PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE KOTTAYAM l SUNDAY l AUGUST 04, 2019 l `8.00 l PAGES 28 l CITY EDITION COVER STORY BEST FOOT FORWARD ELEGIES ON SKIN AHEAD OF THE GAME Art is not just a window into the soul; it is also known to be a great healer. Singaporeborn Indian dancer Sunena Gupta, who battles an autoimmune disorder, is now exploring mental illness through Kathak The trend of memorial tattoos made with cremation inks to immortalise lost ones is helping the bereaved cope with absence and grief Films based on sports aren’t new to Telugu cinema. With the recent success of Jersey and Majili, the trend has peaked with half-a-dozen such movies now in the pipeline THE IDEOLOGY TRAP EXCLUSIVE VOICES Congressmen are determined that whoever the interim head is, the Gandhis must remain at the helm. But in an outfit where personality has outlasted ideology, the party needs to change its design if it is to survive the BJP poll machine T J S George G S Vasu ■ Shankkar Aiyar ■ ■ 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 OVER 6,100 FLOWN OUT OF SRINAGAR FOUR TERRORISTS KILLED IN VALLEY UK, GERMANY ISSUE TRAVEL WARNING ‘ATTACK FOILED, PAK REGULARS DEAD’ Over 6,100 air-passengers were flown out of Srinagar on Saturday by commercial airlines and IAF aircraft after the Centre called off the Amarnath yatra and asked pilgrims to return home Four terrorists, including a JeM commander, were killed in encounters in Baramulla and Shopian districts. JeM head Masood Azhar’s brother is planning to enter Kashmir, intel reports said Even as around 60 international tourists arrived in Kashmir on Saturday, the UK and Germany issued an advisory asking their citizens to avoid travelling to J&K in view of the security situation The Army said its troops foiled a Border Action Team (BAT) attack of Pakistani troops on India’s forward posts in Keran sector of Kupwara by killing 5-7 Pakistani regulars and terrorists Sriram Venkataraman remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody WHAT NEXT IN J&K? FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN J&K Guv: Amarnath advisory a security issue; no knowledge about repeal of Art. 370 & 35A F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar JAMMU and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik sought to assure the people about the state’s special status on Saturday saying his , administration had no knowledge of any changes being planned in the constitutional provisions. “The state has no knowledge of any changes to constitutional provisions (read repeal of Articles 370 and 35A),” Malik told a delegation of National Conference leaders led by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. He said the additional deployment of forces was to counter the heightened threat perception. “The deployment of additional paramilitary forces was purely for security reasons. There were credible inputs regarding militant attacks on the Amarnath yatra. The seriousness of the threat required immediate action,” Malik told the NC delegation. The Governor also said “no panic should be created by unnecessarily linking a pure security matter with all kinds of other issues.” But the Governor’s assurance did little to calm frayed nerves in the Kashmir Valley, with chaotic scenes being witnessed in several towns and cities. People were seen Maldives police arrest ex-vice-prez Ghafoor P T I @ Male FORMER vice-president of Maldives Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor, who had sought political asylum in India after arriving in Tamil Nadu on a cargo vessel, was arrested by Maldives police on Saturday after the Indian authorities sent him back to the island nation. Ghafoor, who reached India along with nine crew members on Thursday, was not allowed to disembark from the ship and was questioned on-board by various central agencies. The Maldivian leader was sent back to the island nation, with authorities not allowing him to deboard as he did not possess the required documents, a police official said in Thoothukudi. “We would like to confirm that Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor of H Saamaraa has been arrested and is being transported to Male under our custody ,” Maldives police confirmed on Saturday . A UK lawyer from the firm representing the politician said on Friday that Ghafoor had sought political asylum in India as he faced serious risk to his life in his home country . “We remain deeply concerned that he could be returned to the Maldives where his life is at risk,” said Toby Cadman, co-founder of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers - the firm representing the politician in his bid for political asylum. stockpiling essentials, medicines, fuel, etc. There were long queues at ATMs, fuel stations and chemist