Salamabad’s Kaman Aman Setu bridge was one of the two gateways for trade across LoC. The other was in Poonch’s Chakkan-da-Bagh | PTI KOZHIKODE z SATURDAY z APRIL 20, 2019 z `7.00 z PAGES 18 z CITY EDITION TRADE SUSPENSION ACROSS LoC WON’T IMPACT BIG BUSINESS After India suspended commerce across the Line of Control on Friday, only small businesses rue the disruption of trade VOLUME TOO SMALL TO HAVE ANY EFFECT FUNDING TERROR WITH ALMONDS Pakistan’s exports to India stood at $488.5 million in 2017-18 out of a total Indo-Pak trade of $2.41 billion, just 0.3 per cent of India’s overall merchandise trade in that year. The Centre, which withdrew MFN status to Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack, said drugs, fake currency and ammunition were being funnelled through the LoC routes ■ Even California almonds, know for their nutritional value, are used to fund terror in J&K, government officials said on Friday ■ Pakistani traders with terror links under-invoice products like almonds. Their Indian counterparts sell it at market rate, make a profit and slowly hand over the extra money to terror outfits 66.5 kg OF HEROIN THAT CAME IN THROUGH LoC TRADE SEIZED RECENTLY 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 Congress matches BJP, vows to restore temple entry ban Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala says if UPA comes to power, it will take Constitutional route to bring back ban on young women’s entry at Sabarimala E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram All options from court to Parliament will be explored to protect faith Narendra Modi, Prime Minister It’s the Supreme Court order which triggered the problem, with those opposed to the ruling attempting to turn the shrine into a conflict zone Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister I categorically state that if the Rahul Gandhi-led UPA Government comes to power at the Centre, we’ll enact a legislation to preserve the customs and traditions of the temple Ramesh Chennithala, Oppn leader PLAYING IT SAFE? IT’S NO longer veiled references and cautious statements. In the last lap of the Lok Sabha poll campaigning, Sabarimala has indisputably become the main plank. The Congress and BJP have issued clear statements that they would reinstate the age bar on women seeking darshan at Sabarimala if voted to power. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, it was Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala’s turn on Friday to lure the “irked” believers by promising that the party would take Constitutional route to restore the ban on young women’s entry . “I categorically state that if the Rahul Gandhi-led UPA Government comes to power at the Centre, we’ll enact a legislation to preserve the customs and traditions of the temple,” Chennithala said at a hurriedly-convened press briefing on Friday, within 24 hours of Modi’s promise of “Constitutional support” to protect devotees’ faith. Chennithala said the political interests of the BJP and CPM have worsened the issue. Modi is shedding crocodile tears on the issue while he had every opportunity to enact a legislation and protect the temple’s customs. “The BJP viewed it as a golden opportunity for electoral gains. The CPM stood for lifting the age bar not because of progressive thinking but for weakening democratic forces,” he said. Chennithala said the Congress and UDF opted for Constitutional and legal options after the Supreme Court verdict ● More on P6 came lifting the age bar. Kochi: Though Sabarimala temple was opened on two occasions recently, there was neither police escorted darshan for young women nor any attempts by young women disguising as men. P2 UDF & LDF CONCERNED Kochi: The women’s entry issue has grabbed the centre stage in the poll scenario. With just three days remaining for the polling day, concerns over a possible polarisation of voters have gripped the two major fronts. P2 MORE SAD NEWS LOK SABHA ELECTION 2019 newindianexpress com All you need to know (UDF) Kasargod (UDF) Udma A LOOK BACK With campaigning now entering the last lap, Express of victory prospec takes stock ts of major contend seats. We begin ers in each of the by deconstructing 20 LS the poll math from to Thrissur, account ing for half the seats Kasargod up for grabs 2014: Manjeshwaram (LDF) KASARGOD Kanhangad (LDF) 1 P Karunakaran CPM, Margin: 6,921 2009: P Karunakaran CPM, Margin: 64,427 Trikaripur Nayanar tasted defeat from Kasargod The Congress won the constituency for the first time 1971, when 26-year-old Kadannappally Ramachandr in defeated E K Nayanar an by 28,404 votes. (LDF) Female 7,04,392 Third Gender: 1 Total voters: 13,60,827 CPM’s Magic Kutty of Kannur Payyannur (LDF) Male 6,56,433 Irikkur (UDF) Kalliasseri (LDF) Taliparamba (LDF) 2 In 1999, A P Abdullakkut ty had emerged as the giant killer for CPM by defeating Mullappally Ramachandran by 10,247 votes. (LDF) Rajmohan Unnithan Azhikode K P Satheesh Chandran Ravish ‘Thantri’ Kuntar 2 CRIMI STR A strong Congres man in district Mullappally registered the first of his five consecutive victories from the constituency in 1984. WEA Weak organisational set up at many regions A 5 OPPORTU Peravoor (UDF) (LDF) (LDF) Kannur (UDF) Mattannur Dharmadam 2014: PK Sreemathi, CPM M K Age: 61 | Edu: BA K Sudhak Age: 70 | Edu I3.16 CR 2 cases The winning streak EXPRESS TAKES STOCK OF VICTORY PROSPECTS OF MAJOR CONTENDERS - PART 1 P5 Age: 63 | Edu: BA Fema 6,64,83 Three-year-old assaulted by Cops rescue kids locked up mother succumbs to injuries inside house without food His support for devotees in Saba i l i 11 years after Singur, Tatas back in Bengal S E S A S E N @ New Delhi ELEVEN years after the Tatas left Singur in West Bengal - the original site for their Nano car factory - in a huff, the Mumbai-based conglomerate decided to relocate one of its group firms, Tata Sponge, from Odisha to Kolkata. In a stock exchange filing, the `1,050-crore turnover Tata Sponge said its board has agreed to shift its registered office to West Bengal. Relations between Tata Group and Trinamool chief M a m at a B a n e r j e e h a d turned “cool if not cold” after the 2008 relocation of the Nano plant to Gujarat due to protests led by her party