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Youth Cong president poll on Oct 12, 13 Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The election for president of Karnataka Youth Congress will be held on October 12 and 13, said Indian Youth Congress PRO V K Hari Vazhagan here this morning. Addressing the media at the KPCC office, he said the election at the booth level has been completed. Whoever has been elected at the booth level can contest for the president’s post, he said. The last date for filing nominations is September 25. The counting will be on October 15. The IYC announced yesterday that of the 28 assembly constituencies four would be reserved which would be represented by SC/STs. The reserved seats are Kolar, Haveri, Mysore and Bagalkote, he said. There are many candidates for the president’s post, including actress Ramya, Union labour minister Mallikarjuna Kharge’s son Priyank and an aspirant from Mysore Pradeep Gowda, who is backed by assembly opposition leader Siddaramaiah. Ramya recently got the eligibility to contest the presidential polls after winning booth level polls from Shantinagar.
Illegal iron ore seized in Bellary Bangalore Beat Bureau Bellary: Mines and geology officials seized iron ore that was being transported illegally, despite the ban, in the district this morning. The incident occurred at Navalahalli of Bellary taluk. The iron ore seized was of fine quality and was being transported in four lorries. Department officials received a tipoff on the movement of illegal iron ore and seized the lorries. Lorry drivers managed to escape from the spot.
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ʻGovt must work on classical status to Kannadaʼ Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: Jnanpith award winner Chandrashekar Kambar today refused to be dragged into a controversy on litterateur Patil Puttappa’s (PaPu) comment that S L Bhyrappa should have got the honour ahead of Kambar. Kambar, who is known for his folk-based literature, was talking to the media at an interaction organised by the Bangalore Press Club. “Patil Puttappa’s is his personal opinion. I would not like to comment on it,” he said. Kambar said the state government should work hard towards getting classical status to Kannada, which has been pending for a long time now. “Kannada deserves the classical status. Everyone should put in their efforts towards that,” he said. He said Kannada should be taught compulsorily at all schools from first to tenth standards. “Only then will Kannada grow. Even English can be taught in Kannada. The government should take over schooling of children till tenth standard and
Jnanpith award winner Chandrashekar Kambar interacts with media persons at the Bangalore Press Club today.
March ahead of Dasara
implement the Kannada rule.” He said, “The people nowadays have been veering back towards Kannada and expressing their love for the language. We were being ruled by the British for long. We had adopted ourselves to the Western culture. But there has been a change and the people are showing love towards our language. If the language grows, the people too will grow. They will become more creative. This award is not personally for me, but for Kannada. It will help the language grow. It has only made the language richer,” he said. On the people behind his success, he said, “My father, mother, Busanur and Savalagi maths, my high school teacher Krishnamurthy and great writer A K Ramanujam nurtured me and made me grow.” Asked about the present political situation, he said, “I would not like to react on that.” When pointed out that he was an MLC at one time, he said, “I was nominated by the government. I served my constituency people then that is all.”
Koratagere: Villagers attacked media persons who had arrived here to cover a bandh called in protest against lack of development in the taluk here this morning. The villagers said that the BJP government has ignored the taluk, while G Parameshwara, who is from the constituency, too has not paid any attention to development works. Most villages in the taluk lack basic facilities like water, roads and electricity, they said. The protesters shouted slogans against the government and stopped the media from covering the event.
New Delhi: A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court today gave a split verdict on the maintainability of government's application seeking recall of the apex court order on constitution of an SIT to probe blackmoney cases. The order was passed by a bench comprising justices Altamas Kabir and S S Nijjar on the Centre's plea for recall of the court's July 4 decision. While justice Kabir pronounced his verdict in favour of the government, saying the Centre's plea was maintainable, Justice Nijjar refused to hear the application, saying it is not maintainable. In view of the split verdict, the bench referred the matter to the Chief Justice for constitution of a larger bench to decide the District Armed Reserve policemen march through Mission Road at Mysore this morning. A massive police route march was taken out in the city in preparation for the Dasara festivities that are beginning on September 28. More than 1,750 personnel from different forces took part in the 4-km march that began at 7.45 am.
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Pvt sector has fostered Indo‑US trade ties: Burns Washington: The private sector in India and the United States has succeeded in fostering historic trade relationships between the two largest democracies of the world, a top Obama Administration official said yesterday. “Your companies and the private sectors they represent have succeeded in fostering historic trade relations among our two countries,” US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said in his address to the US-India CEO Forum meeting here.
Hospet: How many villages does chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda know in Koppal constituency, asked JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy this morning. Addressing the media on by-elections to Koppal, he said, “The BJP has been claiming that it would win the polls here. They have to wait till the results come out. Gowda has been saying that he is confident of winning the polls here. But how many villages does he know in this constituency?How many villagers has he helped in this region?” he asked. The Koppal by-poll has been forced on the people due Operation Lotus carried out by the BJP. The voters here are frustrated with the government. The BJP is bribing the voters with money and other lures. But voters are intelligent and know whom to choose, he said. “The Congress has been making baseless allegations against me that I don’t have moral right to canvass for our party candidate as I face cases in the Lokayukta court. But the court will decide the issues against me. The Congress does not have any other issue to highlight. If the truth comes out, the Congress would shut its mouth. That party has joined hands with the BJP for the by-election here,” he alleged. The Congress which is the official opposition party in the state has failed miserably in carrying out its duties. It has till today failed to expose any scandals against the government with solid documents. “According to my knowledge the
H D Kumaraswamy Congress has not worked as the opposition party. Many top leaders of that party have received favours from Yeddyurappa (former chief minister),” he said. The JD(S) is the only party that has exposed scandals involving the ruling party and its members, he added. BJP candidate Karadi Sanganna joined the saffron party from the JD(S) only for money. Now, he is chanting the mantra of development. But Koppal voters know that Sanganna grew in politics only because of the JD(S), he said. “Sanganna will be defeated in the bypoll for sure. The voters here will teach him a lesson. There is no question of taking him back into the JD(S),” he said. Asked about former minister B Sriramulu joining the JD(S), he said, “So far, I don’t have any information regarding that. Even Sriramulu has said that he wants to leave the BJP.”
