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Times Chennai, Epaper 27 July 2009

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VOL: 3 ISSUE 5Chennai, July 27, 2009
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Mumbai, July 27:
Aspecial POTA court here onMonday convicted all threeaccused in the 2003Mumbai twin blasts casethat killed 52 persons andinjured 100 others.The courtconvicted Ashrat ShafiqueAnsari (32), MohammedHanif Sayed (46) and hiswife Fehmida Sayed (43)for murder and conspiracyunder Sections 302, 307,427 and 120B of the IndianPenal Code besides beingfound guilty under Sectionthree of POTA.However, thecourt will announce theannouncement of quantumof punishment on August 4.The trial in thecase carried on for sixyears and today’s judgment is the biggest in aterror-related case inMumbai after theconviction of 100 accusedin the 1993 serial blastscase by a special TADAcourt in 2007.On August 25,2003 two blasts hadrocked the Gateway ofIndia and the busy ZaveriBazaar in South Mumbai.The blasts werecarried out by a terrormodule of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit. .Revealing thedetails of the case,Special PublicProsecutor Ujwal Nikamsaid that one of the co-conspirator, whoseidentity has beenwithheld, had turnedapprover and hisdeposition was clinchingin the court.The approverhad spilled the beansabout the conspiracy andthe way in which thecrime was committed.The other keyprosecution witness wasthe taxi driver whosevehicle was used to plantthe bomb at Gateway ofIndia. Police had claimedthat it was the driver wholed them to the residenceof the accused.Nikam said,“The initial criminalconspiracy was hatchedin Dubai by a LeTmastermind, accusedHaneef, Nasir and theapprover.”Of theconspirators, apart fromHaneef and the approverhave been tried in thecourt, while Nasir, whobelonged to Hyderabad,was absconding and latershot dead by the police inan encounter.Given furtherdetails of the plot toterrorise India’s financialcapital, Nikam said thatthe accused had firstplanted a bomb in a buson December 2, 2002 butit turned out to be afailure.Then on July 28,2003, they plantedanother bomb in a BESTbus that exploded inGhatkopar killing two.“But they werenot happy with such lowintensity explosions sothey carried out the twinbomb blast on August 25that left 52 dead andmore than 100 injured,”Nikam said.Nikam alsopointed out that this is thefirst case in India in whichhusband and wife andtheir children wereinvolved and convictedfor such a crime.However, the child wasnot prosecuted under thePOTA Act as it wasunderage.On whether, theprosecution would ask fordeath penalty, Nikamonly said that they willask for harsh punishmentand as the accused havebeen convicted underSec 302 of IPC they willget either lifeimprisonment of death.Other twoaccused – MohammedAnsari Ladoowala andMohammed HasanBatterywala – weredischarged at the fag endof the trial following a cleanchit given to them by thePOTA review committeelast year.
All 3 accused convicted in 2003Mumbai blasts case
 
Times Chennai E-PaperJuly 27, 2009Page 2
Tamil Nadu
Puducherry , July 27:
Iqbal Singh was todaysworn in as Lt Governor ofthe Union Territory ofPuducherry.Chief Justice ofMadras High Court H LGokhale administered theoath of office to him at afunction at the Raj Nivas.Iqbal Singh (64) is the 20thLt Governor of Puducherryafter it became part ofIndian Union through de jure transfer of power fromthe French in 1962.Tamil NaduGovernor Surjit SinghBarnala has been holdingadditional charge ofPuducherry since April thisyear after the demise of LtGovernor Govind SinghGurjar on April 6.Union Minister ofState for Planning,Parliamentary Affairs andCulture V Narayanasamy,Chief Minister VVaithilingam and hiscabinet colleagues,Speaker RRadhakrishnan, DeputySpeaker A V Sreedharan,leader of the opposition AM H Nazeem and formerSpeaker M D RRamachandran wereamong those present atthe ceremony.Mr. Singh laterinspected a guard ofhonour by thePuducherry Police andhosted a tea for all theinvitees.Hailing fromJalandhar, Mr. Singhserved as Rajya Sabhamember between 1992and 1998. He was alsoan AICC observer inHimachal Pradesh,Haryana, Rajasthan,Delhi, Assam,Chhattisgarh, Jharkand,Bihar and AndhraPradesh, besides beingAICC secretary for 12years.In a message tothe people, Mr. Singhsaid that Puducherry,with its peaceful andexotic location, isemerging as a favouritedestination for domesticand international tourists."Puducherry, with itspeaceful and exoticlocation, is fast emergingas a favourite destinationfor domestic andinternational tourists.Tourism infrastructureshould be furtherimproved to makePuducherry a mostsought after destination,"he said.Asserting thatPuduchery is at theforefront in education,health care and welfaresectors, the new LtGovernor said that theunion territory hadattained "a high level ofhuman developmentindices with peacefulcivic life".He said theuniform floor rate of tax isposing a challenge totrading sector.Mr. Singh said his prioritywould be to cooperatewith the electedrepresentatives andaccelerate economicgrowth with equitableopportunities to womenand weaker sections."It will be myendeavour to make theUnion Territory ofPuducherry a model ofinclusive growth," he saidin his message.
