Vol. 1, Issue 363 n Monday n September 19, 2011
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NO BAIL DAY Reddy in judicial No relief for Katta till Oct 26 custody till Oct 3 Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore Beat Bureau Hyderabad: The CBI special court today handed over former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy to judicial custody till October 3. The mining baron, who was picked up from his home at Bellary on September 5 for his alleged involvement in illegal mining along Andhra Pradesh-Karnataka border, today completed his CBI custody. The court was hearing the bail petitions of Janardhana Reddy and managing director of his Obulapuram Mining Company Srinivasa Reddy today. None of the advocates were
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He appealed to the court to move the former minister to a private Bangalore: The Lokayukta spe- hospital for treating his cancer. present at the court today, as all cial court today extended the After hearing the arguments, advocates in Andhra Pradesh judicial custody of former IT-BT judge N K Sudhindra Rao rejectare striking work in support of a minister Katta Subramanya ed the bail petition and extendNaidu and his son and separate Telangana. ed the judicial custody. That is also one of the reasons corportor Katta JaKatta Subramanya for the court to grant judicial gadish Naidu till OctoNaidu is suffering from ber 26. The court also custody to the Reddys. lymphoma for several After their arrest on September posted the hearing of years. 5, the Reddys had been taken to their bail petition to He underwent Hyderabad by the CBI team, September 24. chemotherapy for in The court has been which is probing alleged illegal 2004 and stem cellhearing cases of alleged mining cases against them. based treatment in LonThe Andhra Pradesh govern- land scams involving don in 2008. The court ment had handed over the case the Karnataka Indusis hearing cases of alto the CBI in December 2009 trial Area Development Board leged land grabbing against the when Rosaiah was the chief min- against the father-son duo. father-son duo and ITASCA comKatta’s advocate C V Nagesh pany managing director Srinivas ister. Rosaiah is now governor of moved the bail application as the Rao. Tamil Nadu. judicial custody ended today. Continued on page 3... Continued on page 3...
BSYʼs plea hearing put oﬀ to Sept 22
Bangalore: The Lokayukta special court today adjourned the hearing of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s bail application to September 22 in an alleged illegal land denotification case. The court was hearing the case filed by advocate Sirajin Basha, alleging that Yeddyurappa illegally denotified land when he was chief minister. Yeddyurappa’s sons B Y Raghavendra, B Y Vijendra, son-in-law Sohan Kumar, Chickpet MLA D Hemachandra Sagar and Malur MLA Ess Enn Krishnaiah Shetty were present in the court.
Leopards raid Mysore
G S Ravishankar
Bangalore Beat Bureau
Hospet: Two prominent associates of mining baron and former minister Gali Janardhana Reddy were raided here today. The simultaneous raids were carried out by Central Bureau of Investigation sleuths at the residences of Kharadapudi Mahesh and Swastik Nagaraj. The two were not present at their residences at the time of the raids. The CBI has recovered important documents from their houses. Sources said they have been absconding ever since their mentor Janardhana Reddy was arrested by the CBI on September 5. While some said the duo could be in Sri Lanka, others said they are holed up either in Malaysia or Singapore. The CBI around a fortnight ago arrested Janardhana Reddy and Srinivasa Reddy, managing director of his Obulapuram Mining Company, on charges of alleged illegal mining along the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border in Anantapur district of
North police crack 319 cases Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The Bangalore North police claimed to have solved 319 cases with the arrest of 199 accused in the city. They have recovered properties worth over Rs 4 crore. They have recovered 167 two-wheelers, over 20 four-wheelers, two lorries and gold, silver and other articles worth over several lakhs. The recovered items were on display today.
Suicide bomber hits police oﬃcerʼs house, kills 8 in Pak Karachi/Islamabad: A Taliban suicide bomber today rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the home of a senior police officer in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, killing at least eight persons and injuring several others. The bomber targeted the residence of Special Superintendent of Police Chaudhry Aslam of the Crime Investigation Department in the posh Defence area at 7.30 am, reducing the house to rubbles. Eight persons, including a woman, a child and six policemen, were killed in the attack, police officials said. The dead and injured were taken to the nearby Jinnah Hospital. Aslam, who escaped unhurt, told reporters that several of his police guards were among the dead. He said he had been receiving threats from the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and other militant groups. He vowed that he would not be deterred by such cowardly attacks. PTI
Two leopards were caught in Mysore this morning. One of them was living in the BEML factory premises for the last seven months and the other was seen several times at Khyathanahalli on H D Kote road. The big cats were finally caught. The leopard near the BEML factory got trapped in the cage around 2 am, while the other was caught by forest officials. Forest department officials also spoke of a third leopard that was sighted near Bogadi. But it escaped in the foliage before the authorities could catch it
Kattaʼs Sriramulu wonʼt end friends fast, CM tries to pacify declared accused Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: The Lokayukta special court today pronounced Venkaiah and Jaggaiah, accused No. 4 and 5 in the alleged land grabbing scam involving KIADB, as accused in the open court. The court said the two have not appeared before it all these days. They have skipped court, despite several notices against them. “I am declaring them accused,” Judgde Sudhindra Rao said. The judge wanted their names to be advertised in newspapers, proclaiming them to be the main accused in the land grabbing case. The Lokayukta chargesheet against them mentions that they mediated between former minister Katta Subramanya Naidu, his son Katta Jagadish Naidu and ITASCA managing director Srinivas Rao and the farmers in land deals. The two were instrumental in cheating farmers of their land and getting the general power of attorney in favour of the company. The two are said to be close friends of Katta Jagadish Naidu, who is a corporator from Vasanthnagar.
Bellary: There is no question of calling off the fast, said former minister B Sriramulu, who is agitating in support of sponge iron manufacturers since yesterday here. He has been demanding supply of iron ore to sponge iron manufacturers in the state. Sriramulu, who resigned from his MLA post recently, said, “I am trying to get in touch with chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda and advocate-general B V Acharya to discuss the issue.” He said, “The Supreme Court that has banned mining in Bellary district should give permission to supply iron ore to sponge iron companies without tender.” The state government should file a petition before the Supreme Court through the advocate-general seeking permission to supply iron ore to sponge iron companies. “I will continue the fast till then,” he said. The state and central governments should intervene and resolve the issue, he added.
WILL GO ON DELEGATION TO CENTRE, SAYS DVS Bangalore: The state government is ready to solve the problems faced by sponge iron
manufacturers, said chief minister Sadananda Gowda here today. The chief minister called Sriramulu on his mobile and spoke to him at length and discussed solutions to the problems being faced by the iron manufacturers. He asked Sriramulu to come to Bangalore so that B Sriramulu the two could go in a delegation to the Union minister concerned and find a solution to the problem. The chief minister told fasting Sriramulu that they could meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, mines minister and others and appeal to them. Members of the sponge iron manufacturers’ association has been protesting at the Bellary municipal grounds for the last five days, opposing a blanket ban on iron ore mining. They have closed their steel mills as there has been no supply of iron ore.
