KOCHI l WEDNESDAY l APRIL 17, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION DOG FOUND PADDLING 220 KM OFF THAILAND COAST RESCUED The exhausted brown aspin swam towards a team of oil rig workers when they called him out last Friday afternoon PLUCKY POOCH DIDN’T CRY OR BARK AT ALL REACHES THAI PORT IN GOOD SPIRITS The dog made it to the platform, clinging to the support structure below deck without barking or whimpering, Chevron worker Vitisak Payalaw said in a Facebook post. There was no indication of how the plucky pooch—named Boonrod or “survivor from karma” by his rescuers—got there, or how long he had been lost at sea ■ Local NEW HOME ■ RESCUER VITISAK PLANS TO ADOPT NOW-FAMOUS DOG IF UNCLAIMED media speculated he may have fallen off a fishing vessel and paddled towards the rig. Boonrod was taken care of on the deck for two days and reached land in good spirits on Monday “His health is okay ... it’s only skin problems that he’s suffering from,” a member of Smile Dog House, a Thai charity, told AFP 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 Star campaigners turn up poll heat With less than a week remaining for elections in Kerala, campaigning reaches high-octane note and a host of national leaders turn up in the state, making it an exciting last lap LOK SABHA ELECTION 2019 Intel agencies warn state of violence T’Puram: The intel sleuths have alerted the top cops that the state might witness violence of unprecedented levels in Kasargod, Kozhikode rural, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and T’Puram rural police districts after the Lok Sabha polls. A specific input in this regard has been passed on to the Home Department, which said the clashes would be mostly between the CPM and BJP workers. P6 Rahul Gandhi, along with KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran, Ramesh Chennithala, Shashi Tharoor and Adoor Prakash, waves to the crowd | VINCENT PULICKAL BJP national president Amit Shah, Alphons Kannanthanam and A N Radhakrishnan during election campaign at Athani near Aluva on Tuesday | A SANESH Belief, faith of people will There won’t be any talks be protected: Rahul with the terrorists: Shah E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram Wherever there are Communist parties, there are misery and destruction. This was directly felt in the Soviet Union, Cuba, Venezuela and even in Indian states like West Bengal and Tripura Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister The BJP is creating communal enmity in the country. Shah and Modi have begun spewing communal venom after sensing a backlash in the first phase of polls. Brinda Karat, CPM leader al institutions of the country and they never questioned the Constitution,” Rahul said . He made it a point to mention the name of Shashi Tharoor time and again, obviously to further promote him among the voters. SENDING out a clear political message to the Left and the saffron party in Kerala, Congress president Rahul Gandhi made it a point not to utter a word against the Left, the main oppoIndia is not just one idea nent in the state. GoSilencing his critics ing one step further he for contesting from even had a word of south India, Rahul praise for the LDF said he chose South Inwhile speaking in I can differentiate dia as he wanted to Alappuzha. between the RSS give a message that InLaunching his and the Left. Of dia was not just a sinwhirlwind tour in the course, we are idea or state on Tuesday, Ra- fighting against the g l e Left in Kerala. But, perspective. hul said belief and the Left has never “The country is facfaith are the rights of done what the RSS ing attack from the the people and promis doing to the BJP and RSS who want ised that they would country. just one person or one be protected. Rahul Gandhi, idea to rule India. But Without referring to Congress president we believe Indians are Sabarimala, he said made up of millions of the Congress supports the rights of the people in belief, ideas and voices to lead and govern,” Rahul Gandhi said. faith, customs and traditions. “I can differentiate between Attacks Modi the RSS and the Left. Of course, we are fighting against the Left Addressing campaigns across in Kerala. But, the Left has never south Kerala, Rahul unleashed a done what the RSS is doing to major attack on Prime Minister the country The Left has never Narendra Modi and his govern. tried to control the constitution- ment. ● More on P6 not be any talks but only action if they attack,” he said at the election rally in Athani near COMING down heavily on Con- Aluva. gress president Rahul Gandhi He said Kashmir will remain for seeking evidence on India’s part of India until life exists in airstrike at Balakot, BJP nation- each and every BJP worker. Takal president Amit Shah on Tues- ing a jibe at the Congress presiday said the country will give a dent, he said when Rahul Ganfitting reply to the terdhi demands poverty rorists and their superadication, he should porters if they dare to remember that his famattack India again. ily ruled India and I warn the “When the entire nacould not do anything. Communist tion was backing BalaHe took on the CPM government kot airstrike, Rahul against its action government on SabariGandhi was seeking in Sabarimala and mala issue and said hurting evidence of military BJP will be with Ayyapaction from the govern- sentiments of the pa devotees like a devotees. More ment. When the UPA strong wall. than 2000 are government ruled the “I warn the Commustill in jail nation for 10 years, ternist gover nment Amit Shah, rorists were entering against its action in SaBJP prez India and carrying out barimala and hurting attacks. But no action sentiments of the was taken. When 40 jawans were devotees. More than 2000 devomartyred at Pulwama, we retali- tees are still in jail and 32,000 ated with airstrikes destroying w e r e a r r e s t e d b y t h e the terrorist camps. If they fire government. a bullet, we will fire a missile. In our Sankalp Patra we have BJP has zero tolerance for ter- promised constitutional protecrorists. Rahul Gandhi and his tion to Sabarimala devotees. friend Sam Pitroda want talks BJP will stand with Sabarimala with the terrorists. There will devotees,” he said. ● More on P6 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kochi/Thrissur SHORT TAKES Poll in Vellore cancelled due to use of money power If Modi can become the PM, Rahul too deserves to be. It’s not a question of capability. But impulsive decisions like contesting from Wayanad