KOCHI l SUNDAY l AUGUST 18, 2019 l `8.00 l PAGES 28 l LATE CITY EDITION BAJRANG, DEEPA NOMINATED FOR KHEL RATNA AWARD 12-member panel decided on 65kg World No 1 and Rio Paralympics shot put silver-medallist for stellar achievements 19 FOR ARJUNA, 6 FOR DRONACHARYA Cricketers Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav and star athletes Muhammed Anas and Tejinder Pal Singh Toor among those who made the cut. Badminton star B Sai Praneeth, motorsports athlete Gaurav Gill and goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu other prominent names on shortlist of 19. Three each in regular and liftetime category for Dronacharya 1 MARY KOM RECUSES, RANA MISSES OUT ■ While most athletes nominated deserved the award, omission of shooter Jaspal Rana from Dronacharya sparks controversy ■ H S Prannoy misses cut, takes to Twitter to vent frustrations ■ Mary Kom recuses from panel to avoid conflict of interest. Coach Chhote Lal Yadav was in contention for Dronacharya Award | P17 DEEPA IS THE FIRST INDIAN WOMAN TO WIN ANY MEDAL AT PARALYMPICS 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 Imran Khan tries to spin his way out of UNSC humiliation EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE & AGENCIES A DAY after Pakistan stood almost isolated at the UN Security Council with only long-time ally China explicitly backing it over the internalisation of the Kashmir issue, its Prime Minister Imran Khan tried to spin the failure as a victory . Though UNSC members mostly supported India’s stance that it was a bilateral dispute and that dilution of Article 370 was New Delhi’s internal matter, Imran claimed the Security Council meeting was a “reaffirmation of UN resolutions on the Kashmiris right to selfdetermination”.Taking to Twitter, Khan said it was for I welcome the the first time in over five decUNSC meeting. ades that the ‘world’s highest There were 11 UNSC resolutions diplomatic forum’ had taken up the issue of Kashmir and on the issue and the ‘serious situation’ prethe meeting was a reaffirmation of vailing there. these resolutions. India’s Permanent Representative to UN Syed AkbaImran Khan ruddin told reporters that India’s position remains that matters related to Article 370 are entirely an internal matter of India. On Friday, Imran’s attempt to get US president Donald Trump to intervene had failed after the latter told the Pakistani PM to instead engage diplomatically with India. Meanwhile, the US has further cut aid to Pakistan by $440 million, a Pakistani newspaper reported. The Trump administration had earlier cut over $1 billion in aid to Islamabad. J&K limps back to normalcy as Net, phone services partially restored Three from state in line for top national honours 50,000 landlines become operational, low-speed internet available in five dists in Jammu EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar THREE sports personalities from the state – Muhammed Anas, Manuel Fredericks and Vimal Kumar – have been nominated Muhammed Anas for the prestigious sports awards by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Sprinter Muhammed Anas, who is a national record holder in 400m, is named for Arjuna Award. Manuel Fredericks, who won the bronze medal with the Indian hockey team at the 1972 Munich Olympics, has been recommended for the Dhyan Chand Award. The third Malayalee in the awards list is badminton coach Vimal Kumar, who has been recommended for the Dronacharya Award. Kumar is a coach at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bengaluru and has coached the likes of Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap. The award will be announced on National Sports Day which , P15 falls on August 29. IN a relief to residents of Jammu & Kashmir, the government on Saturday relaxed restrictions on the movement of people. Security has been eased and landline phone lines have been restored, albeit partially Some shops . in the city opened on Saturday and there were more private vehicles on the roads, officials said. However, it’s still miles to go before normalcy is fully restored as restrictions are being lifted in a careful, phased manner. Sporadic incidents of stone pelting were reported from some areas where the restrictions were eased, though none of them was violent. Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said restrictions could be relaxed as the situation improved in the Valley . Free movement of people has been allowed in areas under 15 police stations in north and 10 each in south and central Kashmir. Kansal said 17 telephone exchanges, out of a total of 96, have been made functional — making over 50,000 landline phones operational. Services in other areas would be restored in a calibrated manner, he added. Schools to open on Monday Schools in the Valley will reopen on Monday and govt offices will also be fully functional from next week A Kashmiri talks on a landline phone in Srinagar on Saturday, after an almost two-week communications blackout; 17 out of 96 telephone exchanges have become functional | AFP Landlines services are functioning normally in the Jammu division, he noted. “Besides, 2G internet mobile service was restored in five districts of Jammu region.” The spokesperson said schools, including primary classes, and government offices will start functioning normally from Monday . However, in some areas where restrictions were relaxed, shops and business establishments remained closed while public trans- port was off the roads. In what may be worrisome for the authorities, after easing of restrictions, youngsters in many areas came out on to the roads, sta g ed demonstrations and clashed with the security personnel, who fired tear-smoke shells and pellets to disperse them. On release of detained political leaders, Kansal said it was up to the local authorities to decide based on the law-and-order situation in their respective areas. Relaxation has been provided in 35 police station areas... Public transport is on and we have encouraging reports of a lot of public movement Govt spokesperson Rohit Kansal @ Kochi Army man killed in firing THE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE 15 8 1947 NEW DELHI AUGUST 18 2019 SUNDAY PAGES 12 An Army man was killed on Saturday in Pak firing and mortar shelling in Nowshera sector of Rajouri dist of J&K Themes Challenges Impacts Stories S P EC I A L I S SU E Nationalism is storming new citadels The BJP’s 2014 victory and the massive mandate five years were mirrors that reflected the change that had been happening across classes, castes and occupations in the country. WITH THIS ISSUE PLUS 12 PAGES The Lure of Ram After sweeping the North, Northeast and the West, BJP president Amit Shah has been strategising to storm the Opposition bastions in the South and the West India. Its performance in West Bengal during the last general elections, and the subsequent deluge of TMC leaders to the saffron ranks have deepened Mamata Banerjee’s secular worry lines. Bengal is regionalism for nationalism. Eighty-nine-year-old O Rajagopal’s victory represents the change in Kerala politics, which is dominated by caste and ideology Says BJP worker Sajal . Mandal on chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’: “I feel proud to be a Hindu and Lord Ram is the god of our community He has given Hindus like me a religious . identity I feel we should unite since the slogan has brought us under one . umbrella—the BJP When BJP workers like me chant in chorus, we feel . united like never before.’’ The 41-year-old resident of Barasat, North Kolkata, sees Narendra Modi as India’s first leader who takes tough but appropriate decisions. “He taught Pakistan a lesson. His government passed the Bill banning triple talaq. I welcome the NRC and implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Bill,’’ says the garment trader. Regarding his win, Rajagopal says the large presence of Hindus in his constituency helped. He had held hundreds of meetings in all households to win the hearts of women, even from traditionally CPI(M) or Congress families. He blames cultural leaders who have not bothered to study the principles of the BJP and the RSS. “They haven’t read about 'them and only mouth criticisms. Hence their claim that the BJP is anti-Muslim or anti-Christian is absurd,” he says. O Rajagopal (left); Sajal Mandal; Dr Ramesh Raina (below) “The abrogation of Article 370 is the most progressive decision that has been taken. Nobody in Kashmir—even radical Kashmiris— should think that this is a retrograde step.” SHUTTERSTOCK RAMESH RAINA, Physician ARUN KUMAR Praise and Warning in Kashmir Make buses disabled-friendly, Centre in advisory to states Anoop Kaul, a Kashmiri Pandit who fled ethnic terror in the Valley to Delhi in 1990, was determined not to take the displacement lying down. He is certain the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35(A) couldn’t have come at a better time. The IT entrepreneur and chairman of the Sampoorn Kashmiri Sangathan says, “We have for long demanded the annulment of both Articles, which were meant to be temporary I largely blame the exodus of Pandits on them. Now, there will be de. velopment and gender equality in the Valley He says the people of Jammu and .” Kashmir had been waiting for long for this change. Agrees Faridabad-based physician Ramesh Raina, “This (the abrogation of Article 370) is the most progressive decision that has been taken in Kashmir—even radical Kashmiris—should not see it as a retrograde step and that something valuable has been taken away Rather, . they must see it as the first step for development to happen in the Valley by laying the foundation for a positive politics.” He believes it should have happened decades ago. “Kashmir has been constantly kept away from the constitutional structure of India on the pretext that the state’s identity and status is special. Article 370 and Article 35(A) were being used as instruments preventing J&K's complete merger with