COIMBATORE MONDAY JULY 29, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION 15-YEAR-OLD BRITISH SCHOOLBOY BECOMES GAMING MILLIONAIRE HIS MOTHER THOUGHT HE WAS WASTING TIME Jaden Ashman was placed second alongside his Dutch playing partner in the first Fortnite World Cup in New York on Saturday OVER 250 MILLION PLAYERS WORLDWIDE The teenager from Essex competed under the name Wolfiez at the threeday event held at the Arthur Ashe tennis stadium in New York. He will split £1.8 million ($2.25 mn) with his 21-year-old Dutch partner Dave Jong. His mother, Lisa Dallman, told BBC that she thought her son was wasting his time and that they used to have lengthy arguments over his gaming habits ■ ■ Fortnite is an online battle royale game in which players are dropped on a virtual island where they have to stay alive, by eliminating others with weapons picked up on the way The game has grown popular since its launch two years ago. More than 250 million people have played the game 40 million PEOPLE TRIED, BUT ONLY 100 MADE IT TO THE FORTNITE WORLD CUP FINALS 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 K’taka Speaker deals the final blow 14 more rebel MLAs disqualified on the eve of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s confidence motion REBELS TO MOVE SC A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru KARNATAKA Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar stopped short of creating a new record for disqualifying MLAs on Sunday. Working overtime to dispose of the pending resignations and disqualification petitions against rebel MLAs of the JDS-Congress coalition, the Speaker announced the disqualifications of 14 more MLAs, taking the total to 17. Kumar’s ruling to disqualify the MLAs — 11 from the Congress and three from the JD(S) — came a day before newly sworn-in Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is set to seek a trust vote in the legislative Assembly Any hopes the rebel MLAs . may have had of their petitions being buried quietly with the election of a new Speaker under the BJP government, came crashing down on Sunday . Arguing that the Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar’s decision to disqualify them was “against the law”, the rebel MLAs said on Sunday that they would approach the Supreme Court on Monday for redressal. “The disqualification is against the law... just under a whip served on them, you cannot force the legislators to come to the House,” said JD(S) MLA A H Vishwanath. K’taka Speaker Ramesh Kumar announcing the disqualification of rebel MLAs | PTI “I had 13 more resignations and 14 disqualification petitions pending, and I have considered all of them. I had asked the members who resigned, to appear before me to convince me their resignations were voluntary and genuine. They failed to do so,” said Kumar. Pratapgouda Patil, B C Patil, Anand Singh, Muniratna, S T Somashekar, Byrati Basavaraj, Shivaram Hebbar, Shrimanth Patil, M T B Nagaraj, K Sudhakar and Roshan Baig of the Congress, and H Vishwanath, Gopalaiah and Narayanagowda of JD(S) were Day after, caste violence victims release video; officials await formal complaint J E V I N S E L W Y N H E N R Y @ Dharmapuri A day after six members of a family were allegedly tied to a tree and publicly flogged, the victims released a video purportedly showing the injuries and bruises sustained in the assault. The video purportedly showed one of the men with a broken arm and the others with bruised bodies. Meanwhile, the women claimed that some of their bruises were on parts of their bodies that could not be shown on camera. The alleged incident that took place in a village under Pennagaram Taluk on Friday night was reportedly a fallout of an elopement involving a Most Backward Class (MBC) girl and a Backward Class (BC) boy According to some . reports, the three women victims were sexually abused. While the victims refused to return to their village, fearing fresh violence, officials expressed ina- The incident On Friday night, three men and women were tied to a tree, stripped and flogged. The three women in the party were allegedly sexually abused. The family of the boy had returned to the village to honour a peace talk offer by the girl’s family. The boy had eloped with the girl belonging to MBC community bility to pursue the incident as the victims had not lodged any complaint. According to a close relative of the family “They are terri, fied and the attack has taken a psychological toll. They are talking about abandoning their home and businesses and stay in Bengaluru indefinitely .” The relative said that the girl’s family and members of the MBC community used ropes and coconut tree branches to assault them. As one of the family members is still awaiting discharge from a hospital, the family is in hiding. The relative claimed that he too had received death threats. When TNIE furnished information on the video to Sub-Collector Sivan Arul, he said that despite their best efforts, every phone they tried was switched off. The report was forwarded to the Superintendent of Police P Rajan, who had begun investigations. “Nine BC families have fled the village. The remaining villagers belong to the majority MBC. Nobody is willing to testify he said ,” Sivan Arul maintained that it was impossible to investigate into the case without a testimony of the victim or a complaint. “We do not know who instigated the attack and whether the women were sexually assaulted. We assure the family safety and protection if they come forward,” he said. Centre grants ToR for Kattupalli Port S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai DESPITE opposition and prima facie evidence of potential environmental hazard, an Expert Appraisal Committee of the Union Environmental Ministry has granted Terms of Reference (ToR) for Adani Kattupalli Port expansion, which involves reclamation of large tracts of wetlands and waterbodies. Marine Infrastructure Developer Private Limited (MIDPL), a vertical of Adani Ports, is executing the revised master plan development of Kattupalli Port in a total area of 2,472.85 hectares, which includes 133.50 hectares of existing area, 761.8 hectares of government land, 781.4 hectares of private and proposed sea reclamation of 796.15 hectares. disqualified under 2(1)(a) of the anti defection law, as prescribed under Schedule X of the Constitution. With last week’s disqualification of three MLAs — Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumathalli and R Shankar — the Assembly’s strength now stands at 208. Monday’s special sitting of the Assembly for Yediyurappa to seek a vote of confidence and passage of the Finance Bill is likely to be Ramesh Kumar’s last sitting as