A man watches broken school wall and poles damaged in last night’s earthquake in Siliguri today.
Quake toll rises to 40, relief operations on in full swing Gangtok: The death toll in the powerful earthquake rose to 40 with 19 people being killed in Sikkim, five in West Bengal, two in Bihar, seven each in Nepal and Tibet even as rescue and relief operations were today stepped up in the affected areas. Over a hundred people have been injured in the 6.8 magnitude tremor which has caused extensive damage to buildings and roads in Sikkim and several other places. The casualties have occurred mostly in the North District and in towns and villages like Rangpo, Dikchu, Singtam and Chungthang located along the course of Teesta river, they said. In Gangtok, power was restored this morning. Residents had spent the night outside their houses fearing aftershocks. At least 20 aftershocks throughout the night had created panic in the city. Rescue teams have been dispatched to various affected areas this morning, the officials said. The toll in Sikkim till last night was seven. In West Bengal, the toll rose to five with reports reaching Kolkata saying that two deaths have occurred in Kalimpong area in Darjeeling while one person each was killed
in Siliguri and Jalpaiguri areas and one in a tea garden in Doors. Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua reported that at least seven persons have been killed and 22 others injured in Tibet in the quake which has caused landslides and has disrupted traffic, power and water supplies as well as telecommunication in Yadong County, an area 40 km away from Sikkim. Three people were killed at Lainchaur in Kathmandu, two in Sunsari district, and one each in Dhankuta and Sankhuwasabha districts in eastern Nepal, according to Home Ministry sources in the Nepalese capital. . Many buildings in and around Gangtok have collapsed and around 85 per cent of structures and houses have developed cracks due to the quake that hit Sikkim and other areas last evening, they said. Most of the areas in north Sikkim have been cut-off from the rest of the country as roads were blocked and communication lines got snapped. The Sadar police station in Gangtok was badly damaged due to the tremor. All BSNL telephone landlines in the city have gone dead since last evening. Continued on page 2...
Monday, September 19, 2011
Quake toll rises to 40, as rescue op goes on Continued from page 1 The epicentre of the quake – the biggest in two decades – was located at Mangan and Sakyong areas, over 50 km from Gangtok on the Sikkim-Nepal border. In Bihar, two persons were killed in Nalanda and Darbhanga districts, official sources said. A five-year-old girl and a youth were the two victims, they said. Tremors were also felt in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Delhi. Four teams of National Disaster Response Force have been rushed to Sikkim and five more teams were being sent from Kolkata, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth told reporters last night after a meeting of top officials in Delhi convened on the direction of PM Manmohan Singh. “The Prime Minister himself is monitoring the developments connected to the quake,” Seth had said. PTI
E‑commerce in India has not taken off as expected Bangalore: Rediff Founder and CEO Ajit Balakrishnan has said e-commerce in India has not yet taken off as expected, but hoped government’s commitment to make huge investment to create back-hall broadband infrastructure would give a fillip to online shopping. This was because credit card penetration is low in India and failure rate of debit card transaction is 50 per cent, he said. “A debit card based e-commerce is possible, though there are challenges. Broadband connectivity between banks is just building in India. Unless the banks telecom infrastructure is super, it can’t be pulled off. There are 120 million Indians with debit plus ATM cards,” he said. With e-commerce, the challenge is margins and so there has to be a payment system where it is no more than three
per cent. “If the operator keeps 50 per cent it is not worth business,” Balakrishnan said. He rued that the concern in India was the political economy of telecom companies, which never attempted to invest in broadband as their returns are after 20 years unlike cellular phones, where valuation is based on number of subscribers. “In every country you find when broadband picks up, that’s when e-commerce picks up. When e-commerce picks up then advertisement picks up... This is not happening in India.” On his reasons for e-commerce picking up pace in the near future, Balakrishnan said he was certain that the government would make investments to create back-hall infrastructure for broadband.” There’s also a TRAI plan to spend Rs 35,000 crores. I think we need to put the
weight behind it,” he added. Asked what kind of Rediff he wants to create in future, he said there was a need to create domestic venture capitalist (VC) companies instead of depending on US-funded VC companies. “When US commerce plunges, all VCs disappear from India ... hence we should have domestic VC companies that can give a way to escape the cycles of US commerce ... We need actually Indian Pension Fund, LIC UTI to put in long-term cap into VC funds so we have a domestic VC industry ... I wish we had hundred such companies,” he said. Balakrishnan also said VC companies should have workforce with operating experience, unlike many others which boast of power-point experts. “We need entrepreneur investors because many of our entrepreneurs are very young and by definition inexperienced,” he added. PTI
127 TEAMS COMPETE Evaporated water can IN SMART CAR CONTEST keep Earth cool: IISc study
Bangalore: 127 teams from 35 engineering colleges took part in ‘The Freescale Cup India – 2011’, a unique intelligent car race for engineering students. The event was organised by Freescale Semiconductor India, in association with CEDT, Indian Institute of Science. This is the second edition of the event. Last year, 22 colleges and 90 teams participated in the competition. The event is part of Freescale‘s global initiative to promote innovation among engineering students and offer them a hands-on opportunity to put their engineering skills to test by creating microcontroller (MCU) programming that enables cars to perform optimally under test conditions during the race. The 35 finalists battled it out at the J N Tata Auditorium at
Ujjivan to raise ‘100 cr via pri‑ vate placement
Mumbai: The Bangalore-based urban markets focused microfinance firm Ujjivan Financial Services today said it is planning to raise Rs 100 crore through a private placement by November. “We are looking at raising fresh equity of around Rs 100 crore by way of a private placement. This should happen by October-November,” Ujjivan founder and managing director Samit Ghosh told PTI over phone. On whether he has already approached some prospective investors, Ghosh said, “Yes, we are already in talks with our existing shareholders as some of them are interested in raising their stakes further, as well as some others.” Ghosh further informed that the company has last week got approval from the state-run Syndicate Bank for a Rs 25-crore funding this month. “This is the second tranche of funding from banks and Sidbi since April. Last month, we had received Rs 45.5 crore term funding from Sibdi, and another Rs 55 crore from three banks – Corporation Bank, State Bank of Travancore and the private lender Axis Bank,” Ghosh said. While the Sidbi is a two-year term loan, those from the banks are for a one-year loan, which are released for lending to our borrowers, the ex-Citibanker who set up the MFI in 2005 said. He was also associated with Standard Chartered Bank and HDFC Bank besides a few other banks during his three decades of career in the banking space. Recently, the company had also raised Rs 55 crore through two non-convertible debentures issues arranged by StanChart. As of end-March, 2011, the company has disbursed over Rs 2,073 crore since inception to over 1 million customers though its 351 branches, spanning 20 states. PTI
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the Indian Institute of Science. “This is a great platform for students to explore their creativity by using some of the latest technologies available for featurerich smart cars,” said Guruswamy Ganesh, vice-president and country manager, Freescale Semiconductor India. “Freescale intends to remain committed to initiatives that nurture the innovation ecosystem.” The event showcased the collaborative and competitive spirit of engineering students as they defined their concepts and projects, highlighting the progressive innovation ecosystem in India. “This initiative not only provides participants a chance to work on the next-gen technologies but also to broaden their horizons and give them an opportunity to demonstrate their creative
abilities.” added Ganesh. Students were required to assemble an intelligent model racing car that automatically recognised the specially designed race track at the venue. Freescale provided technical support as well as the model car kits and development tools required to build a model racing car based on Freescale MCU technology. The event was the result of several months of challenging work in designing and assembling smart model cars for the race. The participating teams were judged by a panel of experts from the automobile industry, embedded systems domain and academia. The entries were judged on the basis of several parameters, including speed, design and technology.
