BANGALORE 2 DECEMBER 2013 MONDAY `4.00 PAGES 42 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com Work Audit Idea Causes Flutter, Leaves Govt Staff in a Fix ASK PRABHU by Hemanth Kumar Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com and Prabhu will answer them R A DA R Telangana Bill in Parl Soon Mumbai: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Sunday said the Bill to carve out a Telangana state will come up before Parliament “very soon”. P7 Bangalore: Faced with the challenge of improving efficiency and countering a bureaucracy seeking more hands, the state government has decided to conduct a work audit for its employees. The audit will cover section officers, case workers and employees in lower ranks, and evaluate how many files they clear, how much time they take to clear a file and how often they go on tour. The Karnataka State Government Employees Association has been urging the government to fill about 1.5 lakh posts in various departments, but the government is sceptical there is work for so many. The audit move has caused a flutter among government employees who are asking why officials at the higher level have been exempted from it. HOW BUSY ARE YOU? The DPAR chief is asking section heads and case workers: ■ How many ﬁles have you received since January? ■ How many have you cleared? ■ How much time do you take to clear a ﬁle? ■ How many meetings have you attended? ■ How many days have you spent touring? ■ How many posts are vacant in your department? Refusing to accept the argument about staff shortage, Shalini Rajneesh, secretary in the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR), has written to princi- New Delhi: The Supreme Court has framed guidelines to bring live-in relationships within the expression ‘relationship in the nature of marriage’ to protect women under the Domestic Violence Act. P11 Former Tehelka editor sent to six days in police custody NIA Seeks Hizb Chief Arrest Express News Service New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will send a judicial request to Pakistan for the arrest of Hizbul Mujahideen terror group chief Syed Salahuddin, chargesheeted for allegedly pumping money into Jammu and Kashmir for terror activities. P7 Tweak Nuclear Bill: Canada Mumbai: India needs to “tweak” its Civil Nuclear Liability Law if it wants to attract foreign companies in a big way to help the country achieve its ambitious target in atomic power generation, a senior Canadian diplomat said. Rajasthan Polls: 75 pc Vote ATTACK ON GOVT HQ Patil Returns Official Gifts New Delhi: Former President Pratibha Patil has returned all the gifts she received in her official capacity after they were displayed at a school owned by her family in Amravati, Maharashtra. P7 Indian Couple Found Dead London: An Indian-origin married couple have been found dead in their home in Southall, a Punjabi-dominated suburb on the outskirts of west London, police said on Sunday. PV Sindhu Wins Macau Open Macau: Shuttler P V Sindhu bagged the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold title after a thumping win over Canada’s Michelle Li in the clash here on Sunday. P14 KSCA: Wadiyar, Brijesh Win Bangalore: Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar and Brijesh Patel are back at the helm of affairs after their group swamped the opposition by winning all 23 seats in the Karnataka State Cricket Association elections held here on Sunday. P3 42 PAGES, INCLUDING 20 PAGES OF EDEX (TABLOID) & 6 0F CITY EXPRESS EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY Should foreign tourists declare their religion on arrival in India? YES 39% NO 61% TODAY’S QUESTION: Is BJP’s softer approach to Article 370 in Kashmir an attempt to enhance its political appeal? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com A protester during clashes outside the Government House in Bangkok on Sunday. Thai police fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters trying to storm the government headquarters to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after violence in the capital left three dead | AFP FULL COVERAGE: P12 BJP Goes Soft on Art 370, Modi for Debate on Spl Status for J&K Jammu: The BJP on Sunday appeared to soften its stand on scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said there should at least be a debate on whether or not it has benefited the state. Addressing his first rally in Jammu and Kashmir after being named the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Modi said his party wanted a discussion on various aspects of the Constitutional provision. He also echoed the views expressed by BJP president Rajnath Singh, who earlier told the Lalkar rally here that if Article 370 proved to be beneficial, his party would stand by the measure. “As per the Constitution, the debate on Article 370 will continue. At least there should be a debate on whether Article 370 has benefitted J&K or not,” the CM said. The views of Modi and Singh marked a departure from the BJP’s position seeking complete abrogation of the provision giving special status to J&K in the Union of India. At the same