COIMBATORE 20 April 2014 Sunday `4.00 pages 30 LATE CITY edition CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com Fighting Fit With Pilates The Magical Medicine to Cure All Ills amiTabh baChChan Ageless AvAtAr The Water Principle PLUS: 12 PAGES A Poetic Account of Modern Delhi mAGAzinE Ex c lus iv e Vo ices Prabhu Chawla TJS GeorGe Kamlendra Kanwar ravi ShanKar Saving One Book At a Time ShamPa dhar-KamaTh Soli J SorabJee ShanKKar aiyar v SudarShan Change Your Reality Now, The Great Indian Bake Off ‘People Want to Think of Me as an Airhead, But I am Not’ Karachi: Pakistani baChChan TV journalist Hamid Mir, who faced threats from Taliban and other terror groups, was on Saturday shot at in Karachi by four motorcycle-borne gunmen on the way to his office. Mir, 47, sustained bullet injuries in his intestine, leg and pelvic area. Karachi police chief Shahid Hayat said Mir was “out of danger”. P14 Ageless AvAtAr PLUS: 12 PAGES Says his proposal to establish a joint body on the row amounts to diverting problem; implementing tribunal’s final award alone would be fair Express News Service ‘People Want Chennai: Continuing her attack on the BJP and its PM to Think of Me candidate Narendra Modi, Saving One as an Airhead, Chief Minister and AIADMK Book At a Time But I am Not’ chief J Jayalalithaa on Saturday charged that the people of si v E voi c Es E x clu Tamil Nadu could not expect TJS G eorGe , K amlendra K anwar , r avi S hanKar , anything goodorabJee , party S oli J S from the P rabhu C hawla , S hamPa d har -K amaTh , for resolving the Cauvery water a iyar , v S udarShan S hanKKar dispute and Modi was trying to divert the issue. Referring to the two suggestions made by Modi in his interview to a Tamil daily — establishment of a joint Karnataka-Tamil Nadu body and interlinking of rivers — for resolving the Cauvery dispute, Jayalalithaa said, “Karnataka has been known for betraying Tamil Nadu by inviting it for talks. The DMK has also been ‘practising’ this ‘deceptive trick’ for a long time.” “Taking steps to release the water in accordance with the final award of the Cau‘tn won’t get anything good from BJP’ very Water Disputes Tribunal Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday is the only fair step to be taken now. I wanted to know whethcharged that the people of Tamil Nadu could er the BJP would promise to not expect anything good from the BJP by way implement the final award of of resolving the Cauvery water dispute or the the Cauvery Tribunal. But indecades-long tamil nadu fishermen issue stead of promising that, Modi has suggested establishing a body for resolving the dispute. “I also wanted to know this count? It can’t even assure This is nothing but diverting whether the BJP would prom- that it would allocate funds for the issue,” the CM said during ise to link the rivers — Maha- intra-linking of rivers in Tamil an election rally at Triplicane nadi, Godavari and Cauvery. Nadu. Above all, the BJP has here. Why is the BJP hesitating on not assured that the Cauvery mAGAzinE Kiran Opts Out of Poll Race Hyderabad: Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and president of Jai Samaikyaandhra Party, Kiran Kumar Reddy, has opted out of the contest in the May 7 election in the State apparently because he would be busy campaigning for his party candidates. P7 Crucial BCCI Meet Today Mumbai: The BCCI’s all-powerful Working Committee will meet here on Sunday to identify a way to satisfy the latest directive of the Supreme Court in the IPL scandal case. P16 IM Men Chargesheeted New Delhi: Indian Mujahideen cofounder Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar were on Saturday chargesheeted by Delhi Police in connection with the September 2010 Jama Masjid terror attack case. Captain Ignored Rescue Bid Jindo: The 69-year-old captain of the sunken South Korean ferry was spotted drying wet currency instead of paying attention to rescue efforts after he abandoned the ship and was brought safely ashore, said a report in Britain’s Daily Telegraph. P14 MK Upset Over CJI’s Word Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Saturday came down heavily on Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam for his recent statement on Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts. Karunanidhi questioned the intentions of Sathasivam for setting date so close to the polls. P5 Everest Toll Mounts to 13 Kathmandu: The toll in the worst-ever mountaineering accident on Mount Everest rose to 13 on Saturday as rescuers dug out a body buried under tonnes of snow, a day after a massive avalanche struck the world’s highest peak killing Nepalese Sherpa guides. P14 express poll of the day If Modi becomes PM, will he be able to tackle Mamata Banerjee effectively as he claims? no 20% Today’s question: Do you expect consistently high turnouts in the remaining phases of this Lok Sabha poll also? AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa addressing