NEWS IN BRIEF – OCT 16, 2011

1. Court seals escape route, Yeddy held in land scam, Arrest May Undercut BJP’s Stand On Graft: Bangalore: After avoiding court hearing, pleading for bail and going missing for four hours, former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa was arrested on Saturday on charges of illegally garnering prize real estate for himself and his family, an embarrassment that could dent BJP’s anti-graft crusade and jolt the party’s only southern government. [TOI p1]

2. Yeddy Surrenders  to Jail, Ex-Karnataka CM Charged In Land Case; Arrest Comes In Middle Of Advani Yatra:

Banglore: Former Karnataka chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader BS Yeddyurappa surrendered before the Lokayukta court in Bangalore hours after he was denied bail and issued an arrest warrant in two cases of corruption for illegally denotifying land in and near Bangalore. [ET p1]

3. BSY’s arrest takes sheen off Advani’s yatra, Conflict With Modi & RSS, Absence Of Clear Candidate For PM’s Post Give Bad Publicity

To Drive :

New Delhi: The timing couldn’t have been worse. Former Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa’s arrest in a graft case threatens to derail BJP veteran L K Advani’s “anti-corruption” yatra while providing Congress an opportunity to hit back at its saffron rival. [TOI p17]

6. Advani ‘yatra’ against corruption : New Delhi : OnOctober 10, a day before veteran ‘yatri’ L.K. Advani was to start his 40-day journey — the sixth in a political series that began in 1990 — he said that the “ethical decline” of the United Progressive Alliance began in July 2008 when the Manmohan Singh government sought a trust vote in the Lok Sabha and won it by bribing MPs.[The Hindu p8]

7. May run for PM in 2014 if healthy : New Delhi : Ending conjectures on his candidature for the country’s supreme political office, BJP patriarch LK Advani has said he will decide on the issue depending on his “health” and “capability” to contribute to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.[HT p8]

8. Ambala was just the tip of the iceberg, says Antony :New Delhi: Holding that the recent seizure of RDX in Ambala, which could have unleashed havoc in New Delhi, was just “the tip of the iceberg”, defence minister A K Antony on Saturday urged people to remain vigilant to thwart the nefarious designs of terrorists. [TOI p13]

9. Lokpal not the only solution: Montek : New Delhi: Planning

Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has argued that

Lokpal is only one of the options to curb corruption, suggesting there is a

need for a multipronged strategy to tackle the menace. [TOI p19]

10. Adopt my ‘success model, says Modi : Jaipur : Gujarat Chief Minister

Narendra Modi presented his “vision” of development here on Saturday

citing success stories from his State and suggesting that the model could

be adopted elsewhere in the country. [The Hindu p5]

11. None but PM fears RTI, quips Advani : New Delhi : A day after Prime

Minister Manmohan Singh advocated taking a “critical look” at the Right to

Information (RTI) Act, senior BJP leader LK Advani on Saturday criticised

him and said his party was opposed to any such move as it had proved to

be an effective tool for transparent governance.[Pioneer Daily p1]

12. UPA is totally paralysed: LK : BHOPAL : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party

leader L.K. Advani on Saturday said that the Manmohan Singh-led UPA

government at the Centre is completely paralysed and is the most corrupt

since Independence.[AA p2]

13. House panel to go for Rahul lokpal formula : New Delhi :The

parliamentary panel, examining the Lokpal Bill, may propose that the

watchdog be made a constitutional body and the Lokayuktas in the states

be set up through a single stroke. If Anna Hazare’s team accepts the

proposal – suggested by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi in

Parliament – at the final meeting, which will probably be held in early

November, it may clear the decks for the bills, including the one to amend

the Constitution, during the winter session next month.[HT p1]

14. Credit for success of anti-graft stir is only Anna’s: RSS : NEW DELHI:

Weeks after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement that RSS cadre had

actively participated in the Anna Hazare movement sparked a row, the

Sangh on Friday gave him sole credit for the movement’s success.[HT p9]

15. RTI not to blame for inefficient govt: Aruna : Panaji: Transparency

advocate Aruna Roy on Saturday slammed Prime Minister Manmohan

Singh’s statement that the Right To Information Act was adversely

affecting government functioning, saying the government has “always

been inefficient”. [TOI p1]

16. Transparency helps honest bureaucrats : Panaji: Stating that

transparency benefits the system, Magsaysay awardee Aruna Roy said,

“We reject the suggestion that transparency makes bureaucrats inefficient.

