NEWS IN BRIEF – NOV 19, 2011

1. Back off on South Sea: PM to China, ‘Indian Interests Commercial

And Legitimate’: Bali: India firmly rejected China’s objections to its

presence in the South China Sea, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

telling Chinese leader Wen Jiabao that Indian interests were “purely

commercial” and sovereignty claims must be settled according to

international law. [TOI p1]

2. Assertive India takes on China, US in global game : BALI: India told

China it would continue its oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea,

an issue that has triggered strong words between the two countries in the

past few months.[HT p1]

3. ‘US firms must work within our N-liability law’ : Bali: Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh told US president Barack Obama that American

companies would have to operate within the “four corners” of Indian law

on civil liability for nuclear damage, indicating the law cannot be tweaked

to make it more US-friendly. [TOI p1]

4. Decide if you want to stay in alliance, Didi tells Cong, ‘We Don’t Need

Parties Having Covert Relations With CPM’: Kolkata: “Decide whether

you want to stay with us or not” — was a fresh ultimatum served to the

Congress party by Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal chief

minister Mamata Banerjee Friday after a protest rally by Youth Congress

against alleged attacks on party workers by Trinamool activists. [TOI p21]

5. Congress rally irks Mamata, says Trinamool can go alone : Kolkata

:Less than two weeks after the West Bengal chief minister’s standoff with

the UPA government over the hike in petrol prices was sorted out, cracks

in the Congress Trinamool alliance have started to show again.[HT p12]

6. Peace talks : Interlocutors, Mamata to meet today : Kolkata

:Responding promptly to interlocutors’ request to relieve them of their

duties to hold peace talks with Maoists, West Bengal Chief Minister

Mamata Banerjee has called for a meeting with them on Saturday. The

six-member team of interlocutors on Thursday, in a letter to the CM, had

expressed their desire to be relieved of their responsibilities.[IE p2]

7. IB warns Maoists are plotting to kill Mamata : NEW DELHI: The

intelligence agencies have come across credible information that Maoist

outfits operating in West Bengal are planning to target chief minister

Mamata Banerjee. But she is not the only one: there are at least eight

other senior Trinamul Congress leaders on the Naxalites’ hit list.[AA p1]

8. Pranab puts infra projects on fast track : New Delhi : The government

on Friday cleared infrastructure projects worth more than Rs 25,500 crore.

It sent clear instructions to various departments to clear all procedural

hurdles for these projects, covering the highways, urban metro and power

sectors.[HT p1]

9. 15 years on, CBI court finds Sukhram guilty : New Delhi: Fifteen years

after the then telecom minister Sukhram misused his official position to

award a contract worth Rs 30 crores for supplying cables to a private

telecom firm after receiving bribe of Rs 3 lakh, a special CBI court has

convicted him in the telecom scam. [TOI p13]

10. Centre, J&K to prepare new draft of AFSPA : Jammu : The Centre has

asked Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah and the army to

put an end to the public spat over the revocation of the Armed Forces

Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from certain areas of the state.[HT p12]

11. Kulkarni to join LK on Janchetna yatra : NEW DELHI: Senior BJP

leader L.K.Advani’s former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni, who along with

party’s two former MPs got bail in the cash-for-vote scam, is likely to join

Mr Advani during the last leg of his Janchetna yatra. Sources disclosed Mr

Advani called up Mr Kulkarni after the latter walked out of Tihar Jail on

Thursday evening. BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, it was learnt, also spoke to Mr

Kulkarni and party leaders on Thursday.[AA p2]

12. PM, Sonia must say sorry for political conspiracy : Gadkari :

Bhopal:BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Friday said Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi should apologise to

the nation for the ‘political conspiracy’ under which BJP whistle-blowers

were jailed in the cash-for-vote scam.[Pioneer Daily p4]

13. Leak of Lokpal Bill tapes has govt worried : New Delhi: The tapes of

proceedings of the parliamentary committee discussing Lokpal Bill have

reportedly found their way out into the public domain, triggering sharp

concern in the government. [TOI p18]

14. ‘People came on streets for Lokpal, not Jokepal’ : New Delhi: There

appears to be very little ground for reconciliation between the government

and Team Anna with the activists demanding on Friday that the CBI’s anticorruption

wing be brought under the purview of Lokpal. [TOI p18]

