NEWS IN BRIEF – MAR 20, 2012

1. Govt dilutes poverty norm, Says Number Of Poor Down By 5 Crore:

New Delhi: Data released by the Planning Commission on Monday

showed that poverty had significantly declined between 2004-05 and

2009-10. The catch is that this decline is based on a poverty line that is

even lower than the earlier Rs. 32-per-day mark that had triggered an

outrage when the government submitted it to the Supreme Court. [TOI

p1]

2. More poor now in Bihar, UP, Chhattisgarh : New Delhi : Bihar, UP and

Chhattisgarh registered a decline in poverty between 2004-5 and 2009-10,

but so slowly that the absolute number of poor has actually increased in

the five years. Bihar and UP have between them 128 million poor people,

over a third of all of India’s poor, and roughly a tenth of the world’s poor.

[TOI p1]

3. Precedence Led Pranab to Tax Foreign M&As, AG told FM that apex

court had upheld retrospective amendments to law in the past: NEW

DELHI : A controversial proposal to tax past cross-border deals in which

the underlying asset is in India was accepted by Finance Minister Pranab

Mukherjee after Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati ruled the changes

would pass muster even as some policymakers opposed the idea of

retrospective amendments, said a person privy to the development. [ET

p1]

4. India may vote against Lanka over war crimes : New Delhi : Prime

Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement in the Lok Sabha that India is

inclined to vote in favour of a UN resolution against Colombo over alleged

war crimes has placated the UPA’s ally DMK. But if India does this, it

could signal a big change in India’s stand in the world body.[HT p10]

5. With ‘regret’, PM hands over Trivedi’s head to Mamata : New Delhi : In

what has put a big question mark over the UPA government’s ability to

“bite the bullet” on its plan to cut fertiliser and petroleum subsidies, Prime

Minister Manmohan Singh today yielded with “regret” to Trinamool

Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and let her replace Dinesh Trivedi with

Mukul Roy as the new railway minister.[IE p1]

6. TMC walks out before key vote, but SP stays with government : New

Delhi : UPA ally Trinamool Congress today walked out of the Lok Sabha

ahead of a crucial vote on a BJP amendment to the President’s address

on the issue of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC).[IE p3]

7. 6 candidates for 2 RS seats in Jharkhand : Ranchi : Six candidates

are in the fray for the two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand. The

Congress has fielded acting state chief Pradeep Balmuchu and JVM has

put up its secretary Praveen Kumar. JMM has fielded Delhi-based lawyer

Sanjiv Kumar, Shibu Soren’s counsel in the Shashi Nath Jha murder

case.[IE p5]

8. Lokayukta notice to Govt. over provisional certificate for illegal

colonies : New Delhi : Delhi Lokayukta Manmohan Sarin has issued a

show-cause notice to the Delhi Government seeking a clear answer as to

whether provisional regularisation certificates could have been granted to

unauthorised colonies without verification of their existence or any kind of

scrutiny.[The Hindu p2]

9. Workload increasing, RSS expands top team : Nagpur : The RSS has

added two more Sahsarkaryawahs to its team, both from the younger lot

of front leaders and one of them a new face. Six other new faces have

also come in at various senior positions. Suresh Chandra has replaced

Madan Das Devi as Pracharak Pramukh (head of full-time volunteers’

force). Chandra was earlier Sahpracharak Pramukh.[IE p5]

10. In Mukul Roy, PM gets a minister he had said no to : NEW

DELHI:Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday accepted Trinamool

Congress nominee Mukul Roy as the next railways minister. In July last

year, Singh had reportedly rejected Roy for the same post.[HT p10]

11. Trinamool, SP save the day for govt in LS : New Delhi: The

government prevailed in the Lok Sabha on Monday, defeating the

opposition’s amendments to the President’s address with an overt and

indirect help from the Trinamool Congress, SP and BSP but will be

required to marshal all its strength in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday where

it is precariously placed.[TOI p14]

12. Mamata’s pet projects face axe : NEW DELHI: Will replacing Dinesh ith

loyalist Mukul Roy Trivedi with loyalist Mukul Roy at the railway ministry

and rolling back fare hikes come back to haunt TMC boss Mamata

Banerjee? For, the railways will hardly have any financial muscle to fund

Banerjee’s dream projects in Bengal.[HT p1]

13. Centre gives report to SC on NTRO scam : New Delhi: The Union

government on Monday submitted in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court

an action taken report (ATR) on the Comptroller and Auditor General’s

(CAG) findings about alleged irregularities in purchase of intelligence

equipment by the National Technical Research Organization (NTRO).