Iqbal Singh sworn in as LtGovernor of Puducherry
PWD authorities areconfident of opening thedam tomorrow sourcessaid.
Chennai, July 27:
TheTamil Nadu governmentas announced earlier willbe opening f the MetturDam on July 28, on theoccasion of Aadi 18, theday of Tamil month Aadiwhen farmers worshipriver Cauvery for itsbenevolence.With themonsoon rains slush inKarnataka Mettur hasbeen getting copiousinflow following filling upof Kabini and KrishnarajaSagar resevoirs inKarnataka. The level hasrisen to 92 ft and the
Mettur dam to be opened on July 28
Thanjavur, July 27 :
 Indian Institute of CropProcessing Technology(IICPT) here has signeda Memorandum ofUnderstanding (MOU)with University ofManitoba, Canada, fortaking up collaborativeresearch programmes.A IICPT releasesaid here today, the MOUwas signed by KAlagusundaram,Director of IICPT, andDigvir Jayas, VicePresident (Research),University of Manitoba, inNew Delhi recently in thepresence of UnionMinister of FoodProcessing IndustriesSubodh Kant Sahai,Secretary Ashok Sinhaand Joint Secretary AjitKumar.The tie-up wouldfacilitate collaborativeprogrammes of research,training, curriculum,institutionaldevelopment,informationdissemination, andexchange of faculty,students and staff.University ofManitoba is an importanteducational institution inthe Central Canada with asmany as 25,000 studentspursuing courses in artsand science, engineering,health and law.IICPT is a pioneerin research anddevelopment.The Institute is alsoaddressing post-harvestprocessing andpreservation problems, therelease added.
IICPT signs MoU withManitoba University
Congress will field itscandidates forThondamuthur andSrivaikundam seats.The Communistparties will contest onlyfour seats and support afriendly party in the fifthone.While the CPI-Mwill contest inThondamathur andCumbum constituencies,CPI will test its strength inSrivaikumdam andBargur.According to aBJP official, the party willbe going it alone in theelections in all the fiveseats unlike in the LokSabha polls where itpartnered with a clutch ofsmall parties."In two days thecandidates will beannounced," he added.According toreports, DMDK partyofficials were in favour ofboycotting the polls likeAIADMK. But the partyleader, actor-turned-politician Vijaykant,Sunday decided to testthe party's strength.In the 2006assembly elections theparty went on its own andonly Vijaykant emergedvictorious.Disagreeing withthe AIADMK's pollboycott decision, politicalcommentator ChoRamaswamy told IANS:"The boycott will enableVijayakanth's DMDK toimprove its vote share."But Ramaswamydoes not think the DMDKwill gain any permanentadvantage."The advantage forDMDK will be of transitoryappearance as everybodyknows that AIADMKboycotted the polls.Vijaykant has a goodchance of improving hisvote share," he said.The DMDKcontested in all the 39 seatsin Tamil Nadu and the loneseat in Puducherry on itsown in the recent LokSabha polls.In Tamil Nadu it securedover over 2.9 million votesout of around 30 millionvotes polled, therebygetting around 10 percentof the vote share. The partycame third in 29 seats out ofthe 40 it contested. Thoughthe DMDK has increasedits vote share marginallyover its 8.33 percent in the2006 Tamil Nadu assemblyelections, it has fallen farshort of its initialexpectations.Eight DMDKcandidates got over100,000 votes and a coupleof them got over 90,000.
