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VOL: 2 ISSUE 41 Feb.

17, 2009

T N Budget presented Sops galore for farmers, women, transgenders;

Free education, development
of infrastructure on the agenda
Chennai,Feb17 : procedures. Farmers Thestudents, and MP4 players would announcements 75,000 poor girls to benefit
In a please all need not pay the land who had vision problems, be reduced from 12.5 per including construction of under'Moovalur
b u d g e t , Ta m i l cess and land cess would be provided cent to four per cent. 1,35,000concrete Ramamithram Ammaiyar
Nadugovernment today surcharge, he said. A freespectacles and all The Finance houses at a cost of Rs Memorial Marriage
rural women under the Minister said Metro Rail 742 crore, construction scheme.
poverty line would be Project would of group houses for Also a proposal to
brought under self-help beimplemented through transgenders at a cost of instal the statue of
groups in the next two Chennai Metro Rail R s o n e Kannada Poet Sarvajna

TN Finance Minister Prof. K. Anbazhagan presenting the TN Budget 2009-10 in the TN Assembly

years. One lakhwomen Limited. Out of thetotal crore,establishment of has been approved and the
self-help groups would allocation of Rs 14,600 separate welfare board Karnataka C M also
be started for this crore for this project, for handloom weavers granted permission to
purpose, hesaid. Rs11,680 crore would be and for small traders instal the statue of
The budget the share of the state were made by the Thiruvalluvar.
LA Minister M.K. Stalin welcoming the
envisaged revenue government and minister. Earlier the
Finance Minister Prof. K. Anbazhagan at the TN Secretariat
receipts at Rs Rs2,920 crore would be The state opposition AIADMK walked
58,270.93crore and the the share of the Union government has also out of the assembly
announced a lot of sops to new health insurance expenditure at Rs government. allocated Rs 150 crorein condemning the power
farmers and rural women scheme, providing for 59,295.28 crore besides O t h e r the budget to enable situtation in state.
besides giving an impetus treatment upto Rs.one a capital expenditure of - Bureau Report
to infrastructural projects. lakh to save the poor from Rs 10,799.30 crore
Presenting a Rs.11,823
crore deficit budget in the
51 life threatening
diseases, covering one
leaving an uncovered
deficit of rs.11,823.64
TN plea to Centre on Lankan issue
a s s e m b l y, F i n a n c e crore families, whose crore. Chennai, Feb 17 : welfare of the Sri Lankan Pratibha Patil's address to
minister K Anbazhagan annual incomedid not Anbazhagan The Tamil Nadu Tamils. the Parliament,'' he said
announced farmers, who exceed Rs.24,000, would also announced tax government today urged He thanked the and urged the Centre to
promptly repaid their crop be launched in the state concessions to the tuneof the Centre to take Centre for fulfilling the take necessary measures
loans, would be given inJune next, he said. Rs.100 crore by vigorous steps to ensure expectations of the state vigorously to effect
interest free farm loans In a bid to give exempting pulses, cessation of hostilities that India's determined cessation of hostilities and
from the next fiscal.The an impetus to grams, peas and peas against Tamils in Sri and powerful voice arrive at a fair settlement.
government would bear six infrastructure, he dhal, handmade steel Lanka and restore peace. should join the calls given He said as
per cent interest on the announced Rs.3987 trunk box and tin Presenting the by all other nations for announced in Governor
farm loans of these farmers crore for improving and c o n t a i n e r s . Ta x o n Budget for 2009-10, cessation of the present Surjit Singh Barnala's
amounting to Rs.140 developing roads in the branded Ghee, pickles, Finance Minister K hostilities against Tamils address, an allocation of Rs
crores, he said. state, besides upgrading hand made iron safe, Anbazhagan said the and early restoration of 5 crore was made in the
H e a l s o Arcot-Tiruvarur dried grapes('kismis,') state government was peace. Budget to improve the basic
announced an across the andNagapttinam- bleach liquid, safety pins, continuously lending its ''This view was amenities in the Sri Lankan
board reduction in the land Tuticorin stretch of East rubber band, i-pods,MP3 voice for the rights and espoused in President Tamil Refugee Camps.
tax, by simplifying Coast Road. - Agencies
Page 2 Times Chennai E-Paper Feb. 17, 2009
TN Govt to set up Rs 400 cr blood bank
Pro LTTE Lawyers assault Subramaniam Swamy Chennai, Feb 17:
The Tamil Nadu
pave way for expansion
of the Government
districts.
As part of its
Chennai, Feb 17: Apart from rapid giving protection. Government will set up a General Hospital which upgradation, the speciality
The action of pro-LTTE slogans, the Later, Dr Swamy, mega blood bank in the included construction of block would be constructed
lawyers taking law into their gang of 15 advocates, led who had gathered his wits State with financial a big complex, for at Thoppur near Madurai at
own hands espousing the b y Vi j a y e n d r a n , L e o by then, appealed to the assistance from the treating out-patients, at a a cost of Rs 150 crore.
cause of Sri Lankan Tamils Immanuel, Rajnikanth and Judges to take action Centre, Finance Minister cost of Rs 70 crore. The State would
some women against the advocates.
