NEWS IN BRIEF – APR 17, 2012

1. Non-UPA CMs join hands to fight ‘overbearing’ Centre, Joint Strategy

For Prez Poll In Offing?: New Delhi: The battle lines for a states versus

Centre faceoff got sharply drawn on Monday when non-UPA chief

ministers — including Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik, Gujarat’s Narendra Modi

and Tamil Nadu’s J Jayalalithaa — got together for an unscheduled

meeting here to work out a common line on contentious issues. While this

was the main purpose of the meeting, there was talk of this coordination

developing into a common strategy for the coming presidential election.

[TOI p1]

2. Non-Congress parties find common ground : New Delhi: The chief

ministers of Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Gujarat were not together for long at

an unscheduled meeting on the sidelines of Monday’s conference on

internal security, but the deliberate media exposure of the interaction at

Tamil Nadu House pointed to a political subtext beyond a meeting of

minds on opposing the Centre over initiatives seen to be an intrusion on

state turf. [TOI p14]

3. PM: Centre, states must fight terror together: New Delhi: Faced with

strong opposition from non-Congress states on the National Counter-

Terrorism Centre (NCTC), the Centre on Monday took a moderate line

stressing on coordination with states to tackle the challenges of internal

security. [TOI p14]

4. TMC line: Don’t marry into CPM families: Kolkata: If the Trinamool

Congress has its way, none of its party members or anyone in their family

will ever tie the knot with CPM cadre. This is the official party line ahead of

the 2013 panchayat elections. [TOI p1]

5. PC on Naxal issue : Don’t let numbers fool you : New Delhi : With

Maoist attacks against security forces becoming increasingly systematic

by the day, home minister P Chidambaram has scaled up the level of

threat posed by the rebels — dubbing them as “the most formidable

internal security challenge”.[HT p10]

6. CAG Report Against Rane, Deshmukh to be Tabled Today: MUMBAI :

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s report indicting several ministers of

the Maharashtra government, including former chief minister and Union

science and technology minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, for irregular land

allotments, will be tabled in the state assembly on Tuesday. [ET p2]

7. Singhvi gets HC injunction against broadcast of fabricated CD : New

Delhi :The Delhi High Court has restrained one Mukesh Kumar Lal and

others from “publishing, broadcasting, disseminating or distributing in any

form or manner the contents of any alleged CD or any other material as

described in the plaint in relation to the plaintiff No. 2,” senior Congress

leader and Rajya Sabha MP Manu Abhishek Singhvi.[IE p1]

8. Indiscipline increasing in Army, says Dhumal : New Delhi :Himachal

Pradesh Chief Minister P K Dhumal today complained to the prime

minister and defence minister about the Army’s statement on Shimla’s

Annandale ground, even as the Army sought to shift the blame to a civilian

public relations officer from the information and broadcasting ministry and

ordered an inquiry into the media release.[IE p1]

9. Sonia has one, PM has one, now Reddy wants his petro school : New

Delhi :Congress president Sonia Gandhi has one. Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh has announced another. Now Petroleum Minister S

Jaipal Reddy wants the third one: a petroleum institute in his electoral

constituency that would be funded by cash-strapped state-run oil

companies.[IE p1]

10. Riots : RSS praises Modi for performing ” Raj Dharma’: Gandhinagar

:The RSS has lauded Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for performing

his “Raj Dharma” during the 2002 riots, contradicting former prime minister

A B Vajpayee’s letter sent to Modi soon after the riots exhorting him to

perform his “Raj Dharma”.[IE p2]

11. Had no say on Kushwaha says Shahi : Lucknow : Breaking his silence

on the induction of Babu Singh Kushwaha just before the Assembly

elections, outgoing UP BJP president Surya Pratap Shahi on Monday said

it was the party leadership’s decision, not his, and that he had not taken

Rs 200 crore from Kushwaha, as alleged by some people.[IE p3]