India,” says Raina. He too had fled Kashmir in the dead of night in January 1990 accompanied by his pregnant wife. “It was the scariest night of my life. It was something I had never dreamt of,” says he. He had naively believed that they would be back in a week’s time. The week turned to months which turned to years. He briefly visited his home state in 2016. Kaul adds a word of caution: “ A Land Bill with a rider to scrutinise the buyers of plots and their reason should be passed. The government must watch and tread carefully so that Kashmir does not become a 100 percent Islamic state.” Gau for it POWER PLAY LDF voted out in Kannur Corporation E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kannur Touched by the plight of flood-hit people, 6-yr-old Erlin, a native of Alakode in Idukki, hands over the money she has been saving in her piggy bank for the past four years at the relief fund collection centre opened by the Thodupuzha Press Club on Saturday. The money will be used for flood relief in Wayanad district | SHIYAMI Landslide fear: Expert teams to study vulnerable spots in 8 dists FLOOD FURY 115 27 death toll 2 still missing more bodies recovered from Kavalappara on Saturday 90,375 people in relief camps Rain forecast: Only light to medium rains till Tuesday 46.85% water in Idukki reservoir R A J E S H A B R A H A M @ Kochi WITH close to one lakh people still in relief camps, where most of them are not ready to return home due to fear of being hit by more landslides, the gover nment on Saturday formed 50 two-member teams, comprising a geologist and a soil conservation expert, to inspect and submit a report on the safety of areas affected by landslides in recent days. “The two-member team will travel to eight districts and submit a techno-legal report to State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) within two weeks. The report will help us provide an assurance to people whether it’s safe to return to their homes yet,” said Sekhar Lukose Kuriakose, member secretary KSDMA, and Head Scien, tist, Kerala State Emergency Operations Centre. The state witnessed over 80 landslides in a span of seven to eight days from August 8, most of them in Wayanad and Malappuram districts, killing over 100 people. There were many ‘aborted landslides’ too, where the land moved but lack of sufficient momentum prevented slips from occurring. It is being reckoned that land which moved in these areas will settle if water is routed away from the crevices. Justin Mohan, director, Directorate of Soil Survey & Soil Conservation, said the teams will begin work from Wednesday in close coordination with District Soil Conservation Department. “While top soil inspection will be done by soil conservation officers, the rock beneath top soil will be inspected by geologists,” he said. ● More on P6 EXPRESS READ Sudhir Nampoothiri is Sabarimala melsanthi Sabarimala: A K Sudhir Nampoothiri, 43, of Areekara Mana, Thirunavaya, Tirur, will be the new melsanthi of Lord Ayyappa temple here. M S Parameswaran Nampoothiri, 57, of Madavana Mana, Parakadavu, Aluva, is Malikappuram Devi temple’s new melsanthi. The selection of melsanthis was conducted at the sannidhanam under the supervision of special commissioner Manoj. P5 Parameswaran Nampoothiri Kochi: Standing firm on her decision not to leave the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC), Sr Lucy Kalapura appealed to the Holy See to overrule the FCC’s expulsion order via registered post on Saturday. The nun, who led the protests against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, has termed the expulsion order as ‘unjust’. P4 HOW SOUTHERN STATES FARE P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi IN A first, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has drafted an advisory for states urging them to make public transport disabled-friendly . As a part of the Accessible India campaign, the ministry has asked states to make at least 25% of their bus fleet and private passenger vehicles more accessible for the disabled. “The campaign was launched with an aim of making it easier for disabled people to access public transport. Their disabilities should not come in the way of commute. Once this campaign is adopted by states, it will be very easy for disabled people to travel,” a ministry official said. The advisory also asks states to explore the feasibility of retro-fitment of buses and take immediate steps for the same, including innovative solutions such as providing wooden or metallic planks to provide easy access to passengers who use wheelchairs. Apart from the advisory, a set of guidelines also has been issued by the ministry to the states. The guidelines mandate that a sufficient number of wheelchairs should be pre- Total Disabled buses friendly Andhra APSRTC 9,801 45 KSRTC 8,297 354 NEKRTC 4,703 265 K’taka NWKRTC 4,885 598 BMTC 6,407 1,200 Kerala SRTC 5,686 0 Kerala Kerala 667 0 Urban RTC OSRTC 436 0 Odisha BPTS 110 12 MTC 3,679 843 (Chennai) Tamil