BENGALURU TUESDAY APRIL 23, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION CRUDE SHOCK AS U.S. ENDS SANCTION WAIVER FOR INDIA Oil prices soar EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Brent crude futures rose 3% to $74.31 a barrel on Monday, the highest level since November 2018. US West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 2.7% to $65.71 after hitting $65.87, its highest level since October 2018 @ New Delhi THE Trump administration said on Monday it would end sanction waivers granted to India, China and six other countries that import Iranian oil. The US fiat means these countries cannot buy crude from Iran after May 2, when the exemption expires. This may hit India’s oil bill as crude prices could rise as much as 10 per cent. A costlier oil bill could impact the prices of almost all commodities as trucking and production costs rise in tandem with fuel price. However, the shock will not be felt immediately as India’s fuel costs are decided by oil marketing companies such as Indian Oil, which have already contracted most of their purchases till the middle of this year at fixed rates. “Prices will take time in going up in India but unless the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries ramp up production, global crude prices can be expected to go up,” said Prof M Govinda Rao, former Member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. A US State Department statement on ending the waivers said, “The United States, Saudi Arabia and UAE… are committed that global oil markets remain adequately supplied.” Last November, the State Department issued 180-day waivers to eight countries including India, China and Japan to give them more time to find alternative sources of oil. The Sensex fell 495.10 points on Monday as markets reacted to news that US P13 waivers were to end. IRAN, TURKEY TO DEFY TRUMP DIKTAT ■ Apart from India, the US decision will also affect China, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan ■ Denouncing the US sanctions, Iran said, “Since the sanctions in question are principally illegal... Iran does not attach any value or credibility to the waivers given to the sanctions” ■ India hasn’t officially reacted, but sources said the government is looking at alternative options to source oil. Meanwhile, Turkey said it would defy the US diktat. “We do not accept unilateral sanctions and impositions on the issue of how we will establish relations with our neighbours,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said $71.11 INDIA’S AVERAGE PRICE FOR CRUDE PURCHASES AS ON APRIL 19, 2019 Saudi Arabia and others in OPEC will more than make up the Oil Flow difference in our now Full Sanctions on Iranian Oil Donald Trump, US President FIVE JDS WORKERS ON POST-POLL HOLIDAY KILLED IN LANKA BLASTS THE RADICAL FOOTPRINT Bengaluru bizman among dead; Karnataka toll goes up to 7; CM grieves for lives lost DECEASED FROM STATE H SHIVAKUMAR alias Govenahalli Shivanna, resident of Subhash Nagar in Nelamangala Town. HANUMANTHARAYAPPA of Dasarahalli in Peenya M RANGAPPA of Vidyaranyapura K M LAKSHMINARAYANA of Nelamangala Town LAKSHMANA GOWDA RAMESH of Tumakuru S R NAGARAJ ALIAS NAGARAJ REDDY of BTM Layout in Bengaluru RAZEENA KHADER KUKKADY (Sri Lankan citizen, with ties to Karnataka) MISSING Puttaraju, Maregowda INJURED E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru IT was supposed to be a quick vacation, a reward for having completed the grind of the Lok Sabha elections. For four Janata Dal (Secular) workers and a party supporter, however, the serial blasts in Sri Lanka, meant an abrupt end to their lives instead. The workers hailed from Bengaluru while the fifth, L Ramesh, was a businessman in Tumakuru, who had recently canvassed for JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda. Another victim of the blasts is Nagaraj Reddy, a businessman from Bengaluru who had travelled to Colombo to receive an honorary doctorate. This takes the total toll of people from the state to 7, including 58-year-old Razeena Khader Kukkady who hailed from Surathkal , and had settled in Sri Lanka. Two are missing and one person is injured and recovering at a hospital in Colombo. In a tweet on Monday, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy ex- pressed shock and grief about the death of his party workers. He confirmed the names of the deceased workers as K G Hanumnatarayappa, the president of Matrushree Developers, Govenahalli Shivanna, the founder of Harsha Hospital and Harsha School in Nelamangala, K M Lakshminarayana, panchayat member and M Rangappa, a developer from Vidyaranyapura. “All of them looked so happy and they sent us pictures of the flight around 2 am on Saturday. On Sunday morning, my uncle messaged us saying he was headed for breakfast and would call later. This was his last call to us,” said Shivanna, a relative of Hanum a n t a r ayap p a . T h e g ro u p checked into the hotel around 8am on Sunday . Speaking to The New Indian Express, Shivakumar, the brother-in-law of Shivanna, said, “They had gone on a four-day trip and were due to retur n on Wednesday .” Maregowda and Puttaraju, both developers and JDS workers, are said to be missing and the families have left for Sri Lanka to look for their loved ones. The six-member team of workers were joined by Ramesh for the trip. Maregowda and Puttaraju stepped out of the hotel as they did not want to have the buffet breakfast and this might have saved their lives. They are yet to be tracked down. Meanwhile, 53-year-old businessman Nagaraj Reddy who had , gone to Sri Lanka to receive an honorary doctorate, was having breakfast at Kingsbury hotel along with his relative Purushottam Reddy when