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Newsletter May 6, 2018

NEWS TO SHIPS BY NEWS ACCESS INDIA – SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018

 

 

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  • KARNATAKA CAMPAIGN: MODI AT HIS RHETORICAL BEST

 

Continuing his attack on the Congress in the last lap of the Karnataka poll campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday slammed it over corruption.

“After the helicopter scam, coal scam, CWG scam and many others, the Congress has now started a tender system… The Congress delayed distributing tickets because they have a tender system for leadership and the party will make any person who can fund the party the most the chief minister. There is a tender system for the CM position,” Modi said.

At an election rally in Gadag, Modi said, “After May 15 the Congress will be known as the ‘PPP’ Congress, that is Punjab Puducherry and Parivar Congress. When the Congress loses the polls, it will become a regional party.”

He also claimed that while the Congress had seen a string of electoral losses, it was not as worried as now, at the prospect of a “defeat” in Karnataka. “I will tell you why… Because their ministers and leaders in Karnataka have built a tank here. A part of money looted from people is taken home and the rest is put in that tank. The tank is linked to Delhi through a pipeline, which carries the money directly to Delhi… They are worried about what will happen to the party if this government goes,” the PM said.

He also coined yet another name for Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who has been the focus of his attack, saying his government was “seedha rupaiah sarkar (straight money government)”.

Reacting soon after on social media, Siddaramaiah said the Congress indeed stood for ‘three Ps’ — “Of the people, By the People, For the People”. For the BJP the three Ps were ‘Prison’, ‘Price rise’ and ‘Pakodas’, he said.

Speaking at a massive rally in the coastal city of Mangaluru later in the day, Modi accused the Congress of blaming EVMs every time it loses an election. “When they lose, they say it is the fault of the EVMs, that it is not Modi who defeated them. When they win, there is no problem with the EVMs.”

He also accused the Congress of following the British policy of divide and rule. “Do you do the right thing by making a distinction between criminals on the basis of caste, sect and tradition? Is it right to say a criminal is innocent on the basis of sect and tradition?… I want to ask Karnataka’s Congress government that gave protection to killers of innocent BJP workers from the ‘ABC’ of communalism — PFI, SIMI and others… these alphabets of violence… Who gave this saugat (gift) to Karnataka?”

 

 

  • BJP CANDIDATES LIST MIRRORS A “MOST WANTED LIST”: RAHUL GANDHI

 

Rahul Gandhi has questioned the Prime Minister over the choice of BJP candidates for Karnataka mirroring a “Most Wanted list” and the Congress has accused Narendra Modi of “lowering the dignity” of his office in the election campaign.

The Congress president tweeted on Saturday: “Dear Modi ji, you talk a lot. Problem is, your actions don’t match your words. Here’s a primer on your candidate selection in Karnataka. It plays like an episode of Karnataka’s Most Wanted.”

Attached to the tweet was a video that showed 11 top BJP leaders, including chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa and the Reddy brothers of Bellary, who face corruption charges.

“Dear PM, will you speak for 5 minutes on 8 tickets to the Reddy Brothers Gang? Making someone who has 23 cases of corruption, cheating, forgery, your CM candidate?” it asks. The video also alleges a conspiracy to put a lid on the Rs 35,000-crore iron ore mining scam and adds a message for the Prime Minister: “Awaiting Your Reply.”

Modi did not respond to Rahul’s tweet but said the Congress was making “baseless allegations” against Yeddyurappa “ignoring his age and commitment to society”.

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said: “It is a misfortune for the country that we have a Prime Minister who never answers specific questions and publicly defends people who face charges like murder, forgery, cheating and misuse of power to loot public money. “By resorting to false propaganda, lies and deception, Modiji has lowered the dignity of the office of the Prime Minister.”

Sharma further said that a greater disservice could not be done to the country than “dragging army chiefs into the election campaign”. Modi had at a rally accused the Congress of insulting General K.S. Thimayya and Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa, both of whom were sons of Karnataka, a charge the party has rejected as “lies”.

 

 

  • AMIT SHAH DRAGS PAK INTO KARNATAKA CAMPAIGN

 

BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday tried to drag Pakistan into the Karnataka elections in a replay of Gujarat last year, seizing on a tweet by Islamabad that praised Tipu Sultan to allege what he called the Congress’s “telepathy” with the neighbouring country.

