NEWS IN BRIEF – NOV 8, 2011

1. Didi isolated as DMK backs govt, Karunanidhi Joins NCP, NC Chorus

On Global Rates, Won’t Rock Boat: New Delhi: A day ahead of a

delegation of Trinamool Congress MPs is scheduled to meet PM Manohan

Singh, the government received the backing of ally DMK with party

supremo M Karunanidhi joining NCP leader Sharad Pawar in assuring that

he will not rock the ruling coalition over the unpopular petrol price hike.

[TOI p7]

2. Petrol Price Hike: Mamata Fails to Earn Support of Other UPA Allies,

We will follow the coalition dharma as we have been doing all along:

Karuna : NEW DELHI : Mamata Banerjee’s ‘gunboat politics’ against the

Centre seems to have garnered little support among UPA allies. A day

after NCP chief Sharad Pawar backed the prime minister’s stand on

deregulation of fuel prices, DMK said that it was against precipitating a

crisis for the government at the Centre over petrol price hike.[ET p3]

3. Govt the biggest gainer from petrol price hikes : New Delhi : It’s

cheaper to tank up cars in Washington, New York, Karachi, Dhaka, Beijing

and Colombo, among many other cities, than in Delhi — and for a very

good reason. About 40% of what you pay for petrol goes to the

government as taxes and duties.[HT p1]

4. Mamata’s price for staying in UPA govt: Rs 19,000 crore : New Delhi :

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee seems to have pegged the

political price of not pulling out her party’s ministers from the UPA

government over the petrol price hike. And the price is a Rs 19,000-crore

bailout package from the Centre for debt-ridden West Bengal.[HT p1]

5. Kalam for boosting local economy to allay nuclear fears : Chennai :

Even as a committee constituted by the Centre to address fears about the

safety of the Kudankulam nuclear power project was set to meet an

experts panel of the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday, the former

President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has recommended a massive Rs. 200-

crore special development plan for villages around the project site.[The

Hindu p1]

6. Call on taking lead roll in Rahul’s court : When will Rahul Gandhi play a

larger role in the Congress party? The answer can come only from Rahul

Gandhi who has so far kept his party guessing.Rahul had turned down a

suggestion to become working president or vice-president of the party a

few months ago. [HT p1]

7. House may be Stalled if Hike Not Withdrawn: BJP : NEW DELHI :

Demanding an immediate roll back of petrol price hike, BJP made a veiled

threat of stalling Parliament during the winter session if government fails to

do so. The main opposition also hit out at the UPA allies, saying they were

“part and parcel” of the hike.[ET p3]

8. Anna to include tribals, minorities in his team : Ralegan Siddhi: With

his team rocked by controversies, Anna Hazare on Monday said he plans

to restructure his core committee to also give representation to religious

minorities, tribals, dalits and youths to strengthen the campaign against

corruption. [TOI p15]

9. Kejriwal apologizes for Nagpur violence : New Delhi: Team Anna

member Arvind Kejriwal on Monday apologized and condemned the

violence at a Nagpur meeting after reports said his supporters had beaten

up protesters. “Those who were protesting against me are also a part of

this movement. They are our friends. If they have any questions or

suggestions or grievances, we will talk to them,’’ he said. “We should not

attack them. I also urge those friends who assaulted the protesters not to

do this in future,” he added. [TOI p15]

10. No Need to Speculate on Lokpal Report: Singhvi : NEW DELHI :

Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Lokpal issue on Monday said it

was futile to speculate on when it would give its report on the Bill as the

winter session has not even started.[ET p3]

11. Anna Overestimating Lokpal Bill’s Powers, Says Digvijaya, Hazare to

overhaul his core committee, to include different sections of society:

NEW DELHI : Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh has said social

activist Anna Hazare was ‘overestimating’ the Jan Lokpal Bill and warned

that the law by itself cannot be an elixir to tackle corruption across the

country. [ET p3]

12. Secretariat refuses to say why Speaker overruled Sushma : New

Delhi : The Lok Sabha Secretariat has refused to explain why Speaker

Meira Kumar extended the term of Secretary-General T.K. Vishwanathan,

overruling the objections of Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj.[The

Hindu p5]

13. Cong targets LK for sharing dais with ‘bootlegger’ : New Delhi:

Congress on Monday attacked L K Advani for sharing the dais with an

alleged bootlegger during his nation-wide anticorruption rath yatra, saying

the event had exposed BJP’s double standards on the issue. [TOI p15]

