1. New China border posts to monitor India project: Beijing: China hasNestablished its highest border police station at 5,373m above the sea level on its border with Bhutan in Shannan prefecture. It has also set up an allfemale police station in Tibet’s Nyingchi Revive Her Drive prefecture, which borders Arunachal Pradesh in India. [TOI p9]

2. Embassy attack: Israeli NSA to meet PC :New Delhi: Days after an Indian journalist was arrested for the terror attack on an Israeli diplomat, the national security adviser of Israel Yaakov Amidror will on Monday meet home minister P Chidambaram and his counterpart Shivshankar Menon. [TOI p11]

3. Unlike winter session, NDA not to boycott PC, Will Take On Minister

Over Federalism Debate: New Delhi: Preparing to take on the UPA

government as Parliament opens for the Budget session on Monday,

opposition NDA on Sunday worked out an aggressive strategy with the

focus on “assault on federalism”. [TOI p13]

4. Sibal Rejects Nitish’s Varsity Demand Again, HRD minister says

central university will come up in Gaya, not Motihari: NEW DELHI :

5. HRD minister Kapil Sibal has made it clear that the permanent campus of

the Central University of Bihar will be in Gaya. In a letter to chief minister

Nitish Kumar, he reiterated the rationale behind the Centre’s decision and

appealed to Kumar to not let politics come in the way of providing quality

education. [ET p3]

6. NDA to raise federalism, NCTC issues : New Delhi : It may not be

giving much consideration to the concept of an alternate front, but the BJP

is determined to queer the pitch for the government in the budget session

beginning on Monday by playing on the fears of regional parties on the

issue of federalism and try and herd them together onto a common

platform against the UPA.[IE p3]

7. Mamata may oppose Food Bill over cost-sharing : New Delhi : After

opposing the UPA government, in which her party is a partner, on the

issues of foreign direct investment in retail, plan to set up National

Counter-Terrorism Centre, and hike in prices of petroleum products, West

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee could open a new front against

the Centre over the ambitious food security law. In doing so, she would

again join hands with the Opposition-led states that are already opposing

the National Food Security Bill.[IE p3]

8. No coercion, quash FIR: Maxis to CBI : NEW DELHI: Armed with a

favourable verdict from an international tribunal, Maxis Communications

has approached the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to deny the

coercion allegation in its 2006 acquisition of Aircel Ltd and submitted

evidence and clarifications to claim that there were no grounds for an FIR

against it.[HT p3]

9. Woman power goes up in UP Assembly : Lucknow : The newly

constituted 16th Assembly of Uttar Pradesh has 35 women members, that

is the highest number of women MLAs in the history of the state Assembly

since Independence.[IE p3]

10. Suspense over key UP posts, babus wait and watch : LUCKNOW:

The bureaucrats of Lucknow are living in suspense. Who gets preference

in the new regime over the key postings remains the key question. With

the law and order front being the toughest challenge for the new

government, selection of officials will be a crucial process in the coming

days. [HT p3]

11. Two-third of Cong’s UP candidates lost deposits, BJP accounts also

in red : New Delhi : The Congress didn’t just lose in 323 of the 351 seats

it contested in Uttar Pradesh. In 247 of those, or about 68 per cent of its

seats, the Congress candidates even forfeited their deposits. The BJP

fared only slightly better. Of the 398 candidates fielded by it, 230 lost their

deposits, working out to 58 per cent of its candidates.[IE p1]

12. Cong’s RS chances slide in 3 states : NEW DELHI: To scuttle the

Congress’s chances of winning seats by securing votes from elsewhere,

the ruling parties in at least three states-Odisha, Karnataka and West

Bengal -are looking for suitable independent candidates to contest for

marginal Rajya Sabha (RS) seats.[HT p9]

13. BSY rebellion fizzles out, won’t quit BJP: Bangalore: Former

Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s rebellion fizzled out even

before he could fire a shot at his Hubli rally. Following BJP’s Dharmendra

Pradhan’s advice, Yeddyurappa said he won’t quit the party. Instead, he

would work as a party worker and tour the state to strengthen the BJP.

[TOI p14]

14. 2007 election failures are now hot political properties : NEW DELHI:

In the last municipal elections, many Resident Welfare Associations

(RWAs) had tried to provide an alternative to political parties by propping

their own candidates but had failed miserably. This time, political parties

are wooing the same candidates to join their fold.[HT p2]

15. Early polls possible but not certain, feel parties : NEW DELHI: Early

elections to the Lok Sabha may be possible following the reverses

suffered by the Congress in UP, Punjab and Goa, and if the UPA allies

become recalcitrant. But nothing certain can be said at this stage, feel

political parties.[HT p8]

16. Little chance of BJP win in 2014: RSS : New Delhi : The BJP’s poor

performance in UP has upset its parent body, the RSS. Its mouthpieces

have begun to wonder whether it would be able to win the 2014 Lok

Sabha polls.[HT p8]

17. BJP becoming a party of leaders than workers : RSS : New Delhi:

Just like the Congress, the BJP is suffering from “a disconnect with voters”

in Uttar Pradesh, the RSS has opined. Commenting on the poor

performance of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh in the latest issues of its

mouthpieces Organiser and Panchjanya, the RSS has said it will be

difficult for the saffron party to come to power in the 2014 Lok Sabha

elections unless corrective measures are taken.[IE p3]

18. Mulayam to invite regional leaders at swearing-in : Lucknow : After

securing the chief minister’s chair for his son Akhilesh, Samajwadi Party

president Mulayam Singh Yadav has set his eyes on national politics.

