LATE CITY PUNE, MONDAY JUNE 9, 2014 18+6 (NEWSLINE) PAGES Rs. 3.00 TheIndianEXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD I CHANDIGARH I DELHI I KOLKATA I LUCKNOW I MUMBAI I NAGPUR I PUNE I VADODARA IndianExpress.com twitter.com/IndianExpress facebook.com/IndianExpress PUNENewsline Unrest in city again over another defamatory post Direct marketing by farmers not yielding desired fruits IndianExpress.com/Apps Sport PAGE 18 Nadal wins record 9th French Open title EXPRESS IN BRAZIL In Sao Paulo ahead of the opener on Thursday, our man in Brazil, Aditya Iyer, will travel on to Manaus, Salvador, Fortaleza and Recife before reaching Maracana at Rio for the July 14 final. Follow his travels and tweets with The Indian Express. http://indianexpress.com/topic/fifa-world-cup/ Tweet @ExpressatFIFAWC FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 16, 17 NATIONAL NETWORK ● AAP TO BE REVAMPED: KEJRIWAL ● SOM WARNS OF UNREST IN MUZAFFARNAGAR ● AZAD TO LEAD CONG IN UPPER HOUSE ATTACK ON KARACHI AIRPORT, ❚ MUMBAI GETS METRO GANESH SHIRSEKAR 5 KILLED AT least five persons, including four security personnel, were killed Sunday night when heavily armed militants attacked the Jinnah International Airport’s old terminal in Pakistan’s financial capital Karachi. AROUND five to eight men armed with explosives and ammunition dressed in airport security personnel uniforms entered the airport, police sources said. SWORN IN ❚ To have 2 dy CMs; BJP gets 2 berths, attends in strength PARAMILITARY rangers and police have been called in and have surrounded the building where the attackers are holed up. All flight operations at Jinnah Terminal have been suspended and all routes to the airport sealed. TELEVISION footage showed a loud explosion inside the old airport terminal. THE ATTACKERS are said to have forged fake ID cards of ASF and entered the area. Staff is being rescued by the security personnel and moved to safer areas, reports said, adding that rescue teams are being allowed after being checked throughly. PTI Business as Usual By UNNY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE GUNTUR, JUNE 8 N One lakh people took a ride within the first six hours as Mumbai became the fourth city in the country to get the metro, on Sunday 26 B.Tech students missing in Himachal as power plant releases water without warning ASHWANI SHARMA SHIMLA, JUNE 8 OVER two dozen B.Tech students from Hyderabad on a trip to Kullu-Manali were feared to have been washed away in a flash flood in the river Beas on Sunday after authorities of Larji hydelpower project opened the floodgates of the project’s dam, reportedly without warning. Students of Vigyan Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bachuapalli, located around 20 km from Hyderabad, the 26 had started from Shimla Sunday morning for Kullu-Manali. The toll could rise as rescue operations were hampered by non-availability of searchlights and divers. Till late in the night, none of the students had been found. The power project’s floodgates were opened around 6.30 pm and, minutes later, the students were washed away. The government admitted that the authorities did not follow the right protocol on use of hooters and other warning signals on the release of the water from the hydel project. Reports reaching Shimla saidthestudentswereinalarge Defence purchases above Rs 10 lakh to be on e-platform SUBHOMOY BHATTACHARJEE NEW DELHI, JUNE 8 BUFFETED by allegations of huge corruption in procurement for the armed forces, the Defence Ministry has decided to move towards an “end to end” e-procurement platform for all its needs. The ministry issued an order on June 6 that all purchases above Rs 10 lakh now be sourced only through this platform. The limit will be made even tighter at Rs 5 lakh from April 1, 2015. Naidu is CM, acts first on loan waivers The order notes that “necessary instructions in this regard may kindly be issued for strict compliance of e-procurement by all organisations\offices under the Ministry of Defence”. Explaining the rationale for the order, accessed by The Indian Express, Savitur Prasad, Principal Integrated Financial Adviser in the ministry, said that, till now, departments were required to only put up their tender notices on the portal. “But from now, tendering for any item required by the ministry will have to be THENEW processed online, right from placing of the orders to issuing of compliance certificates.” The Defence Ministry is one of the largest government agencies for procurement. Including its revenue and capital expenditure, the budget for fiancial year 2015 as per the interim budget documents is Rs 2,24,000 crore. E-procurement will help to domestic manufacturing sector to take advantage of this huge stream of business. TheITDepartment,aware of the scale of the defence CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ■ Clean-up starts ■ Longer hours, faster work new culture NEW ■ PM stresses skills REPORTS P 7, 13 HIMACHAL PR ADESH Beas Kullu river Mandi Shimla groupof50,includingstaff,and travelling in two tourist buses. They had gone down to the river to bathe and take photographs near Thalout on the Kullu-Mandinationalhighway. A few students realised the sudden rise in the water level and managed to run to safety. “We saw a wall of water hit those who were on the banks. They fell flat and disappeared under the waves. The police reached very late and carried nothing to start a rescue operation,” said one of the survivors, Sumiran. There was also chaos at the spot as people blocked the National Highway and held demonstrations. They were persuaded to clear the road for movement of rescue teams and material and ambulances. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh promised action against Pawar: Modi as PM has emboldened communal forces EXPRESS NEW SERVICE MUMBAI, JUNE 8 NATIONALIST Congress Party president Sharad Pawar Sunday expressed alarm over the rising communal incidents after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister. At the NCP’s 15th Foundation Day function here, Pawar said, “The change of government in Delhi appears to have emboldened the communal forces who have started asserting themselves leading to growing incidents of communal conflict against minorities and Dalits across Maharashtra.” Citing an example of the killing of 28-year-old Mohasin Sadiq Shaikh in Pune, Pawar said: “It is evident that communal forces who were suppressed are now emerging out Sharad Pawar speaks at NCP ‘s 15th Foundation Day function in Mumbai EXPRESS on Sunday. and willing to strike against those who do not subscribe to their ideology.