THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 6 MAY 2013 MONDAY `5 PAGES 40 LATE CITY EDITION c c m m y y k k CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com Exit Polls Signal Win for Cong as Karnataka Votes c m y k by Anil Gejji ASK PRABHU Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com and Prabhu will answer them R A DA R Brit MP Held for Gay Rape London: Deputy speaker of Britain’s Lower House of Parliament and Conservative gay lawmaker Nigel Evans has been arrested for allegedly raping a man and sexually assaulting another. The crimes were said to have taken place in July 2009 and March 2013. P12 Gold Coins Stolen c m y k Thrissur: Gold coins weighing nearly 100 sovereigns were reportedly stolen from the residence of a retired Navy officer at Kunnamkulam here on Sunday. The burglary took place between midnight and early morning. P5 Pak Prisoner in Deep Coma New Delhi: The condition of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay, injured in a scuffle with another inmate in a Jammu jail, remained critical on Sunday even as India granted permission to Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir to visit Chandigarh to see him. P9 Spl Envoy in Marines Case New Delhi: Italy has appointed Deputy Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura as Special Envoy to work out a fair and balanced outcome of the matter regarding its two marines facing trial in India. P11 c $6-bn ADB Aid for India m Greater Noida: India will get loan of y k about $6 billion from the Asian Development Bank over the next three years for various projects, including those in energy and education sectors. Israeli Air attacks in Syria Damascus: Israeli warplanes hit a military target outside Damascus on Sunday, the Jewish state’s second reported raid on Syria in three days, with residents saying the attack felt like an earthquake and turned the sky red. P12 IPL 6: TODAY’S MATCH 8.00 PM KXIP vs RCB MI BEAT CSK BY 60 RUNS RESULTS RR BEAT PWI BY 5 WICKETS c EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY m Is it right to have dropped Gambhir from the Champion’s Trophy team? y k YES 84% NO 16% TODAY’S QUESTION Do you think the PM’s hand-picked ministers - Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Bansal - have let him down? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com 40 PAGES, INCLUDING 20 PAGES OF EDEX + 4 OF CITY EXPRESS KINGS TURN PAUPERS Mumbai Indians celebrate their win over Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai on Sunday. Needing 140 to win, CSK were all out for 79. This was also the lowest total by any team this IPL season, beating Delhi Daredevils’ 80 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday | PTI FULL COVERAGE: P14 Face-off in Ladakh Area Ends; India, China Withdraw Soldiers The truce materialises at the fourth ﬂag meeting after long-drawn negotiations at various levels Express News Service New Delhi: A three-week long stand-off between Chinese and Indian troopers at the Daulat Beg Oldi sector of Ladakh ended suddenly on Sunday when a People’s Liberation Army platoon withdrew from the Indian territory and returned to their barracks across the Line of Actual Control in Jammu and Kashmir. According to diplomatic and military sources, the Indian side too reciprocated the gesture of the Chinese and withdrew from the stand-off point back to their pre-April 15 positions, to ensure peace and tranquility along the Sino-Indian border. The truce, sources said, materialised at the fourth flag meeting between the two militaries after long-drawn negotiations, at various levels. “Intensive diplomatic contacts led by Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, coordinating with military authorities and (India’s) Ambassador S Jai Shankar in Beijing led to flag meeting in which the face-to-face situation was resolved,” official sources said here late at night. The dramatic turn of events took place around at 7.30 pm in the evening, and this came about just four days ahead of a scheduled Beijing visit by Union External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on May 9. Khurshid is going to China to finalise the programme and agenda for an official visit by Chinese premier Li Keqiang scheduled for May 20. The Chinese had pitched tents on Debsang bulge in the Daulat Beg Oldi sector of Ladakh, 19 km inside Indian territory from the Indian perception of the LAC on Five tents erected by Chinese troops inside Indian territory in Ladakh | PTI April 15. Indo-Tibetan Police Force (ITBP), which is responsible for the sector’s first line of defence, reciprocated the Chinese move by pitching nine tents of its own. They were joined in the tents by a platoon from the Ladakh Scouts battalion of the Indian Army. And since then the two sides held three flag meetings to resolve the issue had failed miserably, amid indications that the Chinese were at Debsang bulge’s Raki Nullah for a long haul. Beijing, all this while, had maintained that their troopers had not transgressed the LAC, whereas the Indian side wanted them to move back to their locations about 25 km away from the stand-off point. Though both New Delhi and Beijing had confirmed that Khurshid will go ahead with his visit, he himself had expressed doubts