HUBBALLI SUNDAY JANUARY 27, 2019 `7.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION JAPANESE FLAG FLIES HIGH AT FIRST SLAM OF THE YEAR Naomi Osaka defeats Czech challenger Petra Kvitova in Australian Open ﬁnal to win second successive Major title FIRST ASIAN TO BECOME WORLD NO 1 Osaka will become the first Asian to top the WTA rankings, when the updated list is released on Monday. The 21-year-old will also be the youngest player to top the chart since Caroline Wozniacki in 2010. Osaka, who has a 14-match winning streak at Grand Slams, is the first player after Serena Williams in 2015 to secure back-to-back Majors. RAFA-NOVAK SUNDAY SHOWDOWN ■ ■ World No 1 Novak Djokovic and No 2 Rafael Nadal have 31 Major titles between them. They will be meeting in a Slam final for the first time after the French Open summit clash in 2014. Djokovic holds the upper hand in head-to-head matches against Nadal. The 14-time Slam champion won 27 matches to Rafa’s 25. 53 NADAL AND DJOKOVIC WILL FACE EACH OTHER FOR THE 53RD TIME 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 Coming up: Direct cash transfer to small farmers Cabinet to decide on Monday; those with less than 5 acres to benefit M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi TRISHUL MANOEUVRE Three Su-30 MKI jets of the Indian Air Force display unique feats during the Republic Day parade at Rajpath, in New Delhi on Saturday. The culmination of the parade was a lone Su-30 MKI flying at 900 kmph | PTI CM HDK meets Anand Singh in hospital | P5 Bharat Ratna: Why wasn’t seer chosen? | P5 Alliance only with Odisha, BJD slams RaGa | P6 Next Assembly session from Jan 30: Speaker | P6 Can govt manage balanced budget before polls? | P13 NASA probe’s clearest view of Ultima Thule | P16 ED GETS custody of Gautam Khaitan Agency gets two-day custody of the Agusta Westland accused for allegedly possessing black money WITH about a month to go for the Election Commission to announce the dates for the Lok Sabha elections, the Narendra Modi government is set to shortly unveil a targeted income support scheme for farmers. Having solicited inputs from various quarters, the Union cabinet is expected to discuss the package on Monday to help farmers buy agricultural inputs and avoid moneylenders. Sources said the government is considering a direct transfer of cash to farmers who possess less than 5 acres of land and the amount will be equivalent to 50 per cent of the basic input cost on seeds, fer tilisers and pesticides. The scheme will be distinct from the agriculture income support given to farmers in Telangana where Rs 4000 per acre per season is given to them without any cap on the land- Why it’s different According to sources, the scheme will be distinct from Telangana’s agriculture income support scheme, where `4,000 per acre per season is given without any cap on landholding holding. “The scheme will not be universal but targeted and will aim to cover marginal and small farmers, possibly with less than five acre land holdings,” the sources said. The scheme is aimed at helping increase the income of farmers in line with Modi’s stated position to double farmers’ income by 2022 by linking it with procurement of inputs, including better quality of seeds, fer tiliz ers and machinery . “The scheme is likely to be a wholesome package for the farmers. It will free them of accessing loan at a high cost from informal sources, besides helping improving productivity,” the sources said. A BJP-linked think tank, after consultations with officials of the NITI Aayog, the Ministry of Agriculture, leaders of farm organisations and farm sector experts, has already submitted a comprehensive report to the Prime Minister’s Office. The think tank, the sources said, has sought “regular income support to a certain section of farmers who are vulnerable by capping landholding size to five acres.” A member of the think-tank said the NITI Aayog has separately shared inputs with the PMO wherein it has recommended that 50 per cent of the Central funds being currently utilised for various farm sector subsidy programmes be given directly to the farmers through DBT (direct benefit transfer). The think-tank’s reasoning is that such a move would plug leakage of farm subsidies. 2 die, 11 ill after eating prasadam in Chintamani V V E L AY U D H A M @ Chinthamani (Chikballapura) JUST weeks after the Sulavadi food poisoning incident at Chamarajanagar, two women died on Saturday while 12 others were hospitalised after consuming ‘prasadam’ served at the Gangamma temple in Chinthamani of Chikballapur district on Friday night. Chintamani police are questioning two wom- en, Lakshmi (45) who has prepared the ‘prasadam’, and her domestic help Amaravathi who had distributed it to the devotees. Chikballapur DC Anirudh Sharavan, who visited Chinthamani, said 13 people complained of uneasiness and vomitting after consuming the prasadam. Locals immediately shifted them to hospitals. Kavitha (28), who was initially admitted to SNR Hospital and A boy undergoing treatment then shifted to R L Jalappa hospital, died around 10 am on Saturday Late in the . night, Saraswathamma (59) also died. Eleven oth- Speeding car rams into group of girl students, biker; no casualties EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Dharwad Nine girl students sustained injuries when a speeding car knocked them down near the DC’s office compound when they were on the way to perform at a Republic Day function on Saturday morning. A biker was also injured in the incident. The vehicle hit the group with such force that two of the girls were flung up in the air. The condition of one of them is said to be critical while the other is out of danger. The girls, students of KE Board College of Malamaddi, were heading towards the function venue — R N Shetty Stadium — when they were hit by the car from behind. Of the injured students, two sustained head injuries, are are being treated in a private hospital. The others, who received minor injuries, were treated at the district hospital and were discharged later, police