PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE INDIA IN VENICE MANGALURU SUNDAY MAY 12, 2019 `7.00 PAGES 26 CITY EDITION 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 EXPRESS READ Kejriwal sends legal notice to Gambhir New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday sent a legal notice to BJP candidate from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir for calling him filth and distributing derogatory pamphlets against AAP candidate Atishi. 15 killed in bus-jeep collision in Andhra Kurnool: Fifteen people died, including 14 persons travelling in a jeep and a motorist, when a private bus collided with the jeep on National Highway-44 in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh at 7 pm on Saturday, police said. Pak hotel shootout: 3 terrorists killed FIGHT NIGHT Bhubaneshwar: The death toll in Odisha due to Cyclone Fani mounted to 43 on Saturday, even as people staged a road blockade and assaulted a state official in protest against water shortage and power cuts in the coastal belt. US targets China again, tariffs now on $300 bn worth items EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE WITHIN 24 hours of raising tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion from 10 per cent to 25 per cent, US President Donald Trump on Saturday upped the ante in the trade war with Beijing, ordering a tariff hike on almost all imports from the world’s second-biggest economy . “The President... ordered us to begin the process of raising tariffs on essentially all remaining imports from China, which are valued at approximately $300 billion,” US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said, adding that the details would be announced on Monday. The new tariffs, however, are not expected to go into effect for several months. The hikes come days after the Trump administration accused Beijing of reneging on its commitments. China had made systematic edits to a 150-page agreement drafted after months of negotiations and removed any binding legal language on intellectual property theft, currency manipulation and other core US concerns, Reuters had reported. Chennai Super Kings are up against their bogey team: Mumbai Indians. Even though history is in Rohit Sharma’s favour — CSK have won one of their three finals against MI — many a fan will be rooting for MS Dhoni & Co. The race for both EPL and IPL will come to a close on Sunday. Here’s a look at how things stand as the four teams battle it out for glory... Though CSK have the best spin attack this IPL, MI’s tweakers too have risen to the occasion. HIGH-STAKES SIXTH PHASE POLLS TODAY Triangular fight in Delhi, UP; fate of Sheila, Akhilesh, Maneka, Digvijaya to be sealed; PM, Maya on same page to attack Cong on Alwar gangrape Karachi: Three heavily-armed militants on Saturday, who stormed a five-star hotel in Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar in the restive Balochistan province, were killed in a shootout with security personnel. Cyclone Fani: Death toll now 43 in Odisha Spin to a win YELLOW AND BLUE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi / Lucknow LOK SABHA ELECTION 2019 Penultimate Phase 59 seats go to the polls in Phase VI WHERE ALL Uttar Pradesh 14 Haryana 10 West Bengal 8 Bihar 8 Madhya Pradesh 8 Delhi-NCR 7 Jharkhand 4 THE BJP will be defending 45 of the 59 LS constituencies going to polls on Sunday in the high-stakes sixth phase. While the SP and BSP are trying to strike a fine electioneering balance in UP an , assertive Congress is harping on ‘soft Hindutva’ to corner the BJP in Madhya Pradesh. In Haryana, the BJP is aiming to gain from divided Opposition space even as the saffron outfit is testing organisational strength against ruling Aam Admi Party in Delhi, where the Congress is also putting up a spirited fight to retrieve the lost turf. In Uttar Pradesh, polling will be held for 14 seats while the remaining 13 are slated for the last phase of elections on May 19. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in his family pocket borough of Azamgarh is being challenged by rookie politician and popular Bhojpuri singer Dinesh Lal Yadav who’s known as Nirahua in a straight contest. Perhaps the most watched contest in this phase would be in Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency, where BJP’s fiery Sadhvi Pragya Thakur takes on Congress veteran Digvijay Singh. Not wanting to take chances, Singh has let go of his hardcore secular image and got saints to support him to boost his prospects. Meanwhile, in a dramatic turn of events, PM Narendra Modi joined BSP chief Mayawati to attack the Congress over the Alwar gangrape case. Both said the Congress- led gover nment in Rajasthan tried to suppress news about an alleged gangrape of Dalit woman in Alwar as it feared it would dent its chances in the elections. “The story of the gangrape of a Dalit daughter which took place two weeks ago is now coming out gradually Modi said at an elec,” tion rally at Ghaziabad, UP . Speaking to reporters in Lucknow, Mayawati alleged the Gehlot gover nment “terrorised” the victim’s family into not revealing the incident till the polls were over in the state. According to reports, the woman was raped on April 26 and the crime was reported to police. However, the FIR was filed only May 7, after polls were over in the state. Some organisations are misusing the name of Bhim to confuse gathbandhan supporters. Such outfits are helping both Congress and BJP — Mayawati Red alert for City With just a round left, only a point separates leaders Manchester City from Liverpool. POSSIBILITIES GALORE IN STORE The two-horse race will see Pep Guardiola’s men take on Brighton in their backyard, while Jurgen Klopp and his merry band are up against Wolves at Anfield. Liverpool will be in with a shot at the title only if City drop points in their fixture. BOOST TO IAF’S POWER 22 Apaches to be bought as part of deal signed with Boeing and the US in Sep. 2015 ■ It can carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace, the IAF said ■ Further, in 2017, the Army decided to buy six Apache helicopters along with weapons systems The first Apache Guardian chopper is handed over to the IAF on Friday in Arizona, US | PTI IAF Gets More Teeth With Apache Chopper EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE IN a major boost to the Indian armed forces, Boeing has handed over first of the 22 Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF) at its production facility at Mesa in the US state of Arizona, the IAF said in a statement on Saturday . Air Marshal A S Butola was present at the cere- mony which was held on Saturday . The addition of the attack helicopter is a significant step towards moder nisation of the IAF’s fleet and comes nearly three-and-a-halfyears after a multi-billion dollar deal for the choppers was signed. The first batch of these helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July this year. Water politics: Maha refuses to quench K’taka’s thirst NAUSHAD BIJAPUR @ Belagavi WHAT was almost a done deal between Karnataka and Maharashtra on releasing Krishna water, now seems to be stuck in the quagmire of politics with the neighbouring state insisting on a reciprocal arrangement. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who had met his own party leaders from Karnataka on May 3, had promised to release 2 tmcft of the 4 tmcft of water sought on humanitarian grounds. But he has now reneged on his word under pressure from his legislators and allies saying that the water available in Koyna dam will be required for local needs. On Saturday, Karnataka Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar revealed in Hubballi that Maharashtra is unwilling to release water until an agreement is signed by both states on sharing the 4 tmcft of water. The change in stance has flummoxed the Karnataka government. While the Congress may not want the BJP to claim credit for striking the deal, it will not want to upset locals especially since the bypolls to Kundagol and Chincholi are just round the corner. When Siddaramaiah was Kar nataka Chief Minister, Maharashtra had released 2 tmcft of water to Karnataka after a delegation of BJP leade r s , l e d by f o r m e r Union minister H N A n a n t h Ku m a r a n d Umesh Katti, had prevailed upon Fadnavis. But just to prevent BJP from taking any credit for it, the state government did not release of 2 tmcft of water to Maharashtra in return. Sources in the Maharashtra political circles said this could also be a reason for Maharashtra not releasing water this time. During his campaign STATUS AT KOYNA DAM (MAHARASHTRA) 105 TMCFT Maximum capacity 34 TMCFT Current storage 40 TMCFT Storage in corresponding period last yr 17 TMCFT Water used for power generation Karnataka has sought water from Koyna dam in Maharashtra visit for the Kundagol bypoll on Saturday Shivaku, mar made it clear that Maharashtra was unwilling to release water to Kar nataka despite repeated appeals. “The Maharashtra government says it will not release water until we sign an agreement with it. We have asked them to release water first, assuring that the agreement will be signed later,’’ he added. Maharashtra’s changed stance ostensibly is due to p re s s u re f ro m l o c a l legislators. Shambhuraj Desai, Shiv Sena Member of Le gislative Aseembly from Patan constituency in Maharashtra, shot off a letter to Fadnavis stating, “Water available currently in Koyna dam is lesser compared to the corresponding period last year. It was 40 tmcft last year, but currently, the dam has about 34 tmcft. As the state needs water for its people, besides 17 tmcft for power generation, it is not advisable to release water to Karnataka.’’ Several other legislators too have opposed it, sources said. The Karnataka government also seems to be dragging its feet. “The state government sent a letter recently to Maharashtra Water Resources Department seeking release of water. If the government is serious about it, it should send a delegation of officials and leaders immediately to expedite the process. Otherwise, the drought situation in the state will o n l y wo r s e n , ’ ’ s a i d social activist Ashok P6 Chandargi. “Maharashtra is unwilling to release 4 tmcft to Karnataka despite repeated appeals. It says it will not release water until a water-sharing agreement is signed between both states. We have intimated Maharashtra to first release water, assuring that the agreement could be signed later — DK Shivakumar, Water Resources Minister The state govt is not serious about the problems of North Karnataka. So far, Karnataka was paying to get water from Maharashtra and, at times, released water in return based on availability at Almatti. Such an arrangement will not work for long. Both governments must sort out the problems once and for all — Basavaraj Bommai, ex-Water Resources Minister OBITUARY ITC’s Deveshwar passes away Bus drivers assault two bikers, dump one on Sakleshpur road J AYA N TA R O Y C H O W D H U R Y @ New Delhi WHERE THERE’S A WELL, THERE’S A WAY Gram Panchayat member supplies water via his borewells to parched villages P2 ITC chair man Yogesh Chander Deveshwar, 72, who passed away on Saturday morning after a brief illness, will be best remembered for turning the Kolkata-based tobacco company into a consumer goods conglomerate ‘which also m a n u f a c t u r e s cigarettes’. Lahore-born ‘Yogi’ Deveshwar as his friends called him, an alumnus Yogesh Chander Deveshwar of IIT Delhi and Harvard Business School, joined the company in 1968 and became a board member in 1984. His appointment as CEO in 1996 came at the fag end of a bitter bat- tle for control between the board-run Indian tobacco maker and its UKbased parent British American Tobacco. Under his watch, Virginia House, ITC’s registered headquarters in Kolkata, saw its stock prices soar 50 times and revenues grow 16-fold. Under his leadership, ITC also diversified into a true-blue consumer goods company making products ranging from Yippee noodles to Fiama soaps to Wills apparel.P11 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru A spat over reckless driving by a private bus driver tur ned into a nightmare for two bikers. While both the rider and pillion were assaulted, one of them was abducted and kept confined in the bus for almost four hours even as it made its way to Mangaluru. The biker was beaten up and dumped at Sakleshleshpur Ghat in the middle of the night on Friday . The incident took place in Peenya when Raghu (21) was riding the bike with Manjunath (28) on the pillion. A senior police officer said the bus was being driven recklessly and when it reached Nelamangala toll, it brushed past Raghu’s bike. This is when Raghu confronted the driver Harish and an argument ensued. In a fit of rage, Harish got down from the bus and kicked the bikers and dragged Raghu inside the bus. Two more staffers, who are said to be cleaners, joined Harish and the gang assaulted him. Raghu told The New Sunday Express: “One of them gagged me with a shoe, so I was unable to scream. The passengers P4 were all asleep.”
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