The IndianEXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE www.indianexpress.com LATE CITY I PUNE I TUESDAY I JANUARY 3 I 2012 I 20+6 PAGES I Rs. 3.00 Daily from AHMEDABAD I CHANDIGARH I DELHI I JAMMU I KOLKATA I LUCKNOW I MUMBAI I NAGPUR I PUNE I VADODARA National Network Pawar wants 50% quota for women in LS, Assemblies PAGE 3 Edit & Op-ed PAGES 10, 11 KEEP POLICY FOCUS ON NEW INVESTORS by M.K. Venu PAGE 20 PAGE 13 CANCER RESEARCH ■ US BILL NOT END OF AID TO PAK, ONLY A BARGAIN LEVER TAKE FIVE PUNENewsline ● ANUJ BIDVE MURDER SEEMS MOTIVELESS, SAY UK COPS QUICK TAKES India diplomat ‘ill-treated’ in China, faints India protested to Zhang Yue of China mission NEW DELHI: India lodged a protest with China after Shanghai-based diplomat S Balachandran, who is diabetic, was sent to hospital after he fainted after being denied food and medicine during a lengthy court hearing involving a dispute between two Indian managers and Chinese staff of their company. NATIONAL NETWORK P2 No petrol hike this fortnight NEW DELHI: Petrol prices will not be raised this fortnight. Oil firms could not get political clearance for the over Rs 2 per litre increase in prices needed to achieve parity with the import cost, sources said. Poll campaign plan linked to Anna health PUNE: Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal said Monday the proposed campaign by Anna in five poll-bound states would depend on his health. NEWSLINE Imran party may tie up with Musharraf ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan’s Tehrik-e-Insaf party has indicated that it is open to an alliance with former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, saying a decision would be taken after considering circumstances. P12 New year starts with 63-point Sensex gain MUMBAI: The Sensex recovered from early losses to close 63 points up at 15,517.92 in the new year, with investors cautious despite the move to allow QFIs (qualified foreign investors) to directly buy equities. P16 Captain bats for Gen: Row hitting Army Test of technique for skipper Dhoni in Sydney today IN THE EXPRESS ● 82-YR-OLD HELD GUILTY OF RAPE AND MURDER OF MINOR ❚ FOG CASUALTY: 11 KIDS DIE ON WAY TO SCHOOL A AGGARWAL ARCHNA SHUKLA NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 BIRTH DATE ❚ Backs Army chief’s fight for ‘izzat’, attacks ex-chief Kapoor, blames Army politics MANU PUBBY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 T HE protracted stalemate between the government and Army chief General V K Singh over the latter’s age has acquired political dimensions, with the Congress state chief in pollbound Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, backing Singh’s fight for his “integrity” and saying he has the support of the vast majority of ex-servicemen. In a strong letter to Defence Minister A K Antony dated December 17, Amarinder Singh said the controversy had taken a toll on the Army’s morale. “We have over eight lac ex-servicemen in Punjab, where this issue remains an active topic, as it is, I am sure, amongst ex-servicemen in other states as well. Needless to say, General V K Singh continues to get support of the vast majority,” the letter said. Attacking former Army chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor, Amarinder said that politics played a large part in creating the controversy to benefit a few individuals. The discrepancy in Singh’s date of birth in Army records, the Congress leader said, “seems to be part of some Army HQ ELEVEN CHILDREN between the ages of 5 and 8, on way to school, were among 12 killed after an overloaded van carrying them collided with a truck in dense fog near Ambala on Monday morning. Most ex-servicemen back Gen Singh: Amarinder politics geared to placing individuals in position to be future chiefs”. The defence ministry and the Army refused to comment on the letter and its contents. The letter was sent days before the defence ministry rejected the Army chief’s representation on the matter, after taking legal advice from the attorney general. AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari, also a Congress leader from Punjab, has expressed concern over CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Market buzz over Mukesh ‘deal’ with Network 18 THE SCHOOL VAN was carrying students of a private school, 20 of whom were injured. The dead also included the driver of the van. District schools have now been told to start classes only by 10 am. PAGE 7 Lokpal reality check: UPA remains a minority in RS for quite a while Despite 65 vacancies soon, 23 of UPA retire, even gains in UP will not change equation D K SINGH NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 FOR all the bitterness over the Lokpal Bill, the Congress has to be reconciled to being in a minority in the Rajya Sabha for the rest of UPA II’s term and will need to reach out to the BJP for support to pass legislations. With 65 vacancies, including three in the nominated category, arising in the next three months, the composition of the Council of States is likely to change, but there is little for the UPA to cheer about as it may even NO MAJOR CHANGE UNTIL 2014 ■ 65 vacancies coming up, including 3 nominated ■ UPA has 95 members in all, of which 23 among those retiring CONGRESS’S BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Ends up past three-digit figures in UP and wins Uttarakhand too. However, this gives it just 3 more Rajya Sabha seats. CONGRESS’S WORST-CASE SCENARIO: Doesn’t do much better in UP , loses Uttarakhand. RS tally would fall by one. Could also lose Jharkhand seat. OTHER STATES: Cong will gain 1 seat from Bengal, but TMC tally will rise by 2. Will gain 1 in MP but lose 1 in Himachal. see a further decline in numbers unless it does extremely well in the ensuing Assembly elections, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Despite other vacancies coming up later, till the end of its term in 2014, the UPA will continue to be in a minority. Currently, the UPA has 95 MPs in the 243-member Rajya Sabha. Sixty-five members will retire by April 2 this year. Excluding the nominated category, elections are likely to be held for three seats from Delhi in January, one from Sikkim in February and 58 from 15 other states in March. Of these 62 seats, the UPA currently has 23, including 18 of the Congress, two of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and one each of the Trinamool Congress, Sikkim Democratic Front and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAGHAV Bahl-controlled Network18 Group is expected to announce a mega deal tomorrow on its efforts to raise funds to pare its debt and fund a merger with one of the country’s largest regional television networks, Hyderabad-based Eenadu TV. Strong