The governmenthas alwaysbeen inefficient. Papers accessed by us

through RTI have proved this.” Roy was speaking at the International

Centre Goa in Dona Paula. [TOI p21]

17. Anna upset, Prashant exit from team likely : New Delhi: Anna

Hazare’s team appeared on the brink of a split on Saturday after he

indicated that Prashant Bhushan could be dropped from his core group.

The Gandhian also offered to bury the hatchet with Congress if it helped

pass the Lokpal Bill during Parliament’s winter session. [TOI p1]

18. Bring corporates under RTI: Nitish: New Delhi:Bihar chief minister

Nitish Kumar on Saturday made a strong push for expanding the scope of

Right to Information (RTI) Act, demanding that corporate sector and

public-private-partnership (PPP) projects be brought under it, and joined

the debate that started with the UPA expressing misgivings about the

application of the transparency law it had enacted itself. [TOI p13]

19. Anna stir is Brahminical: Agnivesh, ‘Arvind Kejriwal Must Apologize

For Saying Hazare Is Above Parliament’: New Delhi: Swami Agnivesh,

sidelined by Team Anna because of their suspicion that he was a

“government mole”, hit out on Saturday at his former comrades, accusing

them of promoting a cult around Anna Hazare and behaving like

Brahmanvadis. [TOI p15]

20. Won’t oppose Cong if it brings strong Lokpal: Anna : New Delhi:

Prashant Bhushan’s Kashmir plebiscite remark has upset Anna Hazare.

Talking on his fate as the member of his team core committee ,the

Gandhian said, “After it (committee) meets, I will take a decision.” [TOI

p19]

21. Anna effect in J&K too : Srinagar: The Anna Hazare saga continues.

The social activist whose anticorruption crusade stirred the nation and

shook the government drew huge crowds in the just-concluded Hisar

bypoll. [TOI p15]

22. RSS: We are close to Anna, denial hutrs : New Delhi : The RSS on

Saturday said it was very much a part of Anna Hazare’s campaign, with

general secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji saying the activist’s denial and his

suggestion that it was a conspiracy was “beyond my comprehension“ and

caused “immense pain to me“.[HT p1]

23. UPA will provide quota for Muslims, says Khursheed : Lucknow :

With the Muslim voters poised to play a crucial role in the coming Uttar

Pradesh Assembly elections, Union Minority Affairs and Law and Justice

Minister Salman Khursheed reiterated on Saturday that the United

Progressive Alliance government had decided to give reservation to the

minority community. No time frame was fixed by the Union Minister.[The

Hindu p8]

24. Thousands trapped without food, water : CHENNAI: As protesters

blocked entry points to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in

Tamil Nadu for the third day in a row, the troubles of the 1,000 families

trapped inside the complex worsened with water, milk and other essential

supplies beginning to run out.[HT p1]

25. Adarsh Case of Fast Corruption & Slow Investigation : Mumbai : In

stark contrast to the making of Adarsh society that was characterised by

speedy clearances at all levels despite umpteen violations and regulation

breaches, the unravelling of the scam is now turning out to be a long

winding process.[The Sunday Standard p6]

26. Mamata U-turn: Calls Maoists supari killers, ‘Disarm & Talk In 7 Days

Or Face War’: Jhargram: As a champion of farmers’ rights, Mamata

Banerjee may have been soft on Naxalites, but on Saturday she made it

clear that as chief minister she would’nt brook any ideology promoting

violence. After her most vitriolic tongue-lashing, she gave the Maoists a

seven day deadline to drop arms and join peace talks. [ET p1]

27. Will reach Chandigarh via Delhi: New Delhi: With exit polls projecting a

victory for Kuldeep Bishnoi, the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC)- BJP

candidate in Hisar Lok Sabha bypoll, the younger son of former Haryana

CM Bhajan Lal sees it as a new beginning of consolidation of non-Jat

votes in the state. About 78% of voters in Haryana are non-Jat. Bishnoi,

who left Congress and formed HJC, said his win could change power

equations in his home state. [TOI p19]

28. If I win, It won’t be just because of Anna : New Delhi :Even as the

impending Hisar election result is being seen as a test case for the

electoral impact of social activist Anna Hazare, late Haryana chief minister

Bhajan Lal’s son Kuldeep Bishnoi plays down the Anna impact in the

result, which will be out on Monday. [HT p8]

29. Anna begins maun vrat today, cites health : Ralegan Siddhi :A day

after he fuelled speculation about cracks in Team Anna, after he publicly

distanced himself from Prashant Bhushan over the latter’s stand on

Kashmir, Anna Hazare today declared that he would go on an indefinite

maun vrat (vow of silence) from tomorrow, but added that he was doing

this for health reasons and not as a form of protest.[IE p9]

