HYDERABAD 9 FEBRUARY 2014 SUNday `4.00 pages 28 LATE CITY edition CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com r a da r Manipuri Girl Raped in Delhi Venkaiah, Jairam in back-channel talks; BJP for inclusion of aid to Seemandhra in financial memo; clarity to emerge next week New Delhi: A 14-year-old girl from Manipur was allegedly raped by her landlord’s son in Munirka area sparking off protests in the national capital, days after the death of a youth from the Northeast in a suspected racist attack. by GS Vasu Cook, Sterling Merge Mumbai: Travel firm Thomas Cook (India) Ltd (TCIL) on Saturday announced a merger with Sterling Holiday Resorts India in a `870-crore partequity, part-cash deal to be executed in multiple stages. Modi Hits Back at Rahul, PC Chennai: Hours after Rahul Gandhi took him on in his home state with ulloo (fools) jibe, Narendra Modi hit back alleging he has decribed the people of Gujarat as “fools” and insulted them. He also launched a blistering attack on Finance Minister P Chidambaram, calling him a “recount minister.” India Fights Back in NZ Auckland: India face a daunting task of scoring 407 runs to win the first cricket Test against New Zealand, who suffered a dramatic batting collapse in the second innings to be skittled out for 105 and left the topsy-turvy match wide open, here Sunday. P14 express poll of the day Do you expect the Telangana Bill to be passed in this session? Yes 27% no 73% Today’s question: Are you satisfied with the outcome of the ICC meeting in Singapore? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com Cong, BJP Making Amends Over a Cup of T Hyderabad: Amidst ifs and buts over the fate of the Telangana bill in Parliament, which will be known next week, hectic backroom consultations are reportedly on between the two principal parties – Congress and BJP — on the way ahead even as Seemandhra leaders are pulling out all stops to prevent bifurcation, until polls. After the meeting of the Cabinet and the Congress Core Group on Friday, the task of liaising with the BJP is understood to have been entrusted to Union Minister Jairam Ramesh while the pointsman for the saffron party is its former president M Venkaiah Naidu. According to sources, the Congress has exchanged with the BJP the amendments cleared by the Cabinet and wanted the latter to come up with suggestions, in writing, explaining against each of them whether it is “essential” or “non-essential.” This exercise is expected to be completed only by Monday which is why the idea of tabling the bill in the Rajya Sabha has been deferred to Wednesday from 10th as originally planned. What is, however, certain is that until the chairpersons of both the Houses say “Yeas” have it, the last word is not said on the bill because seri- ous doubts still exist on whether the Congress will be able to take its July 30 announcement to its logical conclusion. Among the various suggestions the BJP is insisting on is one pertaining to financial package for the residuary state. The party is said to be insisting that the quantum of assistance and the period through which it would be given should form part of the financial memorandum at- more than meets the eye here? A BJP leader whom T leaders met recently reportedly told them they have no reason to worry. “Why are you distressed? If the UPA can’t, we will give T State within 3 months of coming to power,” he told them. Is there more than meets the eye here? tached to the bill. While a fiscal memorandum is not a must for introduction of a bill in the Rajya Sabha, it is mandatory in respect of legislations placed before the Lok Sabha. The one aspect that is clear now is that the bill that would be referred to the President is the one that was sent to the AP Assembly without any of the proposed amendments. If the amendments are inserted at this stage by the Union Cabinet, it becomes India Crowned King of Cricket, Srini in ICC Board Chair from July ENS & Agencies cricket board’s Power Play Chennai/Singapore: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has had its way. Along with the English and Australian boards, the richest cricket body in the world got a few proposals passed at the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Board meeting in Singapore on Saturday, which will hand them the highest authority in the body. The reform plans are aimed at bringing about improved governance, a move that will give India significant control over revenue and power structure of the ICC. Despite resentment from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa, the controversial proposals related to the restructuring of the ICC were passed at the Board meeting after gaining the support of eight of the ICC’s 10 full members with Sri Lanka and Pakistan abstaining from the meeting. It was decided that the ICC Board will remain the “principal Here are the key takeaways from the ICC meeting on reforms in Singapore, which put the Indian board at the centre of the world cricket power structure Five-member executive committee with permanent seats for India, England & Oz. The committee will make recommendations to ICC board A Test Cricket Fund to help all Testplaying teams sustain a home programme through to 2023. This fund is not for India, Australia and England N Srinivasan to chair ICC board from July. ICC board is the apex body Members will strike bilateral agreements as a matter of urgency with the aim of extending their Test programme until 2023 10 Test-playing nations to gain greater financial recognition based on contributions in terms of finances & performance governing body” of the game. From July 2014, BCCI president N Srinivasan will become chairman of the ICC Board. This confirms that the other boards have accepted the BCCI as the undisputed leader in matters of governance. The BCCI will also get a Champions Trophy will continue in 2017 and 2021, replacing plans for a World Test Championship lion’s share of the ICC’s profits, although the actual figure is yet to be disclosed. BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told a website none of the members raised an objection. “Two members abstained from voting since their boards are opposed,” he said. more: P14 mandatory to refer it again to the Assembly. On the other hand, what has been suggested is that the Union Government propose the changes in the form of “official amendments” when the bill is brought before Parliament. This is because Parliament has the right to override the Assembly, a prerogative the Union Cabinet does not enjoy. Lingering doubts about