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Vol. 1, Issue 363 n Monday n November 14, 2011

Evening Siddu, Hegde conspired to send me to jail, says BSY Shimoga: “Opposition leader in the assembly Siddaramaiah, Congress state president Parameshwara and former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde conspired to send me to jail,” said former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa here this morning. “I comfortably spent my time in the jail. I am grateful to them,” he said sarcastically. Yeddyurappa was sent to judicial custody and had to spend time at the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail for his alleged involvement in illegal land denotification cases. Justice Hegde had mentioned Yeddyurappa’s name in the report on illegal mining report presented to the government, which led to the BJP strongman relinquishing his post soon after. Advocate Sirajin Basha too obtained permission from governor H R Bhardwaj to prosecute Yeddyurappa who was the chief minister then. Basha later filed five private complaints against Yeddyurappa before the Lokayukta special court, which sent him to judicial custody. “I have written a diary of my 24-day stay in the jail. I will publish my accounts very soon,” Yeddyurappa said. He came out of the jail after obtaining bail in two cases from the Karnataka High Court.

KSE doesnʼt know law, says MP Vishwanath

Mysore: BJP state president K S Eshwarappa is ignorant of law and Constitution. He has been talking like a jungle ka raja, criticised Mysore MP H Vishwanath here today. He was reacting to Eshwarappa’s statement that the state government could close down the Lokayukta, the anti-corruption institution, if they could not find any right candidate to head the corruption watchdog. “The BJP is trying to shake the very basis of democracy. They might think that they could shut the Lokayukta before they would all go to jail. The state will be ruled by corrupt elements if the Lokayukta goes. The government has such bad attitude and does not respect democracy,” he said. Taking on JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda, Vishwanath said, “He is acting like a street rowdy and a gang leader. How can he threaten a police officer connected to the Lokayukta?” Gowda recently called up Lokayukta ADGP Jeevan Gaonkar and allegedly threatened him to go slow on the investigation against his first son H D Balakrishne Gowda, who is facing charges of amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income. Gaonkar has since been shifted from the Lokayukta.

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BSY SAYS NO, KSE SAYS YES Confusion over ex‑CM campaigning in by‑poll Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: There has been a huge confusion within the BJP over former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa campaigning in the Bellary Rural by-election. While Yeddyurappa himself said that he would not be able to canvass for the party official candidate Gaadi Lingappa due to personal reasons, party state president K S Eshwarappa announced that the BJP strongman would take up active campaigning from November 18. Eshwarappa said at Udupi that it was Yeddyurappa who was at the forefront of the byelection strategy and he would call a meeting of all the ministers and area MLAs to chalk out a plan for the by-poll campaigning. “The meeting has been convened for November 17, and Yeddyurappa would start the tour of the area the next day.” Yeddyurappa, who was at his home constituency of Shikaripur in Shimoga, said that he would not be able to canvass in the byelection. Eshwarappa also said that the party would not invite any national party leader for the by-election campaigning. “The party has never had the precedent of calling these leaders for by-polls and there is no necessity now.” He categorically said: “No. (Party nation-

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al general secretary) Sushma Swaraj will not campaign there.” It is known that the BJP wave was created in the region after Swaraj started taking part in the Vara Mahalakshmi puja organised by Reddy brothers and former minister B Sriramulu. Sriramulu has now parted ways with the BJP and has been contesting as an independent from the constituency that he held before resigning as an MLA. But po-

litical observers say that the former minister is a formidable force in the area and all candidates have to look to defeat him to win the election. Even when Gaadi Lingappa filed his nomination papers, Yeddyurappa was conspicuous by his absence. Party sources said the reason behind the former chief minister refusing to campaign could be that the Lingappa was not his candidate.

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Inflation rises to 9.73% in Oct New Delhi: India's wholesale price index (WPI) rose 9.73 per cent in October from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday. The figure was higher than the median forecast for a 9.61 per cent rise in a Reuters poll. The WPI is more closely watched than the consumer price index (CPI) in India as it covers a higher number of products. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has raised interest rates 13 times since early 2010 to combat high inflation and a deputy governor has said that rates may have peaked.

Rs 60 lakh set aside for SC/ST studentsʼ trip, says CM Bangalore Beat Bureau

Hundreds of people take part in an early morning walkathon to create awareness about diabetes on the World Diabetes Day today. Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda flagged off the rally, while veteran actors Shivaram and Leelavathi were present on the occasion.

Bangalore: The government has set aside Rs 60 lakh to take SC/ST students on study tours across the state, said chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda while flagging off a study tour in front of Vidhana Soudha today. He said Rs 2 lakh has been set aside for 30 districts for the purpose. Today, 40 students from across the state went on a tour. “Students will be selected from different schools for the trip and the government will bear the entire expenses. This is to bring the downtrodden sections into the mainstream by providing them enough opportunities,” he added. Earlier in the day, he offered floral tributes to a portrait of former Prime Minister Jawharlal Nehru in front of Vidhana Soudha. “He was a great leader and a visionary. His ideals are relevant even today. They should be followed by our politicians,” he said.

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KF board meets to resolve crisis

New Delhi: The Kingfisher Airlines board is holding an internal meeting as the crisis concerning the airline refuses to end. The board is expected to explore ways out of the turmoil during the meeting. According to reports, the board is likely to look at options of selling property, converting loans from its parent company into equity, and changing the terms under which it leases aircraft. The airline has cancelled 200 flights in the past one week. The meeting has been called even as the government remains non-committal on the issue of allowing direct investment by foreign airlines in the aviation sector. Meanwhile, the opposition parties – the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left – remain opposed to any government bailout package to help the cash-strapped airline.

