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DREAM ROLLS Metro Rail service begins; Union minister Kamal Nath presses button

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Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: With the press of a button, the dreams of Bangaloreans started rolling this morning. The much-awaited Metro Rail was inaugurated by Union urban affairs minister Kamal Nath at the Metro station on MG Road at 11.10 am. Soon after the inauguration, Nath, chief minister D V Sadanandga Gowda, Union railway minister Dinesh Trivedi, Union corporate affairs minister Veerappa Moily, Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar, MPs H Vishwanath, P C Mohan and D B Chandre Gowda, BJP national general secretary Arun Jaitley, home miser R Ashok, first citizen of Bangalore Sharadamma, deputy mayor Harish and a host of officials and leaders travelled in the train to Byyappanahalli. But Union minister of state for railways K H Muniyappa missed the inaugural ride as he came to the station late. He had to take the next train to Byappanahalli. With this, Reach 1, Phase 1 of the Metro Rail project, stretching up to 6.7 km, has been commissioned. The reach 1 runs from MG Road to Byappanahalli. Rs 1,500 crore have been spent for the first phase, the construction of which began in 2007. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd will run a train every 15 minutes. The fares from MG Road have been fixed at Rs 10 for Trinity Circle, Rs 12 for Ulsoor and Indirangar and Rs 14 for Swami Vivekananda circle station, Rs 15 for Byyappanahalli. The Metro Rail services will operate from 6 am till 10 pm. Each train will have three bogies and can carry a 1,000 people at a time. According to BMRCL estimation, more than 30,000 people will use the mass transit system. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation too is running 60 special feeder buses for these Metro stations. Today, the services opened for the public from 4 pm. The central ministers and dignitaries were given a traditional welcome at the MG Road station that had been decked up for the occasion. From Byyappanahalli, the dignitaries travelled back in a BMTC Metro Rail feeder service bus to Manekshaw Parade Grounds on MG Road, where a massive public function was held.

Union urban development minister Kamal Nath, BJP national genral secretary Arun Jaitley, chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda, Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar inaugurate the Reach 1, Phase 1 of the Metro Rail services at the MG Road station this morning. Later, They went on a ride till Byyappanahalli.

Give credit to BSY, Ashok for Metro: Ananth Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: A major part of the credit for the inauguration of Metro Rail should go to home and transport minister R Ashok and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, said Bangalore South MP H N Ananth Kumar taking part in the inauguration of Metro Rail here today. “It was in 2001 when I was the ur-

Now, no pre‑payment penalty on housing loans New Delhi: There is good news for millions of house owners, who have acquired their homes on EMIs, before Diwali. The housing finance regulator, National Housing Bank, has banned the levy of prepayment penalty. As per the new norm, there will be no penalty charges even if the pre-payment is made through funds from other banks and finance companies. This move will help all the homeowners who have availed loans from any of the 54 housing finance companies. Adding to Diwali cheer, the regulator has also asked housing finance companies to ensure that all borrowers pay the same interest rate irrespective of when the loan was taken.

ban development minister that then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee asked me to prepare a project report and to think of starting Metro Rail services at all cities with a population of over 10 lakh. Vajpayee was clear that the Metro Rail would be a necessity. We approached Delhi Metro Rail Corporation managing director E Sreedharan, who gave us a detailed project report focusing mainly on metros like

Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.” “The initiation for the Metro projects came during the Vajpayee era and successive governments followed it up. The present chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda too worked hard to get it cleared from the Union ministry. This is the first Metro to roll in South India. When I questioned Hyderabad authorities, they said soil testing was

Cane charge, clashes at Jaya trial venue Bangalore Beat Bureau

sets cases was heard by Justice Mallikarjunaiah, who after the Bangalore: The police had to initial hearing adjourned the resort to a mild lathicharge case to afternoon. and two groups clashed in front Earlier, Jayalalithaa arrived of the Parappana Agrahara by a special flight at the HAL Central Jail, where Tamil Nadu airport and from there in a chief minister J Jayalalithaa arconvoy of 20 vehicles to the tririved this morning to attend the al venue. trial of disproportionate assets A tight security cordon had cases against her. been thrown around the jail. As the surging crowds tried to get past through The Karnataka police had stationed over 1,000 the barricades put up at the central jail, the po- personnel, while their Tamil Nadu counterlice resorted to the lathicharge. parts too had brought in 500 policemen. At the entrance, Samata Sainik Dal and Dalit Fearing trouble, the police had declared secSangharsha Samiti members protested by wav- tion 144 in the 500 metre radius of the central jail. ing black flags for the AIADMK leader’s in- This is to ensure that nothing untoward hapvolvement in the cases. Local members of her pened to the Tamil Nadu leader, who enjoys Z catparty, clashed with the DSS and Dal workers, egory security. who were slapped and beaten up. The cases related to alleged acquisition of a The protesters were demanding that Jay- hotel worth Rs 57 crore in 2001 and possessing alalithaa should own moral responsibility and illegal properties worth over Rs 97 crore in 1991resign from her chair. They felt that since she is 96. in power, she could influence the witnesses and DMK state general secretary Anbazhagan tamper with evidence. had filed the cases against Jayalalithaa. The The police arrived just in time to break up the Supreme Court had ordered that the cases be two groups. heard in Karnataka as the AIADMK was in The hearing in the two disproportionate as- power at Tamil Nadu then.

still going on at several places. But we have succeeded in running it already.” The Metro Rail should evince interest among global investors to come into Bangalore and the state, said major and medium scale industries minister Murugesh Nirani. There are a lot of opportunities for companies to invest in Metro-related projects in Bangalore, which has already made its name as the IT capital

