Will they bring it home? The 15-man squad for the upcoming World Cup was picked by the selectors in Mumbai on Monday. ON EXPECTED LINES, MOSTLY The vast majority who were picked were sure of their places from a long time ago. RECALL FOR DK Dinesh Karthik’s name was a surprise. He earned a last-minute recall at the expense of Rishabh Pant. BENGALURU TUESDAY APRIL 16, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 22 LATE CITY EDITION VIJAY AT NO 4? Even if there are many candidates, Vijay Shankar looks likely to start the first match as No 4. SQUAD BATSMEN Virat Kohli (c) Rohit Sharma (vc) Shikhar Dhawan KL Rahul WICKETKEEPERS MS Dhoni Dinesh Karthik ALL-ROUNDERS Vijay Shankar Kedar Jadhav Hardik Pandya R Jadeja BOWLERS Kuldeep Yadav Bhuvneshwar Kumar Jasprit Bumrah Mohd Shami Yuzvendra Chahal P16 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 Deserve credit for terror hardline: PM The Prime Minister lists robust action against terrorism emanating from Pakistan as one of his government’s achievements, says nobody is stopping the Congress from taking credit if it had done something likewise; disagrees with charges that armed forces were being used for electoral benefits G S VASU, H K H O G E N S I N G H & M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi P rime Minister Narendra Modi saw nothing wrong in the NDA government taking credit for the manner in which Pakistan was given a befitting answer for “exporting” terror, but refuted the charge that his party was using the armed forces for political benefits. In a wide-ranging interview with the TNIE team at his residence after a day-long poll campaign, the Prime Minister questioned if his critics would have kept quiet had there been no response from the government after the Pulwama attack. “If Wing Commander Abhinandan hadn’t come back, would the Opposition have kept mum? Shouldn’t the country be proud of the bravery displayed by the armed forces against sources of terrorism in Pakistan? Ghar mein ghus kar maara hai aur hisab chukta kiya hai (We went into their home and settled scores). The Congress, too, can take credit for the achievements of the armed forces, who is stopping them?” the PM said. Responding to a range of questions on electioneering relating to the post-Pulwama developments, Modi disagreed with the view that the defence forces were being “used” in poll meetings. “If a dam is constructed, will the ruling party not list it as an achievement? In the same way , if Pakistan has been given an Christian Michel, Deepak Talwar and (Rajiv) Saxena have been brought to the country; we are taking all legal steps to ensure that such fugitives are held accountable for their misdeeds effective answer for exporting terror, the ruling party will mention it as an achievement. I am pained at the double standards,” he said. Buttressing his argument, the Prime Minister pointed out that elections happened in the country even around the time of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. “If some people had criticised the government then, the neutral ones would have said India should speak in one voice since it’s war. Now, there is a different stance. Why is there a shift? Is it because India registered a victory?” he asked. Forcefully countering the charge that unemployment was at a record high, Modi alleged the “same group of people who spread this false narrative against (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee’s government are trying to spread a fake narrative Shouldn’t the country be proud of the bravery displayed by the armed forces against sources of terrorism in Pakistan? which it had cost the country thousands of lives and billions of rupees in security measures. For the first time they have a sense of assurance that the government was willing to act against terror and pay back those perpetrating it in the same coin, he said. Modi, who addresses three rallies on an average every day , said he was overwhelmed by the huge crowds throngEXCLUSIVE ing his meetings and INTERVIEW their response to the issues raised by him. He claimed that a pro-incumbency wave was blowing across the country and was confident that the BJP would perform much better in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, where it lost power in the recent Assembly elections, around jobs today .” as the Congress governments The PM also did not agree had failed to deliver any of with the view that having come their promises. to power in 2014 on the developAsked if the 2019 elections ment plank, the BJP this time could be described as the BJP had made nationalism its main vs the Congress and the rest, or poll theme. Modi vs the Congress and the According to him, while the rest, the PM preferred to frame government had a string of his response differently . achievements to boast about, it He said the reason why the was also a fact that there was people wanted him back was anger among the people against because his government had terrorism and the manner in scores of achievements to talk about. “But, they (Opposition) have nothing to talk except harping on Modi hatao. The people of this country and their aspirations are at the centre of the elections. There is the NDA, the Congress and various other alliances in the fray .” According to him, South India was set to give a huge surprise to political pundits as the Sabarimala for us is a matter of principle and not about electoral dividend. BJP activists continue to suffer as they are standing between the evil designs of the Left and the Congress and the traditions of Sabarimala BJP had succeeded in countering the misinformation that the party represented only a par ticular re gion of the country . Explaining the reason behind the party fielding all its ministers, including a few from the Rajya Sabha, Modi said for the past five years they had been “working as Team India, now we together are going to the people.” FULL INTERVIEW | PRIOR TO 2014, PEOPLE WERE FED UP WITH CORRUPTION. WE SHOWED IT’S POSSIBLE TO RUN A CORRUPTION-FREE GOVERNMENT, SAYS NARENDRA MODI | PAGE 11 EXPRESS READ Pay more to fly out from B’luru airport Bengaluru: From April 16 onwards, flying out from the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will cost significantly higher for a period of four months. From Tuesday, the fee for domestic departures will be `306 from `139 and international departures P2 `1,226 from `558. PART 4 Drought turns farmers of H-K into labourers Even though two rivers flow through H-K region, water