Even business leaders appeared not to be in support for a bailout for Kingfisher. Rahul Bajaj, the outspoken chief of Bajaj Auto, spoke on the crisis at the India Economic Summit in Mumbai. He said, "If Bajaj Auto gets into a mess, would you bail me out? If it's a free market economy, those who die, must die." Reacting to the opposition, Kingfisher chairman Vijay Mallya lashed out at those calling the need for financial aid a 'bailout'. He posted a tweet saying, “Why do you say bail out? There's no bail out involving tax payers money. We want working capital management assistance.” Referring to the statement of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that he would explore ways to help the cash-strapped airline, Mallya said that Singh understood the importance of the issue. S Radhakrishna

Reddyʼs custody extended Hyderabad: The CBI special court today extended the judicial custody of former minister and mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy by another 14 days. The case came up for hearing before the special court, situated at Nampallin on the outskirts of the city, today as the custody term for Janardhana Reddy and managing director of Obulapuram Mining Company Srinivasa Reddy ended today. The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested the two for their alleged involvement in illegal mining activities in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, bordering with Karnataka. The CBI special judge conducted the hearing of the two accused through video-conferencing. The two accused have been lodged at the Chanchalaguda Central Jail. The CBI arrested the two on September 5 from Bellary and they have been in custody since then.

Rahul begins campaign P4

children’s pool with a solar water heater, test facility, batteryBangalore: Renewable and enoperated vehicles to take you vironmental friendly energy has around the park and a windmill to become way of life, said state that pumps borewell water. energy minister Shobha KarThe park has highlighted nadlaje, inaugurating an Energy street lights and garden lights Park located adjacent to Indira that can work with the help of soGandhi Musical Fountain Park, lar panels on top of them. Aero here today. generators (miniature version of “It is good to see that various windmills) have been put up at equipment, powered by solar Energy minister Shobha Karandlaje looks at solar-powered various places in the park to energy, are seen in the energy create energy through wind. lamps at the Energy Park in the city inaugurated today park. At a time when we are facThere are also biogas plants, ing a huge deficit of power, peo- domestic energy needs. “Today, this alternative source, she said. biomass gasifiers, biofuel enerple must, in a small way, try to our people build house costing “We have decided that in the gy plants, box type solar cooker, make use of solar energy. This lakhs, but fail to install solar future, the park will have various digital weighing machine powwill reduce pressure and de- systems with few lakhs. These implements that run on solar ered by solar power etc. pendence on hydro-electricity, sources of energy can meet do- and other forms of renewable enThe Rs 1.5-crore project has thermal and nuclear energy,” mestic requirements,” she added. ergy. It will also have stalls to sell been executed by the Karnataka she said. Ever since a policy on solar en- these products,” she added. Renewable Energy Development Karandlaje urged citizens to ergy was formulated, the energy Energy Park has displayed Limited, in association with the adopt solar energy to meet the department has been pushing huts with solar panels on top, horticultural department.

A police officer looks at the vehicles burnt at Namma Mane apatment complex at Raja Rajeshwari Nagar in Bangalore today.

Arson suspected; 8 vehicles burnt Bangalore Beat Bureau

5.15 this morning. When they rushed to the parking lot, the vehicles were all found Bangalore: In a suspected case of arson, burning. eight vehicles, including a four-wheeler, The residents reasoned that if it was due were found destroyed at an apartment to a spark from the transformer the vehicomplex in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar this cles would have caught fire one by one morning. and not all of them would be burning at Seven two-wheelers were found com- the same time. The residents said some pletely burnt at Namma Mane Apart- miscreants might have set fire to the vement. There is a transformer just next to hicles. Kiran, who lost his year-old mothe parking lot, but the residents said torbike, said, “It looked like a case of arshort-circuit might not have triggered son. It looked intentional. I don’t think it such a huge blaze. has been caused by the transformer.” The residents were woken by a huge The police visited the apartment and bang, created by bursting tyres, around registered a case.


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Janapada academy website launched Bangalore: A website containing all information about the Karnataka Janapada Academy w a s launched recently. It will contain informat i o n about the academy director, awards being offered and more. Kannada and culture department secretary Basavaraju inaugurated the website in the presence of department commissioner Manu Baligar, academy chairman Go Ru Channabasappa, registrar B N Paraddi and others. “The website has been developed with the help of Kannada Ganaka Parishat experts. They will also run and update the website regularly. Rs 1 lakh has been spent on the website at the initial stages and Rs 10,00015,000 is needed per month to run it,” Paraddi said. “This is only a symbolic inauguration and the website will be available to the people soon” he added. The website address is: www.karnatakajanapadaacademy.org.

5,000 people learn kriya from Sri Sri

Bangalore: The Art of Living ashram played host to 5,000 people from all walks of life as after almost two decades, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar taught Sudarshan Kriya directly to the gathered congregation. People from all over the country and state, Egypt, Russia, UAE, Australia etc., took part. For Mongolian citizens, Tseegii and Selbe, both 21 years old, it was a complete stress-free experience. They said, “We came down to India to attend this course for the first time. We both used to be stressed and our friend asked us to come to this course. Now we feel very relaxed and peaceful after doing the Sudarshan Kriya taught by Sri Sri.” The programme taught activities to relax, rejuvenate and refresh with meditations, yoga and various interactive processes. Independent medical research has demonstrated significant fall in cortisol levels, known as the ‘stress hormone’, among Sudarshan Kriya practitioners. This suggests greater levels of both relaxation and resilience to stress. It is

also found that it improves the blood cholesterol profile with significant drop in total cholesterol and LDL (harmful) cholesterol, as well as increase in HDL (beneficial) cholesterol. Mridula from Nagpur (41) reported an easing of her medical condition peripheral neuropathy and said, “It’s not easy to sit on this wheelchair all the time. But Sudarshan Kriya has worked wonders for me. It has given me strength to live my life with courage and pride.” It was in Shimoga in 1981 that Sudarshan Kriya – the powerful, rhythmic breathing technique – was revealed to Sri Sri after 10 days of silence on the banks of the Bhadra river and The Art of living was born. In the beginning, Sri Sri used to teach the entry-level programme, but as the movement grew bigger, he trained teachers to conduct the programmes. Since its inception, the Art of Living has undertaken a journey with a vision that encompasses the whole world in service, celebration and joy. After 30 years of being in service to humanity, the organisation has touched the lives of 300 million people, spanning 151 countries across the globe.

Flexing their muscles

Contestants flex muscles at the state-level amateur body-building competition at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium at Hanumanth Nagar today. The compeition was inaugurated by MLA Ramalinga Reddy. Corporator Thamme Gowda and Sneha Chaitanya Seva Trust president Sidde Gowda were present.