shops. The panic buying led to fuel stations running dry in Srinagar and other parts. Firdous Ahmad, a university student, said the situation was confusing. “For the first time in 30 years of militancy in the State, the government halted the Amarnath yatra and asked yatris and tourists to leave the place. It shows the situation is serious and the Central government is planning something big, maybe abrogating Article 35A, trifurcation of the state etc,” he said. The Srinagar airport and bus stands in the city were packed with tourists and Amarnath yatris trying to leave the Valley after the government’s security advisory on Friday to cut short their stay . The J&K Tourism Department requisitioned buses to bring tourists back to Srinagar, Tourism Kashmir director Nissar Wani said. He said 20,000-22,000 tourists were in Kashmir on Friday . Talking to reporters after meeting the Governor, Abdullah said he was not convinced by Malik’s assurances and wanted the CenP9, 10 tre to clear the air. Hero turns villain: Drunk IAS officer’s car kills journalist Non-local NIT students wait for vehicles as they leave Srinagar on Saturday | PTI There is fear in Jammu region too. Why hasn’t anyone from the Centre assured the people that nothing is going to happen (over special status for Jammu and Kashmir)? Mehbooba Mufti, former J&K CM Under the garb of Articles 35A & 370, blood of ordinary citizens was sucked, central funds were looted by a few dynasties. These provisos are also discriminatory against women Ravinder Raina, BJP J&K unit president J&K cricket mentor Irfan told to leave It’s not just yatris and tourists. Irfan Pathan, ex-India cricketer who is now the J&K Cricket Association mentor, and other cricket team support staff were asked to leave the Valley immediately EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram IAS officer Sriram Venkataraman, who became popular following his crusade against land encroachments in Munnar during his stint as Devikulam sub-collector, was arrested on Saturday after his speeding car, driven allegedly in an inebriated state, killed a journalist here. The journalist, K M Basheer, 35, a native of Tirur in Malappuram, was the Thiruvananthapuram bureau chief of ‘Siraj’ daily He was returning . home after attending a meeting in Kollam when the accident took place around 1.05 am Saturday . The IAS officer was travelling with a female friend after a late-night party to celebrate his return to service as Survey Director when his car rammed Basheer’s motorbike near Museum Junction here. While Sriram suffered minor injuries, his friend Wafa Firoz escaped unhurt. Sriram’s eviction drive in Munnar as an upright officer gave him a hero image with him gaining a wide fan following on social media. He was hailed by many as a ‘brave officer’ who was ready to go to any extent to ensure justice. The accident sparked a public outcry after the police allegedly dragged their feet right from the beginning in an attempt to cover up the incident. However, they recorded Sriram’s arrest by evening, after much persuasion. He was charged under Sections 304 The mangled remains of the car and the motobike involved in the accident near Museum Junction in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday | EXPRESS Timeline 12.40 am Wafa Firoz reaches Kowdiar to pick up Sriram K M Basheer Sriram Venkataraman Kottayam: In a major to setback to Jose K Mani in his power struggle with P J Joseph to take the control of Kerala Congress(M), the Idukki Munsiff Court on Saturday extended the Thodupuzha Munsiff court’s injunction order preventing him from officiating as the party chairman and discharging any functions and powers attached to the office. P4 10.30 am Police collect Sriram’s blood sample 1 pm Police record Wafa’s statement 4.30 pm Wafa gives a confidential statement to T’Puram Judicial First Class Magistrate 6.30 pm - Police record the arrest of Sriram ment at a private hospital, the magistrate came to the hospital. According to police, Sriram will continue in the hospital and upon his discharge, he will be shifted to sub-jail. The police could not take his fingerprints as his arms were also injured in the acci● More on P6 dent. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Nazeer case: Shamseer’s vehicle impounded SEA OF TROUBLE Fifty-eight-year-old Haseena stares at the blue sea on the Beemapally coast in Thiruvananthapuram. The place where she sits was a room of her house a week ago. Haseena’s is among the 18-odd houses destroyed in the sea erosion in the area. Haseena has refused the authorities’ demand to move to the rehabilitation camp and still lives in the house battered by the surging sea | VINCENT PULICKAL DARK DAYS AHEAD? As rain stays away, state stares at load shedding THE state may soon feel the pinch of rain-deficient monsoon as the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is planning to impose power curbs. A review meeting of the KSEB has decided to go ahead with the plan to impose load shedding from August 16 if the state does not receive adequate rainfall during the next couple of weeks. The decision has been taken considering the water level in the dams, the predictions given by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and the current inflow in various reservoirs. 