kochi 2 JUly 2013 tuesday `5 pages 20 late city edition CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ Kedarnath calls Never has India seen a natural calamity as devastating as the one that has hit Kedarnath and surrounding areas. The most heartrending part of the disaster is that we cannot even know how many have perished. Figures published are merely guesses based on recovered bodies; the number of unrecovered bodies cannot even be guessed. Kedarnath is not just an Uttarakhand landmark or a pilgrim centre of a particular religion. Like Sabarimala and Velankanni, it is a refuge of the faithful who belong to all regions and all religions. It is the common heritage of all India. All of us have a role to play in this hour of tragedy and trial. Funds are needed not only for immediate relief to the stranded and the displaced, but also for the rebuilding of Kedarnath and surrounding areas. Restoration work is a complicated job that might take several years, according to preliminary estimates. This is a call to the heart of every citizen. With a view to making it easy for people in farflung areas to contribute their mite, we are opening a special bank account named The New Indian Express Kedarnath Relief Fund. To kick off the drive, individual staff members of the NIE Group are contributing a portion of their salaries and the company is adding its own separate contribution to make a total of Rs 25 lakhs as starting deposit. We request our readers and associates to contribute generously to the Fund. Cheques drawn in the name of the Fund may be sent to any office of the New Indian Express Group in the country. These will be acknowledged in the columns of the paper in due course. Contributions in cash can be given to any Express office in any city and a receipt obtained on the spot. We propose to forward the fund to the appropriate authority to be used for a specific purpose to be identified soon. Readers’ suggestions are welcome. Please heed the call of Kedarnath and contribute generously. Livid IUML to Skip UDF’s Patch-up Parleys Coming close on the heels of the KPCC chief’s remark that League was a liability to Congress, the party decision was not entirely unexpected Express News Service T’Puram: The IUML has backed off from Tuesday’s talks with the UDF leadership, amid a growing feeling in the party that the Congress should not be allowed to “take the party for granted anymore”. “There is no conducive atmosphere for the talks”, said the party’s all-India general secretary E T Mohammed Basheer MP. Given KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala’s snide remarks against the IUML, the party’s decision was not entirely unexpected. The UDF had scheduled talks with the IUML and the Kerala Congress(M). Through the decision to boycott the meet, the IUML has sent out a strong message. Against the backdrop of these developments, the IUML state secretariat meet scheduled for July 4 has turned out very crucial both for the party and the coalition. one who flew over the udf nest There is nothing continuing verbal wrong with the funcattacks Irk league tioning of the Chief Minister’s office. The views expressed in our party publication was not mine or the party’s, but of the one who wrote it — K M Mani, Finance Minister No party can rule the state singlehandedly. And none should think that the Muslim League has no other place to pitch its tent — K P A Majeed, IUML general secretary The IUML’s emergency leadership meet on Sunday had decided to convene the secretariat meet and take a united stand on the developments. Since clarifying that he had no intention to insult the IUML, the KPCC president hasn’t commented on the issue. Congress president Sonia Though the Congress High Command had prevailed over the IUML not to react in haste to the remarks of Ramesh Chennithala and others, the party is peeved that there was no let-up in the verbal attacks by Electricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed and K Muraleedharan MLA. Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel spoke to the IUML leadership and Ramesh on Sunday. IUML state general secretary K P A Majeed on Monday warned that no one should be under the impression that he or she can attack the party and get away with it. “No party can rule the state single-handedly. And none should think that the Muslim League has no other place to pitch its tent,” he said in reply to Muraleedharan’s taunt that the League won’t reach anywhere if it leaves the UDF. Meanwhile, Kerala Congress leader and Finance Minister K M Mani said it is not fair on the part of any political party to interfere in the internal affairs of other parties. Also, he distanced himself from the accusation in his party publication that a prominent member of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s personal staff is involved in the solar scam. “There is nothing wrong with the functioning of the Chief Minister’s