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Vol. 1, Issue 363 n Tuesday n November 15, 2011
Omar finishes his Delhi visit P 3
Innovation must to fight poverty P4
STRAY DOGS BITE 10 IN CITY
Condition of one of injured children serious Bangalore Beat Bureau
The advanced nuclear-capable Agni-II Prime missile takes off from Sriharikota test range near Balasore today. The missile has a strike range of around 3,000 km
N‑capable Agni‑II ʻPrimeʼ test‑ﬁred
to Shivaswamy’s parents. Area corporator Muniswamy Bangalore: The menace of stray said, “One of the injured came to dogs is back to haunt Bangame in the morning. He had gone loreans. After a lull of about two to a private hospital nearby, but months, stray dogs, suspected to the doctors advised him to go to be rabid, bit and injured ten pera government hospital. We sumsons, including four children, moned an ambulance and shiftin Peenya since last night. ed him to the hospital. With The condition of one of the inShivaswamy too we ensured that jured child is said to be serious. he received proper medical care.” The boy, identified as Shiva He said, “The stray dog menSwamy, has been bitten in the ace is high here as bars and face and legs. He is now being restaurants and butcheries throw treated at Mallasandra Governthe waste meat out in the open. ment Hospital. The incident ocAs specified by the BBMP, the curred near his house waste meat is supposed to be Chokkasandra last night. buried, but that is not being folAfter the last night’s attack, lowed. The dogs which feed on two stray dogs continued their atthe meat have grown in numtack in the morning too, injuring bers.” nine persons, including three The BBMP has spent crores of school-going children. rupees to control the menace. Bruhat Bangalore Mahana“We have taken animal birth gara Palike officials who rushed anything to contain the men- ventive measures at the right control programme across the to the area caught the two dogs ace. “We have been complaining time. The area is swarming with city. But we just cannot cull and shifted them to the govern- for a long time, but nothing was these dogs which make move- these stray animals as there is a ment veterinary hospital nearby. done. Now that a serious incident ment of vehicle-riders and pedes- law against it. There is also presArea residents said the dogs has occurred, they have rushed trians dangerous,” they added. sure from pro-animal groups to Mayor Sharadamma too stop us when we go to catch have been on the rampage and here. It could have easily been the authorities had not done prevented if they had taken pre- rushed to the hospital and spoke stray animals,” he added. Gangadhar Pujar
Petrol price to be cut by Rs 2 from Thursday?
Balasore (Orissa): India successfully test-fired Agni-II Prime ballistic missile from Wheeler Island off the Orissa coast today. The advanced nuclear-capable Agni-II has a strike range of around 3,000 km and is an advancement over the existing Agni-II, which has a strike range of 2,000 km. The first test of the missile had failed in December last year due to some technical glitches. The 'Prime' has same size of boosters which are there in the existing missile but will have an extended range of 1,000 km. Powered by solid fuel propellants, it also has better navigational system and greater accuracy in comparison to the Agni-II missile. Newer technologies have also been incorporated in the missile to make it lighter and the weapon system has also been provided with greater thrust. India has developed a number of variants of the Agni missile series under the Integrated Missile Development Programme (IMDP) with different striking ranges since the 80s. It is also planning to carry out the first test firing of the Agni-5 ballistic missile by the end of this year, the sources said. Agni-5 will be able to strike targets in range of 5,000 km and will make India join the league of select nations with such capabilities.
Miscreants defile statue of Kariappa Madikeri: Miscreants have desecrated a statue of army hero late General K M Kariappa here. The statue was found with a foowear in its left hand, sending shockwaves through the town that adores its hero. The citizens protested and alleged police inaction in preventing the incident. They said the police should take immediate action and arrest the culprits. The police said the miscreants might have gone about doing their business late last night. The statue, in the heart of the city, was installed after the death of Kariappa in 2003.
Blast: ATS oﬃcer gave money to accused Mumbai: A police constable attached to Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had sent Rs 3,000 by money order in 2008 to an approverturned-hostile accused, currently lodged in a city jail for his alleged role in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts, an RTI query has revealed. Pg 2
External affairs minister S M Krishna and other ministers pose at the the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation in the city today.
Australia may lift ban on uranium, India welcomes Bangalore: India today welcomed Australian Government's move towards reversing its ban on uranium exports to India. "We welcome Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's proposal to seek a change in Australia's Labour Party's policies and sale of uranium to India in recognition of our energy needs for the impeccable record in non-proliferation and strategic partnership between two nations," External Affairs Minister SM Krishna told reporters in Bangalore. Krishna said India attaches great importance to its relations with Australia which are
External affairs minister S M Krishna addresses the media during the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation in the city today.
growing across the board. He also said energy was one of the key areas of bilateral cooperation between India and Australia. Krishna's comments on the sidelines of the ongoing Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) here come in the wake of Gillard making a strong pitch for uranium sale to India. Gillard has said she will urge the party faithful at next month's Labor national conference to reverse a ban on uranium exports to India and lifting the ban was another step forward in Australia's relationship with India.
