KOZHIKODE z FRIDAY z APRIL 19, 2019 z `7.00 z PAGES 14 z CITY EDITION HAD OCCUPIED THE SAME SPOT IN 2013, 14 It was ranked 140th out of 180 countries in the annual Reporters Without Borders analysis released on Thursday ■ 179th RANK AFGHANISTAN, UAE AHEAD OF US At least six Indian journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2018, the NGO noted, and alleged that coordinated hate campaigns are “waged on social networks against journalists who dare to write about subjects that aggravate Hindutva followers”. India occupied the same 140th spot in 2013 and 2014 as well INDIA FALLS DOWN 2 SPOTS IN WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX Shujaat Bukhari Kin of J&K journo Bukhari grieve after he was killed by terrorists in 2018 ■ Norway topped the ranking for the third year in a row, and was followed by Nordic neighbours Finland and Sweden Pakistan dropped three places to 142 and Bangladesh went down four spots to 150. But countries like Afghanistan (121), UAE (133) and Chad (122) were ranked ahead of India NORTH KOREA CLIMBED A SPOT TO 179; NEIGHBOUR CHINA WAS RANKED 177 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 71% turnout in TN; 67.81% in K’taka Election in 38 Lok Sabha constituencies and 18 Assembly segments in Tamil Nadu witnessed 70.9 per cent turnout while Karnataka, where polls were held to 14 seats, the total poll percentage was 67.81 per cent. ELSEWHERE The second phase of Lok Sabha elections in which 95 constituencies in 12 states and Union territories went to the polls witnessed 66% voter participation 40% TURNOUT in J&K, the lowest in the country—65% participation in Udhampur and just 15% in Srinagar VIOLENCE IN BENGAL Some incidents of violence, road blockades, bombings and police firing marred polling in the three Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal that recorded 76.07% turnout. Bombs were hurled by unknown miscreants in Chopra where the CPM candidate said his car was ransacked MAHA, CHHATTISGARH Maharashtra recorded 62.3% polling in 10 seats, while Chattisgarh averaged 71% for three seats amid tight security against Maoists HIGH POLLING IN ASSAM In Assam, turnout was 73.32% for five seats. Voting was stalled in two booths of Inner Manipur constituency following violence over alleged proxy voting amid 74.3% turnout TAMIL NADU 79.7% ‘Kusti’ in Kerala, Dosti in Delhi: PM Modi hits out at Cong, Left Says Congress fighting Communists in Kerala while in Delhi they are thick friends; asks Rahul Gandhi as to why he openly stated he won’t come out against CPM in the state “ALL options from court to Parliament will be explored to protect faith and belief,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared at a mammoth gathering of party workers here on Thursday. He was hinting at a Constitution amendment if his government returned to power. Flaying the state government, the Prime Minister said, in Kerala devotees are being jailed and mercilessly thrashed for evoking the name of God. He cautioned that the BJP will not allow such attack on faith and belief and added that each and every child will come out to protect faith and belief. He did not mention Sabarimala during his entire speech. On Rahul Gandhi contesting from Wayanad, Modi asked why was the Congress president contesting only from Wayanad to convey a message to south India as stated by the Congress party and not Thiruvananthapuram or Pathanamthita to convey the message. On Congress fighting the Left in Kerala, Modi accused the Congress party of being duplicitous in its political position and said that the party was fighting the communists in Kerala while in Delhi they were thick friends. He also asked Rahul Gandhi as to why he had The Jet crisis has not only spoilt the travel plans of tens of thousands of flyers, it has also caused anxiety with money stuck in refunds, which may take weeks if not months to come by . “The suspension of operations of Jet Airways has caused a lot of grievance to their staffers, customers, creditors as well as ticketing agents like us,” a spokesperson for travel portal MakeMyTrip.com said, adding they would process the refund as and when they receive money from the airline. Though travel portals maintain the wait window for refunds may be up to 40 days, most industry executives doubt an early resolution. openly stated that he will not speak against the CPM in the state. Evoking SNC Lavalin, Modi said that the CPM government of Kerala is mired in corruption and added that even Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is allegedly involved in the SNC Lavalin scam. He said sev2019 eral corruption charges have come out against ministers in the state. Narendra Modi said that only a strong government can protect 125 crore people of the country and with the scientists being given full protection, our country has advanced even in protecting the ● More on P6 space. LOK SABHA ELECTION THE world recognises Shashi Tharoor readily as an orator par excellence and a prolific writer with his mastery over English, expressed even through his tweets, often catching the imagination of language lovers across the country and beyond. Strangely, the affida- Kalpetta: AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi will attend a slew of programmes on Saturday in Wayanad parliamentary constituency where her brother and Congress president Rahul Gandhi is seeking the people’s mandate. P5 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi with NDA candidates Kummanam Rajasekharan and Sobha Surendran and BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai during the rally in Thiruvananthapuram | B P DEEPU M S V I D YA N A N D A N @T’Puram PRIYANKA TO TOUR WAYANAD TOMORROW Jet Airways crisis spoils travel plans of thousands E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram Congress naamdhaar says he came to Wayanad to give a message to South India. This message is for appeasement politics Narendra Modi IN a major security breach, one of the policemen, posted near the venue where Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the gathering in Thiruvananthapuram, fired a shot sending the security officers into a tizzy The policeman is attached to . the Kollam AR camp. The incident happened at the Central Stadium, three hours before the Prime Minister had arrived. The