Hyderabad 21 august 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 Govt Gets It Left & Right over Mystery of Missing Coal Files BJP, CPM demand statement by Prime Minister; Cornered Coal Minister fails to give a convincing reply in Parliament to pointed questions on his conflict of interest and action taken to trace files Express News Service r a da r UPA Policies Weakening India The import of capital goods for $587 billion, most of which India could make in its own backyard, drained out a third of India’s GDP under the nose of the UPA regime. Last part of a series by columnist S Gurumurthy. P9 Pervez Musharraf Indicted Islamabad: In an unprecedented move against a former Pakistani army chief, an anti-terrorism court on Tuesday indicted ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf on charges of murder and conspiracy in the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto. P11 Over 3L Babies Die Each Yr New Delhi: An estimated 56,000 maternal deaths are reported annually and 3,09,000 newborns die within 24 hours of birth in the country, the Lok Sabha was informed Tuesday. Italy Snubs India Yet Again New Delhi: Four Italian marines, who were witness to the killing of fishermen off Kerala coast allegedly by two of their colleagues, have refused to come to India for deposing as witnesses, which will further delay the case. Eamcet Verification Hyderabad: The AP State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) has decided to verify certificates of Eamcet candidates for engineering admissions at three alternative places in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Ongole districts from Wednesday. Meanwhile, the High Court has given conditional approval for online admissions under the management quota. P4 New Delhi: If the Congress had any hopes of coinciding the passage of the Food Security Bill in Lok Sabha with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary, they were dashed on Tuesday. Instead, incumbent Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his government and his Coal Minister Shriprakash Jaiswal were singed in the controversy over the missing files relating to the questionable allocation of coal blocks. The government faced fire in both Houses of Parliament with the Opposition demanding a statement by the Prime Minister and accusing Jaiswal of “conflict of interest”, given the allegations that one of the missing files contain his family links to a controversial coal block allocation. In a Parliament, where debates are a rarity and disruption is the norm, Tuesday saw some riveting performances in the Rajya Sabha. Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley, in a spirited argument, pointed out, “files don’t disappear, they are made to disappear.” He went on to add, “The files contain evidence of arbitrary allotments and most likely evidence of crime is in those files. So, if the files disappear, the possibility of escaping punishment for a crime is obviously there.” He also noted that “destruction of evidence in a case being probed by the CBI and monitored by the Supreme Court is in itself a crime.” On Jaiswal’s counter that an “inter-ministerial committee headed by an additional secretary has been set up to look into the issue and any action will be taken only after its Antony Tells Kiran to Plead with Sonia for Samaikyandhra Express News Service report”, Jaitley shot back: “Has the Minister registered an FIR? Have you taken any legal recourse?” A cornered Jaiswal claimed the files were actually of the period prior to 2004 and explained that if it was theft or destruction of files, an FIR would have been registered. Since it was a case of missing files, a Committee was formed. Little wonder the Right and the Left came together to hit out at the government. Jaitley received full support from CPM’s Sitaram Yechury who advised Jaiswal to recuse himself from replying as his name has emerged in relation to the scam. More: P9 Rupee Hits Rock Bottom, £ Now Costs 100 Bucks Mumbai: After heavy battering, the rupee, stocks and bonds on Tuesday showed some signs of a fightback with the RBI intervening in the market with massive selling of dollars as the domestic currency breached the 64mark. For the first time ever, the rupee slipped below the 100-mark against the British Pound. The rupee slipped to 64.13 against dollar in intra-day trading amid FIIs pulling debt market funds, before the RBI stepped in to help recover some lost ground. Rupee closed at 63.25, just 12 paise lower than Monday. In tune with rupee’s recovery, stock markets also scripted a significant comeback with Sensex ending 61 points lower after losing over 330 points at one point. Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) sold stocks worth `1,424 crore from domestic stock markets, as per provisional data. PTI FULL COVERAGE: P13 ‘Sugarpova’ in US Open London: Maria Sharapova is believed to be considering changing her surname to Sugarpova for the two weeks of the US Open. The move is aimed at enabling the Russian to cash in on her Sugarpova line of sweets which she has launched recently. P16 20 pages, including 4 pages of City Express Markets Indices 18,246.04 5,401.45 24 ct (1 gm): 3,135 22 ct (1 gm): 2,931 Sensex: Nifty: Gold Silver Bar (1 kg): 52,070 Retail (1 gm): 55.70 Exchange 63.73 85.06 US$: Euro: Source: BSE, NSE, RBI websites express poll of the day Do you agree with World Bank’s chief economist Kaushik Basu that India’s economic problems are overplayed? Yes 28% no 72% Today’s question: Do you agree with Arun Jaitley that coal block allocation files were made to disappear? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com hercules vs the Dragon An IAF C130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft makes a historic landing at Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh, J&K, on Tuesday. The achievement will enable the armed forces to use the heavy-lift aircraft to transport troops, supplies and improve communication network there | PTI report: P9 Lepakshi Case: CBI to Quiz Dharmana Today Express News Service Hyderabad: The CBI on Tuesday issued a notice to former minister Dharmana Prasada Rao in connection with the Lepakshi Knowledge Hub land allotments case. The CBI has asked him to appear before it on Wednesday. