06TT01A-NEW.qxd 11/6/2012 1:33 AM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Vol. 132 No. 308 Late City Edition INSIDE NATION Taj case: Reprieve for Maya Chandigarh New Delhi Jalandhar Bathinda Srinagar Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Jena accuses Odisha CM of mega mining scam www.tribuneindia.com 30 pages `2.50 Sukhbir in Pak to bring two Punjabs closer TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE AMRITSAR, NOVEMBER 5 Union Minister alleges collusion between Patnaik & mining operators Culture Minister takes over The newly inducted Culture Minister and member of the erstwhile royal family from Kangra, Chandresh Kumari Katoch, on Monday took charge of her new assignment at the Centre. P2 PUNJAB Shruti’s parents move HC Shruti Sachdeva's parents on Monday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation or some special investigation team into the abduction case. P5 HARYANA Cops booked The Gurgaon police is in the dock with six of its officials booked for murder in connection with an alleged custodial death. P7 HIMACHAL PRADESH High turnout Going by the figure of over 75 per cent, it is a record turnout, but if one takes into account the impact the exercise carried out to weed out duplicate voters (those enrolled as voters at more than one place), it is a high turnout, in line with past trends. P10 WORLD US Prez poll TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 5 Estimating that illegal mining in Odisha is larger than that of Karnataka and Goa put together, Congress leaders from the state, including Union Minister Srikant Jena, today demanded resignation of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and immediate cancellation of licences by firms resorting to illegal mining. “By imposing a fine of Rs 58,000 crore on 27 mining operators for illegal mining, the Odisha Government has in turn admitted to its own involvement in this mega loot of minerals in the state”, Srikant Jena, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Statistics and Programme Implementation, charged at a press conference here. Accompanied by former minister Bhakta Charan Das and others, Jena said it was going on for the past 10 years. “Would such a huge loot be possible without the connivance of the chief minister and his associates”, he sought to know, suggesting that conservative estimates put the illegal mining to be worth nearly Rs 4 lakh crore. “Had genuine sale of iron ore taken place through Oris- “ ‘METICULOUSLY PLANNED LOOT’ A DIVERSIONARY TACTIC: BJD Jena said conservative estimates put the illegal mining to be worth nearly `4 lakh crore. The Union Minister charged that the “loot has been deliberate, calculated and meticulously planned.” The charge is a diversionary tactic by the Congress that is under attack on coal block allocations: Biju Janata Dal sa Mining Corporation (OMC), the state exchequer would have got non-tax revenue of at least Rs 30,000 crore per annum which would have been used to alleviate the acute poverty, hunger, unemployment under which the entire state is reeling'', Jena wrote to Patnaik. Besides cancellation of licence to defaulting mines, he said these be taken over either by the OMC or any Central Government agency and action initiated against the mine owners. The minister charged that the loot has been “deliberate, calculated and meticulously planned” alleging collusion between the chief minister and mining operators. It is not clear whether the attack by Jena is part of a calculated counter-attack by the Congress-led UPA, which is under fire on various fronts. On his part, Jena said the state Congress had raised the issue in the state claiming that Naveen Patnaik has “friends” Gadkari’s woes pile up as Jethmalani Jr quits BJP executive NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 5 BACK PAGE German woman raped A masked intruder entered the flat of a German woman in suburban Mumbai and raped her before escaping with valuables like a handycam and cash, the police said on Monday. Today’s issue consists of 30 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and six-page Life+Style. A free four-page pull-out of Haryana Plus only in Haryana. — Srikant Jena, Union Minister in Delhi allowing him to escape national attention. He stated that behind his smooth exterior lies “a cruel” mind. Biju Janata Dal said the charge was a “diversionary” tactic by the Congress that is under attack on coal block allocations. Party MP Bharatruhari Mahtab, while speaking to The Tribune, wondered by raising the issue in whose interest was Jena, who belongs to the state, was working. Pakistan Punjab’s Assembly Speaker Rana Mohammad Iqbal greets Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal at Wagah border. Photo: Vishal Kumar KEY ISSUES ON THE AGENDA ❚ Lack of trade infrastructure on the Pakistan side: Whereas India has `150-crore Integrated Check Post (ICP) spread over 118 acres in Attari, Pakistan has a check post which operates from an area of just nine acres. ❚ Kartarpur Sahib Corridor: The distance between Dera Baba Nanak and Kartarpur Sahib is just 3 km. The Sikhs have long been demanding unrestricted access to the historic shrine through a visa-free corridor connecting the two places. Yuvi, Bhajji back for England Tests TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE US President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney are darting from one battleground state to the next in the final hours of their campaigns, seeking to draw stark contrasts from one another as polls found the two candidates in a neckand-neck race for the White House. P13 By imposing a fine of `58,000 crore on 27 mining