NEWS IN BRIEF – OCT 22, 2011

1. Pvt Sector Bribery may Become Criminal: PM :

Whatever we might do to minimize the opportunities for corruption, the sad reality is that we cannot build a totally foolproof system: Singh :

NEW DELHI : With the corporate sector coming under a cloud for its alleged involvement in big-ticket scams, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday advocated changes in laws to treat private sector bribery a criminal offence. The prime minister is the latest in the growing chorus of voices seeking accountability in the working of the corporates. [ET p1]

2. Visit has built up trust : Nepal Premier :

New Delhi : Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai feels that his ongoing visit to India has been “very productive” and he has succeeded in his key aim of “building trust” between the two countries. This, he says, has created the new basis to take India-Nepal relations forward.[The Hindu0 p1]

3. Pvt sector graft may be made crime too: PM, India May Make It Illegal

To Bribe Abroad : New Delhi: Acknowledging that the agitation for

Lokpal has caused a national “churning” on corruption, Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh on Friday announced that his government was working

on proposals to criminalize private sector bribery and also make illegal

gratification of foreign public officials an offence. [TOI p1]

4. Stop being terror haven : France to Pak : New Delhi : France has

asked Pakistan to stop terrorists from launching strikes from its territory

and has said that the situation in Afghanistan remains dangerous as the

Taliban is still getting ‘unacceptable assistance’ from outside forces.[IE

p7]

5. Key role for CBI no matter what shape Lokpal takes: Manmohan :

New Delhi : As the anti-corruption crusade continues in the country,

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday admitted that the agitation for

establishment of a Lokpal has brought the issue of clean governance

“right at the top of the agenda of our national priorities.”[The Hindu p9]

6. Pak wins UNSC seat India votes in favour: Washington: Pakistan

narrowly won a hotly contested seat to the UN Security Council on Friday,

joining India as a two-year non-permanent member on the body. [TOI

p15]

7. Help pass Land Bill, Jairam tells BJP : New Delhi : Is the Congress-led

UPA government running with the hare and hunting with the hounds in

poll-bound Uttar Pradesh? That is the question rankling political circles in

the wake of Union Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh’s two

initiatives.[The Hindu p12]

8. Naxals kill six Bastar policemen : Raipur : Six policemen were killed

and three injured after Naxals ambushed a police team in Netanar area of

Bastar on Friday. Two constables are reported missing.[IE p1]

9. Charges to be framed against 17 accused in 2G case today : New

Delhi:With a Delhi court likely to frame charges against 17 accused in the

2G spectrum scam on Saturday, one set of accused will be hoping it

enhances their chance of being released on bail. [TOI p20]

10. Judge Calls Advani Aide ‘Guiding Star’ in Cash-for-Votes Scam,

Sudheendra Kulkarni, an accused in the cash-for-votes case, denied

bail by a Delhi court : NEW DELHI : Sudheendra Kulkarni, former aide of

BJP leader L K Advani and an accused in the cash-for-votes case, was on

Friday denied bail by a Delhi court which said he was the “guiding star”

and “facilitator” of the conspiracy aimed at mocking the Republic of

India.[ET p1]

11. No cure to UPA’s multiple organ failure : Kolkata : Led by the “weakest

Prime Minister ever”, the UPA Government was suffering from a “multiple

organ failure” and was showing all symptoms of a “terminal decline”, with

its Ministers fighting in the open and allies distancing themselves from the

regime quickly. [Pioneer Daily p7]

12. Karunanidhi arrives in Delhi, to meet Sonia : New Delhi : DMK

patriarch M Karunanidhi arrived in Delhi on Friday, a day before a city

court pronounces its order on framing of charges against his daughter and

Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case. Karunanidhi is likely

to meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday during which the

issue of Kanimozhi’s continued stay in jail may come up.[IE p7]

13. No harshness in PM remark: LK : Patna :Veteran BJP leader L.K.

Advani on Friday reiterated his earlier stand that Dr Manmohan Singh was

the weakest Prime Minister, ignoring Dr Singh’s request that he should not

use harsh words against him. “The Prime Minister has said that we should

not use harsh words. But I have not used any harsh words. [AA p2]

14. Advani not for right to recall : Kolkata : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party

(BJP) leader L.K. Advani said here on Friday that he was not in favour of

the right to recall elected representatives, as it would lead to “a perpetual

instability” in a huge country like India.[The Hindu p5]

15. Venkaiah for Padma awards to whistleblowers : Panaji : Even as the

police case in the cash-for-vote controversy rages, senior BJP leader M

Venkaiah Naidu, whose party members were arrested for carrying cash

into Parliament, has said that those brave leaders should have been given

Padma awards. [Pioneer Daily p7]

