PLUS 12 PAGES MAGAZINE CHENNAI SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2020 `6.00 PAGES 32 LATE CITY EDITION 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 COVER STORY 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 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 Modi-fied, Veerappan’s daughter joins the BJP EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Krishnagiri IN an interesting turn of events, slain forest brigand Veerappan’s daughter Vidya Rani joined the BJP at an event held in Krishnagiri on Saturday. She, along with 1,000 other members from parties including the PMK, joined the saffron party in the presence of national secretary P Muralidhar Rao. The 29-year-old told Express that she was inspired by the welfare schemes of Prime Minister Narendra M o d i , w h i c h prompted her to join the party . “ E v e r since my meeting with former Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan two years ago, when he asked me to join the party and serve the people, I have been contemplating this move,” she said. Vidya says she wants to uplift people through education, irrespective of their caste and religion. She has been running a tuition centre in Krishnagiri for the past one year, to support students from all walks of life. “We will utilize her properly . Her post will be decided later,” said State secretary KS Narendran. 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 @ New Delhi IN HIS MEMORY Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami inaugurated `1.34 crore-worth manimandapam of Dr Sivanthi Adithanar at Tiruchendur on Saturday. Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, Minister Kadambur C Raju were also present | P4 Chennai: The long pending dream of farmers of the Cauvery delta has become a reality, with the State government notifying the Tamil Nadu Protected Agricultural Zone Development Bill, 2020, in its extraordinary gazette. The Bill received the assent of the State Governor Banwarilal Purohit within 24 hours of its passage | P4 Govt on Saturday advised citizens to avoid all nonessential travel to Singapore in the wake of coronavirus outbreak | P15 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 students | P9 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Governor grants assent for delta protection Bill TRIPS TO SINGAPORE: HEALTH MINISTRY Kejriwal dropped from guest list EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 SC judge Arun Mishra showers praise on PM Modi, calls him a ‘visionary’ EXPRESS READ AVOID 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. 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 | P9 ‘Make in India’ hampers trade talks: White House Post Delhi, BJP sees no need to change tack Voda gets a breather in Infratel-Indus merger 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 | P7 New Delhi: DoT has given its nod for the merger of mobile tower companies Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers. The deal will result in `4,500 crore flowing to Vodafone Idea if it chooses to exit the venture, a handy sum which will help the telecom gaint pay some more of its AGR dues to the government | P17 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 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 in- ternational 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 Naren, dra 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. A retired high court judge said: “Personal opinions of judges shouldn’t come forward in such a gathering where judges not only from the top court but also from the high courts were in full attendance. This sends a wrong message.” “The desire for post-retirement jobs is adversely affecting impartiality of the judiciary,” the judge added. Justice Mishra retires in September from the CONTINUED ON: P7 apex court. Khelo India, University style Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the first-ever Khelo India University Games in Cuttack through a video conference on Saturday 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 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. DELHI MODEL Soren to roll out freebies in Jharkhand M U K E S H R A N J A N @ Ranchi JHARKHAND’S newly-elected Chief Minister Hemant Soren appears to have taken a leaf out his Delhi counterpar t Arvind Kejriwal’s playbook. According to officials, the Soren-led government 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 to all households. Officials hope 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 unemployed youth. Free public transport for women and children, which could later be extended to senior citizens, is also on cards. The Jharkhand government is also eyeing to replicate the Delhi model of public schools in the state. A team headed by the state Education Minister Jagarnath Mahto will visit Delhi to study how the government schools function there with a view to replicating their best practices. EXPRESS IMPACT Maradu moment for Muttukadu, plush bungalow razed down S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai The bungalow, built close to the coast, being razed down | ABIRAMI V FOLLOWING Madras High Court orders, a plush bungalow on Muttukadu seashore was demolished on Saturday under the supervision of government authorities. The bungalow, owned by Rajsriya Automotive Industries Pvt Ltd, was constructed dan- gerously close to the Bay of Bengal in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms. A total of six bungalows were illegally constructed on the Olive Island, a picturesque location nestled between Muttukadu backwaters and Bay of Bengal. Olive Island was declared a ‘no development zone’ since it was a inter tidal zone falling under CRZ-III, where such constructions are strictly prohibited. The demolition drive started at 9.30 am and continued until dusk. The superstructure of the 16,218 square feet bungalow was razed, but the removal of debris and groyne stones, dumped on sea front to protect building from sea erosion, would take a few more days, a senior Town and Country Planning Department official told Express. “The demolition and restoration of the site would be carried out by the violator,” officia l s sa i d . Ch e n g a lp at t u Collector A John Louis visited the site to review progress. Several high-profile personalities, including film stars, reportedly own benami properties on Olive Island. Express had reported a series of articles on illegal constructions and issues of sea erosion at Muttukadu. The Madras High Court took cognizance of the reports and ordered demolition of illegal P3 structures.
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