SC bench diﬀers on Centre's plea on SIT
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Mysore: The railways carried out a drive to catch ticketless travellers near the Mysore railway station this morning. In all, 44 ticket checking inspectors, 22 railway police force men and a dog squad were pressed into service to check trains early this morning. The railway officials stopped the trains near Jawa factory, just a short distance from the central railway station, and conducted checks. Divisional railway manager Anup Agarwal said the checks were conducted as a deterrent.
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Pak lashes out at US for PDS rice linking ISI, terror groups seized in city
Islamabad: Pakistan and the US appeared headed for a fresh collision course as foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar today lashed out at America for accusing the country's powerful spy agency ISI of ties with terror groups, warning it risked losing Islamabad as its ally. "We have conveyed to the US that you will lose an ally. You cannot afford to alienate Pakistan, you cannot afford to alienate the Pakistani people," she said, adding "If they are choosing to do so, it will be at their own cost." Khar's remarks came a day after US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen accused the ISI of supporting the Haqqani network in carrying out a string of deadly terror attacks, including an assault on the US Embassy in Kabul on September 13. He said the Haqqani network, a powerful faction of the Taliban, was a "veritable arm" of Pakistan's spy agency. Mullen's tough words marked the first time a US official had linked ISI directly to these terror groups, signaling a significant change in the American approach to Islamabad. The Pakistan Foreign Minister, who is in New
York to attend the UN General Assembly meeting, told Geo News channel that though militants based in Afghanistan had carried out cross-border attacks on Pakistan, Islamabad had not resorted to a blame game even though US forces are responsible for security on the Afghan side. It is in the interest of both Pakistan and the US to retain their relationship, Khar said. "So, if it is not a relationship of complete equals, them being a superpower and us not, but it is (a relationship) of sovereign equals." Both countries need each other and Pakistan wants its relationship with the US to remain intact, she said. But Pakistan?s sovereignty must be respected by the US, she added. Pakistan is fighting the war on terror in its own interest and the US may be a superpower but Pakistan is not dependent on it alone, Khar contended. "Our Pakistani brothers and sisters should know that their country is not dependent on America, there is no economic or military dependency. Assistance has been coming from them and we would want this aid to come in a better way," she said. PTI
Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: In all, 1500 kg of rice meant for ration shops that was being transported illegally were seized in the city this morning. Police officials stopped the lorry transporting rice near KG Halli and seized the contraband. Lorry driver Muniswamy, who was arrested, told the police that the consignment was lifted at the Karnataka Warehouse Corporation and was being taken to Bangarpet. The rice was in 150 bags of 100 kg each. The police also arrested Mohammed Zacharia, while two others managed to escape. The police have also seized the lorry.
maintainability of the Centre's plea. The apex court had on July 4 recast the high-level committee, formed by the Centre earlier to track blackmoney stashed away abroad, by setting up a Special Investigation Team and making ex-apex court judges B P Jeevan Reddy and M B Shah as its chairman and vice-chairman respectively. The others in the 13-member SIT are directors of CBI, Intelligence Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, Chairman of CBDT, Director General of Revenue Intelligence, Director General of Narcotics Control, Director of Foreign Intelligence Office (FIO) and Joint Secretary of Foreign Trade, besides the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) director. Continued on page 4
Friday, September 23, 2011
CM to PC: Amend Art 371 to allow quota Bangalore: Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda has urged Union home minister P Chidambaram to expedite amendment to Article 371 to provide for regional reservation in parts of north Karnataka. In a letter to Chidambaram, he said his predecessor B S Yeddyurappa had submitted a memorandum to the Centre on March 22 regarding introduction of a suitable Amendment to Article 371 of the Constitution on the lines of Article 371-D (which Governs Andhra Pradesh) to provide for regional reservation in Karnataka. “I once again request you to kindly expedite the Amendment in the interests of securing justice to the people of northern karnataka districts of Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal and Bellary. This will go a long way in fulfilling the long pending aspirations of the people of this Region”, he said.
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ABB wins $71m order from SAIL Bangalore: ABB has won a $71 million order from Steel Authority of India Ltd to supply a sub-station package for its Bhilai Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh. The new high voltage sub-stations would enable the additional power supply needed to support a planned increase in the plant’s annual production capacity from five million to seven million tons, the company said in a statement. ABB would design, supply, install and commission the substations as part of a turnkey solution. PTI
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US likely to impact India
Bangalore: India is likely to suffer a significant slowdown in exports, higher interest rates, instability in financial markets, increased unemployment and lower growth should the US go into a recession, according to a new report by consultancy firm Deloitte. Along with global integration, dependence of the Indian economy on the US has grown, as is evident from the fact that the US is the second-favourite destination for exporters and the third-largest source of FDI inflows in India, Deloitte’s ‘D’conomics’ report said. “With such deep interconnectedness through trade, finance and confidence channels, it would be naive to presume that India will be unaffected by the developments in the US econo-
Ask Somasekhar to quit as KMF chief, say NGOs
Bangalore: Two non-governmental organisations yesterday urged Karnataka chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda to remove the “tainted” Somashekhar Reddy from the chairmanship of Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) and initiate criminal proceedings against him for illegal mining as per the second Lokayukta report. “In fact, Somasekhara Reddy had laid the foundation for carrying out illegal mining activities in Bellary and Sandur areas ... Therefore he must be removed and initiate criminal proceedings against him,” National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR) convenor S R Hiremath told reporters here. Somashekhar Reddy is a brother of former Karnataka minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy, now in CBI custody. NCPNR, along with Jana Sangram Parishat (JSP) are pressing for the removal of Reddy from the chairman’s post at Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF), he said. He urged the state government to take action against 700 officials, including the then Bellary deputy conservator of forests S Muthaiah for allegedly colluding with illegal miners. “Irrefutable evidence” of illegal mining and gross abuse of power by Somasekhar Reddy has been established in the second Lokayukta report submitted by Justice Santosh Hegde, he said. The report confirms the “highhanded” behaviour of Somashekhar Reddy trying to influence officials so as to carry out illegal mining activities in Bellary district, he claimed. The report also “confirms the audacity of Somashekhar Reddy” to ask a senior investigating officer whether he had the permission of district in-charge minister (Gali Janardhan Reddy) to enter Bellary, Hiremath said. Somashekhar Reddy had “misused his powers” to get his name deleted from the complaint lodged by Ramalingaiah, a geologist in the office of the deputy
my,” the report said. With a high degree of global financial integration, any reduction in US balance of trade would have negative effects on many countries. A depreciated dollar would diminish the value of reserves held by various countries, including India. This would also impact the import capabilities of various countries, as their import appetite would be dependent on the US dollar, as well as the value of international forex reserves. “However, it is possible that the buoyancy in agricultural sector growth, major infrastructure investments, improvements in manufacturing sector yields and the robust services sector may help India weather the negative repercussions that may arise from the US,” the report said.
