NEWS IN BRIEF – JUL 06, 2013
1. Bring manifestos within poll code, SC tells EC, ‘Frame Rules On
Freebies To Lure Voters’: New Delhi: In a decision intended to maintain
a level playing field in elections, Supreme Court on Friday directed the
Election Commission to consult all political parties as soon as possible to
frame guidelines so that they do not announce freebies in their manifestos
to lure voters. [TOI p1]

2. Separate law needed to govern political parties, says SC : New Delhi
: The Supreme Court Friday asked Parliament to frame a new law to
regulate political parties in the country, as it it held that although freebies
promised by parties in election manifestos vitiated the electoral process,
the law as it stands today cannot indict them for corrupt practices.[IE p5]
3. Two Cabinet decisions to put 57000cr burden on exchequer : New
Delhi: The next finance minister may have a tough task with two decisions
taken by the UPA government in a fortnight expected to leave an
additional burden of Rs 57,000 crore. The decision to issue an ordinance
to implement the National Food Security Act is expected to cost the
Centre an additional Rs 47,000 crore in 2014-15. This includes the cost of
around Rs 1.25 lakh crore for rolling out the scheme nationally, while
another Rs 12,000 crore would be required for maternity benefits under
the scheme, officials told TOI. [TOI p1]
4. Ties strained as India cuts fuel subsidy to Bhutan, Step Because of
Overtures To Beijing? : New Delhi: India has withdrawn all subsidy on
cooking gas and kerosene being provided to Bhutan — arguably India’s
only unquestioned friend among its neighbours — creating a huge crisis in
the tiny, landlocked kingdom and bringing bilateral ties under strain. [TOI
5. India, China keen to expand defence ties : Beijing : India and China
are set to expand their defence ties beginning with a joint army exercise in
October in China after a gap of six years, defence minister AK Antony
said. Antony, who had back-to-back meetings Premier Li Keqiang and
defence minister, Chang Wanquan on Friday, said the new leadership
wants to expand its relationship with India.[HT p10]
6. Food ordinance : ‘Impact only after six months : New Delhi : AS
President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the food security
ordinance, the Congress left no stone unturned to claim credit for rolling
out a “game changer” welfare measure while the government
acknowledged the absence of “preparatory work” to roll out the scheme
and indicated the impact of the move could be felt only after six
months.[IE p6]
7. Cash at judge door: SC rejects Nirmal Yadav plea to block probe :
New Delhi : Clearing the deck for prosecution of former Punjab and
Haryana High Court judge Nirmal Yadav in the 2008 cash-at-judge’s door
scandal, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed her challenge to the
grant of sanction to try her under corruption charges.[IE p12]
8. No Phone calls between Bansal and Singla about Kumar : CBI : New
Delhi : The CBI, which is probing the bribery case involving the nephew of
former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, has said there are no
telephonic conversations between Bansal and his nephew Vijay Singla
over the appointment of Mahesh Kumar as member (electrical). [IE p9]
9. Eye on 2014, Cong to form state govt with JMM : Ranchi: The
Congress on Friday agreed to be a junior partner in a Jharkhand Mukti
Morcha (JMM)-led coalition in Jharkhand as part of a deal in which the
tribal outfit will support Congress candidates in 10 of the 14 Lok Sabha
seats in the state in 2014. As part of the pact shaped by the Congress’s
bid to fortify its flanks ahead of next year’s polls, the party has decided to
support JMM boss Shibu Soren’s son Hemant’s bid to be CM. [TOI p1]
10. Cong-JMM Deal Extended to 4 Neighbouring States : NEW DELHI :
The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha has returned to the United Progressive
Alliance ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Congress’ alliance with
JMM for forming a government in Jharkhand has been extended to the
Lok Sabha elections and the GOP will contest 10 of the 14 seats from the
state. The alliance will jointly fight polls in neighbouring West Bengal,
Odisha, Bihar and Chhattisgarh too. [TOI p1]
11. Eye on 2014, Cong to form state govt with JMM : Ranchi: The
Congress on Friday agreed to be a junior partner in a Jharkhand Mukti
Morcha (JMM)-led coalition in Jharkhand as part of a deal in which the
tribal outfit will support Congress candidates in 10 of the 14 Lok Sabha
seats in the state in 2014. As part of the pact shaped by the Congress’s
bid to fortify its flanks ahead of next year’s polls, the party has decided to
support JMM boss Shibu Soren’s son Hemant’s bid to be CM. [TOI p16]
12. Cong pacifies Beni, but gags him too, Avoid Personal Barbs, MSY
Bete Noire Told : New Delhi: Union minister Beni Prasad Verma on
Friday said he would continue to be in the Congress and work to defeat
Mulayam Singh Yadav, standing firm on his resolve to take on the
Samajwadi Party chief despite the party reprimand. [TOI p17]