12. Free Kushwaha, demand OBC and MBC leaders : Lucknow :

Representatives from OBC caste groups and Most Backward caste (MBC)

groups have joined hands to demand the release of former BSP minister

Babu Singh Kushwaha who is presently in jail on charges of corruption in

the NRHM scam..[AA p2]

13. Dhoni in Rajya Sabha if JVM bats right?: Patna :Unimaginable it may

sound to many, but untrue it is not. Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh

Dhoni’s name is being considered for a Rajya Sabha nomination from

Jharkhand by the state’s Opposition Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) led

by former CM Babulal Marandi.[AA p2]

14. PM, Pranab call meets to discuss issues raised by Pawar : New Delhi

: With Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar writing

letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab

Mukherjee expressing his frustration with the government taking decisions

“against the interests” of farmers engaged in sugarcane and cotton

cultivation, the PM and Mukherjee have called meetings next week to

resolve issues raised by him.[IE p3]

15. EC plans call centre to monitor complaints : New Delhi :Having

decided to hold the Rajya Sabha elections to two seats from Jharkhand

afresh in the wake of allegations of use of money power as inducement

and other malpractices during the poll process last month, the Election

Commission on Monday issued fresh measures to curb such malpractices.

The notification for the fresh polls was also issued on Monday.[IE p3]

16. Maharashtra civic polls : Cong gains, boost for Deshmukh : Mumbai

:As counting ended for polls to five municipal corporations across

Maharashtra on Monday, the stage appeared set for a fresh power tussle

between coalition partners Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, with

the former regaining some pride lost to its junior coalition partner in recent

elections. Of the 371 corporator wards that went to polls this weekend in

Chandrapur, Latur, Parbhani, Malegaon and Bhiwandi, the Congress

captured 149 seats while the NCP managed only 64.[IE p3]

17. Assam new hotbet of Naxal groups : PC : New Delhi :Home Minister P

Chidambaram on Monday said Assam was slowly becoming a new hotbed

for Naxal groups, which were developing links with many insurgent

organisations in the neighbouring states.[IE p4]

18. Revoke AFSPA, decrease troop presence in J&K : New Delhi

:Reiterating his demand for withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers

Act (AFSPA) from areas not affected by terrorism, J&K Chief Minister

Omar Abdullah Monday sought “progressive” decrease in the presence of

security forces in the state.[IE p4]

19. Can’t meet Fernandes : HC to Jaya Jaitley : New Delhi : In a setback

to Jaya Jaitly, close aide of former defence minister George Fernandes,

the Delhi High Court has declined her visitation rights to meet the ailing

leader. It held that she cannot have a say in the case between his brothers

and his wife.[IE p7]

20. Jaitley warns of Stir against MLA’s arrest : Jaipur :Leader of

Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley met arrested BJP MLA

Rajendra Singh Rathore, accused in the Dara Singh fake encounter case,

on Monday in Jaipur Central Jail. Jaitley, who also met senior state BJP

leaders, slammed the CBI’s chargesheet against Rathore and termed the

agency as a tool for the Congress.[IE p7]

21. Maharashtra govt files report on probe against Kripashankar : New

Delhi :The Maharashtra government today submitted a report in the

Supreme Court on its investigations into allegations of disproportionate

assets against former Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh and his

family members.[IE p7]

22. BJP takes to streets against Cong MP for ‘insult’ to ‘Ma Narmada’ :

Bhopal :The ruling BJP has taken to the streets accusing a Congress MP

of insulting the Narmada. Sajjan Singh Varma, the MP from Dewas, had

accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his family members of

being involved in illegal sand mining along the banks of the Narmada, and

warned that “the river knows how to deal with those who rape and exploit

it”.[IE p8]

23. India goes for fresh security review of Kabul embassy area : NEW

DELHI: The well-coordinated, 18-hour terror attacks in Kabul that targeted

the Afghan Parliament, Western embassies and Nato forces, has once

again forced a security review of Indian assets in Afghanistan.[HT p1]

