Hyderabad 3 october 2013 thursday `3.00 pages 20 LATE city edition CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ r a da r US Tech Transfer to India Washington: The US has submitted a list of 10 defence technologies for transfer to India, bringing it into a small group of closest allies with which America shares such sensitive details without export control. Informed sources confirmed the Pentagon has submitted a list of 10 sensitive technologies for transfer from US to India. P7 Obama Cuts Foreign Visits Washington/Kuala Lumpur: President Barack Obama has cancelled his first trip to Malaysia and the Philippines next week due to the current US government shutdown. The White House said Obama would skip stops in Malaysia and the Philippines when he travels to Asia next week because of the partial shutdown of government. P12 Churchill Wanted to Gas Us London: Winston Churchill wanted chemical weapons to be used against “troublesome” tribes in north India during British colonial rule to suppress them, a noted historian has claimed citing an official memo. Giles Milton claimed Churchill wanted rebellious Indian tribes in early 20th century to be gassed when he was not the Prime Minister. Novelist Tom Clancy Dead Washington: Tom Clancy, the US author of a string of best-selling spy and military thrillers, has died, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. He was 66. His long list of novels — several of which became Hollywood movies — included “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger.” Indian Extradited to US New York: Amit Singh, 32, has been extradited to the US to face charges in the 2009 rape of a teenage girl as she walked to her school. ADB Cuts Growth Estimate New Delhi: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has lowered India’s growth projection for 2013-14 to 4.7 per cent from 6 per cent earlier saying the recent rupee depreciation and capital outflows could adversely impact the country’s economy. P13 Pak Passport Worst: Study Islamabad: A Pakistani passport is among the worst to travel on as the country’s citizens can only enter 32 countries without a visa, according to a survey. India ranked at 74 in the survey of about 200 countries. Relief in Dowry Case New Delhi: Eighteen years after a woman lodged complaint of harassment for dowry, her estranged husband and 61-year-old mother-in-law have been jailed for two years by a court here. P9 20 pages, including 4 pages of City Express express poll of the day Has Mahatma Gandhi become irrelevant to our politicians? Yes 96% no 4% Today’s question: Will the government be able to recover the BSNL exchange scam money from Dayanidhi Maran? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com Rahul’s ‘Sucker Punch’ Kills Bill, Ordinance on Lawmakers Under Fire, Kiran Mulls if Discretion is Better Part of Valour After a flurry of meetings, Union Cabinet withdraws Ordinance & Bill on convicted lawmakers; No escape route for guilty MLAs, MPs; Usual bonhomie between Prime Minister, Sonia missing by GS Vasu ‘Nonsense’ Law consigned to the Dustbin of History Here’s how the Gandhi Jayanthi day panned out in the national capital, where people’s power ultimately made the political class bow down 9.00 am: Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi reach Rajghat to pay homage to Gandhiji. Both sit apart. Rahul Gandhi opts out 9.35 am: Rahul reaches 7 Race Course Road, meets PM to clear the air on his ‘nonsense’ comment on ordinance on convicted lawmakers 10. 30 am: SP leader Naresh Agarwal tells media his party is against withdrawal of ordinance 10.55 am: Congress core group meets at 7 RCR by Santwana Bhattacharya New Delhi: In the end, seasoned old hands of the Union Cabinet, bowing to pressure from a younger generation impatient with political status quos, decided to withdraw the controversial Ordinance and the bill relating to the Representation of People’s Act that sought to overrule the Supreme Court order disqualifying lawmakers on conviction, without allowing them a fig leaf of appeal. After a flurry of meetings at the Prime Minister’s residence beginning with Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi’s visit, apparently to justify the timing and wording of his now famous outburst on the issue, the Union Cabinet met for a short while on Wednesday evening and “unanimously’’ decided to rollback its decision that would have saved 11.25 am: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath attacks BJP, says it had agreed on the ordinance at all meetings, but later made contradictory statements 11.40 am: Cong core group meet ends 12 noon: CPM general secretary Prakash Karat meets SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav 1.50 pm: PM, President meeting concludes 2.15 pm: RJD claims ordinance was not meant to save party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav 3.30 pm: Aam Aadmi Party founder Arvind Kejriwal says it is impossible that the ordinance was introduced without the knowledge of Rahul and Sonia, accuses Cong of theatrics to save face 4.00 pm: DMK says ordinance, Bill should be discussed in Parliament. Trinamool’s Sugata Roy attacks Rahul, says row indicates his lack of maturity It has nothing to do with morality, legality... constitutionality. It’s sheer power of dynasty before which PM, cabinet meekly submitted — Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP leader some fellow lawmakers — freshly convicted by lower courts — from immediately losing their seats in legislative bodies. The PM’s peeve, expressed in no uncertain terms a day before, notwithstanding, the Cabinet issued a terse