NEWS IN BRIEF – NOV 25, 2011

1. Coming soon: Worlds top retailers, Cabinet Clears 51% FDI In Multi-

Brand Stores,100% In Single-Brand :New Delhi: After debating the

issue for more than a decade, the government on Thursday threw open

the multi-brand retail segment to leading foreign chains such as Wal-Mart,

Carrefour and others in a move to attract overseas investment and dispel

doubts about the coalitions ability to push through big-bang reforms. [TOI

p1]

2. FDI in retail will impact food chain, says BJP : New Delhi : The

Bharatiya Janata Party is unambiguous in opposing the government move

to throw open the retail sector to Foreign Direct Investment.[The Hindu

p12]

3. BJP, Left slam govt decision cite job losses in small towns : New

Delhi : The main opposition party as well as the Left have opposed

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail, maintaining that the move would

result in job losses. The BJP on Thursday said it would strongly oppose

FDI in retail, saying that it would lead to the creation of monopolies by

international retail players such as Walmart. Responding to the decision of

the Union Cabinet clearing 51 per cent FDI in the retail sector, former

finance minister Yashwant Sinha said the party has been against allowing

foreign players in the retail sector. “We will continue to oppose it,” he

said.[IE p2]

4. Angry youth slaps Sharad Pawar, Harvinder Had Also Attacked Sukh

Ram : New Delhi: Union agriculture minister and NCP chief Sharad

Pawar became the latest politician to be the target of physical assault on

Thursday afternoon when a small-time transporter from northwest Delhi

landed a slap on his face while venting anger at corruption.[TOI p1]

5. Pawar Gets Slapped for Rising Inflation and Corruption, MUMBAI :

Harvinder Singh,a Delhi youth slapped agriculture minister Sharad Pawar

in the face on Thursday, apparently to draw attention to graft and high

prices of food items. Pawar was talking to reporters at a literary event in

the Capitals NDMC Centre when the man attacked him.[ET p3]

6. War of words over Pawar slapping : New Delhi : Political parties have

come together to strongly condemn the assault on Union Minister Sharad

Pawar even as BJP and Congress traded charges on reasons behind the

trend of targeting political leaders.[Pioneer Daily p5]

7. Panel for `constitutional’ Lokpal, rift on PM issue : NEW DELHI:The

parliamentary standing committee finalising the Lokpal Bill will circulate a

draft report to members in a few days despite sharp differences on the

contentious issue of the Prime Minister’s inclusion within its ambit. [AA p1]

8. Earlier statement a mistake: 2G witness : New Delhi: Prosecution

witness in the 2G scam case, Uday Shahasrabuddhe, the Mumbai-based

assistant vice-president of HDFC Bank,on Thursday told the trial court that

his earlier statement to the CBI that some of the authorized signatories of

Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd (STPL) and Reliance Communications Ltd (RCL)

were common was a mistake.[TOI p16]

9. Parliament remains paralysed for the third day in a row : New Delhi :

On a day when Parliament seemed set for some serious business with the

government and the Opposition reaching a reasonable under-standing on

the rules to raise the critical issues of inflation and black money, both

Houses were adjourned for the thrid consecutive day without transaction

of any business.[The Tribune p1]

10. Cong Responsible for Disruption of House: Swaraj, Telangana

Cong,TRS force adjournment on a day LS was to debate price rise :

NEW DELHI : The government may have bought peace with the

Opposition by agreeing to debates on price rise and black money, but was

stumped by its own benches when Congress MPs from Telangana, along

with members of the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti, disrupted Lok Sabha

over their demand for a separate state.[ET p2]

11. Disunited Oppn: Left and BJP Trade Charges, The two sides accuse

each other of playing into the governments hands : NEW DELHI : The

unity displayed by the two main opposition blocs BJP led NDA and the

Left on the floor of the House collapsed on Thursday. The two sides

accused each other of playing into the governments hands.[ET p2]

12. Left leaders allege ‘deal’ between Cong and BJP : New Delhi : The

CPI(M) on Thursday launched a scathing attack against the BJP blaming

the main Opposition party for “repeatedly entering into agreements” with

the ruling Congress for providing an escape route to the Government by

avoiding voting in Parliament on the issue of price rise.[Pioneer Daily p5]