Team Lease, IIJT offer jobs to 220 youngsters Bangalore: Team Lease Services, a staffing solutions company, and Indian Institute of Job Training, a vocational skills training company, organised a job fair for youth in the city recently. The job fair was conducted to connect job aspirants with employers, assessment counsellors and training professionals. Companies like Value Point Systems, Linkin Consulting, Karvy Consultants, TSG Global, Ascent consulting, Avishkaar Techno Solutions, Puma and Trimax Infrastructure took part. The job fair drew around 220 candidates, and around 70 were

Childrenʼs parliament tomorrow Bangalore: A children’s parliament, as part of Children’s Day celebrations, has been organised at Vidhana Soudha tomorrow. The parliament will be held from 11 am till 1 pm. It has been organised by the Child Rights Trust and Legislators’ Forum for Protection of Child Rights. Around 80 children will interact with chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda, said Vasudeva Sharma of CRT. The list of children for the parliament will be decided at Ashirwad auditorium on St Mark’s road today, he added.

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shortlisted. Shajan Samuel, divisional head, IIJT Education, said, “This is the third successive job fair in three consecutive months in Bangalore. At all these job fairs, our effort has been to align job profiles with domain knowledge. With the influx of engineering colleges that don’t have a tight entry gate, campus placements are becoming a huge challenge, leaving students in the lurch and with no options but to attend job fair’s to get placed. The worst hit are BTech students as quality teaching has been circumspect and promises are not being kept

by substandard engineering colleges which have mushroomed over the last five years. Engineering colleges in India now have seats for 1.5 million students, nearly four times the 3,90,000 available in 2000, according to the National Association of Software and Services Companies. But 75% of technical graduates and more than 85% of general graduates are unemployable by India's high-growth global industries, including information technology and call centers, according to results from assessment tests administered by the group.”

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A large number of people from across the state, country and world take part in the Sudarshan Kriya, taught by Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar at AoL Foundation on Kanakapura road, Bangalore.

Bangalore: Narayana Nethralaya, a super-specialty eye hospital, and Karolinska Institute, Sweden, better known as the home of Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology, have joined hands to foster research into regenerative medicine, regarded as the “future medicine” for various pathological conditions of the eye. The joint initiative involves exchange of medical knowledge through various forums for the benefit of medical students, specialist physicians in training, doctoral students, basic science advanced students and non physicians. As a first step, Karolinska Institute and Narayana Nethralaya are jointly hosting an interaction/workshop with experts from worldrenowned institutes on “Regenerative and Transplantation Medicine in Ophthalmology”. “This interaction is a primer to prepare our Indian medical as well as biological sciences students to embrace the knowledge of regenerative and transplantation medicine. The forum will focus on the basics as well as the recent advances of transplantation research including stem cell biology, tissue engineering, and gene therapy,” said Dr K Bhujang Shetty, chairman & managing director, Narayana Nethralaya. The interactive forum was launched at Narayana Nethralaya under the aegis of Narayana Nethralaya Post-Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Hosur Road, Bangalore, on Saturday. The interaction/workshop will conclude on Wednesday. Padmashree Dr Ashok K Grover, president, All-India Ophthalmic Society, and Padmashree Prof M R S Rao, Bhatnagar awardee and president, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Dr Bhujang

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THE RUM DIARY (U/A) Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart Inox (Magrath Road) (10.15 am, 1.30, 4.45, 8 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 9.45 pm)

DOLPHIN TALE (U) Cinemax (10 am, 8 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.20 am, 2.55, 7.25 pm)

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Padmashree Prof M R S Rao, Bhatnagar awardee and president, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Padmashree Dr Ashok K Grover, president, All-India Ophthalmic Society, Dr K Bhujang Shetty, chairman and managing director, Narayana Nethralaya. Prof Iqbal Ahmad, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA, Dr Matti Nikkola, director of education, Karolinska Institute, inaugurate the “Regenerative and Transplantation Medicine in Ophthalmology”at Narayana Nethralaya. Shetty, Dr Matti Nikkola, director of education, Karolinska Institute, Prof G Kumarmanickavel, director of research, Narayana Nethralaya, and Dr Debashish Das, chief scientist, Narayana Nethralaya, were among those who exchanged their views on the first day. “Regenerative medicine is to create organs to be re-grown from the patient's own cells (stem cells, or cells extracted from the failing organs). The cornea and musculoskeletal grafts are the most commonly transplanted tissues; these outnumber organ transplants by more than tenfold,” pointed out Dr Shetty. Prof May Griffith (artificial

cornea), Prof Iqbal Ahmad (biology of retinal cells), Prof D Balasubramanian (guidelines of stem cell research in India), Dr Virendra Sangwan and Dr Himanshu Matalia (Limbal stem cells and corneal surface reconstruction), Prof Graziella Pellegrini (gene therapy and ocular stem cells) Dr Ani V Das (micro RNA regulation in photoreceptors), Prof Katarina Le Blanc (mesenchymal stem cell therapy), Dr Pawan Kumar Gupta (commercialisation of regenerative medicine), Prof Paturu Kondaiah (cancer), Prof Rama S Verma (cardiac stem cells) are among the experts who will feature in the interaction/workshop.

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MILEY NAA MILEY HUM (U/A) Kangna Ranaut, Kabir Bedi Apsara (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Bhumika (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Cinemax (3.30 pm) Cinepolis (1 pm, 10 pm) Gopalan (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 5.15 pm) Gopalan (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (10 am, 3 pm) PVR Cinemas (12.40 pm)

RA.ONE (U/A) Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor ‘3D’ Abhinay (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Anand (10 am, 1, 4, 7 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 11, 1, 4, 7, 10 pm) Cinemax (10 am, 1, 4, 7, 10 pm) Everest (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.30 pm) Fame (Lido) (11.15 am, 2.30, 5.45, 9 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (11.15 am, 2.30, 5.45, 9 pm) Gopalan (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 1, 10 pm) Gopalan (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (10 am, 9.40 pm) HMT Cinemas (4 pm, 7,