note of approval, 4.15 pm: PM talks to UPA allies, conveys decision to withdraw ordinance 4.30 pm: PM seeks Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati’s advice 5.pm: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar says if a mistake has occurred, there should be no problem in correcting it 5.40 pm: Union Cabinet meets at 7, RCR 6.50 pm: Minister Manish Tewari briefs media on Cabinet decision that both the ordinance and the Bill will be withdrawn posal for promulgating the Ordinance as well as the Bill.” With this, the terms of reference governing the RPA underwent a drastic change. Now, a conviction could bring the curtains down on the political career of elected representatives at sonia miffed with pm for comments on son? As PM and Sonia Gandhi stiffly appeared at the Raj Ghat to perform their Oct 2 duty at the Mahatma’s Samadhi, the usual camaraderie was missing. They stood apart. It was almost evident that Sonia did not take the PM’s outburst in response to her son’s too kindly. submitting to the political demands of an emerging new order: “Having regard to the various concerns, which have been expressed in relation to the validity and advisability of the proposed Ordinance seeking to amend the Representation of People’s Act, the Cabinet has decided to withdraw the pro- least for six years, unless they get relief from a higher court. Despite the drama, the fate of the Ordinance and the bill was already known. The day Rahul, pepped up by phone calls from young Congressmen (namely Milind Deora, Sandip Dikshit, a few others) and petitions of party workers and NAC-activ- Patna: It’s a completely changed world for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav — now qaidi no. 3312 in Birsa Munda Central Jail in Hotwar after his conviction in the fodder scam. However, being a VIP prisoner, he is getting the best inside the prison. His small cell virtually turns into a drawing room with an unending stream of party leaders, mostly from Bihar, visiting him. ists, barged into a press conference and called the Ordinance a piece of “nonsense’’ better shredded and thrown into dustbin of history, it was confirmed that the intervening time between the PM’s return from the US and the President’s departure to Belgium-Turkey will be spent in withdrawing the Ordinance. The rest — the Congress core committee meeting where Rahul’s stand was endorsed ignoring the PM’s displeasure and the PM’s trip to Rashtrapati Bhavan to formally inform the President of the decision to take back the Ordinance (which the President was in any case unwilling to sign) and the Cabinet meeting — it appeared, was conducted for the sake of formality. When the PM himself was undermined, there was no way ally NCP chief Sharad Pawar would have any ears in the Cabinet. Hyderabad: After having attempted to become a hero in Seemandhra by taking on the Congress high command on the issue of bifurcation, is Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy now on the back foot? Yes, seems to be the answer, going by the way he is said to be reacting privately to the unexpected attack on him by ministers belonging to Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. As many as nine ministers from Seemandhra attended a meeting held at the residence of Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy on Tuesday at the end of which they minced no words in saying that the Chief Minister’s stance on the issue of bifurcation was doing more harm than good to the party in the two regions. Following up on the meeting, another minister from Andhra, Dokka Manikya Varaprasad, on Wednesday accused Kiran of trying to promote his personal image at the cost of the party and thereby, severely impacting loyalists of Congress. The meeting at Anam’s residence was interestingly attended by PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana and Union Minister K Chiranjeevi, both known detractors of Kiran. The Chief Minister, according to sources, is understood to have realised that the ministers would not have embarked on this campaign without the blessings of the party high command. More- ‘Kiran believes in sycophants’ Minister Manikya Varaprasad lashed out at the CM, saying, “He is surrounded by sycophants who are trying to make him believe he is bigger than the party. He is deaf to wise counsel.” T decision was taken after all agreed, he said. P5 over, his efforts to reach out to top leaders in Delhi ever since he directly attacked AICC general secretary and party State affairs incharge Digvijaya Singh have proved futile. Against this backdrop, Kiran seems to be contemplating three steps: a) Open a channel of communication with Digvijaya and explain why he had to make such remarks in favour of Seemandhra b) call a meeting with the PCC chief and ministers from Andhra-Rayalaseema to formulate a strategy to protect the interests of the two regions in the event of bifurcation c) go ahead with whatever position he has taken and face the consequences. continued: P6 Naidu Shares Stage with Modi, Praises NDA, Reignites Old Flame made progress in the field of highways, mobile connectivity and growth in technology. Though Modi shared the dais with Naidu and exchanged pleasantries, he did not mention the TDP chief in his speech. Modi took on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for calling secular forces to come together to counter him. “For some people, secularism is a small tool to hoodwink the poor. I am surprised that the PM was talking about these things in the plane. TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu greets BJP’s prime ministerial candidate