the passage of the bill arise mainly on account of political considerations weighing on the minds of the main parties with elections hardly three months away. The BJP seems to be convinced that a pre-poll alliance with the TDP will make it a formidable combination in Seemandhra, particularly in the context of latest reports from the ground that the YSRC is slipping. If division is stopped on one ground or the other, a TDPBJP combine could be almost unbeatable. As for Telangana, in the event of division not taking place, it will be a free-for-all — Congress can accuse BJP, TDP-BJP can attack the Congress for making a mess of the division process and the TRS will, of course, ride high on the sentiment. With a strong network and resources, TDP is confident of a fair show even in Telangana. continued: P6 THE key changes The Centre did some balancing act while proposing amendments to the AP Reorganisation Bill - negativing quite a few demands putforth by Telangana and Seemandhra leaders and at the same time, acceding to certain suggestions made by both. proposals rejected Hyderabad as UT. No common high court; separate high courts for Telangana and Seemandhra to be created immediately Sharing of Hyderabad revenues with Seemandhra for 10 years. Demand for Rayala-T. AP Bhavan in Delhi to Telangana. Governor’s proposal for direct control of police in selection of officers in common capital and Octopus and Greyhounds forces and right to act unilaterally (without T govt’s nod) on law and order issues and that he should be consulted on the appointment of his advisers. Fund of at least `2 lakh crore for Seemandhra capital. T Legislative Council members to be expanded from 40 to 50. Project specific apportionment of public debt. Allocation of employees based on nativity. No need for Godavari River Board. No ratification of illegal projects in Krishna basin. PranahitaChevella and Palamur irrigation projects as national projects. ACB Notices to Shivlal & Co in ‘`100-cr Scam’ by Mouli Mareedu Hyderabad: As many as eight office-bearers of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), including Shivlal Yadav, are likely to face the music for alleged misappropriation of a staggering `100 crore during the construction of the International Cricket Stadium at Uppal. The Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) has slapped notices on the office-bearers and sought an explanation on the allegations within 15 days. The ACB has listed as many as 199 allegations against them. “We are giving you an opportunity to offer an explanation for the allegations made against you. You are requested to come to my office personally to go through the records if you so desire by informing me at least two days in advance. We also seek an explanation, if any, within 15 days, from the date of the receipt of this notice, failing which,it will be deemed that you have no explanation to offer,” ACB Inspector T Prabhakar said in the notices. The then HCA member C Babu Rao Sagar had filed a petition before the local ACB court in April 2011 accusing the office-bearers of conniving with private contractors to commit irregularities. The court allowed the plea and directed the ACB to probe and submit a report. The notices were issued to HCA vice-presidents Shivlal Yadav, Venkat Ram Reddy, P Yadagiri, and secretary MV Sridhar among others. Rash Driving Kills Four Techies from City in TN Express News Service Villupuram: Four techies from Andhra Pradesh were killed after the car in which they were travelling hit a lorry parked on the roadside near Tindivanam in Tamil Nadu on Saturday. According to police, lorry driver Magesh from Vaduvanchal, had taken his lorry to Rowthankuppam near Tindivanam to collect watermelons from a farm. He parked the lorry along the Tindivanam-Puducherry bypass road and went to the farm, while cleaner Joshith (18) was carrying out maintenance work. Around 9 am, a multiutility vehicle (MUV) from Hyderabad to Puducherry, rammed the lorry from behind. Two persons travelling in the car — Francis Antony and Premkumar Reddy — died on the spot. People from surrounding Mangled remains of the car that met with an accident at Rowthankuppam near Tindivanam in Tamil Nadu on Saturday | Expressphoto 397 villages in Bhadrachalam and Paloncha divisions with a population of 2.47 lakh to be merged with Seemandhra. Other than the temple town, most of Bhadrachalam division to be in Seemandhra. areas rushed four others, including the cleaner, to a nearby hospital. Joshith succumbed to injuries on the way and two others, Alexander and Ram Kishore, died in the hospital. Akash, who was behind the wheel, is battling for life. The techies were from Banjara Hills and were on way to Puducherry to spend the weekend. Rash driving led to the accident, the police said. Education quotas for only 2 years. Veterinary University and AIIMS-type institution for Telangana. [ For employees who are to be apportioned between the two states, a crucial change was made: Instead of the original clause which says the employee shall be allotted for service “after seeking option”, the amended proviso says they shall be allotted “after consideration of option received” — preference will only be considered. demands accepted No provisional Assembly; elections to Telangana Assembly in May, 2014. Expansion of Telangana and Seemandhra Assemblies to 152 and 225 respectively but after 2014 elections. Inclusion of 397 villages in Bhadrachalam division in Seemandhra. Handri-Neeva, Telugu Ganga, Galeru-Nagari, Velugonda irrigation projects in Rayalaseema and Kalvakurthi and Nettampadu in Telangana to be completed with water allocation. Fear of revenue deficit in Seemandhra; request for central assistance. Metro Rail for Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam — decision in one year and to be completed in 10 years. All project decisions to be taken within six months and completed in 10 years. Separate Public Service Commission for Telangana immediately. Special package for North Andhra and Rayalaseema. Inclusion of additional funds and additional government corporations in the Schedule. Petroleum University in Seemandhra. National Institute of Disaster Management in Seemandhra Integrated Steel Plant by SAIL in Kadapa Rapid rail and road connectivity between Seemandhra capital and Telangana We have given freedom to all Congmen to air their views. Kiran Reddy never made any comments against Sonia Gandhi. BJP should walk the talk — Digvijaya Singh, Cong State affairs incharge
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