MADURAI 9 NOVEMBER 2013 SATURDAY `4.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com r a da r Did not Violate Code: Rahul New Delhi: Denying violation of the Model Code of Conduct, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, in his eight-page detailed reply to the EC notice, sought to justify his remarks that Pakistan’s ISI was in touch with Muzaffarnagar riot victims and that BJP was indulging in politics of hatred. P7 Agni-I Test successful c m y k Balasore (Odisha): India on Friday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Agni-I ballistic missile with a strike range of 700 km from a test range off Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the Army. P10 Mangalyaan in Higher orbit no official word Yet, PM May skip CHoGM Sonia Gandhi leaves it to Manmohan to take final call on Colombo visit; Prime Minister may seek another round of Cong core panel meeting by santwana Bhattacharya New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s Office late on Friday night denied that a final decision has been made to cancel Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s proposed visit to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo beginning on November 15. The terse — “no decision yet” — message came right after reports quoting sources said that the PM has decided to skip the CHOGM bowing to pressure from top Tamil Nadu politicians, including his own Cabinet ministers. Apart from the unanimous Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution urging the PM to skip the meet in view of the strong sentiments in the State over the continued human rights violations against the ethnic Tamil population in Sri Lanka, Congress ministers P Chidamabaram, G K Vasan, Jayanthi Natarajan and V Narayanasamy are opposed to the PM’s visit for the same reason. In the midst of this controversy, the Congress Core Committee, headed by president Sonia Gandhi, met earlier on Friday as desired by the PM. In spite of the hour-and-a-half- long deliberation, no consensus emerged. Sources said it was pointed out that it would be “difficult” for the PM to go to Colombo given the opposition to his visit in Tamil Nadu cutting across party lines. DMK chief M Karunanidhi said, “The Prime Minister has a conscience, enough if he acts according to his conscience.” Indications are that India may not be boycotting the meet entirely, but the Prime Minister may refrain from attending the meet and “send a representative instead”. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has already said he will be attending the Summit. MUTe UPA ADDInG To FIsHeRMen’s woes: JAYA Chennai: Strongly condemning yet another arrest of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday told the Central government that it cannot remain a passive spectator in the face of the high-handed belligerence of the Lankan Navy. The CM, in her letter to the PM, referred to the arrest of 30 fishermen of Ramanathapuram and Pudukkottai districts. P5 MiG-29 Fighter Jet Crashes by Yatish Yadav Jamnagar: A MiG-29 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed between Amran and Jivapar villages here, with the pilot ejecting safely. The aircraft was on a routine sortie from the Jamnagar airbase. P7 CsC Directive to K’taka Chennai: The Cauvery Supervisory Committee (CSC), which met in New Delhi on Friday, directed Karnataka to release 26 tmcft to Tamil Nadu between November and January as per the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. ‘IM Being Fielded Against Me’ c m y k Markets Indices Sensex: Nifty: Gold 20,666.15 6,140.75 3,029 2,861 24 ct (1 gm): 22 ct (1 gm): silver Bar (1 kg): 48,930 Retail (1 gm): 52.40 exchange 62.73 84.06 US$: Euro: SOURCE: Bse, nse, RBI weBsITes express poll of the day Should BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi be given NSG security cover? Yes 88% no 12% ToDAY’s qUesTIon: Do you believe all of CBI’s actions are unconstitutional? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com go, but left the decision on the PM. If he decides to go, the party will naturally have to back him,” a source said. The PM, in accordance with the rules of the game, will hold another meeting of the CCPA and the final announcement will be made only thereafter. Given the strong sentiments among the Tamil Nadu ministers — from Vasan (currently in Japan) advocating total boycott to Chidambaram advising scaled down participation and Natarajan wanting the PM to send a representative, there is unlikely to be breakthrough. RelATeD RePoRTs: P5 c m y k 26 alerts Issued by CIa Before 26/11 attacks, Says Book Chennai: The second orbit raising manoeuvre of India’s Mars Orbiter spacecraft was performed in the early hours of Friday. The manoeuvre, starting at 2.18 AM, raised the spacecraft’s apogee from 28,814 km to 40,186 km, with a burn time of 570.6 seconds. P5 Behraich: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday blamed the UPA Government for being soft on terrorism and said the Congress was fielding the Indian Mujahideen (IM) against him upon realising that it was not in a position to democratically defeat him. Modi, addressing a rally here, said it wouldn’t be the Congress which would be contesting the 2014 polls against him but the CBI and IM. P7 At the core committee meeting, sources said, Sonia left the final decision entirely on the PM with the curt instruction to all present that “whatever decision the PM takes — to go or not to go — will be endorsed by the Congress party”. Elaborating Sonia’s stand, it was pointed out that though she upheld the PM’s right to take a final call on a matter on international relations with the advice of Khurshid and the Cabinet, it was not an out-andout backing of the PM who’s keen to go to Colombo. “It was not that the Congress party told the PM that he can or should GRITTY InnInGs R Ashwin celebrates his century on the third day of the first Test against the west Indies at the eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday. His