NEWS IN BRIEF – JULY 07, 2012

1. PC to Take Hot Seat at Telecom EGoM, Tasked with job despite being

under Oppn attack: NEW DELHI : The government has entrusted the

leadership of a crucial ministerial panel set up to resolve problems

afflicting the telecom sector with Home Minister P Chidambaram, a move

sure to be interpreted as a show of confidence in the Tamil Nadu politician

on the part of the prime minister and Congress leadership. [ET p1]

2. SC Dismisses Petition Against Mukherjee :NEW DELHI : Observing

that it cannot be a “theatre for farcical play,” the Supreme Court on Friday

dismissed a petition that accused Pranab Mukherjee of resorting to

corruption in soliciting votes for the Presidential poll and warned an

advocate of stringent action if he comes forward with similar pleas in

future.[ET p2]

3. BJP slams PM for ‘passing the buck’: New Delhi: Opposition BJP on

Friday mounted a scathing attack on PM Manmohan Singh, alleging that

he is “directly and openly” trying to put all the blame for the economic

slowdown on former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and charged that

he was equally responsible for the financial mess. [ET p2]

4. BJP slams PM, reform hope thrills industry : New Delhi : Prime

Minister Manmohan Singh’s assertions that the India growth story is intact

and the government will control fiscal deficit, attract investments and open

up new avenues for savings have evoked conflicting responses from the

Opposition and industry.[HT p1]

5. Lashkar men guarding Lakhvi in Pak prison : New Delhi : In a

revelation that raises questions over the 26/11 Mumbai attacks trial taking

place in Pakistan, Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal has told interrogators

that Lashkar-eTaiba (LeT) military commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi

was being guarded in jail by LeT operatives.[HT p8]

6. Cong kicks off prez campaign, Mamata still on Radar : New Delhi :

Even as Pranab Mukherjee is travelling across the country to campaign for

his presidential candidature, Congress managers have started another

poll exercise to ensure votes for him.[HT p11]

7. Pranab’s resignation letter to ISI forged : Kangra :Launching a

scathing attack on UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee, Leader

of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that going

by the facts and documents submitted, it appears that his resignation letter

to the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) was forged.[Pioneer Daily p4]

8. Prez poll: SFI in JNU up in arms: New Delhi: The SFI unit in Jawaharlal

Nehru University came out strongly against its mother party CPM’s

decision to support Congressman and UPA candidate for Rashtrapati

Bhavan Pranab Mukherjee. [TOI p6]

9. SC scraps assets case against Maya : New Delhi: The Supreme Court

on Friday quashed the CBI’s nine-yearold disproportionate assets case

against BSP chief and former UP chief minister Mayawati in a judgment

seen as having undercut the Centre’s leverage with the dalit leader while

enhancing her space for manoeuvering.[TOI p1]

10. I-T case too settled, kin paid extra Rs 8 cr tax : New Delhi : Months

before the Supreme Court quashed a nine-year-old disproportionate

assets case against BSP chief Mayawati on Friday, the former Uttar

Pradesh chief minister’s family had also settled a 2007 dispute with the

Income-Tax Department by paying additional tax of Rs 8.4 crore..[IE p1]

11. PM can’t distance himself from FM’s decisions, says BJP : New Delhi

: The opposition BJP on Friday attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

for “directly and openly” blaming former finance minister Pranab

Mukherjee for the alleged economic mess in the country and charged the

Prime Minister for being a “full partner and complicit” behind all the

decisions taken on the economic front since the UPA came to power in

2004.[IE p2]

12. Ramdev seeks permission for 35 day protest at Ramlila Maidan : New

Delhi : Baba Ramdev has applied to the Delhi Police for permission to sit

for a relay fast at Ramlila Maidan for 35 days begining July 25.[IE p5]

13. Maya yet to get relief in Taj Corridor case : Lucknow : Former chief

minister Mayawati may have got relief in the disproportionate assets case,

but the case arising from the Taj Corridor controversy of 2003, which

actually led to the DA case, is pending in the Allahabad High Court since

2009.[IE p9]

14. Cong misusing CBI, says BJP : New Delhi : The opposition BJP on

Friday accused the ruling Congress of “misusing” the CBI for political

gains even as it kept silent on the BSP’s allegation that the NDA also

misused the investigating agency to target Mayawati as the case goes

back to the time when the NDA government was in power at Centre.[IE

p9]

15. Rao was not at Puja during Babri demoliton : Ex-OSD : Patna :

Former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao was neither at a puja nor was

he asleep at the time of demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on

December 6, 1992, according to a retired IPS officer, who has contested

the claims made by veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar in his soon-to-be

published book Beyond The Lines.[IE p9]

16. Campaigning ends for Sitarganj by-poll : Dehradun :Electioneering for

the Uttarakhand Assembly by-election from Sitarganj where Chief Minister

Vijay Bahuguna is locked in a straight fight with former Assembly Speaker

Prakash Pant of the BJP ended on Friday with both parties holding road

shows.[The Hindu p5]

17. Govt role in land acquisition to stay : New Delhi: With Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh calling for cutting red tape to promote investment and to

fuel growth, the Centre has decided to retain a government role in

acquiring land for private companies, rejecting a parliamentary panel

recommendation barring states from aiding private bodies. [TOI p1]

