HOW WOMEN DEAL WITH THEIR EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIRS
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August 21, 2011
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Shinie Anton y Author
MUMBAI, August 21, 2011
INDIA LOOKING DOWN THE BARREL AGAIN
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TOP HEROINES HAVE ALMOST DOUBLED THEIR FEES
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PMO comes under largest ‘targeted’ cyber attack
Malware directed at senior officials of defence, home, and external affairs ministries Saikat Datta NEW DELHI On July 12, some of the top officials in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), including principal secretary to the PM TKA Nair and national security advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, received a flurry of calls from the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), India’s technical intelli-
The army foiled an infiltration bid across along LoC in Gurez sector in north Kashmir on Saturday, killing 12 militants —AFP
_ Libyan rebels make a big
gence agency. The calls were brief and to the point. All systems were to be shut down and all computers were to be unplugged until NTRO officials arrived at the PMO. As an NTRO team set off from their headquarters in the outskirts of Delhi, other key ministries were also asked to shut down. This was perhaps the most
INVESTIGATIONS Part I of a two-part series strategically targeted cyber attack on India’s key ministries, as officials from the ministries of home affairs, defence, external affairs and the armed forces be-
gan to receive similar calls asking them to shut down systems. It started in the early hours of July 12 when NTRO officials monitoring India’s critical systems infrastructure began to notice a mass of emails from one address with an attached Word document titled “cms,ntro:dailyelec.mediareport (2011)” being sent to inboxes of key officials of
India’s vast security architecture. Other officials who received the email were joint secretaries and directors in the PMO, the special secretary (internal security) UK Bansal in the ministry of home affairs, seven key joint secretaries in the ministry of external affairs dealing with the US and Pakistan, and a host of other officials in BSF and CISF. TURN TO P5
‘Time for BJP to come clean on Bill’
Rebels, who are fighting battles in coastal cities on either side of the besieged Libyan capital Tripoli, have made a push to finally topple Muammar Gaddafi after six months of war. The rebels’ capture of Zawiyah has cut off Tripoli from its main road link to the outside world, putting unprecedented pressure on the 41-year rule of Gaddafi. P7
Team Anna blasts ‘diversionary’ tactics of the government
_ US troops to remain in Afghanistan till 2024 America and Afghanistan are reportedly to sign an agreement allowing thousands of American troops to remain in the country till 2024. Afghanistan’s neighbours like Iran and Pakistan have expressed disappointment over the prospect of such a deal, The Telegraph reports. P7
_ 21 Indian sailors in hijacked tanker Somali pirates hijacked a tanker managed by an Indian firm, with 21 Indian sailors on board on Saturday from an Omani port, the second such incident in the Gulf state’s waters since January. The Fairchem Bogey, a chemical-oil tanker managed by Mumbaibased Anglo-Eastern Ship Management, was hijacked while anchored in Salalah port.
_ Sonia loyalist flies in to steady PMO Pulok Chatterjee, a Gandhi family loyalist, has joined the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) almost two months ahead of schedule. He was originally slated to join as principal secretary in the PMO in February next year after completing his stint at the World Bank. But Chatterjee returned from Washington on August 15 and joined the PMO as officer on special duty early this week. Government sources said that Chatterjee’s return was advanced in the wake of Sonia Gandhi’s sudden sickness. His appointment is aimed at ensuring better coordination between the party and the government. —Harish Gupta DNA
_ Movie exposes big-ticket Ganesh mandals A Marathi film Morya, releasing this Friday, has exposed the depths to which some Ganesh festival trusts are willing to go to, in order to attract devotees. These include concocting stories about the holy idols. The film is an expose of the scam-ridden world of the big ticket Ganesh mandals. P2
_ Plane makes emergency landing after bird hit Minutes after take-off, an Air India plane made an emergency landing at Lucknow airport in Uttar Pradesh Saturday after suffering a bird hit, an official said. All passengers are safe. The LucknowVaranasi-Mumbai flight-AI 695 landed back at the Chaudhary Charan Singh Amausi airport.
