A CHHAT TI SG MANGALURU FRIDAY DECEMBER 28, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION RH EVERY MINISTER A CROREPATI IN BACKWARD CHHATTISGARH All 12 ministers in Chhattisgarh’s Cabinet have declared assets worth crores, says a report by Association for Democratic Reforms AVERAGE OF 12 MINISTERS’ ASSETS D47.13 CR ■ 11 TWO MINISTERS FACE CRIMINAL CASES Among the ministers, TS Baba, from Ambikapur constituency, declared the highest-valued assets — worth `500 crore. He was followed by CM Bhupesh Kumar Baghel (`23 crore). The average value of assets held by the 12 ministers, however, is `47.13 crore, pulled up by Baba’s massive wealth. In the previous Cabinet, the corresponding figure was `3.04 crore ■ ■ Two ministers – Bhupesh Kumar Baghel and Jaisingh Agrawal – have declared serious criminal cases against themselves Two ministers declared their educational qualification as 12th pass, nine are graduates, one declared himself as just literate Of the 12 ministers, only one is a woman OF 12 MINISTERS WERE CROREPATIS IN THE PREVIOUS STATE CABINET 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 No waiver, but farm relief plan coming He has been in and out of hospital for quite some time now Modi tears into Cong claiming it had fooled the farmers; new package may be announced soon Shabnam, Irshad’s wife Irshad’s wife Shabnam, at her house in Amroha on Thursday | PARVEEN NEGI TERROR SUSPECT HAS COGNITIVE ISSUES REMANDED IN 12-DAY NIA CUSTODY A Delhi court on Thursday allowed 12-day custodial interrogation by NIA of 10 people who were allegedly members of an ISIS-inspired group. The court allowed the NIA to handcuff the suspects while taking them to various places for investigations ‘HAMPERS BODY FUNCTIONS’ According to a doctor who had treated Irshad, his condition hampers his normal body functions. “Due to his psychiatric condition, Irshad had developed related symptoms like high blood pressure” Two Navy men killed in Kochi naval base accident | P6 Students stripped for coming late to school in Andhra Pradesh | P6 Sting op leads to suspension of three UP babus | P7 Home Ministry bans Khalistan Liberation Force | P9 HELD MAN WHO KILLED COP IN BULANDSHAHR Police said they have arrested the man who allegedly shot dead a police inspector during the mob violence in Bulandshahr early in December. The arrested, Prashant Nutt, is being interrogated. P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ Amroha (Uttar Pradesh) One of the 10 ‘ISIS-inspired’ terror suspects arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday is mentally ill and has been undergoing treatment for the past two-and-a-half years, his family claimed on Thursday . According to Mohammad Irshad’s wife Shabnam, he is being treated at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) in New Delhi. “He is a simple man who drives an auto rickshaw for a living. His income was not sufficient, so I also made beedis at home to support the family He has . been in and out of hospital for quite some time now. Sometimes it is the local hospital and sometimes it is the hospital in Delhi,” she said. Irshad’s medical report, which this newspaper has accessed, shows the 35-year-old year suffering from acute bouts of depression and sleeplessness. A doctor, who treated him at the IHBAS in the past, said: “Irshad’s condition is not normal. He shows symptoms of abnormal behaviour. Though his condition cannot be termed as something major, his cognitive response time is very low when compared to normal individuals.” But the doctor refused to comment on whether such a condition could hamper his ability to participate in something as big as a terror plot. Irshad was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday on charges of arranging a hideout for storing the materials used in making IEDs and bombs. His family claimed that a group of 10-12 NIA officials broke into their house in a narrow bylane of Mohalla Qazi Zada in Amroha while Irshad was asleep and dragged him away “My family was told . that he was being taken for questioning and he would be back in an hour. He is yet to return. I got to know of this around 5 am as I was away in Delhi to attend a funeral,” said Aurangzeb, Irshad’s brother. Aurangzeb and his family are clueless about their next step. “All we can do is wait and watch. We know he is innocent and we just hope justice is done,” he said. A court on Thursday remanded Irshad and others in NIA custody . BHAVANTAR PLAN ON TOP OF THE HEAP The successful Bhavantar scheme in MP that pays the difference between the MSP and the market rate to the farmers as also the Jharkhand model to give direct fixed subsidy to farmers were discussed THE case of the mysterious disappearance of a Kerala man from Chikkamagaluru last month has been finally cracked. Police traced him to Thane in Maharashtra where he was found staying in a lodge with his female friend. A team of Kerala police detained Sandeep S Krishna, a marketing manager with a private firm at Kozhikode, and his friend Ashwini, at a lodge late on Wednesday night. Both their families had registered separate missing person’s complaints in Kozhikode. Sandeep told the police that he wanted to escape from his past life and his family and hence decided to fake his death. He thought that if his family believed that he was dead, then nothing would come in the way of him starting a new life with his female friend. ADDRESSING farmer distress is on top of the government’s mind - having burnt its fingers at the hustings recently - and a big announcement is around the corner, but it will certainly not be a loan waiver scheme. The message came out loud and clear on Thursday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi lit into the Congress for gloating over the success of its loan waiver poll card, claiming they had actually fooled the farmers. He chose a party rally at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh to articulate his views on the big vote-catcher issue for the first AIADMK JOINS OPPN WALKOUT The party vehemently opposed the bill in the Lok Sabha and staged a walkout before a voting was conducted. AIADMK MP A Anwhar Raajhaa claimed “the BJP would have to face punishment from Almightly if the triple talaq bill is passed” WHO SAID WHAT After his disappearance from Chikkamagaluru, Sandeep discarded his mobile phone and travelled to Mangaluru via Shringeri by bus. From there, he took a train to Mumbai. “From Mumbai, he contacted Ashwini over phone. After Ashwini informed him about his missing case going viral in Kerala and Karnataka, Sandeep decided to go to Ludhiana in Punjab. He had taken up a small paying guest accommodation in Mumbai before he