13. Headley mentioned Ishrat’s LeT link, says defiant IB : New Delhi: The
inter-agency sparring over the Ishrat Jahan case took a new turn with a
defiant Intelligence Bureau making available excerpts from a National
Investigation Agency report detailing US jihadi David Headley’s account
about the teenager’s terror links. [TOI p1]
14. ‘Vanzara said he had sanction of political bosses’ : Ahmedabad : The
charge sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the Ishrat
Jahan fake encounter case does not name Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi and the then junior Home Minister Amit Shah, but it
contains a statement by a police witness saying that he had heard Crime
Branch DIG D.G. Vanzara telling his junior that he had the sanction of
political bosses for the encounter.[The Hindu p1]
15. Digvijaya wants govt to come clean on Ishrat : New Delhi : Congress
leader Digvijaya Singh on Friday asked the government to clarify on Ishrat
Jahan’s alleged terror links — a demand that has been vetted by the BJP,
which is trying to corner the government over the change in the home
ministry’s affidavit on their antecedents.[HT
16. CBI Evidence Against Modi, Shah ‘Hearsay’, Controversy over Ishrat
being a LeT cadre or not is borne out of politics…even a terrorist
can’t be killed in cold blood: CBI official : NEW DELHI : CBI, which is
investigating the conspiracy behind the unlawful killing of Ishrat Jahan and
three others has so far not come upon direct evidence pointing to
involvement of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi or his former home
minister Amit Shah. Instead, the evidence against the political leaders is
“hearsay” in nature and inadequate to arrive at any conclusion, a top CBI
official told ET on Friday. [ET p2]
17. Modi to enter Nitish turf via telelink : Gandhinagar/ Patna: Gujarat CM
Narendra Modi is set to hook up with BJP workers in Bihar on Saturday
through a ‘first-of-itskind’ teleconference to spell out the party’s roadmap
for the LS polls. Modi’s address comes two days after the BJP brass held
a strategy session in New Delhi and the first since its split with JD(U).
Nitish Kumar’s opposition had kept Modi out of the state during the
campaign in the last assembly elections in 2010. [TOI p10]
18. BJP core team gets poll roles, Shah Given Charge Of Social Media :
New Delhi: BJP president Rajnath Singh has allotted campaign related
assignments with Gujarat leader Amit Shah being given charge of social
media, Bihar leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy in charge of radio campaigns and
RSS-appointee Murlidhar Rao overseeing youth mobilization. [TOI p10]
19. LK leaves RSS HQ a happy man, Says Impact Of Meeting Will Be
Seen In The Coming Days : Nagpur: BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani
had a grumpy look when he landed in Nagpur on Friday morning for his
scheduled day-long parley with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and his deputy
Bhaiyyaji Joshi. Advani, who returned to New Delhi in the evening, sported
a pleasant look and had a relaxed manner. [TOI p10]
20. IB can seek immunity if they want : CBI : AS it probes the conspiracy
behind the alleged fake encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan to file a second
chargesheet next month, the CBI Friday strongly defended its
investigation which has pitted the agency against the Intelligence Bureau
over the latter’s role in the sensitive case.[IE p1]
21. After AAP, Snowden finds friends in JNU, online campaign on: New
Delhi : If the Aam Aadmi Party was the first to criticise the Government for
denying asylum to American whistle-blower Edward Snowden, it is the
turn now of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU).[IE
22. We are probing all angles, says CBI director : New Delhi: CBI is
probing “all angles” in the Ishrat Jahan case, including the statements of
some witnesses claiming knowledge of a political conspiracy behind the
alleged fake encounter involving the Gujarat police and the Subsidiary
Intelligence Bureau. [TOI p15]
23. UP Won’t Tolerate Modi’s Divisive Politics: Mulayam, SP chief
demands free distribution of wheat rather than charge . 2-3, as per
the food bill’s provisions Media overlooked Modi failure in K’taka;
food bill for votes, says SP patriarch : LUCKNOW : Gujarat Chief
Minister Narendra Modi’s magic would not work in Uttar Pradesh,
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has said. Amid indications
that Modi may contest Lok Sabha polls from the state, Yadav said, “UP
has its own culture and would not tolerate Modi’s divisive politics. [ET p2]
24. Fresh salvo : Lokpal stir by October-end : Allahabad : Anti-corruption
activist Anna Hazare on Friday threatened to repeat the Delhi fast of 2011
if the lokpal bill was not passed by the end of October. “We will not take it
lying down. I have decided to launch a fresh stir at the Ramlila ground in
Delhi. The date has not been finalised yet, but it will most probably be in
October-November. We will compel the insensitive political establishment