The Judges also K Anbazhagan In the remaining provide the required land
advocates, hurled
casteist invectives on made strong observations announced in the State space, the mega blood and its share of Rs 25 crore
Dr Swamy and against the advocates and Assembly today. bank would be set up with for the project.
others. said they were planning to Presenting the financial assistance from He said following
As Dr Swamy order a judicial probe into Budget for 2009-10, he the Centre. increase in number of
was waiting in the the incident as it took place said the blood bank Mr Anbazhagan patients suffering from
court hall to argue his right in front of their eyes would be established at a also announced the diabetes and kidney
case, the advocates and that too, inside the
court hall. cost of Rs 400 crore at Centre had given its nod problems that required
barged into the court
hall raising slogans Following the the site which had for upgrading the dialysis, the State
Photo S. Mohan on the Lankan Tamils incident, the Judges said housed the Chennai Government Rajaji Government would make
Dr. Subramaniam Swamy addressing issue. the case relating to the Central Jail. Hospital at Madurai as a available dialysis unit in
the media outside the Madras High Court The next ten to temple would be taken up The Jail had multi-speciality hospital one government hospital in
after he was assaulted by pro LTTE Lawyers 15 minutes, they for hearing on February since been shifted to on the lines of the All every district, for the
rained blows on Dr 19.
Later talking to Puzhal on the outskirts of India Institute of Medical benefit of the poor, at a cost
Swamy, abused him the city. Sciences (AIIMS) at New of Rs five crores.
plummeted to new lows by caste and attacked him newspersons, Dr Swamy
when a section of pro-LTTE alleged that the attack on The Central Jail Delhi for the benefit of the \
with eggs. After pulling out
advocates attacked Janata High Court Assistant him inside the court would be demolished to people of southern - Agencies
Party president Commissioner of Police chamber was a reflection
Subramanian Swamy and of the deteriorating law and
hurled eggs at him inside the
court hall today, leaving two
out of the court hall and
chasing a couple of order situation in the State.
He also claimed
Centre must declare TN as
policemen, the gang
judges stunned and fuming.
The incident
closed the doors and
rained blows on Dr
the usual security cover
was not provided to him by “disturbed state": Swamy
happened inside the court Swamy, shouted slogans, the DMK Government.
Dr Swamy said he would Chennai, Feb 17: of police, accompanied Chandru raised his voice
hall in front of Division Bench called him by caste and Janata Party by four other policemen saying, ''what is going on
comprising Justices K abused him with filthy file a complaint with the All
Chandru and P K Mishra, India Bar Council and the President Subramanian stood guard to protect Dr here. Is it a court hall or a
language that left the
when Dr Swamy came to the Judges annoyed, shocked police. Swamy today charged Swamy. playground.'' ''We will take
court to implead himself in and infuriated. As the Dr Swamy said that the attack on him However, 15 severe action. We will
the petition filed by disgraceful incident he would also visit Delhi to inside a court hall of advocates came into the appoint a Judges
Dikshidars challenging the happened inside the court meet top leaders and Madras High Court court hall in unison, some Commission,'' he said and
government take over of hall, Dr Swamy's own register a complaint. confirmed that there is a wearing robes and some asked the lawyers to go out
Lord Natarajar Temple at securitymen (CRPF), too, ''Constitutional attired in black shirts. of the court hall.
Chidambaram. were prevented from - Agencies
breakdown'' and They pulled the Assistant Before leaving
demanded that Tamil Commissioner and the the court hall, the
Free spectacles for TN school students Nadu be declared a
''disturbed state''.
four policemen out of the
court hall and locked the
advocates again showered
a couple of blows on Dr
Chennai, Feb 17: the free text books, Rs Dr Swamy told doors from inside. Swamy.
Mission.
After free noon Under the 300 crore as grants to UNI at his party A news agency The four armed
meal, free bicycles, scheme, free spectacles State Transport headquarters after being Correspondent who was security guards, who
uniforms, notebooks and would be given to all undertakings for attacked by a section of present in the court hall accompanied Dr Swamy
free bus pass, it's free students with defective providing free bus pass lawyers, he said ''I have saw the advocates could not come to his
spectacles for school vision, studying in and Rs 112 crore for free been of the view that unleashing terror by rescue as they were made
students in Tamil Nadu. middle, high and higher bicycles to students there is a breakdown of chasing away the police to stand outside the court
Presenting the secondary schools in the studying in Class XI. Constitution in Tamil personnel. hall. As per court rules,
Budget for 2009-10 in the state after conducting He said overall, Nadu. Colleges and They then security guards are not
State Assembly today, refraction tests. the total allocation for the schools were closed targeted Dr Swamy and allowed to enter the court
Finance Minister K Mr Anbazahgan School Education down for a long time. landed blows on his hall during a hearing.
Anbazhagan said the announced allocation of Department had been Courts are not being neck, head and back. In The guards made
scheme would be Rs 58 crore for the free increased to Rs 9,147 allowed to function.'' He the melee, Dr Swamy a couple of attempts to
implemented at a cost of uniform scheme to poor crore for 2009-10 as
claimed that Central lost his spectacles. gain entry into the hall, but
Rs five crore in the coming students studying in against Rs 4,110 crore in
financial year under the 2005-06. forces should be sent to While a group they were prevented by the
government and aided maintain law and order of lawyers were advocates.
National Rural Health schools, Rs 70 crore for - Agencies
here. ''Already Tamil assaulting Dr Swamy, After the incident,
Nadu Chief Minister M another group threw a beleaguered Dr Swamy
TN to take legal steps on river Karunanidhi is being rotten eggs at him. One told the judges, ''you
provided NSG cover and egg even landed at the witnessed the entire
water disputes: Minister his minister son M K
Stalin CRPF protection.
judges table.
