NEWS IN BRIEF – NOV 28, 2011

1. India-China talks may go off track, Buddhist Conclave To Cast

Shadow Over Key Meets: New Delhi: Even as it still tries to fix dates for

the next round of Sino-India boundary talks, from which China backed out

owing to New Delhi’s support for a Buddhist congregation which will be

addressed by Dalai Lama, the government is worried that other crucial

bilateral engagements may suffer. [TOI p11]

2. No retail FDI in 25 out of 53 cities?, State Leaders Slam Doors On

Global Chains: New Delhi: With Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa

raising the red flag against FDI in multi-brand retail, nearly half of the 53

cities may be out of bounds for global chains. [TOI p1]

3. Jaya slams door on global retail chains: Chennai: Tamil Nadu CM and

AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa on Sunday slammed the UPA government at

the Centre for its decision to open the gates to foreign direct investment in

the retail market “without consulting the states” and demanded its

immediate rollback. [TOI p7]

4. Centre plans bill to defer sealing in Delhi till 2014 : NEW DELHI:Barely

four months before the municipal polls in the Capital, the Centre has

decided to table a bill in Parliament to defer sealing and demolition of

more than one lakh unauthorised residential and commercial properties till

December 2014.[HT p1]

5. Sule meets Thackeray, says thanks for supporting Pawar : Mumbai :

Baramati MP and the daughter of Union Agriculture Minister Sharad

Pawar, Supriya Sule, on Sunday met Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray at his

residence here to express gratitude for supporting Pawar after the attack

on him in Delhi.[IE p3]

6. Sibal refuses to intervene in saffronisation of textbooks : New Delhi :

Changes in education content for political reasons had hit headline

recently but HRD minister Kapil Sibal has decided to remain oblivious on

the ground that academics is an exclusive domain of the institutions.[HT

p8]

7. Ajit Singh Likely to Get Civil Aviation Portfolio : NEW DELHI : The

Congress party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) are likely to soon

announce a pre-poll alliance, an arrangement that could see RLD chief Ajit

Singh getting the civil aviation portfolio, two Congress leaders told ETon

the condition of anonymity. [ET p3]

8. CAG to appear again before JPC on 2G issue : CHENNAI: Comptroller

and Auditor General Vinod Rai will once again appear before JPC looking

at the 2G scam to explain how the government auditor reached at the

figure of R1.76 lakh crore in arriving at the presumptive loss in spectrum

allocation.[HT p8]

9. One lokpal bill for Centre, states? : NEW DELHI: The parliamentary

panel examining the lokpal bill is likely to recommend that Parliament pass

a law for creating the anti-graft watchdog at the Centre and also

lokayuktas in states.[HT p1]

10. CBI to seek Nepal help in Ramdev aide case: New Delhi: The CBI will

soon send a judicial request to Nepal seeking details of yoga guru Baba

Ramdev’s aide Acharya Balkrishna in connection with a case of furnishing

fake documents to get an Indian passport.[TOI p11]

11. CBI May Target My Brother: CM : Lucknow : Political rivals of chief

minister Mayawati have dubbed her brother as a power centre, but she

declared at Sunday’s rally that he would not aspire to be even an MLA or

MP. [ET p2]

12. 30 IPS officers quit for pvt jobs between ’08 & ’10 : New Delhi:

Contrary to popular perception that IPS is an elite all-India service, 30

officers of the cadre have left the top policing job for greener pastures in

the last three years. [TOI p14]

13. Fear of graft taint stalling decisions: Sibal, ‘Protect Officials From

Being Penalized For Honest Mistakes’: Mumbai: A telecom company

can be penalized anywhere between nil and Rs 50 crore for violating

rules. But bureaucrats are so worried of being accused of corruption that

they are levying the maximum amount, almost as a rule. Nor is there any

chance of the fine being lowered by the minister, who is equally reluctant

to invite charges of graft. [TOI p1]

14. Govt likely to name LGT a/c holders : New Delhi: Under pressure from

the opposition on the issue of illegal wealth stashed abroad, the

government may soon reveal the names of individuals who allegedly have

black money deposited in LGT Bank, Liechtenstein. [TOI p1]

15. Right to recall: Popular with voters, rejected by politicians :

LUCKNOW:Politicians are unwilling to arm the common man with the

ultimate weapon–right to reject or recall an election candidate–a demand

flagged by anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare.[HT p10]