here is a luxury, and years of drought have led to forced migration. Shreyas HS takes a look | P8 This PU-II topper also helps dad fix punctures EC suddenly grows a spine, bars Yogi, Maya, Maneka, Azam from poll work EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi HOURS after the Supreme Court came down on the Election Commission of India like a ton of bricks for dithering in its crackdown on communal speeches, the poll panel cracked the whip on UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP supremo Mayawati, barring them from campaigning or making public speeches for 72 hours and 48 hours, respectively . Later, the EC reiterated the fact it had grown a new spine by stopping SP leader Azam Khan from campaigning for 72 hours for his ‘underwear’ jibe against his BJP opponent Jaya Prada and barring BJP MP Maneka Gandhi from doing so for 48 hours after her remarks asking Muslims in UP’s Sultanpur to vote for her if they wanted her to get their work done after she wins from the constituency . Earlier in the day, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, hearing a PIL, asked the EC about the action taken Mayawati Yogi Adityanath SC threatens to bring CEC to court in 30 mins The apex court, irked over not getting specific answers from the EC on its powers to deal with communal speeches, called the poll panel ‘toothless’ and threatened to ensure the presence of the Chief Election Commissioner before it within 30 minutes. so far against Mayawati—who made a direct appeal to Muslims to vote for the alliance in Deoband on April 7—and Yogi, who in response to Mayawati’s speech, had said, “If they have faith in Ali, we have faith in Bajrang Bali.” “So what about Mayawati. She was supposed to reply to you (EC) by April 12. She has not replied till today What does . the law permit you to do. Answer us,” the bench said. The EC counsel said: “We can issue notice and seek reply but we cannot de-recognise a party or disqualify a candidate.” Reacting sharply, the bench said, “So you are basically saying you are toothless and powerless against hate speeches.” The EC then cited Article 324 of the Constitution and took action against the leaders. It said Yogi, as CM, had added responsibility and added that Mayawati, a senior leader, should not make statements that can polarise the electorate. During the 2014 LS polls, the EC had imposed state-specific bans on BJP leader Amit Shah and Azam Khan. The ban on Shah was lifted in a few days after he assured the poll body that he would not disturb public tranquillity . Tharoor injured while performing religious ritual EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram SENIOR Congress leader and UDF candidate in Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor suffered major injuries on his head while performing ‘Thulabharam’, a religious ritual, in the state capital on Monday mor ning. Tharoor, who is currently admitted at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, is out of danger now. The incident occurred at Gandhari Amma Kovil temple. The weighing scale on which Tharoor was sitting for the ritual broke down and he fell down. With one of the metal parts falling on his head, he suffered major injuries. He has eight stitches on his head. 850-YEAR-OLD ICON Fire ravages Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral, roof collapses AGENCIES @Paris @EmmanuelMacron THOUSANDS watched in horror as a colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday causing a spire to col, lapse and raising fears over the future of the nearly milleniumold building and its precious art works. The fire, which began in the Notre-Dame de Paris in flames. Emotion of a whole nation. Thought for all Catholics and for all French. Like all our compatriots, I am sad tonight to see this part of us burn. early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of smoke billowing into the sky as stunned Parisi- ans and tourists watched on. The cause of the blaze was not immediately confirmed but the cathedral had been undergoing intense restoration work to help the 850-year-old gothic masterpiece better deal with the tests of time. T he flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the cathedral, visited by milP13 lions of people a year. S U B H A S H C H A N D R A N S @Ballari SOARING HIGH ON Monday, the sun shone just a little bit brighter than normal for D Kusuma, a student of Kottur’s Indu PU college. From working with her father to fix vehicle punctures in their roadside shop, Kusuma has now become the state topper in the Arts stream of the II PU exams, the results of which were announced on Monday . For years, Kusuma would head to her father’s shop after school and help him repair vehicles. She did this because her two elder sisters did the same. Her father, Devendrappa, Kusuma celebrates with her parents has worked in the shop for two decades and has studied up to Class 7 and can just manage to read and write. Her mother, Jayamma, a farm worker, does not have an educational background. Kusuma’s urge to study was strong and this led her to score 594 marks out of 600, with full marks in optional Kannada, Political Science and History “Five years ago, Ne. thravathi, who is from my college, was first across the state and she was my inspiration,” Kusuma, who could not stop P8 smiling, said. 61.73 State records the best pass percentage since 1972 TOP 3 DISTRICTS 92.2% 90.91% 83.31% Udupi D-K Kodagu STATE TOPPERS SCIENCE: Rajath Kashyap S, Bengaluru ARTS: Kusuma Ujjani, Ballari COMMERCE: Olvita Ancilla D’Souza, Moodbidri and Shrikrishna Sharma K, Alike IN THE LIMELIGHT In Arts, nine of the toppers are from Indu Independent PU College in Kottur, Ballari district NOT(A) me, it’s a fake poster, says Tejaswini EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru Fire rages at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris on Monday | AFP ON THE RECORD OF the many fake news doing the rounds this election season, a saffron-coloured poster purportedly by BJP vice president Tejaswini Ananth Kumarhas created quite a stir. The poster that has gone viral on WhatsApp groups reads, “Vote NOTA in Ben- galuru South to support Tejaswini Ananth Kumar ji”. However, Tejaswini clarified in a tweet: “It came to my knowledge that somebody is spreading rumours about me asking people to vote for NOTA. This is unfounded and malicious.” She later held a press meet to announce that the P4 poster is fake.
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