NEWS IN BRIEF – MAR 14, 2012

1. 200m Indians have no TV, phone or radio : New Delhi: One-sixth of the country, or 200 million Indians, don’t possess most basic assets like a transistor or television set, phone, vehicle of any kind or a computer. In three states — Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and MP— close to a third of the households own none of these assets. [TOI p1]

2. Half of India’s homes have cellphones, but not toilets : New Delhi :

Though half of all Indians do not have a toilet at home, well over half own

a telephone, new census data released on Tuesday show. These and

many other contrasting facts of life have come out in Census 2011. [The

Hindu p1]

3. Troubles mount for Cong, BJP sees chink in armour, NCTC, Calls For

Amendments To Prez Speech Worries Govt: New Delhi: The move by

various parties to seek amendments to the President’s address reflected

the Congress’s ongoing troubles with its increasingly restive allies and

gave an opening to the opposition BJP to fish in troubled waters. [TOI p9]

4. Revolt erupts in U’khand as Rawat denied CM post, 24 Out Of 32

MLAs Boycott Swearing-In: New Delhi: Congress’s sole victory in

Uttarakhand soured on Tuesday with a full-blown revolt threatening the

brand new government of Vijay Bahuguna. Bahuguna’s hasty swearing-in

as chief minister was marred by the absence of 24 party MLAs. Just eight

Congress MLAs attended it. Most of those who stayed away did so in

support of senior leader Harish Rawat’s protest against his candidature

bring overlooked. [TOI p1]

5. Again, Pranab appeals to UPA ally TMC : Don’t give Oppn a handle :

New Delhi : The UPA leadership today asked ally Trinamool Congress to

drop plans to move an amendment to the President’s address, because it

would “destabilise” the government and give the opposition a chance to

rock its boat.[IE p1]

6. Leaderless jihadi’ Wasim wanted to save Afzal Guru, says NIA : New

Delhi : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has described Wasim

Akram Malik, the alleged mastermind of the September 7, 2011 Delhi High

Court bombing, as an “avid Internet user” and believer in “leaderless

jihad”, drawing him in the likeness of former CIA officer Marc Sageman’s

construct of the twenty-first century terrorist.[IE p1]

7. Sibal reaches out to Gadkari : New Delhi : Human Resource

Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal has sought the cooperation of

BJP president Nitin Gadkari to get his stalled legislations passed in

Parliament in the Budget Session. The minister has offered to hold a

dialogue with BJP leaders to “allay their apprehensions and doubt and find

a path for moving forward on the reform agenda”.[IE p6]

8. BJP to target Ansari to get govt’s goat : New Delhi: The BJP plans to

question Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari’s decision to abruptly

adjourn the Upper House on December 27, 2011 on the ground that rules

of business specify that an adjournment due to disorder needs to be timebound.

[TOI p19]

9. SP (22 MPs) backs UPA : NEW DELHI: Giving relief to the beleaguered

Congress-led UPA-2 government, the Samajwadi Party, with 22 MPs in

the Lok Sabha, on Tuesday said it will ensure the Manmohan Singh

government serves its full term.[AA p1]

10. Govt Between Colombo and Chennai, Houses disrupted as DMK,

BJP & Left ask govt to support UNHRC motion: NEW DELHI :

11. Members from Tamil Nadu, including UPA constituent DMK, disrupted

Parliament proceedings on Tuesday, demanding India’s support to the

censure resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights

Council in Geneva. [ET p2]

12. CBI opposes bail for 2G accused Behura, Chandolia : New Delhi: The

CBI on Tuesday filed affidavits in the SC opposing grant of bail to 2G

spectrum scam accused R K Chandolia, former private secretary of key

accused and ex-telecom minister A Raja, and former telecom secretary

Siddhartha Behura on the ground that their alleged crime was much

graver than any penal offence. [TOI p11]

13. Fall in line, Pranab warns TC, DMK : New Delhi : Irked over UPA

alliance partners — Trinamool Congress and DMK — moving

amendments to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil’s Address to the Joint

Session of Parliament, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday

warned them not to press for them as it could destablise the

Government.[Pioneer Daily p1]

14. Mamata refuses to back Cong’s candidate for RS : Kolkata : The

Trinamool Congress will not back a Congress candidate to the Rajya

Sabha from Bengal. This notwithstanding a request made by 10 Janpath

through a ‘special emissary’ Shakeel Ahmed, who last week called on CM

Mamata Banerjee seeking her support for his party.[Pioneer Daily p1]

15. We will counter fiction: Gen Singh, Army Denies Tapping Again,

Says Officers Face Action: New Delhi: Continuing to vehemently deny

allegations of clandestinely tapping phones of senior defence ministry

officials, the Army says strict action is being taken against the serving

officers spreading such ‘fictitious, malicious and preposterous’ stories.

