27TT01Anew.qxd 7/26/2011 10:23 PM Page 1 c m y b The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Vol. 131 No. 206 City Edition** INSIDE NATION Singur case judge quits The one-member Bench of Justice Saumitra Pal at the Calcutta HC hearing the Tata Motors’ charges against the state government on their land-grabbing at Singur on Tuesday recused himself from the case. He said he was taking the decision on personal grounds. P2 Chandigarh New Delhi Jalandhar Bathinda Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Pak Foreign Minister lands in Delhi Yeddyurappa’s fate may be decided today Lokayukta to submit report; may recommend CM’s removal SHUBHADEEP CHOUDHURY/TNS BANGALORE, JULY 26 Amid intense speculations as regard the fate of indicted Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde will submit his report into the illegal mining in the state to the state government tomorrow. “It is my endeavour to give the report to the government tomorrow,” Hegde told The Tribune. The Lokayukta’s report may well be the last nail in Yeddyurappa’s coffin as he has already been facing numerous charges of land scams. His further continuance in the CM’s office is likely to blunt the BJP’s attack on the Congress on the issue of corruption in Parliament where the monsoon session is slated to begin from August 1. Names of Jagdish Shettar, Rural Development Minister, Ananth Kumar, HARYANA 12 villages flooded Standing crops over an area of about 100 acres in about 12 villages near Bhagwangarh village in Yamunanagar district has been destroyed following a breach in the Western Yamuna Canal due to a heavy downpour during the past two days. P7 WORLD Plane crashes in Morocco At least 78 persons were killed when a Moroccan military transport plane crashed into a mountain in the south of the country on Tuesday. The militayr said there were three survivors so far from the crash. P15 12 YRS AFTER See Back Page Today’s issue is of 24 pages, including four-page Jobs & Careers. Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar arrives at the Air Force station in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal India, Pak Foreign Ministers to talk on Wednesday Foreign Secys meet P20 Pay more EMIs as RBI ups rates to tame inflation SANJEEV SHARMA /TNS KEY POLICY RATES The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today hiked benchmark rates again by a stiff 50 basis points. This has raised fears that household budgets would be severely tested by the combined impact of 11 consecutive hikes in interest rates since March last year. The increase will also push up Equated Monthly Installments (EMI) for home and auto loans and make it more difficult for consumers to go in for fresh purchases. However, it is good news for savers who invest in fixed deposits as their returns will go up. Analysts say on an average, EMIs have risen by almost 20% over March last year. RBI raised the short-term lending (repo) rate by 50 basis points to 8 per cent which caught markets by surprise as the expectation was a hike of 25 basis points (100 basis points equals 1 per cent) hike. RBI Governor D Subbarao said in his monetary policy statement that hike was directed at fighting inflation which continued to be high and moderating inflation was important for sustaining growth. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the RBI had given a strong signal to moderate inflation. With inflation already hurting household budgets, increase in interest rates for loans taken by consumers to buy cars, homes and consumer durables was a double whammy. These sectors have already been seeing a slowdown due to interest rate hikes. “The cumulative increase over the past year will test the budgets of those repaying their loans,” said Anil Kothuri, executive vice president, Edelweiss Housing Finance. Home loan rates will move up again and it will also constrain the reduce the eligible loan amount for new home loan applicants. Banks are likely to pass on the hike to consumers making loans even more expensive. Continued on page 8 SANDEEP YADAV/TNS NEW DELHI, JULY 26 Fighting corruption charges in the 2G Spectrum allocation scam, former Telecom Minister A. Raja today continued with his attack against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, arguing that if he in his position as Telecom Minister is being held guilty of conspiracy then even the Prime Minister should be held guilty of “conspiracy” and Judiciary has no role in intra-state water disputes: SC LEGAL CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI, JULY 26 The Supreme Court has held that the judiciary has no role in the distribution of river water within any state and it is for the Executive to decide on such allocations. A Bench comprising Justices Markandey Katju and CK Prasad issued the ruling while rejecting a prayer for directing the Gujarat Government to release more water to the Kuchchh district of the state from the Sardar Sarovar Dam. Continued on page 8 India looked listless, lethargic at Lord’s SIMPLY SUNNY BY SUNIL GAVASKAR Though the first Test finished after Tea on the final day there were still 29 overs left, which England had to get the Indians out. That they did not need them is an indication of the lack of application in the Indian team. You could turn around and ask how can that be said when a batsman has batted for a hundred in the first innings and then for a fair length of time in the second innings. One player does not quite make a team and so Rahul Dravid’s efforts were wasted. So also the The controversial MP and BJP general secretary, and K Eshrwappa, Governor HR Bhardwaj has MLA and president of BJP in already conveyed his desire Karnataka, are doing the of acting on the recommenround as probable successors dation of the Lokayukta. of Yeddyurappa. The caste However, Hegde has said factor has made Shettar the that “ordinarily” he is not front-runner for the post. supposed to send the report Like Yeddyurappa, Shettar to the Governor. “No” was