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NEWS briefs Court notices on AI pilot salaries NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Centre and the Air India management to respond to a plea of striking pilots that their salaries and other pecuniary benefits have not been paid. The court was hearing a petition filed by Capt. Sumeer Saini and his fellow pilots seeking payment of their back wages and other perquisites.

Sensex up mere 18 in cautious market MUMBAI: The Sensex ended with a mere 18point gain at 16,880.51 as investors were cautious ahead of May inflation data on Thursday that will play a decisive role in RBI’s thinking on slashing interest rates. P10

Jharkhand MLAs’ premises raided RANCHI: The CBI on Wednesday raided premises of an industrialist, two MLAs and the relatives of three other legislators as part of investigations into the horse trading allegations that led to scrapping of the March 30 Rajya Sabha elections in Jharkhand.

Anxious time for Indigo passengers JAMMU: A Srinagarbound IndiGo plane from Delhi, with 150 passengers and six crew members, developed a problem in one of its engines while landing at Jammu airport on Wednesday, giving anxious moments to all those on board.

IIT faculty body to call on PM


Mega food park in Rayagada put P3 on track

Chief Secy to review dispute over parimanik fees: P4 Naveen

PBD BUREAU/PTI NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 HE presidential race took a dramatic twist today with the Congress declaring Pranab Mukherjee as their preferred choice but two key allies, TMC and SP, came out with a surprise response by suggesting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s name. Congress president Sonia Gandhi informed TMC leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that her party’s first choice for Rashtrapati Bhawan was the Union Finance Minister. When Mamata pressed for a second Congress choice Gandhi mentioned Vice President Hamid Ansari’s name. It was the West Bengal leader, in the capital at the invitation of Gandhi, who disclosed the Congress choices to the media, ending weeks of guessing game. A bigger surprise came immediately thereafter when Mamata and SP


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leader Mulayam Singh Yadav disclosed the names of Singh, former President APJ Abdul Kalam and former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee as their preferred candidates. Anyone of them would be acceptable to them if there was a consensus. This dramatic turn of events left the Presidential race wide open and put the Congress in a dilemma. The party needs the support of both TMC and SP to ensure that its candidate wins. Other allies such as DMK, NCP, RLD and NC, have already indicated their support for Pranab Mukherjee. By proposing the Prime Minister’s name, Mamata and Mulayam may have caused embarrassment to the Congress and by implication to him also as some political observers interpret this move as a loss of confidence in him. These sudden twists and turns created a flutter among political parties which were trying to make out what the implications are for the Presidential poll and beyond on the political

Mamata & SP add three new names to list

Mamata-Mulayam strategy on Prez poll flummoxes Congress NEW DELHI: The Mamata-Mulayam announcement rejecting Pranab Mukherjee as presidential candidate came as a surprise for Congress this evening. Virtually the worst fears of Congress managers came true after the surprise statement of the TMC and SP coming out with three more names from their side including that of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the presidential race. Leaders in UPA, apparently unaware of the Mamata-Mulayam strategy, termed as “immature” the TMC supremo’s revealing the names of Pranab Mukherjee and Hamid Ansari as it has

Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hasan no more, but his voice lives on PBD BUREAU/PTI KARACHI, JUNE 13 MEHDI Hassan, the Indiaborn ‘Emperor of Ghazals’ who captivated millions of fans in the subcontinent with hits like ‘patta, patta, boota boota’ and ‘ab ke hum bichhade’ in a five-decadelong musical journey, died today in a hospital here of multiple organ failure. The 84-year-old legendary singer, who was admitted to the intensive care unit of Agha Khan Hospital some days ago, “passed away at 12:22 pm after a long battle against different ailments,” his son Arif Hassan said. “My father had been ill for the past 12 years and had multiple lung, chest and urinary tract ailments,” Arif said.

KENDRAPARA: The plight of elderly people in several villages of coastal Kendrapada district, where migration of people in search of employment has become a permanent feature, is slowly emerging as a serious social problem which is spreading fast. P4

Hundreds of fans gathered at the hospital on learning of the death of Hassan, the voice behind evergreen numbers like ‘aaye kuchh abr kuchh sharaab aaye’; ‘dil-e-nadan tujhe hua kya hai’ and ‘dil ki baat labon par laakar’. Hassan, who would have turned 85 on July 18, cut back on his performances in the late 1980s due to illness and had been in and out of hospital over the past three years. The music maestro, who married twice, is survived by 14 children – nine sons and five daughters. His wives predeceased him. News of his death triggered an outpouring of grief in both Pakistan and India as the singer had millions of fans on both sides of the border. Related reports on P2

Govt fails to get stay on minority quota THE Government today failed to get the nod for implementation of its controversial 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities from the Supreme Court which asked whether the decision can be made on the basis of religion. For the second time in three days, the apex court refused to stay the Andhra Pradesh High



Pranab Cong’s first choice & Ansari second

Migration takes a toll on the elderly




Raisina race gets muddied

NEW DELHI: Leaders of the All India IIT Faculty Federation (AIIITFF), who are on the warpath over the Centre’s ‘one-nation one-test’ proposal for admission in IITs and other centrally-funded engineering institutes, will meet the Prime Minister on Friday.