Nadu Others 18,635 0 (Combined) Telangana TSRTC 8,200 290 State sent at all bus stops, ports and terminals. According to the draft advisory, which was issued a week ago, there should be visible and marked space at all bus stops for disabled passengers. The draft also asks states to install audio-visual information system for visually-impaired and hearing-impaired passengers. The move was welcomed by the disabled. Akash Pandey a , 29-year-old software engineer who is a polio survivor, was delighted about the advisory. “My only mode of transport to work is by bus. I travel during peak hours two times a day and it is very difficult in crowded buses. If the advisory is strictly implemented, things would become a lot easier for people like me,” Pandey said. Corporation Guidelines to states, in addition to advisory Sufficient number of wheelchairs Visible and marked space at all bus stops/ports/terminals Adequate handrails and human assistance Audio-visual info systems for visually-impaired & hearingimpaired passengers Emergency button near designated seats A JUMBO ISSUE State lost 16 captive elephants so far this year G O P I K A V A R R I E R @ Thrissur Expulsion: Sr Lucy appeals to Vatican A K Sudhir Nampoothiri THOUGH the outcome of the no-confidence motion moved by the UDF against Mayor E P Latha was predictable, the run-up to the procedures in the council had all the elements of a high drama. The councillors were given police protection as requested by the UDF. The entire corporation office and the surroundings were put under tight security And to top it all, the media . was not allowed to cover the proceedings. Predictably, the no-confidence motion moved by the UDF against Mayor E P Latha was passed with a majority of two votes after four hours of discussion. The proceedings began at 9 am. The UDF got 28 votes and LDF 26. Even before the motion was taken for discussion and later for voting, everybody knew the outcome as the UDF had secured the vital support of deputy mayor P K Ragesh, on whose backing the LDF was able to form the council four years ago. The LDF was also one man short as one seat had become vacant owing to the death of its councillor T M Kuttikrishnan, who represented Edakkad, a ● More on P6 few months ago. Cow worship is not just for Indians. Friederike Irina Bruening, aka Sudevi Mataji, came to India in 1978 as a tourist and stayed on to become a gau rakshak who now shelters over 1,800 bovines in her gaushala in Mathura. Young Friederike fell in love with Indian philosophy and mysticism. She decided to make the land of Krishna her permanent abode. The turning point came when she brought a sick calf home, treated it and reared it. What started with one calf grew into a gaushala sprawled over 3,300 sq yards, over the last 41 years. Sudevi, who sees cows as her children, asserts that she would oppose anyone who tries to kill and eat her children. However, she is strongly against violence and murder in the name of cow protection. Now, the sexagenarian ashraidatri (one who gives shelter to ‘gaumata’) has employed around 90 workers and spends around `3 crore a month to run her enterprise. Part of the funding is from the company her father founded in Germany She was awarded the Padma Shri last . year for her work in cow welfare. DESPITE government’s measures to promote documentaries like ‘Gods in Shackles’ and attempts to bring about regulations to protect captive elephants, the state has lost 16 jumbos so far this year, averaging two jumbos per month. Soon, captive elephants will become a thing of the past for people in the state as such is the speed at which healthy jumbos meet with an untimely death. The latest vic- tim is Nandilath Arjunan, who died at the age of 58. Animal activists alleged the jumbo was tethered without proper shelter, which rendered it sick. Other elephants that died this year include Dakshayani, 89, Akkavila Kannan, 17, T hottekkattu Karthikeyan, 30, Kizhanchery Sankarankutty 50, Priya, 35, Bal, araman, 68, Veenadu Vinayakan, 32, Sreevijayam Murugan, 41, Balussery India, 46, Cheruplassery Parthan, 42, Thiruppuraickal Rajendran, 52, Mangalamkunnu Ganapathy, 69, Aralam Sivan, 22, Mullathu Kailas, 32, and Mukkomban Ganapathy 56. , Of the 16, more than half died very young compared to the life expectancy of elephants. It is alleged that neglect in providing proper veterinary care and lack of enforcement of rules led to their deaths. The Forest Department had come out with some amend- ments to Kerala Captive Elephants (Management and Maintenance) Rule 2012, which is yet to be implemented. “Updated rules are more stringent and will stop the torture of captive jumbos. As per the amendments, retirement age for captive jumbos has been set at 65 years and parading of elephants has been restricted from 6 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 8 pm,” said V K Venkitachalam, chairman of Heritage Animal Task Force.● More on P6
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