Tata Comm, yuMobile ink strategic sourcing deal
Bangalore: Tata Communications and Essar Telecom Kenya (yuMobile), a unit of Essar Group, yesterday announced the signing of a mutually beneficial strategic sourcing agreement. Under the deal, yuMobile would, exclusively, route all its international voice traffic through Tata Communications? network. yuMobile continues to be one of the company?s key suppliers of telecommunication services throughout Kenya. The partnership would allow yuMobile to tap into Tata Communications? voice infrastructure, enabling it to deliver international calls at compete tive rates to customers in Kenya, a Tata Communications statement said. “Through yuMobile, Tata Communications will benefit from the increasing demand for high quality voice services in Somashekara Reddy Africa generated by a rapid rise director of mines and geology, in the number of mobile subscribers on the continent”, it he alleged. “When Ramalingaiah came said. across cases of illegal mining, he was informed it was being done at Reddy’s behest,” Hiremath said, charging that the “inordinate delay” in completing investigation and chargesheeting Somashekhar Reddy shows the “high-handedness” of the state government. Hiremath also demanded that CBI should probe alleged illegal mining done by the Janardhan Reddy-owned Associated Mining Corporation (AMC). “I am optimistic that Supreme Court’s environment panel Central Empowered Committee (CEC) will plead for court-monitored CBI enquiry into illegal mining case,” he said. Court-monitored CBI enquiry alone can lead to effective and decisive action against influential Bangalore: The combined serial politicians and officials who ei- inkjet and page printer, copier ther connived with the mining and multifunction product (MFP) mafia and exhibited dereliction market in India totalled 666,859 of duty by inaction, Hiremath units in the second quarter of 2011, a 0.8 per cent decline vissaid. Earlier, NCPNR had urged the a-vis the same period of the preKarnataka government to ap- vious calendar year, according proach the Supreme Court and to research firm Gartner, Inc. Some of the ripples caused seek a court-monitored CBI enquiry into illegal mining in the by uncertainty in the global economy, primarily on account of the state. PTI
The report also indicates India?s global competitiveness is suffering while other countries are effectively eating into India’s global share of world trade. Recently concluded trade and economic cooperation agreements with Singapore, Japan and Malaysia and Free Trade Agreement with ASEAN are important steps for Indian businesses to capitalise upon and improve productivity such that the economy can continue to expand its productive capacity, it was stated. The report concluded the time is right to frame policies and remain optimistic about economic prospects as building and restoring consumer confidence is critical to avoid the consequence of a prolonged economic slowdown. PTI
RCB keen to start on positive note; end trophy drought Bangalore: Having come pretty close to winning in the IPL on two occasions, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be desperate to clinch a major championship title when they begin their campaign in the Champions League Twenty20 against Warriors at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here today. “We don’t have a trophy yet. But we have the guys in form and I hope we can go all the way this time,” said AB de Villiers, echoing the sentiment of the senior pros in the team. The franchisee has demanded dividends for their huge investment but somehow RCB have not been able to deliver the much-sought after silverware. Finishing runner-up is not what Vijay Mallya would like. There will be pressure on Daniel Vettori and gold and redclad legion to lay their hands on the elusive title. There are quite a few stars in the RCB ranks, including the marauding West Indian Chris Gayle who had set the stands afire during the fourth edition of the IPL, but the team will certainly miss the services of the Indian pacer Zaheer Khan. The dreaded and shrewd leftarm seamer has been under rehabilitation since breaking down during the first Test against England at Lord’s in July. Apart from Vettori, the vastly
improved Sreenath Arvaind and Abhimanyu Mithun would miss their mentor in Zaheer. In many ways, Zaheer’s absence could impact RCB’s fortunes in the fortnight-long T20 bash. Unlike RCB, who fit into the CLT20 as a club outfit, the Johan Botha-led Warriors have the advantage of playing as a provincial unit. Vettori admitted that the lack of match practice, cohesion are issues to contend with at the start of the tournament. A defeat could dampen RCB’s chances of qualifying for the title round as every match is crucial in this format. Man-to-man, Warriors are a better side, with the nucleus of the South African national players forming the core of this pow-
erful side. But Botha and his accomplished Warriors would be wary of the bighitting Chris Gayle. If the towering Jamaican, who is although desperately short of match practice, gets cracking, the Warriors could be blown over the Indian Ocean. Tillakartane Dilshan, who arrived last night, and De Viliers can also be ruthless on their day, but Gayle is of another league when it comes to power batting. The left hander can be brutally aggressive. No bowler would like to bowl at him when he is in full flow. RCB would be hoping that he does just what he did in the last edition of the IPL. The contest might well be between Gayle and the Warriors. Squads: Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Vettori (Capt), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli, Mohammad Kaif, Mayank Agarwal, Sreenath Aravind, Arun Karthik, Raju Bhatkal, Abhimanyu Mithun, Dirk Nannes, Asad Pathan, Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad, Saurabh Tiwary. Warriors: Johan Botha (Capt), Nicky Boje, Mark Boucher, Colin Ingram, Andrew Birch, Justin Kreusch, Lyall Meyer, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Ashwell Prince, JJ Smuts, Kelly Smuts, Rusty Theron, Craig Thyssen, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Printer copier, multifunction product market shrinks by 0.8% downgrade of the US sovereign rating and European debt crisis, found their way to the Indian economy, Gartner said, asserting that as a result, economic activities slowed down slightly and printer equipment purchases as a discretionary spend were affected. The unprecedented high inflation in the country also affected consumer spending on print devices.
