PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE BENGALURU SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION A TWISTED TALE OF AFFAIR POSTCARDS FROM A BLURRED PAST Directorial debut of Sachin P Karande, Jack and Dil is about the changing husbandwife relationship and infidelity Deltiologist Omar Khan and Alkazi Foundation, put together an exhibition of postcards from pre-Independence India ‘I’M A VERY NERDY ARTIST’ Digital artist Baiju Parthan’s creations are a comment on how the virtual cyberworld is affecting experiences in the real world COVER STORY DRESS REHEARSAL From mysterious hues and pastels to minimalism, elegance and comfort are the buzzwords for the 2019 bride. At the same time, she is not afraid to try out a modern and experimental look EXCLUSIVE VOICES T J S George B M Hegde ■ Prabhu Chawla ■ ■ 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 N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow EVEN as pressure mounts on the Centre to bring in an ordinance to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya, the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas president Ram Vilas Vedanti on Saturday claimed the temple construction would begin next month in Ayodhya by “mutual consensus” and not by any ordinance or legislation. Vedanti, a former BJP MP and a senior VHP leader, also said a mosque would be built in Lucknow. He was expressing his views on the issue on the second day of the two-day ‘Dharmadesh’ organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti in New Delhi. The idea behind the meeting was to mount pressure on the Centre to bring an executive order to facilitate construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Empathising with the BJP leader- RAM MADHAV HINTS AT ORDINANCE BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said on Saturday that the RSS and the seers community have sought the ordinance route to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya. “The option of an ordinance is always there,” a news agency quoted him as saying ship, Vedanti said though PM Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and other leaders wanted the temple to be built in Ayodhya, communal harmony would be disturbed if a legislation is brought in. “We do not want violence. We want peace,” he maintained. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh said in Varanasi on Sat- urday that everyone would be happy if the temple was constructed at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the hands of the authorities are tied as the title issue of the disputed land in Ayodhya is sub-judice but “no one can stop us from installing a grand statue of ‘Ram Lalla’ in the temple town”. The UP government plans to install a 151-metre tall statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. The official announcement is likely to be made by UP CM Yogi Adityanath during the three-day Diwali celebrations in the temple town from November 4 to 6. The Supreme Court is set to decide the schedule of hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case in January Meanwhile, the . Sunni Waqf Board is also planning to have a meeting in Delhi to decide its strategy in the case. GATE might be compulsory for engg students as exit exam INTERVIEW DEVENDRA FADNAVIS Maharashtra Chief Minister ‘BJP WILL MAINTAIN ITS WINNING STREAK IN MAHARASHTRA’ R A S H M I B E L U R @Bengaluru STUDENTS pursuing technical courses across the country for the academic year 2019-2020 might soon have to write a mandatory ‘Exit Exam’ and pass it to get their degree certificate. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) passed a resolution making Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for engineering graduates mandatory in all institutions of technical education in the country . This decision was taken at a recent AICTE meeting in New Delhi. Considering the increase in the number of unemployed graduates even after graduation, the AICTE has taken this decision. Interestingly for candidates , who have completed their engineering course, the degree certificate will be M aharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who completed four years in office a few days ago, is confident that his government’s achievements in various sectors like agriculture, water and infrastructure will ensure a repeat mandate for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state. In an interview, he played down reports of strained ties with the Shiv Sena saying it had no option but to ally with the BJP again. Fadnavis, who has released a new vision to turn the state into a trillion dollar economy said econom, ic growth would be inclusive. Apart from rail and road infrastructure, “the government has spent more on public amenities, agriculture, education, irrigation, housing, toilets, security, law and order etc. All these things ultimately make life easy for the people and lead to prosperity. Isn’t that inclusive growth?” awarded only after they clear GATE, said AICTE officials. The rest have to re-appear for GATE. “The degree certificate will be awarded to students only after they clear the exit examination,” said an official source at AICTE. There are over seven lakh students who graduate from around 3,000 engineering institutions across the country every year. Prof Jagannath Reddy Registrar of , Visvesvaraya Technological University, said, “We have yet to receive a communication about it. Once we are notified, an official circular at the university level will be issued.” However, the AICTE move has received mixed reactions. Some faculty members welcomed it while some say it will be of no use. The student community is not happy with the decision. P7 EXPRESS READ S Jaishankar is member of Nehru memorial museum panel New Delhi: The Centre has appointed former foreign secy S Jaishankar, journalist Arnab Goswami, BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and IGNCA chairman Ram Bahadur Rai as members of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Society, replacing members who had opposed the move to build a museum for all Prime Ministers at the Teen Murti Estate. According to a notification on October 29, the culture ministry replaced economist Nitin Desai, professor Udayan Mishra and former bureaucrat BP Singh. P11 FULL INTERVIEW: P11 Youth who threatened to blow up Miami airport held DEEPAVALI High Court sets deadline for cleaning SWDs Lucknow: The UP Anti-Terrorist Squad on Saturday detained an 18-year-old youth in Jalaun for threatening to attack the Miami airport in the US. The arrest came after the Federal Bureau of Investigation tipped off National Investigation Agency. Sources said the youth took the step after the FBI did not respond to his plaints about cyber crime. P9 BURST CRACKERS BETWEEN 8 PM AND 10 PM State