15. Team Anna, Roy back govt on sports bill : NEW DELHI: Sports

Minister Ajay Maken has got support of Team Anna and Aruna Roy’s

National Campaign for People’s Right To Information (NCPRI) for his draft

national sports development bill even though the both groups had

vehemently opposed the government’s Lokpal Bill.[HT p15]

16. More protests if Lokpal Bill not passed: Bedi: Allahabad: Team Anna

member Kiran Bedi on Friday warned of more “Ramlila Maidan-like

protests” if the Congress-led UPA government does not pass the Lokpal

bill in the winter session of parliament beginning Tuesday. [TOI p18]

17. Unverified UID data may risk security: PC : New Delhi: Amid reports of

‘unverified’ data being collected by the Unique Identification Authority of

India (UIDAI) in order to issue ‘Aadhaar’ numbers, the Union home

minister P Chidambaram has expressed concern over such an exercise

saying there is real chance of inclusion of non usual residents and

creation of false profile in the project which may compromise internal

security. [TOI p13]

18. Cash for votes : BJP to felicitate Kulkarni, former MPs : Bhopal :

Within hours of the release of the three accused in the ‘cash-for-vote’

scam from Tihar jail, the BJP on Friday announced that they will be

felicitated in New Delhi on Saturday.[IE p8]

19. J&K : Six BJP MLAs disqualified : Jammu : Nearly six months after

expelling its veteran leader and sitting MLA Prof Chaman Lal Gupta for six

years from the organisation on charges of anti-party activities, the

Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday disqualified from membership of the

Legislative Assembly six other legislators who along with him had crossvoted

in favour of the ruling National Conference and Congress nominees

during the Legislative Council polls in April this year.[IE p2]

20. Cong for second SRC on division: New Delhi : Questioning BSP chief

Mayawati’s proposal to split Uttar Pradesh into four states, the Congress

on Friday said it favoured constitution of the second States Reorganisation

Commission (SRC) to address similar demands from other parts of the

country.[HT p12]

21. People’s love, support more than PM’s post : Advani : Haridwar

:Overwhelmed by the support received by the crowd in Rishikul ground

here, former Deputy Prime Minister and veteran BJP leader, Lal Krishan

Advani on Friday said that the support that he has got from the people

during his 60-year-long political career, is much more than the power he

would have enjoyed as the Prime Minister of the country.[Pioneer Daily

p4]

22. A room for Ms Bharti, and two campaigns : Lucknow : A day after BJP

president Nitin Gadkari announced that she would lead the party’s “UP

Bachao-BJP Lao” campaign beginning December 1, a room was reserved

at the state party headquarters here to set up an office for Uma Bharti,

moving out party general secretary Rakesh Kumar who earlier occupied

the room. Her nameplate was also put on the entrance door of the

office.[IE p8]

23. Congress close to deal with Ajit for western UP : NEW DELHI:Hard

bargaining is on between the Congress and Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal

ahead of the crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, as leaders of the

two parties met Thursday night to iron out differences and strike a

deal.[AA p1]

24. Ajit okay with 60 seats, but wants 2 cabinet berths : NEW

DELHI:Wary of the possibility of Chaudhary Ajit Singh drifting to the BJP,

the Congress on Friday swung into action to stitch up a poll tie-up with the

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).[HT p12]

25. UP poll vault: Rahul seeks 3,000cr sop for weavers : New Delhi:

Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls, the government is set to announce a

package for handloom sector in a bid to boost credit availability, subsidize

freight and yarn prices following a prod from Rahul Gandhi. [TOI p13]

26. Maya `4 states’ plan moves few : LUCKNOW:UP chief minister

Mayawati’s proposal to split Uttar Pradesh into four states may have

sparked off a tedious debate in the media and in political circles but it has

evoked absolutely no interest in the four regions.[AA p2]

27. Opp banks on BSP rebels to upset Maya applecart : Lucknow : At the

fag end of the BSP Government’s tenure, the Opposition is all set to

exploit the chinks in Mayawati’s armour by bringing a no-confidence

motion against her Government, and is pinning its hopes on ruling party’s

rebels.[Pioneer Daily p1]

28. BJP to support JMM in Mandu bypoll : Ranchi : It’s going to be a toolittle-

too-late story. The State BJP on Friday announced its decision to

support JMM candidate Jai Prakash Patel in the Mandu Assembly bypoll.

