BANGALORE 4 JUNE 2014 WEDNESDAY `4.00 PAGES 22 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com Two Abducted, Gang-raped in Hubli R A DA R Appointment of A-G on Hold Express News Service New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put on hold the appointment of senior Supreme Court advocate Mukul Rohatgi as the new Attorney General, in place of G E Vahanvati who resigned as soon as the NDA government assumed power at the Centre. P7 Hubli: Even as the nation seethes over the recent rape and murder of two sisters in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, two young women have been raped on the outskirts of Hubli. The incident occurred on Monday night. The victims, both in their early twenties, are residents of Old Hubli. They are now being treated at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Hubli. The police have confirmed the crime. According to police sources, the victims, in their complaint, have said that four persons — Chaos at KKR Felicitation Kolkata: Chaos reigned at the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) felicitation ceremony at the Eden Gardens here on Tuesday after many people were injured when police resorted to lathicharge to control the unruly crowd outside the stadium. COMPLAINT AGAINST SPURNED LOVER WOMAN ALLEGES RAPE BY NEIGHBOUR Chikmagalur: A 25-year-old woman has accused a man she spurned of raping her. She said after she had rejected his marriage proposals, he took her to a lodge and raped her, threatening to release some photographs of her in his mobile phone. Gulbarga: A woman, who was engaged, was allegedly kidnapped and raped by her neighbour at Donnur. It happened on March 13 and the police managed to trace them on Tuesday. The man is said to have tied a mangalasutra and repeatedly raped her. two of them known to the women — forcibly took them to Rayanal, a village near Hubli on their motorcycles and raped them. In their complaint, the women have named two youths — Zahir and Farooq. Police said the accused were familiar with the women. It is said that Zahir called one of the victims on Monday night and asked her to meet him near Station Road. The unsuspecting woman, along with her friend went there, only to be forcibly abducted by the youth. Based on the information provided by the victims and their relatives, the police are on the lookout for the accused. Hubli-Dharwad police commissioner Ravindra Prasad, who visited the victims at the hospital, said the accused would be arrested soon. “We know two of the accused. After their arrest, we will get details of the incident and the other two persons involved. Special teams have been constituted for this purpose,” Prasad said. Interest Rates Unchanged Munde Dies in Crash New Delhi: The Reserve Bank on Tuesday left the interest rates unchanged but unlocked banking funds of around `40,000 crore by cutting the Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR). The apex bank also promised to ease rates if inflation falls. P13 by Pratul Sharma Indians Shifted to Kiev Moscow: A batch of 500 Indians, mostly students, left the violence-hit Ukrainian city of Lugansk for Kiev on Tuesday as India made arrangements to evacuate close to 1,000 of its nationals from the city. This is the biggest such exercise since 2011, when thousands of Indians were evacuated from Libya. Pak Politico Held in London London/Karachi: Pakistan’s powerful Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain was on Tuesday arrested in London on charges of money laundering, according to media reports in Pakistan. But the Scotland Yard is yet to confirm the identity of the “60-yearold man” arrested. P11 Jaya May Back NDA in RS New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday met Narendra Modi for the first time since he took over as Prime Minister. She did not rule out the support of her party AIADMK to his government in the Rajya Sabha, where the NDA is in a minority. MARKETS Indices Sensex: Nifty: Silver 24,858.59 7,415.85 Gold Bar (1 kg): 40,225 Retail (1 gm): 43.00 Exchange 24 ct (1 gm): 22 ct (1 gm): 2,741 2,563 59.21 80.56 US$: Euro: SOURCE: BSE, NSE, RBI WEBSITES EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY Do you think IPL-7 was conducted in a cleaner manner compared to the previous editions? YES 41% NO 59% TODAY’S QUESTION: Will Modi be able to replicate the Gujarat model at the Centre? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com 22 PAGES, INCLUDING 6 OF CITY EXPRESS Uncleared garbage at Russell Market in Bangalore on Tuesday | JITHENDRA M Mandur Deﬁant, Trash Piles Up Express News Service Bangalore: Police clamped a curfew late on Tuesday to enable BBMP garbage trucks to enter the Mandur landfill, but defiant protesters continued to block the way. As the village continued to protest for the third day, it was joined by hundreds of people from other villages in the neighbourhood. Women joined the agitation in big numbers. On Monday night, police arrested 21 protesters and kept them away from the site till the wee hours. Using the opportunity, about 20 trucks dumped garbage in the landfill. Over 200 policemen from Doddballpur, Gouribidanur and Kolar are standing by at Mandur to prevent any untoward incident. On Tuesday, protesters put up a pandal to protect themselves from the rain. “We are more than 500 from Mandur, Guntur, Byapanahalli and other villages. We will eat and stay here,” Mahesh, a demonstrator, said. He feels the police were able to arrest protesters on Monday only because they hadn’t gathered in big enough numbers. Gopal, a resident of Mandur who was arrested on Monday, said, “At 12.30 am, some of us were near the landfill gates when the police arrested us.” Police first threatened to cane them. “When we asked on what charges they were arresting us, they said we were going against the decisions of the government,” Gopal said. “How can opposing dumping of waste in our backyard amount to opposing the government?” The police took the protesters to stations in Avalahalli and Hoskote, and finally released them at Anekal, a drive of two hours, early on Tuesday morning. Gopal suspects the police are cutting power to Mandur and other villages to stop them from watching TV news channels. “They feel more