Chennai, July 27 :
Theforthcoming by-electionsfor five assemblyconstituencies in TamilNadu is set to be a four-cornered fight with theDMDK deciding tocontest on its own.Now the state'sruling DMK-Congresscombine will crossswords with the DMDK,Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) and the twoCommunist parties --Communist Party ofIndia-Marxist (CPI-M)and the Communist Partyof India (CPI).Earlier the majoropposition party AIADMKand its allies -- MDMKand PMK -- had decidedto boycott the by-pollsnext month, alleging thatthe elections would notbe free and fair.AIADMK chief J.Jayalalithaa has askedher party cadres to notvote in the elections.Theconstituencies for whichby-polls are to be heldAug 18 are Bargur,Thondamuthur,Cumbum, Illayangudiand Srivaikundam.The ruling DMKwill contest in Bargur,Illayankudi and Cumbumand has named itscandidates while its ally
Four-cornered contest in Tamil Nadu by-polls
Tiruchirapalli, July 27:
A21-year-old youth receivedbullet injuries when acountry made gun went offaccidentally, while loadingat suburbanKeelamangalam near hereyesterday.Police said theinjured Sathishkumar andhis friends Karthkeyan(24), Muthukumar (23),
Karur, July 27:
Policearrested two persons forallegedly murdering a 70-year-old woman for thesake of money atPasupathipalayam hereyesterday.Police said theaccused Sathish Kumarand his friend Praveenwho went for hunting inthe nearby area, whereSathishkumar startedloading the gun withexplosive materials, butwhile doing so, the gunwent off accidentally andcaused bullet injuries tohim.Based on theinformation, policerushed to the spot andwent to the grand-motherKunjammal of SathishKumar and demandedmoney from her topurchase a two-wheeler.Ms Kunjammal,however, refused to givemoney. The enragedduo, strangulated her todeath and escaped fromarrested Karthikeyan andMuthukumar forpossessing anunlicenced country madegun and for providingfalse information thepolice over the incident.The injured wasadmitted to a privatehospital in the city, policeadded.the scene with as manyas five soverigns of hergold ornaments.Based on theinformation, policeswung into the action,nabbed the duo andrecovered jewellary fromthem, police added.
Youth injured after loading a gunTwo arrested for murdering a woman
 
Times Chennai E-PaperJuly 27, 2009Page 3
Chennai, July 27:
Corporation Mayor MSubramanian on Mondaysaid that a ban would beimposed on sale ofeatables, tea, coffee andother food stuff packed inplastic materials that arebeing sold and used on theMarina Beach. The banwould come into effectfrom Aug. 15.At an interactionsession held near theLabour Statue, the Mayorsaid that the thinkingability of children wasaffected because ofplastic products.The use ofplastics could causecancer and affect thenervous system, sopeople shouldcompletely avoid usingplastic, he said.Subramanian also saidthat as part of thebeautification ofChennai, wall paintingsdepicting the culture ofTamils were being doneon 50,000 square feet ofspace on Anna Salai.He added thatrestrictions would also beimposed on pasting ofposters and graffiti on theflyovers and subways.CorporationCommissioner RajeshLakhoni also spoke.
Plastics banned on Marina
Chennai, July 27:
Buoyed by the success ofthe '88888' Lights outcampaign last year,ExNora International, aNGO in the field ofEnvironment protection,in association withVelammal EducationalTrust on Sundaylaunched the 99999Lights out campaign tosave the ''Mother Earth''and create an awarenesson Global Warming.The 'Save theEarth 99999 Lights out'campaign is to switch offlights for nine minutes at2100 hrs on the ninth dayof ninth month(September) of the ninthyear of thismillennium(2009).People fromdifferent walks of life,including legal fraternity,educational institutions,Film, TV, Radio, TradeUnions, Bank, Industries,NGOs and the mediaparticipated in thefunction by joining handsto fight against globalwarming.During thefunction, a list of 60 megaevents to be conducted inthe run-up to theSeptember 9 campaign,was released.Speaking onthe occasion, ExNorafounder M B Nirmal andVelammal EducationalTrust CEO M V MVelmurugan said the aimof the ''99999 Lights out'',was to sensitise thepeople about the causes,consequences andsolutions of globalwarming.''Mother Earth istaking its biggest blow, asthe consequences ofglobal warming havestarted to unleash,posing a major threat tohumanity,'' they added.A pledge toprotect the Mother Earthand to save it was taken atthe function.Saluting theMother Earth, people tookoath stating ''Mother Earthyou have been taking careof us. Now Time has comefor us to take care ofyou...We salute you''.Among thosewho participated in thefunction, included wellknown advocate Ms NaliniChidambaram, film actorPrashanth, actressSwarnamalya, RadioJockey Dheena, MadrasHigh Court AdditionalPublic Prosecutor HasanMohammed Jinnah and AllIndia Bank EmployeesAssociation GeneralSecretary and ChiefCoordinator of All India99999 Lights outCampaign C HVenkatachalam.