2.15 am Sriram leaves the hospital without giving blood samples Two-day training for BJP MPs begins Injunction on Jose’s elevation extended E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi 1.20 am Ambulance takes Basheer to Medical College Hospital (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 279 (rash driving) of the IPC. The police acceded to invoke nonbailable sections after state police chief Loknath Behera instructed them to do so following mounting pressure. Sriram has been remanded to 14-day judicial custody. As the officer is undergoing treat- EXPRESS READ Kannur: The police on Saturday impounded Thalassery legislator A N Shamseer’s vehicle in which the conspiracy to attack former CPM leader C O T Nazeer was allegedly hatched. The police team seized the SUV on Saturday morning. The vehicle is registered in the name of A N Shahir, brother of Shamseer. It was brought to the police station after removing the MLA board. P5 1.05 am Accident occurs in front of Public Office near Museum Junction 1.40 am Sriram goes to General Hospital and Wafa leaves the spot in a car “The IMD has issued an orange alert for Idukki and the catchment areas of Sabarigiri project, which gives us hope. However, the situation is worrying as we have water to generate only 869.05 million units of power, compared to last year’s storage of 3,600 million units. The state is staring at a severe drought situation. If we don’t receive enough rainfall in our catchment areas during the next two months, it will lead to severe water shortage,” KSEB chairman N S Pillai told Express. He said the next board meeting scheduled to be held on August 16 will take a call on imposing load STORAGE IN MAJOR RESERVOIRS OF KSEB ON AUGUST 1 Dam storage in percentage million units Idukki 435.6 20.3 Sabarigiri 134.6 17.5 Idamalayar 51.4 20.2 Kuttiady 116.8 39.5 Sholayar 25.94 26 shedding. “Unless we start conserving water now onwards, there will be acute shortage of potable water and power from February onwards. If the Northeast monsoon brings good rain, it will ease the situation,” said N S Pillai. Meanwhile, the power consumption in the state has increased after the rain subsided. While the average consumption stood at 62 million units per day during the rainy days, it shot up to 71 million units on Saturday. Though the recent rain has brought water to generate 362.3 million units of power after July 15, the total storage in dams stands at 21 per cent. Compared to the 10-year average storage of the KSEB reservoirs, there is 50 per cent decline in water storage. CONTROVERSIAL BJP lawmakers such as Pragya Thakur, whose public utterances have embarrassed the party, are among the 380-odd MPs attending the two-day compulsory training programme that kicked off here on Saturday . The MPs will get lessons on maintaining discipline, good manners as well as ideological issues. The main purpose of The BJP the workshop is to guide new scaled new lawmakers to be effective in heights Parliament as well as in public thanks to its ideology and life, sources said. thoughts, not Among the key suggestions because of of the workshop would be one family’s punctuality and regular at- legacy tendance in Parliament. PM Narendra Modi has al- PM Narendra ways stressed upon discipline Modi and punctuality. He is also against MPs speaking out of turn. The workshop named ‘Abhyas Varga’ will have a lot of lessons for MPs with attitude issues, said an insider. Woman injured in acid attack by husband E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kozhikode A 32-year-old woman suffered serious burn injuries after her husband allegedly threw acid on her face at Karassery here on Saturday The man also stabbed the woman with . a knife.The victim is Swapna, of Peringazhippuram, Anayamkunnu, Mukkom. Police said the incident occurred when Swapna was returning home from office. “Her husband, identified as Subhash, poured the acid kept in a bottle on her face. The culprit also stabbed the woman with a knife,” said a police officer. Swapna was taken to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital. Her condition is said to be critical. The culprit fled the spot after the incident. Swapna and Subhash have been living separately for some time.
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