THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 12 OCTOBER 2013 SATURDAY `5 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com Odisha, AP Brace for ‘Phailin’ R A DA R Akademi Fellowships c m Thrissur: Writer and chairman and managing Director of Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi M P Veerendrakumar and Paul Zacharia have been selected for the Kerala Sahitya Akademi’s Fellowships for 2012. P4 G V Raja for Diju, Tintu y T’Puram: Shuttler V Diju and athlete Tintu Luka have won the G V Raja k Awards, the highest state-level recognition in sports, for the year 2012. P5 Train Fares to Go Up New Delhi: Passengers of Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains will have to shell out between `20 and `50 more from October 17. P9 MARKETS Indices Sensex: Nifty: Gold 20,528.59 6,096 2,995 2,710 24 ct (1 gm): 22 ct (1 gm): Silver Bar (1 kg): 48,765 Retail (1 gm): 48.77 Exchange 61.07 82.85 US$: Euro: by Siba Mohanty Bhubaneswar: With Phailin just about 440 km away and thundering towards coasts of southern Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh with immense strength, the Odisha government mounted a massive evacuation exercise as it began to move over 7 lakh people from seven coastal districts on Friday. By evening, the government claimed to have shifted at least one lakh people to safer places, while another one lakh were to be evacuated overnight, well before the storm hits the coast. Phailin, now a very severe cyclonic storm, is expected to make landfall about 40 km south of Gopalpur on Saturday afternoon. Since Phailin is expected to pack in winds at speeds of 240 OBSERVED TRACK FORECAST TRACK PHAILIN 13/12 13/00 12/12 12/06 12/00 11/18 KAT OUT OF THE BAG? 220 kmph Predicted windspeed during landfall near Gopalpur 11/12 11/09 11/03 10/12 10/18 315 kmph 10/03 10/06 Windspeed forecast by London-based 08/06 08/18 Tropical Storm and 08/12 08/03 US Navy’s Joint VERY SEVERE CYCLONE STORM SEVERE CYCLONE STORM Typhoon Warning Centre on landfall. CYCLONE STORM DEEP DEPRESSION DEPRESSION They rate it as Category 5 storm — People evacuated in Odisha; 1 lakh more to be shifted to govt-run shelters the most powerful 09/18 09/12 09/09 1 Lakh km per hour or more, the government asked collectors of Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Jagatsingpur, Kendrapara, Nayagarh and Khurda, to evacuate people living in thatched, asbestos and tin-roofed houses in 15 km radius from off the coast. Director of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Od- isha, Sarat Chandra Sahu, said Phailin was moving at a speed of 15 km per hour over the Bay of Bengal and is expected to reach the coast near Gopalpur by Saturday afternoon. He put the current wind speed unleashed by Phailin over the sea at about 220 km per hour. Contradicting the IMD estimates, London-based Tropical Storm and the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, however, forecast winds reaching up to 315 km per hour on landfall, making Phailin a Category 5 storm. With Phailin now being described as a storm as big as Hurricane Katrina that hit the US in 2005 and the 1999 super cyclone, which claimed close to 10,000 lives, the Centre despatched huge contingencies of rescue units to tackle the post calamity scenario. MORE: P10 Chem Weapons Watchdog Wins Peace Nobel SOURCE: BSE, NSE, RBI WEBSITES EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY Should Sachin Tendulkar have retired earlier? YES 55% NO 45% TODAY’S QUESTION: Would Malala Yousafzai have been a better choice for the Nobel Peace Prize than the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF CITY EXPRESS THE SEA FURY A house fully damaged on the Neerkkunnam coast near Ambalappuzha, Alappuzha, as the sea turned rough on Friday. About 10 houses were destroyed in the area by the deadly waves | MELTON ANTONY GoM Meeting Finalises Telangana Methodology Express News Service New Delhi: The Group of Ministers (GoM) on Telangana, in its first meeting on Friday, discussed the approach and methodology related to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and forma- tion of a new state of Telangana. Although the GoM finalised the department and ministry-related tasks in the meeting, sources said the GoM would go slow on the entire process of bifurcation to soothe the agitating political nerves in the state. This was also indicated by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who refused to give any deadline for ministerial panel report. Azad said there is no timeframe for the GoM on Telangana to submit its report. Basic parameters for cre- ation of a separate state were discussed. The GoM assured that the relevant issues as well as the concerns of people of Andhra Pradesh