NEWS IN BRIEF – APR 09, 2012

1. Act against terrorists if you want peace: PM to Zardari, ‘Bring 26/11

Perpetrators To Justice’: New Delhi: India on Sunday reacted positively

to Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari’s fresh bid for normalization of ties,

but made it clear that Pakistan would have to take substantive steps on

terrorism for peace to break out among the nuclear-armed

neighbours.[TOI p1]

2. Prez polls: Cong, TMC mend fences : New Delhi: With the presidential

polls coming up in July, Congress is having to keep UPA allies like the

Trinamool Congress in good humour. TMC chief Mamata Banerjee too

has decided not to go in for confrontation with Congress at the moment, it

seems. [TOI p9]

3. PM talks terror, Zardari harps on K-word, Time To Resolve Kashmir,

Siachen, Sir Creek: Pak Prez To Manmohan: New Delhi: While Prime

Minister Manmohan Singh raised the issue of terrorism and the need to

expedite the trial of Mumbai attacks accused with Pakistani President Asif

Ali Zardari, government sources said Zardari focused on Kashmir, Sir

Creek and Siachen issues saying it was high time these were

resolved.[TOI p11]

4. Sonia pulls out of PM’s lunch at last minute: New Delhi: Congress

president Sonia Gandhi pulled out of PM Manmohan Singh’s luncheon

meeting with Pakistani President Asif Zardari at the last moment which

resulted in her son and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi being

the sole representative of the Congress party at the PM’s high table. [TOI

p11]

5. Before elections, Modi shifts 68 cops: Ahmedabad: The Narendra

Modi government on Sunday transferred 68 senior police officers ahead of

the assembly elections in December. Fifty of these are IPS officers.

Sources in the government told TOI that a second round of police and

administrative transfers may be expected after the Jagannath Rath Yatra

in July. [TOI p9]

6. To check delays, UIDAI will now SMS Aadhaar numbers : New Delhi

:Faced with complaints of long delays in getting the Aadhaar number, the

Nandan Nilekani-led Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is

speeding up the delivery process using the mobile phone.[HT p1]

7. Maoists release tape, seek clarity on govt position : New Delhi:The

fate of abducted Italian Paolo Basusco remained gripped in uncertainty

with Maoists issuing another audiotape on Sunday, seeking clarification

from the Odisha government on the prisoners it was releasing in exchange

for him.[HT p1]

8. Parking, healthon BJP radar : New Delhi :To woo voters ahead of the

municipal elections, the BJP has announced that it will build 100 more

underground parkings and improve health facilities if it comes back to

power in the three municipal corporations.[HT p4]

9. Kashmiri bizman held for French woman’s death: New Delhi: Three

days after a 34-year-old French woman was found dead at a Paharganj

hotel in central Delhi, police on Sunday morning arrested a Kashmiri from

Srinagar, where he had reportedly fled, for the alleged murder. He has

been brought to the capital on transit remand. [TOI p1]

10. BJP Wooing EBCs, Maha Dalits for Posterity in Bihar: PATNA : BJP

seems to be proactively engaged in programmes that could stand it in

good stead if its alliance with JD(U) is called off. It is actively competing

with JD(U) to reach out to Maha Dalits and Extremely Backward Castes

(EBCs), which the JD(U) leadership resents. Both Maha Dalits and EBCs

have been supporters of chief minister Nitish Kumar, which has benefitted

alliance partner BJP too. [ET p3]

11. CPM sets 3-term limit for party secys: Kozhikode: By limiting the

tenure of secretaries in all levels of the party to three terms, the CPM on

Sunday took a bold step in reining in the trends of institutionalization in the

leadership. [TOI p10]

12. RSS toasts Indira stand on hostages: New Delhi: The RSS has praised

late Indira Gandhi as the only one who had stood her ground against

terror while it took a dig at BJP’s Jaswant Singh for accompanying

Kashmiri terrorists to secure the release of a planeload of Indian hostages.