people will join the agitation if they see what is happening on TV,” he said. Meanwhile, many parts of Bangalore continued to stink as waste was not picked up from the streets. Citizens continued to throw waste out on the streets, and rain added to the chaos. Rani, a pourakarmika in Rajajinagar, said people were insisting she collect waste from their houses. “Where can we take it?” she asked. Venkatesh, a driver, is equally helpless as his truck remains parked in Kengeri. “The garbage in my truck is two days old. It is smelling bad,” he said. BBMP’s Rosy View As trouble continued in Mandur and Bangalore, BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana was a picture of optimism. “We have asked for eight months. Mandur leaders have agreed to allow dumping till March 2015,” he claimed. MORE: P3 Sorry, New Waste Units Won’t Come Up in a Hurry by Ashwini M Sripad Bangalore: The government and the BBMP are underestimating the time required for their new waste processing units to become operational. They have been telling citizens that four units will be ready in eight months, reducing the burden on the Mandur landfill, but in reality, the work is likely to take much longer. The city produces about 4,500 tonnes of waste a day. In the past two years, BBMP has been able to process only about 1,000 tonnes, including the 600 tonnes of wet waste sent to the Karnataka Compost Development Corporation and the 300 tonnes sent to Terra Firma on the road to Doddballapur. After the Mavallipura landfill was shut down in July 2012, the Mandur landfill became BBMP’s only big dumping yard. Now that Mandur is up in arms, District-in-charge Minister R Ramalinga Reddy, Mayor B S Sathyanarayana, BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana and others are trying to convince the villagers to put up with the dumping for eight more months. According to BBMP officials, four waste processing units will come up at Gorur in Magadi taluk, Chigaranahalli in Doddballapur, Kannahalli in Bangalore North taluk and at a junction between Kannahalli and Kudlu. Together, these units are expected to process 2,350 tonnes of waste. MORE: P3 Rain Hits Power Supply, Bescom Caught Unawares Express News Service Bangalore: Pre-monsoon showers seem to have caught city energy utility Bescom by surprise. Even as it began preparations for monsoon after a long and hot summer, rains on two different days played havoc with power supply as transformers malfunctioned and fuses blew. Several parts of the city were plunged into darkness throughout on Monday night and Bangalore Electricity Supply Company staff had to deal with multiple failures on the ground. Areas like Adugodi, Hoskote and JP Nagar did not have power from 6.30 pm on Monday to 5 am on Tuesday. Even on Tuesday evening, 4,205 complaints filed between midnight Monday and 9 pm on Tuesday in the Bangalore Metropolitan Area alone were pending. Last week, heavy rains, coupled with fallen WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF POWER CUTS ■ Call 080 22873333 ■ Provide address and time of power cut. Insist on a complaint being registered. Complaint No is sent via sms ■ In case you cannot get through to helpline, send sms to 92431 50000 with Bescom and sub-division code ■ Complain online at www.bescompgrs.org trees, had brought Bescom to its knees as many areas of south Bangalore went without power for most part of the night. With fallen trees affect- ing power supply, the utility is now gearing up to deal with the issue. Bescom MD Pankaj Kumar Pandey on Tuesday held a meeting with Bruhat Bangalore Ma- hanagara Palike (BBMP) and Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (KPTCL) staff to chalk out a monsoon plan on power interruptions. According to Pandey, senior officers up to the level of Chief Engineer will be posted in the field on days when rainfall is heavy in order to speed up restoration work. The staff strength will also be increased to deal with night-time complaints. MORE: P4 New Delhi: Tragedy struck the Narendra Modi-led-NDA II early in its tenure. A week into his new assignment as Union Rural Development Minister, Gopinath Munde was scheduled to attend a felicitation ceremony at his native Beed district in Maharashtra on Tuesday evening. As he was headed to the IGI Airport in Delhi to board a flight back home, a speeding car collided with his official vehicle, killing him before he reached the hospital. He was 64. Munde was set to lead the party’s campaign for the Assembly elections in December, and could have been the BJP’s chief ministerial choice. Ironically, Munde was the only one to suffer internal injuries in the collision that took place at the Prithviraj Road-Safdurjung Road intersection in Lutyens Delhi. He was sitting on the rear seat of his Maruti SX4 car reading the newspaper when an Indica, driven by a person called Gurvinder Singh, hit it. Munde hit the driver’s [ Gopinath Munde 1949 — 2014 seat, fracturing his spinal cord and it apparently blocked oxygen supply to his brain, Union Health Minister Harshvardhan said, revealing findings of the autopsy report. But Munde did not immediately lose consciousness. “He asked his PA Nair for water and told him to take him to a hospital immediately,” said Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. He also rushed to the hospital on hearing about the accident. At the super-specialty trauma centre attached to AIIMS, doctors tried for 50 minutes to revive Munde, but declared him dead as there was there was “no EXTREMELY SADDENED AND SHOCKED BY THE DEMISE OF MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE GOPINATH MUNDEJI. HE WAS A TRUE MASS LEADER — NARENDRA MODI, Prime Minister spontaneous breathing, no blood pressure, no pulse, no cardiac activity”. Munde is survived by his wife and three daughters. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-president Hamid Ansari, PM Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and a host of national leaders expressed shock over his death. They paid glowing tribute to a man who rose from humble origins to become a popular leader. MORE: P4 FULL COVERAGE Maha BJP Orphaned P9 Was it a Cardiac Arrest? P9 Long Line of Mourners P9
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