would be addressed with fairness and objectivity. A statement by the Home Ministry said the GoM would take the opinion of stakeholders on all important subjects while formulating its recommendations. It said the GoM has finalised the different nodal Ministries and departments of the Central Government who will prepare status reports. Oslo: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons(OPCW) won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on Friday “for its extensive efforts” to rid the world of such arsenals, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said. “The conventions and the work of the OPCW have defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law,” the committee said. “Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons.” Based in The Hague, the Netherlands the OPCW was formed in 1997 to enforce the Chemical Weapons Convention, the first international treaty to outlaw an entire class of weapons. The organisation has 189 member states. MORE: P11 c m y k HC Clean Chit To CM in Solar Case Express News Service Kochi: Giving a clean chit to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, the Kerala High Court on Friday ruled that the actions by the Chief Minister in the Solar case “would not amount to any criminal act” attracting the offence of cheating. However, the court made it clear that the investigating team is free to probe the case in accordance with law. “There are no materials before the court to find that there is an assurance on the part of the Chief Minister about the credentials of ‘Team Solar’ and that he encouraged Sreedharan Nair to do business with Saritha Nair. Even assuming for a moment that he made assurance and encouraged Nair to invest in the project, it would not amount to any criminal act attracting Section 420 r/w 34 IPC,” the court observed. Justice Harun Ul Rashid passed the order while dismissing a petition by Joy Kaitharath of Thrissur seeking a directive to the Special Investigation Team to retrieve the data in the computer hard discs, servers supporting the CCTV cameras and web cameras in the Secretariat and the office of the Chief Minister. The petitioner submitted that if Saritha accompanied Sreedharan Nair and met the CM as stated by Nair in his 164 statement, it would have been recorded in the web camera and 24 CCTVs. Hence it should be essential to seize the hard disc to prove the allegations of Nair. The court observed that “neither in the statement nor in the affidavit, Nair has a case that the CM is also involved in the conspiracy or he has any role to play in the matter of execution of agreement arrived at between the accused and Nair.” MORE: P4 SNC: Court Poser on Karthikeyan Express News Service c m y k T’Puram: Severely criticising the CBI for the several lapses in the chargesheet of the SNC-Lavalin case, the CBI court here asked why Speaker G Karthikeyan, who was the Power Minister at the time of signing the MoU, was not included in the list of accused. The verdict in the case will be pronounced on November 5. The CBI Court asked why Karthikeyan, who was the Power Minister at the time of signing the MoU, was not included in the list of accused While hearing the discharge petition filed by CPM secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, CBI Judge R Reghu observed that there was contradictions in the chargesheet filed by the CBI and its arguments. The court also asked how Vijayan, who was not in the scene at the time of the MoU, was made an accused. The court also mentioned that the CBI had earlier said that Vijayan had not made any monetary gain from the deal with SNC-Lavalin. The judge pointed out that it was the Canadian agencies - Canadian International Development Agency and Export Development Canada - that had promised the grant for the Malabar Cancer Centre. An agreement could not have made with the Lavalin Company based on this promise, the court observed. There will be no legal validity even if the deal for financial aid for the Cancer Centre was incorporated in the agreement, the court said, and asked if anyone could be charged for not enforcing a promise that couldn’t be made into a legally-binding agreement. The flaws in administration cannot be considered as that of individuals, it added. The CBI, in its affidavit filed against the discharge plea, said that Vijayan, who was the Power Minister at the time of signing the deal with SNC-Lavalin, had not informed the Cabinet and vital evidence was suppressed with regard to the deal. The agency had also said that the accord was signed with the knowledge Vijayan and the partial agreement was signed in his chamber when he was the Power Minister. c m y k
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