a rally at Nanganallur on Saturday; and (left) a section of the gathering | albin mathew On Cauvery dispute: “The BJP has not assured that the Cauvery Management Board would be formed in accordance with the final verdict of the Cauvery Tribunal. As such, Tamil Nadu will not get anything good from the BJP to resolve the Cauvery dispute” Management Board would be formed in accordance with the final verdict of the Cauvery Tribunal. As such, Tamil Nadu will not get anything good from the SC to Take Call on Pinching of Kerala Temple’s Massive Assets Express News Service On fishermen issue: “Dear voters, please keep this in mind. The AIADMK alone will stand by you in all situations. Your sister alone will stand by you always” BJP to resolve the Cauvery dispute. The only party which can ensure a solution to this issue is the AIADMK and I appeal to you to vote for us,” the Chief Babu Hires Cab to Ferry Bribe Money by Gokul Vannan New Delhi: The Supreme Court is all set to hear the case pertaining to the Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, and its assets on Wednesday when it will consider the report submitted by amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam, according to which a gold plating machine and large amounts of unaccounted gold and silver were found inside the temple. The report has raised searching questions on the management of the shrine. Gopal Subramaniam, in his over 500-page report submitted before the court, revealed shocking details on how ‘stealth’ is organised inside the temple by its own people holding top positions. The report pointed out how the Travancore royal family and the temple management never produced the original inventory of the shrine’s wealth and incorrectly maintained or did not special audit by ex-cag sought The amicus curiae has suggested a special audit by former CAG Vinod Rai, assisted by an RBI deputy governor, and asked the apex court to constitute a new committee that shall not have any royal family member. maintain it for the past 30 years. It wanted the court to restrain the head of the royal family from interfering in the day-to-day affairs of the temple as its trustees. “It appears that there has been large-scale breach of moral and fiduciary duties towards Sree Padmanabhaswamy and the temple, which is a public temple. It has been treated for all effects and purposes as a private fiefdom,” the report observed. “It may be noted that there is a sad disconnect between those who worship the deities and those who administer. Those who administer are not unaware of the shastraa nor have they made any effort to inform themselves from the thantri the proper procedure and methodologies,” it said. The amicus suggested a special audit by former CAG Vinod Rai, assisted by an RBI deputy governor, and urged the court to constitute a new committee that shall not have any member of the Travancore royal family. The report also said that though the trustees had opposed opening one of the vaults identified as Kallara-B, there had been eyewitness accounts of it being opened some years back. Vijay Pics on Ads Being Masked on EC Orders by Sivaguru S Coimbatore: Jewellers, real estate businessmen and sundry other traders are not the only people hit by the Election Commission’s stringent measures. A recent decision of the poll panel has greatly disappointed Vijay fans. The commission recently ordered a ban on displaying Vijay’s photographs on advertisements and the masking of his face on billboards, as part of the model code of conduct for the elections. Vijay’s photo was seen masked at a bus shelter in front a jewellery outlet on 100 Feet Road near Gandhipuram on Saturday. In the advertisement, Vijay, a brand Do Not Invest in Misery to be Joyful Fighting Fit With Pilates Top Pak TV Host Shot At amiTabh SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com SPEAkS Jaya Rubbishes Modi’s Solution to Cauvery r a da r Yes 80% SAdhGUrU Vijay’s face seen masked on advertisement hoardings in Coimbatore | S Kamalakkanan ambassador for the jeweller, was shown with his face masked, along with Fahadh Faasil and Diganth Manchale. Banners featuring Vijay on a cellular service provider’s advertisements were also removed on the commission’s orders. “We have started masking Vijay’s photographs as per the district election officer’s order. It is part of the model code of conduct,” said Varadharajan, Corporation Town Planning Officer. Said an employee from the ad agency concerned, “We got a call from the Corporation’s Town Planning section asking us for the total number of banners featuring Vijay erected across the city”. “Actor Vijay has not yet declared his stand anything related to politics and has not supported any party till now,” Kovai Vijay Fans Club president Babu told Express. “We suspect that Ilayathalapathi’s recent meeting with BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi in the city has led to this decision. The EC has