(Jayanagar) (9.50 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (9.50 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10.15 am, 3.45, 9.15 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.15 am, 1.20, 6.45 pm) Vision Cinemas (4 pm, 9.45 pm) 9.30 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (11.15 am, 2.30, 5.45, 9 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (11.15 am, 2.30, 5.45, 9 pm) Lakshmi (BTM Layout) (10 am, 11.15, 5.15, 8.30 pm) Lakshmi (Gottigere) (10 am, 1, 5, 8 pm) Lakshmi (Taverekere) (10 am, 1, 5, 8 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.20 am, 3.40, 9 pm) Rex (10.15 am, 1.10, 4.05, 7, 9.50 pm) Vaibhav (Sanjay Nagar) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Veeresh (10.30 am) Vision Cinemas (10 am, 1, 7, 9.45 pm) Urvasi (10.45 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Fame (Lido) (10.05 am) Fame (Whitefield) (10.15 am, 10.55, 12.25, 1.30, 2.25, 4.45, 5.40, 8, 8.55 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (10 am, 7, 9.45 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10.25 am, 12.40, 3.45, 9 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10.15 am, 12.55, 2.30, 5.45, 9 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10.15 am, 1.30, 4.45, 8 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (12.55 pm, 5, 6.40 pm) PVR Cinemas (1.20 pm, 2, 3.25, 4.40, 5.20, 8. 8.40, 8.50 pm)

TAMIL

7AUM ARIVU (U/A) Suriya, Shruthi Hassan Ajantha (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Amruth (10.30 am, 2, 5, 8 pm) Cinemax (12 pm, 3.15, 6.30, 9.45 pm) Cinepolis (10.10 am, 1.10, 2.15, 4.10, 7.10, 10 pm) Fame (Lido) (10.45 am, 2.05, 5.25, 8.45 pm) Fame (Whitefield) (10.15 am, 1.40, 5.05, 8.30 pm) Gopalan (Bannerghatta Road) (4 pm, 7, 10 pm) Gopalan (Mysore Road) (1 pm, 4, 6.45, 10 pm) Gopalan (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (10.10 am, 6.30, 10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (1.40 pm, 5.05, 8.30 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10.15 am, 1.40, 5.05, 8.30 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10.45 am, 2.05, 5.25, 8.45 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10.30 am, 1.55, 5.20, 8.45 pm) Maheshwari (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Pushpanjali (BN Pura) (6, 9pm) Pallavi (10 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.40 am, 10.45, 2, 5.20, 5.30,

8.40, 8.45 pm) Sampige (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Vinayaka (Sultan Palya) (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm)

VELAYUDHAM (U/A) Vijay, Genelia, Hansika Cinepolis (10 am, 4.10, 9.40 pm) Fame (Lido) (6.20 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (3.30 pm) Lavanya (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Mahadeshwara (11.15 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Natraj (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.45, 7.45 pm) Prithvi (11 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Poornima (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Pushpanjali (BN Pura) (11 am, 2.30 pm) Pushpanjali (Sultanpalya) (10.45 am, 2.15, 6, 9.15 pm) PVR Cinemas (2 pm, 3.40, 9 pm) Srinivasa (SG Palya) (10 am, 1, 5, 8 pm) Vaibhavi (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Vijay (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Vision Cinemas (10 am, 1, 4, 7 pm)


CITY 3

Monday, November 14, 2011

AYUSH docs demand pay

CITY EVENTS

parity with other physicians

General Bhoomi Pooja of new campus of KID: By chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda, Old TB Sanatorium campus, Old Madras Road, 4.30 pm. Unveiling of new campus of KID: CM and medical education minister S A Ramdas to participate, Banquet Hall, Vidhana Soudha, 5.30 pm. Bangalore Rural Administration: Santha Shresta Kanakadasa Jayanthi celebrations, Minister Bachche Gowda to participate, DC (Rural) office premises, Podium Bank, VV Towers, Dr Ambedkar Veedhi, 4 pm. Central Ground Water Board: Statelevel painting competition on ‘Conserve Water for the Future’, Minor Irrigation Minister Govind Karjol to participate, Karnataka Government Secretariat Club, Cubbon Park, 4 pm. European Business and Technology Centre: Introduction of innovative clean technology to the State, Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govern-ment of India, K M Shivakumar, Additional Chief Secretary of State to participate, Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Board Room, 1-A, Bharat Apartments, 44/1, Fairfield Layout, Race Course Road, 2.30 pm.

Get a salary of Rs 11,000 as against Rs 27,000 for allopathy practitioners vegetarian gravies, two nonvegetarian gravies, seven desserts and lots more. noon to 3 p.m. Lunch Buffet: Applewood, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. A global and Indian lunch buffet, which includes soups, starters, main course and desserts, priced at Rs. 299 plus taxes per head. Lebanese Food Festival: Mynt, The Taj West End, No 25, Race Course Road, presents the flavours of Lebanon, courtesy of visiting chef Simon Chakour. On offer are dishes typical of the region. Till 11:30 p.m. Strawberry Promotion: Sugar & Spice, Vivanta by Taj - MG Road. A new menu to celebrate the strawberry season. On offer are goodies such as fresh strawberry tuxedoes, artisan chocolates with strawberry fillings and mascarpone and strawberry cakes. Till 11:30 p.m. The Grand Trunk Road: Lido, Ista Hotel. A trip down the Grand Trunk Road, through its kitchens. The chefs rustle up specialities from Kabul to Kolkata. 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Mediterranean Set Lunch: Fireflies, Walton Road, Lavelle Road, A set lunch consisting soups, salads, appetisers, main course and dessert. The two course meal is priced at Rs 299, and the three course meal is priced at Rs 399. Till 3 p.m.

Rotary Club of Bangalore: Talk by Y V S Vinod on ‘Sustaining Charities beyond a Life time’, a case study of Tata Sons and Gates Foundation, Rotary House of Friendship, No 20, Lavelle Road, 7.15 pm.

Rajasthani Thaat: The Raj Pavilion, ITC Windsor, Golf Course Road. A festival featuring regional delicacies from Rajasthan. The dinner buffet is priced at Rs 1,350 plus taxes. 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Akhila Karnataka Makkala Koota: Children’s Day celebration, Makkala Koota Auditorium, Chamarajpet, 4.30pm.

New Soups and Starters: The Tasty Tangles, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road introduces new soups and vegetarian starters on its menu. Guests can expect picks like Wonton Noodle Soup, Spinach and Sweet Corn Soup, and Seafood Cilantro Broth, as well as Sweet and Sour Crispy Vegetables and Spicy Lemongrass Paneer Cakes. Till 11:30 p.m.

