kozhikode l monday l march 08, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l city EDITION IPL dates out: MI vs RCB opener on April 9, final on may 30 Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata to host matches. First match in Chepauk, final at Motera all matches in neutral venues to be held behind closed doors Though the tournament will take place in India, none of the teams will get to play at their home ground as only six venues are used. To reduce travel, the IPL has introduced a caravan format with two cities paired together. Chennai & Mumbai legs will happen from April 9 to 25. Delhi & Ahmedabad from April 26 to May 8. Bengaluru & Kolkata from May 9 to May 23. ■ ■ The tournament which will run for 52 days will witness 11 doubleheaders. The afternoon matches will begin at 3.30 PM, while the evening match will start at 7.30 PM Crowds won’t be allowed in any of the venue as the IPL wants to maintain a strict bio-bubble | P11 five No of IPL titles for Mumbai Indians. The most for any team 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 HIGH-PITCHED CAMPAIGNING MATCHEs SOARING MERCURY with modi and shah giving thrust to ‘project kamal’ in bengal & Kerala Modi, Didi snipe at each other to deflect charges P r a n a b M o n d a l @ Kolkata Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a broadside against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ahead of the state elections for grooming nephew Abhishek Banerjee as her successor, saying, “Bengal’s people had elected you a decade ago as their Didi. But you remained an aunt of your nephew all the time.” Poking her for a recent scooter ride in protest against the hike in fuel prices and tying it to her decision to contest from Nandigram, he said he should not be blamed if the two-wheeler meets with an accident in the constituency of East Midnapore district. Addressing a massive rally in Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground Modi accused Mamata of treating everyone against her as an enemy . “You are not only Bengal’s daughter, you are also India’s daughter. A few days ago, you rode a scooter and the people of the country prayed you ride safely. Had you fallen off, the state where the scooter was manufactured would have become your enemy. You veered the direction of your scooter towards Nandig ram from Bhowanipore. I am a well-wisher of everyone. If your scooter meets with a mishap there, then what can I do?’’ he figuratively said. While Modi reiterated the charge of Trinamool goons running corrupt syndicates, Mamata attacked him and Union home minister Amit Shah, saying it is they who are part of a syndicate. “Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are the only syndicate in India. Fuel prices increased, Covid happened but the PM was nowhere to be found,’’ she said after a protest march in Siliguri against the steep hike in LPG refill price. She alleged Modi was peddling lies to mislead the electorate. Yesteryear actor Mithun Chakraborty joined the BJP and shared the dais with Modi. He likened himself to a deadly snake: “Don’t mistake me for a harmless snake, I am a cobra, I can kill people with a bite.” Bengal development Modi set a 25-year goal for powering Bengal to the pinnacle of the development index after the state votes BJP to power, by the time India celebrates its Independence centenary in 2047 Mithun Chakraborty seeks blessings from PM Narendra Modi after joining the BJP, at a rally in Kolkata on Sunday | PTI ELSEWHERE 1 JRS’s C K Janu back in NDA Kozhikode: Janathipathya Rashtreeya Sabha (JRS) president C K Janu rejoined the BJPled National Democratic Front (NDA). Janu took the decision after her attempts to enter either the LDF or the UDF failed 2 Posters against Jameela Balan The CPM district secretariat decided not to consider the candidature of Dr P K Jameela Balan for the Tarur assembly seat. The move comes after posters against her candidature appeared in Palakkad town 3 LS bypoll: BJP to field Abdullakutty Malappuram: BJP District president Ravi Thelath said the party would field its national vice-president A P Abdullakutty as the candidate in the Malappuram Lok Sabha bypoll Two to eight names for each seat in KPCC list C y n t h i a C h a n d r a n @T’Puram The venue of discussions on the Congress candidates for the coming assembly elections has shifted from Thiruvananthapuram to New Delhi. The KPCC leadership has included two to eight probable candidates for each of the nearly 92 seats the party is contesting in the list which will be presented before the AICC screening committee in the national capital on Monday . The list will be pruned at the meeting before it is forwarded to the party’s