16. Hazare should not be rigid, says Tharoor : Ahmedabad : The former

Minister of State for External Affairs, Shashi Tharoor, feels Team Anna

should allow MPs to use their discretion in framing the Jan Lokpal Bill

instead of adopting a rigid stand on the issue.[The Hindu p10]

17. LGT black money case: Penalty of 200% on siphoned-off money :

New Delhi: Sources said in the LGT black money case, that the I-T

department has moved courts in different cities, including Mumbai,

Chennai and Delhi initiating prosecution against the offenders. Besides

the recovery of tax, authorities have imposed a penalty of 200% of the

amount allegedly siphoned off. [TOI p12]

18. Banks lend 200% of road project costs, govt worried : New Delhi: If

you were to buy a house, banks would give you a loan of 80-85% of the

value of the property. If you were to build a road, though, you could get

double the project cost computed by the highways authority. [TOI p1]

19. Munde: BJP will stall Parliament : New Delhi : BJP’s deputy leader in

the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde on Sunday said his party would not allow

Parliament to proceed on Monday over the issue of FDI in the retail

sector.[AA p3]

20. BJP ropes in sworn enemy of Reddy bros : Bellary: There is no better

ally than the enemy of a friend-turned-foe. At least that is what seems to

be the reasoning of the BJP which on Sunday rolled out the red carpet to

mining businessman Tapal Ganesh, who was one of the earliest

detractors of the ruling party’s erstwhile satraps in Bellary, the Reddy

brothers. [TOI p14]

21. Reddy brothers whistleblower joins BJP : Bellary : In a significant

twist to the Bellary (ST) seat bypoll, Tapal Ganesh, the whistleblower of

the Reddy brothers who played a pivotal role in “exposing” the illegal

mining scam, has joined the BJP.[AA p2]

22. BJP GOVT IN ORISSA MOST CORRUPT: CONG : Bhubaneswar: The

Congress on Sunday dubbed the ruling BJD in Orissa as the “most

corrupt“ government in the country and predicted that the latter will be

severely rejected by the voters in the forthcoming Umerkote Assembly bypoll.

[AA p2]

23. Fin Min wasn’t kept in the loop : NEW DELHI : The CBI probe into

alleged irregularities committed in awarding telecom licences during the

tenure of the late Pramod Mahajan as communications minister has

revealed that accused former officials of the department of

telecommunications (DoT) did not even consult the finance ministry while

deciding the prices for additional spectrum.[AA p4]

24. Maya woos Dalits, backwards for votes, ‘Must Unite To Keep Out

Thakur CM; Cong Having Nightmare Of Elephant Trampling It’:

Lucknow: Within days of a Brahmin convention where the Uttar Pradesh

CMtriedtocashin on Brahmin-Thakur rivalry by asserting that Congress

and BJP were aiming for a Thakur CM, Mayawati on Sunday exhorted

Dalits and backwards to bury their differences and join hands to bring BSP

to power in 2012. [TOI p13]

25. Elephant to trample Congress: Mayawati : LUCKNOW:Scaling up her

war of Rahul Gandhi, UP chief minister Mayawati on Sunday said the

party was scared of being “trampled“ under the feet of the elephant, the

ruling BSP’s poll symbol.[HT p10]

26. Lokpal: Decision on PM next week : New Delhi: The parliamentary

panel on Lokpal Bill, which is divided on inclusion of Prime Minister under

the ambit of the anti-corruption watchdog. [AA p3]

27. BJP changes poll gameplan, to cherrypick candidates : NEW DELHI:

The BJP is determined to be the power behind the throne in Uttar Pradesh

after the 2012 elections. “We are not deluding ourselves that we will form

the government, but surely we could be in the second slot to play the kingmaker,“

said a party strategist.[HT p10]

28. Aseemanand questions bail to Malegaon 7, claims was tortured :

New Delhi : Ten days after seven accused in the 2006 Malegaon blast

case were released on bail, partly because of his confession that Hindu

extremists were behind the attack, Swami Aseemanand has questioned

the decision, reiterating that he had already retracted that statement made

by him under “extortion”.[IE p1]

29. With polls near, Cong defers ITs Chintan Shivir :New Delhi: The

Congress has dropped plans to hold a “chintan shivir“, with Assembly

elections looming in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa. But

some insiders feel the FDI issue, among others, needs to be discussed

within a party forum as there is confusion in the rank and file. The issue

could be major Opposition plank in the poll-bound states.[AA p1]

30. As poll nears, secularism to guide Rahul-led Youth Cong : New

Delhi: Rahul GandhiledYouthCongressislikely to emphasise on

secularism and accountability as the motto for its cadres, positioning the

foot soldiers firmly for the upcoming electoral challenges spearheaded by

the Congress heir apparent. [TOI p13]

31. I have proof to defend my case: Bedi, FIR Filed, Cops Ready To

Probe: New Delhi: Team Anna member and India’s first woman IPS

officer, Kiran Bedi, is set be interrogated by officials of Delhi Police, a

force she had served for many years, after a case was registered against

her on Sunday for allegedly misappropriating funds meant for her NGOs.

