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Probe illegal export of state ore from Goa ports: Hegde Panaji: Former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde has sought the Goa government to investigate into those responsible for allowing ore from the neigbouring state to be illegally exported through its ports. Hegde said that almost 45 lakh tonne of Ore was exported through Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), a port in South Goa. “The Ore which was being brought under pretext of consumption for local units was being exported through the port illegally,” he alleged. According to Hegde, this could not have been possible without the involvement of local people. “This cannot happen innocently. This has been done in collusion with the locals. Its for the Goa government to investigate into who were these people who allowed the ore to be exported,” Hegde said adding the Karnataka Lokayukta has no clue or information on Goan officers involved in illegalities. He said the illegal exports were evident from the fact that ore of 62-64 Degree Ferrous content was exported from Goa port. “Goa does not have such a high grade ore. So the question is from where the ore has come, and we say that it has come from Karnataka,” said Hegde, who led the Committee to prepare the report on illegal iron ore mining in Karnataka. Hegde’s report had indicted then Karnataka chief minister B S Yedyurappa and others. “It’s not difficult for Goa to investigate into the illegalities as there are proper permits issued while ore is brought in from across the border. Every lot of ore brought in has certain identification,” he said. PTI

Pranab to speak on 2G issue, if needed Kolkata: Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday maintained that he will speak, if necessary, on the finance ministry note on 2G spectrum allocation issue only after talking to Prime Minister Manmohan Singhtomorrow. “I am reiterating what I have said in New York and Delhi. If there is anything necessary to speak on the finance ministry note obtained through an RTI application, I will speak after talking to the Prime Minister and other senior colleagues tomorrow”, Mukherjee told reporters at his residence here. “Yesterday, I had stated that so long the Prime Minister is outside the country, I would not like to make any comment on the finance ministry note. “The Prime Minister is coming back this evening and I am going back to Delhi by tomorrow evening. If there is anything to be told after talking to the Prime Minister and my other colleagues, I will make my comment”, he said earlier at the airport after arriving from Delhi. Mukherjee had returned to Delhi yesterday from New York after a five-day visit to the US amid a controversy over the March 25 note of the finance ministry to the Prime Minister’s Office(PMO) which said 2G spectrum could have been auctioned if the then finance minister P Chidambaram had insisted on this route. He had stated that “I have spoken to media (yesterday). I have nothing to add in respect of the finance ministry note.” Mukherjee had met Singh in New York on Sunday after which he had said he would have to seek “expert opinion” on the note issue. He had described Chidambaram as “our valued colleague” but made it clear that he would make any comments on the issue only after he spoke to the home minister, law minister Salman Khurshid and other party leaders. PTI

No selective approach to terror: India to US New York: India has conveyed to the US that countries with a “determined position to fight terror” cannot be selective in their approach in dealing with the menace and have to fight the scourge together “across the board”. External affairs minister S M Krishna discussed the issue of terror with secretary of state Hillary Clinton at a meeting that lasted here for over 40 minutes. Terming the meeting as “very good and constructive,” Krishna later told reporters that the two sides spent time on discussing the issue of terrorism and condemned the recent attacks on the American mission in Kabul and at the high court in New Delhi. P 4

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IRRITATES BJP Meeting at state party office slams ex‑chief ministerʼs unilateral decision D L Harish Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Discontent is brewing within the state BJP over former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s decision to go on a three-month rath yatra across the state to address issues concerning farmers. At a meeting held at the BJP party office, Jagannath Bhavan, at Malleswaram, party leaders expressed anger over Yeddyurappa’s unilateral decision to go on the yatra, L K Advani’s famous rath yatra that brought the BJP to power at the Centre in 1998. The state party leaders now say that no one can hijack the party agenda and such major political moves should be a collective decision. The party leaders felt that Yeddyurappa continued with his domineering ways despite being out of power. The meeting among the party revenue divisional incharge leaders, which was presided over by state party president K S Eshwarappa, also discussed cases against Yeddyurappa, arrest of former minister and mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy, allegations against forest minister C P Yogeshwar and, more importantly, the scene after the Koppal

by-election result, which will leaders. be announced on Thursday. The result at the Koppal byThe meeting was also atelection is crucial for the BJP as tended by party national generit would lead to a major shift in al secretary H N Ananth Kumar, power centre if it loses. Yeddyuparty spokesman C T Ravi, MP rappa has taken a personal rePrahlad Joshi and others. Those sponsibility for the victory of who attended the meeting said party candidate that Yeddyurappa did not even Karadi Sanganna at the byinform the party high command poll. A loss would mean Yedbefore announcing the decision dyurappa losing some of the at Koppal district on Sunday. It grip he has over the party and came as a bolt from the blue for Gowda becoming a bit more other party leaders. powerful. Before the meeting, EshThose who attended the meetwarappa met chief minister D V ing made it clear in no uncertain Sadananda Gowda and decided terms that the party should be on its agenda. Gowda did not atembarrassed with YeddyurapB S Yeddyurappa tend the meeting. pa’s decision as it meant lack of The gathering was also a information gathering discipline within the “disciplined party”. Oppoexercise for Eshwarappa, who is heading for a na- sition parties have been ridiculing Yeddyurappa, tional executive committee meeting at New Delhi saying that he did not show any concern about the tomorrow. The three-day meeting is beginning on plight of farmers when he was the chief minister, Thursday. He will present all the facts before the but is now trying to make a show of it. party national president Nitin Gadkari and other

Man attempts suicide, burns othersʼ houses Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: A man’s attempt to commit suicide burnt down neighouring houses, causing extensive damage when an LPG cylinder burst at Binny Mills area today. The man survived. Shivasundaram opened the gas valve fully at his house in an attempt to commit suicide. When the caustic smell of the gas became unbearable, he got scared and ran out of the house,

leaving the valve open. Within moments, the cylinder exploded causing a huge damage to other houses around 12 noon. The fire engines rushed to the area and doused the flames. Neighbours complained that Shivasundaram quarrelled with his wife frequently and that could have led him to attempt suicide. The police have now arrested Shivasundaram causing damage to property.

