Hyderabad 17 june 2013 monday `3.00 pages 40 LATE city edition CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ JD(U) Walks the Modi Talk, Exits NDA; BJP Feels Betrayed Ask Prabhu by Ajay Kumar Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com and Prabhu will answer them r a da r FDI Hike in Telecom Likely New Delhi: In a bid to spur investments, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Sunday “strongly favoured” raising the FDI cap in telecom as well as defence sector and said he will meet global investors to address their concerns, particularly in multi-brand retail. Tata to Advise AirAsia New Delhi: Low-cost carrier AirAsia on Sunday announced industry leader Ratan Tata as Chief Advisor to the board of its Indian venture and promised ‘Nano’ airfares once it begins operating flights in the country. Guj Tops Swine Flu Deaths New Delhi: Delhi has had the highest number of swine flu patients this year while Gujarat has seen maximum deaths due to the disease among the states, according to official statistics. According to Health Ministry, a total of 4,811 cases were reported in the country this year till June five with Delhi topping the list with 1,506 cases. Missile Defence for India New Delhi: India’s missile defence system is set to get a big boost as it is developing capability to intercept enemy missiles fired from a distance of up to 5,000 km, in effect tackling any possible threat from countries such as China. The capability is being developed by DRDO as part of the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) shield, whose first phase is ready for deployment possibly in Delhi. Saudi Slashes Pilgrim Nos Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has slashed the number of Hajj pilgrims, including from India, by 20 per cent this year, citing massive ongoing construction work aimed at expanding grand Mecca mosque as a reason behind the decision. Mid-Air Scare for Bush Washington: A plane carrying former US president George W Bush was diverted to Louisville after the pilot reported the smell of smoke, media reports said Sunday. The Gulfstream IV aircraft was travelling from Philadelphia International airport to Dallas Love Field airport when the pilot reported the smell of smoke in the cockpit last night, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, Holly Baker said. 40 pages, including 20 pages of EDEX and 4 of city express express poll of the day Will a JD(U)-BJP split help the Congress? Yes 34% www.newindianexpress.com no 66% Today’s question: Will JU(U)’s exit from the NDA help Lalu Prasad’s RJD? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com Patna: Finally putting all speculation to rest, Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav on Sunday formally announced the end to the party’s 17-year-old alliance with the BJP giving a major jolt to the NDA, with the parliamentary elections only months away. The Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) has been in power in Bihar for the last eight years with BJP support. The Chief Minister also sacked 11 BJP ministers, including Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, charging them with not attending office for the last couple of days. Kumar and Yadav made the JD(U) president Sharad Yadav along with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (R) announcing the party’s break-up with the BJP in Patna on Sunday | pti formal announcement before the media in Patna. Yadav said, “Now the situation has reached a point from where staying together has become impossible and so, we are moving out of the alliance.” Yadav also resigned from the post of NDA convenor. “The BJP is going through a new phase. As long as there was no external interference in the Bi- har alliance, it ran smoothly. Problems began when there was external interference,” Kumar said in an apparent reference to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi without naming him. “We can’t compromise on our basic principles, values and stand on core issues which are central to party ethos. Its total disregard and the ominous recent developments therefore compel the Janata Dal (U) to forthwith terminate and sever its present alliance with the BJP,” he said. Nitish elaborated the reasons behind parting ways with the long time ally. “There was a rapid rise in the growing hegemonic control of a leadership that does not rep- resent the characteristics which we had emphasised for the continuation of our alliance,” he claimed. Earlier, Nitish called a special cabinet meeting in which no BJP minister participated. Kumar also met Governor D Y Patil and informed him that his party was no longer with the BJP. Kumar will seek a vote of confidence at a special Assembly session on Wednesday. In the 243-member Assembly, the JD(U) has 118 MLAs and needs only four MLAs for a simple majority and four independents have indicated their support to it. The BJP with 91 MLAs would work as a powerful Opposition party. The current main Opposition, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD has 22 MLAs and the Congress four. Reacting to the JD(U) move, Sushil Modi organised a press conference and called it a black day in the country’s history. He accused JD(U) of vishwasghat (betrayal) and gave a call for Bihar bandh on Tuesday. “The JD(U) not only betrayed us but broke the trust of the people,” he fumed. Modi added that Kumar should resign on moral grounds since he took oath as leader of the NDA. He was not just a JD(U) leader as the mandate to govern was in favour of the NDA and not just JD(U), he said. edit: P8, more: P9 Rahul Hand Evident in Congress Reshuffle Mistry given charge of Uttar Pradesh; Azad gives up party duties while Ambika Soni finds herself in Sonia’s office; Union Cabinet rejig today by Santwana Bhattacharya New Delhi: With an eye on general elections, the Congress on Sunday announced a major revamp of the party in which two second-rung leaders, the relatively young Ajay Maken and CP Joshi, were brought back to the organisation after they dramatically resigned from the Union Cabinet preferring political