PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE HUBBALLI SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2018 `7.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION KOLLYWOOD’S LOVE FOR SEQUEL HOUSEHOLDER OF HISTORY It has been a year of sequels and franchise films for Tamil cinema, with several failing to recreate the success of their predecessors Prem Manasvi P, who has been nurturing a 200-year-old house in Kerala, is seeking someone to bequeath the property to WEFT WITH A HEFT Influential artists Krishen Khanna, Subhaprasanna Bhattacharjee and Rini Dhumal say there are more avenues in art today than ever before COVER STORY KARATE KIDS New martial art forms such as Wushu, Kurash, Pencak Silat, and more are all the rage among children as young as five. The Union Sports Ministry’s patronage is only adding to the popularity 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 Over 60% Indian women rely on OTC abortion pills S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi AN overwhelmingly large number of Indian women — from 63 per cent in Tamil Nadu to 83 per cent in Uttar Pradesh — end their unwanted pregnancies by using overthe-counter abortion pills bought directly from chemi s t s, r at h e r t h a n g o i n g to the doctor. The midpoint abortion rate per 1,000 women aged 15-49 is the lowest in Tamil Nadu at 32.8 and highest in Assam at 66.2, according to the largest study on abortion in India since 2002. Titled ‘Abortion and unintended pregnancy in six Indian states: Findings and implications for policies and programs’, the study was carried out by researchers at the Guttmacher Institute, New York, International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai, and the Population Council, Delhi. It focused on one state in each region: Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The analysis highlights that all recent reports on abortion in India, largely under-reported the problem of unsafe termination of pregnancy . EXPRESS READ Cabinet expansion will Sabarimala tense as cops target firebrand leaders be in next 2 weeks: Cong KPCC chief, Venugopal hold series of meetings; party leadership hopes to placate senior leaders by filling up berths before session I TOO WANT TO BECOME CM: DyCM Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara on Saturday said he too is interested in becoming the chief minister. “Every leader is interested in becoming CM and so am I. I have worked as president of KPCC for eight years. However, I am committed to working in any post and responsibility given to me by the party high command,” he said when asked about speculations that the state may have a dalit leader as CM. Reacting to Parameshwara’s statement, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said there is no need to blow his statement out of proportion. I have discussed ministry expansion and requested him to give priority to my district B C Patil, MLA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru/Belagavi AMID hectic lobbying by legislators of both the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), the coalition party leaders seem to have finally decided to take up the much-awaited ministry expansion by this month-end. In the 34-member ministry the , Congress got 22 ministerial berths and JD(S) 12 slots. Of these, six from Congress and two from JD (S) are vacant. “It has been decided to induct six legislators from the Congress and two from the JD(S) into ministry by November-end,” Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara told reporters in Belagavi on Saturday “Of the eight legislators to . be inducted into the ministry one , may be from Belagavi,” he said. Though he did not elaborate, former minister Satish Jarkiholi, legislators Laxmi Hebbalkar and Anjali Nimbalkar from the district are lobbying for a cabinet berth. By taking up ministry expansion before the winter session of the state assembly next month, the party leadership hopes to placate senior leaders, who are miffed over the delay The minis. try expansion was put off several times in the last few months. “They have been talking about ministry expansion since the last four months. We are not sure when they will do it,” said a senior Congress leader. In Bengaluru, senior Congress leaders including AICC general secretary K C Venugopal, KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao and other leaders held series of meetings. After the meeting, Dinesh too said the cabinet expansion will be completed by this month-end. Congress legislators lobbying for ministerial berths met senior party leaders. “I have discussed ministry expansion and requested him to give priority to my district,” B C Patil said. Patil is an MLA from Hirekerur in Haveri district. “Ministry expansion and also appointments to boards and corporations will be completed soon,” said KPCC working president Eshwar Khandre. Ruling out any trouble due to delay in ministry expansion, he said that no Congress MLA will join the BJP . Some Congress leaders, however, said the expansion could take more time and is likely to happen in December after assembly polls in MP, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh as the party top leaders are busy campaigning there. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Sabarimala IN a move that could trigger fresh law and order problems in Kerala, the police on Saturday arrested BJP state general secretary K Surendran when he was proceeding to the Sabarimala temple with the customary ‘irumudikettu’ (bundle of offerings for the Lord). Surendran, who tried to resist the police action, was forcibly arrested and whisked away soon after he reached Nilakkal, the base camp. Police officers said the BJP leader was picked up from the Nilakkal parking lot and was taken to the police station for completing the arrest formalities. The police move comes a day after Hindu Aikya Vedi chief K Sasikala was detained by the police in a similar fashion on Friday night. According to sources, Kerala BJP leader K Surendran being arrested on Saturday | A SANESH the police’s strategy is to ensure right-wing leaders do not have a free run at Sabarimala during the present Mandalam-Makaravilakku season. While Surendran was arrested around 7.30 pm, Sasikala was HITTING BACK Those who’ve lot to hide will fear CBI, says Arun Jaitley EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bhopal 6 Mumbai tourists killed ARREST in accident near Hubballi OF TELUGU POET VARAVARA RAO Pune Police took him into custody from Hyderabad in a case related to Elgar Parishad conclave. Joint Commissioner of Police (Pune Police) Shivaji Bodakhe said an extension of his house arrest expired on Nov 15. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hubballi Ad guru Alyque Padamsee dies at 90 Veteran adman Alyque Padamsee, who was the brain behind several iconic advertisement campaigns, died following an illness in Mumbai on Saturday, his family said. He was 90. P9 Delhi court frames charges againt TTV A Delhi court on Saturday ordered framing of criminal conspiracy and other charges against former AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran in the alleged Election Commission bribery case related to two-leaves party symbol. P6 SIX tourists from Mumbai were killed on the spot and 13 sustained injuries when a private tourist bus collided with a lorry near Annigeri on Hubballi-Gadag Road on Saturday. All the deceased were aged between 65 and 75 years and were sitting in the front seats of the bus when the accident took place. The incident occurred early morning when the driver of the bus was trying to negotiate a parked lorry on the road and hit another lorry coming from the opposite direction. The private bus (KA 52 A 1139) was carrying 38 passengers on a Karnataka tour and all of them are from Mumbai and Pune. The police said the bus was heading towards Hampi from Hubballi and the lorry was coming from the opposite direction. The occupants of the bus had stayed in Hubballi on Friday night after returning from Gokarna in Uttara Kannada district. They left Hubballi at 4.30am on Saturday and within an hour the bus met with the accident. Veerabhadra (35) the driver of the bus who sustained injuries to his head and fractured his leg, is under treatment at the KIMS hospital. The attendant of the bus, P6 The mangled remains of the lorry and private bus near Annigeri on Saturday Rajesh, is also injured and admitted to hospital. The police have recorded their statements. The owner of the bus is from Bengaluru. The deceased are Vishwanath Matre (75), Dinakar Matre (74), Ramesh Jayapal (70), Sumedha Jemshedkar (65), Lahu Kelsurkar (65) and Suchitra Rahul (65), all from Mumbai. The injured have been shifted to the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital (KIMS), while the deceased bodies have been kept at Annigeri government hospital. “All the travellers in the bus were known to each other and most of them are involved in social activities,” said police. @Karwar Hundreds of fishermen from various parts of Uttara Kannada district on Saturday stopped five fish container trucks coming from Goa near the Majali checkpost on the Karnataka-Goa border and sent them back. The container trucks, which were heading to fish mills in Mangaluru and Kerala, returned back to Goa in the afternoon. The fishermen were staging a protest on the border against the Goa government for imposing a ban on import of fish from other states. Last week, the Goa govern- SAFETY MATTERS Coming soon, policy on mobile towers in K’taka EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Mangaluru THE state government will soon come out with a policy for installation of mobile phone and other towers. Urban Development Minister U T Khader said the draft of the policy is ready and will be notified after a meeting with Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara who is also in-charge of Bengaluru where the problem is grave. Khader said the government decided to come out with the policy in view of frequent frictions between people over the erection of the mobile phone towers. He indicated that the new policy, which the government wants to be a model for the entire country, may prevent the installation of frequency towers close to educational institutions and thickly populated areas. It will also have provisions to remove the existing ones which are causing threat to the people nearby, the minster pointed out at a press meet here