BSY leaves it to gods now Bangalore Beat Bureau Shimoga: Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa today said he would campaign for the BJP official candidate in the Bellary Rural by-election if the deity tells him to do so. Coming out after visiting the Bettada Ranganathaswamy temple here, he said, “It is left to the Gods now. If my favourite God asks me to then I will campaign.” Earlier, BJP by-poll candidate Gaadi Lingappa met and made a personal appeal to the former chief minister to campaign for him in the hotly contested election. Lingappa travelled all the way from Bellary to meet Yeddyurappa. But the latter did not give the BJP candidate any assurance of personally campaigning, but said the party would ensure his victory. Yeddyurappa, who came to his home constituency for a show of strength, said yesterday that he would not be able to canvass for the party candidate in the by-election due to some personal reasons. But party state president K S Eshwarappa had hoped that the former chief minister would take personal interest in the election and allocate responsibilities to party workers. The election has assumed significance
B S Yeddyurappa with former minister and MLA from Bellary B Sriramulu contesting the election as an independent. The mining baron has challenged the ruling party to win the seat in his stronghold.
Cong: Itʼs time for mid‑term polls Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bellary: Mid-term assembly elections should be declared as the state has been facing instability, said Congress state president G Parameshwara here this morning. Parmeshwara, who is here to campaign for Congress candidate Ramprasad, said, “The people of the state are kept in the dark about political and other developments. There is instability as there are differences within the ruling party and the government.” “It is a known fact now that there are several factions within the ruling party BJP and the government. This is leading to problems in governance. Instead of continuing with this state of flux, it is better to go for elections,” he added. He said that the Congress has been stable and does not face any internal problems. He said BJP representatives have been making irresponsible statements against New Delhi: There may finally be the institution of Lokayukta. “Their stategood news for all of us. After a na- ments make everyone believe that the govtionwide outrage over the recent ernment and the ruling party are enfuel price hike, oil marketing companies are set to reduce petrol prices from Thursday. The prices could be slashed by as much as Rs. 2 a litre. State-run oil companies are meeting today to discuss a lowering of petrol prices to pass on the benefit of a global trend of falling gasoline prices to the consumer. The price cut effected today will be the first since petrol was deregulated in India last year. Prices have been raised four times this year, the last two price hikes coming within two months of each other. Petrol prices went up by Rs. 3.14 in September and then by Rs. 1.82 two weeks ago, causing much outrage among people and political parties. Last week, RS Butola, the Chairman of the state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), India's largest fuel retailer, said the oil companies would cut petrol prices by today, as long as crude prices continued to fall globally. Butola had said that oil companies were committed to passing on any benefit from lower prices to consumers, even though they had already incurred a loss of around Rs. 2,500 crores on the sale of petrol this year. Petrol was deregulated or freed from government control in June 2010. This allows oil companies to raise or lower prices in keeping with global market dynamics.
G Parameshwara couraging corruption. If at all the government closes the institution of corruption watchdog, then we have to take up serious agitation,” he added.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Crafts training Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: KPJ Crafts Training Centre, sponsored by Canara Bank, has organised a free training programme for unemployed youth. The 18-month programme will provide training in sculpting with wood, metal and stone. Those who have passed seventh standard and in the age group of 18-35 can take part in the training programme. All the facilities will be provided free to the trainees. Preference will be given to students who are from rural and poor economic backgrounds, a press statement said. Special training will also be provided in painting. Those interested can take part in the direct interview on November 26. Contact: Director, KPJ Prabhu Crafts Training Centre, Jogaradoddi, Bidadi Industrial Centre, Bidadi or call: 27287127.
Health camp Bangalore: The Naturopathy Centre has organised a free nature therapy camp. Those suffering from shoulder, back, knee pains, muscle pull or asthma can take part in the camp, stated a press release. For more information, contact: No. 106, 1st cross, 13th main road, Nagendra Block. Call: 9449372761.
HARISH AND TEAM
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HEAD TO ISRAEL NOW Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Just days after a controversial trip by mayor Sharadamma to the United States, her deputy S Harish is leading a team to Israel. The tour also comes at a time when the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike is facing charges of a scandal running into thousands of crores. The allegation is that funds have been released for civil works in three assembly constituencies without following norms. In many cases, the palike has paid money for unfinished works, paid twice for the same works and has also not monitored works that are said to be of poor quality. Sharadamma returned only three days ago, while the 14-member team led by Harish and ruling party leader B R Nanjundappa left for Israel yesterday. Jayanagar MLA B N Vijaykumar is also part of the team that has gone with the team. Others in the team are: JD(S) leader Padmanabha Reddy, former mayor S K Nataraj, health standing committee chairman K N Geetha, memebrs Dr Raju, Katte Sathyanarayana, works standing committee chairman G H Ramachandra, executive engineer Parameshwaraiah, assistant engineer Hemalatha and some officers.
