NEWS IN BRIEF – OCT 21, 2011

1. Clinton issues blunt warning to Pak, India calls for calm :

New Delhi : US secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned Pakistan leaders that they would face serious consequences if they continued to tolerate safe havens of extremist organisations that have crossed the border to attack Americans and Afghans.[HT p1]

2. Kathmandu woos Delhi again, Bhattarai Signals New Chapter That

May Be Welcome To India:

New Delhi: “The time has come for us to solve the real problems of South Asia. For this, India and Nepal have to unite because our destinies are the same,” Baburam Bhattarai said as he arrived here for his first visit to India as prime minister of Nepal. [TOI p18]

3. FBI yet to share Headley bank info with India :

New Delhi : Even though the FBI released on Thursday the interrogation tapes of Lashkar-e- Taiba operative and a conspirator in the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, David Coleman Headley, on court orders, the agency has not yet shared his bank account details with New Delhi.[HT p1]

4. After Pawar, DMK calls UPA weak : New Delhi : Already rattled by Anna

Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign and still to come to terms with the byelection

defeats, the Congress-led UPA government is now facing the

heat from its allies. After NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s strong remarks that a

series of scams have weakened the UPA-2 authority and resulted in other

forces, such as the judiciary, asserting itself, it was the turn of the DMK to

put the Congress-led government on the mat.[HT p10]

5. PM calls Khurshid remark on Judiciary stray thoughts : New Delhi :

The opposition on Thursday slammed the UPA government for its internal

disconnect, after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described law minister

Salman Khurshid’s remarks against the judiciary sending top business

executives to jail as “stray thoughts”. [HT p10]

6. Ramesh reaches out to Oppn for land bill support : New Delhi : The

UPA managers have reached out to the opposition camp to pass key bills

in the upcoming winter session of Parliament, slated to start in mid-

November. In the last two days, rural development minister Jairam

Ramesh got in touch with key BJP leaders to pass the National Land

Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill.[HT p13]

7. Ramesh meets Sushma, Jailtey : NEW DELHI: After the Standing

Committee chairman Sumitra Mahajan indicated last week that the land

bill might not be passed in the Winter Session of the Parliament, Union

rural development minister Jairam Ramesh has approached senior BJP

leaders of their help for early passage of the legislative proposal.[AA p3]

8. Mercy Pleas : UPA decided 15 cases, NDA zero : NEW DELHI : The

UPA government has tried to impress the Supreme Court with its “better”

track record in deciding a total of 15 mercy petitions of death row convicts

during the past seven years of its rule while comparing it with the six-year

tenure of the NDA when not even a single petition was decided.[AA p3]

9. Govt goes the extra kilo metre for Cong in UP : New Delhi : The union

rural development ministry has sanctioned 514 rural road projects in poll

bound Uttar Pradesh, as many as 260 — 50 per cent — of which are in

Lok Sabha constituencies represented by Congress politicians. The 514

projects are spread over 31 districts, 14 of which fall fully or in part in LS

constituencies held by the Congress.[IE p1]

10. Cong offers sops to debt-ridden Bengal : New Delhi : To keep the

Trinamool Congress – the biggest Congress’ ally – in good humour, the

UPA government on Thursday offered a development package for West

Bengal’s Maoist-affected Jangalmahal area. [HT p10]

11. Why is Mamata silent on Govt’s scams, asks Advani : Kolkata : West

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee likes to call a spade a spade but

she is mysteriously quiet about the numerous scams that has hit the

Congress at the Centre, BJP senior leader L K Advani remarked on

Thursday.[HT p10]

12. Advani stands by weak PM remark : Kolkata : Senior BJP leader LK

Advani stood by his ‘harsh’ impression about Prime Minister Manmohan

Singh. Taking off where he stopped a day before the former Deputy Prime

Minister reiterated his ‘harsh words’ for the Prime Minister calling him

weak and indecisive who trembled to move even a twig without clearance

from 10 Janpath.[Pioneer Daily p1]

13. BJP will raise land swap deal with Dhaka during winter session :

Advani : Guwahati : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani on

Thursday said he would raise the issue of the recent land swap deal,

signed by the Government of India with Bangladesh, during the winter

session of Parliament.[The Hindu p12]

