HUBBALLI TUESDAY JANUARY 31, 2023 `9.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION 47 KILLED IN TALIBAN SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK IN PAK MOSQUE The blast during afternoon prayers in the high-security zone in Peshawar left over 100 people, most of them policemen, injured IT’S A REVENGE ATTACK, SAYS PAK TALIBAN OUTFIT KNOWN FOR TARGETING FORCES The blast occurred inside the mosque around 1.40 pm when the bomber, who was present in the front row, blew himself up. Sarbakaf Mohmand, a commander of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter. He said the bombing was part of a revenge attack for his brother, who was killed last August in Afghanistan ■ ■ TTP has carried out a number of suicide attacks in the past, targeting security personnel. In 2014, it stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar, killing 150 people, including 131 students The outfit had threatened to carry out a series of attacks after ending its ceasefire with the Shehbaz Sharif govt last year | P10 400 ESTIMATED NO. OF POLICEMEN IN THE MOSQUE WHEN THE BLAST TOOK PLACE 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 POLL-BOUND K’TAKA EXPECTS BIG FROM UNION BUDGET TOMORROW A S H W I N I M S R I PA D @ Bengaluru Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (second-left) with CPI’s D Raja (from left), National Conference’s Omar Abdullah, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and others, during a public rally at the end of his 145-day Bharat Jodo Yatra amid heavy snowfall, in Srinagar on Monday | PTI Aimed to save liberal, secular ethos: Rahul POLL-bound Karnataka has high expectations from the Union Budget which will be presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, her fifth, on Wednesday. The Union Budget is being presented just three weeks before the State Budget which will be presented by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on February 17. Expectations are high also because Sitharaman is a Rajya Sab- D O N N A E V A @ Bengaluru said while the BJP has shown a path of politics, the Congress CONGRESS leader Rahul Gan- wants to show the country a difdhi on Monday said the aim of ferent route — of dignity, love his 4,000 km long Bharat Jodo and affection. “Nafrat ke baYatra was to save the liberal zaar mein mohabbat ki dukan and secular ethos of India. kholne ki koshish ki hai (atAddressing a rally here to tempted to open a shop of love mark the end of the yatra, he in a market of hatred.” Rahul said he was warned called for the end of violence in the Valley, saying phone calls that if he walked in Kashmir, he announcing deaths of loved could be attacked. “However, I walked for four days. I ones — whether of a thought those who hate soldier, a CRPF jawan ‘End these o r a ny K a s h m i r i , phone calls’ me, let me give them an opportunity to change should stop. “No child, mother, son or any oth- Rahul said, “I can the colour of my white er family member understand the T-shirt to red...Kashshould take this phone pain of Kashmiris miri people did not as I have seen give me a hand grenade call. My aim is to stop the violence.” He but gave me love and this call,” he said. Striking a bond with recalled when he warmth,” he said. was informed The rally was meant Kashmiris, he said they gave him hearts about the killing t o b e a s h ow o f of his grandma strength for the Oppofull of love and not hand grenades, adding (Indira) and dad sition, but many lead(Rajiv) over ers could not make it no BJP leader can walk like he did, as phone, adding he due to adverse weathwanted to end er and most locals they are scared. such calls chose to say indoors. “I have not done this Apart from the Conyatra for Congress but for the country. Our aim is to gress leaders, Farooq and Omar stand against the ideology that Abdullah of National Conference, Mehbooba Mufti of PDP, wants to destroy foundation of this country. We should stand D Raja of CPI, RSP’s Premchanunited with love and affection dran, and leaders from DMK, JMM, BSP VCK and IUML par, against them,” Rahul said. . Amid heavy snowfall, Rahul ticipated in the rally F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar D I L I P S I N G H K S H AT R I YA @ Ahmedabad THE Gandhinagar sessions court on Monday convicted self-styled godman Asaram in a rape case filed by a Surat-based woman in 2013. The quantum of sentence is likely to be pronounced on Tuesday . Sessions court judge D K Soni acquitted six other accused, including Asaram’s wife Laxmiben, their daughter, and four disciples who were accused of aiding and abetting the crime, for want of evidence. Asaram’s lawyer said his client will challenge the order in the Gujarat High Court. The complainant, one of Asaram’s former devotees, accused the influential spiritual leader of raping her on several occasions between 1997 and 2006 when she was staying at his ashram at Motera. Special public prosecutor R C Kodekar and public prosecutor Sunil Pandya told the media that they will try to get maximum punishment for the accused. Notably, the complainant’s younger sister had accused Asaram’s son, Narayan Sai, of sexually exploiting her when she was staying in Asaram’s Jahangirpura ashram in Surat between 2002 and 2005. Sai, too, was booked for rape and has been awarded life imprisonment by a Surat court. The 81-year-old godman is currently serving a life sentence in a Jodhpur jail for raping a minor girl at his ashram in Rajasthan in 2013. His two accomplices were sentenced to 20 