taken it as a big issue and is removing the banners and masking his face in ads. It is a big disappointment for our members,” he added. Madurai: Despite the big talk about cleaning up elections, wads of cash and other goodies keep reaching voters through innovative means. For example, at Virudhunagar Parliamentary constituency, a Central excise officer, working in Chennai, hired a cab from Madurai to transport money to a party in villages near Thirumangalam. The officer flashed his government identity card to escape from being caught during vehicle checks. On Thursday, the Central excise officer, who stayed in a popular hotel near the Madurai railway junction, asked the cab driver to pick him up around 1.30 pm. After he hopped into the vehicle, the officer issued directions to drive to Thirumangalam. Meanwhile, he contacted area-level political functionaries of Sugurampatti, Lakshmipuram and Sivarakottai over phone, and asked them to meet him. The driver noticed that the officer kept the money in two cloth bags and hid them near his feet. He also hid two bundles of cash in his underwear, said the driver. When the vehicle was intercepted near the Thirumunagalam tollgate, the officer flashed his government identity card claiming he had come for election duty, said the driver. When they reached the villages, he handed over the money to the political functionaries. More: P6 Minister said. Jayalalithaa also took on Modi over his remarks on the fishermen issue. Recalling his recent remarks at Kanyakumari, she said Modi charged that the problems faced by Tamil Nadu fishermen could not be resolved because of the ‘clash’ between herself and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. However, a few days ago, speaking at Ramanathapuram, Modi had alleged that the fishermen of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu were arrested by Pakistan and Sri Lanka just because there was no strong government at the Centre. “Going by the logic of Modi’s remarks at Ramanathapuram, can we infer that the ‘clash’ between him and Sonia Gandhi was the reason for the arrest of Gujarat fishermen?” she asked amidst applause. Jayalalithaa further said the electorate should choose the AIADMK, which had been really concerned about the welfare of the Tamil Nadu fishermen. Earlier in the day, she kickstarted her campaign for the Lok Sabha election from Alandur, which comes under Sriperumpudur constituency. During her campaign in Central Chennai constituency, she attacked DMK candidate Dayanidhi Maran. More: p5 women could be game changers When the debate is on communalism and development, participation of youngsters, who are first-time voters aged between 18 and 19 and constitute 2.8 per cent of the electorate, could be a decisive factor, and along with women voters, they could be the game changers. The Young and the Restless Hold Key to LS Poll Outcome by U Anand Kumar New Delhi: Women outnumbered men when it came to casting their votes for the first five phases of elections to the 16th Lok Sabha, and the voter turnout is expected to go up in the remaining four phases of polling to elect 311 MPs. Polling in the five phases till April 17 to elect 232 MPs witnessed a high voter turnout. While the high percentage of votes means greater participation of people in the democratic exercise, politically it also signifies that elections are being fiercely fought and people could be voting for a change. When the debate is on communalism and development, participation of youngsters, who are first-time voters aged between 18 and 19 and constitute 2. 8 per cent of the electorate, could be a decisive factor and along with women voters, they could be the game changers. According to Election Commission data, out of a total 814,591,184 electors in the country, female voters constitute 47.6 per cent. While Puducherry has 52.01 per cent of women voters, Uttar Pradesh has 45.2 per cent female electors. In absolute numbers, Uttar Pradesh tops the list with more than 38.1 lakh electors aged between 18 and 19, followed by West Bengal with about 20.8 lakh electors in this age group. Interestingly, the remaining phases will see polling in states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, where the Congress had performed well in 2009. Of the 311 Lok Sabha seats that go to polls in the next four phases, Uttar Pradesh has 59 seats, Andhra Pradesh 42, Tamil Nadu 39, West Bengal 38, Bihar 27, Gujarat 26, Maharashtra 19, Punjab 13, Madhya Pradesh 10, Chhattisgarh 7, Assam six, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand (five each), Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Jharkhand (four each) and Dadra, Daman and Puducherry (one each). The percentage of voters (aged 18-19) is also high in these states. While Jharkhand has 9 per cent, Assam has 3.5 per cent, Chhattisgarh 4.9, Rajasthan 4.8, MP 3.4, Bihar 2.7 and Gujarat 2.4 per cent.
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