government has fixed two hours to burst crackers this Deepavali for four days starting November 5 P3 TREKKING Bengaluru: The High Court on Saturday asked the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to desilt Storm Water Drains by December 15. This is in view of the state government releasing `42 crore to the civic body for a one-time cleaning of the SWDs post monsoon. The counsel for BBMP said a tender for this has been P3 floated on October 27. NIGHTMARE 3 B’luru students on trek to Brahmagiri lose their way, rescued after night on hill V V E L AY U D H A M @Chikkaballapur THREE engineering students, studying in Bengaluru, had a harrowing experience when a night-time trekking trip to Brahmagiri Hill went horribly wrong. The students, who wanted to trek the hill, located near the popular Nandi Hills tourist spot, to get a glimpse of the sunrise, lost their way and spent a night in the cold. One of the students slipped while climbing and fell around ten feet and sustained injuries. The banned trek, which follows one of the oldest paths up to the top of the hill, was chosen by the students who started their journey in the night on Friday and reached the hills in an autorickshaw around 10pm. All three, One of the boys being brought down the hills from Bihar and Haryana, are students at an engineering college on Kanakpura Road. Halfway up the hill, they lost sight of the trekking path and were disoriented. After one of them was injured, the other two carried him to safety and then used their phones to call their friends to inform them of their plight. Alerted by the trekkers, the friends then informed the police who along with the fire and emergency services team and local villagers, finally rescued them around noon on Saturday . According to Chikkaballapur SP Karthick Reddy, the three students, identified as Insu Somani, Prakar Kumar and Deepansu, could speak only English and Hindi and took information about the trekking route from local villagers. “The teams contacted them on their cell phones and even asked them to post WhatsApp images of their point to help identify it. After rescue, they were let go with a stern warning,” Reddy said. P7 JAMKHANDI 61.05 72.36 53.93 71.47 63.85 70.29 LS SEATS 71.88 82.98 77.17 75.51 Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas president says no legislation needed to construct shrine ASSEMBLY SEATS CONSENSUS TO BUILD RAM TEMPLE IN DEC: VHP LEADER ‘LUST FOR BLOOD’ BYPOLLS: HOW THE NUMBERS STACK UP Man-eating tigress killed, activists upset EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai RAMANAGARA VOTING IN PERCENTAGE MAY- 2018 NOVEMBER- 2018 BYPOLLS BALLARI MANDYA SHIVAMOGGA VOTING IN PERCENTAGE MAY- 2014 NOVEMBER- 2018 BYPOLLS Jamkhandi does one better, but Mandya disappoints E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Bengaluru VOTING for bypolls to five seats in Karnataka ended on Saturday evening with the two assembly seats registering higher voter turnout than the three parliamentary constituencies. Demolishing the convention of bypolls recording lower voter turnout compared to general elections, Jamkhandi assembly seat saw 77.17 per cent polling, higher than its May 2018 assembly poll turnout. Mandya parliamentary constituency, where the Congress-JD(S) alliance is facing a tough time managing squabbles between workers at the grassroots level, registered the lowest voter turnout with 53.93 per cent. In Mandya, JD(S)’s L R Shivarame Gowda is pitted against a fresh face in Dr Siddaramaiah from the BJP . Polling began at 7am and concluded at 6pm with a steady improvement in polling percentages. Mandya maintained a low polling record throughout the day while Jamkhandi and Ramanagara — both assembly seats — registered rapid voting. Despite no real competition, after BJP’s candidate withdrew from the contest 48 hours before elections, Ramanagara saw 71.88 per cent polling. Ballari parliamentary constituency that witnessed a proxy war between BJP’s Sriramulu and Congress’ D K Shivakumar with J Shantha and V S Ugrappa as respective candidates, recorded 63.85 per cent, much lower than its 2014 performance. Women wait to cast their vote in a village in Shivamogga district | SHIMOGA NANDAN Shivamogga, seeing a battle of prestige and one-upmanship between B S Yeddyurappa’s son B Y Raghavendra and former chief minister S Bangarappa’s son Madhu Bangarappa, recorded a polling percentage of 61.05, again a much lower turnout than 2014 that saw a landslide victory for Yeddyurappa. Among prominent candidates in the fray is Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s wife Anita, who is expected to have a smooth sailing in Ramanagara after BJP nominee L Chandrashekar withdrew from the contest, giving a jolt to the saffron party days before the polls. The bypolls were seen to be significant as the coalition partners contested together, terming it as a “prelude” to the May 2019 general elections and called for a similar “grand secular alliance” against the BJP at the national level. The BJP, which has been questioning the longevity of the state government, has predicted its fall once the bypoll results are out. Counting of votes will be on November 6. P5 A man-eating tigress, believed to have killed 14 people over the past two years, was shot dead in Pandharkawda jungle of Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district on Friday night. Authorities had been hunting it since September, and the forest d e p a r t m e n t h a d d e p l oye d around 150 people, 100 camera traps, hunter dogs, drones and motorised para gliders for the operation. However, the killing of the tigress, named Avni, has stirred up a controversy with animal rights , body PeTA India saying it was a wildlife crime that should be investigated. The organisation has alleged Avni was killed “illegally to satisfy a hunter’s lust for blood”. Nicknamed T1, the six-year-old tigress was shot by Asgar, son of controversial Hyderabad-based shooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan, when it attacked the hunters’ team. The team had tried to tranquilize it from a distance of about 20 m, but the tigress got violent and attacked them, forest officials said. “Avni was killed near the road adjoining Borati village — the same place she is believed to have made her first attack on a villager, about two years a go,” senior forest officer Sunil Limaye said. The carcass was shifted to the Gorewada zoo, in Nagpur, where a autopsy was being done. Forest officials are now trying trace Avni’s two 11-month-old cubs. While some experts say the cubs can survive in the forest, an online petition, ‘Save tigress Avni’, signed by over 50,000 people, says the cubs are “too young t o h u n t a n d s u r v iv e o n their own”.
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