over his trip in the wake of the bilateral efforts to resolve the military stand-off in Ladakh not being satisfactory. With this the UPA Government, which has faced flak for its diplomacy ineptness over both the Chinese and Sarabjit issues, Khurshid’s China visit seems definite. Disgruntled CMP All Set to Part Ways with UDF, Rules out Talks Express News Service Kannur: The Communist Marxist Party (CMP), part of the ruling Congress-led UDF in the state, on Sunday decided not to knock the Front’s door for talks again and to stay away from its meetings. “There will be no further negotiations with the UDF leadership. We will not take initiative for talks as well,” C A Ajeer, CMP politburo member, told ‘Express’. “Many parleys were held to sort out the differences, but none were successful. So, the party will not take initiative for another round of talks. The remaining issues will be decided at the next central council meeting.” The PB members raised the issue of discrimination within the UDF and protested against the indifference of the Congress regarding the allocation of posts, CMP leader M V Raghavan (right)) at the politburo meeting in the party office in Kannur on Sunday | A SANESH chairmanships of various boards and corporations. A majority of members is learnt to have supported the breakup. But, prominent leaders including C P John and Ajeer cautioned against a hurried decision. The PB meeting was convened amid widespread speculations that the party would take a final decision on its relationship with the UDF. The decision of the JSS to sever ties with the UDF had given momentum to the speculation that the CMP would toe a similar line. Party leader M V Raghavan, had time and again threatened to pull out of the Front. The relationship hit another low when the government initiated the takeover of Pariyaram Medical College in Kannur. Though the party stopped short of deciding on a final breakup, it has decided to organise protests against what it called ‘anti-people policies’ of the State and Central governments, making it clear that the chasm between the two has widened further. KSEB Bulk Supply Tariff Set to be Increased Soon c Express News Service m T’Puram: The Kerala y State Electricity Regulatory k Commission will soon issue orders revising the power tariffs for the Kerala State Electricity Board’s (KSEB) bulk supply consumers. Although the commission had recently revised the tariffs for retail supply, it was decided that the orders hiking the Bulk Supply Tariff (BST) be issued separately. Bulk consumers are those who purchase power from the KSEB and distrib- ute it in designated areas. They include the Thrissur municipality, Kannan Devan, KINFRA, Technopark and the Cochin Special Economic Zone (CSEZ). “The tariff revision will be announced separately as the petitions on the Aggregate Revenue Requirement and Expected Revenue from Charges (ARR and ERC) have not been finalised yet. Once finalised, the orders will be issued with retrospective effect from May 1,” a commission official said. The KSEB had proposed a uniform increase of 17 per cent in the tariffs for the bulk consumers in 2013-14. “Since the Board has proposed 15 to 20 per cent increase in retail supply tariff, 17 per cent uniform in- Once ﬁnalised, the orders will be issued with retrospective effect from May 1. The KSEB had proposed a uniform increase of 17 pc crease in BST was proposed for 2013-14. The commission has revised the Retail Supply Tariff for 2013-14 and the same is applicable to the consumers of all licensees,” the commission said in its order on retail supply. “The Commission will issue the order on revision of the BST separately after considering the approved ARR&ERC of licensees and the increase in revenue due to revision of retail tariff, effective from May 1. The revised BST will also be effective from May 1,” the commission said. On Tuesday, the commission issued orders to hike the tariff for domestic category by 9.7 per cent, for the small industries by 8.4 per cent and large industries by 9.4 per cent. The revised rates is expected to bring in `650 crore for the KSEB and will be valid upto March 31, 2014. For domestic category consumers, the ‘telescopic’ system of tariff determination has been scrapped for consumption above 300 units per month. Bangalore: Karnataka came out with a 20-year record turnout of 70.23 per cent polling on Sunday, indicating a decisive mandate for the next government. Bangalore Urban, however, saw the lowest voting with hardly 52 per cent, while Bangalore Rural saw the highest with 77.95 per cent. The trend predicted by exit polls conducted by various organisations is that the Congress will return to rule Karnataka with a “near majority” after a gap of eight years. The actual outcome, however, will be known only after the counting of votes on Wednesday (May 8). Most exit polls conducted during the voting said the Congress would win 100-118 seats in the 224-member Assembly, with slight variations in seat projections. Two Kannada news channels, however, gave the Congress 95 to 106 seats, which is less that the simple majority of 113 in the House. These results show that the voters, after two hung Assemblies, want a stable, single party government. They also do not seem to