HDK: Itʼs a personal matter Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: “My marriage is a personal issue and would not like to comment on it in the public domain,” said JD(S) national president H D Kumaraswamy today. A city-based advocate has filed a writ petition before the Karnataka High Court against Kumaraswamy for his alleged second marriage and seeking a direction to the Lok Sabha Speaker to disqualify the MP on this count. Advocate Shashidhar Belagumba has alleged that Kumaraswamy should be disqualified as he has committed a crime by marrying actress Radhika during the life time of his present wife Anita. He got support from BJP state president K S Eshwarappa too. Talking to the media at Shimoga, he said, “There are bound to be flaws in everyone’s life. But since a public personality’s issues are highlighted they seem bigger. It is Kumaraswamy’s personal issue and should not be discussed in public,” he added.

of the country. This is the first Metro Rail service in South India and it is a new feather in the city’s cap, he said. The state government will invite investors from across the globe with open arms. They can come here and invest freely. “We are looking forward to the Global Investors’ Meet to be held in June next year,” he added. Energy minister Shobha Karandlaje said, “I am very happy that the

Metro has been inaugurated when our government is in power. The station and the train look very good. Metro will certainly bring down traffic congestion on Bangalore roads. It is a very good facility for the people of the city. The BMRCL has provided the best service. It will become the central attraction of the city that already has been endowed with many other attractions.”


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Applications invited for Tipu award Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore: The Disha Charitable Trust has invited applications for the Mysore Tiger Tipu Sultan awards for this year. Those who have done commendable service to the society have been asked to send in their entries. The selected persons would be honoured at an award ceremony at ADA Rangamandiraon November 10. Interested can send their applications with details of their achievements. Contact Irshad Ahmed Shaikh, president,Disha Charitable Trust, No. 70, third cross, Manjunatha Layout, Bannerghatta road, or call: 9448352427.


Bangalore: Students of Rashtrothana Vidya Kendra, Dharwad, emerged winners in the national rural IT quiz yesterday. Swapnil U Mankame & Supreeth R from the school beat six other finalists to win the prestigious quiz competition. Palash Agrawal and Abhishek Naik from Atomic Energy Central School, Indore, were the first runners-Up, while Abhishek Bhattacharya and Dhaval Chauhan from DAV Public School, Ranchi, were the second runners-up. The quiz programme was conducted by Giri Balasubramaniam. The first round had Cryptic Bytes, a crossword software with clues for teams to crack. This was followed by Visual Bytes – a visual round covering several aspects Bangalore Beat Bureau of computing and IT. Rapid Bytes – was a round on the buzzer. Bangalore: Bangalore Akashvani Lateral Bytes: A Connect round has invited applications for tem- on the buzzer required teams to porary news readers and trans- think out of the box. The final lators. round was Bits & Bytes: a MultiThe winners received a trophy 75,000, first runners-up got Rs Candidates should be either ple Clues round on the buzzer. and cash scholarships of Rs 40,000 and second runners-up graduates or diploma holders in journalism from a recognised university. They should have knowledge of computers and ability to translate from Kannada to English and vice-versa. Interested can send their applications with a photograph before October 31. They should send the applications to the director, news division, Akashvani, Rajbhavan Road, Bangalore. They can either hand over the applications personally or send Bangalore: As part of the ongoing golden jubilee celebrations of the 109 it through registered post. Helicopter unit of IAF, a motorcycle expedition covering approximately 1,750 km through, hills, ghats, forests, plantations and other historical and heritage sites across the state was flagged off by Air Commodore B S Yadav, air officer commanding, Air Force Station Yelahanka. Bangalore: The VidyaVikas Trust The expedition will travel through has invited applications from Mysore, Kodagu, Mangalore, Udupi, blind girl students for scholar- Chikmaglore, Hassan, Belur and ships. Those interested in getting Helebidu and terminating at Sravanthe scholarship should have abelagola. passed SSLC and should be from Air Commodore Yadav said sports economically weaker sections. and adventure must form an integral They can sent the applications part of our lives. before November 11, stated a The team of 20 riders is headed by press note from trust president Wing Commander V S Srihari, comM R S Murthy. Call 080-23320918. manding officer, 109 Helicopter Unit. The expedition will meet students from schools and colleges to motivate them to take up armed forces. 109 Helicopter Unit is the only operational twin engine helicopter unit of the Indian Air Force in the southern The Motor Cycle Expedition team of 109 Helicopter Unit, which was flagged off from the Air Force Station peninsula and is located at the Air Yelahanka. Bangalore: Bangaloreans were Force Station, Yelahanka. giggling, cackling, and chortling all of July as Radio City 91.1 FM brought radio’s biggest laughter challenge, ‘Comedy Star’. Radio City’s Comedy Star is a talent hunt for the wittiest Kannada Radio Jockey. The city-wide auditions for ‘Comedy Star’ started from July 14 and the grand finale ended amidst great fanfare with established comedian Komal. The winner of Comedy Star was Vyas Raj. The winner of Radio City ‘Comedy Star’ will get an opportunity to be a part of Radio City 91.1 FM Bangalore and share their jokes with the listeners onair and there would be a special ‘Comedy Star’ PPF for a year. The entire theme of ‘Comedy Star’ reflects the Radio City spirit of fun and entertainment as the crux for a successful radio station. Radio City presents a perfect Kannada Vatal Paksha leader Vatal Nagaraj burns an effigy of Tamil Nadu chief minister J platform for listeners to exhibit Jayalalithaa, who has been attendig court proceedings in disproportionate assets cases in their talent on a wider scale Bangalore, today. through the ‘Comedy Star’ hunt. Close to 1000 aspirants from Bangalore had participated this year for the hunt.

