HUBBALLI MONDAY APRIL 15, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 30 CITY EDITION 99.8% DONATIONS THROUGH `10L, `1CR ELECTORAL BONDS SOLD BY SBI IN FIVE DENOMINATIONS Almost all donations received by political parties were via the highest-denomination electoral bonds, an RTI query revealed CRITICISED FOR ANONYMITY TO DONORS Electoral bonds were sold by the State Bank of India in five denominations—`1,000, `10,000, `1 lakh, `10 lakh and `1 crore—in seven tranches. Donors purchased bonds worth `1,407.09 crore, out of which `1,403.9 crore was through the `10 lakh and `1 crore bonds, says the SBI reply to social worker Chandrashekhar Goud’s RTI plea ■ ■ The bond, pitched as an alternative to cash donations to curb black money, has been criticised for offering anonymity to donors. The SBI refused to disclose how much each party got The Supreme Court last week asked parties to disclose details of all such funds in sealed covers to the EC by May 30 A1,396 CR WORTH BONDS REDEEMED BY POLITICAL PARTIES TILL NOW 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 TAILSPIN Amid flip-flop by Jet pilots, all eyes on lenders’ meet EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE OPPOSITION TO MOVE SC OVER EVMs AGAIN Naidu-EC slugfest after poll panel says TDP included a man involved in an EVM theft case in its delegation @ New Delhi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi HOURS after bankrupt Jet Airlines pilots’ union decided to go on strike from Monday demanding unpaid wages, it deferred its no-fly call citing a critical meeting of lenders scheduled for the day . The clout of pilots has anyway diminished, as the number of Jet planes currently flying is down to single digits — just seven out of its original fleet of 119. A lenders’ consortium, led by SBI, will meet on Monday to consider a proposal for `1,000 crore capital infusion. On Friday, at a meeting called by the Prime Minister’s Office, sources said the grim message was Jet has money to run operations only till Monday . Earlier, the carrier suspended operations in SAARC and ASEAN regions indefinitely and stopped accepting , bookings to many Western destinations. “Jet Airways has suspended operations to SAARC and ASEAN destinations, as well as to Toronto and Paris”, it said. A united Opposition on Sunday claimed the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were unreliable and said they will once again ask the Supreme Court to increase the number of EVMs randomly verified against Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips to 50 per cent. Leaders of over 20 political parties including the Congress, TDP, AAP and CPM addressed a joint press conference in the capital and called it a call to “save democracy”. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed people were losing faith in EVMs and want to go back to paper ballot. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said the parties were not satisfied with the recent Supreme Court order directing the Election Commission to increase the number of EVMs randomly verified from one to five per Assembly constituency. He alleged that technology was misused during Telangana elections and 25 lakh voters were removed from the rolls. On Saturday, when Naidu met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora to raise the issue of alleged malfunctioning of EVMs, the poll panel objected to the presence of a man in the TDP delegation against whom there was a criminal case over the alleged theft of an EVM in 2010. ‘No decision yet on Priyanka poll fight’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Amid speculations that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi, AICC general secretary K C Venugopal on Sunday said the Congress has not taken any decision yet on her candidature from any constituency . Responding to queries in a meetthe-press programme at Kesari Memorial Journalism Trust here, he said neither BJP nor NDA will win any seat from Kerala in the Lok Sabha elections, and added the BJP was never serious on the Sabarimala issue. LAST-MINUTE PUSH Netas in thick of action as countdown for 14 LS seats begins EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru WITH less than 48 hours to go before electioneering for 14 Lok Sabha seats which go to polls in the second phase, the coalition partners Congress and JDS and also the BJP are busy with last-minute strategic manoeuvering. BJP’s senior Vokkaliga leader R Ashoka told TNIE that they are still trying very hard to schedule a rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the JDS stronghold Hassan where the party candidate A Manju is locked in a straight fight with JDS’ Prajwal Revanna. The BJP feels getting Modi to Hassan could swing the mood in their favour. On the coalition side, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has put off most of his engagements and will stay in Mandya till April 18. Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumar is taking on Inde- pendent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of former Congress minister M H Ambareesh. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Dinesh Gundu Rao said, “We do not want to disturb the election momentum by getting in big leaders like Rahul Gandhi here in the next 48 hours. I am quite confident our 2019 candidates will do well in all seats.’’ Both sides have reportedly marked entire constituencies down to the last voter and elaborate lists are prepared to ensure who is on whose side. But senior leaders are holding their cards close to their chest on what their gameplan will be. LOK SABHA ELECTION FOLK RAP ON LAST SUNDAY BEFORE POLLS Bengaluru: First, it was a flash mob. On Sunday, JD(S)Congress candidate for Bangalore North, Krishna Byre Gowda, took to folk rap as a means of campaigning. Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and others after a press conference in New Delhi Sunday | PTI In a letter to the TDP the Election Com, mission questioned how Hari Prasad Vemuru, a person with criminal antecedents, could be part of the delegation led by the Andhra CM. The TDP on Sunday claimed that by raising this issue, the Commission was trying to avoid the problem of EVM malfunctioning and said no chargesheet has been filed against the man in the last nine years. “He is a whistleblower. I know technology. I have been promoting technology. We should become masters of technology and not slaves of it,” Naidu said. Vemuru was present at the Sunday press conference and made a presentation on electronic voting machines. Muftis and Abdullahs dividing India: PM PM Narendra Modi on Sunday, referring to NC boss Omar Abdullah’s demand for a separate PM for J&K, said he will not allow the Abdullahs and Muftis to divide India. Speaking in Kathua, he said his party will continue to resettle Pandits in the Valley. EXPRESS READ Creditors recover nearly half of total claims New Delhi: Nearly half of their total admitted claims worth over Rs 1.42 lakh crore have been recovered by financial and operational creditors from as many as 88 debt-ridden companies under the insolvency law, according to official data. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) seeks to provide market-determined resolution for stressed assets in a time-bound manner. Canada’s Khalistan move draws ire Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Sunday criticised Canada’s move removing all references to Sikh extremism from its 2018 report on terror for political reasons. Canada had earlier called it one of the top five terror threats to the country. The 2018 report on terrorism, first released in December last year, drew the ire of the Sikh community as it was the first time it listed Sikh extremism as one of the top 5 extremist threats. The fast-drying Nethravati River near Bantwal presents a stark picture of the severe water crisis plaguing Dakshina Kannada district. The intense summer heat has further aggravated the situation | RAJESH SHETTY BALLALBAGH Hindu? Muslim? Vokkaliga? Lingayat? All Need Water year, but dwindling rainfall and lack of manpower has forced him to go for only one paddy THE green canopy across Dak- crop, that too if the rains don’t shina Kannada and Udupi dis- betray him. “I am using boretricts hides a stark reality on the wells to sustain my areca and ground. The region is strug- coconut plantations, but the wagling with acute water shortage ter level is steadily declining,” having grappled with consecu- he adds, his faced creased with tive drought years. Rivers and anxiety . rivulets are drying up, ground Unlike other parts of Karnawater table has dipped and taka, irrigation in this region is farmers are desperately looking rain-fed and the paddy varieties a t o t h e r av e n u e s f o r a cultivated here are exotic — a livelihood. red grain variSeventy-yearety About 4000. old Leela from 5000 mm of Periaodibeedu rainfall during in Bantwal tathe monsoon luk has abanwas enough to PART 3 doned cultivasustain agricultion in her ture, but things two-acre farm. are not the “There is no water in the well same as before. and I am not able to afford a “Rainfall started dwindling borewell, so I abandoned farm- after 1984 and now the rains are ing. I tried rolling beedies for a unpredictable and erratic. Last livelihood, but age is taking its year, my entire areca crop was toll on me”, she sighs in desper- lost because of incessant unation. And, she is one among timely rains for a month,” rues many farmers, whose lives have Sridhara, now he shows the faldrastically changed for the low land, and bone dry stream worse because of the drought. near it. “If there was water, I wouldn’t “Though not in full flow, there be staring at this empty paddy used to be water in this stream fields now,” quips Sridhara (62) even at this time of the year. But from the same village. He used the water bodies and land are to cultivate his land round the drying up pretty fast,” he says.P6 AROCKIARAJ JOHNBOSCO @Mangaluru FARMING IN COASTAL DISTRICTS DAKSHINA KANNADA Total cultivated area UDUPI PADDY 35,487 HECTARES COCONUT 17,952 HECTARES 19,374 CASHEW HECTARES UTTARA KANNADA PADDY, SUGARCANE, MAIZE 81,000 HECTARES HORTICULTURAL CROPS 40,000 HECTARES (Source: Agriculture department)
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