NEWS IN BRIEF – JUL 10, 2013
1. SC slams govt for not acting to stop acid attacks on girls, ‘Centre Doesn’t Seem Serious On Court Order’ : New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday came down hard on the Centre for failing to implement its 11-month-old order to hammer out a consensus on regulating the sale of acid so that jilted lovers and obsessed stalkers don’t get to use the corrosive substance to attack women. [TOI p1]

2. China army in Ladakh again, raids Indian post : New Delhi:The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) continues to needle Indian forces all along the unresolved Line of Actual Control (LAC) — from Arunachal Pradesh to Ladakh — despite all the “good atmospherics” generated during the recent visits of Chinese premier Li Keqiang here and defence minister A K Antony to Beijing. [TOI p1]

3. Antony Visited China Despite 2nd Incursion, PLA vandalised Army
post, cameras in Chumar : NEW DELHI | LEH : The Chinese incursion
into the Indian territory did not end after the Daulat Beg Oldie incident in
May. Troops of the People’s Liberation Army intruded across the Line of
Actual Control in Chumar on June 17 and destroyed Indian Army’s
observation posts and cameras, it has now emerged.[ET p2]
4. PM rolls out red carpet for FDI to boost sagging economy : New
Delhi: In a bid to send a strong message to global investors and initiate
firm steps to stem the recent slide of the rupee, Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh has backed the finance ministry and industry department’s plan to
raise foreign direct investment ceiling in telecom to 100%, besides
allowing overseas flows into several sectors without prior government
approval. [TOI p1]
5. Why is Bansal witness, ask accused trio : New Delhi: CBI’s move to
make Pawan Bansal a witness in the railway “cash-for-post” scam ran into
a legal challenge on Tuesday, with three of the accused alleging that the
former railway minister was set free instead of being made an accused.
[TOI p1]
6. Three accused question Bansal being made witness in Railgate :
New Delhi: The CBI’s move to make Pawan Bansal a witness in the
railway “cash-for-post” scam ran into a strong legal challenge on Tuesday,
with three of the accused in the case alleging that the former railway
minister, who should have been made an accused, had been set free.
[TOI p11]
7. Ordinance ready to take RTI noose off parties : New Delhi : The
government is ready with an ordinance to overturn the Central Information
Commission’s (CIC) order, which brought six major political parties under
the RTI ambit. It has justified the move saying existing laws allow
“adequate transparency” in their financial matters.[HT
8. EC for clear, clean poll manifestos : New Delhi : Political parties may
not be able to announce construction of a religious place or declare unquantified
freebees or something adverse against any country in their
election manifestos if the Election Commission has its way.[HT p8]
9. Cong targets Modi to divert focus from scams: Rajnath : NEW DELHI:
BJP president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday accused the Congress of trying
to communalise the debate around Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi
— also the BJP’s 2014 campaign face — in order to divert attention from
its scams and poor governance. He also hit out at the government for
bringing the food security Ordinance after nine years of coming to
power.[HT p13]
10. Jet-Etihad deal fraudulent: BJP MP : New Delhi: The Central Vigilance
Commission (CVC) is examining a set of allegations raised by an
opposition MP about the Jet Airways-Etihad deal, including several
inappropriate decisions and a possible conspiracy. Sources said the CVC
could seek replies from the ministry of civil aviation about the allegations
raised by BJP’s Lok Sabha member Nishikant Dubey, who has alleged
that the Jet-Etihad deal resulted in a revenue loss of Rs 500 crore to the
exchequer. [TOI p15]
11. Food Security: Sonia Calls Meet of Cong CMs, PCC Chiefs on July 13
: NEW DELHI: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has called a meeting of its
chief ministers and PCC chiefs to discuss the food security bill on July 13.