The delegation will take part in a twoday conference on solid waste management and the palike team has been invited by a private company What Tech. The company has proposed to convert waste into manure and energy if it is delivered to its units on the outskirts of the city. But the problem is many palike teams have toured many places within and outside the country to learn management of solid waste, but with hardly any results, palike officers confess. In 2005 too, a palike delegation, led by solid waste management assistant engineer Hikkeri and executive engineer Ananthaswamy, had toured the US. In 2009, chief engineer Satish too had gone abroad for the same purpose. Only last year, former mayor S K Nataraj, corporators Katte Sathyanarayana, Nanjundappa and Padmanabha Reddy were part of a 10-member team that had gone to Mumbai. Though these teams have claimed that the tours are to study management of solid waste and to implement new technologies here, no progress has been made. Solid waste management centres at Mavallipura, Mandur and Chinnasandra continue with same methods to deal with waste.
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National agri‑fair begins tomorrow
Members of the Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Federation protest in front of Town Hall in Bangalore today. They demanded immediate release of the arrears allocated by the central government, fixing of pension amount and better ingredients for food being prepared at schools for angandwadi studnents.
Pak commerce secy: No limit for Indo‑Pak trade New Delhi: The Most Favoured Nation status, granted by Pakistan to India, will be formalised by the end of January. Pakistan's Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood, ahead of Day two of talks with India, said the process has been endorsed by the Pakistani Cabinet. Mehmood said Pakistan is looking forward to increase trade relations with India. Mahmood said, "The Pakistan cabinet has endorsed the MFN process and has given us the
Eye camp for diabetics Bangalore: Surana Nethralaya situated in Jayanagar 4th T block has organised a free eye checkup camp for diabetics on November 19. Interested can register their names. For more information, contact: 22442356 or 9980753151.
Lecture Bangalore: The Bangalore Science Centre has organised a lecture on “Collecting rainwater near coasts” at National College on November 23. Agriculture scientist P R Krishna Prasad will give the lecture and interested can take part, a press release from the centre states.
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mandate to go and normalise trade, so i think we are very optimistic and today, and the Indian commerce ministry has also expressed their confidence in the process.' He said that it is just a matter of months before the fears of Pakistan stakeholders can be allayed, following which complete normalisation in trade can take place. "we expect the process of interaction with Pakistan stakeholders to allay fears to
be done by end January. It is only a matter of months before complete normalisation takes place and all fears are allayed," he said. On being asked the limit of trade between India and Pakistan if the situation is normalised, Mahmood said that the sky is the limit. "I think sky is limit. People say there is a limit to trade, but if traders feel it is condusive to them, then there will be no boundaries," Mahmood said.
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successful. It will now be grown in the fields of some Bangalore: The University of select farmers for another six Agricultural Sciences has de- months,” she said. veloped a new variety of paddy Normally, protein content that has nutritional value in wheat is around 14 percent, equivalent to wheat. while rice has around 8 perThe university has worked cent. But the new rice variety for more than six years to de- has protein content of 14-15 velop the crop. Researcher percent, she added. Shailaja Hittalamani said that The central biotechnology it would take another two years department has released Rs to introduce the crop. 92 lakh to develop the crop “Our experiment has been variety, she said. been arranged to ferry visitors from the Yelahanka main road. For the first time, eight nationalised banks too are putting up stalls and will give information on loans and processes involved in sourcing farm equipment. The university is spending Rs 45 lakh for the fair. “If you take the transport and other facilities too for the farmers coming in from within and outside the state it could run into few crores,” he said. Asked about different varieties of crops developed at the UAS not reaching the farmers in time, Narayana Gowda said that the university is not responsible for reaching or marketing these crop
varieties. After development, the crop is handed over to the government. From then on, the horticulture and seed manufacturing departments of the state government have to reach them to farmers. He said the UAS in association with the energy ministry has set up a bio-gas plant on the university campus. Nearly 75 percent of vegetable and animals wastes produced on the campus is being fed to the plant which can produce 300-400 units of power. This environmentally-friendly power production plant will be dedicated to the people during the inauguration of the fair tomorrow, he added.
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Nutritious variety of paddy developed
Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The University of Agricultural Sciences is getting ready for the national agricultural fair beginning tomorrow. More than 10 lakh people are expected to visit and take part in the fair that will conclude on November 20. Companies from across the country and world will bring in advanced farm equipment at the fair. Also, the fair will host a number of session on scientific form of agriculture. Briefing the media about the preparations, UAS vice-chancellor Dr K Narayana Gowda said the fair is being organised to help farmers from across the state. The fair will be inaugurated by chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda, while the concluding ceremony will be attended by governor H R Bhardwaj. The fair this year will also attract 2,500 farmers from outside the state. The latest varieties of crops and processes, methods suitable for different crops, handling water resources, growing paddy in semi-irrigated lands and other methods will be introduced to farmers visiting the fair, Gowda said. More than 600 stalls will give information on equipment micro and small farmers can use. The hand-driver cart-like contraption that can remove weed, de-husk peanut and oil seeds will also be introduced to farmers at the fair, he said. 236 farmers will be presented with district and taluk-level, Mari Gowda and Dwarkishnath awards. Accommodation has been organised for the visiting farmers at the university campus hostel and old student association buildings. Vehicles have also
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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)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Blast: ATS oﬃcer gave money to accused
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda inaugurates the Parikrma Champions League, under-16 football tournament, in the city today. The winners will lift Equity Cup.
