HUBBALLI WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION TEARFUL REUNION AS INDIAN TECHIE BACK FROM PAK JAIL Hamid Ansari, 33, crossed the border on Tuesday and had an emotional reunion with his family after six years. Here’s a look 2012 Ansari entered Pakistan illegally, reportedly to meet a girl he befriended online. He was detained Ansari is expected to reach Mumbai today Dec 15 2015 Sentenced to three years in jail for using a fake Pakistani ID card It is like Hamid has been born afresh. We haven’t celebrated any festival since he went missing, but this is the day of celebration - Hamid’s father Ansari embraces his mother at the Attari-Wagah border on Tuesday | PTI WHEN ANSARI’S JAIL TERM ENDED, BUT HIS DOCUMENTS WERE NOT YET READY 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 WOW VARUN ARCHITECT OF HIS OWN DESTINY Rahul presses loan waiver button, BJP irked but tries its own version Won’t let PM Narendra Modi sleep till farmer distress is addressed, says Congress chief E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi V E N K ATA K R I S H N A B / A S H O K V E N U G O PA L @ Jaipur/Chennai VARUN Chakaravarthy was driving when he was suddenly bombarded with a hundred calls. As he pulled over to one side, he thought he had an inkling of what they were about. After all, he knew the IPL auctions were going on and that he was on the radars of a number of teams after leading Madurai Panthers to the Tamil Nadu Premier League title. But the price tag surprised even him — the fast-bowler-turned-architect-turned-mystery-spinner had been snapped up by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping `8.4 crore. “I never dreamt that I would be bought for such a big amount,” he said on Tuesday “After TNPL, I was . confident that I would be bought. But I thought someone would pick me for the base price of `20 lakh.” A few years ago, what unfolded on Tuesday was a scenario that would have been deemed unrealistic for even the wildest of Varun’s dreams. He was stuck in the rigours of corporate life. Varun, a promising fast bowler, had been persuaded to quit cricket and become an architect by his parents. However that sense of unfulfilment inside prompted him to quit his job last year to get back to cricket. Initially it was tough to find , a club willing to take him. He reached out to Abdul Jabbar, a former Tamil Nadu cricketer, who advised him to quit being a pacer after he sustained an injury He also found a gig playing . in the TNCA’s fourth division league. That was when life began to turn in a way no one quite predicted. Batsmen, unable to read his fingers, began succumbing to him which prompted TNPL clubs to take notice. The 27-year-old eventually spun his way into the plans of Kings XI Punjab who were looking for someone to cover for Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who they suspected would not be available for the season. FIVE TOP BUYS Jaydev Unadkat Varun Chakaravarthy Sam Curran Colin Ingram Carlos Brathwaite RR KXIP KXIP DC KKR `8.4cr `8.4cr `7.2cr `6.4cr `5.0cr RCB snaps up power hitters Dube, Hetmyer WITH farm loan waivers arguably being the biggest vote catcher in the five states that went to polls recently Congress chief Rahul Gan, dhi raised the pitch to another level saying he wouldn’t let Prime Minister Narendra Modi sleep till the relief measure was applied across the country . His comments came on a day when two BJP-governed states announced fresh sops for farmers. While Assam decided to write off 25 per cent of all loans taken by farmers with a cap of `25,000 per person, the Gujarat government announced it will waive pending rural electricity bills worth `650 crore to benefit lakhs of villagers whose power connections were snapped for not paying bills. This paper had reported last week that the BJP government at the Centre was planning a `40,000 crore package for the agriculture sector in the upcoming Budget. Seeking to woo distressed farmers ahead of the general elections, Gandhi also showcased the back- Nothing better is expected from the president of the party, which gave sleepless nights to people with scores of scams -Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP leader Cong chief Rahul Gandhi addressing media in New Delhi on Tuesday | SHEKHAR YADAV Year-old plan on rare disease fund binned A year after first announcing that a special fund of `100 crore was being set up to help children suffering from rare diseases, the Centre has now taken a complete U-turn and is calling its own policy “un-implementable.” In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court last week, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said the National Policy for Treatment of Rare Diseases was framed and notified without “proper consultations” and “wrongly” clubbed under the National