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy had already cancelled the allotment of 8,848 acres to the proposed hub in Anantapur district due to violation of the Mem- orandum of Agreement. The Knowledge Hub was to come up on 8,848 acres in the SEZ at Gorantla and Chilamattur mandals and executed by a Bangalore-based company, Lepakshi Knowledge Hub Pvt Ltd (LKHP). LKHP also features in the CBI probe in the alleged disproportionate assets case involving jailed Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. It is alleged that there was a quid-pro-quo in the allotment of land to LKHP. In fact, earlier, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had indicted the State government for the land allotment which was done without safeguarding the interests of the state. As per the MoU signed between APIIC and LKHP, the hub was to have an aerospace and defence cluster, education and innovation hub, logistics and free trade warehousing zone, agrofood science and technology park, a heritage wellness village, health and wellness cluster, media and entertainment city and a global village along with a health R&D facility and universities. The LKHP is alleged to have fraudulently shifted ownership of the land to another company, which is not even an associate. The company later pledged the land with various banks and raised funds. Dharmana Prasada Rao is also facing charges in the Vanpic case, involving Jagan Mohan Reddy. Air India Aviators Biggest Violators of Air Safety Regulations by Yatish Yadav New Delhi: The number of air safety violations reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has spiked in the last three years with at least 18 complaints coming against Air India pilots alone. During the period, about 10 pilots tested posi- tive during pre-flight medical examination for consumption of liquor. The tipsy pilots were scheduled to operate flights. Of them, two tested positive for a second time and the privileges of their licences were suspended for five years. As per the new Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR), licence of first-time offend- er will be suspended for three months and if the pilot is caught a second time, his licence will be suspended for five years. According to several aviation study reports, consumption of liquor can impair performance of crucial flight tasks, triggering mishaps. According to the DGCA, liquor, even in small quantities, jeopardises flight safety on several counts and is likely to adversely affect an aviator. As per the Aircraft Rule 24, pilots or cabin crew are not allowed to drink 12 hours before the flight. DGCA also noted several other violations by the pilots and crew members during Air India flights in 2013 including operation of flight by pilot on an expired licence for an entire week. An investigation was launched by Air India and the crew was suspended for two months. Similarly, on July 18, pilot of Air India flight No AIC-451 took off without ATC clearance which is considered a serious breach of air safety guidelines. Earlier in April, Air India flight No. AIC 944 had landed at the Mumbai airport without landing clearance from ATC. ATC is responsible for managing air traffic, providing information and assistance to pilots and preventing collisions. In both cases, the crew was suspended. Hyderabad: In a last-ditch effort to keep the State united, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is understood to have argued against carving out a Telangana State without first addressing Seemandhra concerns at a meeting with AK Antony committee in Delhi on Tuesday. The Chief Minister, who flew to Delhi in the morning, met Congress state affairs incharge Digvijaya Singh before calling on the committee at about 8 p.m. Seemandhra ministers and MLAs, who were to meet the committee at 8 p.m, were asked to wait till he had had his say. After making a strong case against bifurcation of the State for about 40 minutes, Kiran left the Congress war room. He is expected to meet party president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday. Later briefing reporters, Digvijaya Singh said, “It appears the Chief Minister is trying to handle a difficult situation” but he neither elaborated nor said how he was going to help Kiran. Parrying questions, he informed that the panel will receive representations on August 26, 27 and 28. Sources said Antony and the other panel members, Veerappa Moily, Digvijaya Singh and Ahmed Patel, made it clear to the Chief Minister and later to the Seemandhra ministers and MLAs that the Telangana decision was irreversible and all that anyone could do now was list out problems that might arise out of division. When the Chief Minister continued to press for reversal of the T decision, Antony reportedly advised him to plead with Sonia Gandhi and admitted that his job was to merely record apprehensions of all the stakeholders. Kiran deja vu at secretariat ■ 3,000 Seemandhra employees in Secretariat to go on an indefinite strike from September 3 ■ Works like clearance of bills, issue of government orders likely to be affected ■ Ratio of Seemandhra and Telangana employees in Secretariat is 58:42 ■ As Telangana employees will work, strike may not have much impact ■ All Seemandhra teachers working in govt and pvt schools also to go on strike from Sept 22 Congress Playing Double-Game: TDP TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday alleged, “Congress wants to gain in both regions. In Telangana, through positive vote by claiming it has created a T state and in Seemandhra, by creating hatred.” Reddy, the sources said, then sought to know how the Centre proposed to do justice in distribution of river waters, revenue and energy between the two states to the satisfaction of both regions. He is understood to have conveyed the sense of insecurity gripping Andhras settled in Hyderabad and voiced fears of possible resurgence of Maoists. The status of Hyderabad did not figure in the meeting, the sources said adding that Seemandhra leaders, led by minister Sailajanath, had told the committee the State should be kept as it is. More: P4,6 Lashkar Bomber Tunda Hit on Court Premises Express News Service New Delhi: Activists allegedly belonging to the Hindu Sena on Tuesday assaulted Abdul Karim Tunda, Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist, at a local Delhi court premises. Tunda was hit by Shiv Kumar Raghav, when he was being led by the Delhi Police to the Patiala House court after three days of police custody. Raghav and four other members of the Hindu Sena were detained by the police. “Tunda was attacked by the person who was shouting slogans demanding his execution. He managed to hit Tunda on his back. Attempts of other activists to slap Tunda were thwarted. Immediately, police intervened and detained the persons involved. More personnel have been deployed at the court,” a police official said. Later, a lawyer caused ruckus in the courtroom as soon as Tunda was produced, prompting the judge to order in-camera proceedings. Tunda told the court he didn’t have money for lawyer fee. However, advocate MS Khan informed that Tunda had signed power of attorney in his favour. Tunda was remanded in police custody for four days by the court. More: P2
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