[TOI p10]

14. SC to re-examine relief for Lalu in DA case : New Delhi: The Supreme

Court on Monday agreed to examine Chhattisgarh government’s unusual

request — to reconsider its two-year-old judgment giving relief to RJD

chief Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi in a disproportionate assets

(DA) case while holding that a state government was barred from filing

appeal in a case investigated by the CBI. [TOI p13]

15. Jaya clears the decks for Kudankulam : Chennai : The long stand-off

between the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government over the

Kudankulam nuclear plant ended on Monday with the state cabinet giving

its approval to clear all hurdles for its early commissioning — a decision

that was followed by a crackdown on anti-nuclear protestors who had held

up the plant’s commissioning for over six months. [TOI p1]

16. Centre should rethink about coal policy: Nitish : PATNA:Bihar chief

minister Nitish Kumar on Monday renewed his demand for a rethink on the

Centre’s coal policy that he said is hurting the state’s ability to provide

electricity to its people.[HT p13]

17. Odisha Maoists ready for talks : BHUBANESWAR: Maoists in Odisha

have announced the names of three mediators to hold talks with the

government on the two Italians that the rebels abducted on Saturday

evening. The Maoists earlier asked the government to respond to their

13point list of demands by the evening of March 20.[HT p1]

18. BJP : Prez address a ‘farewell speech : New Delhi : Attacking the

Manmohan Singh government of “running a minority” government, the

main Opposition BJP on Monday termed the President’s address as a

“farewell speech” by the government.[AA p2]

19. ‘Tainted’ BJP Leader Files Papers for RS : BHOPAL : Four BJP

nominees, including cash-for-votes accused Faggan Singh Kulaste and

former Rajya Sabha vice-chairperson Najma Heptullah, filed their

nomination papers here on Monday for biennial elections to the Upper

House of Parliament. [ET p2]

20. BJP set to lose its deputy leader in RS : New Delhi : BJP’s top

leadership on Monday denied a Rajya Sabha berth to SS Ahluwalia, its

deputy leader in the Upper House, by conceding the fourth seat in Bihar to

its ally Janata Dal (United.)[Pioneer Daily p5]

21. Many unhappy with TDP, Cong choices in Andhra : Hyderabad : The

selection of candidates for the six Rajya Sabha seats from Andhra

Pradesh Assembly proved to be a headache both for the ruling Congress

and the main Opposition Telugu Desam Party as the choice has left many

aspirants disappointed.[Pioneer Daily p6]

22. Three seats for trio in Rajasthan : Jaipur : Two Congress nominees —

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, national spokesman of the party, Narender

Budhania and BJP nominee Bhupender Yadav — are set to win the Rajya

Sabha elections uncontested as only three of them have filed their

nomination papers for equal number of seats.[Pioneer Daily p6]

23. RS Polls: BJP Surrenders to Nitish in Bihar, Fields only 2, BJP

deputy RS leader Ahluwalia loses out; trouble in J’khand: PATNA :

BJP has yielded to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in the Rajya Sabha

polls. After giving the impression that it was on a war path with alliance

partner JD(U), BJP settled for 2 seats, leaving 4 seats for Kumar’s party.

BJP reneged on its claim over a third seat to save the alliance.[ET p2]

24. BJP gives in to JD(U) pressure, denies RS ticket to Ahluwalia : New

Delhi: BJP on Monday gave in to pressure from its ally Janata Dal

(Uunited) and backed down from its demand of fielding the party’s full

share of candidates for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha polls from Bihar and

Jharkhand. The concession led to a denial of ticket to BJP’s deputy leader

in the Upper House S S Ahluwalia for another term. [TOI p14]