Lions Club of Bangalore Maruthi Seva Nagar: 56th Kannada Rajyotsava Celebration, CRPF Manoranjan Kaksh, GC-CRPF, Yelahanka, 6 pm.

Cultural Gallery Time & Space: Exhibition of recent works by Elling Reitan, Gallery Time & Space, 55 Lavelle Road National School of Drama Repertory Company: ‘Repertory in your City’ drama festival, Guru Nanak Bhavan, No 6 Miller’s Tank Bund Road, Vasantha Nagar, 7pm.

the scale of the salary paid and benefits they are entitled to get”. But what is being practised in the state is exactly the opposite, AYUSH doctors lament. “Any medical need given under AYUSH should be considered as general medical care provided to the people. Especially through Ayurveda, far-reaching and significant medical care is being given to patients, especially those suffering from arthritis, asthma and others. Ayurvedic medicines work quickly without side-effects and at a much lower cost to patients,” said Dr Sanjiv Kumar “When AYUSH doctors have been carrying out their work, despite lapses on the part of the government in reaching medicines to us, is it right on the part of the government to make us survive on a meagre salary of Rs 11,000?” he questioned. The cost of living has gone through the roof. “Our doctor friends outside of AYUSH are getting a salary of Rs 27,000. The government should seriously consider our request and the recommendations of the Nanjundappa committee and bring parity,” he added. “Medical education minister S A Ramadass and AYUSH director have to take an immediate decision,” he said. AYUSH doctors today began a protest at Banappa park in the city, demanding that their grievances be addressed immediately.

Bangalore: They are exponents of ancient systems of medicine. But doctors pursuing Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy (AYUSH) have been complaining that they face a huge disparity as compared to physicians practising other systems of medicine. While allopathy doctors get around Rs 27,000 per month, AYUSH practitioners numbering around 700 in different parts of the state have to be satisfied with just Rs 11,000. “Such discrimination exists only in Karnataka. In other states, like Maharashtra and Gujarat, AYUSH doctors are treated well,” said Dr Mallikarjuna, who has been a government doctor in Bangalore Rural district. Similar grievance was also expressed by Dr Manjunath and Dr Sanjiv Kumar, who have been working at Bagalkote district. They said AYUSH doctors have been providing best medical care and service to the people in hinterlands. “Our services have been hailed by the people in the north Karnataka region and from villages,” they added. The Nanjundappa Committee that went into the issue has recommended that “those who have served under and being back bone of healthcare service need to be treated on par in terms of

Rememering Nehru

S Radhakrishna

Children's Day Dinner Buffet: Grand Mercure, 3rd Block, Koramangala. A special dinner buffet, featuring kiddy favourites, and priced at Rs 699 plus taxes per head.

Indian Medical Association: Talk by Dr S T Yavagal on ‘Primary Prevention of CAD in India’, ‘Victory Over Congenital Heart Disease’ by Dr Vijayalakshmi Suresh, IMA, Dr M A Narashimachar Auditorium, MA House AV Rao Road, Chamarajpet, 5.30 pm.

Kotekala Academy Trust: Bannada Rajyotsava, Kusuma Sadana, Banashankari 3rd stage, 5 pm.

L Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bureau

CMʼs did nothing in last 100 days: Cong Bangalore Beat Bureau

Congress state president G Parameshwara offers floral tributes to the portrait of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on the occasion of his birth anniversary which is also celebrated as Children’s Day, at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office in Bangalore today.

Celebrating their day

S Radhakrishna

Night life Thai & Mongolian Night: Fusion Lounge, 185, Deena Building, Brigade Road, DJs Paresh and Karthik play a set of Thai and Mongolian tunes to kickstart the week. From 8 p.m. Lounge Night: Ice, Vivanta by Taj, MG Road, , DJ Vanshi sets the mood for the night with lounge music. From 8 p.m. Monday Blues: Indi, Garuda Mall, Magrath Road. DJ Nayan spinning commercial and Bol-

Shivapriya School of Dance: Bangalore police commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji interacts with children on the Chidren’s Day at his office today.

Bangalore: “Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda does not have any clue about governing and administering the state. His performance has been zero,” said Congress state president G Parameshwara here this morning. He said that Gowda has completed 100 years in office. “Forget development, we are not even seeing signs of governance. The people have been kept in the dark about the administration of the state. He has not contributed anything for the welfare of the state in these 100 days.” “There are number of problems in Bangalore. Thousands of crores have been swindled by contractors and BBMP officials from three assembly constituencies, but the chief minister has failed to do anything about it,” he said. “The law and order situation in the capital has been worsening. A murder is reported every day. But Gowda has failed to take any action,” he added. The government itself has declared that 90 taluks are drought hit due to failure of rain. The government has said that people have been migrating as there is no food or water in these regions. “But the government has not even taken basic measures to tackle the problem. The first thing the state should have done was to send a report to the Centre about the drought situation in the state and to seek funds. But they have not done that. They should estimate the extent of damage and the cost involved and requisition the Centre,” he said.

BGS Global organises training for traffic cops in life‑saving methods Bharatnatya Rangapravesha of Kruthi M, Ravindra Kalakshetra, JC Road, 6.15pm. INK conference in association with TED: Children from Parikrama school and Inventure Academy along with emerging artist Shilo Shiv Suleman will paint a wall at INK, 397, 9th main, 1st cross, HAL II stage, Indiranagar (near Shristi Jewelers), 4.30 pm. Kala Nadam: ADA Rangamandira, a festival of classical dance and music featuring performances by K Murali Mohan, Priyadarshini Smita Srinivasan, Tandava, Arif and many more. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Eating out The Grand Indian Lunch Buffet: Turquoise, No 9, 2nd & 3rd Floors, Koramangala. Experience the Grand Indian Lunch buffet, consisting of over 35 dishes every weekday with around five starters, four