Court order quashing the 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities carved out of the 27 per cent OBC quota in central educational institutions. The order will have a direct implication on prestigious educational institutions like IITs which can go ahead with admissions ignoring the sub-quota provision under which 325 candidates from minorities

were shortlisted for counselling. “We are not inclined to grant stay,” a bench comprising justices KS Radhakrishnan and JS Khehar said while questioning the calculation for carving out the sub-quota within the 27 percent OBC quota. “You are carving out 4.5 per cent sub-quota. Will it not affect other OBCs?” the bench asked referring to the data pro-

vided by the Government about the ongoing counselling for IITs. It said the effect would “not be marginal”. Before issuing notices to the petitioners on whose PIL the high court had quashed the subquota for minorities, the bench was of the view that the scheme of 4.5 per cent reservation was neither supported by Constitutional provisions nor by statutory provisions.

come in the midst of consultations in the ruling alliance. Congress managers were immediately in a damage control mode contacting the allies and telling them officially about the preferred choices of Congress president Sonia Gandhi who was authorised by the Congress Working Committee to decide the party’s nominee for President. There was no immediate reaction on record from Congress to the move by TMC and SP. A section of Congress leaders however, expressed confidence that the issue will be resolved as consultations proceed. – PTI

alignments. NCP leader Sharad Pawar reacted to the TMC-SP move saying all the parties in the UPA would have to sit and consider the situation and evolve a consensus on the presidential candidate. Earlier, Mamata met Gandhi for about 30 minutes and discussed the presidential candidate. “We had detailed discussions.... Soniaji told me that she had held meetings with two-four allies and her first choice (for Presidentship) is Pranab Mukherjee and second choice is Hamid Ansari,” Banerjee told reporters. The West Bengal Chief Minister said she told Gandhi that “at the moment, I cannot say anything. We need to discuss with Mulayam Singh and my own party. Then only we can say something.” Banerjee later met Yadav for the second time since last evening. After their meeting, Yadav announced the three names and Mamata said since the President was a high Constitutional

Naveen backs Baba but with rider

Ramdev embracing Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar – PBD photo

PBD BUREAU BHUBANESWAR, JUNE 13 CHIEF Minister Naveen Patnaik today extended his support to yoga guru Ramdev's campaign against black money and said the movement should be pursued peacefully in Gandhian style. "We will support your movement on black money and against corruption, if it is done peacefully and in Gandhian style," said the Chief Minister at a joint press meet after an hour-long discussion with the yoga guru. Ramdev met Naveen Patnaik at his residence here for over an hour to seek his support on bringing back Indian black money stashed away abroad. Praising Patnaik for fighting against corruption, Ramdev said Odisha was the first state to set up three special courts to fight corruption. "While other states are talking about it, Naveen ji has already done it," he said. He wanted an assurance from

the Chief Minister in the presence of media about his support. Patnaik on his part said he was happy over launching of such a campaign by the yoga guru. Taking up the issue of black money with the Chief Minister, the yoga guru said the support from people and political leaders will help to pressurise the Union Government to bring back the stashed black money to the country. "The country would gain economic independence if black money to the tune of Rs four lakh crore stashed away abroad was retrieved and brought back," Ramdev told press persons at Naveen Nivas. Praising the State Government for taking steps against corruption, he said Biju Patnaik had taken many steps for the tribals in the State and Naveen Patnaik following the path to fight against the corruption. Taking a dig at the UPA Government for stalling the Continued on P6

post a person, who occupies the high post, should be able to work with honesty and should know Constitution. Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her demand for a three-year moratorium on payment of interest on central loans was not linked to her party’s support to the UPA nominee in the presidential polls. “No, no, no. Support (to UPA in presidential polls) is not linked to financial package to the state. Both are two different things,” she told reporters before meeting UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to discuss the ruling alliance’s candidate in the July 19 Presidential elections. Banerjee dismissed reports that West Bengal was seeking a financial package in return for Trinamool Congress’ support to the UPA nominee in the presidential polls. “Whenever I come to Delhi, these kind of rumours and gossips are planted by some quarters.

CII suggestions to boost economy NEW DELHI: To bring economic growth back on track, industry body CII has suggested a slew of measures, including faster implementation of infrastructure projects and releasing payments of Rs 1,00,000 crore, that are stuck in the public system, to private companies. The suggestions were made by a CII delegation that met C Rangarajan, Chairman of Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, and Pulok Chatterji, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister yesterday, CII said in a statement. The meeting, held in the backdrop of country's GDP growth plunging to a nine-year low of 6.5 per cent in the last fiscal, was centered around core issues that are hurting the key infrastructure sectors fertiliser, coal, power and construction and debt restructuring the companies. P9

Nityananda held, to seek bail today BANGALORE: Absconding controversial self-styled godman Nityananda was on Wednesday arrested when he came to present himself before a court at Ramanagar, about 40 km from here, in connection with an assault case against him that has landed him in fresh trouble. Nityananda appeared before the judicial magistrate court and filed a bail application. "Since no order on his custody or bail was passed by the court, the Ramanagara police arrested Nityananda," Ramanagara SP Anupam Aggarwal said. His bail petition will be heard tomorrow, he said.


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