ET had reported this in its July 9 edition. The meeting called days after the
government rushed through an ordinance on the key measure is an
indication that the party is keen to propagate the scheme that will provide
right to cheap food grain to 82 crore people. [ET p2]
12. Cong plans launch of food scheme on Rajiv birthday : New Delhi:
Congress is planning a grand rollout of the food security scheme, likely on
Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary on August 20, in what appears a strong
bid to woo the vast beneficiary group ahead of the 2014 elections. [TOI
13. Reveal exchange between PM, CJI on RTI: CIC to SC : New Delhi:
Central Information Commission has asked the Supreme Court to provide
communication exchanged between the Chief Justice of India (CJI) and
the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the issue of RTI. [TOI p15]
14. Modi set to be declared as BJP’s PM candidate : Ahmedabad : The
stage is almost set to declare Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the
prime ministerial candidate of the BJP for the coming Parliamentary
elections.[The Tribune p18]
15. Election Commission may deploy EVMs with paper : New Delhi : The
Election Commission (EC) has yet another mammoth task of holding
Legislative Assembly polls in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh,
Rajasthan and Mizoram before the end of this year. It is planning to
deploy, to get feedback and on experimental basis, Electronic Voting
Machines (EVMs) with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in some
constituencies.[The Hindu p9]
16. Rajnath Attacks Centre, Nitish, Says 20 days after split, Bihar is
slipping back to the days of anarchy reminiscent of Lalu era : PATNA
: BJP president Rajnath Singh appeared to exercise restraint in attacking
his party’s former partner, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, for the recent
blasts at Bodh Gaya, even as he lashed out at the JD (U) leader on his
visit to Bihar on Tuesday. “The Centre should have coordinated with the
state government for putting in place an effective security system at the
temple. No state alone can counter terrorism on its own,” Singh said in
Patna, referring to the tip-off provided by IB nine months ago. [ET p2]
17. Rajnath Jaitley visit blast site, slam Centre : Bodhgaya : Two days
after blasts at the Mahabodhi temple complex, BJP leaders Rajnath Singh
and Arun Jaitley visited Bodhgaya and slammed the Congress-led Central
government.[IE p7]
18. Cops nab suspect in 2011 plot to kill Advani : Chennai : After a two
year search, the police Tuesday claimed to have nabbed one of the prime
accused involved in the conspiracy to detonate a crude bomb near
Madurai targeting senior BJP leader L K Advani on October 28, 2011.[IE
19. Rajnath to explain BJP’s Afghan stand at US meet : New Delhi :
While BJP’s chief campaigner Narendra Modi has used video conference
to reach out to audiences across the US to spell out his version of the
saffron party’s vision for the country, party president Rajnath Singh is
slated to travel to the US to explain the BJP’s vision on Afghanistan in the
wake of pullout by NATO forces from the region.[IE p9]
20. Local imprint missing, bombers from outside? : New Delhi/Gaya: The
bombers of Bodh Gaya are likely to have come from outside Gaya as
none of the ingredients of the 13 bombs planted in and around the
Mahabodhi temple complex seem to have been locally procured. [TOI
21. After SP, Bukhari warms up to RLD : Lucknow: In the backdrop of
strained ties with the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, Shahi
Imam of Jama Masjid, SyedAhmad Bukhari, appears to be cozying up to
Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). RLD sources said Bukhari met party
general secretary and Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Chaudhary on Monday
evening in the second meeting with the party’s top leadership in the past
two months. [TOI p13]
22. Rajnath, Joshi not in race for Lucknow seat:Lalji : Lucknow : BJP MP
from Lucknow Lalji Tandon today dismissed as rumours reports that some
party leaders, including Mr Narendra Modi and Mr Rajanth Singh, are
keen to carry on former Prime Minister Mr A B Vajpayee’s legacy by
contesting from this seat in the Lok Sabha polls.[The Statesman p5]–Joshi-not-in-racefor-
23. Anti-T Cong leaders warn against creation of new state : New Delhi:
Sensing the Congress leadership is close to taking a decision on
Telangana, leaders opposed to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh are
frenetically arguing that short-term electoral calculations will ruin the
party’s prospects for years. [TOI p19]
24. Vacant teacher posts in Central varsities a concern : Jaipur :
President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that Indian still does not
