HUBBALLI MONDAY DECEMBER 10, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 30 CITY EDITION BIG VERDICT ON MALLYA’S EXTRADITION EXPECTED TODAY The embattled liquor tycoon is set to return to the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in UK for judgment in his extradition trial PARTIES CAN STILL GO TO HIGH COURT ■ 14 days CBI, ED OFFICIALS LEAVE FOR LONDON “If the judge is satisfied that all procedural requirements are met... he or she must send the case to the Secretary of State for a decision on whether to order extradition,” said a UK-based legal expert. However, the court’s decision is unlikely to cause Mallya’s early return to India as both parties can still appeal in higher courts ■ ■ A team of officials led by the CBI’s joint director, S Sai Manohar, left for London on Sunday to attend the hearing Two Enforcement Directorate officials are also part of the team Mallya faces a loan-default case to the tune of `9,000 cr, and allegations of money laundering and diversion of loan funds P9 WILL BE GRANTED TO SEEK AN APPEAL AGAINST THE COURT’S DECISION 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 Siddaramaiah’s foreign trip worries Cong | P5 Matrimony website to refund advertiser | P6 Poll win may boost Chouhan’s image | P7 Jaipur’s former princess files for divorce | P9 Arctic sea ice meltdown slows temporarily | P14 TWO ONION GROWERS KILL SELF The farmers from Maharashtra’s Nashik district committed suicide in the last two days, apparently due to indebtedness and low rates commanded by the bulb FOURTH INTL AIRPORT FOR KERALA Temple pitch gets sharper with RSS attack on the govt SMOKE SIGNALS Why the poor with free LPG connection opt out of refills K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi Suresh Joshi reminds BJP of its promise; asks it to listen to people’s demand; harps on enacting law E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi STEPPING up pressure on the Modi government ahead of the winter session of Parliament to take the legislation route to construct a Ram temple in Ayodhya, the VHP’s ‘Dharam Sabha’ at Delhi’s sprawling Ramlila Maidan on Sunday witnessed a massive show of strength with the RSS chiding the ruling party for not keeping its pre-poll promise on the issue. RSS general secretary Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi demanded that “those in power” should listen to people and fulfill the promise to build the temple in Ayodhya. He added that a law on the Ram temple was the only option left on the table. Taking a dig at the BJP government at the Centre, Joshi said, “Those in power today had promised to construct the Ram temple. They should listen to people and fulfil their demand.” Joshi, the second in hierarchy in the RSS, said work on the temple was left incomplete in 1992. “We are not begging for it. This is our right and wish and also the duty of Parliament and the government. We are expressing our emotions. The country wants ‘Ram Rajya’,” he said. “We kept waiting for a decision out of respect for the Supreme Court. But the wait has been too long. The judiciary should understand the sentiments of the people and expedite the verdict,” Joshi emphasised. Speaker after speaker indulged in shrill rhetoric with VHP international working president Alok Kumar warning that the public will show its anger in the 2019 general elections if the government does not pass a bill on Ram Mandir Smoke from a chulha in a house in Kalmi village in Sheopur district, while an LPG cylinder lies perched on the roof of the outdoor toilet | Naveen Kumar Snipers deployed to strengthen security Elaborate security arrangements were made at the Ramlila Maidan and snipers deployed on high-rises. No traffic was allowed on Ranjeet Singh Flyover (from Guru Nanak Chowk to Barakhambha Road), JLN Marg (from Rajghat to Delhi Gate), Chaman Lal Marg near VIP gate in upcoming Parliament session. BJP MPs Maheish Girri and Ramesh Bidhuri also attended the event. Sadhvi Rithambara, associated with the VHP, said, “Hindus should wake up and unite cutting across caste lines for the temple.” While the Ramlila Maidan has a capacity of 50,000-60,000 people, according to police estimates, at least one lakh people were present. All roads led the maidan as a sea of saffron converged to it with chants of “Jai Shri Ram”. People from Delhi and neighbouring cities like Meerut, Bulandshahr, Rewari, Amethi, Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar had been mobilised for the event. While most marched on foot, some took out a bike rally . The final Dharam Sansad will happen in Prayag on January 31 and February 1. ‘WHERE WILL I GET THE MONEY FOR A CYLINDER?’ K U M A R V I K R A M @ Sheopur (Madhya Pradesh) IT is midday and smoke billows from Ramoli’s shanty in Kalmi, a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Sheopur district, one of the most backward in the country . The smoke is the result of Ramoli’s cooking. She is using firewood to prepare food for her family of five even though there is an LPG stove next to her mud-baked chulha (fireplace) and a gas cylinder perched on the roof of her outdoor toilet. Asked why she was not using LPG to cook, Ramoli said hesitatingly: “It’s not that we never use the cylinder. We use it sometimes but for a few months it has been lying there.” Prodded further, she responded: “Where will I get the money from (to refill the cylinder)? We generally pick firewood from nearby areas and sell it. This fetches us less than `7,000 a month. How can I spend `900-1,000 on a cylinder?” Ramoli got an LPG connection about a year ago under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana and for some time stopped using firewood for cooking. But she is back to cooking food with firewood or dung. Her story is repeated in the nearby Goras village. A gas stove lies at a corner of Rama’s house with heaps of utensils on it, obviously out of disuse, while a weather-beaten LPG cylinder stands in the courtyard. E PRESS MAPS X Steep drop in seeking the third refill 4,70,55,002 2,70,95,701 2,07,40,542 ● Connections released ● Consumers taking 2nd refill ● 3rd refill J&K ●5,58,210 ●2,86,791 ●2,11,697 Jharkhand ●16,88,305 ●6,87,870 ●4,65,096 Haryana ●4,61,344 ●3,63,045 ●3,27,136 The Kannur Airport, the state’s fourth international aerodrome spread across 2,300 acres, was dedicated to the nation on Sunday. Himachal ●63,081 ●29,116 ●17,906 Delhi ●43,062 ●16,472 ●5,442 Sikkim ●3010 ●864 ●492 Bihar ● 57,62,701 ● 38,08,513 ● 30,40,820 Punjab ●7,72,706 ●4,01,213 ●3,05,813 Chandigarh ● 34 ● 8 ● 2 Uttrakhand ●2,02,796 ●1,39,537 ●1,19,459 Madhya Pradesh ●42,55,798 ●22,67,919 ●16,15,504 Assam ● 17,96,363 ● 5,85,636 ● 2,91,008 Arunachal Pradesh ● 25502 ● 6518 ● 3346 Nagaland ●30,120 ●9427 ●5296 Rajasthan ●35,21,579 ●22,05,765 ●17,88,697 P6 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) LOVING EMBRACE A girl, a nomad whose extended family is involved in selling donkey’s milk, cuddles her favourite animal in Bengaluru on Sunday. The family, which hails from Salem, Tamil Nadu, earns B800-1,000 every day from selling donkey’s milk | PANDARINATH B | P5 Mega farmers’ rally on Day 1 to raise the heat at Belagavi winter session N A U S H A D B I J A P U R @Belagavi FARMERS’ distress, dissidence in Congress, the Rs 35,000cr alleged mismatch in budgetary receipts and spending during the previous Siddaramaiah government and a host of issues related to the development of Norther n Karnataka are set to raise the heat for coalition government at the winter session of the state legislature starting in Belagavi on Monday . The inaugural day is set to see action outside Suvarna Vidhana Soudha, the legisla- ture complex in Belagavi, with the BJP planning to hold a mega farmers’ rally to corner the H D Kumaraswamy government on its alleged failure to address their plight. This massive showdown by BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa could impact proceedings inside both the Houses. In an attempt to build pressure on the government, BJP leaders have given a call for the farmers and party activists from across the state to rally behind Yeddyurappa by participating in the ‘Belagavi Chalo’ campaign to wake the Kumaraswamy government up from slumber. Sounding the bugle, Yeddyurappa said in Belagavi that Kumaraswamy not only humiliated farmers by calling them goondas, but also spoke of BJP and media persons in bad light. “The CM has confined himself to only four districts surrounding his homet ow n a n d n e g l e c t e d a l l other parts of the state. At least one lakh people will gather for BJP’s event on Monday to appeal to Kumaraswamy to give up the seat of power,’’ he P5 added. Gujarat ●15,58,855 ●10,91,246 ●9,08,675 UP ●84,71,691 ●59,63,405 ●50,09,134 Maharashtra ●24,22,049 ●14,68,395 ●10,89,903 Goa ●1011 ●926 ●841 Andhra Pradesh ● 134549 ● 77462 ● 61143 Karnataka ●13,02,982 ●6,69,320 ●4,54,568 Telangana ●3,40,287 ●11,319 ●1,083 Kerala ●1,03,518 ●38,003 ●22,894 Tamil Nadu ●20,22,083 ●8,70,358 ●5,86,916 Tripura ●1,52,371 ●27,561 ●13,255 Manipur ●69,642 ●32,829 ●22,390 Mizoram ●20,376 ●3862 ●1671 Meghalaya ●96,701 ●24,967 ●12,939 West Bengal ●58,75,956 ●36,89,204 ●27,82,807 Odissa ●29,07,196 ●14,48,810 ● 10,41,148 Chattisgarh ● 23,63,016 ● 8,65,244 ● 5,26,911 TOUTED as a gamechanger, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana ensured that 5.8 crore households belonging to deprived sections were provided LPG connections so that their women folk don’t