14. Smooth course ahead for Advani’s Jan Chetna Yatra : New Delhi : On

the occasion of his 85th birthday, BJP veteran LK Advani plans to take a

break from his Jan Chetna Yatra on Tuesday. The yatra is to enter the last

leg of its nationwide campaign against corruption. But the yatra, which

began on a stormy note, has managed to change the party’s inner

dynamics, calming down some divisions that were coming to the fore.[HT

p13]

15. Top Chinese leaders set up 5 meets with Modi : Beijing: The

Communist Party of China is paying close attention to Gujarat CM

Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to meet CPC leaders on five different

occasions during the four days he will spend in the country from

November 9.[TOI p7]

16. Modi denies LK rift, blames it on media :Bharauch: Ruling out

differences between himself and senior party colleague L.K. Advani,

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused the media of

playing into the hands of the ruling Congress and sensationalizing

news.[AA p2]

17. Gadkari walks on Modi’s path : NAGPUR: Gujarat chief minister

Narendra Modi’s developmental politics appears to have gone viral in the

BJP. Party chief Nitin Gadkari in a bid to stake claim on the Congress’

“Garibi Hatao” campaign ahead of crucial Assembly elections in five states

said that his social enterprise backed by his business conglomerate would

change the lives of the people for better in the suicide-prone Vidarbha

region of Maharashtra.[AA p2]

18. Gadkari ruffles OBC feathers in UP BJP : LUCKNOW:BJP president

Nitin Gadkari’s recent statement that four senior leaders would lead the

party’s campaign from the front in Uttar Pradesh has generated a new

controversy in party circles.[AA p2]

19. Jail blackouts BSY-Shobha meet, Cameras Switched Off To Facilitate

VIP Visits At Odd Hours: Bangalore: Several CCTV cameras are on the

blink at Parappana Agrahara Central Jail. Prison sources said there’s a

pattern to it. Every time a visitor, particularly a VIP from the government or

the ruling BJP, arrives to meet its most powerful inmate, former CM B S

Yeddyurappa, the cameras are switched off. [TOI p7]

20. Khanduri leans on Anna ahead of state elections, Hazare To Join

U’Khand Govt Rally: New Delhi: Lokpal campaigner Anna Hazare will

attend a rally in Uttarakhand organized by chief minister B C Khanduri

after the BJPruled state became the first to adopt the Jan Lokpal bill

advocated by the Gandhian and his group. [TOI p1]

21. Eye to CM’s job, Uma plans to contest UP polls : New Delhi : BJP

leader Uma Bharti is reportedly keen on contesting the forthcoming Uttar

Pradesh assembly elections, a move that could strengthen her claim to

the chief ministerial assignment in the event of the party forming the

Government in the State.[Pioneer Daily p5]

22. NAC picks holes in housing scheme : New Delhi : At a time efforts are

on to make India slum-free, Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY)-UPA’s flagship

programme to provide home/ property rights to slum dwellers-seems to

have excluded some of the most vulnerable city residents, who are not

living in slums, from benefiting from the scheme. [HT p11]

23. CBI Finds Proof Against NGOs in Health Mission Scam in UP,

Agency seizes inflated bills, records of fake patients in searches

conducted over the weekend : NEW DELHI : CBI carried out searches

at 10 places in and around Lucknow over the weekend as part of its probe

into alleged irregularities in the National Rural Health Mission programme

in Uttar Pradesh. [ET p2]

24. Baba Ramdev to Campaign Against Congress Candidates :

HOSHIARPUR : Yoga guru Ramdev on Monday said he along with his

supporters would campaign against Congress candidates in the upcoming

assembly election in Punjab. [ET p3]

25. Outdated land acquisition Act should go : New Delhi : Observing that

the 1894 Act has become outdated as it does not provide for rehabilitation

of persons displaced from their land, although their livelihood is affected

by compulsory acquisition, a Bench of the Supreme Court has called for

replacement of the law without delay.[The Hindu p1]

26. Now, open bank a/c with other states’ identity proof : New Delhi: The

government has asked banks to accept identity proofs issued in other

states as valid documents for opening no-frills bank accounts, in a move

that will help millions of migrant workers, including domestic helps and

drivers, access banking services. [TOI p1]

27. ‘RBI rule on identity proof not practical’ : New Delhi: While RBI had

relaxed norms to permit banks to open accounts based on self declaration

in the absence of a valid identity proof, in practice few banks were using

the flexibility as they feared penal action from the regulator and

enforcement agencies in case anything went wrong. [TOI p15]

28. All is not well in Himachal BJP : Shimla : Encouraged by recent political

developments in neighbouring Uttarakhand, some disgruntled Bharatiya

Janata Party leaders in Himachal Pradesh patronised by former Chief

Minister Shanta Kumar are also planning a defection in the name of

forging an anti-graft front.[The Hindu p5]