Akashvani calls for applications

Chopper unit goes on bike expedition

Scholarships for blind girl students

Radio City hosts finale of ʻComedy Starʼ

Vatal protests against Jaya

College inauguration Bangalore: Karnataka State Tigala Education Society is inaugurating its women’s pre-university college set up in Vijayanagar on October 23. The college will be inaugurated by external affairs minister S M Krishna. Students who passed from the Rajajinagar branch of the college and who have reached great heights will be honoured at the function, said society chairman S Siddalingaiah. Home and transport minister R Ashok, law and parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Kumar and opposition leader in the assembly Siddaramaiah will take part in the function.

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received Rs 10,000, cellphones, Ipods and haversacks. The quiz was part of the event 2011 being held in the city. The quiz, which had a successful run in the state for over a decade, has now become a national programme, covering Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, besides Karnataka. The regional rounds of the programme were conducted in all states between August and October for students from eighth to 12 standards. It has earned an entry in the Limca Book of Records as the first IT Quiz for rural students in the country. Chief secretary S V Ranganath gave away the prizes. IT-BT department principal secretary M N Vidyashankar and others were present. Vidyashankar said, “In our concerted efforts to promote IT among the rural youth we have scaled up the event to national level. The response from Gujarat Rs 20,000, besides cellphones and Maharashtra has been very and Ipods. All the finalists also good this year.”

Infy strengthens

presence in SE Asia Bangalore: Infosys Limited today inaugurated its new development center at the Changi Business Park Crescent in Singapore. It will serve as its regional hub in South-East Asia and will play a strategic role in the company’s operations, said a press note from the company. Infosys board member Ashok Vemuri and CEO and Country Head UBS Singapore Gerald Chan inaugurated the new centre. The new centre is spread over 25,000 sqft of space and can currently seat up to 450 people. Infosys plans to expand the facility to 1,000 people 2012-end. The company is also strengthening its employee base in Singapore and has already hired 34 graduates from the top three Singaporean Universities. Over the next six to nine months, Infosys plans to hire over 600 fresh engineers as well as experienced

professionals at the development centre. Vemuri said, “Infosys has been present in Singapore for the past seven years and the country serves as our regional hub, allowing us to address business demands in the South-east Asian market. We now plan to make Singapore our innovation hub and deliver high-quality service capabilities to clients across verticals. With its excellent infrastructure and a large talent pool of over 8,000 fresh IT engineers entering the market each year, it offers a conducive environment to drive business opportunities in the region.” Feroz Syed, delivery manager, Infosys, is the head of the Singapore centre. A veteran in the IT industry, Feroz takes over this role from his current role of delivery manager, financial services and insurance unit at Infosys.

Pulitzer winning play to be staged tomorrow

Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: One of the most awarded plays of the last decade – ‘August: Osage County’: a Pulitzer winning play by Tracy Letts, directed by LilleteDubey, will be staged at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall tomorrow. The play strikes a chord with today’s audience. Set in Goa, August: Osage County portrays a family in a state of near meltdown. Funny, potent, vicious, completely volatile and lush with a sparkling disparagement of

the modern family, the play has won universal critical acclaim. The play features some of the best known actors on the Indian stage – LD, SandhyaMridul, KituGidwani, MeetaVashist, Amar Talwar, SuchitraPillai, and Ira Dubey. The cast brings to life the darkly comedic life of August: Osage County’s characters and their myriad stories. In India, the play will run initially for 13 shows across Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata through October to December 2011.

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PARAMATHMA (U) Puneeth, Aindrita Ray, Deepa Sannidhi, Ramya Barna Cauvery (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Ganesh (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Goverdhan (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10 am, 12.50, 3.40, 6.30, 9.20 pm) Lakshmi (BTM Layout) (10 am, 1, 5, 8 pm) Lakshmi (Tavarekere) (10 am, 1.30, 5, 8.30 pm) Manasa (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Navrang (10.15 am, 1.15, 4.15, 7.15, 10 pm) Srinivasa (Gowdanapalya) (11 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Siddheshwwara (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Uma (1 pm, 4, 7 pm) Vajreshwari (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30pm) Vijayalakshmi (Garudacharpalya) (11 am, 2.30 pm) Veeresh (10.30 am,1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Venkateshwara (Avalahalli) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9 pm)

SAARATHEE (U/A) Darshan, Deepa, Rangayana Raghu Adarsha (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Balaji (Tavarekere) (10 am, 1, 5, 8 pm) Mohan (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Nalanda (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.40 pm) Nartaki (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Prasanna

THREE MUSKETEERS (U/A) Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson Inox (Jayanagar) (10.30 am, 3, 5.15, 9.45 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 2.40, 5, 9.45 pm) Rex (1.15, 5.30, 9.45 pm) Tribhuvan (10.15 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Veeresh (10.20 am, 1.20, 4.20, 7.20, 10 pm )

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LOKAVE HELIDA MAATHIDU (U/A) Ravi Teja, Anitha Kailash (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Ranganath (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Vishal (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)

MARYADE RAMANNA (U/A) Komal Kumar, Nisha Anupama (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Siddalingeshwara (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Uma (10.15 am ) Vaibav (11 am, 2.30 pm)

KALLA MALLA SULLA (U) Ravichandran, Ramesh Aravind, Vijay Raghavendra Bharathi (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Gopal (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (3.40 pm) Krishna Triveni (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)

LIFEU ISHTENE (U/A) Diganth, Samyuktha Belawadi Gopalan (10.05 am, 3.45 pm)

Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 2.45, 9.50 pm)

REAL STEEL (U/A) Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo Inox (Magrath Road) (12.15 pm, 7.15 pm) Vinayaka (DG Halli) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm)



Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler Inox (Jayanagar) (12.45 pm, 3 pm)

Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike Inox (Magrath Road) (12.20 pm, 4.55 pm)

HINDI AZAAN (A) Sachiin Joshi, Dalip Tahil

Inox (Magrath Road) (9.45 pm)

MY FRIEND PINTO (U/A) Prateik Babbar, Kalki Koechlin, Manisha Koirala, Naseruddin Shah, Divya Dutta Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 2.55, 5.05, 10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (9.30 pm) Rex (11.15 am, 3.50 , 7.45 pm)