NMDC ramps up iron ore production in state to meet demand New Delhi: State-owned NMDC has ramped up iron ore production from Karnataka up to 30,000 tonnes per day to meet the shortage faced by iron and steel making units in Southern India, a senior company official said yesterday. “At present, we are producing in the range of 28,000 to 30,000 tonnes a day. We can increase it to 35,000 tonnes per day but the rains are playing spoilsport,” NMDC director (finance) S Thiagarajan said. NMDC is the only company permitted to mine iron ore from the state by the SC, which imposed a ban on mining due to large-scale environmental degradation of the mining areas. The apex court had allowed the Navratna firm to mine one million tonnes of iron ore per month (or 12 MT in a year) from the state, which translated to about 33,500-34,000 tonnes of ore per day. “It will take us a week’s time to ramp it up to the desired level once rains in the region stop,” Thiagrajan said. The move, together with e-
auction of iron ore stocks in the state, is expected to ease the demand of vital steel making raw material in the state, he added. “What we produce may not be sufficient as the demand is much more than our production. So, the auctions will ease the situation.” According an estimate of Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce, daily demand of Karnataka’s iron and steel units is about 1,04,000 tonnes and many units have closed their operations due to paucity of the ore. The apex court, while banning the mining in state, had permitted to auction 1.5 million tonnes (MT) iron ore per month through e-auction route from the stock of 25.88 MT, lying at the mines in the state. The first round of auction was conducted on September 14 for about 4,00,000 tonnes. Asked about the supplies, Thiagarajan said about 35% of iron ore production from the state is being supplied to sponge and pig iron units of Karnataka and
ccording to scientists, evaporated water helps in cooling earth as a whole, not just the local area of evaporation, a study by Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science and other institutions said. Besides IISc, the study was conducted by the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. They have demonstrated that evaporation of water from trees and irrigated crop areas could cool the planet which could have major implications on decision making for land use. These findings were published online on September 14 in Environmental Research Letter. “In the Indian backdrop of proposed Land acquisition Bill, these findings could have major implications for land-use decision making,” he said. “It is well known that clearing of forests for agriculture and infrastructure development can contribute to local warming by decreasing local evaporative cooling, but it was not understood whether this decreased evaporation would also contribute to global warming,” Govindasamy Bala of the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, IISc, said. Globally, this cycle of evaporation and condensation moves energy around, but cannot create or destroy energy. How could then evapotranspiration change global climate if the net heating is zero? According to Bala, “It is the feedback loops in the climate system. In this case, it is primarily the cloud feedback. Enhanced surface evaporation causes an increase in the amount of low level clouds in the atmosphere. These clouds scatter more solar radiation back to space and cool the planet,” he said. “The policy implications of this study are enormous. The recent Food and Agriculture Organisation estimate showed that around 13 million hectares of forests are converted to other uses or lost each year. “In addition to contributing to global warming through CO2
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emissions, deforestation in the tropics could be causing more global mean warming through reduced evapotranspirtation. Conversely, planting trees in the tropics could remove CO2 from the atmosphere as well as cool the planet through enhanced transpiration,” Bala said. We all know trees provide shading and they also cool the local environment by evapotranspiration. However, scientists have long debated the role of plant transpiration on global climate. The reason is that while evaporation causes a local cooling, condensation of the same water heats up the atmosphere somewhere higher but within the climate system, he said. For this study, the authors used a global climate model developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA and is freely available to the climate modeling community around the world. “The model has full representation for atmospheric processes such as air circulation and transport of heat and water vapour, clouds, evaporation from oceans and soils, transpiration from plants, ‘radiative’ heating by solar radiation and greenhouse warming effect by carbon dioxide and other trace gases in the atmosphere,” Bala said. Scientists from both the institutions used a configuration of the model that has representation
for the surface layer of the oceans as well as sea ice in the polar regions. This type of climate model is also known as a general circulation model. Bala said the climate model was run on supercomputers to study the effect of enhanced surface evaporation on the climate system. In one of their experiments, the authors increased the surface water evapotranspirtation to mimic increased tree cover on the planet. Simultaneously, they also reduced the heat transfer from the surface, as in real world, so that the total energy addition into the atmosphere is zero. No global-mean warming is anticipated in this experiment. But, to their surprise, they found a cooling triggered by increased cloud cover in the lower levels of the atmosphere. Bala pointed out that in the past, many climate modelling studies on tropical deforestation studies have indeed simulated the local warming from deforestation. But because water vapour plays so many roles in the climate system, the global climate effects of changes in evaporation were not well understood. The researchers even thought it was possible that evaporation could have a warming effect on global climate, because water vapour acts as a greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. PTI
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Nagar) (10 am, 1, 4, 7, 9.50 pm) HMT Cinemas (1.30 pm, 7.15 pm) Innovative Multiplex (11.30 am, 2, 4.30, 7, 9.45 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10 am, 12.50, 3.40, 6.30, 8.30, 9.20 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 11.30, 12.50, 3.40, 5.25, 6.30, 8.15, 9.20 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10 am, 11.20, 12.50, 3.40, 4.55, 6.30, 7.45, 8.30, 9.20 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 10.55, 11.50, 12.50, 2.35, 3.40, 5.25, 6.30, 7.15, 8.15, 9.20 pm) PVR Cinemas (10 am, 10.15, 12.45, 1, 3.30, 3.50, 4.30, 6.35, 7.15, 9.15 pm) Rex (10.30 am, 3, 9.50 pm) Vaibhav (11.30 am, 2.30 pm) Vision Cinemas (10 am, 1, 4, 7, 9.45 pm) Uvashi (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm)
Departure B’lore 1330 (Sun) 0630 1900 1700 000 1800 (Sat) 1020 (Sun) 1100 (Thu, Sat) 000 1315 000 2145 000 000 1400 2115 0650 2215 (Sun) 1845 (Thu) 000 0600 (Except Tue) 000 000 2205 000 2100 000 1430 000 2030 0810 000 1415 000 1815 000 1730 000 2355 000 0730 000
BODYGUARD (U/A) Salman, Kareena Apsara (11.30 am, 2.30, 5.45, 8.45 pm) Cinemax (12.30 pm, 3.45, 9.30 pm) Cinepolis (12.50 pm, 2, 4.30, 7, 9.30 pm) Everest (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Fame (Lido) (10.30 am, 1.15, 4, 6.45, 9.30 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (10.05 am, 3.40 pm) Fame (Value Mall) (10 am, 1.25, 3.20, 6.50, 9.30 pm) Fun Cinemas (10.30 am, 1.15, 4.05, 7, 9.45 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10.45
am, 1.30, 4.15 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (12.45 pm, 9.30 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (10.15 am, 7.30, 10 pm) HMT Cinemas (10.45 am, 4.15 pm) Innovative Multiplex (11.30 am, 1.30, 5, 7.30, 10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10.15 am, 1, 6.45, 9.30 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 1.15, 4, 6.45, 9.30 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10 am, 10.45, 12.40, 3.40, 6.40, 8.15, 9.30 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10.am, 12.45, 2.10, 3.20, 5.55, 9.15 pm).