[TOI p10]

13. Five arrested for trying to bribe SP MLA : Badaun :Five persons,

including three ration shop owners, were arrested for allegedly trying to

bribe SP MLA Abid Raza here, police said on Sunday. An FIR under the

AntiCorruption Act was registered against ration shop owner Anekpal, his

brother Bhagwandas and three others after they were caught giving a

bribe to the MLA on Saturday, police said. [HT p8]

14. VP poll : Najma warms up to Cong : New Delhi : Finance Minister and

UPA government’s troubleshooter Pranab Mukherjee had an unusual

visitor at his Talkatora Road residence recently. It was none other than

former Congress and now BJP MP Najma Heptulla, who was inducted into

the Rajya Sabha last month by her newly-adopted party after a two-year

wait.[The Tribune p2]

15. Someone may have read too much ( into movements of troops) :

MoS : New Delhi :Admitting that “probably someone down the line (in the

government) may have read too much” into the troop movements on the

night between January 16 and 17, Minister of State for Defence M M

Pallam Raju today said he wasn’t aware if “protocols” were violated.[IE

p1]

16. Inviting Rahul, tweeting peace, Bilawal gushes : Why the n-race? :

New Delhi :While father Asif Ali Zardari secured a confirmation from

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today to visit Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto

Zardari extended an invitation to Rahul Gandhi, who reportedly said

yes.[IE p1]

17. Will make changes in Lokayukta Bill : Uttarakhand CM : Dehradun

:Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Sunday said he would carry out certain

amendments in the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill, which was passed by the

Assembly unanimously in November last year.[IE p4]

18. Make list of talented for jobs, TMC tells youth wing : Kolkata :Railway

Minister and senior Trinamool leader Mukul Roy today asked the party’s

student leaders to prepare an “employment bank” to enlist the names of

talented students who might be offered employment in the future.[IE p4]

19. RS polls : CBI takes up cash case, MLAs rush to lawyers : Ranchi

:With Jharkhand High Court directing the Election Commission to ask CBI

to probe into seizure of cash hours before the Rajya Sabha polls, anxious

MLAs have reportedly started visiting charted accountants and lawyers to

ensure that they do not get dragged into the controversy.[IE p4]

20. Chhattisgarh coal block allocation caused Rs 1000- crore loss : CAG

: Raipur :Chief Minister Raman Singh is under severe attack from his

partymen as well as Opposition Congress over a CAG report indicting his

ministry for allocating coal blocks at “throwaway price” to a company,

causing a loss of Rs 1,052 crore to the exchequer.[IE p5]

21. RS money game : Kings & powns under I-T lens : Ranchi :Top

sources in the Income Tax department claimed having gathered sufficient

clues about a woman legislator of ruling coalition who believed to have

received Rs 2 crore from an independent candidate of RS election outside

Jharkhand as a price to cast her vote.[Pioneer Daily p4]

22. Rebels upset Cong in Uttarakhand : Bahuguna : New Delhi : The

process of Congress reviewing its performance in recent Assembly polls

continued on Sunday with a panel headed by Defence Minister AK Antony

holding consultations with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna to

assess the reasons for the party not getting a majority on its own.[Pioneer

Daily p5]

23. Modi shows the way on agri-growth : Ahmedabad :Chief Minister

Narendra Modi has said that Gujarat has achieved record output in

agriculture and dairy products despite the Centre’s injustice towards the

State.[Pioneer Daily p6]

24. Opp fireworks likely over CAG report : Mumbai :The leaked CAG

report, which has indicted senior current and former DF Ministers like

Vilasrao Deshmukh, Chhagan Bhujbal, Narayan Rane and Patangrao

Kadam, is bound to ignite fireworks during the second phase of the

Budget Session of the Maharashtra Legislature beginning on

Monday.[Pioneer Daily p6]

25. BJP dissolves all UP district units : New Delhi : In a desperate bid to

revamp its Uttar Pradesh unit, the BJP has dissolved its district units in the

state. After facing humiliating defeat in the recenly concluded Assembly

polls, the party has dissolved its 88 district units and various party

cells.[AA p2]

