NEWS IN BRIEF – MAR 30, 2012

1. Antony guns for leak culprits, says they will be punished: New Delhi:

With many politicians suspecting that the leak of Army chief Gen V K

Singh’s letter to the prime minister has come from the chief ’s camp — a

suggestion that Gen Singh has vehemently denied — defence minister A

K Antony warned on Thursday that the government would get “to the root

of this leak” and see to it that the “culprits who have done this anti-national

activity” get the maximum possible punishment. [TOI p1]

2. Chief went to CBI against Lt Gen but Army HQ said promote him :

Antony : New Delhi : A day after The Indian Express reported that Army

Chief Gen. V K Singh has asked the CBI to probe allegations of corruption

against Lt Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag, who is in line to become the Army

Chief in the next few years, Defence Minister A K Antony revealed that

Army headquarters had recommended the officer for a promotion only last

week.[IE p1]

3. Both sides fume over ‘letter leak, Gen seeks meet with PM and

Antony today : New Delhi :The UPA government is learnt to be

disinclined to take any immediate action against Army Chief General V K

Singh even as the latter’s support base in political class appeared to be

running thin.[IE p1]

4. Delhi Court takes cognizance of defamation case against Army Chief

: New Delhi :A Delhi court on Thursday took cognizance of a criminal

defamation complaint filed by Lt General (retired) Tejinder Singh against

Army Chief V K Singh and four other top officers. The court of

metropolitan magistrate Sudesh Kumar now put up the matter for presummoning

evidence on April 10.[IE p4]

5. Tranamool MP : Delayed action on my complaint motivated : Howrah

:The Trinamool Congress MP whose May 2011 demand for a probe into a

complaint of “procurement scams” against Lt Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag

was sent to the CBI by Gen. V K Singh this week, feels that the action on

his letter was “deliberately timed and motivated”.[IE p4]

6. Antony talks tough, says will cancel ‘murky’ deals: New Delhi: India

will not hesitate for a moment to cancel any defence deal, even if it’s in the

stages of finalization after technical and commercial evaluations, if any

malpractice or corruption is found in it. [TOI p12]

7. General Singh denies link to leaking of letter to PM : New Delhi:

Defence minister A K Antony’s tough talk came after the opposition

criticized the leak of General V K Singh’s letter to the PM, calling it as a

matter of grave national security matter that cannot be ignored. [TOI p17]

8. BRICS sign 2 currency pacts, to set up development bank: NEW

DELHI: BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) on

Thursday inked two pacts to push intracountry trade in their local

currencies and agreed on a joint working group to set up a development

bank.[TOI p11]

9. No mortar to hold BRICS together: New Delhi: Top emerging

economies coming under the banner of BRICS on Thursday criticized the

West for financial mismanagement, called for a “merit-based” selection of

the next World Bank chief, rued the slow pace of reforms in the

International Monetary Fund, declared that dialogue was the only way to a

peaceful resolution in Syria and Iran, but failed to go beyond motherhood

statements and give the bloc a meaningful push. [TOI p1]

10. Group soft on Syria, Iran; seeks larger play in global economy : NEW

DELHI: The five emerging BRICS economies added a strong political note

to their economic agenda at the Delhi summit on Thursday, joining hands

against the West’s policies on Iran and Syria. They also signalled

displeasure towards the West’s management of the global economy.[HT

p1]

11. China Applauds Curbing of Tibetan Protest, China accuses the Dalai

Lama of pushing views inconsistent with Buddhism: NEW DELHI :

China has lavished praise on India for checking protest demonstrations by

Tibetans during the BRICS summit, where Chinese president Hu Jintao

participated.[ET p3]

12. EC to probe Horse trading charges : New Delhi : The Election

Commission on Thursday assured Lok Sabha MP Babulal Marandi that it

has taken cognisance of the apprehensions he had expressed about

horse trading in the ensuing biennial Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand and

is taking appropriate steps to quell such possibilities.[AA p2]

13. Is UPA trying to better TMC ties? : New Delhi:Having been put on the

backfoot on key policy issues, the Congress-led UPA appears to be taking

steps to improve its ties with the Trinamul Congress. The TMC leaders

claimed that finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has assured them to

consider financial relief for debt-trapped West Bengal. [AA p2]

14. Cong, BJP face civic poll hurdle : Lucknow : Even before the gloom of

the recent Assembly elections has been lifted, the Congress and the BJP

now face another major challenge in Uttar Pradesh where local bodies’

elections are due to be held in May.[AA p2]

15. BSY wants Karandlaje as CM : Bengaluru :Karnataka’s tumultuous

politics could see a real turn up for the books if the strategy by former

chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to promote his confidante Shobha