lywood. 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. House Night: Hypnos, Gem Plaza, Infantry Road, DJ Sid spinning House and Hip Hop at Hypnos. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Minimal Monday: Pebble, No 3 Palace Ground, Ramana Mahashi Road, Sadashivanagar. DJ Imdad spinning house and more. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Chillout Session: Xtreme Sports Bar, 4th Floor, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. DJ CheekO Dread spins house. 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Retro Night: The Beach, No 1211, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. DJ Deepak spins golden oldies at The Beach. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Rock 'n' Retro: Banana Beach Bar, No 54 6th Block, Canara Bank Road, KoramangalaRetro and rock tunes with DJ Rajesh this Monday. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Bangalore: BGS Global Hospitals, towards its corporate social responsibility initiative, organised training programmes on basic life support for the city traffic police. The programme would be conducted every weekend for small groups and over a period of time would train all the 3,000 traffic police in the city. The training will help them to learn special skills required to deal with emergencies faced by accident victims at the accident site. Skills to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) through chest compressions, maintaining accident victims’ breathing by providing appropriate rescue breaths, relieving choking, etc can help increase chances of survival and save many lives. Trained doctors from the hospital will use videos, practice demos, presentations etc., to impart these skills. The participants also get hands-on experience. Inaugurating the programme, M A Saleem, additional commissioner of police-traffic, said, “The traffic policeman is generally the first person to reach a road accident spot. One of his important responsibilities is to provide medical aid to the injured person involved in an accident by quickest means. It involves providing first-aid and shifting the patient to the hospital. Many a time, the traffic policeman is not sufficiently trained to handle medical emergencies. BGS

Over a 100 policemen took part in a programme organised by BGS Global Hospital to train them in life-saving techniques in Bangalore yesterday. Global Hospitals is filling up this gap.” Dr Arun L Naik, consultant neurosurgeon, BGS Global Hospitals Group, said, “BGS Global Hospitals has also collaborated with Rotary Club to support “Needy Hearts Foundation”, where we will perform subsidized paediatric cardiac surgeries.” BGS Global Hospitals will provide free

first-aid kits to be placed at all city traffic police jeeps and about 1,000 autorickshaws in zones specified by the traffic police to begin with. In a phased manner, other autos will also be provided with these kits. More thana 100 traffic policemen took part in the training programme on the inaugural day yesterday.

CCB police foil murder, robbery bid

The seven-member gang that was plotting to murder and rob a hotel employee at Chamrajpet.

Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The City Crime Branch police foiled a murder and robbery bid by a gang at Chamrajpet on Saturday. The seven-member gang was waiting in a car near Idgah Grounds with deadly weapons when the police arrested them. The police said Kiran alias Jimmy was the leader of the gang who had incited six others to be part of a murder-cum-robbery plot. The police said Kiran had fallen victim to a lot of bad habits and had run out of money. He had plotted to carry out an attack on a hotel employee, whose movements had been tracked for a while. Kiran had come to know that the employee carried cash from the hotel to the bank at a stipulated time every day and lay in waiting. The CCB sleuths said Kiran has an assault case against him at the Chamrajpet police. The arrested are: Syed Ali (33), a resident of Gandhinagar, Ashok (26), a resident of Nanjappa Block, Lokesh alias Kurup Loki

(31), a resident of T R Shamanna Nagar, Deva (37), a resident of Jayanagar 9th Block, Dattatreya (27), a resident of Konanakunte, and Kumara (38), a resident of Hulimavu. The police said several cases of murder and assault have been registered against Syed at various police stations in the city. He is facing four murder, one kidnapping, one attempt to murder and one assault cases. He is also named in the rowdy sheet at Viveknagar police station. Ashok has one murder, one attempt to murder and one attempted dacoity cases against him. Dattatreya is facing a murder and dacoity case.

Gambling den raided The police raided a gambling den, arrested 11 persons and recovered close to Rs 3.5 lakh worth of cash and mobile phones bid money from them at Padarayanapura in the city on Saturday. The police got specific information about the gambling den hosting andar-bahar card game and raided a house where the game was being played.


NEWS 4

Monday, November 14, 2011

Rahul ʻreadyʼ for Cong president role: Digvijay New Delhi: Adding credence to reports that Rahul Gandhi would move up the ladder in the Congress, Digvijay Singh on Monday said that the Gandhi scion is ready to take over as working president of the party. Singh said that Rahul is ready for working president responsibility but it is for the Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul himself to decide on the matter. The timing of Digvijay Singh’s assertion is important as it comes on a day when Rahul Gandhi is kick-starting his party’s ‘Mission 2012’ to bring back the grand old party to power after 22 years in the state. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also welcomed the move to give bigger responsibnility to Rahul. “It is a party matter. I cannot talk about the party. If Rahul Gandhi assumes any responsi-

quested Rahul Gandhi on a number of occasions to join the Cabinet but he had not accepted it. ahul Gandhi, 41, who was appointed party general secretary in September 2007 with the charge of the student and youth wings - the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Youth Congress - has worked hard to promote the youth into leadership positions in the party and legislatures. During the past four years, he travelled to colleges and universities across the country to urge students and youth to enter public life and join developmental activities. Although voices have been Rahul Gandhi raised in the past too demanding that he takes over as the party bility, I will welcome it," Singh chief but he had remained nonsaid when asked whether Gandhi committal on it owing to his was going to assume the post of focus on building the party from working president of Congress. the grassroots, especially among He also said that he had re- the youth.

Kanaka Jayanti celebrated

G S Ravishankar

Rahul picks Nehru‑Gandhi bastion to take on Maya

Phulpur, Uttar Pradesh: Rahul Gandhi heads to Phulpur today to formally launch his party's Uttar Pradesh election campaign. The state votes in a few months and expected today, and in the days ahead, is a blistering attack on UP Chief Minister Mayawati. The choice of venue is strategic. Phulpur, 30 km from the Nehru base of Allahabad, was the constituency from where former prime minister and Rahul Gandhi's great grandfather, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was elected to Parliament in the first Lok Sabha elections in 1951. The Congress' UP managers hope to reignite the Nehru-Gandhi family connect with the people of the state. In an indication of how the party has lost base in UP in recent years, the last time