13. Omar offers legal cover to protect army : JAMMU: To allay the army’s

fears on the proposed revocation of the AFSPA, Jammu and Kashmir

chief minister Omar Abdullah has said two provisions of the CrPC -not

applicable in the state now -could be restored to give security forces legal

protection.[HT p13]

14. T-stir, soured BJP-Left deal stall LS on Day 3, Govts Inept Floor

Management On Show Again : New Delhi: Persistent disruptions by

Telangana Rashtra Samiti with a strong supporting cast of Congress MPs,

a Left-BJP-government deal that soured, a mini insurrection by regional

parties and the governments inept floor management put paid to the third

successive day of the winter session.[TOI p17]

15. Maoist leader Kishanji killed in encounter, High-Profile Naxal

Perishes In 2-Hr Battle : Midnapore/Kolkata: Kishanji alias Koteshwar

Rao, the man who controlled Maoist operations in eastern India, was

cornered and killed in a massive security operation after a two-hour gun

battle in dense jungles on the Bengal-Jharkhand border on Thursday.[TOI

p1]

16. Team Anna sends Nitish suggestions : Patna : Team Anna, which

attacked the Bihar Lokayukta Bill draft, provoking Bihar Chief Minister

Nitish Kumar to say “he did not need a certificate from anyone”, has put its

suggestions before the state government.[IE p3]

17. Eunuch who took on LK in Guj shot dead : Ahmedabad: The

flamboyant eunuch who fought Lok Sabha elections against L K Advani in

2004 and 2009 was murdered on Thursday. Sonia De was shot four times

by unknown assailants near Roopalee Cinema in the city.[TOI p16]

18. Cong sees state elections in Feb. : NEW DELHI : Uttar Pradesh

Assembly elections are expected to be held in February with Punjab and

Uttarakhand. While the Congress party expects an early elections, the

feedback coming from the state is of a hung Assembly. According to the

highly-placed sources in the Congress, the elections cannot be held in

April-May due to the school examinations.[AA p2]

19. UP polls near, PMO pushes move for OBC Muslim quota : New Delhi

: The Prime Minister’s Office has asked the minority affairs ministry to

bring to the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs a formal proposal on

reservation for Muslims within the OBC category.[IE p1]

20. Pranab claim specious, short on facts : CPI(M) : New Delhi : The

Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Thursday refuted the ‘specious

explanations’ on inflation given by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee

saying his statement hid the government’s failure to check price rise.[The

Hindu p6]

21. Lokpal draft to be ready by Wed : New Delhi: The parliamentary panel

looking into the Lokpal bill on Thursday reached a consensus on giving

constitutional status to the proposed anti-corruption ombudsman even as

differences persisted on inclusion of the prime minister within the Lokpals

ambit.[TOI p17]

22. ‘Inept’ cops sit on Jaitley’s plaint : New Delhi : It is just not the ‘aam

admi’ who suffers at the hands of the Delhi Police, but cops even kept an

eminent person like Arun Jaitley waiting. It took almost 50 days for Delhi

Police to take cognisance of a complaint lodged by Jaitley, the Leader of

Opposition in Rajya Sabha.[Pioneer Daily p3]

23. Anti-Nuke Protest Enters 100th Day at Kudankulam : CHENNAI : The

anti-nuclear protest that has stalled the commissioning of the multi-crore

nuclear plant at Kudankulam entered the 100th day on Thursday.The

protestors from Tamil Nadus southern-most districts, Kanyakumari,

Tirunelveli and Tuticorin, held an inter-religious prayer meeting at the plant

site.[ET p3]

24. I-T seizes 100cr from Jkhand contractor : Ranchi: Income Tax sleuths

seized Rs 100 crore deposited in bank accounts of a contractor, his family

members and relatives in Jharkhands coal city Dhanbad, sources said on

Thursday.[TOI p12]

25. Captain Raja wants others out of jail first : New Delhi : Former

Telecom Minister A Raja on Thursday said he was the captain of team 2G

and he would seek bail only after each of his members was out.

