BANGALORE 8 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 EC Nixes Modi Rallies, Gets Earful from BJP R A DA R SC on Mullaperiyar Dam New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Kerala government’s law declaring Mullaperiyar dam as endangered, and allowed the Tamil Nadu government to raise the water level after completion of strengthening measures on the dam. No More Jallikattu: SC New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that every species has a right to life and security, and prohibited the use of bulls in south India’s jallikattu events, holding the practice to be an offence. The court hoped Parliament would elevate the rights of animals to that of Constitutional rights. No Hike in Airport Bus Fares Bangalore: Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy on Wednesday said there is no plan at the moment to increase airport bus fares following the hike in toll fare from `30 to `75 for a one-way trip. Second PU Results Today Party claims poll panel was mute spectator to its complaints about ‘biased’ district magistrate; plans protests and massive show of strength by Pratul Sharma New Delhi: As the marathon election process inched towards its final leg, the stage was set for a massive showdown between the BJP and the Election Commission over “denial” of permission to hold Narendra Modi’s rallies in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi. Alleging that the Returning Officer who denied permission for three events was “biased”, while the Election Commission was a “mute spectator” to its complaints, the party went on an offensive saying it would hold protests. The BJP also said it will repeat Modi’s massive show of strength like he did on the day of his nomination. Though the district administration gave permission for other events barring a rally, the party rejected this and said it BALLOT BATTLE AS THE PENULTIMATE ROUND OF LOK SABHA POLLS WERE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, HERE’S A LOOK AT THE VOTER TURNOUT IN SOME OF THE STATES 81% in West Bengal 76% in Seemandhra 58% in Bihar 55% in UP (Amethi 50.66%) 45% in J&K (2 seats) 62% in Uttarakhand People of Pedda Lanka of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh arriving in boats to cast their votes in the elections on Wednesday | NEERAJ MURALI has come to too late as they would not be able to advertise their event. Now, Modi would travel in his car from the helipad at Banaras Hindu University at 4.30 pm on Thursday and pass through some of the busiest areas of the city to meet his supporters at his election office. Modi drive through the city has been planned as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi would hold his road- Bangalore: The results of the second year pre-university examinations will be announced on Thursday. The Department of Pre-university Education (PUE) had earlier postponed the announcement twice. P2 65% in Himachal Pradesh show on May 10 when the election campaign for the last phase would end. The BJP is all set to turn the denial of permission into a huge political issue by making Modi show his might in the Lok KKR BEAT DELHI DAREDEVILS BY 8 WICKETS Thai PM Shinawatra Ousted DELHI DAREDEVILS Bangkok: In a “virtual coup”, Thailand’s premier Yingluck Shinawatra was on Wednesday dismissed from office by a court for abuse of power for the benefit of her powerful family. P11 160 for 5 in 20 overs Dinesh Karthik 36 KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS 161 for 2 in 18.2 overs Gautam Gambhir 69, Robin Uthappa 47 No Penalty on Pre-payment Mumbai: The RBI on Wednesday directed banks not to levy any penalty on individual borrowers for pre-paying floating loans. Floating loan products include housing, corporate, vehicle and personal loans. P13 Kolkata Knight Riders’ Robin Uthappa plays a shot against the Delhi Daredevils during the IPL match at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday | PTI REPORT: P14 Govt Mulls Revision Petition Bangalore: Stung by the Supreme Court verdict on imposing Kannada as the medium of instruction in primary education, the state government is contemplating a revision petition before the Apex Court bench. P4 Now, Loan Bhagya for Woman Knocked Down by MLA’s Wife’s Car Dies Minority Students UPA’s Parting Gift to Babus Express News Service New Delhi: In a parting gift to about 50 lakh government employees, the Central government has given an increase in some grants, including children’s education allowance. P7 Hubli: Pushpa Chavan, who was injured after a car carrying MLA and former minister Umesh Katti’s wife Sheela knocked her down at Varur near here on May 2, died on Wednesday. She had sustained serious head and abdominal injuries, and had been battling for life at a private hospital in the city. Pushpa (25) was pregnant with twins and suffered a miscarriage in the accident. Pushpa’s relatives took Katti to task, saying he did not even have the courtesy to visit the bereaved. “We called and apprised him of the situation. He said he would come, but hasn’t