BANGALORE 20 NOVEMBER 2013 WEDNESDAY `4.00 PAGES 22 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com R A DA R Why No Rules for Mutts? Bangalore: The High Court on Tuesday asked the state government why there are no rules to regulate religious mutts across the state and asked whether it intends to bring a legislation or ordinance to have control over them. P3 Indira Prize for Merkel New Delhi: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be awarded the coveted Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2013 with a jury headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh choosing her. P7 75% Polling in Chhattisgarh Raipur/New Delhi: Naxal-affected Chhattisgarh recorded the highest-ever polling of around 75 per cent as elections were held on Tuesday in 72 constituencies in the second phase. P9 50-K Force to Man China Border Express News Service New Delhi: India has begun the process of strengthening its offensive capability against China in the North East with the government providing the sanction to the Army to raise a new 50,000-men potent Mountain Strike Corps at a cost of nearly `65,000 crore. The Government Sanction Letter (GSL) was issued early November, a full three months after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had given its nod for the new forma- tion on July 17 this year, government sources said here on Tuesday. On receiving the GSL, the Army has already started the process of raising the new Strike Corps with posting of officers to its headquarters and also set in motion the process of selecting its chief from among the Major Generals, who had been approved for promotion as Lieutenant Generals soon. The new formation will be called the ‘17 Corps’, but it will be the 14th Corps in the Army. HOWITZERS, TANKS ON CARDS AT LAC The Army is planning to procure ultra-light howitzers, light tanks and helicopters to be deployed along the LAC to strengthen Indian positions there against the backdrop of the major military infrastructure modernisation on the Chinese side, sources said. The Army and IAF also have plans of deploying ballistic and cruise missile units in the northeastern region and have also activated several helipads and air ﬁelds. It will be only the fourth Strike Corps and the only one facing China, as the other three — ‘1 Corps’ based in Mathura, ‘2 Corps’ at Ambala and ‘21 Corps’ at Bhopal — are focused solely on Pakistan. “The whole process of raising the corps would take about a year’s time and it will have in it specialist mountain warfare equipment, artillery guns, infantry weapons and air support elements in the form of attack helicopters, weaponised and transport choppers,” a senior Army officer said here. CONTINUED: P6 Woman Attacked, Mugged in ATM Kiosk at Busy Junction Express News Service Blasts Kill 23 in Beirut Beirut (Lebanon): As many as 23 people were killed, including the Iranian cultural attache, in two suicide bombings near the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday. P11 Snooping Scam Reaches SC New Delhi: The Gujarat snooping controversy reached the Supreme Court on Tuesday with suspended IAS officer Pradeep Sharma urging the court to take cognisance of some audio tapes aired by news portals. Case Against PM, Sachin Muzaffarpur (Bihar): A case was filed against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar in a local court here on Tuesday challenging the government’s decision to bestow the Bharat Ratna on the Little Master. SC Dismisses Centre Plea New Delhi: The Apex Court on Tuesday dismissed the Centre’s plea seeking review of its judgment debarring arrested persons from contesting polls. P7 Prez Awards M’lore Varsity New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday presented the Indira Gandhi National Service Scheme Best University Award 2012-13 to the Mangalore University at a function at a function in the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Murthy is Surgeon General Washington: US President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American Vivek Murthy for the post of Surgeon General. A top American lawmaker has described this as a historic moment for the community. MARKETS Indices Sensex: Nifty: CCTV grabs show a man entering an ATM kiosk and attacking a woman at a Corporation Bank ATM kiosk at Corporation Circle on Tuesday morning MBBS Student From AP Succumbs to Burns Express News Service Bangalore/Kolar: A medical student who was set on fire in Kolar last week died of burn injuries in Bangalore on Tuesday. Kameshwar Sai Prasad, a resident of Kalwakurthy near Mahbubnagar in Andhra Pradesh, was walking home on November 12 when two men approached him on a motorcycle, poured petrol on him and set a match to his body. An earlier report had suggested he was killed because he resisted a mugging attempt. Prasad was a final year MBBS student of Devaraj Urs