“Overall, HP, Canon, Samsung, and Epson continued to be the top four vendors, accounting for 92 per cent of the total India printer market in the second quarter of 2011,” said Gartner research analyst Amrita Choudhury. HP maintained its leadership position in the India printer, copier and MFP market, accounting for 53.1 per cent of shipments, followed by Canon with 22.9 per
cent, Samsung with 8.5 per cent and Epson with a 7.7 per cent market share. In the A4 MFP segment also, HP was the market leader with a 58.3 per cent share, followed by Canon with 20.7 per cent, Samsung with 7.4 per cent and Epson with a 5.3 per cent share of the market in the second quarter of 2011 were the other top vendors in the segment. PTI
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HINDI MAUSAM (U/A)
Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher
Abhinay (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Anand (3, 7, 10 pm) Apsara (11.30 am, 2.30, 5.45, 8.45 pm) Cauvery (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.30 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 3.40 pm) Cinemax (9.45 pm) Everest (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30 , 9.30 pm) Fame (Value Mall) (10.45 am, 2.15, 2.05, 3.30, 5.25, 6.45, 8.45 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (12.10, 3.25, 8.50 pm) Fame (Lido) (11 am, 12.55, 2.15, 5.35, 6.30, 8.55 pm) Fun Cinemas (10, 11 am, 2.20, 5.40, 9, 9.40 pm) HMT (1.30, 4.30,
MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN (U/A)
dacharpalya) (11 am, 2.30 pm) Vaibav (11 am 2.30 pm) Veeresh (10.30 am,1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm)
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)
Friday, September 23, 2011
CITY EVENTS General All India Federation of Master Printers: National Awards in Printing, Hans Raj Bharadwaj to participate, NIMHANS Convention Centre, Wilson Garden, Hosur Road, 4 pm. Indian Institute of Material Management: Lecture on ‘Renewable Energy’, Woodlands Hotel, Rajaram Mohan Roy Road, 6.30 pm. Indian Institute of World Culture: ‘Developing an Index of Democratic Governance in India’, Wadia Hall, Wadia Road, 6.15 pm.
Cultural Sahithya Akademi: Discussion on translating Thakahai, Southern Regional Office, Central College, B R Ambedkar Veedhi, 3.30 pm MES Kalavedi: Cultural Fest, MES College, Vidyasagara Sastry Road, 15th Cross, Malleswaram, 6.30 pm.
Request for your favourite songs and bring alive the star in you. Karaoke Night with KJ Val: Friday, September 23rd, 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. Eve Night: Friday, September 23rd, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Ice, Vivanta by Taj - MG Road, No 41/3, MG Road, House and commercial tunes by DJ Vanshi. Ladies drink for free till 9:30 pm. Ladies Night with DJ Dev: Friday, September 23rd, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Bacchus, F&B Excellency, No 8, Papanna Street, St Marks Road Dubstep and hip-hop tunes with DJ Dev. Free cocktails for the ladies.
Seshappa and Sundaramma Trust: Bhadrachala Ramadas Charitramu, Khincha Auditorium, BVB, Race Course Road, 6.30 pm. H S Renuka Prasad Social Cultural Association: Poets meet, Former Secretary Jaraganahalli Shivashankar to participate, J S S College Junior Hall, 38th Cross, Kanakapura Road, Jayanagar 8th Block, 6 pm.
Religious Sharada Tutorials: ‘Transcendental Meditation’. 4th Cross, Malleswaram, 6 pm
Power Lunch: Friday, September 23rd, 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: Friday, September 23rd, 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. Breakfast at Midnight @ Cubbon Pavilion: Friday, September 23rd, 2011. to 2:30 a.m. Cubbon Pavilion, ITC Gardenia, No 1, Residency Road Indian signatures, breakfast classics, and desserts come together to create a buffet that starts when the clock strikes midnight. Chocoholic Festival at City Bar: Friday, September 23rd, 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: Friday, September 23rd, 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. Salmon Specials: Friday, September 23rd, 2011. 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Le Jardin, The Oberoi, No 37/39, MG Road, A special menu that revolves around salmon, house smoked with asparagus, horse radish and roe, or slow cooked with citrus lobster butter and fennel. Mexican Fiesta: Friday, September 23rd, 2011. noon to 11:30 p.m. Sports Bar and Lounge, Le Meridien, No 28, Sankey Road, High GroundsA special menu, which pairs Mexican cuisine with beverages. Combos include Tequila with Tacos and Beer with Burittos.
Nightlife Kroaknight with Sheridan and Carlton: Friday, September 23rd, 2011. 9 p.m. Opus In The Creek, No 2 Doddanekkundi Industrial Area, Whitefield Road, Mahadevapura Sing along with Sheridan and Carlton all night.
