BHUBANESWAR 25 OCTOBER 2013 FRIDAY `4.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com It’s Still Raining Misery in Cyclone-hit Districts ASK PRABHU Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com and Prabhu will answer them Express News Service R A DA R Obama Quizzes Sharif Hospital to Pay for Death New Delhi: The Supreme Court today awarded a whopping ` 5.96 cr as compensation to be paid by Kolkata-based AMRI Hospital and three doctors to a US-based Indian-origin doctor for medical negligence which led to the death of his wife in 1998. P 10 New Vigilance Director Bhubaneswar: Kanwar Brajesh Singh has been appointed the new Director, Vigilance. An IPS officer of 1985 batch, Singh was ADG, training and director of the Biju Patnaik State Police Academy. He will be replaced by Shyam Sundar Hansdah, now officer-on special duty in the office of the DGP, Cuttack. EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY Will the border pact with China stop incursions? YES 13% NO 87% TODAY’S QUESTION: Will the repeated invoking of family tragedies work for Rahul Gandhi politically? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF CITY EXPRESS Lawyers Say No to ULB Polls II Express News Service Jharsuguda: The Central Action Committee (CAC) of All Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA) stuck to their decision of “No Court No Vote” at a meeting held here on Thursday. The decision could derail the ULB polls II announced to be held on Nov 22 in nine districts of western Odisha. The CAC has asked Bar Associations to discuss the decision with members of the civil society and political parties and ensure that ULB poll is boycotted. The meeting also discussed threadbare the letter of of Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and demanded that the State Government send a comprehensive proposal to the Union Government over establishment of permanent Bench of High Court. MORE: P5 HC Lawyers May Call off Ceasework Cuttack: Buoyed by Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal’s response making clear that consent of Chief Justice was sacrosanct for any such move, lawyers of the High Court Bar are likely to call off their ceasework agitation on Friday. The decision for observing Cuttack Bandh against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s recommendations in favour of the benches will also be withdrawn. MORE: P2 ANOTHER WASHOUT? With rains pounding the State, there is a big question mark on the fifth ODI to be played at Cuttack. (In Pix) Captain MS Dhoni is greeted at a hotel in Bhubaneswar on Thursday I SHAMIM QURESHY REPORT: P14 PM: Ready to Face CBI on Coal Block Probe by Santwana Bhattacharya New Delhi: Caught in a web of scam allegations that has reached his doorstep, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made an attempt to alter the public perception that he’s shying away from an above-board CBI probe into the reported irregularities in the coal block allocations by his Government. He said, on the home stretch of his long tenure, he’s “not above the law of the land’’. Heading back from Beijing, the last leg of his last foreign trip in UPA-II, this is Manmohan Singh trying his best to knock the bottom of the Opposition charge against him that his government is doing everything to protect the “competent authority’’ (euphemism for his office) that approved the allocation of coal blocks. The one given to Aditya Birla group owned Hindalco mentioned in a CBI FIR, was the latest point in question. Asked whether he was open to interrogation, or at least questioning by CBI, as was being demanded by the Opposition, the PM set the record straight: ‘’I am not above the law of the land. If there is anything that the CBI, or for that matter, anybody wants to ask, I have nothing hide.’’ The Prime Minister’s Office has already put out a statement along with annexure detailing the process of allocation of two Odisha coal blocks to the Birla firm endorsed by the PM and strongly recommended by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. That too, like the PM’s remark on board the aircraft today, was an attempt to prove that the allocation process being termed as a scam had no malafide intent, but was a policy decision. However, the PM was careful to draw a fine line between political allegations and the Supreme Court monitored probe. DISAPPOINTED WITH SHARIF: P 9 I am not above the law of the land. If there is anything the CBI or, for that matter anybody, wants to ask me, I have nothinag to hide MANMOHAN SINGH Prime Minister [ Washington: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif faced uncomfortable questions from US President Barack Obama who did some plain speaking by asking him as to why the trial of those involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack had not yet begun. He also raised the issue of cross-border terrorism, particularly the activities of JuD led by Hafiz Saeed. Bhubaneswar: There was no sign of relief for the cyclone-hit people of the state as the well-marked low pressure over coastal Andhra Pradesh continued to rain misery in Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khurda and Balasore districts for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday. The incessant showers not only hampered relief measures in the affected districts, it also left the rivers swelling, threatening a fresh spell of flood in south as well as north Odisha. Scores of long and short distance trains along the Howrah-Chennai route were either diverted or cancelled while normal life was thrown completely out of gear. Heavy rains in the catchments of Rushikulya, Vanshadhara, Bahuda, Ghida- hada, Badanadi and Ramnadi in the last 24 hours left the rivers in spate. The weather office said, the catchments of Rushikulya received at least 123 mm rain while Vansadhara recorded 108.3 mm. Ganjam, once again, bore the brunt of the deluge as the district recorded an average rainfall of 200 mm in last 36 hours. Flood in the Bahuda river left Digapahandi, Gaudagaon, Bangrada, Gadagovindpur and Jakar gram panchayats under Ganjam inundated while villages like Tentiapada, Dhanrashi, Dabarasingh, Gauhagaon and Takalpada were cut off from the mainstream. Similarly, Purushottampur, Seragarh, Kabisuryanagar, Sanakhemundi, Belaguntha and Aska blocks of the district were severely affected by a swelling Rushi- NO END TO ORDEAL Many Rivers in north and south Odisha continue to be in spate Relief works remain crippled in Phailin-hit areas No respite, rains to continue till Oct 27 Several trains on HowrahChennai route cancelled or diverted kulya which was flowing above the danger mark at Purushottampur. In several areas, the villagers moved to local schools while heavy rains posed a problem for relief measures. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Revenue and Disaster Management Minister SN Patro reviewed the situation prompting mobilisation of eight teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and National Disaster Response Force to the district apart from 30,000 rolls of polythene sheets and 500 quintal flattened rice and jaggery for emergent relief. Rayagada and Gajapati districts too were staring at floods with Vansadhara breaching the danger level at Kashinagar. With massive rains reported in the region, all the 22 gates of Gotta barrage were opened by the Srikakulam district administration to release the excess flow. “We are in touch with the Andhra Pradesh Government in this connection though the river flooding the National Highway cannot be ruled out if the rains continue,” said a senior officer of the Revenue and Disaster Management Department. CONTINUED ON: P4 Legendary Singer Manna Dey is Dead Express News Service Bangalore: Legendary singer Manna Dey passed away here in the wee hours of Thursday after prolonged illness. He was 94. Dey was suffering from chest infection and then developed other complications and was admitted to Narayana Hrudayalaya in June. He spent five months and ten days recovering. Following multiple organ failure, Dey breathed his last at around 4 am . Sumita, the younger one of Dey’s two daughters told reporters he had been suffering from poor health since 2009 after he developed back problem on returning from a concert in Singapore. Later, he also developed urinary complications. She recalled that Dey had been depressed from the passing of his wife Sulochana Kumaran in January 2012. “He had not been himself from the time our mother passed away. He was practising for an album that he wanted to record in her memory and was spending hours together for riyaz. TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR DEY: P10
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