operators for illegal mining, the Odisha Government has in turn admitted to its own involvement in this mega loot of minerals in the state. “ The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on Monday virtually let off former state Chief Minister Mayawati in the Taj corridor case by dismissing a set of petitions on the ground that these were devoid of merit. Amid high hopes of strengthening economic ties between the two Punjabs, a 45-member delegation led by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal crossed over to Pakistan today via the Attari-Wagah route. The delegation comprised five Cabinet Ministers, eminent industrialists, traders and agriculture experts. Among the key issues figuring on the agenda are lack of trade infrastructure on the Pakistan side, the opening of Hussainiwala border, the issue of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor and cultural and sporting ties. At present, India can only export 137 items to Pak via the AttariWagah land route as the neighbouring country is yet to switch to the negative list for this key trading point. Once implemented, it will open floodgates of opportunities for the trading community in Punjab. The exports from the Attari border, which stood at Rs 1,375 crore in 2011-12, will grow many fold as it will allow export of around 6,000 items from the Attari-Wagah land route. The delegation is also expected to deliberate on the issue of lack of trade infrastructure on the Pakistan side. Unlike India, which has raised a massive Rs 150-crore Integrated Check Post (ICP) spread over 118 acres of land in Attari, In an attempt to mount pressure on the RSS to deny a second term to BJP president Nitin Gadkari, noted lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani today resigned from the party’s national executive to protest against his continuation as the party chief. Gadkari was picked by the RSS to head the party and it was at its insistence that the party constitution was amended to facilitate a second presidential term for him. In a two-line resignation letter, Mahesh Jethmalani, son of Ram Jethmalani, said it would be “morally and intellectually” wrong for him to continue in the party body as long as Gadkari is in office. Already mired in controversy over financial irregularities in his Purti group of industries, the BJP president landed in fresh trouble today over his remarks drawing a comparison between the IQ levels of Swami Vivekananda and fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim. Having acquired a reputation for being afflicted with the That’s the IQ? BJP president landed in a fresh trouble over his remarks on the IQ levels of Swami Vivekananda and fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim. Gadkari was quoted as saying, “As per psychology, if we compare the IQ level of Swami Vivekananda and that of Dawood Ibrahim, then it could have been the same. But Vivekananda used it in nation building while Dawood used it in excelling in the crime world.” proverbial foot-in-mouth syndrome, Gadkari was quoted as saying, “As per psychology, if we compare the IQ level of Swami Vivekananda and that of Dawood Ibrahim, then it could have been the same. Continued on page 11 Pakistan has a check post which operates from an area of just nine acres. The issue of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor has been hanging fire for a long time. The historic Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara holds great significance for Sikhs as Guru Nanak Dev, first Sikh Guru, spent last 18 years of his life there. The distance between Dera Baba Nanak and Kartarpur Sahib is just three km. CHANDIGARH, NOVEMBER 5 A Congress flag or a Congress leader’s poster — that was all it took for a free run on the National Highway No. 21 between Chandigarh and Delhi as the toll gates were thrown open to “vehicles pasted with Congress posters” yesterday. Courtesy the party’s maha rally at Delhi’s Ramlila ground, vehicles carrying “enthused” Congress workers and their supporters from Panchkula, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Punjab were allowed “free passage” through the three toll plazas, causing financial loss to the concessionaire. The loss to the concessionaries is pegged between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 10 lakh if their “very nominal” estimation of 700 vehicles is taken into account. Sources, however, said thousands of vehicles drove through the toll plazas at Dappar, Nilokheri and Panipat. Congress “supporters” drove past in “poster-rich” cars, buses, school buses, trolleys and trucks to make the rally a “runaway success”. GAURAV KANTHWAL/TNS MOHALI, NOVEMBER 5 DUBAI, NOVEMBER 5 The announcement of the 15member squad for the first two Tests against England starting November 15 has brought happy tidings for the Punjab duo of Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh as they made it to the squad after a gap of over one year. Yuvraj is making an emotional comeback after recuperating from a rare germ cell cancer, Harbhajan, the struggling offie, has been desperately trying to make his way back into the Test team after poor international performances culminated in a stomach muscle pull in the Nottingham Test in 2011. Thirty-year-old Yuvraj, has played 37 Test match and an average of 34.80, forced his way back with a couple of big scores in the domestic circuit, and a five-wicket haul against the visiting England side. An Indian was killed and another injured as five explosions rocked parts of Bahrain’s capital Manama today, also claiming the life of another Asian, as the country grappled with growing political and ethnic unrest. The