Seemingly granting of bail to five co-accused on Wednesday had put Raja

in a jolly mood as he shared friendly moments with scribes on

Thursday.[Pioneer Daily p3]

26. Essar-Loop : CBI to file chargesheet : New Delhi : The CBI has

received the Attorney General’s opinion on Essar-Loop and will file a

chargesheet against the two companies, its promoters and other officials

in the 2G scam case. AG G E Vahanvati is learnt to have agreed with the

CBI findings saying the promoters and officials of the companies were

involved in a conspiracy to obtain telecom licenses by violating

guidelines.[IE p4]

27. BJP for safeguards but consensus eludes House Panel : New Delhi :

There has been no consensus on the inclusion of the Prime Minister within

the ambit of Lokpal in the Parliamentary panel scrutinising the Bill.

However, Team Anna’s suggestion that the Lokpal Bill be used to create

Lokayukta in States could be recommended in the draft, sources

said.[Pioneer Daily p4]

28. No role in processing Kejriwal’s case : PMO : New Delhi : The Prime

Minister’s Office (PMO) in a response (No. RTI/3832/2011) to an

application under the Right to Information Act has denied having ever

called for the file dealing with Additional Commissioner of Income Tax

Arvind Kejriwal. No such file was ever sought from the Finance Ministry,

reads the reply sent to RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agarwal.[The

Tribune p2]

29. Ajit Singh’s Cabinet berth final barrier : New Delhi : The Congress may

have more or less sealed an alliance with the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) for

its ‘Mission UP 2012’ by conceding around 50 seats to Ajit Singh’s party,

but what’s delaying the formal announcement is consensus on an

appropriate ministry for the RLD chief.[The Tribune p2]

30. Plunging onion prices bring down inflation : NEW DELHI: Finally, the

consumer gets respite, with the food inflation rate falling by 1.62% to the

lowest levels in four months -9.01% for the week-ended November 12 –

rekindling hopes that the price monster may be tamed.[HT p1]

31. Rahul Continues Tirade Against Maya,Mulayam, UP government has

failed on all fronts,says Congress general secretary : BALRAMPUR :

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi,who has been targeting chief

minister Mayawati to galvanise the party cadres ahead of the state

polls,has now started taking a swipe at the Samajwadi Party supremo

Mulayam Singh Yadav.[ET p3]

32. Maya gags party workers on UP split : New Delhi: Chief minister

Mayawati has gagged her leaders from speaking on the division of UP,a

surprise decision since she would gain from publicity to the issue on the

national stage ahead of the assembly polls.[TOI p19]

33. BJP Fine-tunes strategy for Bellary bypoll : Bangalore : As the

countdown for battle Bellary has begun, political parties in Karnataka are

gearing up for a showdown in the State. The bypoll on November 30 is

crucial for both the ruling BJP and the major opposition Congress. It has

become a litmus test as many think it is going to decide the political future

of the State, especially for the ruling BJP. It is, of course, important for the

BJP which has won 19 bypolls so far after coming into power.[Pioneer

Daily p6]

34. Sreeramulu vows to ‘wipe out’ BJP : Bellary:A day after coming under

attack from BJP leaders here in the run up the November 30 bypoll for the

Bellary rural seat, rebel leader B. Sreeramulu on Thursday declared he

would “wipe out“ the saffron party base in this district.[AA p2]

35. MCD split: Haze over revenue model, No Mention Of Property Tax In

Corporation Amendment Bill : New Delhi: As chief minister Sheila

Dikshit gears up to seek legislative nod to trifurcate MCD at a two-day

special session of the Assembly on November 30,the broad contours of

the new framework clearly put the city government in the drivers seat.[TOI

p4]

36. Mayor cries foul, says trifurcation not viable : New Delhi: As BJP

suffers a blow after the trifurcation of MCD, the party brass says the move

will lead to chaos. By dividing MCD,Congress has violated the principle of

autonomy of the local bodies provided by the Constitution of India. The

powers of the corporation have been handed over to the state government

and bureaucrats, said Vijender Gupta, president of Delhi BJP unit.[TOI p4]