Bill introduced in US House to stop aid to Pak

Washington: A key American lawmaker from Texas has introduced a resolution in the House of Representative to freeze all US aid to Pakistan. The House Resolution (No HR 3013) if passed will freeze all US aid to Pakistan with the exception of funds that are designated to help secure nuclear weapons. “Since the discovery of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan has proven to be disloyal, deceptive and a danger to the United States,” Congressman Ted Poe said in a statement after He said information commission- tabling the resolution in the er Dr H N Krishna does not have any House on Friday. moral right to continue in his post as “This so-called ally continues he was involved in Karnataka Public to take billions in US aid, while Service Commission scam. at the same time supports the The scam took place when Dr Kr- militants who attack us. ishna was the member and chairman “The United States must imof the KPSC. mediately freeze all aid to PakThe Crime Investigation Depart- istan,” said Poe, who is a memment too has submitted a report on ber of the House Committee on the involvement of Dr Krishna in Foreign Affairs. the scandal. It says Dr Krishna overPakistan has made it “painfulsaw irregularities in the recruitment ly obvious” that they will confor Group A and B posts. tinue their policy of “duplicity The Karnataka High Court refused and deceit” by pretending to be to grant him anticipatory bail and US ally in the war on terror while C P Yogeshwar made serious observations while re- simultaneously promoting viojecting bail. lent extremism, the Congressly drop Yogeshwar from the cabinet, If appropriate authorities do not man said. he said. take action against Dr Krishna, the According Mike Mullen, ChairIf the chief minister does not get rid Congress will submit a memorandum man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, of Yogeshwar, then the Congress to the governor asking him to proceed just this month the Pakistani would submit a memorandum to with necessary action against Dr Kr- government supported the the governor asking him to take ac- ishna, who heads a statutory body, groups who were behind both the tion. Parameshwara said. truck bomb attack that wounded

Cong to petition guv against Yogi Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda should drop forest minister C P Yogeshwar immediately for his alleged involvement in the Megacity project, which is mired in controversy, said state Congress president G Parameshwara here this morning. After felicitating Jnanpith award winner Chandrashekar Kambar at his residence at Kathriguppe here, he said the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) has already submitted a report of irregularities on the Megacity scandal. Before inducting any member as minister, the chief minister gets a report on the involvement of an individual in various issues and cases, including scandals. “But Gowda has chosen to ignore these warning signs and inducted Yogeshwar,” he added. Members of the Megacity project,

G Parameshwara who have been cheated, have already submitted a complaint to governor H R Bharadwaj specifically mentioning Yogeshwar’s name. The issue is also before the court. Considering the complaints against his minister, Gowda should immediate-

Ramadass suspends AC for poor quality Mysore roads Mysore: District in-charge and medical education minister S A Ramadass suspended an assistant commissioner for bad quality of road works ahead of Dasara festival here this morning. Ramadass inspected the roads leading to Lalit Mahal at Siddartha Nagar. When the works found to be unsatisfactory, he suspended assistant commissioner Mahesh on the spot. Mahesh was accompanying the minister during the inspection. The minister also seized the diary of a CADD centre at Sarswathipuram, which had given the quality certification for the works. The minister found that the quality of roads laid was poor and took immediate action. He was accompanied by mayor Pushpalatha Chikkanna and other officials of the Mysore City Corporation. Few days ago, the media had highlighted the poor quality of roads and how the contractor had applied asphalt much less than the stipulated limit.

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Lewis Hamilton enthrals crowds Bangalore Beat Bureau

Mysore district in-charge and medical education minister S A Ramadass inspects roads where Dasara proession would pass on Vijayadashami Day today. He suspended assistant commissioner Mahesh for poor quality of roads.

Bangalore: Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton enthralled the crowds by driving his superfast McLarenMercedes car on NICE road this morning. E a g e r crowds started gathering at the venue since morn- Lewis Hamilton ing. Hamilton, the Formula 1 champion of 2008, arrived at the venue around 10.30 am. The event, organised by a mobile services company, was to promote the Formula 1 race at Noida later next month. The gala event was preceded by a march with a flag waving team.

Barack Obama more than 70 US and Nato Troops and the attack on the US Embassy, Poe said. The resolution has been sent to the house foreign affairs Committee for necessary action. It is only after this key Congressional committee approves the resolution that it will be sent to the House of Representatives. Notably only a few resolutions enter the House of Representatives. PTI


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

GMR to sell 30% in Sʼpore subsidiary to Petronas

CM writes to PM to

Movie Listings KANNADA

inaugurate Metro Rail Bangalore Beat Bureau

New Delhi: GMR Infrastructure has said it would sell 30 per cent stake in its Singapore-based subsidiary GMR Energy to Malaysian oil and gas major Petronas for an undisclosed amount. The stake in GMR Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd would be sold to Petronas International Corp Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petronas. However, the financial details were not disclosed. GMR Energy is developing an 800 mw combined cycle gas turbine power plant on Jurong Island in Singapore, GMR Infrastructure said in a statement. The power generating facility is being constructed by a consortium of Siemens and Samsung. "This relationship between GMR and Petronas opens up powerful synergy going forward for both the groups. It is symbolic of true South-South co-operation and its immense potential in the

Oxford College wins at IT fest Bangalore: More than 250 students from 26 colleges across the state participated in “Infovista 2011”, an intercollegiate IT fest organised by students of computer science department of T John College, last weekend. Oxford College of Engineering won the overall trophy. Programming, gaming, best manager and best programmer contests were held along with cultural events. T John College chairman Dr Thomas P John, Celestial V Solution CEO Saravana Rajan G, campus director Wg. Cdr (Rtd) P Sambasivan and college principal George Easaw took part in the inaugural function.

energy market in the region," GMR Group Chairman G M Rao said. Fuelled by re-gassified LNG, the power plant is scheduled for commercial operations in 2013, it added. "This acquisition marks Petronas group's maiden foray into the international power market and is a major step in its effort to extend its existing integrated presence further along the energy value chain," Petronas' executive vice-president Datuk Anuar Ahmad (gas and power business) said. GMR Supply Singapore Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GMR Energy that holds an electricity retail license in Singapore, would manage the electricity retail business. Bangalore-headquartered GMR group has diverse interests including in energy, airports and urban infrastructure. PTI

Bangalore: Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to inaugurate the Metro Rail that recently got clearance from the Commissioner of Railway Safety. With the availability of the Prime Minister, the Metro Rail is likely to begin commercial operations on Deepavali, October 26. The chief minister has stated in his letter that home and transport minister R Ashok and Karnataka representative in New Delhi Dhananjay Kumar would reach him the letter personally. The chief minister had earlier said the Metro Rail would begin operations on September 15, which was not to be, as CRS was yet to give clearance. The Reach 1 of Metro Rail will run from Byappanahalli to MG cial trains to Mysore in view of Road, a distance of 7.5 km. the world famous Dasara festival. In separate letters to minister Run special trains for railways Dinesh Trivedi and for Dasara: CM minister of state for railways K to railway ministry H Muniyappa, he noted that Dasara festival is being celebrated Bangalore: Chief minister D V as "Naada Habba" from SeptemSadananda Gowda has urged ber 28 to October 6. the railway ministry to run speThe event attracts people from