A third draft on anvil Alleging that Anna Hazare has hijacked the Lokpal issue, civil society members led by Aruna Roy and Harsh Mander, under the banner of National Campaign for People’s Right to Information, which has also worked for a strong Lokpal Bill, upped the ante against Team Anna. This group wishes to be heard by the Parliament’s Standing Committee and feels that Anna does not alone represent the civil society. P6
Mayank Aggarwal NEW DELHI The battle for a strong Lokpal Bill seems to have become a question of who will blink first as Anna Hazare’s fast entered the fifth day on Saturday, with the government showing no signs initiating dialogue with Team Anna. The activists said that if the government wants, it can pass a strong Lokpal bill within a week, and voiced their disappointment with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not clarifying its stand on the Jan Lokpal Bill. Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Standing committee on Personnel, Public grievances, Law and Justice, which is to suggest amendments to the Lokpal Bill, has published advertisements in leading newspapers, seeking ideas and suggestions on the bill. Team Anna criticised the ad, calling it a “diversionary tactic.” A key member of Anna’s group, Arvind Kejriwal, asked the standing committee to reject government’s weak Lokpal bill and not “waste time” on it. Anti-corruption activist and former top cop Kiran Bedi said, “Had government been serious about public opinion on the issue, they would have printed the provisions of the Jan Lokpal Bill along with that of the government’s bill so that an informed debate could take place.” The activists also took a dig at the standing committee’s composition stating that since it has politicians like Lalu Yadav and Amar Singh, allegedly involved in corruption, it can enjoy the benefit of their ‘experience’. On allegations that their fast is being backed by BJP/RSS or America, Anna Hazare said those saying so “should be sent to a mental hospital. Tomorrow they may say that Pakistan is backing us.” Team Anna went on to criticise the BJP for not making public their stand on the Lokpal bill. “Nine political parties, including the left parties, have openly come out against the government’s Lokpal bill but the BJP has not done so … we are disappointed with them, they should make their stand clear,” said TURN TO P6 Arvind Kejriwal.
Big rally in city today
Anna Hazare checks his watch during his hunger strike against corruption on Saturday —AP
They said we cannot give you our viewpoint unless you come out with a draft. We have fulfilled that obligation. We would like a broad national consensus to emerge. —Manmohan Singh
I want to tell the youth of this country that this fight should not be stopped with Lokpal alone. We have to fight to remove the faults in the present electoral system, because of which 150 criminals have reached Parliament. —Anna Hazare
Builders construct a tower of hypocrisy Developers who insist on payment in black hold morcha supporting Anna Kishore Rathod MUMBAI They may be the pillars of corruption in India, routinely demanding 50% of the payment in black, but the builder fraternity thinks nothing of coming out on the streets to join Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption. A delegation of more than 50 developers staged a morcha in Belapur under the banner of Maharashtrian Builders’ Association in Belapur, to voice their support for Anna. Barely a few hundred metres from the site of the mor-
cha is the major commercial project of one of the leading members of the association, where the first thing the marketing executive tells potential buyers is that 50% of the payment will have to be made in black. Prakash Baviskar, co-chairperson, Maharashtrian Builders’ Association, justifies the doublestandards. “Taking payment in black and supporting Anna’s cause are two different issues,” said Baviskar. He explains that builders first have to pay farmers and land owners in black to save
Builders rallying for Anna the ‘poor’ people from heavy taxes and then, they have to accept payments in black to rightfully exempt themselves from taxes. “The rate of income tax is 30%
SENIOR RESIDENT AT TATA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL DENIED MATERNITY BENEFITS, TAKES BATTLE TO LABOUR COMMISSIONER
She lost job for seeking maternity benefits Yogesh Pawar MUMBAI
What the law says Under the provisions of the Maternity Benefit Act, expectant women are entitled to leave for six months from a week before delivery. In the UK, you can choose when to start the 52 weeks maternity leave. The earliest you can start is 11 weeks before the baby is due. Umesh Pawar DNA
A grand march by anti-graft campaigners from Bandra to Juhu on Sunday evening is expected to attract nearly one lakh participants, India Against Corruption coordinators said on Saturday. The march will start from Bandra railway station (West) at 4.30pm and end at Juhu circle at 6.30pm after traveling along SV Road. Despite the huge turnout, police officials expect the rally to pass off peacefully.