figure in the top 200 educational universities of the world and expressed
concern over the country’s backwardness in the field of education.[IE p4]
25. More areas in Assam flooded : Guwahati : The flood situation in Assam
worsened on Tuesday as surging water level in the Brahmaputra and its
tributaries inundated more areas. Incessant rain in Bhutan and Arunachal
Pradesh in the last few days led to overflowing of the Brahmaputra and its
tributaries in Jorhat , Sivasagar , Sonitpur and Barpeta districts, states the
flood report released by the Assam State Disaster Management
Authority.[HT p8]
26. Prez village has no Cong candidate for rural polls : Kolkata : The
Congress has not put up any candidate for the upcoming panchayat
elections in the area in which President Pranab Mukherjee’s village falls,
giving the seat to rival Trinamool on a platter. Mukherjee, who held the
office of state Congress president, visits village Miriti, 270 km northwest of
Kolkata, every year.[HT p8]
27. Soren junior stakes claim to form govt : Ranchi :A month shy of his
38th birthday, JMM chief Sibu Soren’s son Hemant Soren on Tuesday
staked claim to form the government in Jharkhand, having assured himself
of the support of 43 legislators.[HT p11]
28. Cong to Take Fight to Yadav’s Home : LUCKNOW : Despite an alliance
for the last nine years, the Congress has decided to take the poll battle
straight into Mualayam Singh Yadav’s den. The Congress made it obvious
on Tuesday that it plans to field candidates in the Yadav family
strongholds of Mainpuri, Etawah and Kannauj. In 2009, Congress didn’t
contest these seats and in return SP didn’t fight in Rae Bareli and Amethi,
which are represented by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul
Gandhi. [ET p3]
29. Keep fodder scam verdict on hold: SC, Big Relief For Accused Lalu :
New Delhi: In a big relief to fodder scam accused and RJD chief Lalu
Prasad, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the July 15 trial court
judgment. Prasad alleged that the trial judge’s sister was married to Bihar
minister P K Shahi’s cousin.[TOI p11]
30. 30 kilos of rice at 1 for poor in Karnataka : Bangalore: The Karnataka
government is launching on Wednesday its “game-changer” initiative to
supply 30 kg of rice at Re 1 to nearly 1 crore poor families across the
state. The “Anna Bhagya” would be unveiled by chief minister
Siddaramaiah in Bangalore, while the incharge ministers would do so in
district headquarters, in what looks like a “showpiece” scheme of the new
Congress government. [TOI p11]
31. 2 More SP names for LS polls out : Lucknow : : The Samajwadi Party
on Tuesday announced two more candidates for the Lok Sabha elections.
32. party has so far declared candidates on 75 of the 80 seats in the state but
the list has not yet been finalised because some changes are likely.
According to a party release issued by Prof. Ram Gopal Yadav, Gorakh
Prasad Paswan has been given ticket from Basgaon seat while Harivansh
Sahay Khushwaha
33. will contest the polls from Salempur seat.[AA p2]
34. Cong to decide July 12? : New Delhi : The Congress, which has been
dithering over the contentious issue of a separate Telangana state, may
take a call on it during the party’s core committee meeting on July 12 here.
The party’s central leadership has summoned Andhra Pradesh chief
minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, deputy chief minister Damodhar Raja
Narasimha and state Congress leader Botsa Satyanarayana with their
report on the matter for the meeting.[AA p2]
35. Lalji : Will contest Lucknow again : Lucknow : Sitting BJP MP from
Lucknow Lalji Tandon on Tuesday, set at rest all speculation about top
party leaders planning to contest from Lucknow. The Lucknow
parliamentary seat was held by Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and it was said
that Mr Rajnath Singh, Mr Narendra Modi and Dr Murli Manohar Joshi
were keen to contest this seat and lay their claim to the legacy of the
former Prime Minister.[AA p2]
36. Cong will fight Mulayam seat : Lucknow : The Congress announced on
Tuesday that it would field its candidates in the Samajwadi Party bastions,
Mainpuri, Kannauj and Etawah, in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.[AA
37. Modi Gujarat model is marketing technique : Mumbai : Maharashtra
chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has slammed Gujarat CM Narendra Modi
and has dubbed Mr Modi’s “Gujarat model of development” nothing but a
“marketing and PR” exercise that was being used by Mr Modi’s NRI
friends. [AA p2]
38. Setback for Cong: JD-U says no tieup for LS : Patna : With JD(U)
national president Sharad Yadav saying on Tuesday that his party would
have no
39. alliance with any other party and would continue opposing the Centre on
