NEWS IN BRIEF – OCT 18, 2011

1. PM in Pretoria for Ibsa Summit, to Focus on Economy, Eurozone crisis,

UN reforms likely to top the agenda of fifth summit of India, Brazil and South Africa :

New Delhi : The rapidly deteriorating global economic outlook, especially the near-crisis situation in the Eurozone, is likely to top the agenda of fifth summit of India, Brazil and South Africa beginning here on Tuesday. All three countries have been engaged with other global majors in recent weeks to ward off a spillover of the Greek crisis into an economic pandemic. [ET p2]

2. New Delhi Bid to Have A Common Af-Pak Policy :

New Delhi : Encouraged by the coordinated approach towards Syria at the UN Security Council, New Delhi will try to nudge South Africa and Brazil into adopting a common position on Pakistan and Afghanistan when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets with the leaders of the other two Ibsa members in Pretoria on Tuesday for the 5th Ibsa Summit.[ET p2]

3. Army needs 41k cr to meet equipment shortage :

New Delhi: Navy and IAF may be on the modernization track, albeit much slower than desired, but the Army seems to be floundering. The 1.13-million strong force needs as much as Rs 41,000 crore to even meet shortages in equipment and ammunition. [TOI p14]

4. Rights to reject, recall on all-party talks table: New Delhi : The government on Monday said activist Anna Hazare’s demand for the rights to reject and recall elected representatives would be discussed soon at an all-party meeting on electoral reforms.[HT p1]

5. Manmohan weakest PM ever : Saoner ( Maha) : BJP leader L K Advani again took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, saying he took pity on him over the condition of the UPA government. “The condition of the government is very bad. Sometimes I take pity at Manmohan Singh though I had respect for him at one time,” Advani told a meeting at Saoner, near Nagpur, as his anti-corruption yatra entered Maharashtra.[IE p3]

6. Advani demands White Paper on black money : Nagpur : Riding high on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s success in the Maharashtra byelection on Monday, party leader L.K. Advani entered the State on a triumphant note near Kelvad on the Madhya Pradesh border, speaking less on corruption and more on retrieving black money abroad. Later, at a rally in Nagpur, Mr. Advani demanded a White Paper on black money stashed away abroad. [The Hindu p1]

7. To expand youth base, RSS looks at metros, IITs, IIMs : Lucknow :

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is looking at new ways for motivating youths to join the organisation not only in rural areas but also in major cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai. And on top of its radar are youths doing professional courses in reputed institutes such as IITs and IIMs.[IE p4]

8. Cash-for-query: SC lets off scribes :

New Delhi: Five years after it had upheld the expulsion of 11 MPs in the cash-for-questions scam, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the Delhi police’s bid to prosecute the two journalists who had conducted the sting operation. [TOI p13]

9. Common symbol for registered unrecognised parties now :

New Delhi :Continuing its exercise of reforms in various provisions and guidelines, the Election Commission of India headed by Chief Election Commissioner S. Y. Quraishi has moved one more step ahead by allowing registered unrecognised political parties to have a common symbol as a one-time offer during general elections.[The Hindu p1]

10. Cong loses mid-term trust vote :

New Delhi : The bypoll results on Monday have come as major jolt for both scam-tainted Congress and Manmohan Singh Government, which are buffeted by multi-pronged attacks from the Opposition and civil society on price rise and corruption and torn apart by squabbling from within.[Pioneer Daily p1]

11. Cong beaten 0-4 in bypolls, its candidate loses deposit in Hisar, BJP Grabs Maha Seat, JD(U) Wins Bypoll In Bihar:

New Delhi: The Congress has drawn a blank in four by elections in four different states. As the results came in on Monday, the perception of the party reeling under the double sting of corruption and inflation deepened. [TOI p1]

12. Team Anna tells Congress: Learn from Hisar & act :

New Delhi: With Congress suffering a humiliating defeat in the Hisar bypolls, Team Anna chose to use the setback as a sign of public approval for the Jan Lokpal bill. Activist Anna Hazare, who is on maun vrat (vow of silence), credited his colleagues for the poll defeat and asked Congress to take a “cue’’ from the election results in his blog. [TOI p12]

