HUBBALLI TUESDAY OCTOBER 9, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION US ECONOMISTS WIN NOBEL FOR WORK ON CLIMATE AND GROWTH WILLIAM NORDHAUS PAUL ROMER ADDRESSED MOST PRESSING QUESTIONS William Nordhaus, Paul Romer win the Nobel Prize in Economics 2018 for integrating innovation and climate with economic growth HOW THEIR WORK CAME TOGETHER The duo addressed “some of our time’s most basic and pressing questions about how we create long-term sustained and sustainable growth,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said, adding that they constructed models that explain how the P10 market economy interacts with nature and knowledge ■ ■ ■ Nordhaus, 77, was specifically honoured for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis Romer, 62, meanwhile won for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis Both were tipped as frontrunners for the Nobel in recent years $1.01 mn (9 MN SWEDISH KRONOR) PRIZE NORDHAUS & ROMER WILL SHARE 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 Pak mole in BrahMos missile project held BJP not keen on retaining all its 15 sitting MPs | P5 Modi won’t contest from K’taka: BSY | P5 Bright, young engineer allegedly trapped by a woman impersonating as an employee of a US firm, claim police Zika outbreak in parts of India forces K’taka to up surveillance | P6 Telangana parties promise the moon to voters | P6 Sans Forgetica: Font that helps you remember | P14 Rafale SC AGREES TO HEAR FRESH PETITION The plea, which is seeking a directive to the Centre to reveal details of the deal and the comparative prices during UPA and NDA regimes, will be heard on Wednesday. Ranga, who once roamed the elephant paths between Bengaluru and Tumakuru; (below) the bus that hit him Ranga, who ruled jungles when free, dies in accident as captive MEERA BHARDWAJ AND P R A J N A G R @ Bengaluru/Madikeri IN his wild past, he was the lord of all he surveyed --from Bengaluru to Magadi to Tumakuru. Ranga (48), the Bannerghatta tusker who once roamed the vani s h i n g e l e p h a n t p at h s around Bengaluru with his marauding gang, died in an accident near Mathigodu in Kodagu on Monday, less than two years after his capture. Ranga, who was returning to the Mathigodu elephant camp after grazing in the forest, was hit by a private bus coming from Kannur to Bengaluru at around 3am. He suffered a spinal injury and breathed his last after struggling for four hours. “It is a big loss to the forest department,” said principal chief conservator of forests Punati Sridhar. Ranga was being trained to be a prospective Howdah elephant of Mysuru Dasara in future. Tall, sturdy and majestic with strong tusks, he was nevertheless gentle and well behaved in the camp, according to forest officials. When he was free, he was an aggressive, independent animal and a born leader --leading a group of eight elephants and nicknamed ‘Rowdy Ranga’. But he became docile after his capture and relocation. The adventurous elephant roamed four forest divisions with gay abandon in search of food and water. For eight months, he would be in Magadi or Nelamangala forest ranges while in May- June, he would come down to Bannerghatta (during musth) for mating with captive females. After Ranga killed a forest watcher in 2016, the forest department ordered his capture. The tusker was captured near Savandurga in Magadi taluk in December the same year and shifted to Mathigodu last year. After a free and active life in the wild, Ranga was kept in a kraal for seven months in Bannerghatta, tamed and domesticated to lead a captive life. Forest department veterinarian Dr Mujeeb told TNIE that Ranga was cremated on Monday after noon after a postmortem. “Next year, he would have been ready for Dasara. A very well-behaved tusker, he was practising with mahouts,” he said. P5 We have not just lost Ranga but with him has vanished the wildlife habitat and elephant corridor of Bengaluru. This is a void that cannot be filled and with his death -- Bengaluru has lost the last of its wild elephants. A Prasanna Kumar, Bengaluru Rural Wildlife Warden SPY FILES Nishant Agarwal, a scientist with the Defence Research and Development Organisation attached to the BrahMos Aerospace, Nagpur, was arrested on espionage charges Agarwal faces charges of passing on classified information about the Brahmos missile project to Pakistan’s ISI A senior engineer, he was heading HydraulicsPneumatics and Warhead Integration (Production Department) at BrahMos Aerospace facility on Wardha Road in Nagpur He was arrested in a joint operation by the Military Intelligence as well as UP and Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad MEET THE MGR, WHO DEVELOPED A BLOOD BANK 5 units donated each day “We donate not less than five units of blood each day,” says Mamidi Govinda Rao.