16. Bring back black money, give basic amenities in villages : Advani :

Ranchi : Senior BJP leader L K Advani on Friday recalled the NDA’s role

in the creation of Jharkhand as a separate State and administered on oath

to the public to fight against corruption.[The Hindu p5]

17. ‘Give OBCs, dalits quota in Lokpal’ : New Delhi: The National

Commission for SCs made a strong pitch for reservation for dalits, OBCs

and minorities in the Lokpal set-up, a demand also raised by activists. The

panel chairman P L Punia told the standing committee on law and justice

that reservation for marginalized classes was a must to ensure justice for

these segments in any anti-graft mechanism.[TOI p16]

18. EC heat on Chavan, Koda, Poll Panel To Act Tough On Paid News,

Poll Expense Irregularities : New Delhi: Umlesh Yadav of the Rashtriya

Parivartan Dal may have earned the dubious distinction of being the first

legislator to be disqualified for failing to account for money spent on

advertisements passed as news items but similar action could be taken

against former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan and former

Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda. [TOI p21]

19. Sonia holds NAC meet after three-month gap : New Delhi : Congress

president Sonia Gandhi chaired a meeting of the National Advisory

Council (NAC) on Friday after a gap of three months-her first after

return last month from surgery abroad for an undisclosed

ailment.[Pioneer Daily 51]

20. HC scraps complaints against Kumaraswamy, says ‘vendetta’ :

Bangalore : A tit-for-tat cycle of political vendetta involving the dirty tricks

departments of former chief ministers B S Yeddyurappa and H D

Kumaraswamy, which has dragged the two leaders’ political parties BJP

and JD(S), their families — wives, sons, daughters, brothers among

others — in a downward spiral hit a speed breaker on Friday.[IE p11]

21. CVC plans to set up 24×7 graft helpline: NEW DELHI: In an attempt to

check harassment of common people by corrupt government officials, the

Central Vigilance Commission plans to set up a 24-hour helpline number

1964 within next two months.[AA p3]

22. Guild against Media under Lokpal ambit: New Delhi : The Editors Guild

of India told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice

and Personnel on Friday that the media should be kept out of the purview

of the proposed Lokpal.[AA p3]

23. I-T’s Rs 9 Lakh Remider to Kejriwal : New Delhi :The income tax (I-T)

department has issued a fresh notice to Arvind Kejriwal, a former Indian

Revenue Service officer and member of social activist Anna Hazare’s

team, asking him to pay Rs 9 lakh in dues to the department by the

month-end.[HT p1]

24. Bedi’s ‘misuse’: Freebies for awardees may be reviewed : New Delhi :

Team Anna member Kiran Bedi’s alleged misuse of concessional airfare

could lead to a review of the rules governing privileges to other gallantry

award winners as well.[HT p10]

25. Muslims, SC/ST/s gained most : HDI report : New Delhi : India’s

Human Development Index (HDI) showed an impressive gain of 21%

between 1999-2000 and 2007-08 with the Muslims and the backwards

catching up with others on socio-economic indicators even though the gap

was still very big. [HT p10]

26. AIADMK Sweeps Local Body Polls, DMDK, which snapped its ties

with the ruling party after assembly poll, fared poorly : CHENNAI :

By the time Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa finished answering

questions at a Bangalore trial court in a disproportionate assets case, the

answer to how good her government had performed in the first five

months of its latest tenure was there: An emphatic victory in the local body

elections, despite going it alone. [ET p1]

27. Modi govt slaps one more case on Sanjiv Bhatt : Ahmedabad :

Gujarat police have slapped one more case on suspended IPS officer

Sanjiv Bhatt for allegedly supplying false information for not appearing

before the police on September 30 after being summoned.[HT p13]

28. Co-accused in Sanjiv Bhatt case granted bail : Ahmedabad : The

Ahmedabad sessions court on Friday granted anticipatory bail to advocate

Vijay Kanara, who had drafted an affidavit filed by constable K.D. Panth

before the Supreme-Court-appointed amicus curiae but was later made a

co-accused in the Gujarat cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt case.[The Hindu

p5]

29. CPI brass on fast, want Lokpal bill passed : New Delhi : Having a

penchant for organising bandhs and rallies to register their protest, the

Communists have now discovered the virtues of fasting at a time when

yatras and fasts are being increasingly used for mobilising support.[IE p2]

30. AFSPA to go from some parts of J&K : Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir

chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday announced revocation of

emergency laws that give sweeping powers to security forces from certain

areas of the state in the next few days. [TOI p17]

31. Congress blames internal sabotage for Hisar defeat : Chandigarh

:The Haryana congress on Friday passed a resolution to write to the

national leadership against ones who reportedly worked against the party

candidate Jai Parkash in the recent Hisar parliamentary bypoll. [HT p14]