14. Now, Modi refuses Arab headdress : Navsari: Gujarat chief minister

Narendra Modi turned down a party worker’s offer to present him Arab

headdress — keffiyeh — during his Sadbhavana mission event in Navsari

on Thursday. The CM welcomed a number of supporters, who offered him

scarves, before declining to accept keffiyeh. [HT p14]

15. ‘Modi regime caused huge loss in gas exploration’ : Gandhinagar :

Leader of the Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil of the

Congress on Thursday levelled charges of corruption against the

Narendra Modi government in oil and gas exploration.[The Hindu p12]

16. Bangaru Laxman withdraws petition in corruption case : New Delhi :

The former BJP president, Bangaru Laxman, on Thursday withdrew his

petition from the Delhi High Court seeking the quashing of a corruption

case against him borne out of the sting operation conducted on him by

Tehelka.com in 2001.[The Hindu p13]

17. BSY sheds tears in jail as pet project takes off : Bangalore: As

Bangalore celebrated an early Diwali gift, one man shed tears, more so

because he was part of the venture. B S Yeddyurappa lost the privilege of

being on the spot for the historic moment as he is in jail. [HT p15]

18. CBI team assesses value of Jagan’s house : Hyderabad : The CBI on

Thursday sent a team of officials from different government departments

to Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s house at Lotus Pond in Jubilee

Hills here to assess its cost. The action is part of the probe into the illegal

assets case the agency has filed against the MP in the Andhra Pradesh

High Court.[The Hindu p13]

19. With eye on UP, Cong set to expand Muslim outreach: New Delhi:

The government intends to discuss ‘Muslim demands’ related to

education, entrepreneurship, skill development and security concerns in

the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs, in what is seen as a massive

build-up to the poll effort in Uttar Pradesh. [TOI p1]

20. UP polls: Cong unsure of Muslim support : New Delhi: In a build up to

the forthcoming UP polls, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs

(CCPA) is all set to discuss issues related to Muslim education,

entrepreneurship and security concerns. [TOI p19]

21. Communal Incidents on Rise, PC Asks States to Maintain Vigil : NEW

DELHI : The Centre, concerned over the recent rise in incidents of

communal strife in many states, has asked all chief ministers to identify

communally sensitive areas and step up vigil there. In a letter sent to all

chief ministers, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram pointed to the

increase in incidents of communal tension in the recent weeks. [ET p2]

22. Anti-India slogans on Samjhauta : Amritsar: Anti-India slogans were

written on all 13-coaches of Lahore-Delhi Samjutha Express that arrived at

Attari railway station in Punjab on Thursday. [TOI p18]

23. Oppn CMs may turn NDC meet stormy : New Delhi : The National

Development Council (NDC) meeting on Saturday may turn out to be a

stormy affair, with chief ministers of opposition-ruled states led by NDA

planning to protest against the UPA government for trying to disturb the

country’s federal polity.[HT p10]

24. Inflated bills not for personal gain: Bedi: New Delhi: Controversy

continues to shadow Team Anna, with core member Kiran Bedi accused

of availing a 75% discount on airfare and then claiming full charge from

organizers who had invited her for various functions. [TOI p1]

25. I am downgrading myself to save money for a cause, says Kiran Bedi

: New Delhi : Team Anna slipped into deeper crisis on Thursday with

allegations levelled against key member Kiran Bedi for charging her hosts

full fare on air tickets while availing herself of discounts.[The Hindu p7]

26. Bedi must come clean, says Cong : New Delhi : The Congress today

came down heavily on Team Anna, especially Kiran Bedi, following The

Indian Express report that she charged full fare for air tickets while availing

discounted rates. Terming it as a “very serious allegation”, party general

secretary Digvijaya Singh asked her to “come clean”.[IE p5]

27. Did no wrong saved money to educate kids : Kiran Bedi : New Delhi

: Former IPS officer and one of Team Anna’s most vocal members Kiran

Bedi today claimed she was only trying to “save money” to educate

children when she claimed full air fare — in many cases, even Business

Class — from her hosts while flying Economy at 75% discount thanks to

her police gallantry medal.[IE p5]

