NEWS IN BRIEF – NOV 10, 2011

1. Guj court gives life term to 31 in post-Godhra riot case, Record For

Most Life Convictions In Single Verdict: Mehsana: A Gujarat court on

Wednesday created history by sending the most people to prison for life in

a single case. The special court adjudicating 2002 riot cases convicted 31

people for the carnage in Sardarpura in north Gujarat and sentenced them

to life imprisonment the same day. Thirty-three people were killed in the

violence for which 42 of the 73 accused were acquitted by judge S C

Srivastava. [TOI p1]

2. Indo-Pak trust growing, says Krishna : Gan (Maldives): India is looking

at an upswing in ties with Islamabad with efforts to deepen economic ties

complementing the focus on terrorism emanating from Pakistan’s territory

with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh set to meet his Pakistani

counterpart Yousuf Gilani at this picture-perfect atoll on Thursday. [TOI

p12]

3. JPC asks for CAG’s 2G letter to PM, It Stated That Auditor Had Not

Exceeded Its Mandate: New Delhi: The Joint Parliamentary Committee

(JPC) probing the 2G scam has asked the Comptroller and Auditor

General to submit a copy of the letter CAG Vinod Rai had written to Prime

Minister Manmohan Singh rebutting the latter’s assertion that the auditor

transgressed its brief by commenting on policy issues and in holding press

conferences on audit reports. [TOI p12]

4. Extra spectrum held by GSM biggies worth 6264cr: Trai : New Delhi:

The top four GSM operators face a huge hit in terms of payouts for

spectrum beyond the contracted amount of 6.2 MHz, with the Telecom

Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) valuing this spectrum at Rs 6,264.5

crore.[TOI p1]

5. 17 HSBC Geneva a/c Owners Own Up : Mumbai : The Income-Tax

Department in Mumbai has secured at least 17 ‘voluntary disclosures’ out

of 700 Indians having secret accounts with HSBC Bank, Switzerland. The

list of Indians having unreported accounts with the bank was handed over

to India by the French government a few months ago. [ET p1]

6. Land Acquisition Bill Not in This Session, Valuing rural land at four

times market price, giving legislation retrospective effect seen

impractical : NEW DELHI : The government’s bid to fast-track passage of

the land acquisition bill seems to have run into trouble. A significant

section of the standing committee of Parliament does not approve

provisions on valuation and transfer of land. [ET p2]

7. TMC gets a lesson in political economy, PM Warns Bengal MPs Of

Policies That Might Scare Investors Away From State: New Delhi: PM

Manmohan Singh was in his best form when he met the Trinamool

Congress delegation on Monday, brushing aside a comparison with fuel

prices in Pakistan by pointing out that India’s western neighbour spent

negligible amounts on health care and social programmes. [TOI p18]

8. No PC-Raja exchange on share sale : New Delhi : The CBI is set to file

an affidavit in the special court hearing the 2G case that there was no

formal exchange of letters between former finance minister P

Chidambaram and former telecom minister A Raja on sale of shares by

Unitech Wireless and Swan Telecom. The two companies were awarded

pan-India licence to offer cellular services in 2008 for Rs 1,651 crore

each.[IE p2]

9. Naxal fight : PC says high casualities in Orissa, Naveen differs :

Bhubaneswar : Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday

expressed concern over high civilian and police casualties in Maoist areas

of Orissa, only to be contradicted by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who

said casualties have actually declined.[IE p4]

10. BJP targets Sonia: Only talk, no action: New Delhi : Joining the war of

words with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the BJP on Wednesday

charged her with paying mere lip service to fighting corruption and holding

her equally responsible for the “inaction” of the government on the

issue.[IE p5]

11. Sonia hits out at Team Anna : New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi

launched a scathing attack on Team Anna, saying that slamming others

while attaching virtues to corruption of one’s own aides was not the right

way to combat graft. [TOI p19]

12. Sonia signal to Anna: Lok within… why ‘hue and cry’ we will bring

Lokpal : New Delhi : In an apparent attack on Team Anna, Congress

president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today said that corruption

cannot be eradicated by mere slogans, and those creating a ‘hue and cry’

should look within.[IE p1]

13. Team Anna opposes Lokayukta bill of Bihar : NEW DELHI: Bihar chief

minister amend the state Lokayukta bill in a bid to give more powers to the

anti-graft watchdog in the state has failed to impress social activist Anna

Hazare’s team.[HT p11]