Medical College at Tamaka, on the outskirts of Kolar. He was shifted from Kolar to St John’s Medical College and Hospital in Bangalore. George D’Souza, the hospital’s medical superintendent, said, “Since Monday, his con- dition was deteriorating, and his respiratory and renal systems failed.” Prasad had suffered 60 per cent burn injuries and the hospital was ready to perform a skin graft after he had recovered, D’Souza said. The attack victim did not show any signs of recovery. He died at 1.30 pm on Tuesday. The hospital then handed over his body to his relatives. Prasad’s body will be brought back to his native village on Wednesday. A tearful Lakshman Sharma, Prasad’s father, described how he had heard about the horrific attack. “Two boys set him ablaze. We want them punished,” he said. Kolar district Superintendent of Police Ram Niwas Sepat told Express that a special squad has been formed to arrest the culprits at the earliest. CONTINUED: P3 Silver 20,890.82 6,203.35 Gold Bar (1 kg): 45,560 Retail (1 gm): 48.70 Exchange 24 ct (1 gm): 22 ct (1 gm): 3,059 2,889 62.23 84.05 US$: Euro: SOURCE: BSE, NSE, RBI WEBSITES EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY Do you agree with Kiran Kumar Reddy that Andhra Pradesh bifurcation is undesirable? YES 83% NO 17% TODAY’S QUESTION: Are the issues our politicians are raising relevant to the voters? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com Blow to Mallya, HC Admits Bank’s Plea to Wind up UBHL Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday admitted a winding-up petition filed by corporate banker BNP Paribas against liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s United Breweries Holdings Limited (UBHL). The court said BNP Paribas is entitled to claim the corporate guarantee provided by UBHL. In a strongly-worded order, the HC said that in spite of being served valid notices, UBHL failed to pay its dues to the bank. The admission of the petition only makes the case stronger against UBHL as BNP Paribas’ claim is much lower than that of other stakeholders, which include the bankers consortium, and valued at thousands of crores. ENS MORE: P13 State to Oppose Western Ghats Report Express News Service Bangalore: The state government is preparing to file detailed objections to the Kasturirangan report on the Western Ghats. The report in its present form would hamper development in Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Kodagu, Mysore, Chamarajnagar, Udupi, Belgaum and Hassan districts. “It will virtually bring most of the development work to a halt as many villages in these districts have been included in the list of environmentally sensitive areas in the Western Ghats region,” Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra told reporters on Tuesday. As many as 1,572 villages will be affected, the minister said. “We are discussing the issue with Forest, Environ- ment and Law Department officials and will file our objections in the next few days. Kerala has already filed its objections against several aspects of the report,” he added. There have been protests in Kerala over the last few days against the report. The Union Ministry of Environment has accepted the report and given adequate time for the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu to file their objections, if any. “The recommendations to protect and preserve flora and fauna in the ecologically sensitive zone are welcome. But some of the recommendations will deal a big blow to development works in the region. So, we will plead for diluting several aspects of the report before their implementation,” he said. MORE: P6 Bangalore: A 38-year-old bank manager was brutally attacked by a mugger seconds after she entered an ATM kiosk in a busy commercial area in the city on Tuesday. A profusely bleeding Jyoti Uday Kumar, manager of Corporation Bank on Mission Road, was rescued three hours after the attack. Police said Jyoti, a resident of Rajarajeshwarinagar, got down from a bus on JC Road at around 7 am, as is her routine. On her way to the office, she entered a Corporation Bank ATM kiosk on the ground floor of the LIC building. Moments after she entered the kiosk, a man barged in, pulled down the shutter and smashed her head with a machete. He then walked out of the kiosk and pulled the shutters down again. Since there was no security guard in the kiosk and no customer turned up after her, the incident went unnoticed. “At around 10.35 am, she regained consciousness and cried out for help. Security guards and employees of the LIC office alerted us,” a policeman told Express. Policemen found Jyoti lying in a pool of blood and shifted her to Victoria Hospital. From there, she was referred to Nimhans and later to a private hospital. She is said to be critical, according to doctors. MORE: P3
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