The advocates
incident. The advocates
have beaten me,'' he said
Chennai, Feb 17: across river Palar. Renewal Mission, would So they cannot object if also shouted slogans, and sought the permission
The Tamil Nadu Mr Anbzhagan be taken up in the central forces are posted called Dr Swamy by his of the judges to cite them
Government would take said the government ensuing financial year. here'', he charged. caste and abused him in as witnesses.
legal steps to protect its would constitute an Mr Anbazhagan ''The time has filthy language, that left Responding to
rights on inter-state river expert committee also urged the Centre to
come for the Centre to the Judges annoyed, this, Mr Justice Mishra said
water issues, including the h e a d e d b y M r provide financial
Cauvery and the Mohanakrishnan, assistance for declare Tamil Nadu a shocked and infuriated. ''you are the victim.
Mullaperiyar Dam issues, Chairman of Cauvery construction of Kattalai disturbed state'', he F o u r You do whatever
Finance Minister K Te c h n i c a l C e l l , t o Barrage across Cauvery charged, adding Government Advocates you want. We will take
Anbazhagan announced in examine and submit a under the Cauvery- common people were who were present in the appropriate action''.
the State Assembly today. detailed report on Gundar Interlinking already suffering. court hall, tried in vain to The judges then
Presenting the implementation of the Project for taking the It all started protect Dr Swamy. As the adjourned all the cases
Budget for 2009-10, he Atikadavi-Avinasi Canal surplus flood water to when a group of five lawyers were boycotting and retired to their
said the government would Project, a long standing water-deficit districts and advocates, on learning courts on Tamils issue, chamber.
take necessary legal demand from the people interlinking of that Dr Swamy was in the there were hardly about Later, talking to
m e a s u r e s w i t h of Coimbatore and Erode Ta m i r a b a r a i - court hall, first came in five to six of them reporters, Dr Swamy said
determination to protect its districts. A dam would be Karumeniyar-Nambiar and left after assessing besides court officers, this incident showed total
rights regarding all constructed across Project for diverting the the situation. When when the group of breakdown of law and
disputes in sharing river Nallathangal Oodai at surplus flood water of another group of about lawyers barged in. order in the state.
w a t e r s a ff e c t i n g t h e Kothayam village in Tamirabarani river to the ten advocates came to Among the Apart from filing a
livelihood of farmers. Dindugul District at a cost dry areas of Tuticorin and
the court hall and stared group of lawyers police complaint, Dr
The issues of Rs seven crore with Tirunelveli districts.
included sharing Cauvery financial assistance from A B u d g e t at Dr Swamy, the court involved in the incident Swamy said he would
waters with Karnataka, NABARD. allocation of Rs 200 crore officer, sensing were five women move the Bar Council of
Kerala's opposition to The Rs 1,448 has been made for the something untoward was advocates including India seeking to debar the
raising the water level in crore project to prevent two projects, he said and going to happen, Sengodi and Kayalvizhi. advocates.He would move
Mullaiperiyar Dam and flooding of Chennai city, urged the Centre to informed the police. It was at this the Centre seeking to
Neyyar river and Andhra which was approved provide early financial S o o n a n stage that a visibly dismiss the ruling DMK
Pradesh's move to under the Jawaharlal assistance for them. Assistant Commissioner annoyed Justice government in the state.
construct check dams Nehru National Urban - Agencies -Agencies
Feb. 17, 2009 Times Chennai E-Paper Page 3
India lagging behind in Science & Technology
due to low R&D investment: Govt
India's first oceanarium New Delhi, Feb 17: Minister Kapil Sibal said also showed that India had
to come up in Kochi India is "lagging
behind" developed and
in a written reply in the
Lok Sabha.
only 140 researchers per
million population. The
Kochi, Feb. 17 : Tourists could 2.4 M wide transparent newl y industrial i sed As per an index same was 6,139 in
As part of get the feel of walking on curved acrylic tunnel will economies in the field of of S&T indicators for Sweden, 5,713 in
promoting 'fisheries the sea bed getting a be winding through this Science and Technology developed and Singapore, 5,546 in Japan
tourism', Kerala clear view of the main tank. The acrylic due to "comparatively developing countries for and 4,651 in the United
Government has initiated a spectacular water world. tunnel will have a slow low" investment in 2004-06, India's R&D States.
proposal to set up a rs 350 The main tank is moving walkway, so also r e s e a r c h a n d expenditure was 0.88 Admitting that
crore 'Oceanarium' here, meticulously planned to a fixed platform inside the development and percent of the GDP, while India is "lagging behind"
the country's first, to enable reflect the various tunnel for the visitors to inadequate R&D the same was 4.53 developed and newly
a thrilling experience for aspects of the world step aside if they wish to manpower, the percent for Israel, 2.61 industrialised economies,
people and researchers to beneath the ocean. Reef, view a particular species government said on percent for the US and Sibal said the government
study marine species, rock and weed structures of their interest in detail, Tuesday. 3.4 percent for Japan. has taken several
including large ones like are reproduced to create Kurup said. In India, R&D The indicators, initiatives to enhance
whales and sharks, and a pleasant enviornment The Marine investments as sourced from UNESCO public and private
habitat at a closer level. and a natural habitat for Department have plans percentage of GDP and Institute for Statistics, investments in R&D and to
The proposed the marine species that to set up a world standard R&D manpower per Wo r l d D e v e l o p m e n t ensure availability of
project, to be set up on a will make it their home, convention centre for million population is Indicators and World adequate R&D manpower.
public-private partnership the official said. holding international c o m p a r a t i v e l y l o w, Bank Research and
model, spread over 50 Ten acres out of marine conferences and Science and Technology Development Statistics, - Agencies
acres at Puthuvypeen in the 50 acres identified seminars related to
Ernakulam District, was has been allotted to marine life studies, with a
expected to be launched Kochi-based Centre for seating capacity for 1000 SC asks states to comply with
by 2010, Kerala minister for Marine Living Resources people, chain of
fisheries, S Sarma said.