OWW Sale: Friday, September 23rd, 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: Friday, September 23rd, 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: Friday, September 23rd, 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. Calvin Klein Fall 2011: Friday, September 23rd, 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, while the men’s range has bold prints and neon colours, across all its outlets. Exhibitions Unfolding Of The Self: Friday, September 23rd, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Galerie De’Arts, Barton Centre, 11th Floor, MG Road, A ten year retrospective by artist Shan Re, featuring rare and unseen works from 2001 to 2011. Showers Of Tranquility: Friday, September 23rd, 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.
Govt must address direct selling sector issues: Secy gen L Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bureau
Bangalore: The government needs to address key issue with direct selling and not to equate the sector with retail sector, said Indian Direct Selling Association secretary-general Chavi Hemanth. “The government should give clarity on the definition of direct selling, which does not exist till now. There is ambiguity on money back guarantee, leading to sprouting of a number of flyby-night or Ponzi scheme, operators, who are out to make a fast buck. These operators bring a bad name to the entire sector and the government must take steps to stop them,” she said. All those affiliated with IDSA work on the principle of “cooling off period”. IDSA companies are bound to give back the money taken from their agents and members once the latter decide to discontinue with a particular product, she said. “But the government has been asking us a lot of questions. It is ready to listen to the retail sector players, but not direct sellers, even though there is lack of clarity in the former sector. The war of words between us and the government has been
a 24 percent growth in 2009-10 with a turnover of Rs 4,120 crore. With the number of unemployed youth growing, direct selling industry is providing an employment to them unconditionally. The sector will become a cash cow for the country. Those engaged in the business will reap benefits, she said. India is quite high at 11th position among top direct selling countries as per the figures available for 200910. The direct selling industry is expected to grow to Rs 7,100 crore by 2012-13, according to the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). She claimed that there is a craze among all to buy goods sold through direct sellers. It is more evident among urban buyers than rural customers. On top of the list are health, Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) secretary-general Chavi Hemanth, vice-chairman S kitchen and cosmetic products. Subramanian and chairman Yoginder Singh at a meet to create awareness about direct The Purchasing Power Parity selling, in Bangalore. (PPP) of the country is the third going on for long now. ing market. But lack of clarity Those rules made under largest in the world. “By this yearend, we will The government has just re- in the regulatory framework is the industrial policy and profused to listen to us. What is it hindering them from entering,” motion wing of the commerce push down Japan, which is in that the government wants from she said. Though direct selling ministry have come under scruti- the second place after the US,” she added. As of now, the us?” “We need to address these companies have spread their op- ny, she added. worldwide direct selling market issues as a lot of people who are erations wide, the government into direct selling business have has clubbed them under “test Direct selling market is estimated at $14 billion. The country’s share in it is suffered. Many multi-national marketing” companies as per will become cash cow just $1 billion, says a report recompanies have shown interest the rules framed by the Foreign Direct selling market registered leased by the Indian Council in entering the Indian direct sell- Investment Promotion Board.
PC must quit for 2G scam role: Ananth Kumar Bangalore Beat Bureau
Hubli: Union home minister P Chidambaram should step down immediately for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scandal, demanded Bangalore South MP H N Ananth Kumar here this morning. Kumar, who was on his way to campaign in the Koppal by-election, said, “If Chidambaram continues as minister, it would hamper investigations into the Rs 1.76 lakh crore 2G spectrum allocation scam. He might destroy evidence and influence CBI officials who are probing the scandal. He could have direct influence over investigating officials as CBI is under his ministry.” “At the time the 2G spectrum scam took place, Chidambaram was the finance minister. A note from the present finance minister Pranab Mukherjeee clearly states
that Chidambaram could have stopped then telecom minister A Raja and prevented the scandal,” he said. Reacting to Kumar’s statement, Union corporate affairs minister Veerappa Moily said, “Why should Chidambaram resign? He should not quit just because some opposition party men are seeking his resignation. The law of this land is powerful and it will deal strictly with those involved in the scanlda.” On the rath yatra of BJP senior leader L K Advani against corruption, he said, “Advani does not have any moral right to go on the yatra as his partymen are involved in a lot of scandals, including the illegal mining and transportation of iron ore. Let Advani direct the Karnataka government to take action on the Lokayukta report on illegal mining and hand over the cases to the CBI.”
Nirantara @ Galleryske: Friday, September 23rd, 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. Talent Unlimited: Friday, September 23rd, 2011. 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.
About IDSA IDSA is affiliated to the World Federation of Direct Selling Association (WFDSA), US. It has 18 member companies which are both Indian and multi-national. The 18 member companies are: Altos Enterprises Ltd., Ludhiana; AMC Cookware India Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd. Noida; Avon Beauty Products India Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon; CNI Enterprises India Pvt Ltd, Bangalore; CNI Enterprises India Pvt Ltd, Bangalore; Daehsan Trading India Pvt Ltd, New Delhi; Elken International India Pvt Ltd, Bangalore; Herbalife International India Pvt Ltd, Bangalore; Hindustan Unilever Network, Bangalore; Jafra Ruchi Cosmetics India Pvt Ltd, Delhi; K Link Healthcare India Pvt Ltd, Chennai; Mary Kay Cosmetics Pvt Ltd, Guragaon; Max New York Life Insurance Co Ltd, Gurgaon; Modicare Ltd. Delhi; Oriflame India Pvt Ltd, Delhi; Tianjin Tianshi India Pvt Ltd, Delhi; Tupperware India Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon; and 4Life Trading India Pvt Ltd. Mumbai.
Jayanagar MLA B N Vijayakumar distributes clear sale deeds to six SC/ST beneficiaries form Marenahalli Kere Angala and 15 cars under the self-employment programme at the Pattbhiram Nagar this morning.