26. MP BJP will launch campaign for poor : Orchha : The Madhya

Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party will be launching a massive statewide

signature campaign and collect millions of signatures before

organising a sit-in agitation at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to raise voice for

the protection of the rights of the poor.[AA p2]

27. Cong won’t project CM in BJP states : New Delhi : The Congress has

no plans to project its chief ministrerial candidates in about half-a dozen

states ruled by the BJP. These states are going to polls, by the end of this

year and next year.[AA p2]

28. Assembly sought for Andamans : Kozhikode :The Communist Party of

India (Marxist) on Sunday urged the Union government to take immediate

steps to provide a Legislative Assembly for the Andaman and Nicobar

islands on the Puducherry model to fulfil the aspirations of the people.[The

Hindu p9]

29. Five more on Naxal wishlist for MLA Hikaka’s freedom :

Bhubaneswar :After chairing a meeting here on Sunday, Orissa Chief

Minister Naveen Patnaik said there was no confusion in prisoners’ release

list as stated by Naxal leader Sabyasachi Panda. He said there was

consensus between the government and Maoist mediators on release of

Paolo Basusco.[IE p6]

30. RSS slams BJP, Cong over anti-terror policy, praises Indira : New

Delhi :Critical of the manner in which the Orissa government has

capitulated to Maoist demands in return for the safe return of Italian Paolo

Basusco and BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka, the RSS has called for a “well

thought out strategy” to be put in place to convey that “India is not a weak

state where anyone with a few bullets can take the nation to ransom”.[IE

p6]

31. Elected, Joshi likely to continue as PAC chief : New Delhi :Senior BJP

leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who heads the outgoing Public Accounts

Committee (PAC) of Parliament, is among the 15 Lok Sabha members

elected to the most prestigious panel for the next term. Since the

chairmanship of the committee traditionally goes to a nominee of the

principal opposition party, Joshi is likely to continue in the post.[IE p4]

32. UP plans SC status for 17 OBC sub-castes: Lucknow: The Samajwadi

Party government is gearing up to include 17 OBC sub-castes into the

Scheduled Castes. A high-level committee headed by Uttar Pradesh chief

secretary Jawed Usmani has sought details from the department of social

welfare before issuing a notification in this regard. The circular from the

UP chief secretary on March 28, too, speaks of the government’s

priorities, including the inclusion of 17 OBC sub-castes within the SC

category. [TOI p8]

33. BJP banks on old pledges, Single Manifesto For Three Agencies Has

Few New Issues: New Delhi: BJP, unlike its archrival Congress, has

come out with a common poll manifesto for the three corporations. While

releasing it on Sunday, the party leadership focused on “holistic

development” of the city but the manifesto itself has little to support their

grand plan.[TOI p4]

34. Cong attacks list of ‘false promises’: New Delhi: Congress on Sunday

sought to tear into BJP’s manifesto for MCD polls, calling it a “bunch of

lies” and list of “false promises” carried forward from the previous election.

[TOI p4]

35. Eye on Poorvanchalis, BJP promises Chhat holiday : New Delhi :The

BJP is going all out to court Poorvanchali voters of the city. The party has

reiterated its pledge to develop river banks for Chhat puja and demand

that the festival be declared a public holiday.[HT p4]

36. Sheila hits poll road, slams BJP for no work: New Delhi: With less

than a week left in the municipal elections, chief minister Sheila Dikshit is

out on roads to woo voters in favour of Congress candidates. Holding

public meetings in three constituencies in north Delhi, Dikshit on Sunday

showcased the good work done by her government and slammed the

BJP-ruled MCD for its failure to deliver. [TOI p4]

37. BJP repeats 07 promises in manifesto : New Delhi : The poll-bound

Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) may be headed for a trifurcation, but

the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) thinks releasing three different

manifestoes for each corporation is pointless, considering “Delhi is still

one”.[IE p3]