The IndianEXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE www.indianexpress.com LATE CITY I AHMEDABAD I THURSDAY I MARCH 22 I 2012 I 20 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 PAGE Edit & Op-ed PAGES 10, NOBODY WANTS A POLL RIGHT NOW Sport PAGE DAE Secy moots Koodankulam Footballer cheap power sop protesters collapses on for people living gear up for pitch, dies later ■ NORWAY FIASCO: MEA MUST near n-plants fresh battle LEARN NOT TO ACT ON REFLEX GUJARAT ● MLAS CAUGHT ‘WATCHING PORN’, SPEAKER SEES CONSPIRACY ● VADODARA HOOCH TRAGEDY: PESTICIDE FOUND IN LIQUOR by Coomi Kapoor Israeli hit: Iranian suspect had Indian, Thai visa ule, the officer said. Investigators in Delhi have obtained a copy of the visa granted to Mahdian by the Royal Thai Embassy in Tehran on April 12, 2011. Mahdian was issued a one-month visa for Delhi on July 6, 2011. Irani bought a Scooty in April 2011 from a Karol Bagh dealer and handed over a copy of his passport as proof of identity. The officer said Irani returned to Delhi in January this year for a reconnaissance of the embassy area with Urdu journalist Mohammad Ahmad Kazmi who is currently in police custody. “We have found some phone numbers in an Iranian SIM card recovered from Kazmi. He was in regular touch with these people. We are getting these numbers checked,” the officer said. VIJAITA SINGH & JAYANT SRIRAM NEW DELHI, MARCH 21 SEYED Ali Sadr Mahdian, one of the three men against whom warrants have been issued for their alleged involvement in the February 13 attack on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi, had been issued a visa for Thailand in April last year. This was around the time that Houshang Afshar Irani, who is suspected to have attached the bomb to the Israel embassy vehicle, came to Delhi to buy a Scooty and conduct a recce, a police officer said on Wednesday. This reinforces the belief that the attacks in India and Thailand were planned simultaneously for execution by the same Iranian mod- SEYED ALI MAHDIAN SADR HOUSHANG AFSHAR IRANI MASOUD SEDAGHATZADEH Sadr & Irani came to India; Sedaghatzadeh was held in Malaysia Hours after the sticky bomb explosion, Irani left for Malaysia from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Mahdian and Abolghasemi Mohammad Reza, the third suspect, had exited earlier. Meanwhile, a city court today instructed Delhi Police not to let other investigating agencies inter- rogate Kazmi without following proper procedure. “This is expected that the Special Cell will not permit other investigating agencies to make the applicant (Kazmi) an experimental block,” Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav said. He said that investigating agency could share information about the interrogation with other “designated authorities” — like RAW and IB — as well as agencies of other countries. “I do not see any bar on the investigating agency (police) sharing information on the interrogation of the applicant (Kazmi) with the investigating agencies of other countries, particularly of Israel and Iran, as India is a signatory to the UN Convention of Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (Implementation of Security Council Resolution), 2007,” CMM Yadav said. The court turned down a request by Kazmi’s counsel Vijay Aggarwal to be present for part of the interrogation. The judge said that the half hour granted to Aggarwal to meet Kazmi daily was sufficient. Blow to Modi, Cong wrests Mansa QUICK TAKES Poverty mark: SP wants Montek out JAVED RAJA Dashrath Patel by a comfortable margin of 8,182 votes.The bypoll had been necessitated by the death former speaker Mangaldas Patel. The loss of Mansa is a second blow to the ruling BJP in north Gujarat — its traditional stronghold — after having lost to the Congress in the newly constituted Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation in April last year.It is home to some powerful politicians such as the controversial former minister of state for home Amit Shah. At the time of the election, the BJP had posted ministers at polling booths. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, MARCH 21 NEW DELHI: SP Wednesday sought removal of Montek Singh Ahluwalia as deputy chairman of Planning Commission for the panel’s poverty estimates. NATIONAL NETWORK THE FACES P9 AFTER more than 21 years, the Gujarat Congress today wrested the Mansa Assembly constituency from the ruling BJP. The victory assumes significance as the constituency is considered a BJP bastion and its campaign was closely planned and monitored by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who also held one of his Sadbhavana Mission fasts here. Besides, it was the last crucial before the Assembly elections at the end of this year.At least 75 per cent of the voters had exercised their franchise and the Congress’s Babusinh Thakor defeated the BJP’s W E AT H E R W AT C H SKY WILL BE CLEAR MAX MIN AHMEDABAD 35.3 20.7 VADODARA 36.6 19.2 RAJKOT 35.8 19.5 SURAT 35.6 19.0 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS, PAGE 3 Congress workers celebrate in Ahmedabad on Wednesday MISHRA OUT OF RS FRAY Pranab, not Mukul, set to reply to rail budget debate Business as Usual