BIKE EXPEDITION TO COVER SOUTHERN PENINSULA Bangalore Beat Bureau
Modern Masters @ Apparao: Friday, September 23rd, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Apparao Galleries, No 82 The Presidency, St Marks Road, An exhibition of paintings by artists including Arpita Singh, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Jehangir Sabavala, Krishen Khanna, SH Raza, KG Subramanyan, and Akbar Padamsee at Apparao Galleries. Photos for Rato @ Tasveer: Friday, September 23rd, 2011. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tasveer, No 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road, Photos for Rato is a collection of twenty rare photographs by Nicholas Vreeland, taken during the 26 years he has been a Rato monk. They provide a glimpse into daily life in a monastery, which only an insider could have experienced.
Helping the poor
for Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER) in February this year.
Air Marshal S P Singh AOC-in-C, Southern Air Command, being introduced to the Motorcycle Expedition team in city.
Bangalore: A motorcycle expedition, “Vayusena Dakshin Parikrama” – organised by the No 2 Air Force Selection Board, Mysore – arrived at the Air Force Station, Chimney Hills in Bangalore yesterday. The expedition was flagged off from Mysore. From Bangalore, the expedition headed off to Mangalore. Air Marshal S P Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command, flagged it off from here. The expedition would traverse the seven southern states – Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. A group of 15 Air Warriors including Group Capt I V R Rao will cover approximately 5,000
Mega City project is OK: Yogeshwar Bangalore: Forest minister C P Yogeshwar has denied irregularities in the Mega City project promoted by him, a day after Union corporate affairs minister M Veerappa Moily asserted action would be taken against him. Yogeshwar alleged that JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy has been levelling allegations against him to taint his image. He said about 15 years ago land was purchased for the Mega City project and the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) acquired a part of the land. The acquisition of land by KIADB has been challenged in a court, he said and added that there was no dispute between
the project promoter agency and those invested in it. Of the 3500 investors, 1650 have already been given sites, he said. “I am only one of the directors of the firm”, he said. On Tuesday, Moily said the corporate affairs ministry has submitted a report on the Mega City project irregularities and action would be taken by the government. In another development, Governor H R Bhardwaj said he had no information about the Mega City project and would act if any one complained about it, while speaking to the press on the sidelines of a function. PTI
km in about a fortnight. The expedition is aimed at serving a two-fold objective: to honour their unit and its achievements over the last five decades, and to encourage youth to join the forces for valour and dignity. “The expedition is destined to leave an indelible impression on the youth and encourage them to fulfill their desire for a life enriched with quality, adventure and immense satisfaction,” said Air Marshal S P Singh. The No. 2, Air Force Selection Board is a premier institution of the IAF which was established in 1962. It is entrusted with the responsibility of selecting potential officers of the forces. It is the only air force institution of its kind in the entire southern peninsula.
Rs 25 cr fund to treat kids with cancer Bangalore: A fund of Rs 25 crore will be set up at Kidwai cancer hospital to treat poor children. The fund is being set up by NGO Asare with donations. Medical education minister S A Ramadass granted Rs 5 lakh for the fund. He said, “Big pharmaceutical companies are acquiring smaller companies, which used to manufacture low-cost generic drugs, and are jacking up the prices of essential drugs. This is a big problem for the government as it cannot promise drugs at low prices for the people. We are taking steps to start medical shops which stock low-cost generic drugs at all state-run hospitals. The government is also planning food courts and rest rooms for the people at these hospitals.” He interacted with cancer afflicted children and gave them roses to observe the Rose Day.
Air Marshal SP Singh, AOC-in-C, Southern Air Command, flags off the expedition in Bangalore yesterday.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Photos: G S Ravishnakar
Police personnel take part in a route march ahead of the Dasara festivities in Mysore today.
Massive route march
in Mysore ahead of Dasara Bangalore Beat Bureau Mysore: A massive route march was taken out in the city today, in preparation for the Dasara festivities that are beginning on September 28. More than 1,750 personnel from different forces took part in the 4-km march that began at 7.45 am. The march was carried out to instill confidence among the people and to display the security preparations for the festivities that attract lakhs of tourists from across the country and globe. More than 60 jeeps, Garuda and Cheetah
patrol vehicles, and police vans too took part in the march. Personnel from civil, traffic, District Armed Reserve and mounted police were part of the march. Except the skeletal staff at each of the 400 police stations from the city, the rest marched in the morning. The march was flagged off from EDGA Grounds at Tilak Nagar and passed through Mission Hospital, Ashoka road and Akbar road before entering the Mysore Palace through Balarama Gate. Later addressing his men, city police
commissioner Sunil Agarwal said, “Security is not the responsibility of the police force alone. The public too should cooperate in maintaining law and order in the city. We have made massive arrangements to prevent any untoward incidents during the nine days of the festivities.” He said, “There is no specific threat to the celebrations this year. The force will maintain security that is required for the celebrations of this scale. We are ready to face any eventuality. We will ensure that the celebrations will go on without a hitch.”
Forces march through main streets of Mysore.