Looking for a bigger role for himself, he will set the ball rolling at the

swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. The occasion will be used to revive

the possibility of a Third Front in the country.[IE p3]

19. Saffron bait for voters: Zero hike in property taxes : NEW DELHI: For

the past two years, the BJP-led MCD has not increased property taxes in

the city. The party hopes to use this fact as a bait for voters. This, despite

the fact that cost of booking halls and parks for social functions has

increased manifold.[HT p2]

20. BJP’s last manifesto: High on tall promises, low on delivery of

services : NEW DELHI: With municipal elections just a month away, the

BJP, which rules the MCD, has not been able to fulfill many of its promises

made in the last elections held in 2007. These promises include the

assurance to provide door-to-door collection of garbage among others.[HT

p2]

21. Big-ticket reforms on hold for a `safe’ budget session : NEW DELHI:

With regional parties, including ally Trinamool Congress, gearing up for a

`federal front’ and the Opposition aiming to corner the Congress after the

assembly polls, the UPA government is bracing for a stormy budget

session of Parliament starting Monday.[HT p1]

22. Didi changes plans after PM calls, Won’t Attend Swearing-In Of

Akhilesh, Badal: Kolkata/New Delhi: It took a flurry of phone calls on

Sunday, first from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting a meeting

and then by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, for West Bengal chief

minister Mamata Banerjee to scrap her plan to attend the swearing-in

ceremonies of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and Uttar

Pradesh’s new incumbent Akhilesh Yadav. [TOI p1]

23. New front may shape up at Badal’s swearing-in: Chandigarh: The list

of invitees to Parkash Singh Badal’s swearing-in as Punjab’s chief minister

for the second time in a row on March 14 includes UPA allies and CMs

unhappy with the Centre. [TOI p14]

24. Illegal mining : BJP man among 2 held : Panna : Cracking the whip on

mining mafia, the police on Sunday arrested a person for firing at cops

probing illegal sand mining, even as a Morena BJP leader was held for

allegedly assaulting officers and forcibly taking away two tractor-trolleys

engaged in stone quarrying.[IE p2]

25. After BJP MLA, CBI grills his aide in Masood case : Bhopal : BJP

MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh’s representative Arun Pandey was on Sunday

questioned by CBI on the law-maker’s relationship” with RTI activist

Shehla Masood, who was murderd in August last year.[IE p2]

26. Akhilesh tries to rein in young brigade: Lucknow: A day after he was

named the youngest chief minister of UP, Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday sent

out a reassuring message to SP veterans by appointing Rajendra

Chaudhary as the party’s spokesman. [TOI p14]

27. Flying in India set to become more expensive, Hike of 20-30% In Next

Two Mths On Cards: Mumbai: Get ready to pay more when you fly. A

steep increase in airport charges, carbon emission tax and a predicted

jump in jet fuel prices are likely to drive fares up. Industry experts believe

passengers will pay at least 20-30% more on air travel in the coming

months. [TOI p1]

28. FIR filed against ‘unknown cops’ for Ramdev action : New Delhi:

More than two weeks after the Supreme Court asked Delhi Police to

investigate the role of its officers in the brutal crackdown on Baba

Ramdev’s supporters in June last year, the Central district police have

finally registered a case against “unknown Delhi Police officers” for “acts

endangering life or safety of others”. [TOI p1]

29. I don’t need a post, says yeddyurappa : Hubli : After being felicitated

as part of his 70th birthday celebrations “for his contribution to the

development of north Karnataka” amid a mammoth gathering at the Nehru

Stadium here on Sunday, the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa

announced that he would continue to work for the “welfare of the people

without expecting any post or rank”.[The Hindu p5]

30. Will SP push Mulayam for PM post? : NEW DELHI: Within the

Samajwadi Party, the way for Akhilesh Yadav’s acceptability as CM is

likely to have been smoothed by the thinking that father Mulayam Singh

should be left free to operate in Delhi as he could be presented as a

candidate for Prime Minister if a leader from outside the Congress or BJP

could make it after the next Lok Sabha poll, whose timing is being hotly

speculated.[AA p2]

31. Swamy party enters NDA : NEW DELHI:The BJP-led NDA decided to

include the Subramanian Swamy-headed Janata Party into its fold. A

decision to this effect was taken at the meeting of NDA floor leaders at

senior BJP leader and NDA working chairman L.K. Advani’s residence, on

the eve of the Budget Session of Parliament.[AA p3]

32. RS : Prakash Ambedkar Cong Maha Candidate? : Mumbai : Prakash

Ambedkar, grandson of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and a seniorleader of

the republican movement in Maharashtra, could become the Congress’

surprise candidate for the Rajya Sabha.[AA p3]