Karandlaje as his proxy chief minister comes to fruition.[AA p2]

16. BJP dubs police action shame for democracy : New Delhi :The BJP

on Thursday highlighted the plight of Tibetan refugees, who are facing a

lot of harassment from Delhi Police in view of Chinese Premier Hu Jintao’s

visit for the ongoing BRICS summit. The party termed it as a shame for

democracy.[Pioneer Daily p1]

17. Livid, LJP’s lone MLA joins RLD, fields son : New Delhi :Unhappy

over ticket distribution for the Delhi municipal polls, LJP’s lone MLA in the

capital Soaib Iqbal has joined the RLD and fielded his 22-year-old son for

the April 15 polls.[Pioneer Daily p3]

18. LS nod for judicial accountability bill, Draft Law Seeks Mechanism To

Keep Judges In Check: New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Thursday cleared

the judicial accountability legislation that seeks to set up a credible

mechanism to probe complaints of misbehaviour by judges.[TOI p17]

19. Uproar in RS over T, Sethu: New Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Thursday

adjourned twice as members belonging to various parties created uproar

over issues like Telangana statehood and Setusamudram project. [TOI

p21]

20. Whistle-Blowers’ Bill Stalled by Oppn in RS, Parties raise ‘federal

concerns’ to force deferment of BSF (amendment) bill: NEW DELHI :

A united Opposition on Thursday stalled the BSF (Amendment) Bill and

the Whistle Blowers Protection Bill in the Rajya Sabha, protesting against

the government’s ‘hurry’ to push them through. [ET p3]

21. CMs meeting should focus only on NCTC : Kolkata :West Bengal

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that she wanted the

meeting of chief ministers on internal security convened on April 16 to

dwell solely on the issue of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).[IE

p3]

22. Team of MPs to Visit Lanka, All-party delegation to be in Colombo

from April 16 to 21: NEW DELHI : In less than a month after India voted

for a UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka, an all-party parliamentary

delegation is likely to visit Colombo. The delegation, led by leader of

Opposition Sushma Swaraj, is expected to be in Sri Lanka from April 16 to

21. [ET p3]

23. Don’t punish a poor man for suicide bid: Court : New Delhi: A person

who tries to commit suicide due to “penury and destitution” should not be

further punished with a prison sentence, a trial court has said while

waiving the jail term in one such case. [TOI p1]

24. Govt forced to defer Bills in RS, left red-faced: New Delhi: In a

setback to the government, two important legislations — the Border

Security Force (Amendment) Bill and Whistle Blowers Protection Bill —

were deferred in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, with MPs demanding

more time as they said the proposed laws deal with complex issues. [TOI

p9]

25. Deve Gowda denies bribe talk, Issues Clarification To

Kumaraswamy’s Claim Within Hours: Bangalore: Former Karnataka

chief minister H D Kumaraswamy created a flutter on Thursday afternoon,

alleging that a middleman had offered his father, H D Deve Gowda, a

bribe when he was the Prime Minister to push a defence deal. Just as the

buzz peaked into intense speculation, Deve Gowda held a presser within

hours to deny the claim. [TOI p12]

26. NGO SAYS MINE OWNER PAID . 6CR TO BSY KIN , SC Panel Seeks

Probe into Yeddy Bribe Allegation: NEW DELHI : A Supreme Courtappointed

panel on illegal mining has recommended an investigation into

alleged kickbacks paid to companies linked to the family of former

Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. [ET p1]

27. Voda tax law unbelievable: Goldman CEO : Mumbai: Lloyd Blankfein,

CEO of Goldman Sachs, the world’s largest investment bank, on Thursday

said it was “unbelievable” that India could introduce a tax law with

retrospective effect. [TOI p1]

28. 2% rollback in proposed LPG hike in Maha: Mumbai: State finance

minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday announced a partial rollback of the

proposed 5% levy on LPG for domestic consumption. The revised tax rate

stands at 3%, identical to that on kerosene for domestic use, which is an

increase of Rs 12 per cylinder. [TOI p17]

29. this round to Sibal, but Nitish not done yet : Patna :The debate began

at a function at IIT-Patna last April. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wanted the

Central University of Bihar to be set up in Motihari; Union HRD Minister

Kapil Sibal preferred it in Gaya.[IE p9]

30. When nominated RS members accept party membership : New Delhi

: When the Congress leadership issued a whip to its members in the

Rajya Sabha last week to defeat Opposition-sponsored amendments to

the presidential address, the party diktat covered two nominated members

too, Mani Shankar Aiyar and Bhalchandra Mungekar.[IE p9]

