NEWS IN BRIEF – JAN 09, 2012

1. 183 finally return home from Pak : Attari (Wagah border): A little after

sunset on Sunday, 183 weary men trooped across the Wagah-Attari

border and into India, carrying their belongings over their shoulders. [TOI

p11]

2. Now, Cong faces Pawar problem over civic polls, NCP Demands 65

Seats, Gives 24-Hr Deadline: Mumbai: At a time when it is already

struggling to cope with a truculent ally in the Trinamool Congress, the

Congress is faced with a fresh headache. Nationalist Congress Party

president and agriculture minister Sharad Pawar on Sunday issued an

ultimatum in the row over an alliance for the crucial Brihanmumbai

Municipal Corporation polls, forcing chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to

rush to Delhi for deliberations with his party’s high command. [TOI p1]

3. Don’t take NCP for granted: Pawar : Mumbai: NCP boss Sharad Pawar

on Sunday warned its alliance partner Congress that his party should not

be taken for granted.[TOI p11]

4. NRIs can vote in Indian elections: Manmohan : Jaipur: Reminding

non-resident Indians of the constitutional provision that allows them to

vote in Indian elections, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday told

a gathering of the diaspora from 60 countries that the government had

issued notification for registration of overseas voters. In other words, NRIs

can vote in the upcoming assembly elections in five states. [TOI p1]

5. Life cover fund for Indians abroad: PM : Jaipur: Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh on Sunday announced Overseas Indian Card for foreign

spouses of such card holders. “In the last session of Parliament, we

introduced a bill intended to merge and streamline People of Indian Origin

and Overseas Citizens of India schemes by amending the Citizenship

Act,” he said at the annual diaspora meet at the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas.

6. [TOI p8]

7. CVC to finalise draft on benami property rules by January-end : New

Delhi : The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is going to finalise its

draft anti-graft strategy aimed at checking flow of black money and benami

properties, among others, by the month-end. The CVC has also favoured

blacklisting of private firms and punishment for private parties through

suitable amendments in the existing laws.[Pioneer Daily p5]

8. CVC to finalise its draft anti-graft strategy soon : NEW DELHI: The

Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is likely to finalise its draft anti graft

strategy aimed at checking flow of black money and benami properties,

among others, by the end of this month.[AA p3]

9. Sushma, Ahluwalia make a match of it! : New Delhi : Apart from the

fact that both are senior BJP leaders, what else is common between

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Deputy Leader of

Opposition in Rajya Sabha SS Ahluwalia? It’s as interesting as it gets: The

colour of Swaraj’s sari and Ahluwalia’s turban is similar on six days of the

week. And their colour code change with the change in days.[Pioneer

Daily p1]

10. 2G : Unitech MD moves HC for quashing of of charges : New Delhi :

Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra, an accused in the 2G scam case, has

moved the Delhi high court seeking quashing of the charges framed

against him, saying the order by the trial court was passed in a “casual

and perfunctory manner“.[HT p11]

11. IAC ‘100% RSS front: Long-time aides tell Anna to correct course

:New Delhi : Anna Hazare refused to answer questions on the anticorruption

movement today as he left hospital after an eight-day stay.

However, many of his long-time associates said they used the time in

hospital to advise him to make a course correction, particularly as regards

India Against Corruption and its “100 per cent RSS leanings”.[IE p1]

12. Anna trust accused of diverting funds : New Delhi: Council for

Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (Capart) had

given a grant of Rs 1 lakh to Anna Hazare-led Hind Swaraj Trust (HST) for

watershed development in three villages in 1999-2001 but more than 90%

of the money was spent on honorarium, travelling, printing and stationery,

the Supreme Court was told. [TOI p8]

13. My fight against corruption will continue : Anna Hazare : Pune : Amid

talk of the Jan Lokpal movement being directionless, anti-corruption

activist Anna Hazare on Sunday said he would not be undertaking the tour

to campaign against the Congress in the five poll-bound States because of

his poor health.[The Hindu p5]

