CHennai 3 December 2013 Tuesday `3.00 pages 22 Late City edition CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com For UPA, R-T an Idea Whose Time has come r a da r SHO Killed in J&K Attack Srinagar: A police officer was on Monday killed and two other cops were injured in a militant attack outside Chadoora police station in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. P7 Mind Your Business: Lanka Colombo: In a strong reaction to acerbic views expressed by Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, General Secretary of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Susil Premajayantha, asked India to not “poke its nose” in Sri Lanka’s affairs. Junk Aadhaar Call in WB Kolkata: The West Bengal Assembly on Monday passed a resolution on Aadhaar cards, which said the Centre should immediately withdraw its decision to link the cards with the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme. SC Notice on Gang-rape New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre on a plea of the father of the December 16 gang-rape victim that the juvenility of an accused needs to be ascertained by a criminal court and not by the Juvenile Justice Board. With Congress high command hoping to neutralise TRS, Jagan factors, GoM may suggest inclusion of two Rayalaseema districts in Telangana by Santwana Bhattacharya New Delhi: The Centre’s move for creation of a separate Telangana State, bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, has been filled with endless twists and turns, the latest being the political proposal, seemingly coming from the top, of including two more districts making the new entity “Rayala-Telangana” (R-T) rather than just the T-state. Interestingly, the proposal of adding the two backward districts of Anantapur and Kurnool to Telangana has been revived at a time when the shape, contours and separation plan for the new bifurcated State is about get the Union Cabinet’s approval. The idea was originally floated around the time the Congress Working Committee passed a resolution giving the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh political approval. However, it was buried after strong protests from the votaries of Telangana who saw in it a plan to dilute the identity of the new State. With the proposal resurfacing, Union Minister Jaipal Reddy on Monday wondered if it could now be sold to the supporters of Telengana, since it had come too late in the day. Had it been placed earlier before the Group of Ministers tasked to sort out the T-row, the panel could have taken a view on it. At this late stage, it may not be possible to get supporters of Telangana on board, he said. However, the latest idea of a new Telangana by adding parts of Rayalaseema to it, sources say, has come from the very top — Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “It is driven by both administrative and political considerations,” sources said. “Without adding the two districts, how else do we solve the inter-state water problem,” the sources added. The Union Cabinet is expected to clear the proposal for the division of the State on Wednesday or Thursday. It is being said that the GoM that is preparing the blueprint for the geographical, financial, administrative and political division of Andhra Pradesh, decided to add Kurnool and Anantapur to Telangana on request from the grassroots — village councils, the panchayats, of the two districts. A member of the GoM confirmed that the R-T formula was not before the panel ear- lier, adding that the push for inclusion came from the local panchayats. The Congress high command, it seems, has recently got feedback that the bifurcation could benefit K Chandrashekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) and Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress (YSRC) more than the grand old party, despite the fact that the Congress leadership sees itself as the architect of the divide. By this move, in one stroke, the Congress leadership feels that the party will be able to contain Jagan’s rise in Seema and blunt the edge TRS enjoys in Telangana. With 2014 elections expected to be a close fight between the Congress and Modi-led BJP, it seems, the GoP does not want to take any chances. Coimbatore: The Coimbatore police are on the lookout for a 44-year-old lawyer, who allegedly murdered a woman and obtained a death certificate in his wife’s name after faking the identity of his victim. P5 Beijing: China launched its first moon rover mission early on Monday, the latest step in an ambitious space programme seen as a symbol of its rising global stature. P11 Nokia’s I-T Offer Rejected Bangkok: Amid spiralling violence, Thailand’s embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday rejected the opposition’s two-day ultimatum to resign from her post. P11 22 pages, including 6 pages of City Express Markets Indices Sensex: Nifty: Gold 20,898.01 6,217.85 24 ct (1 gm): 3,021 22 ct (1 gm): 2,853 Silver Bar (1 kg): 44,180 Retail (1 gm): 47.30 Exchange US$: Euro: 62.22 84.64 Source: BSE, NSE, RBI websites express poll of the day Is BJP’s softer approach to Article 370 in Kashmir an attempt to enhance its political appeal? Yes 76% no 24% Today’s question: Should Article 370 be scrapped? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com moment for mahatma Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat in New Delhi on Monday. They were accompanied by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. The royal couple are on a six-day visit to India | PTI more: P7 Tehelka Founder has 4 Poachers for Company in 8x4 ft Goa Cell Modi Triggers Heated Debate on Article 370 Panaji: From two murder accused he shared the room on the first night in the police lockup, arrested Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal had four local men held on charges of poaching frogs and turtles as his cellmates on the second night. The 50-year-old journalist, who is in six-day police custody, is lodged in the Panaji police lock-up housed in an old Portuguese-era building. A narrow access through a tunnel leads to three cells — two for men and one for women. Tejpal is in a cell which is about 8 feet by 4 feet and five metres high and has an Indian toilet facility behind a small wall, just enough to cover the person who uses it. “Tejpal looked tired and tense due to sleeplessness and may be due by Fayaz Wani results positive for potency test Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal on Monday underwent a potency test which came out positive. Fifty-year-old Tejpal was subjected to various other tests, including a blood test, at the forensic department of the Goa Medical College near Panaji. to intense questioning. His face looked a little swollen and eyes red,” police sources said. His family members came on Monday along with Crime Branch officials. “He was given Goan pav bhaji by his family. Before that he had tea which is served for the inmates,” the sources stated. “Tejpal did try to a strike a conversation with the four inmates on Sunday night when he was brought to the lock-up by the Crime Branch after interrogation. But all the four accused — Damian Colaco, Natalo Fernandes, Lorence Colaco and Santan Colaco — facing charges of poaching frogs and turtles, did not respond as they don’t understand Hindi,” sources said. The Panaji lock-up is shared by the Forest Department which does not have its own prison facility. Tejpal asked the four inmates for what crime they were in jail, but they refused to answer staring nervously at him, the sources said. Since the lock-up does not have a fan, Tejpal has moved an application in the local court for getting one. PTI Srinagar: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s statement about dilution of Article 370 has sparked a fresh debate in Jammu and Kashmir with former Union home minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed warning that the State would rise against any attempt at diluting the special position. Sayeed said even Parliament was not Constitutionally mandated to review the Act which grants special status to J&K. CM Omar Abdullah challenged Modi to a study of the Article. The Gujarat CM, who was criticised for not addressing concerns of Kashmiri Pandits in his speech, on Monday, said no one can ignore their sufferings. full report: P7 Soon, Amazon Drones may Drop Packages at Your Doorstep Washington: Want that Amazon order in just 30 minutes? Company CEO Jeff Bezos says he hopes to soon deploy an armada of mini-drones able to drop small packages at your doorstep. The US online retail giant’s revolutionary project still needs extra safety testing and federal approval, but Bezos believes that Amazon “Prime Air” would be up and running within four to five years. “These are effectively drones but there’s no reason that they can’t be used as delivery vehicles,” Bezos told CBS television’s “60 Minutes” programme late on Sunday. “I know this looks like science Whose idea? Political advantage First floated by Ghulam Nabi Azad. Now pushed by Jairam Ramesh and Veerappa Moily Weakens TRS in Telangana, Jagan in residuary state Solves water problems Checks demands for Greater Rayalaseema T for trouble? Timeframe Passing Bill during Winter Session of Parliament appears difficult, admit Cong managers TRS can’t accept R-T; may consider joining hands with BJP for ‘clean Telangana’ BJP gets excuse to block passage in Parliament Cong toying with the idea of a special Parliament session after Pongal Pranab wants govt to give Andhra Assembly adequate time to convey its views Express News Service China launches Moon Rover Thai PM Refuses to Resign With the Rayala-Telangana idea suddenly gaining currency, here’s all you need to know about the new proposal Cosmetic Change to Bill on Communal Violence, Says Jaya Hunt on for Killer Lawyer New Delhi: The Income Tax Department on Monday told the Delhi HC that the offer of Finnish mobile maker Nokia to pay a minimum deposit of `2,250 crore to it, out of the total tax liability of `6,500 crore, is not acceptable. FITS To THE T? The prototype of the drone posted on the Amazon website fiction. It’s not,” he said. “We can do half-hour delivery... and we