31. They hit the hustings to bring change, No Also-Rans: Eunuch &

Scrap Dealer Bank On Public Support For Votes: New Delhi: Tired of

reminding her municipal councillor about the bad roads, drains and

sanitation in the neighbourhood, Suman Kumari thought she could make a

better leader of her area, New Seemapuri. [TOI p5]

32. BJP govt in MP pays for RSS function : Bhopal:Ideology and money

do go together if the former flows from the Sangh Parivar and the latter

from a BJP-ruled state. An international conference on cooperatives,

organised in Bhopal last month, was touted as a joint venture between

Sahakar Bharati, an RSS body, and the Madhya Pradesh government.[IE

p3]

33. Kejriwal, Azam in taxing tussle, Team Anna Campaign: Don’t Pay Tax

Without Amenities: Lucknow: With the municipal polls in Uttar Pradesh

just over a month away, the state’s new government and some of Anna

Hazare’s key aides are locked in a controversy over payment of civic

taxes that has its roots in Delhi’s eastern suburb of Kaushambi. [TOI p7]

34. Sasikala disowns family to patch up with Jayalalithaa : CHENNAI:

Exactly 100 days after being shown the door at the Poes Gardens

residence of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, estranged aide

Sasikala Natarajan may have found a way back into the home and heart

of her “sister“.[HT p15]

35. Cong to Take on Jagan Loyalists on Growth Plank :HYDERABAD

:The ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh would fight the ensuing bypolls to

17 assembly constituencies, which were represented by loyalists to

Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, on the plank of development and

welfare schemes launched by the state government.[ET p2]

36. Maya’s pet projects lose home guards: Lucknow: The newly-installed

Samajwadi Party government in UP has withdrawn with immediate effect

some 450 home guards deployed in security of various dream projects of

former chief minister Mayawati spread over the state capital. [TOI p7]

37. Bahuguna Wins Trust Vote in Uttarakhand: NEW DELHI: The Vijay

Bahuguna government in Uttarakhand won the trust vote on the floor of

the House. As many as 39 MLAs voted in favour of the confidence motion,

even as the 31-member BJP staged a walk-out.[ET p2]

38. Jolly asked to justify his locus standi : New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata

Party leader Vijay Jolly was on Thursday asked to justify his locus standi

to intervene in a 2008 case of violation of the poll code against Chief

Minister Sheila Dikshit in which the police sought to withdraw the case on

the ground that she was charged under a wrong provision of the law.[The

Hindu p4]

39. Candidates lose to invalid forms : NEW DELHI: The dreams of 904

municipal poll candidates, including two from the Congress party, have

ended. The state election commission (SEC) has rejected their application

forms, mostly because either the candidates had not signed their

nomination forms properly or had submitted the papers at the wrong

offices.[HT p6]

40. BJP fields nominees charged with illegal construction : NEW DELHI:

While the BJP-led MCD has often claimed to be totally against

unauthorised constructions in the city, the party has fielded three

candidates who have had notices and court cases of illegal construction

slapped against them.[HT p6]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

41. Gujarat govt extends term of Nanavati Commission : AHMEDABAD:

The Gujarat government on Thursday extended the term of Justice

Nanavati commission, which is probing the 2002 communal riots in the

state. The term has been extended till December 31, 2012. This is the

17th extension the commission has been granted to submit it’s inquiry

report on the worst communal carnage in the history of the state in which

more than 1,200 people were killed.[HT p10]

42. Rajoana execution Terror convicts getting political support, says SC:

NEW DELHI: Even as political parties in Punjab demanded clemency for

Balwant Singh Rajoana, the assassin of former chief minister Beant Singh,

the Supreme Court on Thursday expressed concern over terror convicts

getting support from politicians.[HT p10]

43. SC Gives Centre Two Weeks to Respond on Ram Sethu : NEW DELHI

: The Supreme Court has granted two weeks to the Centre to state

whether Ram Sethu can be declared a national monument. A bench

comprising Justice HL Dattu and Justice AR Dave on Thursday posted the

matter for further hearing to April 19, after additional Solicitor-General

Harin P Raval told the bench that the consultation on the matter was

needed with the concerned authority. [ET p3]

44. Cases pending for over 5 yrs to end by Dec?: New Delhi: For those

who have been stuck in a legal battle for years, here is some good news.

Any case — civil or criminal — that has been pending in a trial court in the

capital for more than five years will be disposed of within six months. [TOI

p1]

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

45. ‘Pak addicted to anti-India terror use’, Washington Helpless In

Making Islamabad Junk Policy: Key Obama Aide: Washington:

Pakistan is addicted to using terrorist groups against India and the policy

is not going to change any time soon, a key Pentagon official told the US

congress in a blunt and bleak assessment of the situation in the region.

[TOI p24]