COIMBATORE 19 AUGUST 2013 MONDAY `3.50 PAGES 36 DHARMAPURI CITY CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com Tunda Reveals Dawood Nexus for Anti-India Terror Funding Captured top Lashkar man admits that the underworld don lives in an ISI safehouse in Karachi by Yatish Yadav ASK PRABHU Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com and Prabhu will answer them R A DA R Rupee on Ventilator Why is the undervalued high real value Rupee losing further value? First of a series on messing up a ‘robust’ economy, by columnist S Gurumurthy. P9 London Mission Costliest New Delhi: The High Commisision in London is India’s costliest overseas mission; it spends over `58 crore a year, due to its big workload and large manpower, revealed an RTI reply from the Ministry of External Affairs. The consulate in Bali incurred the least expenses with only `20 lakh spent in a year. P7 NETWORK D-CODED New Delhi: The ‘A’ of terror lexicon Abdul Karim ‘Tunda’, who revealed blueprints of underworld-terror nexus to interrogators, has said that most wanted terrorist and mafia don Dawood Ibrahim is funding all Lashkar-e-Toiba terror strikes on Indian soil and still lives in Karachi under ISI protection. A key figure of the LeT, Tunda was nabbed on Friday and remanded in three-day police custody. A senior official called Tunda a “walking encyclopaedia on LeT’s pan-India operations”. He said Tunda was in regular touch with Dawood, LeT ringleader Hafiz Saeed, members of other terror outfits and top ISI functionaries. This is another instance that goes contrary to the claims of Pakistan’s special envoy Shahryar Khan, who recently said Dawood was chased out of the country and could be living Tunda was in close touch with Dawood, Saeed, other terror outﬁts, top ISI men Reveals Dawood is guarded by ISI and moves around under its cover Acted as ISI recruiter, despatched terrorists, fake Indian currency and explosives through his well-established network in Nepal, Bangladesh Claims ISI uses Dawood’s network for logistics, transportation to carry out terror activities in India SAYS DAWOOD HELPING ISI STRENGTHEN OTHER TERROR GROUPS LIKE TeT AND JeM Worked with other anti-India groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Tehreek-e-Taliban (TeT), Huji and IM in the United Arab Emirates. “Tunda said he met Dawood several times in Karachi and was in regular touch with the don, who is staying at an ISI safe house in the port city. Tunda claimed Dawood is guarded by ISI and moves around under its cover. He also admitted close ties with Hafiz Saeed and LeT military commander Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi,” an official said. Sources said Tunda was run- ning a network of extremist madrasas in Pakistan, which provide and train recruits for India-specific terror operations. He was also working closely with other terrorist groups sheltered by Pakistan, including Jaish-e-Mohammed, Tehreek-e-Taliban, Babbar Khalsa, Indian Mujahideen and HuJI. “He used to meet all terror ringleaders, but madrasa funding mainly came from Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim. Tunda also acted as a recruiter for ISI and used to despatch terror operatives, fake Indian currency notes and explosives to India through his wellestablished network in Bangladesh and Nepal,” a source said. During his interrogation, Tunda said ISI has been using Dawood’s network for logistics and transportation to carry out terror activities in India. With deep penetration in Karachi, Dawood is said to be helping ISI strengthen other terror outfits like Tehreek-e-Taliban and JeM. Sources said Tunda was a big catch for the ISI in 1980s, which opened a new chapter in crossborder terrorism. He was lionised by the ISI and LeT but soon after he fled Bangladesh in 2000, they termed him a spent force. Tunda, who orchestrated over 40 attacks in India, claimed he was kept out of LeT’s ‘bleed India’ strategy as Lakhvi was taking decisions with Saeed. MORE: P10 Express News Service Poonch: In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops fired on Indian positions along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector, forcing Indian troops to retaliate strongly, a defence spokesman said on Sunday. P9 Rajapaksa to Visit Delhi? Colombo: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G L Peiris, who is to meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, will also try to arrange a quick meeting between Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Singh before the summit. HOARY HERITAGE EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY With the arrest of Abdul Karim Tunda can India expect a dip in terrorism? YES 9% NO 91% TODAY’S QUESTION: Will the change of guard at the RBI restore sanity at the stock and bullion markets? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com A Parsi woman kisses her child on the occasion of the Parsi New Year ‘Navroz’ in Mumbai on Sunday. The festival is a reflection of the rich diversity and inclusiveness of Indian culture | PTI Heart of Madras Cafe is Anti-Tamil: Outﬁts Express News Service Chennai: Leaders of Tamil nationalist parties and outfits, who watched a special show of actor John Abraham starrer Madras Cafe on Sunday, termed it “nauseatingly anti-Tamil” and said they won’t allow its screening any- Diageo CEO at `105 Crore Spirited High London: The world’s largest spirits maker Diageo Plc has proposed an annual pay package of up to 10.9 million British pound (about `105 crore) for its newly appointed Indian-origin CEO Ivan Menezes. Menezes, who has been with UK-headquartered Diageo for about 13 years, was paid a total remuneration of 7.8 million pounds (`75 crore) in the last financial year ended June 30, 2013, when he served as Chief Operating Officer. Upon his promotion as CEO with effect from July 1, he has been given an 8.6 per cent hike in base salary to one million pounds (about `9.6 crore) and would be entitled to further benefits totalling up to 9.9 million pounds (`95 crore) a year, Diageo said in its latest regulatory filing. Diageo, which owns brands like Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Baileys and Guinness, recently acquired a significant stake in India’s leading liquor firm United Spirits from Vijay Mallya- Memories of the catastrophe that devastated the heritage town of Kedarnath are slowly fading, but the grimness of the devastation continues. It is now known that the task of rehabilitation and rebuilding will take several years. It will also need more funds than government agencies can provide. 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For any further details, you may contact: 044-23457518 or mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Heed the call of Kedarnath with a generous heart. Reach out to Muslims: Modi to cadre Ceasefire Violated Again 36 PAGES, INCLUDING 20 PAGES OF EDEX KEDARNATH CALLS led UB group in a deal worth over USD 2 billion. Menezes (53), who studied at premier Indian educational institutions like St Stephen’s College and IIMAhmedabad besides Kellogg School of Management in the US, is said to have been instrumental in the United Spirits deal. Prior to joining Diageo, Menezes held senior positions with giants like Nestle, Booz Allen Hamilton and Whirlpool. While Diageo said “Menezes’ salary has been positioned below median to reflect the fact that he is new to the Chief Executive role”, his total package is much higher than the average salary earned by CEOs in India and abroad. As per a latest managerial remuneration report by the Institutional Investors Advisory Services last month, the average CEO salary for India’s biggest 500 companies in the last fiscal stood at `3.6 crore, while in the US it was `28 crore. PTI where in the country. The movie had run into trouble a few weeks ago after its stills were published in the media. Tamil nationalist groups such as Naam Tamizhar Katchi charged that it attempted to portray the LTTE and its leader V Prabhakaran in bad light and warned of protests. Following this, the producers agreed to hold a special screening for the groups. Emerging from the special show at Wallajah Road, director Seeman said the script of the film looked like one sponsored by the Congress party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. MORE: P5 New Delhi: Making it official for the first time, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday exhorted party leaders and cadre to make “Mission 272+” for the 2014 Lok Sabha (LS) elections successful. In a meeting with State unit presidents, party general secretaries and national campaign committee members to evolve the strategy for the LS elections and Assembly polls in five states, national election campaign committee chief Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh said the mood in the country is strongly against the Congress and the main opposition is the only viable alternative. BJP Parliamentary Board president L K Advani, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley were also present at the meeting. Sources said that at the concluding session, Advani praised Modi’s election campaign presentation and said the party was going in the right direction under his guidance. He also expressed hope that the BJP will secure a record win in the polls. During the meeting, Modi underlined the need for effective campaigning and urgency to reach out to each voter. He wanted the party cadre to concentrate on young and first-time voters, who are restless for a change. He emphasised the need to bring the voter to the polling booth and said an all-out effort should be made to take all sections of society with the party and strengthen it in the next 200 days. Modi said, “In Gujarat around 2025 per cent of Muslims voted for the BJP and we need to reach out to them and other sections of the society in the rest of the country too.” Rajnath Singh lambasted the PM for failing to manage the economy which is resulting in more hardship to the common man.
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