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 officials of the Larji project who opened the flood gates “without proper warning”. Mandi Deputy Commissioner Divesh Kumar said that due to darkness, the rescue teams found it difficult to start search operations. “We have information about 24 students including six girls missing.” Telangana Chief Secretary Dr Rajiv Sharma said 40 students had gone on a study tour to Himachal and had halted near the Beas while returning. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao has sent officials to Manali to coordinate rescue and relief efforts. ARA Chandrababu Naidu, 64, took oath as the first chief minister of the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday at 7.27 pm, thus completing the bifurcation of the state. At a function attended by lakhs of people, Governor E S L Narasimhan administered the oath of office to Naidu on the 70-acre grounds of Acharya Nagarjuna University, that falls between Vijayawada and Guntur cities. Naidu will have two deputy chief ministers. They were sworn in along with 17 other Cabinet ministers. N Chinnarajappa, MLA from Peddapuram, and K Krishna Murthy from Kurnool are likely to be the deputy CMs. Two BJP MLAs, Kamineni Srinivas and P Manikyala Rao, have been accommodated in the Cabinet. Dr P Narayana, who runs the popular Narayana Group of educational institutions, has also been made a minister. Political observers said Naidu had played a masterstroke by inducting the BJP in the ministry, ensuring that the Centrepaysattentiontothedevelopmentofthestateheleads. All districts of the state have got representation in the Cabinet except Kadapa, which is a YSR Congress Party bastion. Two MLAs CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Naidu with senior BJP leaders L K Advani, M M Joshi PTI after the swearing-in ceremony on Sunday. DGP faces flak but many gaps in Badaun girls’ murder probe PRITHA CHATTERJEE NEW DELHI, JUNE 8 UTTAR Pradesh DGP A L Banerjee is facing Opposition flak for saying on Saturday that they were exploring other theories in the death of two cousins in Badaun’s Katra Sadatganj village. However, The Indian Express has found that there are many inconsistencies in what has been considered a case of rape and murder so far. A team of forensic specialists that visited the village over Friday and Saturday has told police that the scene of the alleged rape was possibly not the mango tree where the girls were found hanging, but a patch of Eucalyptus trees a few metres away, sources said. The team also found no forensic evidence to show that the scuffle described by “eyewitness” Babu Ram, whom the girls called “uncle”, took place where he said it had. Ram claimed to have seen the girls being dragged away and said he had tried to intervene. The forensic team included Deputy Director of Lucknow’s Forensic Science Laboratory Dr Giyasuddin Khan, a DNA expert and five senior forensic scientists from Bareilly. Five bottles of beer were recovered by the team from around the Eucalyptus trees, apart from “spot evidence” such as imprints of feet. They also lifted samples from which they could get fingerprints. The two branches of the mango tree from which the girls were found hanging have been examined, and experts hope to determine the number of people involved in the hanging. The members of the team also examined the house of Ram and his brother. On Fri- day, they visited the houses of the accused and retrieved samples. While police officials examining the case remained tightlipped on Sunday on the twist and turns in the case, the family of the victims declined to speak to a Special Investigating Team appointed by the Uttar Pradesh Police, insisting they wanted a CBI probe. “Police are trying to frame us to protect the accused. We will speak only to the CBI now, and if this action of the police continues, we will be forced to leave our village and Uttar Pradesh, and move to Delhi to get justice,” the father of one of the deceased girls said. The BSP said DGP Banerjee’sstatementwasadeliberate attempt to turn the direction of investigation and to save the accused persons and policemen. “All the accused are from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Kerala to send children back, but in Jharkhand, few options 1 PAGE ANCHOR More than 300 from Jharkhand dist Godda are now at Kozhikode orphanage SHAJU PHILIP & DEEPU SEBASTIAN EDMOND THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, GODDA (JHARKHAND), JUNE 8 A MID allegations of human trafficking over children brought from Jharkhand and West Bengal to orphanages in Kerala, state authorities have decided to send as many as 186 back home. A decision to return 120 children to Jharkhand, 59 to West Bengal and seven to Bihar was taken by district child welfare committees in Palakkad and Malappuram, and the first batch will be leaving on Monday. The children were among the 466 from West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand taken into custody by the Railway Protection Force on May 24 and 25 in Palakkad, soon after they had got off trains enroute to orphanages in Kozhikode and Malappuram. Many of them were found to be returning to the or- Saddam (11), among the few to have dropped out due to language issues phanages after the summer vacation, but others, including the 186 above, were new children being brought by agents with the promise of enrolling them at the Mohammed Abdurahiman Memorial Orphanage at Mukkom in Kozhikode and Anwarul Huda Orphanage at Vettathoor in Malappuram. With mandatory documents and affidavits from parents and respective state governments as well as tickets in many cases missing, the new children had been handed over to district child welfare committees. The state police had dubbed it an incident of human trafficking. The railway police had arrested eight persons on charges of trafficking. Of them, six were Arabic teachers (three from Bihar, two from Bengal and one from Jharkhand). Besides, the parent of a boy at the Mukkom orphanage and the uncle of another were held. Later, the state Crime Branch had arrested two others, Mohammed Shakeel, the husband of a Jharkhand woman employed at the Mukkom orphanage, and a cook from Jharkhand working at the institute. Palakkad Child Welfare Committee (CWC) chairman Fr Jose Paul said the children were being sent back for want of proper documents. “We will hand them over to the CWC of Godda district in Jharkhand. Officials there said their government is planning a special CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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