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Evacuees get home visits of five hours

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

No-go zone entry after Golden Week OK'd; animal cull begins

FUKUSHIMA — The government will allow those who evacuated from the 20-km radius no-go zone around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to visit their homes for up to five hours, officials said Monday.
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Recovery on track: A bullet train from Tokyo passes a disaster waste dump near Sendai on Monday as shinkansen services linking the two stations resumed for the first time since March 11. KYODO PHOTO
The announcement was made as prefectural officials were preparing to cull dying livestock in the fallout-contaminated area.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at the Diet that he would like to see the evacuees' visits begin after the Golden Week holidays through early May. The details were explained to municipalities in the 20-km hot zone, which was legally designated as off-limits last week.
The temporary visits will be limited to five hours to keep radiation doses to 1 millisievert or less. Only one person will be allowed to return per household, excluding those under 15 years old and the elderly.
The government has also decided to ban them from bringing out food and farm animals. Authorization to remove cars and pets is still being discussed, officials said.
Residents, especially those who left immediately after the nuclear emergency began in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, have been clamoring to get back to their homes to collect belongings.
The government ordered residents in the 20-km hot zone to evacuate and told those within 20 to 30 km of the plant to stay indoors or leave voluntarily.
Last Thursday, the government announced that household representatives will be allowed to visit their homes for up to two hours on condition they move into the 20-km hot zone on buses and in groups accompanied by local authorities. They will also have to wear protective clothing and carry dosimeters and undergo radiation screening afterward.
In Fukushima Prefecture the same day, six prefectural workers in protective outfits entered the 20-km hot zone to begin the process of culling starving livestock.
While there is no legal stipulation on slaughtering livestock in the area, the prefectural government decided to kill the animals for public health reasons, local officials said.
According to a livestock hygiene service center in the prefecture, the culling operations will be focused on Minamisoma's Odaka district, where 887 cows, 80 horses, about 6,200 pigs and around 260,000 chickens were raised as of October.
The Odaka district was struck by the massive tsunami on March 11, which destroyed or swept away some of the 91 livestock barns in the area.
The prefecture will only cull animals that are on the verge of death and attempt to get the owners' permission, if possible, the officials said.
But contacting the owners is expected to be difficult because the residents were scattered helter-skelter by the evacuation order. Last week, the central government upgraded the evacuation order to include a legally enforceable ban on keeping residents out.
Meanwhile, Kan said Monday he will lay out a plan to mend Japan's tattered public finances, although sizable spending increases will obviously be needed to rebuild the Tohoku region.
"When we discuss the second extra budget in fiscal 2011 for full-scale reconstruction, I'd like to also set a course for fiscal consolidation," Kan said in a session of the House of Councilors audit panel.
Kan and other Cabinet members said the government would most likely need to rely on issuance of government bonds when they draw up the second extra budget, unlike the first one, which was drafted without new borrowings.

Gujarat riots: SIT submits final report in SC

Updated on Monday, April 25, 2011, 15:24

Zeenews Bureau 

New Delhi: The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing the Naroda Patia, Naroda Gam and Gulbarg Society massacre cases of 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat, on Monday submitted its final report before the Supreme Court. 

While there was no word on the contents of the SIT report, its submission holds significance in view of the affidavit filed in the SC by IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. 

Bhatt, who was a deputy commissioner of police in the state intelligence bureau at the time of riots, blamed Narendra Modi in the affidavit for the communal carnage. Bhatt said the chief minister wanted Muslims to be taught “a lesson” for the Godhra train burning that left 59 Kar Sevaks dead and that Hindus should “be allowed to vent their anger”. 

Bhatt had also cast doubts over the Supreme Court-appointed SIT. 

In his affidavit, Bhatt said after the February 27, 2002 Godhra train burning Chief Minister Modi at a meeting, in which he (Bhatt) was present, said that “this time the situation warranted that the Muslims be taught a lesson to ensure that such incidents do not occur ever again”. 