policeman was immediately taken off duty and sent back. According to the senior officers, the incident happened at 5.20 pm when the weapons were being tested. Around 15 members from AR Camp were given small fire arms near the basketball court close to the venue. When they were being tested by removing the lock and pointing at the ground, one of the guns got locked. To unlock it, a shot was fired from one of the guns. A senior police officer said: “There was no breach of safety Be. fore any deployment of armed men, weapons need to be checked at a ● More on P6 safe and secure area.” I N T E R V I E W PINARAYI VIJAYAN PM SHOULDN’T RETURN TO PRACHARAK AVATAR S A N I L & S O V I V I D YA D H A R A N NARENDRA MODI is the country’s Prime Minister and he should not become an RSS pracharak while addressing rallies, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He was speaking to The New Indian Express in an exclusive interview. “Modi referred to Sabarimala only indirectly since he perhaps didn’t want to cut a sorry figure before Malayalees who are aware of the ground reality He is the country’s . Prime Minister and should speak only on the basis of facts. While addressing election rallies, he shouldn’t turn into his former avatar of an RSS pracharak. No one expects such blatant lies from the Prime Minister,” said Pinarayi. PAGE 2 Exasperating farrago! In Tharoor’s affidavit, even his name is misspelt NAMAKKAL RECORDED THE HIGHEST VOTER TURN OUT FOLLOWED BY KARUR STAFFERS WORRIED Confusion as policeman fires gunshot E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram vits Tharoor, the UDF candidate in Thiruvananthapuram, submitted along with his nomination papers contain some silly typos which may embarrass him if he were to read it. Tharoor submitted three sets of nominations, each supported by an affidavit, to the Thiruvananthapuram District Collector, who is also the returning officer for the con- stituency, where he is aiming a hat-trick win. A candidate can submit up to a maximum of four nominations though the EC would accept only one. The first sentence of an affidavit says his candidature was for election to the “House of Pepole!” Moreover, the candidate’s name has been misspelt as “Shahi Tharoor.” In Court moved against Sadhvi’s candidature EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A day after the BJP fielded Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from the Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court in Mumbai has sought a reply from her and the agency by Monday on an application filed to restrain her from contesting the polls. This came after Nisar Ahmed Sayyed Bilal, father of one of the victims of the 2008 blasts, filed an application in the court, where the case against Pragya and other accused is being heard. The petition claims that the Sadhvi was granted conditional bail on medical g r o u n d s by the Bombay High Court in 2017 with the proviso that she had to be present for all hearings in the case, but added she has not been attending them citing ill health. The hearings are being conducted on a day-today basis. A challenge to her bail is currently pending in the Supreme Court. The Sadhvi, who has spent nearly nine years in jail and is suffering from cancer, was given bail in the case in 2017. The BJP says she was framed. another affidavit, his party is shown as “Indian Nationa Congress.” His highest educational qualification, as shown in one affidavit, is “PhD Law and Diplomacy” from the “Flecher School of Law and Diplomacy” while the actual name of the US-based graduate school is “The Fletcher School of Law and Diploma● More on P5 cy .” Pragya broke down in Bhopal while describing how she was tortured by cops. They beat me with a belt, she said EXPRESS READ Tough messaging as LoC trade is nixed Thunderstorm and winds likely today, tomorrow Migrant worker found dead in a building in Kottayam New Delhi: India announced the suspension of trade across the Line of Control from Friday after probe agencies found it was being misused by elements in Pakistan to smuggle illegal weapons, drugs and fake currency. Stricter regulations would be put in place. T’Puram : The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds and lightning at isolated places over Kerala on Friday and Saturday. IMD also said maximum temperature is very likely to be above normal by 2-3 degrees. Kottayam: In a shocking incident, a man, presumably a migrant worker, was found dead in an under-construction building in the heart of the town on Thursday. The deceased has not been identified. The incident happened at a building at Aida junction along the MC Road. Kozhikode: Bucking the general trend of roping in household names to create voter awareness, Wayanad has chosen six ‘Ambassadors of Democracy’ from among its natives to impress upon the general public the need to take part in the democratic exercise. P5 BOY STILL CRITICAL Woman says tortured son to make him obey E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi Wiping tears, Pragya recalls police ‘torture’ Here, Ambassadors of Democracy stand out A day after a three-year-old boy was admitted to a private hospital in Aluva with a head injury and severe internal bleeding, the Eloor police arrested his 28-year-old mother, hailing from Jharkhand on charges of torturing him. According to the police, the woman confessed she had tortured him by inflicting burn injuries on him when he disobeyed her. However, she told the police the head injury happened when the boy fell from a concrete slab in the kitchen of their house in Eloor. Police, however, have slapped charges, including attempt to murder under 307 IPC and cruelty to child under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. According to the police, the woman’s statement was not consistent. Officers said they would impose Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 326 (causing grievous hur t by dang erous weapons or means) of the IPC. “We’ve recorded the statement of the victim’s mother and father. The involvement of the father would also be investigated. The woman is now in our custody said a senior po,” lice officer. The child was brought to the hospitalat 1.45 pm. He underwent neurosurgery at 8 pm and was on ventilator support.
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