MANKATHA (U/A) Ajith, Arjun, Trisha, Lakshmi Ajantha (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Balaji (Vannarpet) (10.30 am,
1.45, 5.15, 8.15 pm) Cinepolis (12.30 pm, 3.30, 8.40 pm) Fame (Lido) (11.15 am, 2.30 pm, 5.45 pm) Fame (Value Mall) (12.05 pm, 3.05, 6.05, 9.05 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (1 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) (9.30 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (1.55 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 3.15, 9 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (11.15 am, 2.30, 5.45, 9 pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (1.45 pm, 5 pm) Lakshmi (Tavarekere) (10 am, 1.30, 5, 8.30 pm) Lavanya (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Mukunda (11 am, 2, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Poornima (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Pushpanjali (BN Pura) (11.15 am, 2.45, 6.15, 9.30 pm) Sampige (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Vaishnavi (11.15 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Vijay (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.15 pm).
Monday, September 19, 2011
CITY EVENTS General
Rotary Club of Bangalore: Talk by Amar Krishnamurthy on ‘How to get involved in democracy,’ Rotary House of Friendship, Lavelle Road, 7.15 pm.
Monday, September 19th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Beach, No 1211, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar DJ Deepak spins golden oldies at The Beach tonight.
Natya Saraswathi Shanthala Kannada Kala Sangha: Plays by Kavitha Krishna’s ‘Sangoli Rayanna’, directed by Tumkur Shivakumar and ‘Gante Govindraha’ by U Govindegowda, attended by B T Muniraju, Joint director Kannada and Culture Department, S Muniraju, MLA, Dasarahalli constituency to participate, Ravindra Kalakshetra, 5 pm
OWW Sale: Monday, September 19th, 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: Monday, September 19th, 2011. 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pepe, No 2, Brigade Road, Pepe introduces the Modern Heritage Collection for women, that
Weekday Lunch Buffet @ ManU: Monday, September 19th, 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: Monday, September 19th, 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. Burger Fiesta: Monday, September 19th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Herbs & Spice, No 39 HAL 3rd Stage, 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar A special menu dedicated to different types of burgers, including The Big Beef Burger, Jalapeno Stuffed Burger, Thai- style Beef Burger, and American Cheeseburger.
Nightlife Thai & Mongolian Night: Monday, September 19th, 2011. 8 p.m. Fusion Lounge, 185, Deena Building, Brigade Road, DJs Paresh and Karthik play a set of Thai and Mongolian tunes to kickstart the week. Lounge Night: Monday, September 19th, 2011. 8 p.m. Ice, Vivanta by Taj - MG Road, No 41/3, MG Road, DJ Vanshi sets the mood for the night with lounge music. Monday Blues with DJ Nayan: Monday, September 19th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Indi, Garuda Mall, Magrath Road, Ashoknagar DJ Nayan spinning commercial and Bollywood this Mon @ Indi. House Night with DJ Sid: Monday, September 19th, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Hypnos, Gem Plaza, Infantry Road, DJ Sid spinning House and Hip Hop at Hypnos this Monday. Chillout Session with DJ Cheek-O Dread: Monday, September 19th, 2011. 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Xtreme Sports Bar, No 30, HRBR Layout, 2nd Block, 4th Main, Kalyannagar DJ Cheek-O Dread spins house this Monday.
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: Monday, September 19th, 2011. Lifestyle, Adarsh Opus, Campbell Road, Austin Town An annual cosmetics fest that promises a plethora of offers. Experts like Ojas Rajani and other celebrity make-up artists add to the experience.
Exhibitions Showers Of Tranquility: Monday, September 19th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallerie Third Eye, No A-1 Epsilon Office Block, Yemalur Main Road, Yemalur A rare collection of paintings for the monsoon season, by HS Manjunath and Ranjan Paul. Photography Exhibition @ Sumukha: Monday, September 19th, 2011. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallery Sumukha, No 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden Photographer Clare Arni's lens captures the disappearing traditional professions of Mumbai, Goa and Jaipur. Nirantara @ Galleryske: Monday, September 19th, 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 underscore the organic growth cycle of life, death and continuation. Telent Unlimited: Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Renaissance Gallerie, No 13 Westminster, Cunningham Road, Renaissance Gallerie presents Talent Unlimited, an exhibition of works by artists like Sreekant Kurva, Kumaraswamy, Kappari, Chary, Chippa Sudhakar, Fawad, Thotha Vaikuntam and others.
Retro Night with DJ Deepak:
Katta to remain in jail till Oct 2 Continued from page 1 They allegedly took away land from farmers through the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board. ITASCA had acquired 325 acres of land in Bandikodigehalli on the outskirts of the city to set up an aero space related industry. The company was floated only to grab land, the chargesheet mentions. Then Lokayukta superintendent of police Madhukar Shetty had detected the case. More than Rs 1,000 crore was involved in the scam and the Lokayukta filed a chargesheet against the powerful political leader, who was handling five portfolios. Katta was a major industries minister in the BJP-JD(S) government during 2006-07 and gave permission for acquisition of land illegally.
