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‘Kali was always offered liquor’ An Indologist says alcohol use has been mentioned in the Niruttara Tantra, so criticism of us brewary needless pg6

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Meghalaya’s doubtful voters

The actor says upcoming projects taking up all his time, wants to focus on Bollywood pg16

Kadapa MP’s supporters protest against the move despite heavy police presence

PM to pay homage to last Mughal emperor

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will pay homage at the mausoleum in Myanmar of Bahadur Shah Zafar (1775-1862), India’s last Mughal emperor who died in Yangon after the British exiled him after the mutiny.

There is no need for Lokpal: Lalu Prasad

Patna: The Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad said that there was no need for a Lokpal in the country as a law to tackle corruption already existed. Talking to reporters here, Prasad said, ‘There is no need for a Lokpal in the country, a law to tackle corruption already exists.’

The real solution of Kashmir lies within the Constitution of India Mufti Mohammad Sayeed stressing the need to have better federal ethos

In today’s paper ..

city Daredevilry claims life 3 VAT rollback is just a lollipop: BJP 4 nation Modi is no goebbels, says bjp 6 edit Between reforms and populism 8 Browser wars heat up mobile space 9 international Syria denies Houla killings charge 11 business direct tax share likely at 12% of GDP 12 sports Poor finish costs India game 15

YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy leaves his residence for the CBI office on Sunday 

the Congress and the Telegu Desam Party (TDP). Security was also tightened in other districts. Policemen were out on the streets, while leaders and activists of the YSR Congress were also arrested at some places. The state road transport corporation stopped plying its buses in some districts as a precautionary measure. Jagan, as the Kadapa MP

Internet security agency warns of hacking attacks NEW DELHI: The web sites of reputed government and private organisations are under threat from hackers, the Computer Emergency Response Team-India (CERT-In) has said, warning users to be extra cautious while using the internet. 'It is observed that some hacker groups are launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on the web sites of government and private organisations in India. The attacks may be targeted to different web sites of reputed organisations,' CERT-In, the national nodal agency for responding to computer security incidents, said in an advisory on its web site. 'These attacks are being launched through popular DDoS tools and can consume bandwidth requiring appropriate proactive actions,' it said. The agency has asked users to deploy adequate security systems to deal with these attacks originating through DdoS. As a counter measure, it has also suggested that the users review traffic patterns to be safe.  IANS

CPI(M) Idukki district secretary M M Moni speaks at a rally 

the statement. ‘Is the government in Delhi sleeping. And, what is the Kerala government doing on the issue,’ Modi remarked. ‘This language is the same as that of terrorists, Maoists and Naxalites,’ he further said. Moni’s speech had sparked a raging political row in the country with the Con-

V K Singh’s parting shot: Sukna accused turned civilian PINAKI BHATTACHARYA

Modi says CPI(M) spoke like ‘terrorists, Maoists, Naxals’ AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi attacked the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Sunday, saying that the language used by them is similar to that of terrorists. He was reacting to a speech made by CPI(M)’s Idukki district secretary M M Moni, in which he stated that there had been cases of the party killing political rivals. When a leader of a political party says that we murder our political rivals, it is dangerous to our democracy. Where is NHRC? We should raise our voice against such acts. Our workers keep giving their lives in Kerala,’ Modi said, asking the National Human Rights Commission to take notice of

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CBI arrests Jagan HYDERABAD: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested the YSR Congress leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Sunday evening in a disproportionate assets case. The party leader J Prabhakar Rao broke the news to reporters outside the CBI camp office in the city. The member of Parliament and son of the former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Jagan was arrested after the CBI grilled him on the third consecutive day on Sunday. Anticipating violent protests by his supporters, the police went on high alert across the state. It stepped up security at the guest house where the CBI had set up base, Jagan’s residence and the YSR Congress office and at other important places in the state capital. After the arrest, Jagan said, ‘I will fight this battle legally in the courts and I am confident of a positive outcome.’ He said that he would ‘not bow down’ to the ‘political games’ being played by vested interests in



gress and the BJP saying that it exposed CPI(M)’s ‘politics of violence’. The CPI(M) pulled up the Kerala leader for claiming that his party had physically annihilated foes. The state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said the reported speech by the Idukki district secretary Moni was not right.  agencies

is popularly known, did not come out of the Dilkusha Guest House till 7 pm, triggering speculation that the investigating agency had taken him into custody. The arrest was confirmed when Jagan’s mother Vijayamma and other family members drove to the guest house to meet him. Jagan, one of the richest MPs in the country with


declared assets of Rs 356 crore, was arrested a day before he was scheduled to appear in the CBI court. The young leader and 71 others were booked by the CBI in August last year, after the Andhra Pradesh high court ordered a CBI probe, acting on the petitions filed by the Congress leader P Shankar Rao and some TDP members.  AGENCIES

