KOCHI l FRIDAY l OCTOBER 11, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 32 l LATE CITY EDITION AFTER SEX SCANDAL, DOUBLE NOBEL FOR LITERATURE OLGA TOKARCZUK PETER HANDKE CROSSING BOUNDARIES AS A FORM OF LIFE Olga Tokarczuk won the 2018 Prize, which was delayed over a sex abuse scandal, while Peter Handke took the 2019 award ■ 15th ‘MOST INFLUENTIAL WRITER IN EUROPE’ The double prizes came after a year’s hiatus due to sex abuse allegations that rocked the secretive Swedish Academy, which selects the laureates. Polish novelist Tokarczuk, 57, won for her works that explore the “crossing of boundaries as a form of life”, while Austrian writer Handke, 76, was hailed for exploring “the periphery and the specificity of human experience” ■ Tokarczuk’s books portray a polychromatic world perpetually in motion. Her 900-page magnum opus The Books of Jacob spans seven countries, three religions and five languages The son of a German soldier he only met in adulthood, Handke is considered one of the most influential writers in Europe | P10 TOKARCZUK IS THE 15TH WOMAN TO WIN NOBEL LITERATURE IN A CENTURY 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 Muthoot strike called off Kochi: The two-month strike by employees of gold-finance company Muthoot Finance was called off on Thursday after the company agreed to some of the demands raised by trade unions. P4 Collector told to give church keys Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday directed the Ernakulam district collector to hand over the keys of St Mary’s church, Piravom, to the vicar of the Orthodox faction, who shall thereafter manage the church and cemetery. P3 Maradu to be left with 75k tonne debris Kochi: The demolition of five apartment complexes (including one half-built structure) at Maradu would generate more than 75,000 tonnes of concrete debris. P4 K-pitch may not define talks Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi begin their informal summit in Mahabs today; Ambassador Sun Weidong plays the good cop, says the two nations pose no threat to each other P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi All ready for the big show INDIA and China may not see eye-to-eye on Kashmir but the issue is unlikely to overshadow Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Mamallapuram for the second informal summit meeting, with Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong even emphasizing that the “two countries pose no threat” to each other. In an interview to a news agency on the eve of Xi’s visit, Sun said: “We believe that the summit will take bilateral relations to a higher level.” The Indian side did not issue any statement except announcing the schedule of the two-day meeting, which will begin with a guided tour of three monuments, a cultural programme followed by a dinner Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host for Xi. The substantive part will be on the second day when the two leaders , will have a one-on-one meeting followed by delegation level talks. Most retired diplomats and experts said there was no need for India to read too much into the Chinese statements on Kashmir after Xi’s meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing on Wednesday “It is disappointing that people . give emphasis to issues on which India and China do not see eye-to-eye. Kashmir is one such issue, but the leaders are mature enough to put it behind them and have cooperative discussions,” said Kishan Rana, a former Ambassador and visiting fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies here. A research scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University said China has been an allweather ally of Pakistan but it also realises that India is an important regional partner. “Both realise that there is no need for publicity when it comes to bilateral issues and they will not let one issue hamper their potential to work together,” he said. Another China watcher, however, disagreed. “The statement favouring India was given by the foreign ministry while the one against was issued by the Chinese President himself. This is indication enough of how important Kashmir is for them,” said a Sino-India relations research scholar at the Indian Council for World Affairs. Mamallapuram is all decked up for its tryst with history. Roads have been renovated, new signages erected and all public property painted. A Buddha statue has been placed near the shore temple. Work on wooden walkways too is over Sriram has power, can manipulate things: Wafa The lit-up sculpture depicting Arjuna’s Penance at Mahabs on the eve of the Modi-Xi summit | SHIBA PRASAD SAHU Leaving nothing to chance Every street has been occupied by the police and movement of locals is being closely monitored. Locals have been asked to carry Aadhaar or any other identity proof while stepping out of home Lower courts adjourned Lower courts in Chennai have adjourned cases till Saturday since the bulk of the city’s police force is on security duty at the Mahabs WILL DAMO HELP NAMO AND XI AT MAHABALIPURAM? I T is strategic civilisational diplomacy at its symbolic best. Narendra Modi found that his second informal summit with Xi Jinping at Mahabalipuram in 2019 had been fixed 1,500 years ago by a prince of the Pallava dynasty, which ruled Mahabalipuram from Kanchipuram. The Pallava prince from Kanchipuram renounced the throne, became a Buddhist monk, known as Bodhi Dharma in India and DaMo in China, almost like how prince Siddhartha became Buddha. His guru asked him to go to Zhen Dan — today’s China. Bodhi Dharma, who became India’s first spiritual ambassador to China, also TOP OF THE WORLD MARY CONFIRMS RECORD 8TH MEDAL MC Mary Kom became the most successful boxer — male or female — in the history of the World Championships by ensuring her eighth medal after entering the semis in the ongoing edition in Ulan-Ude, Russia. The six-time champion was joint-top with Cuba’s Felix Savon, who has seven medals to his name. P15 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @T’Puram SUSPENDED IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman is trying to sabotage the case pertaining to the road accident death of Malayalam journalist