New MD for Bateman Engg

Bangalore: Bateman Engineering (India) Pvt Ltd has announced the appointment of Thys Greeff as managing director. The company is a leading engineering-project house and equipment supplier and wholly owned subsidiary of the global Bateman Engineering NV Group. Prior to his appointment, Greeff was group level executive in the BENV’s corporate office, overseeing and supporting all group projects globally, a Bateman release said. PTI

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all over the world and is a major tourist attraction. The festival not only showcases the rich heritage and culture of Karnataka to the world but also helps in boosting the tourism sector in the region. In view of the Dasara festival, a large number of tourists is likely to visit Mysore between

today and October 10. "In order to facilitate the visiting tourists from Mangalore and other coastal districts to travel to Mysore, I request you to run special daily trains from Mangalore to Mysore and back starting from September 26 to October 10 as a special case," Gowda said in the letter. PTI

Promo event of Akhtarʼs Singapore, India top book called off in city too list of regionʼs big Bangalore: Close on the heels of Shoiab Akhtar’s book launch function being cancelled in Mumbai, another function which was to be attended by the Pakistani speedster here tomorrow for promotion of his controversial autobiography has also been called off. The launch of the book was to be hosted by Landmark and HarperCollins Publishers India in the evening but has now been called off, a communication from the organisers said today without giving any reason.

Sources said that the event has been cancelled because of unforeseen circumstances. Two of Akhtar’s promotional events in Mumbai had been cancelled though no official reason was given. Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar was to release Akhtar’s autobiography “Controversially Yours” at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) premises on Sunday. According to speculation, the cancellation of the event could be due to less-thanflattering remarks in his autobiography about iconic batsman

Sachin Tendulkar and another senior player Rahul Dravid. In his tell-all autobiography, Akhtar has made many controversial claims. Akhtar has written that Sachin lacked the ability to finish matches in the initial stages of his career. He drew flak for his comments from several quarters, including former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram, under whom he made his debut and senior BCCI functionary Rajiv Shukla who wanted an apology from the speedster.

Helping Home Guards

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FKCCI seeks state, Goa tie‑up for investment Bangalore: A high-powered delegation, led by FKCCI president J R Bangera, met Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat to explore the possibility of that the infrastructure facilities in Goa could be utilized for the development of Industry, Trade and Commerce in both states. Karnataka could offer a lot to Goa, especially in information technology, education. Goa is coming up with another airport at Mopa, where the Karnataka government could be partners. There is a lot of scope in economy, business, adventure and village tourism in Goa. There was a good response from the Goa chief minister. During its visit to Goa a meeting was arranged by the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Verna Industrial Estate where the chief minister inaugurated the information technology innovation centre.


MP Ananth Kumar lays the foundation stone for the Home Guards Library building at Rajajinagar today. Home and transport minister R Ashoka, corporators Ganga Bhairaih and K Ranganna, Bangalore Urban deputy commissioner M K Aiyyappa and Home Guards Commandant B Amaranath and others look on.

Bangalore: Shoppers in Singapore, Japan and India are among the region’s top luxury consumers, according to the findings by MasterCard survey. Probably encouraged by robust economic growth, consumers in Singapore and India have higher intention to own luxury goods than the other countries, more than half of those polled for the survey said they planned to spend more or the same in the next 12 months, according to a MasterCard release. Singapore (57 percent), Japan (50 percent) and India (46 percent) lead other countries in terms of ownership of luxury goods; nearly half of the consumers there own at least one luxury item worth more than $500. In contrast, consumers in Indonesia (8 percent), Malaysia (22 percent) and the Philippines (23 percent) own the least number of luxury items. The latest survey was conducted from March to April, 2011 and involved 6,022 consumers from eight Asia-Pacific and Middle East countries. Data collection was via internet surveys, personal, telephone and computer aided telephone interviews, with the questionnaire translated to the local language wherever appropriate and necessary, it was stated. On an average, close to 40 percent of those polled claimed to own luxury goods with Indians more inclined to own jewellery; Singaporeans prefer luxury watches, jewellery, and designer clothes & leather goods and Japanese favour designer clothes & leather goods and luxury watches.

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MANASALOGY (U/A) Rakesh, Amoolya Inox (Malleswaram) (12.50 pm) Nalanda (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.40 pm) Navrang (1 pm, 4, 7 pm) Tribhuvan (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (12.20 pm, 4.50 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) (1 pm) Krishna (KR Puram) (10.30 am, 2, 8 pm) Mohan (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Prasanna (10.30 am,1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Siddheshwwara (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm)Triveni (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Uma (1 pm, 4, 7 pm) Vajreshwari (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30pm)

pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (12.10 pm, 5.05, 10 pm) Inox (Magrath) (10.15 am, 3.15, 7.45, 10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10 am, 2.35, 7.20 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10.35 am, 5.30, 10 pm) Pushpanjali (11 am, 2.15, 6, 9.15 pm) PVR Cinemas (10 am, 2, 6, 10 pm) Santosh (2, 6, 9 pm)



The earthquake-related tragedy in Japan in mid-March 2011 seems to have had a mixed impact on luxury buying sentiments in that country. Less than 5 percent of the Japanese consumers surveyed plan to spend more on luxury goods in the next 12 months, but they still lead other nations in their overall spending power averaging more than $4,000 in the next 12 months, whereas consumers from Singapore, Lebanon and India intend to spend on average more than $2,000. A greater number of Japanese consumers, about a quarter, plan to cut down on their luxury purchases. Japanese, Indonesians and Singaporeans come through as more prudent ? 40 percent of Japanese consumers undertake extensive research (two to six months) before purchasing, with 39 percent of Indonesians and 29 percent of Singaporeans doing the same. Consumers in Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia tend to be more cautious. Even among those who intend to purchase, a majority of them plan to spend on lower price bracket - below $1,000. Most would delay their luxury purchases till sale periods, according to the survey.

