MANGALURU MONDAY MAY 13, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 30 CITY EDITION CATHOLICS HOLD FIRST MASS AFTER EASTER TERROR ATTACKS Thousands attended the ﬁrst Sunday mass since the April 21 suicide bombings at churches and hotels in which 253 died ARMED TROOPS GUARD LANKAN CHURCHES ■ 7.6% CURFEW IN CHRISTIAN-MAJORITY TOWN Security forces armed with assault rifles patrolled streets leading to the churches in Sri Lanka and stood guard outside. Everyone was body searched for explosives and parking was banned near the places of worship. Colombo’s archbishop had conducted private Sunday services in the past two weeks, which were broadcast live on national television ■ A Muslim cleric from Vavuniya, who had aired extremist views on social media, has been arrested at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport after his arrival from Mecca Curfew was imposed in Chilaw, a Catholic-majority town, after mobs attacked a mosque and Muslim-owned businesses | P10 OF LANKA’S 21 MN PEOPLE ARE CHRISTIANS; 10% ARE MUSLIMS 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 Irom Sharmila gives birth to twin girls Bengaluru: Irom Sharmila, civil rights activist from Manipur, popularly known as ‘Iron Lady’, became a mother to twin girls at a private hospital at Malleshwaram in Bengaluru on Sunday. The twins, Nix Shakhi and Autumn Tara, and the mother are doing well, according to a hospital spokesperson. Man found dead in advocate dad’s office Bengaluru: A 30-year-old son of an advocate was found dead with his throat slit at his father’s office in Bengaluru on Saturday evening. Police said Prabhu S, father of victim Mithun P, informed them that he had gone out of the office and on returning, he found his son dead. Mobile fodder banks a saviour for livestock Chitradurga: With no sign of rain, the demand for fodder supplied by mobile fodder banks is increasing and the taluk administration has been forced to increase the frequency these banks. These mobile banks have been operating ever since TNIE reported about the gravity of the fodder situation in the region. NBFC bomb ticking: Corp Affairs Secy EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AMONG the host of stressed assets already crippling the economy, add a clutch of large non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) because of their misadventures, cautions Corporate Affairs Secretary Injeti Srinivas. In an interview to PTI, Srinivas warns an NBFC crisis is imminent. “There is an imminent crisis in the NBFC sector. There is a credit squeeze, over-leveraging, excessive concentration, massive mismatch between assets and liabilities, coupled with some misadventures by some very large entities, which is a perfect recipe for disaster,” Srinivas says. On the flip side, responsible NBFCs are managing their risk well and are not in trouble, Srinivas points out, adding corporate governance in India is being put to test. “It is a defining moment. The way things are moving, in the medium to long term it will be for the good. In the short term, there can be turbulence,” he says. “If you are responsible, you manage the risks.” VOTING TOPS 63% IN PHASE 6, VIOLENCE ROCKS BENGAL AGAIN BJP candidate in Bengal attacked twice state sees unusually high turnout at 80.16% this time EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi OVER 63 per cent voter turnout was recorded in 59 seats in six states and the capital in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls on Sunday West Bengal again witnessed . sporadic violence with BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh, a former IPS officer, allegedly attacked twice by goons when she visited polling stations in Ghatal constituency . Ghosh, who was once a trusted lieutenant of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, first took refuge inside a temple in Keshpur as mobs pelted stones, reports said. She was then taken to a police station to protect her from the wrath of goons. Meanwhile, Mamata claimed that activists of the BJP and RSS had entered Bengal sporting the uniform of security forces to influence voters. “On the pretext of deploying central forces in Bengal, the BJP is forcefully pushing BJP and RSS activists here,” she said. She alleged that a Trinamool worker was injured in firing by central forces in charge of the security of Ghosh. Polling was held for 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in Haryana, eights constituencies each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, seven seats in Delhi and four in Jharkhand. A few incidents of malfunctioning of EVMs were reported from vari- of the 