BANGALORE 25 SEPTEMBER 2013 WEDNESDAY `3.50 PAGES 22 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com R A DA R Ordinance on Lawmakers New Delhi: An Ordinance to protect convicted MPs and MLAs from facing immediate disqualification was approved on Tuesday by the Union Cabinet. P10 Life Ban on Lalit Modi Likely Chennai: The Delhi HC on Tuesday ruled in favour of the BCCI, overturning a stay obtained by Lalit Modi on the special general meeting to be held here on Wednesday. The meeting has been convened to discuss the disciplinary committee’s report on Modi, who is likely to be banned for life on charges of financial irregularities. P14 80 Killed in Pak Temblor Islamabad/Karachi: A huge 7.8magnitude earthquake hit Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 80 people and leaving another 80 injured. P11 No Safari at Bannerghatta Bangalore: The herbivorous Safari at Bannerghatta Biological Park will remain closed to the public till further orders following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease which, so far, has claimed the lives of three spotted deer and a Neelgai. P4 Victims’ Religion Identified New Delhi: Perhaps for the first time, the Home Ministry has identified the religion of victims of communal violence, saying 107 people lost their lives in riots this year, of whom 66 were Muslims and 41 were Hindus. General Bid to Clear the Air on Covert Funds Triggers Uproar V K Singh says its open secret that ministers of successive govts in J&K have been paid by Army since Independence to win over hearts; political class feigns ignorance, demands speciﬁc names Express News Service New Delhi: A major political slugfest broke out on Tuesday over former Army chief General V K Singh’s claim that several Jammu and Kashmir ministers were funded by the Army to carry out goodwill efforts toward India. Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde asked him to reveal their names so a probe could be ordered, even as political parties from the border state slammed him for “opening a can of worms” through “irresponsible” statements. General Singh, who addressed a press meet to clarify his remarks, said the funds paid to certain J&K ministers were for ‘sadbhavna’ (harmony). But Shinde asked him to identify the beneficiaries and said the government was ready to order a probe into the allegations. “V K Singh should name the politicians. He should reveal their names. If details are given, we can investigate,” Shinde said, while responding to queries from journalists on the sidelines of an international event here. He also noted that he was yet to receive any communication ARMED AND POLITICAL WITH THE UPA LEAKING A PROBE REPORT ON COVERT OPERATIONS UNDER V K SINGH’S WATCH AS ARMY CHIEF, WHICH INVOLVED PAYOFFS TO J&K MINISTERS, AND THE GENERAL DEFENDING HIS ACTIONS, HERE’S A ROUND-UP OF WHO’S SAYING WHAT GENERAL ON DARTBOARD SINGH SHOOTS FROM THE LIP It (funds paid to ministers) was not meant for their personal purpose or political purpose…If somebody says any minister was given a bribe, it is totally wrong If as Chief Minister, you do not know this (that J&K ministers were being paid b by the Army Army), then the you’re not no running runnin the State Stat If I reveal what V K Singh had MUM IS THE WORD advised me to do as Should such an Eastern Army information have commander been leaked out (to tackle by the political insurgency establishment?… in Assam), Should the Army it would be Chief at all have admitted that such an embarrassment to payments were indeed undertaken? everybody — Tarun Gogoi, — Arun Jaitley, Assam CM BJP leader NC SEES RED If the former Army Chief doesn’t come out with facts, we will be compelled to take legal recourse — National Conference statement from the J&K government or anyone else demanding a CBI inquiry into Singh’s statement on Army payments. Shinde’s deputy R P N Singh, however, noted that the matter was of national security and could not be discussed in public. “Anyone who has served in the Army and that too in such a top post should not be talking like this. There should be re- straint,” he said. Asked whether any inquiry will be ordered by the Home Ministry, the junior minister said the Army and the Defence Ministry would look into it. General Singh had on Monday told news channels that “certain ministers” in J&K were given money by the Army for ensuring “stability” in the border state and that this has been going on since Independence in 1947. His remarks evoked sharp reactions, as J&K’s ruling National Conference (NC) attacked Singh for these statements and demanded a probe. “I think time has come when a CBI inquiry should be held immediately to see what is the funding that the Army has done and