28. People watching, says Naqvi : New Delhi : BJP vice-president Mukhtar

Abbas Naqvi said on Thursday that people are keeping an eye on both —

those who were silent over corruption as also those who were vocal about

it.[IE p5]

29. CBI quizzes AMU VC over financial irregularities : New Delhi: The

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday questioned vicechancellor

of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), P K Abdul Azis, for alleged

financial irregularities during his tenure in the varsity. The agency had

registered a preliminary enquiry in July against Azis (64), who is also

accused of flouting rules of the prestigious institution. [TOI p18]

30. Cong puts Kamat on notice again : New Delhi : Goa chief minister

Digambar Kamat, who has been facing flak over mounting allegations of

illegal mining, may have earned a temporary reprieve but the Congress

high command has not yet closed the option of replacing him.[HT p17]

31. M’rashtra Govt to Take Action Against Lavasa, Govt’s counsel tells

Bombay HC action against firm within two weeks for green laws

violation : MUMBAI : Lavasa Corporation will face action from the

Maharashtra government for violation of environmental laws within the

next two weeks. This was declared by the state government’s counsel in

Bombay High Court on Thursday. [ET p3]

32. Giving Fake Bills Wrong: Kejriwal : NEW DELHI : Issuing fake invoices

for reimbursing travel expenses was wrong, Team Anna member Arvind

Kejriwal said on Thursday and added that only a proper investigation

could prove whether his Team Anna colleague Kiran Bedi had given

inflated bills.[ET p2]

33. Hissar loss : JP flays detractors within Cong : New Delhi : Congress

candidate from Hisar Jai Parkash has blamed two Congress MPs,

including a union minister, for his humiliating defeat in the just-concluded

Lok Sabha bypolls. [HT p11]

34. ‘Paid news’ claims first political scalp as EC disqualifies MLA : New

Delhi : The Election Commission delivered a historic verdict on Thursday

by disqualifying Uttar Pradesh MLA Umlesh Yadav from contesting again

for three years for not including in her official accounts of expenditure the

amount she spent on advertisements in two Hindi dailies that were

masquerading as news items.[The Hindu p1]

35. Rape charge against Minister false, says Mayawati : Lucknow : Uttar

Pradesh Rural Development Minister Daddu Prasad, who has been

accused by a girl of allegedly raping her in a dak bungalow in Chitrakoot

district in 2007, has been given a clean chit by Chief Minister Mayawati.

She has categorically said no action will be taken against the Minister. Mr.

Prasad is an MLA from the Manikpur (reserved) constituency in

Chitrakoot.[The Hindu p5]

36. Give Tickets to Clean: Amethi Mob to Rahul : NEW DELHI : The Anna

effect may have been in display when a group of locals stopped Congress

General Secretary Rahul Gandhi’s convoy at his constituency Amethi to

demand that Congress allow only people with a clean image to contest

polls. [ET p2]

37. Rahul in Amethi, mounts pressure on Mayawati : Gorakhpur :

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi brought two more issues – the

spate of children’s deaths due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and the

shortage of fertilisers – within the poll ambit on Thursday. The disease has

killed 450 children in 30 districts of the state in three months.[HT p11]

38. Cong, RLD haggle over seat-sharing : NEW DELHI:Hard bargaining for

more seats has begun between the Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal

for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Although, both the

parties are sending positive signals for fighting the elections together

against the BSP, SP and the BJP, the smaller parties moving closer to the

Congress are bargaining for more seats.

