NEWS IN BRIEF – JULY 10, 2012

1. False alarm: AI plane makes emergency landing in Pak, Passengers, Crew Brought To India On Relief Aircraft: New Delhi/ Islamabad: A four-hour Air India flight from Abu Dhabi to New Delhi turned into a 13- hour ordeal for the 128 people on board when a ‘false warning’ about a rarest-of-rare malfunction led to the Airbus A-319 making an emergency landing in Pakistan’s Nawabshah city on Monday. [TOI p1]

2. Ansari set to get second term as Vice-President : New Delhi: Vice-

President Hamid Ansari, who lost out to Pranab Mukherjee in the race for

the UPA’s nomination for President, is set to get a second term as VP with

the Congress veering around to supporting his candidature and PM

Manmohan Singh initiating consultations with allies and other parties. [TOI

p1]

3. Ansari may Get 2nd Term, NDA to Contest Veep Poll, BJP may back

a nominee put up by another Opposition party, as it did in the case of

Sangma: NEW DELHI : Hamid Ansari is likely to have another term as

vice-president. There were clear indications that the political line-up

backing Pranab Mukherjee’s candidature for president would remain

undisturbed in the vice-presidential election too. [ET p2]

4. Ready to talk to Mamata: Pranab : Kolkata: UPA presidential nominee

Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday that he was ready to talk to Mamata

Banerjee as and when she was ready, giving clear indications that the

repeated Congress overtures to the Trinamool Congress hasn’t had the

desired result. [TOI p11]

5. NDA trying best to keep flock together : New Delhi : The BJP and its

allies will strive to avoid a split in their ranks in the contest for the

vicepresident, which was not the case in the presidential race, say their

leaders. Though discussions are yet to begin on identifying a common

candidate for the polls slated for August 7, senior leaders said they will try

to ensure a straight fight between the UPA candidate and non-Congress

parties, including the NDA.[HT p13]

6. Sangma raises signature issue : New Delhi : Presidential poll candidate

P.A. Sangma has urged the Election Commission to re-scrutinise the

nomination of UPA contestant Pranab Mukherjee, which was accepted by

the Returning Officer even as the Sangma camp’s objection on the “office

of profit” issue was rejected.[The Hindu p10]

7. Leaders complain to EC about Pranab’s nomination : New Delhi :

Janata Party leader Subrahmanian Swamy, BJP’s Satya Pal Jain and Biju

Janata Dal’s Bhartruhari Mahtab gave a petition to the Election

Commission on Monday asking the returning officer to re-scrutinise

Pranab Mukherjee’s nomination papers. [HT p9]

8. Cong directionless, only seen Rahul’s cameos : Khurshid : New Delhi

: Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid has said the root of the problems

plaguing the Congress was the lack of “ideological direction” from its next

generation leader Rahul Gandhi.[IE p1]

9. No alternative to strong anti-Naxal response : Raman : New Delhi :

Amidst criticism that some innocent villagers were killed in the recent

encounter in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, an unapologetic Chief

Minister Raman Singh has said there was “no alternative” to a “strong and

firm response” to Maoist violence.[IE p2]

10. Economy will revive, says PC defending PM: New Delhi: Home

minister P Chidambaram on Monday stepped forward to exude confidence

that the economy would get out of the current downturn and return to high

growth trajectory, underlining his re-emergence as a key player in the

economic arena. [TOI p7]

11. Chidambaram Made Telecom EGoM Chief to Counter Oppn,

Congress wants to send message to Oppn that it rejects charges

against home minister:NEW DELHI : Congress is determined to counter

Opposition’s onslaught against Union home minister P Chidambaram over

his appointment as chairman of the EGoM on telecom spectrum. Senior

party leaders said the decision to appoint Chidambaram, whose role in 2G

spectrum allocation has been questioned by the Opposition, was intended

to send out the message that he enjoys the full confidence of the

Congress leadership. [ET p2]

12. Repeal of Article 370 remains BJP’s core agenda : Advani : New

Delhi : Amid differences within the NDA camp over its prime ministerial

candidate and presidential election, senior BJP leader L K Advani on

Monday asserted his commitment to repealing Article 370 from the

Constitution, one of the BJP’s core agendas that was kept aside to float

the NDA regime.[IE p3]

13. Normal of Advani to defend Modi, says Nitish : Patna : Bihar Chief

Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said there was nothing unusual about

