September, 2009


Congress Welcomes Rahul Foray into Crumbling Left Bastion

Though his forays into Dalit Uttar Pradesh have come in for stringent attacks from Mayawati, Rahul Gandhi’s maiden entry into the crumbling Left bastion – the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) — on Tuesday evening, came in for a rousing applause from party ranks on Wednesday. “Last night, Rahul Gandhi addressed the newly constituted unit of NSUI at JNU. It’s an excellent example of youths’ participation and youth’s vibrancy in politics,” said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, speaking to correspondents in New Delhi. Singhvi said that this should be seen as partRead More

BJP Accuses Govt of Shielding Quattrocchi

The main Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday accused the government of deliberately misrepresenting facts to save Bofors pay-off accused Ottavio Quattrocchi and added that the case against him was withdrawn as he was privy to information which if revealed could embarrass the Congress leadership. “Government of India is deliberately misrepresenting facts to save Quattrocchi. An agency called AE Services had worked to get Bofors the contract. And the principal beneficiary of AE Services is Ottavio Quattrocchi,” contended BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad. “Quattrocchi knows a lot and ifRead More

Thekkady: Kerala Boat Capsize Death Toll Climbing

Continuing to spiral in tandem, with rising concerns over the safety of backwater cruises provided to tourists, the death toll in the Wednesday boat capsize in the Thekkady lake of Kerala is now reported to be inching closer to thirty. In arguably the worst-ever tourism disaster in the state, PTI news agency confirmed the death of 25 of the 74 tourists on-board the KTDC vessel and said that some 40 people had been brought to safety. The condition of several of those is reported to be critical, giving rise toRead More

Tourist Boat Capsizes in Kerala 17 Dead, Dozens Missing

At least seventeen people, including two children and two women,  were killed and several others are missing since a Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) boat carrying 75 tourists capsized in the Thekkady Lake in Kerala Wednesday evening, say media reports. Most of the tourists aboard the ill-fated vessel belonged to neighbouring Karnataka. Citing the info to police officials present in the area, the Associated Press news agency said at least 17 bodies have already been recovered. It added that some 20 people have also been rescued while dozens of otherRead More

Death Toll Rises to 56 in Bihar Boat Capsize

The death toll in the boat capsize in Bihar’s Khagaria has soared up to 56 with 35 more bodies being recovered on Wednesday as the National Disaster Response Force personnel continue search to locate nearly 20 more missing persons. “We recovered 35 more bloated bodies from the river taking the toll in the capsize to 56,” Block Development Officer (Alauli) Satish Chandra Mishra was quoted as saying by PTI. It may be mentioned that 21 bodies, mostly of minors and women, were recovered from a country boat ferrying nearly 100Read More

IAEA Chief Doesn’t Expect India to Sign NPT

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohammad ElBaradei, who has been awarded prestigious Indira Gandhi Peace Prize, has said that he does not expect India to ink the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) but thinks that Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) could be more “acceptable”. Talking to a private news channel, he said: “I do not expect India to sign the NPT in its present form… Maybe the CTBT would be more acceptable.” His statement has significance as it came following adoption of a resolution by the United NationsRead More

Editorial: Law’s Short Hands and Still Shorter Logic

India’s 40% population, young, energetic and educated, is not interested in Bofors gun deal scam at all. The 22-years-old scandal happened when their memory was yet to begin and when it began; they had more bigger, yet serious scandals to enlighten them about. Nevertheless, the withdrawal of all cases against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi in the multi-crore scam, which could have upset today’s old (or youths of 22 years ago), is no less important for this era’s youth for a simple reason of poor efficacy of probe of a corruptionRead More

Raj Lashes out at BJP-SS Combine for Dropping Local Issues

Training guns at Shiv Sena during election campaign, MNS supremo Raj Thackeray has said that the saffron party is more interested in “Marathi votes” than “Marathi manoos”. In an election rally on Tuesday night, he said that Shiv Sena had stopped putting up fight for rights of Marathi people and that now MNS was fighting for the cause of sons of soil who are facing problems because of migrants from other states. “Both Congress-NCP and Sena-BJP alliance had betrayed the voters and should be kept away from power in theRead More

Cong Demands Judicial Probe into RSS Activist’s Death

Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has accused RSS of possessing a horde of illegal arms and insisted on a judicial inquiry into the death of a Sangh activist during ‘Sashtra Puja’ on Dussehra after a firearm went off. In a statement, MPCC General Secretary Jaipal Singh said that the RSS has a huge cache of unlicensed arms. He also demanded the judicial probe into the death of Naresh Motwani. “The judicial inquiry will bring to the fore whether the RSS activist died accidentally or he was killed,” he said. SinghRead More

State Govt to Import 4.5 Lakh Tonnes of Coal for Power Generation

With a severe power shortage hitting Madhya Pradesh, the state government has decided to import 4.5 lakh metric tones of coal to meet its shortfall so that electricity generation is not affected, said officials. It may be mentioned that the state government has been accusing the UPA government of prejudiced approach in coal supply to the state and even the state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had headed an agitation over the issue in New Delhi last year. For meeting its shortfall, the Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company (MPPGCL) wantedRead More