work to governance issues. Maken, known to be a good administrator, has been given charge of a newly-created communication, publicity and publication department. Significantly, the media cell of the AICC till now headed by Janardan Dwivedi has been merged with it. Joshi as general secretary will be in charge of Assam, Bihar, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Maken will be assisted by Congress MP from Mumbai, Priya Dutt. Most of the new general secretaries are close to Rahul but the kind of generational shift that one had expected did not happen. It’s more of a slow makeover, a little Maken here and a Mistry there Since the job given to Joshi, unlike Maken’s, is not high-profile enough for him to have left the twin charge of Roadways and Railways for party work, his return to the AICC headquarters is being seen as bearing the imprint of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi. The elevation of Madhusudan Mistry as incharge of Uttar Pradesh too seems to be his idea. A low-profile leader from Gujarat, Mistry has been steadily rising in the party despite making no headway in his own state. Mistry cemented his position after some of the credit for the Congress victory in Karnataka rubbed off on him. Many in the party believe Mistry has been given the charge of a key state like UP due to his familiarity with the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo who are going to lead the BJP campaign in the Hindi heartland state. Nonetheless, it’s a stunning appointment as he replaces a senior true-blue Congress leader Digvijay Singh. Mistry is also seen to be close to Rahul. The other significant appointment in this Congress reshuffle is that of Ambika Soni. Among other portfolios, Soni has reclaimed her position in Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s office. Once known and feared for her influence over Sonia, Soni is back as general secretary in charge of CPO. Ahmed Patel continues to be the Congress president’s political secretary. Ambika also has got the responsibility of monitoring poll-bound J&K, Himachal and Uttarakhand. While Soni had given up her I&B Ministry portfolio a few months ago favouring party work over government, another senior Congress general secretary of Sanjay Gandhi-vintage, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has given up his party duties, preferring to be just the Union Health Minister. An old party hand, Azad has relinquished the rather difficult charge of Andhra Pradesh (with the messed up Telangana issue) in favour of another veteran, Digvijay Singh, who will also have the charge of Karnataka and Goa. Azad’s other charge, Tamil Nadu, has been given to general secretary Mukul Wasnik, who also made his way back to party from government a few months ago when he gave up the Social Justice and Empowerment portfolio. He will look after Kerala affairs for the Congress. In this reshuffle, expected to be followed by a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday, portfolio allocation between the old guard and the new has not been disturbed. The ageing Motilal Vora continues to be the treasurer and Rahul will stay in-charge of the frontal organisations. But another loyalist, Oscar Fernandes, has been relegated to the background as special invitee to the Congress Working Committee. The charge of Central Election Committee has been taken away from him and given to Mistry. Those who have been elevated as general secretaries, in charge of various states of the west and the northeast, include Mohan Prakash, Shakeel Ahmed, Luizinho Faleiro. Just like Mistry, many of the 42 general secretaries appointed on Sunday are close to Rahul Gandhi. CONTINUITY WITH CHANGE The Congress got into poll mode with the muchawaited organisational rejig. Here’s a look at some key appointments made on Sunday New General Secretaries Retained Jesudasu Seelam Ghulam Nabi Azad V Hanumantha Rao K Sambasiva Rao vhr, jd seelam in cabinet race Rajya Sabha members V Hanumantha Rao (Telangana) and Jesudasu Seelam (Andhra) are said to be in the running for a Cabinet berth. Eluru MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, who has been waiting for a Cabinet post for a long time, has been named permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee Ajay Maken: Communication, Publicity and Publication wing C P Joshi: In charge of Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar Ambika Soni: Congress President’s Office, in charge of Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Uttarakhand Gurudas Kamat: Gujarat, Rajasthan, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu Digvijay Singh: In charge of Andhra, Karnataka, Goa Ahmed Patel: Sonia’s Political Secretary Motilal Vohra: Treasurer Dropped General secretaries Ghulam Nabi Azad, Oscar Fernandes, Vilas Muttamwar, Birender Singh Digvijay Back as State Cong Incharge to Carry Out ‘Special Task’ Post-2014 by JR Prasad Hyderabad: The Congress organisational rejig and Monday’s impending Union Cabinet reshuffle have had State party leaders fingers crossed. As of now, only two, Rajya Sabha members V Hanumantha Rao and Jesudasu Seelam, are said to be in the race for a Cabinet berth. Eluru MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao has been named permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee while G Sanjeeva Reddy, former MP and INTUC president, has been named special invitee. But the most important development is Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad relinquishing the charge of State party affairs. In his place has come Rahul Gandhi’s close aide Digvijay Singh. Singh had looked after the State Congress in the past and was considered close to the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy. What this means for the State Congress is that Rahul will henceforth personally monitor its affairs in the run up to the elections next year. Interestingly, Singh’s anointment comes two days after Rahul’s another close aide Madhusudhan Mistry exchanged notes with State Congress leaders. The talk in Congress cir- Raw Deal in AICC revamp In the new set up of the AICC, State Congress leaders seem to have got a raw deal. There has been no regular CWC member from the state after Kotla Vijaybhaskara Reddy. Though Lakshmibai from Anantapur and K Kesava Rao were CWC members in recent times, they were only permanent invitees. K Sambasiva Rao has been named permanent invitee and G Sanjeeva Reddy, former MP, special invitee. Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha rao has been retained as AICC secretary whereas ex-minister G Chinna Reddy has been appointed AICC secretary. cles is that as Singh was once considered close to YSR, the AICC leadership has picked him keeping in mind the post-2014 scenario and probably, as a “friendly gesture” to the YSRC. But it may not be a cakewalk for Singh to lead the faction-ridden AP Congress against headwinds like Telangana and Jagan. Compared to Azad, his track record as party affairs incharge is moderate. Though he had been Madhya Pradesh chief minister for 10 long years, he failed to propel his party back to power in that State and has ceded ground to the BJP. Similarly, he was made incharge of Uttar Pradesh in February/ March, 2012, but was relieved of the responsibility after the party’s pathetic show in the Assembly elections. Recalling all this, some Congress leaders felt Rahul may have picked Singh for a “special task”. However, Singh’s appointment is likely to distress PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana, who is close to Azad and is enjoying dual posts, that of the State party head and Transport Minister. Following Singh’s appointment, some expect revamp of the PCC. Azad replacement is also seen as a move to placate the people of Telangana who have been unhappy with his recent statements on the state bifurcation issue. Vizag Emerges as Cyber Crime Capital City Figures in Global ‘Black Money Expose’ by T Karnakar Reddy New Delhi: India has approached over half-a-dozen foreign jurisdictions, including Singapore and some tax havens, for banking and other financial details of more than 500 individuals and entities that might have ‘secret offshore accounts’ at those places. The “names and listed addresses” of as many as 505 India-linked entities, including businessmen and companies from the country, have been made public after a global expose on secret offshore accounts by US-based rights group, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Hyderabad: Vizag seems to be emerging as the cyber crime capital of the State. The city stood second in cyber crime, next only to Bengaluru, among the 53 mega cities in the country, the National Crime Records Bureau’s 2012 report reveals. And, powering it to the top are its young generation of Net addicts. According to the report, 153 cases were recorded under the IT Act in Vizag in 2012, compared to 107 the previous year. Delhi with 73 cases, Mumbai 33, Chennai 15, Kolkata 45 and Hyderabad 42 are far behind the steel city which registered a “positive growth” of 43% in cyber crime. Hyderabad, on the other hand, had a negative growth rate of 37.3% as the cases booked under the IT Act in 2011 were 67. Speaking to Express, Commissioner of Police, Visakhapatnam, B Sivadhar Reddy, downplayed the stats, pointing out that police had been proactive in filing cases under the IT Act to send a strong message to the public. “Visakhapatnam has more number of IT companies after Hyderabad and computer literacy has increased rapidly in the last few years,” he observed. Most of the cases booked in Vizag, about 89 of the 153, are related to eve-teasing Steel City, next only to Bengaluru, in cyber crime cases booked under the IT Act. Youngsters found to be behind a majority of them and sexual harassment. Overall, Andhra Pradesh, for a change, did not top the list of cyber crimes in the country. That dubious distinction went to Maharashtra. At the same time, cyber crimes under the IT Act are still on the rise in the State with a growth rate of 22.9%. The total number of cases under the IT Act shot up to 429 in 2012 from 349 in 2011. Most of those arrested under the IT Act (Cyber Crime) are aged between 18 and 30. As many as 1,486 were arrested under the Act across the nation in 2012 and of them, 908 (61 per cent) are in this age group. In the State, 170 were arrested under the IT Act and of them 125(73 per cent) are aged 18-30. This is in keeping with the general nature of the cases. Of the 429 cases booked in the State, 145 pertain to eve-teasing or sexual harassment. Vijayawada too made it to the list with seven cases in 2012, exactly the same as in 2011. (ICIJ). The Indian entities and individuals, according to the ICIJ expose, have addresses in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Khammam, Pune, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat, Chandigarh and many other Indian cities and moffusil locations. Sources said the Foreign Tax and Tax Research (FT&TR) division in the Finance Ministry has ap- proached the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Singapore under the tax information exchange treaties for banking and other details of those named by ICIJ. Besides, FT&TR has approached Cooks Islands and Samoa through other diplomatic channels, sources said, adding that a few other countries have also been approached for details of entities alleged to have secret accounts at those places. “Preliminary inputs obtained do not present a clear picture and hence, details have been sought through official protocol mechanisms and existing treaties,” a senior Finance Ministry official said. The ICIJ claims to have found over “one lakh secret companies, trusts and funds created in offshore locales” by entities from across the world in the past three decades. While the broader details of this expose were announced by ICIJ in April, the names and addresses of the individuals and entities were made public on Saturday. The ICIJ has, however, put a disclaimer that there might be a legitimate use for offshore companies and trusts and being on the list does not necessarily mean anything fishy. PTI
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