“Congress and Pakistan have amazing telepathy. Yesterday Pakistan Government remembered Tipu Sultan, whose Jayanti Congress marks with fanfare and today Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar admires Jinnah. Be it Gujarat or Karnataka polls, I fail to understand why Congress involves Pakistan!” Shah tweeted.

He did not elaborate on Aiyar’s praise of Muhammad Ali Jinnah but his tweet came amid a row over a portrait of Pakistan’s founder in Aligarh Muslim University.

The Pakistan government had on Friday praised Tipu Sultan while remembering the 18th century ruler on his death anniversary.

The Congress smelt a conspiracy. “There should be clapping for the uncanny timing. Wonder how Pakistan woke up in the middle of the Karnataka election to tweet about Tipu Sultan. This is a deliberately created coincidence,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said. Singhvi called it “the cheapest tactic” and sought an answer from the BJP.

 

 

  • HATE ‘GRAFFITI’ IN DELHI’S ST. STEPHENS

 

Twitter and Facebook are in a tizzy over alleged “graffiti” on the door of a chapel at St. Stephen’s College and on the tomb of the institution’s founder behind it.

Police said they found no graffiti and college officials were tight-lipped. Several students and a teacher, however, confirmed the defacement but said the writing had been erased.

Online images showed the words ” Mandir yahin banega (The temple will be built here)” painted in black capital letters in the Roman script on what is purported to be the engraved wooden chapel door.

An Om symbol in Devanagari and “Im going to hell” is painted in black, purportedly on the Celtic cross above the grave of the 137-year-old college’s founder, Samuel Scott Allnutt.

Both the Congress and Sangh student arms, the NSUI and the ABVP, condemned the vandalism, as did alumni such as Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.

A few teachers said there were “no known Right-wing groups on campus” and that this “seems a prank”

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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  • DIVIDED GERMANY FETES MARX AT 200

 

Germany marked the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth on Saturday, but celebrations risked being marred by protests as the revolutionary philosopher remains a divisive figure almost three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Marx’s birth city of Trier led commemorations, with 600 events planned around the 19th-century scholar hailed for foretelling the ills of capitalism.

The centrepiece was the unveiling of a 18-foot tall statue — a gift from communist China. But it is also before the statue that the association representing victims of communism have called protests against the thinker they blame for inspiring Stalinist regimes.

Born on May 5, 1818, Marx developed his theories as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace. His works subsequently became compulsory course material in communist regimes.

Due to Marx’s reputation as the Father of Communism, he was largely derided in the former capitalist West Germany during the Cold War. But since reunification, and particularly over the past decade, unbridled capitalism and its discontents have fuelled renewed interest in Marx’s work.

 

 

  • PAKISTAN POLLS WOULD BE CONDUCTED BY ALIENS: PM ABBASI

 

Pakistan prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said the upcoming general elections would be conducted by “aliens”, triggering a sharp reaction from the Election Commission which advised him to stay away from making “irresponsible statements”, according to a media report.

The remarks indicate that the government is not expecting the upcoming elections to be transparent.

The term ‘aliens’ has probably been coined for the first time in place of ‘angels’ and ‘invisible forces’ used in the past, Dawn News reported.

Election Commission of Pakistan spokesman Altaf Khan said that the commission was fully prepared to hold the elections in line with its mandate under Article 218 of the Constitution. Under the Constitution and the Elections Act 2017, the ECP was fully independent in discharge of its legal and constitutional duties, he added.

 

 

  • TRUMP TO MEET MOON AT WHITE HOUSE ON MAY 22

 

Ahead of his much-awaited summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, US President Donald Trump will host his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in at the White House on May 22, according to an official announcement on Saturday. During the meeting, Moon would brief Trump on his recent summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Trump himself is scheduled to have a summit meeting with Kim Jong-un, the date and venue for which “have been decided and will be announced soon”.

 

 

  • ANGER IN FRANCE, BRITAIN OVER TRUMP’S GUN LAW SPEECH

 

U.S. President Donald Trump sparked anger in France and Britain by suggesting looser gun laws could have helped prevent deadly attacks in Paris in 2015, and linking a wave of knife crime in London to a handgun ban.

