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B R I E FS Toddy, Wine Shops To Remain Closed Today HYDERABAD: Enforcing his powers under Section 2 of the A.P. Excise Act (Act No. 6 of 1974), C.V. Anand, Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad cumAddl. District Magistrate (Executive) on Thursday ordered that all toddy and wine shops, including Bars and Restaurants (excluding Bars in starred hotels) under Cyberabad Police Commissionerate to remain closed from 6 am on June 14 to 6 am on June 15 in view of ‘Chalo Assembly’ call given by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee. (NSS)
Novel Protest: Tdp Legislators Cook Food At Gun Park HYDERABAD: To register its protest against the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities in the State, the main Opposition Telugu Desam Party on Thursday organised “Vanta-Varpu” (cooking food) program at the Gun Park opposite State Legislative Assembly. The TDP leaders told mediapersons that they were constrained to organise the “VantaVarpu” program at the Gun Park as there was no chance raising burning problems of the common man in the Assembly. All the legislators of the main Opposition party joined the protest along with party supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu. (NSS)
Mayor inspect 400 yr old historic shrine at Moulali
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Chalo Assembly Tension With Police intensify security around Assembly building Arrests And Bind-Overs HYDERABAD: Tension is mounting due to the ‘Chalo Assembly’ protest march planned by the Telangana Political JAC on Friday. While the police rejected permission, JAC leaders declared that they would go ahead with the protest, come what may. Police imposed restrictions not only in Hyderabad, but also in the districts. Checkposts were set at district borders, up to prevent Telangana activists from reaching Hyderabad from districts. JAC leaders are being arrested on a large scale apart from booking bind-over cases. In Hyderabad traffic restrictions were imposed with effect from 11 pm on Thursday. All the
roads leading to the Assembly are being closed. Five flyovers near the Telugu Thalli statue opposite the Sewcretariat, at Narayanaguda, Bashirbagh, Masab Tank and Khairatabad were closed. Traffic is being diverted through other routes. 17 checkposts were set up in Hyderabad while 58 were set up in Cyberabad. Police also took up a drill in Karimnagar and other districts. Police are making Hyderabad air tight. Meanwhile, JAC Chairman Prof. Kodandaram made it clear that nothing could stop them from taking up Chalo Assembly. He called upon the people and parties supporting the programme to Assembly at the In-
dira Park in Hyderabad. If police stop and arrest, ‘T’ activists should protest there itself. He also called upon the protestors to ensure that it would be peaceful and no untoward incidents take place. Kodandaram threatened that people would prevent all those who visit Telangana for votes in the ensuing Village Panchayat elections. He charged the government of going against the aspirations of the people. He made it clear that if any untoward incidents occur, the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy should himself take the responsibility. Meanwhile, leaders of CPI, TRS and BJP met the Governor Narasimhan and urged him to use
his good offices to get permission for the ‘Chalo Assembly’ programme. They also asked him to see that bind-over cases and arrests were stopped. TRS leader and former MP K Kesava Rao said they also asked that the arrested leaders should be immediately released. Stating that the government was deliberately denying permission, he said the government would itself be responsible for all the consequences. Some private organizations have also decided to close down the establishments on Friday, because of the stir. The education department has taken a decision to close all the educational institutions in Hyderabad and RR districts. (NSS)
150 Maoists attack train in Bihar, shoot 3 men dead, loot arms from RPF jawans
Passengers of Dhanbad-Patna Intercity Express which was attacked by suspected Maoists near Kundhar halt in Jamui district of Bihar. (PTI) Over 150 armed Mao- fleeing with weapons. bad-Patna Inter-City ists today carried out a Police and railway of- Express reached Keul at daring attack on a Pat- ficials said RPF jawan Lakhisarai, ECR Chief na-bound train, killing Sukhnath D Singh and a Public Relation Officer three persons, includ- passenger were killed in (CPRO) Amitabh Praing an RPF jawan, and the attack while Kumar bhakar and Lakhisarai injuring five others in Amit, a Patna-based Bi- DSP Vijay Prasad said. Bihar’s Naxal-affect- har police sub-inspector, Five persons, identied Jamui district before was found dead in an AC fied as K P Singh (train looting passengers and coach when the Dhan- guard), Manoj Kumar
RPF foil train robbery attempt Hyderabad: Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel foiled a suspected robbery attempt on a passenger train today, after firing two rounds after stones were pelted on railway staff on the Adoni-Mantralayam section of the railway track, in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. The incident occurred in the wee hours today after the Coimbatore to LTT Kurla Express (Train No 11014), was stopped between Kosigi and Iranagallu stations (approximately 80 kms from Guntakal Junction on Adoni-Mantralayam
section) due to pulling of alarm chain in an air-conditioned coach, a release from South Central Railway (SCR) said. RPF personnel who were on security escort duty in the train, got down even as the train’s guard P M Basha alerted passengers about the presence of miscreants at the spot. The RPF team rushed to handle the situation when they came under heavy stone pelting by some unidentified miscreants from the nearby bushes. After this sub-inspector Shaikh Ibrahim fired two rounds from his service
pistol in the direction of the miscreants, who fled the spot under the cover of darkness, the release said, after which the train left the spot. A case has been registered by the Government Railway Police in Adoni in connection with the incident and investigations are on. Minister of State for Railways Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy complimented the action taken by the railway staff to prevent the robbery attempt and announced cash awards to the RPF personnel and the guard, the release added.
Singh (railway employee at Jamalpur), Dharmendra Sah (Lakhisarai), P K Tripathi (Patna) and Satish Kumar (Muzaffarpur) suffered injuries and were given treatment at Keul station, Prabhakar said adding that Manoj Kumar Singh’s condition was stated to be serious. Around 150 Maoists forcibly stopped the train near Kunder Halt between Jamui and Mananpur railway stations, about 170 km from Patna, at 1320 hours and fired indiscriminately for about half-an-hour on the train and its passengers, Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Law and Order, S K Bharadwaj said. The Maoists also looted weapons from two RPF personnel and later let the train go towards its onward journey, he said.
City Police intensify security around Legislative Assembly building in view of Chalo Assembly rally - INN Photos
Power consumers pay Rs 10,800 Cr as FSA
HYDERABAD:Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Thursday informed that State Legislative Assembly the power consumers have already paid or will have to pay a total of Rs 10,806.84 crore towards Fuel Surcharge Adjustment from 2008-09 to 2012-13 (first quarter). In his reply to a question raised by MLAs Bhuma Shobha Nagi Reddy (YSRCP),
Akbaruddin Owaisi (MIM), E Lakshminarayana (BJP) and others, the Chief Minister said that as per the terms and conditions of the Retail Tariff order, the FSA is applicable for payment due to increase in power cost as notified by the Commission from time to time as per the regulation. An appeal is pending in the Supreme Court with regard to the collection of Rs 1,639 crore for the year 2008-09. Similarly, an appeal is pending in High Court for collection of Rs 1,402 Crore towards 2009-10. However, for 2010-11, Rs 2,068.16 crore FSA has been approved and being collected in 12
monthly installments from October 2012 to September 2013. Likewise, for 2011-12, Rs 3,957.48 crore has been approved and will be collected in 12 monthly installments starting from October 2013 to September 2014. For the first quarter of 2012-13, an amount of Rs 1,740.20 Crore has been approved and already collected in three monthly installments from October 2012 to December 2012. The Chief Minister said that the FAS was being levied as per the actual cost incurred for supply of power to consumers as approved by the Regulatory Commissioner and the State Government has no role in this regard. (INN)
News in Pictures
Hyderabad | Friday | June 14, 2013
Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, BJP Bihar President Mangal Pandey, NDA State convenor Nand Kishor Yadav and others at a meeting in Patna on Thursday.
Ankara: Police use tear gas to disperse protesters gathered on Kennedy Street near U.S. embassy, before they clash with riot police in countrys most severe anti-govt protests in decades.
New Delhi : BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi leaves after meeting NDA convenor and Janata Dal (U) President Sharad Yadav at his residence.
New Delhi: Relatives paying tributes to Uphaar fire tragedy victims at a memorial near the cinema hall on the occasion of 16th anniversary of the tragedy.
London : From left, Zach Snyder, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon and Christopher Nolan pose for photographers at the European Premiere of Man Of Steel.
Boston : Sean and Natalie Guthrie, of Boston, right, take photos of their elevenyear-old daughter posing with President Barack Obama, during a campaign stop at a Sandwich Shoppe in Boston.
London: Mask wearing protesters hold a banner outside offices of defense firm BAE Systems PLC, during an anti-arms trade demonstration ahead of the forthcoming G-8 summit.
Hitzacker : German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks along river Elbe during her visit to in Hitzacker, northern Germany, to get first hand information of the flood situation.
New Delhi : Gangotri Kumari (L) from Jharkhand, Shibu Sing (2nd L) from West Bengal and Bindeshwar (R) who delivered speech during a function on World Day Against Child Labour in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with JD (U) General Secretary K C Tyagi addressing media on Federal Front after their meeting in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Birmingham: Australias Adam Voges hits four runs off the bowing of New Zealands Mitchell McClenaghan, not pictured, during their group stage ICC Trophy cricket match at Edgbaston, Birmingham, England, Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
Pretoria: Granddaughter Tukwini Mandela (L) daughter Makaziwe Mandela (C) & granddaughter Ndileka Mandela, right, arrive at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated.
Mumbai: Cricketer Ankit Chauhan after he was released on bail in IPL spotfixing case.
Tinsukia: Illegal thatched houses constructed by people of Arunachal Pradesh at Assam- Arunachal Pradesh border in Tinsukia on Wednesday
Mumbai: Bollywood actress Kavita Verma posing during a photoshoot.
