NEWS IN BRIEF – NOV 15, 2011

1. Petrol price may be cut 2 on Nov 17, Govt Prods Oil Firms As Global

Rates Soften: New Delhi: State-run fuel retailers are set to reduce the

petrol price by as much as Rs 2 a litre from Thursday following a gentle

prod from the government to pass on the benefit of recent softening in the

fuel’s price in bulk markets and a comparatively lower average rate for

crude through the better part of the fortnight. [TOI p1]

2. Standing panel for 1.7 lakh more babus under Lokpal: New Delhi: A

consensus appears to be emerging on widening the scope of the

proposed Lokpal beyond Group A officers to also cover those belonging to

Group B . Sources familiar with deliberations in the parliamentary standing

committee on law and justice said members felt the anti-graft law’s ambit

should be larger than proposed in the government draft. [TOI p1]

3. Ex-CAG babu reopens 2G revenue loss row : New Delhi: The lead

auditor who investigated the 2G scam turned “hostile” on Monday,

refusing to endorse estimates of loss of revenue — between Rs 57,000

crore and Rs 1.76 lakh crore — in the Comptroller and Auditor General’s

politically damning report and even suggested that he was “ordered” to

sign the report. [TOI p1]

4. Lokpal plan : Judiciary out, both Group A&B staff in : New Delhi : The

parliamentary standing committee examining the Lokpal bill is learnt to

have decided to recommend that the judiciary be kept out of the purview

of the proposed anti-corruption ombudsman.[IE p1]

5. Nobody can work out actual 2G loss, auditor tells JPC : New Delhi :

The lead auditor who disagreed with the CAG on the quantum of loss in

the 2G scam today told the joint parliamentary committee that he was

“ordered” to sign on the controversial report, and that the audit was begun

without any guidelines on how to go about it.[IE p1]

6. Presumptive Loss of 1.76 lakh cr A ‘Mathematical Guess’: Singh, Exauditor

subjected to a grueling session by Yashwant Sinha and

Gurudas : Dasgupta: NEW DELHI : RP Singh, one of the key auditors of

the 2G spectrum report, on Monday told the Joint Parliamentary

Committee (JPC) that the presumptive loss of . 1.76 lakh crore was a

“mathematical guess”. [ET p2]

7. Centre moves SC against Swamy charges : New Delhi: The UPA

government on Monday moved the Supreme Court accusing Janata Party

president Subramanian Swamy of committing gross impropriety by

levelling charges against home minister P Chidambaram even when the

apex court had reserved verdict in the 2G scam case. [TOI p20]

8. We can’t go into safety of all nuclear plants: CJI : New Delhi : The

Supreme Court on Friday indicated that it would not go into the safety

aspects of all nuclear plants in the country and all such concerns could be

addressed to respective High Courts.[The Hindu p15]

9. Pranab holds meeting with Sushma, Jaitley : New Delhi : Leaders of

the opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Sushma Swaraj and Arun

Jaitley, met leader of the house Pranab Mukherjee in Lok Sabha on

Monday, days before the winter session of parliament kick off.[HT p15]

10. More trouble for Advani’s Yatra : Chandigarh : Senior Bharatiya Janata

Party leader L K Advani continued to face protests on the second day of

his Jan Chetna Yatra in Punjab. Activist of the pro-hardline fringe Akali

factions and radical Sikh organisations disrupted his public rally at

Amritsar late on Monday evening by raising pro-Khalistan slogans.[The

Hindu p5]

11. Back from China, Modi resumes ‘Sadbhavana Mission’ : Gandhinagar

: Immediately after returning from his five day visit to China on Sunday,

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday observed a day-long

fast at Patan in north Gujarat under his ‘Sadbhavana Mission’ to spread

communal harmony and peace among all sections of the people.[The

Hindu p8]

12. Probe over, custoday not needed in cash for vote case : Police : New

Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Monday said it would pass orders on

November 16 on the bail applications of six accused persons in the cash

for votes case.[The Hindu p9]

13. Delhi Police won’t oppose Kulkarni bail : New Delhi :Former BJP

ideologue Sudheendra Kulkarni along with former MPs Faggan Singh

Kulaste and Mahaveer Singh Bhagora, arrested in the cash for vote scam

are likely to be released on bail on Wednesday.[Pioneer Daily p4]

14. Targeting Cong to make them pass Jan Lokpal : Lucknow : Team

Anna member Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the group’s high decibel

campaign against the Congress was deliberate because it was the only

party in a position to ensure a strong Jan Lokpal.[HT p15]

15. Team Anna plans Muslim rally in UP : Lucknow : India Against

Corruption (IAC) will hold a Muslim rally in Lucknow in the first week of

December to counter the propaganda that it is a front for the RSS and

BJP. The decision was taken at a meeting Arvind Kejriwal held with some

Muslim leaders here on Monday.[IE p7]

16. BJP’s anti-Cong ads used govt funds: PIL in HC : Raipur: Political

poetry meant to defend the government has dragged it to the high court. A

PIL filed by a Bilaspur resident has alleged that the BJP government used

public money to take on rival Congress in political advertisements

published last week.[TOI p14]