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his life and reputation and hurt lakhs of his devotees. Nithyananda is also apparently, pressurizing the censor board to not allow the film to release. The film is allegedly inspired by incidents that took place last year, when Nithyananda’s driver released footage of the swami’s dalliances with a movie starlet. Nithyananda is also facing trial at Ramnagar sessions court for other charges filed against him.
Bangalore: Swami Nityananda has written a letter to Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and has asked them not to give permission to release the film ‘Sathyananda’. In his letter, the tainted godman has stated that the film, produced by Madan Patel, is a story based on himself. If the film is released it will damage
KPCL, MNRD hold training programme on solar tech
Power Lunch: Monday, September 19th, 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.
Nithya tries to stop release of film based on his life
Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Karnataka Power Corporation (KPC), in collaboration with the ministry of new and renewable energy inaugurated its national training programme on solar technology. The program was inaugurated by Shamin Banu, additional secretary, energy department and V Bhargava, director, MNRD. Speaking at the event, Shamin Banu said “Solar energy has come pretty late on the Indian scene due to various reasons. Now large facilities must avail themselves of solar power. This field is open to large number of local entrepreneurs who would like to get into this field. All they require is trained personnel. In the next five years there will be growth in solar projects.” The event, stretching across six days will witness experts training participants in solar technology, concepts, materials, installation, commissioning and maintenance. Representatives for various solar related companies, power developers, regulatory bodies, public and private sector took part in the inaugural event. Yogendra Tripathi, Managing Director, KPCL also spoke at the event, saying “The feedback will be received from participants. It will be of immense value to mould future programs.”
Bangalore: Srimatha Mahila Sahakari Bank Ltd celebrated its 10th anniversary today. It also launched its website http://www.sriamthabank.com on the occasion. The bank was launched solely for the purpose of empowering women on November 30. The bank has 5,000 members and is run by 13 all-woman members. Srimatha bank provides access to finance and encourages secure small savings, group savings and safe deposits for women from various economic backgrounds. Bank president Padma Sheshadri said, “It has been a long and arduous journey. The bank today has reached 2.5 lakh customers. The bank that started with 2,800 members now has 5,000 members. With an initial investment and deposit of Rs 30 lakh the bank has helped the
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Though it has a cancer ward, only chemotherapy is administered. Bangalore: Former IT-BT minThe only specialised state-run ister Katta Subramanya Naidu, cancer facility is the Kidwai Mewho has been denied bail by the morial Institute of Oncology. Lokayukta special court in alBut the problem with Kidwai leged land scams and admitted institute is that it does not have at Victoria Hospital, has been a VIP ward. It has special ward, diagnosed with cancer. but is not fitted with air condiKatta was shifted from the tioning and other facilities which Parappana Agrahara Central VIPs would desire. Prison to the hospital after he Katta’s lawyers petitioned becomplained of several health fore the Lokayukta court on Satcomplications, including dia- urday about his cancer. It is now betes and high blood pressure. left to jail authorities to shift him The doctors at Victoria Hospital to a proper cancer treatment detected a problem with his centre. spinal cord and suggested a surThe Lokayukta police arrested gery. Katta Subramanya Naidu, his But over the days, he has been son and corporator Katta Jacured of the problem with med- gadish Naidu and ITASCA comications. The doctors have now pany managing director S V ruled out surgery. Srinivas last month on charges With cancer being detected, of illegal land deals through the he cannot continue to remain at Karnataka Industrial Area DeVictoria Hospital. velopment Board.
GREATER SECURITY FOR LOKAYUKTA SPECIAL HEARINGS Bangalore Beat Bureau
Energy department principal secretary Shamima Bhanu, Karnataka Power Corporation PRO Jayaram and officer Yogendra Tripathi take part at the inauguration of a national training programme on solar technology in the city today.
Bangalore: The state home department has tightened security around the city civil court complex here in view of the highprofile cases being heard at the Lokayukta special court and the sessions court today. The Lokayukta special court, situated here, heard cases of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and former minister Katta Jagadish Naidu in alleged illegal land denotification and grabbing charges. The appearance of these VIPs has raised curiosity among the media and general public. An assistant commissioner of
police, three circle inspectors, five sub-inspectors, five assistant sub-inspectors, 24 head constables and 87 constables were deputed. Apart from this, three KSRP platoons have also been posted around the court.
ASHOK LEYLANDʼS DOST TO HEAT UP COMPETITION IN LCV SEGMENT IN INDIA L.Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bangalore: Dost is the latest entrant in India’s fast expanding LCV segment. It is also the first vehicle to be launched from Ashok Leyland in a joint venture with Nissan Motor Company. Competitively priced at Rs 3.79 lakhs to Rs 4.37 lakhs in Bangalore, Ashok Leyland will offer Ready –to-Use Vehicles (RUVs) on the Dost platform for various applications such as Refrigerated containers, Steel containers, Ambulance, Aluminium Fixed Side Decks and Service –At-Site (SAS) vehicles from date of launch. Speaking on the occasion of the launch in Bangalore, Dr V.Sumantran, Executive Vice Chairman, Hinduja Automotive Ltd and Chairman of Nissan Ashok Leyland Powertrain Ltd said “With commercial launch of Dost , Ashok Leyland fills an important gap in its product line up. Dost embodies our attempt to deliver to the Indian LCV customer Japanese technology at Indian cost. When asked whether it will be exported or if it is intended for an outside market, Dr Sumantran said “Yes three markets outside India have evinced interest, but as of now first we need to fulfil the domestic market share” but he did not divulge details about the three outside markets. He also said “Ashok Leyland will bring out the Compressed Natural Gas (CNV) version of Dost as we scale up. Also in future Leyland has plans to bring out the minivan and larger LCV. “While Ashok Leyland will make an investment in LCV segment of Rs 2,300 crore for next 3 years, manufacturing units in Sriperambadur and Hosur are able to manufacture 55,000 vehicles