33. RSS: Tough for BJP to come to power in 2014 : NEW DELHI:

Questioning the BJP’s performance in the recently held Assembly polls,

including in Uttar Pradesh, the RSS said the saffron party’s performance

in UP shows it is “suffering from Congress patch — disconnect with its

voters”.[AA p2]

34. UPA allies silent on mid-term polls : NEW DELHI : The UPA

constituents have been maintaining a studied silence over talk of a

proposed new front and midterm Lok Sabha polls. The Congress is

pegging its hopes on the division within the regional parties which can give

it much needed time to redraw a strategy for the Lok Sabha elections

slated for 2014.[AA p2]

35. Kangra BJP MP suspended : Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh Bharatiya

Janata Party on Sunday suspended its senior leader and Lok Sabha MP

from Kangra Rajan Sushant from primary membership of the party for antiparty

activities.[The Hindu p7]

36. SP feels new front possible after ’14 polls : NEW DELHI: Though

Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has denied talks on forming a

“third front“ now, the party feels such a bloc is very much possible after the

2014 Lok Sabha elections.[AA p1]

37. Guj polls behind govt U-turn on cotton ban : New Delhi: Protests from

within the government and opposition notwithstanding, the drubbing in the

assembly polls and the coming polls in Gujarat appear to have hastened

the Centre’s decision to revoke the order banning cotton exports.[TOI

p12]

38. SP national secretary removed : Lucknow : The Samajwadi Party on

Sunday removed its national secretary Rajiv Rai from the post following

charges that he was involved in anti-party activities.[The Hindu p5]

39. BSP offers support to Cong in hill state : NEW DELHI: In a heartening

development for the Congress in Uttarakhand, the three MLAs of the

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have offered “unconditional support“ to help

the party form the next government in the state.[HT p1]

40. Shiv Sena MLA held in 30cr housing scam : Mumbai: Heavyweight

Shiv Sena MLA and former state minister Sureshdada Jain was arrested

late Saturday night by Jalgaon police for alleged involvement in a Rs 30-

crore housing scam, sending shockwaves through parts of northern

Maharashtra where he holds considerable sway. [TOI p12]

41. Now, PMO eyes a YouTube hit : NEW DELHI: You might have followed

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Twitter, now you can watch him on

YouTube. On Sunday, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) expanded its

presence in the social media circuit by making its debut on the popular

video-sharing website.[HT p1]

42. Kovur bypoll and acid test for Andhra Congress : Hyderabad : The

by-election in Kovur Assembly constituency in Nellore district is being

seen as an acid test for the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh as it takes

on Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s party, YSR Congress. The by-elections will

be held on March 18 in six Telangana constituencies and one in the

coastal district of Nellore.[IE p7]

43. Uttarakhand : Rawat man could be ‘compromise’ candidate :

Dehradun : A whisper campaign that was going around in political circles

here for the last few days got louder on Sunday, with a new name being

introduced into the Chief Ministerial race.[IE p4]

44. Ex-dacoit, BJP man held for sand mafia link : Bhopal: Cracking down

on the mining mafia behind a slew of attacks on police and civic officials,

the Madhya Pradesh police on Sunday arrested Kuber Singh, a former

dacoit who is a lynchpin of the sand mafia, and BJP leader Hamir Singh

Patel of Morena, who assaulted officials to free two tractor-trolleys

impounded for illegal mining. [TOI p1]

45. Games scam: Charges to be framed : New Delhi: A trial court is going

to frame charges on Monday against six people, including four MCD

officials, for their alleged role in a corruption case involving street lighting

before the 2010 Commonwealth Games. [TOI p1]

46. Trifurcate budget, govt tells MCD : New Delhi: The Delhi government

has directed the MCD to split its annual budget for 2011-12 into three

parts as three new municipalities will come into existence after the civic

polls in April. [TOI p4]

47. Delhi BSP councillors waiting for Maya : New Delhi : The Bahujan

Samaj Party councillors in Delhi are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of

party chief Mayawati in Delhi for some clarity on distribution of tickets for

the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections.[The Hindu

48. p4]

49. BSP not to contest civic polls : Lucknow ; Outgoing Uttar Pradesh

Chief Minister Mayawati still smarting under the defeat in the assembly

elections has decided that the Bahujan Samaj Party will not contest the

local bodies polls due to be held later this year.[The Hindu p5]

EDITORIAL / OPINION

50. Bigger Battles Ahead for Samajwadi Party : CHANDRA BHAN

PRASAD : Kudos to the Uttar Pradesh electorate for eliminating fears of

horse-trading by according absolute majority to the Mulayam Singh

Yadav-led Samajwadi Party. With SP, however, fears of yet another spell

of ‘goonda raj’ (rule of the goons) have returned. Violence, it seems, is

synonymous with SP in power, as its intolerant supporters started

reminding us soon after the party’s victory. [TOI p2]

SPORTS NEWS

51. India-Pak World Cup semi fixed, says bookie in sting : London:

Cricket again came under a cloud as the Sunday Times, London, carried

out a sting operation on a Delhi based bookie who claimed last year’s

World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan at Mohali was rigged.

[TOI p1]

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