the blast took his life. Purushotham is recovering at a hospital in Colombo and will return on Wednesday . The state government has appointed Anjum Parvez, Principal Secretary of DPAR, as the nodal officer to coordinate with the Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka. “The Indian Embassy will provide information on the other two missing persons as soon as it is received,” the Chief Secretary said. Purushotham Reddy ‘LUCKY’ BALLARI MAN RECALLS HORROR Ballari: Rajashekar Meti, who hails from Ballari district, had a narrow escape when the blast took place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo on Sunday. Speaking to TNIE over phone from Colombo, Meti said, “Me and my friends wanted to take a stroll around the city after breakfast. We heard a loud noise just when we stepped out of our hotel.” P5 PHASE 3 POLLS 13 states and 2 Union Territories are going to polls on Tuesday to elect representatives on 116 seats STATES Gujarat Kerala Maharashtra Karnataka Uttar Pradesh Chhattisgarh Odisha Goa West Bengal Bihar Assam Jammu & Kashmir Tripura UNION TERRITORIES Dadra and Nagar Haveli Daman and Diu TERROR DEVASTATES FAMILIES P5 ‘MY FATHER SPOKE TO US P5 MINUTES BEFORE BLAST’ A woman runs for safety with her infant after police found explosives in a vehicle in Colombo | AP Suicide bombers were Lankan nationals: Govt Toll in serial blasts touches 290; 24 arrested so far EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE toll in the Sri Lanka terror attack rose to 290, with at least eight Indians confirmed dead in the Easter Sunday blasts. While no outfit has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet, the Lankan government blamed it on the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), a homegrown a radical Islamic outfit, adding it possibly had “international support”.The government on Monday ordered a judicial probe and clamped internal emergency across the country . At least 37 foreigners were among the dead in the blasts that targeted churches and luxury hotels. Danish billionaire Holch Povlsen, the country’s richest man, lost three of his four children. His family too, was in , Lanka on a holiday . Government spokesman Rajitha The Modi wave arrives five years late? BJP hopes to max its gains in North K’taka’s 14 seats, but unlike in fratricidal south, it’s a straight fight with Cong S A N T W A N A B H AT TA C H A R YA DEEP inside Gulbarga district, in a village between Wadi and Rawoor, Girappa and Basappa, father and son and dual owners of a kirana shop, are engaged in a sparring match. Old man Girappa, attired in his traditional dhoti-kurta and turban, speaks with the charmingly petulant conviction of age. Closing his eyes, as if to an advancing new reality, he declaims that his vote is for the grand old party -- that which “always wins here”! Rudely interrupting him from the other end of the shop, shoving aside rows of colourful tobacco, shampoo and washing powder packets strung in front the shop, Basappa pops in his head. “Don’t listen to my father, he knows nothing. We’re Lingayat, and we’ll vote for the BJP A shrill .” battle of words ensues between the two -- the election well could have been between the two! -- and ends with the father declaring in a re- signed tone, “How does it matter if Basappa is my son, he can go wherever he wants!” This could be the zoom-in microcosmic portrait of the elections in North Karnataka -- the tussle over the Lingayat vote. Its consolidation is something the BJP has worked hard for in this election -- its unity is what had been the bulwark for the party in its earlier wins too. Ever since their fellow caste man B.S. Yeddyurappa’s emergence, the Lingayats have leant towards the BJP in a big way . Siddaramaiah’s gambit of dividing the Veershaiva-Lingayat community by according them a separate identity is alleged to have been a nonstarter in the last assembly elections -- it certainly created bad blood. Maybe there’s a counter-narrative, but it’s not audible. No one is uttering even a word on it this time round. Even the muttadhipatis have retired into their spiritual sanctuaries, away from the rough and tumble of elections. No visits from Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi to Anubhava Mantapa, Bidar, unlike in 2018. Karnataka is perhaps the only state in the country where the regional nomenclature carries the stamp of other states -the North is divided between ‘Bombay Karnatak a ’ a n d ‘ H yd e r a b a d Karnataka’ -- a reminder 2019 of old historical maps. Gulbarga (or Kalaburagi), the heart of Hyderabad Karnataka, was once part of the Nizam’s dominions. Its distinct ethnic flavours mean a mere consolidation of the Lingayat vote will not suffice to deliver the North to the BJP. The party is aware of that and is therefore working to penetrate other, smaller caste and regional vote-blocs -- like the Marathas in the Bidar-Belgaum belt as also Brahmin and Rathore votes. The effects of the strategy are visLOK SABHA ELECTION ible on the ground, from the roadside tea-stalls to the village chaupals. Mahesh Kulkarni, who like many other farmers in his village grows mostly toor dal and chickpeas (this is India’s pulse belt), is a Maratha who has been assimilated into Karnataka’s polyglottic landscape. As for his vote, Mahesh has little doubt that he and the rest of his village is voting for Modi. No matter how inefficient the BJP candidate has been, “Our vote is for nationalism,” he notes, adding that “Modi is international now!” Whatever that means -- perhaps that the PM has managed to get international attention to the India-Pakistan problem through the air strikes. No matter how much Yashwant Sinha grimaces in his interviews