BANGALORE 21 MAY 2014 WEDNESDAY `4.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com R A DA R Kagodu Eyes Revenue Berth Sagar: Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa on Tuesday said he “would agree” to joining the Siddaramaiah government if offered the Revenue portfolio. “I have participated in the Kagodu Satyagraha and other land-related movements.” P5 NaMo Appointed Prime Minister, Grand Oath-taking on Monday Modi Sheds Tears, BJP Men Choke No Plans to Resign: Guv Bangalore: Governor H R Bhardwaj on Tuesday said he has no plans to resign before the completion of his term. “The governor cannot leave unless the new governor comes in. I am a constitutional authority and I maintain distance from political parties,” he said. P5 Express News Service Martial Law in Thailand Bangkok: Thailand’s Army on Tuesday declared martial law in the country to bring in order after six months of antigovernment protests. Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-O-Cha invited the country’s rival political blocs for talks, hours after imposing martial law. P11 17 Killed in Bus Accident by Santwana Bhattacharya Banihal (Ramban): Seventeen people were killed and 34 injured on Tuesday morning when a passenger bus fell into a 400-feet gorge on the JammuSrinagar National Highway in Ramban district. Police suspect it to be a case of negligence by the driver. P7 New Delhi: On the 26th of May at 6 pm, Narendra Modi will be sworn in as the 14th Prime Minister of India. Nearly 3,000 guests are expected to take part in the historic moment in an open-air ceremony in front of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Just like the grand way in which his party swept the Parliamentary polls, 63-year-old Modi is determined to make his oath-taking for the country’s most powerful elected office, an impressive show — both in scope and scale. Modi will be the second prime minister, after Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to take oath in the forecourt of the grand mansion atop Raisina Hills, and not in the restricted confines of its Durbar Hall. On Tuesday, Modi, just elected leader by an absolute majority of Lok Sabha members from his own party and 29 allies, was readily invited to form the government and appointed Prime Minister by President Pranab Mukherjee. Everything unfolded with clock-work precision for the country’s new head. He was given a rousing welcome in the hallowed Central Hall of Parliament by National Democratic Alliance (NDA) MPs and smoothly elected leader. This was followed by BJP president Rajnath Singh and party patri- Need Law on Paid News: CEC New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath on Tuesday said there is a legal lacuna (gap) in dealing with the growing menace of paid news and called for its inclusion as an offence under the electoral law. New Bihar CM Sworn In Patna: Jitan Ram Manjhi, a ‘mahadalit’ and once a clerk in the Posts and Telegraph Department, was on Tuesday sworn in as the 32nd Chief Minister of Bihar. Governor D Y Patil directed the new government to seek a trust vote on the floor of the House on Friday. P9 Clinical Sunrisers Beat RCB Hyderabad: A clinical performance by the Sunrisers Hyderabad top order ensured a seven-wicket victory in their IPL clash against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Sunrisers chased down the target of 161 in 19.4 overs. 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INDIA IS MY MOTHER, AND EVEN BJP IS LIKE A MOTHER TO ME — NARENDRA MODI [ Narendra Modi breaks down in Parliament on Tuesday | PTI Express News Service Bangalore: Putting behind himself the Lok Sabha poll debacle, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is now set to implement the Akrama-Sakrama scheme for regularising building bylaw deviations in various cities, including Bangalore. This is expected to help mobilise resources for the cities’ infrastructure. Siddaramaiah on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting that approved the implementation of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (Regularisation of Unauthorised Developments) Rules 2013, also known as Akrama-Sakrama, without any further delay. The meeting decided to set the cut-off date as October 19, 2013 for regularisation of building bylaw violations by levying a regularisation fee. Any violations and deviations in building bylaws and plan sanctions after the cutoff date would be dealt with severely and such structures would be demolished. The final notification is expected to be issued within a week, after which the scheme will come into effect, sources in Urban Development Department told Express. Town and country planning director S B Honnur WHAT CAN BE REGULARISED ■ Land use violations ■ Unauthorised development of buildings ■ All buildings which are completed with occupation certiﬁcate or PID numbers ■ Building/portion of building constructed without the building plan approval but developed according to zoning regulations DOCUMENTS NEEDED ■ Title Document of rights, tenancy and crops (RTC)/Khatha ■ Survey sketch from Revenue Dept/sketch of urban property ownership record ■ Site plan showing details of the surroundings with survey number, abutting roads, buildings etc. ■ Key plan or location plan ■ Photograph of development from different sides ■ Approved layout or building plan ■ Record made a power point presentation at the meeting, which was also attended by Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake and Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra. Bangalore: The government has advanced the dates of counselling and seat allotment for undergraduate professional courses in the state. It has directed the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) to draw up a fresh schedule for those who seek admission through the Common Entrance Test (CET). According to a KEA source, the counselling will take place 11 days before the original schedule. “The idea is to complete the process before the COMED-K counselling,” he said. COMEDK stands for the private Con- sortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka. Gangadaraiah, KEA administrative officer, told Express, “According to our earlier schedule, the first round of counselling was to be completed by July 2. The government has now directed us to complete it earlier.” Results will be announced, as scheduled, on May 27. “The revised dates will be up on the website soon,” Gangadharaiah said. The decision to advance counselling was taken at a May 15 meeting, chaired by Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande. NEW SCHEDULE Veriﬁcation of documents Earlier Revised June 5 June 2 First round of counselling Earlier Revised June 23 June 17 Seat allotment Earlier Revised July 7 June 24 Last date to report to college Earlier Revised July 14 June 30 Full process