An oceanarium is
and Ecology of the
Ministry of Earth
restaurants, coffee
houses, provisions,
orders on marriage registration
a simulated ocean and Sciences to shift its books and library, an New Delhi, Feb. 17 : comprising Justices Arijit amicus curiae (friend of
contains all the living research activities to that amphitheatre for Three years Pasayat and P court), said some states
organisms found in the area,Kurup said. watching movies, a after the Supreme Court Sathasivam posted the have not complied with the
water body including large Apart from musical fountain and a ordered compulsory matter for April 3 asking directions.
species like whales and commercial activities, the food court, Kurup said. registration of all the state governments to However, after his
sharks, he said. oceanarium will have tie T h e marriages, irrespective of file a compliance report submission, Punjab
" O n c e t h e up with Indian oceanarium will have the religion of the couple, on its direction by way of Government said that it
procedures are finalised, Universities and Marine varied species of marine some states are still to affidavits. was awaiting Presidential
we plan to start the Biological Research organisms collected from frame and notify the rules The apex court assent on the rules. Union
construction work by this Centre in order to all over the world on the issue. had directed the Centre Territory of Chandigarh
year end and are hoping to undertake marine swimming amidst corals, Despite several a n d t h e s t a t e said it has complied with
commission the project by research projects in reef and underwater hearings after the governments to the direction.
the end of 2010", Sarma collaboration with similar caves, he said. February 14, 2006 i n c o r p o r a t e While Puducherry
said. centres abroad and There will be a judgement for making the "consequences of non- government said it will
Feasibility of the facilitate local research museum of fisheries registration of marriage registration of marriages" comply with the direction
project was under study by centre with opportunities depicting the history and compulsory, some state in the rules. within a week, Tamil Nadu
the Kerala State Industrial to do live research development of fisheries governments today When the sought some more time.
I n f r a s t r u c t u r e projects in Marine in the state, he said. sought more time to matter came up for
Development Corporation b i o l o g y a n d The history of comply with the court's hearing, senior advocate - Agencies
after which global tenders biotechnology. the modern aquarium directions. Ranjit Kumar, who is
would be called to appoint The important began some 130 years A B e n c h assisting the court as
a consultancy for the area of the oceanarium ago when the Zoological
p r o j e c t , D r complex will be its main Society of London
Madhusoodhana Kurup,
Advisor to the Fisheries
tank, which house the
curved acrylic tunnel
commenced work on an
'Aquatic Vivarium'. Philip
IAF to hold mammoth air
Minister, said.
Finance will not
through which marine life
could be viewed from
Henry Gosse was one of
the original suppliers of
exercise this week
be a problem and there are close range. The main stocks to this new fish New Delhi, Feb. 17 : installations on the east Air Marshal S.
people who are showing tank is of heavy 'RCC house at the London Zoo To validate the coast and Lakshadweep Radhakrishnan said: "The
interest in investing, he construction' to hold and it was he who concept of flexi-use of and Minicoy Islands in air exercises of this nature
said, adding a steering around 12,000 cubic M of introduced the word airspace to fight battles the South West. not only increases the
committee has already seawater. 'aquarium' in its modern and to secure the "All the combat operational preparedness
been appointed. A 250 M long, sense. peninsular skies aircraft have capability o f th e IA F b u t a l s o
-Agencies including the coastal belt, for air-to-air refuelling by strengthens the process of
the Indian Air Force (IAF) the IL- 78 tankers which coordination between the
is all set to carry out the are strategically AAI and the IAF for
NIA to probe only 'gravest' second edition of its
mammoth exercise
positioned to increase
the reach of fighters to go
handling and eventuality
requiring use of combat air
'Dakshin Prahar' from around the peninsula power at short notice."
cases; hiring on: PC February 18. without refuelling," an Earlier, whenever
The week-long IAF spokesperson said major operational
New Delhi, Feb. 17 : He said only "gravest" query, he said the NIA will unique operational here. exercises were held by the
The National cases of crimes will be not take up investigation exercise under the The transport IAF, tight restrictions were
Investigation Agency taken up for investigation in the Mumbai attacks Southern Air Command aircraft An-32s and Avro, placed on the use of
(NIA), set up in the by the NIA, which will case as the probe was (SAC) assumes and Mi-8 helicopters airspace.
aftermath of the Mumbai operate in a concurrent "almost complete" and significance in the wake would provide vital Such restrictions
attacks, will probe only jurisdictional framework. the Mumbai Police is of the Aero India show support and perform would have caused severe
"gravest" incidents of terror "There is team "poised to file a held in Bangalore last communication duties disruption in day-to-day air
crimes and a team of in place to take up chargesheet" in the week and will reflect the during the exercise. traffic in the booming civil
officers is already in place investigation into any matter. Asked whether IAF ability to sustain The aircraft aviation sector. Last year,
to handle any such cases. case referred to the NIA," the NIA would probe operations for a would practice modern when the exercise was
"As I speak, he said adding that Naxal incidents, prolonged period of time. tactics in carefully crafted conducted for the first time,
orders have been issued "happily, no such incident Chidambaram said such The SAC would corridor in coordination SAC and AAI displayed
for appointment of one has occurred since the cases "may not be fit deploy its state-of-the-art with the Airport Authority exemplary coordination
DIG, two superintendents NIA was set up." cases for NIA." fighter aircraft such as of India (AAI) so that civil with interaction at every
of police, two deputy "NIA will take up H o w e v e r, h e Su-30MKI, Mirage-2000 and military air level, joint-manship from
superintendents of police cases referred to by the said NIA may take up and upgraded versions operations can be the planning stage and
and two inspectors," Home states and in rare cases cases of Naxal violence of maritime Jaguar in conducted smoothly and successfully executed an
Minister P Chidambaram take up cases in a suo but a decision would order to cover its vast simultaneously, the IAF intricate exercise.
