NEWS IN BRIEF – MAR 15, 2012

1. Dinesh Jumps Signal, Didi Pulls Chain, Furious With Fare Hike, Mamata Asks PM To Sack Her Nominee As Rail Minister, Demands Rollback, Cong May Yield, But Steps Up Search For New Partners:

New Delhi: Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi appeared to be on the brink of losing his job within hours of presenting a budget that was hailed by Congress as “forward looking” but savaged by his own party, Trinamool Congress, as “anti-people” for proposing an across-the-board passenger fare hike. [TOI p1]

1. Farewell to Trivedi after Fare Hike, Minister may Resign Today as Didi Fumes: NEW DELHI : Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi’s maiden budget triggered a full-blown crisis at the Centre when his own party, the Trinamool Congress, termed across the-board passenger fare hikes as a “hostile act” and asked the PM to sack him. [ET p1]

3. Mamata gets her way, Mukul Roy to take over : New Delhi : A daylong

drama over hike in passenger fares ended with Railway Minister

Dinesh Trivedi Submitting his resignation to the Prime Minister Manmohan

Singh. In an unprecedented move, the incumbent was shown the door by

his own party after presenting the Rail Budget. The UPA caved in to

pressure by Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee.[Pioneer Daily

p1]

4. After a decade, all tickets to cost more: New Delhi : Dinesh Trivedi on

Wednesday did what none of his predecessors had done for almost a

decade — he hiked passenger fares across the board, following up on the

increase in freight charges announced immediately after the recent round

of assembly elections. [TOI p1]

5. Allies, rebels mount pincer attack on Cong, Mamata uses Badal

event to snub UPA, hint at new front: Chhappar Chiri (Mohali):

6. Mamata Banerjee may have decided to stay away from the Akali

swearing-in on Wednesday, but she sent a clear message that she valued

ties with anti-Congress forces when she deputed senior leaders Mukul

Roy and Bengal minister Rachpal Singh to attend the ceremony. [TOI p9]

7. State Cong leaders want RS seats for local faces : NEW DELHI: With

fewer Rajya Sabha seats up for grabs for the Congress in the upcoming

biennial polls, opposition to “outsider candidates“ are gathering

momentum within the party. In Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and

Maharashtra, a significant section of the local leadership has reportedly

conveyed to the party’s central leadership that local candidates should get

nominations instead of candidates from other states.[HT p11]

8. Not-so-aam hike : 5 paise per km could means a 30% jump : New

Delhi : Union Rail Minister Dinesh Trivedi’s proposed fare hike- the first in

10 years – from two-paise- per km (ordinary) to 30 paise- per km (AC 1)

did not sound alarmist enough to provoke any protest in the Lok

Sabha..[IE p1]

9. Inquiry Commission yet to submit interim report on Adarsh Scam :

Mumbai : Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday

said he does not know when the interim report of the Judicial Commission

of Inquiry into the Adarsh housing society scam would be submitted.[The

Hindu p5]

10. Vilasrao Deshmuk set to be named in CBI’s Adarsh chargesheet :

Mumbai : Union Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh

and a Maharashtra IAS officer are expected to be added to the list of 14

people accused of wrongdoing in the Adarsh Housing Society scam when

the CBI files its chargesheet in about two months.[IE p1]

11. Warrants for 3 Iranians over attack on Israeli diplomat : New Delhi : A

week after a Delhi journalist working for an Iranian news agency was

arrested for his alleged role in the February 13 bomb attack on an Israeli

diplomat, a city court today issued non-bailable warrants against three

Iranian nationals in the case.[IE p1]

12. RS trouble hits NDA, Nitish stakes claim to 4 of 6 seats : PATNA:

The tug-of-war between the Janata Dal (United) and the Bharatiya Janata

Party (BJP) over the ensuing Rajya Sabha polls came out in the open

when chief minister Nitish Kumar staked his claim on four out of the six

seats for which elections are scheduled on March 30.[HT p11]

13. UPA infighting is BJP ammo : NEW DELHI : As soon as the reaction

started pouring in for the Railway Budget on Wednesday, the Opposition,

mainly the BJP, was the one feeling quite elated. For the BJP, the Railway

Budget was another ammunition against the UPA, given by none other

than UPA’s own ally Trinamul Congress.[AA p2]