13. Team from Anna village in Delhi to meet Rahul : Pune : A threemember

team from Ralegan Siddhi, activist Anna Hazare’s village in

Maharashtra, reached New Delhi this afternoon, hoping to meet Congress

leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday morning.[IE p1]

14. Hisar is no Jabalpur, asserts David of 1974 Sharad Yadav : New

Delhi: As a young Socialist leader Sharad Yadav provided the spark to

ignite the JP movement in 1974 when he won the Jabalpur bypoll against

Congress, then the proverbial Goliath. [TOI p12]

15. Numbers tell a worrying tale for ruling party: New Delhi :For the

Congress in Haryana, the fact that its candidate lost his security deposit in

the Hisar bypoll is clearly very bad news, but there is worse in the details.

In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Congress fielded the same candidate,

Jai Parkash, who had come second in seven of the constituency’s nine

assembly segments. This time, he was a distant third in all nine. [TOI p1]

16. Anna, Kejriwal Try to Claim Credit, Threaten Cong : NEW DELHI

:Social activist Anna Hazare has asked Congress to ‘learn lessons’ from

the Hisar by-poll defeat and ensure that stricter laws against corruption,

including the Lokpal Bill, are passed in the winter session of

Parliament.[ET p2]

17. Supreme Court Notice to Anna Hazare Following PIL, Petition alleges

Hazare trust committed irregularities but governments looked other

way; wants CBI probe : NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court has issued

notices to social activist Anna Hazare on a public interest litigation,

seeking direction to CBI to investigate ‘financial irregularities’ in his trust.

The court also sought response from Hazare on the plea seeking his

prosecution for alleged siphoning of funds.[ET p2]

18. Lokpal panel to finish proceedings in 3 months : New Delhi :The

parliamentary panel examining the Lokpal bill will finish its proceedings in

record time — in less than three months compared to the normal nine to

12 months that committees take.[HT p15]

19. Team Anna starts UP poll campaign : Lucknow : Treating the party’s

defeat in Hisar as a “foregone” conclusion, Team Anna on Monday began

another phase of confrontation with the Congress in UP. [HT p15]

20. Non-Jat unity did it, not Anna :Pankaj Vohra: New Delhi : The great

significance of the Hisar Lok Sabha by poll is that it has made Kuldeep

Bishnoi — son of late Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal — the tallest and

most acceptable non-Jat leader in the state.[HT p10]

21. Govt played communal card : Ramdev : New Delhi :Bharat Swabhiman

Trust headed by yoga guru Ramdev, on Monday, accused the Delhi Police

of playing a communal card at the behest of its superiors as one of the

grounds for the midnight crackdown on him and his followers at the

Ramlila ground. [HT p7]

22. CBI opposes bail to ADAG execs : New Delhi: The CBI on Monday

opposed in the Supreme Court the bail pleas of Reliance ADAG

executives who are behind bars in connection with the 2G spectrum scam

case, saying the release of the accused would hamper investigations into

the transfer of Reliance Telecom shares in Swan Telecom to Mauritiusbased

Delphi. [TOI p1]

23. BJP may go with Bishnoi in 2014 too, ‘Better Social Fit Than

Chautala’: New Delhi: As the BJP celebrated the results of bypolls, it was

also planning to turn the tie-up with Kuldeep Bishnoi for the Hisar bypoll

into full-scale electoral partnership. “Though these were byelections where

local factors were in play, the results clearly show that Congress is on the

back foot,” leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said.[TOI p12]

24. Setback for Modi As Bhatt Walks Out of Jail, Suspended IPS officer

gets bail after 17 days, Says It’s victory for victims of statesponsored

riots: Ahmedabad: Senior IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, lodged in

Sabarmati jail 17 days ago by the Narendra Modi government on

allegations of fabricating evidence to implicate the Chief Minister in the

2002 riots, walked free on Monday after a local sessions granted him bail,

overruling reservations from the state government. [ET p3]

25. Gujarat govt distances itself from Bhatt case : Ahmedabad :The

Gujarat government on Monday tried to distance itself from suspended

IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s case, even as his family rejoiced at his bail.

