NEWS IN BRIEF – NOV 11, 2011

1. Manmohan, ‘man of peace’ Gilani promise new chapter in ties, ‘Must

Not Let Terror Spoil Atmosphere’: Addu Atoll (Maldives): Prime

Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Gilani

promised a new chapter in India-Pakistan relations after a meeting that

was low on deliverables, but is intended to convey a strong desire to stay

engaged and push for normalization of ties ruptured by the 26/11 terror

attacks.[TOI p1]

2. India gives Pakistan return gift for MFN gesture : Addu City

(Maldives) : India on Thursday asked Pakistan to put ‘all cards on the

table’ during the next round of comprehensive talks so that both countries

could actually move towards resolving some of the issues bedeviling their

ties.[The Hindu p1]

3. Hang ‘terrorist’ Kasab : Malik : Addu (Maldives): Taking forward the

policy of making the right noise at the right time, Pakistan interior minister

Rehman Malik said Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving assassin in the

November 26, 2008 Mumbai carnage, should be sent to the gallows.

Malik’s logic for being unkind: “Kasab is a terrorist. He is a non-state

actor.”[HT p1]

4. 1 in 3 Kingfisher flights cancelled on Thursday, Pilots’ Exodus, Cash

Crunch Hits Schedule: New Delhi: The actual reason for the huge chaos

among Kingfisher flyers across India became apparent on Thursday as

the airline puts its figures on the table. While Kingfisher claimed it was

cancelling 50 flights every day till November 19, in reality, it operated only

269 flights of its allocated winter schedule of 418 daily flights on

Thursday.[TOI p1]

5. Divide OBCs into subgroups, says govt panel : New Delhi: A

government panel wants the Centre to initiate legal measures to split the

Other Backward Classes (OBCs) into subgroups based on their

socioeconomic status, in what is the first sign of official intent to categorize

the monolith group. [TOI p1]

6. Joshi demands dismissal of Chidambaram : New Delhi : Upping the

ante on the 2G issue, BJP leader Murli Manohar on Thursday demanded

dismissal of home minister P Chidambaram. He also demanded an

enquiry into the home minister’s alleged role in the spectrum scam. He

said the BJP will raise the issue in the winter session of Parliament.[HT

p13]

7. Biggest scam trial kicks off today : NEW DELHI: The much awaited

trial in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, arguably the country’s biggest

corruption scandal involving politicians, corporate heads and bureaucrats,

begins on Friday. A CBI court will start recording the statements of 150

CBI witnesses.[HT p13]

8. Sonia very much in command but Rahul will get to play a bigger role

now : New Delhi : A day after a senior Congress functionary said party

president Sonia Gandhi was fit to address an official function in

Uttarakhand, she called off her trip, with party sources citing viral fever as

the reason.[The Hindu p1]

9. Yatra has evoked good public response : Advani : Jaipur : Senior BJP

leader L K Advani on Thursday claimed that the public has responded with

‘enthusiasm to his Jan Chetna Yatra, the latest in his series of yatras. The

former Deputy Prime Minister, who entered Rajasthan’s capital on

Thursday afternoon along with his cavalcade and a rath with a nonfunctional

hydraulic lift, said that since 1990 the public response has

continued mounting with each new yatra.[The Hindu p13]

10. No correspondence in Govt. Files between Chidambaram and Raja :

New Delhi : There is no correspondence in government files between the

then Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Telecome Minister A

Raja with regard to sale or dilution of shares by Swan and Unitech, official

sources said on Thursday.[The Hindu p13]

11. Team Anna open to quota in Lokpal : New Delhi: Team Anna has

assured the parliamentary standing committee on law and justice that it is

willing to accept reservation for socially backward castes within the

Lokpal. The assurance is expected to counter criticism from the backward

lobby which has been opposed to the Jan Lokpal bill so far. [TOI p12]

12. Nitish hits back: Team Anna can’t dictate terms : New Delhi: Bihar

chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday lashed out at Team Anna for

criticizing his Lokayukta bill and asked the anti-graft campaigners not to

seek to dictate terms, dealing a blow to their efforts to rally non-Congress

parties in support of the Jan Lokpal Bill. [TOI p1]

13. State Govt has Authority to Revoke Afspa, Says Abdullah : NEW

DELHI : Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has said he

would continue to push for the phased withdrawal of AFSPA from parts of

the state, despite the Army’s resistance, and insisted that his government

had the authority to revoke the Act.[ET p2]

