BHUBANESWAR 9 november 2013 satuRday `4.00 pages 20 LATE CITY edition CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com Guv Writes to PM for Early Aid Naveen seeks appointment from Prime Minister and Home Minister for assistance Express News Service Bhubaneswar: As the State Government decided to promulgate an ordinance to increase the corpus of the contingency fund to deal with post-cyclone and flood situation, Governor S C Jamir on Friday requested the Centre to consider early release of Central assistance for repair and restoration work. In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Governor maintained that there has been extensive damage to infrastructure because of cyclone and flood and Central assistance is required to take up reconstruction activities. centre unresponsive n No Union Minister or the Prime Minister visited the calamity-hit State,” Revenue and Disaster Management Minister S N Patro had said n The BJD has already launched agitation against the ‘step motherly’ attitude of the UPA Government Jamir said as the InterMinisterial Central Team (IMCT) has already visited the affected areas in some of the districts, funds should be released so that restoration and reconstruction work will continue in full swing. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has sought appointment from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to meet them in New Delhi to discuss the damage due to the twin calamities and funds required for the restoration work. r a da r Shami Reverse Swings India to EDEN Win Agni-I Test Successful Balasore: Keeping the momentum high, India successfully test fired nuclear capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-I from a defence base off the Odisha coast on Friday. The success came days after ISRO’s successful launch of Mars Orbiter Mission Spacecraft from Sriharikota. P6 Kolkata: Pacer Mohammad Shami capped a dream debut to claim five wickets with his awesome reverse swing as India inflicted an innings and 51-run defeat on a hapless West Indies inside three days to mark a fabulous start to the Sachin Tendulkar farewell series here on Friday. Shami followed up a 4/71 first innings performance with a 5/47 effort in the second to finish with an enviable match haul of 9/118 __ the best by an Indian pacer on Test debut __ as India won their fifth match on the trot. full coverage: P15 No Final Word on PM Visit New Delhi: The Prime Minister’s Office late on Friday denied that a final decision was taken to cancel Manmohan Singh’s proposed visit to Colombo for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) beginning November 15. P 10 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 Ashok Leyland’s VRS Scheme New Delhi: Hinduja flagship firm Ashok Leyland announced a voluntary retirement scheme for its employees as part of plans to cut manpower costs. The company, however, did not specify the terms and conditions and the timeline of the VRS. P13 Investor Gains Big New York: Suhail Rizvi, an enigmatic India-born investor, has emerged as one of the biggest gainers from Twitter’s high-profile public debut with his 15.6 per cent stake in the microblogging site worth a whopping $3.8 billion. 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 20 pages, including 4 pages of City Express The Chief Minister had demanded an interim assistance of `1,000 crore on October 16 to deal with the situation after Phailin and floods wreaked havoc in 18 districts of the State. Besides, the State Government had submitted two memoranda seeking assistance of `5,832 crore. The Prime Minister’s scheduled programme for an aerial survey of the affected areas on November 2 was cancelled. As there is an urgent need of `1,111 crore for repair and reconstruction activities, including requirement of `500 crore for restoration of electricity, the Chief Minister has sought appointment from the Prime Minister and the Home Minister to apprise them of the situation. Air Fare Looks Skyward by Siba Mohanty “Low cost airline is no more low cost as everyone is taking the average Bhubaneswar: Flying to New passenger for a long ride. There is Delhi on Sunday? You could as well simply no rationale behind such air fly to Singapore at the same price. fare,” says Benjamin Simon, a leading With air fare going through the roof, operator of the State and president travellers from Odisha have been of Travel and Tour Operators Assoheld to ransom by the airliners op- ciation of Odisha. Ashok Das, who runs Globe Forex erating in the State. Sample this. The fare for travelling and Travels, agrees. “If you look at from Bhubaneswar to New Delhi on the air fare charged by operators in November 10 ranges between `17,000 Odisha, it is very high compared to and `23,000 at the current rate. The the national level fare. With routes fare for Bhubaneswar-Mumbai is in getting monopolised and competition not available, airlines are the range of `13,000. getting what they are Such has been the rise FARE FROM in air fare that the miniBHUBANESWAR charging,” said Das. Since the inventory of mum one has to shell out To New Delhi `17,000 the seats lies with the airfor travelling to any part of India from the State is To Mumbai `13,000 lines, they dictate terms ` 5,000 by holding on to certain around `9,500, barring To Kolkata classes of seats till the last Kolkata which could cost Average to minute. As demand rises, nothing less than `5,000. any part the prices go up as well. The base price is about in India: “Earlier, the fare to Kol`4,500 and added to it are `9,500 kata never went beyond surcharges and taxes. The exorbitant fare has not only `3,500. Now, a traveller has to pay put a speed-breaker on the travel on an average `5,000,” points out plans of the middle class, even busi- Das. With Jet Airways withdrawing its ness class travellers are worried. “I had planned to fly to New Delhi on operation from the State, the existing Friday night, but my travel agent said players have consolidated their posiit would cost me `34,000. I will trav- tion. The Kolkata route has now just el on Saturday instead, though I will one operator and the national carrier have to pay `13,000 for the fare,” said Air India is not even present. With winter breaks not far away, Sangram Kumar, an entrepreneur. Every airliner, be it the national the high air fare could play spoilsport carrier or a private operator, has for holidayers. A trip to Port Blair, jumped on the bandwagon by raising which was priced a little over `6,000 the air fare to astronomical limits cit- from the State Capital, now costs over ing spiralling prices of aviation fuel, `23,000. The same applies to other destinations too. inflation and taxes. 26 CIA Alerts Issued Before 26/11: Book by Yatish Yadav New Delhi: As many as 26 intelligence alerts, many of them by US agency CIA, were issued since August 2006 regarding Lashkar-eToiba’s plan to carry out major terrorist attacks on Mumbai and several fivestar hotels, 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 simultane- ous attacks. It said six warnings pointed to a seaborne infiltration, “which would be the first in India.” Then, the Intelligence Bureau received two more date-specific 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, At- tack 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.
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