arrived yet. The hospital bills have been taken care of, but this basic courtesy hasn’t been extended Real-time Flight Tracking New Delhi: In the wake of the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation has asked all airlines to ensure real-time tracking of aircraft engaged in carrying passengers and cargo. P13 Sudarshan jewellers Diamond Silver Coins 916 Hallmark Gold Ra 6 H llmark Gold Rate Hallmark 2 660/- gm , # 39,000 0 *CA Silver G Ga Gangothri Gold ld Chickpet 22913443, B’lore Sheshadripuram 23468811 MARKETS Indices Sensex: Nifty: Silver 22,323.90 6,652.55 Gold Bar (1 kg): 42,665 Retail (1 gm): 45.70 Exchange 24 ct (1 gm): 22 ct (1 gm): 3,019 2,823 US$: Euro: 60.03 83.58 SOURCE: BSE, NSE, RBI WEBSITES EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY Will a poor show by Congress challenge Sonia and Rahul’s pre-eminence within the party? YES 72% NO 28% TODAY’S QUESTION: Should the Election Commission have allowed Narendra Modi’s rally in Varanasi? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com to us,” said Ramachandra, Pushpa’s uncle. Another relative, L T Patil, said such ‘insensitive’ behaviour is unbecoming of a person of Katti’s position. Patil later spoke to Katti over the phone and discussed the compensation amount. Katti’s secretary Mahadevappa, who had visited the hospital on Sunday, said, “Umesh Katti is in Bangalore and will visit the bereaved in a day or two. Sheela Katti is admitted in hospital and so hasn’t been able to come. Our condolences are with the family.” The body has been shifted to the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, where the postmortem will be conducted. A fresh case has been registered at the Hubli (Rural) police station. Express News Service Bangalore: The government has earmarked `50 crore to provide interest-free education loans for professional college students hailing from minority communities. Minorities Development Minister Quamarul Islam told reporters on Wednesday the state government had signed an MoU with the Karnataka Minorities Development Corporation (KMDC) and the Karnataka Education Authority (KEA) in this regard. Highlighting the details of the scheme, called Arivu, the Minister said KMDC will issue a cheque to the KEA the moment a student from a minority community passes the Common Entrance Test (CET) and becomes eligible for a profes- Now, Rations Thru’ Food World Express News Service Bangalore: For the first time in India, the government is distributing rations through a private supermarket. The Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Department has set up a counter at Food World in Malleswaram, where items like rice, pulses and sugar are sold at subsidised prices to BPL cardholders. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao told reporters on Wednesday about 300 cardholders could now buy their rations from the store. The government took the decision following complaints that fair price shops were not keeping open regularly. EPIC FOR CARDS The government has made Elector’s Photo ID Card (EPIC) mandatory for both renewal and issuance of new P5 ration cards. “We pay the same commissions as we pay fair price shops. A ration shop run by the Food Corporation of India has shut down in the area, and we have shifted its cardholders to Food World,” he said. If the response is encouraging, he said, other supermarkets would be roped in. Chains like Big Bazaar have also come forward to provide space for public distribution system (PDS) counters, he disclosed. “We will take the people’s opinion before extending this arrangement to other cities,” he said. The department is keeping an eye on the counter and the stocks are verified by government officials. At the end of every month, unsold stocks are returned to the department. CCTVs help the government monitor the counter, he said. The idea was not to discourage fair price shop owners, but to improve efficiency in the ration delivery mechanism, he said. What is in it for the supermarkets? “For them, this will increase footfalls and people may buy other things along with the ration items,” he explained. Students under the Arivu loan scheme would get ﬁnancial assistance of up to `75,000 a year sional college seat. Under the scheme, students get loans of up to `75,000 a year till they complete professional courses in medicine, dentistry and engineering, Islam said. “The application for obtaining the loan will be attached to the prospectus of the KEA itself,” he said. Karnataka is the first state to evolve such an innovative scheme for the benefit of the minority students, the Minister declared. 