(10.15 am, 1.15, 4.15 7.15 pm) Sri Lakshmi (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Ullas (11.30 am, 2.45, 5.45, 8.45 pm) Veerabhadreshwara (10.45 am, 1.45, 4.45, 7.45 pm)


Rannvijay Singh, Ayesha Takia Azmi, Raghuveer Yadav, Tanvi Azmi Inox (Magrath Road) (4.50 pm)


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Movie Listings

Saqib Saleem, Saba Azad, Nishant Dahiya, Tara D'Souza Inox (Jayanagar) (4.05 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 2.40, 7.10, 9.30 pm)

RASCALS (U/A) Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Kangna Ranaut Abhinay (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Anand (3.30 pm, 7, 10 pm) Apsara (10.45 am, 1.45 pm) Everest (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm)

Fame (Lido) (10.50 am, 1.30, 4.10, 6.50, 9.30 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10.20 am) Inox (Magrath Road) (10.05 am, 7.15 pm) Navrang (10 pm) Pushpanjali (Sultanpalya) (11 am, 2.15, 6, 9.15 pm) Rex (1.30 pm, 9.55 pm) Veeresh (10 pm) Vision Cinemas (10 am, 12.15, 2.45, 5, 7.30, 9.45 pm)

FORCE (U/A) Genelia D’Souza, John Abraham Bhumika (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (7.15 pm) Narendra (KG Halli) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.10 am, 1.15, 9.20 pm)

SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER (A) Jimmy Sheirgill, Mahie Gill Vaibhav (11 am, 2 pm) Vinayaka (DJ Halli) (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)

MAUSAM (U/A) Shahid Kapur, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher Laxmi (5 pm, 8 pm)

TELUGU Krishna (Bommanahalli) (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Pushpanjali (BN Pura) (6 pm, 9.30 pm) Radhakrishna (11.15 am) Rajarajeshwari (Mallathahalli) (1.30 pm, 4.30, 7.15, 9.30 pm) Rex (10.30 am, 3.55, 6.55 pm) Tirumala (10 am, 1.45, 5.30, 8.45 pm) Urvashi (10.45 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Sangeet (11.30 am, 2.45, 6.15, 9.30 pm) Vaibhav (Sanjay Nagar) (10.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Vaishnavi (11.15 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm)

MADATHA KAAJA (U/A) Allari Naresh, Sneha Ullal Prakash (10 am, 2.30, 6,30, 9.30 pm)


OOSARAVELLI (U/A) Tamanaah, Shaam, Prakash Eshwari (11.15 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (12.55 pm) Kapali (10.15 am, 1.15, 4.15, 7.15 pm)

Mahesh Babu, Samantha Inox (Jayanagar) (6.15 pm) Mukunda (11 am, 2, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Murali (Gokula) (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Pallavi (10 am, 1.15, 4.30, 7.45 pm) Radhakrishna (11.15 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Renukaprasanna (10.30 am, 1.30, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Venkateshwara (KR Puram) (6 pm, 9.30 pm)


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

CITY EVENTS Movie A film by Alejandro Cardenas-Amelio will be screened by Max Mueller Bhavan. 6pm Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, 1st Stage, Indiranagar. Hosmat Hospital: examination will be done at various hospitals in the city as part of Pond’s Breast Cancer Awareness Week between October 18 and 24. Those interested in availing the free check-up may contact Narendra on 9845438063 for more information 10am to 5pm Various hospitals in the city. Pixel B, PESSE Campus, Azim Premji University, Hosur Road, Electronic City

Music Off The Hook with Aditya Menon: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Kyra Theatre, No 2001 Kattima Center, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar Singer Aditya Menon performs solo on stage as part of the acoustic Thursday nights at Kyra.

Eating Out Mexican Fiesta: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. noon to 11:30 p.m. Sports Bar and Lounge, Le Meridien, No 28, Sankey Road, High Grounds A special menu, which pairs Mexican cuisine with beverages. Combos include Tequila with Tacos and Beer with Burittos. Lunch Buffet @ Applewood: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Applewood, No 760, 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. New Vegetarian Menu at Nando’s: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Nando's , No 1/A, Church Street, Nando’s gives vegetarians a reason to smile with a meat free menu. On it are grilled burgers and wraps, and specialities like the Veg Espetada, Veg Platter, and Roasted Veg Meal. Chocofest: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Baskin Robbins, No 218, New BEL Road, Chocolate lovers are treated to a host of indulgent flavours like choco chips mousse, chocolate ice cream, three cheers chocolate, malted choco fudge, world class chocolate, mint milk chocolate chips and more. There's also an offer where patrons can take home a family pack on the purchase of a party pack of any of the chocolate flavors Festive Sweets @ Caramel: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Caramel, Vivanta by Taj - Whitefield, ITPB, Near Big Bazaar, Whitefield Caramel welcomes this festive season with a choice of hampers of chocolates and Indian sweets. Prices start from Rs 1250. Dine by the Street: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Terracotta, Vivanta by Taj - Whitefield, ITPB, Near Big Bazaar, Whitefield Kebabs from the streets of Amritsar, Lucknow and Lahore under the star-studded sky, paired with an expansive collection of whiskeys. Festive Hampers: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Mynt, The Taj West End, No 25, Race Course Road, High Grounds Gift hampers for the festive season, composed of gourmet treats. They can be personalised as well.