Hyderabad | Friday | June 14, 2013
T-issue continues to paralyse SCR cancels several trains Assembly proceedings HYDERABAD: The State Legislative Assembly was adjourned without carrying out any business for the third consecutive day on Thursday following protest by the TRS and other opposition parties over Telangana issue. As soon as the House met on Thursday at 9 AM, Speaker Nadendla Manohar disallowed all adjournment motions moved by the opposition parties. The TDP and YSR Congress parties moved separate adjournment motions on rising prices of essential commodities; the
TRS and BJP wanted Telangana resolution in the House; the MIM raised the issue of rape of a Muslim student in Nalgonda; the CPI asked for permission for Chalo Assembly rally and CPI-M wanted debate on washer men problems. However, the Speaker disallowed all the motions and began Question Hour. Following the Speaker’s refusal, all the opposition parties started raising slogans pressing for their demands. The TRS and BJP members went near the Speaker’s podium, while the YS-
RCP MLAs protested by standing near their seats. The furore led to the adjournment of the House for half-an-hour at about 9.08 AM. The Speaker then called the meeting of all floor leaders in his chambers. The House re-assembled at about 11.42 AM with Deputy Speaker Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka on the chair. He announced that all the questions raised in the Question Hour were deemed to be answered. However, the TRS and BJP continued their protest near the Speaker’s podium. Within
six minutes of its resumption, the House was again adjourned for half-an-hour at about 11.48 AM. When the House re-assembled at about 12.42 PM, on the Speaker’s direction, Finance Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy introduced the Andhra Pradesh Tax on Professions, Trades, Callings and Employees (Amendment) Bill 2013. However, following strong protest by the TRS members, the Speaker adjourned the House for day at about 12.46 PM. (INN)
HYDERABAD: Consequent to the call for Chalo Assembly on Friday given by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee, the South Central Railway has cancelled, partially-cancelled or diverted several trains passing through the region. According to the SCR, three train leaving on Thursday have been partially cancelled. The Train No.57564 Nanded (d 23.30) – Hyderabad (a 07.45) is partially cancelled between Bollaram and Hyderabad. The Train No.57550 Aurangabad (d 1530)-Hyderabad (a 07.05) leaving on Thursday at Aurangabad is partially cancelled between Lingampalli and Hyderabad and will be run back as Train No.57547 ex. Lingampalli on Friday. Similarly, the Train No.57129
Bijapur (d 18.10)-Bolarum ( a 08.45) passenger leaving Bijapur on Thursday is partially cancelled between Vikarabad and Bolarum. The MMTS train Services between Falaknuma –Secunderabad- Falaknuma; FalaknumaHyderabad - Secunderabad- Falaknuma; and Hyderabad-Lingampalli-Hyderabad Sections will remain cancelled on Friday. However, the MMTS Services will be run on Secunderabad – Lingampalli – Secunderabad Section only. The DEMUs/ DHMU Services running between Falaknuma –Secunderabad - Falaknuma and Secunderabad-Bolarum/Medchal/Manoharabad- Secunderabad will remain cancelled on Friday. The Passenger Trains
TRS MLAs meet Governor, DGP over “Chalo Assembly” rally
TRS MLAs come out of State Police Headquarters after meeting DGP V Dinesh Reddy here on Thursday - INN Photos
HYDERABAD: The MLAs of Telangana Rashtra Samithi, BJP and CPI on Thursday met Governor ESL Narasimhan seeking his intervention in getting permission for the Chalo Assembly rally. The MLAs told the Governor that the proposed rally on Friday could be conducted peacefully if the State Government extends cooperation. They also complained that the
government was resorting to indiscriminate arrests of pro-Telangana leaders and workers. Meanwhile, the TRS MLA met Director General of Police V Dinesh Reddy seeking permission for the Chalo Assembly rally. Besides condemning the arrest of pro-Telangana activists, the TRS MLAs said that the tension over rally could be diffused if the police permit the same. (INN)
Cancelled on Friday area are Train No.57131 Bolarum (d 09.05) – Hyderabad (a 10.15); Train No. 57518 Tandur (d 16.15) – Hyderabad (a 19.10); Train No. 57517 Hyderabad (d 12.35) Tandur (a 15.15); Train No. 67265 Warangal (d 05.10)– Hyderabad (a 09.10) MEMU; Train No. 67264 Hyderabad (d 09.40) – Warangal (a 13 45) MEMU; Train No. 77678 Miryalaguda( d 05.40)- Kachiguda ( 09.20 ) DHMU; and Train No. 77675 Kachiguda ( d 19.15)- Miryalaguda ( 22.45 ) DHMU. The Passenger Trains Partially Cancelled leaving on Friday are Train No.57547 Hyderabad (d 07.55 ) – Purna ( a 20.35 ) leaving Hyderabad on Friday is partially cancelled between Hyderabad and Lingampalli and Train No. 57155
Gulbarga (d 02.45) – Hyderabad (a 09.45) passenger is partially cancelled between Lingampalli and Hyderabad. Similarly, T.No.12701 M u m b a i - C S T (D.21.05)-Hyderabad (A.12.10) Hussainsagar Exp is partially cancelled between Lingampalli-Hyderabad (Leaving Mumbai /on Thursday); T.No.17009 Bidar (D.07.00)-Hyderabad(A.10.15) Intercity Exp is partially cancelled between . Lingampalli-Hyderabad and T.No.17229 Trivandrum (D.07.15)-Hyderabad (A.13.40) Sabari Express is partially cancelled between Secunderabad-Hyderabad (Leaving Trivandrum Central on Thursday). The SCR has expressed regret over the inconvenience caused to the passengers. (INN)
Spl Task Force to check Red Sander smuggling gets CM’s nod HYDERABAD: Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has approved the constitution of a special task force with forest and police personnel to have an effective monitoring and to curb smuggling of Red Sanders in Kadapa, Chittoor and Nellore Districts. The Chief Minister directed the officials to take stringent action against the accused with coordinate efforts. The task force will be headed by Additional
SP of Police assisted by one DSP, two Circle Inspectors, 4 SIs from the police side. One Asst. Conservator, two forest range officers, four Forest Section Officers from the forest side will assist the task force with one armed platoon at its disposal. The Headquarters of the Additional SP, Task Force will be at Tirupati and the area of his jurisdiction will be Kadapa, Chittoor and Nellore Districts. (INN)
What’s Up Hyderabad National Body Builder Mohtesham Ali Khan distributes prizes
National body builder Mohtesham Ali distributes prizes among students of Imperial High School at Kotla Alijah here on Thursday - INN Photos
Good Samaritan Donates Blood Over 105 Times HYDERABAD: A social worker Yogesh Raj Srivastav, 49, has claimed that he donated blood for at least 105 times so far for victims during their emergencies and in incidents like Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad. Known for bagging a number of bravery awards, including Godfrey Philips Bravery Award in 2008 and this year, Srivatsav received a ‘Wonder Record for
Wonderful Achievement’ certificate. GHMC Special Commissioner Navin Mittal, who was the chief guest at the award function on Thursday, lauded Srivastav for serving his best to the mankind through blood donation in various occasions. He congratulated him for achieving ‘Wonder record for Wonder Achievement’ certificate. Dr Sowmya Mishra,
IPS, IGP (welfare) exhorted youth to draw inspiration from Srivastav, who was only a single person serving humanity with great commitment. Yogesh Raj Srivastav said he started serving humankind being a pharmacist and a Red Cross member. He appealed to the youth in the twin cities to come forward to donate blood on the occasion of ‘World Blood Donors Day’ to the Red Cross Society. (NSS)
Hyderabad | Friday | June 14, 2013
Vehicle lifter arrested
HYDERABAD: A under graduate student turned into vehicle lifter. The accused Nalwade Sudeshwar Rao alias Sudesh discontinued B.Sc. computers in the year 2007. From the year 2007 to 2012 he worked at various hospitals like
Hope children hospital at Basheerbagh, Seha hospital at Lakdikapool, Goodwill hospital, Masabtank in Hyderabad city as receptionist cum billing executive. Further he addicted to consume Tadi (kallu) and womanizing. In or-
der to earn easy money to fulfil his desires, he planned to commit theft of bikes and to dispose the same. In that process, he committed theft of total 10 bikes in the limits of Afzalgunj police station (5 Bajaj Pulsar bikes, 3
Hero Honda Splendor bikes, 1Hero Honda Passion plus bike and 1 Honda Unicorn bike). Afzalgunj police recovered the stolen property and booked cases under various sections and investigating. FT Bureau
Ministers Resent TDLP Letter To Speaker HYDERABAD: Taking objection to the letter addressed by the TDLP to the Speaker questioning the Chair, several Ministers have alleged that the TDP act was highly objectionable and asked the Speaker to initiate action against the TDP members in this regard. Speaking to the media at the CLP office here on Thursday, Legislature Affairs Minister D Sridhar Babu dubbed the
letter as unfortunate and painful. He said the Opposition party has to cooperate with the chair on par with the ruling party to run the House smoothly. He said it was not proper to the TDP to dishonor the Chair. He said the complaint against the chair was undemocratic and condemnable act. He said the ruling party was ready for any discussion in the House, but the Opposition par-
ty not only not cooperating with the chair, it also addressed a letter using highly objectionable words. He said the Chair gave more time to the Leader of the Opposition than the leader of the House since 2009. He said the Speaker never showed any discrimination against the parties. Agriculture Minister Kanna Laxminarayana alleged that the TDP has the dubious distinction
of pulling the collar of then Speaker Alapati Dharma Rao. He asked Chandrababu Naidu as to why he was leaving for America if he had love towards farmers. He also alleged that Chandrababu Naidu had failed totally in making the chair to run the House properly. Describing the day as black day, Kanna asked the Speaker to initiate action against the TDP members. He said it was
not proper to the TDP members to try to become champions in the House by stalling the proceedings. E n d o w m e n t s Minister C Ramachandraiah said Chandrababu Naidu was the most destabilizing force and was disturbing the House to prevent the discussion on public issues. He advised Chandrababu to change his attitude at least now and learn how to respect the Chair. (NSS)
What’s Up Hyderabad
Hyderabad | Friday | June 14, 2013
Traffic Diversions On Roads OU Students’ Bid To Gatecrash Assembly Around The Assembly
HYDERABAD: The traffic diversions will be undertaken as per the requirement in view of “Chalo Assembly” programme by Telangana Political Joint Action Committee on June14, 2013 demanding formation of separate Telangana State and extension of support by Pro-Telangana organizations TRS, CPI, BJP, TSJACs, CPI-ML (ND), JACs of Employees, Doctors, Advocates, etc from 6 a.m. onwards. Commuters are advised to avoid the routes . The vehicular traffic coming from Ranigunj
side will be diverted at Karbala Maidan towards R.P.Road. The vehicular traffic coming from Bible House / Secunderabad side towards Lower Tank Bund will be diverted at Kavadiguda x roads towards Musheerabad x Roads. The vehicular traffic coming from Bansilalpet / Secunderabad towards Ashok Nagar will be diverted at Praga Tools T Junction towards Musheerabad x Roads. The vehicular traffic coming from Secunderabad / Musheerabad side towards Chikkadpally, Indira Park / Lower Tank bund will be
divert towards YMCA / Narayanguda. The vehicular traffic coming from VST towards Indira Park / Lower Tank Bund will be diverted at RTC x Roads towards Musheerabad / Narayanguda side. The vehicular traffic coming from Bagh Lingampally / Chikkadpally towards Himayathnagar will be diverted at Narayanguda x Roads towards Narayanguda L&O P.S. / Koti. The vehicular traffic coming from Narayanguda P.S. towards Old MLA Qtrs will be diverted at YMCA X Roads towards Koti and Barkatpura. The traffic coming towards Kattamaisamma Temple / Lower Tank bund from Kavadiguda will be diverted towards Musheerabad. The traffic coming towards Kattamaisamma Temple / Lower Tank bund from / RTC x Roads will be diverted at Ashoknagar x roads towards Gandhinagar, Bakaram, Pragatools. The traffic coming
State examining allotment of land to film personalities
HYDERABAD: Information Minister DK Aruna on Thursday informed that the Legislative Assembly that the State Government was seriously examining the issue of allotment of prime land at Jubilee Hills to three film personalities for establishment of recording and re-recording theatre. Replying to a question raised by Congress MLA P Vishnuvardhan Reddy during Question Hour, the Minis-
ter said that the State Government, in June 1984, had allocated half acre of land each to film director K Raghavendra Rao, music director Chakravarthy and K Krishna Mohan of Prakash Productions for construction of recording and re-recording theatres, Editing and Outdoor units at the rate of Rs 8,500 per acre, from out of twoand-a-half-acres of land opposite to Prasab Film Laboratories. On April 22, 2006, the government issued an order to resume the allotted land as the allotte has resorted to other activities in the land. The Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad was directed stop the construction activity in the plots allotted to Raghavendra RAo and Krishna Mohan Rao and the Hyderabad Collector was asked to
resume the lands allotted to the individuals. Aggrieved by the Government Orders, the individuals have filed writ petitions before the High Court and subsequently, the High Court in its common order dated July 20, 2007, observed that the orders issued by the government were violative of natural justice in as much as they have been issued without a Show Cause Notice and directed the respondents to take necessary steps in accordance with law. Accordingly, the government has issued show cause notice to the concerned individuals and they submitted explanations to the government. The minister said that the subject matter was under serious examination by the government and orders will be issued shortly. (INN)
towards Assembly from Old MLA Qtrs and Liberty will be diverted at Café Bahar Lane towards King Koti. The vehicular traffic coming from Chiragali lane intending to go towards Khan Lateef Khan Building / Basheerbagh will be diverted towards GPO. The vehicular traffic coming from Boguulakunta / King Koti towards Basheerbagh will be diverted at Ramkote towards Kachiguda x roads. The vehicular traffic will not be permitted beyond V.V.Statue. The vehicular traffic coming from Red Hills Road (Bazharghat) will not be allowed to proceed towards Nirankari Bhavan and will be diverted towards Masab Tank. The vehicular traffic coming from Anand Nagar Colony and Chintal Basti towards Nirankari Road will not be allowed on to the main road. The vehicular traffic coming from MJ Market / Exhibition Road will be
diverted at Taj Island towards Ek-Minar Masjid / Mallepally. The vehicular traffic coming from M.J.Market, GPO intending to go towards and beyond will be diverted at Yousufian Company towards Troop Bazar and Bank Street. The traffic coming from Mehdipatnam towards Ayodhya will be diverted at Masab Tank x roads towards Road No.1, Banjara Hills or Vijaynagar Colony. The traffic coming from Panjagutta / KCP towards Khairtabad / Khairtabad Flyover will be diverted at KCP towards Hotel Taj Krishna. Traffic coming from Road No.1, 10, 7, 4 Banjara Hills via Taj Krishna will not be allowed to take right turn at KCP towards V.V.Statue and they will be diverted towards Panjagutta X Roads and Ameerpet. The traffic coming from Ameerpet towards NIMS / VV Statue will be diverted at Panjagutta x Roads towards NFCL.
