11TT01A.qxd 9/10/2012 10:14 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE INSIDE NATION Cartoonist refuses bail Jalandhar Chandigarh New Delhi Bathinda Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Cong blasts CAG over coal fire, says auditor misused authority ANITA KATYAL/TNS Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who was arrested by the Mumbai police on Saturday night on charges of sedition, refused to apply for bail after the police told a court on Monday that his custody was not required. P2 HIMACHAL PRADESH HLP vision document The Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) released its 15-year vision document on Monday. It said it would hit out at the political-bureaucrat-industrialist nexus to save prime agricultural land and prevent privatisation of education. P10 WORLD Taliban ‘peace’ deal Unlikely as it may seem, a rudimentary hearts and minds campaign is in the process of building up in Afghanistan with the Taliban at the forefront. P13 ON THE OFFENSIVE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 10 Even as the BJP will chalk out its agitation programme against the UPA government on coal block allotments later this week, the ruling combine has lost no time in launching its counter offensive, including a sharp attack against the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). While senior Congress ministers have started travelling to different state capitals to defend the government and nail the BJP for disrupting Parliament on this issue, party spokesperson Manish Tewari upped the ante today by criticising the national auditor, whose report that the national exchequer suffered huge losses in the allotment of coal blocks, has pushed the government on the backfoot. Taking a cue from his senior colleague AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh who was the first party leader to hit out directly at CAG Vinod Rai, Tewari accused ❚ Congress says CAG was as much to blame for the wasted session of Parliament as the Opposition ❚ Suggests that the CAG was acting at the behest of an Opposition party ❚ Alleges that history shows the mindset of the CAG "matches certain parties" ❚ Says Opposition leaders had called up CAG officials for one of the reports DIGVIJAY FIRST TO ATTACK RAI Digvijay Singh had earlier attacked Vinod Rai (pic) by accusing him of harbouring political ambitions like one of his predecessors TN Chaturvedi. The Congress leader recalled that as CAG, Chaturvedi had made adverse remarks against the Rajiv Gandhi government on the purchase of Bofors guns and subsequently joined the BJP and became a Rajya Sabha member and governor of Karnataka. the “national auditor of misusing his constitutional authority”, adding that CAG was as much to blame for the wasted monsoon session of Parliament as the opposition. Continuing in the same vein, Tewari also suggested the CAG was acting at the behest of an opposition party though he did not name the BJP. He said "history shows the mindset" of the CAG BACK PAGE 1 dead in N-plant protest "matches certain parties", alleging that Opposition leaders had called up CAG officials for one of the reports. Tewari stated that the CAG's "notional figures" had caused embarrassment for the country which had even been questioned by independent experts. Ever since the CAG report was tabled in Parliament, Congress ministers have CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 10 A fisherman was killed in firing on anti-nuclear protesters at a coastal village in Tuticorin district while they clashed with the police near the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, torching local administrative offices. 20 feared dead as bus falls into gorge in HP RAIN GAIN: Many parts of Haryana have been lashed by heavy showers in the past few days. File photo VIBHA SHARMA/TNS NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 10 At least 20 people are believed to have died when an HRTC bus fell into a deep gorge, about 25 km from Palampur. Sources said the 42-seater bus bound for Ashapuri — a remote area in Kangra district — from Palampur was overloaded as it was the last bus to leave for the place and its adjoining areas. Locals said the bus driver lost control while shifting gear on a steep slope. As a result, the bus fell into the gorge. The road to Ashapuri is metalled, sources said. Official source said the accident took place near Makola. The locals have started rescue work, sources said, adding the district administration teams are yet to reach the place. Continued on page 11 The late burst of rain in August and September has dispelled fears of droughtlike conditions in Haryana. The state’s rain deficit is down from 73% at the end of July to about 30 per cent as of Monday. Output would be normal for crops such as paddy and cotton, but