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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-
Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda interacts with a child, who was part of a Students’ Parliament held at Vidhana Soudha this morning. The event to celebrate the Children’s Day was organised by the NGO Child Rights Trust.
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.
Ranchi: Unaware that they were being filmed, senior students of a prestigious school in Jharkhand lashed younger children with their belts. The clip — that's more than three minutes long — was reportedly filmed by a student at the Sainik School in Telaiya and shared with media persons in the last few days. The Jharkhand High Court has asked the school, which is run by the Ministry of Defence, to explain the incidents by November 21. First, a student is seen hitting young children crouched up in a line. Later, another student uses a belt to strike a student seven times. During the clip, references by those filming the incidents to posting the video on YouTube can be heard. No teachers can be seen on camera. The state government is also investigating the assault, which reportedly took place a year ago. The Education Secretary is visiting the school today; officials at the school have said they will take strict action against students found guilty.
HC order exempting Tiwari from giving blood sample challenged New Delhi: Rohit Shekhar, who claims to be the biological son of veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari, today filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court challenging its single judge order exempting Tiwari from giving his blood sample for DNA test to decide a paternity suit. In the appeal against the September 23 order, Rohit contended the judge has failed to consider that if 85-year-old Tiwari is not compelled to submit his blood sample in compliance with the court's earlier order, it would be difficult for him to get justice. "The single judge failed to satisfactorily deal with high-handed and dismissive conduct of Tiwari," a former chief minister of UP and Uttarakhand, said 31-year-old Rohit. Tiwari is also a former governor of Andhra Pradesh. "The court also failed to appreciate that an adverse inference can never have the same effect as a conclusive scientific determination of paternity," he submitted. Rohit said, "With each passing day, the possibility of getting justice is fading out on account of the apprehension of a very
critical evidence being lost forever..." A bench headed by Justice S K Kaul, before which the appeal came up for hearing, transferred the matter to another bench and fixed November 22 as the next date of hearing. Justice Gita Mittal had on September 23
37 people and injuring over 100. The ATS had arrested nine accused Salman Farsi, Shabir Ahmed, Noorulhuda Doha, Rais Ahmed, Mohammed Ali, Asif Khan, Javed Sheikh, Faroogue Ansari and Abrar Ahmed. The accused got bail on November 5 as National Investigation Agency (NIA), which took over the probe from CBI, chose not to oppose their plea for liberty. The accused are likely to be released from the jail in a day or two. Constable Patil and KP Raghuvanshi, who is now Thane police commissioner, could not be contacted.
Diggy: CAG‑PAC chief nexus behind 2G report?
Mobile films ragging at Sainik school
Shivapriya School of Dance:
Bharatnatya Rangapravesha of Kruthi M, Ravindra Kalakshetra, JC Road, 6.15pm.
"In an affidavit filed before the Bombay High Court, Abrar has alleged how the senior police officials including Raghuvanshi had visited him in jail on several occasions and promised him money after he turned approver. Abrar's wife was also given money by the ATS officials," Ahmed claimed. Abrar, an inverter dealer, was arrested on December 16, 2006 and immediately made an approver, his lawyer said. On September 8, 2006, powerful blasts had occurred near Hamidia mosque in Bada Kabristan area in Malegaon after Shab-e-Barat prayers, killing
New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh has sparked a controversy as he tried to draw a link between Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Murli Manohan Joshi and CAG Vinod Rai over the 2G final report. Indirectly blaming PAC Chiarman for the 2G report mess, he said that the CAG must answer the need for Murli Manohar Joshi to call CAG office before the report was put up to the government. "Is it a fact that the Chairman PAC contacted CAG regarding 2G before submission of CAG report? It was denied by the CAG but now documents prove he did. With new facts coming in few questions arise. Was the figure inflated? Was it made in haste?? Was it at behest of Chairman PAC?," Singh said on Twitter. Singh also issued a statement questioning the credibility of the CAG report. "I have questioned the credibility of the CAG report, which has been exposed now that RP Singh who is directly in-charge of the telecommunication ministry. He was asked to sign on
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.
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.
ey to Abrar so that he does not turn hostile in future, he claimed. Abrar's brother and lawyer Jalil Ahmed said, "Strict action should be initiated against the constable and higher officials of ATS for such acts. Not only they falsely implicated my brother but also gave him money to turn approver and implicate others." Ahmed said he started representing his brother since March 2009 following which Abrar decided to reveal the facts as to what had happened on the day and after the blasts. The accused had turned hostile in April 2009.
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.