14. Anna gives his lokpal fight a health break : PUNE: Anna Hazare says

he has been fighting corruption for the last 25 years, but the next one

month will be dedicated to his health. The 74-year-old activist, who doesn’t

see eye to eye with the government on the lokpal bill, is all ears to doctors’

advice and intends to rest for a month.[HT p1]

15. Sukhram back in Hospital : SC to take up bail plea today : Former

Union minister Sukhram has been moved to ICU of a city hospital again as

doctors said his condition deteriorated soon after he moved to Tihar Jail

on Saturday to serve a three-year sentence in the 1993 telecom scam

case.[HT p1]

16. Gadkari blames Congress for nation’s ills : Mumbai : Bharatiya Janata

Party national president Nitin Gadkari on Sunday criticised the Congress’

historical rule since Independence and blamed the party for the “poor”

state of affairs in the country.[The Hindu p11]

17. CEC: `Money power’ a problem in Punjab, UP : NEW DELHI: The

Election Commission said Sunday that the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh

Assembly election would not be held on February 4 as scheduled as the

“Barawafat” festival (marking Prophet Mohammed’s birthday) was likely to

fall that day.[AA p1]

18. BJP Defers Entry for Kushwaha, BSP oustee won’t be part of party

till his name is cleared in NRHM scam: Hussain: NEW DELHI : A

desperate BJP on Sunday attempted to stamp out the flames of

Kushwaha fire by putting the BSP oustee’s membership under

suspension. BJP’s central leadership choreographed an elaborate

exercise for providing a face saver to both party president Nitin Gadkari,

the man behind the induction proposal, as well as neo-convert Babu Singh

Kushwaha.[ET p1]

19. Munde : CBI action on Kushwaha is a conspiracy : Mumbai : Senior

BJP leader Gopinath Munde on Sunday said that CBI action against Babu

Singh Kushwaha was a conspiracy by the BSP and Congress. He said

that no action had been taken against the former UP minister when he

was inducted in BJP. However, the CBI raided his house only a day after

his induction in BJP.[AA p2]

20. Kushwaha may now face money-laundering probe : New Delhi :

Former Uttar Pradesh minister Babu Singh Kushwaha is now under the

Enforcement Directorate radar. The ED may register a money laundering

case against Kushwaha after the CBI recently registered a case against

him for alleged irregularities in funds allocated to the National Rural Health

Mission (NRHM).[HT p1]

21. To rope in OBCs, BJP uses Kushwaha : NEW DELHI: Even as he

preferred to stay out of the BJP till he proved his “innocence“ in a health

scam, former UP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha has pledged support to

the saffron party in UP to buttress the OBC quota.[HT p9]

22. Gogoi’s son gets a pat from ULFA for focusing on Assam economy :

Guwahati : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gaurav Gogoi, who

has just announced his entry into public life by launching a forum called

Youth Forum on Foreign Policy (YFFP), on Friday got his first

congratulatory message from none other than the outlawed United

Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).[IE p7]

23. EC defers UP first phase to Feb 8 due to Barawafat : Lucknow: The

Election Commission on Sunday announced a change in the election date

in UP — instead of beginning on February 4 as previously announced, the

polls will start on February 8. The change was made as the date of the

first phase, February 4, was coinciding with Barawafat, the Prophet’s birth

anniversary. [TOI p10]

24. Sparring scions: Akhilesh connects, Rahul inspires: Lucknow: In

distinctly different styles — their similar attire notwithstanding — the two

flag-bearers of dynastic politics, Congress’s Rahul Gandhi and SP’s

Akhilesh Yadav, have hit the campaign trail talking the same language of

development and promise of change.[TOI p10]

25. RLD’s Two Top Leaders Become Samajwadis, Anuradha Chowdhury,

Shahid Siddiqui not happy with Ajit Singh’s decision to tie up with

Congress : LUCKNOW : In a setback to the Rashtriya Lok Dal, its Rajya

Sabha MP Shahid Siddiqui and Anuradha Chowdhury, the party’s national

general secretary, on Sunday joined the Samajwadi Party ahead of the UP

Assembly polls. [ET p3]

26. Mulayam Promises Free Education, Water if Elected : LUCKNOW :

Come election time, it’s the turn of political parties to turn into Santas.