Speaker. The veteran politician had dropped hints of his exit when he had announced the first round of disqualifications. The time-frame within which the petitions have been disposed of, especially when Kumar himself had insisted on multiple occasions that he was in no hurry to give judgments, seems to be his parting shot before he makes his way out P6 as Speaker. INT’L AWARD Erode herb collector’s glory resonates in German Univ B A R A N I D H A R A N C @ Erode As many as 15 years of collecting rare herbs for use in Siddha medicine has earned this 6 6 -ye ar- o l d wo m a n f ro m Modakurichi a Vaidya Bushan Award from the International University of Peace, based in Ger many. Over the years, Samiyathal’s interest in herbs and their healing potential has taken her to many parts of the State, scores of people seeking and providing medical care, and a great many adventures. And she plans on being of service to the society, the herbal way for the rest of her life. , Samiyathal is also the proud recipient of the Mooligai Thai (Mother of Herbs) award in 2012; it was the late president A P J Abdul Kalam who had conferred it on her in recognition of her work. She is known for collecting many rare herbs like mudakathan, nochi, aad thinnapalai, kallumulliyan, serupadi, eswaramuli, thavasimurungai, gopuramthangi, moongriratti, virali, thazhuthalai, veliparuthi and neela aavarai. She distributes these to Siddha practitioners at fairs, meetings, veterinary camps, etc. While her formal education may have ended at the primary school level, she has been honoured by many colleges (including the Puducherry government college), institutions, and Siddha doctors, for her interest and work in herbs collection. All her work would have been lost to the world if not for the untimely death of her husP4 band Shanmugam. `1 MEAL Cooking a heartwarming tale of selfless love C H A N D H I N I R @ Erode EVEN as government hospitals and health centres across the State have managed to provide (to varying degrees of satisfaction) free health care to those who cannot afford it, little has been done about meeting the primary needs — food, clothing and shelter. Filling in this gap in their smallscale way, this couple is making sure that at least 70 people a day at the government Erode hospital do not go without food. Owners of an eatery near the hospital, they distribute food to patients and their attendants for just `1 per meal. What began as a gesture in response to one person’s plight has now become a routine service over the past decade. This humanitarian project began when 12 years ago a woman trying to buy food for her ailing husband at the hospital could not afford dosais at the AVM Homely Mess. She had come in to buy idlies for `10. Since the restaurant had run out of idlies, they offered dosais instead. Though the woman left without buying any food, V Venkatraman — the owner — decided to check on her. It was then The menu Food options include idly, dosai, chappathi, sambhar rice, lemon rice, curd rice and barotta. Daily 60-70 tokens are given to various patients that he was faced with the reality of the pitiable conditions these patients had to contend with; especially at a time when they need extra care. From there, it was a short path to starting this food service for the patients. Venkatraman was joined by his wife and yoga instructor G Rajalakshmi. Given that they already ran a restaurant, they had little trouble increasing the quantity of the food being prepared every day . Then, they put in place a system that covered as many patients as possible with their limited resources. At the start of the day, they give away 60-70 tokens to people at the hospital. Depending on the patients/attendants’ needs, they provide them with breakfast, lunch or dinner. Food options include idly dosai, chappathi, samb, har rice, lemon rice, curd rice and P4 barotta. And, so it began. THINKER WITH GRIT AND WIT R P R I D H V I R A J @ Hyderabad JUST a few leaders are remembered by the masses even after they depart because of the mark they leave behind. S Jaipal Reddy, who passed away due to pneumonia in the early hours of Sunday at a hospital in Hyderabad, belonged to this genre. He was 77. Intellectuals and the callow crowd alike admired him. Politicians of all hues respected Jaipal for his deep insight into a number of issues that affected society A politician with a differ. ence, he was a scholar, writer and an eloquent and witty speaker. President Ram Nath Kovind aptly summed up his personality in his condolence message: “Jaipal Reddy was a thinking person’s politician and an outstanding parliamentarian.” Though nature was not kind as polio struck him when he was 18 months old, he defied the challenge and grew in the political firmament to remain forever a source of inspiration to those who take public life as a career. Born in Nermetta in Nalgonda district in 1942, he actually belonged to Madugul in erstwhile Mahbubnagar district. He had an MA and also a degree in journalism from Osmania University Hyderabad. , Jaipal Reddy used to amaze his admirers as well as critics with his fluency and vehemence in both English and Telugu. His English was impeccable and robust. He once described Manmohan Singh as a democrat not only by conviction but also by temperament. The deft play of words used to amuse listeners as much as they made them reflect on his train of thought. He used to always focus on issues, be it in the Janata Party or the Congress. His exemplary exposition of issues in Parliament bears testimony to this. And his fight against the Congress over the Bofors scam was legendary At . one stage, he had said Rajiv Gandhi should actually be hanged. He had no qualms or fears. CONTINUED ON: P6 JAIPAL REDDY Jan 16, 1942 July 28, 2019 Jaipal Reddy was allotted different portfolios in UPA I and II. Later, he became Union minister of petroleum and natural gas, but was then shifted to science and technology and earth sciences. It was widely speculated that Jaipal Reddy was shunted out of the petroleum ministry owing to the notices issued to certain oil and gas companies on production issues EXPRESS READ 7-year jail for man who abused minor Tirupur: A 39-year-old man was awarded seven years of imprisonment for sexually abusing a minor in Tirupur. According to reports, Senthil Kumar (39), a resident of Varanasipalayam, befriended a nine-year-old girl while working in a garment unit in the neighbourhood, then took her to his house and abused her ‘Only AIADMK will make a farmer CM’ Vellore: Palaniswami said that only AIADMK can make a farmer the Chief Minister of a State, whereas DMK practises dynasty politics. 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