“No death should take place due to lack of blood. That is the motto of the mobile blood bank,” he adds G R A M E S H B A B U @ Srikakulam WHAT started out as a modest attempt by a youngster in a small town in Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam district a year ago to help those in dire need of blood, is now a source of lifeline for thousands of patients across the state. Realising that blood banks in the district are unable to meet the rising demand for blood, Mamidi Govinda Rao, or MGR, roped in a small group of volunteers who would be available anytime anywhere to donate blood. A year later, it has grown to become a fullfledged mobile blood bank with over 3,600 members not just in Srikakulam but in neighbouring Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts, too, making blood unit just a call away . This is how the MGR Mobile Blood Bank works: Those who want to donate blood register their names by submitting details of their blood group, hemoglobin levels and residential address with contact numbers. Upon receiving a phone call or a WhatsApp message from a patient’s relative seeking a specific group of blood, no less than four donors rush to the hospital to donate blood. Since the launch, members have donated blood to more than 1,500 patients. With rising instances of drop in platelets count due to seasonal fevers, the demand for blood has shot up in the recent past, says Rao. “We have donated the blood to about 500 victims in past two months alone,” he adds. To contact MGR Blood Bank, call or WhatApp on 7702044449. Monkey behind the wheel: Driver tells his story @ Davangere/Chitradurga I am suffering for a mistake that I did not commit .... my family of six are facing hardship after my suspension. Ever since I joined KSRTC 11 years back, I have been driving the bus without any mishap Prakash, KSRTC bus driver HOW did the monkey end up on the steering wheel? Prakash, the KSRTC bus driver who was suspended after a video showing a langur sitting on the steering wheel of his bus went viral recently, now tells his story . Taking about the October 2 incident, Prakash says, “the langur jumped inside the bus from the passengers’ entry door, passed through the aisle and sat on the steering wheel. I was scared at first ... but then I gathered some courage and tried to drive it away How. ever, I was successful only after about 2 km. It then jumped on to a sugarcane-laden tractor between Langur at the wheel of the KSRTC bus with driver Prakash Ele Bethur and Rampurah,” he said. The langur, he said, did not harm him or the passengers as it was human-friendly . Also, regular commuters on the 22 ZIKA CASES CONFIRMED IN RAJASTHAN Nishant Agrawal, who was allegedly spying for Pakistan’s ISI Interned at IIT Agarwal, who hails from Roorkee in Uttarakhand, studied at the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra. He also worked as a research intern at IIT Roorkee some remuneration.” A probe revealed the woman was a Pakistani. Agarwal used to supply vital inputs to his ISI handlers through a ‘coded game. The action at Nagpur is believed to a follow up of the arrest of three persons, including an ISI agent and two DRDO employees at Kanpur. Agarwal was in contact with the trio, and the ISI agent had established a contact with him through Facebook using a fake profile. Davangere-Anekallu stretch, the same route in which the incident happened, have also called the entire episode an accident. “I am suffering for a mistake that I did not commit .... my family of six are facing hardship after my suspension,” Prakash said. “My mother, wife and three children are left in the lurch after I was suspended for no fault of mine,” he added. “Ever since I joined KSRTC 11 years back, I have been driving the bus without any mishap. I was about to get a silver medal ... but the langur incident has spoilt my chances as an enquiry is pending. At least I should be reinstated as I am the sole breadwinner of my family he added. ,” P4 The Prime Minister’s Office sought a report from the Health ministry on the outbreak of Zika virus, after 22 people tested positive for the infection in Jaipur | P9 Govt now looking at student loan waiver for SC/STs R A S H M I B E L U R @ Bengaluru AFTER announcing the farm loan waiver, the state government is now looking at waiving education loans taken by students belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities to pursue higher education. As a first step, the state department of social welfare has sought district-wise details of loans taken by the students of these two communities from banks, including nationalised banks. A letter was issued by the commissioner for state department of social welfare to all the district joint directors and deputy directors seeking the details. This communication has been issued following a request submitted by the state president of Praja Parivartana Vedike to the state government to waive education loans of the SC/ST students. This has been mentioned in the letter too. According to department officials, currently there is no data available with them about how many students have taken loans for the higher education. P6 DAYS after the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple, the National Ayyappa Devotee Association and the Nair Service Society (NSS) on Monday filed review petitions, with the former saying the court’s verdict was “absolutely untenable and irrational, if not