TIRUCHY 16 MARCH 2014 SUNDAY `5.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION A DREAM TOO HIGH CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com A DREAM TOO HIGH The Rogue Elephant & The Rotten Mahout Traveller of Mindscapes C M Y K R A DA R Noose for Rapists Stayed New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Saturday stayed the death penalty till March 31 of two men convicted for the gang-rape and murder of a student in a moving bus here in December 2012. P7 Ex c lus iv e Vo ices Soaring to Greater Heights Poll Survey a Joke: Rahul New Delhi: Rubbishing as “joke” poll surveys projecting 100 seats for Congress in the Lok Sabha polls, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said his party will get 200-plus seats. Row Over Lion Capital New Delhi: An ancient Lion Capital has shaken the pillars of power ahead of a heated poll season. The 300 BC Rampurva Capital, which got “damaged” while being shifted to a new building at the Indian Museum in Kolkata, has kicked off a political storm between the West Bengal Chief Minister and the Culture Ministry. YOGESH VAJPEYI V SUDARSHAN SHAMPA DHAR-KAMATH RAKESH SINHA Najib Razak says upfront that MH370’s transponder was switched off and it intentionally ﬂew ‘I Can’t Spend Bacchus off course; radars not always operational in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, says Defence ofﬁcer My Life Running from Set to Set. I Have to Live it Too’ Kuala Lumpur/Port Blair: Malaysian investigators suspect that the communication system in the missing airliner was deSoaring liberately disabled and its transponder Greater before the to switched off plane veered from its course and Heights flew for more than seven hours. Malaysia Prime Minister X CLU SI V E V OI CE S E Najib Razak, who appeared EORGEthe AKESH S INHA , R AVI S HANKAR , TJS G before , R mediaY OGESHfirst time ,after a for the V AJPEYI P RABHU C HAWLA , S HAMPA D HAR -K AMATH , Malaysia Airlines flight went ATHEW , V S UDARSHAN V INOD M missing, stopped short of saying it was a hijack. “...we are still investigating all possibilities as to what caused MH370 to devi- Indonesian search and rescue personnel looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Andaman Sea on Saturday | AFP ate,” he said. passengers. Najib said authorities are now Meanwhile, accepting the postrying to trace the plane across INDIA SHIES AWAY sibility of a miss by the Andaman two possible corridors — in the FROM INTERPOL INFO and Nicobar Defence Command, north to the border of Kazakh- India has been part of the a senior officer said it’s possible stan and Turkmenistan, and a Interpol’s efforts for countries that secondary radars may have southern corridor from Indone- to access Stolen and Travel missed the aircraft, even if it had sia to the southern Indian Ocean. Documents database, but has flown over the islands. His statement confirmed specu- never agreed to be part of the “It’s a peace area where radars lation that the disappearance of network. This is critical in light of are switched on and off, accordthe plane was not accidental as two passengers ﬂying on stolen the probe will now bring under passports in the Malaysian jet.P13 ing to requirement. If the Malaysian jet flew over the islands scrutiny the flight’s crew and Kiev/Kharkiv: Ukraine on Saturday accused Russia of invading a region bordering Crimea and vowed to use “all necessary measures” to ward off an attack that came on the eve of the peninsula’s breakaway vote. The dramatic escalation of the most serious East-West crisis since the Cold War set a tense stage for the referendum on Crimea’s secession from Ukraine in favour of Kremlin rule. P12 New Delhi: A court here on Saturday imposed a fine of `2,500 each on top Aam Aadmi Party leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia for their failure to appear before it in connection with a criminal defamation complaint filed against them by Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal’s lawyer son Amit Sibal. Mumbai: A sessions court will on March 20 pronounce its verdict in two gang-rape cases involving a photojournalist and telephone operator in separate incidents in the defunct Shakti Mills premises in central Mumbai last year. EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY C M Y K Are you satisfied with the measures taken by the EC to curb the flow of black money in the forthcoming elections? YES 43% NO 57% TODAY’S QUESTION: Do you find malafide intent behind the re-indictment of Devyani Khobragade in the US? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com WOMAN POWER Priya Semwal (26), who lost her husband in a counter-insurgency operation, was inducted into the Army by Madhu (L), wife of Lt Gen Sanjiv Madhok, Army Commander, Army Training Command, in the passing out parade at the Officers Training Academy in the city on Saturday Conﬂicting signs on Alagiri ﬂoating Party Express News Service Madurai: Conflicting signals emerged on Saturday when DMK leader M K Alagiri’s aides put up posters in Madurai announcing the formation of a party by him — the Kalaignar Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam — a day before he is slated to discuss his future move with his supporters, after the DMK denied him a Lok Sabha ticket. However, Alagiri said though he was expelled from the DMK, he won’t leave the party. Alagiri loyalists said the posters were put up without his knowledge and only a few of his supporters pasted the posters, which were removed soon. Alagiri also said he would meet his supporters on Monday and decide his future course of action. The posters announced a new party and a party flag, which resembled the DMK flag but featured the picture of DMK president M Karunanidhi, sources said. The posters also announced that Alagiri was the new party’s general secretary, displaying “Kalaignar DMKin pothu seyalalarae, katchiyum ready, kodiyum ready (both party and flag are ready)”, police sources said. The posters also carried pictures of Alagiri and his son Durai Dhayanidhi, along with some of his supporters. A close aide said: “The posters were meant to welcome Anjanenjan after he met public figures, including Rajinikanth and Vaiko (in Chennai). Even we (aides) did not know about it. Three of the local supporters of ‘Annan’ had done it.” Chennai: The Election Commission (EC) is developing a mobile application to help people send photographs using cellphones, in case pictures are clicked during distribution of money and goods to the electorate by political parties. This is one of the efforts being made by the EC to curb money power during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. “The mobile application would be available for use very soon,” Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar said at a press conference at the Secretariat here on Saturday. Already, the EC has announced separate e-mail addresses of all districts in Tamil Nadu using which citizens could send photos and evidence to prove distribution of allurements to voters. The CEO said, at present, in many cases, due to lack of evidence, violators could not be brought to book. “Let all citizens join hands with us to end money power,” Praveen Kumar added. Ajay Yadav, Joint CEO (IT), announced a new SMS facility for the voters to identify the location of their polling stations. All they have to do is to type EPIC and leave a space and type the EPIC number provided in their Voter Identity Card and SMS it to 9444123456. Govt Proposes Lean Meats, Jungle Gym for Fat Cats in Zoos by Richa Sharma New Delhi: They may not be quite munching nachos and gulping sodas in front of the television, but food that is as bad as junk and lack of exercise are making animals in our zoos prone to lifestyle diseases. The problem is so severe that a set of guidelines has been released to put them back in shape and save them Guided, the Youth Can Do Wonders Arrest Warrant Against Devyani in Visa Fraud Case from death. A five-year study commissioned by the Ministry of Environment and Forests has confirmed what was long suspected — clueless authorities are feeding animals in captivity the wrong kind of food, making them lethargic and fat, deprived of exercise as they are in the restrictive environment. Preparing diet charts for animals is not an easy task and it took scientists at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly more than five years to provide a baseline data on feed consumption of 53 species. The study — Standardization of Animal Diets in Indian Zoos — was commissioned by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), an autonomous body under the Environment Ministry. The total cost of the project was about `30 lakh. The guidelines, which have so far been circulated to 200 zoos across the country, suggest adding variety in feed, special foods only once a week, vitamin supplements and going easy on bread, sweet fruits and high protein items like eggs, chicken, milk and liver. So, no more nuts and bread for monkeys, fruits and vegetables for elephants or milk and egg for tigers. If the guidelines issued last week are met, animals in captivity will not only consume healthy food, but have to make an effort to look for their next meal. The idea is to either hide the food or keep it at a point which will make the animals sweat for their supper. C M Y K by Devirupa Mitra New Delhi/New York: An arrest warrant was on Saturday issued in the US against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on visa fraud charges after her fresh indictment by US prosecutors, who accused her of “illegally” underpaying and “exploiting” her domestic maid. The fresh arrest warrant means Khobragade won’t be able to travel to US on an ordinary passport. If she goes there on official work, she will be on a diplomatic passport which will give her immunity from