HYDERABAD: The Osmania University campus once again turned into a battle zone on the eve of Telangana Political JAC-sponsored ‘Chalo Assembly’ program on June 14. The determined students made an attempt to surge towards the Assembly, creating tension in the area. Heavy police posse was posted at the university to prevent students from
moving out of the campus. A three-tier barricade was set up. Still when the police tried to stop the students at the NCC gate, they tried to jump over the gate. They attempted to cross the barbed wires and barricades to go to the Assembly. Police, who closed all the entrances and exits of the university, had a tough time in controlling the situation. Students hurled stones
at the police, who in turn, lobbed several rounds of teargas shells. However, eight students succeeded in crossing the police barricades and tried to rush towards the Assembly. Students, who managed to reach the Public Gardens at Nampalli beside the Assembly building, tried to gatecrash into the Assembly. However, police arrested them. (NSS)
Salarjung Museum beautifully lit
Salarjung Museum has been beautifully lit on the occasion of 124th Birth anniversary of 3rd Salar Jung Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Bahadur - INN Photos
Hyderabad | Friday |June 14, 2013
Hyderabad | Friday |June 14, 2013
HC seeks collector, movie Jiah suicide: “Respect halls reply on petition life more than love” SRK MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court directed the collector of Mumbai and suburbs, movie theatres as well as multiplexes to file their affidavit today, in reply to a petition seeking implementation of a Government Resolution (GR) restraining additional charges for online booking of movie tickets. Filed by an advocate Sunil Lalla, the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) had sought a direction to all movie theatres and multiplexes in the state to not levy ‘internet handling fee’ or ‘convenience charge’ over and above the cost of the movie ticket.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha directed the collector of Mumbai city and Mumbai suburbs to file an affidavit stating what steps it had taken to implement the GR dated April 4, 2013. The court has also directed other respondents BookMyShow, Big Cinema (Reliance Mediaworks), Fame India Ltd, INOX cinema, Fun Multiplex, Sterling Complex, Globus Cinema, New Excelsior Cinema, 24 Karat Multiplex, HDIL Broadway, Abhiruchi City Pride and E-Square cinema to file their affidavits by
June 25, so that the matter could be heard on June 27. On April 16, Lalla had booked a ticket online through BookMyShow to watch a movie at Sterling theatre in South Mumbai. He was charged Rs 193.48 and he found out that though the ticket was priced at Rs 180, he was charged Rs 13.48 as “internet handling fee”. After he sent a notice to respondents seeking clarification for charging an additional fee when the government has prohibited it, he received a reply from Sterling stating that they are “not aware” of any such order. Lalla then approached
the high court. “Some theatres charge upto Rs 25 for online booking. Despite the government resolution specifically saying that viewers should not be charged, it is not being followed,” the petitioner’s advocates Birendra Saraf and Ameet Naik argued today. When Chief Justice Shah asked why the collector has not circulated the government resolution to all movie theatres, government pleader Geeta Shastri said that it has been circulated. Shastri has sought time to collect information from the collector on the matter.(PTI)
MUMBAI: Reacting to the recent suicide of actress Jiah Khan, Bollywood
superstar Shah Rukh Khan says life should not be less important than love.
Jiah, 25, was found hanging at her flat in Sagar Sangeet Building in the posh Juhu area on June 3 around midnight. She apparently left a note, which points fingers towards Aditya Pancholi’s son Suraj, who has been arrested in connection with her suicide. Jiah and Suraj were in a relationship for quite some time and reportedly there were problems between the couple, which seem to have forced her to take the extreme step. “Everyone has different definition of love. Love is a universal thing. I play the role of a lover which are written by a set of people...it is their interpretation of love. But
I feel we should respect life more than love,” Shah Rukh told reporters here at the first look launch of ‘Chennai Express’. “There are going to be difficult times in everyone’s life but one must not give up, and respect life. Every problem will be sorted out, don’t lose hope,” he said. Jiah made her debut with Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Nishabd’ alongside megastar Amitabh Bachchan. She later appeared in Aamir Khan starrer ‘Ghajini’ and then in a supporting role in Akshay Kumar’s ‘Housefull’, which was her last film.(PTI)
I want to create my own identity: Would love to sing for SRK Sonam Kapoor
Mumbai, Jun 13 (PTI) Actress Sonam Kapoor insists that she has never tried to cash-in on the success of her father Anil Kapoor but rather wants to focus on creating her own identity in the film industry. Sonam made her debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Saawariya’ in 2007 opposite Ranbir Kapoor. In 2010, her father and sister Rhea produced a film ‘Aisha’ starring her. The 28-yearold actress maintains that she is close to her father but does not want to use his fame as a stepping stone.
“He has worked so hard all his life to be Anil Kapoor. I don’t want to use that for myself because that is all his. I don’t want to use that as a stepping stone for myself. He deserves more than that. Suppose I don’t do well, I don’t want my life to reflect on his life,” Sonam told PTI. “He has his own journey and I don’t want to take that away from him. My dad gets very upset as I don’t take too many pictures with him or do films or take money from him. He is like ‘why am I earning, it is all for
you people’. He is proud of me that I am doing well on my own,” she said. Sonam is very fond of her father, who like any regular parent keeps embarrassing her by talking about his daughter’s achievements all the time. “It is embarrassing that he talks about me all the time. He clicks pictures and shows to everyone that it’s my daughter. It is so embarrassing. I love my dad,” Sonam said. Sonam is happy to have made a place in the industry as a fashionista. “People see me as Anil Kapoor’s daughter but they also see me as a fashion icon, Sonam Kapoor who says all the wrong things. I have really worked to have my own separate identity. I have done it because of my dad,” Sonam said. Her films post ‘Saawariya’ like ‘Delhi 6’, ‘Aisha’ ‘Thank You’ and ‘Mausam’ failed to click with audience except ‘I Hate Love Storys’. “I did introspect about my career. I realised I wasn’t comfortable playing these characters as I thought I wasn’t convincing or good enough to play them. At that time I took a conscious decision and stopped signing films. I needed to be proud of the films that I do,” she said. Sonam has an interesting range of films lined up for release Anand L Rai’s ‘Ranjhaana’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, a biopic on legendary sportsman Milkha Singh, where she is paired opposite Farhan Akhtar. She is also doing a film with YRF opposite Ayushmann Khurrana and also the remake version of ‘Khubsoorat’.(PTI)
Don’t want to retire at 30: Actress Richa Chadda
NEW DELHI: ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ star Richa Chadda wonders why she is often questioned about her unconventional choices and not those actresses who opt for challenging roles only when they are in their 30s. The 28-year-old actress started her career playing the jealous sister of the lead heroine in Dibakar Banerjee’s ‘Oye Lucky
Lucky Oye’ and got recognition for her portrayal of a ganster’s wife and later a widow in Anurag Kashyap’s two-part revenge saga ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. Richa does not see herself taking the typical route to success where a heroine does 2-3 commercial movies, an item number and retires at the age of 30. “I wonder if anybody asks
people who do conventional roles that when will they start acting? Because normally what happens is - Win a Miss India, do 1-2 movies, do an item song and then they suddenly realise that they are 32-33 and need to act. “So they will do one award-winning regional film and people will be ‘Wow she is a good actress’. I am just going the reverse way. I want to relax and have fun. I don’t want my career to finish in my 30s,” Richa told PTI. Her life post ‘GOW’ has changed drastically and Richa feels she is in a much secure position as an actor now. “Life has changed in a major way because earlier I would wonder If I would get work, If I can sustain my career as an actor, If I can make that my livelihood. But now I am very comfortable and secure with that thought. I can be a professional actor in the industry and people are accepting me. “If I go to a party I wouldn’t be left alone. I can talk to Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan by going upto them and just
introducing myself and they will know me. There is a lot of respect and love that I get from the industry for which I am very fortunate,” she added. . Richa, who will be seen playing a gangster in new movie ‘Fukrey’, releasing this Friday, says she is nothing like the characters she plays onscreen. “It is no fun playing yourself. I am the exact opposite of the characters I play. I barely abuse, I don’t eat meat because I don’t believe in violence. I try not to use leather, I am almost vegan. So for someone like me its more fun to play these horrible roles because I will never get to be that in real life.” It’s been a busy year for Richa who has been shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Ram Leela’, ‘Tamanchey’, Mira Nair’s short film and a romantic project opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh. She says though there has been a gap between ‘GOW’ and her other projects, she has about 4-5 releases in the second half of the year.(PTI)
and Ranbir: Ankit Tiwari
NEW DELHI: Indian singer Ankit Tiwari, who shot to fame with ‘Sun raha hai tu’ song from ‘Ashiqiue 2’, says he would love to be the voice of Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor on the silver screen. “It is not practical for a playback singer to sing all the songs of a particular movie today. Earlier, a singer
used to sing for a particular actor like Mukesh was the voice of Raj Kapoor and Kishore Kumar was the screen voice for Rajesh Khanna. I hope to sing for Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor someday,” Tiwari said. The Kanpur boy has also sung the theme song of Star Parivaar Awards 2013, slated to take place this week. The
theme song is a cover of Mohammed Rafi’s famous number ‘Tum jo mil gaye ho’ and features a duet between Tiwari and Sunidhi Chauhan. It has been directed by Sachin Gupta. Tiwari says he has not tried to imitate or match Rafi in the song but hopes audience like it. “Every singer has his own way of singing. I have sung the song keeping in mind the fact that it talks about family where as the original was a romantic number. Comparing it with the original version would be wrong as I am nowhere next to the Rafi saab,” said Tiwari. The singer has previously worked in movies like ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ and ‘Saheb, Biwi aur Gangstar’. It was ‘Khoob Ladi Mardani’, a song that he composed on ‘Rani Lakshmi Bai’ that gave Tiwari a chance to sing in Mohit Suri’s ‘Aashiqui 2’. “When ‘Aashiqui’ came I was only three. I never thought that there will be a remake and I will get a chance to sing in that movie,” he said.(PTI)
Channels must refrain from airing ads of ‘miracle’ products NEW DELHI: Telecast of advertorials which promise miraculous products or self proclaimed babas and gurus who offer super natural solutions on TV has not gone down well with the I&B ministry which has told channels to refrain from showing such content. Sources told PTI that after noticing that many TV channels were telecasting programmes which appeared to encourage superstition, the Information and Broadcasting ministry had issued an advisory to broadcasters last week. In its advisory, the ministry said that were advertisements in which unsubstantiated claims were made about products which the general audience could easily believe as truth. “Such advertisements or advertorials are, therefore, not only misleading, they
also appear to encourage superstition and blind belief among the viewers,” the ministry’s advisory said. The advisory also says that “most advertorials relating to astrology, vastu, so called discourses by gurus and self proclaimed healers are being shown for hours together in such a way that it might lead viewers to believe they are watching a programme even though they are actually
watching advertisements.” The I&B ministry further added that the telecast of such content on TV amounted to gross violation of the Advertising Code contained in the Cable TV Networks Rules, 1994. It said that as per rules advertisements should not contain any references which are likely to make the audiences believe that the product or any of its ingredients have some miraculous or super natural property which it is difficult to prove. The ministry has also asked all TV channels including news and current affairs channels, to telecast programmes, advertisements, features or reports with due care and maturity particularly with a way not to encourage superstition and blind belief and mislead viewers.
