INDIA NEGOMBO At least 67 killed at St. Sebastian’s Church BATTICALOA Church hit by explosion SRI LANKA COLOMBO Blasts at six sites BENGALURU MONDAY APRIL 22, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 34 LATE CITY EDITION First blast at Suicide bombing St Anthony’s at a hotel in Shrine in Colombo Colombo, during morning’s Cinnamon Grand, Easter Mass at 8.30 am Shangri-La, hotel overlooking Indian Ocean on same Galle Face road, hit at 9.05 am Attack at another luxury hotel, The Kingsbury, on same road Deadly explosion at St Sebastian’s church in Negombo, north of the capital Attack at the Protestant Zion church in the east-coast town of Batticaloa Blast after noon at a small hotel in Colombo near the famous Dehiwala zoo 6% Suicide bomber detonates explosives after cops raid his house in Colombo St. Anthony’s Shrine OF LANKA IS CATHOLIC; PROTESTANTS FORM 1.5% OF THE POPULATION The Kingsbury hotel Residential district Shangri-la hotel Dematagoda Cinnamon Grand hotel There was prior information about the attacks. We must look into why adequate precautions were not taken. Neither I nor ministers were kept informed INDIAN HIGH COMMISSION The audacity of the blasts came as a shock as the area in Colombo is among the most secure. It houses the PM’s residence and the Presidential Secretariat COLOMBO Ranil Wickremesinghe, Lankan PM Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka Hotel by Dehiwala zoo Narendra Modi, Indian PM OVER 200 KILLED IN LANKAN EASTER SUNDAY MASSACRE 450 hurt in eight serial bomb blasts in Colombo, Negombo & Batticaloa At least two attacks were by suicide bombers Foreign intel agency had issued alert INDIAN MISSION ON HIT LIST TOO? Lanka’s top cop warned officers 10 days ago of possible suicide attacks on churches and the Indian high commission—which is near the attacked hotels—by National Thowheed Jamaath, an Islamist group, says AFP. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AT least 215 people were killed and 450 more wounded after a series of eight bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in capital Colombo and other places in Sri Lanka on Sunday, the first major attack in the nation after the terror outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was defeated in 2009. Thirteen people have been arrested in connection with the deadly blasts even as police raided a house in Panadura in Western Province allegedly used to shelter the attackers. Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said “the names that have come up so far are local”, but added investigators would look into whether the attackers had any “overseas links”. Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene called it a terror attack by religious extremists from a particular outfit, but did not name the group. No one has claimed responsibility yet. The first blast was reported in the morning at the historic St Anthony’s Shrine located in the capital’s Kotahena area, which has a sizeable Tamil population. This was followed by attacks at three high-end hotels in Colombo — Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and The Kingsbury After a brief lull, there . was a deadly explosion at St Sebas- BOMBED AT BREAKFAST A suicide bomber patiently waited in a queue for breakfast at the Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back. “Carrying a plate, the man, who registered there the night before as Mohamed Azzam Mohamed, was about to be served when he set off his bomb,” a hotel manager told AFP tian’s church in the Catholic-majority town of Negombo and another attack at a Protestant church in Batticaloa. Two more blasts occurred after noon, one of them during a police raid at the house of a suspect who detonated the explosives that he was wearing killing three cops. An improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered near Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport, the country’s main airport, and defused by the air force, BBC’s Azzam Ameen tweeted. The Lankan government has imposed a nationwide curfew and curbed social media access to stop fake news from spreading. At least 35 foreigners were among the dead, including Chinese, British, Portuguese and American citizens. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed several US citizens were killed. FULL COVERAGE: P10 Mangaluru woman dead, Bengaluru businessman hurt in Colombo blasts Colombo helpline For help from the Indian mission in Sri Lanka, call +94777903082, +94112422788, +94112422789, 94777902082 or +94772234176. IndiGo and Air India have announced full waiver on rescheduling and cancelling all flights to and from Colombo till April 24. P2 A M I T S U PA D H Y E A N D A R O C K I A R A J J O H N B O S C O @ Bengaluru/Mangaluru THE serial bomb blasts in Colombo have claimed the life of a woman from Mangaluru while a businessman from Bengaluru suffered injuries. The whereabouts of his relatives are still unknown. Razeena Khader Kukkady (58), a resident of Surathkal, had travelled with her husband Abdul Khader Kukkady a week ago. Abdul works at a refinery in the United Arab Emirates. He left for Dubai