NEWS IN BRIEF – NOV 14, 2011

1. End policy paralysis: India Inc, Time for 21st C Decision-Making,

Says Mukesh: Mumbai: India Inc on Sunday urged the government to

speed up stalled economic reforms, warning that policy paralysis

threatened to derail the India growth story. Speaking at the opening

session of the annual India Economic Summit of the World Economic

Forum (WEF), Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani called upon

both the central and state governments to “align and move a lot faster”,

remove the mismatch prevailing in their approaches, and speed up the

decision making process. [TOI p1]

2. Thimphu spirit has given way to Addu hope, says Hina Khar :

Islamabad :Sounding upbeat about the positive trajectory on which India-

Pakistan relations are currently traversing, foreign Minister Hina Rabbani

Khar on Sunday said Islamabad was willing to bend backards to improve

relations with its neighbours.[The Hindu p1]

3. Frisky America Apologises to APJ After India’s Threat : NEW DELHI :

After India threatened to take retaliatory action against the US for

subjecting former President APJ Abdul Kalam to frisking at New York’s

JFK Airport, the US has apologised for the incident. [ET p2]

4. PM chose Bhave as Sebi chief on PC’s advice, Overruled Montek

And Rangarajan: New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had

overruled advice from two of his closest aides — Montek Singh Ahluwalia

and C Rangarajan — and opted to go with then finance minister P

Chidambaram’s view while appointing C B Bhave as the chairman of the

Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). [TOI p1]

5. No basis to govt argument on Geneva accounts : New Delhi :

Asserting that there was a strong case for information regarding 700

numbered bank accounts held by Indians in HSBC Bank in Geneva to be

made public, former finance minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said

the UPA government seems to be taking the refuge of bilateral treaty

provisions as its had more to hide than reveal.[IE p6]

6. Congress hopes for relief at Vinod Rai’s questioning today : New

Delhi : The Congress contingent in the Joint Parliamentary Committee

(JPC) currently examing the 2G spectrum allocation case, is hoping that

its sitting on Monday will provide some relief to the ruling United

Progressive Alliance (UPA) which has been facing unrelenting flak on the

corruption front.[The Hindu p13]

7. Keep PM, ministers letters out of RTI law : New Delhi : Letters

exchanged between the Prime Minister and his cabinet colleagues are

written in confidence based on mutual trust and should not be made public

under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the government’s top law officer

has advised.[HT p1]

8. Opposition Hits Out at PM over Remarks on Kingfisher Bailout : NEW

DELHI : The Opposition on Sunday criticised Prime Minister Manmohan

Singh for hinting at a package for bailing out crisis-hit Kingfisher Airlines.

BJP and CPM said the prime ministerial assertions on the airlines showed

that “unfettered champions of market forces” are now wanting public

money to be used for helping favourites in the corporate world. [ET p3]

9. Keep J&K special, make LoC porous : New Delhi : Recognise the

“dual” and “special” status of Jammu and Kashmir; review all laws

imposed on the state after 1952; work on a new “compact” with the people

of the state; respect the right of Kashmiris to travel freely across both

sides of the Line of Control. These are among the key recommendations

of the report prepared by the three interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir

submitted to the Home Minister last month.[IE p1]

10. China’s red carpet treatment floors Modi : New Delhi : Gujarat chief

minister Narendra Modi carried visiting cards printed in the Chinese

language and in red (communist colour) when he visited China last week

to promote “Brand Gujarat”.[HT p10]

11. Speed up eastern expressway work: Finmin, Objects To Proposal For

Higher Toll, Says Further Delay Will Make Project Unviable: New

Delhi: The finance ministry has asked the highway ministry to expedite

the implementation of the ambitious Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE)

project, which aims at decongesting Delhi roads by constructing an

expressway around the capital.[TOI p10]