Health Mission — a health project for primary and secondarylevel care. The Centre, in its affidavit, also expressed its inability to spare `100 crore for the scheme. Rare diseases refer to health conditions with a prevalence of less than one in 2,000. They include genetic diseases, rare cancers, infectious tropical diseases and degen- BJP, SP ATTACK KAMAL NATH’S STANCE ON MIGRANTS CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? “No such corpus was created under the NHM. This occurred under an honest mistaken belief,” says the affidavit signed by Health Secretary Preeti Sudan erative diseases that are often chronic, debilitating, life threatening and often result in some form of handicap. In India, an estimated 70 million patients suffer from conditions such as thalassemia, sicklecell anaemia, Pompe disease and Gaucher’s disease, and most people are unable to afford the treatment as the cost runs from `15 lakh to over `1 crore a year. This newspaper first reported how a 21-month-old suffering from a rare genetic disorder died last month as his dad’s desperate pleas to the govt for help under the scheme fell on deaf ears. The Madhya Pradesh CM faced criticism for suggesting incentives to firms giving 70% of jobs to locals and saying UP and Bihar migrants deprive the state’s people BIG GST RELIEF ON CARDS? Dropping hints that the government would reduce tax rates under GST, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that “99 per cent things” would be brought under GST slabs below 18 per cent. These would comprise all items used by the common man, Modi said. The PM added that the 28 per cent slab of GST would be restricted to a few select items such as luxury goods. Before the GST was rolled out, there were 65 lakh registered enterprises; the number has risen by 55 lakh, Modi said LIKELY TO MAKE IT Satish Jarkiholi (replacing Ramesh Jarkiholi) EVEN as shock and grief continues to grip the families of the 15 deceased devotees, who died after consuming poisoned prasadam at the Kicchuguttu Maramma Temple at Sulavade in Chamarajanagar district, a glimmer of hope has emerged for five youngsters orphaned in the tragedy. Mohan Alva, the chairman of Alvas Education Foundation, has decided to support three students as part of his ‘adoption scheme’ at the institute, while Sandur-based Srishaileshwara Vidya Kendra (SVK) has come forward to adopt two children. The three youngsters to be supported by the Alvas Education Foundation at Moodbidri are siblings Ranibai, a BSc student; Priyabai, a BSc Nursing student; and Rajesh Naik, PUC science student, who belong to the Banjara tribe. Their parents, Krishna Naik and Mailibai, were among the people who died after eating the prasadam served at the temple last week. Dr Alva told TNIE that they will be given hostel accommodation and the college The toll in Monday’s blaze at a government hospital in Mumbai rose to eight on Tuesday, and the government ordered a probe into the incident. The NHRC issued a notice to the government and sought a report within four weeks. About 25 of the 176 injured people are said to be in a critical condition E Tukaram/B Nagendra (ST) Ramalinga Reddy (Reddy-Vokkaliga) C S Shivalli/M T B Nagaraj (Kuruba) B K Sangamesh/M B Patil (Lingayat) LIKELY TO BE DROPPED Jayamala (Minister for Women & Child Devpt) R Shankar (Forest Minister) TWO ministers are likely to be dropped during the much-awaited cabinet expansion on December 22 to make way for some new faces and senior leaders. The party under tremendous pressure from , its leaders who are lobbying for ministerial berths, is likely to make all efforts to placate as many as it can. A group of disgruntled leaders, headed by Municipal Administration Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, has been insisting that the party leadership accommodate some leaders from their group, while many from North-Karnataka region, including M B Patil, are also lobbying for a ministerial berth. As of now, the party can accommodate six ministers, without having to drop anyone. The party leaders have decided FEE FOR MEDICAL COURSES LIKELY TO BE HIKED SHADOW OF DOOM Chilli growers feel heat as prices fall The state government is considering increasing the annual fees for medical courses in government colleges by almost 200 per cent. Chilli cultivation has turned out to be a huge problem for farmers. They are hoping for a government bailout. P4 P5 Five students orphaned to be adopted @ Ballari/ Mangaluru Mumbai fire toll 4 transgenders 8, probe ordered visit Sabarimala N A U S H A D B I J A P U R @ Belagavi TEMPLE TRAGEDY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS READ Four transgender devotees offered prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on Tuesday, under heavy police protection. The high court had given them