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday played the

populism card by promising to provide free water supply to farmers,

medical care and education to the poor if voted to power in Uttar Pradesh.

[ET p3]

27. No sign of ‘pride’ in UP election campaign : NEW DELHI: “Uttar

Pradesh Pride“ is missing from the election campaign theme with the key

political parties focusing more on castes, corruption and governance this

time in the electoral battle they are fighting with the spirit of “now or

never“.[AA p2]

28. BSP defector finds place in 5th Congress UP list : NEW DELHI:

Nawab Kazim Ali Khan, who defected from the BSP last week, figures in

the fifth list of 62 candidates announced by the Congress on Sunday for

the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The party has replaced eight

candidates. The party has given prominence to Muslims and backward

castes candidates in the state witnessing multi-cornered contests.[AA p2]

29. Parties Differ on EC’s Decision to Cover Statues of Mayawati : NEW

DELHI : As statues of BSP supremo Mayawati and her party symbol were

being draped in Uttar Pradesh, the Election Commission order unleashed

a torrent of reactions from political parties — some castigating and others

lauding it. [ET p3]

30. BJP running ‘most corrupt’ governments in States: Rahul :

Gorakhpur : Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress general

secretary Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said, the Opposition party was taking

corrupt Ministers sacked by others and was running the “most corrupt”

governments in States ruled by it.[The Hindu p10]

31. Cong Reaches Out to Mamata, Need for better communication

between Cong and TMC, says Khurshid: NEW DELHI : The Congress

on Sunday acknowledged that there was need for better communication

between it and the ally Trinamool Congress. The statement comes in the

wake of the confrontation between the two parties in West Bengal and

chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s assertion that the Congress was free to

walk out of the alliance. [ET p3]

32. 3 days, 100 statues, 10 parks, and multiplied : Lucknow : By

Wednesday 5 pm, the Election Commission wants “each and every statue

of elephant” and “each and every statue of Ms Mayawati”, built in Uttar

Pradesh, with public money, in public places, “suitably covered”.[IE p1]

33. BJP slams Rahul’s remark on Ram : Lucknow : Reacting to Congress

general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s statement that the BJP had sold the

name of Lord Ram, the BJP today said that Rahul Gandhi did not know

Lord Ram’s legacy.[IE p4]

34. No rift with Mamata: Khurshid : New Delhi : The Congress on Sunday

dismissed reports about cracks in the ruling United Progressive Alliance

saying “too much” should not be read into the angry outburst of West

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.[The Hindu p5]

35. Punjabi Non-Resident Indians Cool to Poll-Time Overtures :

CHANDIGARH : Punjab polls have failed to enthuse non-resident Indians

despite the attempts of all major political parties of the state to reach out to

them ever since Manpreet Singh Badal addressed a sizeable gathering

during his visit to Canada. [ET p3]

36. Manpreet plays safe, picks Maur as second seat : BATHINDA:

People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal on

Sunday decided to contest from the Maur seat of Bathinda, apart with

Gidderbaha, seeking to gain from the in-fighting in other parties.[HT p9]

37. CBI bats for whistleblower, Says Multi-Crore Haryana Scam Fit For

Independent Probe: New Delhi: The CBI has said that the multi-crore

forestry scam in Haryana, which was exposed by whistleblower Sanjiv

Chaturvedi, a young forest official, is a fit case for it to investigate

independently. [TOI p8]