from Colombo on Sunday morning and Razeena was to fly back to Bengaluru in the afternoon. When the blasts occurred at Shangri La hotel in Colombo, where the couple were staying, Razeena was having her breakfast. Purushotham Reddy (51) and his relative Nagaraj Reddy both resi, dents of Bengaluru, were on a business tour and were staying at the Kingsbury hotel in Colombo. Their families in Koramangala tried contacting them, but could not reach them. By evening, the family received information that Purushotham had been hospitalised. While Indian High Commission said the toll was three, it had not added Razeena. It named Lokashini, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh. All were reportedly dead P6 at the National Hospital. CID to probe Raichur girl’s rape-murder Countdown for 14 seats & the long wait Had warned Pak on IAF EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AFTER over a month of hectic political campaigning, war of words, road shows and rallies and a whole lot of promises, the dust will finally settle down as the remaining 14 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka go to polls on Tuesday Public cam. paigning came to an end on Sunday evening, 48 hours before polling commences. With Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu sounding the poll bugle in the border district of Koppal, Congress wrapped up its campaigning in Karnataka. Veteran leader S M Krishna was the show-stopper for BJP in Shimoga seeking votes for B S Yeddyurappa’s son and incumbent MP B Y Raghavendra, just a day after a massive road show by BJP national president Amit Shah. The JD(S) concentrated its @ Raichur COMING under intense pressure from different quarters, the state government on Sunday handed over the investigation into the death of a 23-year-old engineering student from Raichur, to the CID. Director General & Inspect o r G e n e r a l o f Po l i c e Neelamani Raju has issued orders asking the CID to take over the investigation. There was much outrage by the people of Raichur and also across Karnataka seeking justice. The Raichur police had on Friday arrested a suspect, Sudarshan Yadav, who is in judicial custody now. The victim’s body was found hanging from a tree on April 15 and police removed the body only the next day. The body was found disfigured leading to speculation that she was murdered. Initially the local police had not , invoked murder charges, but later added rape and murder sections after the girl’s parents filed a complaint alleging so. The autopsy report is still awaited. The girl’s parents and friends have named Yadav as a suspect and alleged that he harassed her. A friend of the victim said, “We hope the CID will do a fair investigation and give her justice.” EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru efforts in giving Madhu Bangarappa’s campaign in Shimoga one last push as the silent period set in. “...and it is curtains down for the campaign in Karnataka. It is always nice to have a good friend like @ghulamnazad by your side when you are combating fascist forces. Glad he was present for the last public rally of the campaign.(sic)” tweeted MallikarLOK SABHA jun Kharge, ConELECTION 2019 gress leader in Parliament. The Gulbarga seat has become a battle of pride for Kharge. Legislature party chief Siddaramaiah, who is an MLA from Badami, ended his campaign in Bagalkot. For two days now, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has been campaigning for party candidate Madhu Bangarappa who is taking on B Y Raghavendra in Shimoga segment. After campaigning in the family seats of Hassan, Mandya and Tumkur, Kumaraswamy has put in most of his efforts in Shimoga. “Today is the last day of campaigning for the second phase of polling in Karnataka. The coalition candidate is sure to win in Shimoga. Leaders like Kagodu Thimappa, D K Shivakumar, D K Suresh have solemnly resolved to ensure Madhu Bangarappa’s victory Our workers have worked . hard. Victory will be ours,” he tweeted. The parliamentary constituencies of Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary , Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davangere and Shimoga will go to polls on April 23. A total of 237 candidates, including 227 males and 10 females, are in the fray The Elec. tion Commission of India has estimated a total of 2,43,03,279 voters in the 14 constituencies. The number of first-time voters alone stands at 5,41,244 in these seats. Jarkiholi brothers fight it out in Gokak Belagavi: Gokak has turned into a battleground for the Jarkiholi brothers. Satish Jarkiholi has thrown an open challenge to Gokak MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi to be prepared for the ‘final match’. Ramesh has started to campaign for BJP. Satish said Ramesh’s exit from Congress will set the stage for bypolls in Gokak within six months. Pitched battle for North Karnataka BJP brands JD(S) a South Karnataka party, and hopes to cash in on the NorthSouth divide. The Congress and JD(S) are bringing up the OBC issue, accusing the BJP of not giving tickets to P4 these communities. pilot’s return, says