have to cook in smoky kitchens using firewood, coal or cow dung. Two-and-a-half years after its launch, the Centre’s flagship programme appears to be flagging as most beneficiaries after getting gas connections, have not been able to continue using LPG as a medium for cooking, perhaps because of the steep cost of a refill. This is clear from the data compiled by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. A total of 4.70 crore had been given LPG connections up to July this year but only 2.70 crore, or 58% of the beneficiaries, went in for a second refill of their cylinders. The number dropped further when it came to the third refill: only 2.07 crore or 44% went for the refill. Explaining the numbers, K M Mahesh, a senior official with the ministry said the con, sumption pattern defines the usage as many deprived people consume food only once a day . But Devinder Sharma, a policy expert, said the declining percentage of LPG usage among Ujjwala beneficiaries reflected the harsh reality in the country . “About 58% of the farmers sleep with an empty stomach. The Economic Survey of 2016 says that the average income of the farming family is just `20,000 a year in 17 states, about half the country If this is the situation, then . how can they refill a cylinder,” he said. The ministry data also disclosed huge variation in consumption pattern of LPG among various states. Less than 50 per cent of the beneficiaries in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland and Odisha took a second refill. But in richer states such as Haryana, Maharashtra and Gujarat, over 80% of the beneficiaries availed of a second refill. Officials claimed that people use LPG as per their socio-economic condition. “There are different consumption patterns in different parts of the country Many people . in tribal belts use it once a day. Some use it twice a day So, people are refilling it differ. ently as per their requirement,” Mahesh said. LPG distributors said logistical issues and the high cost of a full cylinder could also be behind the declining usage of cooking gas. “Many beneficiaries are unable to pay the large amount of a big cylinder upfront. The beneficiaries can now take two small cylinders of five kg instead of the large LPG cylinder,” said Pawan Soni, general secretary of the Federation of LPG Distributors of India. He said smaller cylinders were easier to transport, so 5 kg ones were being distributed in the hills and far-flung areas. Ujjwala offers one-time assistance The Ujjwala scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2016 with an aim to give LPG connections to 5 crore families in three years. Under the scheme, the government pays `1,600 as a one-time assistance for households to get an LPG connection, including a stove, a filled cylinder and other accessories costing around `3,200 Poor don’t have money for the refill After the LPG connection has been provided, beneficiaries have to buy the refill from the market costing `900-1,000. Though they can get back about `300 in their bank accounts through the direct benefit scheme, the poor don’t appear to have enough money to make upfront payment to the delivery boy Year-wise funds re-imbursed to Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) on account of release of LPG connections under PMUY are as under (Till July 2018) 2016-17 H 2500 crore 2017-18 H 2251 crore 2018-19 H 1642 crore POWER PLAY Kaiga to set world record for non-stop production today A R U N K U M A R H U R A L I M AT H @Karwar THE indigenously developed Kaiga Atomic Power Station (KAPS) will set a new world record on December 10, with one of its units operating uninterrupted for more than 940 days. The reactor will set the record among all kinds of nuclear power-generating units, including advanced gas-based reactors (AGR) in the world. The record was earlier held by Unit 2 of Heysham of United Kingdom, which operated nonstop for 940 days. On Monday, Unit 1 of Kaiga will surpass that record to set a new one. It will continue to generate power till December 30. The milestone brings yet another moment to celebrate for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and KAPS. The same unit had set a world record in October this year, by operating uninterrupted for 894 days among Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR). Now it will set the record among all kinds of reac- tors in the world. An announcement in this regard is expected to come from the NPCIL on Monday evening. KAPS station director J R Deshpande told Express that Kaiga Unit 1 has been operating uninterrupted from May 13, 2016, and will surpass all world records and enter 940 days on P4 Monday .
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