production of crops such as bajra and oilseeds would be affected in a major way, sources in the agriculture department said. “Revival of the monsoon in Circumventing law, political parties earn crores: Report LALIT MOHAN/TNS DHARAMSALA, SEPTEMBER 10 The Congress, the BJP and other major political parties may be diametrically opposite to each other ideologywise, but when it comes to funding and finances, there are common connections with “trusts” floated by top corporate houses and similar tricks to circumvent law and hide incomes. The latest salvo by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch, based on the analysis of IT returns and donations received by parties, shows how political outfits receive funds from secret trusts and undisclosed donors. According to the analysis for the period between 2004 and 2011, income of 23 major parties saw a steady growth. The Congress’ earnings went up per the law, political parties are also not eligible to accept any contributions from any foreign source, but companies with foreign links donated to the Congress and the BJP. For example, Sterlite industries, a subsidiary of Vedanta Group, donated Rs 6.5 crore to the Congress, while the Madras Aluminium Company, The Supreme Court today refused to quash criminal proceeding against former Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Nirmal Yadav in the 2008 cash-at-judge's door scam. A bench of justices H L Dattu and C K Prasad, however, allowed Yadav to raise all her objections before the trial court and asked the lower court to decide the case against her without being influenced by the high court's verdict allowing her criminal prosecution. Senior advocate K T S Tulsi, appearing for the former judge, said she was not provided with the material on the basis of which the high court had decided the case against her. Continued on page 11 Continued on page 11 (Period: Past seven years) from Rs 222 crore in 2004 to Rs 307 crore in 2011 and BJP’s from Rs 104 crore to Rs 168 crore. Donations and voluntary contributions were major sources of income, but largely from undisclosed contributors. Political parties have to report correct quantum and source of donations, but ADR claims that none gave correct or complete information. As SC refuses to quash Nirmal Yadav’s trial NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 10 TOP FUNDRAISERS Party Amount Congress `2,008 cr BJP `994 cr BSP `484 cr CPM `417 cr SP `279 cr TOP DONORS Trusts floated by big companies like the Aditya Birla Group, the Tata Group and Bharti Airtel Limited are among the top donors. August and September has allayed fears of drought-like conditions. The state is on its way to normal kharif crop production,” said BS Duggal, Additional Director (Agriculture). Deficient rainfall had taken a toll on the sowing of kharif crops in Haryana. Crops could be sown over only 21.64 lakh hectares as against the target of 30.75 lakh hectares. In June and July, overall rainfall deficiency was pegged at 73%, affecting the sowing of crops. As against a target of 6 lakh hectares, only AKALI DAL The Akali Dal’s total income since 2004 is `2,567.43 lakh. The figure does not include IT returns for 2004-05 and 2010-11. Source for chart: ADR/NEW Haryana’s Ritu Rani to lead Indian hockey team NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 10 Ritu Rani will lead the Indian senior women's hockey team in the Electric Ireland Champions Challenge 1 from September 29 to October 7 in Dublin. This will be Indian eves' maiden assignment under chief coach Neil Hawgood and Rani said that her team is eager to compete against the sides, which had taken part in the recent Olympic Games. "We have worked very hard during the camp in Bhopal under the supervision of NCTC not in deep freeze, will talk to CMs: Shinde TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 10 Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today termed the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) as a “good move”, saying that he would discuss the matter with the chief ministers. Addressing a press conference, Shinde, when asked if he had firmed up his views on the NCTC during the six weeks that he has been at the helm of the Home Ministry, said "Yes, I am going into details. I would like to discuss the matter with the chief ministers.” “The NCTC will be sorted out during the UPA-II regime”, Shinde said when asked if it had been pushed to the back burner. Shinde had made no mention of the NCTC in his speech at the three-day DGPs conference which ended in the national capital on Saturday. “I intend to speak to them personally”, said Shinde. His predecessor P Chidambaram had convened a chief ministers’ meeting on “ I am going into details. I would like to have a round of discussions with the chief ministers of the states. The