central election committee meeting, which will be attended by president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday . After marathon discussions in the last two days, Opposi- tion leader Ramesh Chennithala and KPCC Mullappally Ramachandran flew to New Delhi on Sunday accompanied , by AICC organising general secretary K C Venugopal and AICC general secretary in charge of the state Tariq Anwar. Former chief minister Oommen Chandy who is , also the chairman of the election management and strate gic committee, will reach New Delhi on Monday morning. For the first time in the state Congress, the screening committee had decided to earmark 60 per cent of the seats for youths, women and new faces. The KPCC leadership is yet to identify the candidates in Vattiyoorkavu and Nemom in Thiruvananthapuram dis● More on P4 trict. Union Home Minister Amit Shah with BJP state president K Surendran at the valedictory function of the ‘Vijaya Yatra’ at Shankhumukham beach in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. Former Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan, Metroman E Sreedharan and Union Minister V Muraleedharan are also seen | B P Deepu When UDF comes, it is the solar scam, while LDF is interested in gold and dollar smuggling. For once, give a chance to the leadership of BJP and Narendra Modi to realise a new Kerala which will be the number one state in the country Amit Shah DID swapna accompany you to Gulf, SHAH asks CM Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday posed a series of questions to state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and asked him to maintain transparency in public life and desist from levelling baseless allegations against the central agencies in connection with the gold and dollar smuggling cases. Shah also alleged that UDF and LDF had been competing on the corruption front alternately in the state. He was addressing the valedictory function of BJP state president K Surendran’s Vijaya Yatra on Shankhumukham beach. Shah said he knew about several instances of corruption in the state government but was not divulging details now since he did not want to throw the chief minister into confusion. Amit Shah alleged that Congress had maintained silence when the Pinarayi government attacked Ayyappa devotees. Shah appealed to the people to give BJP a chance in the coming assembly elections. In response to Pinarayi’s allegations against the central agencies’ probe into gold and dollar smuggling cases, Shah posed several questions to the former. One was whether the state government had initiated a probe into the mysterious death of a person who had links with the smuggling cases. However, Shah did not reveal more. Some party leaders told TNIE that he could be referring to the death of violinist Balabhaskar. But they could not explain the logic of the allegation since CBI had recently concluded that there was no foul play in his death and that it was an accident due to rash driving. “We too are in confusion on this. We hope the Union home minister will clarify soon,” said a state-level leader who did not want to be named. Shah also asked the chief minister to answer some other questions: Had the key accused in the gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh, accompanied him and his suspended principal secretary M Sivasankar in their foreign tours? Was Swapna a regular visitor to Cliff House? Did the chief minister’s office exert pressure on the customs to let free the accused in the controversial smuggling ● More on P4 case? CPM is the ‘biggest loser’ in LDF seat sharing A r u n M @Kochi The final round of bilateral talks between LDF constituents is under way but going by , the seat-sharing completed so far, the CPM is the biggest loser in the front. The party has so far given away at least seven seats, and it may lose another three, once the seat-sharing agreement with other allies, including CPI, gets over, said sources. 3 Lankan boats ferrying drugs intercepted Seats contested by CPM in 2016 seats won 84 CPM backed independents Total 58 8 4 92 CPM 62 Of the CPM’s four sitting seats, two have been allocated to the Kerala Congress (M) and the other two to Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) — the new en- trants to the Left front. Interestingly, of the three seats allocated to LJD, a splinter faction of JD(S), two are the sitting seats of the CPM — Koothuparambu and Kalpetta. The CPI, the second largest constituent in the front, has already given two seats it had contested last time — Kanjirapally and Irikkur —to KC(M). Hence, the CPM has to give seats from its kitty to keep the ally happy . The Ranni seat — represented by CPM MLA Raju Abraham since 