Bhatt received an emotional welcome at his residence in Memnagar from

Shweta, their two children and other family members. [HT p10]

26. Fearing more demands, Cong rules out T-state : New Delhi :

Grappling to find a solution to end the Telangana impasse, the Congress

has almost ruled out creating a separate state. Despite fierce agitations

crippling large parts of Andhra Pradesh for the past month, the ruling party

has not agreed on carving out a separate state out of fear that it may

stoke similar movements across the country, especially in geostrategically

sensitive Darjeeling.[HT p11]

27. Geelani now says he’s ready to talk : Srinagar :Days after refusing to

meet the Centre’s three-member panel of interlocutors on Kashmir and

criticising their report, the separatists appear to be having second

thoughts.[HT p11]

28. BSY received royal treatment in jail, State Prisons Minister Ensured

That Ex-CM Didn’t Have To Go To His Cell: Bangalore:On Saturday

evening, B S Yeddyurappa was sent to jail, or so the world thought. But in

reality, he was received at the jail like a VVIP visitor. Policemen saluted

him on arrival as state prisons minister A Narayanaswamy personally

supervised all the arrangements and ensured that BSY’s nine-hour stay —

before he was shifted to Jayadeva hospital — was spent entirely in the jail

hospital. [TOI p9]

29. Proof against BSY in another graft case : Bangalore : Even as former

Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Monday filed for bail in the

Karnataka High Court in connection with his arrest in two private

complaints of corruption, more legal troubles are brewing for him.[IE p6]

30. CAG Report on UP’s NRHM Scam to be Ready Before Assembly

Polls : NEW DELHI : The country’s chief auditor will release its special

audit of the Centre’s flagship rural health scheme in Uttar Pradesh well

before the assembly elections next year, potentially giving Opposition

parties ammunition to blast the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party. [ET p3]

31. Equal property rights for spouse? : Mumbai: Maharastra government

is considering introduction of a bill that grants equal rights to a married

woman in property acquired and controlled by her husband. [TOI p11]

32. YSR’s Widow Seeks Probe into Naidu’s Assets, Files public interest

litigation in Andhra Pradesh High Court: HYDERABAD : Widow of

former Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, Vijaya — a

member of legislative assembly — has filed a public interest litigation in

high court on Monday seeking a probe into the assets of former chief

minister and Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu. [ET p3]

33. Bhardwaj, Chavan bid to help Mulayam : New Delhi: A complaint has

been filed with the police against Karnataka governor H R Bhardwaj,

Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and others for allegedly

seeking to call off the investigation against Samajwadi Party leader

Mulayam Singh Yadav for allegedly possessing disproportionate assets.

[TOI p15]

34. Cong confident on ’12 polls : NEW DELHI: The outcome of the

byelections — one Lok Sabha and three Assembly — have come as a

morale booster for the Opposition parties but the Congress feels it will not

have a bearing on about half-a-dozen Assembly elections to be held next

year.[AA p2]

35. Did BJP, MNS join hands for Maha bypoll? : Mumbai :The Congress’s

defeat in the assembly byelections in Bihar and Andhra Pradesh was

hardly surprising, as the two seats were not held by it. What was

surprising was the defeat of its ally, NCP, in Khadakvasala in

Maharashtra, a stronghold of Sharad Pawar. BJP won this seat. [TOI p11]

36. TRS wins with slim margin : Banswada (Nizamabad): The Telangana

Rashtra Samiti (TRS) won Andhra Pradesh’s Banswada assembly bypoll,

defeating the Congress on Monday. The TRS had declared the bypoll as a

referendum on Telangana. But the verdict margin did not turn out to be an

emphatic endorsement for the separate state.[TOI p12]

37. JD(U) retains seat in Bihar : Siwan:The ruling JD(U) retained the

Daraundha assembly seat in Siwan district with its candidate, Kavita

Singh, trouncing her rival Parmeshwar Singh of RJD by 20,092 votes. The

bypoll was necessitated by the death of JD(U) MLA Jagmato Devi in June

2011. The result was declared on Monday. [TOI p12]

38. Rise in INLD vote share a worry for Congress : New Delhi : In vote

share terms, Kuldeep Bishnoi’s Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) saw an

increase of 8.8 percentage points in its share, an increase of 8.9

percentage points in the INLD’s share and a decline of almost the same

magnitude, or 8.4 percentage points, in the Congress’s share of the

electoral cake. [TOI p12]