Finance, rly ministry officials in talks to work out reply By UNNY SURABHI PREM NATH PANDEY NEW DELHI, MARCH 21 After burning its fingers, BJP drops Anshuman Mishra in Jharkhand, he says will withdraw nomination CONG’S MIXED BYPOLL BAG KARNATAKA: Wins UdupiChikmagalur LS seat KERALA: UDF wins in Piravom ANDHRA PRADESH: Draws blank, TRS and YSR Cong win TAMIL NADU: ADMK wins Sankarankoil assembly seat ORISSA: BJD wins Athgarh » NO POLITICS, EMOTIONS TAKE CENTRESTAGE IN RAJYA SABHA PA G E S 7 , 9 UNION Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is likely to reply to the discussion on the railway budget 2012-13 in Parliament even though new Railway Minister Mukul Roy has taken charge. Roy was sworn in yesterday after his predecessor Dinesh Trivedi resigned when his boss and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee rejected his rail budget proposal to hike train fares and he dug his heels in. “Mukul Roy is new to the job and does not know the specifics of the railway budget. The finance minister is a seasoned politician and more importantly is the seniormost cabinet minister. He knows the details of the rail budget,” said a source. The government was earlier hopeful that it would be able to retain Trivedi until after the reply to the rail budget but Banerjee flew in over the weekend and got him to quit. The finance ministry is understood to be working with the railway ministry Mukul Roy after taking charge at Rail Bhavan on Wednesday. to help prepare for Mukherjee’s reply, and officials from both ministries have held consultations. The fate of the proposal to hike fares will be known only after the debate. “Last time there was such an event was in 2001 when Banerjee herself resigned as the railway minister of the NDA after the budget. At that time, her successor Nitish Kumar had replied to the discussion,” the source said. » MUKUL WILL EMULATE MAMATA’S PAGE 9 ‘GOLDEN TERM’ AS RLY MINISTER Wonder drug aspirin also fights cancer 3 studies in The Lancet build case for including drug in cancer treatment protocol ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, MARCH 21 T HE humble aspirin’s case for being a wonder drug just got stronger. Three studies published in the latest issues of The Lancet show the analgesic to have anti-cancer properties, along with a role in prevention of distant metastasis (spread from one part of the body to another) of the disease. The studies build a case for inclusion of the drug in cancer treatment protocol. Because of its blood-thinning quality, aspirin is already recommended for cardiovascular patients. One of the new studies examined patient data from 51 longterm randomised controlled trials involving 77,549 patients. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that after three years of daily aspirin use, the risk of developing 1 PAGE ANCHOR cancer was reduced by almost 25 per cent when compared with a control group not taking aspirin. After five years, the risk of dying of cancer was reduced by 37 per cent among those taking aspirin. A second paper that analysed five large randomised controlled studies in Britain found that over six and a half years on average, daily aspirin use reduced the risk of metastatic cancer by 36 per cent and risk of adenocarcinomas — common solid cancers including colon, lung and prostate cancer — by 46 per cent. Daily aspirin use also reduced the risk of progressing to metastatic disease, particularly in patients CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Norway egg now all over Delhi’s face FAMILY FIGHT ❚ Tuned to TV, govt ignored red flags, issued as many as six statements on kids SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, MARCH 21 A FTER reacting for three months to shrill TV debates — lodging protests with Norway, issuing frequent official statements, summoning Oslo’s ambassador and despatching a special envoy to that country — India beat a redfaced retreat today, saying it can no longer “interfere” in the custody row of the Indian children because the situation has “changed”. The government tried to extricate itself a day after the ugly fight between the children’s Norway-based parents became public, and it was reported that Anurup Bhattacharya — the father of three-year-old Abhigyan and one-year-old Aishwarya — had filed for divorce, accusing his wife Sagarika of beating him. Today, however, PTI quoted Anurup as saying that despite some “unavoidable” domestic circumstances, he had not sought a divorce. And in Kolkata, Sagarika’s father told The Indian Express that Anurup had told him that news of the problems in their marriage was “canard”. As realisation dawned that it might have escalated a family dispute to some sort of diplomatic incident, the Indian government put off the planned visit of its diplomat to Norway. Minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur said, “The government has tried its best to bring the children home so that they have a future in the country. But a new situation has developed... we cannot interfere. The visit of a joint secretary (to Norway) has been postponed.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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