Nightlife Jolly Good Bollywood: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 8 p.m. Opus In The Creek, No 2 Doddanekkundi Industrial Area, Whitefield Road, Mahadevapura Bollywood music comes back with the age old game of Antakshari. A musical quiz where the answers to the questions are all Bollywood songs. Booze and Brains with Mark Rego: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Opus, Chakravarty Layout, 1st Cross, Palace Cross Road, Sankey Road A quiz and a dance party all rolled into one. A mentally stimulating experience coupled with a whole lot of fun and music. Retro Thursdays @ City Bar: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. City Bar Karaoke + Grill, UB City, No 24, Vittal Mallya Road, City Bar hosts Retro Thursdays, featuring original videos of yesteryears topped off with DJ Praful's twist to the music

in his unique style. Future Retro with Bess: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Bacchus, F&B Excellency, No 8, Papanna Street, St Marks Road Indie, new disco, electro, breaks, and synthpop with Bess this Thursday at Bacchus. There's a 1+1 offer all night.


Photos: Gangadhar Pujar & S Radhakrishna

Champagne Showers with DJs Sash & Prashanth: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Blue Waves, Shelton Grand Hotel, No 73, MG Road, Hip-hop with DJs Prashanth & Sash at Blue Waves. Ladies drink for free till 10:00 pm. Karaoke with Martin Dsouza: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Herbs & Spice, No 39 HAL 3rd Stage, 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar Karaoke with Martin Dsouza this Thursday at Herbs and Spice.

Shopping The Great Forum Shopping Festival: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Forum Mall, No 21, Hosur Road, Koramangala A monthlong shopping festival that has great discounts and prizes worth 50 crores for shoppers. Adding to the festivities are dance troupes from all over the country and live music performances. Wrangler’s Autumn-Winter Collection: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wrangler, No 777, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar The collection depicts the character that denim acquires after enduring an adrenaline fueled road trip and shows the relationship it shares with its wearer.

Metro Rail that began commercial operations today begins its maiden journey. The train was flagged off from MG Road to Byyappanahalli. The Metro services are expected to bring down congestion on city’s roads.

Swarovski Charm Collection: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Swarovski, 1st Floor, Monarch Plaza, Brigade Road, Symbolic, quirky, feminine or offbeat, the charm collection allows wearers to express their personalities through miniature works of art. Samriddhi Offer: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Gitanjali, No 3049, 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar Gitanjali offers discounts of up to 20% on its Diya range of jewellery. The Swadeshi Store's Annual Sale: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Swadeshi Store, No 31 Towards Dairy Circle, Hosur Main Road, Krishnanagar Indutrial Layout Up to 50% off on the entire range of handcrafted cotton home furnishings and accessories.

People near the Metro Rail station on MG Road watch excitedly. The services were opened for public from 4 pm today.

Union company affairs minister Veerappa Moily greets Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Murty, and Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar Shaw at the Metro Rail station on MG Road before the services were inaugurated today.

Centre released crores for Metro, says Motamma

Landmark's Biggest Ever Sale: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Landmark, The Forum Mall, No 21, Hosur Road, Koramangala Discounts of up to 70% on books, toys, DVDs, music and more at Landmark.


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Nirantara @ Galleryske: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Galleryske, No 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town Galleryske presents 'Nirantara' by Srinivasa Prasad. The artist employs materials that highlight the organic growth cycle of life, death and continuation. Fiesta of Art: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallery Third Eye, No A-1 Epsilon Office Block, Yemalur Main Road, Yemalur An exhibition of paintings by Ashok Kumar G Hiremath and Swapan Sarkar. Group Show @ Renaissance: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Renaissance Gallerie, No 13 Westminster, Cunningham Road, An exhibition of paintings by Rhema Mathews, Surajit Chatterjee, Jaidev S Gurudev, and Santanu Sarkar at Renaissance. Fluid Xpressions:20th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Magnitude Gallery, No 140/13 3rd Block, 27th Cross, 13th Main, Jayanagar A set of paintings that showcase non-objective and non-figurative use of colour, shades and media. The Sartorial World @ Apparao: 20th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Apparao Galleries, No 82 The Presidency, St Marks Road, Apparao hosts 'The Sartorial World', a cross disciplinary art show exploring the body as a museum. Two Man Show @ Gallery Time & Space: Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gallery Time & Space, No 55, Lavelle Road, A collection of selected works by renowned artists Amitabh Sengupta.

It was a traditional welcome for delegates who arrived at the Metro station.

Ramya not doing item number for Kavitha Lankeshʼs next Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: If you wanted to see more of Ramya in ‘Padmavathi’ kind of item numbers, you have to wait for a while. A skimpily-clad, sizzlingstar did a number for JohhnyMeraNaamand it became an instant hit. But now Ramyawants to be choosy and would not like to be part of every item song coming her way. The actress who was back from Portugal after spending some good time with her boyfriend was shocked to read that she's shaking leg for an item number in KavithaLankesh's Crazy Lokha. Sources close to her told us that she's quite miffed with director Kavitha and producer of the film for gaining publicity using her name. In fact, the actress was approached by Kavitha for a special

song which she had not confirmed. But the makers had already spread the news to get public attention, which according to Ramya is not professional. The star is not new to publicity. She’s most talked about actress in the Kannada industry, be it for acting, her political career or her personal life. But Ramya feels that people involved in spreading such rumours should also be aware what it would do an actor’s career. The actress has made it clear that she would not “stoop” to such levels as to do an item number when her acting career is going pretty well. Ramya, who has completed dubbing for Siddlingu, will soon go back to Portugal to complete a song shoot for Lucky after which she will start off Munirathna's film opposite super star Upendra.

