PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE The New Indian Express Wishes its readers a Our offices and press will remain closed today. Therefore, there will be no issue of the paper on Monday CHENNAI SUNDAY OCTOBER 27, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS HANDMADE IN BAVARIA BOLLYWOOD’S BALD PATCH Historian and photographer William Dalrymple’s latest photo exhibition, open till October 31 at Delhi’s Vadehra Art Gallery, merges art and history of the 18th and 19th centuries On your next German trip, take a detour around Munich’s traditional craft towns. June to September is the best time to visit Films like Bala and Ujda Chaman prove the bald protagonist is finding his feet in Bollywood. What has driven filmmakers to finally engage with baldness? IMRAN’S DOG DAYS ARE HERE COVER STORY In the 1980s, Imran Khan claimed that each time he bowled against India, it was jihad. Today, he is on a solitary pitch, bowling at the wind. The no-balls are piling up. His anti-India campaign over Kashmir has become a flop EXCLUSIVE VOICES Shankkar Aiyar T J S George ■ Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty ■ ■ 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 Trust deficit delays Sena-BJP Maha deal BJP to elect Fadnavis as leader of state legislative party on Wednesday; Sena threatens to explore “other options” A B H I J I T M U LY E @ Mumbai THE Shiv Sena on Saturday dug in its heels and demanded that the power-sharing for mula must be given in writing so that the BJP doesn’t renege on its promise like it allegedly did earlier. The Sena also hardened its stance about making party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aaditya as the Chief Minister, warning that it has “other options” to consider if the BJP doesn’t accede to its demands. The decisions were taken after the party brass held an hour-long meeting of party legislators on Saturday . “Earlier, the party had negotiations with BJP president Amit Shah and Devendra Fadnavis. A 50:50 formula was discussed back then. Sharing the CM’s post for 2.5 years was part of that plan. For us, the equal share in power and CM post are both important. Post of deputy CM is secondary . We should be able to decide if the BJP shares the formula for government formation in writing,” said Shiv Sena leader Pratap Sarnaik, who is MLA from neighbouring Thane. The Sena has had two Chief Ministers from its ranks — Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane — from 1995-1999. “If the BJP does not accept our demands, we have other options open for us. We are in such a position,” Sarnaik added. Both the Congress and NCP have sent out feelers that they were willing to form the government with the Sena if they move out of the alliance with the BJP . In the 288-member Assembly, the NCP now has 54 seats and the Congress 44. While the BJP has already made it clear that all negotiations on government formation would be carried out as per the formula fixed during alliance formation before the Lok Sabha elections, state BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari declined to comment on the latest development. “We don’t conduct negotiations through media. The leaders entrusted with negotiations would convey the party’s view points at an appropriate time,” Bhandari said. Meanwhile, state BJP president Chandrakant Patil on Saturday said a legislative party meeting is scheduled next Wednesday in which the leader , of state legislative party would be formally elected. EXPRESS READ 143 terror incursions into J&K last year: MHA Slowdown pulls down Rly earnings by `4,000 crore As many as 143 terrorists infiltrated into J&K from PoK in 2018, according to a Home Ministry report released on Saturday. Terrorists made 328 bids to enter India. With 91 personnel killed, 2018 saw the highest No of casualties among security forces since 2013 | P9 The Indian Railway has suffered a dip of `155 crore and `3,901 crore in earnings from passenger and freight fares respectively in the second quarter of the current fiscal, an RTI reply shows. Ticket bookings fell 1.27% between April and September, compared to the same period last year | P13 FAREWELL Yogapaati Nanammal dies at 99 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Coimbatore AFTER leading the charge against a seemingly decadent modern lifestyle for many decades, Nanammal, believed to be oldest exponent of Yoga in the country , breathed her last on Saturday afternoon. She was 99. Revered as Yogapaati, Nanammal till about last month, represented an old school of thought that believed that the strength to tackle life, and its myriad problems, came from within. A steadfast opponent of allopathic medicine, Nanammal took great pride in neve r h av i n g m a d e a n appointment with doctors. However, in her last days, doctors did appear beside her bed, after suffering a fall over a week ago. The leg injury she sustained in the fall restricted her mobility . Nanammal trained thousands of students and hundreds of instructors through her Ozone and Anadham Yoga Centre. Her contributions earned her many accolades and a steady trickle of awards reached at her doorsteps. Padma Shri was conferred on her in 2018. Govt formation smoother than expected but the going could get tough for Khattar KUMAR VIKRAM & HARPREET B A J W A @ New Delhi / Chandigarh HOURS before diyas will be lit and crackers burst on Sunday evening, Haryana’s incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will get the perfect Diwali gift when he will be sworn in for a second term. Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala will take oath as his deputy Khattar , said on Saturday moments after , Gover nor Satyadeo Narain Arya invited the Bharatiya Janata Party-JJP combine to form government in the state. Khattar said the oath-taking ceremony will begin at 2.15 pm on Sunday adding that 57 MLAs , — 40 of the BJP, 10 of the JJP and seven Independents — staked claim before the Governor. Earlier in the day, the BJP legislature party had met and elected Khattar as their leader. Government formation may have been smoother than expected but Khattar may not find the going easy in Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad offers sweet to CM-designate Khattar| PTI the next five years. Since the BJP doesn’t enjoy majority in the Assembly it will , have to consider the sensibilities of its coalition partners before taking any policy decision. Khattar, regarded as a tough administrator, will have to withstand pressure from Chautala, whose AN APP FOR YOU “MY HEALTH RECORD” TO BE OUT SOON The Union government has developed an app that will let you store your detailed health profile, including past medical prescriptions, lab records and diagnoses that can be shared with doctors when needed | P7 party’s support base is in conflict with that of the BJP . While the JJP is mainly a Jat party, the BJP suffers from an anti-Jat image. The community is dominant in many parts of the state and it will have a sense of empowerment with Chautala in the Deputy CM’s seat. CONTINUED ON: P7 Dushyant’s jailed father gets furlough Dushyant Chautala’s father Ajay, who was jailed over a teachers’ recruitment scam, is granted furlough for two weeks and will attend the oath-taking ceremony | P9 24 HOURS GONE EFFORTS TO RESCUE TODDLER YIELD NO RESULTS J AYA K U M A R M A D A L A @ Manapparai OPERATIONS to rescue the two-year-old child Sujith Wilson, who fell into a borewell pit in Nadkukkatupatti village near Manapparai on Friday evening, continued till late Saturday night. The toddler is reportedly stuck in a complex position inside the pit, and even the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) is unable to bring him out. The pit that Sujith fell into, while playing with his cousins, was dug seven years ago. He initially got stuck at a depth of 18 feet, and then slowly sank down and reached about 70 feet below the ground level. “We managed to tie ropes around his hands thrice,” said Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, who has been overseeing the operations. Plan to drill a new pit “However, we were unable with supersonic tech to pull him out all the three times. His hands slipped out Officials are now planning to of the knots as it’s very humid dig a pit parallel to this one, inside the pit.” Several ex- using supersonic equipment, perts and rescue workers have and make a connection to been battling for the last 25 retrieve the boy. However, the hours in vain. “We had teams machines were yet to arrive coming in from Tiruchy, Madurai, Namakkal and Coimbatore,” said a police officer. “Everyone came with their own equipment. Most of the machines were the catch-and-pull type. But they failed to work as it’s slippery inside.” The boy had stopped responding to calls by Saturday morning. “We have not heard any noise from him LAST-DITCH EFFORT: P5 since 5 am,” said the minister.
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