NEWS IN BRIEF – OCT 31, 2011

1. 2G-stung Niira Radia exits corporate PR biz : Mumbai: Corporate lobbyist Niira Radia has decided to exit the communications consultancy business a year after her name surfaced in the 2G spectrum controversy, even as Ratan Tata lauded her “ethical and satisfactory” work in augmenting the $72-billion Tata Group’s brand value. [TOI p1]

2. Right Time to Move Decisively Against Corruption: PM :

NEW DELHI : Pledging to take steps to curb corruption in public life and deliver “good” governance, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said this is the “right time” to move decisively. With the image of his government being dented by scams and governance issues, Singh said it will do its utmost to “improve” transparency and accountability“in the work of public authorities. [TOI p3]

3. ‘Appoint lokayuktas for transparency’, PM Committed To Lokpal Bill, Prods States To Enact Similar Legislation:

New Delhi: Asserting once again that the UPA was committed to fighting corruption in public life, PM Manmohan Singh on Sunday reiterated the government’s intent to implement Lokpal bill while nudging states to come up with similar legislations and appoint Lokayuktas to improve transparency and accountability in public procurement and administration. [TOI p11]

4. Jayanthi briefs PM before BASIC meet today :

New Delhi: Ahead of the crucial BASIC countries’ meeting, environment and forests minister Jayanthi Natarajan briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the upcoming UN climate talks and the emerging negotiations scenario. [TOI p15]

5. ‘China can do a Kargil on India’ :

New Delhi: China could do a Kargil on India “to teach India a lesson”, warned strategic affairs think-tank IDSA, adding it could be a “limited war”. The limited hostilities could be confined to a specific section of the border, limited in duration and amenable to a negotiated termination, the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses(IDSA) said in its report. [TOI p19]

6. Pro-Kashmiri outfit hacks West Bengal CID website : Kolkata : The

website of the West Bengal’s Criminal Investigation Department has been

hacked by the “Muslim Liberation Army,” which is supporting the cause of

freedom of Kashmir.[The Hindu p1]

7. Core Panel to be Revamped: Anna, Constitution to be framed, which

will have provisions on who can be members: NEW DELHI : A day

after Team Anna decided against dismantling its core committee, it has

said a constitution will be framed for the movement, after which the core

committee will be revamped. [ET p2]

8. Anna & Co to draft ethics charter first, After Organization’s

Constitution Is Ready, Revamp Will Follow: Team: Ralegan Siddhi:

Team Anna will soon prepare a charter listing rules, guidelines and ethics

for its members and revamp the core team once the organization’s

constitution is ready. This announcement was made on Sunday in the

backdrop of allegations against Team Anna members of “financial

misconduct” and “desertion” by some of them from the movement. [TOI

p10]

9. Team Anna is very strong and no one can break it, says Hazare :

Ralegan Siddhi : Mr Anna Hazare’s statement here on Sunday said he

did not ‘find it right’ that some people were talking about disbanding the

core committee. Member Kumar Vishwas had written to him demanding

that it be terminated. Another member Medha Patkar has called for an

overhaul.[The Hindu p14]

10. Anna Ungrateful to RSS: Digvijaya : NEW DELHI : Congress general

secretary Digvijaya Singh kept up his attack on Anna Hazare for

‘concealing’ RSS’ backing for his anti-graft agitation. Singh, who seized

upon Baba Ramdev’s assertion that Hazare should have admitted to

support of RSS for his movement, said he did not understand why he was

denying links with the Sangh.[ET p2]

11. Now, Bedi says will return money to those who demand it : Ralegan

Siddhi : Team Anna member Kiran Bedi, who is under fire for encashing

inflated bills, on Sunday said she would return the excess air travel

expenses charged by her to only ‘those NGOs who would demand the repayment.[

IE p4]

12. Call it Media Council, Bring TV Under it: Katju, TV debates frivolous,

no discipline among panelists, says Press Council’s new chief: NEW

DELHI : The new chairman of the Press Council of India, justice

Markandey Katju, has sought a larger mandate for the organisation and

suggested bringing the electronic media under its purview. “I have written

to the PM that the electronic media should be brought under Press

Council and it should be called Media Council and we should be given

more teeth.[ET p2]