37. Regularization scam: Sheila puts blame on MCD : New Delhi: Chief

Minister Sheila Dikshit has made it clear that provisional regularization

certificates given by her government to 1,218 unauthorized colonies

should not be seen as a passport to regularization.[TOI p8]

38. East Delhi will suffer most, says mayor : NEW DELHI: Delhi mayor

Rajni Abbi said east Delhi would suffer the most due to the trifurcation of

the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). She added the proposed east

Delhi civic body, comprising Shahdara (north) and (south) zones, would

generate the least income in the form of property tax, thus making it

difficult to sustain on the meagre amount.[HT p4]

39. House meets on Nov 30 to divide MCD : New Delhi : The Delhi

government on Thursday called a special two-day Assembly session next

week to approve a Bill to split the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)

into three agencies. The Bill will be tabled in the Assembly on November

30, and be cleared the next day, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said soon

after a Cabinet meeting where the dates were finalised.[IE Newsline p1]

40. Sandalwood worth Rs 60 crore seized, 3 arrested : New Delhi : A

team of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has arrested three

persons and recovered a huge consignment of sandalwood from two

godowns in outer Delhi. Acting on a tip-off, raids were conducted at

godowns in Rohini and Samaipur Badli on Thursday.[HT p3]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

41. HC to decide Kanis fate today : New Delhi: The Delhi high court will

hear the bail pleas of DMK MP Kanimozhi and five others accused in the

2G spectrum scam on Friday. Earlier, the hearing was slated for

December 1.All the bail applications would be heard on Friday at 10.30

am, Justice V K Shali said on Thursday.[TOI p14]

42. Sohrabuddin tale gets a new twist , SC Order For CBI Probe Result

Of Conspiracy,Jethmalani Tells Top Court : New Delhi: The Supreme

Court on Thursday sought the Centres response to an allegation by

Sohrabuddin fake encounter accused Amit Shahs counsel Ram

Jethmalani that the January 12,2010 order directing CBI probe into the

case was a result of political conspiracy by the ruling party.[TOI p12]

43. Bhanwari dead,key accused tells CBI sleuths : NewDelhi: One of the

main accused in the Bhanwari Devi case has told the CBI that the auxiliary

nurse who is at the centre of the sleazy scam in Rajasthan is dead.[TOI

p12]

44. Reply to Amit Shah plea, SC tells Centre: New Delhi : The Supreme

Court on Thursday asked the Centre to respond to an allegation by former

Gujarat home minister Amit Shah that his implication in the Sohrabuddin

Sheikh fake encounter case is part of a “diabolical political conspiracy”.[IE

p6]

45. CBI seeks govt nod to name HP officials in FIR : Shimla : The Central

Bureau of Investigation has written to the Himachal Pradesh government

seeking its nod to name some state government officials in the second

FIR in the Justice (retd) Nirmal Yadav land case. The CBI wants to probe

the officers’ role in giving permission to Yadav to buy 11.01 bighas in

Solan district.[IE p6]

46. SC fines Haryana govt for land act misuse : NEW DELHI:The Supreme

Court has come down heavily on the Central and state governments for

the misuse of the archaic Land Acquisition Act in the past two decades of

the opening of economy to acquire farmers’ land in name of

development.[AA p2]

EDITORIAL/OPINION

47. Dividing UP into four, Case for a second states reorganisation panel:

Inder Malhotra: UTTAR PRADESH Chief Minister Mayawati’s proposal to

divide the country’s most populous and politically key state into four units

is both a “masterstroke” and a “pre-poll political gimmick”.[The Tribune

p8]

BUSINESS NEWS

48. Mistry man with a sense of humour: MUMBAI:His affable nature and a

proclivity to shun the limelight, much like Ratan Tata, the man Cyrus

Mistry will replace next year-end, is what seems to have worked for the

43-year-old, say relatives, friends and business associates.[HT p1]

49. SBI, ICICI Bank scrap pre-payment charges on housing loans : New

Delhi : The country’s largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), and the

largest private sector bank, ICICI Bank, have abolished pre-payment

penalty on home loans with immediate effect.[IE p1]