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June 27, 2011

Baba Ramdev back in Delhi, hits out at government

New Delhi:  Returning to Delhi three weeks after he was bundled out from here, yoga guru Ramdev today attacked the government claiming that it has no will to fight corruption or create a Lokpal to check the menace.

Ramdev said he would continue his fight against corruption alongside “anybody from any party, any religion”. He said he was willing to fight the menace but he did not make it clear whether he would join Anna Hazare on August 16 when the latter relaunches his campaign for a strong Lokpal.

Holding that he was “not a mask” for BJP or RSS, he asked why the government was talking to him if they thought he was a criminal and insisted he doesn’t have a penny of black money.

“Government does not want to create a Lokpal,” he said addressing a press conference here after meeting Raj Bala, who was grievously injured in the June five pre-dawn police crackdown at Ramlila Maidan on his supporters, at a hospital and dared the government to “search” his institutions for black money and declare it as national asset.

“Sarkar pehle bhrashtachari thi, abh woh atyachari bhi ho gayi (The government was indulging in corruption earlier. Now it is indulging in atrocities),” he said, adding, “This government has no will to fight corruption.”

The yoga guru alleged that the government was muzzling voices of those who talk about black money or tell the truth.

Terming the crackdown in Ramlila Maidan as “murder of democracy”, he alleged it was aimed at eliminating him and that there were “attempts to rape women” by drunk men during the police action.

However, Ramdev did not throw any light on his next move as part of his anti-corruption campaign. He said he would launch a free housing scheme in Haridwar on July one followed by another programme on August four for empowering villages.

Ramdev reached the capital from Haridwar by road this afternoon and straight away headed to G B Pant Hospital in central Delhi to visit Raj Bala.

Police had erected barricades along the border to screen those entering the Capital and ensure that no untoward incident occurred during Ramdev’s visit to the city.

Earlier, police had said he was not allowed to enter the capital for 15 days but later retracted from it.

June 25, 2011

Diesel, kerosene & LPG price hike

New Delhi: The government has approved a price hike for diesel, LPG and kerosene. Diesel prices will increase by Rs. 3 a litre and LPG by Rs. 50 more per cylinder. Kerosene prices have been increased by Rs. 2 per litre.

The ministerial panel to consider a fuel price hike began its meeting here Friday evening.

The empowered group of ministers (eGoM), headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, was to have met in the afternoon, but the meeting was deferred for later in the evening.

Announcing the postponement after his meeting with finance minister, Petroleum Minister S. Jaipal Reddy said the group was looking at various options on how to help oil marketing companies recover their losses on diesel, cooking gas and kerosene.

Oil marketing companies suffer losses of Rs.13.72 per litre on diesel, Rs.26.16 per litre on kerosene and Rs.381.14 per LPG cylinder.

He added that the petroleum ministry has given no proposal on fuel price hike. ‘We have offered an analysis and the same will be discussed at the EGoM meeting,’ said Reddy.


June 25, 2011

Unemployment, poverty due to wrong governance: Gadkari

Bangalore, Jun 24 (PTI) Observing that politics should be an instrument for socio-economic transformation, BJP president Nitin Gadkari today said that India was facing poverty and unemployment due to “wrong governance”.

“India is a rich nation full of poor people. The country is facing challenges of unemployment and poverty owing to wrong economic policy and wrong governance,” he said.

Delivering his address at the 94th Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Gadkari also stressed the need for “development-oriented” approach to politics.

“We need a development-oriented approach to politics, aimed at development in different levels,” he said, adding that this could be done through constructive thinking, fast track decision making, transparency, auditing and accountability and acceleration of the system in the right direction.

The BJP president said that the focus of development should be on agriculture and its allied industries and called for the promotion of PPP model to encourage private entrepreneurs to participate in development projects.

Gadkari also called for an “integrated approach” to development which included elements of both “progress and concern for the environment.”

“Above all, the need of the hour is a good economic policy and a strong political will to execute it,” he said.


June 16, 2011

Congress demands Nishank’s resignation

CongressDehra Dun: A day after Uttarakhand government recommended a CBI inquiry into the death of Swami Nigamanand, Congress Thursday demanded resignation from Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank alleging that the seer died due to negligence of the state government.