13. Gadkari hints at no-trust motion against UPA: Lucknow: BJP

president Nitin Gadkari on Sunday hinted at the possibility of a noconfidence

motion against the UPA government in the winter session of

Parliament. Speaking to reporters in Lucknow after attending UP BJP’s

twoday executive meet in Kushinagar, Gadkari also ruled himself out of

the PM race. “….Not at all… all my life I have closely watched some

leaders, who rose above personal aspirations and dedicated their lives for

the cause of the people.” [TOI p17]

14. BJP will win 125-135 seats in UP, says Gadkari : Kushinagar :BJP

chief Nitin Gadkari said on Sunday as things stood now his party was

“comfortably winning 125-135 seats” in Uttar Pradesh, where assembly

elections are to be held by May next year. The UP assembly has 403

seats, of which the BJP won 51 in 2007.[TOI p14]

15. Gadkari plays safe on naming CM candidate for U.P. elections :

Lucknow : Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari on Sunday

played it safe and refrained from naming the party’s Chief Ministerial

candidate for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, saying the BJP would

contest the elections under the leadership of Rajnath Singh, Kalraj Mishra,

Uma Bharti and Surya Pratap Shahi..[The Hindu p7]

16. BJP will try to enact law for Ram temple:Kushinagar : BJP leader

Kalraj Mishra on Sunday said his party will try to evolve a consensus on

the Ram temple issue and if it gets adequate strength, it will try and enact

a law for a grand temple at Ayodhya.[IE p6]

17. Don’t vote on basis of religion : Lucknow : In a joint appeal on

Sunday, former RSS chief K C Sudarshan and Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe

Sadiq asked people not to vote by religion but elect people who are

honest and have a good character.[IE p6]

18. Peace Party splits rebels from outfit : Lucknow : Accusing the Peace

Party of playing in the hands of communal forces, some of its members

Sunday broke away from the outfit, which had grabbed a sizable chunk of

Muslim votes in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, and formed Rashtriya Peace

Party (RPP).[IE p6]

19. Modi to visit China to hardsell Guj : New Delhi: Gujarat chief minister

Narendra Modi may not be welcome in the US, but China is ready to roll

out the red carpet for him as he gears up to visit the world’s fastest

growing economy next month.[TOI p20]

20. Good governance cannot co-exist with corruption, says Advani :

Bangalore : “Good governance cannot co-exist with corruption. If we want

to fight against corruption outside, we cannot compromise with it amongst

ourselves…” This was Bharatiya Janata Party veteran L.K. Advani’s

message to the Karnataka unit whose prominent leaders, including

Ministers, are in jail following allegations of corruption at a time when he

has launched a nationwide campaign against graft.[The Hindu p11]

21. Cong stages protests as Advani arrives in Banglore : Bangalore :

More than 500 Congress activists were detained after they held protests in

Bangalore and parts of Karnataka against the anti-corruption yatra of BJP

leader LK Advani.[HT p10]

22. Mamata Tries Track-II Talks with Maoists, Roy to hold talks with wife

of arrested PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato: KOLKATA :

23. After Maoists rejected her talks offer, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata

Banerjee has opened another channel to convince them to come to the

negotiation table to settle the Jangalmahal issue amicably. [ET p3]

24. Rift in Cong, minister says consulted by CM : Srinagar : Days after

the Congress questioned Omar Abdullah’s unilateral announcement that

Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) would be revoked from

certain areas of the state, senior Congress minister Taj Mohidin has said

he was consulted by the Chief Minister on the issue.[IE p4]

25. Make Audit & Vigilance Bodies Multi-Member: Shunglu Panel,

Proposal part of govt’s attempts to run down CAG & CVC: BJP: NEW

DELHI : The Shunglu Panel, which examined irregularities in

Commonwealth Games related projects, has kicked off a debate on

restructuring the brass of audit and vigilance bodies like CAG and CVC. It

has suggested that these organisations be headed by three members. [ET

p3]

26. Jairam’s NREGA view rattles Maha Congress : New Delhi : The

Congress in Maharashtra seems to have been put to unease by Rural

Development Minister Jairam Ramesh’s suggestion to shift

implementation of NREGS from the EGS department to Rural

Development department.[IE p3]