can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds (2.3 kg), which covers 86 per cent of the items that we deliver.” A video posted on the company’s website shows a prototype drone. The body of the device is about the size of a flat-screen monitor, and it is attached to eight small helicopter rotors and sits on four tall legs. The claws under the belly of the “octopeter” then latch onto a standard sized plastic bucket that rolls down a conveyer belt at Amazon’s distribution centre. Inside the bucket is the order. The drone lifts off and whizzes into the air like a giant mechanical insect to deliver the package just 30 minutes after clicking the “pay” button on Amazon.com. Then it buzzes back into the air and returns to base. The mini-drones are powered by environmentally-friendly electric motors and can cover areas within a 10-mile (16-km) ra- dius of fulfillment centres, thus covering a significant portion of the population in urban areas. The drones operate autonomously and follow the GPS coordinates they receive to drop the items off at target locations. “It’s very green, it’s better than driving trucks around,” says Bezos. He also claims they are safe; the prototype has redundant motors that will keep it in the air and prevent it from crashing. “The hard part is putting in all the redundancy, the reliability, the systems you need to say, ‘Look, this thing can’t land on somebody’s head while they’re walking around their neighbourhood,’” Bezos told CBS. AFP Chennai: Reiterating her strong opposition to the Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday dubbed as cosmetic the modifications in the redrafted version with many of the serious issues still left unaddressed. Since the remedy proposed was worse than the disease, Jayalalithaa said the Bill should not be moved in the ensuing Winter session of Parliament. “The Bill as drafted suffers from too many lacunae and will not meet the intended objective of preventing communal violence. It would be extremely unwise to pose the Bill as a one size fits all solution to a complex problem that requires sensitive cooperation between the Centre and states,” the CM said in her missive to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, after chairing a high-level meeting to examine the Bill. Jayalalithaa further said she was completely opposed to the Bill which sought to trample upon the authority of the states. “With barely five months left for the end of the present Lok Sabha, any hasty attempt to bring in such legislation without wide consultation among all political parties and stakeholders would be an undemocratic move,” she pointed out. Stating that many of the problematic clauses in the original draft have been retained with little or no modification, she discussed the various aspects point-by-point and explained why the proposed legislation needs to be rejected. In her view, the proposal to give the National Human Rights Commission and State Human Rights Commissions power to issue advisories and recommendations was an unwarranted exercise in investing in such bodies authority without responsibility. Chapters V and VI of the Bill, dealing with the functions of the NHRC and SHRC on maintenance of communal harmony, are to be rejected lock, stock and barrel, she added. More: P2 Depressions Bring Copious Rains to TN Express News Service Chennai/Puducherry/ Thanjavur: Two low pressure depressions in the northern Indian Ocean, close to the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, would continue to bring rains to parts of Tamil Nadu over the coming days, Meteorological Department has said. However, the Met office said that while the possibility of rain remains for coastal districts, it has diminished for the interior areas. The systems are presently off the coast of Sri Lanka and are not strong enough to raise an alarm for cyclonic conditions. “If the systems stay the way they are then it’s unlikely that interior areas would receive rainfall. We, however, predict rain in the coastal regions. Things will become clearer over the next few days,” said S R Ramanan, Director of the Regional Meteorological Centre. Meanwhile, several parts of coastal Tamil Nadu received rainfall on Monday. Chennai city experienced heavy rains in the morning, while Puducherry too received rainfall. Met sources said moderate to rather heavy rain could occur at many places over Puducherry, Chennai, Cuddalore, Vil- A flooded street in Sowcarpet after heavy rains in the city on Monday morning | p ravikumar lupuram, Nagapattinam and other districts in the next one or two days. Widespread rains continued for the second day in the Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts. The rains could aid samba paddy crop cultivated in Thanjavur district. Tiruchy city too received heavy rains. Heavy downpour was witnessed in most parts of Nagapattinam and Karaikal districts as well. Ramanathapuram district in the southern part of the State also experienced moderate rainfall, while heavy precipitation was reported in the Nilgiris and Tiruvannamalai districts.
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