buzz that Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries Ltd is Bahl’s ‘white knight’ in raising resources pushed his holding company Network18 Media and Investments Ltd’s (NMIL ’s) stock up 7 per cent in a more or less flat market today. NMIL debt stood at Rs ’s 1,430 crore as of September 2011. According to people familiar with the development, two Network18 companies, NMIL and TV18 Broadcast Ltd, would be involved in the deal. Eenadu, which has about a dozen regional channels and a news channel, is valued at beween Rs 2,500 crore and Rs 3,000 crore. NMIL and TV18 Broadcast together have a market capitalisation of Rs 1,600 crore. Bahl did not respond to calls and messages. I Venkat, director on the Eenadu board, said he was unaware of the development. A Reliance Industries spokesperson did not take calls. Network18 has news channels CNBC-TV18, CNBC Awaaz, CNN-IBN and IBN7, and owns 50 per cent stake in Viacom18 that runs Hindi general entertainment channel Colors and children’s channel Nickelodeon. The group also has interests in film production and distribution through Viacom18 Motion Pictures. Meant for ‘distressed’, Orissa plot quota MP law: 7 yrs in jail for eating beef, cops can raid on mere suspicion goes to babus, judges, journalists Row led to CM scrapping discretionary land or house allotments last month Business as Usual DEBABRATA MOHANTY By UNNY BHUBANESWAR, JAN 2 FINALLY it was two houses allotted under the discretionary quota of one minister to the family of another that led Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik last month to scrap the system of patronage that began in 1985. However, as Assembly records show, among those to have benefited over the past 26 years from the quota — meant to help persons “in distress” — have been senior officers, high court judges, politicians as well as more than 30 senior journalists. Between 1985 and 2009, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) gave away plots and core houses to 832 beneficiaries under the discretionary quota available with the urban development minister. The government revealed this in a query over the quota in the Orissa Assembly on December 9. This followed a TV channel report about Orissa Law Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh getting a 2,400 sq ft duplex house under the discretionary quota in 2009 when TOMORROW: AMONG BENEFICIARIES, SEVERAL SITTING JUDGES Badri Narayan Patra was the urban development minister. Two years earlier, his wife Jayalaxmi Arukh had secured a similar house under a separate BDA scheme and a separate urban development minister (K V Singh Deo), but the same quota. The TV report revealed that Arukh applied for the second house claiming he did not have any land or house in Bhubaneswar through an affidavit. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, JANUARY 2 COW slaughter is now a serious offence and could invite a jail term of up to seven years in Madhya Pradesh. Consuming, keeping or transporting beef of any cow progeny will invite the same punishment. A police official not below the rank of a head constable — or any person authorised by a competent authority — has the power to enter, inspect and search any premises “where he has reason to believe that an offence (under this Act) has been, is being or is likely to be committed and take necessary action’’. These stringent provisions will be notified after the Madhya Pradesh GauVansh Vadh Pratishedh (Sanshodhan) Bill, 2010 received the President’s assent on December 22. Citing public interest and communal harmony, the BJP government argued that existing legislation provided for only a three-year jail term for cow slaughter and had several flaws. The state govern- ment amended it in July 2010 and sent it to the President. The new provisions will enable authorities to punish transporters, their employees and drivers with jail terms from six months to three years. The Centre felt that raiding premises merely on the assumption that an offence is “likely” could be misused and recommended that such power be limited to cases when an offence had taken place or was taking place. The amended legislation has disregarded the recommendation. ‘Footballer John Terry’ in cigarette pack warning ignites controversy 1 PAGE ANCHOR England skipper’s managers set for legal action; DAVP ministry , pass buck on image ABANTIKA GHOSH & RAAKESH NATRAJ NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2 T HE managers of England and Chelsea skipper John Terry are set to initiate legal action after what appears to be a slightly blurred image of the footballer’s face has appeared as part of anti-smoking pictorial warnings created by the Directorate of Visual Publicity (DAVP) for use on cigarette packets in India. The anti-smoking warning created by DAVP and approved by the health ministry was released last year. After studying the image, which has a strong likeness to Terry, Keith Cousins of Elite Management, the footballer’s managers, said: “We have reviewed this matter with our client and have today instructed solicitors to take appropriate action.” DAVP additional directorgeneral K S Dhatwalia said it was “not clear” how the image The warning & (right) Terry made it to the pictorial warning. “We sent the creative to the health ministry and they then cleared and circulated it. But how Terry’s picture got to be used is not clear. I am trying to find out,” Dhatwalia said. But a senior official of the health ministry said it is DAVP which was responsible for images used in the pictorial health warning. The official added that when the strong resemblance between Terry and the image in the warning was brought to the ministry’s notice, it had issued a clarification saying it had “nothing to do with John Terry”. “We realised there was some confusion about one of the warnings and we immediately issued a clarification in November. The creative came to us from DAVP and we released it after due clearances. We are not responsible for pictures that may have been used by DAVP and cannot say whether it is the footballer,” said the official. ITC, the makers of the brand whose pack is among the many that features ‘Terry’ now, said in a statement that the “pictorial representation is as per packag- ing and labelling rules prescribed by the Government of India... dated May 27, 2011. The entire tobacco industry has to follow the same based on the CD that has been provided by the Government of India”. “In line with the government directive, these revised pictorial representations have been adopted by ITC for packs manufactured on or after December 1, 2011,” said Nazeeb Arif, vicepresident, corporate communications, ITC Limited.
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