Lions Club of Bangalore Maruthi Seva Nagar: 56th Kannada Rajyotsava Celebration, CRPF Manoranjan Kaksh, GC-CRPF, Yelahanka, 6 pm.
August, September and November 2008 from his residential address at police headquarters in Nashik. The RTI reply was received from city's Byculla jail on July 5 which gave details of money orders the 34-year-old accused had received between August 2008 and June 2011. "The real face of ATS has been uncovered. Then ATS chief KP Raghuvanshi had falsely implicated Abrar and made him turn an approver saying that they would take care of him and his family and sent him money," Azmi alleged. Through Patil, the ATS had sent mon-
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.
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.
Mumbai: A police constable attached to Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had sent Rs 3,000 by money order in 2008 to an approver-turned-hostile accused, currently lodged in a city jail for his alleged role in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts, an RTI query has revealed. In response to an RTI query filed by Gulzaar Azmi, general secretary (legal cell) of a socio-cultural organisation, , Jamiat Ulama-E-Maharashtra, it was found that Sadashiv Abhimanyu Patil, a constable attached to Nashik unit of ATS, had sent Rs 1,000 thrice to accused Abrar Ahmed through money order in
ruled, "Tiwari cannot be physically compelled or confined for submitting a blood sample for DNA profiling to implement its December 2010 judgement." At the same time, the judge also recorded that his (Tiwari's) persistent refusal can lead to the presumption that he is his father.
the last page without going through the entire report. What was it now? CAG must answer this," Singh said. On the controversial report, he said, "What was the need for Chairman PAC to call up CAG office before the report was put up to the Government? These are certain things which needs to be answered." Earlier, RP Singh, the lead auditor of the CAG who investigated the scam, on Monday told the Joint PAC that he was forced into signing on the inflated loss amount. CNN-IBN has accessed an official CAG letter showing that the lead author in 2G scam was indeed under pressure to sign the report. Internal notes show RP Singh may have been arm twisted into signing the report. Deputy CAG Rekha Gupta wrote a note directing RP Singh to put his signatures on the last page of the report. Rekha Gupta said, "RP Singh has been asked to sign the last page, let him read the final report, here, if he wants". RP Singh had written to Rekha Gupta that he wasn't giving any more time to the DoT to respond
to their audit as desired by Rekha Gupta. The big question remains that why was the CAG in a hurry to submit the 2G report in Parliament if the DoT was asking for more time to make its case? RP Singh was certainly at variance with the observations by CAG Vinod Rai and Rekha Gupta. CNN-IBN had earlier shown how RP Singh had written to Rekha Gupta saying that his credibility and integrity was being attacked by her. According to sources, RP Singh has stuck to his stand. He has reportedly said to JPC that he acted on orders from above. Singh had given a report of estimating the loss from sale of 2G spectrum at 2001 rates at Rs 2,645 crore, but was asked to sign a report with a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in July. There have been discrepancies in the financial estimates of the loss incurred in the 2G case and also in who took the final call while preparing the report. CAG Vinod Rai will depose before the JPC on Tuesday. Rai has been accused of overruling loss estimates without seeking permission.
Omar wraps up Delhi visit, meets Army chief New Delhi: Wrapping V.K. Singh. That wraps up his "productive" up this Delhi visit." visit to the national The Army chief had capital, Jammu and called on Governor N Kashmir Chief Minister N Vohra on Sunday Omar Abdullah had a here and the two dismeeting with Army cussed the situation in chief General V K the state for nearly an Singh on Tuesday hour. morning during which The Chief Minister the two discussed AFhas been camping in SPA and security-re- Omar Abdullah the national capital for lated issues. last two days during The breakfast meeting with which he met Prime Minister Gen Singh was the last among a Manmohan Singh, UPA chairseries of interactions the Chief person Sonia Gandhi and FiMinister had with central leaders nance Minister Pranab Mukherincluding Prime Minister Man- jee on Monday. mohan Singh and Congress presAfter the meetings, Omar ident Sonia Gandhi. tweeted on the micro-blogging Omar has been pitching for site "had a meeting with Soniaji partial withdrawal of the Armed this evening. Overall very proForces Special Powers Act (AF- ductive day-long consultations." SPA) from certain areas in the Omar also met Home Minister state which have witnessed very P Chidambaram yesterday mornlittle violence. The Army Chief ing. The Chief Minister had said had called on the chief minister on Tuesday that his main purat Jammu and Kashmir House pose of the visit was to arrive at on Tuesday morning. a workable solution. Both sides remained tight"Obviously the effort is to narlipped about the meeting, and row the differences between what Omar only tweeted on micro- we could like to see happening blogging saying "Off to Jammu and what the army has so far now. Last engagement was publicly stated as comfortable breakfast with the COAS Gen to let it happen," he observed.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Pneumonia kills infants due to lack of vaccine Mumbai: One child below the age of five dies in India every four minutes. Most of these deaths occur due to preventable illnesses like pneumonia. The International Access Vaccine Centre blames India for not introducing the latest vaccines. But can that alone save nearly four lakh children's lives every year? According to the latest report by the centre based at Johns Hopkins University, as many as 3.71 lakh Indian children die every year due to pneumonia. It finds every fourth child, who dies of pneumonia worldwide, is an Indian. The figure is worse than sub Saharan Africa, Pakistan, and even Afghanistan. Yet, India is among just four countries to not introduce the newest generation of pneumonia vaccines, which protect against the 23 most common strains of the disease. Doctors say there are other focus areas. "Vaccine up to certain extent can limit the morality and morbidity, but definitely control of environmental risk factor is more
important. Basically it is the overall hygiene, the avoidance of over crowding and the environmental risk factors. Those are more important rather then giving the vaccine," said Dr Mukesh Agarwal, HOD Pediatric, KEM Hospital. There are also concerns over cost, and access.