12. Gadkari restricts PM nominees race in BJP : New Delhi : BJP

president Nitin Gadkari has done it again. He has played a masterstroke

one more time to ensure that his party’s prime ministerial aspirants should

first pass the litmus test of winning a Lok Sabha seat before offering

themselves for the top position. The move is seen as an attempt to reduce

the claimants for the PM’s chair if and when the BJP/NDA win the next

Parliamentary poll.[HT p11]

13. Jaitley to fight next LS polls :NEW DELHI: After having said that the

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate would be from the Lok Sabha, party

chief Nitin Gadkari appears to be laying the roadmap for all the top

leaders, including Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun

Jaitley, to contest elections. Mr Gadkari himself intends to contest the Lok

Sabha elections from the Congress bastion Nagpur in Maharashtra.[AA

p2]

14. Protesters show black flag to Advani in Punjab : Chandigarh :

Workers of some fringe Akali and radical groups showed black flags to

senior BJP leader L K Advani when his Jan Chetna Yatra entered Punjab

on sunday. About 100 persons were taken into custody.[The Hindu p13]

15. Issue white paper on black money: Advani :” Ludhiana: Senior leader

of the BJP LK Advani today asked the Congress-led UPA Government to

issue a white paper on black money stashed in foreign banks.[The

Tribune p5]

16. Rajya Sabha MP who left LJP joins Nitish : Patna : The LJP’s Rajya

Sabha MP Sabir Ali, who quit party membership on October 14, joined the

JD(U) in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar here on Sunday.[IE

p4]

17. People with clean image to be inducted in team: Anna : Pune:Anna

Hazare on Sunday announced that his core committee would be

restructured soon to make it all-inclusive and that only new members with

a clean background could be part of the movement. He also said that

attempts by the Union government to weaken the Jan Lokpal bill by

breaking it into various components would be foiled. [TOI p16]

18. Govt wants to split Jan Lokpal with laws : Anna : Pune : Social activist

Anna Hazare on Sunday said the government should not split the jan

lokpal (its essence) in parts by bringing different laws to control corruption.

“Why is government bringing separate laws when the jan lokpal is in

progress?”_ he said after a meeting of the core committee of his team

(dubbed Team Anna) at Ralegan Siddhi, 85 km from Pune. “The

government wants to split the jan lokpal in parts, which is not right.”[HT

p11]

19. Lokpal panel report likely early Dec. : Chandigarh:The parliamentary

panel scrutinising the Lokpal Bill is likely to submit its report early next

month and the redrafted legislation will be “far superior” to anything that

has been proposed so far, Union law minister Salman Khurshid said on

Sunday.[AA p5]

20. Bill must include all government officials: Bedi : Mumbai : Stating

that there was ‘a huge’ trust deficit’ Team Anna member Kiran Bedi on

Sunday said agitations would be resumed if the ruling congress party did

not introduce a Bill to create an ombudsman that took into account all of

their concerns.[The Hindu p5]

21. PM refuses to see reality, is in state of denial : TRS : Hyderabad : The

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Sunday slammed and condemned

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remarks favouring an all-party

consensus on Telangana.[IE p7]

22. Karan joins ‘bigger role for Rahul’ chorus : New Delhi/Neemrana:

Senior Congress leader Karan Singh on Sunday said there was “no

probable reason” why Rahul Gandhi should stay away from bigger

responsibilities, adding to the clamour for the Gandhi scion to take up a

bigger role in the party as working president. [TOI p19]

23. In UP battle, Rahul Gandhi’s office wields RTI : Lucknow : In an

attempt to target the Mayawati government over corruption in the National

Rural Health Mission at the grassroots level, the Congress has been

verifying the lists of beneficiaries of the Janani Suraksha Yojna it had

obtained by filing RTI applications earlier this year.[IE p8]

24. CPM moots term limit for party bosses : New Delhi: In a decision that

could herald generational change in its leadership and rejuvenate the

organization, CPM central committee has endorsed general secretary

Prakash Karat’s proposal of limiting the tenure of secretaries of all party

committees to three terms. [TOI p19]

