NEWS IN BRIEF – DEC 03, 2011

1. Was Ramanujan essay dropped to help PM avoid yet another

headache?, Singh’s Historian Daughter, Upinder, One Of Its Votaries:

October 9 was a Sunday. An unusual day to call an emergency meeting of

Delhi University’s academic council. The main agenda was fairly routine

stuff: approval of certain courses. However, tucked away as

supplementary agenda was a proposal to do away with A K Ramanujan’s

essay, ‘Three Hundred Ramayanas’ from the history course — a proposal

that was passed, triggering one of the fiercest debates in recent times in

the academic world. [TOI p1]

2. Opposition to FDI will cost India a great opportunity, says Pranab :

NEW DELHI: It’ll be letting a great opportunity slip away if India finally has

to roll back the decision to allow 51% foreign direct investments in multi

brand retail, which would help raise farm incomes and push down prices,

finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said at the Hindustan Times

Leadership Summit here on Friday.[HT p1]

3. “We have our problems and I have to take a stand for public” :

Kolkata : The Trinamool Congress “definitely” does not want the United

Progressive Alliance (UPA) government “to fall” but it will also not budge

from its stand against the move to allow foreign direct investment in multibrand

retail, party’s chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata

Banerjee said on Friday.[The Hindu p1]

4. FDI row will not eclipse Lokpal bill, says Pranab : NEW DELHI:

Holding out hope that the FDI row will not eclipse the lokpal bill, finance

minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said the government will get

important legislations passed in the ongoing winter session.[HT p10]

5. NDA wanted 100% FDI, we went for only 51 % : Salman Khursheed:

The National Democratic Alliance government had proposed 100 per cent

foreign direct investment in the retail sector, and a lot of work has been

done on the issue since the time the BJP-led coalition was in power,

Union Law and Justice Minister Salmaan Khursheed said on Friday.[HT

p10]

6. Anand Sharma telling lies : Shanta Kumar : New Delhi : The Chairman

of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce has taken exception

to government’s decision to allow FDI in retail sector when the panel was

seized of the matter. He has also hit out at Commerce Minister Anand

Sharma for making false claims that two BJP-ruled states were in favour

of FDI in retail policy and pointed out that as many 19 States, including

Congress-ruled Rajasthan, had informed the committee that they were

opposed to the policy.[Pioneer Daily p1]

7. Can’t back FDI, but won’t topple govt, says Mamata : Dankuni

(Hooghly)/New Delhi: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on

Friday rebuffed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s appeal to reconsider

her opposition to the Cabinet’s decision to allow FDI in retail, dealing a

lethal blow to the UPA government’s attempts to push the decision past

the opposition’s protests. The Trinamool Congress chief added that she

did not wish the UPA government to fall. [TOI p1]

8. BJP: 19 states oppose FDI : NEW DELHI: Denying the government’s

claim that its ruled states of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh had supported

FDI in retail, the main Opposition BJP on Friday claimed 19 states,

including some ruled by the Congress, had opposed the proposal in reply

to a parliamentary committee. The BJP and other Opposition parties have

been demanding rollback of the government decision allowing FDI in

retail.[AA p3]

9. Growth rate pegged at 7.5% for 2011-12: New Delhi : The economy

will grow by 7.5% in 2011-12, sharply lower than the government’s earlier

projection of 9%, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said Friday. “Taking

into account (the trend) of the last two quarters, it appears growth would

be over 7.5%,“ he said. [HT p1]

10. Army to seek PM’s support on AFSPA : NEW DELHI: With pressure

mounting on the Centre for a partial removal of the Armed Forces Special

Powers Act (AFSPA) from at least downtown Srinagar, the army brass is

set to approach Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for support on the

sensitive issue.[HT p1]

11. UPA trapped in its own web over ‘FDI in retail’ : Arun Jaitley : Both

from the viewpoint of economic realities of India and the present political

situation, any political observer will be surprised by the timing of the

decision. The Government’s credibility is at rock bottom. The leadership

has been unable to counter the allegations of both corruption and

economic mismanagement.[Pioneer Daily p1]

12. Badal in damage-control mode, justifies FDI U-turn : CHANDIGARH:

A day after the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) made a U-turn, withdrawing

support for FDI in retail, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said

the change was not due to any pressure from coalition partner BJP.[HT

p10]