Phulpur voted for a Congress candidate was in 1984. But today, it is awash in Congress colours, crowds are gathering, the stage is set; and nothing could be more telling that Rahul is making his political presence felt than the arrest in Allahabad of 12 Samajwadi Party workers for burning his effigy and trying to disrupt his first poll rally today. All of UP's big players are already in election mode. The BJP's LK Advani will end his anti-corruption yatra in Ayodhya on November 20, Samajwadi Party leaders plan yatras of their own, CM Mayawati of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has made a slew of announcements and now Rahul is expected to flag off about 10 yatras at today's rally; the Congress in UP hopes he will also give the party a new

mantra to win. Rahul Gandhi has been aggressively building up to this. The Congress General Secretary has been focussed on UP, often inviting much criticism for it. The 41-year-old has been assiduously working on reviving the party at the grassroots in the state, even as he has kept up a volley of attacks on the Mayawati government. The most prominent of the issues he has taken on Mayawati over is land acquisition - an emotive issue with farmers, that saw major unrest in several parts of the state against the administration. The party expects much from their leader's campaign. Senior leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted, "All set to launch campaign in UP with Rahulji's Rally in Phulpur Allahabad. Rallies to

be held in each Assembly for next 2 months." And then, "Finally a Maha Rally in Lucknow in Jan/ Feb and we shall submit our Charge Sheet of corruption against BSP Govt to the Governor UP. (sic)" UP Congress leader Jagdambika Pal, famous for having been CM of the state for a day, is in Phulpur putting last minute touches for the big Rahul rally and said that the party was looking to Mr Gandhi to galvanize cadres into a winning team. He also admitted that it would do the party's fortunes in UP a lot of good if Rahul Gandhi were to assume a bigger role in the Congress. He does hastily add that when that happens is really up to Mr Gandhi. Pal said the Congress is not worried about Ms Mayawati's

SC to hear PIL on stay of Airlines may lose proposed nuclear plants Rs 15K cr this fiscal: Assocham

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a Public Interest Litigation seeking a stay on all proposed nuclear power plants on Monday. The petition was filed by a civil society group which includes former bureaucrats, scientists and NGOs. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia will take up the joint petition urging the apex court to declare as "unconstitutional" the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 and "appoint an expert independent body to conduct a thorough safety reassessment of all existing and proposed nuclear facilities across the country". The petitioners, including former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian, former Chief of Naval Staff L Ramdas, former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami, KR Venugopal former Secretary to the Prime Minister, and nuclear scientist PM Bhargava, have said an expert nuclear regulator, independent of the government be set up to conduct comparative cost-benefit analysis vis-a-vis other sources of energy. They submitted the apex court should declare that in the case of a nuclear accident, all nuclear operators and nuclear suppliers would be jointly and severally, and absolutely liable for civil damages, and their financial liability would be unlimited. "Issue an appropriate writ can-

celling clearances given to proposed nuclear power plants and stay all proposed nuclear power plants till requisite safety assessment studies, thorough comparative cost-benefit analysis and meaningful public hearings are carried out by or under the supervision of an independent expert body," the petition said. The members have also pleaded the apex court to quash all the agreements signed between the government and private companies for supply of nuclear reactors and equipment based on private negotiations, without any competitive process and safety evaluation. "The government's plans for expansion of nuclear power programme and construction of newer and huge nuclear power

plants without undertaking a thorough safety and comparative cost-benefit analysis, clearly made under the influence of foreign countries and multi-billion dollar nuclear industry, shows arbitrary decision-making, based on extraneous considerations and non-application of mind," the petition said. "The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 by capping the financial liability of operators and by making suppliers not liable, violates the polluter pays principle and the absolute liability principle which have become recognised as part of the law of the land and puts to grave and imminent risk the right to safety, health, clean environment and life of the people," it said. It pointed out Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd is planning to construct 36 imported reactors by 2032. Four 700 MW Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors, two each at Rawatbhata in Rajasthan and Kakrapur in Gujarat are under construction. Two reactors each in Tamil Nadu's Koodankulam district and West Bengal's Haripur district are under construction based on Russian design, the petition said. The Koodankulam plant has met with stiff opposition from people in the area and the project work has come to a standstill since last month as the agitators intensified their protest by blocking roads leading to the site.

New Delhi: Pitching for opening of the domestic airlines for foreign investment, industry body Assocham Sunday warned that the airlines could suffer a loss of Rs 15,000 crore this fiscal with Air India accounting for half of it.With the Kingfisher Airlines landing into a severe financial problem, the chamber said taxes must be reduced on the jet fuel to make the airlines viable so that the industry can grow commensurate with the expansion of the traffic. "Airlines could suffer losses worth about Rs 15,000 crore in the current financial year with Air India alone likely to account for more than half of it," Assocham secretary general DS Rawat said. Latest estimates show that Air India was had a net cumulative loss of Rs 20,320 crore between April 2007 and March 2011. Assocham said the aviation industry has all ingredients to grow, but airfinal decision about the separate lines are facing huge losses as statehood for Telangana unless over one-third of operating costs there is consensus from all concerned. "Telangana is a complicated matter and we are trying to evolve a consensus where all shades of public opinion would agree that what is being done is in interest of each and everyone. We cannot solve the problem of Telangana by agreeing to Telangana being while there is disquiet and unrest New Delhi: Bajaj Auto chief in other regions of Andhra Rahul Bajaj on Monday clarified Pradesh from frying pan to the his comments on the issue of fire is not an appropriate solution the government giving a bailout to national problem," Prime Min- to the cash-strapped Kingfisher ister said onboard his special Airlines. Bajaj said that he did not think aircraft. Dr Singh was replying to a he was misquoted, adding that question from journalists while his comment was not in reference returning from Maldives as to to Kingfisher but to the whole what his government was doing private sector. He said, "I don't think I was in Andhra Pradesh where a serious situation has evolved on misquoted. 'Dies or not dies' is not in reference to Kingfisher." Telangana issue.

TRS lashes out at PM's statement on Telangana

Dancers perform during a jatha to mark Kanakadasa Jayanti in Mysore today. The procession began from the Kote Anjaneya Swamy temple at Mysore Palace and reached Kala Mandira after winding through main streets of the city. Medical education and Mysore district in-charge minister S A Ramadass, opposition leader in the assembly Siddaramaiah took part.

neat caste-based electioneering in a state where the caste factor has traditionally played a big role in elections. "People are fed up of caste politics... Governance is on the verge of collapse in UP and Mayawati has not addressed any real crises or challenges," he said, as he waited for Rahul Gandhi to arrive. Mayawati is not impervious to the damage the young Congress leader can wrought. On Saturday, she asked him to focus more on Delhi than on her state UP. "Instead of expressing his anger here, it would be better if the Yuvraj of Congress vents his ire at the Congress-led Central government for its failure to contain inflation and adopting stepmotherly treatment towards the development of the state," Mayawati said.