said replying to motu manner," have to be taken on a area of responsibility spokesperson said. - Agencies
supplementaries in the Lok Chidambaram said. case-by-case basis. including the peninsular SAC Air Officer
Sabha. Replying to a - Agencies region and offshore Commanding-in-Chief
Page 4 Times Chennai E-Paper Feb. 17, 2009
Low intensity blast hits bus near
Pune; ATS probing incident
Pune, Feb 17: bus which was stationary gelatine sticks inside was
Talibanisation comment: A low intensity at the terminus at the time noticed hanging out of the
explosion in a state of the blast, Peter Lobo, back window of the bus.
Renuka hits back transport bus at Manchar ATS inspector said on "We are carrying
terminus, around 40 km Tuesday. on parallel investigation
New Delhi, Feb 17: and Child Welfare from here, caused panic While minor with police to know
government should take
Union Minister for minister had created on Monday night even as damage was done to the whether the act was a
action against goons and a team of Anti-Terrorist bus structure, none of the mischief to create panic by
Women and ChildWelfare, lumpens as the real issue hatred among different
Squad (ATS) from the city half a dozen passengers local culprits or was
Renuka Chawdhary on is that fascist force are communities. The rushed to the site to who were seated in the handiwork of other
Tuesday hit back against still operating there.” statement was an insult investigate the incident. front rows, was injured in suspected elements," the
the Karnataka government The minister to the district's people," Gelatine sticks the blast, he said. ATS officer added.
over reports that the city also said that the move said a city advocate who were used in the device After the blast, a - Agencies
s e e m s helped the complainants that had been kept under 12ft wire that was
politically file the case in the City back row of seats in the connected with the
motivated. Judicial Magistrate court.
Earlier The cases were filed
yesterday, under IPC 153 Budget has failed to address
Mayor of ( A ) ( c o m m u n a l
the BJP- provocation statement), immediate requirements: BJP
r u l e d 153 (B)(statement
Mangalore against country's New Delhi, Feb. 17 : feeling among members leaders in Jharkhand also
integrity) and 505 T h e B J P was that the budget came up in the meeting and
C i t y
(instigating communal Parliamentary Party on presented yesterday by the party has decided to
Corporation Tuesday dubbed the Pranab Mukherjee was raise the issue during the
Ganesh violence), Padma Prasad
interim budget as a "no more or less a no budget debate on president's rule
Hosabettu Hegde said. budget," accusing the which has failed to in the state during the
Mayor has served her with and several others filed The Mayor and UPA government of address the problems session, he added. The
a legal notice over her cases against certain others have having failed to address faced by the economy," opposition has also served
comments claiming that Chowdhury, accusing her already issued notices to the immediate party leader Yashwant a notice for a debate on the
Mangalore is being of making communally the minister on February requirements of the Sinha said. Satyam scandal and global
Talibanised. provocative statements 12 to withdraw her Indian economy. The issue of meltdown.
Ta l k i n g t o that Mangalore has been statement and apologise, "The general police atrocities on party - Agencies
reporters in New Delhi, "Talibanised". Renuka’s he said, adding "Taliban
Chawdhary expressed and Talibanisation refers
ignorance about the notice
comment had come
when she accused the to terrorism and for an 11 Sabarimala pilgrims die as
and said, “I have not Indian Citizen it means
received any notice.” She
state govt of non action in
the Mangalore pub anti-Indian and anti- bus falls into gorge
further said, “What are they assault case. human."
sending me notices about? - Agencies Kottayam, Feb. 17 : carrying 60 pilgrims from in Kottayam and Taluk
"The alleged
T h e K a r n a t a k a Eleven pilgrims Andhra Pradesh's West Hospital in Kanjirapally.
statement by the Woman travelling to the Godavari district, slipped K e r a l a
Sabarimala hill shrine into a 50-foot gorge while Government has
were killed and 40 others it was passing the narrow announced a solatium to
SC has no record on complaints injured, 20 of them
seriously, when their bus
Pampa Valley road. the kins of the pilgrims.
As soon as The Sabarimala
received against HC judges fell into a gorge near
Erumeli town in
news of the mishap
spread, locals rushed to
shrine is located in
Pathanamthitta district of
New Delhi, Feb 17: Supreme Court that such Shruti Singh Chauhan of Kottayam district in the the spot and took the Kerala.
Chief Justice of complaints "are not held Delhi seeking a "List of all wee hours on Tuesday. injured persons to the - Agencies
India KG Balakrishnan may by or under the control of complaints received T h e b u s , Medical College Hospital
have recommended Supreme Court of India ", against judges or staff of
impeachment of a Calcutta an argument upheld by different High Courts"
High Court judge for the Central Information between April 1, 2003 to
misconduct but the
Supreme Court seems to
Commission.