BJP leader L K Advani defending party man Narendra Modi on Gujarat

riots, as is revealed in Kuldip Nayar’s book, Beyond the Lines.[IE p3]

14. PC slams BJP : Don’t forget Time article onVajpayee : New Delhi :

Terming the BJP’s criticism of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s

performance as “distasteful” over the Time magazine’s article, Home

Minister P Chidambaram said, “I think the most charitable way to describe

that comment is extremely distasteful. [IE p3]

15. 2G scam : High court notice to CBI on Raja’s plea : New Delhi : The

Delhi High Court on Monday sought CBI’s stand on former

telecommunication minister A Raja’s plea challenging the trial court order

on framing of charges against him in the 2G spectrum case.[HT p11]

16. PMO seeks report on Visva-Bharati outrage : Bolpur/New Delhi: The

Prime Minister’s office on Monday took serious note of an incident where a

Class V student of Visva-Bharati’s Patha Bhavan school was forced to lick

her urine as punishment for bedwetting. [TOI p1]

17. ED to attach Adarsh assets : Mumbai : The Enforcement Directorate

(ED) will soon begin attachment proceedings of the flats in connection with

its probe in the Adarsh scam. The agency, which has already registered a

case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act

(PMLA), may initiate action after perusal of the latest CBI chargesheet

filed. [HT p13]

18. Essar Oil’s 3 accounts frozen in Rs. 8K- cr case :New Delhi : The

Gujarat government froze three bank accounts of Essar Oil Ltd of the

Rs.1.5- lakh crore Essar Group on Monday, taking the first step to recover

Rs. 8,414- crore sales tax dues. The action comes two weeks after the

Gujarat high court rejected a petition by Essar Oil to be allowed to pay

R6,169 crore in eight yearly installments.[HT p1]

19. Aid to riot-hit shrines against statute: Guj, ‘Will Go Against Tenets Of

Secular Governance, No Help Extended To Quake-Hit Structures’:

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Monday said

compensation to religious structures damaged in the 2002 riots would be

against the tenets of secular governance and justified its stand in the

Supreme Court by saying it had given no grant for repair of such

structures damaged by the 2001 earthquake. [TOI p7]

20. Cong-BJP spar over PM underachiever tag : New Delhi : The

“underachiever” tag slapped on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by the

prestigious Time magazine has vevived the debate on the performance of

the UPA Government and led to a bitter was of words between the BJP

and Congress.[Pioneer Daily p1]

21. As storage in dams dips, Centre rings alarm bells : New Delhi : An

alarming depletion in the water levels (at 57 per cent of last year’s

storage) of important reservoirs, owing to the delayed and weak southwest

monsoon, has prompted the Central government to issue an advisory to

the States on Monday to make “judicious and regulated” releases.[The

Hindu p1]

22. With BJP in disarray, Cong hopes to revive party in K’taka : New

Delhi : The disarray in the ruling BJP in Karnataka manifested by

repeated change of guard has given the Congress a hope of reviving its

fortunes in the state after more than a decade.[HT p13]

23. Modi baiter fears for life, asks PC for help: New Delhi: Claiming a fresh

threat to his life, BJP leader Sanjay Joshi, a known detractor of Gujarat

chief minister Narendra Modi, has written to home minister P

Chidambaram seeking enhanced security cover. The government said it

was examining the request. [TOI p1]

24. Joshi’s complaint gives Cong ammo : New Delhi: BJP leader Sanjay

Joshi’s missive to home minister P Chidambaram seeking security

because of a threat to his life has given fodder not only to Narendra Modi’s

detractors, but also to the opposition Congress.[TOI p10]

25. Nitish calls UPA “non-performing” : Patna :Bihar Chief Minister Nitish

Kumar on Monday attacked the Union government, calling it “nonperforming,”

and alleged that its claim of integrated development was

“hollow.”[The Hindu p7]

26. BJP leaders line up to be Shettar deputy : Bangalore :With the BJP

mollifying the Lingayats in Karnataka, the single largest caste block in the

state at 17 per cent of the population, by anointing community leader

Jagadish Shettar to be the new chief minister, a battle has now opened up

among BJP leaders from other caste combinations for a possible position

of a deputy chief minister that the BJP is considering to balance caste

equations.[IE p6]