32. BJP demands President’s rule in Manipur : New Delhi : The Bharatiya

Janata Party has demanded the immediate dismissal of the Secular

Progressive Front (SPF) government in Manipur and imposition of

President’s rule there, saying the economic as well as law and order

situation in the State had fast deteriorated.[The Hindu p7]

33. SP cycle yatra rolls from Maya park : Noida : On the day the Allahabad

high court cancelled land acquisition in three villages of Greater Noida, the

Samajwadi Party (SP) launched its campaign in western Uttar Pradesh for

the 2012 assembly elections with a cycle rally and Kranti Rath Yatra from

Noida to Agra.[HT p13]

34. SP banks on Salman power punch in UP : NEW DELHI: Ahead of next

year’s Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party has

roped in Dabangg Salman Khan to give the party a knockout punch

against rivals.[AA p2]

35. UP’s eco growing as fast as Gujarat, ‘Backward’ State Has Kept Pace

With National Avg In Last 5 Yrs: RBI Survey : New Delhi: That Gujarat

is the flag-bearer of economic growth in recent years and Uttar Pradesh a

laggard, turns out to be a myth. Both the states have more or less

matched the national average over the last five years. [TOI p15]

36. 3 Noida Villages get Back Land, Higher Payment for Rest, Allahabad

HC order ends uncertainty for 2 lakh homebuyers, builders & farmers

in Noida Extn : GREATER NOIDA : The Allahabad High Court has

allowed farmland acquired under controversial circumstances on the

outskirts of Delhi to be used for residential and commercial development,

lifting the cloud of uncertainty that hung over builders, farmers and over

two lakh families. [ET p1]

37. Relief For 50,000 Flat Buyers; 10% Developed Land For Farmers, HC

clears Noida land acquisition, hikes payout, Deal Quashed In 3

Villages, No Flat Owner Affected : Allahabad: In a judgment that

sharply questions the UP government’s land acquisition policy but

showers relief on at least 50,000 home buyers, the Allahabad High Court

on Friday quashed the land acquisition in three villages in Noida but

cleared the acquisition of land in 60 other villages on the condition that

farmers are paid 64.7% more as compensation for the land acquired from

them and given 10% of the developed land (not exceeding 2,500 sq m).

[TOI p1]

38. Government delaying Development Work : MCD : New Delhi : The

MCD on Monday criticised the Delhi government for delaying at least 19

MCD road and 116 road repair projects by not making administrative

approvals on time. Chairman of the Standing Committee, Yogendra

Chandolia, alleged that the government is doing so deliberately to ruin the

image of the BJP-led MCD.[HT p2]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

39. NIA sees Hizb hand behind HC blast, Agency Looks For 3 New

‘Conspirators’, One Of Them Kin Of Accused In Jail: New Delhi:

Stepping up its hunt for key conspirators of the Delhi high court blast, NIA

on Friday disclosed for the first time terror outfit Hizb-ul Mujahideen’s role

in the incident and issued a ‘wanted’ notice for three of its cadre – all

residents of Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir. Through the notice, it

sought public help to trace them, saying they played a “crucial role” in the

conspiracy. [TOI p8]

40. There is no corrupt judge in SC: Katju, But Says Low Salaries Paid

To Judges Are Making Decent Living Difficult: New Delhi: “Chief

Justice of India S H Kapadia is a thoroughly honest man and there is no

corrupt judge in the Indian Supreme Court today,” Justice Markandey

Katju had said as a sitting judge of the apex court in an address to Indian

diaspora in California, US, in June. [TOI p20]

41. Court moved for deletion of MCOCA against Salem : New Delhi : The

Delhi High Court on Friday issued a notice to underworld don Abu Salem,

facing prosecution in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and other criminal

cases here in the Capital, on a petition by Delhi Police seeking dropping of

the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) charge against

him.[The Hindu p7]

42. Soumitra Sen’s removal proceedings challenged : New Delhi : A

Kolkata advocate has moved the Supreme Court questioning the

procedure adopted in Parliament for removal of Justice Soumitra Sen of

the Calcutta High Court, and sought a declaration that it was null and void

as it did not conform to the constitutional provisions.[The Hindu p12]

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

43. Can’t rear snakes in your backyard to attack others, Hillary warns

Pakistan : Islamabad : As expected, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

on Friday delivered a blunt message and piled more pressure on Pakistan

to act against the Haqqani terror network within “days and weeks” and not

in ‘months and years’.[The Tribune p1]

44. US troops will be out of Iraq by year’s end : Washington : President

Barack Obama said on Friday the United States would fulfill its pledge to

pull troops out of Iraq by the end of the year. “After nearly nine years,

America’s war in Iraq will be over,” Obama told reporters. [HT p1]