“It is also brought to the notice of all TV channels that any violation of the programme code or advertising code would attract penal provisions detailed in section 20 of the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act 1995 and the terms and conditions of uplinking and downlinking guidelines,” it said. Officials said that while the ministry had sternly sounded the channels against telecast of misleading ads, it has also asked its Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) to keep an eye on the commercials being telecast on TV channels and report in case of violations. The ministry has also asked all channels to submit a compliance report with regard to the telecast of such advertisements, officials said.(PTI)
Ladakh film festival to showcase ‘’women in cinema’’
MUMBAI: National award winning actress and director Aparna Sen will head the jury of the second Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF), to be held from July 5 to 7. The focus of LIFF this year is ‘women in cinema’ with the tag line “celebrating womanhood.” The festival will be inaugurated by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah while Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tiwari will be the chief guest for the closing ceremony. “LIFF is definitely a film festival
with a difference. Some of the most exciting recently made films will be viewed, discussed and awarded by some of the best filmmakers of the world at an incomparable venue high up amidst snowy mountain ranges,” LIFF jury chairperson Aparna Sen said in a statement. The Green Carpet premiere this year will be of the film on South Asia’s great freedom fighter, nationalist Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan - ‘The Frontier Gandhi’ - by American documentary filmmaker Teri McLuhan. “The LIFF which will be two years old when it takes place this year, has already found place among the recognised film festivals of the world,” LIFF chairman Shyam Benegal said. Festival founder and director Melwyn
Chirayath said this year they will try to encourage participation of nearly 100 countries across the globe. Over 1.6 lakh footfalls, 150 plus filmmakers and film dignitaries from around the world attended the first ever international event held in Leh, Ladakh last year. “To watch films in one of the most pristine landscapes in the world is a rare pleasure only the Ladakh film festival offers. One walks out of the auditorium and is surrounded by mountains on all sides, it’s almost surreal. What makes it even more special this year is the retrospective on Gulzarsaab. It will be an honour for me to curate this event which showcases some of his best work,” LIFF patron member Vishal Bhardwaj said.(PTI)
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Black hole bonanza in ‘next door’ Andromeda galaxy
Black holes contain the keys to a deeper understanding of the universe. So finding 26 in our neighbouring galaxy is a big deal Gas falling into a black holes emits X-rays and
betrays the invisible ‘death stars’ to astronomers. Photograph: Dimitar Todorov/Alamy Twenty-six new black hole candidates have been discovered in the neighbouring Andromeda
galaxy. According to the astronomers involved, these could be just the tip of the iceberg. Details of the find will be published in the 20 June issue of The Astrophysical Journal. The
Don’t cage birds, let them fly, urges Adah Sharma
Actress Adah Sharma joins PETA’s latest ad campaign to extend her support against cruelty and caging of birds Varinder Chawla Mumbai: Actress Adah Sharma has joined PETA’s latest ad campaign to extend her support against cruelty and caging of birds and has urged the people to let the feathered creatures fly freely. “Don’t keep birds in cages. Don’t keep any other animal or any wildlife, especially birds, in cages.
They (birds) are wild animals and not domesticated animals like cats and dogs,” Adah told reporters here Tuesday while shooting for PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) latest ad campaign. The ‘1920’ and ‘Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke’ fame actress discourages people from caging birds. “I don’t encourage people who keep birds or any other animal in cages. It’s a heinous crime and you should not do it,” said the 24-year-old. For the campaign’s
photo shoot, Adah dressed herself in white attire to look like a bird and locked herself in a cage. “People clip the wings of birds sometimes and just leave them out in their house and they say we are leaving them free to roam around in the house, but that is not freedom,” she said, adding that putting birds in cages is like giving them the death sentence. “So don’t keep birds in cages, don’t give them that death sentence,” Adah said.(PTI)
discoveries are the culmination of 13 years of observation. Researchers used Nasa’s Chandra and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton satellites. Both record the X-ray
light emitted by celestial objects. Black holes are the most mysterious objects in the universe. They are regions of space in which the density of matter has become so great that the gravitational field is overwhelming. They will devour anything that strays too close. Once inside, nothing can escape back into space, not even light. So, strictly speaking you can’t see black holes. You have to infer their presence from X-rays given out as they rip near y stars to pieces. Hence the reason astronomers refer to these as black hole candidates. Even so, it’s big news. Black holes were first discovered not in space but on the pages of a notepad in the German trenches of the first world war. Physicist Karl Schwarzschild was serving as an artillery officer on the Russian front in 1915. In his spare time, he was investigating Albert Einstein’s controversial new theory of gravity: general relativity. He found an equation that suggested regions of space and time could become like lobster pots, trapping anything that fell into them. The point of no return around these “black holes” was dubbed the event horizon. Schwarzschild completed the work shortly before facing his own event horizon. He contracted a painful skin disease called pemphigus and was returned to Germany, where he died in May 1916. It took astronomers decades to convince themselves that black
holes existed in nature. Convincing proof came in the 1970s when Nasa launched the Uhuru X-ray satellite and discovered Cygnus X-1, the first black hole candidate. It made such headlines at the time that prog-rockers Rush (naturally) wrote a two-part epic song spanning two albums (again naturally) about it. Black holes are no mere curiosities; they are the keys to a deeper understanding of the universe. No theory of physics can yet say what is happening inside a black hole. General relativity suggests that Schwarzschild’s event horizon is an invisible boundary that can be crossed without consequence but never returned from. Recently, however, quantum mechanics make it look as though the event horizon could be a real boundary and that crossing it will result in destruction. This has been dubbed the firewall. Both cannot be right. One must be wrong. Whichever one is right points us towards a greater understanding of gravity and how it behaves on small scales. While these new black holes may not immediately help in the quest for a new theory of gravity, they are nevertheless extraordinary. The more black holes astronomers identify, the more they will be able to study them and learn their secrets.(PTI)
Telegram services to shut down from July 15 Citing declining revenues and other faster modes of communication, BSNL has decided to discontinue the 160-year-old telegram service
With the dawn of the digital era, where e-mails and SMSes have taken over as the new modes of communication, the 160-year-old telegram service will be discontinued from July 15. A telegram was in the past the fastest mode of communication in India. BSNL will shut down the service from July 15. Representation pic/AFP According to a circular issued by Shameem Akhtar, senior General Manager (Telegraph Services) BSNL, the telegraph service is to be discontinued with effect from July 15, 2013. The circular sent to various telecom district and circle offices denotes that services will be shut from July 15 and that all BSNL telegraph offices will have to stop booking telegrams from July 15. The telegram, which was once the only source of quick and urgent communication in the country, delivered many cheerful and gloomy news to people across India. From the birth of a child to the sudden demise of a relative — the telegram service has seen it all. But over the years, with the advent of
modern technology the service has been more or less forgotten by the masses. The BSNL circular has also directed the telecom offices to maintain the logs, service messages, delivery slips for duration of six months from the date of booking. However, any complaints, press reports and other messages from different consumer fora are to be kept for at least one year. According to sources, the BSNL had asked the government to support the service as it was not commercially viable but the government in response said that the BSNL board should take a decision on it. “After consulting with the Department of Posts, we have taken the decision to close the service, as there are other better options available,” said a source from the Delhi BSNL office. Surplus staff The BSNL has instructed that the staff from the telegraph offices would be deployed to mobile services, landline and broadband services. The departments would take approximately three months to shift the staff to these relevant departments. Owing to falling revenues, in May
2011, after a period of nearly six decades, the government had revised the telegram charges. The telegram charges were hiked from Rs 3 per 50 words to Rs 27 per 50 words for inland services. Earlier this year, in April, BSNL had withdrawn the telegram services for overseas communication. Did you know? Telegrams receipts are accepted in courts as evidence in civil or criminal suits The telegram was a handy mode of communication for jawans and armed forces for seeking leave, transfer or joining reports 1855 The year in which the first public telegram service commenced Rs 1 The charge for sixteen words including the address in 1855 6 pm to 6 am Charges were doubled for telegrams 1990 The year in which the telegram service was handed over to BSNL Rs 27 The telegram charges were hiked in May 2011(PTI)
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Food Ordinance put on hold
NEW DELHI: Government today put on hold its plans to bring an Ordinance on Food Security in the face of opposition within and outside and decided to make another attempt to evolve a consensus to get it through in a special session of Parliament. The proposal was deferred when it came up at the Union Cabinet meeting this morning with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying there was need to take parties along on this measure.