knock and pacer Mohammed shami’s five wicket haul helped India win the match by an innings and 51 runs | PTI FULL COVERAGE: P14 CBI’s Constitutionality: rattled UPa Govt to Knock Supreme Court doors express news service New Delhi: Rattled by the Gauhati High Court verdict that the premier Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is unconstitutional, the government on Friday went into damage control mode saying it will challenge the judgment in the Supreme Court on Saturday, seeking an urgent stay to maintain functioning of the agency which is probing several high profile cases. The Gauhati High Court, in its judgment on Wednesday, had struck down the Home Ministry’s 1963 resolution through which the CBI was set up saying ‘the CBI is neither an organ nor a part of the DPSE and the CBI cannot be treated as a ‘Police Force’ constituted under the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DPSE) Act, 1946.’ Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy discussed the Gauhati High Court verdict with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said the government will inform the apex court that the CBI was set up through a resolution and has been in existence for the last 50 years. “We will move the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the Gauhati High Court order. We will tell the Supreme Court that the CBI was set up under a resolution in 1963 and it has been there for the last 50 years. So, it should be allowed to continue,” he said. Pointing out repercussions of the judgment on sensitive cases being investigated by the agency, Narayanasamy said the government will seek a stay of the operation of the order as the agency’s functioning would be affected. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which is the administrative ministry for the CBI, also discussed the high court order and its fallout with Law Minister Kapil Sibal. Former CBI Chief Vijay Shankar told Express that it is a very serious judgment and a matter of utmost importance for the government to seek correctional measures. New Delhi: As many as 26 intelligence alerts, many of them by US agency CIA, were issued since August 2006 regarding Lashkar-e-Toiba’s plan to carry out major terrorist attacks in Mumbai and several five-star hotels were mentioned as targets, claims a book written by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. It is said that three warnings specifically mentioned about possible fidayeen attack with the first warning coming just a month ahead of attack mastermind David Headley’s visit to Mumbai on September 14, 2006. Levy and Scott, who interviewed foreign intelligence operatives and former as well as serving Lashkar cadre, claimed that of these, 11 warnings suggested the plan would involve multiple simultaneous attacks. It said six warnings pointed to a seaborne infiltration, which would be the first in India.” Then, the Intelligence Bureau received two more datespecific warnings about the Taj attack. One was about a possible attack on May 24 and the other on August 11, both prompted by tip-offs from a source in Pakistan said to be inside Lashkar, according to the book titled The Siege, Attack on the Taj. warning to Taj Hotel The book claimed Mumbai’s Zone-I DCP Vishwas Nangre Patil had begun security drills in July 2008 after analysing several intelligence inputs on possible terror attacks. Patil, the book said, visited vulnerable fishermen colonies and warned the Coast Guard that the terrorists may use boats to mount an attack through rocket launcher. c m y k Dubious Distinction: GRH Tops in Neo-natal Deaths express news service c m y k Madurai: The Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH), Madurai has registered the highest number of neonatal and infant deaths in the state during the last two-and-a-half years, revealed information obtained through Right to Information (RTI) Act. The report says that GRH reported 6,650 neonatal and infant deaths from January 2010 to July 2013, which was very high when compared to those reported in 21 other government hospitals functioning under the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) in the state. Out of 78,230 pregnant women and infants admitted in the GRH during the period, 6,650 babies died, which includes 2,919 neonatal and 3,734 infants, said Anand Raj of Equal Right, an NGO working on health issues. “On an average, 153 babies die every month in the GRH,” said Anand Raj. Every year around 2.50 lakh pregnant women and infants were admitted in the 22 hospitals across the state, of which 14,000 neonatal and infant deaths were reported in the hospitals. In the case of GRH alone, nearly 22,000 cases were admitted for maternity and childcare in the hos- pital a year, of which nearly 2,000 cases resulted in death. Making a comparison with the number of admissions and deaths reported in the Government Raja Mirasadar Hospital, Thanjavur, with that of the GRH, Anand Raj said that both the hospitals are located in semi-urban areas and treat mostly the rural population. Ironically, though the Government Raja Mirasadar Hospital, Thanjavur, has the highest number of admissions at over a lakh, the number of deaths reported were only 2,099 (1,662 neonatal and 437 infant deaths), he said. On the contrary, the GRH had only 78,230 admissions, but the number of deaths was 6,650, he added. “The figure indicates a disturbing trend,” observed Dr S Elango, former Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. “If the premature and underweight newborns are not provided with proper care, they are prone to infection, which results in death,” he said. Though the government gives a financial assistance of `12,000 per pregnant woman under Dr Muthulakshmi Reddy Maternity Benefit Scheme to get nutritious food and to avoid giving birth to low weight babies, it seems officials are not monitoring whether the benefits reached them, Elango said. MoRe: P2 c m y k
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