Hegde’s reply also hails from the when this reporter dominant Lingayat asked him community. whether Bhardwaj Meanwhile, has asked him for Hegde is keeping a copy of the his recommendareport. tion with regard to But, Bhardwaj Chief Minister BS may not even need Yeddyurappa a to step in to hasten closely guarded Ye d d y u r a p p a ’s secret. According to BS Yeddyurappa removal. The BJP, Ye d d y u r a p p a ’s Section 13 of the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, own party, may ask him to Hegde can recommend the resign when the contents of removal of the Chief the report become officially Minister and the latter will available after it is given to have to quit office if the the Chief Secretary of Governor asks him to do so Karnataka by Hegde. On his indictment by the in the light of the recommendation made by the Lokayukta, Lokayukta. Continued on page 8 Justice Patil appointed new K’taka Lokayukta Bangalore: Former Supreme Court Judge Shivaraj V Patil was on Tuesday appointed the new Lokayukta of Karnataka. He will replace Santosh Hegde whose eventful five-year term will come to an end on August 2. Patil (71) was Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court and acting chairman of the National Human Rights Commission. Yeddyurappa’s dare Even as pressure mounted on BJP chief Nitin Gadkari to sack Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, with BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar meeting the president on Tuesday, Yeddyurappa has thrown a gauntlet at his political rivals both within the party and outside to prove any wrongdoing by him. P8 PM guilty of dereliction of duty too: Raja NEW DELHI, JULY 26 KARGIL 24 pages `2 K A R N ATA K A I L L E G A L M I N I N G R E P O R T Black money issue Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday that the new tax treaty to help India get the account details of Indians having black money in Swiss banks might come into force by 2011-end”. P8 PUNJAB SGPC elections in Sept The much delayed Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections are likely to be held in September. The Ministry of Home Affairs has sent a letter to the Gurdwara Election Commission, indicating that it is keen to hold the elections on any Sunday of September. P5 www.tribuneindia.com perseverance of Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma who bowled with great heart and fire to rock England’s boat. That they did not have support to deliver the knockout punch was the main reason why England escaped in both innings despite being in precarious situations. If one looks at the scores by the Indian batsmen you will find that everybody got starts, did the hard work and then got out. It’s not the runs they scored but the number of balls they batted and then got out which is worrying. In the position they were in where they could not win the match, they had to play plenty of deliveries alright, but when a batsman has done that then the poke outside the off stump can be avoided to a great extent. Unfortunately, the modern Indian batsman attractive, though he is in all forms of the game, is just not mentally tuned in to play a match saving innings. When the team knows it cannot win the match but can save it and does it then it is almost like winning it, for it demoralises the opposition. India must never forget that they are the number One team in the world and play like that. Here from Day 1 they looked listless and lethargic, which was strange for a team that has so many young players. Sure the weather was a bit nippy on the first day but then they have the 'skins' which they use under their shirts that is supposed to keep them warm. In any case the beauty of winning overseas is that the conditions and not just the pitches are different than at home and to conquer those and win gives enormous satisfaction indeed. INDIA’S OF TOUR ENGLAND 1 S T T E S T: R E V I E W It is not the first time that India have not been able to deliver the killer punch overseas. At least since 1971 there have been umpteen instances of India’s bowlers getting the opposition down c m y b to 5 or 6 wickets for a 120 or so and yet the batting side recovering and getting to almost 400 or more. That is an area that has not changed at all despite the Indian attack being lot more balanced than in the 70s and 80s. They have a terrific new ball attack and a spinner who has more than 400 Test wickets. Zaheer’s fitness will be the key. The Indians will have a problem picking between Sreesanth and Munaf Patel if Zaheer is found unfit. They must find a way of getting 20 wickets for they didn’t do that in the first Test and to be honest they will need to be much much better in all departments of the game if they are to be competitive in the rest of the series. — PMG dereliction of duty for not forming a Group of Ministers (GoM) to examine the 2G Spectrum allocation issue. “Just because he (Prime Minister) ignored it, no GoM (Group of Ministers) was constituted. By that standard, even the Prime Minister was also in conspiracy so far as dereliction of duty is concerned. It was his (PM's) judgement that the GoM was not required,” said Raja’s counsel Sushil Kumar today before the special CBI court of O P Saini while concluding his argument opposing corruption charges against him. Kumar further contended that the Prime Minister was superior to his client and could have easily set up a GoM if he wanted to but never felt the need to do so. The attack came just an hour after the DMK MP alleged that he had been misquoted by the media yester- day with regard to his plea that the Prime Minister and the then Finance Minister were aware about the sale of equity by the licencees and added that he had no intention of implicating anyone but was only defending himself. “Ask media to report truthfully or go out of the court,” Raja had pleaded before the court. Continuing with his argument on the Continued on page 8
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