on Saturday . He said the buildings that will allow towers to be erected on it will have to mention the same in the building plan at the time of WARM EMBRACE Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (right) greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Male on Saturday, when the former was administered his oath of office | P9 Fishermen send back Goan fish containers A R U N K U M A R H U R A L I M AT H construction besides making the structure fit to take the load. Even the existing buildings will have to make necessary changes in their building plans if they wish to have towers. At present, the minister said, the towers are being installed without even checking the strength of the building foundation. In the absence of a clear-cut policy currently, some take permission from the urban and rural local bodies for installation of towers, while others don’t. No department has data about the number of towers. stopped at Marakuttam on Pampa-Sannidhanam trekking route on Friday night and arrested in the wee hours on Saturday . Sasikala’s arrest triggered call for a state-wide hartal that hit normal life on Saturday She . was later produced before a magistrate and released on bail. Prithvipal, Achara Samrakshana Samithi state convener and P Sudhir, BJP leader were also arrested by police at Pampa. Officials termed the arrests ‘preventive detention’ to maintain law and order in Nilakkal and Sabarimala due to prohibitory orders. Police are maintaining strict vigil in and around the temple complex and are using drones to monitor the movement of pilgrims at Nilackal, the base camp. According to sources, the government has given a free hand to the police to carry out preventive arrests. P6 ment circulated an order banning fish from other states for the next six months. The government had claimed that fish from Karnataka had formalin content. The decision has impacted the fishermen community in Uttara Kannada whose 40 per cent catch is sent to Goa. Uttara Kannada Fishermen Union leader Ganapati Mangre said it was a political conspiracy by Goa. “The Goa government is creating a man-made shortage of fish and creating good market for themselves. This decision has led to shortage of fish in Goa hotels. Fish prices have dropped in Karnataka due to glut in the market,” he said. Karwar Boat Union president Raju Tandel claimed that Goa found formalin traces in fish in the month of July which is a fishing holiday in Karnataka. “That time, fish were supplied to Goa by Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Karnataka fishermen won’t use such chemicals,” he said. Since the protest began, there has been tension in the border, with more than hundred police personnel from Karwar and Ankola and an equal number from Goa deployed on either side of the border. Apart from police, fire-fighters and ambulances have also been deployed at the Karnataka border. A day after the Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal governments withdrew the general consent accorded to the CBI to conduct operations in their states, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hit back saying those who have a lot to hide would fear the central investigation agency . “We’ve a federal structure in India and under that federal structure only, the CBI was created initially for the employees of the central government and then, to investigate certain kinds of very serious cases in the states, which were referred to it either by the states or courts,” Jaitley told journalists in Bho- Arun Jaitley p a l o n Saturday . “It’s only those who have something to hide will take such a step of letting the CBI not come to their state. There is no sovereignty of any state in the matter of corruption. It’s believed that Andhra’s move is not motivated by any particular case, but by fear of what is likely to happen.” While referring to the alleged Saradha chit fund scam and the Narada sting operation in West Bengal, Jaitley said, “Saradha and Narada cannot be wiped off merely by saying that for the future ‘I denotify the CBI’.” Legislation introduced to protect work authorisation of H-1B spouses W A S H I N G T O N @PTI A legislation seeking to prohibit the Trump administration from revoking the work authorisation of spouses of H-1B visa holders, which include Indians, has been introduced in the US Congress by two lawmakers who said that eliminating this benefit would force many foreign workers to use their talents to compete ag ainst American businesses. H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B foreign workers. The H-1B visa is a nonimmig rant visa through which many Indians workers are employed in US companies. It allows the US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. It is the most sought-after visa among Indian IT professionals. H-4 visas are issued only to very close or immediate family members of the H-1B visa holders. The move by lawmakers Anna G Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren to introduce the H-4 Employment Protection Act, comes amidst determination by the Trump administration to revoke an Obama-era rule that extends work authorisation to the spouses of H-1B visa holders.
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