30. Centre must keep eye on China : Gogoi : Guwahati :While expressing

satisfaction at China’s statement that it would not divert water from the

Brahmaputra, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today asked New Delhi

to “keep an eye” on Beijing.[IE p7]

31. Buddha to skip politburo meet again : Kolkata :Despite pressure from

the party leadership, former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb

Bhattacharjee will not attend the CPM politburo meeting in New Delhi on

October 17.[IE p6]

32. Mayawati asks party to be ready for mid-term polls : New Delhi :

Bahujan Samaj Party president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

Mayawati on Saturday asked party workers and office-bearers to be ready

to face mid-term general elections. Lok Sabha elections are due in

2014.[The Hindu p5]

33. Sushil Shinde assures CM of regular power supply : New Delhi : As

Delhi continues to reel under load-shedding, Union power minister Sushil

Kumar Shinde today assured chief minister Sheila Dikshit of uninterrupted

power supply to the city during festive season.[HT p4]

34. BJP gears up for civic polls, asks councillors to reach out : New

Delhi: With less than a year left for municipal polls, the BJP has started

preparations to retain its bastion in the upcoming elections. On Saturday,

171 BJP councillors met party spokesperson Venkaiah Naidu to discuss

the strategy for the upcoming elections. The state BJP has asked the

councillors to start “connecting with their voters” and expedite work on all

infrastructure related projects. [TOI p10]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

35. Bhushan wrong on Kashmir, others too will want to secede, warns

Justice Katju : New Delhi : Former Supreme Court judge Justice

Markandey Katju today said lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan was

“wrong” to say Kashmiris should be allowed to decide whether they want

to stay with India. He warned that such talk could prompt others to call for

secession.[IE p1]

36. Give concrete proposals on state funding of polls, GoM tells Law Min

: New Delhi : The Group of Ministers on Corruption has asked the Law

Ministry to formulate “concrete proposals” on constitutional and statutory

amendments that would be required to introduce state funding of

elections.[IE p2]

37. SC: Enact law to fix liability for damages Says Compensation Being

Fixed Arbitrarily: New Delhi: The Supreme Court has sought

Parliament’s urgent attention for enacting a law to fasten compensation

liability on the government and its officers in cases where disasters, like

Uphaar fire tragedy, result from their inaction or nonperformance of

statutory duties. [TOI p3]

38. ‘HC should have ordered probe’, Former HC Judges Take Critical

View Of Shivani Judgment: New Delhi: Delhi high court’s verdict in the

12-year-old Shivani Bhatnagar murder case, acquitting former IPS officer

R K Sharma, besides two others, has not only caught people by surprise

but has also evoked a lot of reaction in judicial circles. [TOI p8]

39. Gujarat HC stays arrest of Vijay Kanara : AHMEDABAD: In a new twist

in IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s case, the Gujarat high court has stayed arrest

of lawyer Vijay Kanara who had drafted the affidavit in the name of

constable KD Pant, supporting Bhatt’s claim on the controversial meeting

held by CM Narendra Modi on February 27, 2002, after the Godhra train

carnage.[HT p8]

EDITORIAL/OPINION

40. At 84, LK’s still a whirlwind : YOJNA GUSAI: At Badlu Tola, a small

village in Chapra, people had been waiting for hours to catch a glimpse of

Lal Krishna Advani. They had seen this bade neta only on television and

in newspapers. Local leaders had told them that the senior BJP leader

was embarking on a yatra against corruption. But they were not waiting

merely out of curiosity.[AA p5]

41. Who is bigger? Message or Messenger?: Swapan DasGupta: If the

solitary purpose of the Jan Chetna Yatra being undertaken by LK Advani

was to demonstrate that the India of 2011 is markedly different from the

India of 1990, it could be described as an unqualified success. Whereas in

1990 the Somnath to Ayodhya yatra was cut off in full flow at Samastipur

on the orders of the Bihar Chief Minister, Advani’s fifth yatra had the

satisfaction of being flagged off from Bihar by a friendlier Bihar

CM.[Pioneer Daily p1]

BUSINESS NEWS

42. Reliance industries net jumps 16% to Rs 5703 cr : New Delhi : Sitting

on a cash equivalent of $12.6 bn (Rs 61,490 crore), private sector biggie

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on Saturday reported a 16% increase in its

net profit at Rs 5,703 crore for the second quarter of the current year

ending September 30. [HT p8]

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

43. US must learn foreign policy from India, Brazil : NEW YORK: The US

should learn from emerging powers like India and Brazil to put economics

at the centre of foreign policy, if it has to retain its position as a global

powerhouse, secretary of state Hillary Clinton said at a function on

Saturday. [HT p1]