Tons of tons as India put WI on backfoot Kolkata: India wrapped up a dominating first innings with a declaration at 631/7 in the last session of play, and scalped two West Indian wickets on Day 2 of the second Test here today. It was an intimidating show by the batsmen who came up with one partnership after the other, led by centurions Rahul Dravid (119), MS Dhoni (144) and the star of Eden Gardens, VVS Laxman (176*). Kraig Brathwaite of West Indies was the second wicket to go down as newlywed Ravichandran Ashwin opened his account with the scorecard reading 30/2 after Gambhir completed the catch. Replays suggested that the batsman was unlucky to have been given out. However, bad light came to haunt the proceedings and the play was called off for the day. Before that, Umesh Yadav drew first blood for India early on to put extra pressure on the West Indies outfit, claiming Adrian Barath (1). The batsman was out while playing a back of length delivery that was caught superbly by Virender Sehwag in 2nd slip. Dhoni slammed a superb hundred, his fifth in Tests, to put India in the driver’s seat in a fashion that reminded fans of his attacking style of cricket. He was finally claimed by Kemar Roach in the post tea session at a score of 144 runs. His innings was particularly attacking, with shots all round the wicket. With boundaries and sixes becoming the order of the day, the Indian fans had a lot to cheer about as the strong captain muscled fear into the opposition. The partnership between Laxman and Dhoni took the Indian total past the 600-run mark in good time. West Indies captain Darren Sammy tried everything in his books to get the home team out but to no avail on a placid track. Play had resumed after bad light and drizzle forced the umpires to get the pitch covered and take an early lunch on Day 2 of the second Test. The scorecard had read 433/6 at the juncture. The long wait meant that the batsmen would have to get their concentration back right from the scratch while the water made it tougher for the spinners to grip the leather. The batsmen came good while the bowlers had a forgettable outing.
The International Access Vaccine Centre says the new vaccine would help save at least 4 million children across developing countries in the next decade. However, the vaccine requires four booster shots. Altogether, the cost would be Rs 16000. "It is rather unfair that only one percent of population can afford the expensive vaccines and have access to them and the people who need them most don't have access to them. So that's were the fight lies," said Dr Soonu Udani, Pediatrician, Hinduja Hospital. "Just like they fought for AIDS medication to be made cheaper and now ART has been made really cheap for the patients, same things should be done for vaccines," said Dr Udani. The report also highlights low rates of breast feeding in India as a key factor for child deaths. According to the WHO, breast feeding provides vital immunity and Pneumonia wouldn't take such a terrible toll if 70-80 per cent of infants were breastfed, as opposed to 46 per cent of infants, which is the case in India.
Need innovation to address poverty: PM
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the country needs creativity and innovation to address the problems of poverty, health and environment. "We have made innovations in areas such as space technology, atomic energy and automobiles. But innovation in our country has focused mostly on the needs of the rich and not adequately on solving problems of the poor. We wish to change this state of affairs," Singh said while releasing a report of the Innovation Council of India. Innovation, Singh said, can be "a game changer to move from incremental change to radical change. And therefore, it is our resolve to build an enabling environment for innovation to flourish." The country, he added, needs models for innovation to address problems in areas such as poverty alleviation, health, rural communications, agriculture, animal husbandry, green energy and so on. Noting that innovation has a critical role to play in India's growth and development, the Prime Minister said, "The
Manmohan Singh set of challenges that we as a nation face is not only diverse, but also unique. It is only through creativity and innovation, by coming up with novel solutions appropriate to Indian context, that we can meet these challenges effectively." The country, he added, was currently witnessing innovation in rights-based
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Teachers conduct census with a housewife in Mysore today.
