NEWS IN BRIEF – NOV 18, 2011

1. PM to meet Obama, China’s Wen today : NEW DELHI: India heads into

an East Asia-Asean summit faced with the challenge posed by changing

dynamics within the grouping, as the United States marks its formal entry

into the process for the first time and the shadow cast by China’s

increasingly loud claims to maritime passage and the South China Sea’s

rich oil reserves sets the stage for a confrontation. The summit begins

Friday, with Russia also joining the group.[AA p1]

2. Singhvi, Mallya top earners in Rajya Sabha, 140 Crorepati MPs Have

‘No Other Income’: New Delhi: Crorepati MPs in the Rajya Sabha are

making many more crores imparting wisdom elsewhere. Members who

have declared the highest remuneration — adding up income from

directorship, regular remunerated activity and professional engagement —

include Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who tops the chart at Rs 50 crore per

annum; Vijay Mallya (Rs 41.4 crore), Arun Jaitley (Rs 10 crore), Ram

Jethmalani (Rs 8.41 crore) and Naresh Gujral (Rs 4.79) crore. [TOI p1]

3. Govt readies for big next generation reforms push : NEW DELHI: In a

bid to counter perceptions of policy paralysis, governance deficit and

political drift, the UPA government is poised to introduce a slew of longpending

second-generation economic reforms -including allowing foreign

direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail and permitting foreign airlines

to invest in domestic aviation companies -over the coming weeks and

months.[HT p1]

4. Food security bill draft ready : NEW DELHI: Food minister K.V. Thomas

on Thursday said that the government is ready with the draft Cabinet note

on the proposed Food Security Bill and that the bill has been circulated for

inter-ministerial comments.[HT p12]

5. Can’t do more on N-liability, India to tell US : NEW DELHI :India

cannot deny its citizens the right to seek compensation against

manufacturers of a nuclear plant if an accident takes place, senior officials

said, ruling out the possibility of accommodating US demands on this

count.[HT p1]

6. Court agrees it was a sting, no conspiracy by BJP MPs : New Delhi :

While granting bail to six accused persons in the cash-for-vote case on

Wednesday, the Delhi High Court virtually gave them a clean chit,

observing that there was no criminal conspiracy on the part of the then

three BJP MPs to demand and accept a bribe to vote in favour of the

confidence motion moved by the UPA government in 2008.[The Hindu

p14]

7. Rahul visit shot in arm for PCC boss : New Delhi: After the chief

ministers, it was the turn of state Congress president J P Aggarwal to

reaffirm his position in the party. On Thursday, he invited AICC general

secretary Rahul Gandhi to the DPCC headquarters at Deen Dayal

Upadhyay Marg. It was a show of strength ahead of the 2012 municipal

elections. Rahul was hailed as a “morale booster” for the party workers.

[TOI p6]

8. NBWs against Sushma,Chouhan for dishonouring national flag,

Higher Court Stays Order : Bhopal: A local court in MP on Thursday

issued non-bailable warrants against leader of the opposition in the Lok

Sabha Sushma Swaraj, MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and two others on

charges of dishonouring the tricolour, but a higher court stayed the order

and granted bail. Additional district and sessions judge Vijay Malviya fixed

December 1 as the next date for hearing.[TOI p11]

9. 92 Rajya Sabha MPs Have Pecuniary Interest: RTI, A total of 33 MPs

have declared shareholding of controlling nature: NEW DELHI :

Jairam Ramesh may have stirred up a hornet’s nest when he, as

environment minister, complained of MPs indulging in conflict of interest

by lobbying for environmental projects, but a look at the Register of

Interest of Rajya Sabha members proves how MPs have managed to find

a place in many House panels despite having business interests in the

sectors concerned. [ET p2]

10. Lokpal Bill glossed over in all-party meeting : New Delhi: Key political

parties skipped the mention of Lokpal Bill as the Speakers all-party

meeting on Thursday resulted in all-round assurance of smooth conduct of

proceedings, but with demands to raise issues that are likely to send

tempers soaring in Parliament when the winter session begins on

November 22.[TOI p17]

11. CBI’s files to Swamy bring Chidambaram under radar: New Delhi

:The files containing more than 500 pages furnished to Janata Party

president Subramanian Swamy by CBI on Thursday indicate to then

Finance Minister P Chidambaram having advised jailed former Telecom

Minister A Raja on ways to legalise the controversial sale of equity of

Swan and Unitech to foreign companies.[Pioneer Daily p5]

12. Ramesh Writes to Mayawati Again on Irregularities in NREGA : NEW

DELHI : In a move that will ratchet up the already heated confrontation

between the Centre and Uttar Pradesh, rural development minister Jairam

Ramesh has written a second letter to UP chief minister Mayawati about

the financial irregularities in the National Rural Employment Guarantee

Scheme in the state. [ET p2]

13. Nath slams Maya for failing to push Metro projects : New Delhi: As

assembly elections approach in Uttar Pradesh, the Mayawati regime in UP

is coming under increasing attacks from UPA with urban development

minister Kamal Nath joining his colleague Jairam Ramesh in slamming the

state government.[TOI p11]