office. The views expressed in the publication was not mine or the party’s, but of the one who wrote it,” the Finance Minister said. And K Muraleedharan on Monday said he had cancelled his New Delhi trip to “avoid unnecessary speculation”. r a da r Kalmadi out as AAA Chief Pune: Scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi was on Monday ousted as the president of the Asian Athletics Association after he lost his re-election bid to Qatar’s powerful Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad in a tight contest, bringing an end to the veteran administrator’s 13-year reign at the helm. P14 Diesel Dearer by 50 Paise Rio de Janeiro: Fred scored two goals and Neymar added another as Brazil beat world and European champs Spain 3-0 to win the Confederations Cup. P15 Markets Indices Sensex: 19,577.39 Nifty: 5,898.85 Gold 24 ct (1 gm):2,740 22 ct (1 gm): 2,420 Silver Bar (1 kg): 45,000 Retail (1 gm): 45 Exchange US$: 59.14 Euro: 77.06 Source: BSE, NSE, RBI websites express poll of the day Is there more than meets the eye in Cong’s backing of Kanimozhi for the RS polls? Yes 94% no 6% Today’s question: With the loss to Brazil in the Confederations Cup, is Spain’s golden era over? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com 2o pages, including 4 pages of City Express Tepid India Response as its US Mission is Bugged India’s First Navigational Sat Launched by Devirupa Mitra by Shyam Balasubramanian New Delhi: India is “ascertainin g facts” revealed by a British newspaper, based on leaks by former US intelligence agent Edward Snowden, that American intelligence services were snooping on the Indian embassy in Washington, and 37 other missions. The Guardian on Sunday reported it had accessed documents from 2010 leaked by Snowden, which lists 38 embassies and missions, on which the US services employed an “extraordinary range of spying methods”. The report listed the Indian embassy along with other friendly missions like European Union, France, Italy, Greece, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Turkey. Official sources told Express they were trying to ascertain the facts of this particular incident. They pointed out that diplomats are already sensitised and aware they could be under surveillance of foreign agencies. Consequently, they take the requisite precautionary measures to avoid such unwanted scrutiny. Speaking to reporters in Brunei, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said if there were concerns, it would be conveyed suitably. “These are things on security areas. All kinds of things happen all the time. If there is a concern, we will convey the concern,” he said on Monday. He is in Brunei to attend meetings related to the ASEAN summit. The Guardian report said the spying methods included “bugs implanted in electronic communications gear, tapping of cables and collection of transmissions with specialised antennae”. This is not the first time India has figured in documents of the US National Security Agency leaked by Snowden. After Iran, Pakistan, Jordan and Egypt, India was fifth with 6.3 billion tracked reports generated in March, according to a slide on the ‘Boundless Informant’ program e run by NSA. edit: P8 m Sriharikota: The launch of the PSLV-C22 left even the space veterans who have seen around 25 launches gaping at the sky wondering, for this was the first time the Indian Space Research Organisation has launched a mission in the dead of the night. As the countdown neared the lift off mark and the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’s engines fired up, the entire sky was lit up in a furious shade of orange. The rocket carrying India’s first navigational satellite then blasted into the sky, visible only as a trail of fire. Around 20 minutes and 20 seconds after the lift-off from the first launchpad here, scientists at the Command Centre celebrated the perfect injection of the IRNSS-1A into orbit. Uttarakhand Wakes up, Imposes Construction Ban by N C Bipindra New Delhi: Exactly 15 days after a cloudburst caused heavy devastation in Uttarakhand, the nearly 10,000-strong armed forces on Monday successfully brought over 600 pilgrims stranded in the ravaged upper reaches of the hill State to safety, which effectively brought to an end the fortnight-long rescue efforts they were engaged in. It also meant the armed by Athul Lal A G Kozhikode: Stung by KPCC chief Ramesh Chennithala’s ‘liability’ remarks, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) state leadership appears to be in a dilemma. Top leaders of the party strongly feel that the KPCC president had targeted the IUML only to give his rival group leader and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy a jolt. Hence, a section of the leaders suggests that the IUML should not take any decision in haste that would hurt Chandy or upset the present government or affect the United Democratic Front’s chances