “We intend to rule, subject to arguments, that two consenting adults, even if engaged in unnatural sex, will not be liable for prosecution for any offence,” the Chief Justice observed. Taking note of the Centre’s submission that issues like gay marriages, adoption and ancillary civil rights of LGBTQ community should not be dealt, the court said it was not considering these issues. Centre opposes plea challenging penal law on adultery in SC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi SEEKING to dismiss a petition that challenged Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, which makes adultery a punishable offence for men, the Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that striking it down would go against the Indian ethos and destroy the institution of marriage. At present, the crime is applicable only to men who have sexual relations with women they have not married. In an affidavit, the Centre said it was opposing a plea that sought to make men and women equally liable. “Section 497 supports, safeguards and protects the institution of marriage... (Striking it down) will prove to be detrimental to intrinsic Indian ethos, which gives paramount importance to the institution and sanctity of marriage.” MADRAS HC ORDER Students confused about ranking, but NEET counselling to go on NO CHANGE IN SCHEDULE, SAYS MCI New Delhi: Despite the Madras High Court order to CBSE to stop the process of counselling of NEET, Medical Council of India has decided to continue it saying the order has not been issued to the government agency directly. It plans to move the Supreme Court on the issue. R A S H M I B E L U R @ Bengaluru Confusion and tension prevailed among those selected for medical and dental courses as the counselling process may be stalled following the Madras High Court order asking Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) to award grace marks to all students who wrote the National Eligiblity cum Entrance Test (NEET) in Tamil. Though the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) and state Department of Medical Education officials insisted that there will not be any confusion, experts in the field said that ongoing allotment of seats will be affected since the court order will change the all India rankings. They advised the KEA to put the process on hold till they receive commu- nication from CBSE. However, officials said that they will stick to their schedule. Manjula, Additional Chief Secretary with Department of Medical Education, said, “We have not received any communication from authorities concerned. Till then, we will go ahead with our schedule.” The KEA also published the mock allotment for medical and dental seats on its official website on Wednesday evening. Dr S Kumar, Executive Secretary COME, DK, said, “Though this will not affect allotment of seats in government colleges and of government-quota seats in private colleges, it will definitely affect institutional-quota seats and NRI seats. It is better for state officials to wait till further communication.” P6
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