29. Cong releases candidates list, woos minorities : New Delhi: Jarnail

Singh and Kulbir Beniwal have been nominated by the Congress on

Monday to contest the Ratia (SC) and Adampur assembly by-elections in

Haryana.[Pioneer Daily p5]

30. INLD announces candidates for Assembly by-polls : Chandigarh :

The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Monday announced that sarfi Bai

and Ram Singh Baswana would contest the upcoming Haryana Assembly

by elections from Ratia and Mandi Adampur respectively. polling for both

seats is scheduled for November 30.[The Hindu p5]

31. Gehlot meets Sonia, reshuffle likely : JAIPUR: It could be probable

Cabinet reshuffle or finalisation of the names for political appointments in

various government bodies in Rajasthan behind Rajasthan chief minister

Ashok Gehlot and Congress president Sonia Gandhi meeting in New Delhi

on Monday. He made a visit to 10 Janpath along with party in-charge for

Rajasthan, Mr Mukul Wasnik, and discussed various issues.[AA p3]

32. ‘Bhanwari met Gehlot over CD row’ : Jodhpur: Missing nurse Bhanwari

Devi had met Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot about a year-and-a-half back in

Jaipur and apprised him about the CD in which she has featured with

Mahipal Maderna, the sacked water resources minister, said Indra

Bishnoi, sister of Congress MLA Malkhan Singh Bishnoi, at the Circuit

House in Jodhpur on Monday. [TOI p14]

33. CWG construction added to pollution : New Delhi : Frenzied

construction activities carried out for the Commonwealth Games last year,

and increasing number of vehicles being added to the city roads every

year are some of the factors responsible for polluting Delhi’s air.[HT p2]

34. MCD councillor, brother beaten up in Vikaspuri : New Delhi : In yet

another case of road rage, a councillor of the Municipal Corporation of

Delhi (MCD) and his brother were allegedly beaten up by four persons in

west Delhi’s Vikaspuri on Monday morning. [HT p3]

35. BJP leaders divided over MCD trifurcation : New Delhi : With Delhi

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit stating that the nod from the Union Ministry of

Home Affairs for trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi could

come as soon as this Tuesday, the Delhi BJP appears to be divided on

how it would affect the governance of the Corporation headed by it at

present.[The Hindu p4]

36. MCD polls : Crowd pullers to get BJP tickets : New Delhi : Organising

crowd support for the rally to be held here on 20 November at the

conclusion of the Jan Chetna Yata of BJP stalward, Mr L K Advani could

turn out to be a major criterion to secure a party ticket for the upcoming

civic polls.[The Statesman p1]

37. Delhi govt in hurry, date for special session may be announced

today : New Delhi: Delhi government is gearing up to put its plan for

dividing MCD into three with 50% reservation for women across the 272

municipal wards in the fast lane. [TOI p6]

38. 100 days of blockade in Manipur : Guwahati/ Imphal: The economic

blockade of Manipur reached 100 days on Monday, with no sign of respite

for its long suffering people. While the Kuki tribals withdrew their agitation

from November 1, the Nagas refused to relent and continue to block the

state’s lifelines, the Imphal-Dimapur and Imphal-Silchar highways. [TOI

p1]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

39. Babri case : CBI to make ex-UP officials witnesses : New Delhi : The

CBI, which investigated the demolition of Ayodhya’s Babri mosquo in

December 1992, is likely to get two former Uttar Pradesh state officials

soon record their witness statements before a designated Rae bareli court

that is hearing the case.[HT p10]

40. No word yet from CJI on judge’s charge of caste bias : New Delhi :

National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Chairman P.L. Punia

said on Tuesday that he had not received any communication from Chief

Justice of India S.H. Kapadia on the action taken on a complaint of Justice

C.S. Karnan of the Madras High Court Judge, which was forwarded by the

Commission to the CJI.[The Hindu p5]

EDITORIAL/OPINION

41. BJP stuck with Advani’s tour bill : Ashok Malik: L.K. Advani’s anti

corruption yatra enters its final leg, the murmurings in the BJP are growing

louder and louder. Put mildly, the yatra has been less than successful.

Other than in states where the state government or the chief minister — in

case he belonged to the BJP, or, as in Bihar, to an allied party —

mobilised crowds, the response has been tepid.[AA p6]

SPORT NEWS

42. Stands vacant, Kotla tickets in black, No Counters At Stadium, Touts

Make A Killing: New Delhi: Many stands were empty at the Ferozeshah

Kotla stadium on Monday. Yet, tickets were being sold in the black market

for up to three times their official price barely half a kilometre from the

venue. [TOI p1]