“The death of Nigamanand due to lack of proper medical care clearly shows that the BJP government has completely failed to discharge its duty,” spokesman of Uttarakhand Congress Legislature Party Kishore Upadhyay said.

Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank should immediately resign from the post,” he added.

Uttarakhand government yesterday recommended a CBI probe into the matter as pressure mounted on it from various quarters including Governor Margaret Alva who advised the state government to go for an independent probe.

Swami Nigamanand, who was fasting for nearly four months demanding an immediate stopping of quarrying in Ganga, had died in a hospital near here on Jun 13.

On the allegations of state government that Congress is just politicising the issue and no Congress leader had gone to see Swami Nigamanand when he was on fast in the hospital, Upadhyay said he had not only visited the Himalayan hospital when he was in coma but also tried to apprise the Chief Minister of his “critical” condition.

“When I was told by the hospital that Nigamanand’s condition was critical, I tried to approach the CM but did not succeed,” said Upadhyay, an MLA from Tehri.

The Congress leader also alleged that proper medical care was not provided to Nigamanand as the state government is under pressure of quarrying mafia.

Upadhyay claimed that he and Union Minister of state for Agriculture Harish Rawat wrote a letter to Chief Minister that Nigamanand should be shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi but no attention was given to their concerns.


June 16, 2011

Govt seeks public views online on black money issue

New Delhi:  The government today created an email id for public to send their ideas and inputs to tackle issues arising out of black money.

The email — — has been created on the server of the National Informatics Centre and the public can send their responses on the subject with immediate effect, a senior Finance Ministry officer said.

“General public can send in their responses and inputs like imposing penalties and making penal provisions to tackle with the issue,” the officer said.

The government has already constituted a committee headed by Central Board of Direct Taxes Chairman Prakash Chandra to devise new strategies to deal with the issue. The committee is expected to submit its recommendations in the next six months.

The email account will be continuously monitored by Finance Ministry officials and they would place the messages before the committee headed by the CBDT Chairman.


June 14, 2011

Baba Ramdev discharged from hospital, targets govt

Baba RamdevDehradun:  After a doctor publicly announced that Baba Ramdev is in good health, the yoga icon addressed a press conference. He ended his nine-day hunger fast on Sunday, but said his struggle against corruption and black money continues.

Baba Ramdev thanked his supporters for standing by him but criticized the government for dismantling his huge yoga camp plus sit-in-protest in Delhi on June 11.

The police lathi-charged and teargassed the 65,000 people who were with Baba Ramdev at Ramlila Maidan; the  yoga teacher was evicted and flown back to Uttarakhand.

“That was a dark night,” said the yoga teacher, ” we didn’t do anything wrong by holding a peaceful protest.”



June 8, 2011

Ramdev threatens govt, will raise armed force

Baba RamdevBaba Ramdev whose protest against corruption was crushed by police at the weekend warned on Wendesday of violence and threatened to train an army of 11,000 followers. Baba Ramdev issued the call-to-arms from his ashram near the holy town of Haridwar 130 miles (200 kilometres) north of New Delhi after he was ejected from the capital. He and 50,000 supporters had gathered in Delhi to hold a hunger strike as part of a growing wave of dissent against the government’s failure to tackle corruption.

But early on Sunday, police wielding sticks and firing tear gas broke up the protest in a surprise move that infuriated Ramdev’s millions of followers and triggered sharp criticism of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Ramdev, whose popularity stems from his daily yoga shows on television, called for men and women to join his “army”.

“They must be dedicated, ready to make the ultimate sacrifice,” he said in remarks reported by television news channels. “They will be given arms training. We will build an army of 11,000 men and women.”

His spokesman said that the force would have weapons but would act only in self-defence. He said that Ramdev was determined to stand up to police if they again attacked him or his supporters.

Corruption has become a major focus of public discontent in the country, and Ramdev’s hunger strike – which he resumed on Monday – has piled further pressure on the government.

The main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), sought to tap into the anger, with leader of the opposition Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday travelling to met Ramdev in Haridwar.

Another hunger striker, veteran activist Anna Hazare, on Wednesday attracted thousands of people to a one-day demonstration in Delhi to protest against the police crackdown on Ramdev.