PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE BELAGAVI SUNDAY MARCH 24, 2019 `7.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION COVER STORY TAKING CENTRE STAGE THE MICHELIN MAGICIAN CALL OF THE WILD Ahead of World Theatre Day, we ask Nimrat Kaur, Kalki Koechlin and other actors how a theatre background helps them when facing the camera Award-winning chef and owner of Singapore restaurant Odette, Julien Royer—known for his creativity—says culinary history needs to be respected Arunachal Pradesh-based wildlife photographer and documentary filmmaker Tallo Anthony strives to conserve nature through his camera EXCLUSIVE VOICES SKIN DEEP: MODERN BEAUTY As the skin finds itself under siege, the $274 billion cosmetics industry is fighting back with natural alternatives, while finding new ground with the changing notions of beauty T J S George Shankkar Aiyar ■ Avay Shukla ■ ■ 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 Trouble in Tumkur, defiant NDA shows caste card in Bihar list, names for 39 of 40 seats out Cong MP to take on Gowda Patna Sahib constituency may see Ravi Shankar Prasad versus Shatrughan Sinha RAHUL TO CONTEST FROM WAYANAD? The Kerala Congress has suggested party chief Rahul Gandhi’s name for the Wayanad LS seat. AICC General Secretary Oommen Chandy said the KPCC has requested Gandhi but he has not yet commented on the proposal. The CPM and BJP said it only shows Congress is not sure of Rahul’s victory in Amethi PURI GOES TO PATRA The BJP on Saturday released more lists of candidates bringing an end to the speculation that PM Modi may contest a second seat from Puri by announcing the name of party spokesperson Sambit Patra as candidate. The third list had 36 names, including six from Maharashtra, five from Odisha and one each from Assam and Meghalaya R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna A day after the mahagathbandhan announced its seatsharing pact in Bihar, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Saturday released its list of candidates for 39 out of 40 seats in the state. Most sitting MPs of the BJP have managed to retain their seats. The candidate for Khagaria has not been announced. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will contest from Patna Sahib seat — a party stronghold now represented by rebel BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha. The NDA in Bihar comprises BJP, Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP . An analysis of the list shows that caste and winnability factors have influenced the list. While JD(U) will contest from OBC/EBC-dominated constituencies, the BJP will field candiates in upper-caste dominated constituencies. This is a notable shift from the last election — when JD(U) was not part of NDA —where the BJP played the development card and won 22 seats. For instance, the BJP dropped its sitting MP from Siwan Om Prakash Yadav to field a new face — Kavita Singh. LOK SABHA ELECTION The same formu2019 la helped Chhapra MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy who has man, aged to retain his seat. Union Minister Giriraj Singh, the sitting MP of Nawada, was shifted to Bhumihar-dominated Begusarai. BJP leader and sitting MP from Patliputra Ram Kripal Yadav hopes to win again. Yadavs and Kurmis dominate his constituency . Similarly, central minister Radha Mohan Singh could retain the Motihari LS seat, which is dominated by Rajput and Bhumihar voters. The BJP still retains the upper-caste tag in Bihar. It, however, will contest the Muslimdominated Jokihat constituency, where the saffron party has an even chance of winning. In the case of Patna Sahib, the constituency is dominated by Kayasthas. It is also the largest constituency with 15 lakh voters. According to reports, Sinha may join the Congress and contest from the same seat. JD(U)’s Vijay Kumar Manjhi will run from SC/ ST-dominated Gaya constituency, where HAM’s president Jitan Ram Manjhi is the grand alliance candidate. LJP state chief Pashupati Kumar Paras will be replacing his brother and party chief Ram Vilas Paswan in Hajipur as the Union minister is likely to get a Rajya Sabha ticket. Chirag Paswan, the son of the LJP chief, will be seeking reelection from Jamui. UPROOT ‘DICTATOR’ MAMATA, SAYS RAHUL AISHIK CHANDA @Kolkata CONGRESS President Rahul Gandhi hit out at West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Saturday, calling the Trinamool chief a “dictator” as he commenced his campaign in the state from the party stronghold of Malda. “One person runs Bengal. She never discusses anything with anyone. Atrocities since CPM’s rule have continued EXPRESS READ Vice Admiral Karambir is next Navy Chief New Delhi: Vice Admiral Karambir Singh was appointed as the next chief of Naval Staff, succeeding Admiral Sunil Lanba who retires on May 30, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday. Lokpal chief Ghose takes oath New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday administered the oath of office to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the country’s first Lokpal. The oath was administered