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Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb Cinemax (12.30, 3, 8.05 pm) Cinepolis (1.45, 4.30 7.30 pm) Gopalan (Innovative Mall) (2, 5, 6.05, 8.10 pm) Gopalan (Arcade) (3. 10 am, 7.30 pm Gopalan (Rajarajeshwari) (2.15 pm, 4.20 pm) Innovative Multiplex (1.45, 6.10, 8.05 pm) PVR Cinemas (12 pm, 4, 8 pm)

ABDUCTION (U/A) Fame (Lido) (10.40 am, 4.15, 9.50 pm) Inox (Magrath) (10.45 am, 1, 5.30, 10 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (3.15 pm, 7.45 pm)


Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher

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dacharpalya) (11 am, 2.30 pm) Vaibav (11 am 2.30 pm) Veeresh (10.30 am,1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)


spenders: Survey


Komal Kumar, Nisha Adarsh (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Anupama (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Balaji (Tavarekere) (10.30 am, 1.45, 5.15, 8.15 pm) Banashankari (Hongasandra) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Cinepolis (10.30 am, 6.50 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (10 am, 6.45, 9.40 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (10.10 am, 4, 9.20 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10.15 am, 3.40 pm) Inox (Magrath) (12.05 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (3.10 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 3.20, 9.05 pm) Kamakya (2.15 pm, 6.15, 9.15 pm) PVR Cinemas (1 pm, 3.50, 6.40 pm) Rajarajeshwari (Mallathahalli) (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.15, 9.30 pm) Siddalingeshwara (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Ullas (11.30 am, 2.45, 5.45, 8.45 pm) Uma (10.15 am ) Veerabhadreshwara (10.45 am, 1.45, 4.45, 7.45 pm) Venkatesh (Avalahalli) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Vijayalakshmi (Garu-

Imran Khan, Katrina, Ali Zafar Cinepolis (10 am, 3.40 pm) Cinemax (9.45 pm) Fame (Value Mall) (11 am, 4.55 pm) Fame (Lido) (10.30 pm) Fun Cinemas (2.45 pm) Innovative Multiplex (3.45 pm, 10 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 9.25 pm) Inox (Magrath) (10.15 am, 3.40, 6.30, 9.20 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (9.25 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (3.55 pm) PVR

7.15 pm) Innovative Multiplex (11.15 am, 7.10, 10 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (11 am, 12.35, 2.15, 5.30, 8, 8.45 pm) Inox (Magrath) (11 am, 12.20, 2.15, 3.30, 5.30, 6.45, 8.15, 8.45 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (11 am, 2.15, 5.30, 8.45 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (11 am, 2.15, 5.30, 8.45 pm) Laxmi (5 pm, 8 pm) Parimala (11 am, 2, 5.30, 8.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.40 am, 2, 5.20, 8.40, 9 pm) Rex (1 pm, 9.50 pm) Vaibhav (6.15 pm, 9.30 pm) Vision Cinemas (10.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Cinemas (10.40 am, 2, 5.20, 8.40, 9 pm)

BODYGUARD (U/A) Apsara (11.30 am, 2.30, 5,30, 8.30 pm) Fame (Lido) (9.35 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (12.55 pm) Kailash (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) PVR Cinemas (10.10 am, 3.40 pm) Vaibhav (6 pm, 9.30 pm) Vision (4 pm, 7 pm)


DOOKUDU (U/A) Mahesh Babu, Samantha Cinepolis (10 am, 10.40, 12.40, 3.45, 7, 10 pm) Cinemax (11.30 am, 2.45, 6, 9.15 pm) Chandrodaya (5.30 pm, 8.30 pm) Fame (Value Mall) (11 am, 2.15, 5.30, 8.45 pm) Ganesh (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Innovative Multiplex (10 am, 1, 4, 7, 10 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (1.20 pm, 4.40 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (12 pm, 8.55 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (11.05 am, 2.20, 5.35, 8.50 pm) Gopalan (Raja Rajeshwari)(1, 6.50, 9.45 pm) Gopalan (Bannerghatta) (4, 7, 10 pm) Manasa

(11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Movieland (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Murali (Gokula) (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Navrang (10 am) PVR Cinemas (10.40 am, 2, 5.20, 8.40 pm) Renukaprasanna (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) Rex (10.15 am, 4, 7 pm) Urvashi (11 am, 3, 6.30 pm)

SANCHALANAM (U) Saikumar, Kamalakar, Venumadhav Balaji (Chikkalasandra) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Murali (4.30 pm, 7.30 pm) Pallavi (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30,7.30 pm)


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

CITY EVENTS General Food For Soul Week: An Initiative by Lovedale Foundation, Lovedale Foundation is organizing an awareness building and fund-raising event to commemorate The Joy of Giving Week (2nd-8th October). Date: 2nd-8th October'11 Venue: Fava (UB City - 22117444) Mocha (Lavelle Road 42110094/95) Mocha (Koramangala - 41570437) Mast Kalandar (all 25 outlets across Bangalore) The Biere Club (42124383/84/86) Opus (23442580) The Gateway Hotel residency road (66604545) Contact for more info: Telefax : +91 80 41614123 Mobile: +91 - 9535712204

Theatre Ranga Shankara: The Real Inspector Hound a play written by Tom Stoppard at 7 pm. Also Sanje Haadu — a play written and directed by Rajendra Karanth at 7.30 pm. 36/2, 8th Cross, II Phase, JP Nagar Jagriti Theatre: Magic, up close and personal a magic show by Maya Bazaar. Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield, 7 pm

Exhibitions Galleryske: Nirantara An art exhibition by Srinivasa Prasad. 8th Cross, Sampagi Road, Malleswaram, 11 am to 7 pm Galerie De’Arts: Unfolding of the Self featuring rare and unseen works of artist Shan Re. 11th Floor, Barton Centre, 84, MG Road, 11 am to 7 pm National Gallery of Modern Art: An Artist’s Quest: KK Hebbar A Retrospective, is an exhibition of artist KK Hebbar’s work. Manikyavelu Mansion, 49 Palace Road, 10 am to 5 pm Gallerie Third Eye: Colours and Hues an exhibition by artists Kanthraj N, Rima Ray and Rakesh Mandal. 2nd Floor, Yemlur Main Road, next to Logican IT Park, behind HAL Airport. 10 am to 6 pm Apparao Galleries: Modern Masters featuring artists like Arpita Singh, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, SH Raza, and Akbar Padamsee, among others. The Presidency, 82, St Marks Road, Ground Floor, 11 am to 7 pm Alliance Francaise: Difference and Repitition an exhibition by artist Chandranandinee. It is a series of paintings in acrylic on canvas. No 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar, 10 am to 5.30 pm Kynkyny Art Gallery: Paintings by Dhrubajyothi Baral and Yuvan Bothi Sathuva. 104 Embassy Square, 148 Infantry Road, 10 am to 6 pm Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath: Sojourn III an art exhibition by Sajal K Mitra and Sanjay Mehta. Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road, 11 am to 7 pm Tasveer Art Gallery: Photos for Rato photography by Nicholas Vreeland. This is a collection of 20 rare photographs taken by Nicholas over the 26 years he has been a Rato monk. They provide a glimpse into daily life in a monastery from an insider’s point of view. Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road, 10 am to 6 pm Gallery Blue Spade: Next in Line a group show by 13 women artists, including Minal Damani, Shivani Aggarwal, Pooja Irrana, Sonia Jose and more. The Chancery, 10/6, Lavelle Road. 10 am to 6 pm

