COIMBATORE 26 June 2013 Wednesday `3.00 pages 20 Late City edition CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com r a da r Sebi Eases FII Entry Norms Mumbai: In a wide-ranging overhaul of rules to make India an easier, safer and attractive investment destination, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Tuesday unveiled a new set of streamlined entry norms for foreign investors, while putting in place checks against any wrongdoings by the company promoters. The board of capital markets regulatory authority also paved the way for direct listing of start-ups and SMEs on the stock exchanges without the requirement of an IPO and approved a new set of rules for angel investors to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship in the country. Several of these steps come at a time when markets have been going through turbulent times. P13 Fresh Tragedy as Chopper With 20 on Rescue Mission Crashes IAF, NDRF, ITBP personnel along with civilians on board, 8 bodies recovered; 8,000 pilgrims still stranded in several areas; operations to continue despite poor weather; 535 airlifted on Tuesday self-drawn map, simple instructions aid rescue What the note says: The stranded cannot go towards Gaurikund as the road is damaged. If some military personnel reach Rambara with foodstuff and access the stranded travellers, they could be taken back to Rambara, where there is enough space for relief operations. TN Moves SC on Cauvery New Delhi: Tamil Nadu filed an application in the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking a direction to the Union Ministry of Water Resources to constitute the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee in accordance with the Final Order passed by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. P5 (Kedarnath) (Rambara) by Yatish Yadav ‘Won’t Let Radicals Succeed’ Srinagar: A day after terrorists killed eight Army men here, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday asserted that terrorism will not be allowed to succeed in its nefarious designs. P7 Snowden in Moscow: Putin Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday revealed that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was still in a Moscow airport transit zone, rejecting calls for his extradition to the US. P11 RS Polls: Cong to Back DMK Chennai: The Congress party on Tuesday decided to support estranged ally DMK for the June 27 Rajya Sabha polls from Tamil Nadu, with its five MLAs all set to vote for Kanimozhi. P5 PMK Gets High Court Rap Chennai: In a strong rebuke to the PMK leadership in the aftermath of the Marakkanam violence, the Madras High Court on Tuesday observed that if a person is unable to control his cadre, he is not qualified to be a leader. P5 Plea on Ranbaxy Dismissed New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking a probe against Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd for allegedly manufacturing and selling substandard medicines due to lack of evidence against it. Govt Nod for Fine on Airtel New Delhi: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal is learnt to have approved levying of `650 crore penalty on Bharti Airtel for violating roaming norms in 13 service areas between 2003 and 2005. Taliban Attack Af Palace Kabul: Taliban gunmen and bombers using fake NATO identification attacked an entrance to the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul on Tuesday, a week after insurgent leaders opened an office in Qatar. P11 20 pages, including 4 pages of City Express Markets Indices Sensex: Nifty: Gold 18,629.15 5,609.10 24 ct (1 gm): 2,702 22 ct (1 gm): 2,526 Silver Bar (1 kg): 41,285 Retail (1 gm): 44.20 Exchange US$: Euro: 59.70 78.38 Source: BSE, NSE, RBI websites express poll of the day Are you able to celebrate India’s Champions Trophy victory in the backdrop of the fixing scandals? Yes 46% no 54% Today’s question: Do you approve of Rahul Gandhi’s last-minute visit to flood-ravaged Uttarakhand? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com A Man, his Mobile and Presence of Mind Save 2,000 (2,000 pilgrims stuck here) (Damaged road) Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel rescuing flood victims with the help of rope and ladder in Uttarkashi on Tuesday | pti by Yatish Yadav & Agencies New Delhi: An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter involved in rescue operations in Uttarakhand and carrying 20 people on board, including IAF, paramilitary personnel and rescued civilians, crashed on Tuesday. Vice Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) M Sashidhar Reddy said eight bodies have been recovered and chances of any survivor among those onboard were remote. “There were 20 people onboard, including NDRF, ITBP and IAF personnel. Eight bodies have been recovered,” he said. In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said the Mi-17 V5 chopper was on a rescue mission from Gauchar to Guptkashi and shinde diktat does not apply to rahul Over-ruling Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s order to the Uttarakhand government that no VIP be allowed in the flood-ravaged areas in the State so that rescue/ relief work is not hindered, Congress V-P Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday conducted an aerial survey in the State. P9 Kedarnath and while returning from Kedarnath it crashed north of Gaurikund. “While a Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the accident, the IAF’s rescue operations continue,” the MoD statement said. State officials said it’s not known if weather was a factor in the crash. “Three choppers have been sent to Gaurikund to locate the wreckage of the crashed copter,” they said. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the accident during relief operations had come as a huge shock. “My heart goes out to the families of those who have lost their lives. The nation mour ns with me the loss of our heroes whose selfless work has saved thousands of lives. Continuing their work would be the best homage to them,” the PM said. Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand government pledged assistance to the stranded pilgrims, promising to evacuate all who were stranded, within 72 hours, after fresh rainfall hampered search and rescue efforts at the site of (Gaurikund) Joshimath and Badrinath, destroyed by flashfloods and landslides which killed as many as 830 people and injured over 5,000. State officials said only 53 helicopter sorties could be done due to inclement weather in the morning, and a total of 535 pilgrims had been airlifted. They said over 8,000 people remained stranded at various locations. About 5,000 people are in makeshift camps at Badrinath while 1,200 others are awaiting evacuation at Harsil. More: P9 FULL COVERAGE Expedite Rescue Ops: SC P9 127 More Bodies Recovered P9 Rescue to be Over in 3 Days P9 New Delhi: Although health experts have written volumes on the dangers of the cellphone suggesting it is a serious public health hazard, the modern invention literally saved 2,000 lives in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand. A traveller from Maharashtra, stranded in no man’s land along with thousands of ill-fated pilgrims at Junglechatti, is now being credited with helping rescuers locate the group after using a cellphone to transmit to them a self-drawn map (see pic on left) of the inaccessible terrain. Jayesh Bhangdiya and a group of 2,000 pilgrims waited for rescuers at Jungle chatti but since the area was completely cut off from the mainland, agencies in the rescue mission had no idea of the whereabouts of the stranded pilgrims, who were mostly from Maharashtra. Bhangdiya realised the small area where they were huddled was not visible to choppers and drew a map of the area on a sheet of paper, providing the exact location of stranded tourists and short notes in Hindi. Armed with a camera phone, he clicked a photograph of the map he had drawn and forwarded it to his friend in Dehradun, who in turn informed the Inspector General of Police (Law & Order) Ram Singh Meena. The map was immediately forwarded to Army and State police officers involved in the rescue operation to evacuate stranded pilgrims. Meena confirmed that Bhangdiya’s friend Sunil Baheti had come to see him with the map and he later alerted Army personnel to evacuate the stranded pilgrims. “A search and rescue team was dispatched with the map and was able to airdrop food items and later evacuate all pilgrims to safety. His (Bhangdiya’s) presence of mind saved many lives,” Meena said. Let State Public Sector Units Buy Woman Locked up in House for Years NLC Stake, Jaya Tells Manmohan Express News Service Express News Service Chennai: The crisis surrounding disinvestment in the Neyveli Lignite Corporation took a new turn on Tuesday when Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa offered to buy its five per cent shares through the state government’s Public Sector Undertakings to protect the ‘public sector’ character of the NLC as well as assuage the feelings of the workers who have announced an indefinite strike from July 3. As such, she has also requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to sell the NLC shares to any other private entity. Writing to the PM in this regard, the Chief Minister pointed out that the current situation in NLC needs an unconventional and pragmatic solution and proposed that the five per cent Gov- ernment of India’s shareholding in NLC be offered to one or more of the Tamil Nadu government’s PSUs — Tamil Nadu Industrial ‘strike may shut NLC, worsen power woes’ Referring to strike called by NLC unions, the CM in her letter to PM, said, “...this unrest may spread and continue for a long time, lea ing to the eventual shutdown d of power plants in Neyveli. ...with TN already reeling under power scarcity, such a situation will badly hurt the State’s economy and cause hardship to the people.” Development Corporation (TIDCO), State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) and TN Industrial Investment Corporation (TIIC). She further said since the above TN PSUs fall within the meaning of ‘public’ as defined under Rule 2(d) of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957, offer of shares to them would ensure that NLC complies with Rule 19(2) and Rule 19A of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules. The nod of the Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs given on June 22 for proceeding with the NLC disinvestment, which completely brushed aside the legitimate apprehensions of the workers and trampled on the aspirations of the people of TN, had created an atmosph re of e anxiety and uncertainty in the minds of the workers and the local people, the CM said. The Centre’s decision had provoked almost all trade unions into giving a notice for an indefinite strike from July 3. Vellore: A young woman allegedly kept locked up at her house in Kosapet area by her sister for years was rescued on Tuesday following a tip-off from neighbours. While details of the incident are still sketchy, what is known is that Geetha has been rescued and sent to a care home. While there were conflicting reports about her age, it’s certain that she is under 30. Her elder sister Punitha, who resides in a rented house in Lal Singh Kumanan Street in Kosapet and works as an assistant at the Government Hospital in Vellore, claimed that Geetha was mentally ill and would run away and hence was kept locked up. However, neighbours said Geetha and her mother Sakunthala were normal but An emaciated Geetha after her rescue on Tuesday | S Dinesh they were kept locked up by Punitha and her husband Chandrasekar. Sakuntala died last month. They said the house would be kept locked always and Punitha and her husband would open it in the morning to give little amounts of food and a glass of milk in the evening. They also noted that they would hear Geetha screaming during the nights, crying for food. It was a surprise that the residents were aware of what was happening to the mother and daughter, but were not ready to inform the authorities about it. The residents said Geetha was a Tamil graduate and was working at a school, before she was confined in house. M Usha Nandhini, president of Bharath Amma Social Service Organisation, said she received an anonymous call from a woman, who informed her about Geetha’s plight. She said Chandrasekar had initially hesitated to open the house, when her team members had approached him. “But, I could hear the woman’s voice crying for help through the door. I then took the police attached to the All Women Station with me to make him open the door,” she said and added that they then took Geetha to the station. Film Shoot on BU Campus Leaves Academicians Red-faced by S Mannar Mannan Coimbatore: The Bharathiar University has allowed the shooting of a film on its campus, evoking strong criticism from the academic community. The teaching faculty, nonteaching staff and even members of the syndicate, the highest decision-making body, came to know about it only when the shooting commenced on Tuesday morning. Actor Sasikumar, Santhanam and dozens of supporting actors were busy shooting for the Tamil film ‘Brahman’ on the campus on Tuesday. The crew even covered the university’s name board at the entrance and atop the main building, with a banner saying ‘Indira Gandhi College for Women’ for the film’s needs. While accepting that this was the first time a film was allowed to be shot on the BU campus, Registrar P K Manoharan defended the move, saying the producers had obtained prior permission for it. Asked why the permission was granted, he said, “Only the Vice-Chancellor can anA film crew busy shooting at the entrance of Bharathiar University on Tuesday. swer this question”. The name board of BU seen sporting a new name for the film | S Kamalakannan The authorities also claimed that academic activity was not affected, it being summer vacation. Sharply criticising the university’s move, Aided College Teachers’ Association president A Raja said, “The varsity is attempting to become a film shooting spot instead of being a centre for academic excellence. It is history being created by the Vice-Chancellor.” The association is pained to note that the campus is being misused, he said. Shooting films on campuses is not new in the state. Tamil Nadu Agricultural Uni- versity and Madras University have allowed it in the past to generate revenue. However, academicians have strongly opposed the move saying state-run academic institutions should not adopt such an option to earn money. Association of University Teachers vice-president C Pichandy said, “As admissions have started, students and parents are coming to the university. Around 200 colleges in and around Coimbatore are affiliated to BU. In this situation, permission should not have been given to shoot a film on its premises.”
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