SC bench diﬀers on Centre's plea on SIT Continued from page 1 The apex court had recast the Centre's high-level committee expressing dissatisfaction over the pace of its functioning and saying the money stashed away reveal a degree of "softness of the State". The Centre subsequently moved the apex court, seeking recall of its order. But the apex court, before going into the merits of the Centre's application, had agreed to adjudicate whether it is maintainable as senior advocate Ram Jethmalani and others questioned its maintainability. The Centre had in its recall application contended that the SIT was formed without being prayed for. It has also questioned the Court's remarks that probe into the issue of black money stashed abroad was moving at a "laggardly pace". During an earlier hearing, the Centre had also told the bench that the SIT set up by the apex court to probe and unearth black money needs to be scrapped as the investigating agency cannot function like a "super power." PTI
Katrina kaif finalised to play for ʻDhoom 3ʼ
Mumbai: After an extensive hunt for a new face to star opposite Aamir Khan in 'Dhoom 3', the film makers have finally decided on actress Katrina Kaif to play the female lead in the upcoming sequel of the blockbuster series. Yash Raj Films made the announcement today after director Vijay Krishna Acharya (popularly known as Victor), and producer Aditya Chopra decided to go with the leggy beauty. "After almost a year of searching for a new face for 'Dhoom 3' we were still unable to find the perfect debutant to play the lead role. We even reached out to international talent but were still unable to find someone who stood out. Both Adi and I really wanted to be sure that the person we chose would be perfect for the role," Victor said in a statement. "Once we decided to go with a known face and not pursue the new-comer route, Katrina was the obvious choice for all of us. She is someone who we all know will bring tremendous en-
thusiasm and commitment to the film. The first time pairing of Aamir with Katrina will also certainly add value," he said. The theme of the 'Dhoom' series centres around thrill, action, bike chases, handsome thieves, smart and daring stealing plans. After the success of 'Dhoom' (2004) and 'Dhoom-2' (2006),
there is much buzz in B-town regarding the next sequel. Aamir would be seen as the baddie in the film while actors Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra would be continuing with their famous pair of 'Jai' and 'Ali'.The shooting will begin in the end of this year and it is slated for a 2012 Christmas release.
be tabled in Goa House on Oct 5
10,000 crore. "The final report is ready but has been kept under wraps as it cannot be made public before presenting it to Speaker's office or tabling during the session," sources said. The investigations by PAC
Washington: The finance ministers of BRICS countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa yesterday said they are open to the idea of providing support through the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or other financial institutions to address global economic challenges. “The BRICS are open to consider, if necessary, providing support through the IMF or other international financial institutions in order to address the present challenges to global financial stability, depending on individual country circumstances,” said a joint communique issued by the BRICS finance ministers after their meeting here. “We underscored the continuing need to maintain international policy coordination and coordination through the G-20,” said the communique issued on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. “We also expressed our concern over the slow pace of quota and governance reforms, including in the area of surveillance in the IMF, and for the need for multilateral development banks to mobilise more resources for low income and developing countries,” finance minister Pranab Mukherjee told a crowded press conference addressed by the BRICS finance ministers at IMF headquarters here. Responding to questions, Mukherjee said the issue was raised and the consensus was
that there should be serious efforts made by Europeans and others of the international community. . “BRIC will be part of that consensus building and BRICS will contribute its own might and its own contribution to resolve the crisis along with G-20 and other members of the international community,” he said. “We discussed in terms of preparation, in terms of mutual work on those threats which we are facing. We are trying to escape the use of words like aid assistance, so on and so forth. We will work on the issue together with the European Union and between ourselves,” the Russian Deputy Finance Minister, Segey Storchak, said. “We must also move ahead with the comprehensive review of the quota formula by January, 2013, and the completion of the next review of quotas by January, 2014. This is needed to increase the legitimacy and effectiveness of the fund,” the communique said. “We reiterate our support for measures to protect the voice and representation of the IMF’s poorest members. We call on the IMF to make its surveillance framework more integrated and even-handed,” it said. While BRICS countries recovered quickly from the 2008-09 global financial crisis, some of them are now grappling with inflationary pressures and the growth prospects of all the countries have been dampened by global market instability, the communique said.
SC dismisses bail plea of Sadhvi Pragya
Pvt sector has fostered
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refused to grant bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, who is facing charges under MCOCA for her alleged involvement in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case.Dismissing her bail plea, a bench of justices J M Panchal and H L Gokhale said, “There is no merit in the petition”. The bench passed the order on a petition filed by Thakur contending that Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) had failed to file the charge sheet against her within the mandatory 90 days of her arrest on October 23, 2008. Counsel for Thakur had further pleaded with the court to grant her bail, saying she had been subjected to “harassment, physical torture and verbal abuse” by the ATS squad during her “illegal” custody from October 10, 2008 onwards. The Maharashtra government had, however, told the court that Thakur was arrested on October 23 and produced before a magistrate as required under the law. The bench had reserved its order on September 1 after hearing all the parties, including Maharashtra government which opposed the bail plea.
sought data from state mines and geology and forest departments on the matter, which has pointed out to the large-scale irregularities in mining trade. Meanwhile, the Shah Commission probe is still midway. The Commission members are investigating into each and every mining lease in the state. Sources said that almost 75 per cent of the total 90 mining leases in the state have been inspected by eight teams which (constituted by Goa Assembly) are currently camping in the are based on the Comptroller state. During its initial investiAuditor General (CAG) report gations, the Commission has alwhich had pointed out that from ready asked state mines and ge2003-2005, almost one crore ology department to act against tones of Iron Ore was exported eight mines which were found from Goa evading royalty. to be working in violation of varThe Committee has already ious laws.
