BANGALORE 18 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 Junior Veerappan Lands in Police Net R A DA R India Rides on Binny’s Spell by G Rajasekaran Mirpur: Medium-pacer Stuart Binny bagged six wickets as India registered a 47-run win against Bangladesh in the rain-curtailed second ODI on Tuesday. The visitors have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. P16 Salem: A poacher referred to as Junior Veerappan was arrested in his native village in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. Saravanan Gounder (45), pursued by a Karnataka Special Task Force (STF) in the M M Hills region for five days, was tracked down by the Tamil Nadu police in Oonjakorai, Mettur taluk. Karnataka Forest Minister Ramanatha Rai had ordered a search after forest employees briefed him about Saravanan’s reign of terror in the M M Hills Wildlife Sanctuary area. Caught a fortnight ago for poaching, Saravanan and a gang of about 20 had attacked forest guards and escaped. The STF, comprising a small contingent from the Tiger Task Force in Bannerghatta, had combed the area under his sphere of influence. It has now come to light that he had slipped away into Tamil Nadu. Saravanan, known to be as elusive as the dreaded Veerappan, is known to flee to Tamil Nadu every time the Karnataka authorities are hot on his heels. Karnataka Forest and police personnel were in touch with their counterparts in Tamil Nadu and had sought their support to nab the poacher. Police took him to the Kolathur station and later shifted him to an undisclosed location. They even refused to go on record that they had arrested him. “We are only verifying his history sheet, which is a routine procedure,” said Mettur DySP M Ravikumar. Reports indicate officials from Kollegal in Karnataka are on their way to Kolathur. Whether the Tamil Nadu police will hand him over was not disclosed. Saravanan is one of the many small-time poachers in the postVeerappan era to follow his methods to loot the dense forests straddling Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. MORE: P4 UPA Reign Guvs Poked to Quit UP’s Joshi ﬁrst to submit resignation; Karnataka’s H R Bhardwaj says ‘no one told me to go’ by Yatish Yadav & Pratul Sharma Mexico’s Andres Guardado (L) vies for the ball with Brazil’s Ramires in a Group A World Cup clash on Tuesday. It was 0-0 at half-time | AFP FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 AUSTRALIA vs NETHERLANDS CAMEROON Live on Sony Six, 9.30 pm vs vs CHILE Live on Sony Six, 12.30 am Live on Sony Six, 3.30 am CROATIA SPAIN MARKETS Indices Sensex: Nifty: Silver 25,521.19 7,631.70 Gold 24 ct (1 gm): 22 ct (1 gm): Bar (1 kg): 42,480 Retail (1 gm): 45.50 Exchange 2,776 2,596 US$: Euro: SOURCE: BSE, NSE, RBI WEBSITES 60.36 81.86 New Delhi: The NDA move to remove governors appointed by the previous UPA regime triggered panic on Tuesday across Raj Bhavans that figure on the Union Home Ministry’s list. At least four of the 11 governors on the list landed in the national capital, while UP Governor B L Joshi emailed his resignation around noon. The tension in political circles could be gauged from the meetings governors had with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, though it was termed a “courtesy call”. Home Ministry officials said Joshi’s file was immediately forwarded to the President Secre- CONG DUBS MOVE ‘POLITICAL VENDETTA’ The Congress on Tuesday slammed the government’s move to remove governors appointed during the UPA tenure as “political vendetta” and said the “dictatorial” step will have “serious repercussions”. The party asked the Central government to ensure constitutional P9 appropriateness. tariat. They confirmed that at least five to six governors, including M K Narayanan in West Bengal and Kamla Beniwal in Gujarat, will be stepping down soon. Narayanan will complete his tenure on January 23, 2015, while Beniwal is due to retire on October 14, 2014. Amid the political uproar that followed, Rajnath Singh maintained that “had I been in their (governors’) place, I would’ve resigned”. “But, if they decide on their own, it will completely be their independent decision,” an official said, hinting at a possibility of a reshuffle of governors. Some may be shifted to smaller and politically less significant states. It is learnt that Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj and Devanand Konwar in Tripura, who will complete their tenures this month, will not be asked to resign. Bhardwaj shot down reports of his resigning, saying “no one asked me to resign”. As reported earlier by Express, Margaret Alva, Sheila Dikshit, Narayanan, Joshi, Beniwal, D Y Patil, J B Patnaik, Jagannath Pahadia, Shivraj Patil, Urmila Singh and Shekhar Dutt figure in the list forwarded to the Prime Minister’s Office. Dikshit, who was appointed Governor of Kerala after the Delhi Assembly poll debacle in December 2013, refused to comment on the issue. All Dikshit managed was she “can’t react to rumours”. Defending the Home Ministry’s move, BJP leaders alleged that most of the governors were appointed because of their close association with the Congress high command. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, “Governors should have resigned themselves. Most of them were appointed by (Congress chief) Sonia Gandhi, and not on any merit.” “Given the huge mandate the party has, the BJP may just have its way in replacing all the governors,” a source said. Dumping in Mandur to Stop by December 1 Express News Service Bangalore: No garbage truck from Bangalore will enter Mandur after December 1. This decision was announced on Tuesday after a meeting at Vikasa Soudha chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Representatives of the village came out of the meeting holding a copy of the government’s schedule to taper the dumping. Bangalore District Incharge Minister Ramalinga Reddy, BBMP Mayor B S Satyanarayana and MLA Aravind Limbavali also attended the meeting. About 200 trucks now carry garbage to the village every day. “The number will come down over the next five months,” BBMP commissioner M Lakshminarayana announced after the talks. The government will also initiate prompt action to process the 40 lakh tonnes of garbage piled up at Mandur. In three years, the dump will be cleared completely to restore the village to a healthy environment. The landfill, once cleared of garbage, will be handed over to the Mandur panchayat to develop a park, according to an agreement the government has signed. MORE: P3
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