went to Punjab,” an investigating officer told TNIE. As per their plans, 15 days after Sandeep went missing, he asked Ashwini to come to Mumbai. When police came to know about Ashwini too going missing, they started tracking her mobile phone records. They came to know that both were to meet in Mumbai after Sandeep returned P6 from Ludhiana. THE Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a bill criminalising instant triple talaq after an angry Opposition, including the Congress, TMC, AIADMK and AIUDF, accused the government of politicising the issue and walked out in protest. Of the 256 members present and voting in the Lower House, 245 voted in favour of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, while 11 opposed it. The bill will have to be passed in the Rajya Sabha before it can become a law. During the heated debate, Venugopal, TMC’s Sudip Bandhopadhyay, AIMIM’s Assaduddin Owaisi, SP’s Dharmedndra Yadav, NCP’s Supriya Sule, CPI-M’s Mohd Salim, RJD’s Jai Prakash Narain Yadav and the BJD’s B Mahtab questioned the need for a law since the Supreme Court banned instant triple talaq last year. Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, insisted a law was needed to implement the court’s order, as more than 400 instances of instant triple talaq were reported over the past two years. The 2017 bill was passed in the Lower House last December, but got stuck in the Upper House, forcing the government to introduce an ordinance in September 2018. The revised bill was brought in to replace it in the winter session. The old bill will now be withdrawn. This is a historic step ensuring equality and dignity for Muslim women. Congress and other parties must apologise for decades of injustice towards Muslim women The bill aims to divide society. It is unconstitutional. Who will pay for maintenance of the family if the husband is put in jail? This concept is not there in Hinduism If a contract is being cancelled, it cannot be done unilaterally. And if it is cancelled, there are consequences... (Parliament even) brought a law against sati The bill is a masquerade by the govt to conceal the reality that its agenda is not protection of rights of Muslim women but promotion of its sectarian anti-minority policies Amit Shah, BJP Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress Smriti Irani, Union minister Brinda Karat, CPI(M) POLITICAL THEATRE Question mark still over allocation of portfolios The deadlock over the allocation of portfolios for eight new ministers continued on Thursday. While sources say the list is waiting for party president Rahul Gandhi’s nod, State party leaders spent the day denying any disagreement between the Big 2 — Deputy CM G Parameshwara and Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah — over allocations. P6 Siddu: I’ve studied in Kannada, am I an idiot? Congress leader Siddaramaiah took to Twitter on Thursday questioning the CM’s decision to introduce English medium in 1,000 government schools. He tweeted, “We should have clarity on learning Kannada language and Kannada medium. I have studied in Kannada medium till high school. Am I (Has it made me) an idiot?” P4 80TH YEAR OF SAINTHOOD President Kovind greets Pejawar seer LOOKING AHEAD LOOKING BACK P5 time after the BJP’s poll rout in three Hindi-speaking states. A day earlier, Modi held a high-level meeting to formulate a wide-ranging plan that would comprehensively address con- A senior official in the ministry of agriculture said all options were discussed, including that of farmers not getting MSPs for their crops though they have been raised about 1.5 times by this government. The merit of another scheme from BJP-ruled Jharkhand - to give direct fixed subsidy to farmers - was also discussed. Addressing the Dharamsala rally, Modi without naming the Congress, said, “Those who were in the habit of looting, they are now feeling afraid of the country’s chowkidar and are now abusing him. They were now befooling the farmers in the name of waiving farm loans.” the Opposition listed their objection to the clause that prescribes a three-year jail term for a Muslim man who divorces his wife by uttering the word ‘talaq’ three times or by texting it. The Opposition parties accused the Centre of politicising a social issue instead of showing real concern for women’s rights, and questioned the hurry for the Ordinance, which the bill replaced, and demanded that the legislation be sent to a joint select committee for further scrutiny . Besides Congress leader in the House Mallikarjun Kharge, the AIADMK’s P EX P R ESS N EWS S E RV I CE @ New Delhi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Udupi WHO MADE, AND WILL BE IN NEWS? PM Narendra Modi addressing a rally at Dharamsala on Thursday | PTI cerns of farmers. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, BJP chief Amit Shah and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh attended the nearly threehour long meeting. Successful farm relief models implemented in states like Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand we r e d i s c u s s e d . S o u r c e s claimed the Centre may replicate the Bhavantar scheme in Madhya Pradesh that envisages paying farmers the difference between the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their crop and the market rate. A source claimed the relief plan could be announced by the first week of January . AMID BARBS, LS CLEARS TALAQ BILL Missing Kerala man found in Thane with female friend A M I T S U PA D H Y E @ Shivamogga K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi President Kovind greets Sri Vishwesha Theertha of Sri Pejawar Mutt in Udupi PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind visited the Sri Pejawar Mutt and greeted Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swami on the latter’s 80th year of sainthood in Udupi on Thursday. The president later visited the Krishna Mutt too. Speaking on the occasion, the President said the contributions of the Pejawar seer to the country are immense and the nation needs his guidance. He also congratulated the seer for his achievements and liveliness even at the age of 87. The Pejawar seer informed Kovind about the history of Sri Krishna Mutt and the preachings of Dvaita philosopher Sri Madhwacharya. Sri Vishwesha Theertha, who felicitated the President with a shawl and memento, also sought his assistance on setting up the ‘Madhwa University’ in Udupi. The seer also asked the President to ensure that philosopher Sri Madhwacharya’s birth anniversary on Vijaya Dashami is celebrated as ‘Day of P4 Devotion’. Call Center services available 24 * 7 I n f o
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