39. AIADMK Wins in TN, AINRC in Puducherry CHENNAI : The ruling

parties of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, AIADMK and All India NR

Congress (AINRC), on Thursday retained the Trichy West and Indira

Nagar seats in the two states, respectively. [ET p2]

40. ED to send FEMA notice to Kalmadi : New Delhi : The Enforcement

Directorate is set to send notices under Foreign Exchange Management

Act (FEMA) to jailed fromer CWG organising Committee chairman Suresh

Kalmadi and other OC officials in connection with the Queen’s Baton

Relay (QBR) of October 2009.[IE p9]

41. Ramanujan has hurt crores of people : BJP : New Delhi : The

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has jumped into the ongoing debate on the

removal of an essay — 300 Ramayanas by AK Ramanujan — from the

syllabus of history honours course in Delhi University. Justifying the

move, leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijay Kumar Malhotra

said that the essay has hurt the sentiments of crores of people.[HT p3]

42. Janak Setu partially opened on Thursday MCD unhappy : New Delhi :

After facing perennial traffic chaos for the past four months, the residents

of west Delhi heaved a sigh of relief on Thursday with the partial reopening

of Janak Setu. One carriageway of the bridge that connects west

Delhi with Delhi Cantonment area was opened on Thursday morning for

cars and two wheelers.[HT p8]

43. SC tells BSES to pay 45cr to DVC by Nov 30 : New Delhi: BSES

Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd owe Damodar Valley

Corporation (DVC) Rs 140 crore, and the Supreme Court has asked them

to make an ad hoc payment of Rs 45 crore by November 30. [TOI p8]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

44. 12,000 prisoners to return home,UAE repatriates them to Indian jails,

gets one back : New Delhi : Nearly 12,000 Indian prisoners languishing

in UAE jails for petty offences can hope to return home soon. In exchange,

UAE will get back its lone jail inmate who is in an Indian prison.[Pioneer

Daily p8]

EDITORIAL/OPINION

45. Not just idle worship :Rajdeep Sardesai : At a time when Mayawati’s

Dalit memorials have sparked off a raging debate, it might be instructive to

consider what the original Dalit icon Babasaheb Ambedkar would have

done in a similar situation. [HT p12]

46. Keeping The Faith, Having spiritual leaders in politics adds wellbeing

to all, as our history shows: Srijana Mitra Das : In India,

debating whether spiritual leaders should enter the political arena is like

sporting sunglasses at night – mildly provocative but largely pointless.

Important facts from India’s history and politics negate naysayers right

away. Most important of all is India being a democracy. [TOI p20]

47. Walk the talk, Commonwealth leaders told : Hasan Suroor : Leaders

will gather in Perth from October 28 to 30 for their biennial Commonwealth

Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) against the backdrop of a

deepening global financial crisis, on the one hand, and a crisis of

governance in several member-nations — Pakistan, Fiji, which is currently

suspended from the Commonwealth, and Zimbabwe — on the other.[The

Hindu p10]

48. UPA’s leadership crisis, Congress clueless on containing drift :

Instead of exulting over the turmoil in Team Anna, the Congress must

address the growing rift among its senior leaders, and more importantly

key members of the UPA Government, on various contentious issues.

[Pioneer Daily p8]

49. Many losses, no lessons learnt : Kalyani Shankar : Alarm bells should

be ringing for the ruling Congress and its UPA allies after the damning

results of the recent by-polls. This is even more so because the Congress

is ruling in three of the four States where the elections were held; only in

Bihar, it is the JD (U)-BJP combine that is at the helm.[Pioneer Daily p9]

BUSINESS NEWS

50. Food Inflation at 10.6% may Force RBI’s Hand, Food prices hit 25-

week high raising spectre of another rate hike on Oct 25: NEW DELHI

: Food inflation shot up to a 25-week high, moving again into double-digit

territory and increasing the likelihood the RBI will raise interest rates yet

again at next week’s monetary policy review.[ET p1]

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

51. Gaddafi Showed No Mercy In Life, Got None In Death, Dragged Out

Of Drain & Killed, Son Also Dead: Sirte (Libya): Muammar Gaddafi,

who ruled Libya with an iron fist for 42 years, was dragged out of a drain

and killed by the very Libyans he once scorned as “rats”, dying of several

gaping wounds, some seemingly inflicted after his capture by fighters who

put a bloody end to his bid to escape hometown Sirte. [TOI p1]

52. Pak seeks friendly ties with India : Islamabad : Ahead of the second

round of official-level talks on various components of the resumed

dialogue process with New Delhi, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on

Thursday said Pakistan sought friendly relations with India on the basis of

mutual respect and equality. [The Hindu p12]