The IndianEXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE www.expressindia.com LATE CITY I PUNE I TUESDAY I JANUARY 31 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 Edit & Op-ed PAGES 10, 11 International ISI chief STARS AND Pasha will THEIR SUNSET WALK TALK the N SRINIVASAN by Harsha Bhogle President BCCI in conversation with SHEKHAR GUPTA ■ MULAYAM’S SOP PROMISE FOR RAPE VICTIMS IS INEXCUSABLE PAGE 19 PUNENewsline ● ASPIRANTS FILE PAPERS WITHOUT PARTY NOD ● MY WIFE HAS NO CRIMINAL RECORD, SAYS GAJANAN MARNE Mallya wants state govts to buy seats on each flight SMITA AGGARWAL NEW DELHI, JANUARY 30 BANGALORE: Ex-ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair demanded that the order barring him and three scientists from government jobs be revoked and those responsible tender an apology. He said he had written to the PM. P 5 Won’t cut oil imports from Iran, says govt CHICAGO: India won’t scale down oil imports from Iran despite sanctions, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said. P 15 Naxals allege bosses got them sterilised RAIPUR: Four Naxals who surrendered in Kanker said their Andhra-based leaders had forced them to undergo vasectomy so they were not tied down by families. P 2 Business as Usual By UNNY ■ Rs 12.13 cr cash ■ 32,758 lt illicit liquor ■ 7.18 lakh bottles IMFL ■ 37.54 kg heroin ■ 99.9 kg opium ■ 3.79 kg brown sugar ■ 88,000+ capsules ■ 9 lakh+ tablets ■ 18.3 kg drug powder ■ 23.43 kg lahan (country liquor ingredient) ■ 2,696 kg doda-chura (extract from opium plant, poppy husk) 70 % (64% in assembly ‘07, 54% in LS ’09) SEIZED ■ Rs 1.36 cr cash ■ 16,241 litres of illicit liquor FULL COVERAGE PAGES 8, 9 SEIZED (75% in assembly 2007, 70% in LS 2009) Revoke ban and apologise: Nair KAMLESHWAR SINGH UTTARAKHAND PUNJAB ■ ■ UTTARAKHAND PUNJAB ■ MANIPUR GOA ■ UTTAR PRADESH DECIS ON 2012 Queueing up to vote in Dera Bassi on Monday. QUICK TAKES Court acquits four in Adnan murder case EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JANUARY 30 MORE than four years after teenager Adnan Patrawala was killed, a Sessions court on Monday acquitted four of the five accused of all charges. The fifth arrested, a minor at the time, is being tried by the Juvenile Justice Board. Rejecting the prosecution theory, the court observed that the chain of events narrated by the prosecution did not attract enough credibility and could not be relied upon. “With the chain of circumstances not being proven in Patrawala was found murdered in 2007 court, the case has gone in favour of the defence,” said defence counsel Ashish Chavan. IT professional Sujit Nair, student and musician Ayush Bhat, a businessman’s son Rajiv Dhariya and autorikshaw driver Amit Kaushal were the four adults accused in the case. They had been booked under Indian Penal Code sections for murder, extortion, conspiracy and destruction of evidence. The Juvenile Justice Board is expected to refer to the judgment and it is likely to have an impact on the case of the juvenile accused. According to the prosecution, 16-year-old Adnan, from an affluent family, had met them and befriended them at a gaming CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Andhra principal secy held over Emaar land scam SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, JANUARY 30 THE CBI today arrested Andhra Pradesh principal secretary (Home) B P Acharya over alleged irregularities in a luxury township being developed jointly by Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) and real estate giant Emaar MGF. Acharya was vice-chairman and managing director of APIIC when the deal was struck. The project did not take off and subsequenly, Emaar transferred the 258 acres allotted to it to its subsidiary, and diluted APIIC’s equity from 49 per cent to 26 per cent without informing it, allegedly causing loss in share of profits to the state corporation, and an estimated loss of Rs 4,130 crore to the exchequer. The CBI is investigating the alleged irregularities in the land transfer by Emaar, dilution of stake of APIIC, and the alleged faking of accounts and sale of plots, bungalows and flats after land rates were undervalued for government records but later sold at market rates at Manikonda. Several politicians, Telugu filmstars and industrialists bought properties in the Emaar township. CHARGED WITH