NEW DELHI: The outgoing army chief Gen. V K Singh cashiered Avadesh Prakash, who served as the military secretary to the former army chief Deepak Kapoor, on the recommendation of the Eastern Command-based court martial. The court martial was instituted in 2010 against Lt Gen. Prakash when he emerged as the prime suspect in the now infamous Sukna land scam case. The cashiering by the incumbent army chief means that Prakash has been stripped of his rank and honours. Prakash will not be addressed by an army rank now, with the force making him a civilian. Prakash was charged with backing a private real estate developer Deepak Agarwal in an effort to acquire a piece of land just outside the Sukna military station near Siliguri in north Bengal. He had sought to influence the

A file photo of Avadesh Prakash 


process through the office of Lt Gen. P K Rath, the Corps commander based in Sukna. Rath was also convicted by a court martial. The case had erupted in the last days of the tenure of Gen. (retd) Kapoor. He protected Prakash by taking administrative action against him after a Court of Inquiry indicted him. But, Kapoor had to reverse his order after the defence minister A K Antony intervened. Gen. Singh was then commanding the Eastern Command and had recommended cashiering both Prakash and Rath.

PM’s rare visit accepts new reality of Myanmar

NAY PYI TAW: As Manmohan Singh arrived in Myanmar on Sunday for the first visit by an Indian prime minister in 25 years, it marked another milestone in this country’s steady march out of decades of diplomatic isolation and military rule, even as key questions remain about the sustainability of the political reform process. Ever since President Thein Sein, a former military general, now heading a nominally civilian government, assumed office in March last year, he has surprised cynics by initiating a slew of political and economic reforms seeking to end Myanmar’s interna-

tional pariah status. He freed more than 500 political prisoners, eased media censorship, restored workers’ right to strike and allowed the National League for Democracy, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, to take part in parliamentary by-elections in April this year. Singh is the latest in the galaxy of foreign leaders to travel to Myanmar since the political reforms were set in motion over the past one year. Among the other dignitaries who have visited Myanmar since early this year are the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the British prime minister David

Manmohan Singh arrives at Nay Pyi Taw Airport, Myanmar, on Sunday  PTI

Cameron, the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, the South Korean president Lee Myung-bak and the prime ministers of Malaysia and Bangladesh.

The rush of foreign leaders and the easing of Western economic sanctions is a vindication of India’s consistent stand of a balanced approach to Myanmar

defined by sustained engagement with the military junta and nudging it for political reforms and respecting Suu Kyi as a champion of democracy. Once an outspoken supporter of Suu Kyi, India began engaging Myanmar in mid-1990s on issues relating to its own security in insurgency-hit Northeastern states and energy requirement and as an apparent counter to China’s growing footprints in this country. Unfazed by Western criticism in the past for its engagement with Myanmar’s former military regime, India has argued that sanctions on Myanmar are counter-productive. PTI

Knights topple Kings, Kolkata comes on top Manvinder Bisla hits whirlwind 89 as rampaging KKR tame CSK to win maiden IPL title aritra mukhopadhyay

Chennai: Riders ruled on the day of the Knights as Chennai Super Kings bit the dust in a thrilling final of IPL 5 played in Chennai on Sunday. Home crowd’s loud support failed to shake the Knights who chased down a steep target with elan with two balls and five wickets to spare. After the defending champions posted an imposing 190, many thought the Riders will crumble under pressure. Yellow fever in the stands spread unchecked after Gautam Gambhir was castled in the first over. But last-moment inclusion Manvinder Bisla had other plans. Taking little time to get accustomed to the pace and bounce of the slow track, the Himachal lad unleashed a flurry of boundaries with Jaques Kallis playing the sheet anchor’s role to perfection. Bisla hit a whirlwing 89 (48b, 8x4, 5x6) as KKR added 136 runs for the second wicket to take the match away from CSK. A few quick wickets pushed the match into last over but Bengal-lad Manoj Tiwary held the nerve and struck successive boundaries off Dwayne Bravo as the stands erupted with joy with team co-owner Shah Rukh Khan leading from front. Earlier, Suresh Raina’s blitzkrieg and Mike Hussey’s priceless knock

helped the defending champions post a commendable 190 for three. Opting to bat, Hussey (54, 43b, 4x4, 2x6) along with Murali Vijay (42, 32b, 4x4, 1x6) set the platform with brisk opening partnership of 87 runs. Raina (73, 38b, 3x4, 5x6) then complemented the opening duo’s effort as he hit some of the biggest sixes in the tournament with a few of them flying out of the stadium. Brief scores: CSK: 190/3 in 20 overs (Raina 73, Hussey 54, Vijay 42, Shakib 1/25); KKR: 192/5 in 18.4 overs (Bisla 89, Kallis 69, Hilfenhaus 2/25)

(Top left) An ecstatic Shah Rukh Khan celebrates his team’s title triumph. (Top) Knight Riders’ Manvinder Bisla plays a shot in the final of IPL 5 in Chennai on Sunday PTI

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