These things were said in 1980s. Narendra Modi at a programme in New Delhi on Wednesday | pti This is 21st century. People want development. Youth have to make their future, villages want Express News Service PM CAUGHT in a water. But he (PM) said that. time warp: Modi Keep saying. The country has New Delhi: Amid reports that Taking on the PM for callmoved ahead,” he said. the TDP is cosying up to the BJP, ing secular forces to come Giving his definition of secuparty chief N Chandrababu together to counter him, Modi larism, Modi said, “India first, Naidu on Wednesday shared the said, “I am surprised the PM nation first. Justice to all and apstage with BJP’s prime ministewas talking about these things peasement to none. No voterial candidate Narendra Modi at in the plane. These were said bank politics. Poor are poor, it is a programme in New Delhi and in 1980s. This is 21st century. immaterial if they go to a temple, showered praises on him. People want development.” mosque or a gurudwara.” “Till 2004, Andhra Pradesh Citing his own example, he was the byword for development. But now, Gujarat has that Addressing the gathering, Naidu said, “My image was that of a distinction,” Naidu said praising held the Congress-led UPA gov- Hindutvavadi, but my work is Modi for his policies and admin- ernment responsible for the different. I took a decision...first istrative acumen. He joined slowdown in the economy and toilets and then, temples. There Modi and Rajya Sabha MP Ram the falling rupee. Naidu recalled are temples in villages but no Jethmalani at the programme the achievements of the NDA toilets. To say this, a leader needs organised for college students. government and said it had conviction and courage.” Qaidi No. 3312 in Koda Cell has Gita for Company by Ajay Kumar www.newindianexpress.com Lalu, who had enjoyed sprawling government bungalows, now has to confine himself to 10 ft by 10 ft cell having an attached bath, bed, table and chairs. Before Lalu, the cell was occupied by former chief minister of Jharkhand Madhu Koda. It’s ironical that the jail was inaugurated by none other than Koda himself! Senior RJD leader and MP Raghuvansh Prasad Singh visited Lalu and gave him a copy of the Bhagawad Gita. Singh advised him to read it as Mahatma Gandhi used to keep the Gita with him in the prison. Lalu’s night sleep was apparently not comfortable due to bedbugs though he has got a mosquito net. Prison IG Shailendra Bhushan said two prisoners have been appointed for cooking food and helping Lalu. He will be given food consisting of 350 gm rice, 117 gm pulses, 233 gm vegetables, 233 gm potatoes, 467 gm curd or milk, 29 gm ghee, and two fruits daily. In the mornings, jail authorities provide him newspapers. Lalu has demanded cable TV in his cell. “The demand for cable connection by Lalu has been forwarded to the State government,” said Bhushan. Lalu has also asked for a fridge in his cell to keep his medicines. more: P9 Love at first sight People queue up to get a feel of the metro rail, a model car of which was unveiled at the Necklace Road in Hyderabad on Wednesday | a radhakrishna Ü Report: city express Angry with Gas Dealer? Change Him in a Jiffy Major Infiltration Bid Foiled in J&K New Delhi: Cooking gas (LPG) will be available at select petrol pumps in metro cities — not Hyderabad — after the Oil Ministry has allowed sale of small 5-kg cylinders at retail outlets. It has also permitted LPG connection portability, allowing consumers to choose or change their gas dealer at the press of a button, an official statement said Wednesday. This facility will be available to consumers in Hyderabad and Vizag. Presently, an LPG consumer is attached to a distributor and cannot change his distributor even if he is unhappy with the service. “Under the portability scheme, a consumer can now opt for the distributor of his choice within a cluster of LPG distributors in the vicinity and across oil companies,” the statement said, adding the scheme would be available in 30 cities. The 5-kg cylinders will be on sale at company-owned or operated pumps. PTI more: P13 Express News Service New Delhi: Barely days before prime ministers of India and Pakistan discussed incursions along the Line of Control, the Army had late last week foiled a major infiltration bid in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir in which about two dozen infiltrators were killed. Rejecting reports that the Shala Bhat village, abandoned by its inhabitants, was occupied by the infiltrators, said to be from the Pakistan Army, even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York, senior officers in the Army headquarters here said there was no such occupation by Pakistanis. “An infiltration bid was made last week by terrorists which was foiled by our troops. Search operations are still in progress in the Keran sector,” the officers said. Reports about a Kargillike occupation are incorrect, they added, pointing out that the media was briefed about the operation in Srinagar last week. The latest infiltration bid took place when there was a handing over and taking over of the area by the 20 Kumaon and 3/3 Gorkha regiments. The infiltrators, heavily armed, took shelter in unoccupied buildings in the abandoned village and began engaging the troops. There were 30-odd infiltrators in the group, of whom some returned to Pakistan after being challenged by the Army. Five soldiers were injured in the gunfight. Meanwhile, terrorists attacked policlemen in Srinagar late Wednesday night. Firing was going on when reports last came in. more: P11
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