CHEATING, CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, P 2 Shah Rukh ‘punches’ Farah husband at Sanjay Dutt party EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JANUARY 30 S UPERSTAR Shah Rukh Khan and his three bodyguards allegedly assaulted filmmaker Shirish Kunder at a Bollywood party in Mumbai early on Monday morning. Kunder tweeted in the evening that he had “no intention of filing a FIR or police complaint”. But his directorchoreographer wife Farah Khan, an old friend of Shah Rukh’s who has now fallen out with the star, said the attack on her husband was the “last straw”, and the chances of a patch-up were now “over”. The incident happened at the Aurus nightclub in Juhu, where actor Sanjay Dutt and his wife Manyata were hosting a party to celebrate the success of Agneepath. Shah Rukh, who according to sources present at the party appeared to have been drinking, entered around 3 am, and was heard telling some people what a wonderful 2011 he had had. At which Kunder apparently passed snide remarks about the failure of Ra.One, provoking SRK, who punched him. “I’m shocked at what happened. 1 PAGE ANCHOR SRK with host Dutt after the alleged brawl. PAGE 20 Halappa to quit international hockey not get an extension PUNJAB, UTTARAKHAND VOTE 77% Sport PAGE 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HIS airline in crisis, Kingfisher Airlines’ promoter Vijay Mallya has demanded that state governments “underwrite seats” or, in other words, buy a certain number of seats in every flight of Air India and other private airlines. Mallya made this suggestion at the first meeting of a government committee to formulate the civil aviation policy. The committee met on December 26 under Civil Aviation secretary Nasim Zaidi. “He (Mallya) stated that the state governments be asked to consider seat underwriting as the states were ultimate beneficiaries of the connectivity,” said the minutes of the meeting. In 2011, Kingfisher had a passenger load factor of 74.5-88.4 per cent. This means about 20 per cent empty seats per month. While seeking government support for “private airlines in distress”, Mallya, chairman of the CII national committee on civil aviation, said the practice is common in developed countries. Kingfisher has accumulated losses of over Rs 4,200 crore. It lost its number two position in the domestic market to five-year old budget carrier, IndiGo, in 2011. Mallya has also asked for a revision of guidelines under which all airlines have to earmark a share of their seats for services to the North-East and Jammu and Kashmir. IIT JEE set to go, 40% weightage for Class 12 ADMISSION ❚ SAT-style online test for all central tech schools, final nod on Feb 18 ANUBHUTI VISHNOI NEW DELHI, JANUARY 30 A COMMON aptitude-cumadvanced knowledge test will replace the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) in 2013. Test scores will have 60 per cent weight in deciding admissions; school board marks will have 40 per cent. Test and board scores will determine admissions to all centrally funded engineering institutions. The common entrance exam, planned as a SAT-type test, is likely to be held online from 2014, and could be given twice a year, highly placed sources said. The paper test is likely to stay on until the online system stabilizes. The NIT council has approved the new format. All the IITs have agreed too, and are likely to give their formal approval at a meeting of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) on February 18. The human resource development (HRD) ministry has formed a committee of IIT directors and CBSE officials to work out the modalities before the meeting. The ministry has been working on a common entrance format for over a year, with the aim of reducing the stress of taking multiple tests for students just out of Class 12, checking the coaching business which promotes learning by rote, and reinforcing the importance of school education. HRD Minister Kapil Sibal plans to take the proposal to the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) to help build acceptability and consensus for the common entrance test among state governments. “The common entrance exam will have two elements — simple aptitude testing to assess scholastic levels, and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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