Congress sources said that it was Sonia Gandhi who impressed upon the Prime Minister the need to go for a consensus and pass it in a special session without rushing with an ordinance. However, the government has not closed the option of resorting to promulgating an Ordinance if there is no consensus during the meetings it plans with Opposition on the issue. After the hour-long Cabinet meeting, Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters that the government will make
one more attempt to forge consensus with opposition parties on passage of the bill in a special session of Parliament. “The Food Security Bill is ready. We would like to pass it as a bill but Ordinance version of bill is also ready. We decided today that we would like to make one more effort to ask the Opposition parties whether they will cooperate in passing the bill in a special session of Parliament,” Chidambaram said. Significantly, ahead of the Cabinet meeting,
Pawar, who is said to have reservations over the ordinance route for the measure, met the Prime Minister and is believed to have insisted that such a significant legislation should not be hustled through. The Prime Minister also held separate discussions with senior colleagues including Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister A K Antony and Food Minister K V Thomas on the desirability of Ordinance to implement UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s pet scheme that seeks to provide cheap foodgrains to 67 per cent of country’s population. The government’s decisions today also had taken into account the reservations expressed by key outside ally Samajwadi Party. Home Minister and Leader of the Lok Sabha Sushil Kumar Shinde, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and Food Minister K V Thomas will meet opposition leaders to elicit their support, Chidambaram said. Some Congress ministers are also said to be having reservations on the Ordinance route.(PTI)
Third front non-starter because everyone wants to be PM: Lalu
‘Third Front’ would not succeed
because all the potential members
the Opposition ‘just one more time’. He has said this just as a school teacher asks her students to cooperate,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said. The main Opposition was of the view that a bill of such significance and impact should only be passed through due process in Parliament. “Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj had tweeted earlier that the monsoon session of Parliament be advanced for passage of the bill and opinions of all be taken on the Land Acquisition and Food Security bills,” she said. Sitharaman said BJP is happy that the government has given up the ordinance route. “This government wanted to make the food bill a political tool and get
it passed fast to get votes. There are so many black points in this government due to scams that they want this bill to be passed,” she said. The main Opposition said the bill has failed to get the Parliament’s nod twice in the past due to shortcomings. It maintains that there are some lacunae in the present draft and these should be amended. BJP President Rajnath Singh told reporters earlier in the day that passing the Food Security Bill through an ordinance would be a “undemocratic step”. He said it should be brought for discussion and passage in the monsoon session. BJP’s view is that the Chhattisgarh Food Security Act is a model law which should be followed by other states as well as the Centre.(PTI)
Gehlot lays foundation of project to construct 12,000 houses
JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today laid foundation of an ambitious housing project to construct 12,000 duplex houses for poors in Sanjay Nagar Bhatta Basti here. Addressing a public gathering, Gehlot said all basic amenities and facilities like water, power, roads, school, hospital and community hall will be provided under the project. “Providing housing facilities to the poor is in our priorities. The government wants to ensure that each family has a roof and we are working in this direction,” Gehlot said. Gehlot accused the Opposition
BJP of misleading people by “false claims and promises” and asked people to stay away from the “atmosphere” created by the BJP. Under the ‘Rajiv Gandhi housing scheme’ at Sanjay Nagar Bhatta Basti, construction of 12,000 duplex houses has been planned. 2,212 houses will be constructed in the first phase with an estimated cost of Rs 60.87 crore and will be allotted to poor people living in slums. Urban Development Minister Shanti Dhariwal, MP Mahesh Joshi, Mayor Jyoti Khandelwal also addressed the gathering. They also accused the BJP of “misleading”
people about the status of the project. Dhariwal said it was the present Congress government which made efforts to get permission from the Supreme Court for the housing project as, earlier, the land where the project is to come up was a forest land. He said that previous BJP government, despite not having permission from the Supreme Court, had started leveling work of the land and “misled poor people” in 2007. “Congress government made efforts and got permission from the Supreme Court to initiate this project. On the basis of the permission from the apex court,
the Central government gave a fresh nod for the project,” he said. BJP had recently alleged that the previous government, led by Vasundhara Raje, had laid the foundation of the project but the government changed in 2008 and the Congress government delayed the project for 4 years. Under the first phase of the scheme, 2,212 duplex houses will be constructed and the house allottee will have the right on roof. Each duplex house on 24.96 sq yard and having a total construction area of 386 sq feet will be constructed with an estimated cost of Rs 4.25 lakh (including cost of both construction and basic facilities). The central government will bear 50 per cent of the construction cost whereas the state government and the Jaipur Municipal Corporation will bear 20 per cent each and the allottee will have to pay remaining 10 per cent of the constriction cost. The house will cost Rs 26,450 to the allottee. Gehlot, on the occasion, also announced to extend ‘Prashashan Shehron Ke Sang’ campaign till July 31. Dhariwal and other public representatives had requested the CM to extend the campaign due to its success.(PTI)
of it harbor the ambition to become the Prime Minister. Talking to reporters after visiting the famous Saibaba temple here, Yadav said that leaders such as Mamata Banerjee, Jayalalithaa, Nitish Kumar and Mulayam Singh Yadav were all aspiring to the top job. Therefore, the grouping would soon break up, he stated. Hitting out at Bihar Chief Minister, Yadav said that on one hand Nitish Kumar talked about development of Bihar under his government, and on the other hand he was pleading with the Centre for special package for the state. When asked about Narendra Modi’s elevation in BJP as chief of its campaign committee, he said BJP was nothing but “RSS’s mask”.(PTI)
Coalition partner NCP sees UPA-3 with additional allies
Chidambaram draws flak from BJP for food bill remarks NEW DELHI: Finance Minister P Chidambaram today drew flak from BJP for his remarks that the government will reach out to the Opposition “one more time” for support to the Food Security Bill with the party charging that the UPA dispensation wants to get is passed for electoral gains. The Cabinet decision today to drop the ordinance route for passage of a legislation on food security was, however, in keeping with the BJP demand that the bill be passed only after a debate and voting in Parliament. “The Finance Minister has said the government is considering a special session of Parliament to pass the Food Security Bill. If I got his words right I think he said government will approach
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MUMBAI: Predicting a hung Parliament post 2014 general elections, NCP today said it will continue to be part of the Congressled UPA, which may possibly expand itself with additional allies, as none of the party combines will be able to form a government on its own. “The current
situation in the country is such that UPA and NDA on their own will not be able to form the next government. Same is the case with the emerging Third Front. We feel that there are chances of a expanded or restructured UPA-3. It will form the next government with additional
allies on a common minimum programme,” NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said. (NCP spokesman Nawab Malik) Congress along with its existing allies in the UPA including the NCP cannot reach the 272 figure, Malik said adding that BJP and allies will also fail to reach the required tally. Malik said Sharad Pawar is not in fray for the Prime Minister’s post adding that the NCP chief has already made it clear that he will not contest the next lok sabha polls. Taking a dig at BJP’s campaign committee chief and Guajrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Malik said, “former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi is a big leader in Mumbai. Joshi invited Modi to campaign
for him in the 2004 Lok Sabha polls and was defeated convincingly.” Appointment of the new Maharashtra unit chief will be done at the extended working committee meeting to be chaired by Sharad Pawar on Saturday, Malik said. Incumbent president Madhukar Pichad has resigned from his post after his inclusion in the council of ministers earlier this week, he added. Malik said ministers will not be given responsibility of heading the state unit adding that the party leadership has decided to entrust the responsibility of Lok Sabha elections and organisational matters to those six ministers whose resignations were accepted.(PTI)
Antony reviews delays in submarine project
NEW DELHI: Against the backdrop of depleting fleet of under water vessels, Defence Minister A K Antony today reviewed the reasons for delay in issuing tender for the over Rs 50,000 crore ‘Project 75 India’ in which six more diesel electric submarines have to be procured for the Navy. The P-75 India is a Navy project expected to begin after the ongoing project under which six Scorpene
submarines are being built by the Mazagon Dockyards Limited in collaboration with French DCNS. The Scorpene project is also delayed by over three years. “The Defence Minister reviewed the reasons for delays in the P-75 India project and asked the authorities concerned to hasten the progress,” Ministry officials said here. Under the project, the Navy has plans of
getting two submarines constructed at the shipyard of the foreign vendor bagging the contract while the remain four would be built at defence shipyards including MDL and the Hindustan Shipyard Limited. The Navy had issued the Request for Information (RFI) for the project over a couple of years ago and due to several reasons, the project has been getting delayed since then. Defence Ministry will move the Cabinet Committee on Security soon for seeking approvals for the construction of two submarines at foreign shipyards as the previous approval was for indigenous construction. India currently operates a fleet of Russian Kilo Class and German HDW submarines, of which a significant number would be phased out in the coming decade or so. India has been working on a 30year submarine plan under which 24 submarines are to be constructed till 2030 but with the delays, it seems that achieving these numbers would be a difficult task.(PTI)
DMK will decide on alliance before LS polls: Karuna
NEW DELHI: The DMK will decide on the question of alliance in Tamil Nadu in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections next year, party chief M Karunanidhi has said.
“The DMK will decide on when and with whom it should forge an alliance during the run-up to the 2014 general elections. “The DMK’s executive committee nad the general council will discuss and decide on it based on the national political situation at the time of the elections,” Karunanidhi said in a signed article in “The Week” magazine. He said the DMK was part of the ruling coalition at the Centre for many years maintaining good relations with its allies. “We have shown how an alliance partner should act for the good of the nation. The DMK quit the UPA not for the party’s benefit but for betterment of the Sri Lankan Tamils,” the former chief minister said. He said it was his mentor and leader C N Annadurai ‘Anna’ who initiated alliance politics in the country. And he made it a success. “During the 1967 Assembly polls he formed an alliance to consolidate anti-government votes. I follow the practice even now. At the national level, too, alliance politics has been holding fort for more than 20 years,” Karunanidhi said. (PTI)
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UN says at least 93,000 killed in Syria conflict
GENEVA: At least 93,000 people, including over 6,500 children, have been killed in Syria’s civil war, the United Nations said today, warning that the true death toll could be far higher. The skyrocketing number of deaths over the past year, along with documented cases of children tortured and entire families massacred, “is a terrible reminder of just how vicious this conflict has become,” UN rights chief Navi Pillay said. Describing the killing as “senseless carnage”, Pillay said the toll in a new UN-commissioned study was “most likely a minimum casualty
figure. The true number of those killed is potentially much higher.” The number of people killed has skyrocketed over the past year, with the average monthly toll since July last year standing at more than 5,000, compared with 1,000 in the summer of 2011, the study said. “This extremely high rate of killings, month after month, reflects the drastically deteriorating pattern of the conflict over the past year,” Pillay said. Nearly 27,000 people have been killed since December alone, she said. “Civilians are bearing the brunt of widespread, violent and often indiscriminate attacks
which are devastating whole swathes of major towns and cities, as well as outlying villages,” she said. The figures in the study, running from the outbreak of the conflict in March 2011 to the end of April this year, compares with a UN toll of 60,000 in November and an estimate of 94,000 by a monitoring group. Yesterday, another grim UN report said Syrian children were being used as sniper targets and human shields, as well as facing torture and recruitment as fighters. UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the near 27-month war was taking an “unacceptable and unbearable” toll
on youngsters, and today’s study found that at least 6,561 children -- 1,729 of them under 10 years old -- had lost their lives. (AFP) “There are also well-documented cases of individual children being tortured and executed, and entire families, including babies, being massacred -- which, along with this devastatingly high death toll, is a terrible reminder of just how vicious this conflict has become,” said Pillay. She urged the global community to step up peace efforts to end a conflict that first began as peaceful demonstrations against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and has escalated into civil war. “I urge the parties to declare an immediate ceasefire before tens of thousands more people are killed or injured,” she said. “Nobody is gaining anything from this senseless carnage.” She criticised both sides, pointing to government shelling and air attacks on urban areas, and the rebels’ pounding of residential areas, albeit with less fire power, and bombings in the heart of cities, notably the capital Damascus. The study was commissioned from the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, a non-profit organisation of statisticians, computer scientists, demographers and social scientists. They used eight sources, including the government, rebels, and groups such as the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists and medics on the ground and last month put the toll at more than 94,000. The UN team crosschecked 263,055 killings, before excluding double-