14. PM has Erred, says Yashwant Sinha : NEW DELHI : BJP has said

Manmohan Singh has erred in describing his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf

Raza Gilani as a“man of peace” as his country continues to use terror as

an instrument of state policy. [ET p2]

15. EC code hurdle for development, govt wants relook : NEW DELHI:

Unhappy over development projects being stalled during elections as it

happened early this year in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the Centre proposes

to take a fresh look at the Election Commission’s code of conduct by

making it a part of the law governing polls in the country.[HT p10]

16. No official link’ with Anna movement : RSS : New Delhi : The RSS on

Thursday denied any ‘official link” with Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption

movement but added that it supported it and Sangh volunteers were not

barred from taking part in it as individuals.[HT p11]

17. Cong Seva Dal demands ban on Advani’s yatra in J&K : JAMMU: J&K

Congress Seva Dal on Thursday urged chief minister Omar Abdullah to

ban BJP leader LK Advani’s rath yatra from entering the state. “We

request the chief minister to take stern action against Advani and his

supporters and issue an order to ban his rath yatra in Jammu and

Kashmir,“ Pradesh Congress Seva Dal chief Balbinder Singh Sambyal told

reporters here.[HT p10]

18. EPF dues have priority over creditors: SC : New Delhi: In a landmark

judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that from now on, recovery of

employees’ provident fund (EPF) dues from a company under liquidation

would get priority over repaying loans to secured creditors. [TOI p1]

19. ED summons to Jagan for laundering : Hyderabad: Widening its probe

into the finances of YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, the

Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to him in connection with

the money laundering case against the MP. [TOI p12]

20. Kalmadi aide under CBI scanner for alleged graft : NEW DELHI: The

CBI is focusing on the alleged role of another senior CWG Organising

Committee official, also an aide of Suresh Kalmadi, in various irregularities

in projects related to conduct of the mega sporting event.[HT p10]

21. Sacked Rajasthan minister tells CBI he knew Bhanwari : Jaipur : On

the day that sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna reportedly

admitted to a relationship with missing auxiliary nurse midwife Bhanwari

Devi, a local TV channel aired clips of the alleged video showing him in a

compromising position with Devi.[IE p1]

22. Bhanwari, Raj min’s sex tape out, TV Channels Air Video; CBI

Quizzes Maderna: Jaipur: Even as Rajasthan’s sacked minister Mahipal

Maderna was interrogated by the CBI on Thursday, tapes containing

explicit visuals of his sexual encounter with government nurse Bhanwari

Devi were telecast by several local news channels. [TOI p12]

23. Maya’s Version of Divide & Rule, Resolution for division of UP into

four smaller states meant to corner Cong: LUCKNOW : Chief Minister

Mayawati has proposed division of Uttar Pradesh into four smaller states.

She is expected to table a motion on this in the winter session of the

assembly which starts on November 21. This is being seen as her

masterstroke to quell the anti-incumbency against her government, as the

state gears up for polls. [ET p3]

24. 9 more children die in Bengal : Malda : The spate of infant deaths is

continuing to haunt West Bengal as nine babies died at the Malda district

hospital on Wednesday and Thursday. Six babies including five girls died

of critical ailments on Wednesday while three babies died on Thursday.

The hospital authorities ruled out any lapse on the part of the doctors.[HT

p9]

25. Haryana Cong to get new chief in December : NEW DELHI:The

Congress will change its Haryana unit president in December. Congress

leaders involved in the process told HT that party chief Sonia Gandhi has

decided to wait till the next round of bypolls are over in the state to bring in

the new leadership.[HT p14]

26. Practise restraint Nitish tells Kejriwal:Bettiah : Undaunted by Team

Anna’s adverse remarks, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday

advised anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal to practise restraint

before making an observation on any issue.[HT p14]

27. Swiss Justice Comes to CBI Aid, Federal dept of justice and police

issues summons to Swiss Timing: NEW DELHI : The Federal

Department of Justice and Police of Switzerland has served summons on

Swiss Timing, the firm accused of conspiring with the Commonwealth

Games Organising Committee brass for wangling a contract for installing

the timing, scoring and result (TSR) system at various venues.[ET p3]

28. Petition filed in SC for removal of MP Lokayukta : New Delhi : A

former DGP of Madhya Pradesh and an RTI activist have moved the

Supreme Court, challenging the process by which the BJP government in

Madhya Pradesh appointed former Supreme Court judge P P Naolekar as

Lokayukta.[IE p6]