permission to worship there after the police denied them entry on Sunday. After the darshan, they went to the Malikappuram Devi temple | P6 2 Cong ministers may make way for seniors Roopa Shashidhar (SC-Left) S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi E N S @ Bengaluru ROYAL Challengers Bangalore spent mega cash on two players (`9.2 cr) — Shivam Dube Shivam Dube and ShimD5CR ron Hetmyer — at the players auction in Jaipur on Tuesday. Seven other players were bought for less than `8 cr. It goes on to show how Shimron RCB considers the duo an Hetmyer important part of the puzD4.2CR zle for IPL 2019. Akshdeep Nath was the third expensive buy, with the franchise shelling out `3.6 cr. With Dubey and Hetmyer, RCB have added big-hitAkshdeep ters, but Virat Kohli and Nath AB De Villiers are the two D3.6CR key figures. P14 to-back agri loan write-offs by the Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. He said Rajasthan, too, would make an announcement soon. “Congress manifesto for 2019 will promise farm loan waiver. We will do it if the Modi government doesn’t do it by then,” Gandhi told reporters here on Tuesday . He also sought to corner the Prime Minister for neglecting poor farmers to favour rich industrialists. “On the one side there are poor, farmers, small traders. On the other, there are top 15 industrialists who have been benefited by the Modi government to the tune of `3.5 lakh crore,” he said. While farm loan waiver is becoming an election issue for all parties, experts say it can drill huge holes in the exchequer and the poor don’t really benefit. Explaining why loan waivers should be taken off the table, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan recently said, “There is reason to think about farm distress. However, benefits of welfare measures often go to the best connected.” will provide them education up to post graduation level for free, and also help them get a job. The siblings have agreed, and will join the institute in the next two weeks, he added. The two children to be adopted by SVK will be provided free hostel accommodation and education till they complete their degree course, the organisation’s secretary, Chidambara Nanavate, told Express. However, the school authorities said that the institute will take on board only male children as they do not have a girls’ Kicchuguttu Maramma Temple hostel. to take up the issue of dropping ministers with the party high command when a team headed by Coordination Committee chairman Siddaramaiah meets Congress president Rahul Gandhi on December 20, sources said. As per its earlier plans, the Congress had decided to fill up the six vacant slots in the upcoming cabinet expansion. But it abruptly changed its stand under pressure from the group of disgruntled legislators. According to sources, the party is still reluctant to name the two or three legislators it wants to drop. According to sources, ministers Jayamala and R Shankar are likely to be dropped. However, the state party leadership is expected to give the list of six MLAs who will be included in the cabinet to the party high command in New Delhi. P6 Agri land given to even 8-year-olds, reveals CAG report A K R A M M O H A M M E D @ Bengaluru APPLICANTS as young as eight years old were among those who have been granted land for cultivation, a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report noted, highlighting discrepancies in terms of encroachment and unauthorised occupation of government land. In some cases, agricultural land was allotted in absence of any application, or it was granted in a village or survey number different from the one applied for. Such incidents, experts said, were either due to the connivance of officials or inadvertent errors in the Revenue Department’s database. The report, ‘Grant, Lease, Eviction of Encroachment and RegularisaNon-compliances like grant of excess tion of Unauthorised Occupation of land, grant of Government Lands,’ has identified Gomala land, grant several shortcomings in granting of to ineligible agricultural land to beneficiaries. beneficiaries, “Non-compliances like grant of exgrant of land cess land, grant of Gomala land without (where shortage was reported), applications, etc. grant to ineligible beneficiaries, were noticed grant of land without applications, Report etc. were noticed,” the report said. Audit analysis of the date of birth on the applications (for agricultural land) revealed the applicants’ age to be even between 8 and 17 years. “Such unrealistic applications should have been rendered invalid but were accepted,” the report noted. As a result, 1,055 acre and 19 gunta was alienated for regularisation “contrary to the eligibility conditions/provisions of the scheme/Act/Rules”, it said. P6
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