14. BSY does a U-turn , to campaign in Bellary polls : Bangalore :Going

back on his earlier decision, B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday said he would

campaign for the BJP in the Bellary Rural constituency elections. The Uturn

comes after party leaders are learnt to have told the former Karnataka

chief minister, during an election strategy meeting on Thursday, that he

was crucial for the party’s prospects in the November 30 polls.[IE p9]

15. CBI gives Swamy 400 pages of 2G files : New Delhi : The CBI

Thursday handed over the documents demanded by Janata Party

president Subramanian Swamy, which, according to him, would prove the

complicity of then finance minister P Chidambaram in the 2G scam.[IE p7]

16. Left,LJP want AFSPA revoked : New Delhi: The Left parties and the

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Thursday demanded repeal of the Armed

Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from J&K and Manipur, and said they

will raise the Kashmir issue in the winter session of Parliament.[TOI p13]

17. Left, BJP divided over price rise motion in LS : NEW DELHI: A division

within Opposition ranks is perceptible on whether the price rise issue

should be raised under an adjournment motion during the Winter Session

beginning Tuesday.[AA p1]

18. Gadkari rakes up temple issue : Ayodhya: BJP President Nitin Gadkari

on Thursday raked up the emotive temple issue saying the Allahabad high

court has paved the way for construction of a grand temple of Lord Ram in

Ayodhya.[TOI p13]

19. In Ayodhya, BJP promises `Ram Rajya’ : LUCKNOW: In the land of

Lord Ram, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday promised to bring in

Ram Rajya in Uttar Pradesh. Ayodhya, that wore a bright saffron hue with

marigold strings, also reverberated with cries of “Jai Shri Ram“ after a

considerable gap.[AA p2]

20. Gadkari-Modi divide widens further : New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata

Party president Nitin Gadkari has told party leaders that there may be no

need for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to campaign in the highstake

Assembly elections due next year in Uttar Pradesh, BJP sources

told The Hindu.[The Hindu p1]

21. Advani harps on ‘return black money’ slogan : Dehradun : Senior

BJP leader L K Advani on Thursday announced that his party would

crusade for the return of black money stashed away in foreign banks in

the Winter session of Parliament.[The Hindu p5]

22. BJP urges judiciary to reconsider 100cr fine imposed on Times Now :

New Delhi: The main opposition party, BJP, on Thursday said that a fine

of Rs 100 crore imposed on Times Now by a Pune trial court in a

defamation case involving Justice P B Sawant was not justifiable and

appealed to the higher judiciary to reconsider it.[TOI p17]

23. LK: Don’t hasten division of states : CHANDIGARH: A division within

Opposition ranks is perceptible on whether the price rise issue should be

raised under an adjournment motion during the Winter Session beginning

Tuesday.[AA p2]

24. PM’s Letter is Thrown into Dustbin, Says Upset SC, Apex court

chides states for ignoring prime minister on special CBI courts: NEW

DELHI : The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed its indignation over

states for the failure to take follow-up action on the prime minister’s order

for setting up special courts to deal with cases being investigated by the

CBI, and lamented that a letter written by the head of government to this

effect in 2009 was thrown into the “dustbin”. [ET p3]

25. CBI Tampered with Evidence, 2G Scam Accused Tell Special Court :

NEW DELHI : The special court hearing the 2G case on Thursday asked

the CBI to respond to allegations that the probe agency tampered with

evidence in the 2G scam case. The court issued these orders after all the

accused in the 2G scam had sought the court’s intervention to stop what

they termed as an unhealthy practice of calling witnesses unofficially and

tampering with evidence.[ET p5]

26. Yashwant Picks Holes in Pension Reforms Bill, Standing

committee’s key recommendations not incorporated in the bill, says

BJP leader : NEW DELHI : Senior BJP leader and chairman of

Parliament’s Standing Committee Yashwant Sinha on Thursday said the

government’s rejection of the panel’s suggestions for fine-tuning the

pension reforms bill is a matter of concern. [ET p3]

27. Don’t cash in on KF crisis, DGCA warns airlines : New Delhi: The

Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Thursday warned airlines against

trying to cash in on the demand-supply crunch caused by Kingfisher’s

massive flight cancellation in this peak travel season. DGCA chief Bharat

Bhushan said air fares are being monitored very closely.[TOI p9]

28. Many surprises as Rajya Sabha members declare assets : New Delhi

: Lawyers Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Arun Jaitley and industrialist Vijay

Mallya, owner of the now-beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines, are the top

three moneymakers among 92 Rajya Sabha members who have declared

financial interests in business activities. These range from remunerative

directorship of firms, share holding of controlling nature in companies and

money from professional engagements.[The Tribune p1]

29. Speaker: 45 issues on Opp. agenda : LUCKNOW:The CPI’s Gurudas

Dasgupta wants the Winter Session of Parliament to be extended fearing

that government business -31 bills for passage -may find it difficult as the

session has only 17 sittings.[AA p2]