time, Modi said former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru had said that Article 370 will go with the time. “Will the Congress go with Nehru’s statement? I want to ask the Prime Minister.” BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at an election campaign rally at MA Stadium in Jammu on Sunday | PTI For 60 years they talked about separate state (autonomy), but what did people get? Nothing.... In the name of a separate state, they encouraged separatism [ — NARENDRA MODI “Article 370 has been used as a shield in Jammu and Kashmir for resorting to communalism — experts of the Constitution should debate over it, he added. Referring to the provision, Modi said women had not been given equal rights in the state unlike in other parts of the country. “If Omar (Abdullah) married outside Kashmir, his rights of being a citizen remain. But his sister Sara loses the right for the same. Is this not discrimination against women in the state,” he asked, referring to the Chief Minister’s family. He accused the state government of indulging in corruption and claimed tht the Prevention of Corruption Act is applicable everywhere other than J&K. “For 60 years they talked about separate state (autonomy), but what did people get? Nothing. And there is no accountability also.... In the name of a separate state, they encouraged separatism. It would have been better if they focused on creating a super state,” he said. Modi also said the BJP would carry forward the initiatives in the state on the principles of insaniyat (humanity), jamhuriyat (democracy)and Kashmiriyat (composite secular Kashmiri culture) as envisioned by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. AGENCIES ‘Fast And Furious’ Star Paul Walker Dies in Car Crash Los Angeles: Fans and fellow actors on Sunday mourned the death of Paul Walker, best known for his role as undercover agent Brian O’Connor in the Fast and Furious action movies, in a car crash in California. Walker (40) appeared in all but one of the six movies in the popular franchise and was a leading protagonist along with actors Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez. ficials to take stock and indicate if any sections could be merged or closed altogether. “We receive frequent demands for filling vacant posts, but we would like to identify excess staff and make optimum use of existing staff,” said a DPAR source. According to secretariat sources, the undersecretary (coordination) in each department is responsible for monitoring the movement of files. MORE: P4 No Role for Centre in Tejpal Case: Shinde Rules for Live-in Relations Jaipur: A record 74.38 per cent voters on Sunday exercised their franchise in the Rajasthan Assembly polls to decide the fate of CM Ashok Gehlot, his bete noire Vasundhara Raje and others. P9 pal secretaries of all departments to conduct a “scientific evaluation” of the efficiency of section heads, case workers and subordinate staff. The letter also asks principal secretaries to send details of the extent of staff shortage or surplus. Emphasising the need for better use of technology, the letter seeks to know the number of computers in each department and the extent of their use. It also urges top of- “It is with a heavy heart we must say that Paul Walker passed away today (Saturday) in a car accident while attending a charity event for his organisation Reach Out Worldwide,” the late actor’s publicists wrote on his Facebook account. “He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives.” Walker was killed when the red Porsche sports car Paul Walker 1 9 7 3 - 2 0 1 3 he was traveling in slammed into a tree and caught fire around 3:30 pm on Saturday (5:00 am IST on Sunday) in the town of Santa Clarita in Los Angeles county, California, local media reported. Witnesses recognised Walker and one onlooker even tried to pull him out from the wreckage, the Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper reported. Walker was taking a Thanksgiving break from filming the seventh Fast and Furious movie, which was scheduled for release in July. In a departure from his action movie roles, Walker is due to appear in Hours, an independent movie set for mid-December release about a father who struggles to keep his ailing infant daughter alive after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005. Walker is survived by his daughter Meadow. AFP New Delhi: On a day when Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal was remanded to police custody for six days, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde ruled out the Centre’s intervention in the case, saying it was a state subject. Tejpal has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman colleague. “Our government does not protect culprits in any way. Since it is a case of a different state, the Centre cannot interfere in it. The case is already in court now,” Shinde said on Sunday. Tejpal (50) was arrested by the Goa Police on Saturday after his anticipatory bail was rejected by the Sessions Court, which observed that available evidence, prima facie, indicated that Tejpal, who was the young journalist’s