17. WILL FORCE CENTRE TO TAKE UP BLACK MONEY ISSUE: LK :

Phagwara : Keeping up the attack on the Congress-led UPA government,

BJP leader L.K. Advani on Monday said his party and its allies would

“force“ the Centre during Parliament’s upcoming Winter Session to make

public names of all those who had stashed funds in Swiss bank

accounts.[AA p2]

18. Ignoring risks, Rahul jumps into UP battle, Pits Himself Against

Maya, Mulayam: Jhoosi (Phulpur): Rahul Gandhi on Monday took full

ownership of the Congress campaign for the 2012 elections in politically

crucial Uttar Pradesh. There are times when I feel why not go to Lucknow

and fight your battle,” Rahul said while kicking off the Congress campaign

for the state polls. [TOI p1]

19. As polls near, a big test for Rahul factor : Jhunsi (Allahabad):Almost

50 years after he passed away, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal

Nehru was ‘resurrected’ by the Congress in Phulpur, the constituency he

represented in the Lok Sabha, with party general secretary Rahul Gandhi

invoking the legacy of his great-grandfather and exhorting youth to work

for development and progress.[The Hindu p14]

20. Phulpur Sees Angry Young Man, How long will people go to Mumbai

to beg, when will you wake up, asks Rahul: LUCKNOW : Once, BSP’s

Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav fought for

upliftment of the people and felt angry with the system, but now it was his

turn to feel angry, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has said. [ET

p3]

21. BSP, BJP Slam Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Beg’ Remark, Rally marred by CLP

leader, Jitin Prasada beating up SP supporters who waved black

flags: NEW DELHI : The fanfare at Rahul Gandhi’s Phulpur rally was

interspersed with some embarrassing moments. The Congress scion, in a

bid to underline the joblessness in UP, asked the audience how long they

would “beg” in Maharashtra, sparking an outrage among rival parties who

accused him of “insulting” the people of UP.[ET p3]

22. BJP’s No-Trust to Counter Maya’s Divide UP Resolution, Bulk of BSP

MLAs denied tickets could prove crucial: NEW DELHI : BJP has

begun efforts to thwart Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati’s attempts

to have the assembly pass a resolution for dividing the state into four parts

passed in the coming assembly session. The assembly session is

scheduled to begin on November 21. [ET p3]

23. Maya’s Brahmin outreach not new : New Delhi: As political cards

come, Mayawati’s Brahmin ace is the most original and potent. Except it is

being put to the test again, without the novelty value of 2007 and with five

years of the community’s experience with BSP on evidence. [TOI p21]

24. All parties chase Brahmin vote : Lucknow : Three main parties of UP –

the BSP, Congress and BJP – are jostling with each other for the 5%

Brahmin vote in the state. It is because the community has played a

strong role in opinion making. Chief minister Mayawati’s mentor, the late

Kanshi Ram, had described Uttar Pradesh as the laboratory of the

Bahujan Samaj Party. And in 2007, the lab had churned out a caste

formula that had given her an absolute majority.[HT p13]

25. Raul picks Nehru’s seat for poll kick-off : Lucknow :It is no

coincidence that the Congress chose Phulpur and November 14 as the

place and the date for starting its poll campaign for UP assembly elections

in 2012. [HT p13]

26. Shashank as secy illogical, UPA tells SC : New Delhi: As Rahul

Gandhi kickstarted Congress’s poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh on Monday

by targeting “poor governance” under the Mayawati regime, the UPA

government attempted to hit the chief minister where it hurts by telling the

Supreme Court that her choice of Shashank Shekhar, a non-bureaucrat,

as cabinet secretary was illegal, illogical and unconstitutional. [TOI p21]

27. BSP MINISTER’S BROTHER JOINS SP : Lucknow : In what could be a

major embarrassment to the Mayawati government, Hasinuddin Siddiqui,

younger brother of senior BSP minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui, has joined

the Samajwadi Party. [AA p2]

28. Muslims safer in India than in Pakistan:Katju : New Delhi : Can any of

you tell me what is India? asked Press Council of India chairman Justice

Markandey Katju addressing a packed audience at Jawaharlala Nehru

University here on Monday.[The Hindu p3]

29. India in great distress… intellecutal level of majority very low : Katju :

New Delhi : India is going through a period of extreme turmoil, something

similar to what Europe went through in the 16th and 17th centuries, and

only after passing through this painful experience will it usher into a

modern age.[The Hindu p4]

30. Governor, CM spar over Karnataka Lokayukta choice : Bangalore :

Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj and the state government are holding

their positions over the appointment of a new judge as the Karnataka

Lokayukta, leading to a fresh confrontation between the two.[IE p9]

31. Shiv Sena, BJP tie up with RPI(A) for local body polls : Mumbai :

Twenty two years after they forged an electoral alliance for the first time,

the Shiv Sena and BJP on Monday added a third constituent — RPI(A) —

to their fold and formally announced the formation of a grand alliance for

the forthcoming local body polls in Maharashtra.[Pioneer Daily p6]

32. CIC seeks info on allotment status of Meira’s house : New Delhi : In a

bid to unravel the mystery of the “missing file” and the unwillingness of

Union Urban Development Ministry to provide details of rent received

against the controversial bungalow held by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira

Kumar, the Central Information Commission (CIC) on Monday directed the

Ministry to disclose the complete information about the allotment status of

the bungalow.[Pioneer Daily p5]

33. Hegde was part of conspiracy, says BSY : SHIKARIPUR: The knives

are clearly out for former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde.