counting and some 38,000 deaths for which either a name, date or location were lacking, giving a total of 92,901. “This total is likely to underestimate the actual number of killings,” the UN rights office said, adding that “at least” 93,000 must have died and that there was “a strong likelihood that a significant number” may have gone unreported. The study showed the hardest-hit regions were the rural district around Damascus, with 17,800 deaths, Homs, where 16,400 were documented, Aleppo, with 11,900, and Idlib, with 10,300. In Daraa -- the cradle of the uprising -- there were 8,600 deaths, followed by Hama with 8,100, urban Damascus with 6,400 and Deir ez-Zor 5,700. The sharpest increases since 2012 were recorded in rural Damascus and Aleppo, with 6,200 and 4,800 new documented deaths respectively. Some 82.6 per cent of the documented victims were male and 7.6 per cent female. (AFP) Lankan govt to present “urgent bill” next week to amend 13A COLOMBO: Notwithstanding the objections from India and Tamil minority parties, an “urgent bill” will be presented in Sri Lankan parliament next week aimed at diluting the provincial council powers devolved in terms of the 1987 Indo-Lanka accord. “An urgent bill would be submitted next Tuesday”, Keheliya Rambukwella, the government spokesman said. Rambukwella said the bill would deal with repealing of the provincial powers to merge with another province. “Even when the Rajiv Gandhi-Jayawardene agreement came, there was opposition to merging
of provinces”, Rambukwella said. The government spokesman said that the Cabinet had decided to convene a brand new select committee in which all political parties would be invited to join. The select committee would deal with all other amendments necessary for the thirteenth amendment to the constitution. The time-bound select committee would commence work next Wednesday if possible. The government would go ahead in amending the thirteenth amendment irrespective of the outcome of the select committee. Rambukwella said despite concerns raised by partners on the move to dilute powers, the government was confident of getting two thirds majority in parliament for the amendment. Asked if the government was concerned over opposition coming from India and the international community over dilution of provincial powers, Rambukwella said, “local opinion and concerns are more important to the government”. He said Sri Lanka’s situation had evolved since 1987 when India intervened in the island’s ethnic separatist conflict. “It may have been the correct thing at the time but now things are different. We do not want to face a situation with several police forces within the country,” he said. The move to dilute provincial powers come ahead of government plans to hold the first ever northern provincial council election in September. The ruling coalition’s nationalist partners warn that undiluted provincial powers would lead to the creation of a separate state, the goal of the LTTE’s 30 year armed campaign.(PTI)
China accuses US of “double Indo-Pak dialogue: India for standards” on hacking keeping momentum ‘on’
BEIJING: China today kept mum on US whistleblower Edward Snowden’s attempts to take refuge in Hong Kong but took a moral high ground accusing Washington of “double standards” citing his allegations that it has been conducting hacking attacks on China for years. “Unfortunately I have no information right now to provide to you”, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying told a packed media briefing here today declining to reveal how Beijing plans to deal with Snowden. The former US government subcontractor, who exposed massive US phone and Internet spying, has delivered a propaganda coup of sorts for China to counter US’ persistent allegations of Chinese hacking attacks. “On Snowden’s case, we have noticed relevant report but unfortunately we have no information to offer”, she said. While stonewalling all questions on his possible extradition, Hua, took a dig
at Washington reminding the media how Beijing was complaining of hacker attacks from US for long. In his interview to the Hong Kong based South China Morning Post from a “secret location in the city”, the 29-year-old former CIA analyst made claims that the US government had been hacking into computers in Hong Kong and on the mainland for years. Snowden said that according to unverified documents, US’s National Security Agency had been hacking computers in Hong Kong and in China since 2009. None of the documents revealed any information about Chinese military systems, he said referring to reports of Chinese military involvement in carrying out cyber attacks. One of the targets in Hong Kong according to Snowden, was Chinese University and public officials, businesses and students in the city. The documents also point to hacking activity by the NSA against targets in China, the Post said. Snowden
believed there had been more than 61,000 NSA hacking operations globally, with hundreds of targets in Hong Kong and China. “We hack network backbones like huge internet routers, basically that give us access to the communications of hundreds of thousands of computers without having to hack every single one,” he said. Reacting to Snowdons allegations, Hua said “as we have repeatedly said on this podium, China is also one of the major victims of hacking and cyber attacks. China strongly advocates cyber security”. She added that the international community should carry out constructive dialogue to ensure cyber security and cooperate jointly to deal with it. “We also think adoption of double standards will bring no benefit to the settlement of relevant issue”, she said recalling the recent discussions on the issue in the informal summit between US President Barrack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi
Jinping. “We are opposed to all forms of hacker and cyber attacks”, she said calling for constructive dialogue by the international community based on mutual respect, mutual benefit and mutual trust. “We also would like to carry out constructive dialogue and cooperation with countries including the US based on mutual respect, mutual benefit and mutual trust”, she said. US and China have agreed to establish a cyber security working group, she said. “Countries all over the world faced with cyber security issue. We believe should be addressed by international community together”, she said. For its part, the Chinese official media seized Snowdon’s comments with analysts pointing out that his allegations are certain to stain Washington’s overseas image and test developing Sino-US ties. Li Haidong, a researcher of American studies at China Foreign Affairs University, said the United States is now stuck in the awkward position of having to explain itself to its citizens and the world following the exposure of Washington’s vast Internet snooping program. “For months, Washington has been accusing China of cyberespionage, but it turns out that the biggest threat to the pursuit of individual freedom and privacy in the US is the unbridled power of the government,” Li told state run China Daily. Zhang Tuosheng, a researcher at the China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies, said that despite controversies, cybersecurity is still proving to be a new realm for cooperation between China and the US, especially in the wake of this surveillance c o n t r o v e r s y. ( P T I )
NEW DELHI: India will work with Pakistan on scheduling of dialogue on various bilateral issues since the new government is now in place in that country. Noting that it was “inevitable” that when the elections are round the corner, some of the dialogue will take a little time, top government sources said since “the elections are over and there is a new government, they (dialogue) will be brought back on to same track.” The placement and scheduling of these talks will be discussed between Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and his Pakistani counterpart, the sources said, adding
the idea was to keep the momentum “on” in the Indo-Pak dialogue process. They also stressed that there was no “complete pause” in Indo-Pak dialogue in the aftermath of the beheading of two Indian soldiers earlier this year. The sources said India has conveyed through Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s special envoy Satinder Lambah that it stands “willing” to engage with Pakistan on broad framework of cooperation. The idea was to openup the first contact with Nawaz Sharif, even before his swearing-in, and convey India’s recognition of what Pakistani leader had said in his announced programme
Israel’s policy not to supply arms to Pak, says envoy
KOLKATA: Israel today again strongly denied selling arms to Pakistan reiterating that it was against the country’s policy to do so. “We do not supply weapons to Pakistan and it is a policy which we implement strictly. We do not sell arms to Pakistan”, Israeli Ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz told reporters on the sidelines of a CII seminar here today. According to a report released by Britain’s Department for Business,
Innovation and Skills, which deals with British government permits for arms and security equipment exports, Israel has exported military equipment, including hi-tech gear used in combat jets, over the past five years to Pakistan. Yesterday, the Israeli embassy issued a statement saying that the Ministry of Israel today strongly denied selling any military equipment to Pakistan, saying that it would “not do anything that could undermine” India’s security.(PTI)
that he wants to build India-Pak relationship, the sources said. It was also to convey that “we stood willing to engage with Pakistan on broad framework of cooperation,” they added. Noting that there were demands that there should be total stoppage of dialogue with Pakistan after the beheading in January this year, the government sources said India still went ahead with the visit of Indo-Pak Judicial Committee on Prisoners to Pakistani jails in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore. They also said that the discussions on the visit by Pakistan Judicial Commission in the
26/11 case have also made progress and India hopes that it can be taken forward. Asked about the Most Favoured Nation status, the sources said the matter will again be discussed at the level of Commerce Secretary, with India “certainly looking forward to implementation of this commitment (by Pakistan).” He also said the two sides were also looking at cooperation in power sector, both LNG and electricity. On possibility of Singh’s visit to Pakistan, the sources reiterated India’s position that the visit will only take place if there was useful and meaningful outcome.(PTI)
World Bank sees India’s growth touching 6.7% in two years WASHINGTON: The World Bank today forecast a growth rate of 6.7 per cent for India within the next two fiscals with exports and private investment projected to strengthen and provide a boost to growth. The country’s GDP in factor cost terms is projected to grow 5.7 per cent in the current fiscal (ending March 2014), and then accelerate to 6.5 per cent and 6.7 per cent, respectively, in the subsequent two financial years, it said. In its latest ‘Global Some upside risks to the outlook include a fasterthan- projected pick up in global demand and a larger than expected decline in commodity prices, the report said. According to the report, a greater dependence on foreign investment inflows to finance India’s significantly larger current account deficit
compared to the past has increased its vulnerability to a sudden reversal of investor sentiment. “Several factors could result in a slowing or reversal of investment inflows -- an unanticipated monetary tightening in some high income countries; resurgence of debt tensions; escalation of geopolitical conflict; and even disenchantment with the pace or nature of domestic reforms,” it said. Moreover, the sharply relaxed monetary policy in Japan could result in strong and disruptive private capital flows, it added. Noting that the business sentiment in the manufacturing sector in India weakened to a four-year low in May, the report said if business sentiment were to remain weak in coming months, this could adversely impact investment and growth. (PTI)
Govt corrects IIP growth rate twice in a day, Apr IIP 2.3% NEW DELHI: Correcting the industrial output figures twice within span of a few hours, the Indian government Thursday said IIP grew at 2.3 per cent in April instead of 2 per cent reported Wednesday. The first correction this morning put the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) at 2.2 per cent, only to revise it yet again later in the day to 2.3 per cent. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme
Implementation cited wrong recording of production data for the electricity sector as the reason for revision. According to official data released Wednesday, industrial production, measured in terms of index of industrial production (IIP,) registered 2 per cent growth in April. An official statement earlier in the day said: “The General Index (of industrial production) for the month of April 2013
is revised upward to 167.8 from 167.3 shown in the press release (issued Wednesday). The revised index is 2.2 per cent, higher as compared to the level in the month of April 2012.” The ministry later in the afternoon again corrected IIP growth rate figure to 2.3 per cent. The second corrigendum also revised the power sector output growth rate upward to 4.2 per cent. The ministry revised the
power sector growth rate to 3.4 per cent in April in the first corrigenda from 0.7 per cent in the data released Wednesday. “Due to wrong recording of production data for electricity sector, the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for the electricity sector for the month of April 2013 is corrected to 159.1 from 153.8 as shown in the press release issued on June 12, 2013 of this Ministry,” said the corrigenda.(PTI)
FM’s reform talk draws blank in forex mkt;Re down 19p at 57.98 MUMBAI: After a day’s respite, rupee today continued its downward spiral and closed 19 paise lower at 57.98 against the dollar on weak stocks and disappointment over lack of concrete measures in Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s reform talk. Fresh dollar demand from importers and some banks also weighed on the rupee while weak dollar overseas forced some exporters to offload the US currency, dealers said. At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, rupee resumed sharply lower at 58.10 a dollar from
previous close of 57.79. It dropped further to a low of 58.56 after hopes of major steps like NRI bond issuance by the government were not announced by Chidambaram in the press conference in New Delhi. While dollar demand from importers weighed, the rupee bounced back on dollar selling by exporters on hopes of further fall in the dollar value in global markets. Rupee touched a high of 57.94 before settling at 57.98, showing a fall of 19 paise or 0.33 per cent. Yesterday, it had gained 60 paise, snapping a five-day losing run.
“The rupee was seen depreciating during the Finance Minister’s speech in which he did not announce any concrete measure that the investors were hoping for,” said Abhishek Goenka, Founder & CEO, India Forex Advisors. The dollar index, which tracks the performance of the Us unit aginst a basket of six major rivals, traded negatively and traded at three-month lows. Selling of dollars by exporters helped the rupee pare early losses, according to Ashtosh Raina, Head of Foreign Exchange Trading, HDFC Bank. Meanwhile, the Indian
benchmark S&P BSE Sensex today tumbled by 214 points amid FIIs pulling out over Rs 550 crore from stock markets, as per provisional data with bourses. “Rupee can appreciate. Government has indicated some steps and am sure the RBI will do its share to stem the slide,” said Srinivasa Raghavan, EVP (Treasury), Dhanlaxmi Bank. Yesterday, government hiked the G-Sec limit for foreign investments by USD 5 billion. RBI has recently taken steps like hiking cap for online repatriation of export proceeds.(PTI)
Sensex slumps 214 pts to end below 19K; Mkts shrug off FM talk MUMBAI: A rout in world markets triggered acrossthe-board selling pulling down benchmark BSE S&P Sensex Thursday by 214 points to end below 19K-mark for the first time in nearly two months, even as the Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced that more economic reforms are on the anvil. The Bombay Stock Exchange 30-share barometer resumed lower due to weak Asian cues on the back of steep fall on Wall Street Wednesday and remained in negative terrain throughout the day. It finally settled at 18,827.16, showing a fall of 213.97 points or 1.12 per cent. In straight three sessions, Sensex has fallen by 613.91 points or 3.16 per cent amid a weak rupee and hefty capital outflows. The index last closed below 19K-mark on April 17. The 50-issue National Stock Exchange Nifty also dipped by 61.10 points, or 1.06 per cent, to end below 5,700-mark at 5,699.10. MCX-SX flagship index, SX40, ended 102.23 points lower at 11,179.36. Stock market participants were under the grip of a sell-off in global equities.
