PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE THRISSUR l SUNDAY l FEBRUARY 23, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 36 l CITY EDITION COVER STORY THE MONK IN THE KITCHEN A REGAL REVIVAL THE SPIRITUAL INTIMACY The original rockstar chef, Marco Pierre White from Britain, on his first visit to Delhi, reaffirms his love for India and its cuisines. He feels the Indian food is yet to reach its ‘true potential’ Rajbari Bawali, a luxury heritage resort near Kolkata, is a master class in the art of sympathetic restoration There is only one antidote to the poison that marriage often is, and that’s a spiritual association between the man and the woman, writes Acharya Prashant THE BRAVE NEW INDIAN MILITARY India has made significant changes to its military structure with the appointment of the first-ever Chief of Defence Staff. We take a look at how the country is preparing for future battles with Pakistan and China EXCLUSIVE VOICES Shankkar Aiyar T J S George ■ Prabhu Chawla ■ ■ 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 State wants to reintroduce two-driver rule for trucks A N I L K U M A R T @ Kochi THE state government has decided to approach the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to reintroduce the two-driver rule for national permit trucks and lorries. The MoRTH had amended the Central Motor Vehicles Rule in March 2018 to allow national permit heavy vehicles to ply with one driver, instead of two. The state Transport Department’s decision to approach MoRTH comes in the wake of the accident at Avinashi near Coimbatore involving a container truck and a KSRTC bus, which claimed 19 lives. The truck had only one driver, who might have dozed off at the wheel, as per the initial findings. ● More on P6 ‘Driver’s fault’ A preliminary report submitted by the MVD to the Transport Minister blames the container lorry driver for the accident at Avinashi on Thursday. The driver might have dozed off or was speeding, the report said. Don to raise the issue of religious freedom with Modi US officials say the matter will come up during Trump-Modi meet, hint trade talks stuck due to India’s ‘protectionist’ measures EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Crack down on terrorists: US to Pak @ New Delhi US President Donald Trump will raise the issue of religious freedom with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to India next week, the White House said on Friday . “President Trump will talk about our shared tradition of democracy and religious freedom both in his public remarks and then certainly in private. He will raise these issues, particularly the religious freedom issue, which is extremely important to this administration,” a senior White House official said in response to a question asking whether Trump will raise the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Act or the National Register of Citizens during his meeting with Modi. The official added the US has great respect for India’s democratic traditions and institutions and these values are enshrined in the Indian Constitution. Recalling how Modi spoke of inclusiveness after last year’s poll victory, the official said the world looks to India to maintain religious liberty and equal treatment of all. In the recent past, two city councils in the US — Seattle A police personnel scans the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday. Commonly known as Motera Stadium, it will host the ‘Namaste Trump’ event | PTI and Cambridge — had passed resolutions against the CAA saying it was discriminatory . Ahead of Trump’s India visit, The US Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan US federal entity, published a ‘factsheet’ claiming the CAA “represents a significant downturn in religious freedom in India”. According to the amended citizenship law, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communiThe world is looking towards India to continue to uphold its democratic traditions, respect for religious minorities White House official Surendran takes charge as BJP state prez; Kummanam, Sobha stay away E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @T’Puram K SURENDRAN assumed charge as the youngest president of the BJP state unit here on Saturday. The 49-year-old firebrand leader’s ascension to the top post, at a function held at the party headquarters, also exposed the fissures in party, with some senior leaders staying away from the programme. Union Minister V Muraleedharan, who is believed to have played a key role in Surendran’s elevation to the state president’s post, was present to back his protege. What surprised many was the presence of party national executive member P K Krishnadas, the leader of the rival faction that Union Minister V Muraleedharan greets K Surendran at the party headquarters in T’Puram | VINCENT PULICKAL was initially opposed to Surendran’s selection to the post. While general secretary Sobha Surendran chose to give the entire function a miss, two other general secretaries — M T Ramesh and A N Radhakrishnan — played hide and seek when Surendran assumed charge. Ramesh, who was present when Surendran was accorded a reception by BJP workers at Thiruvananthapuram railway station, turned up late for the function at party headquarters. Radhakrishnan also arrived at the fag end of the programme, setting