perverse”. Those who approached the court seeking lifting of the restrictions on women entering the shrine were not devotees of Ayyappa, claimed National Ayyappa Devotees Association president Shylaja Vijayan. “The verdict affects the fundamental rights of millions of Ayyapa devotees,” she argued. “The petitioners believe that no legal luminary... can be a match to the common sense and wisdom of the masses. No judicial pronouncement... can be a match for the voice of the people,” her petition read. The NSS, for its part, said many essential religious practices would be rendered void and the religion itself may be rendered out of existence if the general ground of equality under Article 14 was resorted to and essential religious practices were tested on the principle of rationality . Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, meanwhile, flayed those opposed to the verdict, adding that the people of the state faced the recent floods unitedly but deliberate , efforts were now being made to destroy that unity . P6 India to buy Iranian oil in November despite US sanctions: Pradhan @ New Delhi TOUGH RIDE G SUBHASH CHANDRA @ New Delhi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Mamidi Govinda Rao (extreme right) with members of his MGR mobile blood bank in Srikakulam | EXPRESS Pleas to review SC Sabarimala order filed; CM raps protests EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE N A M I TA B A J PA I & A B H I J I T M U LY E @ Lucknow/Mumbai THE Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad in coordination with their Maharashtra counterparts and military intelligence unit nabbed Nishant Agarwal, a Nagpur-based engineer of BrahMos Aerospace Ltd for allegedly passing on classified information about the Brahmos missile project to Pakistan on Monday . Brahmos Aersopace, an IndoRussian joint venture, has its base near Nagpur. Last year, it tested certain advanced versions of the weapon system. The facility from where Agarwal was arrested makes propellants for the missile. Two of his accomplices, one from Kanpur and the other from Agra, are also under ATS scanner. Besides handling new projects at BrahMos Nagpur and Pilani sites, Agarwal headed a team of 40 staff. UP IG, UP ATS, Asim Arun said the name of Agarwal, who won the Young Scientist Award from Government of India for his exemplary services in 201718, surfaced during interrogation of honey-trapped BSF jawan Achutanand Mishra arrested recently from Delhi on charges of sending photos, videos of 3D model of BSF Academy, arms and ammunition on WhatsApp to an ISI agent. “We scanned profiles of some other women on Facebook, only to find that a ‘woman impersonated self as an employee of a US firm had befriended Agarwal in 2016. Later, she lured him to work for her in lieu of a hand- WOMEN AGE CAP INDIA is unfazed by the impending US sanctions on Iranian oil and will continue to buy fuel from the friendly country Con. firming that India is ready to play hardball with the US, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan confirmed that two Indian oil firms have placed orders from Iran for the month of November. US sanctions on Iranian oil trade and banking channels are set to go into effect from November 4, with the former maintaining that countries which don’t cut Iranian imports to zero will face penalties. While there has been some talk of sanction waivers from the US, whether India will get one is uncertain at this stage. “Two of our oil companies have made nominations to purchase Iranian oil in November. We do not know if we will get waiver (from US sanctions) or not,” Pradhan said at the Energy Forum. Indian Oil Corporation and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals have placed orders for a cumulative 1.25 million tonnes of crude oil from Iran for November. There were other indications that India would not bend fully to US demands. Pradhan went on to assert that India’s policies will be “guided by our national interest”, and that India would have to fulfil its own domestic requirements. “We expect global leaders to understand India’s needs,” the minister said. According to Indian Oil’s chairman Sanjiv Singh, while negotiations are still going on, it is likely that Iran will sell its oil for rupees once the US sanctions cut off dollar banking channels. “Iran has been accepting rupee payments even without sanctions… we will have to see how it evolves,” he said. Nearly ten per cent of the 220.4 million tonnes of crude oil imported by India in 2017-18 was from Iran. Rupee payment Iran may accept rupee payment and use the money to pay for equipment and food items it buys from India. UCO Bank and IDBI Bank will route the payment as the two have no exposure to the US financial system However, sources say that the sanctions will still lead to much lower Iranian oil imports since many private and public sector companies have stopped Iranian supply already . Pradhan’s statement also contributed to easing crude prices during the day, assuaging concerns that the stoppage in Iranian supply would be sudden.
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