[TOI p13]

16. Maya assets doubled to 112 crore as CM : Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj

Party president Mayawati’s assets doubled during her chief ministership of

Uttar Pradesh, from Rs 52 crore in 2007 to Rs 111.64 crore when she filed

her nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha elections on Tuesday. [TOI

p1]

17. Mamata may not relent on Prez speech : New Delhi: Finance minister

Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday requested UPA partners to withdraw

amendments moved by some of them to the President’s address, saying

the opposition could latch onto them to press for a vote. This could

endanger the government. [TOI p1]

18. If there is a mishap, govt could go, fears Pranab : New Delhi:

Appealing to UP A’s allies to withdraw amendments moved by them to the

President’s address, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said such

amendments were not the norm. He added that a reversal in Lok Sabha

could prove fatal for the government. [TOI p9]

19. Grand swearing-in for Akhilesh Yadav : LUCKNOW: A grand swearingin

ceremony, expected to be attended by over 50,000 people, is being

planned for UP’s youngest chief minister-designate Akhilesh Yadav. The

swearing-in ceremony will be held on the La Martinere School grounds

right in front of the UP chief minister’s official residence. An eight-foot-high

podium is being constructed for the ceremony and the seating

arrangements will be done on a three-tiered basis.[TOI p9]

20. Maya files nomination papers for Rajya Sabha : LUCKNOW: Bahujan

Samaj Party president and outgoing UP chief minister Mayawati on

Tuesday filed her nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha giving a clear

indication that she will not move to national politics.[AA p2]

21. Jharkhand Independents hold key to Upper House : Ranchi : Come

spring, Jharkhand will witness migration of mankind — Rajya Sabha

aspirants who wish to negotiate with political parties over ‘transaction’ of

votes in the elections to the Upper House.[Pioneer Daily p6]

22. Congress depends on independents to win in Rajasthan : Jaipur :

The ruling Congress has to depend heavily on the support of

independents to win two Rajya Sabha seats as two of its MLAs — sacked

Minister Mahipal Maderna and Malkhan Singh — would not be able to cast

their votes, being in judicial custody for their alleged involvement in nurse

Bhanwari Devi’s murder.[Pioneer Daily p6]

23. Akalis spruce up oath-taking venue of Badal :CHANDIGARH: As

Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal is about to take the oath as the chief

minister of Punjab for the fifth time on Wednesday, the swearing in

ceremony is gaining a lot of attention for its grandiose.[AA p2]

24. SC takes charge of Kripa probe : New Delhi: The Supreme Court on

Tuesday took charge of the probe into the alleged disproportionate assets

of former Mumbai Congress chief Kripashankar Singh and his family

members by asking Mumbai Police to file a status report . [TOI p11]

25. CM says he’ll convince BSY to stay united : Bangalore : The decision

of the former Chief Minister and BJP strongman BS Yeddyurappa not to

campaign for the March 18 Udupi-Chikmagalur bypoll to Lok Sabha has

caused a flurry in the Karnataka BJP.[Pioneer Daily p7]

26. CBI officials attacked by Chhattisgarh cops, Agency Moves Apex

Court Seeking Protection: New Delhi: In an incident showing it is not

just the Naxals but the Chhattisgarh government’s answer to them ––the

Special Police Officers––too that add to lawlessness in the state, the CBI

has demanded protection from SPOs for its team sent to the state upon

orders of the Supreme Court.[TOI p11]

27. Kerala bypoll: Fronts struggle : Piravam : How does the resignation of

the Marxist legislator representing Neyyattinkara in southernmost Kerala

affect the people of Piravam Assembly constituency in central

Kerala?[Pioneer Daily p7]

28. Only party can bail out Bahuguna : New Delhi: Since 17 of the 32

Congress MLAs revolted against Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay

Bahuguna right at the time of his swearing-in on Tuesday, there is a

question mark on the stability of the government despite all the safeguards

in the anti-defection. [TOI p13]