It leaves a bad taste in the mouth of JD(U) candidate Khiru Mahto, who

had lobbied for electoral support from its NDA ally.[Pioneer Daily p4]

29. Bhatta-Parsaul: FIR against 30 cops for rape : Noida: In another

setback to the UP police, a city court on Friday ordered registration of FIR

against five senior police officers and 25 constables on charges of raping

and robbing a woman in Bhatta village during the anti-land acquisition

agitation there in May this year, as well as for refusing to register a

complaint against the alleged rapists. [TOI p1]

30. SC clarifies : SPO ruling only for Chhattisgarh : New Delhi : The

Supreme Court today ruled that its July 5 judgment banning the counter-

Naxal special police officers (SPOs) would apply only to Chhattisgarh, and

not other parts of the country.[IE p1]

31. BJP plans welcome for Advani : Elephants, horses, camels : New

Delhi : Councillors and party workers of Delhi BJP are preparing a grand

welcome for veteran leader L K Advani, who will be concluding his Jan

Chetna Yatra at Ramlila Maidan on Sunday. With the Municipal

Corporation of Delhi (MCD) going to polls next year, MLAs and party

workers are going all out to put up a show.[IE p5]

32. BJP councillors in rath yatra mode, MCD business hit : New Delhi:

With BJP leader LK Advani’s rath yatra now just a day away from the

Capital, the party’s municipal councillors are caught up in preparations for

his reception at Ramlila Maidan on Sunday, leaving the MCD’s affairs in

disarray, sources say. [TOI p9]

33. Abbi will lead MCD delegation to PC, protest division : New Delhi : To

Register its protest against the trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of

Delhi (MCD), a delegation led by Mayor Rajni Abbi will meet Home

Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday.[IE p4]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

34. Pragya now moves MACOCA court for bail : Mumbai : Two months

after the Supreme Court rejected her bail plea, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur-one

of the main accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case- filed a fresh bail

application in the special MCOCA court.[IE p13]

BUSINESS NEWS

35. Kingfisher needs 2k cr to survive, Requires 600Cr Working Capital,

400Cr Guarantees, Plans To Raise $250m: Mumbai: Kingfisher Airlines

plans to raise Rs 2,000 crore to stay afloat. Of this, the airline requires

around Rs 600 crore immediately towards working capital, Rs 400 crore

through guarantees and approximately Rs 1,000 crore through a

combination of fund infusion by promoters and a rights issue. [TOI p27]

36. Slipping on oil, airlines may hike fares by 20-25% in December :

MUMBAI: If you have travel plans for December, be prepared to shell out

more for your air tickets. Hoping to make the most of the holiday rush,

cash-strapped airlines are said to be planning to hike fares by 20-25% in

the Christmas-New Year period.[HT p1]

SPORT NEWS

37. Azhar, others slam Kambli’s fixing claim, ‘Why Was He Silent For 15

Years?’: New Delhi: A day after former India batsman Vinod Kambli aired

his “suspicion” that India’s loss to Sri Lanka in the 1996 cricket World Cup

semifinal was a result of match-fixing, his former teammates ridiculed the

claim, with then-skipper Mohammad Azharuddin questioning Kambli’s

credibility and character. [TOI p1]

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

38. ‘Zardari offered 26/11 suspects’, Feared Army Coup After Op Osama,

Says Secret Memo: Washington: Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari was

so scared of a military coup after Osama bin Laden’s death that he was

ready to create a “new security team” favourable to Americans and

promised the US to hand over Pakistan-based 26/ 11 perpetrators

including those from its intelligence agency to India. [TOI p1]

39. Memogate rattles Pakistan envoy to U.s. resigns : Islamabad

:Pakistan’s civilian government is said to have offered to act against the

perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks and hand over the guilty to

Indian security services in an assurance given to the United States.[The

Hindu p1]