completion Earlier Revised July 30 July 19 (COMED-K will complete ﬁrst round counselling by June 30) Express News Service Bangalore: The state government has decided to challenge the Supreme Court order quashing the government directive imposing Kannada as the compulsory medium of instruction in primary schools in the state. On Tuesday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra held discussions on this matter with several legal experts, including former Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde and Advocate General Ravivarma Kumar. After the meeting, Siddaramaiah told reporters, “We will file a review petition in the Supreme Court before June 5.” He also promised to reach out to his counterparts in other states to enlist their support over the issue. A curative petition will be filed if the court rejects the review petition, Siddaramaiah added. But the Chief Minister ruled out the possibility of bringing an amendment to the Right to Information (RTI) Act to promote the local language as the compulsory medium of instruction for primary education. But if no agreement is reached, a Constitutional amendment is the only option to nullify the Supreme Court order. Efforts will be made in the coming days to evolve a consensus on this with various states, Siddaramaiah said. A legal expert who attended the meeting told Express that other states too can become impleaders on the issue. The reorganisation of states was done on linguistic basis and respective local languages should get prominence in education. “The apex court’s order is equivalent to a death warrant for regional languages,” he said. Exchange 24 ct (1 gm): 2,915.50 22 ct (1 gm): 2,726 Meanwhile, the question of the Council of Ministers remained unanswered during Modi’s meeting with the President. A Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué said, “The President has appointed Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India and has requested him to advise the names of others to be appointed in the Council of Ministers”. On Monday the coronation day, around 20 ministers are expected to take oath with Modi. Sakrama Scheme in a Week; Cut-off Date Oct 19, 2013 CET Seat Process Dates Advanced SC Order on Kannada to be Challenged Express News Service Sudarshan jewellers arch L K Advani, along with a delegation of NDA leaders, driving down to the Rashtrapati Bhavan to convey the decision to Mukherjee. They carried a letter from 10 allies, taking their strength in the Lok Sabha to 335. Later, when Modi reached Mukherjee’s constitutional doorstep, he was greeted feted for the landslide victory. A beaming Modi later displayed his letter of appointment to the media. New Delhi: Three-time Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had begun his electoral campaign with a war cry after being nominated as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate last year. But on Tuesday, he started his journey as the country’s 14 Prime Minister with a choked voice. In his acceptance speech delivered after being elected as leader of the BJP Parliamentary party, Modi talked about the “hopes and aspirations” from his government and “dedicated” it to the poor and downtrodden. But, his emotional outburst became the high point of the day, which also left many party MPs teary-eyed. Earlier a weeping L K Advani hugged Modi and said the latter had done a “kripa” (favour) by helping BJP get this mandate. He also thanked Modi for enabling them to witness this day. In turn, Modi asked the party patriarch to not use the word kripa. He said, “I would request you (Advani) to never use the word kripa. Can serving the mother be a favour? A son is only dedicated to serve the mother. As India is my mother, so even the BJP is like mother to me. The favour has been done by the party.” Modi’s entry into the Parliament, which he called the “temple of democracy” was dramatic. He bent down to kiss the steps of the House, before entering the Central Hall. Modi, dressed in a dark yellow kurta and matching jacket, was seated along with Advani and party president Rajanth Singh, who initiated the proceedings. Modi’s name was proposed by Advani, and other leaders, including Murali Manohar Joshi, Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley seconded it. MORE: P5 58.74 80.52 SOURCE: BSE, NSE, RBI WEBSITES EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY Should Narendra Modi retain the Home Ministry portfolio for himself? YES 71% NO 29% TODAY’S QUESTION: Will PM Narendra Modi be able to fix the China problem? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com A 4-page marketing initiative with this issue Will Clear Dead Contractor’s Dues Right Away, Says BBMP by Mohammed Yacoob Bangalore: The bills of civil contractor S R Girish, who committed suicide six months ago, will be cleared immediately, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has said. Responding to a report in The New Indian Express (May 20), BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana said, “We are aware of the situation faced by the contractor’s family. If they approach us, we will clear the dues in a day.” Bills pending for over a year and half had driven Girish, who had borrowed heavily to execute BBMP works, to suicide. The Express report had highlighted the problems EXPRESS IMPACT faced by Girish’s family and other contractors. “On Tuesday, I called the family and told them to meet us. We will get the work files from the engineers and clear the dues,” Mayor B S Sathyanarayana said. It is not fair of the family to point fingers at the BBMP as they have not sought help, he added. However, Girish’s wife Bhagya maintained that her in-laws had completed all formalities and approached the BBMP several times. “If they clear the dues and give us some compensation, it will be a great help,” she said. The family has been getting notices from banks, asking them to repay loans taken by Girish for BBMP works. WHAT PROMINENT CITIZENS SAY The BBMP should ﬁrst clear its dues. The idea of putting up portraits should come next. — SANTOSH HEGDE, FORMER LOKAYUKTA The BBMP’s attempt to mortgage Town Hall is still fresh in our minds. The idea of uniform-size portraits is not greater than the duty of clearing workers’ dues. The BBMP has become defunct and we cannot expect good work from it. It is high time the city was brought under a Lieutenant Governor, like in Delhi. And the Mayor should be elected by the people, not by corporators. — M N SHREEHARI URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE EXPERT I am not against displaying portraits of great people like Kempegowda and Visvesyaraya. But it is more important to follow their ideals. The BBMP should pay those who have worked for it without delay. — H S DORESWAMY FREEDOM FIGHTER
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