1996 — and Chalakudy where the party ended , the winning streak of Congress in 2006, have been handed over to KC(M). Besides, Kuttiady, Piravom and Perumbavoor constituencies, which were contested by CPM for the past several years, have also been allocated to the ● More on P4 KC(M). ‘Koottu’ initiative A blind date for widows to encourage remarriage E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram The Coast Guard intercepted three Sri Lankan boats, which were reportedly ferrying 260kg drugs in Indian territorial waters off the coast of Lakshadweep. Coast Guard sources said the boats were ferrying heroin and hashish, that they had received from crew members of a Pakistani ship around 400 nautical miles off Lakshadweep. The boats had 19 crew members on board and they have been taken into custody . According to Coast Guard officials, the three boats were spotted by Coast Guard ship Varaha, which was patrolling off the coast of Lakshadweep, on Friday Preliminary investiga. tion revealed that those on board the Lankan boats were using unauthorised communication gadgets and were transporting narcotics. The boats were intercepted during a rou● More on P5 tine patrolling. Shah slams LDF govt, Cong over sabarimala E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @T’Puram G e o r ge P o i k ay i l @Kasaragod For brownie points? CPM and BJP activists take out processions through the reconstructed Palarivattom flyover, which was opened for traffic on Sunday. While CPM cadre cheered for Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the BJP procession praised Metroman E Sreedharan for rebuilding the flyover in a record time | A Sanesh e x p r e ss r e a d CD row: Activist seeks to withdraw plaint Bengaluru: A day after six ministers in the B S Yediyurappa Cabinet got a gag order against media in the ‘sex for job’ scandal, activist Dinesh Kallahalli said he wants to withdraw the complaint against Ramesh Jarkiholi. P5 Spl flights to bring Indians stranded in Israel today Kochi: Following an SOS from Indians stuck in Israel, the two governments have agreed to arrange a special flight from Tel Aviv to New Delhi on Monday. Around 250 Indians were left stranded in Israel after international flights were suspended to curb Covid spread. P5 THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) In an initiative to encourage remarriage, Kasaragod district’s Widow Cell organised a blind date for divorcees, widows and abandoned women in Kanhangad. To the surprise of officials, even unmarried men turned up for the date despite stringent conditions. “This could possibly be the first such social engagement organised by any government in India,” said chief executive officer of Kasaragod Widow Cell M V Sunitha, who came up with the initiative named ‘Koottu’ or ‘Companion’. She said 35 women — who signed up on the ‘Koottu’ app developed for enrolling widows interested in remarriage — and 15 men attended the blind date, which was out-ofbound for media and relatives to protect the privacy of participants. “Of them, five men 35 women, 15 men attend blind date 35 women — who signed up on the ‘Koottu’ app developed for enrolling widows interested in remarriage — and 15 men attended the blind date. Of them, five men were unmarried. This could possibly be the first such social engagement organised by any government in India M V Sunitha, chief executive officer of Kasaragod Widow Cell were unmarried,” she said. The men were financially well-off but could not find partners because they did not have government jobs, said Sunitha, who is also the dist r i c t wo m e n p ro t e c t i o n officer. The women who attended the event were between the age of 30 and 55 years. The men were in the 30-70 age group, and most of them were from Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, and Malappuram districts. “More women would have attended the event but it clashed with several competitive examinations,” she said. Several women who attended the date said they were “tired of their monotonous life” and needed a partner in their lives. A few women said they wanted financial stability “Almost all of them insisted . that the new partners should accept their children and be a father-figure to them,” said Sunitha. A recent survey by anganwadi workers showed Kasaragod district has around 48,000 widows or separated or aban● More on P5 doned women.
Express Network Private Limited publishes thirty three E-paper editions of The New Indian Express newspaper , thirty two E-paper editions of Dinamani, one E-paper edition of The Morning Standard, one E-paper edition of Malayalam Vaarika magazine and one E-paper edition of the Indulge - The Morning Standard, Kolkatta.