29. TMC Refuses to Back Cong RS Nominee : NEW DELHI : The

Trinamool Congress appears determined to push Congress to the margins

of West Bengal’s politics. On Tuesday Mamata Banerjee refused to back

her ally’s nominee for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls. [ET p2]

30. After Didi, Nitish, too, skips Badal’s swearing-in, Jaya To Send An

Emissary For Ceremony: Chandigarh: The swearing in ceremony of

Parkash Singh Badal as chief minister of Punjab may see a galaxy of

political stars descend on the historic battlefield of Chhapar Chiri near

here on Wednesday, but the prospect of the birth of another political battle

in the shape of a third front, has fizzled out with most of the ‘likely warriors’

and those calling for snap polls staying away. [TOI p15]

31. Peeved Rawat writes to Sonia : New Delhi: Vijay Bahuguna’s choice as

Uttarakhand CM is seen as a complete surprise and Harish Rawat, an

ultra party loyalist, was taken a back by it. Rawat stayed put in Delhi and

his flock’s revolt has raised serious questions about the viability of the

Bahuguna government. Even if the leadership succeeds in hammering out

a compromise by offering Rawat’s men plum ministries, it is likely to be a

wobbly arrangement. [TOI p13]

32. HJC merger kept us out of power : INLD to SC : New Delhi : The INLD

today contended in the Supreme Court that the Haryana Assembly

Speaker’s decision to allow the merger of the HJC with the Congress in

2009 had denied the INLD a chance to come back to power. [The Tribune

p7]

33. Maya’s Delhi bungalow valued at 54.80 crore : Lucknow: Bahujan

Samaj Party president Mayawati in her nomination papers for the Rajya

Sabha elections has shown two residential buildings, one each in Delhi

and Lucknow. The market value of the two assets is Rs 77.54 crore. While

the commercial buildings were purchased in 2004 and 2005, the

residential [TOI p14]

34. Post-UP fiasco, BJP thirsts for young blood : NEW DELHI: The dismal

performance of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veterans in Uttar Pradesh,

many of them from the days of the Ram temple movement, has left the

party with little choice. BJP leaders say they will now have to rebuild the

party from scratch, filling its ranks -from “top to bottom“ -with fresh

faces.[HT p11]

35. Election panel chief to supervise draw for symbols : New Delhi:With

political parties coming forward to seek the same symbol, the state

election commission has decided to amend its symbol order. Earlier, the

returning officer of a constituency could hold a draw of lots in case of more

than one contender. [TOI p7]

36. Masood murder: BJP MLA resigns from party post : BHOPAL :In the

eye of storm over his alleged relations with the main accused in the

Shehla Masood murder case-Zahida Parvez-Madhya Pradesh BJP MLA

Dhruv Narayan Singh resigned as the state BJP vice-president.[HT p10]

37. Funds misuse remark: Gupta hits back at CM, Says She Is Muzzling

Protests Against Her Govt: New Delhi: A day after CM Sheila Dikshit

accused Vijender Gupta of fund misuse, the BJP state president hit back

by calling Dikshit a “dictator”. He said she was acting in a high-handed

way by making false allegations against him and his wife’s NGO

Sampurna.Gupta also said he will file defamation case against Dikshit.

[TOI p7]

38. BJP on an overdrive to win Poorvanchali votes: NEW DELHI: In an

effort to appease Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may give as

many as 40 to 50 election tickets to candidates belonging to the

community.[HT p4]

39. Small parties come together to contest polls : NEW DELHI: A group of

small parties led by the Indian Justice Party on Tuesday formed a front to

contest the upcoming municipal polls in Delhi alleging that Congress and

BJP were giving tickets to “selfish“ people who do not work for the welfare

of the common man.[HT p4]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

40. NHRM Case : Kushwaha in judicial custody : GHAZIABAD: A special

CBI court on Tuesday remanded former UP minister Babu Singh

Kushwaha and former BSP MLA Ram Prata Jaiswal in judicial custody for

14 days in connection with the multi crore rupee NHRM scam.[HT p10]

41. MP Govt ready for CBI probe in Kumar killing : Bhopal : The Madhya

Pradesh Government has decided to recommend a CBI investigation in

the killing of IPS officer Narendra Kumar. Speaking to media-persons in

the State Assembly premises, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on

Tuesday said his Government was ready for the CBI probe. [Pioneer

Daily p4]