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PGS 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 twitter.com/IndianExpress facebook.com/IndianExpress HURRIYAT MODERATES KEEN TO WORK WITH NEW GOVT IndianExpress.com/Apps MUSLIMS AND YADAVS AIM TO STALL PASWAN BID TO RISE AGAIN KANGRA BRUSHES ASIDE TALL CLAIMS, SEEK BASIC AMENITIES SHANTA QUESTIONS VIRBHADRA ON DEVELOPMENT ChandigarhNewsline ● PANEL MOOTS CONVERSION OF INDUSTRIAL PLOTS FROM LEASEHOLD INTO FREEHOLD ● 3 MEN LOOT Rs 2 LAKH AT GUNPOINT Modi takes battle to Gandhi den Modi insulted my father, every booth in Amethi will reply: Priyanka AMETHI ❚ Targets Rajiv, Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka; says they failed constituency MAULSHREE SETH AMETHI, APRIL 5 T HE BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi took his Lok Sabha election campaign to the home turf of the Nehru-Gandhi family in Amethi Monday, attacking Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka and promising voters success where he said they had failed — turn Amethi into a model of development. Responding to the barbs thrown at him by Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka in recent days during campaigning, Modi said that ensuring the victory of BJP candidate Smriti Irani — who he said was like his younger sister — was now a “question of his respect”. Countering Priyanka’s remark that Modi does not understand the dignity of the post of prime minister and Rahul’s allegation that he indulges in the politics of anger, Modi cited examples of what he said were instances of the Gandhi family members, Rajiv onwards, engaging in the politics of anger and how Rahul had belittled Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by terming an ordinance cleared by the cabinet as “nonsense”. “When the prime minister was out of the country, he tears apart a cabinet decision in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 5 VISHAL SRIVASTAV Narendra Modi at an election rally in Faizabad on Monday. Invokes Ram in Ayodhya, BJP nominee gets EC notice LALMANI VERMA AYODHYA (FAIZABAD), MAY 5 WITH portraits of Lord Ram and a Ram temple providing the backdrop, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi repeatedly invoked the Hindu deity while addressing his first poll rally in Ayodhya on Monday. PTI Business as Usual By UNNY Hours after the rally, the Election Commission (EC) sought a report from the district authorities. By late evening, the EC had issued a notice to the BJP’s Faizabad candidate, Lallu Singh, for displaying the religious portraits. “Influencing voters of a particular caste or community CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Prasar autonomy a Goa Police get ‘polio child’, says De Niro’s reply in its CEO Sircar Tehelka case RAVI KANOJIA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE SMITA NAIR NEW DELHI, MAY 5 MUMBAI, MAY 5 PRASAR Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar on Monday launched an extraordinary attack on the way his organisation is run, and said it was possible he would not have accepted the job had he known more about it. Sircar, who has been forced to explain the editing of a Doordarshan interview with Narendra Modi from which bits about Priyanka Vadra and Sonia Gandhi’s close aide Ahmed Patel were left out, compared the “issue of autonomy” of Prasar to a child stricken by polio. He said the government did not “interfere” with the running of the public broadcaster, but cast a “shadow” over its F IVE months after he was JAWHAR SIRCAR functioning, which was “enough”. “Frankly, if I knew half of it, I would not have taken up the job,” Sircar said at the Idea Exchange at The Indian Express when asked how much he knew of what he would have to face when he started out at Prasar Bharati. “If I knew that 25-30 years there would be no promotions (for Doordarshan staff) and I had to look at these faces, if I knew there would be no recruitment for 20 years... Every station (that) I go to, the first CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 contacted by the Goa Police, Hollywood actor Robert De Niro has confirmed the role and presence of the Tehelka journalist who has accused the magazine’s founder editor of rape at Think Fest, the magazine’s annual media event in November 2013. An email response routed through the office of the actor’s attorneys Harvey & Hackett, New York, to the police’s detailed questionnaire has confirmed that the woman journalist was De Niro’s liaison at the event. She was given the responsibility of chaperoning De Niro and his daughter Drena on all three days of the event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Goa. De Niro’s response will form a part of the supplementary chargesheet, sources told ROBERT DE NIRO The Indian Express. On March 6, 2014, investigators had moved an application at the fast track court in Panaji under section 173(8) of the CrPC, seeking time to include the response of a “witness outside the country” in the supplementary chargesheet. According to prosecution sources, De Niro’s response is pertinent to establish the role of the complainant at the venue, and to establish her CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Nuclear power the one bright spot in year of core slowdown Foreign fuel, improved production help 20 Indian reactors touch 83% capacity ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, MAY 5 2 013-14, a dismal year for most of the country’s core sector industries, was interestingly, the best 12-month period for atomic power generation in nearly a decade. The performance of Indian nuclear power plants, as well as of the several fuel cycle facilities, reached their highest levels last year. The capacity factor — or operational efficiency — of the 20 nuclear power 1 PAGE ANCHOR N-POWER GENERATION YEAR GROSS GENERATION* CAPACITY FACTOR** 35,333 32,863 32,455 26,472 18,803 14,927 16,930 18,634 83 80 79 71 61 50 54 63 **In per cent (Source: DAE) 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 2006-07 *In million units reactors currently running in the country rose to a record 83 per cent. Gross generation was powered by a combination of two factors: interna- tional cooperation leading to augmentation of fuel supplies to 10 reactors that qualify for imported fuel, and a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HITTING back at BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Priyanka Vadra on Monday accused him of “insulting” her “martyred” father Rajiv Gandhi Priyanka Vadra in and said he would Amethi on Monday get a befitting reply from “each and every booth” of Amethi. “Inhone Amethi ki dharti pe mere shaheed pitaa ka apmaan kiya hai, Amethi ki janta is harkat ko kabhi maaf nahi karegi. Inki neech rajniti ka jawaab mere booth ke karyakartaa denge....Amethi ke ek ek booth se jawaab aayega...(He has insulted my martyred father on Amethi’s soil. The people of Amethi will never forgive him for this. My booth-level workers in Amethi will reply to his low-level politics. There will be a reply from each and every booth of Amethi),” she said. UPA backs off, leaves ‘snooping’ probe to new govt JUDGE ❚ ‘Demanded a bungalow, staff, official vehicle and office space’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 5 U NDER attack, including from within the UPA, for seeking to appoint a judge to lead the probe into the alleged snooping incident involving the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi days before the end of its term, the Centre Monday beat a retreat and deferred the decision. It said it would wait until May 16, the day of the Lok Sabha poll results, leaving the decision to the next government. The announcement came hours after a meeting between President Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. The minister, however, denied any link between the meeting and the decision. It also came after UPA allies NCP and the National Conference opposed the government push at this late stage of its term. Sources said the Centre’s turnaround came despite a former judge consenting in writing to head the commission. He, however, is learnt to have demanded a bungalow, staff, an official vehicle and office space, which were turned down by the home ministry. Eventually, Shinde, who was to select the judge, is learnt to have ruled in favour of postponing the appointment. Shinde had been given a list of judges to pick, ministry sources said. However, he could not move on it as the judges who consented did not do so in writing. The one judge who gave his consent via email made the demands the ministry rejected. Shinde, it is learnt, discussed the issue with his colleagues and decided to defer the move CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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