39. TN civic polls: Oppn complains of faulty EVMs, booth-capturing :

Chennai :The Opposition parties, including the DMK, alleged several

irregularities in the first phase of the local body elections that was held on

Monday. The second and last phase is scheduled for Wednesday.[IE p6]

40. Voters have expressed their anger against Congress : Chandigarh :

Haryana CPI(M) secretary Inderjit Singh on monday said that the voters in

Hisar have ‘categorically expressed their anger against the anti-people

policies responsible for rampant corruption price rise unemployment and

lawlessness by totally rejecting the Congress candidate who has lost his

deposit also.[The Hindu p7]

41. Gogoi defends land swap with Bangla : Guwahati : Stating that the

recent land swap with Bangladesh was a closed chapter, Assam Chief

Minister Tarun Gogoi today asked Opposition parties to refrain from

misleading people on the issue.[IE p2]

42. Uproar in Kerala Assembly over Suspension of MLAs :

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : Kerala Assembly speaker G Karthikeyan,

amid pandemonium created by the Left opposition benches, suspended

two first-time legislators for two days for unruly behaviour in the House,

especially towards the speaker. [ET p2]

43. 18 Jodhpur sarpanches quit in protest : Jaipur :A day after the

removal of Rajasthan water resources minister Mahipal Maderna from

Ashok Gehlot’s cabinet, 18 Jat sarpanches resigned from Osian,

Maderna’s constituency in Jodhpur district.[HT p11]

44. Maya pushes dalit agenda on Noida park issue : LUCKNOW: With

elections in Uttar Pradesh now barely a few months away, UP chief

minister and BSP president Mayawati has again started pushing her dalit

agenda with a vengeance.[AA p3]

45. BSP MLA verma disqualified : Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh Assembly

Speaker Sukhdeo Rajbhar on Monday disqualified BSP MLA Krishna

Kumar Singh alias Satish Verma under the anti-defection law for joining

the Samajwadi Party. Verma represented Mallawan seat in Hardoi

district.[IE p7]

46. All Sports Bodies to Come Under Ambit of RTI : NEW DELHI : Sports

Minister Ajay Maken on Monday unveiled a revised National Sports

Development Bill that retains the contentious provisions on age limits and

tenures of heads of sports bodies, but introduces an exclusion clause to

protect certain information while bringing sports federations within the

ambit of Right to Information Act. [ET p3]

47. Trifurcation to hit transparency: BJPL: New Delhi: Lieutenant-governor

Tejinder Khanna’s praise for MCD’s e-governance project on Monday

prompted the ruling BJP to launch an attack on Sheila Dikshit for nullifying

the civic agency’s efforts to bring transparency in the system by pressing

on the issue of trifurcation. It asked the chief minister of the Congress

government to place the proposal in public domain. [TOI p5]

48. Dengue cases touch 450 mark : New Delhi : Dengue cases in the city

rose to 450 after 14 more people were tested positive for the virus on

Monday. “The number of cases, however, is less this year compared to

October last year,” said VK Monga, chairman, MCD health committee.[HT



49. 3 new judges join Delhi HC : New Delhi: Three new judges took the

oath of office in the Delhi High Court on Monday, even as the executive

committee of the Delhi High Court Bar Association opposed the

appointment of one of them. [TOI p7]

50. Bombay High Court confirms death sentence for four youths :

Mumbai :Nearly eight years after 10 gruesome murders shook

Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court on Monday confirmed the death

sentence given to the four accused youths for their involvement in eight of

the murders. [The Hindu p20]


51. Judges must know their limits… they must not try to run the

government: Markendey Katju,Justice( retd) : Well, I have used Urdu

poetry in many of my judgments. I will tell you just one where some OBCs

beat up members of the Scheduled Caste and I thought this was highly

objectionable, in fact it is a criminal offence.[IE p11]


52. Govt tries to bridge 50k cr revenue gap : New Delhi:The government is

looking at a Rs 50,000 crore hole in its accounts due to a faltering

disinvestment programme and prospects of missing out on fresh mop-up

from sale of spectrum, prompting it to scrape the bottom to plug the gap.

[TOI p23]

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