Putting heads togehter for co‑op
M S Dhoni Meanwhile, Laxman’s honeymoon with Eden Gardens continued as he slammed another classy century, his 17th in Test cricket, while Dhoni was lucky to have survived twice after being caught off no-balls bowled by Roach. Yuvraj Singh was the only wicket to fall in the morning session as he was claimed lbw by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy at a score of 25 runs. He was peppered with short balls and he struggled to get going. India had started Day 2 of the second Test against West Indies with the duo of Laxman and Yuvraj trying to see off the pacers in the morning conditions. The pair had some work cut out for them, looking to set a big first innings total for the Windies to chase as it would be tough so score the same amount of runs batting last on the Eden track. They were off to the right start as Yuvraj started the proceedings with a four. On the first day, ‘The Wall’ had stood tall in the Garden of Eden as the scorecard registered 346/5 at stumps. Dravid was at his supreme best as he scored his 36th Test century and his fifth in the calendar year. His 140-run partnership with Laxman put India in a great position. Laxman, who has a fantastic record at the Eden Gardens, averaging over 100 with ten matches at the venue, was aiming for another century on the ground as he walked out to bat on a hazy morning of Day 2 and he did that in style.
Karnataka Housing Cooperative Society president S T Somashekar, Bangalore City Cooperative Society president T R Shivakumar, cooperative societies joint secretary C S Veeresh take part in the 58th all-India cooperative marketing, processing and consumer day celebration in Bangalore today.
Atrocities against dalits
Members of the Karnataka Dalit Sangarsha Samiti protesting against alleged atrocities against the community, in Bangalore today.
delivery through the Right to Work, Right to Information and Right to Education, while a Right to Food Security was on the anvil. Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced that the government would provide Rs 100 crore for the India Innovation Fund, which would fund low-cost innovation. India's diversity, Singh said, is an advantage and innovation will happen if people with diverse talent come together for a common endeavour. Demographically, India is a youthful nation, the Prime Minister said, adding, "The young are restless, impatient for change and innovative. We need to fully exploit these advantages." Recalling the tradition of innovation in the country, Singh said, "We were the first to realise the vision of universities at Nalanda and Takhshila. Our freedom struggle that we won without arms was a social innovation in peaceful resistance." Singh also welcomed the initiative of the council to set up a "meta-university" — a collaborative platform where a network
of universities would offer students the opportunity to pursue various disciplines of study. Pointing out that venture capital funds do not cater to solving problems of the poor, Mukherjee said, "I propose to make an initial contribution of Rs 100 crore to kick start the Indian Innovation Fund. The fund will pioneer low-cost innovation." Innovation, he stressed, could significantly help in raising productivity of the informal sector, which suffers from various problems. "Our informal sector, where the majority of our workforce employed has low productivity and low-skilled activities. They could benefit from innovation if they would exploit the existing knowledge base, including product design and connectivity with markets," the Finance Minister said. The government has taken various initiatives like tax concessions for encouraging scientific research, he said, adding that the first multi-disciplinary meta-university will be rolled out in 2012.
Donʼt write epitaph for Kingﬁsher: Vijay Mallya Mumbai: The ‘King of Good Times’ Vijay Mallya took control of Kingfisher Airlines’ ‘cockpit’ on Tuesday and spelt out the plan to get the airline out of turbulence. Addressing a press conference here after two days of deliberation by the airlines’ board on the way forward in view of reports that the airline was close to being shut, Mallya said that the reports are baseless and advised the media to not write the epitaph of the airline. “To write the epitaph of Kingfisher Airlines constantly…It is neither fair nor accurate,” he said. Mallya made it clear that his Kingfisher has never asked for a bailout from the government. “I have not asked the banks or the government for any bailout. I am very grateful to the Prime Minister, who said that government would have to find solutions to the problems being faced by Kingfisher Airlines.” “While thanking the PM for his support, I want to clarify, we have never done that (ask for bail out) and we will never do that,’ he said. Blaming the high taxes being imposed by state governments on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), he said that today fuel comprises of as much as 50% of the operating cost of the airline. He pointed out that while state governments are making windfall profits, the airlines are bleeding. The flamboyant boss of the airline said the only reason they approached the banks was to get more working capital given the challenging business environment prevailing today. “Given the huge increase in fuel cost, we have a genuine need for working capital increase. That is what we asked the bank for. I want to clarify this once for and all we have asked for additional working capital,” He said. The clarification is important as it comes amid reports that the bleeding airline is close to bankruptcy and had approached banks for recapitalisation. He also made it clear that the debt burden on the airline is not “enormous” and that Kingfisher is confident of repaying it back on time, adding that his airlines not worse off than other players. ‘Every carrier is losing money, there are systemic issue,” he said. Incidentally, the airline had reported a loss of over Rs 450 crore in Q2 results announced earlier today.