34. Training his guns on the man whose allegations of corruption against him

cost him his seat, former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa

claimed on Monday that he was part of a conspiracy to engineer his

downfall by the Congress and the JD(S), who could not bear to see how

much the state was progressing under his government.[AA p2]

35. Punjab’ s 85% farmers caught in debt trap : CHANDIGARH: The

harbinger of green revolution, the enterprising and hardworking farmer of

Punjab is in trouble. Around 85 per cent farmers in Punjab are under debt,

and 17 per cent of the total farmers are in debt trap.[AA p4]

36. Bardhan: No quick party merger : New Delhi :Bardhan has not ruled

out the possibility of a merger of his party with the CPI(M) but gave ample

indication it would not happen in the near future because parties develop a

“vested interest” in remaining separate.[AA p5]

37. Omar told not to push for AFSPA withdrawal : New Delhi: The Centre

on Monday asked J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah to wait for a few more

months before he goes in for the proposed “partial’’ withdrawal of the

Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), holding that “more

consultations’’ were needed to bring the defence ministry as well as Army

on board. [TOI p13]

38. Omar seeks PM’s support on AFSPA : New Delhi : Jammu and

Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday knocked on the doors of

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior central ministers to explain

why the army’s arguments against partial withdrawal of the Armed Forces

Special Powers Act (AFSPA) did not hold water.[HT p1]

39. Army trying to kill me, Geelani says in police complaint : Srinagar :

Jammu and Kashmir separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday

filed a police complaint against the presence of an armed military

intelligence official at his rally in Sopore on Friday. Geelani has alleged it

was an attempt by the army to assassinate him.[HT p11]

40. Sheila orders probe into land scam : New Delhi : Even as Chief

Minister Sheila Dikshit has ordered an inquiry by the Divisional

Commissioner (Revenue) into a major land scam in which government

land is sought to be usurped in the name of regularisation of unauthorised

colonies, the opposition BJP has demanded a probe by the central Bureau

of Investigation into the matter alleging that the Revenue Department has

itself been accused of complicity in the scam.[The Hindu p4]

41. MCD plans to knock on doors of House Tax defaulters : New Delhi : If

you haven’t been paying your house tax on time, expect a Municipal

Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) tax inspector at your doorstep soon. The

only way out for the civic agency, which wants to step up tax collection – it

has managed to earn Rs 1002 crore this year – is to go after tax

defaulters.[HT p1]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

42. CPM Sit-In to Protest Kerala HC’s Contempt Verdict: KOCHI : An eight

hour sit-in near the Kerala High Court by CPM activists on Monday, to

protest against the contempt of court verdict against MV Jayarajan, is the

latest in a series of incidents where court orders seem to have provoked

politicians and political parties. [ET p2]

43. Nirmal Yadav’s plea dismissed by high court : Chandigarh : The

Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday dismissed a petition of its

former Judge Nirmal Yadav challenging grant of sanction for her

prosecution in the 2008 cash at judge’s door case.[HT p10]

44. HC Orders CBI Probe into TDP Chief’s Assets : NEW DELHI : The

Andhra Pradesh High Court has directed CBI, Enforcement Directorate

and Sebi to conduct investigations into assets of TDP chief and former

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu.[ET p2]

45. ’84 victims want same-judge trial : New Delhi: Fearing that the case

might get delayed indefinitely, the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot have

approached a court seeking that the trial of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar

be conducted before the same judge who had been hearing the case and

was transferred to another court after being elevated. [TOI p6]

46. PILs can’t be based only on RTI info: SC, ‘Seek Justice From Govt

Before Moving Court’: New Delhi: Information obtained under Right To

Information Act is increasingly becoming the basis of public interest

petitions seeking judicial redress of grievances. The Supreme Court on

Monday disapproved of this modus operandi and said from now, it would

not entertain PILs solely based on RTI information. [TOI p13]

47. No SC relief for Times Now in Libel Case : New Delhi : The Supreme

Court (SC) on Monday refused to interfere with a Bombay High Court

order asking Times Now news channel to deposit Rs 20 crore cash and

give a bank guarantee of Rs 80 crore in connection with a defamation suit

filed by former SC judge PB Sawant. [HT p10]

BUSINESS NEWS

48. kingfisher looks for way out, banks lay down terms : New Delhi : The

Kingfisher Airlines board meeting on Monday ended inconclusively though

it discussed a slew of options to mop up Rs 1,000 crore for the carrier

reeling under a severe cash crunch and a Rs 7,057.8-crore debt.[HT p1]