A day after rating agency Fitch revised credit outlook for India from negative to stable, Chidambaram said the government will soon decide on coal and gas pricing and review FDI cap in various sectors. “Market opened lower and remained weak throughout the day mainly on the back of weak global cues. Asian markets closed an average 2 percent down. Japan’s Nikkei closed 6.35 per cent down on the back of strength in Yen,” said Shrikant Chouhan, Head Technical Research, Kotak Securities. Out of the Sensex components, 25 stocks declined led by drop in Tata Motors and Mahindra and Mahindra. Apollo Tyres fell by 25.43 per cent on debt concerns related to proposed Rs 14,500-crore Cooper Tire acquisition. Also, Sun Pharma extended a fiveday drop by losing 3.22 per cent after it was asked to pay USD 550 million to settle a patent litigation. Among 13 sectoral indices, only BSE-CD closed in positive terrain. Other sectors closed in negative territory with a fall between 0.69 per cent and 2.33 per cent with auto, realty, power, pharma, and IT leading the downfall.
All eyes are on tomorrow’s WPI numbers which may shape RBI policy on June 17 even as weak rupee has hit rate cut hopes. . Weak economic data like IIP and CPI announced yesterday already impacted negatively and there is no sign of any immediate economic improvement in the sight, so the market will remain dull in near future, traders said. Sustained capital outflows also weighed on the market sentiment as Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) pulled out Rs 1,060.17 crore yesterday as per provisional data with the stock exchanges. Asian equities ended lower after World Bank cut its global growth forecast amid concern central banks may pare monetary stimulus. Key benchmark indices in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea fell by 0.726.35 per cent. European markets were also trading lower in their early trade, after the Japan’s Nikkei index crashed and US dollar dropped to its weakest level against the Japanese yen since 4th April 2013. Key indices in France, Germany and UK dropped by 0.93 per cent to 2.02 per cent. Turning back to the
local market, 25 scrips out of the 30-share Sensex ended lower while just five finished higher. Major losers were Tata Motors (3.50 pc), M&M (3.25 pc), Sun Pharma (3.22 pc), Tata Steel (2.92 pc), Gail India (2.70 pc), Sterlite Ind. (2.51 pc), Tata Power (2.50 pc), BHEL (2.37 pc), Bajaj Auto (2.06 pc), Infosys (1.85 pc), TCS (1.61 pc), Maruti Suzuki (1.60 pc), ITC (1.57 pc), Coal India (1.40 pc) and Cipla (1.38 pc). However, Hindlaco Ind. rose by 4.82 per cent and Bharti Airtel gained 3.47 per cent on good buying. Among the sectoral indices, S&P BSE-Auto fell by 2.33 per cent, followed by S&P BSE-Realty (2.30 pc), S&P BSE-Power (1.81 pc), S&P BSE-HC (1.81 pc), S&P BSE-PSU (1.71 pc), S&P BSE-IT (1.66 pc), S&P BSEFMCG (1.29 pc), S&P BSE-Bankex (1.19 pc) and S&P BSE-Metal (1.15 pc). Market breadth continued to remain weak as 1,571 stocks finished with losses and 747 ended higher while 138 stocks ruled steady. Total turnover dropped further to Rs 1,841.29 crs from Rs 1,935.37 crore yesterday.(PTI)
Gold rebounds on stockists demand, global cues MUMBAI: Gold witnessed a strong rebound after two-day slide at the domestic bullion market today on renewed stockists as well as retail buying interest and global sentiment. Moving with the general trend, silver also regained some of the lost ground owing to speculative buying. Standard gold of 99.5 per cent purity spurted by Rs 290 to finish at Rs 27,860 per 10 gm from Wednesday’s closing level of Rs 27,570.
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Pure gold of 99.9 per cent purity surged by Rs 295 to close at Rs 27,995 per 10 gm from Rs 27,700. Silver ready (.999 fineness) rose by Rs 140 to close at Rs 44,610 per kg over its previous close of Rs 44,470. Globally, the yellow-metal rallied on safe haven demand, bouncing back from its threeweek low following some weakness seen in dollar and selling pressure in equities. Gold for August delivery jumped
USD 15 to settle at USD 1,392 an ounce on the Comex division of the NYMEX late yesterday and July silver contract gained 15 cents to USD 21.80 an ounce. Meanwhile, government today ruled out further hike in customs duty following a declining trend in gold imports in the last few weeks after the recent policy measures jointly taken by the centre and the RBI to curb gold demand in view of widening current account deficit (PTI)
Bonds turn lower, call rates finish higher
MUMBAI: The Government securities (G-Sec) ended lower on selling pressure from banks and corporates, while the call money rates finished higher at the overnight call money market here today on sustained demand from borrowing banks. The 8.33 per cent government security maturing in 2026 dropped to Rs 106.85 from Rs 107.06 yesterday, while its yield climbed to 7.50 per cent from 7.47 per cent. The 8.20 per cent government security maturing in 2025 declined
to Rs 105.53 from Rs 105.80, while its yield moved up to 7.50 per cent from 7.47 per cent. The 8.15 per cent government security maturing in 2022 also slipped to Rs 103.87 from Rs 104.17, while its yield gained to 7.55 per cent from 7.50 per cent. The 8.07 per cent government security maturing in 2017, the 8.97 per cent maturing in 2030 and the 8.12 per cent maturing in 2020 also dipped to Rs 101.95, Rs 112.62 and Rs 103.70, respectively. The Overnight call money rate
finished higher at 7.30 per cent from 7.25 per cent yesterday. It moved in a range of 7.35 per cent and 7.15 per cent. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) under the Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF) purchased securities worth Rs 449.85 billion in 21-bids at the one-day repo auction at a fixed rate of 7.25 per cent, while it sold securities worth Rs 0.95 billion in three-bids at the one-day reverse repo auction at a fixed rate of 6.25 per cent in the evening auction.(PTI)
40 stuck projects to be cleared by July as PM orders spl cell
NEW DELHI: With projects having Rs 7 lakh crore bank funding stuck for various reasons, the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has directed the setting up of a special group to fast-track them and it is expected to clear up to 40 such projects by next month. Singh issued the direction for setting up the Project Monitoring Group within the Cabinet Secretariat at a meeting that discussed the status of 215 investment projects which are stuck
because of lack of various clearances and other factors. “The Prime Minister directed that a special cell be created immediately in the Cabinet Secretariat. This Cell would be in the nature of a Project Monitoring Group for all large projects, both public and private and would proactively pursue them so that these investment projects are commissioned on time,” Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. Talking about this, Finance Minister P
Chidambaram Thursday said the Cell will fast-track all the stalled projects. “The approach will be to get some early harvest. We will identify 2030-40 projects that are nearing COD (commencement operation date),” he said at a press conference. He said the push will be given to these projects, “what we call low hanging fruits” among 215 projects, so that they can quickly take off the ground. “ The PMO further said that the Cabinet Secretariat was directed to hold a meeting with Chief Secretaries of states to have state governments on board with this new mechanism. The Finance Ministry was of the view that while some of bottlenecks are in the domain of regulatory authorities at the Central level, “a large number of impediments are those that lie in the domain of State Governments, and local bodies”, according to the PMO. At the meeting, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma had stated that his ministry has
Toomey new CEO of Jet Airways NEW DELHI: Aviation industry veteran Gary Kenneth Toomey was Thursday appointed by Jet Airways as its new Chief Executive Officer, nearly two months after the airline’s deal with Gulf carrier Etihad. The appointment followed the resignation of Nikos Kardassis on June seven after he served two terms as CEO between 1993-1999 and again from October 2009 till May 2013. Toomey, 58, an Australian national, has previously served as President and CEO of the Air New Zealand Group and CEO of Airlines PNG in Papua New Guinea during periods of their major expansion. Before this, he had served in various positions in Australian carrier Qantas, including as a Director, Deputy CEO and Chief Financial Officer. Soon after Kardassis resigned, Capt Hameed Ali was appointed as Acting CEO to run the show till a fulltime chief executive was appointed. A Jet spokesperson said Ali would continue as Acting CEO till Toomey’s
appointment received regulatory approval. In a statement, Jet chief Naresh Goyal said Kardassis had “made a significant contribution to Jet Airways, particularly in the development of our international network, laying the foundation for our future expansion.” He said Toomey has “extensive experience in domestic and international airline management, and the right credentials and skills to take Jet Airways forward.” Toomey, on his part, said the fastgrowing Indian aviation market “offered significant potential for Jet Airways not only within India, but beyond, through new or improved international connections. I am delighted to have been selected to lead the Company and continue the development and growth of Jet Airways.” Ever since Jet clinched a stake sale deal with Abu Dhabi -based Etihad in April, whereby it agreed to sell 24 per cent stake for Rs 2,042 crore, the industry was abuzz with speculation that changes in the private carrier’s leadership were in the offing.(PTI)
U.S.dollar ends dearer against rupee. MUMBAI: The US dollar ended dearer against the rupee at 57.98/99 per dollar and the Pound Sterling also finished higher at Rs 90.85/87 per pound at the close of the Interbank Foreign Exchange Market (Forex) today. Following are the Interbank Forex and RBI rates: (In Rs Per Unit) Unit Interbank RBI Reference US Dollar 57.98/99 US Dollar Rs 58.4140 Pound Sterling 90.85/87 Euro Rs 78.1193 Euro 77.26/28 Japanese Yen (100) 61.60/62 ---------- PTI “The rupee was seen depreciating during the finance ministers speech in which he did not announce any concrete measure that the investors were hoping for. However, later we saw the rupee recovering against the US dollar. We still expect a slight correction in rupee. Next weeks FOMC meeting will be very crucial which will further
determine the direction of the currency market,” said Mr. Abhishek Goenka, Founder and CEO, India Forex Advisors. Meanwhile, premium for forward dollar ended sharply down on fresh receivings by exporters. Benchmark six-month forward dollar premium payable in November dropped to 152-1/2-154 paise from Wednesday’s close of 158-160 paise and far-forward contracts maturing in May also dipped to 305-307 paise 313-315 paise. The RBI fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 58.4140 and for the euro at 78.1193. Rupee fell back against the pound sterling to 90.85 from previous close of 90.44 and also turned negative to settle against the euro at 77.26 from 76.69. It too reacted downwards sharply against the Japanese yen to 61.60 per 100 yen from last close of 59.82.(PTI)
done a compilation of projects in the manufacturing sector, which are stalled due to various inter-agency bottlenecks. He also emphasised the need to sensitise state governments so as to elicit their cooperation. Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment & Forests, stated pendency of projects for various environment and forest clearances has now been significantly reduced, and the process to accord such clearances has been further streamlined. Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia was of the opinion that 20-30 major projects be chosen on priority for speedy resolution, as this will work as a confidence booster to investment sentiment and signal the government’s seriousness on the issue. The Cabinet Secretary said the Cabinet Secretariat has prepared an ‘Online CCI Projects Tracking System’ portal for tracking projects of over Rs 1,000 crore.(PTI)
Sensex ends below 19K-mark, dn 214 pts on global sell-off MUMBAI: Across-theboard sell-off triggered by weak domestic fundamentals amid fresh fall in the rupee value and feeble global trends pulled the benchmark BSE S&P Sensex down by another 214 points to end below 19K-mark for the first time in nearly two months at 18,827.16, completing three day of losing string. Despite Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s assurance to take number decisions in next few days and weeks to achieve revenue and fiscal deficit targets, (FIIs) pulled out Rs 1,060.17 crore yesterday as per provisional data with the stock exchanges. Weak economic data like IIP and CPI announced yesterday already impacted negatively and there is no sign of any immediate economic improvement in the sight, so the market will remain dull in near future, a broker said. From 13 sectoral indices, only BSE-CD closed in positive terrain due to some recovery in Titan The Bombay Stock Exchange 30-share barometer resumed lower due to weak Asian cues on the back of steep fall on Wall Street yesterday and remained in negative terrain throughout the day to settle at 18,827.16, showing a fall of 213.97 points or 1.12 pct. In straight three sessions, the sensex has fallen by 613.91 points or 3.16 pct. The 50-issue CNX Nifty of the NSE also dipped by 61.10 points or 1.06 pct to end below 5,700mark at 5,699.10. (PTI)
Sports Separate probes into IPL spot-fixing not creating hurdles: SC
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today said it was not convinced that separate probes by Mumbai and Delhi police into IPL spot-fixing scandal were creating hurdles in the investigation that has “wide ramifications”. “So far, you (petitioner) have not been able to satisfy us that the separate investigation (by Mumbai and Delhi police) is creating trouble,” a bench of justices Gyan Sudha Misra and Madan B Lokur said. The court was hearing a PIL seeking transfer of probe into the IPL spot-fixing scandal by Delhi and Mumbai po-
lice to CBI to unearth larger conspiracy and insulate the investigation from highly influential persons and politicians. The PIL sought CBI probe to ensure proper co-ordination as the guilty may go scot free due to “mismanagement and lack of co-ordination between different police agencies.” The bench, which did not issue notice, asked Sharmila Ghuge, an educationist in a Mumbai law college who moved the court, to file an additional affidavit after observing the probe being carried out by the police agencies.