about how Modi’s foreign policy has taken India back to the stage where it’s again fated to live a hyphenated existence with Pakistan on the global stage, the voters on the ground P6 think otherwise. WAR OF WORDS In Amethi, it is Priyanka and Smriti’s shoe of strength! E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Amethi That politicians are stooping low this poll season is no news. But in Amethi, the war of words hit a nadir with a bit of footwear thrown in between. Sparring took such a turn that Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani, who’s contesting against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, not only called his sister and the party’s general secretary (UP , East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra ‘dramebaaz’, but also cautioned her against competing with her (Smriti’s) on acting skills. Priyanka has been looking after both the Lok Sabha seats of Amethi and Rae Bareli for her brother Rahul and mother Sonia Gandhi, from before the time she joined active politics. Priyanka went ballistic after Smriti distributed footwear in Amethi to prove the point that the constituency was so neglected and backward that the voters (Left) Priyanka Gandhi & Smriti Irani can’t even afford shoes to wear. Not one to be taking the slight lying down an unusually angry Priyanka told the recipients of Smriti’s ‘shoe largesse’ at a road- side meeting, that the people of Amethi and Rae Bareli were not “beggars” that they had “self-respect” , does not need ‘shoey gifts’ from an “outsider”. “If anyone has to beg, it is them (BJP), who will beg for your votes,” a visibly agitated Priyanka told the voters. “Go, tell them that the people of Amethi and Rae Bareli support those who stand amidst them,” she added. Not to be cowed down, the actor-tur ned-politician later quipped: “I have been an actor and it would be better if Priyanka Gandhi does not stage a drama.” Smriti, who had lost to Rahul Gandhi in Amethi in 2014, is again hoping to breach the Gandhi family bastion this polls. “If she (Priyanka) has even an iota of shame and humanity she , should visit Hariharpur and see the truth for herself. But for going to Hariharpur, she has to first ask the missing MP (Rahul) about its location,” Smriti said. Senaratne said all seven suicide bombers involved in the blasts were Sri Lankan nationals. And the president’s office cited intelligence inputs to point fingers at international terror groups aiding the Jamath. With anger growing over the failure to take preventive action despite intelligence alert on NTJ, a minister openly demanded the police chief ’s resignation. Tensions remained high on Monday, with a bomb detonating as the police prepared to defuse it near one of the churches targeted on Sunday . Police also found as many as 87 bomb detonators at the Central Colombo bus station in Pettah area — the capital’s ever-crowded business district. So far, 24 people have been arrested. A safe house for the bombers was found in the Colombo suburb of FULL COVERAGE: P11 Panadura. Little is known about the National Thowheed Jamath, a group previously linked to vandalising Buddhist statues. It is believed to be a splinter of another hardline outfit, the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ). SLTJ secretary Abdul Razik was arrested in 2016 for inciting hatred against Buddhists BOMBER’S FAMILY DEAD The wife and sister of the Shangri-La suicide bomber were also killed in a separate blast after a man blew himself up in a two-storey building in northern Colombo — the eighth blast on Sunday. The Shangri-La bomber has been identified as Insan Seelavan, a factory owner Rahul says sorry to SC over Rafale gaffe EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi CONGRESS chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday expressed regret over incorrectly attributing his political slogan ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ to the Supreme Court. The court had directed Gandhi to give his explanation by April 22 on a petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi seeking criminal contempt action against him for his remarks. His affidavit said, “The Respondent did not have the slightest or remotest intention to bring the court into the political arena or bring it into disrepute or attribute to it deliberately or wilfully that which the court had not said or meant.” He stated the statements were made in Hindi in a rhetorical flourish in the heat of the moment. He said, “It is also clear no court would ever do that and hence the unfortunate references (for ‘RAHUL’S PAPERS VALID’ Amethi RO on Monday set aside objections on Rahul Gandhi’s nomination filed for the seat and held it valid after scrutinising charges of discrepancies over citizenship and other issues. which I express regret) to the court order and to the political slogan in juxtaposition the same breath in the heat of political campaigning ought not to be construed as suggesting that the court had given any finding or conclusion on that issue.” A bench is expected to hear the case on Tuesday . EXPRESS READ Opposition pact possibility over as Congress names Delhi candidates Delhi: With the announcement of its list of candidates, the Congress has decided to go solo in Delhi, drawing curtains on the possibility of an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party. Delhi will now witness a threecornered fight, as the AAP has already named all its candidates, and the BJP is ready for battle. Ex-CM Sheila Dikshit has been nominated from northeast Delhi constituency, where she will be facing AAP’s Dilip Pandey and incumbent BJP MP Manoj Tiwari.
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