be bothered much by the Congress’ hara-kiri in candidate selection and the possible fight for the CM’s post after the elections. As expected, the big loser is the ruling BJP which, according to the exit polls, would lose almost half its seats - from 110 in 2008 to 45-55 seats now. Anti-incumbency, the exit of B S Yeddyurappa and B Sriramulu, the allegations of corruption, sex scandals and infighting seem to have taken a toll on the saffron party, which took pride over its vic- tory in Karnataka in 2008. The H D Deve Gowda-led JD(S) looks like improving its tally, by about 4-10 seats. This will to play a crucial role in the formation of the next government. The BJP splinter groups - Yeddyurappa’s KJP and the BSR Congress of B Sriramulu - which made the polls more interesting, seem to be succeeding in their mission: to defeat the BJP. But the exit poll results clearly show that they do not have much to boast of. The KJP is likely to win 8-15 seats and the BSR Congress 1-2. c m y k CHIEF MINISTERIAL RACE HOTS UP As the race for the chief minister’s post gathered steam, the three strong contenders for the top post in Congress are legislature party leader Siddarmaiah, Union Labour Minister Mallikharjun Kharge and KPCC president G Parameshwara. c m y k Peaceful Polling The voting in Karnataka was peaceful barring a few stray incidents. In Kolar, some persons said to be Congress supporters were seen walking near a polling station brandishing weapons. An estimated 65 per cent of the about 4.36 crore electorate voted. The 7 am to 6 pm vote kicked off at a brisk pace initially, but lost steam as the mercury soared before picking up momentum in the evening in 223 segments, where a total of 2,940 candidates were in the fray. Election at Periyapatna in Mysore district had been put off to May 28 following the death of BJP candidate. EDIT: P8, MORE: P11 Now, Vadra’s Uncle in UP Hospitalgate New Delhi: Unfazed over the demand from the Opposition for the resignations of Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, the Congress High Command on Sunday decided to back both the ministers and fight out Parliament. The Congress High Command took the decision on Sunday evening after an over two-hour-long meeting of the Congress core group at the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The meeting, chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi, discussed in detail the pros and cons of taking action against the two ministers and decided against it. Senior leaders A K Antony, Sushilkumar Shinde, Kamal Nath, and Ahmed Patel participated in the meeting. Differences between Opposition parties and the support of allies like the Nationalist Congress Party for Bansal seemed to the reasons for sparing him. Janata Dal (U) president Sharad Yadav has a clean chit to Bansal, while NCP leader D P Tripathi also spoke in favour of him. The likely outcome of the Karnataka polls also played a role in the Congress deciding to back its ministers. Exit polls predicted the Congress is coming back to power. After the core group meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish y k by U Anand Kumar Lucknow: The ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh is apparently not daring enough to act on an Economic Offences Wing (EOW) report indicting O P Vadra, uncle of Congress chie f Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, for ‘selling out a hospital’ to a private institution, in blatant violation of stipulated norms. O P Vadra established the Moradabad Charitable Trust and Research Centre in his home district of Moradabad in 2010, using funds collected from MPs, MLCs and the public through his influence in socio-political circles of the State. As chairman of the trust, Vadra also reportedly got a five-acre plot allotted for setting up a hospital and a nursing home. The trust then established the Vivekanand Hospital, again using public funds. Besides government assistance, funds for the trust poured in from people’s representatives, including then MP B P Singhal, then MLC Ram Shankar Kaushik, the report said. On November 26, 2010, O P Vadra, as chairman of the trust, handed over the trust and the hospital to Fortis India through a ‘clandestine’ deal. m Bansal, Ashwani to Stay Put: Cong by Subhash Mishra c c m Pawan Kumar Bansal y Tewari said any decision on Bansal would be taken only after investigations culminate, and stressed that investigations were on. “Let the investigation be over. Let’s not prejudge,” he said. He also said that the UPA government has not interfered in the investigation. As far as Law Minister Ashwani Kumar is concerned, Tewari said the matter was sub-judice. “Whatever we have to say on this issue, we will say in the court,” he said. Bansal was embroiled in controversy after his nephew was arrested for taking bribe to ensure a choice posting for a railway official, while Ashwani Kumar is under fire for vetting a CBI report on the coal scam meant for the Supreme Court. Parliament was paralysed after the opposition demanded their resignation. Bansal is said to have explained his position claiming he had neither business link with his nephew nor did he get influenced by him in decision-making. k c m y k
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