The IndianEXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE www.indianexpress.com LATE CITY I PUNE I THURSDAY I MARCH 1 I 2012 I 20+6 (NEWSLINE) 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 Maharashtra ‘Gujarat has n-power plant, reminds Ajit PAGE 3 Pawar Shehla killers were given Rs 3 lakh, say police PAGE 7 PUNENewsline ● WATER CUTS BEGIN ● Edit & Op-ed PAGES 10, 11 International For US food, THE NCTC N Korea puts DEBATE By P Hormis Tharakan .K. n-programme ■ UPA RUES DEADLOCK, BUT on hold BLOCKS NDA STATE BILLS YOUTH DONATES MOTHER’S KIDNEY TO SOLDIER ● NO TAKERS FOR LEAP DAY DELIVERY Koodankulam: NGOs facing action say no reason given 2 J&K men held in inter-state terror plot to strike Delhi SHAJU PHILIP & GOPU MOHAN PLOT ❚ New Lashkar-e-Toiba strategy: send young Valley men TIRUNELVELI, FEBRUARY 29 GDP GROWTH IN Q3 FALLS TO 2-YR LOW OF 6.1% MANUFACTURING UP barely 0.4% (against 7.8% in 2010) AGRICULTURE GREW by just 2.7% (against 11% in 2010) MINING CONTRACTED 3.1% (against 6.1% growth) SERVICES UP 8.6% (against 7.8%, construction included) DEFICIT OVERSHOOTS budget estimate in Apr-Jan, touches 105% of BE REPORT, PAGE 15 QUICK TAKES Mamata’s nephew assaults policeman KOLKATA: Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Akash Banerjee was arrested for allegedly assaulting a traffic policeman on duty. P 4 Tatas seek review of SC 2G verdict NEW DELHI: Tata Teleservices has moved SC seeking review of judgment cancelling its licences for 2G spectrum in three circles allotted during A Raja’s tenure. MLA does a sting on journalists NAGPUR: Congress MLA Rahul Bondre apparently conducted a “sting op” on three brothers owning a weekly to trap them allegedly extorting money. P 3 WHILE the Centre said yesterday that it had taken action against four NGOs for allegedly funding the protests against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant, three of the NGOs said today that the union home ministry had not cited any reason for the crackdown. The ministry has frozen the foreign contribution accounts of the Nagarcoilbased Rural Uplift Centre (RUC) and the Tuticorin Diocesan Association (TDA) of the Latin Catholic Diocese of Tuticorin. The Tuticorin Multi-Purpose Social Service Society (TMSSS) of the diocese is also under the scanner. In its order issued to RUC on February 9, the MHA said inspection of its accounts revealed that it had violated the provisions of the Foreign Contributions Regulations Act (FCRA). “Whereas the central government... is satisfied that the acceptance of foreign contribution by the said association is likely to prejudicially affect the public interest... the central government hereby prohibits... the association RUC to receive foreign contribution,’’ it said. In the case of TDA and TMSSS too, the MHA only informed the diocese that their accounts would be examined “as there were reasons to believe” that FCRA provisions were violated. While many fishermen protesting against the nuclear plant belong to the Tuticorin diocese, TDA spokesperson Fr William Santhanam said they had not undertaken any activity in Koodankulam recently. RUC secretary Maria James said after completing post-tsunami relief activities in March 2007, they had “not gone to the area with any scheme.’’ FUNDS, SOURCES, EXPENSES P6 NEW DELHI: Amid a row over proposed amendment to the Railway Protection Force Act, 1957, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi said the amendment would not take place if states P5 were against it. Business as Usual By UNNY to Pakistan for training with valid papers MUZAMIL JALEEL NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 29 U NION Home Minister P Chidambaram announced here today that the police had foiled a major terror attack in Delhi with the arrest of two members of the banned Lashkar-eToiba (LeT). Inquiries by The Indian Express have revealed an elaborate inter-state sur- veillance operation that began in Sopore in the Valley a month ago which has led to the arrest of the two Kashmiri men and the discovery of a new Lashkar strategy: sending new recruits from the Valley to Pakistan, with legal papers for “terror training.” Investigators said that Ahtesham Malik, one of the two arrested in Delhi, travelled to Pakistan last summer using his valid passport and trained for 40 days in “bombmaking and explosives”. His is the third case where a young man from the Valley was chosen and sent to Pakistan using legal travel documents to receive training from Lashkar. The second man arrested is Ahtesham’s cousin Tauseef Ahmad Pir who was picked up from Ranchi. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JASKIRAN KAPOOR CHANDIGARH, FEBRUARY 29 IN 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, for the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker, which won that year’s Oscar for Best Picture. The 60-yearold director was in the heart of Chandigarh today, shooting for her next — the story of the hunting down of Osama bin Laden by the US Navy Seals, a film for now titled Zero Dark Thirty or ZD30. With US-Pakistan relations severely strained, Bigelow could not shoot in With her crew in Chandigarh Wednesday. Pakistan, where the infamous Abbottabad compound was razed over the weekend. She shot today at the Sector 15 market instead, which her CBI second chargesheet on Bhanwari murder spells out role of MLA Malkhan’s sister too crew dressed up temporarily as a location in Lahore. So the boards of several shops turned to Urdu, autorickshaws with Lahore ROLE OF THREE APURVA shoot a video