years in jail by the court in the same case for their roles. EXPRESS READ BENGALURU: The Karnataka government is making an attempt to announce Tulu as the second official language of the state. With this move, the long-pending demand of the Tulu-speaking population is expected to come true. Meanwhile, a committee has been constituted to look into this plan. P4 Mamata accords Z+ security to Amartya Sen BOLPUR (WB): Amid allegations of “unauthorised occupation” against Nobel laureate Amartya Sen by Visva-Bharati, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Monday handed land documents to him, asserting that “no one can question him” in future. She also announced that Sen would be accorded ‘Z+ category’ security. P8 ADANI FPO GETS JUST 4% RETAIL SUBSCRIPTION Its public subscription remained muted though Abu Dhabi’s International Holding Company said it has confidence in the group that saw a $70-bn rout in market value in just three days | P11 WATER WEALTH Ecological, economic value of water bodies in state is `7.32 lakh crore B O S K Y K H A N N A @ Bengaluru A recent study by the researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) - Bengaluru, shows that the worth of the entire wetland ecosystem in Karnataka is Rs 7.32 lakh crore (7,320.6 billion), which is gradually being lost to various development works. The report titled ‘ ccounting A of Ecosystem Services of Wetlands in Karnataka state, India’ states that the ecological value of water bodies in Bengaluru, ranges from Rs 10,000 to Rs 55 lakh per hectare per day, depending on the water body and its utilisation. The report stresses on the need for conservation of the ecosystems through sustainable management tenets. Researchers in the report said that it requires an understanding of the livelihood support of ecosystems. Prof TV Ramachandra from Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc, co-author of the report, told TNIE that values have been assessed based on the stress on Bengaluru and it will also have a pro-poor stamp to woo voters. A senior leader from the BJP in Karnataka said, there is pressure on the state as well as Central party leaders to do well in the polls. “The Union Budget will definitely have big announcements for Karnataka. In previous years, there were good allocations for West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and other states that were going to polls then. If we do not make big offers to the state, it will give ammo to the opposition parties to target CONTINUED ON: P4 us,” he said. No policy on ChatGPT misuse yet: Minister GUJ COURT CONVICTS ASARAM IN 2ND RAPE CASE Call to end J&K violence as yatra concludes K’taka eyes making Tulu second official language ha member from Karnataka. Speaking to The New Indian Express, Prof Sandeep Shastri, political analyst said Karnataka can expect big as the state is going to polls. This is normal as the Union government treats or announces special allocations for poll-bound states. Karnataka will get a “special treatment” in the Union Budget, he said. Prof Shastri said that the Union budget is likely to focus on infrastructure development with more services provided, the protection it has and its utilisation. He said that it is important for the government to understand the value of the ecosystem while accounting the budget. Its inclusion in the GDP is also important, as this is the only way to preserve the water bodies. The focus of the study was to understand the worth of wetlands through the accounting of provisioning, regulating and cultural services. The provisioning services accounted for the tangible benefits (including fish, fodder and water) considering the residual values indicated an annual revenue of Rs 49.70 billion. CONTINUED ON: P5 It is important for the government to understand the value of the ecosystem while accounting the budget. Its inclusion in GDP is important, as this is the only way to preserve water bodies, which not only help fishermen, but also the ecosystem Professor TV Ramachandra, IISc researcher IN wake of some private universities banning Chat Generative PreTrained Transformer (ChatGPT) over reports of its alleged misuse by students, Higher Education and IT/ BT Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan said the government needs more time to assess the role of ChatGPT in higher educational institutions. ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence (AI) platform developed by OpenAI, an American AI research lab. While the platform, launched in November 2022, is meant to mimic human conversation through text, controversy has erupted over its use as there have been reports of students taking advantage of the bot to autog enerate essays and assignments for school and college. SURPRISE CHECKS RV University issued a notice to its students, banning the use of ChatGPT. According to the university, the usage of the platform is banned and surprise checks would be carried out to ensure that students were not using it Speaking to The New Indian Express, Ashwath Narayan said, “ChatGPT is a relatively new concept. We need time to consider the issues surrounding it and how to deal with them.” Pradeep P Commissioner, De, partment of Collegiate and Technical Education, said, “So far, there are no plans to implement a policy on ChatGPT. While the department has heard of the platform, there is no discussion taking place regarding it as of now,” he told The New Indian Express. CONTINUED ON: P2
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