CHENNAI 19 OCTOBER 2013 SATURDAY `3.00 PAGES 16 VELLORE CITY CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com US Ship Crew, Guards Land Behind Bars Non-bailable charges slapped on 33, two others left out for vessel maintenance duty R A DA R by Yazhiniyan & Gokul Vannan `232cr Community Capital Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has ordered the release of `232.3 crore for the creation of community capital in 2,323 panchayats in 15 districts as part of the first phase of the implementation of National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM). P3 Sensex, Nifty at 3-yr High Mumbai: The benchmark Sensex and Nifty climbed to the highest level in almost three years on value buying across the board triggered by global cues as concerns about US tapering eased. P13 BJP MP Among 1,600 Held Lucknow: As many as 1,600 people, including BJP MP Yogi Adityanath and several VHP leaders, were arrested on Friday while the borders of Ayodhya and Faizabad have been sealed by the Uttar Pradesh government as part of crackdown on the saffron outfit’s proposed ‘Sankalp Diwas’ rally. P7 Saudi Rejects UNSC Seat Dubai: Saudi Arabia rejected membership of UN Security Council on Friday, a day after it was elected to the body, accusing it of “double-standards” in resolving world conflicts like Syria. P11 22 Dead in Hooch Tragedy Azamgarh: At least 22 people died and seven others were taken ill after consuming spurious liquor in several villages of Mubarakpur area, leading to suspension of six policemen on Friday on charges of laxity. US Drones’ Civilian Toll Up Islamabad: A United Nations investigation has found that American drone strikes have killed at least 400 civilians in Pakistan, far more than the US has ever acknowledged. P11 Cops Raid Asaram Ashram Darbhanga/New Delhi: Narayan Sai, son of arrested self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, remained untraceable on Friday even as the Gujarat police raided an ashram in Bihar’s Darbhanga district to arrest him on rape charges while his aide was nabbed in Delhi for allegedly helping him. P10 MARKETS Indices Sensex: Nifty: Silver 20,882.89 6,189.35 Gold Bar (1 kg): 48,190 Retail (1 gm): 51.60 Exchange 24 ct (1 gm): 22 ct (1 gm): 3,117 2,914 61.27 83.80 US$: Euro: BJP prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi releases former NDA minister Arun Shourie’s book ‘Self-Deception: India China Policies’ at the Nani Palkhivala memorial lecture at University of Madras in Chennai on Friday, as political analyst ‘Cho’ Ramaswamy looks on | SHIBA PRASAD SAHU India More Than Just Delhi, States Must Get Bigger Role in Foreign Policy: Modi Express News Service Chennai: Calling for a greater role for states in issues of foreign relations, Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, on Friday said that it was time to show the world that India was not Delhi alone. “Foreign policy has to be driven by people and not politicians sitting in Delhi. Time has come when the economic and cultural strength of different states are leveraged to strengthen the position of the country globally,” Modi said. Delivering the Nani A Palkhivala memorial lecture, Modi said that states had to be encouraged in partnering with foreign countries to develop strong commercial links. At the moment, the states have no responsibility as far as India’s global relations were concerned. Modi mooted a strategy where each state could be asked to focus on a specific country and develop long-term links. People of the states could be encouraged to learn the language of the specific country they were partnering. “We should assign one Will Virat Kohli be able to fill the void left behind by Sachin Tendulkar? YES 70% NO 30% TODAY’S QUESTION: Will middleman Guido Ralph Haschke’s arrest help unravel the choppergate scam? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com proxy wars. For this, it is not enough if we raise walls of humans but should also build walls of minds and hearts,” he pointed out and added that India had been the greatest victim of terrorism in the world. “If China gets in, we’re watching... when Pakistan decapitates CHENNAI AIRPORT ROUTES CHOKED RAHUL COACHED TO COUNTER MODI Passengers who were hoping to check-in on time for their ﬂights on Friday night had a bit of a shock with trafﬁc on GST Road being stalled to make way for Gujarat CM Narendra Modi to leave the city between 8 pm and 9.30 pm, most people were in a state of panic by the time they reached the airport. Congress second-in-command Rahul Gandhi is doing his homework with the help of Union ministers to counter BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Rahul has taken copious notes during his ‘homework sessions’ on various sectors, from roadways to railways, in past two months. dysfunctional that response to terrorism had been weak and even the much needed arms modernisation had not taken place. In addition, the country is faced with even greater security threats such as cyber attacks. “Wars will no longer be fought in the borders. There will be our soldiers, we’re waiting... People don’t know who is running the country...all this is happening because there is no seriousness (on part of the government),” he pointed out. The Gujarat Chief Minister further said that it was important to understand how to at- tract the world to India, especially in a situation where many of the countries in Asia look at India as their big brother. Giving an example, he recalled a letter he wrote to the PM suggesting that India could form a club of countries that had the luxury of higher solar radiation to harness the clean energy. Also, he suggested a corpus fund for greater research on solarbased technology, which could help India tide over its dependence on fossil fuels. “But you know what would have happened to that letter,” he quipped, suggesting there was no reply. He said that it was also the duty of nation to ensure the safety of the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Driving home the importance of the tourism sector to the economy, Modi said it generated $3 trillion of business globally. But India has failed miserably to take advantage of this industry. “Many visit India to avail its healthcare facilities. We should promote medical tourism and also leverage our cultural heritage of holistic healthcare,” he observed. FULL COVERAGE: P3 The govt has started to dig for 1,000 