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August 3, 2011

‘Pak army’s focus on countering India self-destructive’

New York Lauding the Indian leadership’s willingness to engage Pakistan despite its failure to bring perpetrators of the 26/11 attacks to justice, a leading US daily has said that the Pakistani Army’s use of militants to counter Indian influence in Kashmir is “self-destructive.”

In the editorial titled ‘India and Pakistan, Talking: Even modest progress is to be celebrated and urged forward,’ the New York Times said that homegrown extremism and not India is the real threat to Pakistan’s survival.

“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India deserves huge credit for staying engaged despite Pakistan’s failure to prosecute those responsible for the 2008 horrors. And he deserves credit for not shooting first and asking questions later after the recent attacks. We wish we could say the same of Pakistan’s leaders,” the editorial said.

Pakistani army’s focus on countering India’s influence in Kashmir and Afghanistan is self-destructive for the country, it said.

“Before there can be a true reconciliation, and stability in the region, Pakistan’s Army must realise that using militants to try to counter Indian influence in Kashmir and Afghanistan is self-destructive – and that homegrown extremism, not India, is the real threat to Pakistan’s survival.”

Describing the relationship between the two neighbours as “combustible”, the editorial said “it is progress just to get the two sides in a room,” in a reference to the recently concluded talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries.

“Last week’s meeting was better. Their foreign ministers announced modest, but very welcome, agreements concerning… Kashmir.”

Small steps like increasing cross-border trade and expediting travel permits for those wanting to cross the border could help chip away at the “visceral mistrust” between the two countries that have fought three wars since their independence in 1947, it said.

“India and Pakistan have more to talk about, including cooperation on water, expanded trade and their joint stake in a stable Afghanistan. President Obama’s drawdown of American troops will go easier if India and Pakistan are part of the solution, not fighting over the spoils,” the Times said.

“New Delhi insists that it will accept no outside mediation. Washington needs to keep pressing the two to work together.”

The United States and its allies are planning a conference in Bonn in December where they hope to rally international support for a broad regional strategy that includes a peace deal for Afghanistan, trade agreements and ambitious energy projects.

“India and Pakistan need to be full participants. The payoff could be huge if their leaders muster the courage to resolve their differences,” it added.


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.


June 8, 2011

No need for more committees, studies on black money: Experts

New Delhi: Delays in action against black money by way of committees and studies will give time to corrupt politicians, businessmen and bureaucrats to divert their ill-gotten funds into shell companies, an eminent JNU professor has said.

“More studies or committees or new special investigating wing and treaties with foreign governments are only to stall action,” said Arun Kumar, the head of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning in Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Kumar, who has authored ‘The Black Economy in India’, said the government’s move to institute studies and form committees on black money “will only give time to triad — politicians, businessmen and bureaucrats — to invest their funds in shell companies abroad.”

He gave the example of a politician from Jharkhand who is alleged to have invested unaccounted funds in African mines.

Similar views were expressed by National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) professor Ila Patnaik, who said that agencies like the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) were not needed to check tax-related offences.

“I don’t think we require any new special investigation agency like the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to deal with tax-related crimes…,” she said.

Under pressure from various quarters, the government had recently set up the DCI to deal with tax-related crimes and initiate prosecution proceedings against tax defaulters.

According to Kumar, the government can act on the leads provided by investigating agencies that tape telephone conversations of suspected persons.

“Investigating agencies provide the leadership with information through tapping lakhs of phones every year,” he said, adding that the government can use the information to book culprits.

The share of the black economy has increased from the Wanchoo Committee’s estimate of 7 per cent in the early 1970s to 21 per cent according to the Shankar Archarya Committee to almost 50 per cent according to the latest Global Integrity Report, said Kumar, who conducted an independent study in 1999 detailing the various aspects of the ‘black economy’.

“In the last 60 years, dozens of committee have studied various aspect of black money and given thousands of suggestions. Hundreds of these suggestions have been implemented, but the size of the black economy has grown substantially,” he said.

Besides setting up the DCI, the government has also commissioned a study to estimate the extent of black money within and outside the country. The study will be jointly conducted by the NIPFP, National Institute of Financial Management and National Council for Applied Economic Research.


June 7, 2011

Salman confused with Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike

Salman KhanSalman Khan is puzzled with yoga guru’s action, Shahrukh too commented on on Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike in Delhi before Salman did. On Been Asked by a media person to salman’s opinion regarding Baba’s fight against corruption,things seems penetrating from his side. Salman said that there is no use of the hunger strike , he can spread the message against corruption in other ways too. He have numerous admirer across India,If he really wants cut down the roots of corruption, he can spread the message through them and prompt the people not to give bribes.

Baba Ramdev

Salman feels that there is no use of the fast, without that also the mission can be accomplished. A few days back Shahrukh Khan stated against Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike, believe that it was politically motivated and he would not support the drive which Baba is leading. On the contrary to this other bollywood celebrities like Shekhar Kapoor, Shabana Azmi appreciated Baba’s step.

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapoor tweeted on the social networking site ‘Twitter’, regarding Baba’ step for peaceful protest whereas actress and activist Shabana Azmi People are foiled with the devil named corruption. Baba Ramdev is helping them out to on right track to uproot it completely from our nation. What background of eviction will the step of Yoga guru Baba Ramdev will take in the history of India.


June 7, 2011

Uma Bharti Returns to BJP After Six Years

Uma BhartiNew Delhi, Jun 7: Veteran politician Uma Bharti, 52, Tuesday rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), nearly six years after being expelled for defying the party leadership.

The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister’s re-induction in the party was announced at a press conference here by party president Nitin Gadkari.

