TheIndianEXPRESS LATE CITY CHANDIGARH, WEDNESDAY JULY 3, 2013 18+6 (NEWSLINE) + 4 (CLASSIFIED) PAGES Rs. 3.00 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD I CHANDIGARH I DELHI I KOLKATA I LUCKNOW I MUMBAI I NAGPUR I PUNE I VADODARA NATIONAL NETWORK Edit & Op-ed India turns down Snowden’s request for asylum (P7) twitter.com/IndianExpress IndianExpress.com THE DOHA PORTENT INTERNATIONAL PAGES 10, 11 ■ NEW PLAYERS IN THE BANKING SECTOR ARE WELCOME. NOW, RAMP UP THE SUPERVISORY CAPACITY IndianExpress.com/Apps PAGE 16 Sport Day after upsetting Serena, Lisicki beats Kanepi to enter semifinals Australia’s first Muslim minister faces racial abuse for taking oath on Quran (P12) by Bruce Riedel facebook.com/IndianExpress ChandigarhNewsline ● UT ADMINISTRATION BANS INSTALLATION OF FOUNTAINS ● REALTOR DEATH: TWO TO UNDERGO NARCO-ANALYSIS TEST Jharkhand SP four other policemen , killed in Maoist attack; 4 injured Rajiv Sharma. While three were the SP’s security guards, one was his driver. “It looks like the Maoists went after SUPERINTENDENT of Po- a soft target. They have suffered malice and four other policemen jor losses in the past few months. We were killed in an ambush by have a massive operation on in LateMaoists in Kathikund forest area of har and have made significant progress Dumka district on Tuesday afternoon. in Gumla,” said DGP Rajeev Kumar. According to reports, PTI “The spot where the inPakur SP Amarjit Balihar, cident took place is about 45, was returning from a 55 kilometres from Dumka meeting with DIG Priya town... The terrain is so Dubey in Dumka when his bad, it took almost two vehicle was attacked by hours for the first police Maoists between 2.30 and 3 team to reach the spot,” pm. Preliminary reports insaid DIG (Personnel) dicated that Maoists began Shambhu Thakur. firing on the convoy from Balihar, a tribal, was a higher ground. There were promotee IPS officer. He AMARJIT BALIHAR no reports of any blasts. was earlier a commandant Four policemen are reported to have with the Jharkhand Armed Police-II, suffered serious injuries. before then chief minister Shibu Soren The others who were killed have picked him as his security officer in been identified as Ashok Srivastav, 2009-2010. He took charge of Pakur Manoj Hembrom, Chandan Thapa and district on May 17 this year. Cong-JMM set to form govt with Hemant Soren as CM DEEPU SEBASTIAN EDMOND RANCHI, JULY 2 BECAUSE YOU care THE INDIAN EXPRESS CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE The flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand have devastated entire towns and villages, destroyed roads, bridges and communication links, and severely damaged the Kedarnath shrine. The number of dead is uncertain, and it may be months before the full magnitude of the tragedy becomes clear. To help the people in the disaster zone pick up the pieces, The Indian Express has set up a Relief Fund. 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P 2 Business as Usual By UNNY A Hemant Soren (far right) at JMM-Cong meeting in Ranchi, Tuesday EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, RANCHI, JULY 2 NEARLY six months after President’s Rule was imposed in Jharkhand, the state is set to get a new government. After weeks of deliberations, the Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) reached an agreement on Tuesday and decided to stake claim to form a government led by Shibu Soren’s son, Hemant Soren. According to the agreement, Hemant Soren will become the chief minister and the Congress will join the government. Sources said the government was unlikely to have a deputy chief minister. The Congress leadership, which was initially reluctant to align with the MoEF exempts brick earth mining from green clearance HEAVY RAINFALL LIKELY THE MET department has predicted heavy rainfall in the region in the next 72 hours. The district administrations have been alerted. OVER 1 LAKH RESCUED A STATE government release said over 1 lakh people have been evacuated so far. NEW DELHI, JULY 2 » ANDHRA YOUTH TRIES TO EXTORT MONEY FROM KIN OF MISSING FAMILY » GREEN TRIBUNAL ISSUES NOTICES TO MoEF, STATE GOVT A mule stranded in the Mandakini river. TASHI TOBGYAL Trickling tragedy: Body on a boulder, mule trapped among rocks PRITHA CHATTERJEE SONPRAYAG, SITAPUR, JULY 2 THE naked body of a young man is wrapped around a boulder. The Mandakini river that brought him down from somewhere in the Kedar valley gushes by his side, now deceptively calm. About 300 metres away, a mule that was also carried by the river is stuck between savage rocks, still miraculously alive. Sonprayag town, which was bustling with tourists and business until two weeks back, now has a few damaged hotels, battered shops, smashed cars stuck in the debris, and a few other relics from its past — a four-poster bed gnashed against the rocks, a green suitcase lying half open, wash basins, shoes and lots of slippers. A few people come here every two or three days, trekking down through the savage rocks from Gaurikund, to see the state of their lost or damaged property. The road that once connected the two towns is now totally destroyed and rocks continue to fall on the path. The few people who came on Tuesday stand wearily at the edge of the road, looking down at the body of the man. “He looks like a young man, his body is still firm after all these days. There were a lot of others, they came down in a decomposed state, and the dogs made it worse,” said Pramod Pawar, a young man from the village. Whenever a body is sighted, the stench follows. Relief workers have been distributing masks with the rice, dal and lanterns. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Now produce oil from paddy stubble IIT Ropar and Aston university unveil new technology that may come as boon for farmers CHITLEEN K SETHI ROPAR, JULY 2 I N what is expected to put an end to open field burning of tonnes of paddy and wheat stubble across Punjab, IIT Ropar and Aston University, UK have come up with an offer the state’s farmer cannot ignore. A new renewable energy technology that uses the stubble as raw material and produces “bio-oil”, “bio gas” and “bio-char”. All these are combustible and can be put to use by the farmer at his farm or sold commercially. The technology, painstakingly downscaled from an industrial size set up at the European Bio-energy Research Institute at Aston University into truck sized portable units, was unveiled at village Khuaspura near Ropar today. The first unit housed in a container in the village has taken over two years to be perfected by a team of scientists led by Sudhakar Sagi from Aston University in collaboration with the department of mechanical engineering, IIT Ropar. 1 PAGE ANCHOR JASBIR MALHI The unit is housed in a container unit that can be transported by a tractor This “Pyroformer” uses intermediate pyrolysis technology to convert pallets of the paddy and wheat leftovers into bio-oil. The oil is then blended with regular diesel and out comes an oil product which can be used in generator sets and lister engines. The oil being extracted from paddy stubble at the Khuaspura unit is being used to run a generator which is lighting up a whole school in a nearby village. The other by product is bio-char — a form of coal which can be used both as a fuel in small domestic stoves or as fertiliser. The bio gas produced can be used to produce electricity or burnt for light and heat. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HC awards Rs 60 lakh to four-year-old He lost both arms, one leg after electrocution, Haryana govt told to help find artificial limbs RAGHAV OHRI CHANDIGARH, JULY 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UTTARAKHAND FLOODS ANUBHUTI VISHNOI IN A MOVE that is expected to help ease the supply of brick earth and ordinary earth, the environment ministry (MoEF) has relaxed its stringent 2012 norms on mining of minor minerals by exempting these two from the mandatory environmental clearance. The MoEF has said “the activities of borrowing/excavation of brick earth and ordinary earth, up to an area less than 5 hectares may be categorised under B2 category” — a category that does not require prior environmental clearance under the Environment Impact Assessment notification of 2006. The decision follows the recommendation of an expert committee headed by the director of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute. In February 2012, the Supreme Court had imposed a blanket ban on mining minor minerals without the mandatory environmental clearance. Used extensively in construction, brick earth has become expensive and scarce due to the tough clearances. The Punjab and Haryana governments had strongly taken up the issue with the Centre saying the rules were forcing thousands of mining quarries to close and raising construction costs. The MoEF had also received representations from brick manufacturers and road developers. “In a nutshell, the arguments being put forth are that while digging of brick earth for brickmaking and ordinary earth for road-making do not have serious environmental implications, the provisioning for environmental clearance for such operations is impeding these development activities because of practical problems in obtaining clearance,” the MoEF said. PTI » FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 6 IN a first of its kind judgment, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has come to the rescue of a four-year-old boy rendered invalid after he was electrocuted two years back. Besides awarding Rs 60 lakh as compensation, the High Court has directed the Haryana government to consult top notch medical institutions in the country for fitting him with artificial limbs, the cost for which will be borne by the state. Justice Rajiv Narain Raina has requested medical institutions to offer “expert” medical assistance “free of cost”. The court has also directed that arrangements be made to ensure there are caretakers, in addition to parents, to look after the child. It is arguably the maximum compensation ever awarded to a victim of electrocution by the High Court. Justice Raina also appended the heart rending photographs of the boy, Raman, along with the judgment. Raman had to undergo triple amputation after he came into contact with a naked 11 KV transmission line passing over his house in Panipat. Both his upper arms and left leg were amputated. The mishap took place on November 3, 2011. The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited washed its hands off the case by taking the plea that the insulator was illegally installed by Raman’s father. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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