13. Parliament on 4 day holiday from today : New Delhi : With the logjam

in the current Winter Session continuing, Parliament will be on a four-day

holiday from Saturday. The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will now meet on

December 7 as Monday’s sitting has been cancelled and Tuesday is

Mahatma.[AA p3]

14. Govt team to strategise on media matters : NEW DELHI: Using the

occasion of DAVP calendar release for 2012, the government on Friday

presented its public face by lining up members of the newly formed panel

of 11 official spokespersons along with some members of the Group of

Ministers (GoM) on media.[HT p11]

15. Attack on journalists: Katju warns of action, Omar wants code of

conduct : New Delhi : Press Council of India Chairman Justice

Markandey Katju has written to Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar

Abdullah stating that “the paramilitary forces and police in all States/Union

Territories must…be instructed not to commit any violence on media

persons, otherwise they will face criminal proceedings which the Press

Council will launch against them.”[The Hindu p10]

16. Modi, Dhumal Never Favoured FDI in Retail: BJP : NEW DELHI : BJP

has denied commerce minister Anand Sharma’s claim that BJP-ruled

Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh had told a parliamentary panel recently

that they wanted foreign direct investment in retail. The party put the onus

for breaking the parliamentary deadlock squarely on the government. [ET

p2]

17. Delhi HC denies relief to Chandolia : New Delhi: In a new twist to the

2G scam, the Delhi high court on Friday stepped in to stay the grant of bail

to R K Chandolia, ex-private secretary of former telecom minister A Raja.

The court said relief to Chandolia is stayed “in case he has not been

released on bail”. [TOI p9]

18. Team Anna will meet on strategy : NEW DELHI: After Anna Hazare

made it clear that he would stage an indefinite fast at Ramlila Maidan from

December 27, Team Anna has begun chalking out strategies and would

hold two-day-long deliberations in the second week of this month.[AA p3]

19. Kanimozhi Out, but Stalin may be Arrested, Chennai Police registers

case as part of crackdown against alleged land-grabbers: CHENNAI :

DMK’s woes have not ended even after party supremo Karunanidhi’s

daughter Kanimozhi secured bail. The Chennai Police on Thursday

registered a case against Karunanidhi’s son, former deputy CM and DMK

deputy general secretary, MK Stalin, as part of its crackdown against

alleged land-grabbers. Stalin may be arrested. [ET p3]

20. Mullaperiyar Row: PM Steps in; TN, Kerala Officials Meet Likely,

Kerala CM Oommen Chandy meets PM, Pawan Kumar Bansal; State

govt identifies 450 families to be evacuated: KOCHI : Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh on Friday stepped in to bring the warring states of Tamil

Nadu and Kerala together to defuse the Mullaperiyar dam crisis and their

officials are expected to meet to thrash out a solution. [ET p3]

21. No House Resolution on Telangana: CM: HYDERABAD : Andhra

Pradesh chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has ruled out a resolution in

the state assembly, seeking creation of Telangana. “The government will

not move any resolution on Telangana,” the chief minister was quoted by

news agencies as telling reporters in an informal chat in Hyderabad after

the House was adjourned for the day with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti

stalling proceedings. [ET p3]

22. BJP wants entire civil staff covered : New Delhi: BJP’s dissent note on

the Lokpal draft bill says that all civil employees should be brought into the

ambit of the proposed ombudsman while demanding that measures like a

citizens’ charter of duties for government departments and real autonomy

for CBI be made part of the law. [TOI p13]

23. Hazare salvo at Rahul for ‘bill dilution’ : Pune: Social activist Anna

Hazare on Friday blamed Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi for

diluting the Lokpal Bill draft, saying he “strongly suspected’’ him of

“interfering” in the legislation process to make it weak.[TOI p13]

24. Chinmayanand denied rape charge : Lucknow : Facing arrest over

complaints of rape, illegal confinement and attempt to murder by a former

disciple, BJP leader and former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand on

Friday denied the charges, claiming that the woman had been trying to get

his help to secure a ticket from Bilsi in Budaun for the coming assembly

polls in UP.[IE p8]

25. SP ticket changes fuel more UP factionalism : LUCKNOW: An intense

game of not-so musical chairs is currently being played within the

Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, causing a dark shadow on the

upcoming Assembly elections. Tickets for the Assembly polls are being

changed and re-changed in the Samajwadi with an alarming frequency,

fuelling unrest and factionalism within the party cadres.[AA p2]

