August, 2009


HC Stays Hearing on Compensation to Displaced of Omkareshwar Dam Project

The Madhya Pradesh High Court has stayed the proposed hearing on a public interest litigation (PIL) which objects to sending of compensation cheques of the displaces of the Omkareshwar Dam Project to Grievances Redressal Authority (GRA) Indore for reconsideration instead of directly providing to the displaced concerned. A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Anang Kumar Patnayak and Justice Ajit Singh stayed the hearing on a PIL filed by Naramada Bachao Andolan. The next hearing will take place on September 4. Petitioner contended that the Narmada Hydroelectric Development Corporation (NHDC)Read More

Fake Currency Racket Probe Reveals Links with Dawood, Ex-Prince of Nepal

Probe into fake currency racket busted last week, in which two Nepalese nationals were arrested by Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), has put forward some very shocking revelations linking Nepal’s former prince Paras to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim as the two men who are executing the whole fake currency operation. The disclosures come following arrest of two Nepalese by ATS in the state who were trying to smuggle the fake currency noted into India. The two men name a prominent minister’s son Yunus Ansari as the conduit between King Gyanendra’sRead More

Assembly Polls in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal on Oct 13

Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh would go to polls on October 13, announced the Election Commission on Monday. Informing media persons in New Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla, together with the other two commissioners, provided details of assembly elections in the three states. October 22 has been fixed as day of counting. The model code of conduct in the aforementioned states comes into effect from today, said Chawla. Share +1 Tweet PinShares 0

Australia Has ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy for Racial Attacks: Gillard

Stating that it has policy of “zero tolerance” for racial attacks on Indian students on its soil, Australia has denied such incidents having resulted in a decrease in number of students enrolling in universities in the country. Julia Gillard, Australian Deputy Prime Minister, currently on Indian visit, said: “Our Government has very clearly said that it has got zero tolerance for any form of violence against Indian students or against anyone else in Australia and we pride ourselves as a multi-cultural nation.” In an interaction with students of Lady SriRead More

Karnataka Minister Steps Down after Losing By-election

After failure to be elected to state assembly in a by-election, Karnataka minister V Somanna has stepped down from the Yeddyurappa ministry. After losing by-poll in Govindarajanagar constituency on August 18, Somanna handed his resignation to chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. It should be noted that he earlier held the seat as a Congress candidate but he had to vacate it after defecting to BJP. “I will take a decision on accepting his resignation after consulting the state BJP chief D V Sadananda Gowda, national general secretary Ananth Kumar and theRead More

SC Serves Notices on CBI, Kerala Govt in Pinarayi Case

The Supreme Court has served notices on the CBI and Kerala government on a petition filed by the CPM politburo member Pinayari Vijayan challenging governor’s saction for his prosecution in the apex court. A bench comprising Justice RV Ravindran and Justice BS Sudarsan Reddy directly admitted Vijayan’s lawsuit for hearing and said that it involves several important questions of law. One of the questions is as important as how much clout a ruling party or its head can impose upon its government. It may be mentioned that in graft scam,Read More

Sushma Meets Jaswant, Asks Him to Quit as PAC Chief

Hoping to fan out dissident fire, top Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Vidisha MP Sushma Swaraj on Monday met expelled party colleague, Jaswant Singh, and asked him to step down as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), say media reports. Swaraj called on Singh at his New Delhi residence and apprised him of the party view on him continuing as the PAC chief. He was appointed to the post less than a month ago. The BJP, which recently sacked Singh over his praise for Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali JinnahRead More

Raje Leaves out Meeting with Venkaiah

The BJP is not over its crisis yet, with Vasundhara Raje leaving out her scheduled appointment with senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday and sending her son Dushyant instead. The dissident leader from Rajasthan was slated to come to Delhi for a meeting with Nadiu, the person appointed by the party to mediate with her, to try and put to an end the deadlock with the party leadership. The BJP has asked Raje to resign as the leader of the opposition in the state assembly, owning up responsibility forRead More

Two CRPF Jawans Killed, 8 Others Injured in Terrorist Strike in J&K

In twin terrorists strikes, at least two CRPF jawans were killed and eight persons injured in the crowed Lal Chowk and Batmaloo areas of the city, just half a kilometer from the assembly on Monday afternoon. According to officials, the attacks by terrorists at places occurred almost simultaneously at around 1 pm when the Jammu and Kashmir assembly went for a recess after completion of morning session. Terrorists shot two CRPF jawans of 28th battalion in the head from point blank range outside a band at Lal Chowk, Srinagar’s nerveRead More

Two Firefighters Killed in California Wildfire

Two firefighters battling a massive wildfire to keep it from consuming thousands of homes in Los Angeles County were killed when their vehicle was pushed down the mountainside after being overrun by fast-moving flames. The blaze that has scorched 71 square miles in the Angeles National Forest was only about 5 percent contained late Sunday, a day when the fire doubled itself in size. Mandatory evacuations were in effect for neighborhoods and towns north of Los Angeles. At least 18 homes were destroyed in the fire and firefighters expected toRead More