said and added that the biker too was discharged after treatment. Police said the car was driven by bank employee Arvind Hebsur, a resident of Kalyan Nagar in Dharwad. He has been taken into custody . District Health Officer Dr Rajendra Dodmani said Pooja, who sustained head injuries, is being treated at the intensive care unit. “In cases of head injuries, nothing exact can be said for 72 hours. The latest update is that she is responding to treatment,” he added. An eyewitness said the car was going fine, but it teetered suddenly and rammed into the group of students, and also hit a bike and barricade on the roadside. “While two students were thrown up in the air, and a few others fell into the drain. The police and ambulance reached the spot immediately The driver has been . taken into the custody P4 .” ers who are undergoing treatment are Kavitha’s husband Gangadhar (35), their daughters Ganavi (7) and Charani (5), brother Raju and sister in-in-law Radha; Narayanamma (55), her son Shivakumar (40) and brother Venkataramanappa (35); Sudha and her children Chetu and Keerthana. According to Chikballapur SP Karthick Reddy, hundreds of devotees visit the temple every Friday and some bring ‘prasadam’ for devotees. On Friday a woman brought kesaribhath in a container and distributed it to the devotees in paper cups. The temple priest Suresh and a trustee were also questioned, he said. Though police suspect it to be a case of food poisoning, food samples have been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory and also for culture tests. Part of Mindtree shares of CCD boss attached New Delhi: The Income-Tax Department has attached a portion of shares held by V G Siddhartha and Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd in IT firm Mindtree over a potential tax demand — a development that could impact the potential stake sale by the Cafe Coffee Day founder in the Bengaluru-based company . Siddhartha, who owns about 21 per cent stake in Mindtree, is said to be in advanced stages of discussions with various entities to sell his shares in the IT company . Both Siddhartha and Mindtree founders have not made any specific comments on the issue so far. PTI LIFE OF VALOUR Tumakuru armyman who gunned down seven terrorists in J&K gets Sena Medal for gallantry D EVA RA J B H I R E H A L L I @ Tumakuru A Indian Army Naik hailing from Tumakuru, who has gunned down seven terrorists in his 15-year service, most of it in Jammu and Kashmir region, has won the Sena Medal for gallantry this year. Mohammed Sadik (34) of the 1st Rashtriya Rifles, the ar my’s elite counter-insurgency unit, had eliminated three ter- rorists in a fierce gunbattle at Kulgam in July 2018. He was involved in a major operation at Arwani in 2017 where he came face to face with a terrorist and had gunned him down. “I joined the army with a great passion. ‘Desh seva is Esha seva’ (serving the country is serving the god) for me”, said a proud Sadik when contacted over phone. Sadik’s mother Shirajunnisa, wife Rahamath Mohammed Sadik Unnisa and two-and-halfyear-old son Ayman were beaming with pride and joy at the Mahatma Gandhi stadium here on Saturday They had been in. vited for a felicitation by the district administration on the occasion of the 70th Republic Day celebrations. Flexes with his pictures were put up at many places in the city to inspire youths. “His father late Mohamed Salim used to hawk popsicles in different villages besides doing small seasonal businesses. Their’s was an economically backward family”, recalled Dandinashivara Thimme P6 Gowda, a local. THIMMAKKA UPSET WITH STATE GOVT Green crusader Saalumarada Thimmakka is happy with the Padma award but is upset with the state govt for not helping her P6 GANGA UNSAFE? Kumbh Mela dip could be harmful, reveals pollution board data R I C H A S H A R M A @New Delhi A holy dip in waters of the Ganga during Kumbh Mela may turn out to be injurious to health. As real time water quality monitoring data of River Ganga by Central government shows that water at Allahabad real time monitoring station do not meet criteria for drinking and bathing. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) carries real time monitoring of water quality in Ganga at various stations on entire stretch in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. According to CPCB parameters, quality of river water fit for drinking and bathing is decided on the basis of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), dissolved oxygen (DO) and pH (acidity scale). The real-time monitoring data at Allahabad shows level of biochemical oxygen demand in red category over 10 , miligram per litre (mg/l), higher than the permissible limit. The biochemical oxygen demand level should be less than 3 mg/l in river water for it to be fit for drinking. Allahabad is hosting Kumbh from January 15-March 5, 2019 and is expected to be attended by 12 crore people, including many high profile people, political leaders and foreign delegates. President Ram Nath Kovind visited prayagraj last PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE week and many other leaders are likely to take dip in ‘Sangam’- the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The status of the river water in Allahabad stands at this when under the Namami Gange Programme, 10 projects have already been sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs. 2915.78 crore for creation of 779 Km sewerage network and construction of 8 STPs having a total capacity of 191 MLD (million of litres per day).” Four projects have been completed during 2016 leading to the creation of sewage treatment capacity of 119 MLD and laying of 129 km of sewerage network. Two projects pertaining to sewerage in Prayagraj are under advance stage of execution and are expected to be completed by March 2019. These projects will lead to creation of 456 Km of sewerage network and would feed the existing STPs at Naini and Numayadahi,” said a statement. Moscow Rules Is Donald Trump a Russian agent?
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