The New Indian Express wishes its readers a chennai l monday l august 15, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l vellore EDITION Rushdie off ventilator, begins talking and joking The Booker Prize winner on Sunday began his long road to recovery, days after he was stabbed at a literary event in US Salman Rushdie | Afp Son says Rushdie’s sense of humour intact Sunak calls for new sanctions on iran Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wylie said the author’s recovery will be a long process as his injuries are severe. However, his condition is headed in the right direction, Wylie said. Rushdie’s son Zafar Rushdie said though the brutal attack has left his father with life-changing injuries, “his usual feisty and defiant sense of humour remains intact” ■ ■ UK prime ministerial hopeful Rishi Sunak sharply criticised the attack on Rushdie and sought fresh sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, which inspired the attacker Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Hadi Matar who stabbed Rushdie pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempted murder | P9 Feb 2023 when Rushdie’s next novel Victory city is expected to be published CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI BJP, Congress spar on Nehru E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi The competing politics between the ruling BJP and the Congress over Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, spilled over to this year’s Independence Day celebrations, the build-up for which has been billed as Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. In a video released on Sunday as part of its narrative of events that led to Partition in 1947, the BJP sought to obliquely blame Nehru for bowing to the demands of the Jinnah-led Muslim League that led to the creation of Pakistan. In the tweet accompanying the video, which showed Nehru prominently the BJP said, “Those who had no , knowledge of India’s cultural heritage, civilisation, values and pilgrimages, drew a border among people living together for ages in just three days. Where were those people who had the responsibility to fight against such divisive forces?” The Congress tore into it, with party leader Jairam Ramesh saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “real intent” to mark August 14 as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’ was to “use the most traumatic historical events as fodder for his current political battles”. Earlier in the day, a full-page advert placed by the Karnataka government to observe the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign, raked up a controversy when it included a photo of Savarkar but not Nehru. “Because of Nehru, India is divided into India and Pakistan. That is why his photo was omitted in the adverts,” Karnataka BJP spokesperson Ravi Kumar claimed. Calling the omission politically motivated, the Congress demanded Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s sack. “It is a shame on India’s democracy and freedom,” Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar said. A new controversy erupted as Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge did not get a Karnataka government invite for the August 15 celebrations. plain-speaking billionaire who knew his bets A r s h a d K h a n / D i pa k M o n d a l @ New Delhi I t might appear absurd when an established market investor decides to start an airline, given what the sector has done to erstwhile billionaires — from Vijay Mallya of Kingfisher Airlines to Naresh Goyal of Jet Airways. But for eternal optimist Rakesh Jhunjhunwala (62), it was a calculated risk. He was sure his ‘Akasa’ would carve a niche for itself in the fiercely competitive civil aviation market. Much before he decided to ferry air passengers, Jhunjhunwala was moving equity markets and stock prices with his conviction bets, and the loads of money he made trading/investing in the market. Jhunjhunwala passed away at the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai on Sunday following cardiac arrest. Known by many sobriquets like Big Bull and India’s Warren Buffett, he started investing in the equity market durRakesh Jhunjhunwala ing his college days in 1980s. 5 July 1960 14 Aug 2022 Over the next 35 years, he went on to build a portfolio worth over `31,000 crore. He was among the top 500 richest people in the world, according to Forbes, with a net worth of $5.8 billion. He learnt the tricks not in any Ivy League management institute, but by going through the grind of taking investment bets — some of which also failed — very early in his career. Of course, being a qualified chartered accountant would have come in handy as an investor. Jhunjhunwala made his first big buck in 1986 when he bought shares worth `5,000 in Tata Tea at `43 apiece. In three months, it price surged to around `143 apiece. His affection for Tata stocks remained intact. Shares of Tata Motors, Indian Hotels Company Tata Communications and Titan stayed , in his portfolio even after the end of June 2022 quarter. His portfolio had about four-dozen companies. Star Health, Metro Brands, Canara Bank, Fortis and Federal Bank shares were some of the other prominent stocks he held. Continued on: P10 Fadnavis gets home, finance; CM keeps urban development S u d h i r s u ryawa n s h i @ Mumbai Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis got plum ministries of home and finance on Sunday as Chief Minister Eknath Shinde allocated portfolios, five days after inducting 18 new ministers into his cabinet. In addition to home and finance, Fadnavis will also look after law and justice, water resources, housing, and energy . Shinde retained for himself key portfolios of urban development, general administration and Public Works Department and transportation. e x pr e ss r e a d Chennai NBFC heist: 2 held, 18kg gold jewels recovered Two people were arrested and 18kg of gold jewellery were recovered by a special police team on Sunday, a day after three masked men robbed a NBFC in Chennai. The suspects, V Balaji and M Santhosh, were trying to flee the city in a car when they were arrested | P5 Swept away by giant wave, 4 drown in sea in Chennai Four people, including two minors, drowned in the sea near Thiruvottiyur on Sunday after being swept away by a giant wave. Despite a day-long search by fire and rescue services personnel, the victims could not be found | P5 Pvt milk price up in TN, costlier than Aavin by `20 per litre three years. On Sunday, the price of Arokya The difference in price of milk sold full cream milk from Hatsun Agro by private brands and State-owned Product was hiked to `69 from `66 a Aavin has widened by `20 per lilitre. Aavin’s full cream milk is tre from Sunday as two popusold for `48 a litre. lar private dairies in Tamil Similarly, the price of Nadu have hiked their price Arokya’s standardised milk MILK by up to `6 per litre. was hiked from `60 to `63 per The market price of other litre. A similar variant of dairy products such as ghee, Aavin milk currently costs `44 butter and sweets, however, are per litre. still on a par with Aavin’s price. The selling price of Srinivasa While the price of Aavin milk was milk, from Srirangam Milk Prodlast increased on August 18, 2019, pri- ucts, was also revised to `64 (full vate companies have increased their cream) and `58 (standardised) per limilk prices four times over the past tre. Continued on: P5 E x p r ess Ne ws S e r v i c e @ Chennai
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