Metro Rail to Bangalore. He also conceptualised the project. Bangalore: The central UPA I am happy that it has come to government has been releasing fruition now,” she said. hundreds of crores for urban When S M Krishna became development projects through the chief minister, he took a its Jnnurm. lot of interest and pushed the The state government and project forward. He felt that the BBMP have to make best Bangalore, which came to be of it, said opposition leader in known as the silicon city during the council Motamma, taking his tenure, has a Metro Rail part in the ceremony to inau- service of international stangurate the Metro Rail services dards, she said. in the city today. When the popularity of BanA lot of effort and funds have galore began to grow during been released by the central the Krishna regime, people government for the Metro Rail from across the country and project too, she said. world came to settle down here. “During the 1990s, then All should remember the condeputy chief minister Siddara- tributions made by these leadmaiah had dreamt of bringing ers, she added.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Siddu: Govt must waive off drought‑hit farmersʼ loans Bangalore Beat Bureau

Bangalore: The state government should waive off the loans of farmers as they are suffering from crop loss due to drought, said opposition leader in the assembly Siddaramaiah. He said, “Nearly 50 percent of the taluks in the state are facing drought. Farmers have suffered loss of crops running into several crores. They have not got any yield this year because of drought. Rain has been erratic in the state. But the government is not serious about tackling these issues.” “If the problem continues, farmers will face severe shortages. The government should immediately open cattle centres and start distributing foodgrains and fodder. The government should release funds immediately and take steps to overcome drought effects. It should also

make arrangements to supply drinking water, medicines and other supplies to drought-affected regions.” He said that there is a lot of scarcity of a lot of basic amenities in many areas. There has been a crippling shortage of power adding to drought woes. The government should call for an emergency legislature session immediately to discuss these pressing problems. Replying to chief minister D V SadanandaGowda’s statement that opposition parties did not allow the sessions to run smoothly, he said, “When we bring pressing issues to the notice of the government, it refuses to take either corrective action or discuss about it. When we protest demanding discussion on these issues, they adjourn the House. When a session is called for a stipulated period, the session is adjourned sine die even before

No inflated travel expense: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi: The government today targeted key Team Anna member KiranBedi for showing inflated travel expenses. The former IPS officer was accused of traveling economy for events concerning her NGO, even after getting the allotment to travel in the business class. Hitting out at the social activist, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said that Bedi should clarify on such serious allegations. Later, Bedi released a state-

ment dismissing the reports of showing inflated travel expenses, saying that “travelling economy is a choice despite entitlement only to ensure that savings remain with the NGO”. She denied any personal gains and claimed that the “detractors” had tried “real hard to find a smoking gun”. “However, I accept this kind of coverage as a part of the challenges which being in public life poses. Best wishes,” she added.

claiming that since it came to power in 2008, the state has generated 2,600 mw of electricity. “We demand that the chief minister release a white paper on the present power situation within 10 days.” Siddaramaiah said he visited the Raichur Thermal Power Station recently, and found that only one lakh metric tonne of coal was in the storage. “When we were in power, the RTPS had a minimum of 7-8 lakh metric tonnes of coal. The government is saying that we are facing proball the issues are taken up. In lems because of the pro-TelanParliament, the BJP-led opposi- ganastrike in Andhra Pradesh. tion protested for 23 days de- But it should have made altermanding the constitution of a native arrangements and sourced Joint Parliamentary Committee coal from Maharashtra and Oristo look into 2G spectrum issue. sa. The government has created The government agreed to it. But an issue when there is, in fact, a how many times has the state solution.” government agreed to the opThe government has bought position demand?” power and coal worth hundreds The BJP government has been of crores of rupees. Huge kick-

Sandalwood dealers held Chintamani: Ten persons who were selling illegal sandalwood were arrested today. They were transporting sandalwood billets worth lakhs from AjjiAderanahalli village in Siddlaghattataluk when they were arrested. Chintamani assistant superintendent of police Ramesh, who got specific information, arrested the sandalwood smugglers.

CBI raids Jagan Reddyʼs residence in Hyderabad Hyderabad: A Central Bureau of Investigation team today raided the Hyderabad residence of YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy, as part of investigations into his assets. Jagan Reddy, the son of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YSR Reddy, is accused of having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. Sources said the CBI team, that included officials from different government teams, was trying to assess if the declarations made by Mr Reddy matched independent assessments. The investigating agency has been ordered by the Andhra High Court to examine the sources of the MP’s enormous fortune. The

CBI has said those who invested in Jagan’s companies had done that as a quid-pro-quo for favours extended by his father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy when he was the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. The CBI has, however, not named YSR in its FIR. A case filed by a Congress minister Sankar Rao had alleged that several investors who poured funds into Jagan Mohan’s different businesses were returning illicit favours granted by his famous father, a Congress leader who served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and died in a helicopter crash in 2009. Jagan’s business empire includes a vernacular newspaper, a TV channel, a cement plant

US releases Headley tapes Washington: US federal prosecutors have released interrogation tapes of admitted PakistaniAmerican terrorist David Headley, who helped plot the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, after a Chicago judge’s order. Headley, son of a Pakistani diplomat and an American mother, who changed his given name of Daood Gilani to scout targets in Mumbai without arousing suspicion, is heard speaking publicly for the first time in the just released clips, ABC News reported. Wednesday’s release of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tape came after a not-forprofit investigative journalism group, Pro-Publica, filed a court motion along with the PBS show Frontline. The government argued that Headley’s family would be endangered if the video was released. Judge Harry Leinenweber said he wasn’t convinced of that. Headley is heard on the tape saying: “I want some, I mean would like, I know it doesn’t

matter what I want, but I’d like, from my eyes, I want some kind of bust to happen. “I don’t want to keep on & I mean I know you have plenty of evidence against me but really I’m just providing you more and more evidence against me and you aren’t making any arrests.” During questioning, Headley was told that he had to tell authorities everything he knew and that any plea bargain would be based on the importance and quality of the information. That is when Headley made a motion to suggest a plea deal to avoid the death penalty and then decided to turn on his boyhood friend, Pakistan born Canadian Tahawwur Rana, who provided Headley the cover of his Chicago based immigration business. Headley would go on to get his plea deal in exchange for testifying against Rana, who was cleared in June of his role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks but convicted of providing material help to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

and a power project, and is estimated to be worth more than a few hundred crores. Earlier this year, he declared assets amounting to 365 crores. Jagan himself has appealed to the Supreme Court to stop the inquiry against him and has described the case against him as a “witch-hunt” being conducted by the Congress, the party which he quit late last year. Jagan has also said that if favours were granted via government decisions that benefited him, YSR’s entire cabinet should be investigated. The government however says it is only Jagan’s phenomenal economic growth that is being probed and no one is pointing fingers at YSR.

