BANGALORE 1 MAY 2014 THURSDAY `4.00 PAGES 22 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com R A DA R MLAs’ Foreign Trip Junked? Bangalore: A foreign junket planned by members of the Assurances Committee of the State Legislature has run into rough weather after the media got wind of it. According to sources, the committee was preparing to place its proposal to tour Australia and New Zealand before Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa. P5 RCA Poll Results on May 6 New Delhi: The Supreme Court has cleared the deck for the declaration of results of the Rajasthan Cricket Association elections and asked the poll observer to declare it on May 6. P14 Modi Violates Norms, EC Slaps Case Gujarat CM faces action for displaying lotus symbol, making a speech after casting his vote; BJP jumps to his defence by Pratul Sharma & U Anand Kumar New Delhi: It was a day of many firsts for Narendra Modi. He cast his vote for making himself the prime minister, took a selfie, addressed a press conference and then landed in trouble. Action followed. The Election Commission ordered registration of an FIR against Modi for violating the model code of conduct as he dis- Subrata Roy Feels the Heat New Delhi: Jailed Sahara chief Subrata Roy on Wednesday pleaded to the Supreme Court to pass an early order on his petition challenging his detention, saying temperature in the capital has gone up and he is not feeling well. FIR Against Mining Firm Mumbai: A sessions court in Maharashtra has ordered the registration of an FIR against 10 officials of a coal mining company, Karnataka Emta, in connection with an alleged multi-crore coal extraction scam near Bhadravati. P6 CSB: Chief Secy Pacifies CM Bangalore: Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee on Wednesday met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and discussed the row related to constituting the Civil Services Board. P5 Girls ‘Sold’ to Jihadists’? Kano (Nigeria): Protesters will hold a “million-woman march” in the Nigerian capital on Wednesday over the government’s failure to rescue scores of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists two weeks ago. P11 HC Ruling to State on RTE Bangalore: The High Court on Wednesday directed the state government not to coerce linguistic minority institutions to admit poor students under the Right to Education quota. 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SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com Narendra Modi clicks a selfie after casting his vote in Gandhinagar | PTI 70% 73% Polling in Turnout for Telangana for 119 13 seats in Assembly and 17 Punjab Lok Sabha seats 26% Of the 12 lakh-strong electorate exercise their franchise in Srinagar constituency amid boycott call by separatists played the party symbol and held a meeting in the vicinity of a polling booth. The election panel held that holding a meeting when the polling was going on in the state of Gujarat and elsewhere, Modi has violated the provisions of Sections 126 (1) (a) and 126 (1) (b) of the Representation of People Act, 1951. He was within 200 m of the polling booth when he displayed his party’s lotus symbol and held an impromptu media briefing, construed as canvassing for votes. “Therefore, the commission directs that complaint/FIR, as the case may be, should be filed against Narendra Modi and all others who were involved in the convening and holding of the said meeting,” the commission order said, adding that even an FIR should be registered against all the TV channels that carried the Modi visual. As political parties, including the Congress and AAP, demanded action against Modi, the BJP rushed to his defence. “We believe he has done no wrong. The Election Commission is a Constitutional institution and we respect it. We will abide by its decision and file a suitable reply,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said in the national capital. The trouble started after Modi cast his vote in Gandhinagar, the Lok Sabha seat from where his mentor L K Advani is contesting election. Emerging from the polling station, Modi held a press conference. MORE: P5 New Delhi: The seventh phase of the Lok Sabha elections spread over 89 seats in seven states and two Union Territories on Wednesday witnessed high voter turnout. Telangana, which will become the country’s 29th state on June 2, recorded 70 per cent as against 67.71 per cent in 2009 to elect its first Assembly with 119 seats and 17 Lok Sabha seats in the region. Polling in this phase of the elections sealed the fate of top guns, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Punjab, which went to polls in all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state, broke its earlier re- DIGGY IN RELATIONSHIP WITH JOURNO Express News Service New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh (67) on Wednesday took to Twitter to announce his relationship with a woman journalist and plans about marrying her after the social media went viral about it. Amrita Rai is a senior anchor at Rajya Sabha television. “I have no hesitation in accepting my relationship with Amrita. She and her husband have already filed a mutual consent divorce case...Once that is decided we would formalise it (our relationship),” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and party general secretary tweeted. Singh’s wife passed away last year after prolonged illness. FULL REPORT: P7 Violent Wednesday for 3 Women in City by Merlin Francis Bangalore: Two women faced violence in Bangalore on Wednesday: one for standing up for her rights and another for spurning a proposal. A third woman was molested in full public view. Shanthala Bhat was walking towards the signal near Sagar Hospital on Bannerghatta Road when she found the footpath blocked by vehicles from a car showroom. “The road is busy and the footpath is narrow. I was afraid to step out the road as vehicles speed by. I approached a showroom employee who said many vehicles had come and there was no place to park them,” Shanthala told Express. She waited for a few minutes, hoping some cars would be moved. But when nothing happened, she started taking pictures, meaning to posting them on the Bangalore traffic police When Shanthala approached the showroom employees, they said she was a woman and must have done something wrong for their colleague to have punched her Facebook wall. That is when things got out of hand. “One of the employees saw me taking