kochi 19 APRIL 2013 friday `4 pages 20 late city edition CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ Malnutrition Casts Deadly Shadow over Attappadi Ask Prabhu by A Satish Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com and Prabhu will answer them r a da r Mani New CPM Dist Secy Kochi: C M Dinesh Mani has been elected the new CPM district secretary. The district secretariat and committee which met in Kochi on Thursday unanimously took the decision, said CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan after the meeting at Lenin Centre. P3 Attappadi: Malnutrition deaths have continued to haunt the tribal hamlets of Attappadi if the figures disclosed in a survey are any indication. As many as 483 tribals at Agali were suffering from malnutrition and anaemia, says a fact-finding team led by junior health nurses under the Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP). In the last four months since December 2012, 16 deaths were reported including a woman and 15 children. The survey team collected the details covering 20,623 tribals living in 6,619 houses at Agali out of a population of 30,000 tribals in Attappadi, from April 10. The survey was conducted as part of the proposed medical camp to be organised by the ITDP on April 20 at the Kottathara Tribal Speciality Hospital in which Tribal Director Hari Kishore and Director of Health Services are participating. “This is the first time that such a survey is being con- ducted in Attappadi. One of the startling disclosures was that all those suffering from malnutrition and anaemia were adolescent girls, children below 5 years, lactating mothers and pregnant women,” said ITDP project officer P V Radhakrishnan. Selvan, 26, and wife Veeramma both brick kiln labourers at Thekke Kadamabara told ‘Express’ that after battling for life in hospital for 20 days, their child Kaliamma died of malnutrition. In the last 16 months malnu- Selvan and Veeramma, whose five-month-old daughter Kaliamma died of malnutrition and anaemia last week, at Thekke Kadambara, Attappadi trition and anaemia have claimed the lives of around 30 children here. Pune: Mirza Himayat Baig, the lone convicted accused in the German Bakery blast case, was on Thursday sentenced to death by a Pune Sessions Court. Additional Sessions Judge N P Dhote handed down capital punishment to Baig for murder and criminal conspiracy, besides under provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Explosive Substances Act. P9 The Union Cabinet on Thursday approves a ‘sweetheart’ special package for Bihar under the Backward Regions Grant Fund Express News Service Two Held for B’lore Blast Chennai: Two persons were on Thursday detained for questioning in connection with the bomb blast in Bangalore, police said, but declined to share further details, including the identity of those detained. The blast opposite the BJP office at Bangalore on Wednesday left 16 persons injured. P10 Court Orders Mush Arrest Islamabad: A court on Thursday ordered the arrest of former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf for sacking 60 judges during Emergency rule in 2007, but gave cops the slip on the premises. P11 IPL 6: Today’s Match 8.00 pm csk beat dd BY 86 RUNS Markets Indices Sensex: 19,016.46 Nifty: 5,783.10 Gold 24 ct (1 gm): 2,770 22 ct (1 gm): 2,465 Silver Bar (1 kg): 51,000 Retail (1 gm): 51 Exchange US$: 54.03 Euro: 70.45 Source: BSE, NSE, RBI websites express poll of the day Will the proposed US immigration laws benefit the Indian IT industry? Yes 35% no 65% Today’s question: Will gold prices stabilise now? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com 20 pages, including 4 pages of City Express JPC Clean Chit to PM, PC in 2G Scam by U Anand Kumar New Delhi: The JPC, which is examining the pricing of telecom licences and spectrum allocations, gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G scam. Source said the draft report suggested that Manmohan and Chidambaram had no role in tweaking norms while allocating licences. The report said the JPC had disagreed with the CAG which said that `1.76-lakh crore had been lost on account of the alleged swindle. The JPC is scheduled to meet on April 25 to approve of the draft report, which stated that A Raja has failed to keep the Prime Minister in the loop about changes made in the norms. best foot forward The passing-out parade of the new batch of jail wardens held at Central Jail, Kannur, on Thursday. The batch also includes a team of female wardens | A Sanesh Yusuf Ali Mops up 4.99 Pc Stake in Catholic Syrian Bank Express News Service Sunrisers vs Kings XI “Most of the deaths were reported from isolated tribal pockets. In most cases the hae- moglobin level in the blood was below 10 while actually it should be above 14 for boys and above 13 for girls. Lack of hygiene and malnutrition are said to be the main causes. The tribals mostly use