The ironies are endless. Is Mother India entitled to maternity leave? Can a hospital act cruelly? That too to a mother? As per the Maternity Benefit Act, every employer is mandated to give paid maternity leave to employees — even to those on contract. “Society keeps singing paeans to motherhood, but my employers scrapped my post altogether when I asked for maternity benefits,” laments Nerul resident Sapna Ramani-Sardana. The 33-year-old Sardana joined Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), Parel, as a senior resi-
Lesson from Delhi In May this year, when AIIMS, Delhi, refused maternity benefits to senior resident doctors who were pregnant, they approached Dr Debjyoti Karmakar, president, resident doctors association, AIIMS, and took their battle to Facebook. The authorities had to issue a letter saying all residents will get proper maternity leave.
dent in the departapplication was rejectment of hospital aded. I pleaded that othministration on Auhospitals offer the SPECIAL er gust 1, 2009. It was a same benefits to peothree-year post, subject to an- ple in my capacity. But the HR nual renewal. department, the Chief Admin“Soon after joining, I re- istrative Officer (CAO), and Dialised that I’d conceived and rector of TMH just wouldn’t applied for maternity leave in listen,” she says. “I got a letter March 2010, as my delivery from the CAO saying they was due in April 2010. But my won’t grant me maternity
leave, but I can take leave without pay.” Left with no option, Sardana went on leave for five months, from April 1 to August 31, which was shorter than the six months granted by law. After rejoining duty, she made representations citing her “legitimate and fundamental right.” When that failed to elicit a response, in Nov. 2010, she complained to the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), which funds TMH. She also met a joint secretary in the DAE, Revathy Iyer, in April 2011. A month later, she even took her case to assistant labour commissioner, RG Meena. TURN TO P4
and our profit is just 15%. If we receive the entire amount in white, we will have to put money out of our pocket to execute projects,” Baviskar said. Buyers, of course, are not impressed by the argument. “After being the biggest perpetrators of corruption, when builders are giving sound bytes against corruption, it not only sullies Anna’s cause, but also rubs salt in the wounds of home buyers,” said local resident Hitesh Shetty.
CAG blasts govt on AI In its report on Air India (AI), the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) blamed the ministry of civil aviation for the airline’s present financial mess. Instead of financing the order for 111 new aircraft for the carrier through debt, the ministry should have sought minimum equity infusion, the report said. CAG examined AI’s operations from 2005-2010, when Praful Patel was the civil aviation minister. P5 Pramod Thakur DNA
push toward Tripoli
Anna’s supporters on the ‘Jan Lokpal Express’ P3
HOME BUYERS HIT BY ‘BLACK COMPONENT’, P4
How safe is that liquid hand soap? Andrew Martin NEW YORK The makers of liquid hand soap say that it kills more germs than any other brand. But are they safe? That question has US regulators, consumer advocates and soap manufacturers locked in a battle over the active ingredient, a chemical known as triclosan. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing the safety of the chemical, which was created more than 40 years ago as a surgical scrub for hospitals. Triclosan is now in a range of consumer products, including soaps and toothpastes. It is so prevalent that a
Antibacterial hype In 2005, FDA said triclosanlaced soap was no better at preventing illness than other soap and water.
survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the chemical present in the urine of 75% of Americans over the age of 5. Studies have shown triclosan alters hormone regulation in laboratory animals or cause antibiotic resistance, and some consumer groups and members of Congress want it banned in antiseptic products like hand soap. —NYT