mentor and father figure, had not only outraged her modesty but had misused his position, betrayed her trust and violated her body. The Goa Crime Branch which is investigating the case had sought a 14-day remand for Tejpal. The Crime Branch in its IN LOCK-UP WITH MURDER ACCUSED Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal spent Saturday night in a police lock-up in Panaji with two murder accused and an anti-social person, after he was arrested by the Crime Branch. The dingy lock-up is located inside the police headquarters, overlooking P11 the DGP’s ofﬁce. FIR had said that considering inquiries conducted so far, media reports and information received from sources, it prime facie appeared that a cognizable offence was committed by Tejpal. According to sources, the CID Crime Branch will question the Tehelka founder on the series of events that led Top League IISc Struggles to Lure Foreign Students by Bharath Joshi Bangalore: One way to improve global rankings of an institution is to attract international students in large numbers. But the 104-year old Indian Institute of Science has not been able to get more than 10 students since it opened up full-time international admissions in 2010. At present, the IISc has 33 international students on campus pursuing PhD and Masters programmes in the fields of molecular biology, physics, materials engineering, electrical communications and management studies. These students are nationals of Iran, Nepal, France, Germany, Sri Lanka, United States and Nigeria. When it opened full-time international admissions to PhD and Masters programmes in 2010, five students joined the institute, followed by seven in 2011, 11 in 2012 and six this year. Three foreign students joined IISc in 2008 and one in 2009 for short-term courses (3-6 months). With only four years of exposure to international admissions, the institute wants to review its admission process in order to get With only four years of exposure to international admissions, IISc wants to review its admission process in order to get more overseas students more overseas students. “We want to finetune the admission methodology in terms of the interview process, admission requirements, acceptance of Graduate Record Examinations scores and so on. Once the process has stabilised, one can think of increasing the numbers,” Prof Rangarajan said. “We admit only very few students every year since there is a financial outgo. We pay them full fellowship on par with Indian students,” said Govindan Rangarajan, chairperson, International Relations Cell, IISc. The fellowship amount for international students is around `16,000 per month. IISc director P Balaram believes the problem is not with the admission methodology, but more with the kind of commitment that PhD programmes require. MORE: P4 to the alleged rape of the journalist at a five-star hotel in Goa on November 7. Tejpal will also be confronted with CCTV footage from the hotel and the evidence, including Tejpal’s emails to the victim and to the magazine’s former managing editor Shoma Chaudhary, collected by the investigators from the Tehelka office. “Tejpal will be confronted with emails and messages in which he admitted the incident, but later disputed it. If required, the former managing editor of the magazine will be summoned again,” sources said. Tejpal has been charged under IPC Section 354 (a) (sexual harassment of the nature of unwelcome physical contact and advances or a demand or request for sexual favours), Section 376 (rape) and Section 376 (2) (k) (rape by a person being in a position of control or dominance over a woman). The crime, under the new anti-rape law enacted by the government in the wake of the December 16 Delhi gangrape, is punishable by 10 years rigorous imprisonment, which may be extended to imprisonment for life. Hubli Techie Jumps to Death in Hyd Express News Service Hyderabad/Hubli: A 33year-old Infosys techie, who was transferred to the Hyderabad campus from Bangalore recently, allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the third floor of a four-storeyed building at Annojiguda in Ghatkesar police limits early on Sunday. Deepak Habib, a native of Hubli, was transferred to the Hyderabad Infosys office on November 18. He had moved into Flat A5 in Singapore Township on November 23. Around 5.30 am on Sunday, the watchman noticed Habib lying on the lawn and immediately informed the other residents. Soon, emergency medical service shifted him to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead, said P Radhakishan Rao, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Malkajgiri. “Preliminary probe revealed that the victim slit his wrist with a nail-cutter. The floor of his flat was full of blood stains. He came out from his flat and reached the elevator. Later, he committed suicide by jumping off the third floor,” police said. No suicide note was found at Habib’s flat. The victim was married. He was staying alone in the flat, and some of his household articles were yet to be delivered to the house by the packers and movers. MORE: P5
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