29. All forgiven, come back, Maya tells Brahmins : Lucknow : As the

political scene in Uttar Pradesh hots up ahead of the forthcoming

Assembly polls, Chief Minister Mayawati is making a desperate attempt

to woo back Brahmin voters.[Pioneer Daily p1]

30. Nitish attacks Team Anna : Don’t need certificate from anyone :

Bettiah : A day after Team Anna members criticised the draft of the

proposed Bihar Lokayukta Bill, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said Thursday

that he “did not need a certificate from anyone” on his anti-corruption

drive.[IE p7]

31. Contract : Ministry opposes CBI move to end probe : New Delhi :

Rebutting the CBI’s findings, the Sports Ministry has opposed its decision

to close an inquiry against Smile of India Technologies and KPMG for

alleged irregularities in the infotainment contract for Commonwealth

Games 2010.[IE p7]

32. Cong tones down graft issue in UP : Lucknow : In views of the

prevailing circumstances in Delhi, the Congress in UP will be playing safe

on the corruption issue in the coming UP Assembly polls.[AA p2]

33. BJP bid to mollify ex-minister Sreeramulu fails : Bengaluru : An

eleventh hour effort by the top brass of the Karnataka unit of the BJP to

mollify former minister B Sreeramulu and persuade him to contest the

bypoll to Bellary (ST) Assembly constituency as the party’s nominee came

a cropper on Thursday night.[AA p2]

34. Joshi opposes Maya’s Formula of Trifurcation : Guwahati : BJP

leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Thursday opposed Uttar Pradesh Chief

Minister Mayawati’s proposal to trifurcate the state.[AA p2]

35. Delhi CP’s Year-1: Some hits, many misses : New Delhi : Delhi Police

Commissioner BK Gupta completed one year in office on Thursday. His

tenure has more misses than hits. Gupta’s tenure would best be

remembered for following the Centre’s orders in word and spirit especially

in political matters. [Pioneer Daily p1]

36. Police on high alert for Advani’s rally : New Delhi : After Baba Ramdev

and Anna Hazare, it is BJP leader LK Advani’s turn to visit Ramlila Maidan

to conclude his Rath Yatra. After the discovery of a bomb on the route of

the yatra in Tamil Nadu, police have begun reviewing security

arrangements to be put in place in and around the ground.[HT p6]

37. MLA spat mars launch of city’s first automated parking, BJP MLA

Accuses Govt Of Favouring Realtors, Guests Leave Function In Huff

: New Delhi: The inauguration ceremony of a multi-level parking in

Sarojini Nagar on Thursday turned into a battle with NDMC members from

rival political parties – Congress and BJP – hurling abuses at each

other.[TOI p5]

38. Master Plan-2021 irrelevant: Nath : New Delhi: Union urban

development minister Kamal Nath has said 50-60% of the Master Plan of

Delhi 2021 has become irrelevant as it does not take into account the

ground realities. This comes nearly 5 years after the plan has been [TOI

p5]implemented. [TOI p5]

39. Delhi Master Plan to be revised next year : New Delhi : Rapid changes

in the city and newer challenges will lead to the revision of Delhi Master

Plan 2021 next year. Union urban development minister Kamal Nath on

Thursday said “ground realities” and the fact that there are provisions of

reviewing the plan every five years have necessitated the move. Master

Plan Delhi 2021 was implemented in 2007 and will complete the stipulated

five years in 2012.[HT p7]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

40. `Judiciary’s independence depends on judge’s integrity’: NEW

DELHI: The credibility of the judicial process comes from the office of the

judge and his or her individual and institutional reputation for

independence, asserted justice Ruma Pal, former judge of the Supreme

Court of India.[HT p7]

EDITORIAL/OPINION

41. A Good Judgment, With a few more convictions like Sardarpura,

communal riots could be history: Given the impunity generally enjoyed

by perpetrators of communal violence, the imposition of life sentence on

31 rioters for burning alive 33 Muslim victims in Sardarpura in the 2002

Gujarat riots is a milestone in India’s history.[TOI p22]

42. For rich or for poor? : New Delhi : Food subsidy is a massive

burden…if so much is spent on subsidies, what is left for development?’

agriculture minister Sharad Pawar recently asked. It is a legitimate

question that is on the minds of many but seldom gets asked for fear of

appearing callous. Are we prematurely trying to be a welfare State? [HT

p12]