14. Lokpal in 1st Half of RS Session, Govt may move amendment to keep

Lokayuktas out of legislation’s ambit, to convene all-party meet

soon: NEW DELHI : The Opposition, acting in sync with the Trinamool

Congress, a component of the ruling UPA at the Centre, on Wednesday

scored a victory in the Rajya Sabha when it got the government to commit

itself to the passage of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill in the House in the

“first half of the budget session itself.’’ [ET p3]

15. BJD Supports NDA Motion Against NCTC : NEW DELHI : In a move

that could spell bad news for the Manmohan Singh government in the

Rajya Sabha, the Biju Janata Dal has joined hands with BJP, JD(U) and

the Shiromani Akali Dal in serving a joint notice against the inclusion of

National Counter Terror Agency in the presidential address.[ET p3]

16. Antony turns ‘silent sage’ before Cong graft : VS : Kochi : Unleashing

a scathing attack against Defence Minister and Congress Working

Committee member AK Antony, Kerala Assembly’s Opposition leader VS

Achuthanandan on Wednesday said that he was in the habit of adopting

the role of a “silent sage” whenever issues of corruption came up.[Pioneer

Daily p7]

2. Ex-Trai chairman quizzed in 2G case : New Delhi: Former telecom

minister A Raja’s counsel on Wednesday cross examined ex-Trai

chairman Nripendra Mishra, who was called as a prosecution witness in

the 2G spectrum allocation scam case. Mishra said in court that Unified

Access Services Licence (UASL) guidelines were issued by DoT on

December 14, 2005, when Dayanidhi Maran was the minister of

communication and information technology. [TOI p16]

18. Wily Rawat keeps party on edge : New Delhi: The delicate political

balance in Uttarakhand has seen dissenters make a careful assessment

of their strength. With the Congress interlocutors stopping short of

effecting a change in the CM candidate, the party hasn’t seem to have

broken much ice with Harish Rawat. [TOI p9]

19. DMK tightens screws on Lanka censure, Trouble just keeps

mounting for Congress : New Delhi: Ally pressure went up a notch for

the UPA on Wednesday as the DMK demanded that the government back

a US-sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on Sri

Lanka’s alleged human rights violations against Tamils.[TOI p1]

20. SP men beat up Dalits near Maya village in Dadri: NEW DELHI: The

change of guard in Lucknow on Thursday -when a Samajwadi Party

government headed by Akhilesh Yadav is to be sworn in -had an ominous

portent in Greater Noida the day before. SP workers attacked Dalit

families in the Dadri area, where outgoing chief minister and BSP

supremo Mayawati’s ancestral village, Badalpur, is located. [HT p1]

3. No one needs to live in fear, says Akhilesh,promises honest govt :

LUCKNOW:Uttar Pradesh CM designate Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday

said his cabinet would initially be small but could be expanded later.

Yadav, 38, who will be sworn in on Thursday, said his priority would be

law and order and industry. “I am here to serve, not rule“, he said.[HT

p10]

22. SP demands ED inquiry into Mayawati’s assets : LUCKNOW: Barely

days after coming to power in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party on

Wednesday fired a salvo at BSP supremo Mayawati demanding an inquiry

by Enforcement Directorate into the assets of the outgoing CM.[HT p10]

23. Uttarakhand stalemate drags on as Rawat digs in : New Delhi:

Congress’s Uttarakhand stalemate continued on Wednesday with senior

leader Harish Rawat staying put at his residence and the party

leadership’s efforts to placate him with a formula that stops short of a

change of chief minister Vijay Bahuguna yet to yield results. [TOI p1]

24. Congress tides over U’khand crisis : NEW DELHI: Hectic efforts to

placate a hurt Harish Rawat appeared to have worked on Wednesday with

the rebel camp showing signs of reconciliation. “I will not be the cause for

any crisis either in Dehradun or in Delhi. My supporters wanted me to be

chief minister but it is not necessary that all wishes are always fulfilled,“

Harish Rawat said late Wednesday evening.[HT p10]

25. Bahuguna : Support of non-Cong MLAs helped me win CM race :

Dehradun : A day after he was sworn in as the new Uttarakhand Chief

Minister, Vijay Bahuguna said today that it was the support of the seven

non-Congress MLAs that gave him the edge in the race within his party for

the top post.[IE p6]