1,41,251 voters exercised their franchise in the repoll held in 168 polling stations of West Tripura Lok Sabha seat. CPM and Congress had demanded repoll BJP candidate 111-year old Bachan Singh, Bharati Ghosh the oldest voter in Delhi, cast was ‘attacked’ his vote. He reached the booth twice by locals in a car along with poll officers when the former in full media glare IPS officer tried to visit polling Indian stations in her EVM cricket Ghatal Lok glitches team captain Sabha seat in reported in Virat Kohli West Bengal. several areas in exercised his One of her Delhi. Maximum franchise in security faulty VVPATs Gurgaon, guards was changed in South Haryana. injured in Delhi Among the stone-pelting early voters, he posted a A polling officer died at picture on a booth after a Home Guard Twitter accidentally fired from his rifle showing before polling started in Sheohar his inked Lok Sabha seat in Bihar finger 59 Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, BJP candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP East-Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir, BJP National vice -president Shivraj Singh Chouhan and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj after exercising their franchise on Sunday ous booths, officials said. Some of the key candidates in the fray in this phase were Maneka Gandhi, Varun Gandhi, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Gautam Gambhir, Meenakshi Lekhi and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur (all from BJP), Congress’s Digvijaya Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sheila Dikshit, Ajay Maken, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Kir- ti Azad, and Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav. Polling has now ended in 483 of the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies. The final phase of polling LOK SABHA ELECTION will be held on May 19 2019 and the results for all 543 seats will be declared together on May 23. EC officials on Sunday said that voter turnout this year till phase V was 67.4 per cent, com- pared to 66.06 per cent in 2014. Officials added that this time people will be able to get realtime information of counting of votes on May 23 as the technology has been improved. Training and capacity building of officials are underway they said. , Poll panel officials said that cash, liquor, drugs, metals and freebies worth `3,415 crore have been seized from across the country so far. PM’s ‘cloud cover’ tip gives ammo to oppn M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi THERE GOES! PRIME Minister Narendra Modi’s reported remarks about clouds helping the Indian Air Force jets escape Pakistani radars during Balakot airstrikes on February 26 has sparked off a political storm on Sunday . CPM leader Sitaram Yechury even approached the Election Commission on Sunday seeking action against the PM for allegedly violating the model code of conduct. Talking to a TV channel about the cross-border strike on terror camps in Balakot in response to the Pulwama attack, Modi said, “The weather was not good on the day of the air strike. A doubt crept in the minds of the experts that the day of strike should be changed. However, I went by raw wisdom and suggested that the clouds could actually help our planes escape their radars.” Modi was panned on social media for making a blunder on a technical issue. And as is wont, a large number of memes also floated on social media. Congress social media head Divya Spandana said, “We also have this amazing new and improvised ‘radar’ since 2014 to detect stupidity, lies, corruption, fudged data...how else do you think we detected a stealth one like you...Narendra Modi the radar to detect planes, cloud or no cloud has been there for decades. Even for the stealth ones. If not, other the country’s planes would be crisscrossing the skies firing away at will... This is what happens when you’re stuck in the past.” National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti also took to Twitter to condemn the PM’s statement. Rejecting the charge, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said, “PM Modi did not reveal anything (about the Balakot strike) he was not supposed to reveal. constituencies in 8 states and Union Territories will vote in the 7th and final phase of polling on May 19 Polling will be held in Chandigarh for 1 seat, Himachal Pradesh (4) and Punjab (13). In Bihar, 8 seats will go to polls, Jharkhand (3), Madhya Pradesh (8), Uttar Pradesh (13), including Varanasi from where PM Modi is contesting, and West Bengal (9) THE STORY SO FAR 69.50 69.44 68.40 65.51 63.5 % % % % % PHASE 1 PHASE 2 PHASE 3 PHASE 4 PHASE 5 Modi ‘used hatred’, we ‘used love’: Rahul EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @New Delhi CONGRESS president Rahul Gandhi hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet again saying he “used hatred” during the elections but the Congress “used love”. After casting his vote for the Lok Sabha polls here on Sunday Rahul said this election saw a “good fight” , between the two rival parties, adding that he thinks that “love is going to win”. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi used hatred, we used love. And I think love is going to win,” he told reporters. He, however, declined to hazard a guess on the number of seats his party will win. “The people will decide that,” he said. Clad in his trademark kurta-pyjama, he was accompanied by party’s New Delhi candidate Ajay Maken on way to the polling booth, a walking distance from his Tughlaq Lane residence. Gandhi exercised his franchise at a booth on Aurangzeb Lane in the New Delhi constituency . The BJP has fielded incumbent MP Meenakshi Lekhi while the Aam Aadmi Party has fielded Brijesh Goyal in New Delhi. “This election is being fought basically on threefour issues, and these are people’s issues and not of the Congress party The most important among these . is unemployment. Then the plight of farmers, demonetisation and Gabbar Singh Tax (mocking GST), which have destroyed the power of India and its economy Gandhi said. ,” MAGICAL MAY 23 CALLING ALL SAVIOURS Deep Focus, a special page that will look in detail at issues that matter, will be brought out every Monday. This week, we look at the situation in Hampi, a World Heritage Site which is in urgent need of attention. P5 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 72.32% ...AND THE FINAL PUSH Chennai Super Kings opener Shane Watson plays a shot during the Indian Premier League 2019 final cricket match between CSK and Mumbai Indians (MI) at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, Sunday. Watson pitched in with a superb 80. Mumbai indians won by one run. | PTI HAMPI SUNDAY SNAPSHOTS YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Clock is ticking: No poll position but Cong-JDS, BJP outwardly confident A N U S H A R A V I @Bengaluru WITH just one phase of voting away, the countdown has begun and political parties in Karnataka are bracing for the judgement day. Karnataka, expected to be most impacted by the May 23 results politically, is naturally on the edge. Though internal surveys and assessments of the BJP as well as the Congress-JD(S) coalition suggest that the state is unlikely to sway largely from its voting patterns compared to 2014 polls, uncertainty is looming large not just over the BJP’s plans of attempting to return to power in the state but also over the survival of the coalition government due to the uneasy alliance. Despite leaders of the Congress and JDS insisting that no harm will come to the coalition post results, rumblings are growing louder so much so that the discomfort between the coalition partners is becoming apparent by the day . Both the BJP as well as Congress-JDS have confidently declared that they will win not less than 22 seats out of the 28 in the state. However, realistic internal assessment by all three parties is being used to put things into perspective and chart out future plans. According to sources in the party, the BJP expects to win 14 seats and sees three more as contentious seats. The Congress independently pegs its numbers between 11 HOW PARTIES SEE RESULTS BJP HOPES TO WIN: Sureshot: 14 seats Not so sure: 3 CONGRESS HOPES TO WIN: Sureshot: 11 Not so sure: 5 JD(S) HOPES TO WIN Sureshot: 2 Not so sure: 2 and 12 with a tough fight in about five seats including Mysore-Kodagu, Davangere and Chikkaballapur. Sources from the JDS say that out of the seven seats that the party has contested, it is sure of a victory in two seats but hopes to win in two more, including the political cynosure Mandya. In a sort of a pre-emptive strike, the state Congress wants to tell the high command that their chances of winning more seats will be greater if only they weren’t in a coalition. And senior party leaders have started believing in this theory . “We could have had a better tally with sure victory in seats like Chikkaballapur. Also in seats like Tumkur and probably Mandya if we had a candidate. The alliance with the JDS may actually cost us some seats,” said a senior leader. The JDS is looking to gain, if any, just one more than its current tally of two seats out P4 of 28 in the State.
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