“The investigation has got wide ramifications. You cannot go on monitoring it on daily or rather, hourly basis. Give them some time to investigate,” the bench said and fixed the matter for hearing on July 23. The PIL has also sought a direction to the CBI to probe allegations of spot fixing, match fixing and betting pertaining to the cricket matches of IPL6 or its earlier versions. CBI should unearth the huge racket behind the illegalities and take the strongest possible action against all masterminds behind such acts, it said. . The petition said for a “fair and proper” investigation, the cases registered by both the state police should be probed by CBI, otherwise there are chances that the probe can be hampered by “highly influential persons and politicians”. “It is pertinent to mention here that there is every chance that the highly influential persons and politicians are involved in the said illegality and therefore there is every likelihood that by exercising their influence they will try to hamper investigation into the said offence and they will naturally overpower the local police
of Mumbai and Delhi. “Therefore, there is a need that the present offence should be investigated by CBI as this is an interstate crime and spread across the entire country...,” the PIL said. The PIL sought direction for taking suitable legal action against all the persons, “high or mighty found involved in the said illegalities, which have put the image of the entire nation as well as game of cricket at stake, for ulterior motives”. In the IPL spot-fixing case being probed by Delhi Police, 26 people, including Indian pacer Sreesanth and Rajasthan Royals players Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan and several bookies were arrested. So far, Mumbai police has arrested actor Vindoo Dara Singh and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) principal Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan who has stepped aside, and six bookies in the case. All of them were granted bail by a Mumbai court today. The petition has arrayed Centre, Maharashtra and Delhi governments, their police agencies, CBI and BCCI as parties in the plea. (PTI)
Warner suspended for remainder of CT and Ashes tour games
BIRMINGHAM: Australian batsman David Warner was today suspended for remainder of the Champions Trophy as well as the two Ashes series warm-up games and slapped with a fine of 11,500 dollars (approx Rs 6.35 lakh) for being involved in a physical altercation with an England player. Warner, who appeared for a disciplinary hearing, pleaded guilty to
breaching Rule 6: Unbecoming Behaviour. “Cricket Australia advises that David Warner has been suspended and fined for breaching the Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour,” the CA said in a statement. “CA Senior Code of Behaviour Commissioner, The Hon. Justice Gordon Lewis AM, fined Warner 11,500 and suspended from the remainder of
Australia’s ICC Champions Trophy campaign as well as the Australian team’s two tour matches before the first Ashes Test against Somerset and Worcestershire,” the statement added. Warner will be eligible for selection for the first Ashes Test to be held in Nottimgham from July 10. The punishment effectively means Warner will miss out on only one international match if Australia fails to qualify for the semifinals of the Champions Trophy. Yet to register a win, Australia plays their last match against Sri Lanka on June 17. Warner was involved in a physical altercation with England player Joe Root in the early hours of Sunday morning following the Champions Trophy match between the teams in Birmingham.
The incident reportedly took place in a Birmingham bar and involved alcohol after Australia lost by 48 runs to England in their tournament-opener. The CA further stated, “Rule 6 states: Without limiting any other rule, players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could (a) bring them or the game of game into disrepute or (b) be harmful to the interests of cricket.” Warner, who played for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, most recently hit the headlines after being fined 5,750 Australian dollars last month for breaching CA’s code of behaviour following his Twitter rant against a couple of journalists.He subsequently apologized for it but insisted that he did that to defend himself.
Hoping for positive result from judiciary: Chavan
MUMBAI: Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ankeet Chavan, who is out on bail after being arrested
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for alleged involvement in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, today said he is hoping to get a “positive” verdict from the judiciary to restart his cricketing career. The 27-year-old Rajasthan Royals player refused to comment on the case against him. “I have always given my 100 per cent, always played my cricket with passion. I just hope that I get a positive result
from the judiciary so that I can start my career and my cricket again,” he told reporters here. “I would just like to say, the matter is subjudice, I really don’t want to comment on it,” he added. Chavan and his Rajasthan teammate, India Test pacer S Sreesanth, were released from Tihar jail on Tuesday along with 17 other accused. All of them were grant-
ed bail by a Delhi court. “I would like to thank the judiciary for giving me bail. I would also like to thank my lawyer; he has really worked a lot for me. Secondly my family and friends, they have supported me a lot,” said a relieved Chavan. Chavan was earlier released on bail in the first week of this month to get married to his longtime friend Neha Sambari.
Government approves India’s bid to host U-17 Football WC NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday gave the go-ahead to India’s ambitious bid to host the U-17 Football World Cup in 2017, thus boosting the country’s chances of organising the tournament that is already being backed by FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke. “The Union Cabinet on Thursday gave its approval to the proposal for submitting guarantees sought by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) from the Government of India for their bid to host the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Under 17 World Cup Football Tournament in 2017 in India,” a statement issued by the Sports Ministry said. Till now uncertainty loomed large over India’s bid as FIFA, world football’s governing body, needed guarantees on tax exemption, security, transport and accommodation of players, visa and foreign exchange. India’s first bid was rejected early this year, in January, due to insufficient assurances from the government. But with the government today giving the green signal in providing guarantees that would meet FIFA’s basic requirements, it has paved the way for a strong bid. While the expenses of hosting the event will
FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke. be borne by FIFA and AIFF, the government has assured additional financial assistance. “While the expenditure for upgradation of stadia (Rs.95 crore) will be provided as additional central assistance to the State Governments, a sum of Rs. 25 crore is kept as a contingency to ensure smooth conduct of the tournament. “AIFF and FIFA have agreed to bear the entire expenditure of hosting the tournament. The amounts required are to be raised through sponsorships and other commercial agreements,” the statement added. The AIFF has proposed holding of matches in five states -- Delhi, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and one among the states of Assam, Goa and Kerala. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had, last month, approved AIFF’s bid.
Following the clearance from PMO, the Sports Ministry got down to preparing a Cabinet Note for their approval. Ireland, Uzbekistan and South Africa are the other three bidders. India will have to submit its bid by September after which the FIFA will make a final announcement in December. FIFA’s objective is to help India improve its football infrastructure and grassroots through organising the tournament. But Valcke, during his visit to the country last year, had made it clear that India will have to adhere to the norms if they hope to host the tournament. “The proposed Under-17 World Cup would encourage more youngsters to participate in sports and also help develop the sport of football in the country. It will also promote tourism in the country.
“The event also has a lot of importance from the point of view of playing technique, training, coaching and competition exposure, etc, especially at under-17 level, and thus would be good for the future of football in India,” the Ministry statement said. During his visit, Valcke had stated: “There will no change in rules and it will be normal bidding process with countries competing. But we want the Under-17 World Cup to go to a country where the game can be developed from the grassroots. “India is a huge football market. A country of 1.2 billion cannot lag behind in football. We see the event as the perfect platform for the development of infrastructure and grassroots development. We want to make football the number two sport in India in ten years.” PTI
India to take part in Asian Indoor Games NEW DELHI: Indian athletes are set to take part in the fourth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games to be held from June 29 to July 6 in Incheon, South Korea under the Olympic Council of Asia banner in the aftermath of IOA’s ban by the IOC. Thirty five Indian athletes and 11 officials from four sports have been cleared by the governenment though most of them are participating in the multi-sport event at their own cost. “As the IOA has been suspended by International Olympic Committee (since December last), the Indian athletes will take part in the event under the banner of OCA. The OCA have got the entries of the Indian ath-
letes, some will be taking part at government cost and some at their own cost,” OCA Secretary General, Randhir Singh, who is also recognised by the IOC as the Secretary General of the suspended IOA, told PTI. There was though confusion in the whole process regarding who should send the entries of the athletes for the event. Technically, V K Malhotra is still the IOA acting chief though most of the day-to-day activities at the headquarters here are being done by officials under the direction of the Abhey Singh Chautala-led dispensation, which has not been recognised by the IOC. Malhotra said as acting chief of the IOA, he has sent the entries to the
OCA though he has told the respective federations to approach the Sports Ministry individually. “I received the communication from the OCA asking for India’s participation and so I have sent the entries of the athletes to the OCA. Since the federations of some of the disciplines featuring in the Asian Indoor Games are not affiliated to the IOA, I have asked the individual federations to approach the Sports Ministry individually,” Malhotra said. The 12-discipline Games have some obscure sports like e-sport, dance sport, kurash, baduk, kickboxing and muay. The others are billiards, bowling, chess, futsal, kabaddi and short course swimming (25m). Thirteen billiards players will take part in the Games, while 14 are kabaddi players, four in chess and four in bowling. Sports Secretary P K Deb said that kabaddi players have been
cleared to participate at government’s cost while others will be cleared at no cost to government. “We have cleared kabaddi to take part at government cost. Regarding billiards, we are will take a sympathetic view and we have asked (the federation) to submit the budget,” Deb said. Sports Authority of India Director General Jiji Thomson said that the government will not fund the athletes. All India Chess Federation Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan said his players would be taking part in the event at their own cost as the government has said that it would not foot the bill. “Four chess players have been cleared at no cost to the government. So the federation and the players will bear the cost. We are not affiliated to the IOA and so we have been denied government fund,” he said.
SPORT- BOXING COMPETITION Visakhapatnam: The four-day YSR memorial state level sub junior(Men) invitation boxing championship will be held at Madhurawada on the
outskirts of the city from June 30 to July 3. Addressing a press conference here today, General Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Boxing Association,
G V Ravi Raju said that nearly 160 to 180 players will take part in the championship being held for the third consecutive year. He said the tour-
nament will be organised by Maruthi boxing club Madhurawada which will provide free boarding and lodging for the participants.(PTI)