Exnora, Velammal launchescampaign on global warming
broken open.He alertedDeputy Commissioner ofPolice Bhaskaran andAssistant CommissionerKingsley who along witha posse visited the sceneof the crime.The police saidthere was no securityman at the ATM centre butthere was CCTV camera.So, they said they couldfind the culprit after goingthrough the TV footage.However, the amountstolen would be known onlyafter the technicians openthe ATM.
Chennai: July 27:
Robbers broke open intoan ATM near SembiumPolice Station anddecamped with cash.The theft came to lightthis morning after thechief manager of thebank Ramasamy visitedthe ATM and found it
ATM near police station robbed
Chennai, July 27:
Powersupply will be suspendedin the following areas onTuesday July 28 from9.00 am to 5.00 pm formaintenance work TheSupply will be resumedearlier if the works arecompleted before 5.00 pmsays a TNEB release
Periamet Area: 
VK Pillai street,Venkatachalam Street,Arani Muthu Street,Maddox street, LeeChengalvarayan Streetand BT Mudali Street.
Cooks Road Area: 
Tank Bund Road 1stand 2nd Street, BrislinLane, Century Flower Mill,A N Jothi Nagar I & II, NewVazaima Nagar.
Otteri Area: 
YemiStreet, VenkatathiruStreet, New ManikkamStreet, Erran Street,Kandasamy Kovil Street,Venkatesan Street. 
Chepauk Area: 
Bells Road,Mosque Street, OVMStreet, KrishnappaStreet, CNK Road,Mohamed Abdullah I & IIlane.
JJ Nagar Area: 
 Mugappair East andWest, Eri Scheme, JJNagar Industrial Estate,Moorthy Nagar, KrishnaNagar and a part ofNolambur.
Mandaveli Area: 
R K Mutt Road,Pillaiyar Koil Thottom,Vaithiyar Anna MalaiStreet.
Toll Gate Area: 
 Whole of NewWashermanpet, a part ofVOC Nagar.Madipakkam Area:Madipakkam, Moovara-sampet, Medavakkammain road, Iyyappanagar, Swamy Nagar,West Velachery, Balaiahgarden, Keelkattalai,Karthikeyapuram,Puzhudivakkam.
Perumbakkam Area: 
 
Medavakkam,Perum-bakkam,Jallanpattai,Nookampalayam, Ara-sankeni, Sithalapakkam,Pallikaranai, Nanman-galam, Kovilambakkam,Okkiyapalayam.
Power shut down tomorrow
Chennai, July 27:
Themanagement of theSAMS College ofEngineering andTechnology, a self-financing institution inTiruvallur, on Sundaycalled for a speedy policeinquiry into variouscharges levelled againstit by an advocate VSSRamkumar and hisbrother SidharthSelvakumar.The college hadrecently come under thescanner of the marinemercantile departmentand the AICTE after asecretly filmed CDcontaining theproceedings of an in-camera inquiryconducted by shippingministry officials withstudents about lack ofbasic amenities oncampus last year waspresented by Ramkumar.At a press conference inChennai, college secretaryM Jayaraman describedthe episode as fallout of aninternal family feud.Ramkumar and Sidharthare the brothers-in-law ofJayaraman. “I urge thecyber crime police tospeedily investigate thematter and probe how theCD was produced, whofilmed the proceedings ofthe incamera inquiry andfrom whose spy camerathis was filmed,” he said.
Speed up probe, appeals SAMScollege management
Chennai, July 27 :
ASharjah-bound aircraft,with 128 passengers onboard, made anemergency landing at theAnna Internationalterminal here on Mondaymorning following atechnical snag.Airport officialssaid the pilot noticed thetechnical snag soon aftertakeoff and made anemergency landing ataround 9.30am.All passengersare safe and have beentaken to a hotel, they said.
Sharjah-bound flight makesemergency landing in Chennai
Chennai , July 27 :
Pricesof thoor dal, urad dalmoved down while gramdal, sugar and wheatedged up. All othercommodities remainedunchanged in thewholesale foodgrainmarket here today.Thoor dalmoved down by Rs 100per quintal to Rs 8,700from Rs 8,800. Urad dalslid by Rs 50 per quintalto Rs 5,850 against theprevious week's rate ofRs 5,900.Gram dal wentup by Rs 50 to Rs 2,900.Both sugar and wheatedged up by Rs 20 eachto Rs 2,500 and Rs 1,700against previous rate.Moong dal,maida and sooji pricesunaltered from theirprevious level.
Thoor dal, urad dal move down

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