24. Centre relieved as Mamata skips security meet, TMC Chief Saves

Govt Blushes As Her Views On Federal Issues Are Similar To

Oppn’s: New Delhi: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee chose

to stay away from the CMs’ conference on internal security on Monday for

good reasons and had made it clear to the Centre that she would be

sending her representative to the meeting but would not attend it. [TOI

p14]

25. CBI seeks Interpol help to probe Tatra scam links: New Delhi: The

Central Bureau of Investigation, probing the Tatra scam spread across

four countries including a tax haven, has approached Interpol to get

details of companies related to Vectra chief Ravinder Rishi from these four

countries.[TOI p1]

26. 4th front an evergreen mirage: Cong: New Delhi: Congress seemed

unperturbed with the rallying of non-Congress chief ministers on the antifederal

plank, including the NCTC issue, with the ruling party calling the

talks of a fourth front “an evergreen mirage of national politics”. [TOI p14]

27. Press Council, EC trying to tackle paid news: Soni : New Delhi

:Opining that paid news has assumed both corporate and political

dimensions, information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni has said

in a media function in Thrissur that there have been complaints against big

business players of either paying journalists directly or managements of

media organisations to get favourable coverage, often concealing facts.

[HT p10]

28. Good news for Maharashtra Cong : Mumbai :After the debacle in the

civic elections of the state’s ten cities including Mumbai, the Congress

made a turnaround in central-eastern Maharashtra by emerging as the

singlelargest party in four of the five municipal corporations that went to

polls on April 15.[HT p11]

29. All the accused in 1996 Bihar Dalit carnage acquitted by High Court :

Patna :The Patna High Court has acquitted all the 23 persons accused of

perpetrating the massacre of 21 Dalits at Bathani Tola in Bhojpur in

1996.[The Hindu p1]

30. Scrap goodwill delegations to Haj, says Supreme Court: New Delhi :

Frowning at the practice of politicians and bureaucrats travelling on Haj

pilgrimage on government subsidy, the Supreme Court on Monday told

the Centre that these “goodwill delegations” need to be scrapped to

ensure that only genuine pilgrims benefited.[The Hindu p1]

31. EC moves to arrest money power in Jharkhand Rajya Sabha polls :

New Delhi :To prevent use of “money power” or “malpractices” in the

revised schedule of the May 3 biennial election for the two Rajya Sabha

seats from Jharkhand, the Election Commission has introduced several

measures to tighten the process and prevent “horse trading”. The

notification for the revised schedule was issued on Monday.[The Hindu

p6]

32. Will Akhilesh bail out Sonia’s projects?, Plans That Didn’t See Light

Of Day In Maya Regime May Strengthen Cong-SP Ties: New Delhi:

Will Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav oblige after Mayawati

persistently stalled key projects in Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli? With the

BSP supremo no longer UP CM, the Centre is set to petition her

replacement to sanction 50 acres of land in Rae Bareli for an elite institute

for pharmaceutical research. [TOI p10]

33. Dhumal moves PM, Antony alerts Gen: New Delhi: With Himachal

Pradesh chief minister P K Dhumal taking up the issue of control over

Shimla’s Annandale ground with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on

Monday, defence minister A K Antony asked Army chief General V K

Singh to quickly resolve the controversy with the state. [TOI p10]

34. Don’t usurp State power in police reforms name : New Delhi :

Reiterating his opposition to the NCTC in its present form, Bihar Chief

Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the core issue in its formation was

the violation of the federal principle. He emphasised on the need for more

consultations and collaboration between the Centre and the States to

resolve all matters of internal security.[Pioneer Daily p5]

35. Bhaiyaji to meet BJP leaders, discuss internal issues : New Delhi :

RSS’ number two Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi will meet top BJP leaders

separately here on Tuesday, as part of the Sangh’s exercise to address

BJP’s internal issues and future course of action..[Pioneer Daily p7]

36. Cybercrime a big threat, says Mamata after jailing teacher : NEW

DELHI: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee chose the chief

ministers’ conference on Monday to defend — albeit, in a roundabout way

— her decision to arrest a university professor for circulating a spoof on

her on the net.[HT p1]

37. Delhi votes to make history, verdict today, Unauthorized Colonies,

Slums, Rural Areas Better Poll Count: New Delhi: The fate of 2,423

contestants will be known only by Tuesday evening but the city itself

moved up a grade in Sunday’s municipal polls by recording a 55% turnout.