Food inflation up to 10.60 pc New Delhi: Food inflation is back in double digits after a gap of a month-and-a-half and stood at 10.60 per cent for the week ending October 8 on the back of costlier vegetables, fruits, milk and protein-based items. Food inflation, as measured by Wholesale Price Index (WPI), stood at 9.32 per cent in the previous week. The rate of price rise of food items stood at 15.72 per cent in the corresponding week of 2010. As per data released by the government on Thursday, vegetables became 17.59 per cent more expensive year-on-year during the week ended October 8. Fruits grew dearer by 12.39 per cent, milk by 10.80 per cent and eggs, meat and fish by 14.10 per cent on an annual basis. Pulses also became dearer by 7.42 per cent and cereal prices were up 4.73 per cent year-onyear. However, onions became 11.27 cheaper and wheat prices were down 0.18 per cent during the week under review. Food inflation had previously crossed the double-digit mark in the week ended August 20.

Bruni-Sarkozy gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday night, the first infant born to a sitting president of modern-day France, according to media reports. President Nicolas Sarkozy was returning from a meeting in Frankfurt on the euro debt crisis when the child was born around 8 pm (1800 GMT) on Wednesday, according to BFM TV. Europe 1 radio said the birth “went well” for the 43-year-old mother, a singer and former supermodel. She entered the small, private Muette Clinic in late morning, according to the reports. The presidential palace did not immediately confirm the reports. The presidential entourage reiterated earlier on Wednesday that no birth announcement would be forthcoming. The couple had been coy about the impending birth from the start, with measured doses of information. The infant would be the first child born to the first lady and the 56-year-old president. The couple married less than four months after Sarkozy took office in May 2007. The Italian-born first lady has a 10-year-old son from a previous relationship and the president has three sons from two previous marriages - and is a grandfather since January. Sarkozy was seen entering the medical facility in western Paris in late afternoon, then leaving about 30 minutes later - before rushing off to Frankfurt for a meeting on the euro debt crisis. With a scheduled visit Thursday morning to Normandy, Sarkozy was taking a gamble. It was not immediately clear

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Media persons too must declare assets: Renuka

Hassan: Crops worth lakhs of rupee were destroyed as eleBangalore Beat Bureau phants ran rampage at Kanigere backs have been paid. There village of Aldurtaluk here last Chamarajanagar: Media persons should be an inquiry into the night. Eight wild elephants strayed too should declare their assets entire deal, he demanded. The government is now saying into the village and destroyed before the Lokayukta, demanded excise minister M P that it will buy power from private Renukacharya here today. suppliers. But for the last six Today, many media persons months, these suppliers have have taken money from politinot been paid. The government cians. They too should declare does not have any money to pay their assets before the Lokayukta, them. he added. The government has spent Rs Reports being carried by media 7,615 crore to buy power. With persons are false and without the same amount, 2000 mw of any basis. He said these false energy could have been produced reports are being spread by vestwithin the state. ed interests to sully the image Since their own party government is in power at Chhattisgarh, paddy, banana, ginger, coffee of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, who supposedly shiftthe BJP government here thought and other commercial crops. Labourers and farm owners ed from Victoria Hospital to the they could source power from that state. But except for setting who came to their fields in the ParappanaAgrahara Central Jail up an office at Chhattisgarh, morning were shocked to see to serve out his judicial custody nothing has happened. The state the elephants and immediately after reading damning reports has not bought a single acre of informed the forest officials, who in newspapers about the truth behind his illnesses. land in the hilly state. “This is chased away the elephants. The farmers held a protest The Lokayukta special court proof that the government is not serious about solving the power and demanded immediate com- sent Yeddyurappa to custody for pensation for destroyed crops. his alleged involvement in illegal situation,” he added.

Kher teams French first lady gives up with birth to a girl: reports De Niro Paris: French first lady Carla New Delhi: Noted Bollywood actor and motivational speaker Anupam Kher will be seen sharing screen space with actor Robert De Niro soon. Anupam lately posted on twitter, “Dream finally coming true. Will be acting with Robert De Niro in David O Russell’s (The Fighter) The Silver Linings Playbook next week.” Anupam Kher has done a variety of roles. Be it comedy or serious roles, Anupam has always wooed everyone with his performances. Other actors in the star cast are Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles.

Elephants run rampage in Hassan

land denotification cases. Renukacharya said reports of a meeting between JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy and Yeddyurappa are not true. “This is a conspiracy by those trying to pull down Yedyurappa and the media is supporting them.” Yeddyurappa does not have any business with Kumaraswamy and it is a lie being spread by the media, he added. Yeddyurappa is now in jail thanks to the conspiracy hatched by opposition parties, governor H R Bhardwaj and others. “Our leader will come out of jail unscathed soon. I have the confidence as Yeddyurappa has the blessings of all math heads. Once he emerges out of this crisis clean, he will again don a top position in the government,” he said.