The RTI query
March 31, 2007.
The apex court
Digvijay to be responsible for
be on a sticky wicket when
it comes to recording
comes in the backdrop of
the CJI's recent move to
in its reply said
"...complaints against
severing SP-Cong ties: Amar
alleged lapses committed recommend to the Judges of the High New Delhi, Feb. 17 UPA government when it the exercise on the basis of
by other High Court judges. government that Calcutta Courts or staff of different In a further was facing its worst crisis last Lok Sabha polls in the
In fact, the apex HC judge Soumitra Sen High Courts are not held indication of widening of after Left Front withdrew state.
court keeps no record of should be impeached on by or under the control of rifts between Congress its support to the Lauding the role
complaints received charges of misconduct. the Supreme Court and and Samajwadi Party, government. We came to of SP in helping the UPA in
against judges and other The information hence your request Amar Singh on Tuesday the rescue of Congress. winning the trust vote,
employees of High Courts. watchdog has accepted cannot be acceded to.” lashed out at Congress Instead of being thankful, Digvijay Singh had said,
This was found the argument put forth by - Agencies leader Digvijay Singh for the party leaders are "SP is a secular party and it
out by an RTI applicant the Supreme Court, while his “begging bowl” i s s u i n g s u c h has contributed to helping
who was informed by the replying to the RTI plea of remark. statements,” SP leader us to curtail BJP and it has
“Leaders like added. been effective in doing so.
Digvijay Singh are PTI reported But we are not standing
Modi asks voters to reject misguiding the Congress that Singh said with a begging bowl (hum
high command. The Samajwadi Party will not bheek ki katori leke khade
`dynastic rule' statements emerging
from the Congress party
give more than 15 seats
to Congress in the
nahi hain) and want an
honourable agreement and
Chennai, Feb. 17 : democratic party in the was family rule for the are very disheartening,” upcoming Lok Sabha want the SP to analyse,
Stating that country with an exception last 25 to 30 years in Samajwadi Party general elections in the state. which party is strong in
majority of the political to it", he said at a book America. However, since secretary Amar Singh O n M o n d a y, which seat.”
parties in the country were releasing function here. people there were "tired said. blowing hot and cold, “We can also
following "dynastic rule", Modi alleged of family rule, they "...if there is any AICC general secretary have friendly fights and it is
Gujarat Chief Minister that even parties like selected Barack rift between the incharge of Lok Sabha nothing new. They had a
Narendra Modi on Monday Congress were not above Obama", he said. Congress and the SP, polls for UP Digvijay friendly fight in 2004. Talks
asked people to reject such family politics. "This is a H e a l s o then Digvijay Singh will Singh had said his party are going on and an
parties. very sad part of Indian highlighted various be responsible for the has not approached agreement is possible",
"Majority of the politics", he said. developmental severed ties. I did not say Samajwadi Party with a Singh had said.
political parties are run by While pointing measures undertaken by he is a beggar nor I am," begging bowl on seat-
families. One family one out the change in political his government in Amar Singh said. sharing in Uttar Pradesh - TNN
party, that is the usual scenario in the United Gujarat. “We helped the and rejected holding of
policy. But BJP is the only States, Modi said there - Agencies
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McEnroe moves from enfant
terrible to fighting 50
Paris, Feb 17: Boston. It's a bond he has
He was once "At 50, he still found hard to break.
the raging, wild-haired, plays great," said "Tennis has given
enfant terrible of men's Sampras of McEnroe, me a lot. But sure I'd like to
tennis who blew like a who won the first of what do something more
Sania in Rd 2 of Dubai Open would be 77 singles important," he told a
titles at the 1979 US magazine.
Dubai, Feb 17: moved into the second advantage by breaking Open. Although he has
Sania Mirza round of the Dubai Tennis her in the third game. McEnroe broke yet to be directly tempted
Championship with a But once the records and shattered by politics, he admits that
straight-set win over 87th-ranked Indian's conventions during he was one of many to
Russian Ekaterina forehand became more his stormy career welcome the election of
Makarova. consistent, she broke which officially ended Barack Obama.
The Indian ace, back in the eighth game in 1992. "It's a great
who lost in the final of the and then dominated her F o u r U S moment for our country. It's
Pattaya Open, continued rival. Opens, three a period full of hope.
her impressive form to Sania will now Wimbledon titles and Obama inspires but a lot of
overpower her Russian take on the 16th-seeded five Davis Cup titles people who I've met have
counterpart 7-5, 6-2 last Estonian Kaia Kanepi came his way as did a inspired me."
night. with the winner likely to remarkable 1984 McEnroe has
Sania, who was face the former world season where he was been the inspiration for
given a wild-card entry number one Jelena pipped for the French many to start a tennis
into this 56-woman Jankovic in the third Open title in what was career and although it's
tournament, appeared round. just one of three been 17 years since he
sluggish at the beginning, - Agencies hurricane into the All played as a professional,
continued her impressive England Club, sending defeats in a year of 82
form this year as she and Makarova took full wins. friends and rivals have
s h i v e r s d o w n warm memories.
Wimbledon's genteel “I don't feel
troubled by being 50, but " I t w a s a
spine.
Ponting gets his hands on ICC Now he sports I'm feeling fine," said
McEnroe who celebrated
wonderful time, an exciting
time to be a tennis pro,
w e l l - t a i l o r e d ,
Test Championship mace conservative suits, deals
in modern art and is an
his birthday yesterday.