arrest, according to an official. After Khobragade’s second indictment by a New York jury, India expressed disappointment, noting that any consequent action will impact bilateral ties and that the government will “no longer engage” with the US legal system in the case. “We are disappointed that the... US Department of Justice chose to obtain a second Devyani Khobragade indictment against IFS officer Dr Devyani Khobragade, despite the fact that the first indictment and arrest warrant were dismissed earlier this week,” said MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin. Following the second indictment, Akbaruddin said, “This was an unnecessary step. Any measures consequent to this decision in the US, will unfortunately impact efforts on both sides to build the Indo-US strategic partnership.” He added that since India has argued that the case against Khobragade had no merit, the second indictment had no impact on her official position. BIG GUNS IN FRAY Express News Service Court Fines Kejri, Sisodia Gang-rape Order on Mar 20 at a certain height with the transponder switched off at a time when the low-level radar system was operational, it is quite possible that it may have gone undetected,” a senior officer of the Andaman and Nicobar Command told the media on Saturday at Port Blair. However, the officer added that it depends on the height the aircraft was flying and the kind of radar system that was operational at that time. “We checked our radar data but found nothing,” he added. The officer said that India has been given two specific search areas, which have been almost completely searched by defence aircraft and vessels though there was no trace of the missing airliner. “We are conducting only a surface search in a manner that we don’t have to search those areas again. We are looking for debris and not using equipment for an underwater search as it is a vast area and needs specific locations,” the officer added. FULL COVERAGE: P12 Soon, EC App to Help Capture Voter Bribing ‘Fresh Invasion by Russia’ C M Y K Bacchus Down Under Hijack Angle Back as PM Admits Plane was Deliberately Diverted AD Down No Alliance With Cong: TRS REAMSanjib Kumar Roy & Agency Under by Ta Hyderabad: InOO HIGH severe setback to Congress in Telangana, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) dashed its hopes of an alliance for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the region. “There will not be any electoral alliance with Congress,” TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao said here. P7 PRABHU CHAWLA TJS GEORGE VINOD MATHEW RAVI SHANKAR ‘I Can’t Spend What My Life Defines Good Wood Running from Set Holy to Set. Mackerel! I Have to Fishing’s a Live it Sport Now Too’ Rajnath Singh Lucknow Narendra Modi Varanasi M M Joshi Kanpur Varun Gandhi Sultanpur Kirron Kher Chandigarh C M Y K Shatrughan Sinha Patna Saheb Modi to Fight From Varanasi, Joshi gets Kanpur LS Ticket by Pratul Sharma New Delhi: If his anointment as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate was on Friday the 13, the declaration of Lok Sabha seat for making a political debut at the Centre, the announcement came on Ides of March. Narendra Modi will step outside his pocket borough — Gujarat — to contest from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Modi managed to secure the seat after reluctance by former party president and sitting MP Murli Manohar Joshi to vacate the seat and shift to Kanpur. Joshi appeared to give in to intense pressure build up within the party by those favouring Modi. Party president Rajnath Singh too shifted to Lucknow to reach Lok Sabha. The decision on if Modi would also contest from Gujarat will be made on Tuesday when the party’s central election committee is scheduled to meet. Senior leader Arun Jaitley too decided to contest from Amritsar in Punjab to make his electoral debut, forcing incumbent cricketer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu to say he will not contest from anywhere else, and would not “beg” for another seat. This would be Jaitley’s first Lok Sabha election, as he was till now a Rajya Sabha MP. The decision to field Modi from Varanasi would not only strengthen his image as Hindutva icon, without having to articulate the VIJAYAKANT HINTS AT TN SEAT DEAL Chennai: The BJP and DMDK appear to have ﬁnalised their seat-sharing agreement, details of which are expected to be announced by the BJP leadership in Delhi on Sunday. Vijayakant gave a sense of the poll pact by seeking vote for Narendra Modi. P5 pro-Hindu line, but the BJP also expects that it could galvanise the cadre in the State which has the highest chunk of 80 seats in the LS. Though Modi’s announcement came ahead of Holi — celebrated with gusto in North India — it was part of the fourth list, thus exposing intense infighting in the party over allotment of seats. MORE: P7 C M Y K
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