Hillary to arrive in Pakistan today for talks New Delhi: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on Thursday as part of her tour of Islamic countries. Clinton is likely to make a policy statement on Pakistan and Afghanistan. Clinton’s visit comes at a time when Pakistan has warned the US against unilateral military offensive. Talks will be aimed at pressing the Pakistan’s leadership to crack down on the Haqqani network to facilitate the process of rec- Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister onciliation in neighbouring YousufRazaGilani and Army chief Afghanistan. Clinton is expected Gen AshfaqParvezKayani. to meet with Pakistan’s President Kayani told members of two

parliamentary panels during a briefing on Tuesday that Pakistan was a nuclear power that could not be compared to Iraq or Afghanistan. Clinton arrived in Kabul on Wednesday on an unannounced visit to bolster the flagging reconciliation process with the Afghan Taliban as the US administration presses on with its plans to withdraw troops. Her trip to Islamabad was kept under wraps due to security concerns, diplomatic sources said. The US plans to withdraw most of its forces from Afghanistan by 2015.

J&K: 600 students Carla Bruni-Sarkozy whether he would cancel his visit to Normandy. The birth ended sometimes breathless speculation about Bruni-Sarkozy’s due date. Photographers staked out the clinic since early October, with a security detail limiting their access. Bruni-Sarkozy has said that she was staying mum about the event because she’s superstitious. The couple also decided not to find out the baby’s sex in advance. “You don’t have a child for the gallery,” Bruni-Sarkozy told French TV network TF1 earlier this month. “I will do everything to protect this child. I will not show photos of this child, I will never expose this child.”

barred from taking exams Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir education department has refused to acknowledge the CBSE curriculum, barring over 600 students from taking their annual examinations. The move is slated to result in the students losing an entire academic year. The department decided not to entertain students following the CBSE syllabi, followed in only a few KendriyaVidyalayas and private schoo Among the 600 students is one ShujaatFarhan, a 17-yearold student who fears for his future as he doesn’t know if he will be able to sit for his Class XI exams. “They should have told

us before giving provisional admission in April. Now we are in a lurch as no school is taking us. We are totally frustrated,” said Shujaat. “Our future is in dark. Poor families cannot afford to go out and study. The HRD Ministry must intervene,” said another affected student, Munazah. Angry parents and students alleged that they were informed at the last hour, and that it was too late to get enrolled in schools outside the state even if they tried. “We were shocked to hear that the state board has not admitted/registered these students for PUC examinations,” said Shujaat’s father.

Agitated students even took to the streets, blocking the Srinagar-Kishtwar road. The education department officials, meanwhile, said they were trying to iron out some technical issues of syllabi compatibility. According to sources, CBSE officials from Delhi will take up the issue with the state government. “This matter has come to my notice. I assure their careers won’t be spoiled,” said Syed KifayatRizvi, district magistrate, Anantnag. Until the matter is resolved, students like Shujaat are left staring at an uncertain future.

Dawood aide IqbalMirchi gets bail


London: Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s aide IqbalMirchi has been granted bail by a court in London. He was arrested earlier this month for allegedly threatening to kill his associate. Mirchi, whose real name is IqbalMenon, is wanted by India in multiple cases of murder and extortion. The 61-year-old reportedly manages Dawood’s drug business. Mirchi was granted bail by a court in London on Tuesday, October 18. He was reportedly released shortly after getting bail. After his arrest on October 13, he was remanded to judicial custody till October 20. It is still unclear why his bail hearing was pre-poned. The British police have charged him with threatening to kill his associate Nadeem Kader. According to

some reports, Kader had called off the marriage between his daughter and Mirchi’s son. Mirchi escaped from Mumbai in the early 90s and has been on the run since then. He was arrested from his six-bedroom mansion where he has been living for more than 20 years now. An Interpol Red Corner Notice - which is like an international arrest warrant was issued against him in 1994. He has reportedly been moving between Dubai and London. Sources in CBI have said they would approach the UK police through the Interpol and diplomatic channels to seek his extradition or deportation to India. He acquired the moniker Mirchi because his family originally traded red chilli powder.

Sachin fined `4.35 lakh

for his new home

Mumbai: Mumbai civic authorities have slapped a fine on cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for his new home in the city. The master blaster paid the BMC Rs 4.35 lakh for staying in his fourstoreyed bungalow in Mumbai’s suburb Bandra, sources said. The batsman received a shock as he moved into his five-storeyed home in Bandra (West). Chief Engineer (development plan) R Kukanur, said, “He will be penalised Rs 4.75 lakh for inhabiting a house before getting the OC. It was due in procedure and he would have got the OC in the next four days.” As per the law, one cannot enter a flat or building without receiving an OC for it. A senior official from the building proposals department said

action could be initiated against Sachin by slapping a notice under Section 350 (A) of the BMC Act for occupying premises without an OC. The state government had asked BMC commissioner Subodh Kumar to waive the penalty. textiles minister Mohammed ArifNaseem Khan, who is the guardian minister for Mumbai suburbs, said he had spoken to Kumar. “Sachin is an icon who has brought international laurels to the country. Subodh Kumar told me that he would examine the issue and act accordingly,” Khan said. The minister said Sachin had complied with formalities for getting the OC.

Rahul steps in New Delhi: In a move that’s likely to embarrass the Mayawati government, the Congress today dispatched two top leaders to Gorakhpur to look into the deaths caused by Japanese encephalitis. Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh and health minister GhulamNabi Azad accompanied by a health team are expected to reach Gorakhpur later in the day. Sources said Rahul Gandhi had asked them to review the situation. The epidemic has claimed over 500 children’s lives in the past two months. CNN-IBN was the first news channel to report on the epidemic, prompting the Opposition to target Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati for splurging on a Dalit memorial park in Noida last week instead of investing in healthcare.

Rrotestors stop Rahulʼs convoy Amethi: A convoy of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi was today stopped by some protestors just as it was about to enter Amethi. Ticket seekers had surrounded Rahul as the convoy entered. Tickets for some areas in his constituency are yet to be distributed. The protestors shouted slogans demanding that tickets must be given to people with clean image. It was an unexpected welcome for Rahul in his constituency as he arrived for a day-long visit. The Congress general secretary had arrived in Amethi to review the status of the schemes of the central government.

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