within 3 years. While booking of Dost has already started, the delivery of the vehicle will start from 27th September 2011.” Sumantran also clarified that Dost will fill the need of the Indian LCV customer, which is for transport of goods from rural areas to cities and market places. And within city limits from one place to another “freight and logistics is the key to launch of Dost ” “while heavy trucks can’t ply busy towns and cities of India, with narrow lanes and bylanes, with traffic congestion an LCV can.” Dost will give a fillip to the LCV segment in India, and he said he was “happy that Ashok Leyland was able to manufacture a product that will be attuned to the growing expectations of LCV market in India” When asked how Ashok Leyland will deal with competition from other majors who are in the same segment,
Sumantran said “ Competition will always be there, but necessity and the features this vehicle offers cannot be compared, dedicated efforts have been made to deliver the vehicle to the satisfaction of the customer. “With its being already launched in Chennai, the response of customers is overwhelming, and this LCV is indigenous in the sense all components are manufactured in India, but the technology and expertise of course was borrowed from Nissan, Japan. “Our co-operation in the joint venture with Nissan Motors, Japan will continue, only to improve the technology behind this LCV, however it should be appreciable, from utility point of view. “It is first in LCV segment to have Air conditioner facility, safety aspect is very much looked into and more than that RUV’s mean according to requirement of particular customer, freight and logistics oriented service vehicle
is already ready. “Only customer here has to purchase with no second thoughts, Dost is the first in segment of LCV introduced from our side, while as we go further, we have few more in the line up.” Some other foreign automobile majors who are going to enter the Indian LCV market in early next year or in the middle of 2012 will be General Motors of US, Renault SA of France, and Chinese automobile makers Beiqi Foton and Jianghuai Automobile Company, and South Korean automobil Dost will be available in three colourswhite, beige and blue, and its mileage on the road with Turbocharged Diesel Common Rail (TDCR) with minimum weight will be 16 kilometres per litre (Kmpl) Dost which has payload capacity of 1.25 tonnes, will be available in three versions with top end featuring airconditioning, power steering, dual
in Mahila bank crosses 10 yrs Reddy judicial Bangalore Beat Bureau
CITY 3 Katta diagnosed with cancer, lawyers tell court
special scheme, Srimathi Nityashri–Pigmy accounts etc. The bank loan schemes are grouped under Srimatha Vidyanidhi for education, Srimatha Gruhanidhi for housing, Srimatha Vaharnidhi for vehicles, Srimatha Arogyanidhi for medical aid, Srimatha Bangaranidhi for gold and loans for entrepreneurs. Srimatha Bank offers microfinance operational model microfinance for women, who want to be self-employed. Home and transport minister R Ashok launches the Srimatha Bank is a corporate tenth year celebrations of Srimatha Mahila Sahakari Bank agent for Life Insurance Corpoin the city today. ration of India (LIC) since 2009. women in every way. ance scheme to its members. Under this scheme, Srimatha ofThe bank has recorded de- The bank has tied up with the fers life cover and pension savposits of Rs 19.30 crore as of Life Insurance Corporation, ings. Home and transport minnow and has ferreted out loans which has benefited women.” ister R Ashok, Karnatak Women’s of Rs 12.50 crore to three crore The bank also provides sav- University vice-chancellor Geetha ings account, current account Bali, Sir M Vishvesvaraya Cowomen.” She said, “The bank has so and group account facilities. It operative Bank president K N far given loans to 110 self-help has fixed deposits scheme, re- Venkatanarayana and Srimatha groups. curring deposits scheme, re-in- bank vice-president Usha Nagaraj The bank also provides insur- vestment scheme, senior citizens were present.
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Continued from page 1 Once a powerful minister in the Karnataka government, Janardhana Reddy has been spending time at the Chanchalaguda prison. The CBI police have continued to raid Janardhana Reddy’s brothers Karunakara, former revenue minister, and Somashekara, Karnataka Milk Federation president. They have recovered huge amounts of gold, cash and properties, running into several hundred crorse.
colour, beige-gray trim and fabric seats. It is equipped with state of the art 55 horse power, 3 cylinder 1.5 litre common rail TDCR engine, that is tuned for fuel economy as well as driveability and gradeability required for Indian roads known. Dost will initially be launched in four southern states of India, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala and western states of Maharasthra and Gujarat. From its plants located at Sriperambadur and Hosur, as the production scales up, the vehicle will be introduced in other states of India. The LCVs currently operating on Indian roads are - Ape Mini, Mahindra Gio, Mahindra Maxximo, Mahindra and Mahindra Genio , Mahindra and Mahindra Bolero Pick up. Mahindra Bolero Maxitruck ,Hindustan Motors Winner, Tata Zip, Tata Ace, Piaggio Ape Truk, Piaggio Ape Truk Plus, Force Trump 15, Tata Super Ace, Tata Xenon.
Monday, September 19, 2011
5,000 TROOPS, 9 CHOPPERS SENT TO QUAKE‑HIT AREAS
New Delhi: Over 5,000 troops and nine helicopters have been dispatched by the army to carry out rescue and relief operations in quakehit Sikkim, officials said today. “Around 5,000 troops in 105 columns and four ALH Dhruv and five Cheetah helicopters have been deployed in the relief operations by the army in the state,” army officials said here. The troops include elements from both the infantry and engineers, who are involved in deploying heavy equipment and clearing road blocks at several places in the state, they
said. Officials said that two jawans were killed in north Sikkim in the quake while the three missing vehicles last night have been located and all the troops in them are safe. They said that army formations in the state have been engaged in providing food and shelter to people in affected areas. At least 2,000 people have been provided help by the army, they said. The earthquake, which measured 6.8 on the Richter Scale, has also caused substantial damage to certain military buildings in the area. The IAF, on its part, has already
Consumer Price Index up 1.18% in August New Delhi: Expensive food and clothing pushed up the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in India by 1.18 per cent in August vis-avis the previous month, but experts said too much should not be read into the numbers, as the data on retail prices is yet to stabilise. The CPI based on retail prices stood at 111.7 points in August, compared to 110.4 points in July, as per data released by the government today. At the all-India level, the CPI for ‘food, beverages and tobacco’ went up by 1.27 per cent to 111.7 points in August from 110.3 points in the previous month. The main increase was seen in the prices of vegetables, with the index rising by 4.61 per cent month-on-month to 113.4 points, while the indices for milk and milk products and fruits went up by over 1 per cent each. Similarly, the index for oils and fats went up by 1.27 per cent to 119.5 points. Prices in the ‘fuel and light’ segment rose by 0.69 per cent in August vis-a-vis the previous month, with the index inching up to 116.4 points in August from 115.6 points in July. In August, the CPI for ‘clothing, bedding and footwear’ stood at 117.7 points on an all-India basis, as against 116.4 points in July, an increase of 1.12 per cent. The index for ‘Housing’ was up 0.65 per cent month-onmonth at 107.6 points in August, up from 106.9 points in July. This is the third month that housing prices have been factored into the CPI data. However, the data was compiled only for urban areas. The government had earlier said that “house rent is negligible for the rural areas” and as such, only urban areas have been taken into account for the index on housing. The price of miscellaneous items rose by 1.19 per cent in August vis-a-vis July, as per the CPI data, with the index for this segment rising to 110.3 points on a countrywide basis in the month under review from 109