[TOI p3]

32. Delhi Police file FIR against Bedi : NEW DELHI: Tables have turned on

former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, who will now be questioned by the same

Delhi Police officers who had once worked under her. Following a city

court’s order, the Delhi Police crime branch has filed an FIR against her

under various sections of the IPC.[HT p5]

33. EC: 53 U.P. SEATS MONEY SENSITIVE: New Delhi: The Election

Commission has declared 53 Assembly seats as “expenditure sensitive“

and prone to “high illegal funding and corrupt practices“ in poll-bound Uttar

Pradesh. A high-level team of the panel has also begun a tour of the state

starting on Sunday to chalk out preparations in this regard with the income

tax department and other enforcement authorities for curbing use of illegal

funds during polls.[AA p2]

34. SP restores tickets to two candidates : Lucknow : The Samajwadi

Party has restored tickets of two of the remaining five candidates whose

candidature was cancelled on Thursday. The candidates are Abhinav

Sharma from Agra North and Rafe Rana from Husainganj, Fatehpur.[IE

p3]

35. Modi govt says food Bill against federal structure : New Delhi :

Having publicly objected to the Communal Violence Bill drafted by the

Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC), the Narendra Modi-led

Gujarat government has now sent its strong objections to Sonia’s pet

project, National Food Security Bill, terming it against the sanctity of the

federal structure of the Constitution.[IE p4]

36. Ministry wants 8.4 for minorities in OBC quota : New Delhi : With the

Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) keen to move fast on the Congress’s poll

promise of providing reservation to socially and economically backward

minorities, the Ministry of Minority Affairs is learnt to have proposed

creation of 8.4 per cent sub quota for minorities — of which 6 per cent

should be for Muslims — within the 27 per cent OBC quota.[IE p3]

37. Anna gets MCD nod for Ramlila Maidan stir : New Delhi: In a clear

indication that Team Anna is unlikely to be satisfied by the

recommendation of the parliamentary standing committee looking into the

Lokpal Bill and is planning to launch a fresh offensive, the activists have

already sought permission from civic authorities to stage protests at

Ramlila Maidan from December 27 besides holding rallies against a weak

Lokpal from Monday. [TOI p7]

38. Hooda asks voters to give Congress a chance : Ratia : With polling for

Ratia Assembly constituency scheduled for Wednesday, Haryana Chief

Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday appealed to voters to give

Congress a chance and ensure all round development in the area.[HT p5]

39. Maya Declares Cong Main Opponent: LUCKNOW : Bahujan Samaj

Party czarina Mayawati launched her election campaign at a massive rally

here on Sunday and sought to block attempts of her rivals to poach into

the umbrella social alliance her party forged in the last polls. [ET p2]

40. Maya denies misusing NREGA : Lucknow :UP chief minister Mayawati

on Sunday vowed her Bahujan Samaj Party would return to power in the

state and mounted a vociferous attack on the Congress, and particularly

on Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi.[AA p2]

41. Property tax in MCD areas set to get higher : NEW DELHI:House

owners in MCD areas may soon have to shell out more as property tax.

The civic agency is planning to levy an education cess from next year to

boost its revenue.Residents living in the MCD areas may soon have to

shell out more money in the form of new taxes.[HT p2]

42. 2,000 RWAs raise voice against hike in power tariff : NEW

DELHI:Members of various residents’ welfare associations (RWAs)

participated in a ‘Bijli Andolan’ at the Talkatora Stadium against increased

power tariff. The andolan, flagged off by senior BJP leader and former

Union minister Vijay Goel, saw the participation of 2,000 RWAs, NGOs

and traders’ associations.[HT p5]

43. Event IIT label can’t sell some courses, 750 seats vacant : New Delhi

: The Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) authorities will have a relook at

some of the least aspired for courses to avoid the high rate of vacancies in

the institutes. About 750 seats -while the total number of admissions in

IIT-Delhi was 850 -remained vacant in 2011.[HT p1]