38. Another Tiwari loyalist gets a poll ticket : New Delhi: Congress has

given ticket to N D Tiwari loyalist Arendra Sharma for the Uttarakhand

elections, triggering speculation about the state of equations between the

party leadership and the veteran politician who quit as Andhra Pradesh

governor in controversial circumstances. [TOI p10]

39. Another Karnataka BJP MLA facing land scam charges : BELLARY:

One more ruling BJP legislator on Sunday joined the list of party leaders

facing land scam charges in Karnataka following a private complaint being

filed against Somalingappa with Bellary Incharge Deputy Commissioner

Kashinath Pawar. [HT p8]

40. Maderna offered to quash cases against accused: CBI : NEW DELHI:

The CBI probe into the murder of Jodhpur nurse Bhanwari Devi has

revealed that former Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna, who has been

accused in the case, promised co-accused Bishnaram Bishnoi to get

around 40 criminal cases lodged by the state police against him

quashed.[HT p11]

41. In Manipur, Congress well placed for a hat-trick : Imphal : The

advancing of the date for the Assembly elections in Manipur to January 28

has caught political parties unawares. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh,

on an inauguration spree of several new government facilities — only last

month did he and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cut the ribbon for four

new building complexes in Imphal — had several more openings lined up

but now finds himself restrained by the model code of conduct. [The

Hindu p10]

42. MP Congress set for jail bharo today : BHOPAL: The daggers are

drawn in Madhya Pradesh between the main Opposition Congress and

the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, and there would be a major showdown

between the two arch rivals as the Congress is ready to go ahead with its

state-wide “jail bharo” (court arrest) agitation against the Shivraj Singh

Chouhan-led state government on Monday.[AA p2]

43. MP Lokayukta : Guv tells govt to look into complaint : Bhopal :

Taking cognizance of a complaint alleging that the Lokayukta was

appointed in violation of procedures, Governor Ramnaresh Yadav has

asked the Madhya Pradesh government to take necessary action in this

regard.[IE p2]

44. Winter session begins today, Thorny Issues Not On List: New Delhi:

The winter session of the Delhi Assembly, the last one before the

municipal polls, is expected to be politically stormy. While Sheila Dikshit’s

government is preparing to highlight its achievements in the run-up to the

April polls, the BJP is gearing up to focus on the failures of the Congress

regime. [TOI p6]

45. BJP demands FIR in illegal colonies scam case : New Delhi : Former

Union Minister Vijay Goel on Friday led a delegation of BJP leaders to

meet Delhi Lokayukta Manmohan Sarin and demanded that the two

people who signed the fraud provisional certificates provided to the

unauthorised colonies- which existed only in name should be booked.[The

Hindu p4]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

46. Rajesh Talwar’s bail plea in SC today : New Delhi: The Supreme Court

will hear the bail petition of Dr Rajesh Talwar on Monday, two days after

he was asked by the apex court to face trial along with his wife Nupur for

the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

[TOI p1]

BUSINESS NEWS

47. Foreign Investors Set to Lose Special Rights, RBI refuses to allow

FDI with options despite commerce ministry approving the practice:

MUMBAI : The dilemma among policymakers over allowing special rights

to foreign investors acquiring strategic stakes in local companies has once

again turned up like the proverbial bad penny. Even after the government

clarified that such rights, in the form of inbuilt options in foreign direct

investment (FDI), are permissible, the Reserve Bank of India is unwilling

to approve the practice. [ET p1]

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

48. China will ‘make efforts’ to improve relations with India: top official :

Beijing : A top Chinese diplomat said on Sunday that China would “make

concerted efforts” to improve relations with India in 2012, in comments

seen as an attempt to draw a line over recent differences that have

strained ties between the neighbours.[The Hindu p1]

49. Resignation? But why? Nobody has sought it: Zardari : Islamabad:

Amidst continuing tensions between Pakistan’s government and the army

over the memo scandal, president Asif Ali Zardari has said that no one

had sought his resignation to defuse the political crisis, making light of

suggestions that the military had offered him an “escape” route. [TOI p14]