27. 3 MLAs Quit to Pressure Congress on Telangana, Two Congress

MLAs, One Independent may join Telangana Rashtra Samiti: NEW

DELHI : The crisis facing the Andhra Pradesh unit of Congress over the

agitation for Telangana statehood seems to have worsened after three

MLAs resigned. They belong to the Telangana region and are likely to join

the Telangana Rashtra Samiti. [ET p3]

28. 3 more BJP states going Jan Lokpal way : New Delhi : With

Uttarakhand set to become the first state to implement social activist Anna

Hazare’s version of the anti-graft watchdog, three other non-Congress

ruled states — Bihar, Orissa and Punjab — are in touch with Team Anna

for overhauling their Lokayukta institutions.[ET p3]

29. With Nitish yatra, more schemes for minorities :Patna : The Bihar

government plans to showcase all its flagship welfare schemes proposed

or underway, during chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s upcoming yatra. And key

among them will be 10 new schemes being undertaken for minorities.[IE

p10]

30. Jolt to RJD, LJP as leaders join JD-U : Patna : The beginning of Bihar’s

four-day religious festival of Chhath brought bad news for the state’s

Opposition parties RJD and LJP on Sunday as two of their leaders

decided to join the ruling JD(U) in the latest episode of an ongoing political

migration process.[AA p2]

31. Congress, INLD brace for battle of the ballot : Chandigarh : The

Congress and the INLD have started preparing to face the Adampur and

Ratia Assembly byelections which are likely to be held in February next

year.[The Tribune p7]

32. 100-plus vehicles, 26 governors: Delhi weekend road show : New

Delhi : It was good old sarkaari grandeur at its elaborate best when

governors and lieutenant governors descended on the Capital for a twoday

conference over the weekend.[IE p1]

33. Unauthorised Occupiers Owe CPWD . 63 Lakh, Defaulters include

Jagdish Tytler, G Venkataswamy and Jagan Mohan Reddy: NEW

DELHI : Seven senior politicians, who unauthorisedly occupy government

accommodation, owe over . 63 lakh as rental dues to the government.

These political leaders include Jagdish Tytler, G Venkataswamy and

Jagan Mohan Reddy. According to an RTI reply provided by CPWD, dues

of former Congress MP G Venkatswamy is .[ET p3]

34. Maya, Jaypee show Delhi, Gurgaon how to get it right : Greater

Noida: Finally, an international event flawlessly executed and delivered by

India. After failing to successfully organize even a concert last week and

the stuttering buildup and rather embarrassing wind-down of the

Commonwealth Games last year, the stunning success of India’s first F1

race brought out not just wide smiles on Sunday but an unmistakable

sense of pride in the 95,000-strong crowd. It was also a shining moment

for the country’s private sector, showcasing what it is capable of

achieving. [TOI p1]

35. CWG contracts given through nomination : New Delhi : A probe by the

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is looking into alleged

irregularities in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games by its

Organising Committee (OC), has found that 107 contracts worth Rs 310

crore were awarded on the basis of nomination against norms.[HT p8]

36. Chhath: MCD cleans up ghats on a war footing : New Delhi: Municipal

Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has begun cleaning the banks of the Yamuna

ahead of Chhath to make it more accessible to the devotees. The festival,

which will be observed along the banks of the river on Tuesday and

Wednesday, is expected to leave a lot of waste there as well as near

water bodies in parks. [TOI p1]

EDITORIAL/OPINION

37. Democracy Without Dissent? : SANTOSH DESAI : If the RSS supports

vegetarianism, will all vegetables become communal? Absurd as that

might sound, it is pretty much the argument some critics of the Anna

Hazare-led movement are making when they seek to tar it with the RSS

brush. [TOI p7]

SPORT NEWS

38. Vettel is the Champ, India the winner: Greater Noida : They came

expecting the worst. They left dazzled. Not only did India offer Formula

One a racing circuit rivalling the best in the world, it did so with typical

Indian warmth. Good tracks these F1 fellows are used to but friendly, open

people proved to be India’s greatest ambassadors.[HT p1]