25. Pak will send terrorists into valley if AFSPA lifed : RSS : Rajgarh :

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said Pakistan would start sending

terrorists into the Valley if the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)

was withdrawn from parts of Kashmir.[IE p4]

26. Separatists Complicate Afspa Issue for Abdullah, Response of

hardliners could vindicate Army’s stand against lifting Afspa in

certain areas : SRINAGAR : Separatists have queered the pitch for

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, saying the state would

witness turmoil if the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (Afspa) is lifted

from certain areas, as proposed by the CM. [ET p2]

27. Andhra illegal mining : CBI arrests ex-bureaucrat : Hyderabad : A

retired Andhra Pradesh bureaucrat was today arrested by the CBI in

connection with the illegal mining case involving former Karnataka minister

G Janardhana Reddy.[The Tribune p2]

28. Jat Migraine Troubles Ashok Gehlot Again, Two ‘scandals’ involving

Jat ministers jeopardise Gehlot’s CM stint: JAIPUR : Jats have a

history of troubling Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot in his political

career. The recent episodes involving removal of Jat ministers Mahipal

Maderna and Ram Lal Jat following their alleged ‘immoral conduct’ seems

to be the latest. [ET p2]

29. Firing, Bhanwari cases put Gehlot in a spot, Unhappy Cong Brass

Mulls CM Replacement: Jaipur: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot may have

Anna Hazare to thank for his survival in office. Top Congress leaders

agree the high command was exploring the possibility of replacing Gehlot

after two bad slips: one, the Gopalgarh police firing in which 10 Muslims

were killed and, two, the resignation of two of his tainted ministers. [TOI

p16]

30. BJP blames lokayukta official’s transfer on Deve Gowda : Bangalore

: Karnataka’s BJP government has said the transfer of a top lokayukta

official who was probing corruption charges against party leaders and their

kin was not politically motivated.[HT p10]

31. No tie-up with BSP, SP in UP, says Swaraj : Hardoi : Doubting that the

Congress-led UPA Government would complete its tenure, the BJP

apprehended that the country was heading for a mid-term poll. It also

reiterated that come what may, the BJP would not form a coalition

Government with either the BSP or SP in Uttar Pradesh.[Pioneer Daily

p6]

32. Rahul to kick off Congress UP polls today : Phulpur : Congress

general secretary Rahul Gandhi is invoking a historical connect for the

party’s formal launch of an aggressive campaign to regain lost glory in

Uttar Pradesh in the 2012 assembly polls.[HT p10]

33. Cong, BJP for Thakur CM: Maya to Brahmins : Lucknow: Trying to

capitalize on the age-old rivalry between Brahmins and Thakurs, Uttar

Pradesh chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati on Sunday raised the

bogey of a Thakur CM if the Congress or BJP were voted to power in

2012 UP elections. [TOI p19]

34. Many ministers face `test’ in UP : NEW DELHI: The political

performance of up to a dozen Union ministers from the Congress Party

will face a crucial test in the coming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

While six of these ministers represent UP in Parliament, there are several

others, including senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Sushilkumar

Shinde, who have long years of experience in handing the affairs of the

state for the AICC.[AA p1]

35. Naqvi : Cong, BSP trying to mislead people : New Delhi : Dismissing

the war of words between the Congress and UP CM Mayawati as “Noora

Kushti” (fake battle), the BJP said the two are acting and performing to the

galleries on a pre-written script to mislead the people from the main issue

of “rampant crime and corruption” and “inflation”.[AA p2]

36. Mayawati describes Brahmins as ‘exploited lot’ : Lucknow : Making a

determined bid to play upon the age-old Brahmin-Thakur rivalry for gaining

political mileage, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday said

either Digvijay Singh or Rajnath Singh could be come the chief minister if

the Congress or the Bharatiya Janata Party were to come to power in

2012.[The Hindu p1]