showing the latter together with Maderna. This was because, the CBI feels, the powerful minister stood in Malkhan’s way to political success. The alleged plot was to release the tape to the public. But Bhanwari allegedly started to blackmail Malkhan too; the CBI cites MAHIPAL MADERNA: Named in murder plot. In relation with Bhanwari, was blackmailed because she had a video of them together. MALKHAN SINGH: Allegedly plotted murder with Maderna. Said to be father of one of Bhanwari’s children. Wanted to use video to shame Maderna, then she blackmailed him too. INDIRA BISHNOI: Malkhan’s sister allegedly part of the plot to have the video shot. Also troubleshooter for both leaders. DNA evidence that he is her youngest daughter’s father. The chargesheet names 13 as accused including Maderna and Malkhan Singh, who are charged with murder, kidnapping CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Board sends tough message, ‘rebel’ Sehwag is dropped for Asia Cup EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 29 V IRENDER Sehwag is not in the team for the Asia Cup because of poor form and the perceived indiscreet remarks he made to the media earlier this month, it is reliably learnt. He has not, as chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth said, been “rested” because of an injury. Virat Kohli was named vice-captain of the squad announced today, replacing Gautam Gambhir who, TRADE ❚ Switches from positive list to a short negative list: India can export over 6,500 items ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU Tap on three cousins began in Sopore, went to PRAWESH LAMA Jharkhand. numberplates whizzed past, and burqa-clad women and men in kurta-pyjamas, chappals and skullcaps — actors from Chandigarh and Patiala — ambled up and down the street. Bigelow emerged from an Internet cafe for a quick meeting on the spot with her crew. Her tall, lean frame moved with a speed and purpose that belied her age; she worked effectively and efficiently, listening, consulting, giving orders and framing shots and compositions. Across the street stood a bus with the quintessentially CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 T HE Pakistan cabinet today decided to open its doors to all exports from India, except a short negative list, a major step ahead of granting most favoured nation (MFN) status to its neighbour. Even this negative list, comprising about 1,200 items in sectors such as textiles, pharmaceuticals and auto, will be phased out by December-end this year. Under MFN, Pakistan will be required to extend the same privileges and benefits to India as it does to all other countries. Indian traders will now be able to sell more than 6,800 items to Pakistan. At present, Pakistan maintains a positive list of 1,963 items (17 per cent of the total tradeable items) that India can export. “Federal Cabinet that met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani unanimously approved the phasing out of the negative list existing between Pakistan and India by December 2012,” an official statement issued by Pakistan said. With this, India will get MFN status by Pakistan. “After that, the process of trade normalization between the two countries will be completed,” the statement added. Minister for Commerce and Industry and Textiles Anand Sharma spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Amin Fahim after the cabinet meeting. “This is a historic move. During my recent visit to Pakistan, Prime Minister Gilani and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JAIPUR, FEBRUARY 29 T HE CBI’S second chargesheet on nurse Bhanwari Devi’s murder projects Congress MLA Malkhan Singh as her one-time partner who used her to upstage former minister Mahipal Maderna, but who then teamed up with Maderna to plot the murder. The 97-page chargesheet, filed Wednesday in a CBI court in Jodhpur, said Malkhan’s sister Indira Bishnoi and Bhanwari were behind the plot to SUMIT MALHOTRA Pak to open market to India, seal MFN status by year-end NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 29 From The Hurt Locker to ZD30 — Kathryn Bigelow shoots Osama film in Chandigarh ‘MLA used her against Maderna, then both plotted her murder’ ‘No RPF Act change if states don’t want it’ PAGE 12 After today’s selection like Sehwag, made commeeting, Srikkanth said, ments in Australia that fu“Sehwag and Zaheer Khan eled media reports about a have been rested due to inrift in the team. juries. It has been done on Sources close to Sehwag the basis of reports from the insisted today that he is fit. physiotherapist.” What is They said that to make a more likely perhaps is that point, he might even play for SEHWAG the board has used the seDelhi in the Vijay Hazare ‘rested’ lection to send out the mestournament after he returns sage to possible dissenters that Mato India. “He hasn’t just batted, also hendra Singh Dhoni is the bowled long spells and, in case India undisputed leader of the side. reach the triseries final, will again Sachin Tendulkar, despite his take the field. He is totally fit,” said a poor run of scores, has got another source. chance to get to his 100th international century. Allrounder Yusuf Pathan and Bengal medium pacer Ashok Dinda are back in the squad. Dhoni turned down the selectors’ request to take a break, but Zaheer and Umesh Yadav have been rested. THE TEAM: Dhoni (captain), Kohli (vice-captain), Tendulkar, Gambhir, Raina, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Dinda.
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