"It's good to feel
especially to be a tennis
pro with John McEnroe,"
the work that I have been said his former doubles
Johannesburg, Feb 16: is all about.” we’ve been recognised articulate, widely- partner Peter Fleming.
respected father of six. doing in the gym for the
Australia captain “We’ve been as number one we’ve "In the early
And he still plays. past five or six years has
Ricky Ponting got his good enough over a long tried to train as if we’re 1980s he must have been
It's hard to helped me. It's great to
hands on the symbol of his period of time to hang on number two. We’ll one of the five most
b e l i e v e th a t fo r m e r see the benefits both on
side’s dominance in Test to this trophy, we know continue to try to do that recognizable people in the
superbrat John McEnroe the court and off,"
cricket on Monday, the what it takes to hang on here,” he added. world. There was
has just turned 50. McEnroe said.
Reliance Mobile ICC Test to it and we know what it Australia Mohammed Ali, Pele,
The American He's never far
arrived in South Africa off Ronald Reagan, but John
reached the landmark away from the tennis
the back of a first home was right up there."
birthday yesterday, just a courts either playing on
Test series loss in 16
day after playing fellow the seniors tour or
years, the 2-1 defeat - Agencies
old-timer Pete Sampras commentating for
inflicted upon it by South
in an exhibition event in television.
Africa in December and
January.
To some critics
that form might place
Australia as the
Dona Ganguly says Sourav offered
underdog but Ponting
was content to look at
LS election ticket; SP denies
things in a positive light Kolkata, Feb 17: the upcoming general
and push the pressure upcoming elections by
Sourav Ganguly Samajwadi Party (SP), it elections by SP.
back on the home side. has been offered a ticket On the other
“I had it told to was confirmed by none
other than his hand, the Samajwadi Party
me (this morning in (SP) issued a statement
Sydney) that we were wife, Dona
Ganguly. that no such offer had been
Championship mace, and will take over the next few going away as
S h e made to the feisty
vowed he and his players weeks to hang on to it underdogs,” he said.
told reporters cricketer.
would fight to maintain again.” “ T h e
o n Tu e s d a y If Ganguly
their number one status. “(Being number expectation in South
that the ex accepts to stand in the
Ponting lifted the one) does mean a lot to Africa is high and so it
Indian skipper elections, he would join
mace in front of a packed us, it’s something we’ve should be as they played
and captain of many other hi-profile
media conference in never taken for granted some excellent cricket in
the IPL’s names like Sanjay Dutt,
Johannesburg at the start and it’s not meant we’ve Australia a few weeks
Kolkata Knight Jayaprada, Jaya
of a tour that will test his haven’t worked as hard ago. That’s what makes
Riders team Bachchan and Manoj
side’s primacy to the limit in as any other team.” this series so big and so
had indeed Tiwari who are already a
the ultimate form of the “What’s made enjoyable for us.”
b e e n part of SP.
game. us stand out is that while - Agencies to contest in the
approached to stand in - Agencies
Its status as top
dog is under threat from
South Africa and a series Viv Richards wants a say in future matches
win for the Proteas in the London, Feb 17: abandoned just after 10 ground. I think I have a very disappointed I was very placid wicket, but I`m
upcoming three-match Deeply hurt by balls being bowled due to fair idea about grounds
series that starts on 26 with what I saw. I wasn`t told the net pitches last
the second Test fiasco dangerous outfield and what surfaces are fit happy, I tell you. The week looked a little spicy.
February will topple between England and conditions and Richards to play on. In the future I reports I had been But then there is nothing
Australia from top spot for West Indies in the wanted to make sure that want to have a say," getting were that the wrong with that, I suppose.
the first time in almost six stadium bearing his similar incidents do not Richard said. ground was in good nick. In fact England might quite
years. name, batting legend happen in future. Richards said So they were blatant like that."
But Ponting, Vivian Richards has He said he he was disappointed to lies," he added. The International
speaking after arriving demanded that he should be informed see the conditions of the R i c h a r d s , h o w e v e r, Cricket Council is currently
from Sydney, and with the should have a say on the before any decision is ground during his visit to hoped that the hurriedly- waiting for a report from the
mace in front of him, said: ground conditions in any taken on organising any the stadium. “I only went prepared Antigua match referee of the
“Anyone who plays an future international international match at the halfway out to the middle Recreation Ground second Test, Allan Hurst
individual or team sport match there. ground in future. and turned back. That where the third Test is before deciding on
wants to be recognised as The Test at Sir "I must be was enough. I went currently going on will whether to impose a
being the best. It’s what Vivian Richards Stadium consulted about whether straight to the local suit the hosts. sanction on the stadium.
playing international sport in Antigua was I`m happy with the officials and said how "It is normally a Bureau Report
Feb. 17, 2009 Times Chennai E-Paper Page 7
Business
India's gems, jewellery
LVB launches online RTGS funds exports in Apr-Jan up 7%
transfer through Internet Mumbai, Feb 17: India's as compared to USD period last year. The export
gem and jewellery 16,771.03 million in the of rough diamonds also
Chennai, Feb. 17: more than Rs.100,000/- grievance redressal, etc. exports rose by 7.05 per same period last year. increased by a whopping
Lakshmi Vilas can be done using this LVB at present cent to Rs 72,529.67 The exchange 67.10 per cent at Rs 2,958
Bank, a leading south facility. The bank has has 251 branches spread crore in the April-January rate stood at Rs 44.26 per crore as compared to Rs
based Private Sector Bank informed that all over 14 states and the 2009 period, according a US dollar in the April 08- 1,770 crore.