blasts, including one near the Indian embassy, were described by Bahrain’s Prime Minister as a “heinous” crime while the country’s top police official said they were “acts of terror”. India’s ambassador to Bahrain Mohan Kumar confirmed to PTI that one of the victims was an Indian who died when he accidentally stepped on an explosive device. Another Indian, a municipal collector, was also injured during one of the explosions. “At five different locations home-made IEDs went off in Bahrain this morning. Unfortunately, an Indian national Continued on page 11 More reports on P16 RECALLED: Harbhajan Singh & Yuvraj Singh MOVE QUESTIONED Punam Anand, who was travelling on the Highway No 21 at that time, has written to the National Highway Authority of India wanting to know why Congress vehicles were “exempted” from paying the toll while she was charged at all three toll plazas on the way. It was, however, just another day for the common man, the Congress so staunchly claims to stand by, who queued up to pay the toll as usual. A poster pasted on the vehicle was good enough for it to be “let off” without paying any toll. Some even “got away” with flags painted on the number plates or flutter- Continued on page 11 Indian killed, another hurt in Bahrain blasts Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah inspects a guard of honour at the Civil Secretariat in Jammu on Monday. Tribune photo: Anand Sharma Omar plays down security threat to J-K sarpanches TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, NOVEMBER 5 Amid a raging debate over providing security to around 33,000 elected panchayat members in the wake of a fresh threat by Hizbul Mujahideen chief Sayed Salah-ud-Din, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said it was not necessary to provide personal protection to each and every panch and sarpanch in the state. All parts of the state did not face the same threat from militants, he said. Interacting with the media on the opening day of Darbar at Jammu, the CM reiterated commitment of his government to ensure safety of all panchayat members. “We are seized of the matter and doing whatever is possible under the circumstances to ensure that sarpanches and panches get best possible environment to carry out their duties and responsibilities,” he said. He, however, refused to spell out what steps the government has taken to provide security to the panchayat members. “As far as the state government is concerned, we have geared up to deal with any eventuality. We have been doing regular threat assessment and wherever any step needs to be taken, it will be taken,” he said. Stating that there was no threat to panchayat members in most parts of the Jammu region, the Chief Minister said there were only about 30-40 militants operating in three districts of this region. Continued on page 11 More reports on P6 Cong workers get a free ride through toll plazas, but at whose cost? GEETANJALI GAYATRI/TNS The Sikhs have long been demanding unrestricted access to the historic shrine through a visa-free corridor connecting the two places. Meanwhile, interacting with the mediapersons at Sri Guru Ram Dass International Airport before leaving for Pakistan, the Deputy Chief Minister said he was confident that the neighbouring country would start ing on the bonnet. For them, toll gates opened without a hitch to provide smooth passage, while regular commuters looked on. Travelling on the highway, Punam Anand, who has written to the National Highway Authority of India, sought to know why Congress vehicles were “exempted” from paying c m y b the toll while she was charged money at all three toll plazas. “Leaders and workers who get political status due to the votes of the common citizens like us were allowed to proceed without paying user charges at the toll plazas,” she has complained. If such a “concession” was to be given to rally-headed vehicles, it should have been extended to all vehicles plying on the NH-21. President of the state unit of the Congress Phool Chand Mullana, however, said if any such “concession” was allowed, it was between the vehicle owners and the toll plaza staff. “I have no knowledge about it,” he said. Another senior leader conceded that Congress vehicles were “exempted” because they were carrying farmers and the rally was for a “good cause”. Meanwhile, SOMA general manager Pramod Kumar admitted that a large number of Congress vehicles headed for Delhi crossed the Nilokheri toll barrier at Karnal without paying any tax, which is about Rs 90 for a car and Rs 300 for a truck at one point. “We allow religious processions to pass through toll barriers without paying any tax. Our staff did make an attempt to stop vehicles ferrying Congress workers, but they refused to pay. We did not have a choice since they came in large numbers. So, the staff allowed them to go through without paying anything. We will write to the NHAI in that regard. Even if 700odd vehicles crossed the plazas, the loss at one such point would be over Rs 2.5 lakh,” he said. Policemen inspect the site of an explosion in Manama. named Murugayya was one of those killed. One of these blasts took place near the embassy,” Kumar said. He said the Indian officials were awaiting further details related to the incident. According to the ambassador, Murugayya and his brother were walking down the road when he accidentally stepped on to one of these devices. “Another Indian, who was working as municipal collector touched a similar device on course of duty and his palms are badly damaged,” the ambassador said, condemning the blasts that shook the country. — PTI
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