to pay heed to the voice of the nation.”[HT p10]
25. BJP, Cong have same prepoll start point : Ayodhya : After choosing
Gujaratis as supervisors for their party in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP and the
Congress will now be starting their prepoll exercise from Ayodhya. Both
the parties have apparently chosen Ayodhya with the intention of
polarising votes albeit in a subtle manner and interstingly, both the leaders
of BJP and Congress seem to be following a similiar road map in UP
too.[AA p2]
26. After Jet, it’s now jats for Ajit Singh : New Delhi: Civil aviation minister
Ajit Singh on Friday exhorted the jat community to gherao Delhi if the UPA
did not provide reservation for jobs. Speaking at a national convention of
the All India Jat Mahasabha, Singh said, “My government intends to
provide reservation for jats in jobs. In case the government doesn’t, the
entire community will converge in Delhi. No government will then have the
guts to ignore our demand.” [TOI p19]
27. Kataria, 3 others secure bail : Jaipur : Rajasthan leader of Opposition
and former home minister Gulab Chand Kataria and three other accused
in Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case got anticipatory bail from a
Mumbai court on Friday.[HT p11]
28. No witch-hung against IB officials, clarifies CBI : New Delhi : The
relations between the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the CBI have soured
over the indictment of IB’s special director Rajinder Kumar in the Ishrat
Jahan case.[HT p11]
29. MP Minister resigns after sodomy scandal : Bhopal : Madhya Pradesh
finance minister Raghavji resigned from his post on Friday over sodomy
charges levelled against him by his domestic help. The latter submitted an
affidavit to the police onThursday night claiming he was in possession of a
CD in which the minister’s unnatural act was recorded.[HT p1]
30. Capt. assures OBC quota to Jats : New Delhi : With an eye on jat
votes in north India, Congresss leader Captain Amarinder Singh, who has
been anointed as the president of Akhil Bharatiya Jat Mahasabha, on
Friday assured the community of reservation under the OBC quota.[AA
31. Netaji Bashing as BSP Best Bet for Beni : NEW DELHI : Steel Minister
Beni Prasad Verma hardly has any warm feelings towards Samajwadi
Party chief and his one-time leader in politics, Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Even so, his vitriolic comments against Yadav have now become routine
to be put classified as bitter outburst of a friend-turned-foe. [ET p2]
32. MHA Okays Draft Rules For Seeking Call Detail Records : NEW
DELHI : Four months after the Call Detail Records (CDR) of BJP leader
Arun Jaitley were compromised, the Union home ministry has finalised the
draft rules to completely revamp how CDRs can be accessed by security
agencies across India and has submitted it to the law ministry. [ET p3]
33. Cong, BJD in league to foment communal riot : Bhubaneswar : BJP
on Friday slammed the Congress and the ruling BJD for resorting to vote
bank politics and conspiring to create social tension and communal riot in
Kandhamal prior to the 2014 elections.[The Hindu p4]
34. BJP to join hands with Swamy? : New Delhi : BJP Parliamentary
board’s meeting on Monday is likely to discuss Janata Party chief
Subramanian Swamy’s proposal to merge his outfit with the principal
Opposition.[Pioneer Daily p5]
35. Anti- defection : Speaker to drop proceedings against 3 JD(U) MPs :
New Delhi : request from the JD(U) to drop proceedings against its three
MPs facing anti-defection charges. This has come as a reprieve for party
MPs Rajiv Ranjan Singh ‘Lalan’, Sushil Singh and Mangni Lal Mandal
against whom their party had earlier moved a petition seeking their
disqualification from the Lower House of Parliament. The matter was
referred to the privileges committee.[Pioneer Daily p5]
36. Adarsh Scam : Shinde may land in trouble : New Delhi : In what may
land Sushilkumar Shinde in trouble, a social activist has — in an
application seeking a direction from the Bombay High court that the Union
Home Minister be made an accused in the Adarsh scam case — alleged
that Shinde owns a benami flat in the 31-storey building constructed
Adarsh Co-Operative Housing Society at Colaba in south
Mumbai.[Pioneer Daily p4]
37. SP candidates in 5 LS seats changed : Lucknow : The SP on Friday
replaced candidates in five Lok Sabha seats. This has been done
following unfavourable reports about the candidates from their respective
constituencies. In Farukkhabad, Sachin Singh Yadav has been replaced
with Rameshwar Singh Yadav, while in Fizabad, Mitrasen Yadav will be
the new candidates replacing Tilak Ram Varma. In Ambedkar Nagar, it is
Ram Murti Varma. [AA p2]
38. It’s a dirty business : Barkha Dutt : In a country that gave (rightly so)
even Ajmal Kasab the benefit of due process, the chilling CBI account, if
true, of how a 19-year-old young woman was abducted, drugged and
killed in a staged shootout that saw 70 bullets pumped into her and three
others, should shame us all.[HT p12]

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