Music Annie and Michael Devine Live: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Take 5, 12th Main Road, Behind Sony Centre, Indiranagar A night of jazz, blues and easy listening with Annie and Michael Devine performing classic tunes from years gone by. Performing Arts Tuesdays with the Bard: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 7 p.m. Urban Solace - Cafe for the Soul, No 32, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road, Ulsoor Lake Tuesdays with the Bard is an initiative to create opportunities for poets and poetry lovers to get together. It features poets reading their creations in a new experience every Tuesday. Members of the audience are encouraged to come forward and share poems as well. Tonight, poet Adit Venkat takes the stage.

Eating Out Power Lunch: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 1 p.m. to 4

p.m. City Bar Karaoke + Grill, UB City, No 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Now be connected even during the quick business lunch. Free wi-fi access while you fill up in the middle of the day. Delectable starters with a variety of veg/ non veg main course options along with draught beer. Weekday Lunch Buffet @ ManU: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Manchester United Restaurant Bar, The Manchester United Restaurant and Bar launches a weekday lunch buffet priced at Rs 350 plus taxes right from starters to desserts. Chocoholic Festival at City Bar: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. City Bar Karaoke + Grill, UB City, No 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Featured on the menu are sweet treats like pastries, tarts, flavoured chocolates, and pudding. Mexican Fiesta: Tuesday, September 27th, 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: Tuesday, September 27th, 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.

Kodagu takes the cake

in protecting Deavara Kadus L Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bureau

Such variety is unique to the district. On reasons behind extensive Bangalore: If Kodagu boasts of cover of Devara Kadus in the country’s largest Devara Kadu Kodagu, Kushalappa said, “That or sacred grove, it is because of is because Devara Kadu is an community involvement and ancient tradition. For quite some other important initiatives. time, a ‘Coorg Model’ is being The role of forest department adopted to protect and grow and College of Forestry at Pon- these groves. Beginning 2001nampet have played an impor- 2002, under the joint forestry tant role in the making it one of planning management departthe best sacred groves in the ment, a policy was framed. Concountry, said Dr Kushalappa, servator of forests Anur Reddy botany professor, researcher on too worked on the formula. UnDevara Kadu, College of Forestry. der this, village committees were The district has 1,214 sacred constituted in each of the village groves under 296 revenue vil- where sacred groves are found. lages. Some of the villages have Communities living close to Defour such sacred groves. Among vara Kadus were sensitised about the three major taluks of Virajpet, the importance of these groves. Somwarpet, and Ponampet, A similar model is being followed more than 300 acres of land is by other districts now.” covered under Devara Kadu. He said, “Temple committees, Within these Devara Kadus, under the control of village commany varieties of sacred groves mittees, were formed. If a tree are found, like Pavithra Katte, falls in these groves, then it is Suggi Devaravana, Hole Devara handed over to temple commitKadu, Mutti Kadu and Palli Kadu. tees for their use. Schools were

engaged in the programme and school students were educated about the importance of the green cover. Tree plantation with the help of these school students was taken up. Priority was given to those tree species that are on the edge extinction.” On drawing benefits from these sacred groves, he said, “Fertiliser or manure regeneration from within sacred groves was explored, where villages and community centred farm cultivation benefited.” He said, “Intense research was carried out on different aspects of sacred groves with the focus on Madikeri alone, where nearly 10 master degree holders in forest science took up their field studies. Till now, the College of Forestry has awarded eight PhDs. Based on their research further development is being carried out. Even to this day, we have been improving and developing on the findings from these research papers.”

Govt will implement tourism projects: CM Gangadhar Pujar

BU Prof to present paper at world lake meet

Nightlife Hip Hop night: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 8 p.m. Hypnos, Gem Plaza, Infantry Road, DJ Sid plays the latest hip hop tracks from around the world. Open Mic Night @ Kyra: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Kyra Theatre, No 2001 Kattima Center, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar The Open Mic Night aims to bring out new talent whether it's music, stand up comedy, poetry or dance.

Prof M Ramachandra Mohan

Funky Tuesdays with DJs Prashant and Darsh: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Coco Bongo, Commercial Complex, National Games Village, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala DJs Prashant and Darsh spinning hip hop & RnB this Tuesday at Coco Bongo. There's a 1+1 offer on drinks all night.

Bangalore Beat Bureau

Karaoke Night with KJ Val: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Xtreme Sports Bar, 4th Floor, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar Test those vocal chords at karaoke night with KJ Val. Unlimited Tuesday Nights @ Pebble: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Pebble, No 3 Palace Ground, Ramana Mahashi Road, Sadashivanagar Unlimited Tuesday Nights at Pebble with DJs Sid and Hassan playing house. Guys pay Rs. 1000 and get unlimited drinks while girls can walk in for free. Flashback Tuesdays with DJ Vee: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Beach, No 1211, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar DJ Vee spinning deep house, disco and electronica this Tue @ The Beach. Commercial Night with DJ Yon: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. F Bar & Kitchen, No 18, Ali Askar Road, Cunningham Road DJ Yon spins commercial this Tuesday at F Bar. Shopping OWW Sale: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. One Wit Wonders, No 32 ACR Towers, Residency Road, Flat 50% off on selected products at One Wit Wonders. Modern Heritage Collection: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pepe, No 2, Brigade Road, Pepe introduces the Modern Heritage Collection for women, that draws its inspiration from the designs of the 90s. The collection includes masculine elements and relies on shades of red, black, navy blue and soft nude. Colors by Lifestyle: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. Lifestyle, Mantri Square, No 1, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram An annual cosmetics fest that promises a plethora of offers. Experts like Ojas Rajani and other celebrity make-up artists add to the experience. Calvin Klein Fall 2011: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Calvin Klein Jeans, The Forum Value Mall, No 62, Whitefield Main Road, Whitefield CK One Jeanswear presents a new range suited for the urban explorer.

Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda inaugurates Yakshagana performance, Hoovina Kolu, as part of World Tourism Day celebrations at his official residence Krishna this morning.

The state tourism department has been instrumental in developing a lot of these Bangalore: The state government is com- tourist places, which attract tourists from mitted to implementing projects in the across the state, country and globe. More tourism sector, said chief minister D V tourist destinations generate more emSadananda Gowda here this morning. ployment, in turn earning more revenues Flagging off a marathon on the World for the state, he said. Tourism Day today at Freedom Park, he The state is ideal for a range of tourist said, “The government is promoting attractions – forests, scenic spots tourism in the state. The state is endowed and temples. In the coming days, heritage with a lot of tourist places which can be centres will get a new touch and tapped into for the growth of the indus- new projects will be implemented, Gowda try.” said.

Kambar takes Kannada to new peak: Parameshwara Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Chandrashekar Kambar has made the state proud by winning the prestigious Jnanpith award, said state Congress president G Parameshwara here this morning. Felicitating the litterateur at the latter’s residence at Kathriguppe, he said, “The Kannada literary field is rich with eight Jnanpith awards being given to our writers and poets.” “Kambar has made Kannada literature to reach the very peak. I pray to God that He should bless Kambar with more energy to write more plays, stories and poems to make our language richer,” he said.

response from voters of Koppal. The people there are fed up with the BJP, which has failed fulfil wishes of the people,” he said. “One can witness at Koppal what damage has been wrought by the ruling dispensation. All the voters are fed up with the government as the constituency lacks proper basic amenities like roads, water, power and sanitation,” he said. “The ruling BJP has spent more money ‘Confident of winning by-poll’ at Koppal than any other election as it is a Bangalore: State Congress president G prestige issue for new chief minister D V Parameshwara today said his party is con- Sadananda Gowda and former chief minister fident of winning the Koppal constituency, B S Yeddyurappa. Despite these lures, the which voted for assembly by-election yes- voters will reject the BJP and favour the terday. “Our candidate Basavaraj Hitnal will Congress. We are confident,” he said. win this by-election. The Congress got good

NIMHANS EXPERTS TO HELP QUAKE VICTIMS New Delhi: The government has disbursed Rs 14.21 crore as relief among quake-hit people in Sikkim while experts from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Nimhans) are being sent to provide psycho- social care to the people affected by the natural calamity. Home ministry officials said though most of the roads blocked following landslides have been reopened, some were still blocked as Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and Army Engineers were working for their restoration. “A total of Rs 14.21 crore has been disbursed as relief by the state government till date. A fivemember team of experts from NIMHANS, Bangalore to provide

NGOs. However, relief activities, including airlifting of victims, are not being carried out in Chugthang, Lachen and Lachung due to heavy rains. Ap p rox i m a te ly 11,000 food packets have been air dropped so far in the northern part of North District. A total of 1,500 food packets were airpsycho-social care is on its way dropped yesterday. The airdropto Sikkim. The team is likely to ping of food packets today was reach Siliguri today,” an official stalled due to inclement weathsaid. er. Due to incessant rains, landThe Sikkim government has slides have occurred in Dzongu. opened 85 relief camps. 2,700 No casualty has been reported and 550 people have been probut relief work is being carried vided shelter in two army and out by National Disaster Re- ITBP (Pegong) camps respectivesponse Force, state police and ly.

Taj Vivanta joins Joy of Giving week campaign Bangalore: Taj Vivanta on MG Road is beginning an online auction campaign as part of the Joy of Giving week celebrations. The top five bidders in each category get to spend exclusive time with the master chef Selvaraju on October 15. The bid begins on from September 28 to Oct 8 and proceeds from the auction will go towards charity to Spastics Society of Karnataka, says hotel general manager Valson. Master chef Selvaraju will reveal the secrets and sharing his expert tips on how to make fine chocolates and cooking pasta the Italian way.

Bangalore: A Bangalore University professor has been invited to present a paper at the 14th World Lake Conference that will be held at Austin, Texas in the United States from October 31 to November 4. Prof M Ramachandra Mohan of the Ecotechonology Lab at the zoology department will present a paper on “Water Quality Monitoring of Magadi Hill Range Lakes and Reservoirs in Bangalore” at the conference. The conference has been organized by Texas State University and International Lake Environmental Committee of Japan. This conference provides an interactive international forum for exchanging research and experience and important lake/reservoir basin issues for participants from international, national and state agencies, nongovernmental organisations, academic institutions, water industry and resource management professionals, private sector and other water stakeholders.

Contractor stabs kin to death Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: A labour contractor stabbed his brother-in-law to death at Koarmangala last night after a fight over labourers turned extreme. The accused, Saleem (22) from Bihar, had brought some labourers from his home state about seven months ago. His brotherin-law Aslam Ansari, who was also a labour contractor, took the labourers away for another construction work. An angry Saleem attacked

Aslam last night around 9 at the construction site at Teachers’ Colony in Koramangala and stabbed him in the chest.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Getting ready for Dasara

G S Ravishankar

IBM detects illegal mining of minerals worth `226.04‑cr

The Utsava murthy of Goddess Chamundeshwari being prepared for the inauguration of Dasara festival at Mysore today. The festival is being inaugurated tomorrow with a traditional puja atop Chamundi Hills.

Sensex rebounds by 305 points in opening trade Mumbai: Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark sensex rebounded by almost 305 points in opening trade on Tuesday after a three-day losing streak on the emergence of buying by funds and retail investors, tracking a firming trend on other Asian bourses. The 30-share BSE index, which lost nearly 1,015 points in the previous three sessions, recovered by 304.92 points, or 1.89 per cent, to 16,356.02 in the first five minutes of trade on Tuesday, with all the sectoral indices trading in positive terrain with gains of up to 2.56 per cent. Likewise, the wide-based National Stock Exchange Nifty Index also moved up by 91.30 points, or 1.88 per cent, to 4,926.70.