Modi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Jaipur AMID the Election Commission’s directive not to invoke armed forces personnel for political gains, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he had warned Pakistan of consequences if it did not return captured Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. “We held a press conference and warned Pakistan that if anything happened to our pilot, you will keep telling the world what Modi did to you. A senior US official said that Modi has 12 missiles ready and might attack. Pakistan announced return of the pilot, or else it was going to be a ‘qatal ki raat’ (massacre night),” Modi said. The PM’s comments came at a rally in Patan in Gujarat where he reiterated his government’s PRIYANKA KEEPS THE VARANASI BUZZ GOING EXPRESS READ BJP’s Pragya gets EC notice for Ram temple remark Bhopal: The EC has issued another show-cause notice to BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur for her remark that she was proud of her participation in demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. P9 Cong not expected to get majority: Kamal Nath Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh): Predicting a hung Parliament, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said Congress will do ‘very well’ but is unlikely to get a majority and there will have to be a post-poll alliance to form a new government in Delhi. commitment to national security. “Whether the prime minister’s chair remains or not, I have decided that either I will be alive or the terrorists,” he said. In Rajasthan’s Barmer, Modi made a sharper attack on Pakistan suggesting India’s nuclear capability is not for Diwali fireworks. “We’ve stopped fearing Pakistani threats. Pakistan used to say every day they had their finger on the nuclear button. What did we have? Was it meant for Diwali?” Criticising the Congress for ‘ignoring’ Pakistan’s proxy war on Indian soil, he said, “We have created fear amongst the terrorists.... You know I have taken right decisions but Congress does not think so.” Tugging at the army’s heartstrings, he said: “My brave soldier comes home wrapped in the Indian flag. Till when will I let my brave sons die.” Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Sunday kept the Varanasi pot boiling, saying she would be happy to enter the Lok Sabha polls from there against Prime Minister Narendra Modi “if my Congress president tells me to contest”. P6 RCB manages to beat Dhoni in thriller match with CSK Bengaluru: Mahendra Singh Dhoni was yet again in line to pull off another incredible chase but finally ran out of luck as Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to beat Chennai Super Kings by one run in another last-ball IPL thriller P13 on Sunday. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) & 4 of City Express JUSTICE SERVED Insurance claim can’t be denied on ground of age-related disorder: Forum YAT H I R A J U @ Bengaluru THIS is one judgment that will positively impact senior citizens and their insurance. A consumer forum in the city has ordered an insurance company to reimburse the claim with interest, compensation and litigation cost to a 74-year-old woman whose claim for insurance to meet expenses for treating her old-age-related osteoarthritis was rejected by the company . “Issuing a policy to a person of more than 74 years, after collecting premiums and then stating that ‘age-related diseases’ are excluded amounts to unfair trade practice,” the forum said. The Bangalore Urban District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, comprising president S L Patil and Member P K Shantha, ordered the Oriental Insurance Company Ltd (OICL) to reimburse the claim to Nirmala Govind Navivadekar, resident of Sun City Iblur. , OICL has to reimburse the claim of Rs 1,15,000 with interest at the rate of 18 per cent per annum from September 7, 2018, the date of filing this complaint, till the date of realiza- tion and to pay an amount of Rs 10,000 towards mental agony, trauma and hardship suffered by the complainant. The forum has also ordered it to pay Rs 5,000 as litigation costs. Based on the medical advice, as she was experiencing severe pain in both the knee joints which practically curtailed her day-to-day living due to osteoarthritis, Nirmala underwent Sequentially Prog rammed Magnetic Field (SPMF) therapy for 21 days consecutively at SBF Healthcare and Research Centre. The treatment enabled her to resume normal day-today activities. Her medical expenses came to Rs 1,15,500. Much to her shock, OICL rejected the claim on the ground that this therapy was unproven claim as per policy terms and conditions. On hearing both the parties, the forum said: “When SPMF therapy is not specifically excluded, OICL’s act in repudiating the claim on the ground that the treatment is similar to RFQMRT (Rational Field Narrow Focuses Quantum Magnetic Resonance Treatment) without adducing any exper t evidence to that effect or filing the affidavit of any doctor to prove the same, amounts to deficiency of service.”
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