14. Sonia slams team Anna on graft charges :GAUCHAR: She took no

names but the reference was obvious. Congress president Sonia Gandhi

on Wednesday slammed the BJP and anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare

and his team, saying double standards on corruption were not

acceptable.[HT p1]

15. RSS, Anna go back a long way: Bhagwat: Kolkata: Laying speculation

to rest, RSS chief Mohanrao Bhagwat said on Wednesday that the saffron

organization and Anna Hazare go back a long way. In fact, Bhagwat

claimed it was RSS that urged Anna to launch the anti-graft stir although it

never took active part in it.[TOI p19]

16. CBI likely to charge Ruias in 2G scam, Attorney-Gen Backs Naming

Them In Fresh Chargesheet: New Delhi: Essar Group’s Ravi Ruia and

Anshuman Ruia are likely to be named in the fresh chargesheet that the

Central Bureau of Investigation is set to file in the 2G spectrum scam

case. [TOI p1]

17. Modi Flaunts Governance in a Bid to Woo Chinese Cos: NEW DELHI :

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday flaunted “political

stability and good governance” to woo Chinese investors. Reports from

Beijing said Modi, who flew into the Chinese capital on Tuesday night in a

33-seat chartered aircraft carrying officials and business executives, told a

gathering that his state represented a “very different economic model” as it

lays premium on futuristic and sustainable growth. [ET p2]

18. CBI Employs Rarely-used IPC Clause Against 3 CWG Scam Coaccused:

NEW DELHI : With the help of a rarely used clause of the

Indian Penal Code inserted in 2005, CBI has filed two fresh chargesheets

in the Commonwealth Games Scam. The two chargesheets, filed under

Section 174a of IPC in the Patiala court of special CBI judge Talwant

Singh on Tuesday, are a spin-off of the first chargesheet filed in the

Commonwealth Games scam in May this year. [ET p2]

19. Jaya sacks 12,000 staff hired by DMK : Chennai : Of all the

Jayalalithaa vs Karunanidhi duels, this is perhaps the longest running. The

Jayalalithaa-led Tamil Nadu government has sacked 12,000 lower level

staff entrusted with monitoring development activities and the rural

employment scheme in the state.[IE p6]

20. Not in running for any party post : BSY : Bangalore : A day after he

was released on bail, former Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa said

Wednesday that he was not trying for any position in the party, even as his

supporters demanded that he should be made the state BJP president..[IE

p6]

21. Lokayukta clean chit to three UP ministers : Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh

Lokayukta N K Mehrotra on Wednesday closed investigation into

complaints against four BSP minister, giving clean chit to three and

forwarding one complaint to Chief Minister Mayawati, saying the matter

does not fall in his jurisdiction.[IE p10]

22. Kanimozhi Bail Plea on Dec 1 : NEW DELHI : Lawmaker Kanimozhi and

four others accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam will spend the rest

of the month in prison after a Delhi court said it will continue to hear their

bail pleas on December 1. [ET p2]

23. Pawar to Ignore Congress in Civic Polls, NCP won’t go out of its way

seeking alliance with Congress for Mumbai, Pune polls: MUMBAI :

Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party will fight the upcoming

Municipal Corporation elections in Mumbai and Pune separately. This will

come as good news to Shiv Sena-BJP which is in the last phase of seatsharing

talks. Municipal elections are scheduled to take place in the first

week of February. [ET p2]

24. Omar for partial AFSPA removal : Jammu: Making a renewed bid, J&K

chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday strongly pitched for removal

of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) “in areas where the

Army has not operated for years”. [TOI p16]

25. Gadkari wants Kalavati to expose’ Cong : NEW DELHI: Will Kalawati

NEW DELHI: Will Kalawati Bhandurkar -the Vidarbha woman who shot to

fame after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi made references to her poverty

in Parliament in 2009 -pay a visit to Delhi and talk about her continuing

plight from the BJP’s platform?[HT p9]

26. INS slams Katju’s ‘bias against Fourth Estate’ : New Delhi: Joining the

growing chorus of criticism, the Indian Newspaper Society

27. (INS) has also registered its protest against the derogatory remarks made

by Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Markandey Katju against the

media. [TOI p16]

28. BJP embarks on second phase of yatras in UP : Lucknow : The

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday launched the second phase

of its Janswabhiman Yatra to expose alleged corruption in the Mayawati

government.[AA p2]

29. BJP UP campaign sans ‘ star parivar’ : New Delhi : BJP’s campaign for

the forth coming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will be without the ‘star

parivar’. Taking a break from the usual star-studded campaigns, the BJP

this time would fall back on the traditional ways of campaigning involving

political leaders.[Pioneer Daily p5]