when it was not in power. After Mamata came to power, unlike the Ambanis, industry leaders like Ratan Tata continued to give her annual Bengal Global Business Summit a miss. 14 PAGES + 4 PAGES OF KOZHIKODE EXPRESS IN KOZHIKODE E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi THE three-year-old boy, who was allegedly assaulted by his mother and undergoing treatment at a private hospital near Aluva, succumbed to injuries on Friday morning. Doctor’s report said the child had been in a coma and the CT scan of his brain revealed intercranial bleeding. He suffered various physical injuries. Though clots were removed and internal bleeding stopped through a critical surgery, the boy’s condition deteriorated on Friday While . the postmortem report is not available yet, hospital authorities said the heavy injury could have caused his death. The child’s father, a migrant labourer, had brought him to the hospital on Wednesday with a head injury Doctors who examined the . kid became suspicious when they found the wound marks did not cause due to any fall from the house terrace, as the father claimed. On Thursday the police ar, rested the kid’s mother, a native of Jharkhand, on attempt to murder charges after she reportedly confessed to tor● More on P4 turing the kid. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kozhikode IN YET another incident which brought to the fore the cruelty and neglect faced by children, three boys abandoned by their parents were found locked ins i d e t h e i r re n t e d house at Nisari near Ramanattukara here on Friday . The boys, aged two, three and five, were left locked in the house for more than 24 hours without food, the police said. Neighbours informed the police the children’s mother Latha, a Karnataka native, had left the house around 7.30am on Thursday after locking them inside it. Alerted by neighbours around 8am on Friday, local police rescued the children and shifted them to the gover nment children’s home in the city. The officers are trying to trace the parents. Feroke police said Latha’s husband Suresh hails from Thrissur and the family has been residing in the house for more than six months. ● More on P4 CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the allegations raised by PM Narendra Modi against him about Lavalin case were a challenge towards India’s legal system. P6 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bhopal BHARATIYA Janata Party candidate from Bhopal, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, said that former Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008 because she had “cursed” him that he would be “destroyed.” Addressing a gathering of BJP workers late on Thursday evening, the sadhvi alleged she was so severely tortured while in custody that she told Karkare: “Maine kaha tera sarvanash hoga (I told him you will be destroyed).” As her comments kicked up a storm, with condemnation pouring in and leaving her party red-faced, the sadhvi apologised on Friday evening and called Karkare a martyr. “I felt that the enemies of the country were being benefited, therefore I take back my statement and apologise,” she said. “He died from the bullets of terrorists from the enemy country, he is certainly a martyr.” As the ATS chief, Karkare investigated Pragya Thakur in the Malegaon blast case of September 2008 but died fighting Pakistani terrorists during the Mumbai attack for which he received the Ashok Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award. Taking suo moto cognizance, Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer L Kantha Rao said they had sought a report within 24 hours. The IPS officers’ association issued a statement, condemning the comments. EC ban on BJP leader The EC on Friday slapped a campaign ban on Himachal Pradesh BJP president Satpal Satti for 48 hours for the alleged use of expletives against Congress president Rahul Gandhi Karkare said even if there was no evidence he would even manufacture it against me. This was his kutilta, desh droh and dharma viruddh (trickery, anti-national and against religion) YELLOW ALERT IN PALAKKAD POLLING DAY LOOKS TO BE A RAINY ONE HOLY FRIDAY Faithful carry a cross made of Olive wood from Jerusalem during a procession at the Aranattukara St Thomas Church on Good Friday | EXPRESS MIFFED AT PM My curse killed Karkare: Sadhvi EXPRESS READ Mayawati, Mulayam share stage Ex-spokesperson quits Congress Mainpuri: Ending their 24-year rivalry to take on the BJP, BSP supremo Mayawati shared the stage with Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav here on Friday and sought votes for him, saying he was a “real leader” of the backward communities “unlike” Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders have not seen eye to eye ever since Mayawati was allegedly assaulted by SP cadres in Lucknow in 1995. Mumbai: Former Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi on Friday joined the Shiv Sena, blaming the Rahul Gandhi-led party for reinstating party workers who misbehaved with her recently. At a press conference here, Chaturvedi was welcomed into the Sena by the saffron party president Uddhav Thackeray, who said Shiv Sena workers have got a “good sister” in Chaturvedi. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram IT LOOKS like April 23, the polling day of the Lok Sabha elections, is going to be a rainy one. The Kerala Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has forecast isolated heavy rain, accompanied by lightning, thunderstor m and strong wind (30-50 kmph), in the state till Tuesday . Yellow alert has been issued in Palakkad for Saturday in the wake of the forecast that the district might receive heavy rain. Considering that landslips may occur in Palakkad, Malappuram and Thrissur districts, warnings have been issued to avoid nighttime travel (7 pm to 7 am) to hilly areas. Swimming in canals, rivulets and rivers should be avoided as water level might i n c r e a s e. Ve h i c l e s should not be parked underneath trees. The KSDMA has also forecast lightning and thunderstorm along with rain from 2 pm to 8 pm and issued advisory asking public to take precautionary measures to stay safe.
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