On the reports that stateowned oil marketing companies (Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum) have refused any further credit to the airline, Mallya said, “There was a time in the last 18 months when Kingfisher enjoyed over Rs 1000 crores of unsecured credit by three oil marketing companies. We have repaid Indian Oil and Bharat Petroleum in full, we don’t owe them a single paisa, as far as HPCL as concerned, of the over Rs 600 crores of unsecured credit it is now down to Rs 40 crore.” Mallya said the “problems” are not always from the airlines side and that Kingfisher has approached the government for direct import of ATF to avoid the high tax on it. On the issue of cancelled flights in the past week, Mallya said, “We cancelled flights not because we couldn’t afford to fly; even today Kingfisher is flying… the cancelation of 50 odds flights have been blamed on entirely wrong reasons.” “We may be wrong at times but it was a commercially prudent decision. We cannot fly on routes that are heavily loss making. We are not in the same arena as the Air India, which perhaps has a national duty to perform as government is a stakeholder.” “We are accountable to the banks and shareholders but we are acutely conscious of the need for connectivity in India and Kingfisher has the widest network. There are destinations to which we fly exclusively. We haven’t dropped any one of these routes because we are conscious of that that irrespective of profit or loss connectivity has to be maintained.” On the way forward, Mallya
said that the focus is on ways to increase the yield. “We have taken up reconfiguration of our aircraft which will give us incremental revenues. We decided to phase out Kingfisher Red; unfortunately it was misconstrued as to we shutting down a part of the airline,” he said. “Our yields in the Kingfisher Class were much higher than what we were getting from the no frills calls and we are getting more on yield than what we were spending on provinding full service,” he pointed out. On the future of civil aviation sector in India, he said, “Yes there is huge civil aviation growth forecast, ours is vast country and air connectivity is the only solution. Air traffic is not restricted to metros anymore, the future is bright but you need to look at which end of the pyramid you would want to focus on.” He quipped that there is now lost model in India as the only differentiator between low cost airline and full service airline is only the frills like onboard meals. “I will never say low cost for low fare, only differentiator is the meal, lounge access and frequent flyer programme. With this huge capacity at the low end of the pyramid, there is going to be a bloodbath and we don’t want any of the bloodbath,” he said. Mallya added that as the economy grows businessmen will fly and Kingfisher would like to focus on that customer. “That segment is willing to paying extra for the convenience. There are only three full service carriers, Kingfisher, Jet and Air India…more tempered competition and not the cut throat competition that is at the bottom end of the market,” he added.
Oz court to hear Samsung‑Apple case in March Woman who Sydney: An Australian court has agreed to hear in March a case brought by Samsung Electronics to ban sales of Apple Inc's latest iPhone, with sales allowed to continue as normal ahead of the full hearing on alleged patent infringements. Samsung has sought to block sales of Apple's latest iPhone 4S, which went on sale in early October, by filing preliminary sales injunction requests in four countries including Australia. The decision by the court to hold a full hearing in March gives Apple at least four months to sell the new iPhone in Australia. Apple stunned Wall Street last month with quarterly results that missed expectations for the first time in years as customers held off buying iPhones until the October launch. "The case will be fixed for a hearing for three weeks, commencing in March, 2012, with the date to be fixed on Friday," justice Annabelle Bennett told the Aus-
tralian Federal Court in Sydney on Tuesday. Bennett said sales of the iPhone 4S in Australia would be allowed to continue in the meantime. "I stand over the application for an interlocutory injunction, that will stand over to the same date, as that of the date of the hearing," she added. Apple and Samsung have been locked in a legal battle in 10 countries involving smartphones and tablet computers as they jostle for top spot in the fastgrowing markets. Apple is also Samsung's biggest customer, buying mainly chips and displays. Lawyers for Apple had wanted a hearing for the case to be held in August next year, but Bennett said this was too far away. "They are trying to expand the Android market. The longer it's left the harder it will be for Samsung," Justice Bennett said. Samsung uses Google Inc's Android operating system in its smart phones.
In October, Samsung filed preliminary injunction motions against the latest iPhone in Japan, France and Italy, claiming the product infringed its patents. The case in Australia will centre around alleged infringement of 3 patents and more than 25 claims. Samsung's latest salvo came after the South Korean electronics giant suffered a series of setbacks in its ongoing legal battles with the U.S. firm. Apple has scored preliminary injunctions against some Samsung products in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands, and further seeks to block sales of Samsung models in the United States, the key smartphone battleground. In Australia, Samsung has appealed against an Australian court's decision to grant a preliminary injunction blocking the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, with a full court hearing scheduled for November 25.
set her ex aﬁre surrenders
Pune: Anushree Kundra, who had been on the run after allegedly setting her ex and his girlfriend on fire, has surrendered in a Pune court today. Juhi Prasad, a young lawyer, died in hospital in October. Before she passed away, she told her father that she has been asleep at her flat with Nimesh Sinha, when Anushree entered their home and poured petrol over them. The Pune policemen handling the case say that Anushree, an IT professional, first had a heated argument with Nimesh and Juhi, and then left their home. She
returned later and attacked them. Sinha survived his burns. Anushree had disappeared; her cellphone and email accounts were not in use for the last few weeks. Then she successfully applied for conditional bail on November 11 in the Delhi High Court.
Rupee at 32-month low
Mumbai: The rupee fell to its weakest level in nearly 32 months today. At 10:10 a.m., the partially convertible rupee was at 50.65/66 per dollar, after hitting 50.71, its weakest since March 31, 2009.
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