In a speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday, Mr. Trump mimicked the shooting of victims in the Paris rampage, and said if civilians had been armed “it would have been a whole different story.”

The French government issued its strongest criticism of Mr. Trump since he took office, at a time when President Emmanuel Macron has been reinforcing bilateral ties following a state visit.

“France expresses its firm disapproval of President Trump’s comments about the Paris attacks on Nov. 13, 2015 and demands that the memory of the victims be respected,” the foreign office said in a statement.

“Every country freely decides on its own laws on carrying firearms, as in other areas. France is proud to be a country where acquiring and carrying firearms is strictly regulated.”

 

 

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  • 3 LASHKAR MILITANTS KILLED IN SRINAGAR; A TEENAGER IS MOWED DOWN BY A POLICE VEHICLE

 

Three Lashkar militants were on Saturday killed in a fierce gunfight that raged for hours in Srinagar’s densely populated Chatabal locality, even as a teenager pelting security personnel with stones was mowed down by an armored police vehicle. This triggered a shutdown. The situation turned tense and clashes spread rapidly to volatile pockets.

The state’s summer capital was once considered free of militants. But the gunfight in the old city clearly points to the insurgency’s widening footprint in the Valley.

Four security personnel too were injured in the gunfight. They were said to be out of danger.

Even as the gunfight raged in Chatabal, protests erupted in neighboring areas. As locals clashed with security personnel to disrupt the counter-insurgency operation, teenager Adil Ahmad Yadoo was run over by a police vehicle.

The police initially claimed the boy had died in a road accident. It changed its stand after a video on the social media showed the teenager being mowed down by an armoured police vehicle.

 

 

  • CHILD MARRIAGE WILL PUT AN END TO ELOPEMENT, ‘LOVE JIHAD’, SAYS BJP MLA

 

Holding late marriages responsible for elopement and “love jihad”, a BJP legislator from Madhya Pradesh on Saturday said that he supports early marriages because child marriages, including those involving grooms and brides who never saw each other before, used to last “forever”, unlike divorces that are commonplace today.

“Earlier girls and boys used to marry before they turned 18 and 21. Marriages were fixed when they used to be of tender age, and did not go astray…or (they did not) think of anyone else. Now they meet at coaching classes and some fall prey to vices like ‘love jihad’,’’ BJP MLA from Agar, Gopal Parmar, said.

Drawing a parallel between tethered cattle and children, he said, “Once the marriage is fixed, they know where to return.’’

Parmar said he would not make a recommendation in writing to the government to lower the legal age of marriage but expects parents to fix marriage of their children much before so that they do not go astray.

 

 

  • 78 YEAR JAILS FOR KANSAS INDIAN TECHIE MURDER

 

A US Navy veteran was on Friday sentenced to life imprisonment for killing Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a racially motivated hate crime at a bar in Kansas City last year.

A federal judge in Kansas sentenced Adam Purinton to nearly 78 years in prison as part of a plea agreement reached in March. Purinton would not be eligible for parole until after he turns 100, the KSHB reported. In March, Purinton, 52, had pleaded guilty to the charges of murdering Kuchibhotla.

Purinton was charged with first-degree murder of Kuchibhotla, 32, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of his friend, Alok Madasani, and a bystander, who chased Purinton after he fled the Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe city on February 22 last year.

In addition to the state charges, Purinton faces prosecution in federal court. The US Attorney’s Office in Kansas filed hate crime charges against Purinton last June. Purinton, yelled, “Get out of my country”, before shooting Kuchibhotla, who later died from injuries sustained in the attack. Kuchibhotla is survived by his wife Sunayana Dumala, who welcomed the court’s decision.

 

 

  • BHU STUDENTS PROTEST, SEEK CANCELLATION OF FIRs

 

Students of BHI on Saturday protested, seeking cancellation of FIRs registered against 12 students on the complaint of university’s chief proctor Royana Singh.

The confrontation between students and the chief proctor is related to Royana Singh’s interview to a news channel describing last September’s agitation against sexual assault on the campus as fostered by outsiders. She had reportedly said truck loads of pizza and cold drinks were supplied to sponsor the protest against the administration.