NCTC will be sorted out during the UPA-II regime. — Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union Home Minister May 5. Raising objections, Parkash Singh Badal (Punjab), Naveen Patnaik (Odisha), J Jayalalitha (TN), Narendra Modi (Gujarat) and Nitish Kumar (Bihar) had said ‘super powers’ to the IB will hurt the federal structure of the country. Continued on page 11 Rain revival: Haryana on way to normal kharif output PRADEEP SHARMA/TNS Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Jammu Tribune. repeatedly stated that CAG had exceeded its brief by questioning the government’s policy and had even questioned its methodology in calculating that exchequer lost Rs.1.86 lakh crore. In his 32-page rebuttal, PM Manmohan Singh had taken on the auditor, describing his observations as “flawed and disputable.” Similar arguments were subsequently put forth by Finance Minister P Chidambaram and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. In fact, they had also defended the government’s decision to take on a constitutional body like CAG. It was argued that if the Prime Minister, who also occupies a Constitutional post, can be questioned, CAG’s reports can also be placed under a scanner. However, it was Digvijay Singh who had mounted a personal attack against Vinod Rai by accusing him of harbouring political ambitions like one of his predecessors TN Chaturvedi. The Congress leader recalled that as CAG, Chaturvedi had made adverse remarks against the Rajiv Gandhi government on the purchase of Bofors guns and subsequently joined the BJP. While Tewari held forth in the Capital, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal was in Uttarakhand today where he put up a stout defence of the government’s policy on coal block allotments. 22 pages `2.50 www.tribuneindia.com “ Vol. 132 No. 252 Jammu & Kashmir Edition PROUD MOMENT: Ritu Rani coach Hawgood and Exercise Physiologist Dr Ben Dascombe. We are confident we will compete hard and do our best against quality oppositions," said the captain. Defender Kirandeep Kaur has been named the vice-captain of the side. Hawgood, who took over the reins as Indian Senior Women's team's coach recently, said he was looking forward to the upcoming tournament. “I have shared my vision of enhancing an already attractive style of hockey that will balance out the attacking ability -- and that is naturally within this group -- and to have a defensive side of the game that is as well respected as our attacking side," Hawgood said. Hockey India Secretary General, Narinder Batra said he was confident of the Indian eves being competitive. “Our Junior women's team recently won Junior Women's Asia Cup silver for the first time and the selectors have included as many as seven players from that team in this squad. “We are sure the team will be very competitive." Besides c m y b India, Australia, Belgium, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, United States of America and host Ireland will will competing in the event. Australia, which finished fifth in the Olympics in London last month and is ranked seventh, tops the rankings among the eight teams. South Africa, Belgium and the USA finished 10th, 11th and 12th in the Olympics. India are ranked World No. 12 and are ahead of Spain (13), Belgium (14), Ireland (15) and Scotland (19). — PTI DEFICIT DOWN ❚ Rain deficit down to 30% from 73% at the end of July ❚ Output would be normal for crops such as paddy and cotton, but production of crops such as bajra and oilseeds would be affected 2.15 lakh hectares (35%) could be covered under bajra, a major crop of the state. Similarly, jowar could be sown over only 0.60 lakh hectares as against a target of 0.80 lakh hectares. The percentage of area covered under other crops was cotton (87%), paddy (82%), maize (47%), summer moong (60%), pulses (38%), oilseeds (40%) and guar (60%). Poor rainfall pushed up input costs, particularly for paddysustaining, which through repeated irrigation cycles is a costly proposition in a powerdeficit state like Haryana. During a meeting with Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar in Chandigarh on August 10, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had demanded a drought package of Rs 4,080 crore to compensate the farmers and the state government, which purchased electricity at a high cost so farmers could sustain their crops. With the monsoon seeing a revival, the state’s demand for drought relief would not hold much ground, official sources said. Meanwhile, Gurnam Singh, president of the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) demanded a compensation of Rs 10,000 per acre for farmers who braved droughtlike conditions and sustained crops, particularly paddy, by incurring high input costs.
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