tongues wagging about the displeasure of the three leaders — who were also frontrunners to the top post — over Surendran’s selection. Ramesh and Radhakrishnan are staunch loyalists of P K Krishnadas. However, the indif ferent stance adopted by Ramesh and Radhakrishnan when Krishnadas himself was present at the function gave rise to speculation that all was not well within Krishnadas ● More on P6 camp. ● EXPRESS READ Court posts Franco’s case to February 29 Post Delhi, BJP sees no need to change tack Kottayam: The Additional District and Sessions Court I Kottayam, which is considering the rape case against bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese has posted the next hearing to February 29. New Delhi: Unfazed by Delhi rout, the BJP is sticking to its thrust on national issues in state politics. “If not for the national issues, the BJP’s vote share would have remained stuck at 30%. Political pundits are wrong to state the people rejected the BJP’s national agenda,” said a leader. Today’s issue carries an 8-page ‘Wedding Chimes’ supplement ties from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who entered India before December 31, 2014 due to religious persecution will get Indian citizenship. India has been maintaining that the CAA is an internal matter of the country and the goal is purely to protect the oppressed minorities of neighbouring countries. In 2015, the then US President Barack Obama at a speech in New Delhi had said India would succeed only if it is not splintered on religious lines. “In all countries, upholding religious freedom is the responsibility of the government and each person. Religion has been used to tap into the dark side of man,” he had said. JHARKHAND’S newly-elected Chief Minister Hemant Soren appears to have taken a leaf out his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal’s playbook. According to senior officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity the Soren-led state gov, ernment is gearing up to announce a raft of people-friendly measures. The government is reportedly studying a proposal to provide 100 units of electricity free of charge for all house- It is said that Delhi model of public schools is best in the country. Hence, a team will go there and study the initiatives taken to make them work better. Their best practices would be replicated in Jharkhand — Jagarnath Mahto, Jharkhand Edu Minister State, private buses will be hired and run on particular routes for which they will be paid a fixed amount,” a senior government official said. The Jharkhand government is also eyeing to replicate Delhi model of public schools in the state. A team headed by the state Education Minis- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia will not be present during US First Lady Melania Trump’s visit to a Delhi government school on Tuesday as their names were dropped from the guest list for the event, sources said. Melania, wife of US President Donald Trump, is scheduled to visit the school to watch “happiness classes” and interact with the students @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India push is coming in the way of a trade deal between India and the US, according to US officials. There was much speculation a deal would be signed when Trump comes calling but the prospects appear slim now. “Trade talks will continue, but new Indian tariff proposals aimed at strengthening the country’s Make in India domestic manufacturing push have made them more difficult,” a senior White House official told reporters in Washington on Friday . The official said US concerns which led to Washington suspending tariff-free access to exports worth $5.6 billion under the Generalised System of Preferences still exist. “We will be discussing those 3,343 698 As many as 3,343 athletes from 159 universities will vie for top honours across 17 disciplines in the nine-day event Total number of medals up for grabs —206 gold, 206 silver and 286 bronze. The events will take place at 10 venues Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and sports minister Kiren Rijiju at the glittering opening ceremony on Saturday | IRFANA It marks the next step in the country’s sporting revolution. A new history has been made in Odisha today. This is not only a historic moment in Indian sports but also a big step for the future of Indian sports — Narendra Modi, Prime Minister SC judge Arun Mishra showers praise on PM Modi, calls him a ‘visionary’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi HEAPING praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Supreme Court judge Justice Arun Mishra on Saturday described him as an “internationally acclaimed visionary” and a “versatile genius, who thinks globally and acts locally .” Justice Mishra, the third most senior judge, was speaking at an international judicial conference in the presence of the ter Jagarnath Mahto will visit Delhi to study how the government schools function there with a view to replicating their best practices in the government schools of Jharkhand. Kejriwal has praised Soren tweeting “We will learn from the new steps he has taken. Only then the country will move forward.” Like Kejriwal, Soren has also been trying to connect with the people through social media. He has announced some important decisions of his government, like dropping of