river water infested with hook worms. Most of them suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency, and since they have stopped cultivating ragi the daily intake of nutritional content has received a setback, said the Chief Medical officer of the Vivekananda Medical Mission V Narayanan. More: P4 Centre Woos Nitish with `12k-cr ‘Gift’ Death Penalty for Baig Result www.newindianexpress.com Kochi: In a path-breaking development, NRI businessman M A Yusuf Ali has cornered 4.99 per cent shares of the 93-year-old Thrissur-based Catholic Syrian Bank (CSB). Yusuf, a Dubai-based businessman from Kerala, who of late has been striving to consolidate his presence at home, is eyeing another three per cent stake in the bank. “Following the RBI approval, the share transaction is through now. The formalities will be completed in two-three days. If the regulator allows we are ready to take another three per cent shares in the bank,” Yusuf, Chairman, EmkeGroup, told Express over phone. According to sources familiar with the deal, the transaction may have been done for a consideration of `35 crore, considering that a recent CSB stake sale of around one per cent involved a consideration of `7 crore. Financial analysts point out that a valuation of `700 crore for CSB was par for the course, though a bit on the high side, considering the market cap of the relatively larger Dhanlaxmi Bank is way below that. Yusuf picked up the CSB shares from Thai businessman Sura Chanrichawla, who is the largest shareholder of the bank. With this transaction the shareholding of Chanrichawla will come down to 13 per cent from 18 per cent. In February, the bank had sold nearly one per cent stake held by Chanrichawla to Rakesh Bhatia, managing director of CSB, who was with the HSBC Group till a month ago. Chanrichawla had reduced his stake from 43 per cent that he held initially to 18 per cent. The mopping up of shares by Yusuf Ali got Reserve Bank of India approval on Wednesday. The bank had decided to offload the stake in February this year and was awaiting RBI nod. RBI has made its prior approval mandatory for any stake sale of more than one per cent of CSB’s equity shares, unlike in the case of other banks where an investor is free to buy up to five per cent shares. Among other major stakeholders of CSB are Mumbai-based brokerage Edelwiess (4.99 per cent) and three Hong Kong-based funds (around 14 per cent). According to CSB officials, the church is fully supportive of the move. New Delhi: Forget austerity, the Centre is not shying away from buying itself some expensive political comfort. Just three days before Parliament resumes for the second half of the Budget session, the Union Cabinet on Thursday approved a whopping `12,000-crore special package for Bihar under the Backward Regions Grant Fund. Timed like a Baisakhi season gift, the UPA must be hoping it heralds a new year in political relationships. After the DMK’s exit, the shrinking UPA Government is clearly reaching out to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with this special package. Nitish’s party, the Janata Dal (U), has 20 MPs in the Lok Sabha and nine in the Rajya Sabha and it could serve as a buffer for the UPA in Parliament. ‘avoid provocative statements’ In keeping with its politics of restraint, the BJP leadership on Thursday counselled its Bihar state unit to avoid any provocative statements vis-a-vis its alliance partner in Bihar, the JD (U), and desist from any unilateral measures that would imperil the 17-yearold alliance. As Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar (who heads one of the remaining UPA coalition parties) said pointedly in an interview, the UPA Government will be giving a test of survival on each day of the second half of the Budget session as several money Bills are pending. The special package to Bihar thus can be seen as a sweetheart deal. Nitish, at a much-publicised rally of the JD(U) here on March 17, had announced that he would support any party or political formation that grants Bihar special status. The special package under the backward region grants fund, a step towards that, is clearly a harbinger of closer coordination between the Congress and a party that was hitherto its bitter foe. Lurking in the foreground, and propelling the two together, is Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Nitish was against the possible projection of Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate citing the 2002 Gujarat riots. This despite him leading a coalition government with the saffron party in Bihar. Nitish’s Delhi speech saw an open challenge to the BJP on the Modi front. Just days later, now the Cabinet on Economic Affairs has given the nod to the plan panel proposal by which Bihar will get `3,000 crore a year over the next four years - from 2013-14 to 2016-17.
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