HUBBALLI SUNDAY AUGUST 5, 2018 `7.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION SINDHU BEATS YAMAGUCHI TO ADVANCE TO FINAL OF WORLDS World No 3 shows resolve to comeback from losing positions in the last game to oust Japanese 21-16, 24-22 at Nanjing on Saturday FROM 11-19 TO 24-22 IN GAME TWO After Sindhu, who lost in the final of the same event in 2017, had wiped out a 0-4 deficit, she was staring down the barrel at 11-19 in the second. But she showed her full range of shots and flicks to save game points before winning in 54 minutes. 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Editor The New Sunday Express Joint Oppn turns up the heat on Nitish Rahul joins Tejashwi’s protest march demanding action In Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case ‘MISSING’ GIRL FOUND IN LUCKNOW Belagavi forest officer is bringing back sparrows | P2 Magic leaves of monsoons | P2 MoD agrees to transfer defence land for projects | P5 State Cabinet expansion after August 15: Dinesh| P5 Kerala couple pushed from forest to margins of society |P6 One of the four girls who reportedly escaped the Muzaffarpur shelter home has been found in Uttar Pradesh, police said. The girl was reportedly staying at a shelter home in Lucknow. As per records of the Muzaffarpur shelter home, she was among the four who had managed to flee while the other three had died 43 peahens, peacocks found dead | P6 Cattle theft: Man allegedly beaten to death | P7 NRC draft for sake of citizens, says Shah | P7 North Korea is still building nukes:UN | P11 Nitish Kumar said yesterday that he was ashamed of the Muzaffarpur shelter home incident... Well, if he is really ashamed, then he should take stern action immediately - Rahul Gandhi M A N E E S H A N A N D @ New Delhi SHAH SPEAK The age bar is only to restrict senior leaders above 75 years from holding any posts in government NITISH SHIELDING ACCUSED: CONG The Congress on Saturday alleged that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the BJP were protecting Brijesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes case, and questioned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the incident Leaders aged over 75 can contest polls: Shah Sitaram Yechury, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Sharad Yadav, Rahul Gandhi, D Raja and others protesting in Delhi on Saturday | PTI E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi / Patna BIHAR’s Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case reached the national capital with prominent opposition leaders coming together at a joint protest at Jantar Mantar on Saturday and lashing out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the assault on 40 girls. The protest, led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal, saw key opposition leaders including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury, Trinamool leader Dinesh Trivedi, Aam Aadmi Party boss and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, and Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, et al taking part. Speaking at the candle light protest march, Rahul Gandhi said the country’s atmosphere was getting vitiated under the rule of the BJP, which he alleged was attacking the weak. “India stands united while BJP and RSS stand on the other side as one. You can see how the Opposition stands united,” said Gandhi. RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav said that even after the Child Commission report on the horrifying acts were revealed, no action was taken. “The name of Brajesh Thakur, who is a close aid of Nitish Kumar, was removed from the FIR. We have come to Delhi because my chacha’s (Nitish Kumar) soul has not woken up yet to these crimes,” said the RJD leader. Speaking at the protest march, Kejriwal sought to draw parallels between the Muzaffarpur incident and the Nirbhaya case, saying the horrendous incident in Bihar root out the Modi regime. “People shielding the culprits should be punished. This is a serious issue and every responsible authority should come forward together,” he said. SEVERAL Bharatiya Janata Party veterans such as L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan can hope to get a party ticket for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with BJP president Amit Shah clarifying the age ceiling of 75 years was only for posts in the government and not for contesting elections. Putting all speculation to rest, Shah said in an exclusive interview (see page 9) that age was not the criterion for contesting elections. The BJP currently has 13 Lok Sabha members who have crossed the 75 years age bar. BJP sources said the party would leave it to the seniors if they want to contest the next elections or opt out of the race. “Some MPs who have crossed 75 years have consistently been winning elections. If they stay in the electoral fray they could influence neighbouring parliamentary constituencies. This could benefit the party at a time when the saffron outfit is gearing up for a fierce electoral battle,” said a senior BJP functionary . The 13 BJP veterans still have Man shot dead after breaking into Farooq Abdullah’s house F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar IN what could be termed as a major security breach, a man forcibly drove into the residence of National Conference president and three-time Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and began ransacking the house in Jammu on Saturday He was soon shot dead by CRPF . personnel. After ramming his car into the main gate, the man got in and began ransacking the rooms and damaging everything he came across, IGP Jammu Dr S D Singh told TNIE. “We have not recovered anything incriminating from his possession.” Prescriptions for psychotropic drugs were found in the man’s car and the police were investigating whether he was mentally unsound or inebriated. The deceased was identified as Murad Ali Shah of Mendhar, Poonch. His father runs a gun factory in Jammu. Abdullah, who has Z-plus security cover, was not at home during the incident as he was in New Delhi for the ongoing Parliament session. significant political influence and the party can hope to exploit this in the upcoming elections. Take the case of Kalraj Mishra. He quit the Union Cabinet when he crossed 75 but he is seen as the Brahmin face of the party in Uttar Pradesh where the BJP is bracing to face a united Opposition in the general elections. However, sources say all 13 BJP seniors may not get renomination. For example, Bhola Singh, who represents Bihar’s Begusarai constituency may not get the par, ty’s nod for contesting. INTERVIEW P9 GST RELIEF Knife assault averted at Kerala House E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi/T’Puram A knife-wielding man entered Kerala House and tried to break into the room of the souther n state’s chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in New Delhi on Saturday. He was immediately restrained and sent to the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) after he was found to be mentally unsound, the police said. “The man tried to enter the CM’s room to commit suicide in front of him. As per the law, he has been sent to IHBAS,” said a senior police official. The 42-year-old man, Vimal Raj, from Alappuzha district in Kerala, had in 2016 threatened to kill himself after climbing a tree in front of the Secretariat. The police said he was burdened by financial stress and had earlier sought assistance from the government. Coming up: 20% cashback for digital payments EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi IN a move aimed at boosting cashless transactions in rural and semi-urban areas, the GST Council on Saturday cleared a proposal to offer 20 per cent cash backs to those who make digital payments. There is, though, a cap of `100 for the cashback. This will be run on a trial basis by select states, which will roll out incentives for consumers paying through Rupay cards, BHIM app and UPI system. “The Council has decided to prepare the software and backend for this (cash back incentive) and whichever state volunteers for it, the pilot can be run in that state itself and impact on revenue can be assessed,” said interim finance minister Piyush Goyal. Rajini to join AIADMK remark causes ripples Defence min non-committal on Aero India in Bengaluru E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru AMIDST rumours that there have been efforts to invite Rajinikanth to join AIADMK, a remark by Minister for Tamil Official Language and Culture, K Pandiarajan on Saturday in an interview to a Tamil television channel that the actor might forge an alliance or even join AIADMK, has caused ripples in political circles. During the interview, when asked whether Rajinikanth could be termed a leader with whom AIADMK might forge an alliance in future, Pandiarajan said “Who knows? May be an ally or he may even join us (AIADMK).” When asked to clarify his statement, Pandiarajan laughed it off saying: “It was not a premeditated statement. It was just an off-the-cuff remark during the interview.” Stating that he was answering questions on whether Rajinikanth’s wish to establish MGR rule in TN would erode the vote bank of AIADMK , Pandiarajan said “I said the actor has been hailing the decisions of the AIADMK government on many issues. So, there is no need to presume that Rajinikanth’s political journey would be against the AIADMK. As such, he may join hands with us in the coming days.” However, the views of Rajinikanth’s fans are different. Sridhar of Madipakkam, a staunch fan of the actor, feels his leader would not join hands with either AIADMK or DMK. “Rajinikanth has an individuality We, his fans will not like . joining hands with both Dravidian parties.” J Saravanan, a functionary of Rajini Makkal Mandram at Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar also shared similar views. “Rajinikanth will never join hands with Dravidian parties.” WITH only six months left for the 2019 edition of the flagship Aero India event, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said the venue for the event was yet to be finalised, thus fuelling further speculation over the Union government’s proposal to move the biennial air show from the city . Responding to questions during a media briefing here, she said details about the venue had not been finalised yet, something that has left many experts flabbergasted as normal preparations for the event — which sees global participation — begin at least a year ahead. Nirmala Sitharaman claimed 3 JUDGES, INCLUDING KM JOSEPH, TO JOIN SUPREME COURT After months, Justice K M Joseph has been issued a warrant of appointment to the apex court, along with justices Indira Banerjee and Vineet Saran | P7 that many states had approached the government to host the premier event and said the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will take a call on this and announce the dates and the venue soon. The New Indian Express had recently reported that the MoD is likely to shift the venue of the 12th edition of Aero India to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. When pointed out that Aero India dates are generally announced at the end of the previous show, she said, “I am aware of when we are supposed to announce the dates. A notice regarding the event will be given well in time so that delegates from within the country and different parts of the world can participate.” MORE:P6 ESSAY FIGHTING IT OUT Men and their oxen participate in the ‘Oorchathali’ competition, a traditional cattle race, during the Village Agriculture Festival at Pullaloor in Kozhikode on Saturday | MANU R MAVELIL SACRED GAMES CEILING SET Transfers in govt depts exceeding 4% will need CM’s nod A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru CRACKING down on the ‘transfer mafia’ in its various departments, the government has issued an order restricting the transfers to not more than 4 per cent of the total staff strength in respective departments annually If the transfers ex. ceed this limit, it will need the approval of Chief Minister. Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar on Thursday issued a circular to all Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Secretaries concerned to limit the number of transfers. In the circular, a copy of which is available with The New Sunday Express, Vijay Bhaskar has stated that as per guidelines, transfers of employees in each department should not exceed 4 per cent of the working staff strength. “Inspite of a government order, it has come to our notice that in some departments, there have been transfers in excess of 4 per cent. In such cases, the department heads concerned should limit it to 4 per cent and send a revised transfer list at the earliest.” Last month, the state Cabinet decided on setting a deadline for completion of transfers by July-end and also restricting the number of transfers in each department. Now, in the latest circular, departments have been given time till August 10 to complete the transfer process. When contacted, Vijay Bhaskar said, “For any additional transfers, the candidate and the official concerned should get the CM’s approval, without which transfers cannot be done.” An office-bearer of the Karnataka State Government Employees Association, on condition of anonymity, said that earlier, transfers were limited to 6 per cent of the working strength which has now been reduced to 4 per cent. “It even touched 20 per cent in some departments. It’s a business worth crores of rupees and there are middlemen in every department. The amount paid as bribe will vary depending on the place, post and department,’’ he said. 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