Hyderabad: Hours after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke of going ahead on Telangana only after a consensus, pro-Telangana leader KT Rama Rao lashed out at what he saw as the Congress doublespeak, saying there have been five different statements on this issue by the party in recent weeks. "We totally condemn the attitude of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his statement made yesterday. The Prime Minister refuses to see the reality; he is in a state of denial is what we believe. He has got scant respect and utter disregard for the democratic aspirations for the people of Telangana. With his one statement, the Prime Minister has insulted the people of Telangana and their democratic aspiration. The Prime Minister's statement truly reflects the mindset of the Congress party which is

full of hypocrisy and double standards," the TRS MLA said. Telangana Congress leaders also warned that matters could get worse for the Congress party in the region. Said Madhu Goud, a Telangana Congress MP, "Repercussions will be harsh. By this statement of the Prime Minister, there may be much more hatred feeling among the Telugu people. The so-called 'movement' which goverment is taking shelter under is orchestrated and funded by rich Congress MPs like Lagadapati to KVP to Jaganmohan Reddy and even Chandrababu Naidu.'' Goud and other Pro-Telangana members say UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is now their only hope. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, on his way back to India last night from the SAARC Summit, had told journalists that there won't be any

are on account of aviation turbine fuel (AFT) which is heavily taxed. He said foreign airlines are not allowed to invest directly or indirectly in domestic carriers, "a rule the government should scrap for healthy growth of civil aviation sector". Further, airport charges must come down and ground handling operations need to be streamlined. India's scheduled airlines have 430 planes now, it said adding that the figure is likely to go up to 1,500 by 2025. "India's unique geographical position offers an opportunity to become a global hub for international airlines as well," Rawat said. The increase in traffic and aircraft fleet will require significant investments in terms of expanding and upgrading existing infrastructure facilities besides creating new ones. "For that, a right policy mix, an encouraging tax structure and a healthy regulatory mechanism are essential," he said.

Don't think I was misquoted: Bajaj "I believe in the private sector, so does my friend Vijay Mallya… he himself said he did not want a bailout," he said. The Bajaj Auto chief further said that he was also against a bailout to Air India, however, refused to speak much on the issue. Bajaj had, speaking at the India Economic Summit in Mumbai, said, "If Bajaj Auto gets into a mess, would you bail me out? If it's a free market economy, those who die, must die."

Obama to China: Behave like ʻgrown upʼ economy Not playing politics Honolulu: President Barack Obama told China on Sunday that the United States was fed up with its trade and currency practices, as he turned up the heat on America's biggest economic rival at an Asia Pacific summit. "Enough's enough," Obama said bluntly at a closing news conference at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting where he scored a significant breakthrough in his push to create a pan-Pacific free trade zone. Using some of his toughest language yet against China, Obama - a day after face-to-face talks with President Hu Jintao - demanded that China stop 'gaming' the international economic system and create a level playing field for US and other foreign businesses. "We're going to continue to be firm that China operate by the same rules as everyone else," Obama said. "We don't want them taking advantage of the United States." There was no immediate response from China, which has in the past shrugged off US demands that it allow its currency to float freely and take steps to reduce its huge trade surplus.

And it was unclear how much of Obama's tough rhetoric was, at least in part, political posturing aimed at economically weary US voters who will decide next November whether to give him a second term. Obama insisted that China must let its currency rise faster in value, saying it was being kept artificially low and was thus hurting American companies and jobs. He said China, which often presents itself as a developing country, is now 'grown up' and should act that way in global economic affairs. Obama's remarks came as Asia-Pacific leaders sought to present a unified front, with a pledge to bolster their economies and lower trade barriers in an effort to shield against the fallout from Europe's debt crisis. The 21 members of APEC - which accounts for more than half of the world's economic output - said they had agreed on ways to counter "significant downside risks" to the world economy. That followed an appeal by Obama, ment to expand trade opportunities as seeking to reassert US leadership to an antidote to Europe's fiscal woes. counter China's expanding influence It is a "time of uncertainty" for the around the Pacific Rim, for a commit- global economy, the summit's final

tsunami. "We recognize that further trade liberalization is essential to achieving a sustainable global recovery in the aftermath of the global recession of 20082009," the leaders said after talks in Honolulu. The communique expressed a firm resolve "to support the strong, sustained and balanced growth of the regional and global economy" - a clear reference to US concerns about a huge trade deficit with China's export-driven economy. In another bow to US pressure, APEC committed, albeit in somewhat vague terms, to reducing tariffs on environmental goods and services, even though China had resisted the idea. APEC also committed to support clean energy. Differences persist over currencies and trade - a point hammered home by US-China tensions at the summit and the question remains how far leaders will be able to go in turning promises communique said, with growth and into action when they return home. job creation weakened not only by the Many, Obama included, will face reeuro zone crisis but by natural disasters sistance to opening markets further to like Japan's devastating earthquake and foreign competition.

with security: Omar

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on the issue of revoking of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing mediapersons after the meetings, the J&K chief minister confirmed that the discussions were centred on AFSPA, adding that he had made his point very clear. He pointed that there were no unified command of forces in places where he was asking to remove AFSPA. Omar said, "We are trying to work out a situation where both the forces and us are happy." The J&K chief minister further said that his main purpose of visiting Delhi and meeting CCS members was to explain the situation.

When asked if he was trying to deviate attention from some other issues in the state, Omar asserted that he was Omar Abdullah "not in the business of playing politics with national security:. The army had earlier opposed the move, fearing there would be a flood of cases against it once AFSPA was removed. The Act gives immunity to the defence forces in areas where it is in force. On Sunday, Omar had met Defence Minister A K Antony possibly over the issue of AFSPA. Both Antony and Omar were tight-lipped about the meeting.

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Bangalore Beat 14.11.2011