NEWS IN BRIEF – NOV 12, 2011

1. 2G trial begins with statements by 2 ADAG execs : New Delhi:

Trial in the 2G mobile spectrum allocation scam — involving top

politicians former telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi

and corporate bigwigs — formally started on Friday with a court

recording the statements of top Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani

Group executives who had appeared as prosecution

witnesses. [TOI p1]

2. India gives Pakistan return gift for MFN gesture :

Addu City (Maldives) : India on Thursday asked Pakistan to

put ‘all cards on the table’ during the next round of comprehensive

talks so that both countriescould actually move towards resolving

some of the issues bedeviling theirties.[The Hindu p1]

3. Sibal-Modi face-off over Gujarat’s dropout rate New Delhi:

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s allegation that there is a

lacunae in the primary school dropout rate data of his state has

backfired on him, with HRD minister Kapil Sibal pointing out that the

figure was supplied by the state government. [TOI p14]

4. Govt drops bail-out plan in face of opposition: New Delhi: It

may be a really bad time for the government to rescue Kingfisher

Airlines with political parties opposing civil aviation minister Vayalar

Ravi’s bid to organize a financial bailout for the Vijay

Mallyapromoted carrier. [TOI p14]

6. Joshi demands dismissal of Chidambaram : New Delhi :

Upping the ante on the 2G issue, BJP leader Murli Manohar on

Thursday demanded dismissal of home minister P

Chidambaram. He also demanded an enquiry into the home

minister’s alleged role in the spectrum scam. He

said the BJP will raise the issue in the winter session of

Parliament.[HT p13]

8. U. P. political parties wooing Brahmin vote bank : LUCKNOW :

Any thoughts of Ms. Mayawati having abandoned her ”social

engineering” formula (Dalits plus Brahmins) after coming to

power in 2007 can be dispelled now with the Uttar Pradesh Chief

Minister scheduled to preside over two functions this weekend

aimed at wooing the Bramins for her electoral cause. [The Hindu

p5]

9. On High Court order, DDA de-seals 12 flats in Games Village :

NEW DELHI : In line with a Delhi High Court order, the Delhi

Development Authority (DDA) on Friday de-sealed 12 flats in the

commonwealth Games Village. Of the 12 flats, six are in Tower

Number 5 and six in Tower 15.[IE p3]

10. Saarc nations vow to fight terror, reduce trade barriers : New

Delhi: Addu Atoll (Maldives): A joint commitment to fight all terror

threats, transnational organised crime and illegal drugs was an

important aspect of the declaration adopted by the members of the

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) in

Maldives on Friday. [TOI p16]

11. Cong in a spot as Bhanwari probe gathers steam: Jaipur:

Sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna was interrogated for

the second successive day, and joining the sleuths across the table

was Luni MLA Malkhan Singh Bishnoi at the CBI office on Friday.

[TOI p16]

12. Mamata Declares War on Maoists: West Bengal: chief minister

Mamata Banerjee upped the ante in her quasi-political fight with

Maoists of Jangalmahal on Friday. She threatened them with

bullets for bullets. She also reiterated her offer to welcome them

into the mainstream of life, if they so willed. But what was perhaps

very significant was the fact that she made a cross-border

reference: “You are running the government in Nepal and yet have

taken up arms here in Jangalmahal, killing poor people. [ET p2]

13. Ingenuous Indian Diplomacy : It is well known that Indian

politicians are hard-headed while serving personal interests but

faint-hearted while dealing with national interests. India’s Pakistan

policy, for example, remains based on hopes and gushy

expectations, rather than any farsighted strategy. Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh still dreams of open borders with terror-exporting

Pakistan. [ET p2]

14. Govt to face queries from PAC on CWG : NEW DELHI:The

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has sought Delhi Government’s

response on certain alleged irregularities pointed out by CAG in its

report on CWG projects.[HT p9]

16. BJP likely to win 110-135 UP Seats : New Delhi: on the basis

fo a pre-poll survey commissioned by the BJP ahead of next

year’s Uttar Pradesh Assembly election the saffron party claims

that it will win 110 to 135 seats in the state. The party has also

zeroed in on corruption and price rise as two beg election issues

as indicted by people in the pre-poll survey.[AA p2]

17. Ex-bureaucrats rally behind CAG Demand That Govt Stop

Witch-Hunt : New Delhi: At a time when the Joint Parliamentary

Committee (JPC) has summoned comptroller and auditor general

Vinod Rai to appear as witness in the 2G scam, a group of retired

bureaucrats have got together to rally behind the apex auditor

demanding that the witch-hunt should stop. [TOI p19]

18. BJP to use woman power in UP: LUCKNOW: in oreder to

reach out to the largely untapped segment of female voters, the

BJP in Uttar Pradesh will now unleash women power in the state

to tap this segment. [AA p2]

19. 2G trial begins with statements by 2 ADAG execs : New Delhi:

Trial in the 2G mobile spectrum allocation scam — involving top

politicians former telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi

and corporate bigwigs — formally started on Friday with a court

recording the statements of top Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani

Group executives who had appeared as prosecution witnesses.