26. Badal spends 3 crore on swearing-in : Chappar Chiri (Mohali):

Buoyed by the historic success of breaking a 46-year-old jinx, the SADBJP

alliance on Wednesday indicated it was in no mood to take immediate

austere steps for the debt-ridden state, blowing up roughly Rs 3 crore on

its first official day. [TOI p17]

27. Court notice to investigator in CWG graft case : NEW DELHI: A Delhi

court on Wednesday ordered that a notice be issued to Delhi police in a

complaint against chief minister Sheila Dikshit, PWD minister Raj Kumar

Chauhan and former CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi on a corruption

case related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[AA p13]

28. Anna postpones protest to March 25 : New Delhi: Team Anna on

Wednesday accused Congress of “sabotaging’’ the Jan Lokpal bill even as

it prepared for a protest dharna for a strong whistleblower’s act. The

dharna scheduled for Sunday has been postponed by a week to March

25.[TOI p6]

29. Lokpal Bill to be tabled before March 30 : Bansal : New Delhi : The

Government on Wednesday said it wants to bring the bill to set up anticorruption

ombudsman, Lokpal, in Rajya Sabha during the first part of the

current Budget Session of Parliament.[Pioneer Daily p1]

30. Blast accused wants to contest polls : New Delhi: A suspected Indian

Mujahideen terrorist has moved a trial court to seek permission to contest

the upcoming MCD elections. Zia-ur-Rehman, who is facing trial in the

2008 Delhi serial blasts, filed a petition through his counsel before

additional sessions judge Narinder Kumar. He sought permission to “file

nomination to contest MCD 2012 elections” from ward number 205, Zakir

Nagar. [TOI p7]

31. Fund ‘misuse’: Gupta serves notice on CM : New Delhi: Delhi BJP

president Vijender Gupta on Wednesday said he has served a notice of

defamation and claim for damages on chief minister Sheila Dikshit for

allegations of irregularities in the working of NGO Sampurna run by his

wife. [TOI p7]

32. Amarinder must quit as PCC chief : Brar : FARIDKOT: Factional feud

in the Punjab unit of Congress came out in the open on Wednesday after

a senior party leader demanded that state unit chief Amarinder Singh

resign following Congress’ defeat in the assembly polls. [HT p10]

33. BJP-SAD alliance on thin ice over sharing of seats : NEW DELHI: The

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD-Badal)

electoral alliance in Delhi seems to be on a shaky ground. Recent

meetings between the two parties -which have been fighting elections

together in both Punjab and Delhi -on the issue of seat sharing for the

upcoming municipal polls have so far ended inconclusively.[HT p4]

34. CM’s allegations against BJP baseless: Malhotra : NEW DELHI:

Assembly Vijay Kumar fi in Delhi Assembly Vijay Kumar Malhotra has said

that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is trying to deflect people’s attention from

serious allegations of corruption against her government by attacking BJP

leaders without having proper facts and figures.[HT p4]

35. BJP MLAs unhappy over candidate selection : New Delhi : Most of

the Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs on Wednesday expressed unhappiness

over the procedure being adopted by Delhi party chief Vijender Gupta in

selection of candidates for the upcoming municipal polls complaining that

they were not being consulted.[The Hindu p3]

36. Ticket-seekers prefer manual applications over online ones : New

Delhi: Defying the directions issued by the senior party leadership to

apply online for party ticket, desperate ticket-seekers have started queuing

up at Delhi BJP office hoping to be blessed with party ticket for upcoming

MCD election.[Pioneer Daily p3]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

38. Aarushi case: Talwar’s bail extended : New Delhi:Spelling relief for Dr

Rajesh Talwar, a Special CBI court extended his bail in the Aarushi-

Hemraj double murder case on Wednesday. The court also offered some

respite to Nupur Talwar — who was absent at the hearing — asking her to

appear in court within 30 days, as directed by Allahabad High Court on

Tuesday. The hearing in the case was adjourned to April 11 by CBI

Special Judicial Magistrate Preeti Singh. [TOI p3]

BUSINESS NEWS

39. Kingfisher to cut overseas flights : New Delhi : In a bid to contain

further losses, troubled private carrier Kingfisher Airlines on Wednesday

announced that it would be curtailing its international operations The

airline, which uses the wide-body Airbus A-330 aircraft for flights to

destinations like London and Hong Kong and the narrow body Airbus A-

320 for flights to cities in South Asian region, may prune its flights to the

U.K. and the far East.[The Hindu p1]