who are the people that received these funds and how these funds have been utilised,” Union Minister Farooq Abdullah, father of J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, said. J&K’s Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said in Srinagar that Singh had opened a “can of worms” and undermined the legitimacy of successive governments in the state since 1947. MORE: P6, P9 Aadhar: Govt to Move SC New Delhi: A day after Supreme Court observed that Aadhaar card was not mandatory for availing government services, the government plans to approach the court for a “correction”. P7 4-yr-old Raped, Youth Held Belgaum: A four-year-old girl was raped by a youth at Baad village in Belgaum district, late on Monday night. The youth, Shivananda Balu Mali (22), was drunk when he lured the child with a toffee and raped her. Sankeshwar police arrested Mali. Silver Coins 45-00 Silver Silver v *CA # 2620/- gm # Per Gram MARKETS Sensex: Nifty: Silver 19,920.21 5,892.45 Gold Bar (1 kg): 48,515 Retail (1 gm): 51.90 Exchange 24 ct (1 gm): 22 ct (1 gm): 2,969 2,776 62.65 84.59 US$: Euro: SOURCE: BSE, NSE, RBI WEBSITES EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY Will Jagan Mohan Reddy’s release from prison further muddy Telangana waters? YES 82% NO 18% TODAY’S QUESTION: Do you find V K Singh’s revelations of money being paid by the Army to maintain peace in J&K credible? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com JAGANNAUT SET ROLLING YSR Congress party president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy greets his supporters after his release from the Chanchalguda jail in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Jagan Mohan was granted bail in the disproportionate assets case against him on Monday | A SURESH KUMAR REPORT: P10 SC Dismisses Swamy’s Curative Petition Against PC New Delhi: The Supreme Court has dismissed BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s curative petition against its verdict declining to make Finance Minister P Chidambaram a co-accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. “We have gone through the curative petition and the relevant documents. In our opinion, no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this Court in Rupa Ashok Hurra Vs Ashok Hurra & Anr.... Hence, the curative petition is dismissed,” a four-judge bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said. Justices G S Singhvi, R M Lodha and K S Radhakrishnan were also part of the bench. Swamy had filed the curative petition against the verdict of the Apex Court that had rejected his review plea that the Finance Minister be made an accused in the 2G scam case. Dismissing the review petition, the Apex Court, on December 11, had said its decision did not “warrant any reconsideration.” “We have perused the averments contained in the review petition and have gone through the record of the Special Leave Petition and are satisfied that the order dated August 24, 2012 does not suffer from any error apparent which may warrant its reconsideration. “The review petition is accordingly dismissed,” the bench of Justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan had said. Swamy had sought review of the August 24 decision by which his plea for CBI inquiry against Chidambaram was rejected by the same bench, which had said there was no material to establish that he abused his official position as the then finance minister. It also said neither had Chidambaram conspired nor had he colluded with former telecom minister A Raja to obtain any pecuniary advantage for himself or any other person. PTI Sudarshan Planned to Move to Uganda, but Terrorists Got Him by Mohammed Yacoob Bangalore: “My brother made a name as a good businessman in Kenya. He was an innocent man, but they made him stand in line at the shopping centre in Nairobi and shot him on Saturday,” said N Ramprasad, elder brother of terror victim Sudarshan Nagaraj. An angry Ramprasad said: “People who killed my brother will suffer.’’ New Post In another significant move, in keeping with the recommendation made by the PC Hota Committee earlier, the state government has created a new post “Controller of Examinations” at the KPSC. The government has appointed R Venkateshkumar to this post with immediate effect. Venkateshkumar was Assistant Commissioner Kumta Sub-Division in Uttara Kannada. MORE : P2 Chi k t 229134 Chickpet 22913443, B’lore i Sheshadripuram 23468811 Indices Bangalore: The state government has transferred IAS officer K R Sundar, who was named in the draft chargesheet by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) recruitment irregularities. Sundar was secretary KPSC and was also named Accused No 3 in the FIR, pertaining