30. I have not undertaken yatra to project myself as CM: Rajnath :

Ayodhya : The Rajnath Singh-Kalraj Mishra-led BJP’s Jan Swabhiman

Yatra in Uttar Pradesh has triggered speculation about the party’s chief

ministerial candidate. The proposed Jal Yatra by Uma Bharti has also

begun a debate about here chief ministerial ambitions.[Pioneer Daily p7]

31. Need to include Group C,D; they exploit poorest : Kejriwal : New

Delhi : Non-inclusion of Group C and D government employees under the

jurisdiction of the proposed Lokpal would result in a “huge vacuum” and

leave the poorest section of society with no recourse against

institutionalized corruption, Arvind Kejriwal, one of the most prominent

faces of the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement, said today.[IE

p1]

32. Cold vibes from Cong, Ajit Singh cosies up to BJP : NEW DELHI: A

pre-poll arrangement for Uttar Pradesh continues to elude the Congress

and Ajit Singh’s RLD, but other parties have initiated backdoor

negotiations for fresh alliances ahead of the polls next year.[HT p13]

33. Lokayukta notice to U.P. Minister : Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh

Lokayukta has issued notice to state transport minister Ram Acahl

Rajbhar on charges of having disproportionate assets. Lokayukta Justice

N.K. Mehrotra has directed Rajbhar to file a reply within 14 days on a

complaint lodged against him, official sources said here.[AA p3]

34. Maya to move resolution to split UP on Monday : Lucknow : Chief

Minister Mayawati will personally present the resolution to recommend the

division of Uttar Pradesh into four smaller states — Poorvanchal, Paschim

Pradesh, Bundelkhand and Awadh Pradesh — on the first day of the

Assembly’s winter session on November 21.[IE p5]

35. Division of state should not be done in a hurry : Advani : Chandigarh

:Senior BJP leader L K Advani on Thursday said the decision to carve out

Uttar Pradesh into four states should not be done in a hurry and there

should be some basis for dividing the state.[IE p5]

36. Advani’s clean chit to BJP ex-ministers : Chandigarh :Senior BJP

leader LK Advani today gave a clean chit to three former ministers

Manoranjan Kalia, Swarna Ram and Master Mohan Lal who were dropped

from the SAD-BJP Cabinet in May this year, saying that corruption

charges had nothing to do with it.[The Tribune p2]

37. Low-on-wow factor scions in battle for UP : New Delhi : An interesting

battle seems to be emerging between two scions charged with leading

their respective party campaigns for the forthcoming Assembly election in

Uttar Pradesh ~ Mr Akhilesh Yadav, son of Samajwadi chief Mr Mulayam

Singh Yadav, and Mr Rahul Gandhi, son of Congress president Mrs Sonia

Gandhi.[The Statesman p1]

38. Probe Sonia’s role in cash-for-vote case: Gadkari :Ayodhya:

Claiming that the three BJP MPs charged in the cash-for-vote case were

innocent, BJP national president Nitin Gadkari today demanded an

investigation into the role of Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the

notorious episode.[The Tribune p2]

39. Bihar sticks to its version of Lokayukta : Patna : Undeterred by Team

Anna’s criticism of the draft Lokayukta Bill, the Nitish Kumar Government

appeared firm to table it during Winter session of the two Houses of Bihar

Legislature which begins on December 2, official sources said on

Thursday.[The Hindu p5]

40. Ex ED official, wife jailed for 3 years, fined : New Delhi: Stating that

corruption is corroding the country like “cancerous lymph nodes”, a trial

court has sentenced a former Enforcement Directorate (ED) official along

with his wife — both senior citizens — to three years rigorous

imprisonment for owning assets disproportionate to their known income.

[TOI p6]

41. CM denies letter from Prez office : NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister

Sheila Dikshit denied receiving any letter from the President’s office, which

slammed the CM for publishing a “false” statement about the Rajeev

Rattan Awas Yojana in year 2008 to lure the voters. Earlier the Delhi

Lokayukta sent the copy of the complaint to the Union home ministry and

the President’s office.[AA p13]

42. MHA to approve trifurcation of MCD by Friday : New Delhi : Delhi CM

Sheila Dikshit will have home ministry’s approval to her plans to trifurcate

the MCD possibly by Friday. The law ministry cleared the proposal to split

the MCD into three bodies on Thursday.[HT p8]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

43. ‘Sohrabuddin was killed in a fake encounter’: AHMEDABAD: Senior

lawyer Ram Jethmalani appearing former junior home minister of Gujarat

Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, on Thursday reiterated

that the gangster was killed by Gujarat police in a fake encounter because

he was an “extortionist and a criminal.“ [HT p12]

44. CBI’s false claims invite SC ire : New Delhi : The CBI’s attempt to nail

Gujarat Government’s former Minister Amit Shah as “kingpin” of an

extortion racket in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case was

thoroughly exposed by the Supreme Court on Thursday. The court

concluded that the allegation was an “unwarranted insinuation” on

discovering that the supporting evidence presented by the agency was

“absolute trash”.[Pioneer Daily p1]