tonnes gold after someone dreamt of it. You bring back the money stashed in Swiss banks. That would be worth more than 1,000 tonnes of gold — NARENDRA MODI [ Parakh Dragging PM Into Coal Muck an Afterthought, claims CBI by Santwana Bhattacharya & Tarun Nangia SOURCE: BSE, NSE, RBI WEBSITES EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY country to one state. Now tell me, can’t Tamil Nadu take care of one country?” he asked the 3000-strong crowd that thronged the centenary auditorium of University of Madras. Commenting on the UPA government’s policies, he said the decision-making has become so New Delhi: Under attack from the well-heeled for naming highprofile former bureaucrat P C Parakh and reputed industrialist K M Birla in the 14th first information report on the coal block allocation probe, while leaving political masters untouched, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday opened some counterfire that could be damaging. Not taking the criticism lying down, agency sources said Parakh had failed to come up with any satisfactory explanation on why he overturned the 25th Screening Committee’s decision to not allot the Talabira I and II mines in Odisha to Hindalco when he was questioned by them on September 28. This was after the registration of the preliminary enquiry in the case, being monitored by the Supreme Court. “During the initial investigation, Parakh did not once mention that the ultimate responsibility rests with the PM,” the agency sources said. However, the CBI FIR (registered on Tuesday) mentions a “competent authority who approved the proposed changes in the guidelines and directed that the minutes of the 25th Screening Committee may be considered in light of the amended guidelines and approved at the level of Secretary” that is Parakh. “Accordingly, P C Parakh, then Secretary (Coal) vide his note dated 16.06.2005 directed to issue allocation letters by 15.07.2005,” the FIR said. RELATED REPORTS: P9 Chopper Deal Agent held in Italy, CBI Seeks Details by Yatish Yadav New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation probing the `3600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal has sought details on the arrest of Swiss-American middleman Guido Ralph Haschke. The kingpin of the shady deal, Haschke was arrested by Swiss authorities on Thursday from Lugano on bribery charges following a request from Italian authorities. He was produced in a Swiss court, which allowed his extradition to Italy. Sources said the CBI on Friday sent a letter to the Indian Embassy seeking details of Haschke’s custody. After receiving the required information, a judicial request will be forwarded by the agency to access Haschke’s statement. “The agency will explore the pos- Guido Ralph Haschke sibility of extradition of all accused, including Haschke in the case. It may take some time because the ju- dicial process in the case is already going on in Italy,” sources said. Two main players – Gerosa Carlo Valentino and Haschke — were allegedly hired by AgustaWestland to clinch the deal for 12 VVIP helicopters. Preliminary investigation conducted by the Italian authorities had revealed that Haschke and his associate Valentino were in direct contact with Indian of- ficials and middlemen named in the FIR filed by the CBI on March 13, 2013 to probe the allegation of kickbacks in the chopper deal. The duo allegedly rigged the selection process in connivance of Indian officials to secure the contract for the Italian defence company. Italian investigators said that €51 million was paid as kickbacks by AgustaWestland officials. Thoothukudi/Madurai/ Kochi: After nearly seven hours of interrogation, the Q-branch police on Friday arrested 33 crew members and guards of American private security vessel MV Seaman Guard Ohio and remanded them in judicial custody for 14 days. They were sent to the Palayamkottai Central Jail. The Q-branch brought the crew members to Muthayapuram police station around 8 am. Barricades were erected near the police station to prevent the entry of public. Later, a team comprising four doctors examined their health. Then, the police booked them under nonbailable sections of the Arms Act, Essential Commodities Act and Motor Spirit and High Speed Diesel Prevention of Malpractices in Supply and Distribution Order and produced them before C Kathiravan, Judicial Magistrate Court I judge, at his residence. He remanded them in judicial custody. Two crew members were retained in the ship for its maintenance. They would also be arrested after alternative arrangements are made for maintaining the vessel. The crew members included four Indians, 14 Estonians, six British and Ukrainian. Of the 10 crew members, eight were Indians, including one from Dindigul and two from Ukraine. The 35 rifles and 5,765 rounds of ammunition, seized from the ship on Thursday, were given for safe custody to the Central Industrial Security Force at the Thoothukudi Port. Police sources claimed that an examination of the arsenal revealed that they are Self Loading Rifles (SLR), which can shoot at any object accurately from 1,500 metres. Such weapons would be Police escort crew of MV Seaman Guard Ohio outside a court in Thoothukudi on Friday | PTI KEY QUESTIONS ■ US-based ﬁrm AdvanFort, which owns Seaman Guard Ohio, says the vessel was providing security to Indian ships as well. If that was true, under whose authority? ■ If the ship was on legitimate business, why did it surreptitiously buy diesel from an Indian vendor while in mid sea? ■ Since it was a US-ﬁrm owned ship, how is it that it was ﬂying a Sierra Leone ﬂag? ■ Security agencies in Kochi insist the vessel was ‘clean’ when it was berthed there from August 23 to 26. So, where did the crew get the weapons from? used only by persons trained in the army, they said. However, questions remained on the source of weapons. Even as security agencies in Kochi insisted the vessel was ‘clean’ when berthed there from August 23 to 26, maritime experts said vessels with arms on board can’t enter territorial waters, unless they make a declaration on the same. Meanwhile, security officials in Kochi, where the ship was berthed in August, said they embarked on the vessel twice and carried out detailed inspections. Being a floating armoury, the possibility of weapons being loaded midsea can’t be ruled out. MORE: P6
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