K M Basheer, alleged Wafa Firoze, who had accompanied the officer when the accident occurred. In a video posted on a social media platform, Wafa rubbished Sriram’s claim that she was at the wheel when the accident occ u r re d a n d that he was not drunk. Sriram had made these claims in his Wafa Firoze explanation to the Chief Secretary seeking the revocation of his suspension that has been on since the accident on August 3. Sriram had written that Wafa was driving the car when the accident occurred and that he was not under the influence of alcohol. Wafa countered this saying that Sriram has got power and, using that, he can manipulate things. “But I am sticking to what I have been saying,” she said. Wafa said she did not know for what reason Sriram was denying that he was driving ● More on P5 the car. School mourns ‘little goddess’ who loved all, led from front M A R U N @ Kochi DEVIKA means ‘little goddess’ in Sanskrit. The pall of gloom that descended on the Government Girls HSS, Ernakulam, where Devika Shalan had studied, indicated what she meant to fellow students and teachers. She was good as a person and gifted as a student. The 17-year-old Plus-II commerce student met with a tragic end on Wednesday night after spurned lover Mithun P U set her ablaze. Her classmates and friends at school rushed to her single-bedroom house at Athani near Kakkanad even before her body was brought after postmortem examination. “She was very friendly and always positive,” said a friend. Devika did a commendable job as school leader, but paid heavily for the habit of keeping her sorrows to herself. “Had she shared her despair at least with the class teacher, we could’ve saved her,” said School Principal V Nalinakumari. “A love affair is not at all wrong, but when the relationship strained, she must’ve kept it as a secret fearing about police case and consequences.” School PTA president Shibu P Chacko said: “We’re planning to offer counselling to students because we don’t want to see another girl suf● More on P5 fer.” Midhun P U & Devika Shalan TRAGIC NIGHT On Wednesday midnight, Midhun P U, 24, a native of North Paravoor, knocks on the doors of Devika Shalan’s house at Athani, Kakkanad 1 As her father opens the door, the youth rushes in demanding to meet the 17-year-old girl 2 3 Mithun douses the girl, who was asleep, in petrol, sets her ablaze using a lighter As Mithun had doused himself in petrol, fire engulfs both of them. Her father too suffers severe burns 4 The victims were rushed to the hospital, but both Devika and Midhun were declared brought dead at the Government Medical College, Kalamassery. P2 5 S GURUMURTHY The author is a commentator on political and economic affairs emerged as its chief mentor. Regarded as Buddhaabdara (Buddha’s Avatar), he expounded Zen Buddhism and founded the famous Shaolin Temple in China’s Henan province. Revered as the first Patriarch of China, the rest of the Buddhist world listed him as the 28th in line from Buddha. Modi is now reviving memories of Bodhi Dharma, to position him as the Consider load test, don’t raze flyover now: HC tells govt EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kochi THE Kerala High Court on Thursday said the Palarivattom flyover should not be demolished without its permission. The court also directed the government to consider conducting a load test engaging either IIT Kanpur, IIT Mumbai or any agency specialised in bridges to assess the strength of the structure. A division bench comprising Justice A M Shaffique and Justice T V Anilkumar issued the order on two petitions seeking to restrain the state government from demolishing and reconstructing the flyover without conducting a load test as prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards. The petitioners as well as the contractor and consultants KITCO opined the strength of the bridge could be assessed only after a load test as per the provisions of the contract. According to the petitioners, though the government had decided to demolish the bridge based on some reports, no load test was conducted despite it being the basic test to gauge strength. WITH THIS ISSUE KOCHI’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF INDULGE (TABLOID) icon of India’s civilisational outreach to China, which is integral to his overarching strategic civilisational diplomacy. Bodhi Dharma’s foray was not limited to China. Popular as DaMo in China, as Dalma in Korea, Daruma in Japan, Dharmottara in Tibet, with his name echoing in Vietnam too, he ended up as India’s cultural ambassador to most of Asia. Just as Modi began gradually changing the secular narrative of India into a civilisational narrative within after his historic victory in 2014, he extended it to foreign relations as well. In 2015, he began writing a strategic Hindu-Buddhist civilisational narrative to give thrust to India’s Look East philosophy . CONTINUED ON: P6 Moody’s slashes India growth projection to 5.8%, lower than RBI’s E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE race to the bottom of India’s FY20 GDP estimates has begun. On Thursday, Moody’s Investors Service slashed its 2019-20 growth forecast for India to 5.8% from 6.2% projected earlier, citing pronounced slowdown led by weak investments and consumption. It comes barely a week after the Reserve Bank of India lowered GDP estimates to 6.1% from 6.9%. Moody’s revised figure is closer to OECD’s estimate of 5.9%. This is the second time Moody’s is lowering its India growth estimate for FY20. In March, it had reduced the estimate from 7% 6.8% on account of weak momentum of the economy . According to Moody’s, the drivers of deceleration are multiple, but mainly domestic and in part longlasting. What was an investment-led slowdown has broadened into consumption, driven by financial stress among rural households and weak job creation. The ongoing NBFC crisis intensified the problem. There is a silver lining, though, as growth will likely pick up to 6.6% in FY21 and to 7% over the mediumterm. Moody’s notes that while a 5% real GDP growth is considered high by international standards, it is not good enough for India.
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