Brokers said a fresh spell of buying by funds and retail investors in recently beaten-down stocks, driven by a firming trend on the other Asian bourses following overnight gains in the US on hopes that European policymakers would find a solution to stabilise debt-stricken Greece, buoyed the trading sentiment. In addition, covering-up of short positions ahead of monthly expiry in the derivatives segment on Thursday also helped stocks to recover, they said. In the Asian region, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose by 2.44 per cent and Japan’s Nikkei Index by 1.80 per cent in morning trade today. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 2.53 per cent higher yesterday. PTI

Nagpur: Minerals worth Rs 226.04 crores were illegally mined in various states across the country during the previous fiscal, according to findings of the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), which monitors and prevents such unlawful activities. In 2010-11 fiscal year, 14,204 cases of illegal mining over an extent of 43.584 lakh tonnes valued at Rs 71.52 crores (in case of major minerals) was detected. In 775 cases, FIRs were lodged with authorities and legal proceedings have been launched in 514 cases. Also, fine to the tune of Rs 122.33-crore was realised from the defaulters, official sources said today. Similarly in case of minor minerals, 77,431 cases of illegal mining were reported over an extent of 34.427 lakh tonnes worth Rs 154.52 crores in various states. About 766 cases (FIR) were lodged with police and court proceedings initiated in 9,078 cases. Here too, penalty to the tune of Rs 143.94 crore has been recovered from defaulters, they said. The Centre through IBM constituted a task force and conducted inspection of mines in endemic areas by taking the help of satellite imageries. The inspection were mandatory in the wake of compliance of Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 1988. IBM controller general C S Gundewar said inspections were conducted between December

2009 and March 2011 in Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odissa. He said about 434 mines comprising minerals like Iron, Ore, Manganese Ore, Dolomite, Limestone, Bauxite were inspected by the task force. Following this, IBM suspended mining operations in 150 mines and recommended suspension of mining leases in nine cases to respective state governments. Quoting Section 23C of the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation (MMDR)

Act, the Centre has issued directives to respective state governments to issue official notifications in the gazette to make rules for preventing illegal mining, its transportation and storage. Besides, the Centre also advised them to establish check posts for checking of minerals under transit, set up weigh bridges to measure quantity of minerals that are being transported and inspection, checking and search of minerals right at the place of excavation. State governments were requested to set up district and state level task force to curb il-

legal mining since year 2005. But so far only 21 states in the country have complied with the directives, official soruces said. As part of the major drive the Union Government also decided to have better co-ordination with railways, ports and customs on preventing export of illegally mined minerals. The state governments were armed with Section 100 of CrPC which empowers states to conduct a search under warrant, sources said. The government has realised a total of Rs 266.28 crore as penalty imposed on illegal mining, they added. PTI

PMʼs bʼday with scribes on board On Board Air India One: It was a different birthday for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who turned 79 yesterday. Singh, for whom it was the fourth birthday On Board Air India One, cut a cake before the group of journalists accompanying him on his return from his trip to United Nations. For a change, the scribes dropped their pens and there were no no questions asked. Instead they warmly greeted him ‘many happy returns of the day’ and shook hands with him one by one. First, a young woman journalist from Assam, the baby of the team of over 30 media persons, handed over a greeting card which had the signatures of all the scribes. There was further surprise in store when a normally shy Prime Minister, who does not not make a public show of celebrations, asked “where is the cake”. A chocolate cake arrived on the scene immediately, only to be cut by the birthday boy as journalists clapped and sang “happy birthday to you”. This was the first time the cake was being cut in the media section. Singh had a small piece for himself and journalists got their share. Earlier, the Prime Minster had cut a cake in his cabin watched by his wife Gursharan Kaur, daughter Upinder, grandson and senior officials including National Security Advsier Shivshankar Menon and Principal Secretary T K A Nair. PTI

No selective approach to fight terror: India to US New York: India has conveyed to the US that countries with a “determined position to fight terror” cannot be selective S M Krishna in their approach in dealing with the menace and have to fight the scourge together “across the board”. External affairs minister S M Krishna discussed the issue of terror with secretary of state Hillary Clinton at a meeting that lasted here for over 40 minutes.

Terming the meeting as “very good and constructive,” Krishna later told reporters that the two sides spent time on discussing the issue of terrorism and condemned the recent attacks on the American mission in Kabul and at the high court in New Delhi. “I made out the point that it is necessary for all those countries which have taken the determined position to fight terror will have to act together and fight it across the board without being selective in our approach,” he said, adding, “Secretary Clinton agreed with us.” The talks also featured concerns over the Haqqani network with the external affairs minister pointing out that “whenever terror comes up for discussion, the Haqqani group is certainly a factor which is woven into terror-

Krishna meets Khar

United Nations: External affairs minister S M Krishna today met his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar at a reception hosted by the Pakistan mission to the United Nations. Indian envoy to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said the “possibility” of a meeting between Krishna and Khar in a social set-up “is very likely.” “There will be situations where they will meet at social events, various receptions, most certainly,” Puri had said. PTI

ism.” On whether America’s recent accusation against ISI for supporting the deadly Haqqani network has brought a sense of unity between India and the US on Pakistan, Krishna said “it is not a question of America agreeing with India and India agreeing with Pakistan.” He said the countries have to see what is “our approach, reaction, response to terror.” “If the position US takes on terror is exactly similar to the position India takes that does not mean to say that they have been converted to our position or we have taken position similar to them.” The two sides also followed up on the civil nuclear treaty and discussed what needs to be done further. Clinton urged Krishna to en-

sure that India’s nuclear liability regime conforms with the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear damage, an American official said requesting anonymity. Krishna and Clinton discussed a host of multilateral issues including the situation in Palestine, Sudan and Syria. When asked to comment on the divergent views that India and the US have on Syria and Palestine, Krishna said as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said in his address to the UN General Assembly, “We cannot order how nations set their house in order.” On concerns that momentum of the India-US relations appear to be slowing down, with certain defence contracts not being awarded to US companies, he said this is not an issue by which

US would be offended. He said defence contracts are awarded on basis of merit and are a comparative tabulated evaluation done by a committee of experts. “I do not think anybody can take offence if we chose something else. US has been into this long enough not to misjudge the relationship based only on a particular issue. We will have to take the generality,” he added. Krishna said he was “quite satisfied” with the outcome of his talks. Clinton complimented India on its active participation in the New Silk Road initiative to strengthen transit and trade in South and Central Asia. “The ministers compared notes on the upcoming New Silk Road conference in Istanbul in early November,” the official said. PTI

Cash‑for‑vote scam: Kulkarni in court Bodies of plane crash victims Former TN New Delhi: Senior BJP leader L K Advani’s former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni today appeared before a Delhi court in response to its summons for his alleged role in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam. Kulkarni appeared before Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal after repeatedly failing to do so on September 6 and Septem-

ber 19 on the ground that he was in the US. The court had on September 19 warned his counsel that his failure to appear on the next date would force it to issue arrest warrant against him. Talking to the media persons before making his appearance in court, Kulkarni said he was a whistle blower and his attempt was to expose corruption. “The charge

against me is false and politically motivated. My role in the entire matter was that of a whistle blower. Along with my associates, 3 BJP MPs and Suhail Hindustani, I attempted to expose the purchase of MPs for securing victory in the confidence vote that the then government was seeking in Lok Sabha in July 2008,” Kularni said.