all old issues, the Congress’ hopes of allying with the JD(U) in Bihar for
the Lok Sabha polls got a jolt.[AA p2]
40. Cong to take on UP govt in SP bastions : Lucknow : AICC general
secretary Madhusudan Mistry asked his partymen to “aggressively”
protest against the UP government’s “anti-people policies” in the
Samajwadi Party strongholds.[IE p4]
41. Sodomy Charges: Former Madhya Pradesh Minister Raghavji
Arrested : BHOPAL: Disgraced former Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister
Raghavji was arrested here following sodomy allegations levelled against
him by his domestic servant Rajkumar Dangi, police said.[ET p2]
42. Kerala on the boil, Antony backs CM : THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:
Defence minister AK Antony on Tuesday rallied behind Kerala CM
Oommen Chandy, who is under attack for the solar scam, even as
opposition LDF activists demanding the CM’s resignation clashed with
police injuring many, including opposition leader VS Achuthanandan.[HT
43. Mizoram : Bypolls for 15 rural bodies on July 23 : Aizawl : Two wekks
after rebel outfit Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) ended is boycott
of 15 village council by elections, Mizoram’s State Election Commission
announced the poll dates.[IE p6]
44. Rs. fall may force steep diesel, LPG price hike : New Delhi : With the
rupee falling against the US dollar, the government is under immense
pressure from oil companies to increase the quantum of the hike in the
prices of diesel and domestic cooking gas (LPG).[HT p1]
45. No early changes likely in judges appointment system : New Delhi :
The Centre has virtually lost the hope of bringing about a change in the
present mechanism of appointing high courts and Supreme Court judges
under the collegium system, at least in the near future, in the face of
strong resistance from the judiciary and the Opposition.[The Tribune p2]
46. CBI set to name IB officer in second chargesheet : New Delhi:
Disregarding the protests of the Intelligence Bureau, CBI seems set to
chargesheet senior intelligence officer Rajinder Kumar and three of his
juniors in connection with the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. [TOI p17]
47. MHA man alleges CBI pressure tactic : NEW DELHI: A former home
ministry official has alleged the CBI tried to coerce him during his
questioning in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case. The official, who
drafted the ministry’s two conflicting affidavits before the Gujarat high
court in 2009, alleged in a June 24 letter that the CBI’s special
investigation team (SIT) pressured him to implicate his seniors.[HT p17]
48. Shred The Veil Of Secrecy, Appointments in the higher judiciary
must be based on merit and reflect social diversity : Ajit Prakash
Shah : There is a strong perception among various stakeholders that the
appointment of judges is being dictated by extraneous considerations.
Merit and competence are only secondary. The recent elevation of two
high court chief justices to the Supreme Court by overlooking other, more
senior, judges is the latest incident in this saga. [TOI p20]
49. How Modi undoes the political math : Pranab Dhal Samanta : The
power of perception is central to any political space. And, it’s not just about
constructing an image, but a sustained effort to ensure that the story you
build around yourself is the story others believe. Over a period of time,
though, these perceptions become assumed facts, prompting important
political decisions, some of which can upset settled understandings of the
political field.[IE p15]
50. Why the CPI says no to RTI : S Sudhakar Reddy : We have received a
number of inquiries about the CPI’s position on bringing parties under the
Right to Information (RTI) Act. The decision of the Central Information
Commission (CIC) that political parties should come under the RTI, as
they receive a substantial amount of financial help from the government,
has been rejected by all parties. Many eyebrows were raised as to why
the Left parties are also opposed to it. I have received 180 emails in this
regard.[IE p15]
51. Murthy effect: Global sales head resigns : New Delhi : In an apparent
sign of change after the return of NR Narayana Murthy as executive
chairman last month, Infosys’ global sales head Basab Pradhan resigned
suddenly on Tuesday, with just three days to go for the software major’s
results for the April-June quarter.[HT p1]
52. RBI and SEBI step in, apply brakes on Re free-fall : New Delhi : The
Reserve Bank of India and market regulator SEBI stepped in with a wide
set of measures Tuesday to stop the rupee from sliding beyond the 12 per
cent it has fallen since the end of April.[IE p3]

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