Danger of currency war if crisis deepens: Pranab Mukherjee Washington: Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday warned the international community that there is danger of a currency war if the ongoing economic crisis deepens. Such a currency war can be avoided through dialogue and not through competitive devaluations, Mukherjee stressed at a crowded press conference of finance ministers of BRICS nations Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund here. “Yes, if the crisis deepens further and there is greater volatility in financial flows, there is an increased risk of this (currency war) happening,” Mukherjee said in response to a question. “But our view is that if such “In advanced countries, the build-up of sovereign debt and concerns regarding the medium to long-term plans of fiscal adjustment are creating an uncertain environment for global growth. “Also, excessive liquidity from
tensions arise, it should be eased through the dialogue and not through competitive devaluations,” he said. Mukherjee pointed out the currencies used in BRICS countries should be widely appreciated and should be taken into account while determining the ingredients of special drawing rights (SDR) maintained by the IMF, as these nations’ contributions to global output and the economy is increasingly substantially. “But we are not suggesting right now, because there are many other factors which ought to be taken into account, including free convertibility and other things which are not uniform, but the importance of these currencies has increased,” Mukherjee said in response to a question. PTI aggressive policy actions taken by central banks to stabilise their domestic economies has been spilling over into emerging market economies, fostering excessive volatility in capital flows and commodity prices,” it said. PTI
historic India‑US trade ties: Burns
Washington: The private sector in India and the United States has succeeded in fostering historic trade relationships between the two largest democracies of the world, a top Obama Administration official said yesterday. “Your companies and the private sectors they represent have succeeded in fostering historic trade relations among our two countries,” US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said in his address to the US-India CEO Forum meeting here. “The CEO Forum is a unique channel that allows each of our governments to hear from a diverse representation of the private sectors of both of our countries. Your recommendations have informed us and challenged us to tackle the persistent hurdles we oftentimes face in implementing our shared vision of ever greater US-India cooperation,” he said. Created in July, 2005, and reconstituted in November, 2009, the CEO Forum is an initiative taken up by the two governments and the private sector to enhance bilateral trade and investment. The forum last met in November, 2010, in New Delhi.
Hearing on case against Varun posted for Oct 10
Illegal mining: PAC report to Panaji: The Manohar Parrikarled Public Accounts Committee (PAC), investigating the increasing phenomenon of illegal mining in Goa, would be tabling its report on 0ctober 5 when the two-day State Legislative Assembly session begins here. Leader of Opposition Parrikar said he would table the report on the first day itself in the House ahead of the Central government-appointed Shah Commission which is expected to give its report in one-and-a half month. According to sources, the PAC report speaks in detail about the illegal mining trade in Goa and points to exchequer losses on this account which could be somewhere between Rs 1,200-
BRICS to support global eco stability through IMF
Bareilly (UP): A local court today posted for October 10 hearing on the case against BJP leader Varun Gandhi for allegedly violating the model code of conduct and making inflammatory speeches during Lok Sabha polls. Chief Judicial Magistrate, Pilibhit, Ajay Krishna posted the matter for October 10 after Varun's lawyer told the court that the BJP leader could not be present in court due to his busy schedule. An FIR was lodged against Gandhi in Pilibhit during the Lok Sabha polls for allegedly making inflammatory speeches and violating the model code of conduct. PTI
While the Indian CEOs were represented by Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata, those from the US were led by Honeywell International Chairman David Cote. “2010 was a record-breaking year in US-India trade, with trade in goods up 30 per cent to a high of some USD 49 billion, moving India up two notches to become our 12th largest trading partner. This is excellent progress,” Burns said. “But we all recognise that the potential for our relationship is so much greater,” he added. Burns said the two governments have created and continue to create new opportunities for greater interconnectedness between the two economies, such as the historic civil nuclear deal, the decision of President Obama to remove Indian government entities from export control lists, the rapid growth in defence sales and cooperation, the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy and a bilateral aviation safety agreement. “And as industry leaders, you continue to play a critical role in highlighting the importance of our ties to our two publics and to the US Congress and In-
dian Parliament. Tens of thousands of jobs are created in the United States and surely as many in India by our respective investments in each other’s economies. This needs to be better understood,” he said. Observing that India is projected to become the world’s third-largest economy by 2030, Burns said to reach this goal, India will obviously need sustained growth over the coming years and the US will have to be part of that equation if India is to realise this potential. “Prime Minister (Manmohan) Singh has remarked that US prosperity is in India’s national interest and the same is also true for us – India’s rise and its continued economic growth is deeply in the American national interest,” he said. At this time of global economic anxiety, the two governments are committed to working together in fora such as the G-20, where advanced economies and those still emerging can learn from one another and can forge coordinated responses to the challenges before them, he said. PTI
Rlys checks for ticketless
travellers in Mysore Bangalore Beat Bureau
4,395 cases have been booked and Rs 95 lakh fine collected.” Mysore: The railways carried out a drive He said that Mysore division has 15 to catch ticketless travellers near the personnel to check tickets, and 15 are deMysore railway station this morning. puted as required. The railways is now In all, 44 ticket checking inspectors, 22 planning to hire more staff to check tickrailway police force men and a dog squad etless travel. were pressed into service to check trains The aim is to have at least one staff for early this morning. every three bogies. The railway officials stopped the trains Mysore division has some of the lowest near Jawa factory, just a short distance fares starting at Rs 2. from the central railway station, and con“The fare is really low. The passengers ducted checks. Divisional railway manager should make use of the facilities provided Anup Agarwal said the checks were con- by the railways and travel only after buying ducted as a deterrent. tickets. “Last year, 1,38,829 cases of ticketless Passengers should cooperate with the travel were booked and Rs 2.4 crore was railways and not misuse the facilities collected in fines. This year, till last month, provided by us,” he added.
Weavers must thrive with tech: Shettar Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The young weavers should adapt themselves to new technologies if they want to compete in the changing world, said rural development and panchayat raj minister Jagadish Shettar here this morning. Inaugurating a state-level seminar organised by the Weavers’ Education and Culture Foundation, he said, “The technology has been affecting the livelihoods of traditional weaver communities. But the weavers too should adapt to new technologies to face the competition. It is a changing world and one should change accordingly.” The community members demanded reservation in textile and polytechnic colleges, 25 percent of textile park to community members, samudaya bhavans and schools. They also wanted the pending works to be completed and problems addressed. They said the Nekarara Bhavan at a cost of Rs 50 crore is yet to be completed. Shettar said he would discuss the issue with finance and education departments.
Rural development and panchayat raj minister Jagadish Shettar inaugurates a state-level seminar organised by the Weavers’ Education and Culture Foundation in Bangalore today.
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