points in the previous month. Experts, however, said the index cannot be used yet as a measurement of retail inflation. “We cannot deduce much from the monthly CPI data. It needs time to stabilise,” Crisil chief economist D K Joshi said. He said inflation based on retail prices would only be ready for calculation from next year. “The government began releasing the nationwide CPI from January this year. It will need at one full year before inflation data could be measured,” Joshi said. The general index for rural and urban consumers stood at 113.1 points and 109.8 points, respectively, in August. In July, they were recorded at 111.6 points and 108.9 points, respectively, for rural and urban consumers. Meanwhile, the overall June CPI reading has been maintained at the provisional estimate of 108.8 points. Experts also said the movement in the CPI on a month-onmonth basis was too small to make any significant statistical suggestions. The new nationwide CPI launched earlier this year was introduced to reflect the actual movement of prices at the micro-level and help policymakers like the RBI in better framing of decisions. With the passage of the time, the government expects it to supersede the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) as the benchmark for measurement inflation. Inflation, as measured by the WPI, stood at 9.78 per cent in August. At the time of unveiling the new CPI earlier this year, the government had said it would continue the practice of giving the figures in the present form without quoting the inflation rate for one year. These consumer indices include five major groups – food, beverages and tobacco; fuel and light; housing; clothing, bedding and footwear; and miscellaneous items. PTI
Deal strongly with Haqqani,LeT: Clinton tells Khar
Washington: US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has told her Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar to take strong action against terrorist groups particularly Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Haqqani network, which is blamed for the last week’s deadly attack on American embassy in Kabul. Clinton met Khar for a marathon three-and-half hours in New York, which US officials said started and ended with the Haqqani network and counterterrorism operations of Pakistan. She sought specific action from Pakistan against the Haqqani network, which the US now believes was behind the September 13 attack on its Embassy in Kabul, they said. US officials, however, would not say if Clinton shared any intelligence information about such a link, but it was clearly evident that concrete evidences were provided to Khar during the meeting, said to be one of the longest meetings of Clinton with any of her foreign counterparts. “They (Pakistan) understand that the threat that the Haqqanis pose to them, and I think they recognise it’s time for them to take action,” a senior State De-
partment official told reporters after the meeting in New York. “We were specific about the need for Pakistan to take action on the Haqqani Network,” the official added. “The attacks in Kabul on the 13th of September changed the nature of the meeting. Although it still lasted a good long time and we did review the whole nature of our relationship, that as you heard before, the issue of counterterrorism and particularly the issue of the Haqqani Network was, as you can imagine, the first thing on the Secretary?s agenda and also the last,” said the official. Clinton’s message was that given the efforts of the Haqqani Network on the embassy attack, that this was an issue that they had to deal with and that this is a threat to both Pakistan and the United States, the official said. Khar, according to the State Department official, was quite clear in return that Pakistan “couldn’t condemn more” the attacks of the 13th of September on the US. Embassy and ISAF Headquarters, and that this kind of terrorism was a threat to Pakistan and to Pakistanis as well. PTI
deployed five aircraft – two C-130Js, two AN-32s and one Avro – for relief operations. Landslides, rain affect rescue operations in Bengal Kolkata: Rescue operations in the quake-hit areas of north Bengal were affected today after heavy rains and landslides in several parts of Darjeeling hills snapped road communication even as the death toll rose to five in the state. “Reports reaching here said two deaths were reported from Kalimpong and one each from Siliguri and Jalpaiguri and one in the tea garden of Doors,” state chief secretary Samar
Ghosh said. State Commerce and Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee, on way to Siliguri, said that he would hold a high-level meeting there to step up rescue operations and arrange rehabilitation of the affected people in Darjeeling hills. North Bengal Development Minister Goutam Deb was asked by chief minister Mamata Banerjee to coordinate with Chatterjee during his visit to the quake-hit areas. Harka Bahadur Chetri, GJM MLA from Kalimpong, said power supply was restored in the area this morning but the tremor has left a trail of dev-
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astation in the entire hills. Several buildings were damaged and developed wide cracks, he said, adding that landslides occurred in many areas of Kalimpong and the road link to Siliguri and Sikkim was blocked. The Chief Minister has been personally monitoring the situation and two control rooms were set up for giving information – one for Kolkata and another for north Bengal. Meanwhile, the entire administration has been asked to be on the alert and be ready for any eventuality, sources said. PTI
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Parts of Mʼrashtra shaken Pune: Parts of Latur and Parbhani districts of Maharashtra today experienced mild tremors measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale, the meteorological department here said. The tremors were felt early this morning in some parts of Osmanabad and Solapur districts. While no damage to life or property was reported, people panicked and rushed out of their houses fearing aftershocks.
The tremors were recorded at 6.22 AM at Latitude 18.8 degree north and Longitude 76.8 degree east, the release said. Last evening, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Sikkim and several areas in the eastern part of the country and neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 40 dead and over 100 injured besides causing extensive damage to buildings and roads. PTI
Satyam case: SC to hear CBI plea for more time for trial
Ambari elephant Balarama carries the wooden howdah during a training session on the Mysore Palace premises today. The Dasara celebrations begin on September 26.