has launched online necessary security union territory of Gems and Jewellery January 09 period as Gold jewellery
transfer of funds using features are inbuilt so Pondicherry and Export Promotion compared to Rs 40.40 a exports from domestic tariff
RTGS on the internet. This that the transactions are planning to open 23 Council (GJEPC) data. dollar in the April 07-Jan area fell 18 per cent a year
service is being made carried out in a secured branches over the next Exports of gem 08 period, it said. ago to Rs 7,917 crore,
available to the internet way. Meanwhile, the 10 months. . LVB has and jewellery stood at Rs The cut and while exports from special
banking customers of the Bank has re-launched been focusing on retail 67,754.95 crore in the polished diamond economic zones and
Bank free of cost. Existing their website with more banking, corporate same period last fiscal. exports increased by export processing zones
customers can avail of this interactive features. The banking and banc However, 6.43 per cent to Rs rose 26.60 per cent to Rs
facility by registering for the new website is more assurance. exports in dollar terms 48,775 crore in April 08- 11,059 crore.
internet banking facility of customer friendly and - Staff Reporter declined by 2.29 per cent January 09 as against Rs - Agencies
the Bank. contains features like to USD 16,387.18-million 45,827 crore in the same
ransfer of funds of online application,

SC gives conditional nod to debt Rs 100 cr tax concession in TN budget
Chennai, Feb. 17 : He said land tax Karunanidhi will soon lay
transactions by banks The Tamil Nadu for dry land would be the foundation stone for the
budget, presented by reduced to Rs 2 from the Rs 14,600 crore metro rail
New Delhi, Feb. 17 : A b e n c h hearing on April 14. state Finance Minister K present Rs 15 per acre, project for Chennai.
The Supreme headed by Justice S H "It is made clear Anbazhagan on and to Rs 5 from Rs 50 for The State will
Court on Monday Kapadia, while that in the event of Tuesday, shows a deficit wet land. This would be bear Rs 11,680 crore, of
temporarily allowed the impleading the Indian d i s m i s s a l o f S L P, of Rs 11,823.64 crore, done by simplifying the which Rs 8,646 crore
banks to go ahead with Banks Association and assignee and assignor chiefly on the back of tax current cumbersome would come as loan from
transactions related to RBI as parties, said that will revert the concessions worth Rs system of fixing the tax, the Japan International co-
assigning of debts subject transactions/activities transcation...," it stated. 100 crore and interest- he said. operation agency, while
to final disposal of their related to assignment of However, it said that it will free crop loans to be Local cess and the Centre's contribution
petitions. d e b ts ca n co n ti n u e look into issues whether given to farmers who local cess surcharge on will be Rs 2,920 crore.
Three private provided ICICI Bank and the transactions were repaid their loans on time land tax would not be Tenders for initial work on
banks - ICICI Bank, Kotak Kotak Mahindra gave legal and whether the from this fiscal. levied from the next the project had been
Mahindra Bank and undertaking that in case defaulting company had T h e fiscal, he said. This would finalised, he said.
Standard Chartered Bank - their petitions are the right to challenge the government itself would benefit over 50 lakh
have moved the apex court dismissed they would issue of assignment of its pay interest to co- farmers in the state. - Agencies
challenging the Gujarat revert all the debts to other banks. operatives, he said. Chief Minister M
High Court judgement that transactions. It also - Agencies
banned trading in debts. posted the matter for final

Employees of associate banks of
SBI to go on strike tomorrow
Patiala, Feb 17: b e t w e e n S B I associate banks, which
Employees of the management and us have already been
six associate banks of the have failed because of extended to SBI staff for
State Bank of India would the rigid attitude of the last one and half year.
go on a nation-wide strike management. Therefore According to Gaur, no
tomorrow for not getting we are forced to observe banking transaction
benefits at par with the SBI one-day strike tomorrow," would take place at 5,000
staff and their merger with s a i d N a r e s h G a u r, branches of SBI
the parent bank. General Secretary of associate banks across
As many as State Sector Bank the country.
60,000 Class III and IV Employees Association SSBEA has
employees are going on (SSBEA). members from State
strike against the He lamented Bank of Patiala, State
discrimination in extension that SBI management Bank of Bikaner and
of loan and interest has not extended the Jaipur, State Bank of
reduction benefits, said All benefits, including loans Hyderabad, State Bank
India State Bank of Indore and reduction in rate of of Travancore, State
Officers' Coordination interest in case of Bank of Mysore and State
Committee member Alok housing loans, overdraft Bank of Indore.
Khare. facility, festival loans to -Agencies
"The talks the employees of

Gold futures touches record
high at Rs 15,050
New Delhi, Feb. 17: contract shot up by 2.31 financial crisis.
Gold futures hit a per cent to Rs 15,050 per Meanwhile, on
new high of Rs 15,050 per 10 gram. the MCX counter, far-
10 gram in early deals on The contract month June contract
Tuesday, taking cues from clocked business moved up by 2.10 per
the firm trend in other Asian turnover of five lots. cent to Rs 15,039 per 10
markets, as investors The precious gram, with a turnover of
bought the metal as an metal shot up by 1.55 per 370 lots, while its April
alternative to slumping cent to USD 956.20 an contract gained 2.11 per
equities. ounce in Asia -- the cent at Rs 15,029 per 10
On the Multi highest in seven months - gram in a turnover of
Commodity Exchange, - on rising concerns of 6,221 lots.
gold for August-month recession and deepening - Agencies
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