[TOI p19]

20. Fresh chargesheet against 2 in CWG scam: NEW DELHI: The

CBI on Friday filed two supplementary chargesheets before a

special CBI court against three people for allegedly trying to evade

arrest and trial in a Commonwealth Games-related corruption

case, relating to award of the Time-Scoring-Result (TSR) system

contract. [TOI p23]

21. Butter in short supply ahead of U. P. Polls: LUCKNOW Butter,

known as “makkhan” in local parlance, is bleaved to be the main

political ingredient during elections. [AA p2]

22. Cong finds balm in Nitish’s Anna New Delhi: Congress on

Friday said Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was correct in

rebuffing Team Anna’s bid to dictate the shape of the state’s

Lokayukta, relieved at the sight of Hazare’s criticism growing

beyond its stable. [TOI p23]

23. Nitish is Right on Team Anna: NEW DELHI : Congress has

seized upon political rival Nitish Kumar’s “don’t-issue-charactercertificates”

retort to Team Anna to drive home its point that the

anti-graft campaigners were crossing their limits. [ET p2]

24. Yeddy Gives BJP Sleepless Nights: BANGALORE : Out on bail,

former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa poses fresh

challenges for BJP’s central leadership. The party will need to

confront the clout of its tallest Karnataka leader but weakest link in

its campaign against the Congress-led central government on

corruption in high places. [ET p3]

25. Maderna May be Arrested Soon: NEW DELHI: Former

Rajasthan water resources minister Mahipal Maderna is likely to

be arrested in the Bhanwari Devi disappearance case soon. CBI

on Friday confronted Maderna with Congress MLA from Luni,

Malkhan Singh, in its attempt to solve the mystery behind

Bhanwari Devi’s disappearance. Maderna has admitted that he

had known health worker Bhanwari Devi for almost two years but

denied any role in her disappearance. [ET p3]

26. Wary Congress to sacrifice Gehlot NEW DELHI/JAIPUR: Nurse

Bhanwri Devi’s disappearance case has made chief minister

Ashok Gehlot’s position untenable in Rajasthan. The problem is all

the more complex because Gehlot enjoys a wafer thing majority of

two in the Assembly and he also foces internal dissent. [Pioneer

Daily p1]

27. Maya nixes PM’s pushes own message: LUCKNOW: A letter

from Prime Minister Manmohan to school students has triggered a

political controversy in Uttar Pradesh with Chief Minister Mayawati

preventing it from being read in the State schools. She came out

with her own message to the students. [Pioneer Daily p1]

28. Police on high alert for Advani’s rally : New Delhi: After Baba

Ramdevand Anna Hazare, it is BJP leader LK Advani’s turn to visit

Ramlila Maidan to conclude his Rath Yatra. After the discovery of

a bomb on the route of the yatra in Tamil Nadu, police

have begun reviewing security arrangements to be put in place

in and around the ground.[HT p6]

29. BJP demands CAG probe into oil COS’ deficit claim:

LUCKNOW: Expressing its concern over the increasing price of

petrol and other related products, the BJP doubted the claim of oil

companies about their deficit and demanded CAG probe into it.

Terming Chief Minister Mayawati as fountainhead of corruption,

the BJP has asked her to fulfill her poll promise of sending SP

supreme and the them Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to jail

[Pioneer p6]

30. Delhi Master Plan to be revised next year : New Delhi : Rapid

changes in the city and newer challenges will lead to the revision

of Delhi Master Plan 2021 next year. Union urban development

minister Kamal Nath on Thursday said “ground realities” and the

fact that there are provisions of reviewing the plan every five

years have necessitated the move. Master Plan Delhi 2021 was

implemented in 2007 and will complete the stipulated five years in

2012.[HT p7]

31. Govt should fund polls: Advani :Jaipur: Senior BJP leader L K

Advani on Friday strongly pleaded for State funding of elections as

this would help in checking corruption and black money. [Pioneer

p7]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

32. Pak men in jail for 40 yrs appeals SC Raps Govt For Not

Upholding Right To Life, Seeks Detailed Pak Prisoners List:

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday was shocked to learn

that two Pakistanis have been lodged in a Jammu and Kashmir

prison for over 40 years and declared that it was constitutionally

bound to redress the situation as the upholder of right to life of

every person, whether he was an Indian or a foreigner. [TOI p11]

EDITORIAL/OPINION

33. Anna Takes On Nitish : Team Anna’s criticism of the JD(U)

government in Bihar for what it calls a weak Lokayukta Bill should

counter the notion that it is only targeting the Congress. However,

there is no denying that Nitish Kumar’s regime has adopted some

tough measures to tackle corruption, including confiscating the

assets of corrupt babus. Civil society groups can lobby and

promote awareness, but they can’t dictate legislation to

governments. [TOI p24]