pictures and tried to grab my phone. He then punched me in the face and slapped me,” she said. When Shanthala approached the other showroom employees, they reportedly rebuffed her, saying she was a woman and must have done something wrong for him to punch her. She had called her husband in the meantime. The manager, who became aware that the police would arrive, assured Shanthala the employee would be fired right away. By then, Shanthala’s husband arrived with a constable from the Tilak Nagar station. The constable called the Mico Layout police to the spot, but they tried to dissuade her from filing a complaint. “Instead of hauling up the employee, they asked why I was antagonising him when I had to take the same road every day,” she said. DCP T D Pawar was unaware of the details of the case. However, ACP Obalesh B N confirmed a case had been registered. Meanwhile, a 19-year-old canteen employee grabbed a woman and tried to kiss her as she was walking out of her office canteen on Wednesday evening. According to DCP Pawar, the incident took place around 4 pm. “She was walking out of the canteen, when Ismail restrained her and tried to kiss her. MORE: P4 Want Night Patrol? Give Us a Jeep, Police Tell BU by Rashmi Belur Bangalore: The city police have asked Bangalore University for a vehicle to patrol the Jnana Bharathi campus at night. This follows a request by the university for night patrolling, and comes soon after the university stopped its bus service for students and staff to commute from various parts of the city to the Jnana Bharati campus. Prof K K Seethamma, registrar (administration), told Express, “The police are asking us for a jeep, and we are thinking of giving them one from among those we have taken back from university officials.” The campus, spread over 900 acres, is protected by Home Guards appointed by the university, but it has become difficult for them to patrol the wooded stretches at night. The police have agreed to do night patrols, and senior officials from the Jnana Bharathi station have met Vice-Chancellor Dr B Thimme Gowda with the vehicle request. “The police are saying they will take care of the fuel and maintenance,” said Seethamma. Raghavendra Auradkar, City Police Commissioner, told Express, “There is no rule that they must provide a vehicle for patrolling. Whether they provide it or NO MONEY FOR TRANSPORT CAMERAS ON CAMPUS The varsity has withdrawn vehicles allotted to some of its ofﬁcials, such as the directors of the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Board and Prasaranga. It will soon withdraw the vehicle allotted to the director of Distance Education and Correspondence Courses. Five vehicles are in operation now. After the gangrape of a student of the National Law School India University (NLSIU), Bangalore University has taken several measures to ensure security on the campus. It is now installing CCTV cameras at many places. The law university is attached to the Jnana Bharathi campus. by Nivedita Niranjankumar Punjab Breaks Records, Big Jump for Gujarat Turnout Express News Service not, it is our responsibility to provide security when they request it.” The Police Commissioner also explained that under a public-private partnership arrangement, people can donate vehicles to the police department. “Even if Bangalore University agrees to provide a vehicle, the proposal needs to be submitted before the government for approval,” Auradkar said. Recently, the state government released `5 crore for the police to buy new vehicles. 2014 VOTE WARS ELECTION SPECIAL cords and registered a turnout of 73 per cent. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, polling was 70.04 per cent. Similarly, Gujarat, which went to polls in all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state, recorded a turnout of 62 per cent as compared to 47.89 per cent in 2009. For the nine Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, the turnout was 81.35 per cent. In the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, the turnout was 57.10 per cent. In the seven Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, the recorded turnout at 60 per cent. Around 85 per cent turnout was recorded in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and in Daman and Diu it was 76 per cent. Election Commission officials said this percentage is likely to go up to 80 per cent. In Jammu and Kashmir’s lone seat of Srinagar which went to polls, 25.62 per cent voter turnout was recorded. After the seventh phase, polling has ended in 438 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats, leaving 105 to be decided in two phases in May. FULL DRAMA WITH AYYO RAMA P5 FULL COVERAGE Oppn for Repoll in WB H1N1 Claims Two Lives in Bangalore P9 Chiranjeevi Joins Queue P10 Rahul Changes Tune P10 Bangalore: The H1N1 virus has claimed two lives in April, and hospitals across the city have reported 10 other cases. Laxman (40) from Banikuppe in Ramanagaram district is the first reported fatality in Bangalore this year. Most patients live on the outskirts of the city and seek treatment at Bangalore hospitals. The virus, which spread in 2009, claimed 17,000 lives in just a year. In 2010, the World Health Organisation said the pandemic was over and the incidence of swine flu had returned to a seasonal pattern. “Laxman had developed high fever and cold and when his condition worsened, his family brought him to Rajarajeshwari Medical College Hospital in Bangalore,” said Raju B C, a member of Janaarogya Andolana, an NGO. The doctors then referred Laxman to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD), where he died two weeks ago. The doctors tested Laxman’s family and friends and found one of his friends infected. “Since he was diagnosed early, his life was saved. We are now getting his family tested too,” said Raju. RGICD confirmed the virus was spreading. “This month, 34 patients were screened for the virus, and six tested positive,” said Dr Shashidhar Buggi, medical director. The number wasn’t alarming at the beginning of the year. “We screened 23 people in January and 19 in February, and not even one tested positive. We had one positive case in March, but the number has risen in April,” Buggi said. A private hospital has reported two cases over the last three months. “The patient who died had come to our hospital at an advanced stage,” said a hospital representative. MORE: P4
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