at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Mueller submits Trump probe report Ex-FBI boss Robert Mueller submitted his report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election after a 675-day probe. In good news for US President Trump, he isn’t recommending any further indictments. during the TMC regime. A party ran a government then and now, a person runs it. Don’t the people of Bengal have a voice?” Rahul said. Attacking the current MP Mausam Benazir Noor, who has defected from the Grand Old Party to the Trinamool and is now the latter’s candidate, Rahul said her betrayal will not work in a “Cong ress for t” like Malda Uttar. Here, the TMC is the main rival of the Congress, wh i c h h a s f i e l d e d I s h a Khan Choudhury, a cousin of Noor. Rahul also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Rafale and demonetis a t i o n . Te r m i n g GST the ‘Gabbar S i n g h Ta x ’ , h e promised many populist sops if the Congress was voted to power. Earlier, there was pandemonium on Rahul’s arrival as Congress supporters broke the barricade of the VIP enclosure. Party leaders and police had to bring back order. Reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s jibe, Mausam Benazir Noor said, “I changed party to help people beside whom Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stays during the need of the h o u r. P e o p l e o f M a l d a Uttar know everything and are with me.” D E V A R A J B H I R E H A L L I @ Tumakuru IN a fresh flashpoint that could put the coalition partners on collision course, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda is facing rebellion from Congress MP S P Muddahanume Gowda in Tumkur. Defying his party decision to cede the seat to the JD(S), the Congress MP on Saturday announced his decision to file nomination on Monday . Gowda too is filing nomination papers on the same day . “I am not joking. My contest is certain and the party high command still has a chance to declare me as an alliance candidate since I am riding on the sympathy wave (as he didn’t get the ticket) and I will romp home,” Muddahanume Gowda declared after meeting his supporters. The MP, who has the I-T dept clarifies BSY diary was forged Bengaluru: The Income Tax Department on Saturday clarified that the page of a diary purportedly written by BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa, which allegedly has details of money given by him to various party leaders, was not part of the documents seized by it during searches at the residence of Congress Minister D K Shivakumar. P5 Dry land of coconuts needs steroid shot for growth P4 Cops: No evidence to show Prakash Raj asked for votes P4 It is a good time for astrologers, black magicians P5 ‘Poll God’ blesses netas on first-come-first-served basis P5 backing of former Madhugiri MLA K N Rajanna, held the meeting onSaturday Almost all . the block presidents of all the eight assembly constituencies in Tumkur LS seat attended it. The Cong ress MP’s announcement has not gone down well with the JD(S) leadership. “Congress leaders will handle it. I will not do anything against my self-respect and beg anyone,” said Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. He said that as part of the seat-sharing arrangement, the party has got eight seats and it will field candidates in all those constituencies. Immediately Congress lead, ers got into damage control mode. Deputy CM G Parameshwara said he will hold talks with Muddahanume Gowda and dissuade him from contesting the elections. “We cannot allow split in secular votes,” he said, expressing confidence that the MP will abide with the party decision. Even after the Congress and JD(S) seat-sharing arrangement was finalised, Parameshwara, who is also from Tumkur, and Muddahanume Gowda had met Deve Gowda and senior Congress leaders requesting them to allow the sitting MP to contest the elections. At that point in time, they had even stated that they were okay if Gowda decided to contest from Tumkur. “I showed my magnanimity despite being a sitting MP which they took it for granted and as my weakness,” said Muddahanume. P6 BJP to support Sumalatha, fields B’luru man in Kolar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru IN a big boost to independent candidate actor Sumalatha, the BJP on Saturday announced that it will not field its candidate in Mandya and extend support to her. The party also announced that BBMP cor porator S Muniswamy will be its candidate in Kolar to take on seven-time Congress MP K H Muniyappa. The BJP Central Election Committee consisting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah took the decision to support Sumalatha in Mandya. “I welcome the decision wholeheartedly,” said Sumalatha. The BJP support is likely to make a huge difference to her as she is also hoping to get support from the local rebel Congress workers. “We decided to support her and not field a candidate to avoid split in anti-JDS votes,” said a senior BJP leader.’ “The party strategy is simple; do everything possible to defeat Congress-JDS candidates,” the P6 BJP leader said. Ola drivers fear they may not be able to operate from Tuesday EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bengaluru ON Tuesday, the city might wake up to the early morning rush with at least half of Bengaluru’s cabs taken off the road as the three day time period, given to Ola to return the suspended licence, will end on Monday Ola said . the suspension order was received by it on Friday. In the meantime, while it charts out a plan of action, the biketaxi hiring option, at the core of the punitive action by the Transport Department against the company, made a quiet exit from the platform. According to the Transport Department, 65,000 cabs are registered under the Ola and Uber platforms. Uber, however, will not be affected. On Saturday, an Ola spokesperson told TNIE that its legal team was exploring options. In the meantime, the aggregator plans to operate its cabs till the last possible moment. But the cab company might have to fight this battle alone in the courts, without the support of its driver-partners. A few drivers TNIE spoke to on Saturday said while keeping cab services operational, the company had not been paying them money for trips settled by customers through the ‘Ola Money’ platform. “Usually, these payments are made the next day, but we have not received them for four days which has left us worried. We are now accepting only cash payment from passengers,” an Ola auto driver said. Transport Department officials told TNIE that there was no question of rescinding the suspension and that the only option for Ola was to approach the courts or go off the road. An Ola spokesperson said, “We received the notice just yesterday and we will hold talks with government officials and explain that the biketaxi platform was taken back a week ago after keeping it under pilot basis for one week.” HARSH REALITY A man sits on the bed of Markal lake in Bidar district, perhaps wondering what to do with his fishing net as the water body has almost completely died up. With early summer already being harsh in the drought-ridden land, the situation may point to what will follow during the peak of the season in April-May | PANDARINATH B | P2 SURVIVAL TALE She widens gap in debris to keep her going for 75 hrs K I R A N B A L A N N A N A V A R @ Hubballi FORTY-five year-old Honnamma who managed to stay alive under the debris of a collapsed commercial complex in Dharwad for over 75 hours has come to terms with God. Lying on a bed at KIMS Hospital in Hubballi with her leg fractured, Honnamma keeps murmuring ‘there is God’ to anyone who greets her. She was the last of the four people rescued on Friday from under the debris of the building that came down crashing at Kumareshwar Nagar in Dharwad on March 19. Honnamma, who hails from Muddebihal in Vijayapura, had come to Dharwad 20 days ago in search of a job. As her brother lives in her native place, and no one from her family had approached the police or rescue teams asking about her fate. The police were surprised when Honnamma was rescued as her name had not been on the list of people feared trapped. “I came here in search of a job. Finally I managed to get one in the building as a helper. I started working just 20 days ago and I would stay with fellow labourers. When the incident happened, I was in the third Honnamma undergoing treatment at KIMS Hospital in Hubballi | D HEMANTH floor. I tried to hold on to something when the building was coming down, but a large pile of cement, stones and pillars fell on me. I was injured in my right shoulder and there was a large cement block on my leg, giving me no space to move,” Honnam- ma recalled. She showed her presence of mind. As the incident occurred during daytime, she noticed sun rays coming through a small gap in the rubble under which she was stuck. She widened the gap a bit with a stone and brought her face towards it so that she got air to breathe, she said. “The air supply was what saved me for three days and nights. There was nothing to eat or drink and I could do nothing about it. I also spent time sleeping so that I would not panic or lose my energy I am thank. ful to God that am alive today ,” she said. Man hacks wife to death in broad daylight, held EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Tumakuru A woman, who was on the way to the court for divorce hearing, was hacked to death by her husband and an accomplice in broad daylight at Pavagada in Tumakuru district on Saturday . Kavitha (38) was attacked by with a machete by Balaji of Venkatapura village in Pavagada taluk. She was from Turukala Pattanam in Penukonda taluk of Ananthapur district in Andhra Pradesh. Balaji has been ar- rested and interrogation is on. Police have launched a search for the accomplice who is yet to be identified. The couple have two sons and both had been living separately for two years ago. Balaji runs a timber shop at Dommatmari village. Kavitha was accosted on the way to the court as her husband had filed a divorce petition. Before committing the crime, Balaji sent their sons to a relatives’ place in Bengaluru, a police source said. Pavagada police have registered a case.
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