BANGALORE 7 DECEMBER 2013 SATURDAY `4.00 PAGES 22 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com WORLD JOINS SOUTH AFRICA IN MOURNING R A DA R PT Master Held for Abuse Bangalore: Police on Friday arrested a physical education instructor for the alleged sexual abuse of a nine-year-old girl in a private school on Bannerghatta Road. Krishna Nayak (38) allegedly used to call her to his room on the pretext of teaching her yoga. The school management promised to suspend Nayak, and he had not attended school for four days. The girl had confided in her brother, who told their father. The father, who works in a marble factory, filed a complaint on Friday after he heard of the abuse from his son. Bannerghatta police have registered a case of sexual harassment. Made Snana Ritual Begins Bangalore: The controversial ritual Made Snana, where devotees roll over food remains on plantain leaves left behind by Brahmins, began at the Kukke Sri Subrahmanya temple in Dakshina Kannada district on Friday. P6 Bailout for Sugar Industry New Delhi: A ministerial panel set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday recommended a bailout package for the sugar industry that includes `7,200 crore of interest-free bank loans to pay dues to sugarcane growers. P13 Apex Court to Hear CBI Plea New Delhi: The Apex Court on Friday agreed to hear CBI’s plea challenging the Gauhati High Court order declaring the agency “unconstitutional”. P7 No Bail to Absconders: SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday held that anticipatory bail should be not be given to an accused who has been declared an absconder and has not cooperated with the investigation. 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SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com MARKETS Indices Sensex: Nifty: Silver 20,996.53 6,259.90 Gold 24 ct (1 gm): 22 ct (1 gm): Bar (1 kg): 43,350 Retail (1 gm): 46.40 Exchange 2,998 2,831 US$: Euro: SOURCE: BSE, NSE, RBI WEBSITES 61.66 84.25 Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela passes away late on Thursday night after battling illness for months; in a rare gesture, ﬂags ﬂy at half mast in several countries, including India; Manmohan Singh hails him as a ‘true Gandhian’ Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela, a global symbol of resistance who liberated South Africa from much-despised apartheid regime and served as its first black president, died on Thursday night at his home here after battling protracted illness. “Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation, has departed,” President Jacob Zuma said in a televised address to the nation, announcing the demise of the 95-year-old Nobel laureate. Mandela, also a recipient of India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 1990, was receiving medical care from a team of doctors since September at his home in Houghton after spending three months in a Pretoria hospital for a recurrent lung ailment. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” he said. “What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.” Mandela, fondly called Madiba, will lie in state from December 11 to 13. In a rare homage, flags flew at half mast in several countries, including the US, France, Britain, Nigeria and India, which declared five days of national mourning for the man hailed by PM Manmohan Singh as a “true Gandhian”. Mandela had been in and out Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 1918 – 2013 What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves [ — JACOB ZUMA, President of South Africa of hospital for the past two years with a range of medical problems. His public appearances became rare, but despite that he held a special place in the consciousness of the nation and the world. From Beijing to Kiev to Lon- Three KJP MLAs Oppose Party’s Merger With BJP Express News Service Bangalore/Belgaum: Three of the six legislators in the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) are reportedly against the merger of the party with the BJP. Although state BJP leaders are in a hurry to welcome former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa back into their fold, he may run into opposition from KJP MLAs who see no future for themselves in the BJP. Yeddyurappa broke away from the BJP late last year and fought this year’s Assembly elections under the KJP symbol. The KJP has six MLAs including Yeddyurappa. Vishwanath Patil, U B Banakar, B R Patil, Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli and Guru Patil are the others. At least four MLAs (twothirds) will have to consent to the merger to escape the punitive provisions of the anti-defection law. According to KJP sources, three MLAS — B R Patil , Guru Patil and Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli — are opposing the merger and are strongly advocating an independent identity for the party. The KJP executive committee meeting on Monday will discuss the issue, according to Shobha Karandlaje, Yeddyurappa’s confidante. B R Patil told Express his “nature and political culture” do not permit him to join the BJP or the Congress. He said Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli and Guru Patil also face the same problem. Patil also said he would not attend the KJP executive committee meeting in Bangalore on Monday as he was busy with a programme in his constituency. My nature and political culture do not permit me to join the BJP or the Congress. I don’t know about the others, but I will not join the BJP [ INDIA DECLARES 5-DAY MOURNING The Indian government on Friday announced a ﬁve-day state mourning as a mark of respect to Nelson Mandela. A decision to this effect was taken at a special meeting of the Cabinet, which condoled the death of the anti-apartheid icon. don, members of the public offered solemn celebrations of Mandela’s life to sit alongside official displays of mourning following his death. The leader’s death also generated an outpouring of emotion across Twitter and other FULL COVERAGE Capacity to Reach Out P8 From Terrorist to Legend P11 Rebuffed by Indian Woman P11 A Legacy Under Threat P11 “I don’t know about the other KJP members. But I can assure you I will not join the BJP,” he said. He also hinted he could shift his loyalty towards the Congress by becoming an associate member of that party. Yeddyurappa said he had not received any official communication from the BJP on his reentry. “I will wait and watch,” he remarked. However, sources in the BJP believe at least five KJP MLAs, including Yeddyurappa and Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli, will switch sides soon. Pretoria: Nelson Mandela’s body was on Friday taken to a military hospital here as preparations for the December 15 state funeral of the peace icon began. Escorted by military motorcycle