2014 VOTE WARS ELECTION SPECIAL Sabha seat which holds the key to his prime ministerial dreams. Unlike a roadshow, Modi’s drive through the city would require no such permission. BJP has asked its cadres to welcome Modi’s cavalcade en route and make his outing in the city a show of strength. Modi’s other programmes in the constituency has not been announced, so, his drive could be his last event in the city. The saffron party launched a scathing attack on not only the Returning Officer but also on the Election Commission for not taking any action against the “biased” official. The party will hold also protests in Vara- nasi and Delhi on Thursday against the Election Commission. The BJP had planned three events in the holy city — a public rally in Beniya Bagh, Ganga Aarti and a meeting with 150 prominent citizens of Benaras. The party said permission was denied for all the three events citing various reasons ranging from booked venues to security alerts by the Intelligence Bureau. Modi, however, will go ahead with his scheduled public rally in Rohinya. MORE: P5 FULL COVERAGE High Turnout in Phase 8 Too P9 Rahul Merchant of Lies: BJP P9 80% Polling in Seemandhra P10 FULL DRAMA WITH AYYO RAMA P5 CBI Clean Chit to Amit Shah in Ishrat Jahan Case Express News Service Ahmedabad: In a big relief to Amit Shah, the CBI on Wednesday gave a clean chit to Narendra Modi’s close aide and Gujarat’s former home minister Amit Shah in the alleged fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and three others in 2004. “There is no sufficient evidence against Amit Shah. Hence, the CBI has not chargesheeted him,” CBI inspector Vishwas Kumar Meena said in an affidavit filed before the special CBI court. The CBI had filed two chargesheets in the case after recording the statements of over 170 witnesses. In February this year, the agency had charged former IB special director Rajinder Kumar along with three other Intelligence officers, but did not name Shah. The premier investigating agency also sought dismissal of the plea by Gopinath Pillai, father of Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, who was among those killed with Ishrat, to arraign Shah in the case. “Some of the police officers’ statements in the case indicating the role of Amit Shah and Modi are merely ‘hearsay’ and there is no concrete evidence to back the claim,” the affidavit said. Pillai had cited the resignation letter of suspended IPS officer D G Vanzara, an accused in the case, in support of his petition. Vanzara, once considered close to Modi, had in September last year announced his resignation from the IPS, accusing the state government of not protecting police officers jailed in connection with alleged staged encounter cases. “The material can be revived if there is fresh evidence in the case. However, it will be court’s call whether or not to arraign Amit Shah as an accused based on the collected material by the agency. “The agency has placed the evidence collected in the case before the court. Now it is for the honourable court to de- Amit Shah cide,” a CBI spokesperson said. Suspected Lashkar terrorists Ishrat Jahan, Amjad Ali Khan, Javed Sheikh and Zeeshan Johar were killed by the Gujarat police in a fake encounter on June 15, 2004. The police had claimed all four were members of the banned Pakistan-based LeT and were plotting to eliminate top BJP leaders, including Chief Minister Modi. However, in its first chargesheet filed on July 3, 2013, the agency had said that the encounter was not genuine and it was a joint operation of the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau, Ahmadabadm, and the Gujarat Police. MORE: P5 Electronics City Was on Hit-list, Reveals Suspected ISI Agent by R Prince Jebakumar Chennai: Electronics City in the country’s IT city was on the hit-list of the ISI, a suspected agent of the Pakistani spy agency revealed during interrogation, police sources said. Mohammed Sakir Hussain, a 37-year-old Sri Lankan national, arrested by the Tamil Nadu Q Branch Police following a tip-off revealed that he had been asked to locate a house near Electronics City that can be used as a base for operations in the country. He said his ISI handler in Colombo had insisted on the house being near the tech hub to facilitate a probable strike `5L CASH REWARD Chennai: Tamil Nadu police on Wednesday announced a cash reward of `5 lakh for any information leading to the identiﬁcation or arrest of culprits behind last week’s twin bomb blasts in a train here that killed a woman. Crime Branch-CID investigating the blasts on the Bangalore-Guwahati Express, was pursuing all clues from the scene and leads from passengers. there, which would tarnish India’s image as Electronics City stands testimony to India’s economic growth. Hussain was notorious for human trafficking, which was the prime reason behind the ISI handler hiring him, according to intelligence sources. Sources revealed that the terror suspect had been jailed in Thailand, Singapore and Sri Lanka for human trafficking. Hussain confessed to having visited India to set up bases in Bangalore and Chennai, which would provide a safe haven for ISI agents who would arrive by sea to launch terror strikes. His tasks included gathering vital information on security at the Eastern Naval Command in Vizag and Southern Naval Command in Kochi, and doing a reccee of the US Consulate in Chennai and the Israeli Consulate in Bangalore.
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