Bhatt in his affidavit said he had told the SIT that Chief Minister Modi took the position even though he was cautioned that bringing the bodies of the Kar Sevaks to Ahmedabad coupled with a bandh call given by BJP could spark communal riots and Gujarat police were not adequately equipped to deal with such a situation. 

Bhatt said that Modi responded by saying “the bandh call had already been given and the party (BJP) had decided to support the same, as incidents like burning of Kar Sevaks at Godhra could not be tolerated”. 

Bhatt filed his affidavit in the context of the petition filed in the Supreme Court by Zakia Ahsan Jafri, widow of a former Congress MP who was burnt to death with many others at the Gulberg Housing Society by a mob. 

He said that despite his telling the SIT that the post-Godhra riots were orchestrated at the instance of Modi, it did nothing to investigate the angle and chose to turn a blind eye to it. 

In the Godhra train coach burning, 59 Kar Sevaks returning from Ayodhya were killed after fire engulfed the S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra railway station on the morning of February 27, 2002. The incident sparked widespread anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat.

Kanimozhi, 4 others chargesheeted; Dayalu Ammal listed as witness

Jiby Kattakayam

NEW DELHI: The CBI on Monday chargesheeted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's daughter and Rajya Sabha member M.K. Kanimozhi along with four others for “criminal conspiracy and receiving illegal gratification” in the 2G spectrum case.

Ms. Kanimozhi, a 20 per cent stakeholder in Kalaignar TV Pvt. Ltd., is the second DMK politician chargesheeted by the CBI after the former Union Telecom Minister, A. Raja. The others who figured in the supplementary charge sheet filed in a special court here are Kalaignar TV director and 20 per cent equity holder Sharad Kumar; Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal, directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables; and Cineyug Films director Karim Morani.
The five accused, along with Mr. Raja and DB Realty co-owners Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka, have been indicted for alleged involvement in the transfer of Rs. 200 crore from the DB Realty group to Kalaignar TV between December 2008 and August 2009 by “following a circuitous route” through Dynamix Realty, Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Ltd. and Cineyug Films.

Taking cognisance, Special Judge O.P. Saini, in his order, said he was “satisfied that there was enough incriminating material on record to proceed against the accused persons.” He issued summons to Ms. Kanimozhi, Mr. Sharad Kumar and Mr. Morani to appear before the court on May 6. Production warrants were also issued for Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal for Tuesday (April 26).

Various business dealings between DB Realty and Green House Promoters, owned by Mr. Raja's close aide, Sadiq Batcha, who was recently found dead under mysterious circumstances in Chennai, also find a mention in the charge sheet.

Sharad Kumar
The charge sheet noted that the transactions between DB Realty and Kalaignar TV began on December 23, 2008, a week after Swan Telecom received Rs.3,228 crore from Etisalat Mauritius and Rs. 381 crore from Genex Exim Ventures on December 17, 2008, through the offloading of 45 per cent shares in Swan Telecom.

As for the 60 per cent stakeholder in Kalaignar TV, Mr. Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal, the CBI said the minutes of a Kalaignar TV Board meeting, dated July 27, 2007, had come to its attention in which she stated that “she could not be expected to give any attention to the company's affairs” in view of her “old age, deteriorating health and non-understanding of any language other than Tamil.” Her name now figures in the list of witnesses furnished by the agency.

The charges against the accused persons come under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 7 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act) of the Prevention of Corruption (PoC) Act. Alternatively, Section 120B read with Section 11 (public servant accepting bribe from persons concerned in the business being transacted by such public servant), and Section 12 (abetment of Section 7, 11 offences) of the PoC Act have also been imposed.
The first charge sheet in the case was filed on April 2 in which nine persons and three companies were named. On Monday, counsel for Mr. Raja opposed the filing of the supplementary charge sheet without giving a copy to the other accused.

CBI Senior Public Prosecutor A.K. Singh rebutted the defence submission noting that Section 173 (8) of the Criminal Procedure Code entitled the CBI to further investigation and that filing the supplementary charge sheet was an exercise of the Cr.PC provision in which the accused could have no say.

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