in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Express News Service Chairman & Managing Director Brazil Humiliate Spain 3-0 League Leadership in a ‘Liability’ Dilemma At the same time, IUML honchos are under tremendous pressure from the party rank and file, who are an agitated lot over the constant attempts from a section of Congress leaders to corner the party. What irks them the most is that the latest comment has come from the KPCC chief himself. Currently, the party leadership has decided to demand a comprehensive explanation from the Congress. The proposed meeting of the IUML secretariat on July 4 will decide on this. The party secretariat will also warn the Congress leaders not to use the IUML as a tool for the group rivalry between them. More: P6 SIT will Decide on Quizzing CM, Says Thiruvanchoor Manoj Kumar Sonthalia New Delhi: The diesel price was on Monday hiked by 50 paise per litre, the sixth increase in rates this year. It was on Saturday that the petrol price was raised by `1.82 per litre, as the rupee’s depreciation made crude oil costlier. www.newindianexpress.com forces will gradually withdraw from the relief efforts, though some of the troopers will be retained to reach food and other supplies to locals in interior areas of the flood-hit districts of the State. In a related development, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna imposed a blanket ban on construction of houses and commercial establishments along the banks of rivers and announced setting up of a statutory body to look into planning and development of the flood-hit areas. However, what has now [ In the last 24 hours, we have rescued 628 people from Badrinath and with this, all of the rescue effort has been completed — Defence Ministry official become a major cause for concern for the Army personnel deployed in Uttarakhand to defend the nation’s territory from threats of Chinese invasion along the 545-km central sector of the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control was the depleting monsoon supplies that they have used up to provide food to the over one lakh pilgrims, who got isolated in Kedarnath, Badrinath, Joshimath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. “In the last 24 hours, we have rescued 628 people from Badrinath and with this, all of the rescue effort has been completed. As many as 500 locals are to be temporarily brought out from Badrinath, which will be done tomorrow. But rescue of those visitors from outside the State is over,” said a senior Defence Ministry official here. “Now, we will continue to deploy some of our helicopters in the relief work,” the official noted. T’Puram: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) will decide whether Chief Minister Oommen Chandy should also be questioned or evidence should be collected from his office at the Secretariat, in view of the arrest of a sacked employee of his personal staff in the solar scam, according to Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. As Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is under tremendous pressure in the callgate-solar scam, the Home Minister has come to his aid once again and expressed serious doubts whether there was any conspiracy behind the “witchhunt’’ against the former. ‘’In that case, it is a serious issue. Whether there were attempts to wrongly implicate the Chief Minister in the case will be examined,’’ the Home Minister told Express. He said there is every reason to suspect that the insertion of the Chief Minister’s CM’s Name figures in plea: Counsel Pathanamthitta: Counsel for Tenny Joppen said the name of the Chief Minister was mentioned in the petition filed by Sreedharan Nair of Konnibased Mallelil Industries and therefore the CM should have been made an accused. P4 name in the plaint of M Sreedharan Nair of Konni, which was admittedly not there in the original complaint, points to a deep-rooted conspiracy. “But we will not interfere in the probe conducted by the SIT in any manner,’’ he maintained. “A probe cannot be taken forward heeding the hue and cry made by a few.It will take its own legitimate course,’’ the Home Minister reiterated. On Jose Thettayil remaining in hiding and the course which the sexual harassment case is poised to take, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said that he doesn’t want to say that an MLA was eluding the police. “Let the people come to their conclusions. The investigation is progressing under the leadership of a woman IPS officer,’’ he said. He also frowned upon allegations that dancer-actor Shalu Menon was not being arrested in connection with the solar scam, as he was blocking it. “The SIT is fully free to arrest her, if necessary. It should be on the basis of evidence,’’ he said, when the demand of Government Chief Whip P C George was brought to his notice. “George can provide evidence,’’ he added. More: P4
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