37. With Polls Nearing, Mayawati Back to Brahmin Wooing : LUCKNOW :

With state assembly elections a few months away, Uttar Pradesh chief

minister Mayawati has begun wooing Brahmins. Inaugurating a Brahmin

Bhaichara Sammelan on Sunday, she supported reservation for the poor

and unemployed upper castes.[ET p3]

38. HJC deserters returning to the party-fold : Chandigarh : Leaders who

had made an ‘exodus’ from ther Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), floated

by late Chief Minister Bhajan Lal and his son Kuldeep Bishnoi after the

2009 Assembly polls, have started returning to the party after its recent

victory in Hisar Lok Sabha by-poll and tie-up with the BJP.[The Hindu p7]

39. J’khand BJP in coalition dilemma : PATNA:The trust deficit between

Jharkhand’s ruling allies and traditional rivals BJP and JMM became

evident on Sunday as the two parties fumbled for a politically appropriate

and less damaging way to deal with the upcoming bypoll for the Mandu

Assembly seat.[AA p2]

40. Nitish Kumar takes a dig at Lalu : Patna : Accusing Rashtriya Janata

Dal Chief Lalu Prasad of staying away from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish

Kumar on Sunday said opposition leaders should concentrate on the

State.[The Hindu p9]

41. Sheila Dikshit getting away due to weak Opp : RSS : New Delhi : In a

serious reflection on the state of affairs in Delhi BJP, an RSS organ has

blamed the “absence of a strong political opposition” for the emboldening

of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit whose Government intends to privatise

water supply in the national capital.[Pioneer Daily p5]

42. Govt delaying road work: Councillors : New Delhi: The Municipal

Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) plan to repair 116 ready-mix concrete (RMC)

roads is yet to take off due to delay in funds being sanctioned for the

project. With municipal elections round the corner, MCD is in a hurry to

complete development work in the national capital. BJP councillors have,

however, blamed the Delhi government for the delay.[TOI p11]

43. RSS TARGETS BJP FOR NOT OPPOSING GOVT WATER PLAN :

NEW DELHI: In a veiled attack, the RSS rapped the city unit of the BJP

for not having put up enough opposition to the Sheila Dikshit-led city

government’s plan for privatisation of water distribution in the capital.[AA

p11]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

44. Judicial Bill : Govt plans restraining judges from airing views during

trial : New Delhi : If the Department of Justice (DoJ) has its way, the

soon-to-be redrafted Judicial (Standards and Accountability) Bill, 2010

would make it mandatory for sitting judges of the Supreme Court and high

courts not to “enter into public debate or express his views in public on

political matters or on matters which are pending or are likely to arise for

judicial determination by him, including comments against other

constitutional authorities, statutory bodies and persons in open court in the

course of proceedings”.[IE p7]

45. Panel, govt against rash comments by judges : New Delhi : The

government appears inclined to accept a controversial recommendation

by a parliamentary panel that judges should refrain from making

“unwarranted comments” in open court against other constitutional

authorities.[HT p10]

EDITORIAL/OPINION

46. Is Pakistan really serious on peace?: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

has his sums right. Another major strike against India by Pakistani

terrorists will be a “set back“ to the dynamics of ties between the two

countries. But the Prime Minister still obviously nurses the hope that even

baby steps towards augmenting trade and economic relations might help

stabilize the situation.[AA p6]

47. Quiet flows reform in Uttarakhand : Nirmala Sitharaman : In today’s

environment where citizens justifiably demand a transparent and

accountable government, state administrations are on their toes to meet

people’s expectations.[AA p6]

BUSINESS NEWS

48. Government slowdown worries Mukesh : Mumbai : India is the world’s

second fastest growing economy, and the hottest market after the rise of

China, but top industrialists said the promise that it spurred among

investors and entrepreneurs is now choked.[HT p1]