26. BJP national general secretaries to meet tomorrow in Nainital :

Haldwani : The national general secretaries of the BJP are going to meet

on December 4 in the lake city Nainital. It is learnt that among other party

matters, issues related to Uttrakhand Assembly elections are also going to

be discussed in the meet.[Pioneer Daily p4]

27. Rahul: Focus on UP graft : NEW DELHI: Ahead of next year’s Assembly

elections in Uttar Pradesh, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is

learnt to have taken stock of the poll preparations in the state. Mr Gandhi

reportedly told the party leaders, including the ministers in the UPA

government at the Centre hailing from UP, to focus on local issues such

as corruption and law and order situation in the state.[AA p3]

28. Sign newspaper ads, poll panel tells U.P. candidates : Lucknow :

Advertisements inserted by candidates contesting the forthcoming

Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will have to be signed by them as

well as by two witnesses in order to differentiate these from paid news and

deter the candidates from having their way.[The Hindu p7]

29. Rahul to take another shot at galvanising Congress : Lucknow : With

infighting over the distribution of tickets for next year’s State Assembly

elections overshadowing a substantial part of Rahul Gandhi’s Recent Fiveday

“Jan Sampark Yatra”- from November 22 to 26 in Uttar Pradesh, the

Congress general secretary will spend two days- December 7 and 8 in

Lucknow in what is seen as another shot aimed at galvanising the

party.[The Hindu p5]

30. Rahul cracks whip on laggards in poll-bound UP : New Delhi: Rahul

Gandhi on Friday slammed key lieutenants for shirking hard work in

battleground UP, warning that Congress would be in power in the state but

he would ensure that shirkers were not part of it. [TOI p9]

31. Hooda writes to PM over Jat inclusion in OBCs : Chandigarh :

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has written a letter to

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to include Jats into the

Central government’s list of other backward classes.[AA p2]

32. Bishnoi gets notice over poll expenses : Chandigarh : Haryana

election commission had served notices to HJC president Kuldeep Bishnoi

and INLD leader Ajay Sigh Chautala for not showing proper election

expenditure for the recently concluded by elections in the state.[AA p2]

33. Cong alleges lighting scam, MCD to probe : New Delhi : Congress

councillors on Friday alleged that officials of the Municipal Corporation of

Delhi (MCD) misappropriated Rs 40 lakh while making temporary public

lighting arrangements for 11 public events this year.[IE p3]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

34. SC notice to Varun over ‘hate speech’ : New Delhi: The Supreme

Court on Friday asked BJP MP Varun Gandhi to respond to a petition

seeking cancellation of his election to Lok Sabha from Pilibhit constituency

in 2009 for an alleged hate speech. [TOI p9]

35. Raj ex-minister finally arrested in Bhanwari case : Jodhpur/New

Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday arrested former

Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna claiming they have “crucial evidence”

against him which show “he was involved in the abduction and

subsequent killing of Bhanwari Devi”.[TOI p8]

EDITORIAL/OPINION

36. India’s trial by ire : Gopal Krishna Gandhi : One whole month,

December, remains for 2011 to play itself out. And something, anything,

could happen in any part of the earth yet to say `This is the tail-end of the

year; tails can sting’. Or, `The year flickers; its last log glows longest and

best.’[HT p14]

37. Dirty Business : Shekhar Gupta : Let’s leave it to the wiser chroniclers

of Indian economic history to argue over where the opening up of FDI in

retail ranks among the more significant reforms implemented in the last

two decades.[IE p14]

BUSINESS NEWS

38. Sensex up 363 pts on CRR cut talk, Posts Biggest Weekly Gain Of

1,150 Pts In 2 Yrs Gold At All-Time High In Delhi: Mumbai: Talks of a

cut in cash reserve ratios (CRR) for banks by the Reserve Bank of India

(RBI), a move that could infuse fresh liquidity into the system, boosted

investor sentiment on Dalal Street on Friday and lifted the sensex by 363

points to 16,847.[TOI p23]

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

39. Kayani orders forces to fire back if Nato strikes : ISLAMABAD:

Pakistan’s powerful Army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, on Friday

ordered his commanders to fire back if Nato forces violate “ground or air

space” again, suspending the command chain to allow senior officers on

the spot to act swiftly.[AA p1]