BENGALURU SUNDAY APRIL 14, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION INDIA MARKS JALLIANWALA BAGH MASSACRE CENTENARY PM Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to the 1,000-odd unarmed protestors killed by UK troops in Amritsar on 13 April 1913 RAHUL VISIT CREATES CONTROVERSY NO OFFICIAL APOLOGY YET FROM BRITAIN “Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of,” Modi tweeted. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid floral tributes at the Amritsar site. Rahul’s visit led to a war of words with the Akali Dal saying he should first tender an apology for the 1984 Operation Blue Star ■ UK’s envoy to India Dominic Asquith laid a wreath at the walled garden where bullet marks are still visible and called the colonial atrocity “shameful”. But Britain is yet to issue an official apology ■ After British PM Theresa May expressed regret on Wednesday, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said her words were not enough Philip’s insult QUEEN ELIZABETH’S HUSBAND IN 1997 CLAIMED THE TOLL WAS ‘EXAGGERATED’ 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 CROP LOSS IN BOMBAY-KARNATAKA 2 L HA BELAGAVI 4 L HA VIJAYAPURA 5 L HA BAGALKOT 2 L HA DHARWAD 3.68 L HA GADAG 1 L HA HAVERI Mogappa Dholappanavar gathering withered cotton crop at Udikeri, Bailhongal taluk BIG TWO BATTLE IT OUT IN KARNATAKA City’s tech crowd turn up in saffron for Modi HDK late for Rahul rally, still gets a hug E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru Scorched earth, wilted crops mark Bombay-K’taka NAUSHAD BIJAPUR @ Belagavi THE continuing migration of large sections of rural folk owing to the worsening drought situation in the BombayKarnataka region is sure to show its impact elsewhere — at the polling booths. It is estimated that voting percentage could dip by as much as 12% in the region. Majority of 55% of the state’s 21 lakh nomadic Lambani population in the Bombay-Karnataka has already migrated, another 8-10 per cent of other rural folk has headed elsewhere in search of jobs. According to Ramesh Naik, development officer of Karnataka Tanda Development Corporation, Lambanis migrate to areas of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa, and it is difficult to ascertain how many of them will turn up for voting.According to official sources, rabi and kharif crops sown in 18 lakh hectares in the districts of Vijayapura, Ba g alkot, Bela g avi, Dharwad, Haveri and Gadag have been totally damaged, rendering farmers and agriculture labourers jobless. According to initial estimates, crop losses in Vijayapura district are PART 2 estimated at `500 crore while in Bagalkot, it is `1,026 crore. Export quality lemons, grapes and other horticulture produce sown in thousands of acres in Vijayapura too may be lost due to the dry spell. Drought is staring at this re gion of nor ther n Karnataka. The lakhs of hectares of dry farm lands are a stark indicator to the fact that farmers have no choice but to look for other means of P6 livelihood. Clothes or cash? What’s in box, Modi? Twitterati ask E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Bengaluru THIS was a different kind of a ‘black box’ that had the twitterati buzzing on Saturday. Even netas were intrigued. What was in that mystery box that was off-loaded from PM Narendra Modi’s chopper last week? His clothes? Weapons? Cash to be distributed to voters? Or was there something else? The twitterati began a guessing game. On Saturday while PM Narendra Modi was busy cam, paigning in coastal Karnataka and Bengaluru, sundry Twitter handles were busy waging an online war over the trunk, seemingly black in colour, that came out of Modi’s chopper and was loaded onto an SUV on April 8. “What’s in the box, Modi?” was the question on everyone’s mind. It trended like fire after KPCC chief Dinesh Gundu Rao asked the same question, while tagging the P4 Chief Electoral Officer Karnataka in his tweet. Lose Some, Gain Some PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chitradurga, Kolar, Mandya THE Palace Grounds in Bengaluru reverberated with chants of ‘Modi’ and ‘Chowkidar’ as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived on Saturday evening. An 80,000-plus strong crowd, many of who were clad in ‘Modi Maththomme’, ‘Naanu Chowkidar’, ‘NaMo Again’ T-shirts, caps and bands, made for an electrifyng crowd. With four days left for voting in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies, PM Modi made back-to-back poll pitches in Mangaluru and Bengaluru on Saturday . A largely young crowd comprising Bengaluru’s techies, lawyers and others came out to extend their support to the PM’s rally that was strategically scheduled on a weekend evening. “This is us putting our weekend evening to good use,” said Satish G M, an engineer who had brought his family including an 8-year-old son to the rally , . The state BJP leadership led by its chief B S Yeddyurappa and candidates of Bangalore South, Bangalore North, Bangalore Central, Bangalore Rural, Chikkaballapur and Kolar welcomed the Prime Minister who gave a 49-minute speech largely revolving around nationalism, armed forces and terror strikes. “I greatly miss my dear friend Ananth P4 Kumar and B N Vijayakumar,” said Modi. IT was an action-packed day for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as he heli-hopped addressing rallies in Kolar, Chitradurga and Mandya all through Saturday Expectedly, his speeches centred around the . Chowkidar jibe, his party’s much-touted NYAY scheme, and trying to present a picture of a united coalition. He addressed 30,000-40,000 strong gatherings in Kolar and in Chitradurga. In the evening, Rahul’s rally in Mandya district saw only about 10,000 in attendance. In Kolar, Rahul got on to stage and wound up even before Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy arrived. At the Chitradurga rally too, the crowds were visibly surprised as he was the first of the VVIPs to arrive on stage and began speaking soon after. But a few minutes into his speech, Rahul realised that the crowd was not reacting, and he swiftly got KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao to translate. When Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy walked on to the dais about 20 minutes later, a beaming Rahul cut short his speech and strode over to warmly hug him as the crowd cheered. In Mandya, Rahul announced in clear terms that Congress is seriously backing Nikhil Kumar. P4 EXPRESS EXCLUSIVE Pant, Vijay likely to be in World Cup squad V E N K ATA K R I S H N A B @ Chennai EVEN as the senior selection committee sits down in Mumbai on Monday to pick the 15 tasked with the job of bringing back cricket’s biggest prize, this newspaper has learnt the names of at least 14 of the 15 who will be on the bus to England come May . Virat Kohli will captain the side. The other 13 are likely to be Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kedar Jadhav, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant. The last place is likely to go to Ravindra Jadeja over a fourth frontline seamer. Among the above-mentioned names, Pant’s inclusion will grab most of the eyeballs not least because of his limited experience in ODI cricket. It’s also because the Test regular might be asked to bat at No 4, a position that has been an Achilles Heel of sorts. That was also the position Kohli had suggested that was up for grabs before the Indian Premier League (IPL) began. PANT’S ABILITY SCORED HIGHER: P14 Anil now offset by French tax deal R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA @ New Delhi FRENCH authorities waived taxes worth €143.7 million for Anil Ambani’s France-based telecom firm Reliance Flag after PM Narendra Modi said India would buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault in April 2015, French paper Le Monde reported on Saturday . While the article, written by Julien Bouissou and Anne Michel, was quickly picked up by the opposition Congress, Reliance denied any wrongdoing. India’s defence ministry also dismissed it as “totally inaccurate, tendentious and a mischievous P9&10 attempt to disinform”.
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