to the recruitment process for 326 gazetted A and B posts that started in 2011. The officer has been posted as managing director Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company Ltd (GESCOM). The government has appointed IAS officer Manoj Kumar Meena as secretary KPSC with immediate effect. Meena was Gescom managing director. The CID draft chargesheet submitted to the state government on September 21 stated that at Sundar’s instance, the DVD containing the CCTV footage of the interview (personality test) was allegedly destroyed. The CID has submitted the draft chargesheet with the request for sanction of prosecution against government servants involved in the irregularities. The proposed parking fee for two- and fourwheelers on the streets of Bangalore is likely to be reduced with an eye on the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. However, the issue is still under deliberation in the implementing agency. Gangothri Gangothri ng Diamond 916 Hallmark Gold Rate 6 H llmark Gold Hallmark o Express News Service PARKING FEE PLAN HITS ROADBLOCK Sudarshan jewellers Gold Govt Shifts Ofﬁcer With KPSC Taint Sudarshan, 50, a bachelor from Bidadi, about 30 km from Bangalore, is a distant relative of one of the architects of modern Karnataka, Sir M Visvesvaraya. The last time the family spoke to Sudarshan on Friday at 1.30 am, Sudarshan said he would move to Uganda from Nairobi, but no calls came after that. The family got worried and tried calling him, but did not get any response. “Nearly 50 calls were made to him and we called the hotel on Saturday. They told us that the guest did not return and had informed them that he would go out to the shopping complex. We called the Indian Embassy who told us about Sudarshan’s death. We were asked to provide his identity proofs. We told them about his recent visit to Tirupati and return with Sudarshan Nagaraj MORE PICS: P3 tonsured head. The embassy confirmed and officially declared him dead,” said Govind Prasad, brother-inlaw of the victim. Narayan Swamy from the Indian Embassy later called and gave details of his driving licence, his wallet and other documents. On Tuesday, the family mailed the embassy an affidavit to claim the body which is expected to arrive on Thursday evening, added Prasad. “For the last 15 years, he was taking care of our construction equipment business. Later he came up with Omsri Enterprises MORE: P3 KENYA PREZ SAYS NAIROBI SIEGE OVER Abuja/Nairobi: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday said the four-day siege by Al-Shabab militants on a Nairobi shopping mall was over, as the deadly terrorist assault claimed 67 lives. In a televised address, Kenyatta said ﬁve attackers were shot dead by troops while 11 suspects were taken MORE: P11 into custody. Auction Route Nod for Coal Blocks Express News Service New Delhi: In a move that would pave the way for the allotment of coal mines through competitive bidding for the first time, the Centre on Tuesday approved a policy under which coal blocks can now be auctioned. The new policy comes against the backdrop of the coal block scam that singed even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as he held the coal portfolio when coal blocks were given out to different entities. The policy was cleared during the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. It approved the methodology for auction by competitive bidding of coal blocks. It provides for auctioning the fully explored coal blocks and for fasttracking the auction by exploration of regionally explored blocks. The new coal block allocation policy is for the private sector. Coal blocks will be put up for auction after the Environment Ministry reviews them and bidders have to agree to a minimum work programme. The policy also provides for upfront and production-linked payments and benchmarking of coal sale prices. “The process of bidding of coal blocks will be started very soon. The government has fulfilled its commitment to bring transparency in the allocation of coal blocks,” NEW POLICY FOR PRIVATE SECTOR The new coal block allocation policy is for the private sector. Coal blocks will be put up for auction after the Environment Ministry reviews them and bidders have to agree to a minimum work programme. Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal said after the Cabinet Committee meeting. The government is likely to auction at least six explored blocks in a few months with estimated reserves of over 2,000 million tonnes. The policy provides for production-linked payment on a rupee per tonne basis, plus a basic upfront payment of 10 per cent of the intrinsic value of the coal block.
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