outriders, a black SUV carried Mandela’s coffin, draped in South Africa’s flag, to the military hospital’s morgue from his home. Mandela will lie in state at the seat of government the Union Buildings in the capital city of Pretoria. In a television address to the nation, South African President Jacob Zuma said Mandela would be laid to rest on December 15 at Qunu in Eastern Cape province. The funeral will draw a galaxy of leaders and other dignitaries from across the world. Zuma, who earlier announced the demise of the 95-year-old Nobel laureate, ordered that all flags of the country fly at half-mast and remain that way until after the burial ceremony, the South African Government News Agency reported. Mandela’s family thanked people for their support and said they are “overwhelmed” by the global outpouring of heartfelt tributes. PTI Cops Ask Law Intern to File Complaint Express News Service New Delhi: With the Supreme Court washing its hands of the issue, the Delhi police on Friday asked the woman law intern to record her statement in the sexual harassment complaint she had made against retired Justice A K Ganguly, who has been indicted by an Apex Court panel. “We have sent her an email.... We have requested her to indicate the time and place where her statement can be recorded,” Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) M K Meena said. Chief Justice of India Justice P Sathasivam had on Thursday explained that since Justice Ganguly was not a serving judge at the time of the incident, no further action was required by the court. In Delhi, Law Minister Kapil Sibal questioned the decision of the Supreme Court of not taking further action. “I am a little disappointed because the institution which has found that sexual overtures were made was to have taken the matter forward,” he said. Sibal said in his view, prima facie the Apex Court has “brushed it under the carpet”, in a sense that they have said that they have nothing to do with the matter because he is no longer a judge. “Well, if he was no longer a judge, then they should not have set up the inquiry. Having FAROOQ APOLOGISES FOR ‘SEXIST’ COMMENT Union Minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday kicked up a controversy by suggesting that women should not be hired as personal secretaries as one can land in jail if there is any complaint of sexual harassment. Abdullah, however, apologised hours later for the comment. “These days the situation is such that one is scared of talking to girls. We feel that a lady should not be hired as a secretary. God forbid, if there is some complaint we may land in jail,” the P7 National Conference leader said outside Parliament House. come to a conclusion, they cannot give that reason to say they won’t take it forward,” he said in unusually strong remarks. A committee of three judges of the Supreme Court had indicted Justice Ganguly for “unwelcome behaviour” and “conduct of sexual nature” towards the intern. Justice Ganguly, who retired from the Apex Court more than a year ago and currently heads the West Bengal Human Rights Commission, was accused of sexually harassing the girl in a hotel room in Delhi last year. Congress leader Ambika Soni said those occupying high offices must step down, if guilty or not, as it only increases their moral stature. (with PTI) Shoot or Trap? Tiger Expert, Dept Differ by Meera Bhardwaj STOOL SAMPLES TO IDENTIFY BIG CAT — B R PATIL, MLA, Karnataka Janata Party social media, demonstrating a fitting sense of global unity in praise for the anti-apartheid hero whose struggle for equality in South Africa inspired billions. In his home country, most newspapers published their headlines in black, in a reflection of the deep sense of loss brought by Mandela’s death. US President Barack Obama mourned Mandela’s death saying, “He no longer belongs to us — he belongs to the ages. We’ve lost one of the most profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth.” President Pranab Mukherjee called Mandela “a statesman, world leader and icon of inspiration of humanity”. “He was a great friend of India and his contribution for strengthening the close ties between our two countries will be always remembered,” he said. Mandela, a lawyer and exboxer, spent 27 years in prison, most of them on Robben Island after being convicted in the Rivonia trial 50 years ago. He stepped down in 1999 after serving one term as President following the first democratic elections in 1994. Mandela worked for uniting the polarised nation dominated by tribal politics. He devoted his energy to moderating the bitterness of his black electorate and reassuring whites with fears of vengeance. AGENCIES SA Prepares for Funeral on December 15 Bangalore: A wildlife conservation expert is saying the Forest Department should have shot dead, and not live-captured, the tiger that killed three humans this week, a line of thought the forest officials reject. The tiger had spread panic in the Bandipur-Nagarhole region, and was tranquillised and captured alive near H D Kote on Thursday. Dr K Ullas Karanth, director for Science-Asia, Wildlife Conservation Society said, “It is debatable whether the attempts to live-capture the animal rather than shoot it, after the second proven case of human predation in Bandipur, was justified.” Mysore: Chief Conservator of Forests B P Ravi said the captured tiger had drunk water on Thursday and was fed beef on Friday. Sources said its stool samples will be sent to labs in Bangalore and Hyderabad to conﬁrm whether it is the killer tiger. Dozens of tigers and a larger number of leopards reach this stage in life in Karnataka every year and sometimes get into conflict situations. “It may not be a practical long-term option to live-capture all of them or to house them in zoos beyond their maximum lifespan in the wild,” Karanth argued. Rejecting this line of thought, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Ajai Mishra said, “Killing is our last option unless this animal, during live-capture, proves to be a threat to our staff.” He spoke about the many rescue centres and zoos which could house tigers. “With care and treatment, this tiger can survive in captivity for four-five years,” he said. The 12-year-old male tiger is recovering from trauma and dehydration, Mishra said. The Wildlife Conservation Society felt that the delay in addressing the threat of the maneater generated anger among people in the region. Such a sentiment, they believe, could undermine the public support required for the conservation of tigers as a species. “It was unfortunate that lives were lost, but we did everything possible to catch the animal. There is an urgent need today to bring about awareness of the animal’s behaviour and instincts,” Mishra said. MORE: P6
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