does give one doubts. Sudhakar Reddy, CPI general secretary AIADMK, DMK make final bid to woo voters K’taka: Curtains down on campaigning for 14 seats New Delhi/Chennai: The Lok Sabha election to the Vellore constituency in Tamil Nadu was cancelled on Tuesday by the Election Commission two days ahead of the polling following recovery of huge amount of cash allegedly from an associate of a DMK leader recently. Chennai: The nearly month-long heated campaign for the single-phase Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu drew to a close Tuesday evening with Chief Minister K Palaniswami, DMK president M K Stalin and leaders of other parties making a final bid to woo voters. Bengaluru: The high-decibel campaign for 14 Lok Sabha seats, which will go to polls during the first phase in Karnataka on April 18, ended Tuesday, with top leaders of the BJP and Congress-JD(S) alliance making a last-gasp effort to sway voters in their favour. Star campaigners turned up on the final day. CASH CRISIS Jet makes `400-cr SOS call, banks weigh options E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi/Mumbai LIQUIDITY SUPPORT Jet Airways said it is awaiting “emergency liquidity support” from the SBI-led consortium of lenders to arrest further deterioration in its services. Sources said that Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube has written a letter to SBI, the lead lender, seeking immediate fund infusion of I400 cr. C A S H - S TA RV E D J e t A i r w ay s ’ lenders, led by State Bank of India, met seniors official of the Finance Ministry on Tuesday to discuss ways to bail out the airline with temporary funds. Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said the Jet management sought interim funding, but lenders were yet to take the call. Unconfirmed reports said Jet Airways requested at least `400 crore from lenders. There was also some buzz on Jet promoter Naresh Goyal backing out of earlier plans to bid for his own airline. But SBI Capital Markets, which is managing the bidding process for the stake sale, is yet to make any formal announcement, or share the names of bidders. To control the airfare spike, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation urged all airlines to reduce it on 10 routes. What good can elections bring? Tribals prefer to harvest honey M A N O J V I S W A N AT H A N @ Vazhachal Pokalappara colony mooppan Subramanian holds a banner of Thrissur LDF candidate Innocent | EXPRESS 12 polling stations under Vazhachal Forest Division, with most of them being Forest stations EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PRIME Minister Narendra Modi said the BJP would stand in support of Keralites when there is an assault on their faith. In an exclusive interview to The New Indian Express, Modi said: “People in the southern states have seen our commitment and ability to deliver. When there is an assault on the faith of the people of Kerala, we stand in support. In contrast, it is the Congress which has always insulted the local leadership. The Congress never built any memorials for leaders from southern India such as MGR or Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. For them forcing the name of family members across EXCLUSIVE the nation has always remained a INTERVIEW priority.” The PM said Sabarimala was a matter of principle for his party . “For us, Sabarimala is a matter of principle and not about the electoral dividend. We are committed to preserving the traditions and culture of Kerala. BJP activists continue to suffer as they are standing firm between the evil designs of the Left and the Congress and the traditions of Sabarimala. “Congress has never cared about Indian traditions. They say one thing in Delhi and another in Kerala. They said one thing in Parliament and a completely different thing in Pathanamthitta. We all know how Sonia Gandhi prevented Congress MPs in Delhi from raising the Sabarimala issue. Wasn’t that an insult to the culture of Kerala? “Our stand is of respecting the traditions and culture of Kerala, irrespective of whether it results in electoral gains or not,” he said. FULL INTERVIEW | PRIOR TO 2014, PEOPLE WERE FED UP WITH CORRUPTION. WE SHOWED IT’S POSSIBLE TO RUN A CORRUPTION-FREE GOVERNMENT | P 10 DAY AFTER VAZHACHAL FOREST A tapering road through an elephant corridor takes you to Mukkampuzha colony a tribal habitat , located deep inside the forest under Vazhachal division. Bamboo reeds and proximity to Poringalkuthu Dam attract elephant herds to the colony day and night despite the solar fencing installed by the Forest Department. A damaged water tank bears testimony to the elephant menace. It is one of the many hardships they have to endure, yet the 4,000odd tribals prefer the joy of living close to nature. And when almost everyone in the state is busy engaged in polls-related discussions, tribals here are busy scouting the honey bee colonies in deep jungle. For they believe Modi: Sabarimala a matter of principle elections do not make much difference to their lives, but honey does. “What good can elections bring us? We’ve to strive for our livelihood. Politicians give tall promises and vanish after polls,” said Sasidharan of Vazhachal colony . “You see our houses. It’s leaking. There’re no doors. The Tribal Development Department has been awarding work to the contractors, who use low-quality building materials. We’ve decided to refrain from voting this time unless the politicians assure us of providing us good houses and land for cultivation,” he said. “There’s land available near Vachumaram tribal colony. If they provide it, we can do cultivation and earn a living,” said ● More on P5 Shaju. “You’ve woken up to your powers,” SC tells EC after prodding the latter into taking decisive action against hate speech SP leader Azam Khan, barred for 72 hours from electioneering, gets a fresh EC notice for other inflammatory remarks The SC refuses to hear BSP boss Mayawati, barred for 48 hours. Her nephew Akash Anand (24) addresses his first political rally UP CM Yogi, barred for 72 hours, goes to the famous Lucknow Hanuman Setu temple and is seen reciting the Hanuman Chalisa Visa of Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed, who campaigned for Trinamool, cancelled. He has been ordered to leave India FIR lodged against Cong leader Navjot Sidhu after he allegedly asked Muslims to vote en bloc to defeat the BJP 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS
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