[TOI p2]

38. New budget likely in first House meet : New Delhi: MCD’s executive

wing has expedited the process to divide manpower and infrastructure

between the three new corporations. On April 30, MCD will cease to exist.

Sources said that the budget of the three corporations is likely to be

passed in the first House meeting. [TOI p2]

39. 10% relaxation on OBC quota this yr: New Delhi: More students from

the other backward class (OBC) category will be eligible to apply for

admission to Delhi University this academic year. Implementing a 2011

Supreme Court order, the University shall now provide 10% relaxation on

the minimum eligibility criteria to OBC candidates. This would be

applicable to undergraduate and postgraduate courses from the 2012-13

session. [TOI p6]

40. Village near Delhi border records highest voter turnout Posh GK-1

betters 2007, still figures last on list : NEW DELHI: Tucked away in the

northernmost corner of Delhi, the small village of Bakhtawarpur finds itself

in news for an admirable reason. The village recorded the highest turnout

of voters for municipal election on Sunday — 69 per cent.[HT p2]

41. BJP, Cong confident, BSP hopes to improve tally : NEW DELHI: A

day before the counting of votes, the two major political parties of Delhi —

Congress and the BJP — claimed that they will sweep the municipal polls.

After the state election commission came out with voting percentages of

different wards, senior leaders of both the parties held closed-door

meetings to analyse their chances.[HT p2]

42. Civic poll results to be out by 3 pm : New Delhi : The counting of votes

for all 272 wards in the three new civic bodies in the city will start 8:30

tuestday morning and the results are likely to be out by evening. deciding

the fate of the 2423, candidates in fray.[AA p13]

43. Feud continues to divide U’khand Cong : Dehradun :There is no end

to the factional feud in Uttarakhand Congress. The latest spat between

two arch rivals Satpal Maharaj, Pauri Garhwal MP and Harish Rawat,

Union Minister of Agriculture, Food Processing and Parliamentary Affairs,

has erupted on the issue of efforts by the Congress to look for a “safe”

Assembly segment for Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna.[The

Tribune p2]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

44. Swaminathan turns down HC panel berth: New Delhi : NEW DELHI:

Agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan has turned down the high court’s

offer of a berth in an expert committee to check pesticide levels in fruits

and vegetables sold in Delhi’s markets.[HT p5]

EDITORIAL / OPINION

45. Lost of transition : Sitaram Yechury :The Supreme Court ruling

sanctioning the legality of the Right to Education has also mandated every

private school to ensure at least 25% enrolment from the economically

weaker sections. The caveat is that the fees will be subsidised by the

government and the target will be reached progressively, in the coming

eight years.[HT p12]

46. Modi and responsibility : Peter Ronald Desouza :The response to the

Ahmedabad metropolitan magistrate’s order, which says, “According to

SIT, no offence has been established against any of the 58 persons listed

in Zakia’s complaint”, has to be ethical and philosophical, not

ideological.[IE p10]

47. Could this Chauhan pip Modi to BJP’s chiefdom? : Nistula Hebbar:

Last month, amid the media blitz around Gujarat chief minister Narendra

Modi’s legal travails, and his astounding feat of polling the largest number

of negative and third largest number of positive endorsements on a “most

powerful list” compiled by Time magazine, another BJP chief minister was

quietly earning his spurs.[FE p9]

BUSINESS NEWS

48. Pro-growth stance crucial: RBI: Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India

(RBI) has said that even though inflation may remain sticky there is a need

to adopt a pro-growth stance, which markets interpret as a signal for

impending rate cuts. RBI’s pro-growth stance comes in its pre-policy

report on the economy where the median forecasts for GDP growth has

shrunk from 7.3% to 7.2% earlier. [TOI p19]