25. BJD likely to clinch all Odisha seats : Bhubaneswar : With the filing of

nominations for the March 30 Rajya Sabha election in Odisha being over

on Monday, the outcome of the polls is now a foregone conclusion. Ruling

BJD’s two candidates Dillip Tirkey and Rabi Mahapatra are certain to be

elected to the Upper House of Parliament on the party’s unassailable

strength in the State Assembly.[Pioneer Daily p4]

26. No contest for three Rajya Sabha seats from Rajasthan : Jaipur :

There will not be a contest for the three Rajya Sabha seats from

Rajasthan as only two candidates from the ruling Congress and one from

the Bharatiya Janata Party filed their nominations here on the last day for

nominations on Monday.[The Hindu p5]

27. BJP backs NRI as Independent for Upper House polls : Ranchi:

Springing a surprise, the BJP on Monday extended support to an

independent NRI candidate for the Rajya Sabha election instead of

nominating someone from the party on the last day of filing nomination.

The move is surprising because one of the two seats in the Upper House

that will fall vacant on April 2 belongs to the BJP. [TOI p14]

28. Yeddy Puts Gun to BJP Head : NEW DELHI : Former Karnataka chief

minister BS Yeddyurappa increased pressure on his party, BJP, to

reinstate him at the earliest. After transporting 55 loyal MLAs to a resort in

the outskirts of Bangalore, two days ahead of the presentation of the state

budget, Yeddyurappa fielded a rebel candidate, BJ Puttaswamy, for the

month-end Rajya Sabha elections. BJP reacted to Yeddyurappa’s

armtwisting by suspending Puttaswamy from the party . [ET p3]

29. BJP says be patient, BSY may force issue : New Delhi : With former

chief minister BS Yeddyurappa digging in his heels, closeted with at least

50 legislators at a resort in the outskirts in Bangalore, the BJP central

leadership might be forced to reinstate him as the Karnataka chief

minister.[HT p11]

30. Rajnath raises NH-24 issue in Lok Sabha : New Delhi:Ghaziabad MP

Rajnath Singh took up the problems faced by commuters on National

Highway 24 in the Lok Sabha on Monday. He blamed the highways

ministry for not starting work to widen the congested stretch in Ghaziabad

which witnesses massive traffic jams everyday. [TOI p7]

31. Uttar Pradesh minister’s son goes missing : BIJNORE (UP):The son of

newly sworn-in Uttar Pradesh Minister Bhagwati Sharan Gangwar has

reportedly been missing for the past two days, police said on Monday.

Gangwar’s son Atul (35) went missing from an ashram situ ated on the

UP-Uttarakhand border last Saturday, SP Mahesh Mishra said.[HT p10]

32. RS polls: Another Cong-Trinamool war brewing : KOLKATA: West

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday expressed displeasure

at the Congress putting up a candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections in

West Bengal, saying that the party could not win without the support of the

Left Front.[HT p10]

33. Mulayam Happy with UP, Not Joining UPA , Why join the central

government when it has only about a year or so left, asks leader:

LUCKNOW : Samajwadi Party supremo has ruled out joining the UPA

government at the Centre, shortly after his party voted against a BJPsponsored

amendment to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha. [ET

p2]

34. SP Votes With Govt to Defeat Oppn Amendments to Motion of

Thanks : NEW DELHI : The government on Monday defeated

Opposition’s amendments to the motion of thanks on the President’s

address in the Lok Sabha with the help of the Samajwadi Party which

voted against the amendments. The Trinamool Congress and BSP

abstained from voting. The motion was subsequently adopted by the Lok

Sabha.[ET p2]

35. UP gets new DGP, over 50 officers transferred : Lucknow : Ambrish

Chandra Sharma, a 1977 batch IPS officer, Monday took charge as UP’s

new Director General of Police. Till now, he was Director General of Dr BR

Ambedkar Police Academy at Moradabad.[IE p6]

36. Poor poll show: Karat in party’s line of fire : New Delhi : The defeat in

UP may not have resulted in a churning in the Congress or BJP, but there

has been some finger-pointing in the CPM, which, not unexpectedly, drew

a blank in the elections. And in the line of fire is general secretary Prakash

Karat himself.[IE p6]

37. Congress Yet to Sort Out Uttarakhand Problem, 11 MLAs refuse to

take oath despite Cong high command’s best efforts: NEW DELHI :