30. Centre, UP Govt busy playing politics : Kalraj : Lucknow : The BJP

began the second leg of its Jan Swabhiman Yatra with a clarion call to

uproot the ‘corrupt and inefficient’ Mayawati Government and promising to

send corrupt Ministers and legislators to jail if the party returned to

power..[Pioneer Daily p7]

31. Shahnawaz also backs Advani as PM nominee : New Delhi : BJP

leader L K Advani Wednesday found more support for becoming the

party’s prime ministerial candidate with another MP endorsing Mr Rajnath

Singh’s views and stating he was ‘universally acceptable’ for the post.[AA

p2]

32. Keeping the itinerary under wraps, Nitish begins his ‘Sewa Yatra’ :

Patna : A month after he helped flag off Bharatiya Janata Party leader

L.K. Advani’s anti-corruption yatra from Sitab Diara, Bihar Chief Minister

Nitish Kumar kick-started his own “Sewa Yatra” on Wednesday amid

much bowing and scraping among his Janata Dal (United) rank and file.[IE

p9]

33. Whistleblower points to mining scandal in Madhya Pradesh :

BHOPAL:A mining and forest scam could be brewing in Madhya Pradesh.

A forest officer went undercover scouring the mineral-rich forests of Satna

district, and has now filed a damning report.[HT p11]

34. Jairam, Joshi tussle over diesel cess fund : NEW DELHI: Two

Congress ministers are now headed for a tug of-war over the share of

road cess from premium diesel, soon after the party’s recent tussle with an

ally over hike in petrol price.[HT p8]

35. Former BJP Minister quits, to contest poll as Independent:

BANGALORE: Former BJP minister B Sriramulu, who had been dropped

from the cabinet after BS Yeddyurappa resigned as Karnataka chief

minister, has quit the party. On Wednesday he submitted his nomination

for byelection in Bellary (Rural) as an independent candidate.[HT p8]

36. Advani ‘biggest’ BJP leader after Vajpayee, says Vasundhara : Jaipur

: Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday

termed Lal Krishna Advani as the ‘biggest leader’ of the Bharatiya Janata

Party after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Advaniji is

respected all over the country and even abroad.[The Hindu p7]

37. Maya sees politics in PM’s letter : NEW DELHI: BJP governments in

Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand have no problem with Prime

Minister Manmohan Singh’s message being read out to school students in

their states on Friday, three days before Children’s Day on November

14.[HT p1]

38. Gehlot targets Advani’s yatra : Jaipur : Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok

Gehlot on Wednesday questioned the legitimacy of Bharatiya Janata Party

leader L K Advani leading a ‘yatra’ against corruption even as the journey

entered the State’s Jodhpur division in the evening.[HT p7]

39. Khanduri doles out a slew of sops : Dehradun : Uttarakhand Chief

Minister B C Khanduri on Wednesday called upon the people to

rededicate themselves to the task of building a vibrant State.[The Hindu

p7]

40. Haryana leader joins Congress : Chandigarh : The Indian Bahujan

Sandesh Party (Kanshi Ram) got a setback on Wednesday when its

Haryana unit president Karnail Singh Odhan joined the Congress along

with several office-bearers.[The Hindu p7]

41. MCD councillors withhold cheques to coax pensioners join Advani

rally : NEW DELHI: Senior citizens, widows, divorcees, disabled

individuals and others dependent on the state for welfare pensions will

have to wait a little longer for their cheques.[HT p3]

42. Notice to Delhi Police in cash for vote case : New Delhi : The Delhi

High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Delhi Police on a bail

application by Sanjeev Saxena, former aide of Rajya Sabha MP Amar

Singh, and one of the accused in the cash for vote case.[The Hindu p5]

43. No riders for MCD split : MHA : New Delhi : The Union home ministry

has paved the way for the trifurcation off the municipal corporation of Delhi

(MCD) and has sent the proposal to the law ministry for vetting after which

it would be sent back to the Delhi government for seeking approval of the

Assembly.[AA p2]

EDITORIAL/OPINION

44. The Rahul Factor, He should step up to the plate, including as PM

candidate for 2014: Congress politics has always revolved around the

Nehru-Gandhis. Even if the party were to adopt genuine internal

democracy, there’s little doubt that Sonia Gandhi would win in an internal

poll – or Rahul, if she were to step aside. [TOI p22]