She will look after the party’s affairs in Uttar Pradesh, which goes to polls next year.

“I discussed the issue with all leaders and parliamentary party members and so I am announcing it now. With Uma Bharti, we will get power in Uttar Pradesh politics,” Gadkari told reporters.

She was expelled for indiscipline and defying the BJP’s central leadership in December 2005. She then launched her own party — the Bharatiya Janshakti Party.



June 7, 2011

Forceful eviction of Baba Ramdev shocking: IAIF

Baba RamdevWashington: Expressing shock at forceful eviction of Baba Ramdev and his followers from Ramlila Maidan, a New York-based Indian American body termed it as a dangerous attack on the democratic set up in India.

“Baba Ramdev’s intent behind this movement is to bring back approximately USD nine trillion stolen from poor Indians and stashed in foreign countries; and he is determined to reverse this awful trajectory,” the New-York based Indian American Intellectual Forum (IAIF) said in a statement.

Under no circumstances it was supposed to create a law and order problem as is being claimed by the Central Government, Forum’s president Narain Kataria said.

“Baba Ramdev’s allegation that there was a sinister conspiracy to kill him has to be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation,” he said, adding the reign of repression let lose against thousands of peaceful men, women and children by 5,000 Delhi policemen should be vehemently condemned with the contempt it deserves.

It is a naked fascism as practiced by dictators in Middle Eastern countries, Kataria alleged.

“The Indians are determined to take back Government of India from their corrupt rulers. Make no mistake; they are waking up silently, slowly but surely. They are not going to stop till the goal is reached,” the Forum said.


March 7, 2011

DMK-Congress: From breakpoint to breakthrough?


New Delhi: The marriage between the DMK and the Congress may not be over after all. This evening, just before the DMK’s six ministers were scheduled to meet the Prime Minister to resign from the government, party leader MK Stalin announced that the Congress had asked for another day to reassess the demands that had pushed the relationship to breaking point.

Mr Stalin said that the Congress will get back to the DMK tomorrow on how many seats it wants if the two parties decide to contest the Tamil Nadu elections as partners – as they have done in the past. Over the weekend, the DMK declared it was pulling out of the UPA coalition at the Centre because the Congress wanted three more seats than the 60 it was prepared to share.

The attempt to reconcile comes after the political equivalent of a couples counselling session was held in Delhi this afternoon with Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee meeting with senior DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran. Mr Mukherjee also phoned DMK chief M Karunanidhi in Chennai to petition for a 24-hour reprieve.  Mr Karunanidhi’s daughter, Kanimozhi, said, “We can’t discuss every conversation in public. Negotiations are on and we will have a clearer picture tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, DMK ministers Dayanidhi Maran and MK Alagiri are meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi right now. Sources have told NDTV the Congress is likely to get 60 out of the 63 seats it wanted, and the DMK has also softened its stand on giving up winnable seats. It is likely that the PMK may lose three seats to accommodate the Congress.

The DMK has six union ministers and 18 MPs, allowing it to be an influential member of the coalition government at the Centre.

What has turned the allies into foes is the negotiation over what sort of role the Congress will play – first in the Tamil Nadu elections, and then in the state government if the DMK comes to power. Currently, the DMK government is supported “from outside” by the Congress – the latter is not part of the government. Elections in Tamil Nadu are scheduled for April 13. The Congress wants 63 seats, as opposed to the 60 that the DMK is prepared to part with. Also, the Congress has shortlisted some constituencies which have to be included in its share. That’s not acceptable to the DMK.

The split was first announced by the DMK on Saturday which apparently expected the Congress to respond with some serious TLC. The Congress instead chose to keep its distance, possibly emboldened by the fact that the Samajwadi Party has indicated it could replace the DMK in the coalition. On Sunday, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav claimed the UPA government will not fall – with his 22 MPs, that’s not an empty promise.

In the 543-seat Lok Sabha, the half-way mark is 272. The Congress has 207 seats. Allies like the DMK push the UPA’s tally to 274 – just two more than that critical half-way mark.

The DMK’s 18 seats push the government into a minority. But Mulayam’s 22 compensate nicely.

Divorce over 2G scam?

While the Congress and the DMK argue publicly over seats, sources say the real cause for the break-up is the DMK’s entanglement with the 2G spectrum scam. One of the DMKs main men, A Raja, who was Telecom Minister has been arrested for siring the scam, which saw valuable frequency being given at throwaway prices to private companies. A 214-crore kickback from the scam was allegedly routed to a TV station in Chennai that’s owned largely by Mr Karunanidhi’s wife, and his daughter Kanimozhi, who is an MP and a close associate of Mr Raja’s. The CBI, in charge of investigating the scam, has raided the homes and offices of people closely associated with Kanimozhi, and she is expected to be questioned in the next few weeks by the CBI. The DMK is getting increasingly uncomfortable with the inquiry and what it might throw up. The Congress, on the other hand, is suggested to be wary of asking for votes with a political partner whose senior members seem tarnished by corruption.

March 4, 2011

CBI files FIR against former Prasar Bharti chief Lalli


The Central Bureau for Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed an FIR against former Prasar Bharti CEO BS Lalli. Lalli has been accused of causing irregularities in granting the broadcasting rights for Commonwealth Games (CWG) held in October last year. Earlier, the CBI was granted permission by the information and broadcasting ministry initiate an enquiry against Lalli.

The ministry has given a sanction to the CBI to probe Lalli’s role in award of broadcasting rights of the Commonwealth Games to UK based SIS Live, believed to have caused a loss of Rs 135 crore to the national exchequer.