Following her interview, a delegation of students on Thursday went to meet the chief proctor. They wanted her to either give evidence to substantiate her claims or apologise for a baseless statement. However, the students claimed she did not meet the delegation. The students protested outside her office. When they were knocking at her office door, a piece of glass broke, they claim.

Royana Singh alleged students called on her without an appointment and attempted to barge into her office, broke the door glass, used derogatory language against her and threatened to get her thrown out.

 

 

  • FEARING JOB LOSSES, TRADERS PLAN TO FIGHT WALMART-FLIPKART MERGER

 

With the biggest retail chain of the world, Walmart, just a few steps away from being the biggest investor and virtual owner of e-commerce major Flipkart, many home-grown trader unions, seller associations and retailers have begun voicing their protest. They are not just approaching officials in the finance and commerce ministries, but are also planning to knock the doors of the Competition Commission of India (CCI), so that the deal can be blocked.

Traders argue that the proposed deal between Walmart and Flipkart could be a violation of foreign direct investment (FDI) norms. There’s a looming threat of competition getting hurt, making them consult the anti-trust body.

“It’s really unfortunate that even after having a clear FDI policy, multinationals are finding an escape route, whether it is in retail or e-commerce. Walmart, after failing to enter India in the retail sector through FDI, has chosen the e-commerce route, which will be quite harmful for the trading community,’’ said Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). If the government and the CCI are not able to help, Khandelwal would want to move court.

 

 

  • IOA REJECTS SAINA’S REQUEST FOR ASIAD ACCREDITATION FOR HER FATHER

 

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has learned its lessons from the Saina Nehwal pullout controversy that overshadowed the start of last month’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. IOA has formulated a no-parents policy for the August-September Asian Games in Jakarta. This decision will be communicated to all IOA-affiliated sports associations.

After her father had been denied accommodation at the Games Village at Gold Coast, Saina had emailed the IOA top brass, threatening to pull out of the Commonwealth Games. This time, though, Saina seems more accommodating and said if an accreditation for her father wasn’t possible, then IOA could provide tickets for him, which she would pay for. “Keep the tickets for all the days and give them to us so that we don’t have an issue,” she said. “We will pay for that, but the main thing is that he should get to watch the matches and be with me during the competition.”

 

 

  • IPL: CHENNAI, HYD ALMOST THOUGH TO SEMIS; BLORE, DELHI ALMOST OUT

 

Chennai Super Kings are virtually through to the Indian Premier League playoffs after a comprehensive six-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore, courtesy a superb bowling effort from the spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh.

Jadeja (3/18 in 4 overs) and Harbahajan (2/22 in 4 overs) wreaked havoc as RCB could only manage 127/9, largely due to efforts from Parthiv Patel (53 off 41 balls) and Tim Southee (36 off 26 balls).

On a tricky Pune pitch, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (31 not out off 23 balls) hit Yuzvendra Chahal for three huge sixes as CSK knocked off the required runs in 18 overs.

RCB’s sloppy fielding also contributed to their downfall.

In the second match yesterday, in Hyderabad, Sunrisers Hyderabad pushed Delhi Daredevils towards the exit door with a seven-wicket victory. Yusuf Pathan (27 off 12 balls) and skipper Kane Williamson (32 off 30 balls) kept their calm to chase down the 164-run target in 19.5 overs on a tricky surface. Amit Mishra (2/19 in 4 overs) bowled brilliantly but Avesh Khan (0/47 in 3 overs) and Dan Christian (0/37 in 3.5 overs) gave away 84 runs, which proved to be decisive.

Team / Matches Won / Matches Played (so far)

Sunrisers Hyderabad     7/9; Chennai Super Kings 7/10; Kolkata Knight Riders 5/9; Kings XI Punjab 5/8;

Mumbai Indians 3/9; Royal Challengers Bangalore 3/9; Delhi Daredevils 3/10; Rajasthan Royals 3/8

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe seldom executed. – Benjamin Franklin

 

 

OFF TRACK

 

It was a four-year-old girl’s first trip to Disneyland, and she couldn’t wait to get on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. As the car zoomed through the crazy rooms, into the path of a speeding train, and through walls that fell away at the last second, she clutched the little steering wheel in front of her. When the ride was over, she said to her mom a little shakily,  “Next time, you drive. I didn’t know where I was going.”

 

 

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