sedition against 3000 CAAprotesters, through his twitter handle. concerns and what we see as an increase in barriers... This will certainly come up among the leaders. We do want to make sure that we get this balance right. We want to address a lot of concerns and we’re not quite there yet,” the official said. Expectations of even a minitrade deal faded after it was announced that US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer would not be a part of the 12-member official delegation accompanying the US President. The US is also miffed at India’s purchase of Russian missile system. “Even the announcements on new import tariffs on medical devices, walnuts, toys and electronics did not go down well with Washington. The move (to buy from Russia) was to reduce imports from China but it did not augur well with the US,” said a researcher at the Indian Council for World Affairs. ‘Focus on edu, health sectors for growth’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the first-ever Khelo India University Games in Cuttack through a video conference on Saturday Jharkhand CM Soren to roll out freebies holds. Officials say the scheme will help conserve electricity as users will be charged double the normal rate if their power usage exceeds 300 units. Apart from this, the government is also targeting farmers with loan waivers, a key pre-poll promise of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, and special allowances for the state’s unemployed youth. Free public transport for women and children, which could later be extended to senior citizens is also on cards. “Since there is no government transport service available in the Kejriwal dropped from guest list EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Khelo India, University style INSPIRED BY KEJRIWAL M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi Pakistan must crack down on terrorists and extremists on its territory if it wants a successful dialogue with India, the US said on Saturday. “Core foundation of any successful dialogue is based on continued momentum in Pakistan’s efforts to crack down on terrorists and extremists on its territory. So we continue to look for that,” said a senior official in the Trump administration ‘Make in India’ hampers trade talks: White House Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and a galaxy of judges from at least 20 countries. “India is a responsible and most friendly member of the international community under the stewardship of internationally acclaimed, visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India is committed to constitutional obligations and dedicated to a peaceful and secure world, free from terrorism. We thank the versatile genius, who thinks globally and acts locally , Narendra Modi, for providing us inspiring thoughts which would act as a catalyst in initiating the deliberations, and setting the agenda for the conference,” Justice Mishra said. Many members of the judiciary however, were not impressed , with the high praise of the PM by a senior apex court judge. Munnar: India will not be able to grow at a rate of 8-10 per cent over a long period without making a huge impact in the key sectors of education, health and nutrition, said Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant here on Saturday. He was inaugurating the silver jubilee fete of Aranya Natural, producers of natural dyes, which is promoted by Srishti Trust, the NGO supported by Tata Global Beverages in Munnar. P5 Foreign-made bullets found abandoned Kollam: As many as 14 foreign-made bullets were found abandoned on the roadside at Kulathupuzha in Kollam on Saturday. A probe has been launched by the police to trace the origin of the bullets. The seized cartridges reportedly carry an inscription ‘POF’ — unique to the ammo produced by the Pakistan Ordnance Factories. P6 Rising mercury levels: Many worksites yet to enforce 3-hour mid-day break A N U J A S U S A N V A R G H E S E @Kochi CALL it lack of awareness or lax enforcement by the authorities concerned, many construction sites in the state do not follow the 12 pm to 3 pm break despite directive from the Labour Commission that workers should not be exposed to the sun during the three hours due to rising mercury levels. As per the directive of the State Labour Commission, effective from February 11 to April 30, the working hours of labourers within the state Health Dept’s warning against sunstroke With many parts of the state witnessing soaring temperatures, the Health department has directed the public to remain cautious against sunstroke. The advisory issued in this regard warns the public not to have prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. P6 have been rescheduled, prohibiting them from working under the sun during the 12- 3:00 pm period. TNIE visited several worksites and found that the Labour Commission’s directive had been openly flouted, with workers toiling under the baking sun during the ban hours. “If we work for eight hours in a day, the payment we receive is `1,500 and it gets reduced if we work lesser number of hours. No one has given us any such directive. Whenever our boss or engineer tells us to work, we work to get our daily pay said Kishore Singh, ,” employed at a construction ● More on P6 site in Kaloor.
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