27. Reject interlocutors report on Kashmir in toto : Advani : New Delhi :

Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, a BJP think tank, on

Monday organised a felicitation-cum-remembrance function on the

occasion of Mookerjee’s 111th birth anniversary. The function was

attended by veteran BJP leader LK Advani.[Pioneer Daily p3]

28. BJP wants Bahuguna’s nomination nixed : Haldwani :Accusing the

ruling Congress of rigging the Sitarganj bypolls, the Uttarakhand BJP

lodged a complaint with the Election Commission seeking cancellation of

Congress candidate and Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna’s nomination from

Sitarganj Assembly seat..[Pioneer Daily p4]

29. Campaign ends in Dasuya, SAD-BJP Congress upbeat : Chandigarh

:Campaigning for Dasuya assembly bypoll ended on Monday with both

ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and opposition Congress making efforts

to romp home victorious.[Pioneer Daily p4]

30. JD-U leaders too are free to join BJP : Nitish : Patna :In the midst of a

recent row between the BJP and the JD-U here over fence-sitters

switching their loyalties and joining each other’s camps, Bihar Chief

Minister Nitish Kumar said that any member of his party wanting to break

ranks and join the BJP was free to do so.[Pioneer Daily p7]

31. Being rich doesn’t disqualify me from getting bail : Jagan : New Delhi

: YSR Congress party leader and Kadappa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy

told the Supreme Court today that being wealthy or in public life does not

disqualify him from getting bail.[IE p7]

32. SP to appoint observers for LS seats : Lucknow : Carrying forward the

process of selecting candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, the ruling

Samajwadi Party has called a meeting of its senior leaders on Tuesday to

select observers for all 80 constituencies.[IE p2]

33. BJP, JD(U) on different pages over time remark : New Delhi : The JD

(U) did not endorse the BJP’s “we-knew-it” approach in response to the

Time magazine’s criticism of PM Manmohan Singh on Monday, saying the

report doesn’t deserve attention and launching into a generalised critique

of Time magazine, capitalism, the west. [HT p13]

34. BJP-JD(U) Ties Turn Messier in Bihar :PATNA : Coalition partners

JD(U) and BJP seem to be growing apart by the day. Chief minister Nitish

Kumar showed no reticence in reacting to BJP state unit chief CP

Thakur’s claim that JD (U) leaders were in touch with BJP, reports Ashok

K Mishra.[ET p2]

35. Can you fight an election with just Rs 24,344? : Lucknow : How much

money should a political leader spend for contesting an assembly

election? Pose this question to Samajwadi Party legislator Narad Rai and

he would say just Rs 24,344?[Millennium Post p2]

36. SAD opposes Tytler inclusion in Olympics delegation : Chandigarh

:Opposing the Centre’s decision to depute Congress leader and an

accused in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Jagdish Tytler, to lead the Indian

delegation to the Olympics, the SAD Monday said the “inclusion of a

person accused of grave human rights violation is an insult to humanity

and will send wrong signal worldwide”.[IE p2]

37. Dhumal’s district gets new tehsil :Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh

Cabinet at its meeting on Monday decided to establish a new tehsil called

Tauni Devi in Hamirpur, the home district of Chief Minister Prem Kumar

Dhumal. Multan, a sub-tehsil in Kangra, has been upgraded as full tehsil

and new sub-tehsils will be set up in Tihra in Mandi district, Nagrota

Surian in Kangra district and Darlaghat in Solan district.[The Hindu p5]

38. Metro line between Noida, Gr Noida approved, Board Also Clears

7Km Link To Noida Extension: Noida: Nearly four months after the

government in Uttar Pradesh changed hands, the three development

authorities — Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway — held their

long awaited board meetings on Monday. [TOI p4]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

39. Nation Best Bakery case: Too little, too late : Ahmedabad : The Best

Bakery case in Vadodara, in which 14 people were burnt alive, was one of

the two cases related to the 2002 riots which were re-probed and the trial

shifted outside Gujarat after the intervention of the Supreme Court. The

other was the Bilkis Bano rape and murder case.[HT p9]

40. SC verdict in 94 Bihar DM murder case today : New Delhi : The

Supreme Court will pronounce Tuesday its verdict on former MP Anand

Mohan’s plea against his conviction and life sentence in the 1994 murder

of erstwhile Gopalganj District Magistrate G Krishnaiah.[IE p7]