He claimed that he had “nothing to hide” and that he was not running away from anyone. “I am ready to go to jail if exposing corruption is a crime,” he said. The court is also slated to hear the regular bail pleas of Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh and co-accused Sanjeev Saxena in the case. PTI

Vatal wants CM to visit Chʼrajanagar Bangalore: Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha founder Vatal Nagraj today protested in front of Raj Bhavan, demanding development works at Chamrajnagar. He demanded that chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda has to visit his constituency as the area lacked development. There is a myth that a sitting chief minister would lose his seat if he visits Chamarajanagar area. Vatal protested by shouting slogans and pretending to sleep on gunny bags in front of the governor’s residence. He also had a few plates and glasses in front of him to highlight the plight of the people at Chamarajanagar. The police later arrested him as the protest was causing a traffic jam on the busy road. He said, “It is really pity that all the chief ministers have kept away from the constituency by believing in some bad omen.” He said, “If the present chief minister cannot take care of Chamarajanagar, then it should be carved out of state.”

S Radhakrishna

Tiruchirapalli (TN): The bodies of eight city-based builders, who were among 19 killed in a plane crash in Nepal on Sunday, were likely to be brought here tomorrow with the relatives of the victims identifying them at a hospital in Kathmandu.

“Procedures of identification and post-mortem of the bodies have been completed this morning”, M V Anand, son of one of the victims Maruthachalam, said from Kathmandu. He said the relatives had collected baggages of the victims.

One relative of each victim along with Tiruchirappalli MP Kumar were taken to Kathmandu by Tamil Nadu government yesterday to identify the bodies. The eight businessmen from here were in Kathmandu on a leisure trip.

SRK wants ʻRa.Oneʼ to break BO records Mumbai: Superstar Shahrukh Khan whose dream project ‘Ra.One’ is up for Diwali release, wishes stupendous business for his film akin to the recent ones that had a dream run at the box office. Hinting at the success witnessed by the movies of his friend-turned-foe Salman Khan, SRK said although he is not competing with anyone he would still like for his movie to rise to those heights. “Every film has its own space. I am happy that in the recent past there are three or four

films which have done great business. When it comes to box office, I hope even my film is good enough. We hope we will be able to touch the success of those films,” Shahrukh told reporters. ‘Ra.One’ is superhero film directed by Anubhav Sinha, starring SRK, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in lead roles. It is the most expensive film till date and will be released in 3D format worldwide, along with its dubbed versions in Tamil, Telugu and German.

Chennai: Vigilance raids were today conducted at the premises of former DMK minister K Ponmudi and his relatives in Chennai and his native Villupuram, 160 km from here. The raids were conducted following complaints against the former Higher Education Minister of amassing disproportionate assets, police said. He was arrested in Chennai on August 31 in a land grabbing case. Former ministers Veerapandi S Arumugam (Salem), K N Nehru (Tiruchirappalli) and N K K P Raja (Erode) were also arrested on land grabbing charges in the crackdown launched by the Jayalalithaa Government on land grabbing. PTI

Ramadass, his mother belt

out bhajans at contest opening Bangalore Beat Bureau

Kannada Vatal Paksha founder Vatal Nagaraj was out on yet another unique protest in front of Raj Bhavan this morning. The maverick politician shrouded himself in gunny bags and slept in front of the governor’s residence to protest against the successive chief minister giving his constituency Chamrajanagar a slip. He said Chamrajanagar lacked development and the chief minister should be ordered to visit the area. There is a myth that the sitting chief minister would lose his chair if he visits the area.

PDP walks out of J&K assembly

Srinagar: Opposition PDP today staged a walkout from the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly after the Speaker rejected their adjournment motion for discussing the issue of unmarked graves and delay in probing the killings during last year’s summer unrest. As soon as the Assembly began the day’s proceedings, the PDP members led by party president Mehbooba Mufti were on their feet demanding that Speak-

may be brought back tomorrow minister raided

er Mohammad Akbar Lone allow the adjournment motion. “Let us send a message that we are serious about these issues by putting other issues like water, electricity and roads aside today,” Mehbooba told the Speaker. However, Lone said a similar motion moved by National Conference MLA Mir Saifullah had been listed in the business of the house for discussion today. The Speaker urged the opposition members to allow the ques-

tion hour to be conducted. However, the opposition members refused to relent, saying the unmarked graves issue was of urgent nature and should be taken up before the other business. “It is a matter of shame that this issue has not been discussed in our Parliament but has been debated by the British Parliament,” the PDP president said. Heated exchanges took place between several National Conference members and opposition

PDP on whether the adjournment motion should be allowed. As the time fixed for question hour came to an end, the Speaker announced that he has rejected the adjournment motion as per the rules of the business of the house. “I cannot allow this adjournment. I reject it,” Lone said. All the PDP members staged a walkout soon after the Speaker announced his ruling on the matter. PTI

Mysore: All the world’s a stage for district in-charge and medical education minister. S A Ramadass, who has been overseeing preparations for the Dasara festivities beginning tomorrow, showed his arty side at the state-level bhajan competition here this morning. Ramadass, accompanied by his 65-yearold mother Sarojamma, inaugurated the bhajan contest by, what else, singing bhajans! The crowd gaped as the minister belted out some of his favourite bhajans. On the more prosaic side, the event has attracted 500 bhajana mandalis from across the state. They have been selected from over 1,500 contestants. This year, the winning team will be presented with Dasara Bhajan Award to mark 100 years of the Mysore Palace. The winner will also get a cash reward of Rs 25,000. There will also be five other awards for the contestants. Tomorrow, the contestants will be given a chance to sing at the Chamundeshwari temple on top of Chamundi Hills the entire day. State award winner and famed Harikatha exponent Husein Saab, MP Shankarlinge Gowda and other were present.

Mysore district in-charge and medical education minister S A Ramadass and his mother Sarojamma sing bhajans while inaugurating a state-level bhajan contest as part of Dasara festival, at Mysore today.

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Bangalore Beat 27.09.2011  
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