Ahead of chief minister Vijay Bahuguna’s cabinet expansion on Tuesday,

the crisis in Uttarakhand Congress continued with 11 MLAs refusing to

take oath despite Congress high command’s best efforts. [ET p2]

38. Rawat supporters skip nomination : DEHRADUN:Despite chief minister

Vijay Bahuguna’s claim that sulking union minister Harish Rawat had

come around, 11 legislators from the latter’s camp on Monday did not

attend the nomination of Congress candidate MS Mehra for the Rajya

Sabha poll.[HT p13]

39. Porngate: Clean chit for two MLAs : Bangalore: Of the three former

BJP ministers facing allegations of viewing porn clips in the Karnataka

assembly, only one is likely to face action while the other two may be let

off for lack of evidence. A probe committee, set up by assembly speaker K

G Bopaiah, has reportedly found enough evidence that merits action

against Laxman S Savadi, according to sources. [TOI p14]

40. Gadkari survey helps BJP decide shortlist, Navratra Date For

Releasing Candidate List: New Delhi: While Delhi State Election

Commission has begun accepting nominations for the municipal polls,

BJP’s election committee held two meetings to finalise its list of 272

candidates on Monday. The party, which controls MCD, is planning to

release the final list of candidates on the first day of Navratras — March

23. [TOI p4]

41. NCP eyes rival rebels : New Delhi: The Nationalist Congress Party

(NCP), which has two councillors in the present MCD, is banking on

former councillors and MLAs, and dissidents from other political parties to

better its toll in the upcoming MCD elections.[TOI p4]

42. Model code in force, but BJP continues to clear projects : New Delhi:

Despite the model code of conduct being in force, the BJP-led MCD still

seems to be in a hurry to clear developmental projects. Several projects

that include the construction of roads, school buildings and drains were

cleared during a MCD standing committee meeting on Monday. [TOI p4]

43. Observers to pick the best in Congress : NEW DELHI: To select the

best possible candidates for the upcoming municipal elections, Congress

Party has appointed 24 party observers to gauge the “winnability“ of each

candidate proposed by seven election committees.[HT p7]

44. Two parties stake claim to ‘cycle symbol in municipal elections : New

Delhi : The State Election Commission has kept in abeyance the decision

on allotment of the “cycle” symbol to the Samajwadi Party in Delhi till after

the process or filing of nominations for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi

gets over by March 26.[The Hindu p4]

45. Six candidates file nominations for MCD polls : New Delhi : The

process of filing of nominations for elections to the 272 wards of the

Municipal Corporation of Delhi in the three newly constituted Corporation

began on Monday with the issue of a notification by the State Election

Commission.[The Hindu p4]

46. Nitish remark on Biharis rattles Sheila : New Delhi: Disapproving of

her Bihar counterpart’s remark that the city will come to a halt if Biharis

stop working, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday wondered why

such statements were being made as people from across the country live

here. [TOI p5]

47. Sheila photo on EC website, BJP cries foul : New Delhi: The Delhi

state election commission (SEC) has decided to remove the photograph of

chief minister Sheila Dikshit from its website. The decision was taken after

BJP demanded immediate removal of the photograph as it was a violation

of the model code of conduct. The Delhi government’s website —

www.delhigov.nic.in — is the only link to SEC’s website. [TOI p7]

48. Sikh riot: CBI to file reply on Tytler : New Delhi: A trial court on

Monday sought the CBI’s reply by April 30 to a 1984 anti-Sikh riot victim’s

claim that there was enough material to proceed against Congress leader

Jagdish Tytler but the CBI had “deliberately” given him a clean chit. [TOI

p3]

LEGAL/CRIME NEWS

49. SC notice to Gujarat on summon to Modi : NEW DELHI: The Supreme

Court on Monday issued notices to Gujarat Government and Nanavati

Commission on a petition seeking a direction to the latter to summon Chief

Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the 2002 riots.[HT p17]

BUSINESS NEWS

50. DGCA summons Mallya, KFA risks losing flying permit : New Delhi :

The fate of Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) hangs in the balance as the aviation

industry regulator, DGCA, is considering the cancellation of its operating

permit.[HT p1]