18. HC snubs Modi Govt, Governor to decide on minister probe :

Ahmedabad :A week after the state government refused to sanction

prosecution of minister Purushottam Solanki in an alleged R400 crore

fishing contracts scam, the Gujarat high court on Thursday ruled governor

Kamla Beniwal would have the final say.[HT p8]

19. Prime Minister Talks Like a Govt Consultant: Sinha : NEW DELHI :

Taking jibes at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP accused him of

washing his hands off decisions taken by Pranab Mukherjee as finance

minister and said he was talking as a ‘consultant’ to the government rather

than its leader. Former finance minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha

took on Singh for castigating the Vajpayee regime and said “no prime

minister can look for consensus with the Opposition if he starts with this

premise that it took him so many years to undo things done by NDA.”[ET

p2]

20. PM’s statement betrays defeat, frustration: Sinha : New Delhi :

Accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of distancing himself from the

management of the economy by the former Finance Minister and UPA

Presidential nominee, Pranab Mukherjee, the BJP has said that it speaks

volumes of the integrity of Dr. Singh.[The Hindu p10]

21. Gowda clears 58 decisions in 60 mins, new CM likely on July 11 :

Bangalore : In what was widely perceived to be the last Cabinet meeting

headed by Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, the Karnataka

government today cleared 58 decisions within an hour — ranging from the

creation of a cow protection committee to funding for urban

corporations.[IE p1]

22. BJP meet today to announce Shettar as CM : Bengaluru : A formal

decision to anoint Jagadish Shettar as the Chief Minister is likely to be

taken by the ruling party’s all powerful parliamentary board on Saturday, a

move which would ring curtains on the impasse over the leadership issue

in Karnataka..[AA p3]

23. Congress Core Group reviews Presidential poll campaign : New

Delhi : The Congress Core Group met on Friday evening to review the

strategy to get the former Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, elected

President. It also had some preliminary discussions on the vicepresidential

election.[The Hindu p10]

24. CBI may seek SC verdict review : New Delhi : In the wake of an

adverse order in the disproportionate assets (DA) case against BSP

Supremo Mayawati, the CBI is exploring the possibility of seeking a review

but before that it would like to seek legal opinion from government law

officers.[AA p2]

25. Trinamool caught in verbal war with Congress, Left Front : Kolkata :A

day after Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram expressed concern over

“growing political violence in West Bengal,” the Trinamool Congress was

caught in a war of words not just with the Left Front but also its ally, the

Congress, here on Friday.[The Hindu p11]

26. SFIO Starts Probe into Radia Cos : NEW DELHI : The Serious Fraud

Investigation office (SFIO) has initiated a probe into the functioning of

several companies owned by the controversial lobbyist Niira Radia, after

the registrar of companies found inconsistencies in their financial

accounts. [ET p4]

27. Centre’s weak policy on Kashmir will encourage separatist elements

: Jaitley : Jammu : Charging the Central government with adopting a

weak and confusing policy on Kashmir, Leader of the Opposition in the

Rajya Sabha and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley today said that report

submitted by the three interlocutors appointed by the Union Government

was nothing but an attempt to appease separatist elements of the Kashmir

valley and to further weaken the state’s constitutional relations with

India.[The Tribune p6]

28. You got your figures wrong, Mamata to PC : Kolkata : The West

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has contested the union home

minister P Chidambaram’s statement about a spurt in inter-party clashes

in the state, saying his information was ‘incorrect’.[Millennium Post p1]

29. Rape charge baseless, Rahul tells SC : New Delhi : Rahul Gandhi on

Friday urged the Supreme Court to dismiss a petition filed by an ex-MLA

of the Samajwadi Party, which alleged that Gandhi had abducted and

raped a girl in Amethi.[ET p4]

30. Jailed MLAs attended Akhilesh’s lunch for Pranab : Lucknow : Under

fire from the Opposition over the presence of two jailed MLAs at Uttar

Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s lunch for United Progressive

Alliance’s Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee this past Tuesday, the

State Government has sought a report from the jail administration.[The

Hindu p7]

31. Prez poll candidate debate not practical : Guwahati : Presidential

candidate of the UPA, Pranab Mukherjee, who arrived here on Friday said

that All India United Democratic Front and Bodoland Peoples Front have

extended their support to his candidature.[AA p2]

32. Delhi bus shelter tender designed to favour MNC, Domestic

Companies Say They Can Do As Good A Job, But The Terms In

Tender Are Against Them : New Delhi: The tender for upgrading and

maintaining more than 300 bus shelters in Delhi has triggered a

controversy amidst allegations that its terms are designed to benefit a

multinational company, leaving out Indian companies who claim to be

equally equipped to carry out the project. [TOI p5]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

33. Jaipur Sessions Judge transferred from post : Jaipur : Jaipur

Sessions Court Judge P. C. Jain, who last month delivered the order

absolving former Minister and BJP chief whip Rajendra Singh Rathore of

charges of involvement in the Dara Singh alleged fake encounter case,

stands transferred from the post.[The Hindu p7]

34. Khurshid suggests guidelines for judges remarks in court : New

Delhi : Union law minister Salman Khurshid suggested Friday that judges

should evolve guidelines and be more careful while making observations

during court proceedings.[AA p1]

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

35. Day after, Pak denies India gave info on Jundal : A day after India said

it had “shared information” with Pakistan on the interrogation of 26/11

accused Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, Pakistan Foreign Secretary

Jalil Abbas Jilani today denied the same.[IE p1]