Farmer held for misusing Kalamʼs name Erode (TN): An emu farm owner has been arrested for reportedly misusing former President Abdul Kalam’s name and photograph to promote an NGO run by him. Police, acting on a complaint from R K Prasad, Personal Sec retary to the former President, went to the farm owner’s house at nearby Perundurai yesterday and arrested him. Cases have been registered against him under various sections of the IPC, including those relating to cheating and creating fake documents, police said. The farm owner was later produced before a Judicial Magistrate, who remanded him to 15 days judicial custody. Police said the man met the former President in Delhi some days back and got a photograph clicked with him. He had later told the media that Kalam on August 14 inaugurated a Trust run by the farm. PTI
I hardly had any time to teach my kids: Sachin
Bhopal: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has said that although he gave cricketing tips to his son and guided his daughter in playing tennis, their studies were looked after by his wife Anjali. “I hardly had any time to teach my children,” the master blaster said during a video conference with school children on the occasion of dedication of Support My School Telethon, a joint campaign of Coca-Cola and NDTV. On a student’s query as what kept Sachin going even at this stage of his career, he quipped : “Boost is the secret of my energy.” He said he was passionate about cricket since his childhood days and because of this he never got tired. “I will continue playing in future because if one is dedicated to something, one never gets tired of it,” Sachin said. PTI
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today decided to hear a CBI plea for more time to complete its proceedings in the trial in the multi-crore Satyam accounting scam, involving the company’s founder B Ramalinga Raju and nine others. The court also decided to hear the bail pleas of four of the accused. Tagging the CBI plea with the bail pleas filed last week, a bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari issued notices to all the scam accused on the application moved by the prosecuting agency. While taking on board the CBI’s plea for hearing, the bench praised it for the speedy proceedings in the case and asked it not to seek any adjournment. “There is no doubt that you (CBI) did an admirable job,” the bench said. The agency approached the apex court after its failure to stick to the July 31 deadline, fixed by the apex court last November, to complete the trial. Additional Solicitor General Haren Rawal, appearing for the
Goa mining: CM holds talks with Shah panel Panaji: Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat met members of the Shah Commission as a part of the inquiry initiated against the illegal mining trade in the state. Kamat, who also holds the mining portfolio, had a lengthy discussion with Justice M B Shah and his key member U V Singh here yesterday. Shah Commission had said that if required they would summon Chief Minister for the inquiry. Sources said that Kamat was not summoned but went on his own to meet the members. Another Congress minister Vishwajit Rane also met the Commission expressing the apprehensions that legal mining should not be affected in a quest to stop illegal mining in the state. “I told the Commission that legal mining should not be
there is a fear that Commission’s report will also clamp down on legal mining in the state. There should be proper line drawn between legal and illegal,” Rane said. The minister clarified that he was neither summoned nor sent by Congress party to represent before Commission. “I went there on my own,” he said today. Eight teams of Shah CommisDigambar Kamat sion aided by state government stopped. have launched extensive invesThere are several thousand tigation illegal mining in the families who are dependent on state. this trade,” he said adding that As per rough estimates, illegal Bicholim and Sattari talukas, mining in Goa is pegged to be represented by him, has several between Rs 1,200 crore to Rs mining leases and people de- 10,000 crore. Goa exported pendent on them to eke out liv- around 54 million metric tones ing. of iron ore last year through its “After the Bellary situation, two ports. PTI
agency, pleaded that the trial could not be completed within the stipulated time frame because of 18 days of strike by lawyers and 10 days of court vacation. He submitted that deposition by 211 witnesses in the court has already been completed and only 15 investigating officers are now left to be examined by the defence. The court, after hearing the Rawal’s submissions, issued notices to all the accused, seeking their stand on the CBI application for grant of more time. While cancelling Raju’s bail in October, the Supreme Court had stated that the accused could file bail application only after July 31, if the trial in the case was not completed by then in the local court. Raju and six other accused, who are currently lodged in Chanchalguda Central Prison in Hyderabad, had earlier moved the Andhra Pradesh High Court for bail as the July deadline for the trial to be completed could not be met. The high court, however, had refused to grant them bail,
prompting four of them to approach the apex court, which, while agreeing to hear their pleas, had issued notice to the CBI on September 16. The four who have approached the SC for bail are Satyam’s former internal chief auditor V S Prabhakar Gupta besides its former employees G Ramakrishna, D Venkatpathi Raju and Ch Srisailam. Besides Raju, the other accused in the case include his brother B Suryanarayana Raju, Satyam’s former MD B Rama Raju, ex-CFO Vadlamani Srinivas, former employees G Ramakrishna, D Venkatpathi Raju and Srisailam, former PWC auditors Subramani Gopalakrishnan, T Srinivas and Satyam’s former internal chief auditor V S Prabhakar Gupta. Raju, Satyam Computer founder and its former chairman, had surrendered on November 10 last year before a Hyderabad court adjudicating the nation’s biggest corporate fraud, allegedly to the tune of Rs 14,000 crore. PTI
AAI wants to raise `5K cr thru bonds New Delhi: The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which runs 125 airports across the country, would approach the government to allow it to raise Rs 5,000 crore through infrastructure bonds, its top official said today. “We will again approach the government to allow us to issue infrastructure bonds for the next phase of development of 15 airports during the 12th Plan period,” AAI Chairman V P Agrawal told reporters here. AAI’s plea to raise a similar amount through tax-free infrastructure bonds in 2009 to develop 35 non-metro airports was rejected by the government then. The modernisation and upgradation work on many of these airports has already been completed. Replying to questions on the sidelines of a seminar on the Indian aviation sector organised
by Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, he said these bonds could be tax-free but the government would have to take a decision on the entire issue. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had announced in the 2011-12 general budget that government would allow issuance of tax-free infrastructure bonds worth Rs 30,000 crore by various bodies in the current financial year. The 15 airports which are to be developed in the next phase would be those non-metro airports “which can be revived and where there is a big traffic potential” that can be developed by the airlines over a few years, he had said. Agrawal said the AAI would also unlock about Rs 1,100 crore of its “locked money” to finance the upcoming airport development projects. PTI
PCB wants meet with BCCI oﬃcials on Indo‑Pak cricket Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board says “everything is in the air” as far as resumption of bilateral series with India is concerned and it does not expect any progress on the issue until the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) holds a formal meeting with its officials. “The truth is right now everything is in the air. And frankly speaking even our policy on resuming bilateral cricket ties with India would only be made once we get a formal invitation from the Indians for a meeting or for next year’s series in India,” PCB Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad said. Referring to different statements emanating on the subject, Ahmad said even during the recent meeting of the ICC chief executives in London, there was no formal discussions between the two boards. “The secretary of the Indian board didn’t come for the ICC meeting and his replacement was not aware of the situation on bilateral cricket ties. So no formal discussions were held,” he said. Ahmad made it clear that the PCB would only be able to take a decision on touring India next year when the BCCI came around to sending a formal invitation or to have talks. “Our line is very clear even now we want resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India as soon as possible. But obviously we also have in mind that India
has to compensate us for the FTP tour they didn’t undertake in early 2009,” Ahmad said. “We are not laying any conditions but these are issues that need to be discussed properly. Then there is the issue of government clearances as well. So lot of work needs to be done but as yet no formal discussions have taken place between the two boards,” Ahmad added. The PCB official said Pakistan wanted some compensatory series or matches for the cancelled series in 2009. “But until now even internally we have not discussed this or decided on a policy regarding bilateral ties with India and that will only happen once they send us a official invitation for a meeting or next year’s tour. “Only then will we also decide on the line we will adopt as regards bilateral ties with India,” he said. Incidentally, Ahmad has also been nominated, along with James Sutherland of Australia, on an ICC sub-committee that will work out the terms of agreement between the ICC and its member nations for the next Future Tours Program that will last from 2012 to 2020. The PCB official noted that until the Indian board made a formal invitation, nothing could move forward. “There are a lot of pending issues to discuss with the Indians but these need to be done at a formal level.” PTI
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